MIND YOU, IT TAKES MONTHS TO ENTER OR LEAVE THIS PLACE.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY WITH YOUR SETTLERS' CONTRACT.
I hope you like surreal landscapes because I don't know what you are expecting from us otherwise. We are 5-month drive away from our home planet, with our current space travel technology. Faster than sound, yes. We are also fortunate that Gaia and Crustalia orbit at the rates that make them relatively close to each other and not the opposite sides of the solar system, or else it might take a year just to go home. By the very least, there is internet and strictly only internet. Mobile signal cannot be installed here yet and it won't be interplanetary when it happens. We rely greatly on the satellites that are orbiting this planet now. It is the only source of wireless communication we have. Nonetheless, it's not easily threatened. At least, the animals here are not sapient enough to topple our newfound bases.
I haven't slept for three nights now (at the time of writing). But I wish you a good morning. Days and nights are longer on Crustalia than on Gaia. There are 35 Gaian hours in a Crustalian day, and 2.6 Gaian years in a Crustalian year. It is a slightly larger planet than Gaia, and its orbit is wider thanks to its distance from the Sun. Nonetheless, it is in the habitable zone and has life, water and atmosphere on it. Everything wants to kill us, though. Animals, plants, water, air -- all were contaminated before we cleared up a liveable space in the plains like how we used to clear nuclear fallout from our country. (No, it is still not all gone.) The plains kinda remind us of home, though. Zitravgrad is kind of flat. But it is not like the peak of this planet is very high. Only about 4,000+ km at most and no one wants that part yet. Some random nation here might come up with a plan to take it one day. Today, Zitravgrad ought to be satisfied with this Steppe-thing. It is actually fertile. We can plant and raise our own food here to a great extent, but we are also at risk of having our lifestock eaten and our crops tampled by native faunas. Soon enough, we find out which of the animals and the plants can be eaten or farmed, but not as effectively yet. Birds here taste pretty weird.
Bright blue marble with lush green patches. It looks like an amazing alternative from Gaia that is now slowly decaying. But that is a bit of an exaggeration. Because once after you land, you will face the landscape filled with this strange grey-blue crystal. This is called Krichen. It is essentially crystalized form of minerals absorbed from the soil beneath it. (Sounds familiar, right?) It is found to be radioactive, hence unsafe for carbon-based lifeforms. But being radioactive means it would be valuable in Gaia, with its oil wells near-depleted and coals no longer existent. The consumption of electricity could only go up if the civilizations of Gaia want to survive at all. Don't even mention growing exponentially. Space colonization becomes the new trend as solving climate change doesn't sound cool anymore. Gaia's climate has remained stabilized for a decade or two already, but the lands that had gone under the sea might not return anytime soon... that's why looking for new lands is better and more exciting.
Back to Krichen. I'm proud to say that a Zitravgradian scientist named it, Dr. Kirill Avsanovka received a sample of it in the 2060s and thought it would be nice to name it 'icy' because it looks like ice. The first thing that happened, though, was the Geiger screaming at the sight of it. It is just Uranium but glossy, but it glows in such obvious fashion that search and harvest are easy.... and there is quite a large supply of it. One-fifths of Crustalia is covered in these crystrals, both in land and underwater. You just need thick clothes and health insurance to mine it, but it's usually a job for robots to do so. This thing is so valuable that the state nationalized the industry dedicated to mining it. That's a serious deal, like oil and gas back in the 2020s. Exposure to Krichen does the same thing to what nuclear fallout does to us long ago, illness, cancer, mutation or death. But the worse case present here is that it sometimes gets nested in the lifeforms it mutates, hence bringing its radiation further away. It looks nice, though. Basically, we fled from nuclear fallout to meet crystal radiation.
Space Settlement - Alfrosky-Avsanovka Aerospacebase is a bit of a mountful. Even SS-AAA is a mouthful. Here, we just call it "The Base". It has around 3,000 people, consisting of soldiers, researchers, engineers, agricultural specialists, medical workers, sanitary staffs and bureaucrats doing whatever. It is not big, but not small either. Imagine trying to keep 3,000 people in the same gate. We have three residential buildings, among several other facilities we need. This number is small for a 'town' but too big to micromanage. Thus, we live in appropriate personal space and privacy, as much as our own dorm rooms allow us. Most of us are single and volunteered as individual, although a fair portion did bring their families along, which means that we are already simulating a small society, in which older people are looked up to as the pillars who maintain some sense into the senseless youth whose works involve risking their necks in an expedition. I don't like to say that I run this place. My responsibilities belong to the military and law. Most of the civilian problems are in the hand of the Civilian Superintendent. With most menial works automated, working here looks pretty fine, but you run the risks of having to start things over again. The resources from the home planet only arrive twice in one Gaian year. Hence, currency is not something one would spend a lot here. All lodgings are provided for workers and soldiers. This place has not been explored by private sector... for the time being.
What else do you want to know? This is the basis of it...
I will expand this later then...