Cunnonic: One of the less
hospitable worlds which Darrian settlers colonized. Cunnonic's climate
is cool but tolerable. Its many volcanoes are violently active on the average
of at least once a year and cause earthquakes and tsunamis. By far the
biggest obstacle to colonization was the presence of hostile native life.
Large predators of several types ranged the one large continent, and poisonous
trappers were common in the archipelagoes. Much smaller herbivores ruined
many crops before effective detterents for them were found. All in all,
a very Earthlike planet for a people who had lived on a tame planet like
Darrian to conquer. Perhaps because so many of the colonists were Solomani
(who were used to such worlds), the planet's government split into eight
factions. A higher tech level would be possible if these various factions
would cooperate (especially on their starport),
but that seems unlikely. Fortunately, these various groups rarely resort
to outright warfare to settle their differences.