The Great TML Landgrab

Heya/Regina/Spinward Marches 2402 (Grabber: Doug Berry)

Heya/Regina B-667745-5 Ag Ri

Primary : Bellus, K6v              Secondary : Zyra, M0v
Temperature 4940 K                 Temperature 3900 K
Luminosity  .312 sols              Luminosity  0.071 sols
Mass        .747 sols              Mass        0.516 sols
Radius      0.007 AU               Radius      0.005 AU
Safe Jump   1.4 AU                 Safe Jump   1.08 AU
Age         3.7 billion years      Age         3.7 billion years

Orbital distances, AU              Companion Parameters
Inner limit 0.15                   Average orbital radius 17 AU
Inner life  0.53                   Eccentricity   0.8
Outer life  0.73                   Revolution period 81.1 years
Snow line   2.8
Outer limit 29.8

NOTE: During portions of Zyra's orbit, the star's mass can interfere with
jumpspace insertion or exit. Consult IISS/SM Publication #33243 _Pilot
Advisories For Regina/Spinward Marches_ for details.

Worlds :-
Orbit   Name         Diam|Dens|Grav   Rot      Rev     e    Type

.3 AU   Bracers      Planetoid Belt

.7 AU   Heya         5656|5.4|.67    22.5h    247.5d  .05  Earthlike

1.1 AU  MacBride   35,644|1.4|1.1    14.2h    487.6d  .05  Gas Giant
        <5           eight shepherd moons, ring system
        6  Colin     2317|3.9|.18     TideLock   19.3h   .03  Rockball
                     Fuel processing station
        9  Angus      382|4.1|.03     TideLock   23.6h   .04  Rockball
        12 Kate       415|3.2|.03     131.8h     27.2h   .002 Rockball
        16 Jacob     1068|3.5|.08     29.4h      31.5h   .001 Rockball

Notes for pilots: Heya system is remarkably clear of debris.  Orbital
control typical of that required by Class IV Starports.

Imperial Interstellar Scout Service
System Overview: Heya/Regina 1120

SUMMARY: An agricultural world, which is vital to the stability of the
subsector.  Several recent events have begun to destabilize this world and
must be dealt with quickly.

PHYSICAL: Heya is a small, dense world.  Despite its unusual mass, mining
operations have been unprofitable. The planet is seismicaly active, with
five major plates. The most tectonicaly active portion of the planet is the
Disappointment Mountains, which have several large volcanoes, and are
moving northwest at 8mm/standard year.  The average gravity is .67 g

The planet's surface is divided between oceans that cover 70% of the
surface, two major continents, and numerous islands.  There is geological
evidence that a third continent sank within the last million years.

Heya is tilted 55 degrees, and orbits Bellus once every 247.5 days. This
extreme tilt, combined with the relatively dense atmosphere (1.2 atm) makes
weather on Heya very intense.  The passage of Zyra adds to the energy
potential of the atmosphere, creating even stronger storms once a standard
century.

The average planetary temperature is 297 K (75 F).  Zyra's passage adds
only a few degrees.  The world has no permanent ice caps, but seasonal caps
do appear.

BIOLOGY: Life on Heya is as diverse as anywhere in known space.  The base
of the food chain is found in the micro-life of the oceans. Sea life is
found in an astounding variety of forms. The largest sea-forms are the
Levits, gigantic animals up to 500 feet long that act as filters, scooping
up what ever enters their vacuum-like gullets.

On land, life has had to adapt to the harsh climate. Plant life tends to be
low and firmly rooted.  One interesting adaptation is fasciweed, which
secretes a gluey resin. When individual plants are blown into each other,
they stick together, increasing their collective strength.  Facsiweed is a
major cash crop, but also a major annoyance as it tends to stick to
everything is touches.

Area producers like most grasses never developed on Heya. The need for
plants to grab energy from the weak light of Bellus caused plants to
develop broad leaves. This blocks out the light, leaving surface types to
starve. Despite this, there are several types of moss-like plant that feed
on the decaying leaves of the larger plants around them.

Heya's land animals show the same sturdiness.  Animals are hexapods, and
tend to be squat and massive.  Oddly, most predators are aerial, taking
advantage of the strong winds to carry them to different hunting grounds.
The Heyan Dragon is the largest of these, averaging 400 kg.  Animal life is
either migratory, or equipped to deal with the harsh seasonal storms.
There is an entire set of life forms that are adapted to the conditions of
Zyra's passage.

CULTURAL: Heya was settled by members of the Thammerite Church in the late
400s after acquiring the colonization rights from Sternmetal Horizons.  The
sect that settled on Heya had come to the conclusion that an over-reliance
on technology was "Null-Bartha" (wrong or evil), and that a simple life is
the key to happiness.

The colonists have voluntarily limited themselves to an industrial,
pre-fusion level of manufacturing capability.  Even then, lower tech
solutions are commonly employed.  In the countryside, animal drawn wagons
are the most common form of transportation, and visitors marvel at the hand
built windmills that power grain mills.

Heyans have not completely rejected technology; they just judge whether an
item is necessary to their lives.  Each farming community will have one
grav ambulance with a life support unit to handle emergencies, and most
farmsteads have ties to the global weather net.  The overall mix of
technological levels can become very confusing, as a local will actively
embrace one item, but refuse to use a similar item for reason that are
incomprehensible to the observer.

Life on Heya is centered around the family and the village.  Villages from
focal points for the collection of products for sale, and a point for
skilled craftsmen to work from.  Local government (see below) usually base
from the village hall, which doubles as a meeting place, school, or dance
hall as needed.  Families are large, an average of 4.7 children per family.
 Heyans are monogamist, and marriage is treated as a very solemn, sacred
thing.

When dealing with outsiders, Heyans have been described as taciturn
bordering on mute.  Visitors are lucky to receive answers with more than a
quick "Ayep" or "Naw."  Asking for directions when away from the major
settlements can be difficult, as most Heyans will not only use physical
landmarks, but local history as well.  ("When you get the field where Old
Will got his hip broke by the 'ket back in '91, turn left.")

GOVERNMENT: Heya is classified as a Representative Democracy.  The planet
is divided into five Districts, each of which has a Council which in turn
elects members to the World Council.  The franchise is granted to all
members of the Thammerite Church upon reaching their 20th birthday.

The Councils are responsible for the writing of all laws and regulations.
Law enforcement and judicial powers are vested in the Proctors, a
quasi-religious group that use both the written law and Thammerite sacred
writings to investigate crimes and hand down judgments.  Overall, the laws
are not overly burdensome and cover the standard range of criminal offenses.

In 1117, the World Council began moving to create an oversight committee
that would have power of review over the Proctors.  Many of the more
conservative elements of society are vehemently opposed to this as an
unwarranted intrusion on the traditional powers of the Proctors.

Elections are held once every two local years, and are generally low-key
affairs.  Councilors are returned to their seats more than 70% of the time.
 Seats on the World Council are held for life, or until the Councilor's
home District votes to remove him.

ECONOMY:  Heya is an agricultural world, and ships the majority of its
produce to the high population worlds of Regina subsector.  Fasciweed in
particular is quite nutritious, and is ground into flour or meal.  Heyan is
also known for its seafood, but this is more a delicacy than a staple.  The
cost of shipping from remote Heya makes Heyan seafood extremely expensive.
As such, it has become something of a status symbol on Efate/Regina.

Heya has a World Trade Number (Lunion School of Economics method) of 4.

The local currency is the Lar, and is issued by the Central Bank of Brian's
Crossing under license from the World Council.  The Central Bank maintains
mints in each of the five District capitals, and keeps a close hold on the
planet's money supply.  The rate of exchange is 32 Lar = 1 Imperial Credit.
 Credits are usually accepted in Brian's Crossing, but it is difficult to
find anyone in the rural areas set up to accept them.  Travellers should
also be advised that items like credit transfer sticks are practically
unknown on Heya.  Cash, or hand-written checks drawn on established
accounts are the norm.

The average per capita income for a Heyan is Cr. 1,718/54,976 Lar.  The
actual income is lower, as taxes are fairly high.  There is a sharp
division in actual income between a number of wealthy landowners and the
tenants who farm their lands under contract.  Depending upon the
personality of the land owner, the tenants can live comfortably or in
abject poverty.  The Gross Planetary Product for 1115 was 120 billion Credits.

MAJOR SETTLEMENTS:  The single large city on Heya is Brian's Crossing,
located at the mouth of the Revel River.  As of 1120, the city has a
population of 2.3 million.  Brian's Crossing (BC to the locals) has been
described as "a collision between the Imperium and Heya."  The presence of
Eric Minous Starport and the trading companies buying Heya's abundant
agricultural products does lead to such incongruous sight as a steam
powered train transferring drain to a modern grav cargo loader.

In the last six years, a large Vargr ghetto has grown up on the south side
of BC, near the starport.  This area has become an increasing problem to
both the Proctors and the Starport officials, as it is obvious that the
Vargr are establishing an extensive criminal organization.

RECENT HISTORY:  During the Fifth Frontier War, Heya was attacked and
briefly occupied by vargr force attached to the Gireel Fleet.  While there
was little actual damage done, the Heyans were angered deeply by the
actions of the vargr troops, who did little to endear themselves to the
populace by engaging in large scale looting and vandalism.

After the war, the Imperium was attempting to settle the millions of vargr
refugees that had washed up on worlds like Jesedipere and Lablon.
Desperately seeking space, the Ministry of Colonization shipped fifty
thousand refugees to Heya in 1114.

When the World Council objected, the Ministry quietly reminded them of the
massive loans granted to the world for starport upgrades and the purchase
and subsidy of the gigantic bulk carriers.  The message was clear: accept
the vargr, or the balance on the loans would be called in immediately.

The vargr were not suited for Heya.  very few had been farmers, or had any
desire to be farmers.  Most of the transported vargr stayed in Brian's
Crossing, creating an instant crush on the civic services.  The few who did
venture into the farming areas found themselves practically enslaved as
tenant farmers, never quite making enough to pay off their debts.

In Brian's Crossing itself, the vargr found themselves at the mercy of the
Proctors, who applied the law with no mercy.  The new Heyans quickly
learned that crimes against them went uninvestigated, while even the most
minor offense committed by a Vargr led to harsh punishments.  This further
isolated the new vargr community, who began to look inward for leadership
and protection.

To add to the problem, some humans began treating the vargr as legitimate
targets for abuse.  The hysteria reached a peak in 1118 when Tal Mori, a
respected by very conservative religious leader declared that all vargr
were Null-Bartha, and as such were not protected as intelligent beings.

Faced with this environment, the vargr of Heya naturally began forming
ad-hoc protection groups, usually under a single charismatic leader.
Clashes between human and vargr escalated throughout the summer of 1119,
Culminating with the grisly discovery of twelve human heads stacked on the
Davis St. bridge over the Revel.  This bridge marks the boundary of
Dogtown, and the heads were those of a known anti-vargr gang. A note
attached to the pile said "don't ask what we did with the bodies."

Since that night, a state of near siege has existed in Brian's Crossing.
At the request of the World Council, the Imperial Navy has stationed
Cruiser Squadron 7721 (INV Dawson's Christen, CL-12769 and INV Leslie Fish,
CL-129200) on permanent picket duty, due to fears of vargr raids.  It is
known that the vargr are making contact with off-world allies, and
attempting to smuggle in weapons and gear.  In return, the World Council
and Proctors continue to enact even more restrictive laws against the Vargr
population.

IISS and Subsector officials are hoping to find a way to mediate the
situation at talks scheduled to begin on 130-1120.

		

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