This Is It!
|This Is It!
This Is It! was discovered many years ago by Simone DeLeone, an explorer for the UFP. He had been searching for an above-average Class M planet for colonization by his employers, the Hathaway Foundation. Since they paid higher prices for better-suited planets, Simone had been dreaming of discovering one that would make him rich enough to retire. When he read the sensor readings on the unknown planet, he exclaimed "This is it!" and decreed that would be its name. Since he had the authority to do so, and no one could come up with a good reason not to name the planet This Is It!, the name was adopted.
This Is It! has maintained relations with the Federation, especially since the war with the Klingons, but is fiercely independent. The government has gone so far as to throw the Federation ambassador off-planet for three months when the ambassador demanded the government stop trading with the Klingons and the Romulans. Trade on This Is It! is open to all interested parties. Tariffs are low in order to encourage trade and to keep the technology level of the planet high. The black market still thrives, however, because of the world's location. The market here is used by the Mantiev Colonial Association (both sides) to acquire items from Federation sources.
The highly democratic government of This Is It! is undergoing some extensive changes due to the large, recent influx of immigrants. Voting is now restricted to those residents who can prove residency of at least five years.