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2017-04-11 16:55:24

Question: Why are Kampos (Ellis IV) and Leir III not protected by the Fair Chance Act?

Reading through the lore, I noticed that two planets, namely Kampos (Ellis IV) and Leir III are not protected by the Fair Chance Act, despite having native species of wildlife.

Given that Carteyna (Cano II) is placed under the Fair Chance Act because of the discovery of microscopic organisms:

Carteyna : Cano II
For centuries, geoengineers tried to terraform this ocean planet with little success due to the difficulty in converting its relatively thick atmosphere. However, all attempts were halted when microscopic organisms were discovered deep in the water and Carteyna was placed under the Fair Chance Act. Seeking to protect the indigenous life form, previously existing planetary settlements have been allowed to remain and are strictly regulated.

So, I would expect that 'all manner of sealife' on Ellis IV and the giant sandworm on Leir III would certainly qualify those planets for the same.

Now, for Leir, I can imagine that the fact that it was discovered in 2677 with the terraforming rights for the planets being auctioned and sold in 2743 (at least for Leir II), while the Fair Chance Act was only enacted in 2792, combined with the fact that the UEE no longer seems to claiming the system, may have something to do with it (in which case, this would, in my opinion, certainly deserve some special mention in the lore), but for Kampos, no special circumstances seem to exist.

So, why are those two Planets exempt from the Fair Chance Act?

Reading the text of the Fair Chance Act I get the impression that it is only intended to protect those species which 'possess the reasonable capacity for evolution into intelligence'.

But then, I struggle to see why all nine planets of the Kallis system are protected by it, since those planets have not yet existed long enough to have any species at all?

Hi @ElkarDyn,

Since Ellis was discovered in the 25th century, they'd already settled the planet. Part of the Fair Chance Act was preventing Human interaction from tainting an indigenous species' development. The addition of the sandworms on Leir III was a relatively recent addition, but as you pointed out, the Fair Chance Act wasn't preventing Humans from ever settling planets with life, just life that was displaying growing intelligence. To that end, we might need to revisit the Cano declaration.

For me, Kallis was a bit of an anomaly, they placed it under the Fair Chance Act because they wanted to study a solar system in its infancy, rather than letting commercial ventures flood in and pick the system clean.


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