Triana is an old human colony world, just 5.702 parsecs from Earth. It is
a small planet, with about half the gravity of Earth, and a thin
oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere. Triana's sun is the K3 V star Eta
Cassiopeiae (visible from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia).
Triana is a temperate planet, with small icecaps and warm equatorial
regions. It is almost tide-locked, having a rotational period not much
shorter than its year, and thus a day length of 78 Earth days. Liquid water
covers 45% of the surface with isolated seas and rivers.
Triana's life consists exclusively of unicellular microbes. The majority
are photosynthetic, but some feed on others. Some of these active microbes
can cause illness and death in humans, but cases are now rare and effective
treatment is readily available.
Earthly flora and fauna have been imported, as well as some of the
vegetation from Prime. These are now well
established and form a stable ecosystem.
Triana holds around 1.9 billion humans and approximately 500,000 sentient
aliens. Cities are scattered throughout the land areas. Many wealthy
residents migrate from city to city with the long daily cycle to avoid the
78-day long nights. There are also several "moving cities" - large
arcologies housing up to 100,000 people which crawl slowly across the
landscape from east to west, staying in the sunlight all the time. Nightside
cities remain active, though, there being too many people for them all to
be able to chase the sun.
Triana is essentially self-sufficient, and has little of value to export.
The vast majority of imports and exports are luxury goods peculiar to the
originating planet. A significant fraction of Triana's exports are in the
form of films and interactive entertainment software.
Triana supports some tourism, drawn mainly to the slowly changing scenery
available while holidaying on board a moving city. It also has a few
universities and research institutes of interstellar renown.
Triana is governed by a bureaucratic representative democracy, with each
city submitting parliamentary representatives and senators to the world
government. Each city tends to look after its own interests, so the world
government resembles a loose coalition of independent powerbrokers trying
to get their voices heard over the bureaucracy. Civic laws vary widely
from city to city, but most are fairly permissive.
Ostensibly, Triana speaks with one voice on interstellar councils, but
that voice is made up of the competing interests of many cities, so it is
not often clear exactly where Triana stands on any given issue.
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