Isolated beyond easy jump distance, Garden has only been
visited by humans in the last 300 years. Colonists first began to arrive in 1079, desiring
a new world to farm in peace. Garden's relative inaccessibility to the rest of the
universe suited them perfectly, as their initial thoughts were to get back to nature and
leave much of technology behind.
Surprisingly, Garden's explorers found the remnants of another
civilization. This prior civilization -identified within the past ten years as belonging
to the Salika, a non-human race - had abruptly around 1000. Buildings were still intact,
and all signs pointed to a mass migration offworld. At the time, no one knew the identity
or destination of Garden's original inhabitants.
Garden was much less habitable than its name implied. The colonists
found the world's environment in an unbalanced state. Carbon monoxide concentration in the
atmosphere was abnormally high, warming the world's climate. Its star, a long-period
irregular variable now in a bright phase, further worsened the climate.
With aid from the Imperial Ministry of Colonization, the settlers began
a wide-scale atmospheric terra-forming project. Designed to remove the excess carbon
dioxide from the atmosphere, it has already began to show slight signs of colling the
Garden's current inhabitants live by a strict conservation ethic. They
refuse to use any sort of destructive or exploitive technology. They shy away from using
chemical fertilizers or pesticides in agriculture, and put consideration of the
environment foremost in their work. What technology exists on Garden is used for power,
communications, or environmental control purposes. The starport is the only planetary
installation to sport a high degree of automation.
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