Veritas & Forma are two temperate habitable worlds within the Ventemir Galaxy. Veritas is the home world of the Legions, a hive-mind species. While not quite binary planets, the two bodies are tidally locked to each other, meaning that Veritas will always have the same side pointed towards Forma and vice versa. Officially, Veritas is the planet and Forma is the moon, however, they are both colloquially referred to as planets.
As one of the most populated planet-moon systems of the Ventemir Galaxy, both Veritas and Forma are important worlds. They have been the sight of numerous technological and cultural developments. It is an important world in the Entente of Ventemir. Various museums doubling as military bases make up an important sectors of the local economy.
Remains of the once-great Triumvirate Civilization litter the surface of both planets. Mega-structures such as orbital rings, remains of large ships, and ruined buildings can be found all over the surface. Most of these buildings are heritage sites, so the populace lives mostly in newer cities built away from these ruins.
Veritas is a marine world with three major oceans. Unlike many marine worlds, these oceans are not connected directly, making some of them elevated relative to each other. These three oceans are named after the three heads of the Triumvirate Civilization, Legio, Holo, and Aeluer. The largest of which by far is Legio, which covers over 33% of the planet's surface. The global continent is simply called "land," as there is no reason to call it anything else. In the past, regions likely had names, but these fell out of use with time, and most were forgotten.
Most of the inhabitants find themselves living in a mega-city called "The Capitol." This city occupies five percent of the planet's surface. Much to the chagrin of archeologists all over the Entente, it has been continually occupied ever since the creation of this city, causing many artifacts to be destroyed. The majority of structures are made of recycled artifacts, made inside decaying structures, and some buildings are even reclaimed ruins of once-great starships.
The planet is covered in a wide array of lifeforms, with various biomes and ecosystems covering the planet. However, it is estimated that the current amount of life is only ten percent of the planet's original biomass. This has been caused by a number of things, chief among them being the mass extinction event caused by the collapse of the Triumvirate.
Forma is a fairly typical lacustrine planet. Liquid water occupies 17% of its total surface, meaning that the densest areas of life are near the water. The shallower parts of the lakes are filled with algae and many aquatic life forms. Unlike Veritas, most of the bio-diversity is intact, although it has still only recently fully recovered.
Large rivers flow all across this planet and over 40% of it is covered in clouds at any given time, bringing rains to the large plains of grass that cover the rest of the moon.
On Veritas, the local government collapsed with the fall of the Triumvirate, causing anarchy to reign on the planet. The majority of individuals on the planet were the shattered and now cut-off individuals making up the hive-minds, further increasing the chaos. The technology, which could only be maintained by a Type III civilization, quickly fell into disrepair and mere stone age technology took its place.
This caused a tribal government to eventually take form, first among tens of individuals, but soon, some tribes came to contain close to 100. While this seems small, due to the nature of the Legions as a species and the low population at the time, these tribes represented whole-number percentages of the population. A global government formed 1000 years later in 67,000 CE. Instead of immediately returning to prominence, the individuals on Veritas had to ration resources, as the planet had few metals to speak of. Over 95% of both planets' useful metals were used up. The only easily attainable metal that remained was from ruins. The rest was in the cores of the planets maintaining the magnetic fields.
To this day, this tribal government remains. One Legion entity is elected as Sheriff (their word for this can also be translated as "chief,"). Then 1728 (1000 in base 12) legionnaire entities serve as deputies. These deputies each have one-hundred forty-four subordinates, called "officers." These government officials, numbering 248832 in total (one hundred thousand in base 12), run the entirety of the government on both planets. Most decisions are made by a direct vote by the populace.
The large presence and high intelligence of the Legions allow for such little numbers operating the government of an entire planet. The Sheriff alone is usually able to effectively process and inform its deputies of what to do. Quite often, a Commissioner is appointed. This individual is responsible for managing the military assets of the planet, although large scale operations are usually handled by the government of the Entente.
Vertias and Forma first formed 7.6 billion years ago. The galaxy was a hostile place at the time, meaning that both worlds remained sterile for a large portion of their early history. It took another billion years for the water vapor in the atmosphere to condense into oceans and a further one billion for the oceans to cool to a reasonable temperature. Once cooled, various chemicals began interacting in the oceans, forming life later that eon.
The formation of life was typical for the two worlds. Forma did not develop life on its own but instead gained life through panspermia. A large asteroid impact on Veritas flung a large amount of mass into space only for most of it to land on Forma. Forma, with its small lakes and lack of atmospheric oxygen, proved toxic to most of the life landing on it. Only a handful of bacterial species managed to survive. Once established, however, later asteroid collisions rained down more complicated single-cellular organisms, finally giving Forma at atmosphere of oxygen roughly one billion years ago.
The first sapient species to form on the planets was a single individual by the name of "General." This individual was a Legion, a hive-mind of hundreds to millions of bodies. Unlike many hiveminds, the individual bodies are more akin to neurons and less akin to, for example, colonial insects. General first formed anywhere from two to three million years BCE. It has access to millions of bodies, each with sapient-level intelligence, making General as a whole a super-intelligence. From the moment it came to be, it was the undisputed master of Veritas. It devoted itself to taking care of the world, allowing for life on the planet to flourish.
In 99,871 BCE, what was likely a solar flare caused General to split into three pieces, Holo, Aeluer, and Legio. These three pieces each had different desires than General. Rather than merely take care of the planet, they decided that General had wasted the opportunity to take care of the whole galaxy. The Three used their vast intelligence to begin devising ways they could expand. Through large amounts of experimentation, made easy by the sheer number of hands they had at their disposal, they soon mastered the wheel, metallurgy, and all other manner of primitive technology. Within one hundred years, they had developed electricity and within another one hundred, had landed a large number of their bodies on Forma.