Bakatsu (pronounced [bAkAtsu] (XSAMPA)) is located in the Bajuwen system, and is the fourth planet from it's sun. It has a single moon which revolves around it, named Dobokoda ([dobokodA]).
- 1 History of the Planet
- 2 Geography of Bakatsu
- 3 Inhabitants
- 4 Political
- 5 Bakatsu Today
- 6 Languages of Bakatsu
History of the Planet
Bakatsu has been determined by scientists to be around 3.8 billion years old. Recent studies have shown that around 10,000 NZ (nakya Zelse, Before Zelse, around 11,160 Zelse years before the current day), the planet was devoid of all life. But suddenly, as if from nowhere, humans appeared, in their very form they exist to this day, a long with artifacts of technologies that should only have been invented 200 years before the present.
From the enormous amounts of remains found together, it has been determined that these early Bakatsuku (people of Bakatsu) went through a period of on/off wars that lasted for thousands of years. Not much is known, due to a huge lack of any historical documents, but somewhere in there the Pre-Great War Bakatsu formed, including the nation of Zelse. About 800 Zelse years later, the Great War formed the political boundries that exist on Bakatsu to this day.
Geography of Bakatsu
The Bakatsu year is 400 days long. It is actually closer to 400 1/3 days long, adding a leap year every three years to make up for this. The days are 24 "Earth" hours long (10 Zelse "hours" long). It's size is extremely similar to Earth.
One quality that makes Bakatsu unique is its rotation. Unlike Earth, Bakatsu rotates at a perfect 0 degree angle. Therefore, the concept of "seasons" is unheard of on Bakatsu. Climate varies depending on your distance from the equator. This allows for year-round farming in many parts of the globe. This also means that the sun rises and sets at the same time every day.
The most intelligent "species" on Bakatsu are a race of humans much like ourselves. Like on Earth, humans have created separate nations in which they live.
Bakatsu Animal species greatly resemble our own, though a few very different species exist, due to genetic engineering by humans. (Such genetic work, on animals and humans, has since been banned.)
Theories on Origins of Life on Bakatsu
It was only after the Great War, and when things had significantly calmed down, that people really got into learning more about Bakatsu's history. Due to lack of almost any historical documents, very little was known. When scientists finally started working on finding out about Bakatsu, they discovered that life on Bakatsu only appeared around 10,000 Zelse years ago (which isn't too far off from our own "Earth" years). Also, remains of tools of a technologically advanced society were found. This has led to most scientists accepting a sort of "panspermia" theory to the origins of Bakatsu life, that Humans migrated from some other planet to Bakatsu 10,000 years ago.
This discovery also increased the popular belief in many religious parties' theory of creation of Humans by gods (or in some religions a single God).
A program has already been set up by the IH (Ima Himatsushde, "Collection of Nations", like the Earth U.N.) to search for signs of the original home of the Humans, but no indication of life has been found as of yet.
Bakatsu today is made up of several nations. The largest of these is the Himatsu Zelse, which encompasses it's own continent and a semi-large island (as well as several smaller island territories). Other prominent nations include Gikachu, Pochak, and Jur. Other "nations" are made up of small "tribes" and do not contain a central government, and thus do not have an official "name".
Bakatsu was once a much different place politically, especially 200 years ago, during the period that is known as the Great War.
The Great War
About 350 years ago, Bakatsu was in a technological state resembling the Middle Ages. The two most powerful nations, Zelse and Stchafe, were constantly squabbling with each other. Meanwhile, the Zelse monarchy was busy in the nation of Bagamaji. The monarchy was aiding Bagamaji's militant forces, which were poorly trained and unable to resist any attacks (Much territory had been lost to the Stchafe when they attacked not long before). This aid was a huge help to Zelse as well, who would soon gain a powerful ally (Bagamaji was the largest nation pre-Great War, and had a largest population, and thus the largest amount of potential soldiers) and had open trade with the Bagamaji.
The Stchafe decided that they didn't want the Zelse helping the Bagamaji, and began attacking the Bagamaji and the Zelse forces there. The Zelse monarchy quickly struck back. Before long, both nations gathered allies around the world, and soon the Great War began.
The War is split into 3 sections; Old, Pre-Modern, and Modern
The Old period of the Great War consisted of the Zelse monarchy against the Stchafe dictatorship. The weapons included swords, bow-and-arrows, and other Middle Ages-like tech. The later part of the Old Period saw the use of large catapaults and the first cannons.
By now, every nation on Bakatsu was fighting in the war. Zelse and Stchafe were using all their resources available to fight. If you were old enough to fight, you were on the battle field, or some other work for the military. All science was focused on inventing a better killing machine than the other side. With the invention of gun powder in the Old Period, the first rifles were produced. Warfare quickly changed from close-combat to more trench style warfare to adapt to the new weapons.
In the Zelse nation, a gang known as the Kanako-sai (meaning "part of the police" in Old Zelse and Zereskaoate) had gained huge popularity among the people. They led a huge revolution against the Zelse monarchy, and won. The Zelse nation pulled out of the war, and became a Republic under it's new leadership. But it's allies refused to surrender, and continued fighting. Attacks from oppsing nations on the New Zelse Republic caused it's rejoining of the war, which indicates the start of the Modern period.
By now, nations were exhausted by the total warfare that had been going on for 100 years, and the war began to die down. However, the Zelse Republic and it's allies knew that they would never win unless they finally destroyed the Stchafe HQ, where all the Stchafe war-leaders were hiding. The HQ was well hidden, and simply searching for it yielded no results. By this time, the tech level was equal to that of ours today.
Finally, a group of Zelse soldiers intercepted a radio transmission from Stchafe HQ, and the coordinates were eventually sent to the Zelse HQ. The Stchafe HQ was destroyed, and the Stchafe forces soon surrendered.
The nations of Stchafe, Bagamaji, and Zelse joined forces a few years after the war to become the Himatsu Zelse that exists today. The Ikutsutsujan, "End of the Great War", is celebrated world-wide. It took almost 100 years to fully recover from the War, but today Bakatsu is a peaceful planet, since no nation wants to start a war when the horrors of the Great War are still in mind. The nation of Pochatu split into Gikachu and Pochak during the war, and still exist today.
The Himatsu Zelse
The Himatsu Zelse continues to lead in technology and wealth among the other nations. It continues to practice moderate isolation from international affairs.
During and immediately after the Great War, most prominent nations led a space program. These programs were brought together and today are regulated as a single, I.H. program. A permanent colony has already been established on Bakatsu's moon, and in fact is the official I.H. Headquarters, as well as a residential colony, split amongst several nations. Space travel has been made easy with the use of nuclear fusion, and regular traffic of shuttles between Bakatsu and it's moon can be observed. A scientific, expiremtnal colony has been formed on the nearest planet to Bakatsu, "Kijin" (pronounced [kiZiN] (X-SAMPA)). This may one day become a permanent, residential colony, but for now is only for scientific study. Scientists have been able to observe first hand the strange "seasons" on this planet.
Languages of Bakatsu
A list of the most spoken languages on Bakatsu (in order of number of speakers):
Thousands of other languages exist, but these are the 5 most-spoken.