A Thousand Dirty Planets
Andarta is a planet in the Palatine cluster, noted for its great natural beauty, and as a popular holiday destination. It is lightly populated, and much of the planet remains an untouched wilderness. The one major city is called Joy City, and 75% of the planet’s population live here. It is a marvel of pre-war architecture, and integrates well into the sub-tropical jungle area it is situated in. Agricultural areas of the planet are hundreds of kilometers away from Joy City, to help maintain the illusion for visitors that the planet outside the city is wholly wilderness.
Andarta has negligible mineral resources, and never supported much industry. As a result it escaped relatively unscathed from the Mohilar War. However, as a lightly populated paradise, many people from nearby worlds which were severely bombarded during the war have decided to travel to Andarta to try and start a new life. Andarta has welcomed many thousands of such refugees, but their presence has changed the planet. Joy City has developed a number of slum areas and shanty towns on the outskirts where the refugees have been forced to settle.
Andarta is known for its sexual openness: inhabitants believe that sexuality is the key to health and wholeness and should be celebrated. Before the war, sexuality was considered to be an art form. However, since the war Andarta has become somewhat less safe, and a good deal more sordid. Sex is no longer an art and a gift, but has become a commodity to be bought and sold.