|Stellar Class||Red Giant|
|Government||Whythe Worker's Council|
|Distance from Sol||142ly|
Whythe is a red giant that was home to a worker-run deutrium extraction plant before the Gray Hour. Its people are close-knit and insular. In 2562 the system became home to a large Almach Association construction known as the 'Whythe Superweapon', and was captured by the Skrell Far Kingdoms in 2564 who have begun construction of Vigilance Station to host the Almach Protectorate Government.
Whythe has no planets and a marginal debris field, but a significant number of orbitting comets. Unusually for stars inhabited by humanity, it is a giant star, one that has cooled and balooned massively. Most such stars are subject to a large amount of tachyon flux; Wythe is not, for unknown reasons.
Before the Gray Hour, the only infrastructure of note was the small mining station of Whythe Alpha. During the Almach War it was home to a dizzying array of Almachi freighters and construction ships, including a significant portion of Shelf. Most installations are self-sufficient, powered by light from Whythe or by somewhat outdated deutrium fusion engines. Until the war, Whythe Alpha's spaceport was large enough to service exactly one ship at a time; but was expanded significantly to service the Militia fleet, and later serve as a temporary accomodation for the Far Kingdoms fleet.
Whythe's population once sat comfortably at 1018, roughly divided between humans and positronics. During the Almach War, this rose to over 10,000 - mostly construction workers and Militia forces - though exact numbers are unknown. Post-war the system largely depopulated again, though it is set to become the Skrellian government center for the new protectorate.
Industry and Economy
Whythe once subsisted on selling fuel to other groups in the Almach Rim, especially Shelf. When completed, however, the rumored Wythe Fleet Base might well outclass Iserlohn and Jahan's Post in SolGov.
Prior to Skrell occupation, Whythe was run by a Worker's Council, a direct democracy. Most Whythians were deeply involved in the minutiae of station politics, regardless of how petty it might seem to outsiders. It is unknown exactly how willing the close-knit commune was to host such a massive construction project, and how well the Worker's Council would be able to manage the influx of workers acompanying it was called into question.
A "Tin can" habitat bought after Friedrich Whythe won the lottery and decided to escape from modern life. It is cramped but outfit with all the things one needs to have a good life. Harvesters dangle into the photosphere of Whythe, refineries on the Whytheward side of the station strip deutrium, the reactor burns the less-valuable protium and oxygen to produce water that feeds farms further up.
One of the most ambitious construction projects in recent memory orbits Whythe alongside Whythe Alpha. Its nature was initially unknown, but was eventually found to be a colossal weapon capable of long-distance bluespace interference and the destabilization of stars. The weapon was fired once, destroying the remote and unoccupied Phorcys system as a show of force.
Construction began immediately post-occupation of a seat of government for the Almach Protectorate Government. Though far from complete, the station is due to act as both an assembly complex for the collaboration government, and a fleet base for occupying forces.
2465: Friedrich Whythe, a Bowler and Xion-employed miner, wins a company lottery. He immediately quits his job.
2466: Whythe gathers various technical experts form throughout the Bowl and convinces them to start a new society with him.
2467: Whythe Alpha is towed into orbit around a distant star now called Whythe.
2538: Friedrich Whythe passes away, surrounded by friends and family.
Feb. 2562: Whythe joins the Almach Association.
Nov. 2562: Whythe Construction begins.
Jun. 2563: Construction is reported as close to completion, and identified by SCG forces as an apparent superweapon.
Nov. 2563: The Whythe Superweapon is used to open a bluespace portal in the remote Phorcys system, igniting its star.
April 2563: Solar forces launch a successful attack on the Whythe system. The Skrellian Far Kingdoms intervene, and the system falls under the new Almach Protectorate.