Tau Matawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu is a colony in the Perseus Sector of the Perseus Quadrant of the Milky Way Galaxy. It is an Earthlike planet that orbits a G-type star in a system of fourteen planets. It has four moons and a well-organized ring system.

Geography and ClimateEdit

There are three small continents each of which includes a long archipelago of large and small islands. The planet has a diverse range of terrain types from high mountains to valleys and plains.

The climate ranges from sub-tropical at the equator to temperate in the middle latitudes to arctic in the high latitudes.

History and CultureEdit

The planet was settled by colonists from the Centaurus Sector in the 50th Solar Century. It was recharted by the Explorer Ship Independence and the Defender Ship Echoes of the Fallen in the 73rd Solar Century.

Tau Matawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu is called simply ‘Tau’ by its inhabitants and 'Tau M' by outsiders. It has a relatively small population of roughly 170,000,000 human inhabitants. Its largest city, Tau N36W06 has only 330,000 inhabitants. The planet has an ecosystem capable of supporting a much larger population, but the inhabitants prefer a low-density, low-birthrate model of society. There is no planetary scale Government; each community is self-governing.

Although the planet has reasonably advanced technology, there is no industry, no mass production, and no artificial intelligence; all tools, vehicles, and devices are made in an artisanal manner.

Tau Matawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu was one of the founding members of the New Commonwealth of the Galaxy. Its citizens are very active in the politics of the New Commonwealth. (Book 11: Charlemagne )