Type: Standard-Sized Garden
Population: 325.2 million
Hydrosphere: 87%
Average Temperature: 114.2 degrees Fahrenheit (322 K)
Atmospheric Pressure: .83 (standard)
Surface Gravity: .69 g
Diameter: 6,106 miles approx. (77% of Earth)
Moons: 2 (Ursas & Ursano)
Starport Facilities: Class V
Capital: Arova

Hot and humid, the mainly oceanic world of Oraia is one of the oldest settlements in the Erdnomi Sector and has attracted large swaths of colonists despite its sometimes oppressive temperatures. Most major population centers on the planet can be found toward the northern and southern poles of the planet, where the temperatures are still tropical but less wilting.

Early colonization efforts on the planet turned up very little useful metals on the small, unconnected continents and island clusters that make up what little land there is on Oraia. However, large concentrations of metals were discovered at the bottom of the oceans. The earliest settlements were therefore often large ships that sent submarine and robotic workers to mine these ores. As the population increased, the Galactic Parliament decided to make the land areas of Oraia completely off-limits to all development. Only scientists who have gained the proper approvals may go on land, and only for very clear scientific purposes.

With land development stymied, development had to occur on the water. The first of the major cities was Arova. Mining interests developed an elevator system that extended all the way to the ocean floor that could allow for easier transport of mined products and equipment from the surface to the bottom of the ocean. Using the elevator as an “anchor”, the city then developed around the elevator. As the cities expanded, more elevators and thick pillars extending from the surface fixed them to single locations.

Having been colonized for over 250 years, Oraia is one of the oldest settled planets in the Erdnomi Sector. Because of this early development, the Galactic Navy maintains a strong presence both on planet and in orbit, and the Galactic Army has a large base here as well. The Army’s base is well known for its training programs in urban, sea and underwater combat scenarios. The age of the settlement has also made Oraia a major trade hub. Finally, the tropical temperatures and exotic ocean life in the more habitable climates have made Oraia a tourist destination; even in the hotter areas, beings more suited toward hotter temperatures find Oraia a pleasant destination.


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