Discovered by it’s namesake, Alan Dalton, Dalton is now best known throughout the galaxy as the birthplace of Sasha Wheaton. Sasha went on to make headline news as the love interest of notable celebrity, playboy and second richest man in the galaxy, Verily Wrought.
Dalton is an industrial planet primarily colonized as a source of uranium and other energy minerals. Many nuclear plants were placed on Dalton, their energy was placed in long term storage crystalline batteries, called Keepers, that were used to power space ships, space stations and provide energy for the many colonies that required it.
As is true with most energy planets, Dalton is designed to be a highly organized place that relies on a population of workers trained and conditioned to deal with the specific tasks required for mining and refining the ores on the planet; running the nuclear plants; other administrative jobs in the ‘energy transportation’ fields.
There is a high level of background radiation and other pollution on planets like Dalton. As a result there are many birth defects, or ‘abnormalities’, (see additional entries). Abnormalities contribute to many colonists of energy planets being stuck ‘groundside’. For this and for the limited, career specific education the natives receive, they are not thought of highly by the rest of the galaxy.
Public opinion was changed when Sasha Wheeton began speaking about her life on Dalton. There was a general outcry against the conditions on Dalton and other such planets followed by a vacuum caused when no one really knew what to do about the conditions and the colonists- technically everyone lives on planets in the GAGA of their own free will.
Nevertheless, conditions on energy planets are generally much worse than conditions in most of the rest of the galaxy, although there are a few exceptions (see also entries on Old Earth, and El Noor Station).
Developments of newer, more efficient technologies that could reduce or eliminate the need for groomed ‘economy captive’ workforces in the GAGA are frequently ignored due to problems of logistics and implementation.
Dalton as a planet is scheduled for controlled implosion in 120-136 years, when its core stability threshold will be breached by mining efforts. Any Dalton residents still meeting GAGA genetic standards will be relocated.
– Virginia Carraway.
For more information on Dalton see Dalton’s Daughter, Alan Dalton, Sasha Wheaton, GAGA genetic standards, Keepers.