Tintanon is a fairly old human colony world, located 25.76 parsecs from
Earth. It is a small world with a thin atmosphere, requiring most humans
to wear respirators when outdoors. The planet's sun is the F6 V star
Aleycin. Tintanon is warm to hot, with scattered lakes the only surface
water, and hence a low humidity. In addition to being only marginally
breathable, the atmosphere is tainted by numerous sulphur compounds,
giving the unmodified air a distinct "rotten egg" odour.
Tintanon houses various sulphur digesting microorganisms as well as a
few types of macroscopic plant growths. These small plants are sought
after for their unusual sulphur chemistry, and extracts are used in the
manufacture of several organoplastic products and some drugs.
There is no other life of note, since the hostile conditions kill most
imported species that are not confined to artificial habitats.
Tintanon supports a relatively small population for an old colony world,
with only about 70,000 humans and a handful of aliens choosing to call
it home. The conditions on the surface are unpleasant at best, and
unhealthy at worst, so everyone lives in sealed habitats. There is plenty
of oxygen and water - it just needs to be extracted from the rest of
the chemical stew that makes up the atmosphere.
Most people live in one of the few small townships, while others have
solitary dwellings in places rich with the native plant life to make
Tintanon exports both unprocessed and processed sulphur plants. The main
industry of the planet is chemical extraction and synthesis using the
native life forms as raw materials. There is little else to offer.
This meagre resource is augmented by a rich asteroid belt in the Aleycin
system. Several thousand people are usually involved in mining the
space rocks, coming home to Tintanon between their month-long work
tours. Heavy and precious metals such as platinum and iridium are
exported from the system in significant quantities.
Tintanon is barely self sufficient in food, and gourmet items are much
sought after by the locals. Industrial machinery, computers, and organics
such as medicines and biotech are also imported.
Tintanon is administered by a coalition of the Aleycin Mining Company
and the local office of the multistellar biochemical company ChemLife
Inc. ChemLife employs the most people, but the AMC is more popular with
the locals because it is a home-grown establishment. There is currently
much tension between the boards of directors, especially over recent
industrial espionage and alleged sabotage incidents.
Generally, the locals are looking for a way to throw ChemLife out of the
system, but this is complicated by the fact that most of them work for
the company and rely on it for a living. ChemLife has recently called
for a crackdown on weaponry ownership, but the AMC has so far
successfully blocked any implementation. Citizens are stockpiling arms
and essentials such as food and water for what appears to be an
What happens next rests largely on ChemLife's reactions. An armed
"restoration of order" led by its interstellar office would not go down
well its customers in nearby systems, and ceding control to AMC would
deprive it of a profitable arm of its business.
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