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ORIGIN

Long ago, in a planet far, far away located in the star of Xenu, there was a group of people seeking asylum from a terrible war that had taken toll over their planet of origin. The war originated after tension between the two main political/religious groups, the Thomais and the Vitantonis, that tended to disagree on how to rule the planet. Since the parliament was divided, conclusions to problems were rarely reached and more often than not, sessions ended with bloody noses. Even though most of the nation’s population identified in either one of these two parties, there was a small group of people, the Alexandrais, that found themselves in a stalemate. They agreed w ith some of the aspects of the Thomais and some of the Vitantonis. When the war erupted and the Alexandrais saw the horrors and consequences that were connected with war, they decided that it was worth the risk to go look for a better place to live if it meant a better future for them. Their leader, Pi, quickly took action by assembling some galactic ships and packing them with enough food to last for a while. Then, about 400 people took the risk and set sail for a star named Azara, that was known for having planets rich in biomes and ecosystems. When they reached Azara, they had to choose which planet was worth settling in. They had spent around a week looking for the indicated planet, when they stumbled across a small, green planet. When they went to explore it, the people fell immediately in love with the vast forests that seemed to encapsulate all of the planet’s surface. After voting, the Alexandrais deemed this planet fit enough for their purposes and decided to settle there. They found no other civilization, only creatures and plants, therefore they decided to call their their planet Atra, in honor of their philosophy of Ataraxia. This events happened only 500 years ago, therefore this civilization is relatively new. However, most of the people that decided to immigrate all those years ago were young and single doctors, scientist, and engineers that had no commitment back in their home plants. These young leaders decided to work together and unite their minds to create a substantial civilization. Nowadays, the citizens live in houses created among the tops of the trees and transportate through sun powered flying vehicles. 

ORIGIN

Long ago, in a planet far, far away located in the star of Xenu, there was a group of people seeking asylum from a terrible war that had taken toll over their planet of origin. The war originated after tension between the two main political/religious groups, the Thomais and the Vitantonis, that tended to disagree on how to rule the planet. Since the parliament was divided, conclusions to problems were rarely reached and more often than not, sessions ended with bloody noses. Even though most of the nation’s population identified in either one of these two parties, there was a small group of people, the Alexandrais, that found themselves in a stalemate. They agreed w ith some of the aspects of the Thomais and some of the Vitantonis. When the war erupted and the Alexandrais saw the horrors and consequences that were connected with war, they decided that it was worth the risk to go look for a better place to live if it meant a better future for them. Their leader, Pi, quickly took action by assembling some galactic ships and packing them with enough food to last for a while. Then, about 400 people took the risk and set sail for a star named Azara, that was known for having planets rich in biomes and ecosystems. When they reached Azara, they had to choose which planet was worth settling in. They had spent around a week looking for the indicated planet, when they stumbled across a small, green planet. When they went to explore it, the people fell immediately in love with the vast forests that seemed to encapsulate all of the planet’s surface. After voting, the Alexandrais deemed this planet fit enough for their purposes and decided to settle there. They found no other civilization, only creatures and plants, therefore they decided to call their their planet Atra, in honor of their philosophy of Ataraxia. This events happened only 500 years ago, therefore this civilization is relatively new. However, most of the people that decided to immigrate all those years ago were young and single doctors, scientist, and engineers that had no commitment back in their home plants. These young leaders decided to work together and unite their minds to create a substantial civilization. Nowadays, the citizens live in houses created among the tops of the trees and transportate through sun powered flying vehicles. 

Biomes and Ecosystems

The feature that attracted the Alexandrais so much to this small, yet extremely charming planet was the fact that most of the land was covered in either forests or in huge lakes. After investigating and exploring the planet, the scientists concluded that they were three main types of forest that could be found: tropical, temperate, and Mediterranean. Tropical forest are found mostly in the southern region of the planet, while temperate forest were located in both of the planets poles. Mediterranean forest, where most of the civilization lives due to the fact that is the region that receives most sunlight, are located from the middle up to the north regions of the planet. The Mediterranean forest is the least abundant type, one of the reasons why population in the tropical area of the forest has increased. A curious thing about the forest is that while many of it is green, there are some really big chunks of the forests that are pink and purple. This is due to a lack of chlorophyll found in these types of trees. They are identical to trees you find in the tropical forest or pines; the only difference is that they are pink. The other main big physical characteristic are the two huge lakes that disperse into canals that go through the whole planet. In the lakes, the ecosystem is composed mainly of biotic plants, microorganisms, and aquatic animals such as dolphins. The forest found in Atra have a high ecological potential, therefore there is a large variety of creatures found in the forests, all the way from birds to cunaguaros.

Biomes and Ecosystems

The feature that attracted the Alexandrais so much to this small, yet extremely charming planet was the fact that most of the land was covered in either forests or in huge lakes. After investigating and exploring the planet, the scientists concluded that they were three main types of forest that could be found: tropical, temperate, and Mediterranean. Tropical forest are found mostly in the southern region of the planet, while temperate forest were located in both of the planets poles. Mediterranean forest, where most of the civilization lives due to the fact that is the region that receives most sunlight, are located from the middle up to the north regions of the planet. The Mediterranean forest is the least abundant type, one of the reasons why population in the tropical area of the forest has increased. A curious thing about the forest is that while many of it is green, there are some really big chunks of the forests that are pink and purple. This is due to a lack of chlorophyll found in these types of trees. They are identical to trees you find in the tropical forest or pines; the only difference is that they are pink. The other main big physical characteristic are the two huge lakes that disperse into canals that go through the whole planet. In the lakes, the ecosystem is composed mainly of biotic plants, microorganisms, and aquatic animals such as dolphins. The forest found in Atra have a high ecological potential, therefore there is a large variety of creatures found in the forests, all the way from birds to cunaguaros.

CREATURES AND PLANTS

The forest at Atra are what many would call magical, therefore many of the creatures and plants usually have some kind of magical element to them. When it comes to plants, there are about 200 different types of species that can be found in Atra and most of them have healing powers. But beware, those that don’t have any healing powers are extremely poisonous and most of them lead to immediate death. A peculiar thing that can be found in the forests of Atra is the fact that a big chunk of the trees have pink and purple leaves year round. This is because a lack of chlorophyll in the leaves. Flowers also have special powers that makes them show emotions and enables them to sing. This makes Atra a place where quite doesn’t exist because the people can always hear the faintest hints of melodies in the winds. Plants also have the magical aspect that creatures can be born from them. It is not uncommon to see elephants made of foods and dogs created out of flowers. Birds and big cats are the main type of creatures that can be found in Atra. Birds are usually extremely colorful yet dangerous at the same time, since they take really good care of their territories. Instead, cats are considered the people’s pets. Tigers and cheetahs found in Atra are unusually calm and you can often find them roaming the roads and sleeping in houses with families. There are so many flowers in Atra, that most of the creatures often find themselves with petals stuck to them, a characteristic that has become symbolic in Atra.

Religion

As mentioned before, one of the reasons why the Alexandrais decided to leave their planet of origin was due to religious conflicts and disagreements. The Alexandrais decided that in order to avoid a war that caused so much destruction in their planet of origin, they would not establish a definite religion and that religion should not have an influence in the government. Nevertheless, it wasn’t prohibited either for the people to have a religion or philosophy they could follow. It was however, prohibited to abuse of diplomacy and publically display and try to influence other people on the religion that one follows. Since most of the people in Atra are usually devoted scientists, many consider themselves agnostics, they don’t have enough scientific evidence or proof to testify if there is or there is not a God. Those who do believe in something though usually follow the philosophy of Pi, the leader that led the Alexandrais to Atra. Pi’s philosophy isn’t a religion per say, but it does advise people on how to live successfully and most importantly, in peace. Pi’s philosophy is rather simple, respect and progress and forgiveness. Pi didn’t believe in violence as a means of punishment, instead he believed in just trails and conversation that got to the bottom of problems. He believed that respect was the most important thing that a civilization had to have because respect induces tolerance and tolerance induces peace. In his philosophy, progress means that even though we have to stick to our core values, we shouldn’t be scared of changing them if the evidence and situation is right. For Pi, forgiveness was an important one. Forgiveness is the number one rule for Pi’s philosophy because it is the easiest way to avoid conflict.

Language

Alexandrais used to speak the native language found in their planet of origin, Xenululu. However, as time passed, the Alexandrais started developing their own dialect, Atralu. Atralu is a mixture of Xenululu with the distant languages of French and Italian. The Alexandrais came across the languages of French and Italian when they stumbled upon a book from a distant galaxy that explained the words and their meanings in those particular languages. Pi, a genius, was able to decipher the words and how to pronounce them. From there on, the people became obsessed with this book and were eager to learn about this exciting new languages, and so they decided to mix it with Xenululu. Because of that, the Alexandrais have a very complex language that takes many years, even for locals, to master. Most of the population speaks Atralu and main institutions use it as well, yet many people lear Xenululu as their second language. This is because, even though the war destroyed the planet, the Alexandrais don’t want to forget their roots and where they are from. Nevertheless, the Alexandrais appreciate that they have such a peculiar language because it gives them a sense of privacy and security from other planets when they discuss top secrets. Atralu consists of two writing systems, a logographic and an alphabet. The alphabet is used in everyday speech and common conversations while the logographic is reserved for the arts, storytelling, and music. The logographic system was inspired by the logographic system Xenululu had, while the alphabetic system was inspired by French and Italian.

Technology

The Alexandrais have one of the most advanced technology in their solar system. A big piece of their funds go directly into scientific research and development. This scientific research and development includes everything from medicine, nuclear power, and construction. The early founders of Atra decided that it was important to take care of their planet and the government and civilization that would live in Atra would carry a substantial life style. Because of that, Atra’s technology developed ways of saving energy and avoiding pollution by using solar, nuclear, and hydroelectric energy. Atra scientist were able to create what they call “little bundles of sunshine”, which are basically small capsules that capture pure solar rays and provides heavy amounts of energy. The capsules are made of vibranium, one of the strongest metals found in the whole galaxy and strong enough that it holds limitless amounts of energy. Fortunately, Atra has a small reserve of it. The capsules also capture hydroelectric and nuclear energy. These capsules are delivered to the people and to trading partners. Atra also has very advanced technology when it comes to medicine, especially in vaccinations. Due to the fact that most plants in Atra are curative, doctors and scientist are able to create concoctions of herbs and plants that in turn become antidotes that can be injected into the patients. When it comes to transportation, Atra vehicles are fueled by nuclear energy and they use jets propulsions instead of tires. Atra also has a great communication system, that mainly consists of telegraphs sent by sound waves. Even though many planets regard this communication system as ancient, it works well within the Atra community.

government

Traumatized by the failing government and democracy that caused war in their old planet, the Alexandrais decided to create a whole new government as soon as they arrived at Atra. All people over 18 gathered together in a long and tedious meeting that would determine how the planet would be organized. Based on the principles of democracy, the Alexandrais would develop what would later be called The Starway system. What the Starway system consisted of was of three different branches that focused on different aspects of society yet were interconnected in order to make major decisions and rules together. The branches were separated into one of: Technology/Science, Society, and Politics. In this system, there is not one single ruler or leader – there are multiples. The Technology/Science took on the role of supervising all that was related with science, math, development, progress, etc. This branch biggest challenge was engineering ways to create the most substantial society that was ever seen. They developed ways of only using solar energy and creating things out of biodegradable materials so what the people took from the planet, they could give return it within time. The leader of this branch is called Pilla, a young genius that has direct descent with Pi, the founder of Atra. The Society branch took care of diplomacy within the people. Their main role was to take the complaints/advice from the people, review them, and find solutions in order to control peace within the society. This branch was also the one that created the rules and saw to the needs of the 10 thousand citizens that lived in Atra. The leader of this branch is an old man named Matris, whose dedication to the people is commemorated every year.  The Politics branch took care mainly of external affairs, the economy, and trade. Even though the citizens are scared that since this branch has such an important role and that eventually they made exceed their power, they are actually the branch that holds the least amount of power to avoid demagogues. The leader of this branch is Adrais, a young man with prosperous views.  Elections take place every two years and no person can hold office two times in a row. This is made so everyone has a change at office and that the people don’t hoard their positions. When it comes to major rulings, the three branches unite and they work together everyday in order to solve problems.

Economy and Trade

In the last 500 years, Atra has become one of the planets with the best economy in their solar system. Thank to plentiful resources and advanced technology, Atra has become a major trading center with planets nearby. Atra practices a mixed economy. Even though most people participate in market economy, the government does interfere when it comes to the trade of important resources and major deals with other countries. Atra’s main resource is wood from the huge forest that envelop the entirety of the planet, yet Alexandrais don’t practice deforestation and to them the forests are a sacred place. Instead, the Alexandrais have developed a way of packing up both solar and nuclear energy in small, compact packages that they sell to other planets that lack energy resources. Even though they are expensive, the packages tend to create up to 5 years of energy. Atra also has a reputation for the high quality of its export manufactures, which include machinery, chemicals, watches, textiles, precision instruments, and diverse high-tech products. These products are all developed with metals that are bought from their main trading partners, Planet Meta, located in the same solar system as them. In return for the metals, Atra pays Meta in their energy packets. The Alexandrais also have a really big cultivation of exotic fruits that are found in their tropical forests. Nevertheless, they don’t cultivate enough food for a complete diet, therefore they tend to buy food and other sanitary items with the planet of Couscus. Due to their amazing advances in technology, the Alexandrais also have a really big market for medicines, which they sell to all of the planets within the star of Azara.

ART AND MUSIC

As it would be expected, Xenula had a heavy influence on art and music when the Alexandrais first arrived to Atra. People used art and music as a way to express all those heavy emotions they were feeling after loosing their homes. For many years, darkness was a common characteristic that could be found in both arts and music. Painters only used dark colors to paint gruesome scene from the way and musicians often sang about their lost ones. Pi, the great leader, eventually got fed up with the somberness the arts were bringing on the people and decided it was time for a change. Using wood, he first created three instruments: the drums, the maracas, and the flute. He then gave these instruments to the musicians and told them to create a beat that would make even the flowers dance. Then, he proceeded to take out the painters to a little exhibition into the rain forest. Pi and the painters walked for hours before Pi suddenly stopped in front of the most colorful flower any of them had ever seen. Pi then took out some paints and told the artists to get inspiration from the colors of the flowers. From then, art and music took a 360 turn and life suddenly came back to it. Musicians started playing tropical beats that would wake up everyone in the morning dancing and the hallways of people were filled with colorful paintings of the beautiful nature that Atra provided. Lyrics nowadays consists of odes to Pi and nature, thanking them for bringing life back to music.

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basic data

Star: Azara

Distance from Earth: (Light Years) 10 lights years away

Average Year: 500 days

Average Day: 40 hours

Size: 3,200 km

Gravity: 3g

Distinctions:

Atra is a small planet that may seem unimportant at first glance. But when the Alexandrais took a closer look, they immediately feel in love with the small, yet oddly charming planet. Even though it is the smallest planet of its solar system, it worked perfectly for the Alexandrais; who were looking for a place where they could build a community, not a civilization. From pole to pole, the planet seems covered in green when its in fact, covered in different types of forests. The different types of forest are caused by the different temperatures that can be found at Atra. Even though they don’t vary drastically, it’s enough that it still makes a difference whenever an Alexandrais travels through the planet. Atra is around 200 million km away from the star Azara, therefore it receives plenty of light and the days are very long. This planet is located relatively in the center of its solar system and its surrounded by about ten other planets, who the Alexandrais trade with. Atra has large enough bodies of water, mainly lakes and rivers, that are capable to provide for the people and the creatures inhabiting Atra. Atra is also full of natural resources such as nuclear and metal elements. Strong winds can be found year round that tend to knock out many trees. This creates a great challenge for Alexandrais since most of them live in tree houses and very few actually live on the ground.  Thankfully, gravity has a strong pull on the planet, which in turn makes the trees sturdier and harder to push down.