Colony Common Name: Vey II
Colony Local Name: Maatrukaanan
Government Type: Communist collective
Population: 275 million
Principal exports: Luxury wood products, building materials
In the year 22794, first contact was made between the Gallente and the Intaki. At the time, the Intaki were in a pre-industrial stage of development. However, the Intaki were quick to adapt and learn the use of Gallente technology. In 22889, the first permanent Intaki colony was chartered on Vey II, touching off a century of Intaki settlement.
In the centuries since its founding, the colony has grown to be the largest population of Intaki in the Viriette Constellation outside of the homeworld. Historians agree that it has also enjoyed the most peaceful evolution. That isn’t to say the colony hasn’t seen its share of troubles, however.
When the colonists arrived, their initial settlement was located on the planet’s northwestern hemisphere. The area was in its summer phase and the climate proved very hospitable. A few months later, temperatures began to fall and many of the settlers, accustomed to Intaki’s tropical climates, began to have serious doubts about the sustainability of the colony.
When winter set in and the colonists experienced snow and naturally occurring ice for the first time, nearly a quarter of the original settlers packed their belongings and returned to Intaki. Those that stayed, however, formed the base population that became the core of Maatrukaanan’s society.
Those hearty individuals banded together sharing their resources and supplies, calling on every remaining member to contribute in the manner most befitting of their skills and abilities.
The colonists quickly distinguished themselves by ridding themselves of a leadership structure entirely. Thinking of themselves as “mutually co-dependent individuals living collectively,” the colonists spread out over the planet in groups called “Parivaar,” an Intaki word symbolizing the family nature of the units.
Within each Parivaar, which might have been as small as a few dozen people to as large as thousands, decisions on what to produce and what policies to pursue were made in the best interests of the collective society with the interests of every member of society given equal weight.
Despite differences in policies and traditions, the Parivaar largely coexisted peacefully on the planet, preferring to settle disputes through negotiation. Only a few small, localized conflicts are recorded in the colony’s history.
As the colony grew and developed, the settlers began to make increasing use of the planet’s abundant lumber resources. Nearly the entire planet’s surface was covered with old growth timber at the time the colonists’ arrival.
Today, the lumber is used primarily in two ways. First, Intaki artisans on the planet use it to make a variety of products ranging from furniture to utensils. The intricate carving done by master-level craftsmen cannot be duplicated by machine processing, making it highly sought after by collectors. In addition to finished products, construction grade lumber is exported from the planet to locations throughout the Gallente Federation, where Intaki architectural designs using natural materials have become popular.
The colonists are mindful of the importance of maintaining their precious resource, however. For centuries there has been a standard procedure to plant two trees for each one harvested. The colony’s local name, Maatrukaanan, also reflects this belief. It translates loosely as “the forest that gives birth to the world.”