Saturday, 19 August 2017

Qu'noS, the Klingon home world

Also known as Kronos, Kling, or Klinzhai, it is the third planet of six in the Klingon system and the only one that is habitable (Class M).

The Klingon star is more massive than Sol. It began running out of hydrogen in its core millions of years ago. As a result, the star has been growing larger and redder during that time. Its total luminosity has been increasing slowly but will increase much faster during the next few million years as the star runs out of core hydrogen completely and turns from an orange sub-giant into a red giant. This will render Qo’noS completely uninhabitable, but it is not something most Klingons worry about because it will occur in the distant future and they have more immediate concerns. 

Qo’noS used to have two moons: Corvix and Praxis. The Klingons obtained energy from the molten core of Praxis until 2293, when lax safety precautions led to a massive explosion that destroyed the moon. The explosion damaged the Qo’noS ozone layer and led to massive devastation as chunks of Praxis bombarded the planet. Klingon scientists predicted that Qo’noS would be uninhabitable within a few decades without outside assistance. Chancellor Gorkon reached out to the Federation for aid, and this eventually led to a formal alliance between the Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets.

Qo’noS is green when viewed from orbit, primarily because of an over-abundance of carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and methane in the atmosphere compared to Earth. The planet is dominated by a huge ocean with one large land mass. Hurricane-like storms grow to be almost as large as the continent itself as they travel over the far side of the planet with no land to slow their growth. These storms are exacerbated by the atmospheric turbulence caused by large temperature differences between the day and night sides of the planet. The planet has a severely-tilted axis, which increases the extremes of hot and cold temperatures between summer and winter. These seasons are particularly known for violent weather since half the planet is in one season while the other half is in the other season and the temperature difference between the two creates powerful storms.

Acknowledgements: STARFLEET International, STARFLEET Academy Nibiru created by Andrea Dopaso

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