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  • Planet Name: Beruna
  • Location: Par'tha Expanse
  • Class: O
  • System Data: Beruna has one moon
  • Gravity: 1.02 G
  • Year and Day: 360/25
  • Atmosphere: Nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere with ozone and carbon dioxide content, at Earth-normal pressure
  • Hydrosphere: Moist, with 90% surface water
  • Climate: Moderate and temperate
  • Sapient Species: 2.1 million, mostly Caraadians
  • Technological Classification: Rating N on the Richter Scale
  • Government: Aristocracy, House Beruna
  • Culture: Intellectual
  • Affiliation: homeworld of House Beruna
  • Resources: information, foodstuffs
  • Ship Facilities: Beruna has one major space-based starport, numerous minor land-based starports, and numerous landing fields

Other Details: Beruna is the homeworld of House Beruna. It is a temperate planet covered 90 percent by warm shallow seas. The remainder of the surface is covered with thousands of islands. These range in size from a few kilometers across to Beruna's largest landmass, a full 220 kilometers in diameter. Beruna is also known in the Par'tha Expanse as the "planet with a thousand thousand islands," although this is an exaggeration.

These islands are dedicated to specific functions. Most are urbanized to the point that the entire island is covered with modern city structures. Others are dedicated to cropland, university campuses, and starports. Transportation between islands is accomplished with watercraft, antigravity craft, and air vehicles.

Culture: Beruna is the host world of the University of Beruna. As such, the university's influence can be seen all over the planet. Since the natives of Beruna get a tuition break, most attend the university at one point or another. Therefore, inhabitants tend to be highly educated, giving the people a pompous, arrogant air about themselves.

The university has an immense amount of funds available and has attracted the region's finest educators to its halls. The School of the Arts dominates the cities, putting on free performances for all to attend. These include art shows, music recitals, as well as holovids and concerts. To live on Beruna is to immerse oneself in a myriad of cultural pursuits for no cost. However, the university tends to frown on athletic pursuits, so Beruna inhabitants generally don't pursue the sports scene.

Economy: Beruna's economy is centered on the University of Beruna. Between grants from sector corporations, tuition, and donations from House Larokon, the planet is in stable financial condition.

Several of the island are owned by the government and used to produce crops. These crops are primarily used on Beruna, but excess is shipped to less fertile planets for a fair profit. Beruna's oceans teem with fish and the planet has numerous fishing vessels to harvest this natural resource. This effort is carefully monitored by the university to prevent overfishing. Recently, the fishermen have begun harvesting a species of long fronded algae that is becoming a delicacy across the Expanse.

Points of Interest: The University of Beruna has a vast archive stored in a mega computer system. The archive contains information on the Par'tha Expanse; its history, geography, and political history are included. Scientific data, newsnet files, court proceedings, and out-of-sector information round out the various tidbits stored here. The archive is situated on its own island, and not only is the land protected with automated guard drones, but the surrounding waters are patrolled by the university security staff. The archives are open to all, but accessing them is not cheap. If one is short on funds, they could make the much longer trip to the Jarbaron Library on Prelion.

There are three Hex heavy turbolaser batteries on Beruna's moon. These heavy weapons are to protect the planet from a capital ship assault. The three cannons were gifts from House Larokon to protect its interests. House Beruna jumped at the opportunity for a free defense system, but it wasn't until after construction was complete that House Larokon insisted that its own members staff the cannons. For obvious reasons, House Beruna would like to rectify this situation in the future.