Planet Nia, located in the M54 globular cluster of the constellation Sagittarius (the Perpetuum Project's logo has been inspired by Sagittarius) is quite similar to Earth in many ways. It is part of a binary star system with two stars orbiting around their common center of mass. From these twin stars, Nia is the fourth planet. The average surface temperature is 19 degrees Celsius and the density of the atmosphere is almost the same as that of Earth.
The planet has exceptionally high water levels, only a mere 17% of the planet’s surface is land. Plate tectonics are very active, so even this small proportion of land is cut into little islands.
Due to the planet’s dense core and the relatively fast rotation, the electrostatically charged oceans dividing islands are impenetrable barriers to every object driven by electricity. On land – contrarily – life flourishes.
Alien species on Nia
Defining this alien life-form is a rather challenging task, for the traditionally meant term “life-form” cannot be used in connection with them. The species shows a significant level of development: by combining technology with natural sciences, they transcend many limits of their lives. The civilization on Nia surprised scientists on several levels.
The newly discovered species forms a strange synthetic lifeform, not dissimilar to the robots we use. In opposition to our “primitive” working robots, this species has developed separate, technologically advanced societies. Like us, they can shape and alter their environment to cater for their needs and their highly-developed industry caters for the production of goods and military needs. Their achievement of the most value to us, however, is the energy production technology which is an invaluable treasure for the energy-hungry Earth.