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During the early Information Age, measurements of the density of Amalthea first showed it to be far less dense than previously thought. It appeared to consist of several huge boulders barely touching each other covered in loose ice- much easier to mine, but not suitable for excavating the interior to make living chambers.

During the Interplanetary Age, the Jovian League used this moon as an easy source of water, the individual boulders later being mined for silicon, aluminium, oxygen, and titanium for construction purposes in situ, but were found to be relatively iron poor.

Due to its position in the Jovian magnetic field the moon was a net producer of electromagnetic energy, and became one of the richest self contained habitats in Jovian Space.

The symbol of the Amalthean Bernal Sphere was a goat, derived from the role of the mythical Amalthea as a milkmaid. At this time most citizens of the Jovian League were genetically modified Genetekkers of one family or another; the Amaltheans were heavily modified to withstand the severe radiation in that location. The Genetekkers maintained sophisticated genetic laboratories deep inside the moon's centre. Following several decades of goat obsession most citizens chose to splice goat DNA into their already highly modified genome and were at least partly caprine.

Always a reluctant member of the Genetekker supraclade the Amaltheans remained in Sol system rather than flee to New L4 and Frog's Head. Goatmen and satyrs descended from Amaltheans are found in various locations throughout the Civilized Galaxy, sometimes associated with nature worship or even satanism.

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Text by Steve Bowers

Initially published on 29 December 2002.