PLANET CLASSIFICATION

PLANETS

Planets are classified by the Departmento Cartographica in five types depending on their habitability, from I to V. All planets physical and chemical characteristics of all celestial bodies are monitored continuously, with aid from the Voss Prime Magi assigned to the Departmento, autonomous data recording probes and field personnel.

TYPE I PLANETS

+++ Terrestrial , subtype: Temperate

” A mix of land and water geology, the explotation of this planet is easy.”

Life-bearing worlds are often referred to as “temperate”, as their mild temperatures are one of their defining features. Planets with existing, stable ecosystems are prime targets for colonization efforts as they are generally easier to make fully habitable; as a result, the majority of highly populated worlds are of this type. Indeed, it is not altogether uncommon for detailed surveys to reveal signs of previous settlements from earlier ages.1

The origins of these planets are either natural or have been artifically terraformed.

These planets have sub-types such as Terran, Forest or Jungle.

Main Raw Materials

  • Carbon Compounds
  • Liquids: Aqueous
  • Metals: Base

+++ Terrestrial , subtype: Oceanic

Oceanic worlds are a class of terrestrial world covered entirely by liquids, usually in the form of mundane water. While the liquid surface is exceptionally smooth, the ocean floor on most worlds of this type exhibits significant topographic variety. It is this subsurface irregularity which causes the formation of complex weather systems, which would otherwise revert to more uniform patterns. 2

Main Raw Materials

  • Carbon Compounds
  • Liquids: Aqueous
  • Metals: Base

TYPE II-III PLANETS

There are two variations of Class II and III Planets, depending on their hazard rate, most of these planets are either barren planets in the process of terraforming, or old terrestrials which due to cataclysms happened in begone eras are no longer optimal for habitation.

++ Ice Planets

The majority of icy planets went through a period of being barren terrestrials, before being surfaced with ice over the course of many millennia. The exact process for this varies from case to case, but the end result is both common and visually uniform – a bright, reflective planet scored by countless fractures and crevasses. A few icy planets are hypothesized to have been warmer, liquid-bearing planets in the past that have subsequently frozen, as a result of either stellar cooling or failed terraforming projects.

Type II Ice Planet: Tundra
Type III Ice Planet: Arctic

Main Raw Materials

  • Liquids: Aqueous
  • Gas: Noble
  • Metals: Heavy

 ++ Dry Planets

Dry planets are old Type I planets that have gone through ecological disaster, are the result of human or other race interaction or are planets that are in the process of terraformation. In order to be habitable, these planets have a reduced hydrosphere and a very limited ecosystem and a sufficiently thick atmosphere. They are dry, desolate and harsh. Moisture is reclaimed from beneath the surface or extracted from the athmosphere.

These planets have sub-types such as Ash Waste or Radiated.

Type II Ice Planet: Arid, Ash Waste
Type III Ice Planet: Desert,  Radiated

Main Raw Materials

  • Carbon Compounds
  • Liquids: Aqueous
  • Metals: Base, Noble

TYPE IV PLANETS

++ Barren – Planets

Barren planets are archetypical “dead terrestrials”: dry, rocky worlds with a minimal  atmosphere and an unremarkable composition. They are commonly etched with flood channels, which are often broad enough to be visible from orbit; most such worlds have accumulated significant quantities of ice over their lifetimes, but cannot retain it on their surface. Generally surface liquid evaporates rapidly, contributing to the thin atmosphere, but occasionally it will seep back into the ground and refreeze, ready for another breakout in future when the local temperature rises. 3

Main Raw Materials

  • Metals: Base, Noble
  • Carbon Compounds
  • Aqueous Liquids

+ + Lava Planets

Magmatic planets are either solar magmatics, which orbit sufficiently close to their star that the surface never cools enough to solidify or gravitational magmatics, which experience gravitational shifts sufficiently strong to regularly and significantly fracture cooling crusts. Both exhibit the same external phenomena: red-orange lava fields being a defining feature – sometimes capable of briefly solidifying for a period measured in years or perhaps decades.

Main Raw Materials

  • Suspended Plasma
  • Metals: Base, Felsic Magma,  Heavy,
  • Non-CS Crystals

+++ Storm Planets

Storm worlds have high-pressure atmospheres similar to Jovian Planets, almeit shallower, thinner and composed primarily of complex chemicals. The majority of the planet’s volume is a rocky terrestrial ball. Their name is derived from the continent-scale electrical storms that invariably flash through their upper atmospheres.

Main Raw Materials:

  • Liquids: Aqueous Liquids, Ionic Solutions
  • Suspended Plasma
  • Metals: Base
  • Gas: Noble

TYPE V PLANETS

These planets are mainly uninhabitable due to their atmospherical and ground conditions, or their lack or atmoshpere or extreme pressure conditions.

++ Jovian Planets

Gas planets are characterized by a deep, opaque upper atmosphere, usually composed primarily of light elements such as hydrogen or helium. Simple chemicals can add a range of hues and shades in the visual spectrum, and the interaction between upwellings and rapidly circulating pressure bands result in a huge variety of visible surface structures. A similar level of diversity can be found beneath the cloud-tops: the inner composition of a given gas planet might belong to any one of a dozen broad groups, with no two planets entirely alike in this regard. 4

Main Raw Materials:

  • Gas: Reactive, Noble
  • Liquids: Aqueous, Ionic Solutions

++ Plasma Planets

The aptly-named “plasma planets” have captured the imagination of countless artists and inspired innumerable works, yet the physics behind them are surprisingly mundane by cosmological standards. A rocky terrestrial with the right kind of atmosphere and magnetic field will, when bombarded with solar radiation, generate sprawling plasma storms as specific atmospheric elements are stripped of their electrons. Over time these storms will generally scorch the surface rock black, adding to the visual impact.

Main Raw Materials:

  • Metals: Base, Heavy, Noble
  • Non-CS Crystals
  • Suspended Plasma

++ Asteroid Belts

 

  1. modified from EVE Online planet description
  2. EVE Online planet description
  3. EVE Online planet description
  4. EVE Online planet description