Meksis is a planet, located in the Trimeka System, in the Lewis Galaxy and thus in Herschel Space. It belongs to the nation known as the Empire of Mankind and is actually the a moon of Aku. However, Meksis and Aku are of a ruthly similar size and thus are known for influencing each other with their orbits. Aku is slightly bigger than Meksis but this difference is almost unperceivable to the naked eye.
Meksis is a jungle, humid world that was settled inicitaly by an expelled clan of the Wreteren species. When Humans arrived they avoided Meksis for a while until a small military army was sent to drive the Wreteren out. They won and the Wreteren became exiles for a second time and made space their home becoming associates of the Wreteren Syndicate. Meksis was then clear for colonization. It is one of the oldest worlds to be colonized in the system.
Life on Meksis arose as panspermia from the rest of the system. Many believe that the original world was Brelax while others point to Marvul. Regardless where life first arose in Trimeka, it is clear that is spread to the other planet and stabilized their atmospheres to suit organic life.
The world of Meksis is with Aku an economic center of the system. The planet has been focusing itself on energy, minerals, pharmaceutical production and services. It's total population is of 23 billion and has a larger population than it's parent planet, Aku. This is mostly do to the nature of Aku being a fully oceanic world.
The Planet has a large volcanic activity due to the large tidal forces of it's parent planet, Aku. This has made the planet dry out of it's oceans, and most of the moisture and water comes from the constant fogs and clouds on this world. Lakes, rivers and underwater lagoons and water deposits do exist, but no oceans or seas of big size. This is a phenomenon seen in many planets in which water has either evaporate and exists in the form of moisture, fog and clouds or has been preserved in the underground.
Thus no continents exists on Meksis, and is all part of a large set of forested jungles and marshes covering the planet. However several regions are to be seen in this world.
- The Assurel Jungle plains
It's the largest region, it covers about 57% of the planet. Its an extensive land of endless jungles, covered in high fogs and humidity. Several volcanos and some mountains arose in the area. Few settlers call the Assurel jungles, but those who do are called brave by the rest of the inhabitants of the planet. Assurel has large dangerous plants and fauna. However, it is of great interest for the production of medicines for the pharmaceutical companies. The biologist research efforts are also pretty much important in this planet and entire cities dedicated to biological studies have been set here. In fact the largest biological university in the system is located here, in the city of Haldron. The largest city however is the city of Bisneru, located in the delta of a river close to the Invitri Mountains (a low chain with low volcanic activity).
- The Yubra Mountains
The dries of all the lands in the planet, the mountains of Yudra are a large chain crossing the planet from north to south. Large volcanic activity happens here and mining is active part of the economy of the region. People from the mountains are distintivelty different than their relatives from the rest of Meksis as they do not share the same humid enviroment. They do however have to fight with the intense fogs that cover the mountains as well as the fumes coming from the volcanos. The largest city here is Taleradan.
- The Vilradra Marshes
This region of marshes is humid and is a center of pottery, water and other artisan products who are exported all over the planet and beyond. It is also known for its wildlife and the amount of fogs covering the area. Living in this region is difficult for some settlers and cities have to be constanlty watched for the dangers of sinking into the mud of the marshes. It is believed that the Wreteren took refuge here in the days leading to the small military campaign against them.
- The Todrax Forests
This set of forests are habitable and settled as the third most populated region in the planet. Although vegetation is abundant, it is more scattered leaving space for habitable cities to take a hold. The largest city is Ferlissias
- The Meuri Lagoons
Several lagoons set on a small region of the planet. They are responsible for about 40% of the drinkable water in the planet. This lagoons are also highly populated by human settlers and this regions has as well a varied amount of flora and fauna. This thriving area is mostly focused on energy production and water exportation as well as medical research. The largest city here is Garoma.
- The Raldaya Lands
This region of the planet is one of the best suited for agriculture and mass population. It is a set of large areas more disperse forests and grasslands that serve as a big extension of land crossed by several rivers. Many cities have arose here and it is not really known if the origin of this region was natural in origin or was extended by the action of deforestation carried out by the first settlers. The largest city and the capital of the Planet is the city of Tuldir.
The system was explored in 27 454 CE (7 288 ADL) with several probes. However, the start of Second Civil War stopped any prospect of possible colonization in the planet, and it remain unsettled for much of this conflict. The first tripulated missions and stations will have to wait until the founding of the Empire of Mankind. In 30 102 CE (9 936 ADL), a man-mission was sent to Aku and Meksis. Here it was discovered that Meksis served as a base for as a Xeno piracy base of Wreteren origin. Apparently, a small colony of Wreteren pirates existed in Meksis, an offshoot of expelled members that had fled their original homeworld in the Termula Region.
Then in 30 197 CE, a small tripulated armed mission was sent to Meksis to expell the Wreteren. This was done successfully and to prevent a possible return, the system was prepared for colonization and settlement. But it wasnt until in 30 223 CE, that a permanent and stable human colony was finally stablished in Meksis.
During the Nobility war, the planet did not suffered much as it was not a center of the nation and lied in the frontier in those times. It was during the Slave Revolt however, that major damage was done. Many slaves run away into the jungles and formed a cultural separated group called the Meksian Free folk. They still exist in a tribalist way in the deep jungles although most of them ended up surrending or fleeing to what would later be called the Union.
During the Imperial-Unionist war, a major battle took place in the orbit and Unionist forces managed to take over and destroy several areas in the planet suffering more than their twin brother of Aku which was oceanic and harder to invade. Nevertheless, the jungle terrain proved to be very difficult for the invadors and up until the end of the war, they hadnt achieved full control over the planet.
Fauna and Flora
An animal native to the deep obscure jungles of Meksis. This world holds a large population of Kaskura which are to be seen in all the corners of the planet. It's one of the most abundant species and are usually taken to be sold as pets due to their social predisposition. They live in large groups of 200 to 500 individuals. Usually a group of old females, or matriarchs lead the group. They are on the constant move in search of food. They are also heavily preyed by many of the local predators. In the wild they may live around 15 years or so, while in captivity they can reach 25 years of age. Mother have 1 or 2 babies and raise them with the protection of the group.
They are onmivores, but feed mostly on insects, fruits and vegetables. And live most od their lives suspended on trees. They are good at jumping and can glise over from tree to tree as well. They are mostly vulnerable at night rather than the day and their groups are highly organized. Some are nurseries others act as vigilance for predators, others gathered food or explore new territories.
This animals are about 1 meter in height and 1 meter in lenght. They live in Meksis and eat the low herbs, bushes and fallen fruits from the floor. They have a permeable skin that allows their bodies to absorb the moisture from the fogs that take the planet as well as the rain. They are of a bluish constitution that allows them for camuflage and specially to obtain the UV light from the low deep areas of the jungle. They live in small groups of 5 to 10 individuals, made by one or two males and several females. The females have their offspring all at the same time and while their feed one of them stays completely alert for possible predators.
Its a large predator who lives in the low bushes and the jungle floors of Meksis. It's skin is ready to absorb moisture. This carnivore is a hunter that hunts by hiding. During it's early stages of life they feed on small prey, insects and others while they focus on larger animals when they reach adulthood. They can measure about 2 meters in lenght and 1 meter in height. They live for about 10 years and are oviparous, meaning they lay eggs. As much as 3 eggs each time. They protect the offspring for 1 year and then they are left on their own.