Even though Ayn Jones has been living on Aurora and been using it a central base of operations, I have only given the barest of information regarding the planet as most of her dealing have been in Aurora City and more specifically the spaceport. My hope here is to give more details regarding this world and system. Its UWP is Aurora – A-966A84-D Hi Xb A but that gives information understandable to those who know MegaTraveller so let me break it down for you.
The Planet Aurora (technically Aurora II as it is the second planet in the system)
Starport Class A – This means Aurora has an excellent facility for Starships. It has docks that are capable of manufacturing starships and spaceships with both of the major megacorporations who make ships for the Republic represented. It also has facilities that allow for the complete overhaul maintenance of starships if needed and has refined and purified fuel available for purchase. You could contrast this with Ayn jones’ homeworld which has a starport class C which has no docks for ship manufacture, has the ability to fix only major damage and only has unrefined fuel available.
Size 9 – Aurora is a large planet with a diameter of 13,600km. Earth is a little smaller than this at 12,720km. This is about as large as you can get without being labeled as a fluid world. Its gravity is about 1.1 normal.
Atmosphere 6 – Standard – Aurora’s air pressure falls between the standard ranges for humanity to function normally. It is breathable by humans without assistance of any kind and is not tainted by industrial pollution.
Hydrosphere 6 – Aurora is specifically 60% water and 40% landmass which is more than earth and given its size gives more overall land area which classifies it as a Wet World.
Population A – tens of billions of people. Ayn mentions that Aurora has 23 billion people on it. That means several large cities but thanks to technology these cities are vertical with several levels to give as much space as possible for agriculture. Even so, Aurora imports a lot of food from off world.
Government 8 – Civil Service Bureaucracy – Government where agencies employ people for certain functions based on their expertise. Aurora’s bureaucracy is legendary for it size and that it is one of the largest employers on the planet for most government functions although it pretty much keeps out of people’s personal lives as it tries to respect the Republic’s statement of citizen rights. It basically does a fee for service taxation system where government agencies are paid when they provide service to an individual, group or corporation.
Law Level 4 – Considered moderate law. basically if it goes boom or shoots automatically it is outlawed except for agencies working for the government in the capacity of law enforcement or defense. Open carry of personal side arms is not prohibited at this level.
Tech Level D (13) – This is considered Average Stellar age in technology. Tech level indicates the highest average tech level on the planet but not necessarily what is available to the general public. In Aurora’s case this specifically breaks down specific things in different area: Militarily it means that Aurora is at the level of producing Battle Dress powered armor for its elite soldiers but most of them use Gauss rifles and combat armor and some its system defense boats are equipped with X-ray lasers. Some computers are at the level of using holographic data storage and robots can be semi-intelligent. The first customer base holographic cameras have been introduced but they are very expensive. Most movies are still two-dimensional but this is beginning to change. Because of gravitic technology super cities are possible as the weight is often supported by gravitic modules which makes the multiple levels and tall skyscrapers of Aurora’s cities possible. Medically, most diseases have been whipped out thanks to wonder drugs and inexpensive prosthetics (indistinguishable from the real thing) are common place. Cloning of body parts is available but expensive and under very specific conditions a person who has died can be reanimated. Grav Vehicles are starting to be indistinguishable from orbital spacecraft as a shuttle can literally go anywhere air, sea, land or orbit. Aurora is capable of building up to Jump-4 star drives. The X boats it uses are actually created on the capital world of Dontar. Fusion power has been highly optimized to fit in small power plants (250 liters) and super batteries are available which automatically recycle their byproducts.
Hi – This means it is a High Population world as far as trade classifications. For the trader this means that it probably has a market for your goods provided they are not illegal but then again black markets tend to exist when the law does not allow something.
Xb – This means the planet is also an Xb hub base for the X Boat Ships that carry information back and forth to the Capital.
A – This means the planet has both a Republic Navy Base and a Republic Scout Base.
Aurora is the capital of the Aurora Subsector. Thus it has both the Bureaucracy’s Central offices for the planet and The Republic’s governmental offices as well. It is the central world for the subsector in all respects.
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