Earth for Beginners
UWP: A867A44-8 Ga Hi Ht Ri
Type: Terrestrial Planet
Size: 1 Earth by Mass
Gravity: 1 g
Surface Pressure: 101 kPa
Surface Composition: Rocky surface with active
plate tectonics. Composed mostly of iron, silicon,
magnesium, sulfur, nickel, calcium, and aluminum.
Atmosphere: Mostly Nitrogen (78%) with Oxygen
(21%), with the remaining amount made up of argon,
carbon dioxide, and water vapor.
Surface Temperature: Average 24° C/75° F.
Day: 24 Hours
Year: 365 Earth-Standard Days
Birthplace of Humanity
The nations of Earth are still pretty much as they have been for the last century and a half, though some borders and centers of power always shift and new alliances are formed. The threat of nuclear holocaust and the nuclear devastation of Port Klang in Malaysia woke the world up. Modern nations have become more civilized and choose to resolve their disputes through the forum of the Unified World Council – the powerful cooperative body that has replaced the impotent United Nations.
Sociologically speaking, the people of Earth have finally shed some of their prejudices. No more is there a question of the equality between men and women. No one is concerned with who you choose to love – opposite or same sex. However, despite that bit of cultural evolution, there are still conflicts between countries and religions. There most likely always will be.
The primary superpowers are the Alliance of American States, the European Federation, and the Sino-China Alliance. Despite colonization and population control measures, China is still wildly overpopulated. However, that overpopulation puts out a massive Gross Domestic Product, making China the financial center of the world. The European Federationsuffers from the most internal squabbles of any superpower, but their progressive policies, solid economic base, and high standard of living make them the trend-setters of the world. The Alliance of American States is the least powerful of the three, having fallen from its former glory. There is, however, still a can-do attitude of optimism among its citizens and it is once again on the rise.
Fortunately, the Earth suffers no more from the threat of ecological disaster. The damage done during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries was halted and, in some cases, reversed. However, the Earth has been damaged and a person from the 21st century would find the world to be quite different. Air quality has recovered, but climates have changed permanently in many parts of the world. There are places where it is not safe to travel outside without special suits, where the thinning or non-existent ozone no longer protects life from dangerous solar radiation. Many species are permanently extinct, though cloning efforts labor to bring some of them back – to little avail.
On the other hand, pushing people out to live on other worlds has helped ease the threat of overpopulation. People still have not learned, however, and there are few population controls in place over most of the planet. It will only be a matter of time before over population becomes a problem again.
Compared to the rest of the solar system, though, the Earth is paradise. Large cities and population density make it very safe and the natural ecology of the planet is where humanity was meant to exist.
One might assume that the birthplace of humanity would have no need for colonies. However, there are two places where humanity has been able to expand, even in their own sphere of influence – the moon and the five orbital Lagrange Points.
The moon is no longer simply called such, as the people of Earth have expanded out to many worlds with moons. It is now known as Luna, a name used by many romantics for the rocky satellite. To be honest, the only reason there’s a colony on Luna is because it was the first and most promising world that wasn’t Earth that was the easiest to get to. While the nations of the world were still working out how to get people living on places like Mars or Venus, they used Luna as the prototype.
Tranquility was and is the only colony on Luna, named after the “sea” in which it is built. While once a vacation spot for the rich and powerful, Tranquility has become a thriving colony with no such bias in resident. It is still a luxurious colony, by domed city standards, with millions of residents. It is where all prototypical colonial or terraforming technology is tested. Luna is also resupplied by Earth every week, so citizens of Tranquility can enjoy fresh vegetables and seafood, nearly like the residents of the planet below them. Luna holds the most habitable colony in the solar system.
The five Lagrange Point space stations are where the citizens of Earth experiment with living in microgravity. Each station holds thousands of citizens, most of whom have chosen to be permanent residents. Those who live there view themselves as the lab rats that will help make space stations throughout the rest of the solar system more livable. However, like Luna, they are resupplied regularly, so residents aren’t really suffering from a lack of amenities.
Life on Earth
Once one has finally been beyond the confines of the Earth, one realizes how amazing the planet really is. Humanity is nearly perfectly designed to live on the blue-green rock and the spartan nature of the rest of the solar system only reinforces that. Those who were born on Earth or who have visited for any length of time can quickly find other colonies unappealing. There is most definitely a rivalry between Earth and the rest of the solar system. There is an attitude among those born on Earth that the planet is simply superior and that all other planets and colonies are like children that need to be managed. Most people on Earth think that everyone from a colony is in some way backward or stupid, much in the way residents of big cities so often look down on their rural neighbors. Those from the colonies tend to look at people from Earth as spoiled, arrogant, and, when push comes to shove, helpless.
Though not technically a colony, the gigantic Warden Prime station orbits above the planet. Also known as the Eye, this monolithic structure buzzes with Warden activity. Ships come and go on a regular basis, dispatching or receiving Wardens to and from the rest of the solar system. It is, however, a subject of concern for some. Most residents of Earth or Luna stare up at the Eye and feel a sense of dread. What are the Wardens doing up there? Is it safe to be living under the shadow of the Eye? Are they watching us?