Neona was a temperate world in the Tapani sector's Freeworlds Territory, populated by an indigenous sentient species. In 19,997 BBY, the planet experienced a period of intense geological warming that melted the ice caps and plunged the landmass below massive oceans, sparing only two ice-continents, one located at each pole. The native species was consumed by the tides and succumbed to extinction, leaving behind only extravagent ruins interred beneath the waves as proof of their existence.
Due to the lack of habitable landmass, Neona was not largely settled for many centuries and Human colonists lived in floating cities with a single spaceport for the entire planet. That changed once Hanson Mining Consolidated surveyed the planet's sea floor, discovering large mineral deposits. The consortium of mining companies secured mining rights to the planet and settled the world with its resident-employees, placing them in undersea mines while towing the floating cities over the projects. Some were linked together or attached to new spaceports as in the case of Newland, a large city formed aroung the original spaceport that became the planet's capital.
The various mining operations were highly lucrative and Hanson's subsidiaries paid their citizen-employees well. However, once the hyperlane known as the Giju Run was established, intersecting with the Procopian Shipping Lane that passed by Neona, the planet became a popular real estate venture for the Tapani Noble Houses. This influx of credits weaned the planet off its economic dependancy on selling the variably-priced ore.
Neona was a voting member of the League of Tapani Freeworlds.
Neona was a temperate world in the Neona system. Located within the Tapani sector's Freeworlds Territory, it had two barren moons. Due to a geologic warming period that melted the polar ice caps, the world's landmass was slowly engulfed in the rising tides. Only one ice-continent at each pole were spared, though the weather on both was cold and harsh, forcing what few settlers came to colonize the planet in floating cities with only one spaceport for the whole planet. An extensive cave system sat on the southern continent and intricate ruins left behind by the planet's extinct sentient species, riddled the undersea surface.
After Hanson Mining Consolidated, a conglomerate of mining corporations, discovered the sea floor was rich in ore deposits and bought the mining rights to the world, it took governmental control of the territory. More floating cities were created to house their move-in citizen-employees and were linked with existing cities, relocated above the newly-constructed mines. Newland was one such collection of cities—centered around the original, no longer exclusive, spaceport—became the largest of all and was named the planet's capital.
- Lords of the Expanse
- Player's Guide to Tapani
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (See Hanson Mining Consolidated)
- The Essential Atlas