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Phasmatis

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Phasmatis
Location
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Grid G4, Beta Quadrant
Survey Data
Star System:

Rumana system

Sector:

Raeyan Sector

Quadrant:

Beta Quadrant

Class:

Class P

Satellites:

Numerous

Discovery Date:

2243

Discovered By:

ICoN Discovery Initiative

Political Information
Affiliation:

Neutral

Native Inhabitants:

None

Capital City:

Cormacki Colony

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Phasmatis is the second-innermost planet in the Rumana System, located near the Armagosa Pulsar. Although in close proximity to a major trade route, Phasmatis is located in a largely unsecure, unpatrolled sector of space. A glaciated world, Phasmatis exhibits some extreme natural conditions and phenomenon that make it a dangerous place to visit, and a perfect place to hide. There are no large permanent settlements on Phasmatis. The existence of strange mountainous ruins on the planet's surface have lead many to suspect that the planet was not always a violent, icy world. Surface conditions make investigating these ruins nearly impossible, and the erosive power of the wind is slowly causing them to disappear.

Weather/Geography

While technically qualifying as an M-Class world, few would consider Phasmatis suitable for life. The entire surface of the planet is covered my migrant ice-sheets and glaciers thousands of feet thick, slowly grinding away and the rock and ground below. Phasmatis is thought to once have supported abundant life and a rich, vibrant biosphere. It is theorized that the procession of the planet's tectonic plates literally enveloped the planet's oceans, cutting off the warm currents that delivered heat from the equator to the polar regions. This triggered a global freeze that only quickened as the forming ice deflected more of the sun's warming rays out to space. In several places, a handful of mountains dare to puncture the otherwise uninterrupted ice flows. While appearing as small or medium sized ranges, these are, in fact, the planet's highest peaks - extending thousands of feet above sea level. Large swaths of the planet's glassy surface are covered with a gray-white dirty snow, especially around these mountains. These shifting dunes are fed by the gradual wind erosion of the rock and ice forms over time, and their frequent repositioning makes mapping the surface difficult.

Atmospheric/Electromagnetic Phenomena

Due to a frequently shifting, relatively large amount of molten iron in the planet's core, Phasmatis' magnetic field is in a state of near constant flux. Magnetic polar reversal occurs bi-weekly, and at the midpoint, Phasmatis' field is at its weakest, allowing harmful cosmic radiation to penetrate down to the planet's surface. Even at its weakest, Phasmatis' magnetic field is quite potent. While short-term exposure during these times is tolerable, extended periods in an unshielded area when the Magnetic Field is weakened can lead to harmful degenerative conditions. In addition to these effects, the planet's close proximity to the Armagosa Pulsar results in intense electromagnetic interference between the planet's magnetic field and ionosphere, and the electromagnetic emissions of the rotating pulsar. This interference frequently results electric discharges within the atmpshere that at times appear to engulf the entire planet, and are visible from space. These conditions make transport hazardous at best, and frequently impossible. Additionally, complex tuning of shielding systems or careful timing are required pass through the atmosphere and touch down on the planet's surface.

Discovery and Settlements

Although the Federation had taken a brief interest in the Raeyan Sector, Phasmatis was discovered by an independent Interstellar Cobine Nationale (ICoN) scout ship as a part of the company's Discovery Initiative. Although initially deemed undesirable for potential colonization due to its violent conditions, the planet was again visited by ICoN's Asset Protection Division in a feasibility study for a cryogenic prison facility as a means of humanely and safely storing the world's most violent and dangerous individuals. Later constructed (at great cost in both resources and lives) and jointly operated by ICoNs AP and Biomedical Research Division, the Cormacki Penal Colony has been responsible for the development of several breakthrough cryogenic techniques. Operating outside of the Jurisdiction of the Federation or any of the galaxy's major powers, the ICoN has been the subject of several protests, citing the lack of oversight and alleged (though unsubstantiated) abuses in using prisoners for unauthorized research. Despite these concerns, ICoN's many positive contributions and the gray areas involved with the territory have hindered any official investigation. Although these small and infrequent protests have brought some attention to the facility, a relative few even know of its existence, and ICoN attempts to minimize its exposure, even within the company.

Due to the extreme conditions on the planet's surface, the Cormacki Colony was embedded several extensive eroded caverns amidst one of the large mountain ranges in the planet's southeastern quadrant. The subterranean facility is shielded from transport by the planets unusual atmosphere and the layers of inhibiting rock that have accumulated at the base of the range. Additionally, building underground limits damage and reduces costs of adjusting the facility that would be inevitable due to the drifts of snow and flowing ice on the surface. The entrance to the colony is located behind one of the ruined cities, with a huge swath of the remains bulldozed aside to make room for the various pieces of construction equipment. One of the Asset Protection Division's squadrons must conduct a weekly melting of the amassed ice and snow near the entrance with phaser fire from orbit, or risk the colony being buried.

On the border of a tectonic ridge, ICoN engineers have tapped a geothermal vein as a source of backup power and for heat, though the facility does have its own modern anti-matter reactor. Specifics on the facilities, included the stasis pods and medical labs, are tightly controlled by ICoN.