At the time of Lona's discovery in 2684 CE, rebellions across the URSS flared. After the Republics Space Core began major attacks on rebel groups, the URSS saw the need to protect high-ranking officials from the growing conflict. Quickly, the idea to secure government leaders on a rogue planet unknown to the public became popular, and in 2682, the URSS launched the secretive Noir probe. Assigned to discover rogue planets suitable for human colonization, Lona was among the first to be detected, and within months the URSS military established extensive underground bunkers, weapons and fleet factories, armories, training facilities, stations, and later, laboratories and war prisons. Similar operations were conducted on other rogue planets throughout URSS territory, but Lona's close proximity to Sol and large size made the planet the unofficial secret headquarters of the URSS military.
With immense support from the URSS, Lona was colonized within weeks. The first inhabitants to enter Lona's bunkers were mostly decorated or otherwise honorable soldiers of the URSS and powerful Senators. Unknowingly to the public, it was here the URSS led government and military operations. Furthermore, Lona's advanced infrastructure transformed the planet into a massive arms and warfleet provider.
During the later half of the 2680s, several invasions of rebel colonies successfully captured numerous members of the rebel movement. The URSS relocated their captives to prisons such as those on Lona. Lona in particular became the home of especially vital leaders of rebel groups, such as commander Joey Melkov of the Mintaka Army for a Free Humanity. During this time countless prisoners were questioned, threatened, tortured, and killed for information or otherwise.
On July 26, 2703, eight prisoners managed to escape their cells and break into an armory. They took up several weapons and opened fire on the inhabitants of Lona. Over 110 non-military individuals were killed, while 50 soldiers and 3 Senators were lost. The fight empowered other prisoners previously too afraid to rebel, and two days later the entire prison complex was overrun by an infuriated mob. Lona guards were unable to stop the mob, and ater breaking into the Senators' bunker, they killed over half of the governing body before being put down. For the prisoners who survived, security was tightened, and all other URSS officials were relocated to entirely separate facilities.
In 2995, admiral Luke McCollins broke free of the URSS military. After declaring allegiance to the Army for Free Humanity, he disclosed the locations of the secret rogue worlds. The AFH quickly began an invasion on the most powerful rogue worlds. During February of 2996, AFH fleets destroyed all orbital stations of Lona and bombarded ground colonies, and armies invaded any surviving colonies, rescuing the majority of the prisoners and capturing several of their own. However, Senators sealed themselves away in a vault one kilometer below the surface, forcing the AFH forces to believe they escaped without detection. After the AFH finally moved on, the Senators one again began controlling the URSS from Lona. This lasted only a year, however, until the Senators received a supposed official message from the URSS governing body of Earth demanding them to return to the orbital Senate. But, the message was faked by the AFH, and, after the Senators arrived at the Senate, a nuclear warhead destroyed the station.
After the fall of the URSS and the creation of the Confederacy of Humanity, Lona remained uninhabited for millennia. Knowledge of the planet did not survive past a few generations, and the planet's location was never stored in any computers for security purposes. It was not until 10,577 Lona fell into attention again during Project Anaximander's extensive surveys of the Milky Way. Lona became renowned for housing second-millennium technology in stunningly pristine condition. Lona became popular among scientists and historians, and small colonies appeared to house waves of researchers and tourists. Over centuries these settlements grew into independent towns and cities, and since has become a colony of the Confederacy of Humanity.
Lona's 2.68 billion inhabitants live within vast city complexes across the planet. These cities, usually hundreds of square kilometers large and can sustain up to hundreds of millions of individuals, are spread fairly even across the flatlands of Lona's continents, although some can be found buried into the side of mountains, sitting along shorelines, and within large cave systems. The largest city and capital of Lona, Saint Reanard, contains 780 million inhabitants and is one of the few complexes to contain structures over one kilometer tall. All cities are connected with vast railway and communication lines, the longest stretching thousands of kilometers long.
The global government is loose and plays little role in dictating everyday life, only working during emergencies or major controversies. Otherwise, each of the dozens of states across Lona act independently, but operate within the given laws of the Articles of Confederacy. Most states are democratic republics, but some have flourished under the governance of a technocracy.
At almost any given time, Lona contains roughly 200 million tourists. Since becoming available to the public, Lona has become popular among thrill-seekers due to the planet's extreme darkness, high gravity, and thick atmosphere. Typically raising 500 billion C-Units a year, this has become one major source of income for the planet.
Lona's extreme nature has also attracted a widespread scientific community of scientists and researchers of all fields, although the planet is of particular interest to those studying rogue worlds. On average 180 million active scientists are stationed on Lona, usually within large urban centers with dedicated laboratories.
Lona's atmosphere is 1.14 times the pressure of Earth's atmosphere and is almost entirely nitrogen gas. This enormous amount has created thick system of high altitude clouds that covers the entire planet at around 22 kilometers above sea-level. With the exception of a couple weak hurricanes, there are few storms across Lona.
Without a host star, Lona's climate is very different than most worlds. Air flows freely across all latitudes of the planets, thus warming the planet evenly at all points, albeit very slightly. This has prevented the formation of poles and instead has allowed a meter-thick sheet of blue ice to cover the entire surface. Furthermore, there are, obviously, no seasons, which has stabilized the climate to a nearly constant state.