After a series of successful probe mission to Mercury during the 2040’s, the ESA, backed by a number of European companies executed a successful manned mission to the planet’s north pole. Successor missions were completed by the United States, Japan, and a handful of American companies by the mid-2050’s.
Shortly after the completion of the Thames Gateway orbital, a circuit of cyclers began bringing colonists planet side to a number of mining and resource extraction sites that had been pre-surveyed in the previous decade.
A number of research institutes also began to establish science enclaves across the planet. Most of these were tasked with studying the Sun and the planet itself. Others were tasked with researching technologies and sciences that were banned on Earth.
The majority of the population on this planet is confined to scores of subterranean communities located primarily in the polar regions. In most instances, the further from the poles one travels, the deeper these communities are located.
There are no singular ruling governments here. Many Mercurian communities are governed by either their national or corporate sponsors. They are identified as territories or trade zones respectively. There are also independently formed communities that had capitalized on the energy and mining booms of the past that eventually made their colonies both viable and competitive in the Mercurian market system. These communities are usually governed by charter.
The United Nations has established a presence here to help with matters of national interests. However they have little to no authority over corporate and other non-national disputes. These often times fall under maritime law or falls under the umbrella of a number of mediation companies that have made a fortune here.
The economy of Mercury is based on energy, industry, and mining. The planet’s surface is riddled with enormous solar energy collecting farms that collect, store and transfers energy back to Earth and beyond. Most of the surface facilities are automated, producing goods for local and off world consumption.
Mining on Mercury began with extracting ice from the polar regions for colonial support and development. However, other resources like Helium 3 and hydrocarbons became an important staple of the mining sector. With more and more ships transiting to this world, the infrastructure was established to not only maintain, refit and repair them, but to also construct new ones.
There are over a dozen large scale facilities in orbit around Mercury. They maintain a series of uplinks with hundreds of locations throughout the solar system. There are also a number of communication arrays located around the Mercurian LaGrange points that add additional deep space communication capabilities.
Most communities are connected by a network of maglev transports systems. Geography dictates whether they are located on the surface on in the subsurface. Such lines are differentiated by passenger or cargo classifications.
Many of the major communities have spaceports linking them with low orbit access. These ports also support atmospheric transit across the world by both fixed wing and vertical lift vehicles. One of the largest and finest ports of its kind is the Camden Interplanetary Port in the city of Margaret.
There is a small network of surface corridors that were designed for ground vehicle transit. Due to the harsh conditions of Mercury, many of these roads are enclosed. Others are open to the elements but are only accessible when conditions permit.