Sumer TM (trade matrix)
A space station where Furrs and Alien races meet and trade Itís neutrality is strictly enforced by all sides. Enoch Long (doc Long) a long lived Okapi, traveling healer and diplomat arraigned for a safe place where all lifeforms could meet safely and get to know each other. His long time Pilot and friend Natalie Fenkirk; a snow leopard took over from the first commander who disappeared mysteriously opening week. Two Skunk girls, Villa and Tara Nova that Doc Long saved from a war torn planet, joined the staff. Villa became second in command; Tara became a 'problem' starting drinking and gambling to excess and lost her job but still lives on the station and does odd jobs. Neither Natalie nor Villa had much experience with police work (at least from the officers point of view) So they recruited Gianni Rochette (Johnny Rocket) former Space Ranger and Holistic Detective. Gianni hired Boas a fanaloka from Loam who can change into a full civet cat but isn't supposed to (weres freak out morphs). Doc Long and his communications officer and biographer Roger Wilmont a horny little hedgehog with a thing for Natalie, are frequent visitors. Reynolds Mysaki heads the trade delegation from Loam and never changes into a ringtailed lemur in public; but his assistant Amelie a Somali cat does. She's very loyal (she doesn't want to go back home and work for Alcoa or Reardon). Aside from furrs there are the Brou who never seem to have one shape for long periods but have the most advanced technology and a bird-like race whose name is a squawk beakless races can't pronounce who specialize in miniature electronics.
It's the size of a small moon and shaped like the Venus of Wallendorf. The station itself consists of 103 levels and 4 rings. The bottom most levels where the bigger docks are consist of bulk storage on the outer ring and waste recycling on the inmost ring along with under built sections that lurkers and the lowest class criminals hang out in between. Even Tara won't venture here. Above that are the main docks and shipyards where freighters and battlecruisers (powered down one parsec out) dock for cargo, repairs and shore leave. These docks can be sealed and jettisoned if necessary and the access to other rings and levels closed with blast proof doors. The Empire and all their allies and enemies are welcome as long as they maintain the neutrality of the place. Next levels are Bars; casinos and entertainment for adults. Gianni's security guards keep some order without interfering in peoples fun. If large fights break out involving the military their own enforcement officers are called in. Tara hangs out here alot. The inmost rings are where the cheapest motels and rooms by the hour and X-rated holo-suites are with no view ports. above these levels at the stations widest point are the small ship docks for personal and chartered starships and space ferries from the luxury spacecruisers in orbit around Sumer TM. Large commercial passenger liners are usually repaired in orbit (no docking fees) From these docks inward are customs and then the bottom of the galaxies largest mall that goes up 30 levels and has goods and services from every corner of the known Universe and beyond. If you can't find it there you can buy a map to it's exact location! The direct sale of slaves and certain drugs is prohibited but samples of both are available for pick up somewhere else. Weapons and ammo or a power source can not be bought in the same store or carried by the same furr. There are private meeting rooms and convention suites. At the top of the mall is three rings of restaurants the outer ones most expensive and with the best views; the inner fast food and vid screen views. Right above that starts the offices of trade delegations, Ambassadors and emissaries to the Universal Parliament. The outer rings are offices and the inner rings are joined for 4 levels to house the grand meeting hall. Next level is Operations where Commander Fenkirk and her staff attempt to preserve the disorder that is Sumer TM. Villa and her staff control ships coming and going from the outer ring. Gianni monitors traffic and activity inside from the next ring in. Natalie keeps track of both inner and outer proceedings, Meets with visitors, Parliamentarians and adjudicates staff conflicts. Natalie and Villa never seem to get enough sleep or time off and at least once a week need to be carried back to their quarters; in the inner rings because they collapsed at their desks. Tara shares Villa's rooms and takes up most of the closet space; but isn't home a lot. Captain Rochette knows how to delegate and spends time mingling with the visitors and representatives. Most of the rest of the station is Hotels and the delegates quarters which are suites in the best and upper level hotels. Some rooms are adapted to house non carbon based lifeforms and/or nullify gravity. Gravity on Sumer TM is maintained by rotation and is 90% of normal on the Imperial home world (Visitors feel lighter and can carry more purchases back to their ships. When the staff goes off station it's a day or two for them to be comfortable planetside. The very top level is a vast park and hydroponics garden with large fields for concerts and rallies plus secluded nooks for more private trysts; all covered by a transparent dome with the best views. All day and night every day of the year something is going on at Sumer TM. Each section has stacked layers then there's a gap except in the middle and the Mall; the Universal Parliament and Hotels are closer together with the operations deck sandwiched in the middle but not as accessible. Nobody has to walk all the way round to reach the other side They walk through the middle. Each ring has a number of tubular tunnels connecting it with the next one and the central core has elevators and stairs up and down. I'm trying to work out a way to increase the views of space around the station.
orbiting a gas giant in an uninhabited system near (In light years) Loam, Geode and the Satsuma system.