Helenium
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Helenium is a Core Systems-aligned planet in the Lyskamm System of Phoenix Sector.

Planetary Data

Geographic Data

Helenium is a massive world almost 16,500 km in diameter, with a surface gravity of 1.45g. The atmosphere is breathable, though at 2.2atm it is much thicker than Earth-standard. About 65% of the planet's surface is liquid water. Temperature hovers around 24˚ throughout most of the planet's orbit, but dips into freezing temperatures in winter.

Thick mats of moss- and algae-like xenoforms cover much of the planet's unworked land and surface water.

Demographics

650,000 people live and work on Helenium. Core Systems heritage is the norm here, but laborers from all over human space come to Helenium to work as harvesting operators, engineers, and accountants for the planet's giant agricorps. Frivolity is looked down upon by locals - practical attire is the norm, and anyone seen wearing otherwise is usually considered not worth listening to.

Economics

Helenium is a garden world first and foremost. The planet's stable temperature and open, easily-workable land means that Helenium is producing food products for ten months out of the year. Any dip in productivity is felt sector-wide.

Politics

Helenium's ruling bodies are almost perfect copies of standard Republic protocol. There are a few individuals (mostly corporate heads) that believe their businesses could offer a more efficient (and profitable) social order, and some smaller concerns actually argue for more Republic oversight.

Ben Jacobs is the current planetary governor, and has held that office for the last seven standard years.

Travellers' Information

Advisories

Travellers to Helenium are advised that little else besides organic produce is available here. Few, if any, starship supplies other than the barest life support essentials are available planetside. There is no global CoreNet grid, and limited access on any part of the planet.

Travellers' Resources

Helenium hosts a class-D starport that offers only unrefined fuel and the barest of maintenance. Most of the starport is open concrete, with small metal prefab field offices for the largest ag concerns and storage buildings for repair equipment. The main building has a few amenities (food, replacement starship air and water filters, and the like). There is also a Scout Service inside that has contracts out current outbound navigational information to offworld supply ships and other travellers.

Destinations

Helenium is within range of the following systems (for a ship equipped with a Jump-2 enabling drive):

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