Ficant - World Details

Moons: Nil
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.02
Diameter: 8,402 km (5,222 mls)
Density: 5.1g/cucm
Mass: 0.264 Earth
Gravity: 0.609g (5.97m/s/s)
Orbital Period: 106.954 Std days (35.651 local days)
Sidereal Day: 70.036 Standard hours
Local Day: 72.000 Standard hours
Axial Tilt: 5
Atmospheric Pressure: 1.1 Earth
Atmospheric Gasses: Nitrogen 76.5% Oxygen 22.7% Other 0.7%
Hydrosphere: 69%
Albedo: 0.250
Greenhouse Factor: 0.295
Temperature: 5.277 C (41.169 F)
Local Ecosystem: Simple Animals, nearly identical with Earth norm
Resources: Average (very poor in hydrocarbons)
World Trade Number: 2
Per Capita Income: Cr716
GWP: MCr 6.623

Ficant is an unremarkable Imperial world near the Sword Worlds border. It orbits Netali, an main sequence M0 class star at a distance of 0.35AU. Netali is only 2 billion years old and has a white dwarf companion (Netali bis) orbiting at 10AU.

Ficant is a small world with oceans covering 69% of its surface. Despite its cool climate it does not posses extensive polar ice caps as none of its five continents are located in the polar regions, thus preventing their formation. This lack of ice caps has contributed to keeping its overall albedo low and results in a climate far warmer than would normally be expected. One curious fact is its surprisingly high atmospheric pressure given its small size, but like much on the world, this has not yet been investigated and no plausible explanation has been advanced.

Ficant's youth has prevented it from become tidally locked to its primary. However it is expected that it will become tidally locked within the next 500 million years, at which point its atmosphere's volatiles will freeze out on the night side and the planet will die. Despite this, the world has evolved a thriving ecosystem with a wide range of primitive flora and fauna (very roughly equivalent to Earth's Carboniferous period) and is of considerable interest to biologists.

Flora and Fauna

Ficant's indigenous life has only developed to a primitive state. As might be expected, life on Ficant originated in the seas and they now posses a rich variety of life forms. However, the "invasion" of the land has only just begun and Ficant has few native land animals other than invertebrates. Much of the planet's landmass is covered by massive bogs and swamps of tree sized spore propagating plants (similar to terrestrial club-mosses, ferns and horsetails). Forests of primitive seeding trees dominate the remainder. It is expected that the world's combination of low gravity and high atmospheric pressure will lead to the evolution of a wide variety of ariel life, but as yet only a few species have taken to the air (mostly invertebrates). This combination of low gravity and high pressure has also lead to the evolution of a number of triphibian creatures.

Ficant's swamps and bogs teem with life. The wetlands are covered in a thick layer of rich decaying organic material and support a vast array of creatures; ranging from tiny invertebrates to massive amphibians such as the Arngalds. This dense organic soup also produces a number of valuable chemical compounds and provides the planet's sole source of off-world income. Much of the world remains unexplored and only a tiny hand-full of Ficant's creatures has yet been classified.

Despite the scarcity of large land animals, Ficant's has a diverse range of amphibian creatures, some of which grow to quite respectable size. Many of these amphibians are aggressive carnivores and travel through these areas can be quite hazardous. The largest thus far discovered is the Svensson's Arngald. This creature can grow up to 18 meters in length and mass over 300 kilograms and has no hesitation in attacking humans.

In addition to its native flora and fauna, several species of off-world plants and animals have been introduced (either deliberately or by accident). These off-world species have thrived on Ficant and indeed are replacing many native species around the areas of human settlement. Recently Ficant's Governing Council introduced strict control on the importation of off-world life forms in an attempt to protect the native ecosystem.

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