Atmosphere: Breathable (78.9% nitrogen, 21.1% oxygen, trace other gases)
Atm Pressure: Dense (1.51)
Gravity: Moderate (1.23 g)
Hydrosphere: 22% ice, 9% water
Satellites: Artificial Debris Field
About a billion years ago, Cercidas was a lush terrestrial world with as much as 50% of its surface covered in water. As her parent star, Socrates, grew older, it grew hotter. In the last 100 millennia, however, this temperature increase reached a critical point and the atmosphere of Cercidas grew warm enough that the oceans began evaporating, migrated to the stratosphere and were lost to the vacuum of space.
The kirvan civilization arose or arrived 968 years ago. Archaeological evidence suggests a Precursor species was present on the world at the time, but suffered a massive extinction around the same time. Kirvan historians claim that the world was uninhabited when their pilgrims arrived, fleeing their corrupt intergalactic empire and are adamant the ruins were already present and the species long gone. Human xeno-archaeologists have suggested the kirvan may have arrived as conquerors and exterminated the native species, while others assert that the ruins are in fact either kirvan or a subspecies which thrived on the world, but were wiped out with the rise of the proto-Kirvan Authority.
The rise of the kirvan civilization has only worsened matters. Overpopulation has always threatened the limited water resources of the world, but industrialization and mechanization have nearly killed it. High concentrations of sulfur dioxide contribute to acid rain, while carbon dioxide has heated the planet to sweltering levels. Extreme weather is normal as tornadoes and sandstorms grow more common.
The ring around Cercidas is made up of discarded space debris. While a few captured asteroids are in orbit, most have been exhausted.
Conservation efforts by the Authority fall short of their goals every year, though the major of failure is notably narrowing in recent decades.