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Victoria's human population therefore lives atop a large system of mesas, with these communities connected by locally constructed airships. The builders obtain hydrogen from the indigenous balloon plant which grows bundles of large, hydrogen-filled sacs, and the ships are propelled by manual power, either aerial wing / oars or hand cranked airscrews.
The planet is believed to have been settled by sublight colony ships in about -1450, and was not recontacted by humans until late in the settlement of the Spinward Marches, given the world's inconvenient location in the midst of the Abyss. Following its examination by the IISS, it was interdicted to allow the local culture to find its own solution to their development. It is believed that their slow technological advance is due to the severe lack of metals on the world.
Victoria shows signs of intensive asteroid bombardment dating to the Ancient Final War, and an Ancient site has been discovered on its largest moon, Albert.
The system also shows signs of much seeded flora and fauna, also consistent with Ancient attention. It has the only worlds where the Kudebeck's Gazelle (also known as the Ivory Gazelle or "Kudie") exists in the wild, although it is known not to be native here. The six-legged Kudie is an important animal for Vicotrian society. It is hunted not only for its hide, fur, and meat, but most importantly for its light, durable, and easily-worked ivory, which is a primary structural material on this metal-poor world.
(Since the Sup.3 survey, the law level for Victoria has been increased from 0 to 2, and TL dropped from 4 to 2. The RSB shows the TL at 3 and law level at 2.)-cam MW