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Afrika today

Afrika, also known as Gamma Leporis IV, is a warm E-Class human colony and original headquarters of AfrikaCorp.

History

Settled in 2102 by AfrikaCorp, this planet was settled by many natives of Africa due to their increased tolerance for warm and dry climates.

When the first Africans landed on the planet in 2102 to explore, the URSS was in its infancy. As such not much federal money was going into terraforming. The small AfrikaCorp company, which had mining operations on Afrika’s sister worlds, used the wealth and resources of the system to begin terraforming the fourth planet with equatorial Earth life, not just from Africa, but from all the equatorial regions.

Being inexperienced with the techniques, AfrikaCorp asked Terragen and other companies and scientists for help in terraforming. Having a bit more experience than the newer company, they sent out consultants to help the company properly terraform the world.

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Afrika before terraforming

As the decades drew on, Afrika’s oceans grew and her atmosphere was built up. In a hundred and fifty years one could stand on the surface without the need for an oxygen mask. Twenty five years later the planet was able to thrive without the help of technology.

As soon as the terraforming machines were removed the Afrikans, who had bravely spent their time in suspended animation, exited their technological sleep and gratefully spread across the planet, enjoying their freedom from the technological world they’d left behind.

The only technological civilization was where the AfricaCorp company had placed their headquarters, which was an island in the northern hemisphere.

Through the thousands of years the Afrikan tribes have gone through their own ups and downs, forming and breaking treaties, having technological ups and downs.

Culture

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Current Afrika map

The Afrikan culture is a tribal one and has been for thousands of years, but if cultural forecasts are correct the major tribes may be coming together for the first time in thousands of years to sign a treaty to attempt and unite their tribes, the purpose being to create a healthier society.

The original colonists came from all over the terrestrial African continent, essentially draining the original Africa of most of the tribes that still lived there.

The tribes currently have a mixed technological development. The most advanced, Horus, had the technological equivalent of medieval Europe, but with the same mentality of a tribe, just that the chief lives in a large castle.

They have created their own religions based off of their own constellations in the sky as well as their nine moons, including two Class-S worlds.

Physical Description

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First map of Afrika before terraforming

The planet has a diameter of 12408 km giving it a gravity of 1.1 G. It has a semimajor axis of 1.01 AU giving it a year length of 334.6 days. It once had a rotation period of 14 hours and 48 minutes but now it has a more earthlike rotation of 1.005 days.

Afrika is a very young world as it and the system is only 139.9 million years old.

Climate                                                                

Before terraforming, Afrika had a very low atmospheric pressure of 0.3 but now it has a pressure of 0.96 ATM. It has a mean temperature of 44 °C and due to its very low axial tilt of 2° and 5’ there are virtually no seasons. The planet used to have large polar caps but those have all but vanished and added water to the lowlands of the planet.

Afrika is a warm tropical world in most of the low areas but the mountains do have alpine life of which some of the other cultures life off.

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