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Kingston is an occupied ocean world, the largest terrestrial world in the Lordanian system, located just under 40 light years from Sol. It is the third planet in the Lordania system, lying at the inner edge of the star's habitable zone. The planet's surface is 90% water covered, compared to Earth's 71%. As a result, the planet's only land is in the form of two large subcontinents and several smaller islands. Much of the planet's islands exist around it's equator. Due to this, and the planet's proximity to its star, the planet is a humid, tropic to sub-tropical paradise. Kingston is a hugely popular tourist destination, with it's Capital, New Havana, rated as the #1 tourist destination for Sol residents 2298, 2302, and 2306.
Kingston is extremely multicultural, more so than any other planet in the region, and many old human cultures still hold an enclave. It also contains a large number of Tritonians, both as tourists and residents. An estimated 15 million tourists visit annually. While a highway and magnetic train system link many of the islands, boats are incredibly popular amongst tourists and workers alike. Many of the islands on the planet have been created via tectonic plates or volcanic eruption, making the planet more geologically active than Earth. Despite this, technology of the 26th century has developed enough to mitigate most structural damage done in the event of earthquakes or tsunamis.
The planet is governed by the United Nations of Kingston, which is a formal body created to represent the eight nations on the planet.
The planet is mostly water, with various island chains linking the planet. While a highway and magnetic train system link many of the islands, boats are incredibly popular amongst tourists and workers alike. Most of the islands are humid and tropical, though larger formations of mountain ridges and volcanoes are common on most large islands. Under the ocean, there are vast continental shelves that make-up the edges of Kingston's plates, and the deep ocean is filled with trenches, many of which have not been explored by Humans. The settled underwater region of Tritonia sits on a massive underwater plateau at comfortable pressure, and as such is capable of supporting infrastructure and development.
The planet was colonised in the mid-to-late 22nd century by immigrants from the nearby capital system of Lordania. Lordania had for some time been waging a class war, forcing many of the poorer individuals off-world into orbital habitats. Kingston was established by several of these colonists, along with Sol migrants, fleeing internal core-world conflict.
In the mid 23rd century, Kingston became part of the People's Republic of Lordania, an autocratic state within the region. While much of the planet was developed and improved during this period, many Sol Natives suffered discrimination and persecution. The militarisation of Kingston's economy significantly weakened it, forced to fund a war that would never happen, as the People's Republic collapsed due to internal conflict and external rebellion in 2280, leading to a period of interregnum in which Kingston was formally independent.
After several years of redevelopment and rebuilding, Kingston began to find its own independence more valued than before, engaging in widespread immigration and defence treaties with the Sol Central Government, eventually becoming a member alongside Lordania in the year 2286. Since becoming a member, the planet has become a premier tourist destination for visitors from across space.
Kingston's traditional economy has been built around fishing, spices, and raw materials. Kingston's economy is largely dominated by the powerhouses of Kallihar and Garash. During the period of autocratic rule, much of Kingston's traditional economy was perturbed in favour of military output, including large scale rare earth metal mining on Thalis. After the restructuring of Kingston's economy, the focus was instead placed on local industries, and tourism. An estimated 15 million tourists visit Kingston each year, primarily concentrated in the cities of New Havana and Hulltown. There is always money to be made on the streets of New Havana. The United Metropolitan Common Market is a formal trade agreement between Kingston and Lordania.
The largest island on the planet is Kallihar, located near the equator. The island is linked by several smaller islands and shallow oceans. A large central mountain range exists across the length of the island, running into an underwater mountain chain. The capital city of New Havana sits on the south coast, in a small cove nestled across two smaller additional islands. It is the seat of the United Nations of Kingston, and home to the Havanan Republic. It is serviced by the rivers Ina and Jol, which flow through parts of the city into the ocean. Much of the island has been developed, with large highways and rail connections. The Republic of Heritage is based on the north-west peninsula, based out of the city of Otatota, built around the shallow Kingston Bay (Where the planet gets its name from).
Garash is either a large island or small subcontinent, depending on who's asking. The largest region of land on the planet, it stretches from the warm waters of the equator, to the frozen arctic ice in the north. A large mountain range runs down the middle of the island, with the rest of the terrain being tundra. Despite being the largest, it is also the least populated. The entire island makes up the Republic of Birmingham, with Hulltown as its capital. Most populated settlements are around the coast and around Hulltown.
Between them lies the Bromsay Archipelago, on which the city of Amaigia is settled. Amaigia is a trade city, developed around the highway system, and predominantly handles incoming and outgoing sea trade, which remains extremely profitable for planetwide trade. The archipelago connects Kallihar and Garash together, and is home to much of the SCG's planetary infrastructure outside of the capital.
The smaller islands include Armencio, Sisoti, and Thalis.
Large parts of the shallow oceans to the west of Kallihar have been developed into kelp harvesting and habitation areas for the Tritonian citizens of the planet.
The people of Kingston are known for their sense of ease and "laidback attitudes". Growing up on a waterworld, most Kingstonians can sail a boat, something rare in the 26th Century.
As the planet is divided into large islands, many different cultures exist on the planet. The majority of these cultures are descendent from various Solar cultures, such as Monisian and English. Outside of Sol influence, large groups of Kingstonians speak Spacer.
The city of Birmingham is home to the "Children of Kingston Revolution", a socio-cultural movement dedicated to non-violence and liberal policies. This period shares many similarities with earlier youth movements on Earth in the 1960s.
Law and Government
Kingston is a transnational nation, with each island divided into it's own state. Similar to the 21st Century USA, each state has it's own laws and government, with senators convening in New Havana to discuss politics. Currently Kingston is governed by President Oona Lewandoski. The largest country is technically Tritonia, the underwater nation lays claim to vast areas of underwater land. However, the most populous is Kallihar.
Traditionally neutral, Kingston has maintained it's status quo for over 40 years now. However, the recent socio-cultural movements across the planet have brought about change.
Kingston, as a member of the Sol Central Government, is protected by both the Third Fleet, and by it's own planetary defence force. The Kingston PDF is typically comprised of reservists, who when needed are drafted into the SCG Fleet or Army, or otherwise serve as border and immigration control. It has enjoyed relative peace for it's entire existence.
Kingston is home to 25 million people. It has relatively little landmass, and thus much of the shallow ocean area has been developed into underwater habitats.
Due to the planet's proximity to its sun, the vast majority of humans on Kingston have darker skin. The planet prides itself on it's multiracial and cultural roots. Because of this, it is extremely uncommon for any Kingstonian to identify themselves by race, as opposed to varying human cultures, even in the 26th century. Regardless of ethnicity, they tend to refer to themselves as Kingstonian.
There are also many first-generation Solarians (Humans from Inner-Sol systems), Lordanians, and Yuklidians of Kingstonian descent.
Kingston has several cultural enclaves on the planet, most prominently is the Martian quarters in New Havana and the predominantly Earthling Hulltown.
Kingston is also home to the largest ethnic Tritonian population outside of the Sol system, due to the planet's abundant shallow oceans, which make for exceptional Tritonian habitation. The largest Tritonian city on Kingston is known as "New Seattle".