"Lo'Kira... The crown jewel, and homeworld for all of Xa'Thainity. So many indescribable events, empires rising and falling, and of course the birth of a large galactic force was caused here. The countless amounts of beautiful and intricate structures that dot her surface will make anyone gape in awe."
- President Franklin Norn of the Federations of United Star Systems, after his 3rd visit to Lo'Kira.
Lo'Kira, (Low-Kee-Ra) (meaning Homeland in Xa'Thin), is a temperate marine cascadian superterra, which is located near the central core of the satellite galaxy M110. Lo'Kira is also, and most importantly, the homeworld of Xa'Thainity, and is the primary capital of the Lo'Xal Federation. Lo'Kira is also the primary capital of the Commonwealth.
Lo'Kira is home to countless beautiful locations for any tourist or citizen to gape at, as well as historical monuments. Huge parks are also relevant, which span many kilometers in all directions. A magnificent example of an intricate Lo'Kiran park is in Toq'Apal City (The First City). In the said park, which is named Yra-Imir'Sol Park (Leader's Grace Park), a remarkable structure called Wa-Diplo'Sik (directly translated as Wailing Arch) overlooks the city. Wailing Arch is a 50-kilometer long structure, which is a monument for peace and unity. The rest is explained in its own page.
The cities on Lo'Kira are quite sizable, with many buildings going past the 3-kilometer mark. There are many docking stations for small and individual ships, which are simply pads for landing. In the Lo'Kiran capital, the city of Toq'Apal, there are many embassies for many empires and people. Trade stations and economics centers are also commonplace for bigger cities.
In the center of a few Lo'Kiran cities, there are many luxury buildings and penthouses. These buildings have been in decline in numbers for many years, being replaced by more useful buildings. The buildings replacing them are usually housing areas, or ship manufacturing or repairing stations.
The former commercial areas of Lo'Kira, previously intended for acquiring goods and services, have since been substituted with more beneficial structures millennia ago. The only presence of these is in rural areas, where people choose to live a much more manual lifestyle. Even then, replicators are still widespread in these towns.
In these rural regions, most people prefer a more naturalist lifestyle and choose to live off of the land and fields that they possess. These areas are unsurprisingly small, composing of only 0.9% of the Lo'Kiran people. The other 99.1% of the Lo'Kiran population dwells in urban areas.
The flora of Lo'Kira, like virtually any alien terra, is notably unique and adaptive to their surroundings. As a result of the above average significance of carbon dioxide in Lo'Kira's climate, trees have thrived and developed to be healthier than trees on Earth. However, the trees on Lo'Kira are still very different, possessing useful qualities for local life and ancient Xa'Thins. Here is a list of notable flora specimens on Lo'Kira below.
- Nok-Fiksi (Strong Pine): A pine-like tree with soft bristles. The wood of this tree is quite flexible and durable, which was a great advantage for early Xa'Thin hunters and builders. The wood of Strong Pines was primarily used for building and decorating as soon as the Xa'Thin species discovered automation.
- Tak-Closk (Sweet Fruit): A tough fruit, remarkably similar to that of peaches or mangoes. A protective surface covers the exterior, with a small number of tiny, serrated spikes. the tough Xa'Thin scales easily counteracted this, and opening it was quite easy. Simply bashing it against a rock would do.
- Xlin'Tak-Closk (Tangy Fruit): An exquisite and rare fruit that grows only in a select few Lo'Kiran jungles. It Is also grown lightly on Hol'Usk. It is one of the only naturally soft fruits on Lo'Kira, as there are minimal amounts of scavengers who attempt to eat it. The seeds of these plants are very tough, and can survive digestion. Some species of Xlin'Tak Fruit are bioluminescent, as to signal for avian creatures spread their limited numbers. These glowing Xlin'Tak fruit are prized for their looks, and can go for sale for approximately 200,000 C-Units.
- Vlok'Ti-Deik (Spiky Fern): A unique sighting in Lo'Kiran forests, this hazardous and very vibrant fern holds not much else than its dangerous and beautiful qualities. The amount of protection it has is staggering, making many species of fauna steer clear. There are sharp spikes, as well as toxic innards. The seeds of this plant are inside of the fern, constantly submerged in the bitter and acidic (0.2 pH) fluid inside the plant. However, if cooked, can apparently taste great in salads. This plant was once a delicacy, like pufferfish on Earth.
- Nok'Stipil (Glowing Grass): A bioluminescent form of grass-like plants, often expressed with bright blues or purples. Most species can grow bioluminescent flowers, which have many intricate patterns on them. The most popular one, Nok'Stipil-Tanki, looks remarkably like stars or nebulae, similar to the Starry Night species of Petunia flowers on Earth. These flowers also grow in jungles, but are much more widespread. Glowing Grass is also quite tall compared to a Xa'Thin, being a surprising 3 meters tall under Lo'Kira's gravity. The bioluminescent part of Glowing Grass is often used for commercial purposes. As a result, Glowing Grass' bioluminescence is commonly used for exotic dyes, and sometimes for glowing toys like glowsticks. Going back to before Xa'Thin modernization, many villages and tribes near areas of Glowing Grass would use their glowing dyes for tribal performances, long-forgotten religions, and for trade.
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