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Venus, also known as Sol II, Morning Star and the Evening Star, is a former violent hot Ae-Class world terraformed into a temperate Me-Class tropical paradise.

Overview

Venus is the hot spot vacation destination for many humans, for it has held culturally significance in human history throughout the entire spaces' history. Due to its proximity to the planet, along with its atmosphere reflecting most of the light that hit it back to Earth, its glow has enraptured the hearts of all who lived to see it, with it being the second brightest object in Earth's nighttime sky, after its respective moon, Luna. It is named after the Roman goddess of love, Venus, and its function in human society have reflected its namesake.

Venus has become a virtual tropical paradise. The mainland, the continent of Aphrodite Terra, is where the majority of Venusians live - even this has not changed over all these years.

For much of human history, it was believed that their romantic lives were dictated by the phases of Venus, and during the modern age, Venus has become a favorite wedding and honeymoon destination for many. Thanks to this, it stands as the fourth most populace world in the Sol System.

Originally Venus was one of, if not the most inhospitable place in the Sol System for humans as it was once the hottest world in the whole of the star system, along with extreme pressures being inflicted on the surface. However humans would soon find that the upper atmosphere of the planet is almost identical to the conditions of their home planet, and they would construct many floating colonies across its skies. And once terraforming technologies were perfected, they would turn Venus into the fourth respective Eden in the Sol System.

Venus, very oddly, lacked any form of moon during most of its known history, both major or dwarf moon, though it may have had one in the distant past. However, one of the first Ringworlds constructed by humanity, Proelio, would be placed in orbit around the planet, filling the moonless void left in the planet's wake. Afterwards, to assist in the terraforming of the former planet Mercury, the aforementioned world would be placed into orbit around Venus, becoming the first and only natural satellite of the world.

By this time the technology to move other worlds had become so advanced that it was now possible to move Mercury into Venus' orbit. This allowed its day/night cycle to stabilize. Moving Venus into Earth's orbit was considered and quickly abandoned, due to its sheer mass, and the large distance that they would need to move it. With Mercury out of the way, Venus became the first planet in the Sol System - a title it held until the arrival of Vulcan.

Geography

Before being terraformed, Venus' geography was an endless expanse of giant black colored volcanic rock, boiling in the crushing heat and surface pressure. Many massive shield volcanoes were spread far and wide as well, however most of them were inactive, only erupting very rarely. And thanks to the boiling heat of the planet's atmosphere, most asteroids headed for the surface were incinerated in mere moments, leaving the surface neigh craterless.

Now, the geography of Venus is molded after the most tropical locations on Earth, and as such, is filled with massive tropical rain forests, warm beaches with soft white sand, and endless grassy meadows of fertile land. The world has been modeled for human comfort in mind, so areas like deserts and tundras barely exist on the planet, making it a perfect world for most humans to thrive on.

Thanks to the beauty of the landmasses on the planet, most urbanization by the populace has been relegated to the oceans and skies of the planet, in order to protect the pristine land created, leaving sparsely placed idyllic villages and getaways on the picture perfect green soil. Thanks to the lack of human intervention, most of the planet's landmass has become tropical rainforests, as they can grow unabated.

As the planet is one of the few worlds in the Sol System to house natural tectonic plates, it is the only world beyond Earth to house natural continents. These include: Ishtar Terra, Aphrodite Terra, Beta Regio, and Alpha Regio respectively. After the planet was terraformed, a distinct fifth continent would be created, named Lada Terra after the region of the planet it was created on.

Climate

As previously stated, Venus was once the hottest world in the Sol System, with an original average temperature of around four hundred and sixty-two degrees Celsius, making it much too hot for any Earth life to withstand. Along with the temperature itself, the overall climate of Venus was very hostile, with crushing surface pressures, sulfur dioxide clouds, and acid rain, making it seem like hell itself.

Once terraformed however, the climate of Venus would become pristine and calm, with low cool winds, warm rain, and an average surface temperature of around twenty-five degrees Celsius.

Venus, being closer to the Sun, is a largely warm tropical world. Due to the slightly lower gravity, transplanted tropical trees grow a bit taller than they would on Earth; animals are also a bit more agile and taller. Venus also has more of a cloud cover than Earth does, most of which are large rainstorms. This keeps the planet cooler and the plants more active in reducing CO2 levels.

Venus does have a few deserts which is where many Arabic colonists set up their own caravans.

Thanks to careful planning, cities on Venus do not give off much light pollution at all, leaving the night side of the planet mostly dark. Venus is the fourth most populated world in the Sol System.  

Culture

Venus' overall culture of her populace is almost solely based around the preservation of the natural landscape created during the planet's terraforming process, as it serves as the main economic boon to the planet, since its scenic views are considered to be a a sort of galactic: "tourist trap," with many flocking to the world to have the perfect honeymoon, away from the hustle and bustle of their respective home world.

Along with the preservation of the planet itself, a major force of the planet's culture is shared with that of the former Roman Empire, with many celebrations and practices being taken straight from the aforementioned ancient human civilization. Many who live there subscribe to the Roman pantheon of gods, with them often holding Venus in the highest standing for obvious reasons. As well they will attempt to hold true to certain tenants of the faith, such as the: "Rules of Hospitality," first pioneered by the ancient Greeks before them.

Population

Venus has a population that dwarfs most colony worlds, with a population of around three trillion individuals, mostly made up of humans, with small pockets of other species here and there. This aforementioned populace is mostly clustered in the many massive floating cities across the planet's blue seas and skies.

The population is also usually made up of people of higher economic standing then most, as the planet's real estate costs are much more then other worlds in the Sol System, though this isn't always the case.

The mainland of Venus, the equatorial continent of Aphrodite Terra, is where the majority of the descendants of the first human colonists live. Many of the first colonists to begin to settle the planet came from many of Earth's equatorial regions, like Africa, Central and South America, and Oceania. Of course, many others came to live there as well, but most came from those areas. Over the many thousands of years, the Venusian’s skin has darkened to accommodate the increase in sunlight. No other major changes have occurred - Venusians are considered in the same subspecies as Earthlings (or Terrans). 

Life

During humanity's early space age, many theorized that the upper atmosphere of planet Venus may have harbored microbiological lifeforms that floated across the sulfur dioxide clouds. However once human were wide spread across the planet, it was discovered that no known native life has ever existed on Venus.

During the planet's terraforming process, many tropical flora and fauna would be exported from planet Earth, as it was terraformed with tropical life in mind, and has subsequently flourished.

History

Formation and Ancient History

Venus would form alongside her sister-worlds in 4,576,000,000 BCE, when the planetary accretion disk created during the formation of their parent star, Sol, coalesced massive amounts of dust, bound together by gravity. Initially, Venus did rotate on its axes in an anti-clockwise direction, but thanks to its proximity to the sun, it eventually slowed and began turning clockwise in retrograde rotation. The planet initially had an atmosphere consisting of almost all carbon dioxide with traces of nitrogen and sulfur dioxide along with other trace gasses. As it formed, it was a hot hell world, cracked with volcanic activity criss-crossing across the entire young surface. However it would begin to slowly cool down from its formation, with it having vast oceans and a thick atmosphere by 3,500,000,000 BCE.

It would enjoy a temperate climate for many years, until' it would somehow have its orbit around Sol be perturbed ever so slightly, most likely caused by gravitational interactions with its sister-world of Earth. As it happened, it would be sent closer into the stars orbital plane, increasing the planet's temperature significantly. This would cause the planets oceans to evaporate, leading to a runaway greenhouse effect, blanketing the planet's atmosphere with thick clouds, trapping all heat inside of the planet, causing the former temperate world to boil into itself, becoming a hot D-Class world in 1,000,000,000 BCE.

Human Colonization

Due to Venus' proximity to humanity's home planet of Earth, it has been known to the species throughout their entire existence, becoming an object of great folklore throughout the millennia. Thanks to this, during their respective early space age, Venus would become the first planet outside of Earth to be visited by the species. However due to the extremity of its environment and climate, they were unable to observe at a ground level for more then a few minutes at a time, requiring the use of orbital radar mapping.

As the technology of humanity advanced, they were able to create rovers that could withstand the extreme pressures and heat. Along with this, in the year, 2,125 CE massive floating colonies would be constructed across the planet's upper atmosphere, where it is very hospitable to human-life, the first of which would be the city of: "Eros," named after the Greek Primordial deity of love, a naming theme that would carry over across many colonies established on the planet.

Throughout several more decades more and more colonies would be established in the skies of Venus, though the ground of the planet would be locked away from them for many years, only allowing for robotic missions to the surface. As technology advanced however, better pressurized suits would be developed, leading to the first manned mission to the planetary surface in 2,140 CE.

Terraforming

After the terraforming of other worlds throughout the Sol System, such as Luna and Mars, plans to terraform Venus would be proposed by many, but the practicality of this was harshly criticized, as the planet was a hell world, it didn't seem feasible to be able to turn it into an Earth-like terra world. However, with advancements in terraforming technologies, Venus would begin to be terraformed in 3,365 CE with orbital bombardment. Asteroids were redirected into Venusian orbit and eventually slammed in at an angle to speed up the planet's rotation. As it was too much work to reverse the planet's retrograde rotation - and doing so gave so little reward - they left it, meaning that when seen from the surface, Sol rises from west to east. Most of the asteroids used were massive bodies of ice which helped introduce water vapor into Venus’ atmosphere. At the same time, massive reflective plates were deployed in orbit to reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the planet, effectively cooling the planet’s atmosphere.

At the time, an effort was made to reduce the CO² in the atmosphere by releasing microorganisms that began to slowly scrub the CO² from the air. Slowly the planet began to cool and speed up. And thanks to advancements made in the field of cloning, countless microbiological lifeforms specifically designed to survive in the planet's upper atmosphere and to subsist on a diet of sunlight through photosynthesis were created in order to create an oxygen rich atmosphere, and they were sent into the atmosphere in 3,450 CE. Over time, oxygen would be introduced to the atmosphere both through the aforementioned method, as well as climate stabilizer that were used in the terraforming of other worlds, and by 3,500 CE, a thick blue atmosphere would be created, nearly identical to that of Earth.

Along with the atmosphere, these climate stabilizers would cool down the surface temperature, allowing for a survivable temperate climate to be created. Once the surface was sufficiently cooled, massive oceans, lakes, rivers and seas would be created across the surface, making the distinct continents of the planet stand out, as well as the fifth artificial continent, Lada Terra. Afterwards, tropical flora and fauna would be exported from planet Earth, filling the dead continents with countless lifeforms, turning each into an isolated oasis, terraforming the planet completely in 4,500 CE.

Several decades after the planet's terraforming, during the the Sol System's: "Ringworld Initiative." a massive ring world in orbit around Venus would begin construction in 4,589 CE, named: "Proelio." It was to be modeled directly after the newly terraformed Venus, and would finish construction by 4,630 CE, becoming, at the time, the only: "moon" in orbit around the planet.

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