Hello, friends! Welcome to the penultimate posting of this year’s A to Z Challenge! This year, I’ve been telling you about the universe of Tomorrow News Network, my upcoming Sci-Fi adventure series. In today’s post, Y is for:
Yola is a gas giant planet located in the Cygni Lambda-Kappa Star Sector. To some, Yola is one of the most spectacular sights in the known universe. To others, the colors look garish. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the ancient Earthlings used to say.
The planet’s distinctive variegation is caused by a complex mix of chemicals and jet streams in the planet’s atmosphere. The colors change periodically due to the photolytic influence of Yola’s sun (something similar is known to happen to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot). Sometimes, Yola’s colors are vibrant and bold; other times, they’re muted pastels.
Scientific research concerning Yola has been limited due to the fact that Yola is located in the middle of a war zone. The Yola System lies near the border between the United Earth Republic and the Hykonian Hegemonic Empire. Control over the planet has changed multiple times over the centuries.
The moons of Yola now host a mixed population of humans and Hykonians. Well, I say mixed, but in reality a lot of self-segregation goes on. At times, racial tensions run high; however, all-out violence among the locals is surprisingly rare. “You don’t have to like each other to live with each other,” as the citizens of Yola often say.
If there is ever going to be peace between Earth and Hykonia, that peace will likely begin on the moons of Yola. Or at least that’s what reports on the Tomorrow News Network have occasionally suggested.
So where did the name Yola come from? In universe, Yola derives from the Hykonian word for rainbow. As for the real world origin of this name, well… click here. You’ll figure it out.
Next time on Tomorrow News Network: A to Z, let’s end this year’s challenge with a bang. A Big Bang.