From Bravo Fleet Infobase
Class M (Marginal, shifting to Class K)
Two (Spectre and Monitor)
56.7 Million (estimated)
- 1 At a Glance
- 2 Astrometric Data
- 3 Environment
- 4 Settlements
- 5 Population
At a Glance
Nimbus III is the third planet of the Nimbus System. It orbits a K-type Main Sequence Star (orange) with an average luminosity and temperature for its spectral class. There are a total of five planets in the Nimbus System, along with a sparse asteroid belt between planets II and III. It has a tenuous Kuiper Region. All of the Nimbus system planets are classified as terrestrial, or rocky. None of the planets in the Nimbus system are capable of supporting life on their own.
Nimbus I an II are Chthonian-type Class D (Mercury) with their regoliths blasted down to their heavy core elements. They are tidally locked and lack moons. Mining operations and antimatter production exist on the twilight terminus of both worlds and are associated with independent mining corporations.
Nimbus III is classified as marginal Class M. With terraforming efforts suspended, the planet is drifting back to its original Class K status. Nimbus III has two natural satellites, both quite small and classified as Class D. They are captured asteroids that attained spherical or spheroidal mass.
Nimbus IV and V are Class D with only tenuous carbion dioxide atmospheres. Both are roughly 60-70% the size of Mars. Neither possess moons. They are cold enough to freeze carbon dioxide and ice water. They are mined by independent companies for their water content.
Nimbus III is classified as a tepid stony or sandy desert. Most of the planet is made up of hard-packed clays with very little nutritional biomatter, or loose sands and "fesh-fesh" (silicate powder). Nimbus III's terrain is dominated by sand and dirt dunes broken up by crags of dark volcanic rock. The poles have limited caps of ice water, most of it underground. Liquid water is seasonal and appears in rare aquifers in rocky outcroppings. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for immediate consumption as it is laced with perchlorates.
Because the planet's atmosphere is too thin to effectively retain heat, there is a 10-15 degree temperature variation within only two meters from the planet's surface: the result is that a person's feet may be warm but their heads are cold. The atmosphere of Nimbus III is roughly equivalent to standing at 12,000 feet / 3,650 meters above sea level. Because of the thinness of the air, people on the planet often chew an imported root similar to coca leaves (which stains their teeth grayish-red), or else they wear an atmospheric condenser mask. Such masks are preferable as perchlorates exist in the fesh-fesh and sand and slowly degrade lung capacity. The dust also easily irritates the eyes.
Nimbus III was slated for terraformation by the three major powers of the region in the 2260s. The plan for the so-called "Planet of Galactic Peace" was abandoned by the time of the Tomed Incident, and the fallout of Praxis' explosion. Since that time, age and neglect have claimed the majority of the few terraforming plants. No timetable to return to terraformation has ever been suggested and the project has been abandoned.
Nimbus III is slowly reverting back to its natural state as a somewhat warm Class K world. Though the total loss of the oxygen in the atmosphere will likely take centuries, Nimbus III has already lost much of the ozone layer terraformers put into place. That loss will accelerate ionizing radiation's effects on the atmosphere. Already, altitudes above 1,000m are considered uninhabitable without a pressure body sleeve and atmospheric condenser mask.
With the degrading climate of Nimbus III, most settlements have taken to pressurizing, condensing and filtering outside air to be breathable- with various results around quality. Even large buildings tend to have an antechamber where one door to the outside is closed and then another is opened to minimize the loss of air and air quality. Unfortunately, many buildings, especially older ones, have poor ventilation systems.
Though Nimbus III has no government to speak of, Paradise City would come as close as any to being the capital of the planet. It is the largest settlement on the planet and also the densest in population. It sits in a valley at around sea level and is based one and a half degrees south latitude of the equator.
Ladder to Paradise
The Good Time Zone
Mockingly named after Memory Alpha, the Federation's suppository of knowledge on Bynaus, the Memory Alfa of Nimbus III is a heavily-armed haven of the Yridian Soal Qonsur of the sector. Here, a small cell of Soal Qonsur mostly manufacture false data or alter existing footage, and then sell it as genuine. Their site on the outskirts of Junker Bay, is a half-buried atmospheric pressure monitoring station. The place is strewn with discarded bio-neural gelpacks, isolinear rods and every other known method of conveying and storing information- almost all of it stolen. The cell here also manufactures limited numbers of isolinear interphases, a tool used in datajacking.
At Nimbus III's inception in 2269, the triad of powers attempted to attract quality settlers but what came were difficult to see beyond the antisocial, the ex-criminal and the desperate; they attracted the worst sort. The first wave was made up of a displaced and discontent Federation colony. Acamarian Gatherers soon joined them. The less-social and angry Suliban came but many also went.
Nimbus III became a haven for the alien trash of the galaxy, made up of society's malcontents. They began to import weapons when they couldn't get along with one another. The leadership of Nimbus III forbade them and the "new natives" soon began to fashion their own.
The latest influx to Nimbus were Romulan refugees after the supernova of Romulus, as well as a handful of Remans who have taken over parts of Troggertown.
Nimbus III has a serious gang problem and these gangs are armed. They manufacture weapons, or import them from contacts. Most of these gangs are cadet branches of other established gangs. Together these people band together and hoard supplies to survive, and make a little latinum where they can.
The oldest Acamarian Gatherer gang on the planet dates back to the foundation of the terraforming effort. They never really left, even with Maruk's calls for unity in the 2360s. The Echanga are one of the more militant and insular of the gangs- they accept only Acamarians, and specific Gatherer clans only. They have smuggling ties to the Gatherers that have re-coalesced in the Azure Nebula. The Echanga manufacture drugs based on the roka root used to combat altitude sickness. Their enemies are the Kioloi's Men.
Kioloi's Men are a group of Acamarian Gatherers at the core leadership, but they accept all races as "Near Clan Brothers."