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

Lorriman is an arctic exoplanet located in the Gessshire system. Gessshire is an F-type Main Sequence Star located in the Lordanian Cluster. Lorriman several million years ago was likely a terrestrial world in a stable orbit allowing for basic life to develop. At some point after the planet's Cambrian-equivalent explosion, the planet's orbit was completely perturbed, bringing it from a stable orbit into an eccentric five and a half year-long orbit. The resulting ice age froze the planet and killed all life on the surface. However, moss and lichen survive the extreme temperatures in sheltered valleys. The planet is dense and heavy enough to hold onto a nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere, though with temperatures ill-suited for long term human survival. The majority of surviving plant and animal life survives underground, in vast ice caverns and crystal caves below the surface, nearer the warmth of the planet's core.

Lorriman is home to The Institute(Also known as the Scientific Institute of Lorriman), a technocratic republic, part of the greater Second Lordanian Republic, itself a member of the Sol Central Government. Lorriman was colonised in a joint scientific effort by many of the Lordanian planets, spearheaded by Gabokaner (A Lordanian culture) settlers in 2225. There are few major settlements on the planet, with the majority of people choosing to remain in one of the three major settlements, The Hub, Gauss, and Kepler. The planet's capital and research headquarters are built in the relatively protected equatorial mountain ranges. Known as The Hub, it is the central nexus of all activities on the planet. It has grown to the size of a 21st century city, taking over the entire valley.

The planet's eccentric orbit brings it close enough to Gessshire to allow temperatures to rise just enough to bring about a bloom across the planet. One whole earth year of conditions that are survivable on the surface. Though winds and snow still provide a danger, it is the one time of year that plants spread and reproduce across the planet's surface, before retreating back to frozen slumber. This is known as Terminal Pericentre, with the season containing several Lorrimanian holidays, including it's New Year Celebration.

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. Despite this, the government has endured a good quality of life throughout the planet.

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 by the People's Republic of Lordania (PRL), and their facilities put towards sinister and unethical processes. During this period, the Capital was massively expanded. Lots of these facilities were purposefully hidden from maps and reports, and so after the destruction of the PRL, and the return of liberal normalcy, many of these places and secrets remain lost to time.

Nowadays the Scientific Institute of Lorriman is much more relaxed, with trade and personal exchanges becoming more and more common with the SCG.

Gessshire

Gessshire is a F-type Main Sequence Star at approximately 1.39 solar masses. There are seven planets in the Gessshire system, three of which orbit in the star's habitable zone, however no planet save Lorriman has an atmosphere capable of sustaining life. Many of the planetary bodies in the region have had their orbits completely unsettled or disturbed. This was theorised to be the result of a rogue star passing close to the system several million years ago, but it remains only the most logical of speculation. All planets in the system are named after famed astronomers and scientists from Human history, including asteroid and dwarf bodies.

Geography

Lorriman at Night

While the planet could be considered as having geographic areas and distinct biomes, these are often buried beneath deep snow and glaciers. Small pockets of pre-frozen Lorriman can be found in isolated valleys and mountains, having survived the harsh winds of the open Lorriman surface. Much of the surface remains unseen by human eyes, with any surveys often done by robotic drones. The largest settlement on the planet, known as The Hub is located north of the equator in a small depression, surrounded by mountains. The Hub is a half-dome habitation. It has a large windome above to protect it from the biting, 250mph winds that whip around the planet. Below, the average temperature is similar to that of a cold, northern Earth city. This form of design has been repeated in other major settlements around the planet. All communities on the planet are built either in these depressions or underground, as any permanent structure runs the risks of being buried in massive snowstorms.

Natural Resources

Lorriman is rich in natural resources. The great dying of species allowed for deposits of natural gas and fossil fuels to accumulate under the surface, though due to the harsh conditions, most of this has yet to be exploited. As well, due to the large ice sheets on the surface, the planet retains a lot of heavy metals brought via asteroid that would typically end up deposited in the ground or in the planet's core, such as Iridium. The largest resource on Lorriman is its scientific community. Because Lorriman exists in such an extreme environment and has such an unusual orbit, it offers isolation to those who want it, and a scientific resources second only to Ceti Epsilon.

Flora and fauna

Many of the planet's native species underwent a massive extinction event after the planet's orbit was disturbed. The only surviving life native to Lorriman is bioluminescent fungus that lives in sheltered caves and extremophilic bacteria. Various regions on the planet are known for their plant and animal remains, which have been preserved due to the extreme conditions on the planet. All modern plant and animal life has been brought to the planet by human settlers. They all live underground amongst the humans and contain traditional domesticated and research animals.

Climate

The planet can reach temperatures of -63°C, and with wind speeds reaching nearly 100mph in the Arctic plains, much of the planet is extremely difficult for human colonisation.

Government and Society

The Institute, formally the Scientific Institute of Lorriman, is a technocratic state within the Second Lordanian Republic. Due to the SLR being a member state of the SCG, it is also nominally part of the greater Sol community. Isolated, and with few friends on the galactic stage, the Institute's remains at the cutting edge of technological progress, and is determined to be allowed to get on with it. It is a technocratic republic, with a weighted vote system giving more power and say to the scientific community over those that simply exist on the planet. Despite having relatively few settlements on the planet, each habitation unit is the pinnacle of technology, and able to house many more than it currently holds.

The modern Institute has adapted and evolved to the modern day, becoming more and more democratic. Though it is not considered a full democratic republic yet, the Directorship has made it clear that their end goal is a system that works for all Lorrimanians, not only the scientists. However, in the twenty years since its founding, their main focus seems to have been the export of Lorriman professionals into the wider Sol System. The Institute has grown quite rich, and quite discreetly influential in the halls of academia thanks to this approach.

It's form of government could be best described as a Scientific Oligarchy in which the upper classes (In Lorriman, comprised of scientists and academics) are given a vote on whom they wish to lead the Directorate. Similarly, in public elections and referendums, the vote of the scientist is worth more than the worker.

The Lorriman Board of Directors 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 from 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.

The current six elected officials are:

  • Dr. Johan Spauss
  • Dr. Güçin Melek
  • Dr. Wil Cledwyn
  • Dr. Lennart Kimmo
  • Dr. Xiulan Chun
  • Dr. Maria Rojas

Culture

An individual born on Lorriman could have a vastly different experience depending on at which point they were born. Anyone old enough to remember the reign of the PRL will remember a time in which they were raised in dorms and taught from birth to adulthood to love science, the Institute, and the state. A techno-fascist ideal that was instilled in anyone born on the planet. It is this generation that has fought the hardest to destroy it.

Modern (post-2280) Lorriman is far more liberal, and has instituted a massive push towards family units, social care, and individual identity. While the collective scientific goal is still the core identity of the Lorrimanian, they have begun to express that in a far more individualistic way. Childrren are raised by their parents, and told there is more to life than just science.

Culturally, Lorrimanians have a lot in common with their native home Lordania. They 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 science. Calligraphy remains a very popular thing on the planet, though its religious symbolism has diminished, instead it is celebrated for its natural beauty. Life expectancy has increased to the point of fifth generation Lorrimanians rubbing shoulders with 1st generation Gabokaner, the original colonists from Lordania. 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.

Many do not qualify for higher education, they make up the technicians and non-scientific personnel who often maintain the robotic workforce that handles daily maintenance in the harsh planetary environment. These lower class Lorrimanians are often discriminated against politically. Largely isolated from the scientific part of Lorriman, they are a diverse group that makes up most of the pro-Sol population, as they have the most to gain. This is not to say all of them are workers, and many choose different occupations either on or off-world.

Emigration from Lorriman is far easier than immigration, with highly trained, science-minded individuals being in high demand across space.

Military

Lorriman is a member state of the Sol Central Government, and as a member state, it maintains a planetary defence force and fleet. Lorriman does not have any military treaties with any other nations within the Sol Central Government, nor does it typically permit members of the Defence Force to its surface without prior permission.

Economy

The planet produces much of its energy through geothermal and nuclear power. Frozen water is harvested from the planet and converted into fresh, drinkable water.

Much of the planet's income comes from either contracted workers or technology, with corporations paying a premium to gain access to exclusive laboratories.

History

Lorriman was colonised in a joint scientific effort by many of the Lordanian planets, spearheaded by Gabokane settlers in 2225, with the Institute itself being founded in 2229. Initially founded as a technocracy, with a council of scientific leaders serving as administrators and politicians of the colony. It was intended to be a place in which scientists could work and collaborate together, but rapidly grew into a sizable colony.

During the reign of the People's Republic of Lordania, the Institute was reorganised under a single leader, Dr. Gauss, who served as Director and dictator of the Institute. Her work saw the development of human genetic testing and teleportation research, with teams under her supervision being responsible for the earliest of mass-produced human technology that would become the Vat-Growns. While some argue that many of these experiments led to a greater understanding of humanity, many others still see her as an authoritarian despot who perverted the duty of science to help the public. At some point, Dr. Gauss swapped sides and joined the Resistnce, passing vital technology, and assisting the Lordanian Revolution. Despite this, she was forced to flee in 2279, being consired a war criminal in absentia.

During The Lordanian Interregnum, many PRL forces on the planet swore loyalty to the Institute, where they remain to this day, albeit in their old age. For much of this time, they remained leaderless, with their heads in the sand hoping to avoid the fallout of the lawlessness. With many rebel leaders demanding an invasion of Lorriman to secure the safety of its people, the planet instead swore itself to the newly arrived United Systems of Sol. The Institute holds a trial in absentia for Gauss, who fled during the Uprising, and places much of the Institute's actions within the PRL on her. Many critics of the 'show trial' claim that the Director had been part of the Vedento Eight, a key piece of evidence left out of her ostracism. However, the end result was the same, the Institute became a member of the Second Lordanian Republic when it was founded in 2287.