Furnace is a small Terran colonized world
ClimateIntensely hot and almost totally bare of water or vegetation, Furnace was placed in the lowest class of potentially habitable worlds by the Federal Scouts Service during the 2060s. Average temperatures on Furnace are around 30 degrees Celsius during the day but peak at fifty or even sixty degrees Celsius. Nighttime temperatures plunge to an average of 1 or 2 degrees celsius with lows of twenty to thirty below freezing. There are very few native life-forms on Furnace, most being very small desert dwelling insects and plants.
ColonizationFurnace was first colonized in 2082 by a small group of scientists, miners and bold settlers who felt that the desert world could one day be tamed Furnace was not targeted for tera-forming as it was felt that it was too close to the Karkouri border and not a wealthy enough prospect. As successive administrations failed to pay much attention to Furnace, the world quickly became home to a breed of libertarian minded people who just wanted to be left alone and was largely considered a fairly harsh and lawless place
DemographicsAs of 2520, 2,600,000 people live on Furnace, its highest ever recorded population. The demographics are 2,100,000 humans and 260,000 Indirians, with another 1,000 other aliens.
GovernmentFurnace is currently ruled as a hereditary governorship, the fiefdom of House Sondeheim . The Governor exerts a high level of influence over planetary politics but must work with the planets legislature. The legislature, elected to ten year terms, has a reputation for non-intervention and libertarian or "common sense" politics. The two most popular political parties are the Centrist Coalition and the Libertarians. Furnace's government tends to operate with a small than usual cabinet and often forgoes the offices of Attorney General and Lt-Governor as it is felt that other roles can cover these functions on such a small world.
Politics and the Wider "Terran State"Whilst Furnace is generally not considered to be an "important" world by Terran polities, its position on the Terran map as a potential buffer world often means that it is at the forefront of clashes and conflicts. This included the world being attacked and occupied by the Karkouri Regime on more than one occasion. After the fall of the Empire, Furnace joined the The Terran Republic which caused a clash between the newly formed Republic and the Karkouri Regime and their allies, The St Lawrence Compact. The Karkouri Regime put the world under a blockade and then landed a force of Salborian shock troops who kept the planet under a constant state of siege without ever really attempting to conquer it. With rising pressure from the planetary legislature, Governor Kentan Sondehiem agreed to surrender the planet to the Compact and, as part of the agreement, a garrison force of PMC's from the Compact were deployed to Furnace. In the year 2520, Furnace was formally accepted as a member of the Free Worlds Pact. The Colonial Legislature voted 99-10 to accept this and it was signed into law by Lord Kentan Sondeheim.
Governor of FurnaceThe Governor of Furnace was initially appointed by the Terran Federation and was often a serving military officer. The first elected Governor of Furnace was elected during the days of the Confederate Union and the seat was seldom a launch-pad to major political office, with most successful governors tending to stay out of the way of its people. As of the year 2387 and the Imperial Coup, Furnace was made the hereditary seat of House Sondeheim. Governors of Furnace
- Lady Catherine Sondeheim -2387-2399
- Lord Elbar Sondeheim -2399-2404
- Lord Kentan Sondeheim I - 2404-2417
- Lord Maldon Sondeheim -2417-2440
- Lord Prager Sondeheim -2440-2480
- Lord Kentan Sondeheim II - 2480-2534
- Lord Elbar Sondeheim II - 2534-Present