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Whanga, whenua (a place to belong)

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Recent History

At the end of the Solomani Rim war many Terran native cultures became disillusioned with the united "one size fits all" approach of the Terran Confederation. It seemed to some that the old day of a homogenous Anglo Saxon style hierarchy was appearing once again, relegating ancient and still thriving cultures to the back seat. It was during this post war period that many of these peoples left to join the Imperial military as a way of finding fame and fortune amongst the star, the Imperials seemed to respect and celebrate different cultures.

It was shortly after that the Imperial Marine Corps formed a wholly Maori battalion recruited on Terra and surrounding world and lead by Lt Colonel Apirana Turupa Ngata IV. After svereal years of training and minor skirmishes the battalion as part of the 231st Marine Division took part in retaking the planet Sarpedon from a Solomani incursion and it was here that the battalion earned its Imperial Unit Citation and Nagata his knighthood.

As part of the Knighthood Nagata was granted a fiefdom in the Spinward Marches that included two plantes in the Whanga system and so the dream of a new Maori home world was hatched.

Over the past five years there has been two expeditions permanently based on Whanga and one based on its near neighbor Kirikiriroa. The plan is to begin the process of terraforming either or both planets and settle them with Maori peoples. Currently the teams on Whanga are studying how to cap the two large volcanoes that are spewing gases into the atmosphere and giving it a tainted rating while Kirikiriroa has a thin atmosphere, less land and a less forgiving climate.

The Surface of Whanga

Orbiting a gas giant means that Whanga receives light from two sources so when the planet obits behind Hokianga the gas giant it is completely dark but when it comes around the other side it receives direct light from the star and reflected light from the gas giant giving an odd dark then twilight, then daylight cycle. For people on the surface it translates as approximately twelve hours of dark, twelve of twilight and twelve of daylight. The most spectacular aspect is the green and red banding of the gas giant which takes up a massive part of the sky during twilight.

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Lava fields of Whanga

The lowlands of Whanga are covered by lava fields overgrown with various mosses and bisected by large free flowing rivers, there is an abundance of rain due to the massive lighting storms that brew up every three or four days.

The highlands are rugged and largely bare of any vegetation with the highest peaks being over five kilometers high. The shallow areas of the oceans are home to a soup of microbial life none of which is harmful to humans but may have some uses with further study.

The ice caps are permeant and calve huge icebergs all year that can travel as far as the equator.

The Volcanoes

Aoraki and Erebus are the two largest active volcanoes and count for around seventy percent of the taint in Whangas atmosphere. there is currently a plan to cap both of them and two teams are studying how to execute this safely. Once they are capped the planet can be prepared for colonists and the terraforming process that comes with them. Both volcanoes are extremely active and spew millions of tons into the atmosphere every standard year making the possibility a new ice age very real.

Taranaki Base

The base at Taranaki consist of a cluster of prefabricated buildings, greenhouses, water reclamation and a landing field with the projects Type A2 freighter Arahura which has been fitted out as a survey ship. The base is currently generating power for an extensive solar array but they do have the ability to switch over to the ships power plant if needed.

There are currently over three hundred people at the base, most are scientists or planetary engineers of some sort or another and all are working to a plan developed by the Chief Planetologist Tama Wilson. There is a small twelve person security force at each base.

Te Ara a Kiwa, home of the Great Abyss

In the ocean seventeen hundred kilometers east of Muldoon base researchers have discovered one of the deepest undersea trenches in known space. Estimates put the area at over twenty seven kilometers deep and rather than a trench it is a circular area over eight hundred kilometers across. In context the deepest part of the Terrestrial ocean of eleven kilometers deep.

There are several proposals to explore the area as it is thought that it may be artificial, the University of Regina is in negotiations to send a team down to investigate.

 
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