Port Tethys

Port Tethys is humanity's only city on Tethys. Because of the Entomorph Treaty, Port Tethys is in the odd position of being unable to expand either in physical size or population numbers. While self-sufficient for the basics of food and shelter, the city relies heavily on imports for technology and many manufactured goods.

Port Tethys follows the coast of the Bay of Tiamat, and is a crescent-shape. The farmland is a belt surrounding the city. The city plus the farmlands are generally referred to as the Port Tethys reservation.

The humanoid population of the city hovers around two-thousand, though 450 of those on average are tourists. Of the remaining 1550 humanoids living in Port Tethys, a few more than a thousand are permanent city residents, one hundred are farmers, and the remaining five hundred are temporary residents.

The population cap affects only humans and Aquaans. Entomorphs may come and go as they please. There tend to be between thirty and fifty citybugs at any given time.

The primary industry of Port Tethys is tourism. The primary export is handcraft art.

Despite being near the equator, the climate is cool and damp. Temperatures tend to range between 14-22C, with the cooler temperatures during the rainy seasons.

Population Laws
Because the Entomorph Treaty does not allow for expansion, the population laws in Port Tethys are strict. This also means Tethys is one of the few worlds in our unified society that requires planetary citizenship to hold a job or buy property.

There is a one-for-one allowance for children - any adult may have one child. In a two-parent family, there may be two children. Any further children must be applied for to keep the population numbers balanced. There is a waiting list - if the population drops low enough, a parent can gain permission to have another child. There is no penalty for multiple births. Sometimes twins just happen.

It is possible for an adult who has never had children ( or had children on another planet but for whatever reason did not bring them along - usually just because the child grew up and has his own life ) to give up his right to reproduce, thus allowing someone else to have another child. If he later changes his mind, he has to go through the waiting list.

Population controls also means that immigration laws and quotas are strict.

A significant minority of people living on Tethys are temporary residents - people who want to live there for now but intend to leave after a set time. What attacts humans to Port Tethys - the low population, limited industry, a frontier world - is ultimately what drives them away. They find the small-town atmosphere stifling, many conveniences taken for granted on other worlds are missing entirely, and there isn't much room for career advancement. Port Tethys is used as a place to decompress for a year or two before returning to civilisation at large.

The Government
Due to the low population, government in Port Tethys is fairly informal.

While Tethyn governors appoint their own successors and are technically despots, if the population doesn't like the governor, they can protest to the Powers That Be to send them someone else.

The Port Tethys Authority
Loosely, the local government:

Governor: The overseer/magistrate to whom everyone else reports, who runs the budget, and who deals with off-world politics. There is a general open-door policy, and citizens and tourists often bring any complaints or concerns straight to the top. The position is currently held by Tal Monteblanc.

Harbourmaster: A relatively new office created to lighten the governor's load. The harbourmaster deals with the ports, both space and water. Spaceport duties include keeping track of visitors and cargo trade. Seaport duty is to keep the various sea officers organised. The position is unofficially held by Thalassa Gilou.

Public Relations Officer: Basically the local media. Also creates promotional materials. Another fairly new post instated by Partasah. The position is currently held by H. Javin Aubergine.

Chief of Security: The overseer of the city's small police force. The position is currently held by Jendolyn Basaday. The title used to be 'Captain' until Jendolyn changed it.

Captain of the Port: The person in charge of the seaport. Deals with maintaining the docks and boat and fishing licences. The position is currently held by the Aalsyons, a husband-and-wife team who take turns on who's in charge.

Environmental Officer, Water: The person who keeps track of fish populations and water pollution, and who clears the coral out of the bay occasionally so it doesn't overgrow the ecosystem or destroy people's boats. The post requires a certified marine scientist. The position is currently held by Euphausia Elaas Glory.

Environmental Officer, Land: Primarily, the job is to keep track of animal populations, to make sure humans aren't over-hunting any species. Also makes the rounds of the camping areas, to see that the forests are being treated well. The job is usually held by a scientist, though this is not a requirement. The position is currently held by Woelligar 'Woelly' Wolcott.

Farmers' Union Representative: The only democratically-elected office. Basically, the farmers find it more efficient to get together, sort out what will benefit all of them, and send one person to bring their needs and concerns to the governor rather than all just doing it separately. The position is usually held by Lysande Aeshi.

Law Enforcement
The Port Tethys security force consists of nine officers on three shifts - Day, Evening, and Night. During a shift, one officer will remain in the office while the other two go out on patrol.

While eight of the officers are locals, the ninth is generally an off-worlder on a temporary residency, switched out every year or two. This is to keep abreast of what methods and ideas other law enforcement on other worlds use.

Port Tethys security officers carry sidearms, not to intimidate the inhabitants but for use against wildlife. The creatures of Tethys have no fear of mammals, and carnivores large enough to be dangerous sometimes come into the city.

Due to the city's small size, the jail is used only for very short-term sentences - a place for a rowdy drunk to sleep it off or a place to hold a suspect until something else can be done with him. Most crime on Tethys is minor and punished by community service ( if a citizen ) or fines ( if a tourist. ) For major crimes, Tethys has an arrangement with Durga.

Agriculture and Fishing
Tethyn farms are primarily crop-producers, with very little emphasis on livestock. The primary sources of protein in the Tethyn diet come from fish and sea arthropods.

Tethyn livestock is reptilian, mostly blorps, which provide meat and eggs.

Kelp and other sea plants are also harvested.

Hunting and Camping
There is no law against a citizen of Port Tethys leaving the reservation under the general conditions of a) They stay out of the entomorphs' no trespassing zone, b) They do not attempt to settle, and c) They do no environmental damage.

Tourists are required to purchase waivers to leave the Port Tethys reservation, partly as insurance and partly so they'll be easier to find if they get lost.

All humanoids who intend to hunt game, whether citizen or tourist, require permits. The humanoid-allowed hunting grounds are to the south of the city, since entomorphs rarely hunt that far south themselves.

Because hunting is the entomorphs' primary food source, Port Tethys does not allow humanoids to hunt on any scale greater than individual, and they do not hunt in the entomorphs' chosen hunting grounds.

A low birthrate means few children, so there is no infrastructure for formal education on Tethys. Children are primarily homeschooled. Rainwater Son Of Skyvoice Son Of Cloudminder is the local tutor-for-hire if a parent wants help or just a more official teacher.

The sculptor Kalla Arjenn runs art classes out of his studio - primarily basic life drawing - but will take on private students for more intensive training. While most of Kalla's students are from off-world, sent to study under one of the greats, local children end up in his classes more as a way of keeping them occupied during the day.

Any Tethyn interested in higher education either needs to go off-world for it or, when possible, find a correspondence course on the cisphere.

Entomorph Residents
Also affectionately known as 'citybugs'. Unlike humans or Aquaans, entomorphs don't require Port Tethys citizenship to get a job or buy property. Being that they are citizens of the planet, they don't need it.

While entomorphs will sometimes work for barter - particularly if the entomorph only plans on doing the job for a day or two out of curiousity - most prefer to work for money. They do not have individual credit accounts - payment for work done goes into a general account that can be accessed by any entomorph. The one who did the work claims a percentage, the rest is saved to be used for group projects. Humans tend to question how they can keep track and what about greedy entomorphs that abuse the system, but entomorphs don't seem to think these are concerns.

Entomorphs do own a few houses in Port Tethys, generally just so they have somewhere to dry off when it rains. As with the credit account, the house are owned by the hive, not individual entomorphs.

The Lighthouse
The Lighthouse is the centre of government in Port Tethys, the official governor's residence, as well as being the building that the hub beacon is attached to.

While attached to the power grid, the Lighthouse has two large solar panels so it is less of a drain on the system. The panels also act as lightning rods to protect the hub beacon.

The Lighthouse and immediate area.

1) The Lighthouse proper.

2) The Shrine. A glassed-in section that keeps rain off Tethys' Qohathoth monument. The outer door is never locked. The inner door leads into the first floor of the Lighthouse.

3) The courtyard.

4) A dock.

5) The Lighthouse River. Futher west, it splits into its tributaries, the North Lighthouse River and the South Lighthouse River. The rivers in Port Tethys all have astoundingly dull names.

6) The Orchard. A selection of local fruit trees, originally planted and tended by Thalassa Alu for research purposes. After the War, the area was declared just another bit of parkland tended by the city, but the name remained.

7) Various modular outbuildings from the earliest days of the colony. Currently residential.