Earth is the homeworld of humanity, and the most populated region of the Solar System. By most estimates, the majority of humans live on Earth. Once the natural core of human power in the Solar System, Earth declined in the latter half of the third millennium, becoming dominated by the Orbital powers. It is only recently that Earth has started to reassert itself as a player on the interplanetary stage, with the great powers of the American Empire, American Directorate, and African Federation slowly making their mark in the Solar System.
Earth’s environment is the template upon which all other planets, moons and habitats are based, as it is the home environment of the human species. However, rampant industrialism has led to the gradual environmental degradation of the planet. The release of greenhouse gases, both from man-made and natural sources, led to a runaway warming effect, flooding much of the planet. Air and water pollution, particularly those resulting from the rise of Ea