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Why should an aquatic sentient species value forests and grasslands? The krell are known for being highly tolerant of toxic atmospheres it makes no sense for them to suffer the same penalties as humans.
With this in mind racial templates have been developed for each of the major species in the Phoenix universe. These are applied to the world, modifying infrastructure and life demand multipliers and determine the relative worth of each type of sectors.
The knock-on effect of this is that where previously worlds were classed as breathable or un-breathable irrespective of species it is now the case worlds may be suitable for some species but inhospitable to others. As such the world is now termed Terrestrial or Divergent.

Terrestrial versus Divergent
A terrestrial world means that the environment is suitable for the majority species. It presumes that within the integrated infrastructure there is sufficient allowance to cope with lack of terrestrial conditions for minority populations.

For example while humans would find a high carbon dioxide percentage of an atmosphere toxic, if they are a minority species on a world dominated by a dewiek population it is a given that there will be areas where the humans can live without making special allowances for them. If however the population changes such that the dewiek are no longer the dominant species then the world will stop being classed as terrestrial.

A dominant race requires greater than 60% of a single species to be present in the population. A world without a dominant species will be classed as Default and be subjected to the default racial infrastructure values.

A terrestrial world is defined as one where bases do not require domes. This makes for a simple mechanic even though it may not be logical in all cases. You can benefit for not needing domes on a world populated by aquaphids even though your entire workforce is krell. If however the population increases and becomes divergent, the base must build domes to avoid getting the efficiency penalty. A divergent world is one where any single infrastructure penalty is greater than 20%, the total infrastructure penalty is greater than 50% or there are atmospheric components that generate a life demand multiplier penalty greater than 1 i.e. a toxic atmosphere.

Colonising New Worlds
Worlds without a population are classified as default and use the default parameters. For species that are quite different from default this can lead to expensive infrastructure costs for colonisation. The simplest method of dealing with this is to first seed a few civilians of the appropriate species in order to create the desired population before attempting to integrate any techs. If the seeding base is looking to conceal their infrastructure improvement plans they can integrate items and techs but not complete them then when they are ready, seed the population quickly followed by integrating the techs.

Below is a short comment on the dominant species found within the Peripheries:

Sentient
Worlds suitable for sentients are similar to Earth-like worlds but if anything are more constrained. The reason for this is that the mix of species is more likely to result in one or more of the minority species being incompatible with the environment.

Humans
A world suitable for humans is Earth-like - not really anything more to add to this.

Aquaphid
The aquatic species holds little regard for atmospheres providing that there is oxygen present (and as a consequence oxygen in the water). Certain atmospheric gases however will contaminate the seas where they live. As such they suffer quite lightly from atmospheres that would make colonisation problematic for other species.
As the vast majority of their civilisation lies within water they have little use for land except where it is accessible by rivers and lakes.

Krell
Maybe years of civil war has made this species adept at eking out sustenance seemingly from barren rock. The same reasoning is also behind their lack of enthusiasm for vegetation. Maybe they see lush jungles as tomorrow's forest fire. This also explains their seeming delight in colonising ruins. While other species would seek to either repair or demolish ruins, the krell see them as pre-fabs.
They prefer living in large groups and urban sectors are always packed.
That the species also spends a long time underground and living in dense reprocessed air has given them a surprising tolerance for extreme atmospheres. They can happily breath air that is utterly toxic to humans. This is the sort of species that can be relegated to second class planets considered unfit for colonisation.

Dewiek
While knowledge of their exact homeworld is either lost of a well-kept secret it is clear that the shaggy humanoids prefer rough living in cool climates. When off-duty they prefer nothing more than getting out of the urban environments and losing themselves in forests and mountains, joining their packmates in their enclaves to drink and fight.
They are adapted to dense atmospheres but with a lower oxygen content easily processed by their prodigious lungs.
Their muscle and bone structure is dense and they prefer higher gravities as lower gravities tends to cause muscle and bone atrophy in the long term leading to more injuries during their favourite pastimes.



Felini
All ancient felini literature contain copious prose about the savannah of Pride, the vast steppes and endless plains. That the felini have dozens of words for basking and a narrow band of temperatures all of which humans would find uncomfortably hot.
Oceans are considered pointless and at best they tolerate large lakes providing they have rivers.
While felini are adapted to high gravities their natural athleticism means that they enjoy lower gravities and make good use of them, often simply omitting steps much to the annoyance of other species.

Hive
Hive infrastructure has a high threshold for extremes in gravity and temperature. Even tectonic levels other species consider an issue proves little problem to them as they seek out active volcanic sites (hive also have a near complete lack of health and safety protocols). For this species rock is prized along with vegetation as a world suitable for colonisation.
Hive urban sectors are little more than a mass of tunnels extending above and below ground, taking advantage of natural features such as mountains. They are always heaving with hive and rarely lit except in the locations where they deal with other sentients or as a result of industry being carried out.
While not as tolerant as the krell with respect to atmospheres, modest levels of carbon dioxide give them little discomfort.

Flagritz
The lack of an internal skeleton means that this species prefers lower gravity to the point where they will lose more than 40cm in height when in they move from an optimal 0.7 to a 1g environment unless they are readily strapped up, something they find somewhat limiting. High temperature is also a major annoyance to Flagritz as it causes them to dehydrate, losing vital liquids. They prefer a temperature only slightly above freezing, though being highly saline this causes them no problems.

Falconians
Falconians prefer forests, jungles and shorelines where they form their large congregation points. It also makes taking to the air convenient as even the most graceful falconian can look somewhat ungainly as they leap skywards from the ground. This also explains their interest in low gravity worlds with high optical depths (associated with dense atmospheres). Anything to make flying easier.


 
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***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Voice of the Naplian Liberation Front ***

We are the Naplian Liberation Front. We have commandeered this station to bring you important and vital deprogramming. You are a slave of the Galactic Trouser and Tussles Imperium of Unspecified Services! We have witnessed the press ganged upon by Imperial thugs. Rounding up reporters by the thousands and throwing them in weasel dens. Mocking the Great Uncle of the Flagritz. Manufacturing consent out of a lust for imports of wheat cereals! We poor Naplians(*) are given no training and substandard equipment when preparing your nutritious breakfasts. We are sent forward by the Imperial snack commissioners with threats of triple-filing tax returns on unreasonable deadlines! Death would be preferable. We are allegedly paid a wage but have you ever tried to buy anything with just $1? Strangely none of those politicals earning $10,000 or more a week seem to care about our plight. Not to mention that the Imperials throw perfectly good meat into the grinder instead of slow cooking it in black bean sauce. They have no respect for a classic burrito! We are left grieving for young families who have never tasted quality ranch sauce. You don’t need to be a dead Naplian to know the value of a good guacamole.

* No actual Naplians included.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT vs USN * GTT vs NLF * GTT vs IND * GTT vs KAS * GTT vs FET * GTT vs SSS * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Stellar Empire On Warpath ***

The newly re-united Stellar Empire continued to wage war against the Flagritz Empire to bring about galactic peace and freedom for all. The latest system to fall to the inevitable tide of history was Morroglyph in the Coreward Arm. Dewiek intransigence reached fever pitch as the FLZ facilities changed to DEN paws and subsequently became targets of Imperial truth and justice. Despite putting themselves between the past and the future, the DEN seemed to lack much will for an actual fight with Dewiek military commanders adopting “meh” as their watchword.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT smacks NLF * DEN whack MRC * Slaves Liberated * FLZ Retreat * ARC in Orion Spur * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Stellar Empire Re-United ***

Celebrations were held across the vast territories of the Stellar Empire as the two-halves represented by the governments of the Imperials and Caliphate determined to unite. This followed almost inevitably from the assassination of the Caliph, a crime that has gone mysteriously unresolved. The old Caliphate ministers were ‘retired’ and at first it seemed the Imperials had managed what had alluded them for decades.

However, just as orders to claim systems for the IMP went in some places, conflicting orders to claim for the CIA came from Laton. In other systems, it seems overwhelming civilian support lies with the defunct CAL government and there are a number of CIV and CAL bases that seem to have not heeded the CIA nor IMP orders. With all the Caliphate's armaments now in the CIA’s hand and no political leadership in the old government, it seems inevitable that the civilians will be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

A muted and cautious response from the rest of the galaxy was only to be expected given the formation of a new unrivalled superpower. The chilling effect on public discourse as the Imperial war machine taps into the substantial, if stunted, economies of the former Caliphate will surely be felt for years to come. Does this mark the 'end of history' as we know it?

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * KAS v IMP/GTT v FLZ * DEN v MRC * FOCed by IMP * BHD v DEN * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Imperials Declare War Against Flagritz ***

A declaration of war came last week after an unsatisfactory reply to Imperial ultimatums that the FLZ accept resolution of the previous war. J. Jones issued the following proclamation, "We hope this reminder will prompt them to rethink the status they removed them selves from and come back to more peaceful co-existence.” Doublegood, Viceroy, doublegood!

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * Species Guide * FEL Barter With GIants * High Times &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Orion Spur Special Edition ***

Explorers of the galaxy rejoiced as knowledge of a new periphery became common knowledge, revealing charts to forty star systems. The Orion Spur is connected to the massive Coreward Arm with rumours that the locals of the Monument system at the heart of this new periphery may have been responsible for the collapse of the HarCorp civilisation.

We have in-depth analysis and information about the new periphery inside this special issue of the SSS.

Also inside this issue of the SSS: * Naplian Liberation Front Reality Show * FLZ v FEL * Mercs in Graydown * DOM Scare Stories * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Hoedown in Graydown ***

Wimbles in the Graydown system have come under repeated attacks by mercenaries. The Wimbles having already lost two outposts have had their ships come under attack by boarders. The Wimbles are pointing a hairy finger at the GTT whilst the DEN are itching to get their paws in.

Pleasantly rotund Wolf Lord Lyceum reported the destruction of one mercenary ship, a Corsair class explorer called "Eye of the Chosen" which had earlier dropped off ground forces flying the banner of "God Hates Wimbles.” Which God and why he or she hates Wimbles has yet to be revealed. We suspect its corporation-loving Mammon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Sargasso Update * Wakerians * Naplian Liberation Front * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Breaking News: Caliph Samuel Assassinated ***

The nominal head of the Caliphate, Samuel has been murdered in broad daylight at the starbase CAL Sidon in the Fortress system. The allegedly mad zealot was on his way to meet representatives of various civilian factions when a shadowy figure *cough*CIA agent*cough* shot him dead.

The CIA issued the following statement to the SSS with a customary nudge and a wink: "In these difficult times, as we come to terms with the loss of Samuel, we are taking things one day at a time.

"Samuel was not only our Caliph, but our leader during the Second Civil War which laid the foundations for the Confederacy after he left the Human Empire and settled in the Darkfold. It is truly a sad day and one that will be marked in history as one of many great leaders who were cut down in their prime.

"We will strive now to look to the future, whilst remembering our past”

Speculation is rife that this is the first step towards a unification of the two-halves of the Stellar Empire. Others are more hopeful this is a return to the Confederacy or the mark of greater separation with the Imperial bloc. Time will tell what nebulous motives the shadowy puppet-master Laton turned out to have had and which alien faction will be blamed for the Caliph’s murder.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * HEX / FET Invade Sargasso * Magnus v Nevets Fight! * Dewiek Black Hole Disaster * FLZ Correction * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** STOP PRESS: Felini Victory ***

In an unexpected development, the FEL have scored a decisive victory against the FLZ. Destroying or maiming some 20 Flagritz Baseships in the Onwards system.

What is more remarkable than the victory was there was no subsequent comment by Crazy Uncle Flagritz. We might need to have a lie down now.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * DEN and FEL * Valhalla Fighting Pits * RIP smacked * &etc


 
***** Christmas Special Edition *****

*** Ho Ho Ho ***

Welcome to the SSS Christmas Special Edition! We the Editors have put together a nostalgic pudding treat intended to delight and tickle even the scroogiest megacorp executive. So gather your cubs, squidlets and larvae for some silliness and song. Time to catch up with some classics from years gone by, raise your glasses and drink your gluttony and shame away!

Wishing you all a merry Christmas free from Krampus Jones's invading armies!

The Editors


 

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