Lorriman

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Lorriman
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Lorriman Gessshire.png
Lorriman in motion. (Artistic Interpretation)
Faction Independent
System Gessshire
Population 23,370,147
Coordinates (LY) -32.1X, -26.3Y

Directorate of Lorriman

Member Planet of the Second Republic of Lordania

Estimated Population (c. 2560): 23,370,147

Lorriman is the fith planet in the Gessshire system. An Arctic wasteland, Lorriman is home to the 'Scientific Institute of Gessshire', (Often simply refered to as 'The Institute'). The planet's capital and research headquarters are built around the equatorial mountain ranges, becoming a hive of subterranean tunnels, facilities and homes. It is home to roughly 23 million individuals, many of them raised within the Insitute's walls as scientists and workers.

Despite being part of the Second Republic of Lordania, the planet's government is quite unique in that while many individuals are entitled to vote and participate in elections, this is restricted only to the Institute's Scientific Community. This has prompted many criticisms of the Institute to call it a 'Caste-like system', in which the Scientists and their workforce are becoming more distinct, and in which only those considered part of the community may vote.

The history of Lorriman has not always been one of a bright new world. During the period of Autocratic Rule within Lordania, the Institute was ruled directly from the Lordanian Empire, and their facilities put towards sinister and unethical processes. During this period, the Capital (also confusingly referred to as 'The Institute') was massively expanded. Lots of these facilities were purposefully hidden from maps and reports, and so after the destruction of the Empire, and the return of liberal normalcy, many of these places and secrets remain lost to time.

History

Several million years ago, the planet was a temperate, oxygen rich planet with non-sentient life. An extinction event occured when the planet's orbit was altered by a passing star, pulling it out to the edges of the planet's habitable zone. The planet was still able to hold onto it's atmosphere, but with significantly less sunlight from the star, the planet quickly froze itself to death. Many archaeological expeditions are operated by the Institute, owing to the planet's permafrost, which has almost perfectly preserved millions upon millions of fossils and remains dating back as far as 5 million years.

The planet was colonised in 2425 by an assembly of scientists and academics from varying human colonies. It was spearheaded by the scientific community on Lordania, who sought a place in which they could work away from the politics of individual planets. At this point in time, Lordania was comprised of several large cities. It would be many years before it became the first Ecumenopolis. The colonisation of a planet by, and for scientists, of course attracted interest by numerous communities in the local and global area. However, the planet's strict citizenship tests and immigration laws meant it could pick and choose whoever it wanted.

In 2495, the Lordanian Empire was founded, and the Institute was renamed the Lordanian Institute of Science. Between 2495 and 2535, the Institute was an Empire puppet, working on sinister and unethical projects. Many of the political conscripts taken by the Empire were used by the Institute to further the causes of science, resulting several technological breakthroughs at the cost of its ethics and principles. Of course, not all citizens of Lorriman supported the un-democratic Institute, and many worked in secret against the Lordanian Empire.

With the fall of the Lordanian Empire in the early 26th Century, the planet was able to reorganise itself into a semi-democratic technocracy. The previous Director of the Institute was declared an enemy of the Republic and vanished into history in 2538. The Scientific Institute of Gessshire's first Director, Dr. Isaac Kuschnikov, paved the way for the establishment of a proper colony, with it's own defence force and trade deals. Strong ties to both Lordania and Tyannani ensured Lorriman did not suffer under the period of Interregnum.

With the establishment of the Second Lordanian Republic, and the transition into Sol rule, the planet has survived the exchange mostly unharmed. While it has adopted a much more relaxed policy on Xeno migration, it remains an exclusive place to live, and a prestigious place to work. The Institute is now led by Dr. Johan Montgomery, and has spent many decades attempting to rebuild it's reputation. He is expected not to seek re-election in 2563, when his term expires.

Topography

Lorriman at Night

The planet is comprised of numerous geographic areas, with one thing in common: It is an arctic landscape stretching off for an eternity. The Capital City is located roughly around the equator in a landscape depression surrounded on all sides by mountains. This provides the City with protection from the biting winds. All communities on the planet are built either in these depressions or within the mountains themselves, as any permanent structure runs the risks of being buried in massive snowstorms.

Society

Lorriman is governed by a Scientific Directorate, something quite rare in an era of Republics and Space Democracy. It's form of government could be best described as a Scientific Oiligarchy in which the 'upper classes' (In Lorriman, comprised of scientists and academics) are given a vote on whom they wish to lead the Directorate.

The Board of Directors, Lorriman's 'leaders', is comprised of six elected officials, and four non-elected individuals who govern the planet for ten years before re-election. The four non-elects, appointed by the Supreme Court of Lorriman, typically serve as ambassadors towards other Scientific Institutes and Corporations across the Galaxy, and thus, Lorriman is treated with scientific interest by almost all MegaCorporations, who even operate 'embassies' on the planet. A completely atypical approach to leadership.

An individual born on Lorriman could have a vastly different experience depending on at which point they were born. Anyone over 50 will remember a time in which they were raised in dorms and taught from birth to adulthood. Nowadays, Lorriman is far more liberal, and has instituted a massive push towards the 'family unit' ideal once again.

Culturally, Lorrimanians have a lot in common with their native home Lordania. It's people are a proud, academically-driven culture, that places emphasis on intelligence and logic. This is something that is encouraged in all Lorrimanian individuals. This is not to say they do not value art and entertainment, as many artists hail from the planet, however, their designs are often rooted in the beauty of mathematics and engineering.

A typical Lorrimanian will be educated from the ages of Three to Twenty-Five, progressing from Pre-School to a Doctorate. It is rare for an individual on the planet to not achieve at least one Certificate of Knowledge, (comparable to a modern day Bachelor Degree.) From there, they are free to do as they wish. Emigration from Lorriman is far easier than Immigration, as Academics are wanted across all reaches of Space. Most Lorrimanians remain on the planet, working in varying industries dependent on their skills. The Directorate is almost completely meritocratic.

Demographics

colony breakdown of population
species composition 2561
Human 85.8%
Human - Non Native 9%
Unathi 0.2%
Skrell 2%
Other 0.3%
Positron 2.5%

Gessshire

Gessshire is a Blue White Main Sequence Star approximately 3.59 Solar masses.

Planets

Gessshire A and B

These two terrestrial planets orbit their parent stars in an average of 200 days. They are abundant in natural resources and often serve as testing grounds for the researchers of Lorriman.

Gessshire C

The last of the nameless planets, this large, uninteresting gas giant orbits the star at a distance of 1.25 AU and takes just under an Earth year to complete one orbit. This planet has no moons, but a large debris ring around the planet suggests it once did.

Vesuvius

A large, molten and active volcanic planet. The atmosphere is thick with a runaway greenhouse effect. No humans inhabit this planet.