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Lorriman is an occupied arctic world, and the sixth planet in the remote Gessshire system. Gessshire is a Blue White Main Sequence Star approximately 3.59 Solar masses. Lorriman lies just at the edge of the star's habitable zone. An Arctic wasteland, Lorriman is home to the 'Scientific Institute of Gessshire'. The planet's capital and research headquarters are built in the relatively protected equatorial mountain ranges. The Capital City, referrred to as The Hub is dwarfed by the size of the mountains, instead becoming a large horizontal sprawl, a hive of subterranean tunnels, facilities and homes. It is home to roughly 23 million individuals, many of them raised within The Hub's walls as scientists and workers.

The Scientific Institute of Gessshire is a member of the Second Republic of Lordania, a region of space under the control of the Sol Central Government. Despite this, Lorriman has managed to retain its independence as it's own scientific institute.

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.

Geography

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 Hub 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.

Flora and fauna

Very little life exists on the planet, only rudimentary organisms such as moss and lichen grows in sheltered region.

Climate

The planet can reach temperatures of -50°C+, and with wind speeds reaching nearly 100mph in the Arctic plains, much of the planet is extremely difficult for human colonisation.

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.

Regions

The planet is largely restricted by arctic plains and snowstorms. The planet's few settlements are therefore built in sheltered locations. They are often extremely large with little vertical space except through underground passages. The planet is connected by underground maglev systems, built in the early 2520s.

Education & Culture

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.

Law and government

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.

Military

Though Lorriman is a member state of the Sol Central Government, 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.

Demographics

colony breakdown of population
species composition 2561
Human 78%
Human - Non Native 12%
Skrell 3.5%
Other 0.5%
Positron 6%

Major cities

Major cities on Lorriman include The Hub, Gauss, and Kepler.

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. 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 People's Republic of Lordania was founded, and the Institute was renamed the Lordanian Institute of Science. Between 2495 and 2535, the Institute was a 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 PRL.

With the fall of the PRL 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.

Gessshire System

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.