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The Solar Gazetteer
Sol – Most come to the few habitats on Sol for research, though there are a couple thousand that consider themselves culturally Solarian. Special morphs are used to cope better with the extreme heat. The Vulcanoid Gate is located nearest to here.
Mercury – Mercury is resource rich, but the harsh conditions make most operations and long-term habitation prohibitive, though there are a few stubborn independents. Solar energy and anti-matter production are the only large-scale projects.
Venus – Mining, both of the atmosphere and surface, are the chief industries of Venus. Most aerostats are now allied in the Morningstar Constellation, though a few remain under direct hypercorp control.
Earth – Scarred after the Fall, those who are brave or foolish enough to get through the cordon blockade find a planet haunted by TITAN remnants. Objects or information reclaimed from Earth are extremely valuable, but are, strictly speaking, illegal in the Inner System.
Luna – Luna and the various Earth-orbit habitats are part of the Lagrange Lunar Alliance, which promotes a conservative, security-first agenda. Hypercorps are omnipresent here, and while they all formally oppose reclamation, many are not above profiting off it behind closed doors.
Mars – The most populated world, Mars is also the least united. Local issues include hypercorp regulation, the TITAN quarantine zone, the Barsoomian movement, and opposing philosophies on terraforming. The Martian Gate is located on the surface.
Main Belt – The main belt plays host to most extropians, anarcho-capitalists who recognize no authority and no law save for contract law. A great deal many criminal syndicates also have large operations out of the Belt.
Jupiter – The Jovian Republic keeps a tight control over Jupiter, the moons, and the commerce routes that take advantage of the natural gravity well it provides. Habitats are remarkably cramped and primitive, because of the need for massive radiation shielding.
The Trojans – Out 30 degrees from Jupiter’s orbit in each direction lie the Trojans and the Greeks. Their largest natural resource is water, but most come either to participate in anarchist, or similarly radical, societies, or to hide out among the poorly-mapped asteroids.
Saturn – Political pressure keeps the CoT’s influence outside their atmosphere limited. The rest of Saturn mostly consists of miners, researchers, and the ringers, a loosely allied group of hermits floating inside Saturn’s rings. The Pandora Gate orbits Saturn.
Titan – Confined to the largest moon of Saturn, the Commonwealth of Titan is the largest single power in the AA and the center for Outer System haute-culture, academia, and helium-3 production. Its government is a direct cyberdemocracy that follows the socialist democratic legacy of Northern Europe.
Far Outer System
Uranus – Most interest in this system comes from the Fissue Gate, controlled by the anarchist station Chat Noir. Uranus also has the highest number of Ultimate habitats, and is a popular home for Brinkers as well.
Neptune – Few people will travel to the eighth planet; some come to look for another Pandora Gate. Others are drawn to Glitch and Mahogany, the largest dedicated mercurial habitats. And some who relocate here are trying to re-invent themselves, or are running from something in their past.
Outer Fringe – Aside from the odd colony of religious fanatics, retrogressives, and other extreme cultural experiments, most people in the Kuiper Belt and beyond are explorers and scientists. The large exception to this being the Discord Gate on Eris, jointly controlled by Go-nin and the Ultimates.