Countdown to Doomsday XXVc
Venus was settled early on by the IAC. There are a few factions of Venusians on the planet. Its dominant faction, the Ishtarians, is of Asian decent and formed a religious society. The people of Aphrodite are organised in merchant clans. Both live on major plateaus rising above the planet’s surface, where regular human life is impossible due to environmental extremes and rains of acid. This is where the Lowlanders dwell, humanoids with reptilian features. For a major portion of its history, Venus had a peace treaty with Mars. This was a major reason that RAM was able to conquer Earth.
The Indo-Asian Consortium or “IAC” exists mainly on those large plateaus high above the rest of Venus’ surface. Primarily concerned with religion, medicine, philosophy, science and the mixing of ideas, the IAC is led by a 10 Consortium members. Consortium members are elected from within their companies for a period of 10 Earth years guaranteeing stability, however they are usually slow to move to action, debating all options more than once. Most Members of the IAC enjoy a better than average life due to high technology and the efforts of Venusian Lowlanders that work on the cloudy planet below. Lowlanders produce a valuable commodity, Gravitol, that is essential to space travel as it aids in surviving long periods of weightlessness.