System of the Day #16 – Zidruistea

C886630-4 Ag Ga Ni Ri PBG= 631
Ix= 1 Ex= 8540 RU= 160 Cx= 1735
Zidruistea (zi-droo-is-TAY-ah) is an important and interesting world, with a unique cultural heritage.

Zidruistean historians and cultural experts claim the world was settled in the first wave (Diaspora) of exploration and settlement from the mythical human homeworld. While this is impossible to verify, their culture certainly varies from the galactic (human) norm.

First, Zidruistean citizens have, almost exclusively, very dark skin tones. While these tones do, of course, occur widely in other human societies (usually, but not always, as an adaptation to a star’s close proximity), this world’s primary star is not as hot as other G-class stars, which decreases the likelihood of such an adaptation. This fact in itself does not prove their claim, but certainly adds to its credibility. Second, various local place names, proper names, and other words used in the local language have been determined by linguists to be “of rather ancient origin”. Whether this helps their claim or not is difficult to determine.

Regardless of the actual reasons, Zidruisteans claim an ancient heritage, all the way back to Old Arth itself (their historical name for the purported human homeworld), a fact they are proud to proclaim, and discuss at length with visitors. The average citizen here knows more about their culture’s past history than some historians do of their own worlds’.

Zidruistea itself is a wonderful place to live, and visit. The climate is, for lack of a better word, perfect, and supports a productive and varied ecosystem. In particular, the world is known for the quality of its gourds, fruits, and grains. An extensive variety of wildlife makes this garden world’s extensive rainforests a haven for birdwatchers. Few ranches are evident on Zidruistea, as the locals prefer to collect their own meats “the old fashioned way” – via The Hunt.

As with many low population garden worlds, Zidruistea has extensive wildlife, much of it quite dangerous. A rite of passage for this culture’s youth – both male and female, as there is little or no evident sexism in their culture – involves a Hunt and wilderness survival test, using only traditional weapons, the knife and spear. Injuries are commonplace, and deaths do happen. Scars received during this ritual are worn with pride.

A mining corporation from a nearby system has established a small operation in the system’s 4th orbit. They pay a percentage of profits to the world’s government in exchange for these rights. (These proceeds support the local starport.) The government is fully aware of these operations, and makes frequent (if scheduled) inspections.

What the local government isn’t aware of is this company’s extensive – and quite illegal – operations in the next belt (orbit #5). These operations are producing high profit levels for them – profits it hasn’t revealed to the local government. This operation is so profitable (and looks to remain so for decades) the company is willing to risk losing the contract. Company managers keep several patrol craft, including several small warships, near these facilities, and will go to any length necessary to keep the operation from being revealed. Several starships have been reported missing in recent months…

System Details
Orbit – Item/Name – UWP
P Primary Star G9V + K9VI Close Companion

1 StormWorld Y7B5000-0 Fl

2 LGG Size = S (26)

3 ZIDRUISTEA C886630-4 Ag Ga Ni Ri 1 moon

4 Belt H000212-9 Lo

5 Belt G000469-8 Ni PM=1

6 Worldlet YP00000-0 2 tiny moons

8 Belt H000200-9 Lo

9 IceWorld Y876000-0 Fr
This is my 16th hand-generated “System of the Day” using the Traveller5 rules. My goal is to publish one random system per day in 2020.
This system was generated by hand with a set of dice I have owned for over 30 years, using the Traveller5 rules. Feel free to use this system in your own campaigns, but please do not publish them for profit, nor publish without obtaining prior permission. Thank you!

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