The first successful human interstellar colony
|Nova Terra, Tau Ceti V - the western seaboard of the single great continent, Hope|
Nova Terra - Data Panel
|Location||Inner Sphere Old Core, Sol Sector 11.9 light-years from Sol|
|Planet||Tau Ceti G : Nova Terra, sometimes just Nova for short|
|Planet Type||originally lifeless Gaian, terraformed to Eugaian|
|Distance from Primary||0.78 AU|
|Density||1.2 times Earth|
|Year||0.72 earth years, or 331 Nova-days|
|Axial Tilt||17 degrees|
|Geography||Before the coming of terragen civilisation, Nova Terra was a lifeless gaian type world with a reducing atmosphere not unlike that of Hadean Earth, and no standing water. The world is relatively close to its star, so will eventually become tidally locked.|
Following successful terraforming during the early 3rd millennium c.e., Nova Terra was transformed into a Eugaian world. 45 per cent of the surface is now land, the rest ocean. Nova Terra has a single major continent, Hope, covering an entire hemisphere (this places the planet in the Pangaean subtype). The interior consists of mountainous deserts, highlands and canyons (the 'upback'), but the often rocky coastline and surrounding areas are pleasant by human standards. The interior is rather rather arid, and frequent earthquakes make some areas hazardous (according to novaterrologists the continent is slowly breaking up in the same way that Pangea on Earth did, with a rift valley developing from Icestorm Bay). The poles are covered with drifting ice sheets, but since they are surrounded by ocean they cannot accumulate ice and often vanish during summer. However, the northernmost and southernmost parts of Hope remain constantly glaciated.
Even with meteorological tweaking and greenhouse engineering the climate remains colder than on Earth, just 17 degrees on average. At the same time the weather is more variable than on Earth, due to both stronger temperature differences in the interior between summer and winter (causing major storms), the short day and the irregular volcanic eruptions. The maintaining of a greenhouse effect is important on Nova Terra, since without it the planet would enter a permanent glaciation.
Founded-Colonized: AT 588
|AI||AI overseers: currently the Novaterran Hyperturing Administrative Cluster (SI:2.8) |
AI's ethos: Libertarian Free zone and market economy, enlightened self-interest
|Polities||Tau Ceti Nova Mediaocracy (based in the Nova Orbital Bands, - the ruling AI of the Novamedia Franchise is known as the 'Broad Band' ISO) |
Landfall Free Trade Zone encompasses most of the large single continent, and a number of associated orbital habs and asteroids
FreeCeti Alliance (a loose association of the planetside Redrock Alliance (itself made up of about half a dozen small states), a single orbital hab, and a number of asteroids)
Kingdom of Eyre (Planetside aquatic tweak kingdom)
Others (A few dozen minor independent states and orbital habs)
Tau Ceti Nova Mediaocracy a 3d stylised virchunit and recording system, alternating with a stylised image of the Tau Ceti system and virch-unit
Landfall retains the original Tau Ceti Mission seal, a blue-green planet surrounded by 23 stars (representing the participating nations) on the background of the Cetus constellation.
The Planetside Alliance has a red rock against a sunrise as symbol (rarely used these days).
Lucinda Republic - an abstract moonscape and crescent
Kingdom of Eyre - a stylised underwater scene in the shape of a flipper
Affiliation: Non-Coercive Zone (NoCoZo)
|Nova Terra Topographic Map|
Image from Steve Bowers and John M Dollan
|Nova Terra at night; the densely populated areas along the coast can be seen, as well as the thinly-populated interior|
|Hanging buildings in the Magellan range, Nova Terra. The massive feedstock pipelines into the Upback Massif have been active for almost 7000 years, accumulating a sizeable symbolic meaning to Novaterran inhabitants. In 3300 the government began to use hanging prisons suspended from the pipelines in the many canyons for certain antisocial crimes (with or without constant online public monitoring). After a few years, the idea of living in such hanging buildings began to catch on; by 3324 the voluntary inhabitants outnumbered the prisoners by 10:1, and eventually the prisons were sold as apartments at an immense profit. Since then the popularity of hanging pipeline homes have waxed and vaned, but there are always people wishing to live a digital hermit life with as little physical contact with the rest of society, not to mention the status of owning one of the rare hanging homes.|
|Nova Terra today|
|Psyche, Art, Culture||Aesthetics, Culture and Society: varies by polity |
Landfallish Style: In Landfall, which retains media-fashion ideology as a matter of national and racial identity and pride going back thousands of years, anything goes as long as it is stylish, an expression of the owner's 'brand'. Currently smart clothing is in again, clothes made of adaptive fabrics that can move, change texture and colour depending on their programming. Unlike 'firstwa clothes' (first wave clothes, the original style 32 years ago), these clothes are intended to be highly interactive both with the owner (receiving information from wearables, implants or the body itself) and the surroundings. Other personal belongings tend to be similarly active right now, from smart buildings to vehicles.
While females are currently dressing a bit more spectacularly than men (outsiders tend to have a hard time imagining that being possible), trend predictors expect that within a short while the tide will turn and people will go back to the
Image from Steve Bowers and John M Dollan
|Nova Terra, without clouds|
|Territory and Population||Population: .|
about 200 million, mostly nearbaseline humans about 95 per cent of which live in the Landfall Metropolitan Sprawl. The population also includes 4% Vec 2% Provolves 2% Splices 1% Rianths 3% others
Orbital, cis-Nova Terra and cis-Lucinda: about 10 billion physicals, mostly media-tweaked and lightly cyborged (the neural media interface is almost universal), 16% Vec, 5% Provolve 0.1% xeno (various species) and approximately 30 billion virtuals Immigration, Emigration: about 5per cent per tenyear, all vectors
|Government and Administration||Government Type Tau Ceti Nova Mediaocracy Hyperturing Mediaocracy, based on The Broad Band ISO administration, with regional sapient charismacratic cyberdemocracy. |
FreeCeti Alliance varies by individual member, usually cyberdemocracy or meritocratic aristocracy
Kingdom of Eyre monarchy
National holidays: Arrival Day, Media Day, Landfall Day (Landfall only)
|Economics, Local Infrastructure||Economy: free-market |
Currency: (Landfall): Landfall Credits (C). A digital currency, often prefixed: microcredits (0.001 C, used to pay minor net services), kilokredits (1000 C), megacredits (a million C), gigacredits (a billion C) and so on.
Median Technology: Ultra Tech, with pervasive Transapientech elements. There are also areas of less developed High Tech and even Lo Tech enclaves, among some of the smaller and more isolated planetside and belt communities
Major Industries: Planetside: Media infotainment, immersives, totalrecalls, tourism, gambling, sport (both audience and participation), outdoors exploration, theme parks, nature parks.
Orbital: Infotainment, immersives, totalrecalls, tourism, finance, entertainment, DIY celebrity genomes, the Novawood industry and spin-offs, star clone manufacture, and personality constructs. There is also a large cybrarian community (both legal and quasi-legal) and a number of important hacker nodes and virchuniverses. There is a flourishing trade in illegal clone celebrity sighting and autograph signing, The authorities have been trying hard for some time to stamp out the trade, without much success.
Angelnetting : a few orbitals full, otherwise partial; planetside partial (some urban regions) to none
Major Orbitals: Miguel City, Newhope, High Land, Novawood, Halcyone, Newearth, Spielberg, Oneill, Blue Star, Crystal Palace
|Travel||Major Spaceports: Landfall Spaceport (the only large planetside spaceport), Spielberg Docks, Lucinda Astrodrome, Miguel Port Complex |
Hazard Rating : 0.0 to 3.0
Visa Restrictions : Visas are easy to get, although there is usually a 10 nanosecond waiting period while applications are processed
Freedom of Movement : Tourism is encouraged, there are little restrictions of movement
Environmental Requirements : Nova Terra and most orbitals meet all baseline hu compatibility standards
Sites of Interest: Palm Beach on the eastern shore of Hope, close to the border to the Alliance, is the capital of gambling on Nova Terra. Here the coast is dotted with casinos, ranging from the traditional Las Vegas to the ultra-modern Escaton. All forms of gambling and entertainment exist, including virtual games and elaborate game shows. While the Nomic tournaments are held entirely on the Net, it is traditional to have a major display of the final games in the hololith (230 meters high) outside the Hrafnir.
Triassic Park Part of the rather arid interior is given up to a number of terragen wildlife reserves, including the famous Triassic Park, complete with genomically reconstructed Lystrosauri, Chasmatosauri, and other near-authentic early Mesozoic wildlife, minimally modified and optimised for the slightly higher gravity
Hanging buildings of the Magellan Ranges for interesting architecture (see below)
Novamedia Main Studios, Novawood Orbital; vast studios where virches and interactives are created for broadband distribution to the entire civilized galaxy
Giordano Bruno Museum with the original probe carefully preserved and maintained in stasis, along with many other fascinating historical items
Themis War Memorial complete with one-on-one vec-guided tours and full-sensorium historical recreations