|Atmosphere:||Thin (0.43 to 0.7) (Temperate)|
|Hydrographics:||Wet World 50%|
|Law Level:||Low Law (no explosives, poison gas)|
|Technology:||Early Stellar (fusion)|
|Trade Codes:||Lo NI|
|Government Subtype:||Republic/Unitary State|
- “Economy and Infrastructure”
Paya was originally settled in 310 by settlors from the Regina Subsector. The garden world provided near ideal atmospheric conditions for Sophont colonisation and approximately 50% covered in seas consisting largely of H2O. Agricultural projects yielded impressive quantities of crops as the soil was especially fertile given the heavily forested terrain.
The Payan population grew from 5,000 colonists in 310 to approximately 12 million by Scout Service estimates in 1075. Given Paya’s astrographic positioning, it makes an ideal stopover for Jump-2 ships travelling to and from Regina and sizable quantities of trade and migration was facilitated through Paya. In 980, Tukera Lines completed construction of one of the most advanced Highports in the Aramis Subsector in partnership with investors from Regina. The Highport, working in concert with the planet’s existing Lowport
Numerous mining companies have petitioned the Payan government for rights to excavate the site of the crater impact. Illegal surveys have identified large quantities of resources were ‘raised’ to the surface as a result of the impact. This is in addition to the minerals borne by AM-2R.
There has, however, been sizable opposition to these overtures from the indigenous population, including the Society of the Evolutes, environmental groups and Remberancers. Thus far, the Government has declined rights issues to mine dirtside and struggle to enforce the moratorium with limited manpower and resources.
A number of groups and companies have been indicted and successfully prosecuted for illegal mining in. There are allegations that many firms are shells and proxies backed by larger corporations attempting to mine ‘at arms length.’
His Imperial Majesty respects the wishes of the Payan people and deeply sympathises with their position. It is, however, a domestic matter and the Imperial Advocates will not intervene except in instances that Imperial Law has clearly been breached.
The Scout Service, in partnership with the current Government, continues to survey the planet. The Geological and Meteorological impact of the AM-2R event is still being assessed, even 40 years hence. Colonisation is prohibited in large swathes of the terrain for safety reasons, but also for ideological reasons. The Society of the Evolutes states they are ‘dedicated the careful planning and recolonisation of their planet in line with the ideals of [their] reborn society.’ Despite accusations of eccentricity (and purposefully obstruction from some corners) they progress.
Several issues with ‘The Plan’ are emerging however. Payans have invested heavily developing robotics and high technology solutions to drive their rebuilding efforts. However, engineering and infrastructure projects have high initial costs and the Society is struggling to generate funding to finance the endeavours. The small population base generates relatively small quantities of tax (despite marginal tax rates of 100% at certain thresholds). The planet’s Balance of Payments runs an annual deficit as essential goods are still imported with very little exported. Government Bond sales continue, but there are concerns that they higher rates of interest will need to be paid in the near future as questions have arisen about the viability and RoI of the projects. Ideological ‘lines in the sand’ have also stymied the implementation of Public-Private Partnerships and the investment of Private Equity firms.
Finally, the prohibition on immigration means that highly skilled workers are unable to work out-system and permits to temporarily leave are jealously guarded by the government over fears that the dwindling population might leave and not return. This has also caused a serious People Smuggling and slavery crisis in Paya which has extended to Dhian. Imperial Agencies are currently investigating.