Anyway: practically a year ago I commented on this topic viewtopic.php?f=17&t=739&start=10 about my thoughts on other cities and nations in the Kat world, presenting some flags, a map and some data. At that time I said to myself, "I have to make a topic about this."
Well, I finally decided to do it.
Here you will find a relatively detailed profile on the Kat world: its history, economy, politics, culture, etc. In this case, it follows the theory that the kat world is an alien world, different from Earth; I'm more in favor of the idea that it's actually an Earth from a parallel universe inhabited by kat instead of humans, but that's another story.
It's worth noting that the story here is practically a crossover with the Stargate SG-1 series, and it's the world I employ in my story "My New Boss". I admit, I'm a big fan of that franchise, and of crossovers in general; don't blame me. Anyway, although the Stargate element is very present with respect to the distant past, that doesn't affect much the characteristics of the current world itself. I will mark with another color the elements related to that franchise in order to avoid general confusion; if you have any doubt, please consult me... or Saint Google.
I just want to clarify a few more things:
- This work was done purely for entertainment, and is NOT canon.
- English is not my native language, so I don't speak it much and I make more use of the translator. If you find something that doesn't make sense, please let me know.
- I'm also not looking for problems because of political differences or anything like that. I've tried to profile a world based on what the series gives me and the time in which it was released.
Anyway, I hope you like it.
Galaxy: Milky Way
System: Phellus Solar system
Number of Suns: Sol
Number of Moons: Phellus’ Moon
Population: 5.7 billion
Technological period: Information Age
Under control of: Kats (present), Ancients, Goa'uld (past)
Phellus (Hesperus in Ancient, Mye'yu in Goa'uld, and designated P4W-712 by the Tau'ri, this being the gate network code) is the kat homeworld and cradle of the kat civilization in the Milky Way. With a population of over 5.7 billion, Phellus is one of the most populous known kat worlds in the Milky Way. This is due to a long period of isolation from any alien contact, at least until relatively recent times.
Phellus is approximately 30,000 light-years from Earth, in one of the galactic arms, in an ancient sector that belonged to Bastet's domain. There are several stars orbited by planets capable of sustaining life around the Phellus star system; the nearest star system is Tolima, composed of a binary system of yellow dwarfs with a habitable planet.
The Phellus' solar system consists of a G2V (yellow dwarf) star with seven planets and two asteroid belts orbiting it.
- Aegis: First planet and the closest and warmest planet to the sun. With a diameter of 5000 km, it is a molten world, covered with magma with temperatures close to 1,000 °C.
- Bastet: Second planet. Similar to Venus, it is a greenhouse world with a thick, toxic atmosphere and high temperatures of up to 500 °C. Its diameter is 5% smaller than that of Phellus. It has a single moon called Maahes.
- Phellus: Third planet, garden world of temperate type and home of the Katkind. It has a moon with no particular name.
- Arles: Fourth planet. It is a barren, cold and desert world identical to Mars, except that its diameter is 9,000 km and has a denser atmosphere. It is suitable for terraforming. It has two rocky moons of less than 500 km.
- Inner asteroid belt: abundant in rock and metal asteroids.
- Iovis: Fifth planet and the largest in the solar system with a diameter of 180,000 km. A gas giant that resembles Jupiter in its atmosphere, composition, behavior and even colors, except that it has the most spectacular ring system in the solar system, rivaling those of Saturn. It has innumerable moons of various types, including a volcanic and an icy one. Unknown to the kats, one of its moons supports aquatic life under a crust of ice, while Iovis itself features an ecosystem inhabited by gas-based creatures.
- Kurnos: Sixth planet. It is a gas giant similar to Saturn both in appearance and size, it has numerous moons, but its rings are almost imperceptible. To the annoyance of astronomers, many kats consider it the most "boring" planet.
- Ozuna: Seventh planet, discovered around 3721 A.K. by astronomer Gabriel Ozuna. An aquamarine-colored ice giant similar to Uranus. It has several moons, most famously, the so-called "Shattered Moon of Ozuna" due to a huge split that makes the moon appear to have broken apart.
- Outer asteroid belt: contains asteroids as well as comets and ice blocks.
Phellus is a rocky planet very similar -if not almost identical- to Earth in almost all aspects, which would explain why the Ancients chose it as a colony world: 12,696 km in diameter, translation period of 365 days of almost 24 hours each, axial tilt is 22º, which allows the existence of seasons, active tectonic plates, as well as gravity, temperature and atmospheric composition and pressure practically identical to Earth.
Phellus is 68% covered by water, nine main continents (Verucchi, Viperia, Yuronda, Wokonda, Kathay, Bhurakistan, Aoterao, Shezad and Crio), several islands, which present a very varied topography, climate and ecosystems: deserts, forests, jungles, plains, mountains, tundra, etc., as well as a wide biodiversity that is practically identical to Earth except for some rare exceptions, such as the Oil Sucking Eel.
It has a single moon with no particular name that has the same size and mass relationship to Phellus as Earth has to its moon, except that Phellus' moon has almost no dark volcanic maria or "seas" and has a surface full of mountains and craters.
Although it has no naquadah, Phellus is rich in Trinium, which the Kats call “Agracite”.
Alteran Era. Between 60 million to 10 million B.C.
Postwar against the Wraith. Between 9,000 BC to 8,000 BC.
Goa'uld Era. Between 8,500 B.C. to 3,000 B.C.
The Dark Age. Between 3,000 BC to 2,000 BC.
Kat Era. Between about 2,000 B.C. and the present day.
Society and Culture
Phellus is possibly the planet most similar -if not identical- to Earth in terms of its society and culture, mostly because of external interventions. Phellus is at a similar cultural, technological -and social- level to the Earth of the first half of the 1990s.
While it is identical to Earth, it is much less multicultural due to the effect of much stronger globalization than on Earth during, between and after the two mega-wars, causing the extinction of numerous minor individual languages and cultures. The eight superstates have achieved, to a greater or lesser degree, a cultural identity of their own over and above that of their constituent nations.
Phellusian societies are highly divided by several factors, including governments, religion, economics and contrasting ideological factors. While some cultures experience extreme wealth and the associated quality of life, many others live in extreme poverty with questionable access to even the basic necessities of survival.
Phellus is divided into eight nations or superstates that can be identified with some geographic and cultural region of the Earth:
The World Congress is led by the President of the Congress, who has a role similar to that of the Secretary General of the United Nations. In addition, each nation has its own laws.
The founding of the Phellus World Congress established new rules in international politics, such as that no minor nation can exist outside the Eight Superstates, and belong to the World Congress; it can only request to be transferred to another superstate and only through negotiation of those involved.
While all Eight Superstates are democratically governed, the type and level of democracy varies from state to state, as does the level of corruption within each superstate's government: in Muricia and in almost all states, all citizens have the right to vote, while in Mishima, subject nations could not until recently vote for the Prime Minister of the empire; in Yuronda, the parliamentary system is sometimes criticized as too bureaucratic; in Wokonda, the level of corruption in some member states reaches alarming levels; and in Bhurakistan the weight of religion is enormous, despite being officially a secular state.
Following the founding of the World Congress of Phellus and the creation of the Eight Superstates, democracy, free market economy, freedom of expression, freedom of worship and respect for feline rights were established as fundamental principles, while communism, fascism, religious fundamentalism and discrimination were condemned and banned.
Phellus is a planet at the beginning of an informatic revolution and with a diversified economy in the three sectors: primary, secondary and tertiary or services. Each nation or superstate maintains its own currency, and since the founding of the World Congress, there are no tariffs, so there is free trade among the eight nations.
The use of a global currency has been proposed, but support for such an idea is very poor.
Agriculture and livestock produce all types of plant and animal foods: wheat, corn, rice, potatoes, as well as fruits and vegetables are among the main crops; while cattle, pigs, sheep and chicken farming produce all types of meat, milk and by-products; fishing activity is also quite important, including fish farming.
Mining extracts all types of minerals and metals for industrial use and jewelry, such as copper, nickel, iron, aluminum, precious metals, rare earths and jewelry; fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and petroleum are also exploited. It is also important to highlight the extraction of agracite.
Factories produce all types of consumer products, machinery, vehicles and others. The service sector is quite developed. Big cities like Rotherville, Jacobshire, Frederickburg, Katanaga, Benditos Vientos and Port Rashid are important centers of business and finance.
Officially, Muricia, Yuronda, Aoteronesia and the main Mishimese archipelago and overseas provinces are considered developed nations, Sucretia, Osman and the Mishima’s subject nations are considered emerging nations, and Bhurakistan and Wokonda are considered developing nations (or Third World), although their situation is improving slightly.
At the engineering level, there is not much difference with Earth: the materials and construction methods are virtually the same, with a few exceptions. The tallest building on Phellus is the Chrysanthemum Tower in Katanaga, the Mishimese capital, and it is 600 meters high. The existence of agracite implies alloys different from those known on Earth, which are also used in civil and military constructions, military vehicles and weapons.
Regarding means of transportation, the main ones are land vehicles with internal combustion engines such as automobiles and motorcycles, as well as airplanes and ships, all propelled by fuels derived from petroleum; the use of ethanol or biodiesel barely exists in Sucretia, while electric motors are still in the experimental phase. Diesel and electric trains are in common use, while in Mishima maglev and bullet trains are in common use. Apart from conventional aircraft, supersonic passenger planes are also in common use in developed nations, considered luxury flights.
In the field of electronics, the use of personal computers and cellular telephony is in its incipient stages and has not yet become widespread, digital television is still experimental, beepers are still in use, as are VCRs and tape recorders, and CDs are just beginning to become popular. Nor does the Internet or the like exist yet.
As for energy production, the use of fossil fuels is still important: both oil for the land transportation system and natural gas for heating, although coal consumption is much lower than on Earth, and is in decline. The main sources of electricity production are hydroelectric and nuclear, followed far behind by the burning of oil, gas or coal, while renewable sources such as solar and wind are still in minority and experimental use, and geothermal is used only in some specific locations where geological conditions permit. It should be noted that the use of nuclear energy has expanded to all eight nations, and despite the dangers it poses, as well as the radioactive waste, the kats trust it much more than humans and see its replacement or disappearance in the medium or long term as unrealistic.
In aerospace, there is a complex network of weather, telecommunications and military satellites in Phellus orbit, as well as a space telescope, co-owned by Muricia and Yuronda. Each superstate has its own space agency, with MASA (Muricia), YSA (Yuronda) and MAXA (Mishima) standing out as the most important and advanced, with all three having an operational space station each in Phellus orbit, while Sucretia and Bhurakistan have initiated the construction of their own. The three agencies mentioned above achieved successful manned lunar landings between 3968 A.K. and 3977 A.K., in addition to sending interplanetary probes for solar system exploration. To date, the kats have not yet discovered extrasolar planets, and are unaware of the Iovis ecosystem.
Despite this, there are some notable achievements that set it apart from Earth, at least that of that era: the use of laser weapons by the military and law enforcement forces such as the police or Enforcers is more widespread, though not entirely displacing firearms. Mishima stands out for its advanced robotics industry, applying it in the development of medical units, service robots or consultation robots in information centers; some have even developed a crude artificial intelligence. Some high-tech companies, such as PumaDyne of Muricia, have developed holograms, force fields, electric suits capable of transmuting the user into energy, and even a neural interface system, although the latter are at an experimental level.
The transfer of consciousness to a robotic body or a computer has also been achieved, although in a marginal and ethically questionable way.
The eight superstates have their respective Armed Forces, divided into three main branches: Army, Air Force and Navy; although the World Congress forbids the use of weapons in space, there are already proposals for the possibility of a space branch in several nations. Military technology is much the same as on Earth except that there is greater use of laser weapons.
Currently the armies of Muricia, Yuronda and Mishima are the most powerful, and along with Sucretia and Bhurakistan, are the only ones to possess nuclear weapons; Aoteronesia has renounced them as an act to mediate for peace, and the other two do not manufacture them both for moral reasons and lack of resources to do so.
Each nation has its own military unit of special forces or elite forces, among them the Murician Rangers, the Sucretian New Tercios, the Yurondan Praetorians, among others.
It should be noted that there have been no armed conflicts between the superstates since the Megawar II, and so far the armies are limited to defending the territorial integrity of their nations, while the Special Forces are those destined to carry out operations abroad with prior agreement between the governments involved. Every four years the Global Military Games are held, a kind of Olympics for the armies.
There are also some paramilitary forces within each country for exceptional cases and that respond directly to the department or ministry of their government related to the army: this is the case of the Enforcers of Megakat City, whose origin is due both to the threat of attack by enemy forces during the Megawar II and the high rate of crime -and strange events- in the city. The Enforcers answer directly to the Murician Department of Defense and much of their funding comes from it.
Almost all the languages spoken in Phellus are some of the most widely spoken on Earth, with a few exceptions. There are also languages of different origin such as Bast, which is a Goa'uld dialect similar to ancient Egyptian and used in the Basteist liturgy. Some isolated tribes also speak the last original kats languages, and those who practice the Cult of the Ancient Masters know a dialect of the Ancient language.
In contrast to Earth, which has more than 4,000 languages, on Phellus there are just over 200, of which twenty to thirty represent almost 99% of the most widely spoken languages; the others are languages -mostly of kat origin- that are on the verge of disappearing under the pressure of globalization and cultural homogenization of the superstates.
Among the twenty most spoken languages are the eight official languages of the World Congress of Phellus: Mercian, Tiagonese, Liorese, Berkan, Ostovan, Osmani, Mishimese and Bhurani. Other languages of note are: Celican, Tiberan, Wasalandic, Algavese, Zeluci and Zani.
In general, the Earth languages spoken in Phellus are identical to their human counterparts, although the latter sometimes present some variations, such as a greater use of the letter "K" or the replacement of the term "hand" by "paw".
Most of the Phellusian kats profess some religion, although their life is remarkably secular in character, showing a definite separation between Religion and State, as well as in daily life. Except for Bhurakistan, which is a special case.
The main kat religions are the Kassiopeism and the Basteism, being others the Cult to the Ancient Masters and the Cult to Quetzalcoatl.
There are also numerous animist beliefs among the isolated tribes that are of little importance. There is also an important atheist and agnostic population.
All Phellusian religions, except for the vast majority of animistic ones, are the result of direct or indirect interaction of the kats with aliens in the remote past whose memory has been almost completely lost.
The Cult of Quetzalcoatl is practiced by barely 0.2% of the population, and is found only in Sucretia, centered in Kusctlan, southern Merida and the Quispe’s mountains, and is centered on the figure of Quetzalcoatl, an ancient alien of the Omeyocan species who played the role of instructor and civilizing god to the kats of the region to fight against the more extremist factions of the Cult of Bastet who performed brutal feline sacrifices. Curiously, unlike what happened on Earth, Quetzalcoatl was never offered sacrifices of this type, since they were strictly forbidden.
Currently, some of his worshippers have syncretized his cult with Kassiopeism, but both religions coexist peacefully. As expected, the symbol of this cult is the Feathered Serpent coiled on itself as an Ouroboros.
Cult of the Ancient Masters
Religion practiced by 5% of the population, and is seen by the kats as an animistic type of belief similar to those practiced by other isolated tribes on the planet. In reality, it is a vestige of the last memory of some kat tribes about the existence of the Ancients, their presence on Phellus and their technology. Unfortunately, most of its history has been disfigured to the point of becoming legend, and many are unaware of the nature of its relics... or pretend to be unaware of it in order to keep potentially dangerous onlookers away.
The cult itself is summarized in seeing the Ancients as civilizing and spiritual masters who are honored in memory but not worshipped as gods. This religion has no hierarchy, is scattered around the world in isolated tribes and has as its symbol a kind of snowflake, which is a view from above of the city-ship of the Ancients.
Atheism and agnosticism
Approximately 14% of the population of Phellus does not practice any religion per se and declares itself agnostic or atheist. This number has been increasing since the Enlightenment Age, mainly in Muricia and Yuronda.