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New Gibson

New Gibson is the second exoplanet to be colonized by humanity, shortly after the initial success of Biesel's colonization attempt in 2167. While the economic and social powerhouse established itself on Biesel, New Gibson was set to become the industrial powerhouse of the Tau Ceti system. New Gibson contained a rich and valuable resource pool together with the highest concentrations of many valuable minerals of any planetary surface in Tau Ceti, in the form of highly concentrated ores. This vast mineral wealth was highly sought after, especially for the continued development of Biesel's fledgling colony at the beginning of its life. While New Gibson has a complex dedicated to virtually all industries, from personal grooming equipment to advanced AI components, its major industries are shipbuilding, construction materials, enterprise-scale medical equipment and electronics.

Environment

Characterised by huge snow-covered valleys with large solitary mountains, New Gibson experiences some of the coldest temperatures across Tau Ceti. Its atmosphere is primarily composed of methane, ammonia and trace amounts of water vapour - requiring those that wish to explore its landscape to wear EVA equipment.

Due to its axial tilt, combined with its orbital period, New Gibson is enveloped in perpetual twilight. These factors also contributed to the planet’s frequent blizzards, engulfing the plains of New Gibson in its frost. Temperatures during these blizzards can reach as low as negative 187°C.

The existence of life existing across New Gibson is a contentious topic. Rumours circulate among New Gibsonites that the snow is in fact an alien species, connected through millions of pathways only observable through powerful microscopes. Whilst this has supposedly been disproven, the superstition of the frost harbouring life continues to proliferate across the planet - with stories of the snow forming shapes and even interacting with people.

Government

Patriotic flag of New Gibson.

Initially, the colonies established across New Gibson were subservient to their respective colonial powers, the majority of which was Nordic in origin or northwestern European. There was no unified government across New Gibson until after the Crisis of 2294, where the Parliamentary Republic of New Gibson was established, a representative democracy that relies on population statistics to award influence within its highest chamber of authority. Those within Parliament are elected by inhabitants of the respective biodomes, who in turn elect an individual among themselves to represent the entirety of New Gibson; the Presiding Speaker. The current Presiding Speaker is Åke Torvald.

New Gibson, unlike other planets across the Orion Spur, does not possess a military force. It only utilizes law enforcement agencies to ensure there maintains a level of order within its biodomes, known as the New Gibson Security Forces. The administration of the New Gibson Security Forces falls under the purview of Presiding Speaker Torvald, who has assigned each biodome, adequate members of the force, to ensure effective law enforcement.

History

New Gibson is home to many different cultures, but the most numerous are the Svandi, who constitute well over two-thirds of the planet’s population. The first colonists on New Gibson arrived in the 2160s, lived in early prototypes of biodomes in the crust of pre-explored New Gibson, and came from Scandinavian countries. The majority hailed from Sweden, but the ancestors of the Svandi were also drawn from Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark, though Indonesian colonies were established on the arctic planet in the 2170s as well - their colonists known as the Mgakolonista. New Gibsonite history is quite complicated but to oversimplify it, after the Second Great Depression in the 2260s, New Gibson was plunged into a dark age of overpopulation and the dwindling ability to sustain their colonies on the planet. The former colonies across New Gibson eventually unified the planet under what would become the Parliamentary Republic of New Gibson, which accelerated the then-nascent anti-Solarian sentiments’ proliferation across multiple facets of Gibsonite society, resulting in riots that ultimately nearly destroyed several biodomes.

Founding

The encroaching ecological collapse of Earth spurred numerous countries across the European Union to attempt to colonize planets as a way to preserve their way of life - even if it existed in another form on another planet. Majority of the original colonists of New Gibson were refugees from the environmental circumstances of their homeland - melting icecaps flooding the coastal regions of Scandinavia. Entire regions were wiped from the flood, resulting in overpopulation within the major population centres and rising political tension. The issues presented across the Nordic region eventually prompted the unified colonization effort of New Gibson - its abundance of natural resources and proximity to Biesel and Valkyrie made it an optimal decision.

Several settlements were established during the early 2160s, marking the first wave of colonization, utilizing modified archology technology from Mars. The first biodomes are considerably different from what exists across New Gibson currently and were heavily industrialized. Artificial environments were unheard of for the initial colonists of the planet, and industrial architecture was a common sight. The limited ability to sustain colonists, whilst also providing for their needs, resulted in cramped living conditions until the expansion of the settlements deep within the permafrost and crust.

Almost a decade later, a last-ditch effort from the remaining archipelagos of the Philippines successfully established a hold on New Gibson. Similarly to the environmental refugees from Scandinavia, these colonists often originated from areas that had been lost to the ecological collapse of Earth - with mounting overpopulation within the other population centres, it was critical to offload the burden onto already established planets. Whilst the majority of the Mgakolonista were diverted to Biesel, a growing percentage found themselves flooding the already established biodomes of the arctic New Gibson. It was only after authorisation by the Solarian Alliance was a primarily Mgakolonista biodome was constructed, solidifying their presence.

Despite there being several setbacks across the colonies of New Gibson, it was eventually deemed a successful effort from all sides in 2192. Colonies that previously were self-sufficient had begun industrially specializing, and an expansive trading network between the biodomes became critical to the survival of those across the arctic plains. Initially making use of atmospheric carriers that proved to be ineffective in the long run, the notion of an interconnected subway crept into the colonists’ minds. The New Gibsonite Subway was established in 2224, and brought with it a new type of connection between the biodomes. Travelling among biodomes became popular, and the myriad of cultures began to fuse into one.

Second Great Depression & Interstellar War

The ushering in of the Second Great Depression resulted in a dark age occurring across the colonies of New Gibson. The collapse of the Solarian Alliance’s economy initially meant that New Gibson saw itself rise to prominence as a regional industrial superpower, and enjoyed a somewhat delayed impact of the economic slump as outer colonies found themselves relying on New Gibson as a manufacturing hub in the region. The continued economic downturn eventually forced the rerouting of funds allocated to New Gibson to other colonies deemed more vital. While other colonies had begun to adjust to the instability of the economic recession, New Gibson had been plunged into the deep end. With the inability to fund the maintenance of their biodomes combined with escalating demands from its industrial sector, New Gibsonites were forced to replace several residential districts with industrial zones in the hope of their export income sustaining the colonies. Biodomes returned to cramped living conditions, with overpopulation quickly overtaking the other issues faced.

The outbreak of the Interstellar War only added to the abuse that New Gibson was suffering from the increased demand for its manufacturing ability. Much of the smaller industries funded by the inhabitants found themselves swallowed by larger off-world competitors, namely Einstein Engines. While the shipbuilding industry of New Gibson was repurposed for simple refuelling and repairs, it quickly became the foremost and most critical base for the war effort towards the galactic east. The bailouts received from the Solarian Alliance for Einstein Engines at the height of the Second Great Depression, with many on New Gibson viewing it as funding meant for them, found itself injected into the planet's shipyard infrastructure. For a brief period in time, New Gibson seemed to recover slightly from the mistreatment of its sovereign power. This would unfortunately not last for long.

The brief respite for New Gibsonites was just that; despite other participants within Tau Ceti contributing to the demands laid out by the Solarian Alliance, New Gibson was often forced to shoulder the large majority of it due to it specializing in manufacturing early on in its development as a colony. Overpopulation was rife, and the ability to sustain its inhabitants continued to dwindle through the decade long war. Its conclusion only brought with it growing unemployment and political tension between New Gibson and the Solarian Alliance.

Crisis of 2294

Dwindling necessities, overpopulation and unemployment were just the major factors that contributed to the Crisis of 2294. The inability to provide basic necessities, or afford to import it from Biesel, resulted in a famine that wiped out almost twenty percent of New Gibson’s total population. Hundreds of thousands died in the ensuing weeks, alongside the proliferation of diseases such as dysentery across the biodomes. Riots broke out shortly thereafter, attempting to breach the restricted hydroponic districts, taking what little food was still being grown with limited resources.

It is seen as the most defining moment within New Gibsonite history. It was months before a helping hand was extended by both Biesel and Valkyrie, against the wishes of the shared colonial sovereign. It took almost two years to fully recover from the effects of the Crisis, with Einstein Engines liquidating the majority of its corporate assets across the planet due to the grim circumstances that made recovery seem unlikely.

The Crisis of 2294 resulted in the introduction of the New Gibson Parliament, and the change of hands in leadership. Biodomes would be afforded seats based on their population, and those holding seats in parliament would be elected by the people. It also brought with it the replacement of the Colonial Governor’s office, with the office of Presiding Speaker taking its place. The nationalization of the industries across New Gibson was the first legislation passed by the New Gibson Parliament, where they swore they’d serve the needs of New Gibsonites before they’d serve the needs of off-worlders.

Contact with the Skrell

First contact with the Skrell in 2332 brought with it incredible changes, especially for New Gibson. The tension between the Solarian Alliance and New Gibson was at the highest it had ever been and was continuing to grow. The vestiges of the problems experienced almost forty years prior still had a profound impact across the biodomes of New Gibson. Growth across New Gibson was still restricted due to the lack of funding from the Solarian Alliance and issues presented shortly before the Crisis were beginning to re-appear.

After several years of brokering agreements, the Jargon Federation had agreed to integrate their biodome technology across colonies within the Solarian Alliance. While this was first treated with hostility by New Gibsonites, who believed it to be an alien invasion into their culture and way of life, it eventually became the foundation for an amicable relationship between Skrell and New Gibsonites. Skrell were migrating in droves to the biodomes across the planet, integrating their foreign technology into the decaying systems of New Gibson - revitalizing and revolutionizing the quality of life on the planet.

Hydroponics were no longer struggling to reach quotas, and cramped conditions disappeared almost overnight as Skrellian technology continued to be introduced and expanded upon. New Gibson readily accepted the Skrell into their society, with many choosing to remain even after the leasing agreements had concluded. This resulted in New Gibson hosting one of the largest populations of Skrell outside the Jargon Federation, and the largest in Tau Ceti.

Recent Times

The independence of Tau Ceti in 2452 was highly celebrated in New Gibson, ending the rising political tensions between the planet and the Solarian Alliance. Independence brought opportunities to expand and allowed New Gibson to rise to prominence once again. Tau Ceti’s status as a safe haven for megacorporations was initially met with bitterness, but after continued investments by NanoTrasen, it quickly altered the New Gibsonite perspective. Skrell still remaining on New Gibson were utilized once again, but instead of integrating their technology into pre-existing structures, were tasked with constructing an advanced biodome that would become the capital of the planet - the Hengsha Biodome Archology, named after Presiding Speaker Xin Hengsha.

New Gibson remains an industrial superpower within the Republic of Biesel, and is responsible for the production of the majority of industrial and consumer goods that can be bought within the region of space it encompasses - even exporting to lesser nations such as the Izweski Hegemony and the Peoples’ Republic of Adhomai. There are several events that have transpired on New Gibson in recent times:

August 18th, 2460: The Hengsha Biodome Archology is attacked by the Lii’dra Hive. Thousands are injured in the ensuing chaos, and the deployment of Black K’ois is first seen.

August 19th, 2460: New Gibson is placed in lockdown, and the New Valley Biodome experiences a communications blackout. Expeditions are launched by survivors to investigate.

August 21st, 2460: Black K’ois is finally contained on New Gibson, being confined to several controlled locations carefully monitored by authorities. The New Valley Biodome is discovered to be the breeding ground for an unknown substance.

September 4th, 2460: The Lii’dra are successfully repelled. Damages estimated from the carnage are high and expected to take months to repair. The death toll of the New Gibson invasion sits at 192.

February 1st, 2461: Aut’akh arrive to New Gibson, seeking asylum within the Republic of Biesel.

February 11th, 2461: Aut’akh are granted asylum on New Gibson, utilizing their ships as a makeshift biodome archology.

February 18th, 2461: Aut’akh hold the Zandiziite Games across New Gibson, similarly styled to that of the Olympic Games of Earth.

Both the Phoron Scarcity and the King of the World Arc have brought several changes to the archologies across New Gibson, mostly in the forms of compounding issues that many fear will turn into another Crisis of 2294. With most of the archologies utilizing Phoron generators to power their districts, there have been several power fluctuations resulting in entire districts having to undergo brown-outs to ensure life-support is sustained throughout their archologies. There are calls from New Gibsonites to address the developing issue, however, little has been done by the government - many voicing discontents as their calls fall on deaf ears. The Solarian Invasion of the Republic Biesel by the 33rd Fleet only added to the problems faced by New Gibson. Using the orbital bombardment of the archologies as a diversion attempt, many of the levels close to the surface found themselves heavily damaged, and requiring extensive repairs. Much of the damage has not been repaired, due to the power constraints in the face of the Phoron Scarcity as archologies face brown-outs in order to keep themselves alive, even just barely. The Crisis of 2294 lingers on the minds of New Gibsonites, many fearing yet another may occur and plunge their planet into another era of darkness.

Society, Culture and People

The majority of New Gibson relies on the intercontinental rails to travel between the biodomes, which continues to be expanded thanks to the efforts of Scay’s brood. There exist miles of ice caves carved by the Vaurcae Workers, slowly allowing the expansion of the underground railroad. A person can live in Hengsha and go bar drinking in Xoikko in just a matter of a couple of hours, much to the enjoyment of the local populace. Due to the history of New Gibson, an overwhelming percentage of people are lower-class workers manning the manufacturing facilities on the planet. It is due to this, that New Gibsonites are commonly stereotyped as either being diligent workaholics or uneducated bumpkins. Factories across New Gibson have several operating shifts, encompassing roughly six hours each to ensure that there is round-the-clock production whilst also meeting safety criteria set by the New Gibsonite Parliament.

As a vow to never let the Crisis of 2294 repeat itself, New Gibson has implemented an economic and social welfare system commonly referred to as the New Gibsonite model. It combines elements of ideologies, carefully implementing legislation to ensure there exists a healthy balance. This has successfully yielded a rather high quality of life within the Republic of Biesel, despite attempts by Biesel to replicate the New Gibsonite model, they have ultimately failed - likely as a result of the melting pot of cultures that include significant alien influences with altering perspectives.

Demographics

Svandi

The Svandi make up the largest portion of the population. They are descended from the colonials from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark. Whilst the Svandi are a diverse set of people, they have several things in common, mostly their cultural backgrounds and ways of life that have bled into the society that envelopes New Gibson. This includes things such as celebrations, cuisine and even shared world perspectives.

Skin Tone: 0 - 30 cold

Average Male Height: 5’9” - 6’1”

Average Female Height: 5’5” - 5’9”

Blonde and light brown hair

Blue, green eyes

Mgakolonista

The Mgakolonista make up the second-largest portion of the population. They are descended from the colonists from the Philippines. After the devastating impact of the ecological collapse of Earth, the Philippines were confronted with submerged cities along their coasts, forcing a massive exodus. The complete disappearance of most archipelagos in the region had caused most of its population to join other Earth nations in their colonisation efforts, with New Gibson being the most notable.

Skin Tone: 90 - 110 cold

Average Male Height: 5’2” - 5’7”

Average Female Height: 4’9” - 5’2”

Brown, black hair

Green, brown eyes

Cuisine

Cuisine on New Gibson is heavily influenced by two main cultures origins: Scandinavia and the Philippines. Cuisine from these regions traditionally consisted of a variety of fish and meat, but due to the life inside cramped biodomes, where there was little space for livestock, there was a noticeable shift towards more vegetarian and vegan-based diets. During this period of the planet's history, the drinks ‘Gibson Hooch’ and ‘Gibson Punch’ were starting to see prominence. These cocktails had no standard mix, with Hooch being made out of a mix of alcoholic spirits, beer, and cola, while Gibson Punch would typically be made from orange juice, homemade vodka, and powdered lemonade mix for flavour. These two drinks would eventually become household favourites of the colonists, with the drinks being standardised roughly at the start of the 24th century. To New Gibsonites, these drinks are culturally and historically important, reflecting the difficult history of New Gibson.

Between New Gibson’s founding and the emigration of Skrell to the colony, cuisine for both Svandi and Mgakolonista consisted of ration packs made primarily out of soybeans or soy-based protein, one of the main crops grown in the hydroponics archologies. While the number of livestock on New Gibson during this time was never high, there were small ‘farms’ spread out across the biodomes that allowed for meat, eggs and dairy to be given to the populace in small amounts. Smaller animals such as goats, chickens, and sheep were the only ones allowed due to the cramped conditions making space a luxury at the time.

Early Svandi dishes would attempt to recreate cuisines that could be found on Earth, such as meatballs made with a mix of lamb and soy-protein (or more usually, just soy), as well as soy-based versions of other meats such as reindeer, elk, or pork. With limited access to fish imports, most fish-based dishes consisted of smoked meat or meat analogues. Soups and stews were a primary feature at this time to help stretch out the limited food supply of the colony, and to make up for the lack of variety of food offered.

In more modern times, New Gibson has been able to easily import food from places such as Biesel, allowing the Svandi people to experience real meat and fish and to create dishes more true to their heritage. One such dish is considered a delicacy, known as gravlax - salmon fillet marinated in herbs and served with a mustard sauce.

The Mgakolonista were similarly affected earlier in New Gibson’s history, with little access to staples that made up the more popular Filipino dishes. The Mgakolonista relied on soy protein to replace meat in many of their dishes, as well as imports of rice. One of the more common dishes during this time was sinigang thanks to its simplicity, traditionally being a dish made up of meat or seafood in a sour broth. Today, however, the Mgakolonista enjoy the more varied produce grown on New Gibson thanks to the improved hydroponics facilities, with many traditional dishes making a comeback such as kare-kare, a stew that features a thick peanut sauce.

Synthetic meat has also grown in popularity, with facilities on New Gibson itself established to provide beef, pork, salmon, and herring in particular for domestic consumption. There have been plans since the late 24th century for aquaculture archologies to be built, but due to the investment required for these facilities, this has barely left the planning stages.

Celebrations

Remembrance Day is celebrated across New Gibson on the 14th of June. A national holiday that mourns the events of the Crisis of 2294. In the evening, there is a memorial at the Svaltmonument that is dedicated to those that perished during the darkest days of New Gibson. The names of each person are read, following which is a unified moment of silence. It is common for New Gibsonites to wear black, symbolizing the shared impact of the Crisis. Recently, the names of those that perished in the Lii’dra Invasion have also been included.

Unity Day is celebrated across New Gibson on the 27th of December. It is a national holiday that celebrates the forming of the Parliamentary Republic of New Gibson, which unified the biodomes under a central government. There is no official celebration beyond a special announcement by the Presiding Speaker, but many people host parties in the residential districts to celebrate.

Celebration of the Solistice is celebrated by the Svandi people of New Gibson on the 6th of September, marking the completed revolution of New Gibson on its axis. It involves the raising and dancing around a maypole - a tall, wooden pole that has its origins in provinces across Earth. After the activities surrounding the maypole have concluded, there is a community picnic each family contributes to. It is not uncommon for those of Mgakolonista-descent to engage in the festival.

Harvest Week is celebrated primarily in the Bagumbayan Biodome starting on the 22nd of August and ending on the 29th. During this time the glut of crops grown are sent to the myriad street vendors and eating venues to be sold as part of the celebrations. Harvest Week is a celebration of New Gibson’s progress as a colony, as well as a remembrance of those lost due to starvation during its early years. Harvest Week is one of the biodomes main draws, bringing in tourists from across the planet during the celebration. While Harvest Week is mostly celebrated by the Mgakolonista colonists of New Gibson, the celebration is heavily advertised by the biodome, inviting everyone from the other domes as well as tourists from abroad to take part in the festivities.

Major Population Centres

Hengsha

New Gibson's capital, the Hengsha Arcology

The capital of New Gibson, the Hengsha Biodome is the largest across the arctic flats and houses the majority of the New Gibsonite population. Instituted by then-Presiding Speaker Xin Hengsha, it was one of the first massive undertakings by the Republic of Biesel following its independence from the Solarian Alliance - a project of sorts that was thought to prove their capacity as a sovereign nation. It was the first collaborative project with the megacorporations as well, with both NanoTrasen and Hephaestus Industries contributing greatly to its construction. It is centred around “Hengsha Square”, a promenade surrounding an artificial lake created to simulate the environment of Biesel. It is considered one of the most advanced biodomes within the entirety of the Orion Spur, with round the clock maintenance workers ensuring its continued operation. Internally, its architectural structure is a blend of both Biesellite and New Gibsonite designs. It has no specific function, and dabbles in several different fields; agriculture, industry and even entertainment. Due to it housing the majority of the planet’s population, Hengsha is awarded the most seats in Parliament.

Bagumbayan

The Bagumbayan Biodome was established in the 2170s in response to the quickly increasing population of colonists of Filipino descent arriving on New Gibson. Already forced to address the pre-existing overpopulation crisis on the planet, the Solarian Alliance finally authorised the construction of a new biodome, which was soon after made the unofficial destination for all new colonists from the Philippines as the already-established community began to congregate in it. Internally, the biodome shares a similar philosophy to Filipino architecture back on Earth, with those outside of the Mgakolonista community commenting on the prominent mix of both old-Earth Filipino design and Biesellite aesthetic. Considered the breadbasket of New Gibson, Bagumbayan houses a large number of food-processing facilities and hydroponics farms focused on domestic demand, maintained and sponsored by NanoTrasen's subsidiary, Getmore Corporation. It is awarded the second-highest number of seats in Parliament.

Fallanland

Located within a rather deep valley, Fallanland was established as a central trade depot for the Svandi colonisation sites across the frosty plains of New Gibson. Its sheltered positioning allowed for early triumphs over its sister colonies, unprotected archologies that found themselves struggling to maintain existence throughout the hazardous weather they were subjected to. Fallanland is considered one of the oldest biodomes across New Gibson and was established sometime in the 2160s. It has continued to be a pillar of the cultural heritage of the Svandi, with the internal architecture resembling what is seen within the Scandanavian region of Earth - and is intentionally continued by the archology planners to give homage to their origin. While initially a trade depot, Fallanland has evolved to become somewhat specialised in heavy industrial manufacturing, as well as both resource extraction and refinement, thanks to the investments of Hephaestus Industries. It has the third-highest number of seats in Parliament.

Xoikko

Introduced after contact with the Skrell, the Xoikko biodome has become somewhat of a tourist attraction instead of its proposed research focus, only hosting one Zeng-Hu Pharmaceuticals corporate research facility. It has a flourishing civilian sector and is the “entertainment capital” of the arctic planet, propagated through the backing of its facilities by Idris Incorporated, who continue to expand both its influence and facilities within the Xoikko Biodome. New Gibsonites are largely fond of the Xoikko Biodome, and when asked will often talk about their experience within the clubs, restaurants and other entertainment venues. Predominantly composed of Skrell, the Xoikko Biodome is known among New Gibsonites to be especially mechanophobic despite the Republic of Biesel’s stance on IPCs - with reports of unofficial entry denial into the biodome. Due to the similar environment of Aliose to that of New Gibson, Skrell from these planets share similar appearances - thick, white skin meant to assist in thermoregulation. It has the fourth-highest number of seats in Parliament.

Xerxes

Deep within the surface of New Gibson exists the Xerxes Biodome, populated mostly by Vaurcae of the Scay’extiih’aur brood. The colony has expanded underground, allowing human populations to reside on the surface. The latter is still rare, as crime and prejudice make the biodome not a popular venue amongst other species. The relay tower, the most visible landmark, serves as a backup for the main one placed in Flagsdale. Similarly to the Hengsha Biodome, Xerxes remains unaffiliated with any megacorporation mostly as a result of the isolative tendencies of Scay. The majority of the innovations of the Zo’ra Hive can be attributed to the efforts of the Hidden Queen, said to have played a role in adapting the Bulwark to be utilized by the Zo’ra.

Skrell on New Gibson

Following first contact with the Skrell in 2332 CE, various agreements between the Jargon Federation and the Solarian Alliance facilitated the introduction of Skrellian technology on New Gibson; much of which was being used on Aliose. This led to the "leasing" of Skrell to oversee the application of their technology, making sure that its use holds up to skrellian standards. This new technology was rapidly applied across the colony, replacing the rather rudimentary archologies established across the arctic planet.

Initial integration proved to be difficult, owing to the cultural differences of the species. Whilst tensions were rather high between Humanity and Skrell on New Gibson, it eventually came to pass shortly after the assimilation of Skrellian technology. The new biodomes proved to be a success as the archologies were massively overhauled, allowing for the various restrictions forced upon the archologies to be repealed. Many of the "leased" Skrell chose to remain on New Gibson, with the Jargon Federation supporting those that remained through the establishment of spa clinics, allowing the new colonists to receive similar characteristics to Skrell found on Aliose - primarily thick white skin.

Most Gibsonites, as a result of the planet's assistance from the Skrell, possess a more positive view of Skrell than other humans within the Orion Spur. This has prospered in many skrellian individuals continuing to visit their quya that remained on New Gibson or even emigrating due to the welcoming attitude towards their species. New Gibson now hosts the largest population of Skrell within Tau Ceti, and one of the largest outside of the Jargon Federation. This change in demographics has pushed many Gibsonites to share a similar bias towards Synthetics that the Skrell do; prompting more discrimination to occur to IPCs than anywhere else within Tau Ceti. Whilst the official discrimination against IPCs is similar to that on Biesel, unofficially, many IPCs have commented on the mechanophobia that has enveloped Gibsonite society.