Artaclate is a heavily populated planet located in the Feres System in the Inner Elerad Arm of the Florathel Galaxy. It is controlled by the Marakat Interstellar Union, a member nation of the UNFG. Artaclate is a very industrial world, with much of its area being dedicated to factories and things on and around the planet. Artaclate is best known for being one of the most populated planetary bodies in the Florathel Galaxy. The planet also has a high economic value, which allows various industries make large profits, drawing them to the planet.
Being the home planet of the Poreltids, Artaclate has received lots of prestige and cultural value. Due to the Poreltids' focus on making their planet well-defended, Artaclate has never been successfully attacked in all of its history. It is often considered to be a "Fortress World" because of this. Artaclate also receives a positive reputation for its notably high quality of life, as most citizens live comfortably in any given layer of the planet. Artaclate has been untouched by war or crises across the eons.
Due to its status as the home planet of the Poreltids, who are very happy to encourage immigration, Artaclate has a huge number of immigrants on it. Because of this, there is a vast array of cultures from across the galaxy, usually with their own distinct Artaclate flavor.
Artaclate's economy relies on the sheer level of trade going through its gates, as trade can easily be taxed to fund the huge building projects around the planet. Most trade comes through normal trading craft equipped with spike drives, although it has a wormhole link directly to the distant Toralaskis, allowing its goods to travel across the galaxy. Additionally, Artaclate has a large number of factories, allowing it to produce a vast variety of products and things. These products are sold across the Florathel Galaxy, making Artaclate one of the largest trading hubs in the UNFG.
Artaclate's artificial ring system takes the form of a series of parallel habitation rings encircling the planet, packed tightly enough to appear like a set of natural rings. They hold an extremely large population of billions of individuals, and are considered a symbol of national pride.
Artaclate, before it became an ecumenopolis, was a cold world with oceans of liquid ammonia, with dissolved water ice within. It was almost entirely dry, with only certain regions near the terminator habitable. However, as the planet was transformed into a matrioshka world, essentially all of the continents vanished from the planet.
Level 1 - Top Level
The top level of the Artaclate city contains mostly such things as communication, landing facilities, and is generally the richest of the four levels. Notable things on the top level include:
- The Artaclate government buildings
- The Great Museum
- The historic Cetina District
- Some more historic districts
This level also includes direct links to the various orbital rings and other static megastructures around the planet. Most of the employees of the Marakat government move to this level, meaning that an entire district is effectively reserved for them.
Level 2 is the the level directly beneath the top level, and is the most populous of them. It contains roughly half of the entire surface population of the planet. It is the middling of the three heavily populated levels in terms of wealth. Level 2's economy is dominated by the service sector, and as such depends heavily on people shopping for things.
Level 3 is the poorest of the three heavily populated levels and the least populous. This level is dominated by manufacturing systems, which are mostly automated, explaining the relatively low population. Because there are little to no jobs aside from maintainance, Level 3 is infested with various powerful gangs.
Level 4, the bottommost level of Artaclate, is in fact very sparsely populated. Its ceiling is covered in powerful lights to simulate the sun, and the floor of the level is actually modeled after Artaclate's original terrain. As such, Level 4 functions as a nature preserve. Level 4 is mostly inhabited by the various original native flora and fauna of Artaclate, rather than people. This level also contains most of Artaclate's original oceans.