Mustered Out on Mertactor
Egypt Library Data
Affiliation: Third Imperium ( Im )
Starport class B, Good quality installation. Refined fuel available. Annual maintenance overhaul available. Shipyard capable of constructing non-starships present.
Large world. Surface gravity of 1.25 G’s. World diameter is 10,149 miles (16,330 km).
Insidious atmosphere with very high hydrogen content. Vacc suit or protective suit needed, although it will only last for 2 to 12 hours.
64 percent fluid oceans. Cloud cover is 80 percent. Very cold climate.
Captive Government. Government by a leadership answerable to an outside group; a colony or conqured area – Controlled by the Ministry of Colonization (MinCol).
Law Level 7: All missiles weapons including shotguns are prohibited.
Tech Level 7: 1972
Trade Classifications: Non-Industrial, Fluid Oceans.
With its insidious atmosphere and lack of valuable minerals, Egypt was noted in the First Survey as being unworthy of any particular interest and, for many centuries, was ignored.
It was only after Mertactor started to develop as a significant Imperium world worth connecting to the xboat network that the first occupants arrived in the Egypt system when a small outpost of the scout service was established here to service the xboats.
During the Ninth Century, a Naval Base was established on Egypt due to the world’s strategic position at the spinward edge of the Imperium, which later became home to the Glisten Sector Fleet. The Naval Base orbits around Egypt’s sole moon, Aswan, rather than around Egypt itself and tends to operate completely separately from Egypt itself.
In 941, District 268 was opened by decree of Margaret II and the Glisten subsector has since served as a base for the colonization and integration of the new territory. Egypt was selected for a Ministry of Colonization training base and has seen fairly rapid growth over the past 65 years.
Egypt today consists of a good, Class-C spaceport. Because of the insidious atmosphere, spacecraft are immediately brought underground upon landed and then sprayed to remove the atmosphere in order to protect them from prolonged exposure from the atmosphere. The landing pads are able to take ships up to 1000 tons – anything larger must remain in orbit outside the atmosphere.
Next to the starport is a startown which occupies the largest dome on Egypt. Because of the large number of prospective colonists coming through the startown to receive training, there is plenty of hotel accommodation. It tends to be of the no-frills three-star quality at affordable prices, although most hotels offer some rooms of a higher standard.
Branches from the startown lead to series of smaller domes which are run by the Ministry of Colonization, with each one dedicated to a particular type of environment. It is within these biospheres that potential colonists, many of them former service personnel who find it difficult to adapt to normal society, are trained in survival methods in different types of environments.
Although Egypt is totally under control of the Ministry of Colonization, MinCol works with two major sponsors who help to subsidize the cost of operating the facility. The main sponsor is SuSAG who have a major biogeneering facility on Egypt and work closely with MinCol at adapting colonists to better cope with the rigours of some of the more hostile atmospheres. The second sponsor at work on Egypt is the Cybernetics Development Corporation, which also operates a major R&D facility here for its cybernetic implants which also are used extensively by some potential colonists.
Unfortunately some problems have started to occur in the situation on Egypt over recent years due to the delays in District 268 joining the Imperium – there are now more colonists finishing training at the facility than there are places for them on colonization projects. Although some of them are able to be moved to projects in other parts of the Imperium more of them remain and Egypt is starting to get over-crowded.
Although not widely reported outside the world, the experiments conducted by SuSAG and CDC quite often result in mistakes being made when experiments don’t work out quite the way that they should have done, leading to quite a lot of subjects who ended up slightly disabled in some way, thus making them useless for colonization activities. Sadly, the smallprint in both SuSAG and CDC’s standard 500 page contracts means that the companies are not liable for any mistakes they might make and so the victims are on their own.
This has led to a large underclass within Egypt who don’t have the money to get offworld and, even if they did, their employment prospects are very limited. The backstreets and undercity of Egypt are full of these slightly mutated, slightly disabled ‘mistakes’ who are trying to live from day to day however they can while the officials of MinCol, SuSAG and CDC lead a pretty good life.
The largest group of the underclass are Jonkeereen – a previous joint venture between MinCol and SuSAG that ended up with a race that there was little use for. As was the case on Jonkeer, the Egyptian Jonkeereen bred like rabbits and now comprise a little under 40% of the entire population of Egypt. MinCol is keen to move all of the Jonkeereen to Callia and/or Mellior which their physiology is perfectly suited for. However, the Jonkeereen are now used to the more pleasant environment of the climate controlled dome of Egypt’s startown rather than trying to eke out a living in the scorching deserts and so the Jonkeereen have resisted attempts to deport them – they would prefer proper jobs with proper salaries on Egypt. The situation is getting more volatile all the time and the police have had to quash many riots of increasing ferocity over recent months.
The TL7 referred to in Egypt’s UPP refers to the level at which the underclass live at and are able to sustain locally. MinCol, SuSAG and CDC corporate activities always utilize TL15 materials from Glisten. The ministry and corporation staff tend to use TL13 tech imported from Mertactor.
With less and less colonists coming through the facilities each year, the Minister for Egypt, Sir Hector Beasley, is trying to subsidize the expensive running costs of the biospheres by farming rare fauna and flora for export purposes as he fears that the facility is in danger of closure unless it can substantially reduce its operating expenses in the near future or else District 268 can quickly join the Imperium.