[Drinax] What do the people on the floating palace do?

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[Drinax] What do the people on the floating palace do?

Postby Pyromancer » Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:10 pm

There are 40,000 people living on the floating palace. What do they do?
There will be a some people doing agriculture in the broadest sense, and a lot of people doing maintenance work to keep the palace floating, but I can't imagine more than a few thousand people doing this without stepping on each others toes. Administration, education and basic services will keep another few thousand people occupied. What does the rest do?
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Re: [Drinax] What do the people on the floating palace do?

Postby paltrysum » Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:18 pm

The campaign books mention that they converted one section to hydroponics, but there is also the fact that they reconquered the agricultural world of Asim. I would expect that that's where they now get the majority of their food supply.

In my campaign, the University is also a place where a lot of activity takes place. Despite its remote and precarious location, it is one of the most advanced and comprehensive sources of knowledge in the sector. Getting an education at the Drinaxi Scholar's Tower is perhaps only a shade below Tobia's top university. You can even learn some of the "dark sciences" that are forbidden on Imperial worlds: unfettered artificial intelligence, experimental gravitics, combat and psychotropic pharmaceuticals, mass drivers (they have the scorched remnants of an impact-ridden planet right below them), perhaps even...psionics?!

It might also serve as a sort of ineffectual "United Nations" of the Void. Lady Hil, Thao Poloc, and the rest of the court might entertain foreign dignitaries who come to debate the politics and future of the Outrim Void. Such seminars and summits could become more and more well-attended and valuable as the players strive to make Drinax a player in the region.
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Re: [Drinax] What do the people on the floating palace do?

Postby Pyromancer » Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:33 pm

My attempt at a population breakdown of the floating palace.

Total inhabitants: 40,000
Working population: 24,000 (The rest is either too young, too old, or otherwise incapable of working)

Agriculture: 4,000 (very labour intensive)
Maintenance: 4,000 (keeping the palace floating is a hard job)
Education: 1,000 (including childcare, schools and professional training for the inhabitants of the palace)
University: 1,000 (the scholars in the scholar's tower, their students, and support staff)
Healthcare: 1,000 (normal doctors and nurses, in addition to the weird science stuff in the scholar's tower)
Basic services: 2,000 (cooking, cleaning, washing, hairdressing, ...)
Security: 1,000 (police, the hawk guard)
Starport: 1,000
Administration: 2,000

That leaves 7,000 people to do other things.
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Re: [Drinax] What do the people on the floating palace do?

Postby Baldo » Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:36 pm

Pyromancer wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:33 pm
That leaves 7,000 people to do other things.
Does anyone know if The Drinaxian Companion has information on the Drinaxian solar system? Maybe King Oleb has established mining colonies on asteroids to alleviate population pressure.
And I suppose the 'Pirates of Drinax' have recruited at least a few unemployed Drinaxians for their fleet...
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Re: [Drinax] What do the people on the floating palace do?

Postby JMISBEST » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:46 pm

Pyromancer wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:33 pm
My attempt at a population breakdown of the floating palace.

Total inhabitants: 40,000
Working population: 24,000 (The rest is either too young, too old, or otherwise incapable of working)

Agriculture: 4,000 (very labour intensive)
Maintenance: 4,000 (keeping the palace floating is a hard job)
Education: 1,000 (including childcare, schools and professional training for the inhabitants of the palace)
University: 1,000 (the scholars in the scholar's tower, their students, and support staff)
Healthcare: 1,000 (normal doctors and nurses, in addition to the weird science stuff in the scholar's tower)
Basic services: 2,000 (cooking, cleaning, washing, hairdressing, ...)
Security: 1,000 (police, the hawk guard)
Starport: 1,000
Administration: 2,000

That leaves 7,000 people to do other things.
I imagine that those 7,000 are secretly running things behind the scenes on Asim and any Drinax Mining Operations in The 2 Systems controlled by Drinax but in the official records are on The Floating Palace on their almost all if not all the time, that way any crimes that they commit in order to help Drinax can't be linked to them in a way that would convince a jury that wasn't either taking bribes from the accusers or biased against the nobles that committed the crimes or Drinax or both
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Re: [Drinax] What do the people on the floating palace do?

Postby Pyromancer » Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:35 pm

I need the status quo ante, from the time before the campaign starts.

There will be some merchants, and a few jobs in manufacturing. I think the rest of the people will clean statues and polish floors.
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Re: [Drinax] What do the people on the floating palace do?

Postby MonkeyX » Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:51 pm

Don’t forget there are supposed to be a lot of Nobels on the floating palace so a lot of people may just be doing nothing but revelling in wealth. Assuming the limited economy there then at least a fair few of these must be maki g money off world through trade or agriculture.
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Re: [Drinax] What do the people on the floating palace do?

Postby Pyromancer » Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:05 pm

MonkeyX wrote:
Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:51 pm
Don’t forget there are supposed to be a lot of Nobels on the floating palace so a lot of people may just be doing nothing but revelling in wealth. Assuming the limited economy there then at least a fair few of these must be maki g money off world through trade or agriculture.
Nowadays, ALL people on the floating palace are of nobility, from King Oleb down to the lowest plumber.

I imagine that directly after the fall, the nobles unwilling to pull their weight and work for the survival of the community were "escorted outdoors", so the mentality of "doing nothing, because I'm a noble" was rooted out back then. But I also imagine that at least the higher nobility all have nice cushioned jobs in administration.
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Re: [Drinax] What do the people on the floating palace do?

Postby Rikki Tikki Traveller » Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:52 am

Someone has to plan the parties...
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