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Jode's atmosphere is an unbreathable soup of carbon dioxide, methane and water vapor. The mixture is kept fluid by friction generated by the world's rotation, and high winds caused by thermal variances in the upper levels. In the lower valleys and canyons, the atmosphere often condenses into a chemical slush that covers the ground in a manner reminiscent of thick snow. Because of the ready availability of raw materials, SuSAG constructed several extraction plants here in the 980s for a variety of chemical and medicinal purposes. The entire population lives in a quartet of orbital habitats located in low orbit. Crews are shuttled down to work four day shifts at the various plants scattered around the surface. Concerns over the vulnerability of this world to Viral infection led to a partial evacuation during the 1130s, but the remaining population has steadfastly refused to relocate. SuSAG has pulled out most of its people, but continues to subcontract its facilities to local companies. The local tech level is too low to maintain the orbital stations, and the local government has consolidated into a bureaucracy to better pool resources.