New Fujian

Abstract of system data

Spectral class K2 V
Luminosity 0.34 LSol
Mass 0.78 MSol
Distance from Sol
from Pegasus SHQ
67.6
57.6
light-years
light-years
Constellation Aquarius
Inhabited worlds 1 94 Aquarii B II,
New Fujian
Total population 12.6 billion

94 Aquarii B is a K2 dwarf star. It is the distant (373 AU) companion of a closely-orbiting binary pair, 94 Aquarii A, which have no habitable planets. Seen from 94 Aquarii B, 94 Aquarii A is visual magnitude -15, or about ten times as bright as the Full Moon on Earth.

Planetology

Orbital radius mean
perihelion
aphelion
0.58
0.57
0.60
AU
AU
AU
Year length 0.505
65.5
standard years
local days
Day length 67 hours 38' 51"
2.82 standard days
Diameter 9 888 km
Density 5.5 g/cm2
Surface gravity 7.6
0.78
m/s2
gee
Escape velocity 8.7 km/s
Atmosphere pressure
composition
1.0 bar (standard)
N2 , O2 (breathable)
Ocean coverage 90% (water)
Average surface
temperature
mean
perihelion
aphelion
15
18
12
C
Apparent size
of primary
0.68°
Visual illumination 0.65 × Earth's
Incident radiation benign
Indigenous life advanced, toxic (halogen-excreting)
extinct

New Fujian is a terrestrial rocky planet, about 20% smaller Earth was, but approximately the same density. New Fujian is rich in volatiles compared with Earth, with 90% hydrographics and a bar of atmosphere despite lower gravity. The planet is of moderate temperature, and has small caps of floating ice at its poles.

New Fujian was originally rather cool, and had an atmosphere tainted with traces of chlorine and fluorine excreted by indigenous flora. Terraformation raised the temperature by five Kelvins and eliminated the taint.

New Fujianese deal with their planet's over-long day by taking a long siesta in the middle of the day and sleeping once after sundown and once before sunrise, with an active period around midnight. This allows an activity cycle of 22 hours 33', but times are reckoned continuously the cycle, the day being divided into 100 baifen of approximately 40 minutes and 1,000 qianfen of 243.5 seconds.

Society

Date of settlement AD 2268
Character of foundation Secular utopists
Foundation number 71st
Population 12.6 billion
Population density 410 persons/km2
Settlement
structure
community modules ("arcologies")
Family structure
formation
registration
dissolution
aged-graded serial threesomes, developing into 3-ply limited alternating lines
Mutual agreement, consent of dìzǐ's senior parent
Multiple, decentralised
Judicial, for cause
Social ideals • Compliance with life-cycle norms.
• Wisdom, learning, education.
• Industriousness, diligence.
• Elegance.
Social peculiarities • Marked social and legal life-cycle stages: háizi, instar, imago, junior, senior, héshang.
• Unique family structure: age-graded triune marriages.
• Monastic retirement.
• Clothing marks age class and social mood.
• Pervasive combat sports.
• Duelling code.
• Virtual privacy respected.
Language Distinct accent. Many dialect terms.

New Fujian is very densely populated. The land is studded with large high-rise planned cities, besides which there are significant settlements in orbit and some at sea. Correspondingly, New Fujianese social behaviour is adapted to close quarters and a lack of privacy. New Fujianese quarters are small and closely packed, each space has multiple uses, and social convention requires that people be allowed the pretence of privacy in difficult circumstances.

The most prominent social feature is the grading of society into six phases of the life-cycle, which are related to the elaborate marital customs. The phases are marked by distinctive clothing, economic and social roles, and to a certain extent body forms. Specialised drugs in the the food of each phase keeps, for example, the second class pubescent, the third adolescent, the fourth and fifth adult, and the sixth post-reproductive. Ideally, a person should be, in turn:

  1. a háizi, living with his or her parents and attending day school — age: birth to 11 standard years;
  2. an instar boarding in a monastery school — age: 12 to somewhere between 14 and 19;
  3. an imago living with a married couple as apprentice spouse and in vocational training or study — age: from 14–19 to 25–35;
  4. a junior, who ought to marry a senior (but not without an imago apprentice), working and raising children: age — from 25–35 to 40–55;
  5. a senior who ought to marry a junior and apprentice an imago, working, raising children, and mentoring his or her apprentice: age — from 40–55 to 60–80;
  6. and finally a héshàng, living 'retired' in a monastery, perhaps working as an administrator, arbitrator, judge, or teacher: age — 60–80 to death.

Dress, hairstyle, and ornaments vary according to phase, marital status, and social mood. Drugs are used to keep oneself in a state of physical development and of hair growth suited to one's phase, and by héshàngs to advance themselves into a post-reproductive state without hair and with diminished sexual characteristics. Perhaps because of the accumulated effects of these hormones, New Fujianese tend to suffer rapid senescence and multiple organ failures at about the age of 280–300 local years (c. 140–150 standard years).

A family on New Fujian consists of:

  • a senior spouse in the senior phase, zhǔrén to the junior spouse andshīfu to the apprentice,
  • a zhùhù (junior spouse) in the junior phase,
  • a dìzǐ ("apprentice") of the same sex as the shīfu, in the imago phase, and
  • any children of the first two spouses who are in the first or second phases.

A zhùhù or dìzǐ who dies or advances in phase may be replaced, and it used to be common for a senior to have two successive zhùhùs and very common to have two successive dìzǐs. But in the last thirty years it has become the rule for a senior to have only one marriage. When the senior spouse dies or becomes a héshàng the marriage (which formally consists of his two bilateral relations) is technically dissolved, but it is becoming the rule for the former zhùhù and dìzǐ, advancing to senior and junior, to marry as zhǔrén and zhùhù as soon as they can recruit a dìzǐ. The form of marriage is thus developing from a serial age-graded menage á trois to a limited alternating line marriage of three plies.

After completing a marriage as zhǔrén, a New Fujianese becomes a héshàng and is eligible to join a monastery. The monasteries own all land and a great deal of capital, which allows the héshàngs to live in considerable luxury, and to undertake unpaid work in government, education, and the judiciary. The economic and administrative power of monasteries, and their control of retirement, puts them in a strong position to enforce social norms.

The nudity taboo on New Fujian is slight: people without clothes are politely ignored provided that they make token efforts at maintaining privacy or modesty, and the nudity of háizi and héshàngs is ignored altogether. Instars dress to display the beauty of their torsos and arms, and wear flowing hair. Imagos display the torso but wear closed sleeves and put their hair up. Juniors cover the torso and wear their hair up. Seniors cover up from the neck to the ankles and wrists: women wear their hair long and men grow beards. Héshangs wear basic garments of black, to which they add a yellow, red, or blue shawl on government, judicial, or educational business respectively.

New Fujianese sexual mores are complicated. The senior spouse is allowed sex with either spouse or apprentice or both, threesomes having the highest social approval. Sex between zhùhù and dìzǐ is approved with the knowledge and consent of the senior spouse (preferably in his or her presence), but is adultery otherwise. For the dìzǐ to have sex outside the marriage is fornication (a misdemeanour), but for either of the others to do so is adultery (a felony). All sex other than within marriage is technically illegal, except for 'courting behaviour' between an unmarried senior and either an unmarried junior or an unapprenticed but eligible instar. Depending on the combination of phases it may be anything from a pecadillo and minor misdemeanour (unmarried senior and junior) to a monstrous perversion and aggravated felony (adult with háizi).

Perhaps because advanced medical technology makes it possible to repair the damage, full-contact combat sports, including fights with knives and swords, are popular in New Fujian. Extremely informal bouts, amounting in effect to duels, are condoned so long as no-one is killed. Scheduled competitions are a popular spectator sport, and gambling on them is very common. Imagos' and older instars' bouts are sometimes significantly eroticised.

Government and law

Formal name of state New Fujian
Form of government meritocratic bureaucracy
Head of state
title Chairman of the Council of Abbots
succession elected by Council
eligibility members of Council
tenure during the confidence of the Council
maximum to age 250 local years
note: This post has no executive authority.
Chief executive
title Committee of the Grand Secretariat
succession promotion (by the Council of Abbots)
eligibility monks with prescribes qualifications and experience (abbots are excluded)
tenure to age 225 local years
(unless dismissed for cause)
Supreme legislature
Permanent legislation is by plebiscite of monks.
Temporary decrees of the Secretariat of Legislation ratified by the Council of Abbots
Judiciary
supreme court Court of Final Appeals (7 justices)
succession co-optation, ratified by the Council of Abbots
eligibility chief justices of regional courts of appeals
tenure until age 250 local years
Criminal justice
procedure inquisitorial
decisions jury of monks, advised by judge
rights of accused 3/10
enforcement resources
prevention
investigation
administration
6/10
armed, uniformed 'monitors'
plainclothes detectives recruited from experienced monitors
local 'prefects' answer through hierarchy to Secretariat of Public Safety
peculiar laws • Adultery is a felony.
• Most 'illicit' sexual relations are misdemeanours.
• Blades are not considered lethal weapons.
• Duelling in guise of sporting contests is informally condoned.
• Firearms are licensed on a 'may issue' basis.
• Powered vehicles are restricted and licensed.
• Attacks on children and monks are punished severely.
punishments Set by judges, following strict guidelines. • Birching for misdemeanours.
• Caning, whipping, and sometimes imprisonment for felonies.
• Mindwipe for sexual penetration of a minor.
• Mindwipe for three-time offenders on a felony.
• Death penalty for murder, rape, arson, aggravated assault upon a child or héshang.
• Death penalty with gruesome embellishments for murder of a child or héshang, aggravated murder or rape, arson resulting in deaths, terrorism, amok

New Fujian is ruled by a gerontocratic self-perpetuating bureaucracy. Posts in public administration, the judiciary, and education are reserved to persons in the sixth phase of life (héshangs) who are members in good standing of local monasteries. Promotions (ostensibly based on examinations, qualifications, and experience) are controlled by 'selection committees' of monks selected by bureaucratic superiors.

Appointments are generally indefinite, or held to age 225 or 250 local years. Formally speaking government service is unpaid. Low-achievers in junior government posts are notoriously indolent, arrogant, and imperious.

Economy

Industrial organisation Monastic communal capitalism
Development GURPS TL 10
Currency unit
purchasing power
exchange value
fen
1 fen = 0.02 SVU
1 fen = 0.0168 crowns
Economic volume 8.75 quadrillion
175 trillion
fen/annum
SVU per annum
Income per caput 13,960 SVU per annum
Index of equality 0.77
Spaceport size:
type:
class 5
tower facility

The economy of New Fujian is based on capital-intensive processing and manufacturing, with a large services sector. As the largest and most advanced economy in Pegasus Sector it is heavily engaged in interstellar trade, exporting high-tech components for assembly elsewhere, and importing materials, pharmaceuticals, and mid-tech manufactures. New Fujian is a substantial exporter of intangibles.

New Fujian's arable land is thickly planted with perennial crops producing a wide range of feedstocks, besides which aquatic resources are intensely managed and exploited, and there is space mining in the inner asteroid belt and in the rich outer moonlets of the gas giant Jiangxi.

Processing and manufacturing are advanced and capital intensive. They are carried out in the medium-sized cities with which New Fujian is thickly studied, and in orbit. New Fujian builds its own lighters and true spacecraft and spacecraft for export, and supplies parts and assemblies for an Imperial Spaceways and an Imperial Navy shipyards in the system.

New Fujian's land is almost entirely, and its capital largely, in the hands for several million 'pioneers' co-operatives', or monasteries. These run plantations themselves, lease dwellings to households and factories etc. to firms, and provide capital to enterprises largely through bond and share issues. Of their revenues, monasteries provide free education and training and medical care to the population, and bed and board and clothing to people in the second (instar) and final (héshang) phases of life. They also provide judicial and administrative labour on a 'volunteer' basis. Rich monasteries sometimes undertake public works.

New Fujian's labour and enterprise are provided by people in the fourth (junior) and fifth (senior) phases of life, and to some extent by interns and apprentices in the third (imago) phase, working for wages. Since nearly all labour on New Fujian is highly skilled or professional, wage differences are narrow.

On New Fujian socio-economic classes are stages of life. Lifetime total incomes are distributed rather equally, with a Gini coefficient of 0.23. In the last thirty years rents have climbed and wages fallen: distribution of income between the working phases and the héshangs has diverged markedly, causing social strain.

History

Discovery

The presence of a planet with breathable atmosphere in 94 Aquarii B was discovered telescopically, but the presence of 5 assorted gas giants in the system made determining its characteristics tricky. SHEP probe #626 scouted the system in AD 2130, and discovered a coolish planet with a tainted atmosphere, otherwise highly salubrious. The report reached Earth in AD 2198, and the colonisation rights were bought at auction by a solidarity group associated with the Uranian subculture.

Migrants from Earth

The Uranian Movement professed admiration for historical institutions in which paederastic relationships provided an apprenticeship in gender-appropriate social roles, virtues, principles, and skills. Some writers supposed that these relationships would be "erotic but chaste", others supposed that they would be or might be carnal. The colonisation project was controlled by a solidarity group within the subculture, but it is best understood as a utopist undertaking.

The Uranian Colony Co-operative despatched pioneers in 2201. From the beginning its settlers were well-educated, well-equipped, and enthusiastic. The utopist intentions of the co-operative allowed it to attract some subsidies from sympathetic private donors. Candidates for migration undertook full training in professions that would be required, as a preparation, and the co-operative paid careful attention to the adequacy of supplies and equipment taken. The trustees of the co-operative remained faithful, and when the Uranian movement declined as a subculture it continued to recruit candidates with compatible social values despite a change in manners and literary and decorative taste.

A total of approximately 63,396 people migrated from Earth to 94 Aquarii B over 184 years. They were drawn from all parts of the world equally, and although the project was portrayed in satire as a society of aging paederasts and catamites turning to desperate measures to replace their numbers, in fact the program transported an exactly equal number of men and women.

Pioneers and settlers

Five hundred pioneers arrived at 94 Aquarii B II on 1 April 2268. The eldest of their number, Dr. Hercules Kenji, and his protégé David Pierson set foot on the planet hand in hand. The colony was formally named 'New Fujian' and the first settlement 'Phaedo'.

The settlers set smartly about terraforming the planet. Well-trained and well-equipped, with enthusiasm and community of purpose, they soon produced an effective suite of terraforming organisms and established a self-extending Terrestrial biome in each climatic zone. The native plants that tainted the air succumbed fairly rapidly, and in less that two centuries the planet was more or less idyllic.

Immigrants were in general well-equipped and shared a sense of community with the locals. They were also well-trained in an appropriate range of skills. The economy developed rapidly, so that in time immigrants tended to find themselves supplied for a slightly less advanced economy than they found, with tools and machines too highly finished, and not enough sophisticated components for local assembly. In recognition of the pioneers efforts in making the land habitable, terraformed land was vested in pioneers' collectives, and newcomers had to lease it or buy in. Critically, this was not established as heritable property: locally-born people were also expected to save up and buy in to a land co-operative. Gradually this emerged as the standard way of providing for retirement.

Population reached 100,000 in 2357; one million in 2436. An economy developed that was capable of making its own semiconductors and jet turbines, and which was pushing hard to make more sophisticated products to replace deficient imports from Earth.

The last ship-full of migrants arrived in 67 PDT, to a warm welcome. The news that Earth had been destroyed arrived almost a year later. It produced a sense of emergency and common purpose, as people enthusiastically backed initiative to build up import-replacing industries. The population was approximately 1.46 million.

Development in isolation

New Fujian grew and developed rapidly. Capital accumulated, technology was recovered. New land co-operatives formed to build soils and establish plantations. New cities were founded. The culture developed. Governments were generally limited and fairly honest, though perhaps lacking in diligence, competence, and vigour. There were no episodes of repression, pandemics, world famines, or wars.

The colony retained the technical capacity for global radio communications and a legacy of communications satellites even while its local industries were not up to building orbital launch capability. Population did not grow large enough for serious conflict to develop over resources, and what centrifugal impulses did arise were kept in check.

In this period the society developed its characteristic division into age-graded phases. Whatever wealth was developed by young people moved into the mortmains of the pioneering co-operatives as the owners retired. And 'Inheritance Controversy' developed and caused some political strife, but this was limited because most of the young people looked forward to becoming rich when they were old, and had finite enthusiasm for a scheme to create lasting inequalities of wealth between families. The controversy was composed when the government agreed to abolish income taxation on wages and salaries and pass the expenses of the education and health systems to the land co-operatives.

Around 328 PDT the recovering of biotech industry made drugs available that modified growth and development to improve conformation with phase-specific physical ideals. As the concept progressed from a controversial fad to universal acceptance, the physical norms became exaggerated, the drugs were improved to match the new norms, and the scope of the intervention was expanded to take in aspects of temperament.

Ganymede Wang, an influential philosopher, had the drug nièpán designed to his specifications in 371, and proselytised its use by héshangs along with his already-successful philosophy (a blend of Epicureanism, Theravada Buddhism, and Positive Psychology). The effects of nièpán define the form and temperament of the modern New Fujianese héshang

Experience of piracy and the Formation Wars

The first Eichberger-drive vessel to reach 94 Aquarii B was the Esmeralda of the Company of Merchant Adventurers, from Paraíso. This arrived in 390 PDT, found New Fujian too highly developed to make a good market for its cargoes, resupplied, and returned home via Bishonen (53 Aquarii A). Back in Paraíso it reported an underpopulated planet with "700 million people", only slightly retarded economy, and orbital infrastructure but no true space industry. The next visitor, in February 393 PDT, was the extortionist ship Rimehammer, which destroyed a number of communications satellites and dropped an OKK weapon on the harbour city of Formosa before collecting several thousand tonnes of high-tech components in ransom. Rimehammer returned in June and was destroyed without warning. Another pirate vessel from Paraíso, the Murrieta arrived in October 395, and was captured. The New Fujianese sentence the pirates of the Murrieta to be first briefly fried in hot oil and then hung on meat-hooks until dead.

Renaming the Murrieta "Harmodius" and later capturing another ship to be named "Aristogeiton", parties from New Fujian started engaging in illicit FTL on their own account. Not frankly criminal, they nevertheless did considerable harm by allowing criminals and adventurers to move around the volume within 30 lightyears of 94 Aquarii. Besides which genetically-engineered organisms from New Fujian became pests on Bakunin (Iota Piscis) and Faircrown (Viln 82 no. 70), and criminals from New Fujian tried to set themselves up as conquerors on Faircrown. Ships from New Faircrown fought a pitched battle against ships from Paraíso in the system 53 Aquarii A, over trade with Bishonen.

New Fujian defied the Eichberger Foundation in 430 and resisted the Fleet in 445–455. Its ships were destroyed, its orbital shipyards destroyed, its orbital habitats captured by marines, and its orbital infrastructure destroyed in fighting. Eventually the world was blockaded and interdicted. New Fujian accepted feelers for a cessation of hostilities in 481, but refused to give up unsupervised space travel or to allow verification of its moratorium on Eichberger drives.

By 490 New Fujian was in economic difficulties and willing to resume negotiations. It sent representatives to the Lunar Peace Conference and was an original signatory of the Treaty of Luna.

Reintegration

New Fujian returned rapidly to prosperity while rebuilding its orbital infrastructure and with renewed access to space resources. It built orbital habitats and factories, started exploiting minerals in the inner asteroid belt and the outer moons of the gas giant Jiangxi. The Empire established civil and naval dockyards in the system, and supplying these has brought significant business. New Fujian is now the industrial hub of Pegasus Sector, with considerable trade into the adjacent parts of Central Sector, Capricornus and Fornax.

Finding land for an Imperial Enclave caused problems. New Fujian took umbrage in 533 that it was to be included in Pegasus Sector and remote and backward Metheglin (HIC 111974) was to be sector HQ.

Recent history

Population growth on New Fujian has made the planet very crowded. Land, becoming short, has become more expensive, and a marked rise in rents has effected a significant transfer of income from workers in the junior and senior phases of life to monks in the héshang phase. Shortages of minerals and [land to grow] chemical feedstocks have likewise increased the incomes of the monasteries. The government, dominated entirely by monks, has been completely unresponsive to the problems of the working phases, though individual monasteries have attempted to redress the balance by providing better facilities for education, and by investing in taller apartment buildings.

The birth rate has declined sharply over the last thirty years, producing a shortage of instars compared to seniors. Imagos are being recruited into apprentice marriages younger and held in them longer, as the average number of apprentices that pass through a given marriage declines towards one. Average age of first marriage as zhùhù is climbing. Large numbers of New Fujianese are starting to emigrate. Owing to the concentration of capital in the hands of the monasteries they are doing so skill-rich but capital-poor.

In 551 the Legislative department of the Secretariat of Justice made a decree forbidding monasteries from accepting monks any younger than 120 local years (60.6 standard years), which was ratified by the Council of abbots and made permanent by plebiscite in 556.

In 561 a tower facility (beanstalk, elevator to orbit) commenced operations. This allows cheaper transport of bulk materials between orbit and the surface, but is rather slow for passengers.

Current situation

New Fujian is not in immediate danger, though it is supporting excess population by depleting resources.

Taller apartment buildings are under construction, and population has ceased growing. Rents should decline. The workforce is declining. Wages should rise. New Fujianese firms are establishing plantations on neighbouring planets to grow feedstocks for New Fujianese industry. The prices of agricultural products and therefore the rent of farmland ought to fall. The propensity of the working phases to endure deprivation is enhanced by their expectation of eventually getting to be monks. Revolution is unlikely.

Imperial assessment

Situation Safe.
Problems • Overpopulation and crowding.
• Social and economic change.
• Impending resource depletion.
• Transport costs prevent further specialisation in high technology.
Assets • Excellent technology.
• Numerous willing workers with valuable skills.
• Abundant capital.
• Adequate infrastructure.
Attitude Agitated.
Imperial presence • Class 5 orbital spaceport
• Class 5 residence
• Naval dockyard
• Eichberger Foundation dockyard
• two PR 4 Imperial orbital habitats
• battle squadron
• cruiser squadron
• 24 orbital gunboats
• myriads of dockyard workers
• thousands of Naval Intelligence monitors
• myriads of Home Office support staff, dependants, civilians
Cautions • Avoid sexual entanglements with the locals. Illicit sex is a crime.
• Speak mildly and courteously. Rude and brash speech may give deep offence.
• Treat héshangs with deference.
• Do not disparage New Fujianese sexual and marital customs.

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