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Hradus

by Pete Gray

Starport: Class B
Diameter: 5398 Miles
Atmos: Thin Tainted (Pollutants)
Surface Water: 65% Climate: Chilly
Population: 2.18 Billion (276 Million Aslan)
Government: Dictatorship
Law Level: 9
Tech Level: 13 has been attained, but 12 is more common.

Hradus was one of the original 28 worlds chosen for the Industrial Development Program. This despite the objections of its government, which preferred the status quo to possibly loosing its monopoly over the local economy and culture. Percieving this reluctance, a number of economic interests, both native and offworld, conspired with the planetary military to overthrow the government in 1141, and a junta was imposed that embarked on a crash course in industrial development. In the last 61 years, the world has enjoyed a six point increase in tech level, the highest for any world in the IDP, and the best for a high population world anywhere in the Regency. But the methods used to create this advancement has come at a high human cost. Large sections of the population were displaced by development, and dissent has not been tolerated by the regime. The majority of the populace had been ambivalent about their lot, accepting the sacrifice in hopes of enjoying the fruits of a higher standard of living, but in recent years this has hardened into passive resistance as economic growth has slowed, and repressed grievances come to the surface.


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