Cinu

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Cinu
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Faction Sol Central Government
System Lucinaer
Population 0
Coordinates (LY) -32.1X, -26.3Y


Cinu is an occupied desert planet, located in the Lucinaer system, within the outer reaches of colonised space. The planet is experiencing a period of desertification, leaving much of the planet an arid dune desert. This period is expected to end in roughly 13 million years. It currently shares many similarities to that of the Middle East and deserts on Earth.

Its capital city, Al-Mular, is located in the northern mountainous region of Cinu, which is protected from the extreme climate. It has a breathable atmosphere, and it's major exports are precious metals and gas. The planet's history is one of struggle, with many attempts to establish a prosperous government ending in failure until the founding of the Republic of Cinu. It's people have signed in many laws to ensure the rights of all species, and maintains a universal healthcare system. Cinu is active in petitioning for universal rights and is firmly egalitarian.

Cinu is a Federal Supranational Republic. This means that Cinu is a multinational union, with member states retaining their independence and customs, and power is given to a non-presidential elected individual to represent all of Cinu. State Speaker Baladi Asghar was recently elected, and is expected to serve until the next election.

Cinu is a member of the Sol Central Government, the Second Lordanian Republic, the Free Trade Union, and the Organisation of Cooperation Between Planets. A significant portion of its economy involves tourism and trade of rare minerals, banking, commerce, and certain agricultural produce.

Geography

A large desert near Cinu's equator

Cinu is roughly twice the size of Earth with large dune seas occupying much of the planet. Settlements are built around freshwater oases and the more hospitable northern hemisphere.

Much of the planet is considered hyperarid, with little vegetation. Notable exceptions are the Tamaran Basin, Shamari Volcano, and the South Cinuan woodlands.

The Tamaran Basin is a large impact crater leftover from an asteroid colision roughly 6 million years ago. The region has become a brackish sea, with fertilised grasslands around the water. The three seas form the greater region of Kassala, with the city of Zawilah located in the centre.

The Shamari Volcano is located in North-West Cinu, and is part of the Bardai Mountains. It is the tallest mountain on the planet, which were formed by a group of extinct volcanoes. Despite this, it provides fertility to much of Northern Cinu, allowing the region to be more hospitable, and thus, open for Human colonisation. It is in this fertile valley that the capital city of Al-Mular was founded.

The dune seas of the planet reaches temperatures of 38 degrees C during the day, though more hospitable temperatures of 30 degrees is more common nearer the settled part of the planet.

Flora and Fauna

Dependent on the region, Cinu experiences vastly different temperatures and seasons, even seeing some rain in it's northern hemisphere. Much of the deserts are home to hardy, adapted flora and fauna that have evolved to the surface life.

Climate

Cinuan climate varies depending on seasons. Predominantly it remains a hot, and dry planet, however rain can form around the large oases on the planet, providing fresh water to facilitate the growth of plant life.

Economy

During the planet's early bombardment period, bountiful precious metals were deposited on the planet's surface. This has led to a massive rise in mining industries in the southern states of the planet. The planet produces enough food to sustain itself, and thus large parts of the population are urban.

Much of Cinu's rural population maintain farming and pastures in the fertile river regions. Very few people live in the extreme deserts, though small communities do exist. These isolated communities rely on mostly natural land, made easier with 24th century technology.

Overall, Cinu's population is a net growth, with it's economy fairing well under Sol's free market. It looks to continue its economic growth into the foreseeable future.

Regions

Cinu from Orbit


Cinu is divided into sixteen geographical regions which are further subdivided into sixty-six districts. The districts themselves are also divided into several municipalities, each enclosing a group of cities or villages. Northern Cinu contains most of Cinu's largest cities, and most of Central and South Cinu contains a large desert. Oases are present dotted around the planet, providing freshwater to the people living around them.

Al-Mular

The oldest settlement on the planet, the capital city lies in the shadow of the Shamari Volcano, that shields the fertile region from the harshness of the desert.

It has a population of 86 million, making it the largest city on the planet. It has been developed out of strengthened sandstone, making it a unique sight across the galaxy. The total Al-Mularan city region spans much of the mountain base, giving way to various suburban sprawls before finally thinning out into the plains and deserts.

During the planet's early years, Al-Mular served as the home to the United Nations of Cinu, responsible for the administration of hundreds of colonised regions on the planet. It remains the most developed city on the planet. The capital changed hands several times during the Cinu Unification Wars, but suffered relatively little damage from the ensuing occupation, being swiftly placed under an oppressive planetary martial law for roughly 30 years. During the reign of the People's Republic of Lordania, Al-Mular was strengthened with infrastructural improvements and military developments. After the collapse of the government, When the Cinu government was reformed, the city once again became an open city, neutral from Cinu politics and serving as the primary port of call for any Sol visitors.

Kassala

Kassala is a region of Cinu located around three large seas. A fertile region, it produces wine and fruits. The region was created after a series of impacts in the planet's early history. These impacts brought much of the water to Cinu. Volcanic eruptions allowed for fertile plains to thrive.

Its largest city is Zawela, built along the coastline. It has a population of 48 million, largely spread out as opposed to any large scale projects. Now connected by a small spaceport, the city has seen large investments by various corporations and organisations.

Society and Culture

The culture of Cinu, with its inhabitants known as Cinuan, has existed since the early days of the planet's colonisation. Cinu has 27 officially recognised languages spoken on the planet, while Modern Standard Arabic is used in official business.

Cinuans can typically be divided into several cultural groups which evolved from varying ethnicities ranging from Martian Tharseese to Old Earth Arabic, West Asian and less frequently, Central Asian culture. The oldest cultures on the planet are those which migrated from Earth in the earliest years. A large part of the Cinuan population are classified as Afro-Arabic or Franco-Arabic. These are groups that previously interacted prior to Cinu's colonisation, but are now considered distinct groups due to their population being spread across numerous planets. The most recent cultures to develop on Cinu are those typically born around major population centres and political region. These include: Kassalan, Dirjan, Mularan, and Tarimi.

Law and Government

The Cinuan Union is a parliamentary republic. It is a tricameral parliament, with three distinct chambers that makes up the Congress of the Cinuan People. Congress, alongside the Supreme Court, makes up the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of government. Cinu's Constitution forbids a head of state. The Head of Government is the State Speaker, who is elected by Congress every four years. The State Speaker is subservient to Congress and the Senate, and serves to ensure fairness in all deliberations, as opposed to acting in authority. The Speaker ultimately is responsible for ensuring that all voices are fairly represented in the Assembly. It does not speak for them, rather it enforces their ability to participate in discussions. The power and influence of a Speaker is directly tied to their political and negotiation skill, and as such it is expected that anyone voted to the office is already a capable and respected diplomat.

The Congress of the Cinuan People is tricameral, which means it has three houses, the Assembly, the Chamber, and the Vigilant.

  • The Assembly is composed of elected representatives, who hold legislative power. This is the largest of the three houses and the most powerful.
  • The Chamber is composed of elected representatives from the assembly who hold power of the executive as ministers. The head of the chamber is the State Speaker, however the Speaker remains an advisory position, albeit one of extreme influence
  • The Vigilant is an independent body that serves as a check against the power of the chamber and the judiciary. The Vigilant are defined as the defenders of the Constitution, and prosecute the government. They ensure the capability of the executive and the judiciary and are the only ones capable of impeaching members of either branch.

As a deliberative democracy, Cinuan Politicians are all experienced diplomats. Sessions often stretch long into the night. While sometimes discussions can take days, the Cinuan ability to negotiate and reach agreement is second to none. In the event of tie, or inability to agree on a matter, the choice is then given to the people in direct democracy. This prevents legislative gridlock and ensures mutual cooperation between the Congress.

Much of Cinu’s local territory is decentralised, as ‘nation states’ were outlawed by the planetary constitution. Instead, regions and districts are determined by the people, with the concept of national land ownership also abolished, helping to limit any sort of border dispute between peoples. These regions elect local representatives called Governors, a coalition that debate and discuss matters. There are sixteen major districts on the planet, each roughly corresponding to geographic and historic boundaries. Within the sixteen districts, there are the sixty-six Wilāyat and the Liwā’.

Under appointment of the State Speaker, but independent from political matters, is the Ambassador of Cinu. A requirement of Cinu’s participation in Sol politics, the Ambassador represents the entire planet and people of Cinu at the galactic state.

While political parties do exist, they largely operate as political and social societies that support and assist the people they represent. The largest political party is the Majlis Alhuriya, which began as a resistance and government-in-exile during the days of the People’s Republic. Recently, the Majlis Alhuriya has seen a split between its Old Guard and its New Blood, with many younger members of the Majlis Alhuriya leaving to form new parties such as the Grand Labour Union and the Cinu Republican Party.

Several non-party participating groups are also active in Cinuan Politics, such as the Poincarists, who operate in much of Diade; and the Particularists, who by and large seek a return to individual national and cultural states, as opposed to the largely culturally plural politics of modern Cinu.

Military

Cinu does not operate a defence force, instead they operate a volunteer force of Peacekeepers, part-soldier, part-doctor, part-mechanic. It's space is protected by Sol's Third Fleet and a detachment of Cinuan officials. Though they are reluctant to use their influence or force, they are often the first to respond to a crisis or disaster. It is this that has given them the image of the righteous crusaders for justice, that they are known for.

Demographics

Cities and towns

Major Cities on Cinu
City Population
1. Al-Mular 15,843,345
2. Zawilah 15,657,754
3. Loman 832,345
4. New Baghdad 687,019
5. Abadeh 298,376
6. Tarim 184,885
7. Upper Kassala 97,810
8. Diade 56,080
9. Erfoud 49,854
10. Dirja 36,560

History

The planet was colonised by Arabic colonists from Earth and Mars using the recently constructed D. Pavonis - Lordania gateway connection. It's proximity to the influential Lordanian system, and relative economic stability prompted it to become a founding member state of the interstellar Lordanian Republic. It remained a member all through to the demise of the Republic. The planet's relatively rough history is in part due to the vast swaths of deserts and uncharted territory.

Not long after, Cinu was composed of one hundred separate multi-ethnic territories that constituted the United Nations of Cinu (UNC). The UNC governed Cinu for several decades, and is largely considered by modern day Cinuans as a noble, if ineffective leadership. Owing to the populace's ethnical history, a great wave of liberal policies that sought to "Put to rest all inequalities, all injustices, and to make all equal before the the law." Land Reforms paved the way for much of Cinu's infrastructure to be modernised, and the completion of the Trans-Cinuan Expressway made it possible to travel the entire planet in little under a day.

Following several economic downturns, the Lordanian Dollar, Cinu's primary currency, began to slump after a series of failed economic expansions attempted by the Lordanian Senate, and measures to fix this were only met with more failures. Cinu was one of the planets affected by the recession, resulting in an economic collapse and mass unemployment. The United Nations of Cinu, unprepared to deal with a crisis on such a scale, was unable to prevent rising tensions, leading to the Cinu Unification Wars.

Cinu Unification Wars

By now, rising unemployment, inequality, and tensions resulted in a wave of minor wars and political instability across Cinu. The United Nations of Cinu declared a State of Emergency, which was formally sanctioned by the Republic's newly elected Lordanian Unity party, which advocated extreme and radical measures. Backed and encouraged by radical elements within the Republic, the United Nations was repeatedly forced into using harsher and harsher measures to control their population's unrest. These measures showed some success in quelling the instability, but soon after, the Lordanian Republic passed the Emergency Powers Act, formerly granting them the ability to dissolve any individual member state into a formal territory of the Republic. This was put in place swiftly after, and the United Nations of Cinu was formerly merged into the newly created "People's Republic of Lordania".

The Boot

Cinu under the fascist "People's Republic of Lordania" was relatively quiet and unassuming. The people's opposition to the autocracy, which ran directly contrary to the founding principal of the UNC, ensured a rough, and all-around hostile atmosphere to the occupational force.

The massacres of Zawilah, Abadeh, Loman, and New Baghdad resulted in widespread civil disobedience and unrest. In response, multiple Cinu insurgencies were responsible for the "Retaliation of A Hundred Swords", in which widespread rioting throughout New Baghdad resulted in the lynching of 50 police officers and the freeing of two hundred prisoners of war. This, alongside the Bombings of Tersten City, are considered as the beginnings of the Lordanian Revolution and the collapse of the People's Republic.

A few years later, the People's Republic was officially dissolved following the destruction of the senate and the death of the consul. Following this, an absence of higher government resulted in a complete change of Cinuan politics. A formal 'Congress of the Cinuan People' was founded to represent the planet's rebuilding. Following Six Congresses, the planet was divided through careful planning and consideration of the varying ethic populaces, and while they were officially, members of different nation states, the people of Cinu could now truly say they were one. Two years later, the Congress became the "Republic of Cinu", aiming to represent it's people amongst the stars. The question of independence was raised almost immediately after.

New Prospects

Sol Central Government formally backed the creation of a larger republic state, with greater oversight from Sol, which was met by hesitance and scepticism by the Cinuan people. They still do not trust anyone but themselves to govern. Despite this, they officially became a member of the Second Lordanian Republic upon it's founding.

Rebuilding after the long period of instability has come naturally to the Cinuan people, who remain friendly to their new Sol allies.