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Albireo II (also known as Beta Cygni II or Cygnia Minor II) is a planet, the second planet of six in the Beta Cygni star system in Federation space, in the Alpha Quadrant. (ST references: Star Trek Maps, Star Charts)
Albireo II, the only class M planet in the Beta Cygni system, has one moon. This planet became home to a Federation colony established on reference stardate 1/95, growing from a group of 125,000 to a population composed of over 6.5 billion individuals in the late 23rd century, mostly Humans and other humanoids. Since farming is almost impossible, the Albireo colonists manufactured synthetic food to survive. Synthetic food would eventually become the planet's primary export. With the three suns of Cygnia Minor moving in and out of various arrangements, great fluctuations in radiation and other conditions contributed to periodic food shortages despite the colonists' best efforts to maintain supply. (FASA RPG module: The Federation; ST reference: Star Trek Maps)
By the 2260s, the plight of Cygnian food shortages caused a great deal of interest within the Federation. Starfleet Captain James T. Kirk once pulled his vessel off course in 2266 to visit Planet Q based on a rumor that a scientist there has created a new technology for food synthesis that could relieve the problems of Cygnia Minor. Disappointingly, the lead did not pan out as being an advantage for the Cygnian colonists. (TOS episode & novelization: The Conscience of the King)
By the late 23rd century, Albireo was a full-status member of the Federation and had a technological/sociopolitical index of 787455-77 and a planetary trade profile of CCDBECC/C(C), based on an agriculture and industry-based economy. (FASA RPG module: The Federation; ST references: Star Trek Maps, Star Charts)
Albireo has a wide range of climate conditions due to the high levels of solar radiation emitted by its three suns. Spectacular aurorae can be seen at the end of the winter season. Albireo has a total surface area of 620,000,000 square kilometers and, with 40% land mass and 60% of the surface covered by water oceans, a total land area of 248,000,000 square kilometers. Cygnia Minor II has a gravity of .85g, a diameter of 17,000 kilometers and an equatorial circumference of 52,000 kilometers. About 60% of Albireo's makeup is usable metals, and the planet has a makeup of gemstones, crystals, radioactive materials, with each of those materials comprising about 10% of planetary material. Trace amounts exist of other special minerals. Albireo has a warm temperate climate, a class M terrestrial atmosphere and a day's length of 25 hours. (FASA RPG module: The Federation)