Gazetteer : Sansterre
is the Clusters only water world. Most inhabitants live in undersea domed cities, although many still cling to the nomadic seafaring life of their ancestors. Most of the worlds nations are rich democracies. Interstellar affairs and the space navy are controlled by the World Federation, a loose union of most of Sansterres independent countries.
Sansterres people are some of the most educated, open-minded and liberal in the Clusters. They are renowned for their civilization and sophistication. It can therefore be a shock for the traveller to discover that chattel slavery is still legal in some of Sansterres most backward jurisdictions.
|Atmosphere||Tainted (low oxygen)|
|Day Length||25 hours|
|Year Length||408 days (gas giant moon)|
|Flora||Weed and corals are abundant in Sansterres ocean. The few islands are used mainly for cities and parks, where Earth or Amondiagian plants are grown. Sansterres only native land flora were algae, most of which are now extinct.|
|Fauna||Extensive sea life. Sansterrian life is exclusively cold-blooded, as the seas are so warm. A few rare worm-like creatures inhabit the worlds sparse island chains, but they are far from able to compete with Earth and Amondiagian species that were introduced by the colonists. There are no native flying creatures.|
|Religion||Humanist & Christian (Roman Catholic)|
A loose federation of Sansterres most important nations, all of which are democracies. The Federal President is selected by a qualified-majority vote by member states. He has responsibility for interstellar relations and control of the Federal military. The Federal Congress is directly elected, but wields only limited powers of oversight.
|Tourist Sights||St. Marie starport - artificial island, Clusters biggest stadium.|
Les Montagnes - Sansterres tallest buildings, 800m above sea level.
Vulcan city, Mondiale - huge undersea dome, classic architecture, museums, cafés, watersports.
|Exports||Protective clothing, sensor systems, clothing, specialist foods|
|Imports||Food, vehicles, polymers.|
|Industries||Sub-surface mineral extraction, fishing, fashion & architectural design, data processing|