PAGATON C769873-4 Rob Dean (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pagaton was originally settled fairly early in the Imperial Era,
by a consortium of diverse groups from Mora, Trin, and planets in the
Deneb sector. At the time, it was a garden planet, and the various
colony groups did not interact much since they were placed on separate
large islands. About 600, the planet began sliding into an Ice Age.
Trade with other planets had always been marginal due to the disadvan-
tageous position of the system, off the Spinward Main, and as more and
more of the world's resources were channeled into survival related
activities, exports fell off, causing fewer traders to arrive, creat-
ing a vicious cycle which did not end until the planetary tech level
dropped to 4. Some trade has resumed since the opening of the Binges
starport in 1057 drew traders through the little cluster, but the main
export, furs, does not generate enough foreign exchange credits to
engage in any sort of large scale rebuilding effort. The large number
of competing governments exacerbate the situation, since they tend to
use what foreign exchange they have to equip their armed forces in an
effort to seize or influence the distribution of vital resources (such
things as ice free ports and easily recoverable iron and coal depos-
its). Since the best the planet could hope for is to become an agri-
cultural world, the interest of offworld powers is extremely limited.
Small groups of low tech mercenaries, from planets such as Aki or
Tarkine, will occasionally hire themselves out on Pagaton for 'real
With a planetary population of about 900 million, the few islands
which are fortunate enough to reside in the narrow habitable zone are
fairly crowded, adding to the misery of the unfortunate inhabitants.
Only the presence of edible native vegetation which will grow in the
harsh equatorial environment, and the extensive use of sea life for
sustenance, allows the continuation of human life on the planet.