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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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Yenni-bodies Pirates?

A PIR outpost was miraculously discovered by an IMP freighter, of all things, in the Yanni system with several Javelin class warships in orbit. After noticing the IMP freighter and seeing the public post by Jack Jones on subspace, the PIR decided to flee and leave a combined force of IMP and FET forces to capture the outpost. A brain damaged three-year old commentator who still believed in the goodness of people and Santa Claus was quick to commend the IMP on their good work, dismissing those who thought it no more than a convenient clearing up operation signifying* completion of operations in the nearby FET claimed systems of Graydown, Canth and Onissian by IMP puppet Edward Lowe. Meanwhile, the Wolf Lord Lyceum summed up the view of many when he screamed, “What is this amateur b*llshit?” into an uncaring universe.


 
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Crowe Coups Self

The IMP Viceroy Tiberius Crowe has finally achieved something in his unremarkable tenure by relinquishing even the semblance of wearing big boy pants and instead, appointed Jack Jones as Patrol Commissioner, salty spokesperson and policy maker for the Empire. Crowe will now join CIA Director Laton in riding the special bus to work where the two of them will enjoy long pleasant afternoons sipping cups of tea. Actually, just tepid fruit-scented water as neither of them can be fully trusted with a hot kettle. Occasionally, they might be visited by equally dynamic war “veteran” Admiral Bridge to enjoy mimes presenting the latest comics from the Howl. Meanwhile, Jones is putting pressure on the FET and will soon no doubt find a pretext to deploy his vast mercenary forces against anyone else who is seen working too closely with his most hated of enemies, the HEX.


 
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Highlord Aadolf Loses Control As Dewiek Break Peace Treaty

Around one hundred DEN warships have launched an attack on a small GTT destroyer squadron of forty ships in the Daggern system. Two GTT ships were destroyed and another fifteen suffered noticeable damage. CEO Xavier Fox issued a restrained but angry statement demanding the DEN explain themselves. Highlord Aadolf’s buffoon-like response amounted to “Dewiek be Dewiek, let’s drink and forget about it.” Cold comfort for the dead crew onboard the GTT ships and their families. Especially, as seems likely at this time, the Empire will settle for some bloody money instead of retribution.


 
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The Worm Turns

The FET have reduced relations with the IMP to neutral. Sneezy boss Cu Chulainn took the bold step of putting 1 and 1 together by linking recent mercenary attacks in their systems with the IMP scouts seen loitering for some time and refusing to move. Even bolder, hints that they believe “a certain Imperial citizen” is responsible for Edward Lowe’s entire underhand operation were voiced loudly enough that the handsome but hard of hearing Tiberius Crowe had to take note. He was seen grappling in trademark fashion with his skin tight jacket, pulling it down over his partially concealed middle-aged girth, as he sat to issue a terse public statement. Exactly who this citizen may be was left unnamed and no news channel subject to Imperial laws would dare unmask the villain. Luckily dear readers, we are not subject to phony Imperial laws. It’s Jack Jones everybody. Jack Jones, butcher of Naplians and fancier of silver long johns.


 
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”Necessity hath no law”

Lord Cromwell of the DOM slapped a fleet of privateers, on charges of "knavery", "bad manners" and "poor sportsmanship." Such offences carry the death sentence in the Dominion, a nebulous territory neither part of the Empire nor apart from it. At least thirteen Armadillo class ships, typically sold by the DOM, were destroyed at a location Cromwell was unwilling to disclose publicly. Bloodthirsty Dewiek as well as "prince of peace" Yahn Wodenzoon were quick to congratulate the DOM for their merciless carnage. It seems the consensus in the galaxy’s ruling class is that not presenting valid identification is a crime worthy of the murder of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of unfortunate crewmen. This is all just another indicator that the political elite are far removed from the lives of ordinary people who are seen as little more than meat inventory. It is telling so-called “man of the people and the downtrodden” Wodenzoon so readily aligns himself with this grisly concord. Meanwhile, the archaic elocutionist Cromwell further establishes the recent trend of mild exertions of power by the cold-blooded DOM.


 
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Return of the Fox

The galaxy is still digesting news of the return of Xavier Fox to the boardroom of the GTT. The ailing corporation's share price began a sharp rally after a six month downward spiral under Ike Krieger, credited with being the worst CEO in the megacorporation's history. The only surviving board member from Fox's initial tenure as CEO, and perhaps across the entire GTT board, is Antt Tilton the Research Director. The reclusive Tilton is the brains behind the ascension of GTT technology, particularly in the field of antimatter weapons and super-heavy dreadnought size ships, Tilton offers a small measure of continuity during this tumultuous time. Mr. Fox has therefore resorted to a broad appeal for new blood to join the ailing firm. So far, the result has been a number of two-dimensional "Yes" persons being promoted to the C-suite. Still, key stakeholders were upbeat with one commenting, "Fox is the man to turn this bloody disaster around. He knows how to put a great team together and where to bury the bodies of the non-performers."


 
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