Pecsus Systemcreated by Ben Wafer
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Type: Warm terrestrial
World SummaryGor Vandar is a world in the Pecsus system that is considered moderately rich in resources.
Gor Vandar is an idyllic world in the eyes of the Paq Nalthiin and has been practically flooded with immigrants. Because of this, it is the most heavily populated world in the Paq Nalthiin sphere of influence, even surpassing the Paq Nalthiin homeworld of Dran Colquar which has always been limited in terms of population by a lack of available food and water sources. To human sensibilities, Gor Vandar is a nice enough planet but a little arid. Gor Vandar is warm and has fairly lush plant life. But, little rain falls, and much of the soil is dry and dusty. For the most part, the soil is rich in nutrients, and plant life on the planet is limited only by the available water supply, which is practically limitless as far as the Paq Nalthiin are concerned.
The Pecsus system was the one that suffered the first attacks in the great war with the Serp. Gor Vandar suffered greatly during the Great War with the Serp, both in terms of losses of life and in terms of destruction of the cities and ecosystem of the planet. During the great war with the Serp, Gor Vandar was the victim of countless raids, all of which being air or orbital strikes. Never once was a Serp seen on the ground. The cities didn't take long to rebuild, but some of the weapons of the Serp, which included biological agents, did more lasting damage to the environment.
Because the planet was affected the most by the Great War with the Serp, the inhabitants of Gor Vandar have traditionally been more suspicious of aliens than other Paq Nalthiin. Most offworlders will be treated with extreme indifference when on Gor Vandar. Only very rarely has open hostility occurred in the past, but visitors would have to be incredibly oblivious to their surroundings to not notice a very cool attitude towards them.
Interestingly enough, there is an exception that doesn't really occur on any of the other worlds in the Paq Nalthiin Confederacy. After the Paq Nalthiin were contacted by the Old Republic, a group of Ithorians agreed to help them to rebuild the environment of Gor Vandar. For centuries, a group of Ithorians numbering 10-15,000 lived among the Paq Nalthiin while aiding them in rebuilding the world's ecosystem. Rebuilding the planet to the paradise that was first found by the Paq Nalthiin took almost 2,000 years. When the environment had recovered, most of the Ithorians emigrated to other worlds. Many of them went to Mogtnom, although a few small herds stayed behind. Ever since, Ithorians have been welcome on the planet.
The planet's major exports include raw materials and some manufactured goods. Most of this goes to Dran Colquar, but virtually none is exported out of the Paq Nalthiin Confederacy. An exception to this rule is exports to Mogtnom. Whenever the Ithorians working on restoring Mogtnom's environment need equipment, it is usually manufactured on Gor Vandar and then shipped to the backwater planet. The Paq Nalthiin make very little money off of these exports. But, they feel that they owe the Ithorians a debt that they can never fully repay, and it is only fair that they give Ithorians a few breaks. This doesn't mean that they will do things for free for Ithorians, but they will tend to treat them just a little better than anyone else.
Gor Vandar has one of the strongest factions of Paq Nalthiin demanding protection from the Empire's human-first policies, but even this faction is fairly small and not terribly vocal.
The largest city on Gor Vandar is Pon Crenshiin, a spaceport which relies on manufacturing plants, refining base minerals, and tourism for its economy. Pon Crenshiin is widely considered by the Paq Nalthiin as the best resort town in the Paq Nalthiin Confederacy, largely because of the natural splendor of the area and the deep blue freshwater sea upon the shores of which the city is built. This holds special significance for the Paq Nalthiin who have no such large bodies of water on their homeworld, let alone large bodies of fresh, drinkable water. In the distant past of the Paq Nalthiin species, bloody wars were fought over pools of water no bigger than a house. While this is far removed from the present situation, this respect for water is deeply ingrained in the collective psyche of the Paq Nalthiin, even those who have never been to their homeworld. This is one of the things that makes this the most popular vacation spot for the Paq Nalthiin. Much larger bodies of water are on this planet and Jon Carniin, but the sea at Pon Crenshiin is the largest freshwater sea in the Confederacy, not to mention the most picturesque.
During Pon Crenshiin's summer, and even in the fairly mild winter, the city is typically swarming with Paq Nalthiin tourists. Most summers will have anywhere from 900,000 to 1,400,000 tourists in the city at any one time, particularly impressive when compared to the number of permanent residents in Pon Crenshiin, which is placed at about 750,000.
Pon Crenshiin is the most hospitable place on the planet towards outsiders of all sorts, even non-Paq Nalthiin. Since roughly 75% of the residents of the city depend on tourism for their livelihoods, it simply doesn't make sense for them to treat aliens with the same coldness that their fellows elsewhere on the planet do. Also, a large number of the Paq Nalthiin in the city at any one time will be from one of the other worlds in the Confederacy, and the other worlds in the Confederacy are less xenophobic than Gor Vandar.
A number of pleasure liners make regular stops at Gor Vandar for the purpose of visiting Pon Crenshiin. Usually, these liners are on their way to the Lucky Despot Casino in the nearby Draxin's Star system. These liners are eagerly awaited by the residents of the city, as they typically carry only extremely wealthy individuals who can afford to visit the casinos. Usually Pon Crenshiin can expect to see two to three liners full of wealthy vacationers every month.
System SummaryThe Pecsus system is one of the three members of the Paq Nalthiin Confederacy. Historically, this system was the site of the Paq Nalthiin's war with the Serp.
The system is on one of the two major hyperspace routes into the Conheav sector. But other than a few passenger liners and a very small number of freighters, most ships passing into the sector don't bother to make planetfall, largely because of the bias that Paq Nalthiin have towards relying on themselves rather than outside sources.
Compared to most developed planets on major hyperspace routes, few trading opportunities are available on Gor Vandar, the only inhabited planet in the system. Limited mining operations exist on Thon Kredar and on three moons of Jein Bonnar. Gaym Vagar is a large comet that has been trapped into a stable planetary orbit, and it is commercially useless.
The eighth moon of Jein Bonnar is shunned by Paq Nalthiin, because it was used by the Serp as their base of operations after they first invaded the system. When they were finally defeated, the moon was bombarded from orbit. When the Paq Nalthiin descended to the planet to ensure that no Serp remained alive, they encountered countless booby traps but no living Serp. The moon has been quarantined for fear of any remaining traps, even after all these years.