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Pavabid Library Data
Planetary details: Starport Class C, Routine Quality Installation. Only unrefined fuel is available. Reasonable repair facilities are available.
World diameter is 5,966 miles (8,900 km).
Climate: Normal, Garden World
738 million inhabitants
Religious Dictatorship – Church of the Stellar Divinity (offshoot)
Law Level 8: All weapons except for daggers are prohibited
Tech Level 6: 1967
Trade Classifications: None
(Scale: Each triangle has edges of 9000km)
Pavabid is an independent mid–tech world lying a few parsecs from Imperial space on the most Rimward arm of the Spinward Main. It is a very habitable world for humans, with slightly lighter gravity than Earth, a standard atmosphere and plenty of water. Unsurprisingly, Pavabid was settled early in the history of the Marches and the population steadily grew to its present level of nearly 750 million.
On Pavabid, the Church of Stellar Divinity moved from state religion to religious state, turning Pavabid into a theocracy, although uncommon this is not unknown within the Imperium. However, without offworld influences, the world religion took a sinister turn.
The basic belief of the Church of the Stellar Divinity is that all stars are gods, conscious beings of transcendental power. If a man worships his sun, lives a good life, and follows the teachings of the church, his soul will acquire spiritual mass, and upon his death will be drawn into his sun, where it will join with the deity. The church is popular in the Imperium, where it makes few demands on a worshiper’s life and doesn’t compete with the government.
The church on Pavabid subscribes to what is known as the Pavabidian Heresy, claiming that a star-god sometimes sends part of its consciousness to inhabit the body of a man, who is called the Son of the Star and who is therefore divine and infallible. The first Son of the Star was Pavabid, who conquered his world in a religious war and renamed it for himself. A further tenet of the Pavabidian church is that the stars are not brothers, but enemies; people from other stars are enemies of God, and contact with offworlders is therefore forbidden to all except a faithful few. Travel to other systems is out of the question.
Offworld visitors to Pavabid are restricted to a trade enclave around the starport, an area of just 4km square, cut off from the rest of the world from thousands of kilometres of wilderness and oceans. This area is guarded by Church troops and staffed by the most zealous and incorruptibly faithful Church officials. Law enforcement within the enclave is strict, equivalent to law level 8. Outside it is nearer 10, with all manner of Church–imposed rules intruding into all aspects of daily life. The Travellers’ Aid Society has classified Pavabid as an amber zone (dangerous) because it is easy to run afoul of its many laws even within the trade enclave.
The people of Pavabid are mostly content and kept that way by Church rules that prevent them from finding out about ways of life they might like better. All the same, life is not bad. Pavabid is covered in small towns built around light industry, with agricultural regions in between. Most Pavabidians simply cannot conceive of any other life even if they were to try.
The Son of the Star is considered to be the embodiment of part of the star’s consciousness. This makes him both divine and infallible. He dwells in a floating palace that moves around Pavabid at the Son of the Star’s whim and is allegedly held aloft by the hand of god. In fact it is a technological construct using impressive but mundane gravitic technology and was built on Glisten.
Pavabid lies directly between Collace and Trexalon, two worlds that are bitter rivals and hold diametrically opposed views about the Imperium. Collace supports Imperial expansion into District 268 and hopes to become the subsector capital while Trexalon is doing everything it can to hamper Imperial advancement and delay or even prevent the region’s incorporation into the Imperium.
Since both Collace and Trexalon ships come to trade at the port, clashes of interests have occurred from time to time on Pavabid. However, in recent months things have taken a turn for the worse. A survey of Pavabid discovered extensive deposits of platinum and, more importantly, iridium. Iridium is used in the production of Jump drives and is extremely valuable.
Certain elements of the Thearchy recommended exploitation of the deposits for the good of the Church, but they were vetoed by Orobid, the current Son of the Star, Thearch and Divine Ruler of Pavabid. Proper exploitation would require the help of offworlders, and unbelievers could not be allowed on the sacred ground of Pavabid outside the trade enclave.
Collace and Trexalon both believe that the other is engaged in underhand methods to gain access to the iridium deposits, and neither is willing to allow the other to pull off a coup like somehow gaining control of this rich new source. Since both believe that the other is willing to use covert agents on Pavabid, counter–agents must necessarily be deployed. As yet there have been no serious incidents but it is only a matter of time before the shadowy war spills over and becomes impossible for the Church not to notice. No–one can predict what might happen then.
Pavabid Down is located in Pavabid’s southern hemisphere and is surrounded by dense forest. The only ways out are by plane using the medium sized airstrip contained within the trade enclave or by railway which leads to the deep water port some 800km east of the enclave. The trade enclave is very cold for much of the year.
Much of the population lives in Pavabid’s tropical belt, with around 70% of the population spread across the three continents surrounding the Sea of Daritals, with the remaining 30% located in North Jimarist.
The world’s capital, Iliyanda is located on the continent of Ozurid and has a population of 8 million. Ralponsiff is the second city with a population of 4 million and is the centre for Pavabid’s industry.
The continents of Kalton and Hemifa belong to the Church and are unpopulated apart from a few monasteries with associated subsistence farming, restricted to the majority of citizens. The Son of the Star’s floating palace spends much of its time floating over these two continents as the scenery is more pleasing on the eye unless Orobid has official business elsewhere.
(Each square = 1000km)
North Jimarist is home to around 220 million of Pavabid’s population. Twalarsk is the continent’s capital with a population of 7.5 million. The other cities on the map have populations of around 1 million, with the exceptions of Brownport (350,000) and Southport (50,000). Over 90% of the population of Jimarist live within 300km of the coast and north of Pellingry as the winters start getting bitter south of there. All of the cities here have light industry, with the many smaller towns surrounding them mostly agricultural in nature.
The main exception to this rule is Shebleharm which is the centre for heavy industry on Jimarist. This city is dominated by the iron and steel works which utilize the coal and iron ore mined from the ranges to the north west and south east of the city. The area is ringed by industrial towns. There are many gulags in this region which provide the labour for the mines and foundries.
Transport links are good on the west and north coasts with a good road and rail network. All cities with a population of a million or more have an airport with scheduled flights. South of Chambras, there is not so much population and just one poor road to Brownport. From Brownport to Southport, there are just tracks which are impassable by normal vehicles for much of the year. The towns are reliant upon transport by sea or their airstrips, which receive scheduled flights only once per week.
North East Jimarist
After Twalarsk, Filstoin is the second largest city in the region with a population of 1.1 million.
The four cities in yellow each have a population around 500,000.
The seven cities in pink have a population around 250,000.
The remaining cities in orange have a population around 100,000.
The flat area within a 400-500km radius of Twalarsk is highly populated. In addition to the marked cities, it can be assumed that there are many other towns and villages that are there as well. On the eastern part of the area, there is little population outside coastal areas. In the south of the area, there is practically no population at all as the area is mountainous and still densely forested. There are just a few villages dotted around here providing timber to the area.
The ‘Twal Valley’ area was originally tropical rainforest, although this has been cut down mostly and the area is now used for the cultivation of fruits and there are also many rubber plantations, plus coffee and sugar cane. You can assume that this area is criss-crossed with smaller B-roads and so you are not restricted to the major highways shown on the map in brown.
Further east and the terrain is more rugged with population living only in the valleys where animal rearing is the main occupation.
The area south of Brisman is a natural ridge that has been left forested. There are not so many transport routes through this area apart from via Brisman and the Krydol-Shemple highway.