System P1-3 (Hope) is a star system in the Nepleslia Prime Expanse. The main star of the system is in a Blue Dwarf state and in its later stages, having used most of its hydrogen fuel and preparing to transition into a White Dwarf. This meant that the sole planet on the system was covered in ice as the star began to cool after experiencing several million years of habitable conditions.
It is currently unknown what sort of environment or life existed prior to the planet freezing, but studies have been conducted onto the now colonised icy planet as ice mining operations dig deeper and deeper, looking for solid rock and fossils beneath the ice. Scientists were able to figure out that the planet was originally home to liveable conditions, and large oceans full of wildlife, and experienced a mass extinction event when Hope's star went supernova - surviving the worst of it with assistance from the Burrows Asteroid Field.
However, the cover from the asteroids was not entirely positive, as an asteroid from the Burrows field collided with the planet and reformed the landscape, landing in the middle of its oceans and spreading water through the planet. Coupled with the rapidly cooling sun, the planet begun to freeze into a rocky iceball, killing off almost all of the plant life, and animal life. Theoretically, there may be running water close to the core of the planet where, theoretically, life could still thrive.
The men responsible for taking the first steps on P-13's single planet sourly likened the planet's state to something forgotten in the freezer. One of them wisecracked that there was Hope for this frozen ball to be fully Nepleslianised, and the name seemed to stick after their overseers realised that all of the fresh water here could be shipped back home. Hopefully, their efforts to cut the planet apart were not in vain, as huge slabs of frozen water is one of their primary exports. The other notable exports are tritium gas, asteroid mining, and bitter winds.
|Sun Type||Late Stage Blue Dwarf|
|Celestial Bodies||2 Asteroid Belt, 1 Ice Planet|
|Current Occupants||Nepleslians, Geshrin, Other|
|Orbiting Order||Sun > Burrows Asteroid Field > Planet: Hope > Wellington Ice Field|
The P1-3 star system has only one planet. The planet, named “Hope” due to the fact that it had an enormous supply of frozen water to be extracted and supplied for Nepleslia. It was uninhabited save for a few carnivorous scavengers. The atmosphere is breathable, but the temperatures are extremely cold, especially at night.
A basic colony was formed, and several town-sized cities have been founded with the capitol Haven having the key spaceport to send ice/water to and receive supplies and equipment from a Space Station in orbit.
The two asteroid fields in the system are separated by the orbit of this planet. The one closest to the sun (called Burrows Field) is merely a field of rocks with no mineral value what-so-ever. However, there are large pockets of tritium gases throughout the field.
The furthest one (called Wellington Ice Field) consists of large shards of ice and barren rock. Mining stations (one carved out of a very large chunk of only rock and two in actual stations) have been made and preliminary sites have already been set up, digging into the ice and rock for minerals.
The defining characteristic of Hope is that it is covered in ice with patches of frozen rock amongst it, creating a vicious, barren terrain. Building upon ice was discouraged and colonists picked areas of solid rock to create permanent structures on. Towns and cities are usually nestled under large, flat, heated domes several kilometres wide with only a handful of ways in and out in order to keep the conditions liveable, as the external atmosphere requires specialised gear to survive in and snowstorms damage structures. For a short while, frostbite was the leading cause of death instead of gunshot wounds.
Haven is the largest and the first city to be founded upon Hope, boasting the sole spaceport that sends gigantic chunks of ice and receives supplies from the Space Station that orbits the planet. Permanent residents of Hope live interchangeably between Haven and the growing Space Station. Most travellers and passers-by prefer to remain on the space station and watch the planet from a distance rather than go planetside.
The previous representative to the Nepleslian senate was Michael Kreisen before some tribulations dethroned him from his position. The position is currently free, and the citizens have found that the small size of the colony allows things to remain autonomous without a senator, and a less interesting person was elected in their stead.
|Surface Area||138,000,000 km2|
|Land Area||66% Ice, 34% Rock|
|Composition||Ice/Crust, Rocky Core|
|Climate Types||Ice and Snow, Tundras near equator|
|Flora Density||Too cold to support|
|Fauna Density||Somewhat low|
|Length of Day||20 hours|
|Average Temperature||Daytime: 23 degrees F (-6 C); Nighttime: -20 degrees F (-28 C)|
Haven is primarily made up of Nepleslian citizens, but other species that don't mind the chill aren't completely unheard of either.
|Demographics||82% Nepleslians, 13% Geshrin, 5% Other|