Garrius-Hade is a terrestrial planet in the outer edge of its star system's habitable zone. It harbours both marine and terrestrial life, and a spectacular ring system. It is often known colloquially as the Double Hade Rings for its picturesque appearance. It is the homeworld of the Hadians, and currently the capital world of the United Planets of Garrius-Hade. It is located within the Via Sagittaria Galaxy in a region of space called Ammeria.
It is the native, homeworld of the Hadians, which are a bipedal species with large Elephant-like ears. They act as peacemakers and use military force only in the rarest circumstances.
Garrius-Hade's landscape differs from rolling plains of purple leaves to narrow rivers. The climate is hot and humid, reaching an average temperature of over 60 C. The air pressure is 34.5 ATM at surface level.
It has ten moons; the largest being 246 kilometres wide. Tidal forces are very weak, and thus, tides are very difficult to notice.
Life & Environment
The life on Garrius-Hade is plentiful and beautiful. Microbes occupy every inch of the land and seas, while the sky remains largely empty, except for a few aerial species. The most dominant species on land is the Garrius-Hadians; tall, pale humanoids with large, Elephant-like ears and tentacle hair that blows back from the wind. They are the masters of the planet, measuring as a Type 2 civilization on the Kardashev Scale.
The climate is largely peaceful and quiet; almost pure serenity. The air is always very humid and the air pressure is 34.5 atms. Showers of rain are commonplace and thunderstorms form regularly every standard month. Sometimes, the storms cover massive swathes of land, very rarely encompassing the entire planet.
Storms engulfing the entire planet are very rare, but once they happen, they linger for days on end (usually four to six Garrius-Hade days.) The cities lock down during this time while they monitor the storm from low orbit. Although the buildings' themselves are incredibly tough, it doesn't stop small metal bars for fences and pipes from flying through the air like a missile. Striking any creature with this speed and force is always fatal.
The Farstride Trees are some of the most common flora on Garrius-Hade. They grow for centuries, absorbing nutrients and microbes from the ground. By the time of a hundred years old, they stand as mighty giants at 200 meters tall. Their trunks are made of a stone-like wood material, which offered early Garrius-Hadians to construct tough buildings that can withstand hurricanes and tornadoes. Its leaves are massive and collect rain water during storms. The water is transported down toward the roots through the pull of gravity. At the bottom of the tree, there are tubes that dispense any excess water.
The economy of Garrius-Hade, and across the United Planets, is capitalist. Garrius-Hade is regarded as a sacred world, which attracts businesses and residents, making it a luxurious place to live. The planet is home to very wealthy businesses, and the stylish homes cost millions to afford. The poorer residents are scolded by their landlord and sometimes coerced by fear into moving residency off the planet.
The government on Garrius-Hade is strongly capitalist and liberal. They manage a world population of 4 billion in the present day, and always encourage the residents to start their own businesses. They value the individual's skills and qualities and believe anyone can make it if they work hard enough. The system is also built with a welfare state for those who are unlucky to fall into poverty. Despite this, they are given a home, education and health care as basic necessities by the planetary government.
Hadians favour collectivism rather than individualism, although they do encourage everyone to work together. Good working relationships are highly valued as teamwork is beneficial. Even teamwork with their own family is encouraged. Nepotism is encouraged from a young age to build the confident, businessperson personality later on in life.
The citizens are mostly liberal; believing in civil rights for both Hadians and other sentient life. Some more socially conservative-leaning citizens are often hesitant to move forward culturally, and tend to favour the old traditions, such as private weddings and traditional garments. The outliers in society tend to be radical and almost extremist in nature.
Traditionally, Hadians almost worshipped the most beautiful citizens. They believed that with beauty comes intelligence and goodwill. Although, certain politicians who tried to represent them did not live up to that expectation. On Garrius-Hade, citizens are more likely to be hired by businesses if they're considered skilled and attractive. There is, however, a global movement of left-wing individuals who try to break this cultural tradition.
The city of Batalha'a is the one of the oldest places inhabited by the Garrius-Hadians. It's bustling metropolis stretches out for a hundred kilometres in a circular fashion. Batalha'a is also the capital city of the planet and the United Planets. It is by far the most populated city on the planet, numbering at 140 million residents. In the city centre, there are thousands of shops and businesses that are visited by millions of citizens of every standard year.
The city of Azgand is the second most populated city on Garrius-Hade, with a population of 110 million residents. It was once the former home of the ancient Azgand Empire that ruled the region for a thousand years. The city centre has preserved parks containing old relics and torn-down buildings from the Empire. Azgand remains a popular tourist destination on Garrius-Hade and across the United Planets.
The city of Cordia is popular for its unique architecture and various foods and drinks. Merchants and ship sailors from centuries ago traversed the world for new and exotic plants and animals. They brought back enough food to feed the population of Cordia three times over. The economy boomed and grew for decades. In the present day, Cordia is the third most populated city on Garrius-Hade; with 80 million residents, and houses the main military command centre.
The vast majority of Hadians became part of the ever-growing global civilisation, however, some tribes preferred to stay in their technological state for cultural or religious reasons. These small tribes consist of less than a hundred inhabitants, but they have remained relatively stable for millennia. The most infamous tribe is the Keluad tribe of the south pole, where they are known to actively execute and torture residents to the present day. They are also known for their unique leadership role. The founder of the tribe, many millennia ago, is believed to be the ruler today, making it the only necrocracy on the planet.
Most of the planet falls under United Planets' control and the local administration, but some regions at the time of the U.P's founding remained opposed to joining the interstellar nation. They currently rule themselves as small socialist societies, giving the people total control of their nation's production. However, they are very fond of nationalism, making their political system a uniquely strange one.
There are a number of political parties and movements that advocate making contact with these tribes in attempt to improve their life styles. However, despite their efforts, they currently fall behind as the least represented politics on Garrius-Hade. There have been some incidents when individual Hadians tried to make contact themselves, but were ultimately killed by the tribes people.
Earlier in its conception, politicians floated the idea of having a global shield to deflect laser blasts and asteroids, but the idea was soon scrapped. The defence system, and the military as a whole, is given orders by the Hexagon Command Centre. Radars and telescopes are built on each of the planet's ten moons that can detect incoming laser blasts, missiles or even asteroids.
In the event of a possible asteroid impact, drones armed with nuclear warheads try to alter the asteroid's trajectory.
Garrius-Hade is orbited by ten small moons; all of them are asteroids. Some of them were captured by the planet's gravitational pull billions of years ago. However, the planet did have a larger moon for a while after its formation, until it was broken apart by tidal forces.
It's largest moon, Dulles, takes 12 hours and 8 minutes to complete one orbit. The furthest moons follow elliptical and inclined orbits, and take several weeks. Although, the closest moon takes just 2 hours.
There are artificial satellites in orbit too, made by the Garrius-Hadians. There is a network of high-speed, communication satellites for public use. The United Planets' military force use a different network to avoid public access.
The surface of Dulles is barren and cratered, the impacts of asteroids from aeons ago. Dulles formed 11 billion years ago, alongside Garrius-Hade and the rest of the planetary system. As of the year 100,000 CE, there is a mining colony and a military base on the surface. The population is 18,000 - the majority of which are miners.
Also known as the Double Hade Rings, or the Shining Rings to some locals, the ring system is the result of an ancient moon being torn apart. The rings, though, won't last forever. They have been around for the last 3 billion years, and will not last longer than another one billion years.
They are made primarily of rock and ice, with materials like iron, platinum and cobalt hidden with them. They're also a popular source of oxygen and water for spaceships.
To scientists, they are designated in order as Ring A, the closest to the planet, and Ring B, the furthest. Mining in these rings was officially banned by the United Planets' Parliament when scientists and conservationists petitioned to preserve the rings.
11 Billion BCE - Garrius-Hade forms.
3 Billion BCE - An ancient moon is torn apart and forms the infamous ring system.
19,000 CE - Interstellar exploration and colonisation of the surrounding planetary systems begins.
20,640 CE - United Planets of Garrius-Hade is founded.