Tau Ceti, in the Cetus constellation, is the closest G-Class star system to Earth. The 2012 discovery of five large planets orbiting the sun, two of which are in the "habitable zone", made Tau Ceti the first star system on the list of those under consideration for colonization. Later advances in long-range scanning further confirmed that Tau Ceti E possessed an atmosphere with Earth-like characteristics.
On June 12th, 2077, the Large Stellar Transport, Columbus, was launched from Earth orbit. For the 36 year one-way trip to Tau Ceti, Columbus was the home to a crew of 3400 administrators, scientists, military and colonists, each having volunteered for the life-long mission to establish the first human colony outside of Earth's solar system. They all knew that once beyond Saturn, there was no turning back and no quick help could be sent, if needed. Children born and raised over the course of the transit were educated and trained to serve in the mission.
On November 5th, 2096, 6.275 light years from Earth, shortly past the half-way mark of their journey, all communications from Earth suddenly ceased. After several intense hours of investigating the reason, an astrophysicist discovered the horrific fact that the Sun had mysteriously and very unexpectedly exploded, scouring the solar system with a wave of superheated plasma and energy. The commander of the Columbus announced to the crew the sad fact that the Earth was very likely destroyed, making all those on the ship the sole survivors of humanity.
On September 23rd, 2113, the Columbus officially arrived in the Tau Ceti system, with an on-board population of 5023 (1651 births, 28 deaths). Over the course of the next forty-three years, the colonists worked diligently and carefully to establish a new home for humanity on Tau Ceti E (eventually renamed Gaia). Ever conscious of the fact that they may be the last of humanity in the existence, extra precautions were implemented to insure the safety and health of the colonists. The forerunner of the Civil Health Consortium was established in 2116. Additionally, the colonial leadership was already planning for expansion of the colony to the larger moons of Gaia and Tau Ceti F (later renamed Islandia) to give humanity a greater foothold within the system.
On January 1st, 2115, the Tau Ceti Federation is founded as the official government of humanity.
On September 23rd, 2120, the seventh anniversary of their arrival in the Tau Ceti system, the first colony on Islandia was officially opened and occupied by 57 of the total human population of 6,322.
On December 8th, 2128, the first terraforming project began on Arcadia, the largest of Gaia's moons. After twenty years, on March 12th, 2149, the scientists and engineers officially declared the atmosphere of Arcadia safe enough to open the sealed colonies for the first time. There were 182 residents, of the total human population of 16,392, living on Arcadia.
In May of 2156, colonists on Gaia began to fall prey to a terrible illness. Later known as the DyGenix Plague, 6,849 colonists, nearly 1/3 of the human population, died from the disease. This disastrous event triggered an increased demand for health regulations which ultimately led to the shift in government authority that left the Civil Health Consortium (CHC) in control. Prior to this, population growth rates averaged 3.34%, but over the next 4 years, the CHC succeeded in increasing the growth rates to nearly 6%, which it has closely maintained ever since.
On July 23rd, August 18th, and October 3rd of 2156, terraforming operations began on Corinthia (Gaia's second large moon), Erimos and Ithaca (one large moon of Erimos). With the continued success of the terraforming operations, and the valuable lessons learned from each one, additional terraforming operations began in earnest in 2162, ultimately spreading to all of the planetoids in the system that would support a terraformed atmosphere.
On November 17th, 2193, the Athos colony, located in Sector 5 of The Belt, was struck by Asteroid 5-G-83, destroying the entire colony, and all 1,843 colonists, as well as fracturing the planetoid, making all future terraforming efforts impossible. Meteor showers are common throughout the system, but especially for colonies located in The Belt, but this was the first major strike. The danger of asteroid bombardment was understood even before the Columbus left Earth, but following this disaster, new programs were initiated for advanced orbital body tracking and global bombardment defense systems.
Rebellious sentiment to CHC rule of the Federation began to spread, especially in the frontier colonies, which ultimately leading to the Secession Conflict of 2221-2223. Attica, and several smaller colonies, formed an alliance and raised a militia designed to force the Federation to withdraw from these worlds. Numerous battles occurred during a roughly two-year period, with little progress on either side, until August 5th, 2223, when Federation forces succeeded in seizing the rebel headquarters on Attica, after which the remaining rebel forces surrendered, ending the conflict. An estimated 12,800 individuals died in the conflict.
Current year: 2240
Current population: 1,538,944
Tau Ceti System
The Tau Ceti system is located in the Cetus constellation. At a distance of 11.89 light years from Earth, Tau Ceti is the closest G-class star. It is only 79% the radius and 55% of the luminosity of Earth's sun, however Tau Ceti is observable by the naked eye in the night sky of Earth. Advanced observations of the 20th and 21st centuries discovered five planets orbiting the star, one of which was near the 0.7 AU prime zone for habitability and indicated an oxygen-nitrogen rich atmosphere, making it a prime target for colonization.
|Planet||Name||Earth Mass||Orbit (days)||Orbit (AU)||Notes||Nav Base|
|b||Ge'enna||2.00 ± 0.79||13.965 ± 0.02||0.105 ± 0.006||lifeless, super-hot, barren||22.873|
|c||Kaminos||3.11 ± 1.40||35.362 ± 0.1||0.195 ± 0.01||lifeless, super-hot, barren||104.402|
|d||Erimos||3.50 ± 1.59||94.11 ± 0.7||0.374 ± 0.02||very hot desert with thin air||65.319|
|e||Gaia||4.29 ± 2.00||168.12 ± 2.0||0.552 ± 0.02||Earth-like||271.004|
|The Belt||361.59 ± 1.5||0.837 ± 0.123||dust, pebbles, rocks, asteroids and planetoids||347.502 (S1)|
|f||Islandia||6.67 ± 3.50||642 ± 30||1.35 ± 0.1||Earth-like but cold, ice age, tundra||189.405|
NOTE: Nav Base is orbital orientation on Wed., January 1st, 2240, 00:00:00.
The Tau Ceti Federation, aka. the "Federation" or "Feds", is the sole controlling government of the Tau Ceti system. Since the outbreak of the DyGenix Plague of 2156, the Civil Health Consortium has remained the ruling faction of the Federation and succeeded in restructuring the previous form of government to one that has insured they will remain in power.
|Socialist Ascleocracy (CR 6)|
|The government directly manages the economy. Citizens get free or subsidized education, medical care, housing, etc., and the government tries to give everyone a job. Physicians rule for the benefit of civil health. Citizens must abide by strict regulations of hygiene, pharmacological regimes, psychological evaluation and modification, and very likely planned parenting to eliminate undesirable genetic flaws and mutations. CR3 to 6.|
Civil Health Consortium
The Civil Health Consortium (CHC) is the ruling faction of the Federation. They are also the sole medical authority of the Federation, controlling all aspects of civil health, from the education and training of doctors and nurses up through the management of all medical practices. Internally, they are structured as a Meritocracy (No one may enter the faction without passing a series of tests. A good meritocracy is likely to have competent leaders, but this can lead to a rigid caste system. CR3+.) Since taking control of the Federation in 2156, they have elevated their faction above that of the rest of populace, with a higher standard of living (social benefits & luxuries) and have exclusive access to the most advanced surgical procedures and medications.
- Chiefs of Medicine: the highest echelon of the CHC, who oversee the various divisions of government.
- Physicians: surgeons, medical specialists, psychologists, etc.
- Nurses: supporting staff of physicians and primary general care providers.
- Paramedics: first responders and field-medics.
- Civil Health Officers: a policing force that monitors citizens, conducts health inspections and detains violators of health regulations.
- Secret Police: dressed in civilian clothing, tasked with infiltrating criminal groups.
Citizens living under the authority of the Federation are subject to constant monitoring, scrutiny and judgement by Civil Health Officers, as well as "Good Samaritans", for any possible violation of the strict laws mandated by the CHC. Although many of these laws were initially established for the "collective good of all mankind", and generally accepted by most citizens, over the years they have grown to be the means of establishing a totalitarian control of the populace (CR 6). Citizens of the Federation have few freedoms or privacy.
- Dataveillance: all electronic data is monitored and reviewed for violations
- Civilian Denunciation: the "Good Samaritan Act"
- Reporting neighbors, co-workers, friends and family of observed violations
- Audio and video recordings from personal devices used as evidence
- No Freedom of Speech: denouncing leaders, anti-government or anti-social demonstrations or sentiment is treason
Civic Health Regulations
All aspects of a citizens lifestyle, health and well-being are monitored and regulated by the CHC. Failure to adhere to a dietary plan, exercise regimen, etc. is classified as "errant behavior" that will result in psychological evaluation and rehabilitation. In extreme cases, violation of Civic Health Regulations is treated as violation of Federal Law.
Clothing: Federation clothing for citizens, only available in shades of gray, is very utilitarian and standardized for the job or activity being performed by the individual. Every citizen is freely provided clothing necessary for their daily life, as determined by CHC Provisions Manager. All clothing has a network of micro-medical-sensors integrated into the fabric that is used to monitor: heart-rate, temperature, blood-pressure, oxygen levels, and the chemical composition of perspiration. The information collected by these sensors are constantly recorded and monitored by computers systems. This information will be used by doctors, nurses, councilors, advisers, etc. for providing the best health care for the individual. Unhealthy levels will automatically queue the individual for a clinical visit. Dangerous levels will alert paramedics.
Masks: All citizens are required to wear their assigned, personal facial mask when in a public situation. This is to insure optimum health and reduce the risk of contagion. Many citizens also wear gloves in public as well. Failure to wear a mask is a criminal violation.
Meals: Each individual has a custom dietary plan, created by a CHC Nutrition Adviser, designed to provide the optimum level of nutrients and calories based on the individuals lifestyle and health. The plan specifies what can be eaten, how much must be eaten, and when the meals must be eaten. Individuals are monitored while eating; failure to eat the entire meals gets noted in the individual's records and flagged for a mandatory health checkup. Citizens are prohibited from eating anything that is not specified in their dietary plan.
Exercise: Every citizen is required to maintain a level of physical activity necessary for optimum health. A CHC Fitness Adviser will create a custom exercise regimen designed for the best exercise routine, not too hard nor too easy, based on the individuals job and current health, to optimize the individuals health. Public exercise facilities are freely available for all citizens and maintained to the highest level of cleanliness and serviceability.
Hygiene: Citizens are required to maintain the highest level of personal-hygiene possible. Cleansers, rinses, ointments, etc. are provided by CHC Provisions Manager. Individuals are subject to random spot-checks by Civil Health Officers or CHC Staff to insure proper hygiene is being maintained.
Mandatory Health Checks: Every citizen is required to have a health checkup at least once per month. During this visit, the individual will have numerous tests conducted to evaluate physical health, such as blood tests, MRI scans, physical stress testing, etc. Additionally, individuals will meet with a psychologist. The information gained from these tests will be used to for the overall health plan for the individual, which may include a modified dietary plan, exercise regimen or emotional/behavioral adjustment routines.
Prohibitions: Alcoholic drinks, tobacco, caffeine and many harmful chemicals, often used as "leisure drugs", are strictly prohibited to insure personal health.
Propagation: Manual fertilization is strictly prohibited. Any couple intent upon having children must first be screened to determine approved genetic compatibility. If deemed compatible, fertility doctors will insure successful merging of zygotes, eliminate genetically deficient pairings, then offer the parents a choice between the passing options to select for their child.
Personal Vehicles: Citizens are prohibited from operating vehicles for personal use. Approved public transportation is freely available for an individual's needs to commute or travel to remote locations. All modes of public transportation are constantly monitored and maintained for public health and safety.
The worlds outside the control and authority of the Federation, the Frontier Worlds, each have independent local governments. Most are colonial dictatorships, ruled by a local authority such as a sheriff, land baron or prefect. Worlds closer to the Federation will have a much stronger CHC presence, working in alliance with the local government.
Since CHC presence is limited in the Frontier Worlds, hygiene practices are often very relaxed, medical care is limited and illnesses are common. For this reason, frontiersmen are often treated as "undesirables", with very strict regulations and procedures for any associations between federal citizens and frontiersmen. Proper jurisdiction and permits must be acquired for any federal citizen to travel outside of the Federation. Strict quarantine procedures are required for anyone entering the Federation and many locations, even entire cities, are completely off-limit to frontiersmen.
Advanced technology: TL10
Frontier Worlds have access to this technology, but rarely can afford in new or good condition. Most electronics and equipment is severely worn, often malfunctions and does not function to 100%.
Other than shuttles transporting people and goods to-and-from orbit, all other forms of flying transportation methods have been banned in the Federation, deemed too dangerous to passengers or bystanders due to malfunction and failure during flight.
Maglev Trains: Urban areas have small versions for public transportation (subway or elevated rails). Inter-city trains are larger, much faster, used for public transportation and cargo hauling.
Duck Trucks: Compact, boxy trucks used at the utility vehicle for construction and local goods transportation.
Pod Cars: Federation owned vehicles, 1-driver / 3-passanger, compact cars, primarily used for government officials and public transportation (taxis). Private ownership or use by citizens is prohibited within the Federation.
Spaceships are required for inter-planetary travel, but are seldom used on a planet other than for shuttling to orbit.
Spaceship Drive Systems
There are four companies in the Tau Ceti system that manufacture reactionless drive systems for space ships.
- Appex Industries: their most advanced model is the Appex 34B, 0.129093 AU/Day.
- Feldman Engines, Inc.: their most advanced model is the Feldman Mark 7, 0.095407 AU/Day. Most often used for cargo transport ships.
- Sigil Technologies: their most advanced model is the Sigil 950, 0.138641 AU/Day. They are the primary supplier for Federation ships.
- Carter & Haddix Group: their most advanced model is the Rogue SR Turbo, 0.150882 AU/Day. The fastest, most expensive drive available.
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The Tau Ceti system has a voluminous "Debris Disk" (10 times the orbiting debris around Earth's sun), which includes the five planets (with several moons), a large "belt" (with multitudes of object ranging in size from a pebble to small planets), numerous high/low orbit planetoids and a huge Oort Cloud. There are numerous (70) colonies, outposts, settlements, and installations scattered through the system. The largest orbital bodies have been terraformed and settled by humanity.
|Ge'enna||Tau Ceti B||Y||I||237||lifeless, super-hot, barren planet, rich in metals, numerous mining installations|
|Kaminos||Tau Ceti C||Y||I||3,072||lifeless, super-hot, barren planet, rich in metals, numerous mining installations, prison planet|
|Erimos||Tau Ceti D||Y||C||186,178||desert planet, terraformed|
|Ithaca||Tau Ceti D1||Y||C||45,925||largest moon of Erimos, terraformed|
|Gaia||Tau Ceti E||Y||*||648,518||Earth-like 'core' planet of the Federation, center of government|
|Arcadia||Tau Ceti E1||Y||C||78,364||largest moon of Gaia, terraformed|
|Corinthia||Tau Ceti E2||Y||C||56,837||second largest moon of Gaia, terraformed|
|Islandia||Tau Ceti F||C||49,368||Earth-like, cold, ice age, tundra|
|Euboea||Tau Ceti F1||C||15,036||Largest moon of Islandia, terraformed|
|Pieria||Tau Ceti F2||C||14,382||Moon of Islandia, terraformed|
|Chania||Tau Ceti F3||C||14,875||Moon of Islandia, terraformed|