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Ribblehead: the planetary surface is designated as a Primitive/ Medieval reserve habitat, but the City ring surrounding the planet holds a medium/hi tech society

Ribblehead - Data Panel

Primary:Pen-y-ghent (YTS 56999 45812)
Stellar Type:F1 - comfort zone 1.4 AU
Companion:YTS 56999 45812B (class M1v red dwarf mean 450AU distant)
Region:Mutual Progress Association middle sector- 790 ly from Sol- Constellation Scorpius
Planets:Ribblehead is the third planet in the Pen-y-ghent system
AI:AI overseer: Cityring Expediter (based on Ribblehead orbital city ring- local AI power)
AI's ethos:: Progressive - Experimental sociologism
Polity:Name: Ribblehead League of Nations
Symbol: Patchwork globe in patchwork field
Affiliation: Mutual Progress Association
Founded: 3499 Terraformed 4800
Psyche, Art, Culture:Metapsychology: Ribblehead is currently a lowtech Societeum. 500 different nations have been established in this large world's landmass of 540 million km2.
Each nation was originally founded as a single clade culture, with access to electronics or mass production technology forbidden by the Cityring Expediter - one Net terminal per original nation

Religion/Ideology: Each Nation originally had one state sponsored religion or ideology, which has been subject to subsequent historical events — this being the primary purpose of the planetary experiment.

Since the experiment started, the nations have fought, merged with, suppressed and exterminated each other, until now the largest but least fertile continent (23) and the free city-state Jefferson (Enk- Mrprk) have become a haven for the dispossessed, cultural refugees who have begun to forge various polysyncretic cultures. At each Tenyears end the Cityring allows the brightest products of the new cultures to copy or migrate into the Progress milieu. Continent (23) has since 7897 AT become accessible for monitored tourism.

Culture and Art: Permitted for export: much handmade pottery, jewellery, religious articles, furniture,weaponry. Also fine music, choral works, hymns, martial music, literature, poetry, and samisdyat.

Languages: Anglish, Galanglic, Penglaiese, demotic Coronese, Esperanto, Ameslan, Creole, Amerind language family, !Xhosa, classical Greek, others
Territory and Population:Population: Ribblehead 15 billion
Ribblehead city ring 30 billion including virtuals
Population breakdown:

baseline 7 billion
splice 1 billion
rianth 1 billion
provolve 3 billion
tweak 2 billion
neogen 2 billion
nearbaseline 2 billion
Immigration:Zero immigration to Ribblehead
100 million emigrating to all vectors per tenyear
50 million immigration to Cityring per annum mostly virtuals
200 million immigration to all vectors mainly to Sagittarius expansion direction
Government and Administration:Government Type: Mutual Progress Association- individual worlds have sovereignty except Ribblehead (social experimental status) and Cityring (AI Direct rule)

National Holidays: Founding Day, Terraforming Day, Bluesky Copyday, many others.

Constitution: Ribblehead League of nations has limited executive power; all nations otherwise have nominal sovereignty subject to technological embargo enforced by the Cityring Expediter.

Legal System: Local legal systems apply, subject to oversight by the Cityring Expediter
Economics, Local Infrastructure:Currency: Local currencies, most powerful Swiss Franc

Major Industries: Agriculture, Limeslaking, Ironsmithing, Forestry, Biomass fuel production, wine production, Weapons production,
Angelnetting: Cityring and sociological monitoring of surface (total)

Major Orbitals: The Cityring is a dynamically supported continuous habitat with several cybercosm nodes.

Appendix A

TerraformingRibblehead: A 16000 km diameter neogaian terraformed world in MPA space orbiting the star Pen-y-ghent (YTS 56999 45812), with a mean density of 4300 kg/m3 and a surface gravity of 0.98 earth standard. Originally with a carbon dioxide and methane rich runaway greenhouse atmosphere, this large planet was desired by several clades of extremophile adapts, but after some strife was terraformed by the Bluesky company (MPA) following their success with the Jakerekk worldhouse. Carbon from the atmosphere and surface weathering was removed via orbital scoops to orbit where a geostational cityring was built, incorporating several diamondoid computronium cybercosm nodes.

The surface of Ribblehead has 30 percent water cover, the land forming 23 continental landmasses totalling 540 million square kilometres. Most continents are joined to several others due to the relatively small oceans. Tectonic activity is low. Elevated dolomite and limestone mountains often have large cave systems and underground water courses. Most water bodies are weak carbonic acid solutions, but neutralisation processing continues to allow a more varied aquatic ecosystem to develop.

Ribblehead is currently maintained as a low-tech Societeum by the MPA authorities. High tech equipment is banned on the planetary surface, and all transportation is by animal drawn vehicles or bicycle, with each of the five hundred nations essentially isolated from each other. The phenotypes of the inhabitants were originally different in each continent, coming from tweak, splice, baseline and rianth populations all over the civilised Orion and Sagittarius arms. Communication with the Cityring and the Known Net is allowed only at one terminal per nation state. Consequently a rich and interesting political history has developed over the last two thousand years.

Extract from Biography of Benedita Bluesky

...A severe conflict arose in 3499 over a large chondritic world known as Ribblehead, rich in carbon and aluminium but depleted in iron. The venusian tweaks, Clade Leda and the titanian adapts, the Methanoids both claimed the planet, but the Bluesky processors leapt in (DalethBenedita was elsewhere) and seeded it with nanobacilli and poikilotrophs (accidentally infecting and killing some tweak survey teams), extracting carbon compounds out of the atmosphere with scoopships to be used for infrastructure and industry in orbit. The world was terraformed by 4800. Ribblehead has the largest land area of any neogaian world in MPA space, with carbonic acid seas and rocks rich in calcite, blodite, diamond, graphite and dolomite as well as siderite, but an earthlike gravity due to the planet's low density.

Ribblehead Races and nations

Major Ribblehead nations by race and religionThe Wolfpack- (humandog splices) militant masculinism
The Friends of Man (Dog provolves) Universal Splice and Provolve Church
(These two nations are often bitter cultural enemies.)

Lapiths (neogen centaurs) Grek
Ashanti (baseline) animist
German Swiss (baseline) Negentropism
Hyhyoinimn (horse provolves), Universal Splice and Provolve Church
Kender (neogen) Abundance Theory
Yangko (ex penglai baseline approximates) Taoism
New Hoa Chen (ex Penglai baseline approximates) entry level Keterist, Taoist
New Chin (baseline approximates) Confucianist
Amish (baseline) Dissenting Christianity
Zarathrustan (baseline) pragmatist
Cervine Rianth (deer humans) Buddhist
Coronese Greenists (Baseline) neopaganism
Troglodyte (moderate tweak) neonordic revivalist (many nations distributed in extensive cave systems)
Cyclopes (moderate tweak giant) entry-level Keterist
Xhosha (baseline) Universalism
Shoshone (baseline) animism
Haitian (baseline) neovudun
Ursus Terriblis (Polar bear/Grizzly splice provolves) Abundance Theory
Cimmerrian (baseline) role-immersion paganism
Manganese (neogen) neomanicheaian
Sindar (neogen/su/ mild tweak) Tolkeinism
Minoan (baseline revivalist) Grek
Languedoc (baseline revivalist) Medievalists
Raxx (rodent provolves) Abundance Theory
Gharial (crocodilian provolves) Church of St Marx
Sioux Nations (Baseline) Undyoism, animism
Pan's People (Goat Provolves) omegism

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Ribblehead without clouds: The numerous continents and subcontinents of this large world are separated by enclosed seas and small oceans

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Text by Steve Bowers

Initially published on 22 July 2002.

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