New Melbourne

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New Melbourne
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Local Authority Alliance
Population 27 million
Terraformed 2280
Sim. Status Fully coded
Restricted Landing No
Public Shuttle Yes
Type Planet
Size Class 10 (J)
Class Border
Orbit Second from Red Sun
Coordinates -1330, -1400, -121
Market Information
Commodities Market Yes
Imports Chickens
Parts - Industrial
Protein Packs
Exports Low Tech
Mid Tech
"Only thing you're gonna find in New Melbourne is fish and fish related activities. Unless you got an overwhelming urge to gut sturgeon -- and who hasn't, occasionally"
― Mal, to Inara, in "Objects in Space"

Over ninety-seven percent of New Melbourne is covered by ocean. There are islands of various sizes around the world, but no land mass large enough to be classified as a continent. It was therefore chosen as a place to test out terraforming techniques for such water-heavy worlds. New terraforming rigs were developed and thousands upon thousands of species of marine life were cultivated in different regions. One particularly successful effort was the creation of the Great Kelp Forest, an ecosystem which covers nearly five million square kilometers and is still growing.

The planet is known today for its fishing-oriented economy and for its massive water processing plants. Some of the islands are large enough to support farming or ranching, and this is where most communities are established. Each island has developed its own culture, shaped by the climate and the kind of fishing and other resources available in that area. Monterey sits on the edge of the Great Kelp Forest and is almost completely surrounded by it, making it the primary site for kelp harvesting and for diving expeditions. The port of New Melbourne is laid back but also hard working, and its island is known to have some of the best surfing in the 'verse. The planet is a frequent layover point between the Core and other worlds in the Red Sun system.

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Canon References

  • Inara mentioned possibly leaving Serenity when they stopped on New Melbourne, in the episode "Objects in Space".