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"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."-Neil Armstrong

The Moon, known also as Luna, is a former temperate Se-Class world terraformed into a temperate Me-Class world. It is the only natural satellite of Earth and the first world to be colonized by humans during the early days of interplanetary exploration.

Overview

Luna is the only major moon of the home world of the human species, Earth, and as such, was the first world beyond its borders to be colonized by them. It stood as one of the only universal focal points in all human culture throughout the entire planet, only being second to that of the very sun that the planet orbited, and as a result, humans long dreamed of inhabiting its then dead grey surface. Eventually this dream would become a reality, as on the eve of the year 2,030 CE, a permanent human presence would be established on the moon.

Humanity first set foot on the moon in 1,969 CE during the Apollo 11 mission, making the moon the first world beyond the earth to be visited by humans. The Apollo missions, named after the ancient Greek deity of the sun, lasted from 1,969 CE to 1,972 CE with a total of twelve individuals walking on the surface. Humans did not set foot on the Moon again up until their return in 2,024 CE.

During the early colonization of the Sol System, Luna served as the launching point of ships bound to worlds beyond the gravitational reach of the Terran System, as the moon comparatively had much less gravity then the Earth, allowing for ships to reach escape velocity much easier. Along with this, it also served as a sort of checking station for those wishing to enter Earth, and it continues to do so to this day.

Luna would become the third world in the Sol System to be terraformed by humanity in 3,967 CE, over two thousand standard years after it was first visited by the species. Due to the lack of a natural atmosphere, it was viewed at the time as not economically feasible to terraform the world, as creating an atmosphere from scratch is quite expensive, but thanks to the cultural significance the world held, it was terraformed either way, becoming the third respective Eden to inhabit the star system.

Geography

Before being terraformed, Luna's geography was an endless expanse of dead grey jagged dust constantly boiling in the radiation produced by the star its parent planet orbits. Across this dead surface were countless impact craters, thanks to the lack of a significant atmosphere, any object heading towards the moon's surface can collide with the surface unabated.

After the terraforming process was complete, the overall geography of the planet was modeled to be exactly like that of its parent planet of Earth, including endless salt water oceans, massive life filled forests, frigid snowy tundras, and all of the other landscapes known to exist on the aforementioned planet. And much alike Earth, the moon is made up of seven distinct continents, each named after a lunar deity in human mythologies. These include Diana, Hecate, Cynthia, Mani, Phoebe, Khonsu, and Tsukuyomi, with the landscapes of each varying depending.

Unlike Venus, Luna's landscapes are more modeled directly after Earth, meaning they didn't shy away from the more inhospitable areas of Earth such as tundras and deserts. This has allowed for the moon to be urbanized much more then other worlds, as there is far less life to endanger with this process, and the life that may be endangered are often moved to a safer location on the moon.

Population

Lunarian

Lunarian sketch

Luna is one of the most populace worlds in the Sol System, having the third largest population behind the planets of Earth and Mars, with a total population of around a trillion individuals. This populace is fairly large for the moon's size, even dwarfing colony worlds that are much larger then itself. The reason for this would be both its importance in human culture, and its strategic position in the star system.

Like most worlds in the Sol System the majority of the populace is human. However a rather unique trait of this aforementioned populace is their frequent use of body enhancing mutations. The mutations used by them cover their arms with aerodynamic feathers, allowing them to fly by simply flapping their arms thanks to the lower gravity of the moon. This has lead them to be considered as a wholly unique subspecies of human known as: "Lunarians."

Most Lunarians, like the inhabitants of Mercury, have wings. The low gravity has allowed these wings to be much smaller than those of terrestrial birds. Like birds on Earth, parents teach their children to fly by pushing them out of one of the taller trees on the Moon. Unlike their terrestrial counterparts, Lunarians are always careful to keep watch over their children. The capital city is Armstrong City, while the financial capital is Fort Jupiter.

Most of the population is located in the massive cities spread all across the moon's surface with the largest of which being the massive city of Artemia Utopia, smaller towns and villages are known to exist as well.

Many cities have grown larger and taller than any in the Sol System. Despite being so close to Earth, Luna is one of the most alien-looking worlds in the Sol System. The early lunar colonists went through so many genetic changes that their descendants have since forgotten which nationality their ancestors were.

Climate

The climate of the moon varies depending on each hemisphere, much alike the Earth, though generally it is warmer then that of its parent planet. Towards the northern hemisphere, a colder climate is experienced, allowing for icy tundras to exist across the northern continents, however warm ocean currents keep the more coastal regions of these aforementioned continents warmer. While the southern climate is much warmer, with tropical rain forests and massive plains dominating major expanses.

The weather of the moon is also modeled to be identical to that of Earth's, so like the planet, it has a varied weather filled with rain, thunderstorms, blizzards, droughts, and so on. Unlike the Earth however, the more destructive weather events, such as hurricanes are prevented before they are able to form.

The moon's primary climate however, resembles something like an exotic, cloudy and wet Florida. The plants and animals of the moon are as alien to terrestrial life as terrestrial life is to Lunarians.

Ocean waves move slower and thanks to the new tides, the waves on Luna are much higher than those on Earth.

The weather is cloudier and warmer than on Earth thanks to more greenhouse gasses.

Culture

Luna's culture is very theocratic, as many of its citizens subscribe to the religion known as the: "Faith of the Lunar Mother." This religion is solely based around the moon itself, with many of its chief tenants involving the lunar calendar, believing that each phase of the moon represents a different aspect of the lunar mother's relationship to that of her beloved wife, the Earth.

Along with the theocratic nature of the populace, another major aspect of the moon's culture is based around the continuing protection of humanity's cultural homeland, Earth, as it stands as the last line of defense before an invading force can enter within the planet's respective borders.

Lunarian culture is also based on a sort of: "free flowing" nature, meaning that many Lunarians believe that the universe is in a constant state of change, and rather then attempting to combat this change, it is better to go with the flow of the cosmic river and allow yourself to travel down the stream.

History

Formation and Ancient History

Luna would form from the aftermath of an impact between the planets of Earth and Theia, shattering the latter and causing a massive amount of debris to be placed in orbit around the Earth. This aforementioned debris would form into two distinct spherical bodies in orbit around the planet known as Luna and Selene, and these two newly made moons would orbit the Earth for several millions of standard years.

The two moons would have significant gravitational influence over each other as they orbited their shared parent planet, and with Luna being the larger of the two, it would hold much more sway over Selene. This would cause Selene's orbit to begin to slowly slow down, and at the apotheoses of this gravitational tug of war, it would be captured by its sister-world's gravity, ultimately crashing into the moon. As the moons crossed within each other's respective roche limits, they would begin to tear each other apart, and once the two bodies collided, a massive cloud of debris would form around the Earth. This debris would also remain in gravitational resonance, and eventually would begin to merge, forming a much larger singular moon also taking the name of Luna.

When it first formed, the moon would orbit in very close proximity of Earth, appearing as if it's on the brink of crashing into the planet, however over time it would begin to slowly drift away from the planet. Along with the close proximity, the moon was originally a hot hell world, with a surface covered almost completely of molten lava, but as it drifted away from the planet, it would have its surface temperature cool down, thanks to less tidal forces inflicted upon it. As this happened, the aforementioned lava would harden, forming massive blackend rock to dominant major expanses of the moon's geography.

Early Human Colonization

Humans would first reach the grey world when the Apollo 11 crew consisting of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, touchdown on the moon in 1,969 CE, proving that humanity could each a world beyond their homeland. Afterwards, several more missions to the lunar surface were conducted, however as human internal politics gradually drifted away from space exploration at the end of the First Space Race, the final mission for some time ended in 1,972 CE.

The moon would remain untouched by anyone, save for robotic operations, until' the eve of 2,024 CE, when the so called: "Artemis Mission" was launched in a join operation between the United States of America, and the Russian governments. Afterwards, many more missions were sent to the moon, and by 2,030 CE, the first permanent human habitat would be established on the moon, known as Fort Armstrong, in honor of the first man to walk the lunar surface.

The next settlement would be created by American and Japanese scientists in 2,042 CE near the lunar south pole, this fort was the beginning of the whole of humanity’s settlement of the Sol System. The next colony was a Chinese colony built near a rich deposit of Helium III. Luna would begin to have more and more humans to inhabit its surface as larger colonies were constructed by various nations of Earth, as well as using the moon as a launching point for missions beyond the Earth's gravity, and by the year 2,050 CE, the moon would have a population of around ten million.

Thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of the Moon, more missions were sent by many major human nations of Earth. Soon large domed cities were springing up in many different craters all across the lunar surface

Terraforming

In 2,742 CE a major movement passed throughout the lunar inhabitants, urging for the terraforming of the lunar body. Terraforming began ten years later. Initially, Terragen (the company hired to terraform the Moon) began by diverting many comet nuclei (or iceteroids) towards Luna from beyond Pluto’s orbit. When the comets were at the prime distance from the lunar surface, they were carefully detonated. Shards of the icy core fell all around the lunar equator. Within a few hours, the first semblance of the lunar atmosphere was formed.

Much like Mars, the Moon had no magnetic field, so in a move similar to what the company used to terraform Mars, a large inflatable structure was built and placed between the sun and the Moon. This structure generated a magnetic dipole of around 2 tesla. The structures were built in 2,811 CE.

More comets were thrown at the Moon which sped up the lunar day to a little over a standard day. The lunar axial tilt had also been changed by the bombardment to give the future earthlike world seasons. With the creation of a new atmosphere, Luna glowed more brightly as seen from Earth, initially confusing nocturnal terrestrial animals.

Genetically engineered organisms similar to those used during the terraforming of Mars were released to breathe out oxygen and to create soil for future plants. Bioengineers created entirely new plants and animals for the new biosphere, floating gas bags, animals that resembled manta rays that could float in the air, spindly trees with roots one could walk under and more. The most advanced species out there are the Lunarians.

By 3,967 CE, the Moon was a temperate Me-Class world and could easily be mistaken for an alien world as barely anything living on it resembled Earth life anymore. Because of the low lunar gravity, the atmosphere was initially constantly replenished by comet and asteroid skimming. However around the year 5122 construction of a massive planetary dome surrounding the entire Moon. This kept the lunar atmosphere in place and allowed for natural replenishing by the native plant life. The Moon remained under the dome until the creation of planetary shields strong enough to hold in an atmosphere in 7,812 CE. At this time, the shields were installed and the dome was brought down and recycled.

After the artificial restarting of the Martian magnetic field, the Lunarians attempted to have the same done to the Moon. In 12,035 CE, the lunar magnetic field was restarted and the Lunar Magnetic Field Satellite was decommissioned.

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