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Chaldea

Chaldea and its banner.

Chaldea is a planet in Bountiful System C.

Geography and ClimateEdit

Bountiful C is an M-Class Red Dwarf that circles both Bountiful A and B in a long orbit of 600 solar years. The Bountiful System C is separated from Bountiful Systems A and B by a dense ring of asteroids, comets, and dust called ‘The Mess.’

Chaldea has a warm, wet climate that has given rise to extensive jungles that cover most of its land surface. There are also high mountain ranges that rise over the jungles and mists, the peaks of these mountains are the only place on the planet where it snows.

Concentrations of fluorine in the upper atmosphere and the star’s spectrum results in dark green seas and purple skies. It is a very wet planet, with less than 20% of its surface area being dry land; primarily in the form of very large islands (Philistia being the largest one). It has no ice caps.Its gravity is 88% of gravity on Bountiful Prime. There is no native mammalian or avian life on Chaldea; the dominant life form is most similar to Terran amphibians, and there are thousands of such species. There are also sea-worms more than a kilometer in length.

Chaldea orbits its sun every 70 local days, which are 17.5 standard hours in length. Years are rendered in ‘Decks,’ which is every ten orbits. One Chaldean deck is approximately 1.4 Solar years.

Chaldea shares its orbit with a sister planet/moon, Babylon, that orbits relatively close to the planet and looms large in the night sky.

History and CultureEdit

Chaldea was overlooked by the Cordillera Survey expedition but was discovered and mapped by colonists in the fifthcentury of Bountiful’s civilization. Throughout history, Chaldea has been known as a place of exile for those fleeing the “civilized worlds” of the Bountiful A and B system. Its people are viewed with some measure of suspicion by those from other worlds, particularly Bountiful Prime, and have a reputation for low-brow behavior. [A popular casual shirt sold to tourists reads “Don’t tell anyone I holidayed on Chaldea.”] The Chaldean dialect contains a large number of colorful metaphors unknown elsewhere in the system. Chaldea’s flag displays three golden leaves from the Manti plant, which are a symbol of the planet.

Chaldea was originally used as a penal colony. Over time, Chaldea evolved to become a place where people from the more civilized parts of the Bountiful System go when they have been personally disgraced or because they simply don’t want to live under the strict social and religious Mores of the other planets. Many people from Chaldea use only a single name, having dropped their family names out of shame or embarrassment.

Since the Bountiful Systems became part of the New Commowealth, public attitudes toward Chaldea have relaxed. Also, the planet itself has cleaned up most of the lawlessness and disorder that soiled its reputation previously. Tourists from elsewhere in the Bountiful System now visit Chaldea to take in its beaches and explore the unique flora and fauna of its jungles. Resort complexes have been built along its coastal regions, especially around Surf City. However, emigrating to Chaldea is still not viewed, within the other planets of the system, as a respectable choice. The Government of Bountiful, however, has actively recruited immigrants from other star systems to settle on Chaldea, and the planet has a small, but growing, community of immigrants, especially from Organon, Bellaria, and Tau M.

Chaldea’s political system is close to pure capitalism; Government services are purchased and the Government must compete with private entities to provide those services. The central governing body is the Full Consortium of Chaldea.

There is an active movement on Chaldea to break away from the Bountiful System and the New Commonwealth and join the Free Worlds Alliance.

Redemption is the capital city of Chaldea. Other large cities include Vertiron, Surf City and the Latham-Beckinsale-Hart Metroplex.

Babylon, the moon of Chaldea, is the home of Babylon Station (the outer defensive outpost of the Bountiful System) and to the Babylon Shipyards – the largest construction and repair facility in the Bountiful Systems. There is also an extensive resort complex on Babylon that is the only place in the Bountiful System where gambling is legal.

500 million people live on Chaldea, primary Bountifullians, although a relatively large number of off-worlders have made homes there. Its capital and largest city is Redemption, which seats its Government. With a 100 person legislature elected at-large and a 14-member Executive Council, the Government is the smallest and weakest in the Tri-Systems.