Luna, known commonly as the Moon, is the Earth's only continuous natural satellite.
Fueled by a collapsing Earth ecosystem and degenerating society, Luna was first colonized in 1997, with the foundation of the Euro Space Agency (ESA) colony Tycho, Luna has since become colonized with various permanent bases, founded and maintained by allied nations of the ESA. With the existence of gravity and ability to soft-land machinery, along with heat drills to form glass-like tunnels, Luna was far easier to colonize than open space. Buried ice was mined for air and water, plants were brought in to create viable ecosystems, and the Tycho mass driver was modularly dropped and reassembled to construct and later utilize to catapult raw materials towards the Crystal Palace construction at the time. While the original bases were simple pressure domes and workshacks planted by Orbital Transfer Vehicles (OTV), by 2020, they expanded via nuclear and solar laser drill-created subterranean tunnel networks. Water is mined through lunar ice, and recycled heavily, while air comes through underground hydroponic gardens lit by large surface shutters.
Luna is mined heavily for raw materials utilized in orbital colony constructions at the LaGrange points. Three mass drivers allow a stream of Lunar material in Earth orbit. A Lunar "day" takes approximately 2 Earth weeks.
Two permanent cities exist on Luna: Tycho and Copernicus, both controlled by the ESA. Tycho, with a population of 18,000 by 2025, controls two mass drivers, able to boost Lunar rocks and ores to the O'Neill One Habitat constructions. Copernicus, with a population of 12,000, controls a single mass driver.
As both cities were constructed underground, their construction required blasting and nuclear-powered heat smelters to form park-like caverns, eventually being topped with smelted lunar sand pressure domes to provide air and recycling.
Tycho is the largest of the two cities on Luna, originally only supposed to be a small base for orbital transportation and resources, it grew over time into a small bustling city. It maintains two mass drivers used to boost the Lunar rock and ore out to the L-5 constructions. In 2008, during the First Orbit War, the colony was responsible for the destruction of Colorado Springs, dropping a two-ton rock on the city.
The second largest city on Luna, Copernicus is a smaller city than Tycho, but not by much. Much of the area is dedicated to mining for resources, however that doesn't stop them from living comfortable lives. Due to only having one mass driver and being smaller in general, the people here are more friendly and out-going.
- Deep Space Sourcebook p.65: "All this didn't happen overnight, of course. The technology to colonize space was already in place by the early 1990s. What was required was the will and international cooperation to apply what was already known, plus a driving need to do so, generated by a collapsing ecosystem and a degenerating society."
- Deep Space Sourcebook p.65: "Luna was actually easier to colonize than open space. Gravity already existed, and the ability to soft-land machinery had been possible for over fifty years. With the use of nuclear-powered heat drills, it was relatively simple to fuse the silicate lunar soil into glass-like tunnels. Pockets of buried ice were mined for air and water, while plants were brought in to create a viable ecosystem. By 1999, modular sections of the Tycho massdriver were softlanded and reassembled, allowing raw materials to be catapulted into space to construct the Crystal Palace."
- Deep Space Sourcebook p.5: "Since the early 2000's ESA and its allied nations have maintained permanent bases on Luna. The original bases were simple pressure domes and modified workshacks boosted by OTV's and soft landed in sections. Over the last twenty years, these footholds have been expanded through the use of nuclear and solar powered laser-drills (collectors on the surface, and cutting drill below), which have created networks of sub-surface tunnels. Water is provided through the mining of Lunar ice and is heavily recycled, while air comes from sub-surface hydroponic gardens (lit by rolling back huge shutters on the surface)."
- Deep Space Sourcebook p. 12: "Earth has one major satellite, Luna, an airless ball of rock cratered by thousands of past meteor impacts. Luna already maintains two permanently human colonies and is heavily mined for raw materials used construction of the large orbital colonies positioned at the LaGrange points. The three massdrivers located near the Tycho and Copernicious[sic] craters maintain a steady stream of Lunar materail into Earth Orbit. For the colonists, a Lunar working "day" is equivalent to some two weeks on Earth."
- Deep Space Sourcebook p.5: "There are two permanent cities on Luna, both controlled by the Euro Space Agency. Tycho/Luna Colony, the largest, maintained two mass drivers, used to boost Lunar rock and ore out to the L-5 constructions. The population (in 2025) is approximately 18,000. The second colony, at Copernicus, supports a single mass driver, and a population of around 12,000."
- Deep Space Sourcebook p.65: "While the two lunar cities are not exactly space stations, they do fall into the category of space colonies. Both were constructed underground, using a combination of blasting and nuclear powered heat smelters. An extensive warren of heat fused tunnels open into central, park-like caverns. These caverns are topped with geodesic pressure domes (the glass is formed from smelted lunar sand). Besides creating open space for lunar colonists, these open areas also provide most of the air and recycling capabilities."
- Cyberpunk Red Corebook p.238-239: "U.S. assault on Russian weapons platform MIR XIII. EuroSpace agency intervenes, and the Orbital War breaks out between the "euros" and the "yanks" until Tycho Colony mass driver drops a two-ton rock on Colorado Springs. An uneasy peace is reached."
Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit World Book. Talsorian Games, 2019
Cyberpunk Red Corebook. R. Talsorian Games, 2020