Detected by human reconnaissance probes, Remidia soon revealed itself to be an intriguing world teeming with life. Remidia is home to the Remidian civilization (named after the planet, both loose translations of their indigenous counterparts), a species of intelligent, non-carbon-based terrestrial creatures. While physically intimidating (vaguely reptilian in appearance), Remidia's folks appear to be gentle and cold-headed, although introverted by nature.
A well established Mid Type I civilization, most of their ships are equipped with a form of rudimentary Warp Drive, although rarely used. Indeed, Remidians show little interest in venturing beyond the boundary of their stellar system. As such, no long-term commercial or official diplomatic contacts have been established, with the exception of a few human scientific organizations in hopes of learning more on Remidia's endemic lifeforms as well as its ancient ruins, similar in nature to those discovered a few years earlier on Xeikon.
With a diameter of 18 668 km, Remidia (RS 1186-2287-7-2021192-82 A8, 9.7.3) is a large, Titan-like planet with an extremely low surface temperature (-183 C), which is constantly swept by strong winds and blizzards. Moonless, its oceans are not affected by tides, yet remain constantly agitated. The planet is part of a large triple-star system, located in the periphery of the Andromeda Galaxy. While home to 19 planets, Remidia is the only planet of this system known to harbor life. The system's age has been estimated at 7.44 billion years.
Life on Remidia
Despite the extremely harsh climate (from a human point of view), a plethora of lifeforms have developed, from the sapient Remidians to simpler, yet deadly micro-organisms. Thankfully, the latter are almost constantly frozen or washed away by the planet's large methane oceans. Complex life has also developed in those seas, dominated by the Claemmas (a translation of the name given by indigenous populations), large and extremely ferocious eel-like creatures. Naturally, the species' terrifying presence has captured the imagination of Remidians for ages, and the Claemma has cemented its position in Remidian culture and religion throughout time. Nonetheless, they now represent nothing more than a minimal threat to modern Remidian society.
Ancient ruinsLocated on Remidia's coldest continent are ruins similar in structure to those previously discovered on Xeikon, albeit more extensive. Artifacts found nearby (all bronze-colored, with characteristic markings) have attracted much interest from Human and Remidian scientists alike, who seem to concur on the nature of the ruins, presumably having been some sort of resource exploitation centers. Again, no control rooms have been found, and dating methods have estimated the age of those ruins and artifacts at around 70 million years, confirming a common origin with that of Xeikon's own artifacts. On the other hand, as no signs have been found indicating the presence of ruins of a different kind (such as cities), it is assumed that this unknown civilization did not develop on Remidia, but merely colonized it on a small scale, most likely solely for the purpose of exploitation (of which resource remains unknown).
Regardless, it is now thought that Remidia's ruins have played a certain role in the evolution and development of the Remidian civilization, if only indirectly, as the origins of the Remidian species have been traced back to 3 million years at most, long after those ancient visitors had left.
The Remidian civilization
While it's methane oceans and impressive cloud formations are an obvious source of interest to foreigners, Remidia's most interesting facet is undoubtedly the civilization which has to come to evolve on its surface. From humble beginnings, nature has found various means to equip the planet's indigenous lifeforms with ingenious features to survive in what is universally considered to be a climate so harsh the signals picked up by human exploration probes were originally mistaken for magnetic interference.
Evolving from earlier, less complex lifeforms, the Remidians began their existence as preys to a variety of formidable apex predators feared even by the dreadful Claemmas. As climatic conditions significantly worsened around 5 million years ago, most of those ancient monsters vanished, in the process allowing for smaller creatures to develop and evolve. One such creature (commonly referred to as the Proto-Remidian) learned to survive in this inhospitable environment by developing primitive tools, followed much later by shelters. Proto-Remidians would live mainly by hunting smaller species, while carefully avoiding shorelines. Continuously evolving, Remidians have reached what is considered their morphological and behavioral modernity around 500 000 years ago.
Gradually forming small communities, ancient Remidians were not nearly as peaceful as their modern counterparts. Indeed, archeological evidence shows that a number of turbulent societal periods may have resulted in worldwide conflicts. One such conflict, ingrained in collective memory through myths and legends as 'the old war', is now known to have occured around 280 000 years ago through the higher proportion of organic materials per square kilometer found in those layers. At any rate, such violence is now reviled by all, and personal conflicts are always solved through diplomacy or at worst, negotiations.
Remidian government structure
While each individual life is valued equally to that of its peers, the Remidians function under a highly stratified society, dominated by a single governmental entity. Although various bodies have the opportunity to make autonomous decisions, the supreme ruling body, referred to as 'The Triumvirate', has the last word in everything. Despite the enormous power effectively held by those 3 leaders, this central organ has always been renowned for its moderate and benevolent guidance. Renewed every century, the triumvirate obtains its mandate from the 'Council of Civilization', picked amongst its 300 members (themselves picked by lower councils). Nevertheless, it is not uncommon for a single figure to gain prominence, while the 2 others are relegated to supporting leadership roles. The current 'First Triumvirate' (an unofficial term coined by Remidian medias) is Thula'ania, a popular and beloved figure who has led Remidia's people wisely for 81 years.
Yet, it would be wrong to conclude that the people's voice is never heard. Closely followed by the citizenry, governmental decision processes are completely transparent, and appeals are possible from everyone regardless of their official position in Remidian society, with sensible arguments being the only requirement to launch the process. As such, with no state secrets of any sort, every individual becomes an active participant through a fair and safe system where conflicting opinions are not silenced, and corruption virtually non-existent.
Being the Remidian species' homeworld (with a population of 3 billion individuals), several large cities dot the planet's landscape, although largely uncolonized areas remained. Their capital city, Eonia, is a large metropolis where traditional Remidian architecture meets newer and more streamlined forms. Founded around 150 000 years ago by 'the enlightened ones' (some sort of ancient tribe, if local folk tales are to be believed), the city contains a trove of historical and archeological information, precious in tracing the history of this rich civilization. While outsiders are welcomed to visit and indulge in some sightseeing, no long term settling is permitted inside the city's perimeter.
Naturally, Eonia's kind and selfless citizens have opted for what everyone consider a more than satisfying solution, choosing to build a comfortable and highly equipped complex exclusively for Human scientists in the periphery. A single condition was enounced; that the center be used solely for scientific endeavors. While monitored for security reasons, the reigning atmosphere is one of friendliness and mutual understanding. While located near the shores of Remidia's methane ocean, measures have been taken to keep the Claemmas at bay.
Remidia's modern society is by all accounts relatively advanced, with constant innovations made in widely different fields ranging from medicine to aerospace engineering. While contemporary Remidian Warp Drives appear rather primitive, advances in the domain are made at an impressive pace. Indeed, warp capacities have more than doubled in the last decade, leading many to speculate on a possible ascension of the civilization to a Late Type I state in the next 200 years. While usually considered recluse, Remidian probes have nonetheless been sent to explore and analyze neighbouring systems, which might announce a global shift in collective opinions regarding space exploration, as hoped by many.
However, Remidian technological advances are most obvious when a closer look is taken on prevalent lifestyles and typical Remidian residences. Clean and spacious, houses in cities such as Eonia offer such easy access to basic necessities, that even the poorest can hope to live comfortably. As one could expect under such circumstances, it is not uncommon to see elderly Remidians celebrate their 200th birthday healthy and fulfilled. This brilliant urban design is also evident when visiting city centers, offering a rich variety of constructive activities under a spectacular, yet no-less inviting architecture where shades of blue and silver blend in perfect harmony.
Remidia's cultural and religious beliefs covers a great spectrum of ideas gathered over thousands of years, from a more recent scientific approach to earlier philosophical and spiritual beliefs. While contemporary Remidian society has for the most part turned their backs on ancestral religious rites and beliefs, most remain consciously faithful in the existence of gods, now conjectured to have been members of an omnipotent and unimaginably powerful civilization, whose pure expression of might was translated into the fabric of spacetime through universal creation. Regardless, ancient Remidian temples still stand, as most are maintained with great care in respect of the past. One such example is the temple of Nani'ya, located in the capital city of Eonia, and home to the ancestral cult of the Claemma.
Naturally, Remidia's ancient ruins have also won their place in Remidian culture, in no small part thanks to natural curiosity over their mysterious and (seemingly) eternal nature. Once considered the creation of deities, its true nature has now been understood, although much remains to be learned on their origins. A cult dedicated to these gods once represented their world's foremost religion, with captivating tales revolving around the deeds and adventures of a pantheon of deities commonly referred to as 'those from above who descended here'.