Nubia is a chilly ocean world with no land surface at all. An
important stepping stone to worlds further from Earth, it was colonised
in the first human expansion wave with massive floating arcologies.
Some 34.42 parsecs from Earth, Nubia orbits on the cold edge of the
life zone of the G8 V star Elniaf.
A little larger than Earth, Nubia has a slightly higher gravity
but about the same atmospheric pressure, with a mix comfortable to
humans. The weather, unfortunately, is almost always unpleasant,
resembling a North Atlantic storm over most of the planet most of
Besides the important micro-organisms, Nubia is populated by a variety
of filter-feeding aquatic lifeforms similar to jellyfish, which can
reach sizes up to several metres across, and a few specialised
carnivores which prey on them. The carnivores are also jelly-like
and devour prey by enveloping them. Rumours of larger and more
vicious carnivores in the ocean depths remain unsubstantiated.
Human have imported a few species of fish, which do reasonably well
in the ecosystem without overwhelming it. Xenobiologists monitor
the interactions closely and are currently reluctant to approve any
further species introductions to the wild.
Nubia's 183 floating arcologies each sustain from 1-2 million humans,
giving the planet a population just over 310 million. Additional
arcologies are always being built to handle the population growth,
and the two main arcology companies employ some 16% of the population
The greatest resource of Nubia is the amount of noble metals suspended
in its ocean. Chemical extraction techniques are amongst the best
in human-space, and produce commercially exportable quantities of
gold, silver, platinum and iridium.
Nubia is self-sufficient in food, but needs to import machinery
and computing technology. Most of the structure of the arcologies
has been shipped in from other worlds due to the difficulty of
mining industrial metals. Nubia thus sees a lot of trade, but is
not particularly wealthy.
Nubia is governed by a league of corporations who, for the most
part, cooperate to ensure the wellbeing of the population. The only
route to political power is via the boards of directors of the
governing companies. New companies may petition to join the ruling
league, and occasionally a corrupt corporation will be ejected.
Each company in the league elects a number of ministers proportional
to the number of people it employs, and one senator, forming two
political houses to check the balance of power. Since employing
people means more representation, companies on Nubia are always eager
to hire new recruits, and offer good wages and social services to
entice prospective employees.
Nubia does not have the manufacturing base to sustain a significant
military space fleet. Trade agreements and alliances with neighbouring
worlds are the main methods through which Nubian citizens feel safe
from interstellar attack. Because of this, Nubians are quick to
assert their rights and those of other soveriegn worlds when dealing
with other planets.
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