Cart'hen III

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The third planet in the Cart'hen Star System, it is the only one permenantly inhabited.

Stats

  • it's orbit is approximately 105 million km from it's star
  • a hot desert planet with a diameter of 10,005.2km (6218.3 miles).
  • a density of 6.1 and a gravity of 0.86 G's
  • no noticeable season variation due to there being no axial tilt
  • daytime temperatures are on average between 43C and 59C, while the night time temperatures can drop to an alarming -12C to 17C
  • no surface water (all water is obtained through wells or drilling)
  • a thin atmosphere with a pressure of about 0.76 earth normal, (will need aid of respirator at any elevation above 500 feet) with nitrogen 72%, oxygen 23% and argon 3%
  • with a year of 332 days, each day 37.6 hours long
  • primary terrain features are sand and rock

Resources

Cath'hen III has an over abundence of industrial metals which was the original reason for the Klingon invasion. As for other types of resources there are no crystals, no rare metals, few gems and those are of a low quality. Radioactives are absent, but both light and heavy metals are also plentiful. Organic material is very rare.

History

A pre tech world when the Klingons added it to their Empire in 2193, the native population was around 500,000. They were quickly rounded up and put to work by their new overlords. Prior to that they were a scattered collection of tribes living off the land, nomad's for the most part with only a few small permanent settlements. Their are no records to reflect what the planet and it's people were like prior to this as the native Cart'hens did not have a written language.

The earliest Klingon records from the original planetary survey in 2191 says that the planet had an abundance of industrial metals and that the native population was passive and natural born slaves good only to work in the mines.

An examination of further Klingon records shows that a force of 50,000 soldiers and 10,000 civilians was dispatched to the planet in 2193. The civilians were a collection of engineers, mining specialists, technical experts and prison workers. The soldiers hunted down and transported the native population to the site of their first strip mining operation, what is now the city of Mith.

At one time the mine works here on Cart'hen III were were one of the largest in the Empire. That was before a better source of the mostly industrial metals was found closer to the heart of the Klingon Empire. It was shortly after this that most of the Klingon forces left the world in 2368. It was also at this time that the mostly native workforce was released.

However the Klingons have maintained a mining facility and a military base on the planet's surface. Now they transport a large number of criminals of many races to the planet, useing the facility as a kind of penal colony. They also rotate Infantry units through the base stationed next to the mining facility. The harsh desert conditions makes it a natural for training purpose's.

As for the rest of the world, with it's no longer being considered a part of the Klingon Empire, outside interest in the planets mineral wealth soon resulted in an influx of off worlders and big business. All 3 abandoned strip mining facilities soon sprouted colonists, miners and the assorted parasites that feed off boom towns. These have since grown into the 3 major cities to dominate the planets surface.

The native population has decreased greatly both dureing and after the Klingons left... first through high deaths due to the harsh inhuman working conditions forced on them in the mines... then due to the destruction of their culture... values and way of life... they now number around 45,000 of which about 30,000 live in the cities... with the other 15,000 being rebels... liveing in the deserts... trying to recreate their culture and way of life... their population is finally on the upswing.

Natives

The natives of Cart'hen III are a hardy people, with the men standing on average 5'6" and weighting about 160 lbs. Females are on average 5'4" and weight about 130 lbs. They are covered in a very short course sandy fur, with double eye lids, one of which is transparent to protect the eye from intense light or flying sand.

They have the ability to store water within a special internal water storage organ, due to this they can on average go for as long as a week without needing to take a drink. They also have wide flat feet with 4 toes and hands with 3 long fingers and 1 thumb.

Those that still live in the deserts still wear long loose robes, usually tan or mixed light browns in color. These robes allow them to blend into their environment. Those that live in the cities wear a wide variety of styles.

Before the Klingon occupation they were a peaceful people and while it is unheard of for them to take any violent action against another native, regardless of tribe, they have been known to attack off worlder's. Those that have returned to the desert's have become excellent guerrilla fighters useing unpredictable, unconventional, deceitful and depriving combat tactics that use the environment to their best military benefit.

Environment

The entire planets surface is a blending of various browns. Sand, stone and rock with a scattering of native plants. In some areas sand is constantly on the move, blown around by the wind.

Rock outcroppings dot the entire planet, but they usually do not rise more than a few hundred feet above the surrounding landscape. These rock outcrops can be as small as a few dozen feet or extend over an area of a few hundred square miles. While a gradual slopeing rise is the norm it is possible to find steep drops and the occasional cliff deep among the larger groupings of rock.

Plant life is widely scattered, most with a outer surface that prevents water loss and roots that extend deep below the surface of the planet. Most of these plants are not edible by the natives but are eaten by some of the animal lifeforms native to this world.

Those plants that are edible by the natives are carefully maintained, cared for, with new plants planted in an effort to increase future harvests. Most notable among these is a fruit tree that produces a kind of fruit almost like a terran pomagranite.

Savage sand storms can last for a couple days but usually only last for a few hours.

Animals

Cart'hen III does not have many types of animals. The few they have are mostly vegetarians. The most common of these are the Itik, Gonan and Prat. The last 2 have been domesticated by the natives and are raised in herds, however they can also be found running wild. The only predatores are the Trith and the Klingon Targ.

Now their seems to be a number of wild packs of Klingon Targ's running loose on the planet. They tend to stay close to the major communities and will attack anything if hungry enough.

Economy

Almost all the food consumed on this world has to be brought in from off world. The various mining operations, factions and corporations ship raw materials off world. Most notable, industrial metals which are extremely plentiful. The income from this is then spent to bring in food and other essentials which are sold to the workers at an outlandish cost.

Most of the mines are all deep under ground due to the fact that over 97% of all the planets mineral wealth is over 200 feet below the surface. Due to this fact the 3 mining facilites abandoned by the Klingons have become city centers. All the major work of ecavating down to where the mineral content is high enough to make it worth while has already been done.

Communities

On the surface of the planet there are 5 large communites, only 3 of them could be considered true cities. The other 2 are just large mining colonies with dreams of greatness.

The largest city is Mith. They claim to be the Capitol city but with no central government none of the others agree. The other 2 cities are Pilith and Toith.

Each city is controled by a number of factions... these represent criminal organizations, corporations, mining companies, racial groups, etc... each group or faction has their own armed retainers... and have over the years worked out some form of mutual understanding... they all jockey for position... trying to improve or increase their power... these power struggles often result in open warfare...

Kri'dok is both a Klingon military base and a penal colony pretending to be a mining facility. Most of the Klingon population on the planet can be found here.

The last and smallest community is the Nor'anda mining community. A corporation controled facility.

Population

The planetary population breaks down as follows, 45,000 are Cart'hen natives, 30,000 are Klingons, 200,000 are from member worlds of the Federation, 300,000 are exiled peoples from among the subject peoples of the Klingon Empire and the last 25,000 are escaped peoples from among the subject races of the Romulan Empire, for a world wide total includeing the many small groups of nomads and tiny communites scattered over its harsh surface of about 600,000.

Mith is the largest city with a population of about 260,000. While Pilith has a population of about 140,000 and Toith has a population of about 90,000.

Kri'dok has a population of about 45,000 with 20,000 being Klingon troops at the base, 5,000 being guards at the penal colony mining facility and the last 20,000 being prisoners.

Nor'anda Corporation mining colony has a population of about 30,000.

Living as nomad's or in tiny communities scattered over the deserts are about 25,000 of which 15,000 are native's and the rest are mostly escaped prisoners from the Klingon penal colony or other newcomers to the planet who could not afford to leave or survive in the cities.

Nomads

The majority of the people living as nomads in the wilderness are natives of Cart'hen III, while the majority of settlers in tiny communities scattered accoss it's harsh surface are escaped prisoners from the Klingon penal colony or those who have fled from the cities looking for a better life. Not all the nomads are natives, nor are all the settlers in the tiny communities off worlders, just the greater majority.

Most of the tiny settlements range in size from as few as 10 people to maybe as many as 100. The amount of water available plus land for crops or graze for animals is the determining factor.

Nomad tribes wander from water source to water source. Moveing their herds of grazeing animals with them. These tribes usually number between 20 and 150 in size with the average being about 100.

The Bridak Tribe is the largest and they number over 400 in the main group with 4 splinter groups of about 100 that are also considered Bridak. Just under half of the tribe are excaped prisoners from the Klingon mines. The overall leader is a native Cart'hen called Scrizer.

Federation Intelligence Files

It was not till after the signing of the first Khitomer Accords and the subsequent withdrawl of most of the Klingon forces from the planet in 2368 that the Federation made it's first trip to the planet. At this time other than the small detatchment of Klingons buzy building what would soon be the Kri'dok penal colony the only inhabitants of the planet were the native Cart'henians.

Newly freed from a lifetime of slavery, working in the various Klingon strip mining facilites they were haveing difficulty learning how to survive. Most of the skills and knowledge they had gained from centuries of survival in the harsh desert conditions had been lost dureing the 175 years that their people had been enslaved.

Shortly after this numerous colonists and miners as well as various mining companies and unfortunately a large number of undesirables started to migrate to the 3 abandonded strip mining facilites. These have since grown into the main 3 cities on the planet.

A request has been filed with the Federation by the Archeological Society asking permission for them to be allowed to conduct a series of digs on the planet in hopes of learning more about the natives and the evolution of the planet itself. Request has not yet been approved.

A Federation research team visited the planet in 2413 and found that it had developed into a truly unique culture. It now had 6 distinct groupings or cultures. Each city, mining facility and the nomads who had relearned how to survive in the deserts now had their own distinct form of government, culture with very few similarities.

USS Eagle Mission, Arrest Gavik

On stardate 238504.04 a major upheaval took place within the government of the city of Mith. The leader of their council of 11, a suspected criminal by the name of Gavik was assassinated. At this time a team of Starfleet officers from the USS Eagle was on planet undercover, searching for Gavik to arrest him for questioning. One of the team, a Lt. Tal Tel-ar was arrested by members of the city Enforcers, a quasi police force and charged with the crime. For more informations see Starfleet Mission File CT0000102.

USS Eagle Mission, Investigate Criminal Activity

On stardate 238504.30 members of the crew were sent back to the City of Mith. This time the team used an old smugglers ship to approach the planet. They were going to pose as mercenaries for hire but upon entry into the planet's atmospher the ship had a series of malfunctions and crashed. While crossing the desert they were attacked by a pack of wild Targ's. Once they reached the city they quickly ran out of time and had to make a run for it. For more informations see Starfleet Mission File CT0000103.