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Associated MERC-NET Contracts:

     LA-PA-04-01      LA-GD-02-08

Region: Lyran Alliance
Ambassador: Damad Sandaker
X:-40.95 Y:98.58
Planetary Capital: Turkestgard
Primary Climate: Arid
Approximate Population: 561 Million People
Days to Jump Point:47 days
Planet Details:

Though it orbits far from its white-hot parent star, summers on Marfik are hot indeed. Part of this oppressive climate is due, of course, to the thin atmosphere, and nearly nonexistent ozone layer, which fails to protect this planet adequately against harmful solar radiation and cosmic rays. For this reason, early settlers quickly established most of their colonies below ground, or under protective domes. Though native flora already existed, imported plants were also introduced in an effort to thicken and purify the air, supplemented by atmospheric processors built later on.

The constant fighting for this border world, which boasts veins of valuable metals, including germanium and titanium, set back such efforts again and again through the centuries. Nevertheless, in the Star League era, terraforming efforts had begun to bear fruit, allowing the people of this world to step outside without the aid of filter masks or thick sunscreens.

Unfortunately, the loss of the Star League-era atmospheric purifiers during the early years of the Succession Wars initiated a gradual downward spiral as the planet reverts to its native atmosphere.

The planetary capital city and largest spaceport, Turkestgard, is located on the northern continent of Yantiban. Secondary spaceports may also be found in Kirikut and Halifax, the largest cities on the continents North Galfree and South Galfree, respectively.

[3083 Update] Time has been kind to Marfik and it has recovered well from the excesses of the Succession Wars. Turkestgard, Kirikut and Halifax have all expanded in size; the planet's limited heavy industry has also proliferated and Marfik now exports consumer electronics and is beginning to make a name for itself in the field of hostile-environment equipment and life-support systems.

However, the recent discovery of substantial wolframite deposits on Marfik has underlined this inhospitable planet's importance even more and will probably lead to more fighting in future. Wolframite ore can be refined to extract tungsten, which is used in armour-piercing munitions as an alternative to depleted-uranium.

Technological Development:

World of moderate advancement; average educational systems and medical care; microelectronics can not be manufactured.

Industrial Level:

Moderately industrialized; may produce a limited number/quantity of specific complex products.

Raw Material Dependence:

World/system produces some of the raw materials needed and imports the rest.

Industrial Output:

World has a small industrial base that may produce a limited number of products for export.

Agricultural Development:

World is an agriculturally poor world; cannot sustain its population and must import nearly all of its food.