Settlements

Settlements

The solar system of the UKSDC universe is thrumming with life: from subterranean stations on Mercury, to the surface of Venus, to the shadows of the asteroid belt, humans have made their homes. A significant number of these are private developments focused on making use of the unique environments possible in space and in constructed habitats: bioprinting services making use of zero-g, refineries using the linear variation in gravity to separate materials more effectively, metal-forming making saving money on crane, etc.

Amongst these are several prestige settlements, commissioned, run, and owned by The Foundation Society. These settlements typically host a larger population and operate more like a city than a science station or industrial estate. They aim to enable independent developers to make use of proximity to suppliers, a free workforce/consumer-base, and any advantages of their location. This stimulates economic growth in the location of the solar system, and often leads to payback times on the order of 60 to 100 years, despite the terrific cost of such settlements.

Settlement Information

2020
2025
Freedom

 

  • Location - 450km LEO
  • Population ab initio - 260
  • Current Population - 800
  • Services - Microgravity Research, Material Analysis, Consultation on Human Wellbeing in Space

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2028
Liberty

 

  • Location - 380km LEO
  • Population ab initio - 500
  • Current Population - 500 + 500 transients 
  • Services - Tourism, Astronomy, Extravehicular Activity Training

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2029
Independence

 

  • Location - 500km LEO
  • Population ab initio - 1000
  • Current Population - 2000 
  • Services - Consultation on Artificial Gravity, Basic Orbital Construction Facilities

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2030
2031
Alexandriat

 

  • Location - Earth-moon L4 point
  • Population ab initio - 5000
  • Current Population - 26,000 + 4000 transients
  • Services - Refueling, Shipyards, Fusion Energy Consultation, Financial and Technical Hub

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2040
2041
Bellevistat

 

  • Location - Earth-Moon L1 Point
  • Population ab initio - 10,000
  • Current Population - 24,000 + 16,000 transients
  • Services - Education, Residential Amenities, Tourism Hub, On-orbit Manufacturing 

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2043
Alaskol

 

  • Location - Plato's Crater, Near side of the moon
  • Population ab initio - 8000
  • Current Population - 20,000 + 3000 transient
  • Services - Commercial and Legal Services, Entertainment Industry, Tourism

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2043
Arial

 

  • Location - Space Elevator between Earth-Moon L1 and Copernicus Crater on the Lunar Surface
  • Population ab initio - 7000
  • Current Population - 20,000 + 5000 transients
  • Services - Major Transport Hub, Manufacturing, Propulsion Research

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2050
2052
Balderol

 

  • Location - Jackson Crater, Far side of the moon 
  • Population ab initio - 4000
  • Current Population - 16,000 + 1200 transients
  • Services - Superconducting Perovskites, Specialised Electrical Manufacturing, Titanium and Aluminium Alloys, Radio Astronomy Research 

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2057
Columbiat

 

  • Location - Earth-Moon L5 point
  • Population ab initio - 12,000
  • Current Population - 20,000 + 5000 transients
  • Services - Mass Driver, Cargo Handling, Refinery, Fusion Energy 

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2060
2060
Anaximandah

 

  • Location - 200km orbit above Mercury
  • Population ab initio - 1000
  • Current Population - 3000 + 250 transients
  • Services - Solar Activity Monitoring and Modelling, Transport Hub for the Hermian System

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2065
Aresam

 

  • Location - 300km Low Martian Orbit
  • Population ab initio - 4000
  • Current Population - 9000 + 1000 transients
  • Services - Freight handling, Access to Argonom, Mars Emergency Response, On-orbit Construction

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2065
Argonom

 

  • Close to the summit of Ascreaus Mons
  • Population ab initio - 10,000
  • Current Population - 22,000 + 4000 transients
  • Services - Major Manufacturing, Super Heavy Launches, Access to Mars, Base in a Box

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2067
Aperioh

 

  • Location - The settlement moves along the night-day boundary on the surface of Mercury
  • Population ab initio - 2000
  • Current Population - 8000 + 500 transients
  • Services - Meissner Tetrahedra Wheels, Frictionless Meissner Tetrahedra Bearings

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2070
2070
Asimov

 

  • Location - Venus South Pole
  • Population ab initio - 2000
  • Current Population - 6000 + 300 transients
  • Services - Foundation Society Headquarters, Advanced Robotic Systems, Largest Off-Earth Library

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2071
Benevectoras

 

  • Location - Aldrin Cycler Orbit
  • Population - 100 staff and up to 1000 transients per vehicle
  • Services - Earth to Mars Freight, Shirtsleeves transport to Mars, Mass Driver, Astronaut School

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2074
Bosloh

 

  • Location - Hermian Lava Tubes
  • Population ab initio - 10,000
  • Current Population - 25,000 + 3000 transients
  • Services - High Temperature Titanium Alloy, Maglev Train Consultation, Rapid Setting Concrete

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2077
Astoria

 

  • Location - The Asteroid Belt
  • Population ab initio - 4000
  • Current Population - 5000 + 500 transients
  • Services - Asteroid Mining, High Velocity Mass Driver, Manufacturing, Access to Outer Planets 

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2080
2083
Aviv

 

  • Location - Aerostats flying at 30-50km above the Venusian Surface
  • Population ab initio - 8000
  • Current Population - 11,000 + 1000 transients
  • Services - Tourism, Export of Foodstuffs, Acid-Resistant Spacesuits, Weather Prediction Software

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2087
Cecilioh

 

  • Prokofiev Crater, Hermian North Pole
  • Population - 500 + 50 transients
  • Services - Nuclear Fuel Exports, Hermian Surface Transport Hub, Solar Panel Research

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2090
2091
Bradburyom

 

  • Location - Dao Vallis, Eastern edge of Hellas Basin
  • Population ab initio - 16,000
  • Current Population - 18,000 + 2500 transients
  • Services - Basic Terraforming Capabilities, Small Scale Environment Construction

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2094
Cassandras

 

  • Location - Earth-Mars cycler, 5 Synodic Periods & 4 Solar Revolutions per Cycle
  • Population - 60 staff and up to 500 transients per vehicle
  • Services - Earth-Mars Passenger Transport, Tourism, On-orbit Construction 

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Map of The Solar System

Naming

The Foundation Society uses a naming convention for its settlements: the first letter indicating the order of Foundation Society settlements, and the suffix indicating both relative location and absolute location within the solar system. E.g.: Alexandriat was the first (‘A’) Foundation Society settlement in orbit (‘-a-‘ => at a body, i.e. in orbit) around Earth (‘-t’ => Terra). Balderol was the second (‘B’) Foundation Society settlement on (‘-o-‘ => on the surface of) the Moon (‘-l’ => Luna).

Relative Location Infix

  • A : ‘at’/in orbit
  • I : ‘in’/above the ground
  • O: ‘on’/connected to the ground

Absolute Location Suffix

  • S : The Sun
  • H: Mercury
  • V: Mercury
  • T: Earth/Terra
  • L: The Moon/Luna
  • M: Mars
  • A: Asteroid Belt

The only other significant location not covered by this convention is low-Earth-orbit, which is refered to as LEO.