"Holyupsk... With endless exotic farm fields, countless fun rural areas, and untouched deserts and jungles, it is an interplanetary marvel. Dare I say, it appears even more charming than Lowrokira's lucrative surface..."
-Kryrono-Lomir, remarking at Holyupsk, his home planet.
Holyupsk is the second planet in the Saykya System, and is the most major agricultural cultivation and rural residence planet in the system. Formerly standing as a barren desert wasteland, Holyupsk has been terraformed to make it much more friendly to Zythyns. Choknoa is deeply affiliated with the Lowzyol Federation, being a member of the LZF Core Worlds. Holyupsk is held in a very high and protective regard, and as a result its two moons are heavily guarded and trade is thoroughly searched.
Holyupsk has stood as a testament to time, remaining as a very valuable planet with high quality exports, and a famed world stable population. While farming on its surface is much less during early colonization, Holyupsk has still been able to be the top foods provider. Holyupsk has also stood as a planet of impenetrable defense, proven by its two fierce moons which are armed to the brim.
Prior to terraformation, Holyupsk was a barren and lifeless desert planet, akin to Venus pre-terraforming. However, Holyupsk's temperature was much more manageable, and Zythyns could easily establish early-day colonies without the worry of acid or melting heat. Since terraformation, Holyupsk has cooled considerably, though Zythyns still have a difficult time in the deserts and the equator.
In modern day, Holyupsk is seen serving its previously mentioned purpose of agriculture, protection, and exports. However, Holyupsk also preforms greatly in culture, having many unique and diverse corners scattered around the planet. Holyupsk is also the first planet which opened up to Sedrua, giving rise to many more cultures and new enigmatic locations.
Holyupsk is one of the only terraformed planets to have an ongoing mining campaign under its surface. There are large known areas of unmined gold under Holyupsk, which are carefully extracted and used to manufacture computer parts. Gold also plays a fair role in Holyupsk's economy, only being outsold by cheap cement and concrete. The biggest gold reserve is under the Noikpo Sea, the largest inland sea on Holyupsk.
One of the most outstanding features about Holyupsk is its unique geography, as it possesses many features never seen in any other planets in the Saykyan System. Its most noticeable geographic feature is the vast deserts, which are used for harvesting the sands for cement and concrete, as well as many remote mining sites. Deserts are also filled with huge agricultural centers, much like the large agricultural towers on Earth 's Sahara Desert.
The second most noticeable feature is the unique plants on Holyupsk's surface, which utilize chlorophyll instead of retinal for its plant base. This is because native Lowrokiran plants would not retain water that well, and soon die from thirst. While there are Lowrokiran plants in climate controlled areas, the more resistant chlorophyll was used as an alternative. At this time, chlorophyll was discovered as an alternate plant base, and it soon spread to almost every obscure corner of Holyupsk, making it the odd green color that it is.
There are many serrated mountain ranges on Holyupsk, which is a result from its former high wind speeds and deathly sand storms ripping at the bedrock. Many eroded areas can clearly be seen on the surface, usually as touristic destinations or wildlife reserves. Forests dot the areas around these, occasionally covering these old mountains as the sand became soil.
As the population on Holyupsk is quite low, countless native areas have been preserved for the most part. Many deserts have stood the same, while the geographically new forests have been untouched since their creation. Life sprawls all over any region of Holyupsk, and many ecosystems have formed inside even the most hidden areas.
On Holyupsk, all three major continents surround a large body of water called the Yenzoiniak Ocean. While technically connected to the rest of the oceans, Yenzoiniak Ocean is rather isolated and surrounded with only small natural canals forming the way to the rest of Holyupsk's oceans.
Yenzoiniak Ocean has many remarkable traits, including its small oceanic cultures which mostly originate from Vondya. There is also a massive island in the middle of Yenzoiniak Ocean, named Zlictilyk Island. Zlictilyk Island contains much of the population in the Yenzoiniak Ocean, with large networks of towns existing neat the jungles and on the rich and grassy plains. On the ocean itself, there are many raft cities which are buoyantly kept afloat.
Holyupsk is a rather dry planet, containing only three major landmasses. While there technically are only three landmasses, there are four described continents, with varying cultures, sizes, populations and living conditions. A comprehensive list of major landmasses is below:
Chozovok is the absolute largest continent of Holyupsk, amassing to about 55% of all land area on Holyupsk's surface. Chozovok is also the most arid continent, with vast deserts, and sparse forests near flatter areas. smaller forests and plains also exist, which grasp to the shores. Throughout Chozovoks landscape, there are countless organisms, which have all adapted to the diverse environment. Forms of cacti, unique chlorophyll-based plants, and kinds of megaflora are present in the deep deserts.
Being the largest continent, Chozovok contains the most amount of people on the surface of Holyupsk. Chozovok contains only one of many major cities, which is Molmichi City. In the more rural areas, shanty and rather underdeveloped towns litter the arid landscape, far away from planetary law. The sheer amount of desert also makes Chozovok hold many agricultural centers, which are dedicated to feeding the planet's populous for the most part.
Even holding about half the land, the rest of Holyupsk is more densely populated than Chozovok. This comes from its inhospitable deserts, usually reserved for species with a higher tolerance. This has not stopped Zythyns from making climate-controlled cities in the deserts, though.
Over millennia of this diverse climate, cultures formed inside the arid deserts. The most prominent of these cultures is the Sūbahani People, a large and nomadic group which has settled much of the inner deserts all the way to some valleys and rainforests. The Sūbahani People utilize a loosely connected network of sparse technology, which lets them travel with their own vehicles and live in a secluded life.
With its vast deserts, Chozovok is a victim of constant sandstorms that beat down on the environment. While life has mostly adapted to these, freak sandstorms are a prevalent issue for the Sūbahani People, as well as other rural and faraway sectors. These deserts also hold many patches of suitable sand for the processing of cement and concrete, a common resource used for new colonies and for things like roads and structure stability.
Unlike most continents, Chozovok holds many dense and crowded mountain ranges, which makes up all of the Atacaman environment in the interior. These mountain ranges have been seriously eroded by the wispy sandstorms, and have made intricate carvings on the sandstone peaks.
A notable feature of Chozovok is a large equatorial body of water, named Thulvyke Sea. Thulvyke Sea has many sprawling swamp communities, as well as plains and savanna areas. Thulvyke Sea is also where the Sūbahani People hold some influence, as the desert creeps off into more grassy areas.
While there are underdeveloped areas around Thulvyke Sea, there are plenty of large raft towns, operated by the richer populous. The swampy areas on the shores only hold small towns, while the plains are usually reserved for cultivation.
Zochaliv is one of the largest continents on Holyupsk, as it comprises approximately 27% of the land area on the surface. Zochaliv is renowned for its thick jungle forests, unseen anywhere else on Holyupsk. Zochaliv is also one of the best areas of cultivation, which results from its minimal deserts and vast amount of flat plains. Unlike the other areas of Holyupsk, Zochaliv gets suitable amounts of rainfall and even snowfall on higher mountains. However, temperatures are still very sweltering in the humid jungles.
Inside Zochaliv's dense forests and jungles lies some of the most exotic life in the Saykya System. Here, cultivation of exotic fruits (Such as the Xlin-Tak Closk) and the growth of countless unique species appear. Since 20000 CE, mushrooms native to Earth have also appeared on he surface, harmlessly expanding and evolving. Many mushrooms have bio-luminescence as an attempt to lure in pollinators, as the thick jungle makes it hard to see for many. Other glowing flora and even interconnected megaflora species can be seen in these protected jungles.
While considerably smaller than Chozovok, Zochaliv has a similar population, and has some of the largest cities on Holyupsk. These cities originally started as farming cities, and soon grew to be megaopoli of colossal proportions. Life thrives much like a non-rural planet in these cities, with modern technology being commonplace. In these cities, many large agricultural centers in the more remote areas are usually connected for exports.
With its relatively large population, Zochaliv has a high species and cultural diversity, as well as a dense population in its borders. Countless people immigrate and emigrate to and from Zochaliv every day, which gives rise to large commercial networks of business and shops. The population of military veterans is also high from the two heavily defended moons of Poloskia and Emborkai.
The landscape of Zochaliv is insanely diverse, with classical deserts and thick jungles. Many biomes in between appear, even snowy mountains and flat fields for cultivation. Zochaliv's geographic areas are usually flat, only with desertic area appearing mountainous and snowy. Many eroded jungle hills dominate the landscape though, with thick and dense forests that are protected by the planetary government.
While technically connected to the continent of Chozovok, Zochaliv is completely separate in its culture, geography, climate, and population content. Zochaliv is split from Chozovok on the end of the Noipko Sea, making it a rather clear continental border between the two. On this land bridge exists one of the largest cities on Holyupsk, Phozucurzik City. Phozucury City rests between Chozovok and Zochaliv, acting as a massive commuting and trading hub inhabited by millions of people.
A very notable feature of Zochaliv's landscape is the Noipko Sea, the largest inland sea on Holyupsk. The Noipko Sea contains many islands, rivers, and a thick jungle area surrounding it. Noipko Sea is also one of the most popular tourist attractions, which usually pulls in many species who live on warm oceania worlds. Many other species usually migrate to Noipko Sea every year, conducting ceremonies and celebrations on large raft cities. Islands inside Noipko Sea are also used for many events, usually kept for the richer populous and people of the like.
Noipko Sea is also known for its large undersea mining facilities, which dot the seabeds in sprawling and enigmatic ways. This is some of the only known mining that happens on Holyupsk's surface, and it allows it to export its large underground sections of gold. This gold comprises much of the local economy, and is usually sold to increase profits for the area around Noipko Sea.
Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok is a section of two large and connected landmasses, officially classified as a singular continent. The continent of Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok claims approximately 25% of all land area on Holyupsk, making it the third largest continent. Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok is unique in its geographical position, as it is located in the polar regions. This makes Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok a lot less dense in deserts, instead containing diverse forests and nonthreatening hills. Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok is also the most friendly continent to Zythyns, and this was their first place of colonization.
In the thick and foreboding forests of Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok, many large cities lie in Zythyn occupation. These are the first and original cities of Holyupsk, and they contain the most people in any city on Holyupsk. The most prominent of these cities is Veccion City, built off the first settlement made by Zythyns on Holyupsk.
As a result of its cooler temperatures, many different species have immigrated to Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok, and have thrived there for millennia. Cultures are rather indifferent, save for small groups of nomadic people residing in the forests. Deserts on this continent are only present in the subcontinent of Zorosmiok, and as a result most people live in the more southern subcontinent of Llyiamopok.
While Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok has a considerably high population, it has nothing remarkable except for its potential with its commercial economy and imports. Resource industry in this area is simply nonexistent, as there are minimal valuable resources left since the Zythyn colonial days.
Technically, Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok is connected to Zochaliv, and is in turn connected to Chozovok. However, the connection between both continents consists of a tiny land bridge. This doesn't take into account the cultural, economic, societal, and weather climate which differs greatly from both continents that it is connected to.
Compared to the greater parts of Holyupsk, Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok is very flat, forested, and developed. Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok is one of the most developed and economically active continents, despite it having no more resources under its crust. Many cities dot the area of Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok, and since its population it has grown to be one of the most interconnected and stable places of residence.
A noticeable feature on Llyiamopok-Zorosmiok is the small land bridge which connects both Llyiamopok and Zorosmiok into one continent. This land bridge contains one of the largest roadways on Holyupsk, with many people traveling between both areas.
Maroshya is the smallest and least prominent continent on Holyupsk, covering only 3% of all land area on the planet. Being hardly inhabited, Maroshya is overgrown with thickets of jungle wildlife. Maroshya is also the only place on Holyupsk with sufficient jungle cover, only having a small amount of marshy plains. This has made Maroshya a giant nature reserve, as nobody really bothers to live there anyways.
Regardless of its population, Maroshya has been expressed my countless tourists as lush, beautiful, and completely natural. Industrialization is kept and a low minimum, as resources underneath are scarce nonetheless. Large commercial areas and trading hubs do exist on the more developed shores, but are unable to reach deep into the continental jungle.
With its small population, life on Maroshya has been able to thrive fruitfully. Even in the pollutant-riddled early days of terraforming, Life on Maroshya has thrived. Since its introduction to the rather soft soil of Maroshya, it has spread and left the continent as a lush land. During the 170000s CE, a large and dazzling megaflora named the Gungnir-Myanobaros Megaflora appeared on Maroshya, piercing through the treetops and staying as a test to time.
Maroshya is relatively humid and warm, with temperatures usually exceeding 35 Degrees Celsius. Sapient life usually consists of heat-tolerant species, with Zythyns not inhabiting much of the land. The most compatible major species with Maroshya is the Thruuncuins of the AICS, which has increased economic activity from their willingness to trade with others.
As previously mentioned, Maroshya is filled with many jungle thickets and marshy swamps. Inside of these swamps lie giant hills, valleys, lakes, and endless rivers filled with algae. There is a diverse selection of exotic plant types, some of which are bioluminescent like the unique species on Zochaliv. The flora is spread far and wide, dominating every last corner of the forests.
Deeper inside the Maroshyan forests lies one of the most marvelous spectacles on Holyupsk - the previously mentioned Gungnir-Myanobaros Megaflora. The Gungnir-Myanobaros Megaflora is the most massive single organism in the Saykya System, standing taller than all other megaflora on the surface of Holyupsk. The Gungnir-Myabaros Megaflora drastically changes up the landscape for the central areas of Maroshya, with many lifeforms living inside or beside it. Since its inception, it has been kept secure by local law enforcement and the greater government of the Saykya System.
Poloskia is the first and most major body in Holyupsk's system of moons. Holyupsk is rather unusual for a moon in the Saykya System, being reserved primarily for militaristic and protection purposes. Poloskia is also a partial ecumenopolis, which houses plentiful amounts of people, soldiers, and many people of importance.
The flamboyant and colorful surface of Poloskia has made it severely popular in the inner Saykyan System. The famed hot pink color derives from a mix of rust and other chemical reactions, which have built up over millions of years to create a vibrant color. Other areas of Poloskia are riddled with many orange-ish places, which is simply rust and nothing else. On the surface, however, Poloskia contains one of the largest military bases in the inner Saykyan System. This is reserved for new weapons testing, recruit training, and the housing of many incoming and outgoing soldiers. Large spacecraft which are under maintenance also reside in this military marvel.
Similar to its giant military base, Poloskia has a large network of advanced and experimental orbital cannons, reserved for easily and cheaply sending things into orbit. However, weapons are tested on these cannons almost daily, with technologically advanced war devices often being sent into orbit for testing.
Other than the large military presence, Poloskia has the previously mentioned partial ecumenopolis named Xiburuk City, which takes up much of the southern hemisphere. Countless sectors in Xiburuk City are dedicated to commercial and industry areas, which is a result from high tourism and the fame from the military presence. Mining industries also exist on the surface, dotted around more remote areas.
The surface of Poloskia itself is pockmarked with many thousands of craters, caused by the bombardment of countless objects over the Saykya System's formation. Many of these craters were lined with minerals, which were soon mined up by sections of mining corporations. What is left of most resources are hollow caves, left desolate and untouched since the early days.
Emborkai is the second and smallest moon in Holupsk’s vicinity, and is known for the sole purpose of military defense and service. Resulting from its very low gravity, massive military buildings have been developed and maintained over many millennia. There is a rather small population of people on Emborkai, mainly consisting of military veterans, active soldiers and pilots, and a small section of weapons researchers.
Unlike Poloskia, Emborkai has a much less appealing surface, primarily showing a basaltic and sometimes rustic surface. There are two icy poles, which are a result from the lack of an atmosphere, as well as water deposits which were placed there by primordial comet collisions. Other than those, there appear to be a supple amount of resources underneath the crust. The core has solidified entirely, making harvesting more difficult.
The uninhabited surface of Emborkai contains many complexes, research centers, and a massive orbital cannon called the Tum-Loktar Cohchero Launcher. This is a Mass Driver-type superweapon is not only capable of sending massive payloads to orbit, but is also used for interplanetary defense. Initially constructed in the 1000s CE as a way to send payloads across the inner Saykyan System, it has since been updated and refurbished as a powerful railgun.