"The economics of Artemis, I based that on resort towns. Caribbean resort towns, where you have the big, opulent hotels, and then the more austere living conditions of the people who live and work there." ~ Andy WeirArtemis is the first and only city built on The Moon and the home of Jazz Bashara.
It has a population of 2,000. The whole city is about half a kilometre across. As the bubbles don't let in sunlight and the fact that the Moon would only get a sunset or sunrise every 2 weeks, the whole city runs on Kenya Time. "It was afternoon in Nairobi, so it was afternoon in Artemis." It also uses a quasi-currency called slugs.
History Of The City
When Ngugi was Kenya's Minister of Finance, she created the country's entire space industry from scratch. She convinced 50 corporations from 34 countries to invest billions of dollars into creating KSC by enacting special tax breaks and laws for the new mega-corporation. Because spacecrafts launched from the equator could take advantage of Earth's rotation to save fuel space agencies found it much cheaper to launch from Kenya.
When Artemis was built Ngugi was chosen as it's Administrator and has been running it for over 20 years.
It’s made of five huge spheres called “bubbles.” They’re half underground and half above ground, so Artemis looks "exactly like old sci-fi books said a Moon city should look: a bunch of domes".
Armstrong Bubble sits in the middle, surrounded by Aldrin, Conrad, Bean, and Shepard. The bubbles each connect to their neighbors via tunnels which can be sealed in case of a breach. The only way out of Artemis is through its various Airlocks. According to Weir they were built in the order of who landed on The Moon starting with Armstrong and Aldrin and ending in Shepard. He has also stated that the city walls have two 6 cm layers of aluminum sandwiching a meter of crushed lunar rock as there is an enormous amount of aluminum ore on the Moon and it protects the city from galactic radiation.
Artemis brings in a lot of its food from the Earth. The city doesn't grow crops, it mass produces food locally by growing algae. Bringing in seeds is not expensive but it takes a lot of land area to grow crops. The amount of farmland necessary to support just one person is very large. On the other hand you just need a vat and a small room to grow as much chlorella as you want. You provide it with artificial light, and Artemis has as much energy as they want from their two nuclear reactors. It’s easy to give the algae constant light day and night so that it’s always growing.
|Notable Inhabitants||Known Inhabitants|
|Jazz Bashara, Porter (smuggler)||Mr Nakoshi, Head Longshoreman (smuggler accomplice)|
|Trond Landvik, CEO of Landvik Industries||Sarah Gottlieb, EVA Master|
|Lene Landvik, Heir to Landvik Industries||Doc Roussel, Doctor|
|Fidelis Ngugi, The Administrator||Sean, Starlite Casino Bookie|
|Rudy DuBois, Head of Security||Arun Gosal, EVA Trainee|
|Bob Lewis, Head of the EVA Guild||Marcy, EVA Trainee|
|Dale Shapiro, EVA Master||Tyler, Electrician|
|Ammar Bashara, Welder||Mr Đoàn, Head of Life Support Center|
|Martin Svoboda, ESA Scientist||Pham Binh, Life Support worker|
|Irina, Landvik Bodyguard||Tâm Binh|
|Billy Hartnell, Pub Owner||Edgar|
|Loretta Sanchez, CEO of Sanchez Aluminum||Michael Mendez, Sanchez Aluminum worker|
|SEE Characters FOR ANY UNMENTIONED INHABITANTS.||Ms Teller, Teacher|