Gliese

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Gliese
System TypeSingle Star
Size14 AU
Star TypeMain Sequence Dwarf-A
Asteroid Belts3
AffiliationBanu
Planets6
Jump Points1
Space Stations1

A bustling hub of interspecies trade, with several asteroid belts and six planets orbiting the blue-white star at its center, the resource-rich Banu system of Gliese has been a popular destination for Human travelers for well over two centuries. Though Humanity has a well established place in the system today, with several burgeoning settlements of their own, it took hundreds of years of bargaining before any of that could come to pass. For while most Banu are eager to pursue commerce with other species, their trade routes are carefully guarded commodities.

"The only silver lining to Samuel Messer’s terribly brutal time in office was the opening of trade with Gliese and that he ruled for a relatively brief eighteen years."

Sydney Kamarck, A Cruel Farewell: A Survey of Imperators Before the Fall, 2877

History

After first contact in 2438, the U.N.E. quickly learned how complex negotiations with the Banu could be. Striking a trade agreement with the Protectorate was not enough - to get access to individual systems required diplomatic delegates to strike separate bargains with everyone from a variety of planetary governing bodies, all the way down to navigational souli for map data. In addition, there was the problem that controlling bodies would dissolve only to be replaced by a new souli who had acquired the rights to bargain, starting the whole process over again. Even then, many systems were not eager to welcome Humans, wanting to limit the competition and control the flow of goods through their system and demanding extremely high recompense for the privilege. Persevering through all those complications and over several decades, the U.N.E. eventually achieved visiting rights to several systems such as Bacchus, Geddon and Kins. However, this was not to be a continuing trend.

With the unfortunate circumstances related to first contact with the Xi’an and the terrible violence that came with the First Tevarin War, Humanity’s outlook towards other species shifted. While existing Banu trade was tolerated, and even relied upon during resource-taxing wartime, the Empire’s willingness to increase our xeno- relations dwindled to nonexistence with the start of the Messer Regime. It wasn’t until the severe economic recession of the early 28th century that this new status quo changed.

With rampant military spending at an all-time high in the wake of the first Vanduul incursions, along with the highest tax rate the UEE has ever had, the economy of the Empire had become stagnant at the turn of the 28th century. After trying numerous other tactics to spur market growth, Imperator Messer VIII decided to take a different, more drastic approach. His theory was that if the UEE could further expand their trade markets, it would bring a new influx of credits that would act as a reset button for several important sectors. For the first time in two centuries, Humanity sent a delegation to negotiate access rights to a new Banu system, Gliese.

It is rumored that the UEE had to strong arm several companies into handing over valuable blueprints and tech schematics to the Banu to make the deal happen, but in the end, many economists believe the 2712 opening of trade relations with Gliese prolonged the life of the Messer regime for another eighty years. A vibrant trading center with an abundant variety of resources, Gliese was a boon to the Empire’s industry, as Humanity embraced the brisk trade of its valuable raw materials and manufactured goods. Of course, beyond its economic appeal, Gliese also contains one additional feature that some claim is its biggest draw of all — a mysteriously deserted terraformed world.

Gravitational Governors

Gliese

Gliese is a Main Sequence Dwarf-A star.

Planets

Gliese I

A planet comprised mostly of superheated ferromagnetic iron.

Gliese II

A smog planet with a retrograde rotation compared to the rest of the system.

Gliese III

A terrestrial, rocky world without an atmosphere. It is dotted by installations mining its valuable resources.

Nogo: Gliese IV

A beautiful world that the Banu terraformed then decided not to inhabit. Colonies of Human expatiates have sprung up on the planet and found the soil to be quite fertile. Human residents have reported no issues, leaving many to wonder why the Banu refuse to live there. The trade hub Lyris Flotilla orbits Gliese IV.

Gliese V

A gas giant that was too warm to form ammonia clouds and instead has clouds of water vapor. A major collection point for Terragra and their line of Banu bottled water.

Gliese VI

A barren protoplanet in a distant orbit.

Asteroid Belts

Belt Alpha

Located between the orbits of Gliese II and Gliese III.

Belt Beta

Located between the orbits of Nogo and Gliese V.

Cluster Gamma

A sparse asteroid cluster still actively being mined. Located on the same orbit as Gliese V.

Known Jump Points

Jump Gate Type Size Destination
Gliese - Geddon Large Geddon

References