Progression into the Stars
Government – N/A
Official Language – English, Hebrew, Arabic
Capital – undecided
System – Xanadu
Distance from Earth – 17 light years
- Population: Roughly 6 Million (spread out in tiny colonies across the planet).
- Roughly earth sized; three moons of note, the rest are asteroid fragments caught in orbit.
- Thin atmosphere: enough to keep in some heat and to protect against radiation.
- Water covers 90% of planet, but is mostly frozen at the surface, the exceptions being around the equators and in random hot spots and gaps caused by the planet’s geologic and tidal activities.
- Very geologically active: the planet’s core is very hot and the sea floor is constantly changing due to eruptions and earthquakes. This often affects the icy crust above as does the tidal forces of the moons, making the creation of large, permanent colonies difficult.
- Ithaqua is routinely pelted by asteroids and meteors from the nearby asteroid belt.
The whole planet is covered by icy waters. Many icebergs exists and these are primarily used for small settlements. There are two permanent spaceports both located on either pole where the ice is permanently thick enough to support this kind of structure. Both spaceports are controlled by anglophones which has caused quite a bit of friction with some of the descendants of the first wave, who are both poorer and tend to stick closer to the planet’s equator in quasi-nomadic villages.
Most of Ithaqua’s economy depends on resupplying and trading with ships that are passing through its system. One of the primary sources of income is recovery of space debris that has fallen to the planets surface but not punched completely through its icy crust.
Spotted as a possible Colony world because of the amount of water located on the surface, Ithaqua was colonized in two waves. The first wave was an Israeli-Arab joint venture. Due to extreme overcrowding and drought in the Middle East, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt and Syria all managed to overcome mistrust and pooled their resources together to fund a colonizing expedition. The second wave was a joint American-British venture that was much better funded and equipped than the previous colonizing expedition. Coupled with better unity between the participants (upon settling upon Ithaqua, the first wave pretty much split themselves up into small nationality based communities) the American and British venture has left the biggest impact on the culture of Ithaqua. Nearly everyone nowadays speaks at least some English—although among descendants of the first wave of colonists Hebrew and Arabic are still fluently spoken. There has been very little conflict or strife in Itaqua’s history because of how relatively unoccupied the planet is. Even though Ithaqua is one of the first few colonies to have been established by Humans, it has had very few ships sent to it, due to it’s great (in comparison) distance from Earth.
Religions: Islam (42%), Judaism (23%), Non-Religious (18%), Christianity (16%), Other (1%)