The farmers of Carter's World are justly proud of their reputation for producing some
of the richest harvests of the Empire. Food exported from the world find their way to
Achenar, Facece and even Earth, where the ground tree is a favourite delicacy amongst the
high society and luxury catering industry. The cross bred grain varieties of Carter's World are
reputed to make the finest bread in the known worlds and the Revised Catholic Mission of
Aymiay insist that all their holy wafers be made with pure Carter wheat.
The populace of Carter's World arc a racially mixed group, with several waves of
settlers with different backgrounds landing and making a fresh start under the harsh light of
Extila. The planet has an 'open door' policy for immigration and the relatively simple and
disorganised feudal ruling system suits an agricultural life style. Despite the variety of racial
backgrounds, the inhabitants of Carter's World have a very uniform appearance to off-
worlders. The harsh sunlight and the high gravity have bred a distinctive bulky dark-skinned
race with a marked disdain for any kind of pretension.
The indigenous life forms of Carter's World are tolerated, but not pampered, a local
hexapod is used as draught animal by most farmers, but with typical Carter bluntness it is
called beast and has no more formal name. The local fauna compete fairly evenly with
imported Achenar and Earth stock, but the native plant life is not compatible with human
digestive tracts and so imported varieties are farmed. A few verrix can be found hauling loads
for the most prosperous farm communities. The imported verrix are highly prized and more
than one local war has broken out over disputes about land use with the animals. These wars
are highly localised affairs and tradition forbids the use of military or heavy weapons.
Disputes are usually between neighbouring villages and rarely escalate further.
Visitors to Carter's World are made welcome and the local hospitality is freely
extended to one and all. Most visitors find the 2.8 standard gravities a bit daunting, but booster shots can temporarily overcome this. Unless a traveller has grown up in high gravity
environments, strenuous exercise should be avoided. There are organised tourist visits of all
the famous planetary features of Carter's World and tourists are advised to keep with the
Entry by David Massey