Plato

Moons:
Star System: 1 sun, 7 planets
Spaceport City: Nicomachus

Description:

Plato is notable for the slow speed of its orbit – like the discourses of the ancient Earth philosopher it was named after, it takes a very long time to go anywhere. Plato completes an orbit of its star approximately once every 1,862 Earth days, or a little over five years. Consequently, it has very long seasons, which means that Plato enjoys warm, pleasant summers that last more than a year. On the other hand, its winters are just as lengthy. Local flora and fauna have adapted to survive the long winters – many hibernate or go into similar dormant states, and there are a higher percentage of egg-laying animals which live only from spring until the end of autumn, hopefully reproducing before they die out so their young can then hatch in the next spring. The plants and animals which stay alive and awake year-round are very hardy and efficient, able to survive for very long periods in freezing temperatures with little sustenance.

Plato’s unusually long seasons have attracted a thriving tourism industry. While Martinelle is the playground for the idle rich, Plato is accessible to even middle-income earners. Its summers attract millions of tourists to thousands of resorts, capitalizing on its continents’ many beaches. In the winter, the tourists flock to the mountain lodges for skiing, snowboarding, and to enjoy the famous bathhouses. This great volume of tourism has made resource extraction somewhat complicated, as none of the resort owners want any smokestacks spoiling their views, or any contamination of the air, water, or snow. Its starport city is located in the middle of a dry salt flat, where the noise of starships landing and taking off is unlikely to disturb anybody’s paying guests. The surrounding desert is home to many of Plato’s displaced indigenous Ghost Children, who, having been pushed out of their homelands by the resorts, have formed nomadic Bedouin-esque tribes that occasionally prey on incautious tourists.