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Orbital view of Njord and two moons Vali and Narfi.

Njord (RS 8409-1353-8-11843423-240 A3 v0.973), a temperate E-Class world, is the third planet in the main Sunna System. It was first discovered and explored in 2069 by and ESA FTL probe as part of the DEMS (Discovery and Exploration of M-Class Stars) project. Njord was first settled in the year 2073 by a group of Norwegian settlers.

OverviewEdit

Njord is tidally locked to a red dwarf. It has a 16 day orbit. Every 19 days the systems inner gas giant, Skadi occludes its parent star for two hours. Locals use this for their monthly calender. The planet has an atmospheric density of 0.6, thick enough for most Earth life. One side of Njord is a frozen wasteland that experiences freezing arctic temperatures and endless night. The other side of the planet is much more temperate, however a global hurricane wages right on top of the planets sunward pole. There is a small goldilocks zone between the longitudes of 30°and 60° (64° along the coast) that was found to be temperate and experienced fewer storms. Earth life could flourish on the planet.

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Future site of New Trondheim

In 2073 settlers from the Norwegian colonization program came to Njord and founded the city of New Trondheim at the latitude/longitude of 2°/48°. The colonists quickly enlisted the help of Terragen to introduce a biosphere onto the new colony world. By the year 2085 Njord had a robust ecosystem of algea and plankton and arctic fish such as cod, halibut and salmon had been released into the rivers and ocean of Njord and began to thrive. Bacteria designed to quickly enrich the soil of Njord was also released. In the year 2095 coniferous trees and saplings were transplanted and began to spread throughout the planet.

Njord had a thriving fishing industry by the year 2150. Coniferous forests and arctic mammals such as reindeer, wolves various types of bears began to spread throughout the main continent. In 2175 seals, polar bears and penguins were introduced to Njords ice shelfs. The planet had a fully developed biosphere in the year 2230.

Though technically not terraforming, Njord and the Sunna System's other colony moon Surtr were among the first worlds to have artificial biomes. It provided Terragen with excellent practice and experience for when the terraforming company would have to introduce biomes throughout the Sol System.

For the next half of the First Age Njord's government avoided many deals with megacorporations. The only deals they had was the Terragen biosphere project early in the planets history and exporting massive amounts of fish to various food distribution and manufacturing companies such as Agco Inc.

During the Second Age the population of Njord remained indifferent and neutral. As such Njord experienced none of the battles or riots that so many other worlds did. In fact while many other worlds were on decline Njord continued to grow and prosper. By the end of the Second Age Njord was one of the most prosperous worlds in the crumbling URSS empire. Hundreds of planets relied on Njord's fish exports to fight back starvation. After the founding of the Confederacy of Humanity Njord provided a majority of the relief effort for worlds under oppression.

PopulationEdit

The original colony of New Trondheim contained only 10,000 colonists. Njord experienced an explosion of growth within the first 200 years after its founding much like the rest of human occupied space. A 2310 census listed 107,359 people living on Njord. During the tense times of the late First Age when many worlds started to decline as people attempted to get away from the mega-corporations Njord continued to grow. By 2551 Njords population broke 1 million inhabitants. Throughout the wars of the Second Age Njord took in refugees and the people continued to be prosperous. In the year 3000 Njord had a population of 25,427,368 and was one of the wealthiest planets in the new confederacy. On the year 3064 if became apparent that Njords small habitable landmass would not be able to handle many more people and still preserve an aura of rural life. Strict population control and immigration regulations were placed on the planet by the government. In the year 10000 the population is at a steady 48,048,105.

CultureEdit

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Traditional Norse farmhouse.

Early in the first century Njord had a distinct Modern Norwegian culture. The city of New Trondheim was built with

an emphasis on being inviting and open. Most buildings have Old Norse stylings as an attempt to honor their Norwegian viking heritage. Many features around the Sunna system were named for different figures in Norse mythology.

In the mid 2170's with the polar biomes nearing completion there was a surge of Lapp culture among some of the population. 782 Laps took up nomadic lifestyles throughout Njords polar plateau and especially around lake Freya.

During the 2200's with the planets biosphere complete an Old Norse revival began sweeping through New Trondheim. Soon Norse styled fishing villages dotted the landscape. The population became very ruralized and anti-urbanistic. The largest town on the planet was New Trondheim with a population of 14,532 Njordic inhabitants.

In the 2250's a Norse Religious movement began and many people began worshiping Odin and the other Aegir. By 2280 a sub-group of the Neo-Norse religion had formed their own denomination of Vanir-Norse religion. Throughout the 24th century the Vanir-Norse religion grew in popularity until in 2370 only 5% of the population were Protestant Christians, 11% were Neo-Norse another 13% followed Lapp paganism and a total  71% of the population were Vanir-Norse. This ratio has remained mostly consistent up to the current day.

Due to the mostly rural way of life and the peaceful religion of the Vanir-Norse on Njord, when the wars of the second age broke out the population remained mostly indifferent and neutral. They suffered no ill effects and sympathized with war-victims. By the end of the Second Age rural fishing villages and the large fisheries around New Trondheim were exporting 23 million metric tons of fish a year to impoverished planets.

The people of Njord are rural and adverse to urbanism. They are very welcoming and inviting to outsiders. They are very eager to share their beliefs or culture with outsiders. The government puts very little regulation on the citizens apart from necessary population control. Njordic people's closest Earth analogue are rural Scandinavians.

ReligionEdit

Njord has a distinct religion. In he late 23rd century a majority of the population converted to Neo-Norse religion and worshiped Odin as the all-father. A subgroup quickly formed however around the belief that the peaceful ways of the Vanir were superior than the warlike beliefs of Odin and the other Aegir. This Vanir-Norse religion quickly gained in popularity. Soon much of Njord followed the Vanir-Norse religion with Njord as their chief deity. Vanir-Norse differs from Classic Norse in that it teaches that the Aegir are not all powerful masters. It teaches that Vanir possess more power in peace and fertility than the Aegir ever will through war and raiding. There were some initial conflicts between the two beliefs but they were quickly settled as more people turned to the Vanir.

ClimateEdit

Njord is a very diverse planet. It contains many different climate zones. The anti-sun hemisphere is a dark frozen wasteland. Very little life goes far into the wasteland. Along much of the terminator is ice-shelf that meets the Noatun Ocean. Warm currents from further sunward sink down when they meet the ice and bring much needed warmth and nutrients to the ocean floor in this area creating a very complex ecosystem that is robust enough to support seals and polar bears.

The planet has one main continent. On the continent, closer to the terminator is a vast icy plateau. The middle of the plateau hold Freya Lake or also known as Freya sea. This region is very analogous to the vast tundras on earth and are home to many reindeer and the Njordic Laplander nomads.

Further sunward are the lowlands which contain most of the freshwater as well as most of Njord's inhabitants. The lowlands experience frequent rains from the nearby storm but still has the most hospitable climate on the planet. The lowlands are roughly 800 miles in width by 2000 miles in length. They are surrounded on the north and south by the Noatun sea and on the East by the East plateau.

To the west or sunward of the lowlands are the stormlands. Here the planets massive hurricane means that only the hardiest and stubbiest of plant-life can survive. Very few animals venture in the stormlands, preferring to stay in the temperate lowlands.

Throughout the Noatun Ocean there are small archipelagos and atols. The climate on these islands is mostly arctic as they are usually close to the terminator. They are home to a thriving population of penguin.

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