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Places of Kalandar:

Climate Regulator

A region as Kalandar in an environment like that of the rest of Coruscant could not have lasted for long. With it's natural cycles and life rhythms abandoned long ago, the planet lives completely thanks to giant tireless weather, thermal and atmosphere regulator systems that have replaced the planet's natural functions.

In a completely artificial hemisphere, Kalandar would have been without any hope of continuing to exist, therefore the Republic Senate provided it with a colossal climate regulator so as to protect the zone and regulate the natural rhythms for the animal and plant life as the rest of the planet could not do; for this reason the climate regulator was one of the first things that the Empire was quick to deactivate. Set in Kalandar's ground for more than three km. deep, the Regulator, which appears to be a giant hollow cylinder surrounded by projectors and generators, in fact would isolate and protect Kalandar from the encircling ecosystem and at the same time it would create one inside itself that would reproduce the natural and physiological rhythms that the plant-life required: hot and cold season cycles, recurrent rainfalls and most of all a continuous and meticulous filtering of those polluting agents that circulate around the rest of Coruscant's atmosphere.

The climate regulator made Kalandar one big greenhouse, with all the benefits that come with such protection but without the drawbacks (no dome or obstacle to separate Kalandar's sky from the rest of the planet even because before being definitely dismissed the Senate was considering to build similar regulators in other areas of the planet where the pollution level was becoming dangerous). When the Empire decreed Kalandar's end, the first step was to close down the thermal regulator. And while the Empire was slimming bureaucracy and making swift and effective interventions and using them as a flag for it's escalation, bureaucratic delays and lack of funds (ascribed to the bad management by the Republic) were accused for the scarcity of maintenance on Kalandar's climate regulator. Droids and maintenance technicians started deserting the structure; the device was called "antique" and impossible to keep in working conditions. Shifts were announced, hours and days a week, in which the regulator would be turned on, that with the passing of time, became more and more occasional until the regulator was definitely closed down. Scientists and ecologists adequately paid by the Empire were careful to divulge false reports that would guarantee that Kalandar would have fitted in perfectly with the surrounding planetary ecosystem.

Of course it did not.

Today the regulator surfaces for some meters from the ground but rust and weeds that cover it are a sad demonstration of the hopeless state of abandon in which the region now lies. Anyhow there are few who still remember that the regulator has been deactivated but not removed. Below, in the earth's bowels many of its energy cells are still charged. The Empire left them in the hope that due to carelessness, an accident or breakdown so big will occur that it will devastate the region once and for all.

Even if it is difficult to know if this will ever happen it is doubtless that the vicinity of the regulator is a dangerous place. Sudden discharges and energy flux ever so often shake the structure; subdued rumbles of a giant who is not dead but is slowly agonizing in its tomb...

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