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Maelstrom

by Pete Gray

Starport: Class C
Diameter: 7484 Miles
Atmosphere: Dense with heavy pollution
Surface Water: 100%
Climate: Chilly
Population: 224.7 Million
Government: Technocracy
Law Level: 5
Tech Level: 10

Maelstrom is aptly named. The world has a fourteen hour rotation period, and vicious two hundred kilometer per hour winds whip the surface. Fortunately the world is covered entirely in water, and the population lives entirely in underwater habitats with few or no surface protrusions. The local ocean floor is littered with mineral deposits, particularly iron, nickel, copper and cobalt. The locals harvest these metals in Tiamat and Gashedda mining crawlers, which then offload their cargos into large submersibles that carry the ore back to the downport for processing and offworld shipment. The population of each habitat largely keeps to itself, as local conditions do not allow for much interaction.

Each colony is connected to the downport by a series of underwater "trains", wheeled trams that carry passengers and cargo in safety. The local downport is a vertical underwater platform that descends 700 meters to a radiating hub of tramways at its base. Incoming ships must make a water landing, on a small elevator platform that cancels their buoyancy and lowers them into the port.


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