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Suvfoto

by Pete Gray

Starport: Class D
Diameter: 8865 Miles
Atmosphere: Thin
Surface Water: 42%
Climate: Very Hot
Population: 424.89 Million
Government: Civil Service Bureaucracy
Law Level: 10
Tech Level: 6

Suvfoto is orbited very closely by Ternovo, a 4000 mile diameter rockball. Ternovo originally orbited much farther out, but a collision with a rogue planet or massive asteroid dislodged into an elliptical orbit that allowed to be pulled by the mother world. Suvfoto had smaller oceans back then, and was slowly dying seismically. Gravitational drag produced by Ternovo reactivated the core of the world, producing fresh tectonic activity.Gravitational stress combined with local geological conditions creates the necessary and sufficient requirements for massive earthquakes. Minor earthquake swarms of Richter 3.5 to 5.0 are the norm for local seismic conditions.

The world's old continents are now being pulled apart by new faulting and subduction. Its oceans have been widened and deepened by new oceanic ridges and seafloor volcanism. Colonists arrived in 503 to mine the massive ore and gem deposits that resulted. Life on such an active world is fraught with peril, as settlements are subject to major earthquakes in nearly every corner of the world, and tsunamis are frequent occurences in the local seas. "Moderate" events are very common. Mutual aid agreement and disaster assistance, as well as preventative regulations are stringently enforced by the local government. The population lives in mostly light, portable structures that cause little damage or loss of life in case they are knocked off of their foundations. Centralised infrastructure is of little use on this world, and the daily delivery of water and power by government operated trucks is the center of daily routine. Most settlements are connected by sea or air, and the downport is located in soft sand in a local desert to shock absorption.


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