Paqmoc System

created by Ben Wafer

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Type: Temperate terrestrial
Temperature: Moderate
Atmosphere: Type I
Hydrosphere: Moist
Gravity: Standard
Terrain: Mixed
Length of day: 32 standard hours
Length of year: 310 local days
Sapient species: Humans
Starport: Standard class
Population: 390 million
Planet function: Diverse, artistic community
Government: Representative democray, joint with Imperial governor
Tech level: Space
Major exports: Some raw materials, some droids, art
Major imports: Some luxury goods, some manufactured goods
System: Paqmoc
Star: Molith (yellow)
Orbital Bodies:
Name Type Moons
Jergun Searing rock 0
Vercou Temperate terrestrial 2
Morm Gas giant 7
Gorton Gas giant 6
Generon Ice ball 0

World Summary

Vercou is the only inhabited planet in the Paqmoc system. Vercou is a very 'typical' world with a mix of terrain types.

Vercou has a fairly diverse economy with no one industry dominating. Some of the primary industries on Vercou are resource based, such as the logging industry whose product is largely sold domestically but also exports a few varieties of exotic woods to other worlds. Other important industries are much more high tech, such as the two large Cybot Galactica droid factories.

Many see Vercou as an ideal world simply because of its variety. The planet has a number of large cities, such as the capital city Manigua, but there are also huge tracts of wilderness and farmland.

Vercou has very stringent immigration laws, as the government is very adamant about curbing overpopulation in order to maintain the balance that the planet has between nature and civilization. These strict government controls, along with a huge social security net, have virtually eliminated poverty on the planet, but very few people can actually be considered wealthy.

One somewhat curious side effect of the diverse nature of Vercou is the large artistic community. Many aspiring artists in the sector come to the planet to be inspired by the varied terrain types and the mix of city and country. Because of this, art has become somewhat of an industry on the planet but not to the extent that it overshadows everything else.

Artists who wish to stay on the planet for a period of time but do not qualify under the immigration laws can apply for special artist's visas at a cost of 250 credits that allow an artist to stay on planet for up to 1 year. After that time, the artist can either apply for another visa or apply for citizenship. Without the visa, the longest that a person who is not a Vercounan citizen can stay on the planet is 3 weeks, and they are not allowed to work during that time unless they have special working permits. These working permits, at a cost of 300 credits, are normally only given to traders who wish to sell or purchase goods on the planet and allow the permit holder to make up to six visits to Vercou within a two-year period before the trader must purchase another permit.

Because of this somewhat complicated and fairly expensive system, most free traders who operate on Vercou are actually citizens of Vercou who capitalize on the advantage that they have over non-residents. This means that Vercou has more free traders per capita than any other world in the Conheav sector, although most of these traders tend to spend much more time off-world than on the planet.

A typical Vercounan trader will do perhaps two or three cargo runs to or from Vercou each year. The lack of need for trade is the reason for the small number of cargo runs to and from the system. Vercou is almost 80% self-sufficient, a figure that few developed worlds can boast. Vercounan traders are particularly prevalent in the Kalpol and Lechar systems.

System Summary

The Paqmoc system is, in many ways, fairly unremarkable. Vercou is the only important planet in the system. Jergun has a moderate degree of mineral wealth but is too hot for any mining operation to be cost-effective. Morm and Gorton themselves are useless, although five small mining operations are on their moons. At best, these mining operations are only marginally profitable. Generon is a rock the size of a small moon and has a coating of dirty ice thick enough to more than double its mass. Surprisingly enough, life exists on Generon, but it is only at the single-cell level.