Kapteyn's Star, 12.76 ly from Sol
6500 miles diameter
Moderate oxygen-nitrogen (polluted; low oxygen content)
None; technically it IS a moon
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Newly-established Federation colony (developing agri-world)
Van Saar Federation (member), Humankind Empire Abh (ally)
Aramea is the largest moon in orbit around the "super-Earth" planet orbiting Kapteyn's Star. Most of Aramea's surface is covered shallow seas, extensive plant life, and many lower life forms (simple invertebrates), all with a biochemistry compatible with that of Terrans and virtually identical to the Centaurians' homeworld. The climate is well within Human tolerances, the weather is moderate, and there are no natural predators on the planet. Aramea's only downside is its atmosphere - the oxygen levels are significantly lower than that of Earth's. Although not unbreathable, most visitors breathing the atmosphere without an air mask will begin to suffer from oxygen deprivation within several minutes and likely pass out within an hour.
Kapteyn's Star is a red dwarf that is a fraction of the size of Sol, literally a few dozen times larger than Jupiter itself. The amount of light it gives off is minuscule in comparison to Sol, so the days on Aramea are filled with lurid reddish light emanating from a sun that fills most of the sky. A full day on Aramea is almost 240 Terran hours, during which time the inhabitants witness spectacular solar activity during the day and equally spectacular auroras for dozens of hours once the sun finally sets.
Local biochemistry: Compatible
Minerals: Ample Rare/Special, Ample Heavy Metals, Scarce Industrial Metals, Scarce Light Metals, Plentiful Organics
Distance from local star: 0.1 AUs
Density: 5.7 (Medium-Iron)
Gravity: 0.84 Gs
Climate: Moderate global temperatures with noticeable seasonal variances due to elliptical orbit.
Surface water: 57%, 69% humidity
Aremea's gravity and native biochemistry is a perfect match for the Centaurians, so when the Federation made the decision to establish a colony there the decision was also made to allow a disproportionately large number of Centaurians to emigrate from their homeworld and live on Aramea. The decision served two important purposes - to quickly build a new agri-world to offset the loss of Unmei and fulfill an important promise made to the Centaurians to secure their entry into the Federation (that of a new homeworld in the event Centaurus became uninhabitable because of the Chtorr).
With 75% of the population being Centaurians, the culture of Aramea is quickly becoming a resurgence of previously existing cultures on Centaurus that had been changed beyond recognition or lost because of the war against the Chtorr. Extensive medical examinations before and during transport to Aramea have ensured that no trace of the Chtorr followed the Centaurians. The planet itself has started to become an agricultural paradise and wildlife preserve as follow-up settlers have begun bringing with them additional plant samples of species driven to extinction by the Chtorr.
Aramea has also become a symbol of hope for the beleaguered Centaurians, for even if the worst happens and the Chtorr destroy their homeworld, at least some of their species can escape and start over. As such the current inhabitants of Aramea take immense pride in everything they do to help develop the planet further. Agricultural corporations from Parem have also begun to expand onto Aramea to help speed up the development of the colony and take advantage of the verdant conditions.
Aramea is NOT another former colony of the Centaurians whose inhabitants all perished during the collapse. More specifically, Aramea was a potential colony world undergoing terraforming to make it fully habitable prior to the collapse. The terraforming project was either abandoned or destroyed by the outbreak of hostilities, but enough work had been completed that the process became self-sustaining to a limited degree.
All plant and animal life introduced to the planet was specifically tailored to Centaurian biology and over the last hundred years spread across every square inch of the surface. Atmospheric processing was never completed, and the existing plant-life won't be able to create a fully breathable atmosphere for Humans for at least another 300 years. Additional atmospheric processing is currently underway, but not scheduled to be completed for at least 40 years.
With so much edible plant and animal life on the planet, Aramea is a perfect agricultural world.
Aramea is currently a bustling boomtown of frenetic activity as the engineers continue to make long-term plans and the workers continue to build the planet's infrastructure to support not only planet-wide agriculture, but the (currently) unpopulated cities that will one day house several million. The plan is to have a population of around eight million within 50 years, made up almost entirely of Centaurians transported from their homeworld to get away from the Chtorr. The massive scale of such a project doesn't bother the Centaurians at all; if anything it encourages them to work to their utmost despite the difficulties with working in a low-oxygen atmosphere. Already their efforts have succeeded in building enough of their agricultural industry to not only support themselves, but begin off-world exports.
As such, Aramea is a surprisingly orderly and law-abiding colony and its inhabitants amazingly high-spirited and content. The standard "start-up colonial martial law" measures are almost unnecessary: everyone is so dedicated to the task at hand that crime is virtually nonexistent Regardless, at the beginning of 2020 Aramea's government will be converted into a democratically-elected citizen government as mandated by the Federation's charter.
Aramea's situation deserves special notice as the fact that so much of the colonies' initial start-up construction was done by the agricultural corporations for Parem, it has been noted that the eventual colonial government may have strong corporate state overtones. The planet's political development will likely be monitored very carefully as time progresses.