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"Stalemate invasions are a loss" - Sonorani proverb

Sonoran is a planet located within Verpletter. It is located within the Eyðimörk cluster, in the Najima System. It has two spherical moons, Malakbel and Sakhra. People and objects from Sonoran are referred to as Sonorani.

It is both the homeworld of, and the capital world of The Sonoran Union, and is the world that the Union is named after. It is a desert world, located within the Najima system. Sonoran is at the heart of all various manner of subjects that The Sonoran Union faces, from military to diplomatic matters.

It is a heavily developed world, with several megacities and immense transit networks connecting one side of the planet to another. Surrounding the planet is a series of ships that engage in trade with other worlds to bring cargo back to Sonoran, and act as living space around the world. these ships are collectively refereed to as the Orbital Fleet, and are a remnant of the first settlements of Humanity on Sonoran, which have now become a significant cultural aspect to the world. Interspaced between these ships are defense stations, citizen city stations, trade hubs, and other such facilities.

Sonoran is also the home of the Kessenski species, a lizard-like species which appeared unphased by the arrival of Humans. The Kessenski claimed to be well aware of alien life for a long time, in spite of being barely past the tribal stage of evolution upon First Contact with Humanity. Eventually, this lead to a permanent union between the two species, and created the Sonoran Union. From this desert world, the Union began to expand into the stars, incorporating more and more species and people into it's growing territory.

The surface of Sonoran - Image taken from the Empire of Mankind's First Contact Ship The Yuzzenka

Environment and Geography

Sonoran is a desert world, with an average temperature of 30°C, though this can vary a lot on the equator, with some records going as high as 44°C. Deserts used to cover much of the planet in layers of thin sand, which are kept warm by the heat of the local star, Najima.

While water on the planet does exist, much of it was relegated to underwater systems, which had to be mined and brought to the surface to provide easy access for the Humans, though these rivers are small and narrow. In some areas, ice has been melted from the north and south pole to create more of these rivers and lakes. Water does exist on the planet outside of these circumstances, though it is in usually rather small quantities.

The South Pole of Sonoran - The region is known as Qurid

The south poles are a more rocky environment, with water being stored in frozen over rocks. The temperatures in this region reach a more temperate 12°C at the edges, while the absolute pole reaches -2°C.

Sonoran also is home to yellow clouds. These yellow clouds are caused by a certain chemical in the water local to Sonoran. This chemical does not affect Humans in any way whatsoever, but it does impact the color of steam and evaporated water, and by extension, the clouds of the world. As Sonoran became a more developed world, many of these regions have been built upon and developed to accommodate the many billions of people that would come to call Sonoran their home. Most areas on the planet have been settled and colonized.

Governance

The main method of governance on Sonoran is described as Social Democracy. The primary government on Sonoran is the Sonorani Council - A series of representatives elected by the population of various Regions. These representatives are to represent the wills of their constituents. These Representatives are elected in through the will of those within the Regions.

Regions

Regions are the term for sections of space on Sonoran, which possess a degree of political and societal autonomy, akin to states from the aincent 21st century United States of America. These Regions have representatives which are elected by the democratic will of the people,and certain laws can be voted on by the public, primarily relating to social issues. They also serve as a way to assist in administration duties - Each Region can keep track of production, the number of citizens within it's boundaries, and other such useful bureaucratic issues. There are 56 Regions on Sonoran. Each one of those Regions possesses unique characteristics and cultures.

Culture

Examples of Sonorani clothing for females from the equatorial regions.

Clothing from the Dalizah-Qa'idu Region

Sonorani culture is defined in several ways, and is quite unique compared to many of the cultures that surround it due to it's history of collaboration between Humans and Kessenski. The intermingling of Humans and Kessenski created a new culture before the Union had even come into being, and this affected many of the ways in which the society adapted and evolved over time. Further integration of other species had also had an impact on the world too, creating a melting pot of various world. Since the Eyðimörk cluster is home to a lot of desert like worlds, many of these cultures have had complimentary cultures and effects on Sonorani culture.

Clothing

Sonorani clothing originates around practicality, being designed to help the wearers cope with heat and from sunburn. To this end, they tend to wear loose fitting clothing, such as shayla, tunics, saris, robes, hijabs, shawls and turbans. Depending on the region, these types of clothes can vary quite drastically.

Sonorani Woman from the northern Region of Saibayya

Full body clothing for example, tends to be more common towards either the north or south pole of the world, where the temperature will cool down to more temperate levels. The rest of the world varies more, some opting to wear full-body clothing in order to prevent any risk of heatstroke or sunburn, while others opt for more risque clothing, opting to prioritize feeling cooler.

A Sonorani Male from the South Pole Region of Qurid

The designs of these clothes can also vary on the region one finds themselves in, with different styles and aesthetic touches unique to each region. Clothing in Sonorani culture is often seen as an extension of the person wearing it, due to it's near essential nature on the desert world, and as such, a great many people place a lot of emphasis on unique touches to their clothes, adding on pathes or personalized patterns to make them stand out more.

Due to the personal nature of clothing, Sonorani people tend to be incredibly permissive of any and all choices a person makes with their clothing options. There is no social stigma, for example, of a male person wearing clothing that was designed for a female person, and likewise, no stigma against a female person wearing clothing designed for a male person. Personal freedoms are encouraged on Sonoran in regards to their clothing in particular.

Capital city of Sonoran, Quddoos

Architecture

Pyramids, which on Sonoran are referred to as 'Qadan', had been built on the planet long before Humans made first contact, though these were used more as residential buildings for giant collective family units which are called 'Ruwan' to the Kessenski people. Due to the size of these Ruwan, each Qadan is capable of housing up to 10,000 people comfortable

Equatorial town Zabamayn, one of the first cities on Sonoran which accounted for both Human and Kessenski settlers

With the arrival of Humans to the planet, the architecture of Sonoran had to change slightly. While many Humans have since found themselves as parts of Qadans and Ruwans, many Humans still have a preference for housing seen on other worlds. To this end, several cities have been built in accommodation for the two peoples, with smaller buildings more suited to small family accommodation, and Qadans for the larger Kessenski familial structure. Intermingling has seen the type of dwelling any particular resident decides to live in entirely down to personal choice.

The Orbital Fleet

Sonoran Fleet.jpg

The Orbital Fleet is a collection of starships that have been placed into Sonoran's orbit over the course of several centuries. Upon first arriving at Sonoran, the Humans in the ships for a long time, opted to live aboard their ships rather than on the surface of Sonoran. This lead to a unique culture among the ships of Sonoran's fleet to grow over time. This eventually became a huge staple of the Sonorani culture, and became embedded in their flag and iconography.

In the modern era, this residential fleet still exists, but is also backed up by military forces and interspaced with defensive networks designed to protect Sonoran. Several construction yards have been built into various ships of the Orbital Fleet, granting them additional uses and benefits.

Some of these ships have been converted to handle different environments, in case a species that is a member of the Union has business on the Capital world, or wishes to reside near the Capital. Some are also heavily armed, in case of an attack. The Orbital Fleets stand as a multi-purpose defensive barrier against a great number of enemies would would see Sonoran crushed.

Military and Defensive Forces

A Sonorani soldier

Like all worlds within The Sonoran Union, Sonoran dedicates a certain amount of it's armed forces to the broader Sonoran Union Military Forces. there they serve as Desert Warfare experts and in repelling tactics - Using a small number of forces to hold back against larger threats.

Sonorani soldiers are well renowned for their ability to hold back against larger forces, having had this drilled into them since The Grezaran Incident. This became a particular point of focus for the military and the navy of Sonoran, as well as a point of contention and personal pride for the forces. they are dedicated to making sure that any territory that becomes a part of the Sonoran Union remains in the Sonoran Union until notice is given otherwise.

Snipers are often granted respect on Sonoran, as they are conditioned to withstand intensely uncomfortable conditions, and still be the most precise soldier in a battlefield. Sniper skill is often considered intensely valuable within the Sonorani armed forces.

Other defensive forces around Sonoran include a series of Defense bases and the Orbital Fleet, which has many ships armed, prepared to respond to any invasion forces. The moon of Sakhra is also home to a military outpost which is heavily armed and capable of acting as a forward-operating base in the event of a direct invasion of Sonoran. It also doubles as a training ground for low-gravity fighters.

Moons

Sakhra

Sakhra is one of the two moons of the desert world Sonoran, located in the Verpletter region of Via Aylathiya. It is the smaller moon between it and Malakbel, the other moon of Sonoran. It is a part of The Sonoran Union. It was settled shortly after the formation of the Sonoran Union, and was used primarily as a trading center, and as a low-gravity military training base. It also possesses a Communications relay, which allows it to help maintain contact with other systems.

History

Sakhra has an uneventful history, remaining as a moon of Sonoran until the arrival of Humans from the Empire of Mankind after being stranded in Verpletter. After the two species formed a union, the moon was settled in order to assist in the settling of the home solar system, and to help train people for off-world colonization.

Over time, the world became one part military base, and one part trade center, being a central hub for taking in imports and sending out exports to all various manner of solar systems and allied species, as well as providing connections between orbital stations, the Orbital Fleet, and various settlements around Najima and neighboring star systems. Sakhra has become a major world within the Union due to these factors.

Settlements

Sakhra's population live in a series of underground systems, and surface-cities, which combine to perform the various functions that their world requires, surface cities mostly engaging in trade, sub-surface settlements primarily being residential zones, though there are surface civilian regions.

Artifical gravity has been installed in the civilian sectors and certain regions of the surface city, allowing for people to live as comfortably as they would do otherwise on Sonoran.

Notable locations

Al Ralen - The primary trading hub, located at the northernmost region of Sakhra. It is notable for the Al Ralen Pyramid, which reaches over 10,000 Kilometers above the surface, and can process up to 30,000 ships in a day.

Habshinat - Habshinat is the primary civilian center of Sakhra. It is located near Al Ralen, and spreads out for hunderds of kilometers, and is divided into several sub-surface layers, stacked atop one another. It is home to 30 Million of the total population.

Kulana - Kulana is one of the suface civilian centers, and is considered one of the most pleasant spots on Sakhra, since people can watch the coming and going of ships, and when rotation permits it, they can see Sonoran and the Orbital Fleet.

Malakbel

The moon of Malakbel is one of the two moons of Sonoran, the other one being Sakhra. It is located in the Verpletter, in the Najima System, and is under the control of The Sonoran Union.

History

Being one of the smaller moons of Sonoran, Malakbel was not considered much in the early days of the Sonoran Union. As the Union expanded throughout it's home system, Malakbel was designated as a mining world for several decades, and held no real weight outside of this.

After a hundred years however, Malakbel became the site of the Malekbal Mass Driver Network - A series of Mass Drivers which send various goods out from Sonoran, Sakhra, The Orbital Fleet, or any of it's various orbital colonies, and send them to other worlds within the Najima system, and in some cases, neighboring solar systems. It is an incredibly cheap method to send goods. It would also shoot certain types of ships to give them a boost, if they were compatible with the Mass Driver technology.

Culture

Malakbel has a well known and well loved musical culture. One of it's most significant exports is a genre known as Malakbeli Rock.

Settlements

Malakbel Mass Driver Network - These Mass Drivers are located all over the surface of Malakbel, and can reach immense sizes in some places. These Drivers will fire mass into space to a destination calculated by Humans and computers in tandem. The Malakbel Mass Drivers are capable of sending goods to neighboring solar systems in reasonable times.

Nurastar - Nurastar is the primary settlement on Malakbel. It is a sprawling metropolis on the underside of the surface of Malekbel, and is responsible for maintaining the many systems of their moon, and ensuring that it is capable of sending out goods to it's neighbors.

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