Abbadus is a large terrestrial garden world of silicate composition; it has little axial tilt providing for an almost uniform temperate climate. Geographically Abbadus is divided into six more-or-less continental land masses called Prefectures sprawling across numerous shallow seas. 35% of Abbadus is covered by water. The planet has a mixed oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere with traces of noble gases and water vapor. Abbadus has a gravity of 1.02G. Five moons orbit Abbadus – all have been terra-formed and support life. Extreme terra-forming has left Abbadus bereft of almost all exploitable resources.
The Six Prefectures: Mririnda, Lijassir, Frassa, Chalomisa, Sassindria, and Ajisala.
Moons of Abbadus: Chandal, Pearl, Tarkesh, Errant, and Oatheld.
Abbadus does not have a unified world government. Countless Noble Houses within nine highly competitive nation-states, called Conclaves, squabble, scrabble, and otherwise skirmish for power. Within each Conclave are numerous Enclaves ruled by a single or multiple Noble Houses. Adding into this mix are five semi-independent city-states, known as the Five Free Enclaves where no single Conclave or Noble House hold power.
The Nine Conclaves: Walaja, Sojina, Idjerya, Mandaska, Sandian, Larrassa, Modrist, Amlasya, and Issajasemla.
The Five Free Enclaves: Anubis City, Night City, Cinnabar, Lorjit, and Chindermau.
The Astaani practiced genetic manipulation, this coupled with several thousand years of evolution and genetic drift has resulted in wildly diverse human population on the planet. Many cultures have undertaken a program of inbreeding and some are almost unrecognizable as human. This genetic manipulation has resulted chemical and hormonal (and in some cases cellular) imbalances in some populations – such that they must rely on outside infusions or individual consumption of foreign genetic materials to maintain homeostasis. Correspondingly medical and biological sciences among the Abbadan Enclaves are very advanced – though they have severely degraded from the that of their Astaani forbearers. Abbadan biologists and medical doctors are much in demand throughout the cluster. Abbadus also does a brisk trade in medicines, and rare (and often genetically modified) plant and animal extracts of various properties.
The societal structure of Abbadus is a complex interplay of biology, hereditary caste (which in some cases can be socially, biologically, and vocationally fixed), tribal and clan affiliation, feudal obligation, vocation, religion, and personal ambition – which tends to vary geographically. In general, the various Conclaves seem to operate as separate feudal states. Much of the population are born (or genetically selected) into social castes. Most members of the Noble Caste belong to genetically divergent Noble Houses which tend to function as feudal overlords for individual Enclaves. Some Noble Houses also have clan and tribal affiliations which can transcend feudal obligations within a specific Conclave or Enclave. There are also separate castes for hereditary members of religious orders and highly technical or specialized vocations. In general there are High Castes, which practice rigorous genetic manipulation upon their members; and Low Castes which tend not to engage in such activities. Amid the stratus of Abbadan society are also those without caste (generally referred to as the Casteless) and those for whom tribal or clan memberships (and hereditary lineage) is more important. This all lends itself to a complex web of obligation, custom, and courtesy that often defies ready explanation. To natives negotiating this web is second nature. To visitors it is daunting if not impossible.