Saturn


Orbit Polities:

Primary Industries:

  • The economy of the Saturn system in general, and Republic of Titan in particular, is dominated by the mining of various hydrocarbons, mostly from the surface of Titan itself.
  • Moderate amounts of Helium-3 mining from Saturn's cloud layer exist, although this is complicated by Saturn's intense weather, resulting in the Helium-3 industry around Saturn taking a distinct backseat to the hydrocarbon mining in the planetary system.
  • Carbonate and Silicates are common throughout the orbit. the Iapetus Coalition in particular has a significant commercial sector in water ice harvesting.
  • Fissile Materials are available in reasonable quantities, but the exploitation of these resources is complicated and expensive, and at the present time most commercial ventures focus on the much more profitable hydrocarbon market.
  • Metals are uncommon, with most of their availability the result of meteor impacts from the rare metallic meteor. Unsurprisingly, The Saturn system's needs for metal far outpaces what the planetary system can sustain indigenously, resulting in a healthy import market from various of the sunward worlds.
  • Although the Republic of Titan's economy is ruled by the extraction and processing of hydrocarbons such as methane, Titan does boast a robust economy in other areas, and while not as expansive as the shipyards on Mars or around Jupiter, the Republic of Titan has a growing industry centered around the construction of ships. Even so, the Republic of Titan has very limited capability for military naval construction, and as such has been forced to purchase ships from other polities and powerful orgs to fuel its defense against the Alliance juggernaut.

Conflicts:

  • The Republic of Titan is the dominant power in Saturn's planetary system, and combined with its junior partner in the form of the Rhean Divisional Authority is an economic powerhouse ruled by an aggressive commercial enterprise centered around the mining of various hydrocarbons on Titan and several of the other moons. Although the Republic of Titan is quite wealthy, its central government is more fractious than many of its neighbors, and its military has historically been quite weak, as prior to the current conflict it saw little reason to indulge in the expense of a large navy.
  • The lack of powerful navy has proven to be a major problem for the Republic of Titan when the Alliance, based around Uranus, brought to bear its own very substantial navy, bloodlessly seizing three of the Republic of Titan's stations on three of the inner moons of Saturn. With Pandora, Prometheus, and Calypso now firmly under the Alliance's control, the Alliance has been fortifying and building massive munitions depots on all three of its prizes in preparation for further advances.
  • The Iapetus Coalition and the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione have both attempted to keep on carefully neutral terms with the Republic of Titan and the Rhean Divisional Authority, both being driven by a desire to not be commercially, politically, or culturally swallowed up by their larger neighbors.
  • Whereas the Iapetus Coalition is the result of a combine of several powerful corporations - most focused on Iapetus Coalition's primary industry, water ice - that created a political entity as a measure of convenience, the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione consists of eight deeply buried city-colonies, or calpultin, bound together in a loose confederation for purposes of external policy and common culture, but otherwise quite independent.
  • In addition to the seizure of the moons around Saturn, the Alliance has simultaneously funded a steady privateer-led campaign of raids upon the commercial interests of both the Republic of Titan and the Rhean Divisional Authority, but thus far the Alliance has remained scrupulous in its avoidance of impacting the commerce of either the Iapetus Coalition and the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione, in an effort to persuade those two polities to remain neutral - or even friendly.
  • While the Iapetus Coalition has been slowly warming to the Alliance's diplomatic overtures and offers of economic "assistance", the Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione have remained more distrusting of the Alliance's ultimate ends, and what that might mean for them.
  • The Council of Saturn is a diplomatic organization comprised of all four native polities of Saturn's system. It has no actual power, and serves primarily as an organizing body for those few areas of overlapping interests. In its original conception it was intended to be a nascent form of Pan-Saturn unity government, but the divisions and differences between the polities are sufficiently major as to make this acknowledged to be a lost dream.
  • The moon of Hyperion is a special case of a world without a polity. All four of the native Saturnian polities have in different ways used Hyperion as a dumping ground for malcontents, prisoners, or radicals. The Rhean Divisional Authority in particular is notorious for regularly siphoning off elements of its population it deems "unproductive" or "political malcontents" to Hyperion, though all four polities have their skeletons in this closet. The Amalgamated Calpultin of Dione offers the option of exile to Hyperion to criminals convicted of life sentences. The Iapetus Coalition takes this one step further, maintaining no long-term prison on its surface at all, and simply shipping off its serious criminals to Hyperion wholesale. The Republic of Titan has a similar program as the Iapetus Coalition, but also includes debtor crimes as sufficient rationale for expulsion to Hyperion.
  • Approximately twenty years ago, a sympathetic org based in the Kuiper Belt arranged for the escape off of Hyperion of a number of people. These refugees settled on the distant Kuiper Belt world of Haumea. Although the refugees have managed to survive in the unforgiving cold of the distant belt, they have continued to harbor anger and resentment at the polities of the Saturn and Jupiter, but particularly Saturn. Acts of sabotage and outright terrorism are increasingly common, and although such present no major security threat as yet, they are contributing to an atmosphere of fear and distrust.

Geographical Features:

  • Saturn is perhaps best known as possessing the solar system's most prominent ring system consisting of nine continuous main rings and three discontinuous arcs composed of a mix of ice particles and silicates.
  • A staggering sixty-two moons circle Saturn, including the solar system second largest moon, Titan, a moon so large that it exceeds the size of the planet Mercury.
  • Like Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune, Saturn is classified as a gas giant, although its core is actually considerably denser than water.
  • Saturn's winds are fierce, nearly as fierce as Neptune's, and this fact has severely limited the commercial exploitation of Helium-3. Combined with the prominent availability of hydrocarbons through the planetary system, and in particular on Titan, this has resulted in a relative lack of movement in this market.
  • Unlike Jupiter's punishing radiation belts, Saturn's by comparison are relatively mild, something that simplified the colonization of the moons in Saturn's system.