The one and only planet outside Earth’s Solar System that was colonised before the Apocalypse. It may be for this reason that Phaethon remains as having one of the only Pre-Apocalyptic cultures in the universe. Discovered in 2039 A.D., Phaethon would become the target of Mankind’s first ever manned mission to the stars. Launched in 2096, the Starship Helios arrived at Phaethon on December 25th, 2136, eighteen years after Nuclear Holocaust destroyed civilisation on Earth.
Stranded on their new home without hope of further settlement or supplies, the crew of the Helios soon descended into barbarism and remained that way for over a thousand years before, in 3211 A.D., the Starship Cygnus arrived from a rebuilt society on Earth and brought the first ever true civilisation to Phaethon, and the Toliman Empire was built. But this new, advanced civilisation would last less than seven hundred years, for, in 3895 A.D., disaster struck again when Phaethon was afflicted by the worst plague ever to affect human beings; an alien pathogen known as “The Grey Plague”. Billions of people perished within a matter of months and less than one out of a hundred survived. The Terran government of Earth had little choice but to quarantine the planet, and for 1,500 years, the planet remained trapped in a society resembling the Medieval Period on Earth.
Civilisation on Phaethon has since been rebuilt, and today the planet exists as a rather simple world with a moderate sized population and Oil Age level technology. With much greater area of arable land on its surface, Phaethon serves as an important breadbasket for Earth whose own population is staggeringly higher. Nevertheless, the Phaethians remain adamantly independent, holding on to their unique culture and commitment to individual freedom.
Politically, as of 5930 A.D., Phaethon is controlled by a unified global government: the Phaethian Union. A democratic, parliamentary federation of dominions. Meanwhile, the rest of the Alpha Centauri System is controlled mostly by large, space-based megacorporations with a moderate amount of regulation from the Phaethian government.
Climactically, Phaethon is a more temperate world than Earth with massive ice caps at its poles (comparable in size to Earth’s ice caps during its last Ice Age) down through lands of boreal forests, steppes, grasslands and farmlands, and a mediterranean climate at its equator.
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