Timgro Systemcreated by Ben Wafer
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Type: Temperate terrestrial
World SummaryHorhay was originally settled due to its mineral wealth and proximity to a major trade route. Horhay was a small planet where terraforming was considered to be cost-effective due to the presence of the proper gases trapped in the polar ice caps. The ice caps were melted, which created oceans and released the trapped gases into the atmosphere. Before this, the ice caps had been seeded with microscopic lifeforms. These lifeforms were spread throughout the planet by the expulsion of the trapped gases. Within 5 years, Horhay was ready to have larger lifeforms transplanted to it. Even today, Horhay is slightly cool and has a much smaller variety of life than worlds where life evolved by itself. But aside from the almost complete absence of polar ice caps, a casual observer would be hard pressed to find signs that the planet was once an inhospitable rock.
For centuries, Kiide Mineral Holdings, a mining and refining company based in the Kalpol system, was the largest employer on the planet. Almost 40% of the population was employed directly by Kiide, while another 35% were employed in work serving the needs of Kiide and its employees. All of this ended roughly 600 years ago when the mines began to play out. Horhay was plunged into economic ruin from which the planet still hasn't fully recovered. A number of struggling mines, all of them owned by Kiide, still operate on Horhay, but they are only marginally profitable at best.
The government of Horhay was corporate when the planet was first terraformed. But over the centuries, Kiide gradually gave the citizens of the planet more and more control over their government. By the time the mines started to play out, the government was already a democracy. This turned out to be good for Kiide, since the government received the lion's share of the blame for the economic disaster which arose. Public sentiment was that little could have been done by Kiide to avoid eventually using up all of the accessible resources on the planet. The government, on the other hand, received massive criticism for not having taken sufficient measures to diversify the economy.
At the height of the mine and refinery closures, massive uprisings took place against the government. One of these uprisings actually had the support of the planetary militia and elements of the police force. The democracy was overthrown, and a popular dictator was installed.
Horhay operated as a dictatorship for almost a hundred years, during which time life on the planet was more miserable than ever before or since. The measures taken by the dictators to revive the economy were harsh indeed, but it is generally agreed that they did a lot to aid in the planet's recovery in the long run, including attempts to foster an electronics industry on the planet. This is one of the most important legacies of the dictatorship, and it is the healthiest sector of Horhay's economy today.
During the reign of the last dictator, the citizens of Horhay appealed to the Old Republic to step in and create a new regime which would be a joint effort between an elected representative and an assigned Republic diplomat. Unfortunately, this form of government proved to be virtually useless, and little was accomplished.
By the time the Empire arose from the ashes of the Old Republic, the citizens of Horhay had grown tired of the ineffectual leadership of their joint government. Life was almost as bad under this government as it had been under the dictatorship, and the feeling is that the only improvements were actually brought about because of the policies that the dictators introduced. In short, when the Empire came into power, the people of Horhay practically begged for a strong Imperial governor to be put in place with absolute authority. It was hoped that with strong leadership, the economic situation would finally start improving again, and effective measures could be taken to cut the extremely high crime rate.
Horhay is an oddity in that it is one of the only planets in the Empire where the imposition of martial law was seen by the populace as a cause for celebration. Of course, this is all from the point of view of the average citizen. The large criminal population was nowhere near so enthusiastic about the Empire's arrival and was especially against the idea of martial law. Martial law has forced most of the small time operators out of business and crushed many of the more organized groups. Crime is still higher on Horhay than on any other planet in the sector, but it has been steadily declining under the iron fist of Governor H'Olid.
These statistics mask a sinister truth, however. It is true that crime as a whole has declined, but Moff Lesbeat, in return for large favors, has ensured that the operations of the Nestor Syndicate have remained untouched ever since he reached his special arrangement with them. Horhay has always been the primary source of revenue for the Nestors, and even more so since they have gained a virtual monopoly. To be sure, groups not affiliated with the Nestors still operate on the planet, but these groups constantly suffer setbacks at the hands of Governor H'Olid's many army troopers. It should be noted that very few individuals within the groups operated by the Nestors actually have any idea that they are a part of a larger organization. Typically, the leader, and occasionally top lieutenants, of each group, be it a swoop gang, a spice syndicate, a group of racketeers or anything else, will be the only one in the group who even knows that the Nestors exist, let alone that the majority of their profits are being funneled to them.
In accordance with an agreement made with Moff Lesbeat, the Nestors removed their top operatives from the slaving operations which they had managed on the planet before Lesbeat came to the sector. The slavery rings were then broken up in a series of spectacular and highly publicized raids performed by H'Olid's troopers. These raids caused huge public support for the Empire on the planet.
In orbit around Horhay are three large space stations, each about two kilometers in length along their longest axis. These space stations are each shaped like a slightly irregular sphere attached to a stubby engine pylon. The stations, Horhay Hope, Horhay Pride, and Horhay Dream, are actually the original colony ships sent to the system by Kiide once terraforming was largely complete and brought the first colonists, their mining equipment, and essential survival supplies. After the initial landings, the massive craft were converted to serve as stationary platforms and served as transfer points for incoming supplies and outgoing ore.
System SummaryThe Timgro System is truly unremarkable in most ways. Timgro I is a searing ball of rock no larger than most moons with a core rich in valuable minerals. Unfortunately, Timgro I is far too close to Atimanth for exploitation, and much of the surface of the planet is molten. Even if this were not the case, it would be far too expensive to bore past all of the useless material which forms the planet's crust in order to reach the minerals in the core. Timgro II is even smaller than Timgro I, and whatever accessable mineral wealth it once possessed was mined centuries ago. Timgro III is fairly large for a terrestrial planet and, unlike Timgro I and II, actually has an atmosphere. The atmosphere, however, is not only poisonous to most forms of life, but it is actually highly corrosive, dissolving any exposed metal within a matter of a few weeks. This combined with a high gravity makes any exploitation of Timgro III unlikely at best. Horhay, formerly known simply as Timgro IV, was once a planet rich in minerals but had no atmosphere to speak of. It was terraformed and heavily settled to exploit its mineral wealth. Timgro V is a rather small gas giant made up almost entirely of hydrogen. Along with its moons, it is comercially worthless.