Planet Le Mans
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|Planet Le Mans|
|Owner||Gallic Royal Police|
|Mass||5.87 x 10e24 kg|
|Temperature||-105°C to 50°C|
|Escape velocity||10.73 km/sec|
Le Mans was the sixth planet colonized by humans in Gallic space. It was discovered as early as 90 A.G.S. when the Maine System was charted, but the planet was deemed too frigid for colonization. As the climate on the planet was studied in more detail a decade later, it was discovered that equatorial regions of the planet would provide acceptable living conditions if the climate could be adjusted. From 200 to 300 A.G.S., efforts to raise the temperature were made, and in 330 A.G.S. the first settlement was founded planetside.
Le Mans is still a cold world compared to other Gallic planets, and its society is more solitary compared to other Gallic worlds. Those who lived on Le Mans for generations don't easily adapt to the warmer climates found on other planets, their bodies having grown accustomed to both the thinner atmosphere and the colder air.
Despite the temperatures, Le Mans has a remarkably diverse wildlife. Warm-blooded life is abundant, and most of the planet is covered with forests, with tree types varying between the different sub climates.
Most of the population is concentrated in a few urban centers in the equatorial parts of the planet. Early in the planet's history, its economy was largely centered around resource processing. Multiple mining facilities in Maine and Normandy provided Le Mans' industry with everything it needed. The First Gallic War put a halt on Le Mans' further economic development. The planet was converted into a huge military outpost, serving as the main Royal defensive line, as well as a primary base for Royal Navy ships engaged in battles. Some of the early battles of the war took place not far from the planet, but as the tide turned, the battles moved towards the Normandy Gate. After the war, Le Mans' development was compromised due to safety concerns. The corporations avoided Maine and started to focus on the Gallic Border Worlds. The recession that followed caused the population of both Le Mans and Mayenne to decline sharply.
Towards 600 A.G.S. the planet shifted to high-tech industries, with smaller companies moving from New Paris to get cheaper housing and labor. The situation on the Normandy border remained calm, and miners returned to Maine as well allowing some of the older heavy industries being restored to full capacity. The combination of technological innovation and industrial efficiency has led to Le Mans steel and other metal alloys being considered the finest in Gallia. As of now, the planet is number five among Gallic planets by its population, with a stable and growing population measuring 420 million inhabitants.