The majority of Cordelia is covered with water and severe, erratic weather patterns over the majority of the planet. Of the few landmasses on the planet, the only ones that are habitable lie on Cordelia's equator. Cordelia's tourism industry boomed after the destruction of Zegema Beach, its tropical waters being an ample replacement for Zegema Beach's famous waterfronts. Notable cities: San Cristello, Pantelleria, Puerto Del Sol.
Initially discovered before the invention of faster than light travel, the planet Cordelia was largely ignored by early colonizers due to it's lack of landmass and violent weather patterns. The planet is comprised almost entirely of water, featuring only 6 above water land masses scattered primarily along the equator. Deep sea sulfuric acid vents, intense submarine and terran volcanic activity and an ammonia based layer of ice on the planet's abyssal plain warm the planet, and provide its atmosphere.
After it's initial settling, the planet remained rather undeveloped and was primarily used for research purposes. After the destruction of Zegema Beach however, Cordelia's tourism industry began to boom.
Of the 6 landmasses on the planet, only 3 are considered to be habitable. These 3 landmasses lie along the equator, and thus are spared the brunt of the planets storms as the constant hurricanes are dispersed by the Coriolis Effect.
Cordelia is also home to at least 2 Federal Research Facilities, 1 of which is an underwater facility.
The second largest island on Cordelia, this island is home to many smaller cities as well as a few major towns. This island is the breadbasket of Cordelia, where a majority of the non-tourism industry takes place. Inner portions of the island tend to be mountainous and populated in deciduous forest. Home of the Cordelian Defense Force Arms Depot and Reserve Headquarters.
Home to Cordelia's capital city; Etrusca, this island is the most populous of the 3. It is home to a majority of the planet's tropical tourism as well as the headquarters of the Cordelian Defense Force.
Puerto Del Sol
One of the smallest islands on Cordelia, Puerto Del Sol is a favorite destination for tourists and service men on R&R. The small islands meager population and habitation is dedicated solely to tourism. Receives a fair bit of rain from the outer arm bands of the Northern hurricanes.
Small island around 25 degrees South of the equator. Smaller than Puerto Del sol, this island spends most of it's time flooded. Considered Inconsequential.
Small island 21 degrees North of the equator. Frequently battered by waves and torrential rain. Officially uninhabited. Home to a small Federal Research Facility: XM-7B.
Largest of the uninhabited islands, this island rests 40 degrees North of the equator. Roughly the same size as the United Kingdom, this island is rain blasted and victim to nearly constant tornadic winds. Home to only 2 Cordelian early warning instillations: Delta 1 and Delta 2
The planet's habitable zone has one of the densest air defense systems in the galaxy. Not surprising considering the rather small area it has to defend. The constant storms make it nearly impossible to travel North or South in anything but the hardiest of starships. Despite that, it's achilles heel lies to the North. Although brutal in it's own respect, the landmass of Dessicus could be used to launch attacks on the weak point in the planet's defense grid. Thus the reason why 2 CDF early warning installations are present.
Air and ground defense are split into 4 zones.
- Def-Com West (Pantelleria)
- Def-Com East (Puerto Del Sol)
- Def-Com South (Pantelleria, San Cristello)
- Def-Com North (San Cristello, Dessicus)