Back in the days of the Ziru Sirka, the world was known as Sikiishkhigidashgim and was a popular vacation spot for those Vilani capable of taking off enough time to travel here and back. It lost its appeal when vargr corsairs swooped in to raid and live off the fat of their hairless neighbors. Centuries later, long after eventual annexation and a name change, the world primarily serves Confederation tourists. A small human enclave remains and gets along famously with their new landlords.
Roetingaz is a tidelocked desert planet in orbit around a contact red dwarf
binary. At 0.3 AUs out, the world walks a thin line between blistering heat and
frigid cold. Sure conditions at the two podes are tough, but the majority of the
planet is comfortable. Unfortunately, the atmosphere is very thin and requires
the use of a compressor to breathe outside.
With a complete lack of water and plant life, the landscape is bleak, but it was not always so. During settlement and mining excavation, fossils and certain minerals indicated a wetter past. As such, the Roetingaz Terraforming Project seeks to revitalize the world. It is believed that there is sufficient mass to retain a thicker atmosphere and standing bodies of water. With a grant from the Confederation, the RTP is seeking out bodies with high water to rock ratios in the outer system. Once found, they will be herded in system, broken into smaller chunks, and seeded into Roetingaz.
Only 300,000 sentients call the Roetingaz system home. While the majority are dirtside, there are enough settlements in the system to relocate them. While it isn't a logistics problem, there are political ramifications which still need to be sorted out. Some want to live in hollowed out asteroids while others prefer orbital cities. The question arisen is: should the populations of these states stick together, spread out, or form new polities altogether?
Suthgzu pushes the envelope for an agricultural world trade classification.
While the combined output of its twin M2 V stars provides enough energy to
sustain life, the planet's thin atmosphere is barely able to retain enough
warmth to stay viable. Nights are frigid. The winters are too, but with the
orbital period so short, one doesn't have to wait too long before things warm
Plant life has evolved to combat the temperature changes. Leaves and flowers retreat inside thermally protective bark when temperatures descend below freezing. Fruit is quick to germinate, so farmers must harvest their crops quickly.
Animal life tends to hibernate during the extreme cold and then replenishes fat reserves when it's warm. One such animal resembles the Terran muskox, and its meat has proven to be a hit among vargr.
Originally settled during the First Imperium, a small human enclave has remained through the centuries. Eager to preserve their way of life, they showed the early vargr settlers how to adapt to and treat individuals infected by the spores of a fungus that is responsible for the atmospheric taint. Out of gratitude, the local vargr have embraced their human predecessors rather than attempt to displace them.
As is probably evident from the UWP, the economic output of Suthgzu has never amounted to much. While everyone is well fed, no one is exactly rich from working the farms here. The initial settlers learned early on that there were limits to how much meat and produce they could export as the ecology here has a ceiling on sustainability. It really can't compete on volume with its neighbor, Rroeghae (Windhorn 2140), so it looks to satisfy small volume contracts.
So when the Duellang-Saerzknoe corsair group came calling, they were granted rights to establish a base here. Suthgzu lacks the revenue to build a proper defense force, but they do have the means to keep one fed. There were a couple stipulations in the agreement: 1) No raiding of Suthgzu shipping, and 2) no unsavory corsair practices. The Suthgzu despise the Touzagh, and their ships are not welcome. The Duellang-Saerzknoe have no problem with either condition.
The Rroeghae family has ruled its namesake world for centuries, its allegiance
changing with the times. But the world's current monarch, Aegh Rroeghae, has
lowered wages and instituted draconian policies to quell dissent. A
Confederation naval base bolsters his rule, and the A-class starport ensures the
desirability of trading in the system. The billions of people on Voenggaks
(Windhorn 1738), the subsector capital, rely heavily on Rroeghae's agricultural
The atmospheric taint is the overwhelming degree of pollen that arises during every flowering cycle. The pollen can be so thick at times that it strikes down both man and machine. The Ministry of Atmospheric Affairs issues warnings and has the power to order a ground stop for all vehicles and curfews for citizens to ensure the safety of all.