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|Owner||Gallic Royal Police|
|Mass||5.45 x 10e24 kg|
|Temperature||-35°C to 82°C|
|Escape velocity||8.96 km/sec|
Bourges was discovered by a large expedition sent by Gallia, to explore the Berry system in 338 A.G.S. In addition to being the only planet which suitable for colonization, it was also remarkable for its young geology. Severe volcanic activity and an ecology in its earliest stages did not make Bourges the safest place in Gallia to live on, but the planet harbors vast, easily accessible mineral deposits. Industrial corporations set up mines on the surface, as well as large smelters, which for safety reasons were built on floating platforms on the many oceans of the planet. The mines themselves had no such protection against the many earthquakes that frequently shake up the surface. Mine cave-ins are common, and an accepted risk of working in the "Bourges Blenders".
The planet was the site of one of the worst corporate scandals in Gallic history. Arcadia Materiaux Distribution was one of the major property owners on Bourges, possessing three major smelting complexes and over fifty mining sites. It had a reputation for being one of the more dangerous employers to work for, with many of its mines succumbing to relatively minor quakes. When a private investigation came to the conclusion that Arcadia willfully used substandard materials in the construction of their mines, the company attempted to brutally silence anyone who spoke out against the practise. When a massive earthquake caused five of their mines to collapse simultaneously, resulting in over 4.000 deaths, the directors made a fatal flaw: Arguing they were hit with a calamity far greater then was normal for the planet, they asked the planetary government for help. The investigation that followed uncovered the same construction flaws in Arcadia's mines that were initially disputed. None of Arcadia's facilities proved to be up to the mandatory minimum safety standards. When the government seized and closed all their facilities, Arcadia's management attempted to bribe their way out of the situation. When two of their facilities reopened without any improvements to their construction, planetwide protests forced the Royal House to step in to prevent a revolt. Dozens of corrupt officials were arrested, and Arcadia was heavily fined. The company never recovered and filed for bankrupcy less then a decade later.
Despite the dangers, high wages for the high risk jobs on the planet have drawn in thousands of colonists from the core worlds and refugees from both Marne and Quillan, bringing the planet population to a massive 320.000 as of 735 A.G.S., but this number is expected to rise sharply in the coming years. With the loss of both Normandy and Marne, Gallia relies heavily on Bourges to deliver the bulk of it's mineral needs. The planetary government actively promotes immigration and the establishment of new industries, offering to cover the resettlement cost of families who want to move to the planet. Mining concessions for the corporations, as well as environmental regulations, are virtually nonexistant.