There are so many things to consider. The Traveller system allows systems to have a population of 0 (less than ten people) and a government type up to 5. If you look at the first result of the government-5 table, however, you see that it doesn’t make sense:
The entire system has been divvied up between a handful of tech giants that provide civil full services for their customers. Entire families and buildings “belong” to their [with company name], [and company name], or [and company name]. Their homes, their schools, their transportation, it all belongs to one of these companies. It’s a feudal technocracy.
So now I’m writing specialised government descriptions for systems with no populatin. Like this one:
0107: This is Fleflu, UWP 200032-7. There is a gas giant in this system.
Fleflu is a small planet, about the size of Luna, with a diameter of about 3200km.
The mining opportunities favour the construction of underground settlements.
While unsettled, there’s an old satellite system still in operation that provides a forum for visitors. A bunch of ship captains calling themselves the Friends of Fleflu uses the forum to deliberate on rare policy decisions and enforces them, using the surveillance systems of satellite network to identify trespassers. No hunting on Fleflu!
Fleflu has a class C starport. A small frontier style Galactic Corporation installation is here for small repairs. A bunch of water tanks nearby tell you all there is to know about the fuel situation. Unrefined fuel only!
OK, cool. And “no hunting” seems to make sense. But check out the UWP: 2000 means a small size, no atmosphere, no water, and no population. What now? Do I need to special case this as well? Or rewrite all the special case to make sure it doesn’t refer to an atmosphere? Or do we assume that there is some sort of underground life form that is adapted to the vacuum. Headache!
– Alex 2021-02-07 11:39 UTC
Just interpret it liberally. “No hunting” could also mean “no bounty hunting of fugitives.”
– Sean Conner 2021-02-07 19:50 UTC
Ouch, cruel! But it does make me want to add a scene where the party follows a well known criminal to the system…
– 2021-02-08 07:48 UTC