- Makemake (205,000 pop)
- Approximately two-thirds the diameter of Pluto, Makemake is physically the third largest world of the Kuiper Belt, possesses the third largest population center of the Kuiper Belt, and is the second (after Pluto) Kuiper Belt world to be settled.
- Frigid even by standards of the solar system, Makemake is a frozen world, its surface covered in methane, ethane, and nitrogen ice.
- With a relatively high orbital inclination, Makemake's orbit is quite similar to that of Haumea with a lengthy orbital period of 310 years, noticeably longer than that of either Pluto or Haumea.
- Visually, Makemake's surface appears quite red, mostly due to the significant amounts of methane on the world.
- Construction of the Waka Ama, a massive interstellar generation ship represents the single largest and most famous project of the Kuiper Belt.
- Makemake was as much an expression of colonization idealism as a practical safety valve for a rapidly centralizing population on Triton.
- Founded by the Oceanic League in 2310 during the expansion following the grim years of the Great Contraction on Earth.
- Originally with virtually no military to speak of, Makemake became a strong backer to the Plutonian Assembly's proposal for a weak federal union in the form of the Kuiper Compact.
- Since the formation of the Kuiper Compact, Makemake has noticeably been the least interventionist and most live-and-let-live of the constituent polities of the Kuiper Compact, a factor that has frequently put it at odds with the Plutonian Assembly and Xena, both of which have shown interest in expanding the power and reach of the Kuiper Compact.
- Makemake is bound by mutual defense treaties with the Plutonian Assembly, the Sedna All-Thing, and Xena by means of its membership in the Kuiper Compact.
- As a part of the Kuiper Compact, Makemake has been sending aid to the Democratic Republic of Triton against the Protean League.
- The military force of Makemake is quite modest and very ad hoc, but since its signing of the Kuiper Compact it has increased its efforts to fulfill its obligations. Still, it remains one of the militarily weaker political elements of the Kuiper Belt, only slightly more potent even than that of fellow Kuiper Compact member Sedna All-Thing.
- As a scion of the Oceanic League's "Great Diaspora" project, Makemake is culturally similar to and politically sympathetic with the Democratic Republic of Triton, Xena, and the Quorum, though its sympathies with the Quorum have been strained due to that polity's enthusiastic embrace of questionable research philosophies and practices.
Politics and Culture:
- After Triton, Makemake represents one of the earliest major expansions of the Oceanic League's Diaspora project following the harsh lessons of the Great Contraction on Earth. Moreso than any other of the Oceanic League's colonies, the dream of spreading humanity's seed throughout the great unknown is strong on Makemake and a fundamental part of the cultural outlook.
- The major cultural groups:
- New Zealander (43% of the population)
- Australian (20% of the population)
- Polynesian (17% of the population)
- Indonesian (11% of the population)
- Phillipino (6% of the population)
- Other (3% of the population)
- Economically, Makemake is peculiar in that it represents a unique mixture of libertarian and socialist ideals:
- On Makemake political and economic organization is fundamentally an individual and voluntary group endeavor, with individuals assigning and withdrawing personal patronage - as it is termed on Makemake - to both political and economic representatives.
- By assigning one's patronage to a politico or corporate endeavor, the individual lends their personal vote to that entity; such patronage can instantly and at any time be revoked, however, so Makemake's political and economic landscape is often a wildly shifting battlefield of public relations and media campaigns.
- Political power on Makemake is thus quite fluid and very subject to the whims of popular sentiment. Whereas public relations is a critical component of any metanational anywhere in the solar system, on Makemake such departments frequently rival in expenditures and attention whatever is the primary business of a metanational.
- At the same time, the spirit of community is powerful on Makemake, and societal expectation is for those lent patronage to support their "patrons" as if members of their own family. Politicians, orgs, and metanationals who disregard this cultural bias on Makemake rarely last long, as despite explicit laws mandating such behavior there is little tolerance for public displays of greed or power.
- Economically extremely wealthy in hydrocarbons, the production of traditional, non-nuclear fuel is the mainstay of Makemake's economy. Very poor in the production of metals and even carbonates, Makemake hosts an extremely active import economy for these substances.
- One of the major traditions peculiar to Makemake is the practice of competitive, conspicuous altruism, whereby social status and accumulation of patronage from individuals is gained by the distribution of economic largesse. Called on Makemake koha, the result is a form of culturally-mandated gift economy whereby economic redistribution is enforced by cultural rather than legal norms. Foundational Makemake laws leaves no place for anonymous donations, thus even if not flaunted, one's contributions and assignments are always a part of public record and thus also subject to social pressure.
- The most explicit exhibition of the original Oceanic League Diaspora is the ongoing construction of the Waka Ama, a vast interstellar generation ship intended to colonize one of our nearest stellar neighbors, Alpha Centauri. Essentially an open source project writ huge, the Waka Ama has been under construction now for over twenty years, and even so is not expected to be launched until 2498 at the earliest.
Artist conception of Makemake by European Southern Observatory (ESO) under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.