Eisbach is an old human colony world, some 9.912 parsecs from Earth. It is
actually the largest moon of a small gas giant, Terisal, and is a small
world with a low gravity. It retains a substantial atmosphere with enough
oxygen to support humans though. Eisbach's sun is the G8 V star
Eisbach is an icy world, almost fully coated in water ice and snow, with
partial thaws occuring on each closest approach to its star. Eisbach is
tidally locked with respect to Terisal, so the side facing away from
Terisal is the warmest as it faces the sun on closest approach.
Eisbach supports a hardy microbiota, but no other native organisms. Large
deposits of fossil microbes have turned into oil and lie accessible
below the ice and rock.
Earthly tundra ecosystems have been established in the few regions not
under permanent icecap.
Eisbach houses approximately 80 million humans and a handful of aliens.
The harsh living conditions make it difficult to support a much larger
population, and Eisbach has been emigrating much of its natural
population growth for centuries. Most people live in an urbanised
agglomeration centred on the relatively warm point facing directly away
Eisbach exports fossil petrochemical products, as well as other chemicals
extracted from nearby Terisal. The only other income producing industry
of note is tourism. Visitors spend small fortunes renting insulated
cabins on the icecap for the magnificent view of Terisal hanging in the
Eisbach imports some food and manufactured goods, along with luxury
items. The chief imports are heavy machinery and mining equipment,
which Eisbach does not have a large enough population base to
manufacture for itself economically.
Eisbach is administrated as a corporate state by a coalition of
Wexhaul Petroleum and TGM (Terasil Gas Mines). These companies control
virtually all of their relavant industries and employ the majority of
Eisbach's residents. Some smaller competitors have been set up to
avoid monopoly situations, but in practice these have little influence
on the governing of the planet.
As a corporate state, Eisbach policy is decided by the board members.
Most residents are shareholders, however, so have a say in who gets
elected to, or dismissed from, the boards. The result is similar to a
representative democracy, but in which richer citizens have more say.
Society is capitalistic and well-regulated by the companies. Personal
weaponry is carefully controlled and limited. Despite the rigid laws,
for the most part people are satisfied with their lot. However there
are gaping cracks in welfare and poor jobless form a growing social
and criminal problem.
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