Organon is planet in the Telescopium Sector of the Perseus Quadrant. It was charted by the Explorer Ship Perseus and the Defender Ship Torchbearer in the Solar Year 7220. (Not to be confused with Organia, a completely different world destroyed by the Tarmigans. Organia was misidentified as Organon by Phil Redfire in Book 05: Aurora )
The planet Organon has a culture similar in technological development to early twentieth century Earth. Approximately 400 million humans inhabit this world.
Its principal city was Wilhelm, located on the Wilhelm river on the planet's double-continental landmass. Wilhelm's residents took pride in their distinctive and often eccentric behaviors.
Organon's economy was built primarily on the exploitation and trade of the planet's natural resources. The planet has not sought to develop space-faring capabilities, but engages in trade with other planets via intermediaries. The planet was also home to variety of regional folk-music styles.
After rediscovery, Organon sought membership in the New Commonwealth of the Galaxy, but was delayed because a planetwide rebellion and civil war. When the conflict was concluded, the new planet's governments chose not to seek admission.
Geography and ClimateEdit
At the time of its rediscovery, vast areas of of the planet had desertified. The sky appeared as brown due to high levels of dust in the upper atmosphere.The position on the planet relative to its sun produces uniformly mild surface conditions, but stellar and atmospheric changes had led to a thickening cloud layer and extremely sparse rainfall. The ecosystem was in danger of failing. Once the causes and effects of the climate disruption were addressed, the planet reverted to a more normal state; heavily clouded, but abundant rain and surface moisture.
Most of the planet’s seas are edged by mountain ranges. These ranges are heavily forested and characterized by river valleys carved by relatively short but deep and rapid rivers. Each of the planet's major cities is located at a riverhead, and most all share the name of their river. Interior continental lands are quite flat. Some of these are desert, and others are grasslands.
Organon has two moons: Orgone and Willam. Both are relatively large. Neither is life-supporting.
The planet was in the midst of a dramatic climate shift that threatens to destroy its entire human civilization when it was re-charted. Changes in its sun and atmosphere meant that rain had ceased on many parts of the planet, (even as its global cloud cover thickened), The entire planet was in danger of drying up at the time of Perseus’s arrival.
A science team on Perseus worked out that the planet’s climate shift occurred when a large cloud of hydrogen and helium passed through the system and altered the planet’s atmosphere and the light that was reaching it from its sun. A subsequent visit by the Ambassadorial Ship Nova helped fix the problem with percussive charges into the atmosphere. New Commonwealth science teams worked with the planet’s scientists to help develop a long term solution. (Book 11, Unpublished Short Story “Cloudbusting ”)
Nova's interference led to a deluge of rainfall lasting more than a year across most of the planet, and massive flooding. When the clouds began to clear and the ecosystem began to slowly recovery, an insurrection (the Boskirk Rebellion) began against the planet's government - the Wilhelm Reich. The planet's civil war lasted for decades, and led to the flight of hundreds of thousands of refugees. The rebellion ultimately succeeded witht the assistance of the Free Worlds Heavy Frigate Serioius Consequences. The remaining Reich Forces laid down their arms and the former ruling families were evacuated to exile on Bodicea, whose government had agreed to offer them haven. A new multilateral government began to take shape in the early 75th Solar Century.