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Thraxa
Associated MERC-NET Contracts:

     PY-PH-04-01      PY-OC-04-02

Region: Periphery
Ambassador: None
X:-321.82 Y:-380.71
Planetary Capital: New Tallinn
Primary Climate: Subarctic
Approximate Population: 21 Million People
Days to Jump Point:3 days
Planet Details:

Star Type (Recharge Time): M1 (202 hours)
A important world for trade between the Magistracy of Canopus and the Marion Hegemony.

Noble Ruler: Duchess Molly Trussel
HPG Class Type: None
Position in System: 2
Time to Jump Point: 2.96 days
Number of Satellites: 1 (Niobe)
Surface Gravity: 1.03
Atmospheric Pressure: Standard (Breathable)
Equatorial Temperature: 22C° (Cool Temperate)
Surface Water: 80%
Recharging Station: Nadir
HPG Class Type: B
Highest Native Life: 50% Mammal

This border world near the Marian Hegemony has been virtually self-sufficient since the second generation after settlement, supplying its needs through a lucrative fur trade, forestry, coal mining and textiles. Thraxan textiles in particular have become all the rage since the 3045 development of a local sheep breed that produces cashmere-like wool in suffi cient abundance to lower the price. Known throughout Canopian space as an especially independent-minded lot, Thraxans are proud of their reputation for stubbornness and make no apologies for putting their own planet’s interests first.

As far back as the Andurien-Canopian war, Thraxans have existed in uneasy tension with the Magistracy government, determined to do for themselves what they only intermittently trust their rulers to do for them. Their proximity to the Marian Hegemony has made them a frequent target of vicious raids, most recently in the 3057-58 Pirates’ War. Such experiences only fuel local convictions that if Thraxans want anything done, they’d best do it themselves.

The mountains of Thraxa’s northern continent are a draw for serious climbers seeking a challenge, despite a record number of injuries and even deaths in attempting to scale them. Winter storms in the mountains have sparked legends of snow-demons and killer blizzards, the latter allegedly animated by the spirits of the vengeful dead. Much of Thraxa’s northern landmass is tundra, with large swathes of wilderness

deliberately preserved in between the planet’s major settlements. Snow
bears and herds of tazqan, a caribou-like native herbivore prized for its
smoky-tasting meat, roam these wild preserves; the bears occasionally
stroll into town when scarce forage thins the herds. The planet’s most dangerous predator, the Thraxan devourer, is native to Thraxa’s vast southern ocean. This massive sea serpent outweighs a great white shark, with impressive swimming speed and a jaw that locks onto its prey with bone-crushing force. Thraxan devourers sometimes venture into shallow waters in search of food, and pose a particular menace to swimmers and fi shing boats off the Crescent Archipelago during summer months. One such victim was Ian Calderon, eaten by a devourer during his fi ve-day R&R from the mercenary Green Mountain Boys.

Technological Development:

Advanced world with access to many new technologies; world hosts universities; good medical care available, though without benefit of bionics and other cutting-edge technologies; basic microelectronics industry.

Industrial Level:

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

Raw Material Dependence:

World/system produces all the raw materials needed and commonly exports large quantities of surplus.

Industrial Output:

World has a wide industrial base that produces many different types of products and exports most of its output.

Agricultural Development:

World has abundant environment producing enough to sustain the population using agriculture technologies; limited exports.