The Kuiper Belt


Orbit Polities:

  •  Kuiper Compact
    •  Plutonian Assembly
      • Pluto (310,000 pop)
        • Charon (50,000 pop)
        • Hydra (1,500 pop)
        • Nix (1,000 pop) - Kuiper Compact Joint Zone
      • Varda (9,000 pop)
        • Ilmare (3,000 pop)
      • Chaos (4,000 pop)
      • Varuna (6,000 pop)
      • Ixion (4,000 pop)
    •  Makemake (205,000 pop)
    •  Xena
      • Xena (400,000 pop)
      • Gabrielle (300 pop)
      • Gebel (30,000 pop)
    •  Sedna All-Thing
      • Sedna (105,000 pop)
        • Vesper (450 pop)
    • Typhon (500 pop) - Kuiper Compact Joint Zone (Neptune centaur)
  •  Haumea (100,000)
    • Hi'iaka (200 pop) - Kuiper Compact Joint Zone
    • Namaka (850 pop) - Kuiper Compact Joint Zone
  •  The Quorum
    • Quaoar (65,000 pop)
      • Weywot (800 pop)
  •  Orcus Directorate
    • Orcus (135,000 pop)
      • Vanth (900 pop)

Primary Industries:

  • Most Kuiper Belt asteroids and dwarf planets consist of water, methane, and ammonia, leading to considerable mining of hydrocarbons.
  • Pluto (carbonates, silicates, some metals and heavy manufacturing).
  • In general, metals and fissiles are in modest supply in the Kuiper Belt, resulting a strong market for these elements, generally from Jupiter's moons and the Asteroid Belt.

Conflicts:

  • Refugees from Hyperion around Saturn have since then turned for commercial and ideological reasons to working off-world although still affecting allegiance to Haumea. Many of these ideological reasons are driven by resentment of the Jovian polities, particularly their natal Saturn. This resentment in turn has led to a wide array of actions, many of which are commonly considered acts of terrorism.

Geographical Features:

  • A region of the solar system beyond the orbit of Neptune consisting of a very large number of dwarf planets and smaller asteroids that is far larger in span and mass than the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, though still less than 1/10 of the mass of Earth were all Kuiper Belt objects accreted into a single mass.
  • Scattered Disc objects are members of the Kuiper Belt in highly elongated and very long orbits extending out as much as 100 AUs or more. Because of the timespans implied by such orbits, dwarf planets that are currently relative neighbors in a hundred years might be extremely distant from each other - and indeed the rest of the solar system.
  • Neptune centaur objects such as Typhon are technically not part of the Kuiper Belt at all, but objects between Neptune and the Kuiper Belt with orbits heavily influenced by Neptune's own.