(Aquarius - Core) Eridonia System

The former capitol of the Unified Terran Nations and the Seat of Power of the entire old Federation.

Eridonia was first settled by humans in 2205 A.D by an old-earth colony vessel of the same name. Within a few hundred cycles it became a sprawling metropolis, the heart of the most powerful human civilisation in the Aquarius cluster - the Unified Terran Nations, or Old Federation as it is known today. At the height of its power, the Eridonia system was the most developed and heavily defended system in Aquarius, - home to the Federal First Fleet and the Federal Government.

Eridonia is similar to Sol, humanity's homeworld. The star is main sequence, slightly larger than Sol with higher energy output, but nothing that humans couldn't adapt to. Host to what was one of the most beautiful garden worlds in the cluster, Eridonia Prime.

In the 44th century Eridonia lies in ruin, ravaged by the Aftershock, her worlds almost torn apart, stripped of air and irradiated. Though the only strategic importance is the centralised location; the United Aquarian Systems maintains a significant military presence in the system to preserve the enormous global graveyard, where billions of human lives were lost, on the ruins of Eridonia Prime. The system is also host to vast starship graveyards, filled with countless ship carcasses, and was in the process of being recycled by the Six Trade Alliance - under strict supervision from the UAS and ATIS government, until the termination of the Joint Reclamation Treaty in 4405 A.D.

The Eridonia System has three satellite systems, Eris I, II and III. It is believed they could have been former moons pushed into distant orbit.

|| PLANET: Erin's Storm
ATMOSPHERIC TYPE: Gas Giant (Hydrogen-based)
TERRAIN TYPE: N/A
CLASS: Jovian
SURFACE GRAVITY: 2.3 Earths
DEVELOPMENT: Orbital & Upper Atmosphere Infrastructure
HUMAN POPULATION: < 2000 Orbital & Atmosphere Infrastructure
NON HUMAN POPULATION: N/A
GOVERNMENT: Officially a Federal Democracy
ALLEGIANCE: UAS/ATIS
STATUS: Uncontested, Peace
ESTABLISHED: 2263 A.D
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Erin's Storm is a Gas Giant planet on a close orbit to the large, hot star of Eridonia. It was first mapped in 2263 by Old Federation exploration ships from the young colony on Eridonia. It is comprised mainly of Hydrogen and other trace elements, and has been the subject of extensive atmospheric exploitation by UAS, and the UTN before the Fall. During the Aftershock, much of the infrastructure over Erin's Storm remained intact due to its strong magnetic field, which proved invaluable for the TLA's economy during the post-old Federal Era. The Planet has remained one of the largest sources of exploitable Hydrogen in the Aquarius cluster. Currently, Erin's Storm hosts an ATIS 'starfuel' refinery and several civilian installations operated by the civilian UAS government and local corporations.

|| PLANET: Eridonia
ATMOSPHERIC TYPE: Garden World (Nitrogen-Oxygen) Breathable by humans
TERRAIN TYPE: Rocky, Terran
CLASS: Earth-type
SURFACE GRAVITY: 1.01 Earths
DEVELOPMENT: Extensive
HUMAN POPULATION: > 12 billion
NON HUMAN POPULATION: UNKNOWN
GOVERNMENT: Officially a Federal Democracy
ALLEGIANCE: UAS/ATIS
STATUS: Uncontested, Peace
ESTABLISHED: 2238 A.D
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Eridonia. Once the capitol world of the Old Federation and a symbol of everything the Unified Terran Nations stood for. This once mighty bastion of Terran power was ravaged by thee Aftershock during the Fall of the UTN in 4040 A.D. The vast metropolises that covered essentially the entire surface of the planet were devastated, with billions of lives lost; turning the world into something of a planet-sized graveyard - the city ruins stretching for as far as the eye could see. During the post-Old Federal Era, the TLA secured Eridonia fairly quickly as society collapsed, occupying the planet with a permanent garrison as to conduct an on-going humanitarian operation for its millions of survivors. In addition, the garrison would prevent exploitation and desecration of the symbol of the Old Federation; essentially becoming a beacon of hope for the Loyalist's fight to liberate the sector, before the New Federal Era.

During the height of the Old Federal Era, Eridonia was the pinnacle of human development and achievement: a planet-wide city with every possible service, good, or market possible within the scope of the Old Federation's Law. Host to the Eris Tiers; mighty 'tiered' city-levels, upon which the Senate of the Federation; the seat of power of the entire cluster, resided. Today, the remains of the Eris Tiers have been restored and a permanent monument to the fall of the Old Federation erected upon it, often attracting visitors from all over the cluster to pay their respects to the billions of people that died in the streets below.

While there has been extensive rebuilding of the global metropolis by the UAS and supported by a new restoration effort initiated by the ATIS Council, still over 60% of the surface remains in ruin; officially off-limits to civilians as the civil contractors and the Military continue to comb the ruins for artefacts; a process not expected to be completed for at least another century. Currently, the Aquarian Imperial Navy operate from the surface via the Tier IV Naval Base; an Orbital Lift facility at the peak of the Eris Tiers.

|| PLANET: Eridonia Secunda
ATMOSPHERIC TYPE: N/A
TERRAIN TYPE: Rocky, Ice
CLASS: Moon
SURFACE GRAVITY: 0.35 Earths
DEVELOPMENT: Extensive
HUMAN POPULATION: ~750,000
NON HUMAN POPULATION: UNKNOWN
GOVERNMENT: Officially a Federal Democracy
ALLEGIANCE: UAS/ATIS
STATUS: Uncontested, Peace
ESTABLISHED: 2239 A.D
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Eridonia's only moon, "Secunda" orbits the world at a similar distance as Earth's moon did, and has a similar composition. Development on Secunda started only a year after the Colony Ship 'Eridonia' touched down on her namesake world, as orbital lift technology was already available to the colonists from her engineering payload. Secunda's development started primary as a mining facility; large deposits of titanium and other metallic elements essential in starship hull construction increased the strategic importance of this moon significantly. During the height of the Old Federal Era, Secunda was developed further, featuring residential installations and even tourist attractions such as theme parks. The moon received its first major, 'mainstream' Orbital Docking facility in 2241 A.D and since then as been an integral component in the Eridonia System, with a large military installation installed in the late 3rd millennium - including an extra-orbital weapons array - intended to intercept targets in Eridonia's upper atmosphere with Ballistic Missiles.

During the Fall of the UTN in 4040 A.D, the moon's infrastructure was severely damaged, remaining derelict through most of the post-Old Federal Era, until it was redeveloped in 4301 A.D by the young UAS; restarting the surface mining operations to fuel the growing New Federation's development. The surface currently hosts an extensive archival complex operated by the UAS Government; perhaps most famous for the location of the primary server for the 'Eridonia Archives' initiative. Secunda's military facility was renamed 'Fort Memorial Alpha' and serves as a vanguard, protecting the memories of the billions that died in the Fall. Additionally, the AIN use Fort Memorial Alpha as a local staging area for Navy operations.

|| PLANET: Eridonia Minor
ATMOSPHERIC TYPE: N/A
TERRAIN TYPE: Rocky, Icy
CLASS: Dwarf Planet
SURFACE GRAVITY: 0.28 Earths
DEVELOPMENT: Limited
HUMAN POPULATION: < 10000
NON HUMAN POPULATION: UNKNOIWN
GOVERNMENT: Officially a Federal Democracy
ALLEGIANCE: UAS/ATIS
STATUS: Uncontested, Peace
ESTABLISHED: 2270 A.D
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Eridonia Minor is a frozen dwarf planet on the outskirts of the Eridonia System. It was first developed in 2270 A.D, by the Old Federation, with mining facilities to extract the various rare elements found in its unusually resource-rich crust. During the Old Federal Era, Eridonia Minor saw similar development as Eridonia's moon, Secunda, in that residential colonies soon sprang up to support the surface quarries, and with that, the planet's own economy saw a boon during the height of the Old Federation around the late 3rd millennium. The Old Federal Navy operated a remote Observatory on Eridonia Minor's surface, which was one of the first to detect the Aftershock - but as with the rest of the cluster, far too late for any meaningful preparation.

Currently, the Dwarf Planet hosts an Imperial Navy / UAS Sector Fleet installation known as Fort Memorial Beta, built from the Old Federal Navy Observatory that was derelict during the Fall in 4040 A.D. Combined with Fort Memorial Alpha on Secunda, this serves as the primary Sector Defence of Eridonia during the New Federal Era and into the Imperial Era.

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