Sorel WriteUp


SOREL E48569A-1 Rob Dean (robdean@access.digex.net)

Population:9.5 million

A regressed colony originally planted by the Solomani during the
Second Imperium. The original infrastructure was destroyed by nuclear
war during the Long Night, and technology had recovered to TL1 by the
time of recontact. The IISS maintains a semi-interdiction of the
planet at the request of the local rulers. Imperial contact is per-
mitted, but importation of technological items must be approved by
both the local rulers and the IISS. Persistent rumors of psionics
among the upper classes are "apparently" unfounded.
While earth-like in general, Sorel is quite hot, and is only
suitable for human habitation near the poles. The south polar region
is currently uninhabited, although various organizations have negoti-
ated for settlement rights occasionally with the ruling councils with
no success.
The original Solomani settlers of Sorel were of mixed races, but
their descendants tend toward darker skin than most of the inhabitants
of the nearby planets. In addition, the climate makes the wearing of
unnecessary clothing quite uncomfortable, leaving even the lighter
skinned inhabitants quite tanned. There is little semblance of a
modesty taboo, although decorative clothing of light cotton or a local
silk-like fiber is usually worn for social occasions. Since water is
plentiful, most Sorellians in the settled regions bathe frequently, a
custom viewed with suspicion by the nomadic herders of the interior.
Sorellian food tends to be extremely spicy, and unsuspecting visitors
are likely to have socially unacceptable reactions to Sorellian meals
until their taste buds scar.
All of Sorel is theoretically ruled by the High Council, but in
practice the nomads only pay tribute when forced to, and the Council's
rule is limited to the agricultural regions. The Council is a repre-
sentative body of sorts, being made up of 47 regional representatives
who are appointed for life by the people of their districts. In
practice, the positions tend to be hereditary. The council appoints
and dismisses administrators for the smaller subdivisions from a pool
of career bureaucrats and soldiers. These administrators serve as
judges, with a right of appeal to the district representative. The
system is cumbersome, since in practice a consensus is required before
the High Council will actually do anything, but in the absence of a
major outside threat it works well enough.



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