Colony Common Name: Agoze V
Colony Local Name: Dubaana
Government Type: Republic
Population: 10 million
Principal exports: Rocket fuel
Lacking any solid ground above its oceanic surface and having an average temperature of more than 175°F (80°C) made Agoze V an unlikely choice for a colonial location. In fact, its settlement was predated by three attempts to terraform other planets within the system.
Agoze V became a colony only after an expeditionary team discovered large deposits of naturally occurring ammonium perchlorate and aluminum in the submerged topography of the planet. These materials were sought after as fuel components for space weaponry like rockets, missiles and torpedoes, making it a worthwhile investment to develop the technology for underwater extraction.
Initially, the colony consisted only of mining staff, all living in one underwater station called an aarambh. Eventually, more aarambh were constructed and extensions, called nikatata, were added to the existing facilities. The increased space allowed the miners to bring their families and the foundation of the colony as an independent entity was laid.
As the mining companies that built them initially owned all of the structures, local governance was handled by corporate policy. However, about 75 years after the colonial charter was issued, a labor riot erupted and forever changed the course of the colony.
In the aftermath of the riots, egregious violations of safety, working conditions and pay standards were uncovered. Many of the colonial managers and corporate executives faced criminal charges and rumors ran rampant that the colony would be abandoned. A settlement was reached, however, and ownership and operation of the colony was turned over the colonists themselves.
In establishing their local government, the colonists fell back on the familiar, allowing the presidents of the various labor unions to serve as a governing council. The tradition continues to this day and union membership is an important part of Dubaanan society. Nearly every profession now has a union and only union members have full rights. Related unions form coalitions and those coalitions appoint representative to the governing council. The miner’s union remains the largest and most powerful union and its representative is traditionally viewed as the leader of the council.
Because the colony’s main export is used in weaponry favored primarily by the Caldari, many Dubaanans harbor sympathetic feelings toward them. Most recently, this manifest itself in the proposition by the Dubaanan contingent to the Intaki Assembly that Intaki’s shipping contracts be made with Ishukone. Clearly the presence of a Caldari megacorporation in the area represents a potential financial benefit to the colony.
In addition to being first of two underwater colonies settled by the Intaki people, Dubaana also has the distinction of being the only colony on which no Idama claims permanent residence. The colony’s local name, “Dubaana,” comes from the Intaki word meaning “hidden beneath the waves.”