Space Colonies

Biosphere III

The oldest space colony, built in 2024. Originally a 100-meter habitat later extended into a one kilometre cylinder with a mediterranean climate. Biosphere III became the "capital" of geosynchronous orbit and the transit point to L4, Mars and the asteroids. During the information disaster the colony ecology was damaged and eventually collapsed. Despite repeated attempts the ecology has not been possible to restore, and the colonists remain dependent on technological solutions for getting oxygen, water and food. While it was once a commercial and political center, it is now merely a point of transit.


Built in 2030 to act as an emergency meeting point (and safe haven) for the EU parliament. The colony was however sold to an international educational consortium, and was (after many complicated political and economical moves) colonised by scholars and humanists. Early attempts at creating a humanist ideal state failed, and the 2030's was dominated by internal quarrels. During the information disaster the university council took over, and have run the colony since then. It has become a kind of university-nation, with many unusual rules and norms.

Academion is a bastion of humanist and european culture, with prominent researchers in history, philosophy, linguistics and law. The colony often acts as a negotiator or neutral ground in international disputes.


The largest colony in geostationary orbit, a flottila of five 10-kilometre habitat housing over 10 million people. The colony was originally built by the japanese, but is today dominated by the chinese; the flottila lies between Tokyo and Beijing (some call it SupraSeoul). The different habitats are all urban, often in several levels and with extensive three-dimensional parks.


Lagrange point 4 is home for many of the truly big space colonies, and acts as the "port" of the Earth-Moon system. Some of the most well known habitats are the Hunjiang (chinese space factory), New Pensylvania (various american think-thnaks including SAIC, SRI and RAND Corp), Al-Itquid (arabian holiday resort), Penglai (the chinese equivalent to Beverly Hills) and Ganesha (India's biggest space habitat).


The large amat farms orbit the sun just outside the orbit of Mercury. Notable consortia are Look Outwards Combine, Jerusalem Macrotech and General Dynamics Corporation.

Terraformed worlds


Mars was once a glacial desert, but through amat detonations in the crust and beneath the poles the albedo has been lowered and water vapor has been freed (despite strong protests from the "reds" who wanted to preserve the planet as it was). Kuiper belt ice is being imported and nanomachines employed to make the planet livable for unprotected humans, a project expected to take at least 60 years more.

Mars is currently the most populous colony planet, with a population of 90 million humans, mainly Indians and Australians. It is formally divided into 24 independent regions, each having a seat on the planetary council (which mainly manages the terraforming effort). The council convenes in Phobos city.

Yi (Alpha Centauri A II)

The first extrasolar planet to be colonized. Yi was a pre-garden planet with a reducing atmosphere, which was seeded with fast growing algae and nanodevices that increased the oxygen levels within 20 years to breathable levels. Land life has been introduced, largely based on hardly species from Earth and Ice (the first attempt at xenosymbiosis).

The international colonisation consortium Alpha Centauri Development Consortium (usually called AC-DC) is formally responsible for the colony to the states and organisations who have insted in it. AC-DC is something between a megacorporation and a government, leasing social services from various provider organisations.

Yi is currently home to 60 million people. Most live along the coasts or on the floating artificial islands that extract hydrocarbons from the deep sea sludge. Agriculture is prospering since the plants get more light thanks to the multiple suns and the absence of pests. The capital is AC1 (usually called Arthur Clarke), a major space habitat in orbit over Yi.

New Frontier, Tau Ceti III

Originally a lifeless pre-garden with a methane-rich atmosphere. Unlike the terraforming of Yi, things went wrong here for obscure reasons. The oxygen levels oscillate between oxygen rich "winters" and oxygen poor "summers". The US have tried to dampen the oscillations for over 20 years, but New Frontier is still known as a tiresome planet.

The situation has also been worsened by internal conflicts due to second generation refugees from the midwest who have been forced to emigrate to New Frontier. Currently order is kept through a strong presence of US Space Marines, but the planet is an economical and political headache for the US.

Sun Tzu, Sigma Draconis I

One of the youngest terraforming projects. China is warming a glacial planet through amat detonations and directing comets to collide with it. Currently the planet is completely uninhabitable, but everything points towards an imminent sudden climate shift that will make it a promising candidate for seeding with a combination of terrestrial and Ice-based life.

No. 4, DM+46 1797 IV

An experimental colony in the Abraham-system, where Lagrange Engineering experiment with breaking the equilibrium of a hothouse world by scattering ice crystals in the stratosphere, carbon-dioxide eating nanodevices in the cloud layers and solar shields in orbits. So far progress has been slow.

Lifebearing Planets

Five planets are known to have developed life on their own:

Eden, Delta Pavonis II

Earthlike planet with a dust-ring. It is covered with 76% seas. The sea surface is gelled by algae, turning the water into a green sludge or gel that extends tens of meters downwards. On these surfaces an unique and unusual ecology of life thrive, including plants rooted in the gel, various grazers and predators and many creatures living in the gel itself. Beneath the gel even more bizarre life exists. The climate is calm except for the storm seasons caused by solar shadowing through the ring, which causes local hurricanes that can disrupt the equatorial gel.

All spacefaring nations have researchers on Eden, but europeans, arabs and chinese are dominant.

Castor/Sierra A, Zeta Tucanae III

A double planet, consisting of two planets orbiting so close to each other that they are locked in their rotation. The days are 26 earth-days, and most of the surface is a volcanic desert. Several small salty seas evaporate during the day and condense in the night. Most of the life live in subterranean brine reservoirs. Plants grow underground, sending up light pipes and dew-collectors, or bloom during the dawn. Practically all animals are digging and live underground.

The planet is mainly studied by americans and europeans. The double planet was originally named Castor/Pollux, but the IAU renamed it Sierra A and B to avoid confusion with the stars.

Inferno, Beta Hydri I

Inferno has an unique nitrogen-oxygen based biosphere, with a thick atmosphere of nitrous oxides and nitric acid produced by the local blue-black plants. Most of the surface is covered by silted seas, where most life live.

The planet is studied by the chinese, japanese and korean, who have already gained much from the unique lifeforms, which have turned out to be highly useful for innovative chemical industry and plastics.

Ice, Alpha Mensae II

A largely glacial planet, with terrestrial equatorial regions and large icecaps at the poles. Warm-blooded plants migrate during the summers onto the polar ice or grow from hidden seeds in ice mixed with silt along glacier rivers.

The planet has been a very profitable source of low temperature biology knowledge and species for the chinese.

Storm, Beta Comae Berenices V

The so far most terrestrial planet found by humans. It is dominated by a permanent superstorm, orbiting the equatorial sea and producing "normal" hurricanes that sweep across the northern and southern continents. The local life was well adapted to enormous storms, flooding or sudden shifts in weather.

It was recently discovered, and not much more than a research outpost mainly manned by americans. After the attack from the Enemy the status is uncertain, but it appears that the entire ecosphere has been wiped out and that no human survived.


Barnard's Star

The star is surrounded by a large asteroid belt, and many space industry installations were located here. At the start of the current crisis the Barnard Allied Fleet Base was set up here.

Ishmael, DM+46 1797 V-III

The third moon of the gas giant Abraham. Major Arabian settlement, where subterranean cities are burrowed into the crust. Advanced mining, habitat engineering and energy production makes Ishmael an important crossroad for colonization in the second and third octant.


Arabian research station in orbit around RY437, a nearby neutron star. Mankind encountered alien intelligence for the first time here in 2068 (see added report), but the contact was brief. In 2070 the station was destroyed, likely by the same aliens. During its existence al-Chwarizimi was devoted to studies of neutron star physics, gravity spectroscopy and pregeometry studies.