Criticus

Criticus System
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Ruler: Yusef abn Rahim al-Yazata
Cathedral: St. Ignatius ( Orthodox)
Agora: Guild Arius (Money Dealers)
Garrison: 8
Capital: Acheon
Jumps: 1
Tech Level: 8
Human Population: 2,600,000,000
Alien Population: 10,000,000
Resources: Ores, timber, coal, agriculture
Exports: Refined Ore, Military Tech, Entertainment, Chemicals, Machinery, Vehicles, Textiles, Clothing, Cotton, Timber, Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture, Iron, Jewels, Gold

Solar System

Star: Apollo
Planet Name Distance from Star Notes
Budh 0.356 AU Extreme heat and little atmosphere; Uninhabited and uninhabitable; Strongly reflects sunlight, called the Morning Star
Aristotle 0.703 AU Partially terraformed during the Second Republic; Guild city of Herodotus is the only settlement, a mining colony
Criticus 1.000 AU
(Ardelle) moon Military base and monitoring station; Last line of defence against Desecrated and Aesir attacks
Mehmet 1.573 AU Rich in ores; Guild mining colonies
(Czar) moon Asteroid captured into orbit
(Sultan) moon Asteroid captured into orbit
Khlebnikov 2.98 AU Small world; Military monitoring station
Ellylon 6.107 AU Not quite a gas giant; Seven moons; Life in upper atmosphere; Mining for metallic hydrogen
Bhuta 32.37 AU Smallest planet in the system; Volcanically active, giving it a red appearance from near constant lava flows
Jumpgate 55.03 AU

Criticus is a diverse world, slightly larger than Holy Ersetu, and with a year of 348 days. 64% of its surface is covered in water and the land is dominated by Salamandra, the “mother of continents”, stretching from pole to pole, encompassing regions of conifer forest, deserts, plains, equatorial jungles and mountain chains.

History

The first permanent Posthuman settlement on Criticus was called Mazadarun, settled sometime between GD 2520 and GD 2600, and comprised mostly of marginalized religious sects. This was quickly followed by freezone advocates, democratic anarchists, libertarian freethinkers, consitutional republicans, utopian socialists and many others. Poe’s rebellion in 2708 against unpopular tax increases drove the elected officials offworld and opened the way for Bashshar god-Corporation to seize power.

Bashshar, a communications and weapons-focused pantheonic conglomorate, left the planet’s self-governing regions in autonomous but dependent positions. Munir Ibn Tarif, ancestor of the al-Yazata lineage, created a visionsynth drug called Luxdei-3 while employed at Bashshar. Munir Ibn Tarif’s daughter, Fatima, married Kansbar Caspiri, the god-king of the Bashshar pantheon.

During a rebellion against the god-corp’s rulership, the planet was suddenly conquered by the Stoucrix. Bashshar aided the Stoucrixi after the conquest was complete, pacifying rebellious city-states. Criticus was the first planet to be liberated by Palamedes when the human’s counteroffensive began. After the liberation, Bashshar reasserted power under the guise of the Peltan Oligarchy, and by GD 3200, the Caspari were Dukes of Criticus. The marriage of Arif Abdul Salam al-Yazata to Duchess Nawar Caspari in GD 3411 broke the existing power structure and transformed the world into a democracy. A Universal Voting Act was passed in GD 3422. The Second Republic was a boom time for Criticus, defining much of the era’s arts, fashion and entertainment.

When the noble houses siezed Capital Secundus, many republican officials fled to Criticus, where Republican ruled endured another 200 years. A depression in GD 4226 was followed by famine and starvation when pantheonic sea-farms failed for lack of high-tech replacement parts. Following a violent civil war, the Red Guard (socialist-utopian party) seized power in GD 4238, followed by 20 years of dictatorship. The Amatsukami and Bogovi conquered the world, supposedly to end to anti-royalist threat the Red Guard represented. General Sorhab, a Red Guard army captain, rebelled against Amatsukami and Bogovi rule in GD 4262, driving them off and ruling the world until GD 4299.

After General Sorhab’s death, the world reverted once again to al-Yazata rule and various branches of the al-Yazata family have fought over control of the world ever since. During the Desecrati Wars, many refugees flooded the world, overtaxing the social services and creating mass corruption within the government. During the Primacy Wars, there was civil war on Criticus between the different family branches, with the rebels aided by the Bogovi. Duke Hakim utilized the 5th Dark Legion of Stoucrix to supress the rebellion, driving off the Bogovi in GD 4991 at Mount Rudaki.

Today Criticus is the most populous and unruly of the al-Yazata worlds. It was settled by a thousand different factions, and a thousand different factions remain today. Many people consider that if a plot doesn’t originate on Criticus, it will not succeed. The world is noted for its many famous artists, philosophers, architects, and others. The social heirarchy of the world is noteworthy itself, consisting at the highest levels of nobles and aristocrats, followed by plutocrats, guilders, freemen, then serfs and finally slaves. As well, there are estimated to be some five million Stoucrix spread across the world.

One of the more gruesome features of the planet’s social landscape is the Blood Harvest. Various cities (most notably Larrane, Acheon and Rothitaka) pay for the prvilege of publicly executing criminals. These public executions draw large crowds and provide much economic activity for the city it is held in.

In Acheon, gladitorial combat is done once per year with condemned prisoners fighting to the death in the Slaughter Bowl, involving some 500 prisoners in 5 days. This practice is almost 500 years old and is heavily backed by the guilds despite many large protests. The Sectus retains the right to save 50 of the condemned.

Criticus sits within a nexus of Jump roads making it a major commercial hub. Maritime resources and other wildlife are plentiful in the great game reserves in the south and large plankton farms harvest the oceans wealth. In addition, great mineral resources, technological sophistication, and many Shoqëri Guilds high-tech vehicle and munitions factories makes this one of the most progressive worlds in the Star Empire. Hence, Criticus is a cosmopolitan center and the capital of Acheon is known by many names, including, Den of Plots, Mother of Veils, and City of Schemes, and it is said that more intrigues hatch here than in the rest of the Imperium combined.

Criticus is also home to one of the Yintrai, one of the Cities of Refuge, struck with a plague bomb during the Primacy Wars the city is now quarantined and said to be home to hideous mutants.

Criticus is the most populous (2.6 billion humans and over 10 million Stoucrix) and the most unruly of the al-Yazata worlds. Here, coin is king and there is no privilege that cannot be acquired or lost by the passing of money (Criticus churches are rich with the sale of Indulgence). Slavery is legal with the payment of fees and corruption is an established part of society. Indeed, to be from Criticus implies a certain political maturity and sophistication, and is home to some of the greatest art and high-culture in the Star Empire.

Locations

Perleria
The Perleria region is ruled by the Baroness Prajna Sophia al-Yazata. In addition to the al-Yazata fiefs, there are also here Sectus fiefs, lead by Bishop Munus, which control much of the local commerce; House Torenson fiefs, lead by Sir Zachery Torenson; and House Juandaastas fiefs, lead by Marquessa Sabine al-Yazata Juandaastas. The Juasdaastas are attempting to restock the area with endangered species, but the Torensons don’t understand and try to wipe out various predators as they are introduced. This has resulted in high tensions between the Torensons and Juandaastas.

The island is home to the Wyeming Mountains, and the western coast is heavily forested (coniferous), and home to many foresters and trappers. The southern part of the island is rich in farmland and grazing fields. Marriages are arranged from birth in this part of the world, and the 7th child of any marriage is automatically a freeman and receives a free education. It is also home to the Sectus of St. Maya. North Perleria is home to reindeer herders and artic villages of Shimo, an eskimo-like people who combine Orthodox dogma with shamanistic practices. Sikkeena (Knife Weasels) roam the artic regions in large herds – they have opposable thumbs and are known to attack human villages. Legends of Leviathans persist, possibly guardians of the sunken Primmortal city of Daztlanshi.

100 million population

Shamal
Located in Shamal, Nordwood forest is home to many woodsmen and trappers. Although originally farmland, a forest has grown up since the collapse of the Second Republic. Nordwood is home to a number of Ghareeb, or coyote men – Second Republic experiments in gene splicing.

Other features of the region include the Rhine River, the Hovin River, and many a gold and ore mine. There are also the cities of Rothitaka, Ost, and Acheon. Overall, the people of Shamal are religiously liberal but politically orthodox.

The city of Ost is a city of one million humans and 220,000 Reikaw. It is ruled by Consul Pollux of the Hornblowers and is not surprisingly home to a spaceport. The city is to be controlled by the Hornblowers until the year GD 5015, when it will be handed over to the al-Yazata as per a long-standing treaty agreement. By tradition, any serfs who live in Ost for 7 years become freemen. Some areas are very poor and run down, with open drug use and prostitution.

Acheon, a city of 10 million, is ruled by Yusif abn Rahim al-Yazata, a competent and tolerant ruler. It also is home to a bustling spaceport, the planet’s main agora, and the St. Ignatius Cathedral, run by Archbishop Gampopa, who is a conservative, but not harsh; a friend of the Shoqëri Guilds and a supporter of the Chorali. The city also hosts a significant Aegean presence. Parts of the city are known by their political affiliation, and the Ka’Hadan and Stoucrixi have their own quarters (the Stoucrixi quarter is known as Tada-Town). Some of the best restaurants in the Galactic Imperium in the theatre district, and Zeth’s Tower is the second tallest structure in the Galactic Imperium, employing grav discs and terracite. The city suffers from a severe smog problem from many factories and petrol vehicles, and oxygen masks are necessary in many parts of the city and oxygen centers are common. Three air filtering plants have failed in the past century, leaving only one that still functions. Work has begun on fixing the largest of the broken ones. The People’s Knights operate here, a democratic terrorist organization.

1,500 million population

Salamandra
Most of the people of Salamandra are Orthodox, and the Sectus owns a good deal of land in this region. There are three major cities here – Isfahan, Tabrast, and Savpna. The Khesir Forest is home to the great al-Yazata garden and zoo estates, while the Ahmar Desert is full of Diasporan ruins and the small Stoucrixi town of Avgast. Rumors of antinomy in the Ahmar region are being investigated by the Idristites, and peasant disappearances are common.

Isfahan is controlled by the Fisher’s Guild, with its high-tech fleet, and backed by the Mōnstrum. It is home to one million people and has its own spaceport. Tensions run high between the Mōnstrum backed Fisher’s Guild, a yeomen based fishing guild and an al-Yazata backed fishing guild, and Mōnstrum ships reguarly attack the other factions’ ships. A sunken Second Republic city has been discovered in the prime fishing area, and a probable war is in the making between the Mōnstrum and the al-Yazata over rights to the sunken city.

Tabrast is a city of six million, many of which are refugees of the Desecrati Wars. This city also has its own spaceport. Various branches of the al-Yazata family live here, constantly at each other’s throats, and the police are rife with corruption and often shakedown refugees.

The Malik Mohafza fief is ruled by the Baron Hamid al-Yazata, who desires to be appointed governor of the world. To that end, the Baron has allied himself with Duke Hakim. This fief is one of open country and large royal estates, bordered by the Disamber Mountains, which are rumored to hold Primmortal ruins. The city of Savpna is located in this fief, a large seaport of great wealth and gross overcrowding, home to one million people.

900 million population

Yintrai
Yintrai is a free city, meaning any criminal who makes it to this city is off-limits to authorities. However, despite the refuge status of the city, it is officially quarantined and no longer popular due to plague-bombs dropped on it by the Bogovi during the Primacy Wars. These plague bombs caused DNA mutations that turned many people in monsters. The Sectus sometimes airlifts supplies into the city, but its spaceport is now no long in use, at least not in any official capacity.

100 million population

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