T0 – Technology
Colonization and Slipstream Travel started on Earth. Everyone agrees on that— Earth universities can’t stop touting it.
But that was a long, long time ago. The Sol System is nearly 500 years past the Brain Drain events of early colonization in the 2200s AD, and its best and brightest minds almost always seek out brighter stars in other systems these days— the opportunities, both economic and educational, are simply better almost anywhere else.
In spite of all that, things are more or less stable throughout the Sol system and its inhabited planets. While slipstream-capable ships are exclusively an import these days, they remain available, and inter-system travel is cheap and affordable to Earth or any of the other First Worlds.
T2 – Environment
Earth is the original garden planet, and the only one of Earth’s nine planets that was originally inhabitable. In the years since, both Venus and Mars have undergone extensive terraforming to make them viable for human life – if a bit harsh, temperature-wise. Other colonies and outposts in the system are technologically driven, low-g environments with recycled air and water.
T0 – Resources
The Earth itself hasn’t been sustainable for many years— fossile fuels are a thing of the past, and much of the planet is heavily polluted.
However, spacer colonies in the system exist almost exclusively to keep the Mother Planet functional, and this project has succeeded admirably. The goal of the European Coalition – long the chair member on the Sol Council that nominally governs the system – has finally been met: The Sol System is independently capable of sustaining itself. This has driven a shift over the past 40-50 years towards a more insular foreign policy. Travelers are welcome – just keep your nose out of Earth’s business, and don’t stay for too long.
Sol System Aspects:
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