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Overview

Balikato is a temperate Earth-like marine terra with advanced organic life.

It has no moons whatsoever and it orbits its binary star system at a distance of 1.21 AU.

The system it is in is located somewhat near the middle cloud of the Milky Way.

Physical

The planet is slightly smaller than earth, but it has higher gravity at 1.135 Gs due to its higher density.

The planet's surface is made up of large continents separated by a large sea. Its day is comparatively short, being at only 14.5 hours long. The year on Balikato is 1.073 Earth years long.

The oceans are by far mostly water, with trace amounts of sulfur dioxide taking up 55 ppm of the ocean.

The atmosphere is similar to earth, with three quarters of it being composed of hydrogen. The last third is by far mostly oxygen, with trace amounts of other gases such as argon, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide and dioxide. However, the atmospheric pressure is high at 15.6 atm, and humans need specially designed masks to depressurize the air before being used for human respiration. This mask also filters out the trace amounts of carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide in the air, which the native lifeforms have adapted to filter out naturally.

The planet's temperature is very slightly lower than earth's, being at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). The planet has a large greenhouse effect, and without it, it would be a frozen wasteland.

Life

Life on Balikato is very common. Lush forests and grasslands cover its plains and hills, and many species are bioluminescent, resulting in a strikingly beautiful landscape at night. The oceans are also densely populated with life, with huge kelp forests and underwater grasslands taking over the more shallow waters.

Animal life is common as well, with very diverse populations ranging from small insects to large mammoth-like creatures.

Talikani

The planet has one sentient species, known as the Talikani. They are bipedal, with two legs and four arms. They are thought to be insect-descendent, but they share many characteristics with mammals as well, such as being warm-blooded and breathing through a mouth. On average, they stand 7.2 feet tall, but this varies.

They are slightly more intelligent than humans and share similar aspects of their culture. They have abolished separate nations and joined together as many integrated states under one governing body- known as the Talicora- ever since they invented FTL travel approximately 312 years before humans.

They are a benevolent culture of explorers, nomads, and scientists. They have a socialist lifestyle, and while they have a currency, strict regulations are in place to prevent abuse of power and money. With the help of humans, they have become a post-scarcity civilization, and benefits such as medical treatment, occupation (if desired), transportation, and housing are available for free for all citizens. Their government, while powerful, is based on freedom, so any citizen can do what they desire as long as it does not harm anyone else.

The Talikani and humanity are on good terms with each other, and trade between the two species is high. Balikani has become a popular tourist destination for humans, and eventually other spacefaring species as well, particularly its capital city of Cykoras.

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