The first colony on Saturn’s moon Titan, Seed was established in late 2070, several months after Mars’ first colony Endeavour.
French with partial instances of English, most colonists being French-Canadian.
All colonists are employees of the OMC (Off-world Mining Company) and thus answer to an onsite division head who maintains contact with the board of governors back on Earth.
Seed deals in the export of methane to Earth and various colonies on Mars.
As with other colonies, the initial ships used to reach Titan were used as homes and working spaces. Unlike the colonies on Mars however, Seed has no influx of travellers and thus no need for further expansion; the infrastructure remains the same as the day of founding, save for several factory buildings constructed for the collection and management of methane.
Titan has long been seen as an ideal target for colonisation due to it’s impressive natural resources – hundreds of times more liquid hydrocarbons than all the known oil and natural gas reserves on Earth. These hydrocarbons rain from the sky and collect in vast deposits that form lakes and dunes.
The location for the colony was decided during the early stages of planning – a peninsula on the northern border of Ligeia Mare, a sea of liquid methane encompassing an area of 100’000km2 (larger than Lake Superior).
To attract workers, the OMC established a blanket ban on the use of mechanoids on Titan during their large scale recruitment drive in 2069, resulting in the influx of job applications to sky-rocket.
The colony was established successfully on October 12th 2070 and work began immediately on facilities to collect and store the liquid methane ready for transport via OMC ships which would arrive on a regular basis. Construction of these facilities was completed in early 2071.
Issues and Countermeasures
Though not found on the surface, liquid water is in abundance under Titan’s outer crust. Various pumping stations were established to tap into these reserves, producing a steady flow of readily available water requiring only simple purification. This water, combined with the nitrogen rich air is used to generate breathable oxygen, creating a bubble of safe atmosphere around Seed.
The atmosphere over Titan itself is thick enough to keep radiation at bay, though does have one drawback – trace amounts of of hydrogen cyanide, requiring all colonists to use a basic respiration system when outside. Though the concentration of cyanide is too minimal to cause any adverse effects (the occasional respirator breach has only resulted in mild headaches), the effects of long term exposure have yet to be researched.
Titan’s has a surface gravity of 0.14g, slightly less than that of Earth’s moon, combined with the high density atmosphere, this makes the manoeuvrability of ships all the easier, though it does mean that colonists must wear weighted clothing and partake in a daily regime of physical exercise to counter-act the effect low gravity can have, such as loss of bone density, loss of muscle density and a weakened immune system.