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Information on the Ghalis System. Return to Locations
Ghalis System Planets:
Ghalis I – uninhabited extremely radioactive rock pretty worthless all around though sometimes a little research or small scale mining takes place here. It has no atmosphere. Orbits pretty close to the sun, has two moons (Alpha and Beta) which are small and not worth much. Its the smallest of the rocky worlds with .39g.
Ghalis II – One of the four inhabited planets, the surface temperature is usually around 115-125 C, the planet is rife with low level volcanism and covered in chemo-synthetic bacteria and organisms which live here despite a thin atmosphere. Humans live below ground or on large domes on the surface, enjoying massive chemical wealth and power from the geological activity. Population with its three moons is 850 million people who mostly engage in mining and hydroponic systems along with ore refining and chemical plants. About 80% the size of earth with .77g, ten of its localized days are equivalent to one of its years thus the planet is significantly cooler during the ‘night’. Has the least amount of orbital infrastructure.
Ghalis III – Oceanic and inhabited, over 90% of the surface is covered with oceans and has a breathable atmosphere. There exists a single continent and many small island chains which is heavily inhabited along with under the ocean. There are many bizarre species of fish throughout the world, and its temperature is a fairly constant 28-35 C on the continent where most of the people live. Population is just shy of two billion people, with a sizable portion living with the extensive orbital infrastructure around the planet. Its larger than earth with 1.08g and thirty-one hour days.
Ghalis IV – The most earth like of the worlds, and the largest of the rocky worlds and the most populated. It is just under half land with oceans present, a breathable atmosphere, and surface temperatures at the equator usually around 20 C to below freezing at the poles. It is inundated with massive tidal forces due to its massive moon of Harrak. Just under nine billion people live on Ghalis IV which is rich in biodiversity. It has five main continental masses with a lesser one at the southern pole, due to its tilt the northern hemisphere is significantly warmer than the southern. Most of the coastlines resemble massive mangrove swamps due to the tidal variation which is extensive. It is 1.19g and has extensive orbital infrastructure and is the home seat of the government of the Ghalis System.
Harrek – This moon houses around 600 million people named after the legendary founder of the system. It has a breathable atmosphere still, and orbits very close to Ghalis IV causing the tide, it is habitable with .36g and almost as large of Ghalis I.
Ghalis V – The furthest out of the inhabited worlds, it is a gas giant but with many valuable chemicals inside justifying the expense of cities within, in addition to massive shipyards and many inhabitants within its eleven moons, each of considerable size. Around three billion people live in the Ghalis V lunar system combined with the planet itself and orbital colonies around the world. This is as far out as the average citizen of the Ghalis system will go.
Ghalis VI – has six moons, rumored to hold a significant chunk of military bases and specialized research stations.
Ghalis VII – four moons, home to some small scale mining and research efforts.
There are several asteroid patches in the Ghalis system some of them closer in and home to people and many large orbital stations which serve as redundant communications relays and power collectors along with research stations, and very large groups of comets and asteroids at the edge of the system supposedly home to radicals, pirates and the less than sane. The entire population of the Ghalis system is roughly 15.5 billion people mostly with a little dissent united under one government.
Ghalis System Goverment:
The entire system is ruled by one system lord who is chosen by the system council consisting of 12 representatives, two from each of the main planets (Ghalis II – Ghalis V), one representative from the military, one chosen to represent all those in asteroid or space colonies, one chosen by corporate interests and finally one hereditary member who is an affirmed descendant of the Harrek Dynasty. The System Council has authority devolved to it by the System Lord, and in turn devolves authority to the Planetary Councils which are made up of representatives from Provincal Councils which are either directly elected or in turn selected from Prefactural Councils for relatively local issues and which are elected. Though a few seats on various councils may be selected by other means the vast majority are selected in all cases democratically or chosen from another lower level council. They do have a system of checks and balances in place but it is remarkably complicated and in practice provided the councils dont do anything too odd they can more or less do what they want.