Though quite inhospitable, with its rocky terrain, brutal, year-round heat, and nutrient-poor soil that supported only a few limited species of native flora, intrepid colonists actually established settlements on Zosma. Forced to live in sealed habitats, shielded from the solar radiation, with limited protection against the odd planet-wide quakes that erupt when the parent star undergoes another brief contraction, the people of Zosma found it next to impossible to produce enough food. They have relied heavily on ice ships and off-world produce, trading the abundant metallurgical resources mined from the planet's interior in order to survive.
Because of their harsh existence, severe laws were eventually imposed to regulate resources and control population growth among the Zosmans, particularly after the fall of the Terran Alliance, and the local government quickly evolved into a military dictatorship. As part of the Free Worlds League's Border Protectorate, which stood on constant alert against Lyran attacks throughout the Succession Wars, the military government focused the planetary energies primarily on defense, and responded swiftly to internal dissent as a sign of potential treachery.
This reign of terror continued until Zosma was captured and absorbed into the Federated Commonwealth in the Fourth Succession War. Though efforts were made to loosen local restrictions and boost the ravaged planetary economy under Commonwealth rule, most of these efforts produced only minor improvements, and lasted only until House Marik reclaimed the world in 3057.
Visitors to Zosma can expect heavy security and restrictions, which remain in effect to control and sustain the planet's scarce basic resources and ensure planetary balance. The capital city of Duhr Prime, located on the shores of Scalding Sea, the larger of Zosma's two micro-oceans, is the only point of entry legal to off-worlders, though a second suborbital transit hub exists in Fort Amadeus, near the Shallow Sea in the southern hemisphere.
- System Name: Zosma
- Coordinates: -50.60, -10.43
- Star Type: A4V
- Position in System: 3
- Time to Jump Point: 36.00 days
- Recharging Station: None
- ComStar Facility Class: B
- Population: 404,000,000
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: Plants
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System Occupation Dates:
|2822-01-01||Free Worlds League|
|3057-12-15||Free Worlds League|
|3081-12-31||Republic of the Sphere|
Inhabited System(s) within 2 jumps:
|Planet:||X Coord:||Y Coord:||Jumps:|
|Van Diemen IV||-33.12||-41.99||2|
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