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  • Planet Name: Barahn
  • Location: Par'tha Expanse
  • Class: M
  • System Data: Barahn has four moons
  • Gravity: 0.99 G
  • Year and Day: 408/22
  • Atmosphere: Heavily polluted nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere with ozone and carbon dioxide content, at Earth-normal pressure
  • Hydrosphere: Moderate, with 67% surface water
  • Climate: Moderate and temperate
  • Sapient Species: 1.9 billion, mostly Caraadians
  • Technological Classification: Rating N on the Richter Scale
  • Government: Aristocracy, House Barahn
  • Culture: Industrial (manufacturing and ore processing)
  • Affiliation: homeworld of House Barahn
  • Resources: raw ore, smelted ore, raw materials
  • Ship Facilities: Barahn has one major land-based starport and 12 land-based cargo starports

Other Details: Barahn is the only heavily populated planet in the Barahn province, but if it continues at its current pace, it too will be uninhabitable in a few decades. From space, it appears as a dull brown, almost lifeless world, save its developed cities. There is a single landmass in the northern hemisphere surrounded by a shallow ocean. The continent appears devoid of any major rivers or other bodies of water. However, these are actually located a few meters beneath the surface, so water is plentiful if one knows where to look.

Barahn's air has a constant brown haze complete with an acrid smell. Although safe for short exposures, breath masks are required for prolonged exposure. Even the planet's water supply is unpotable unless treated first.

Barahn's single continent is largely developed into huge metropolitan areas. These areas consist of skyscrapers and buildings crammed together in a haphazard manner. Most of the construction is layered on several levels to utilize space effectively.

Barahn has only one passenger starport, located in its largest city, Magar. Dotted across the continent area dozen other starports which handle the huge flow of ore from the rest of the province. All of the ore mined in the province is shipped to Barahn for processing, and then sent on to markets around the sector. Since 90 percent of the industry on Barahn is smelting, the environment has suffered the consequences. Instead of focusing effort on solving the pollution coming out of the smelting plants, however, Barahn has moved its operations and all facets of life indoors. Mammoth domes and other buildings, complete with air ventilation and water treatment systems, became the answer.

Culture: A hardened people who value toiling at hard labor, Barahn's inhabitants have adjusted their lifestyle to a completely indoor environment. They enjoy the arts and even sports - at least the ones that can be performed in an enclosed structure. There are no open-air theaters or outdoor arenas to be found on Barahn. Despite less-than-ideal surroundings, Barahnians area content people obsessed with hard work.

Economy: Barahn's economy is driven by its mining concerns in its province. Business has boomed on Barahn in the years following House Barahn's acquisition of several formerly Kerraron worlds. Its towns and cities have experienced explosive and often chaotic growth. Fortunately, trends show the economic picture leveling off, which may bring much needed stability.

Credit for credit, Barahn is one of the wealthiest provinces in the Sector, but the wealth isn't flaunted in public works and showcase city centers. Profits are focused instead on researching new mining techniques and the purchasing of more ships and equipment. Fearing Imperial annexation, Barahn does not emphasize its economic success, and continues to sink profits into more and more overhead costs.

Points of Interest: Barahn's native flora and fauna have mostly become extinct due to the pollution of the planet. Such are the costs of a vigorous economy based on mining. As such, there are no parks or natural settings left.

Instead of focusing efforts towards saving its natural resources, Barahn designed a forest inside a huge domed structure. The entire forest is contained in a single building with a transparasteel roof. The Crystal Forest is nearly five kilometers square, and features exotic plants and animals from around the sector. Every day, its popularity is demonstrated by the throngs of relaxing workers that pack into it, along with the few tourists that visit the planet. House Barahn is considering sponsoring the construction of another such facility.