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Trantor is a fictional world in the Foundation Universe (comprised of the Robot, Galactic Empire, and Foundation series) by Isaac Asimov.

This article, Trantor, contains spoilers. Be forewarned, plot and/or ending details follow.
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History Edit

Trantor has a very long history first as the throne of the Kingdom of Trantor and later as the administrative center of the galaxy.

Pre-imperiumEdit

Although the books don't mention the exact date of the founding of the empire they often speak of 20,000 years before as the best estimate for pre-imperial times. During this time the known galaxy was split into many kingdoms which lived in a feudal system (similar to that of the Kingdom of Anacreon after the founding of First and Second Foundations). One of the kingdoms was the Kingdom of Trantor, the head of which was Trantor itself.

HS relay

Very few visitors ever saw the heavily guarded hyperspace relay system surrounding Trantor. Tightly coupled spherical network of these communication devices allowed Galactic Empire to exert control even over its farthest reaches. Only most trusted technicians were allowed to work there.

ImperiumEdit

Once the Galactic Empire was founded the capital became Trantor for several reasons.

  • Trantor was as close to the center of the galaxy as a planet can be
    • In fact, all distances from "core" are marked from Trantor
  • Trantor was already an important place as the capital of a power kingdom

Trantor then became the most powerful planet in the galaxy with quotes like "All roads lead to Trantor, and that is where all stars end" showing its general importance that lasted for over 20 millennia.

  • As the time passed, the people of Trantor becamed more specialized only in the control of the Galactic Empire.This is one of the cause of it's fall. Another one is the dependence of other planets for alimentation.

Fall of the EmpireEdit

The fall of the empire was first noted by Eto Demerzel, the Emperor Cleon's First Minister. However, like any sudden deterioration, the Empire was in its golden age during the period that Eto Demerzal noted this. The Empire, specifically on Trantor with its population of over 40 billion, was becoming too administrative and was beginning to ignore the upkeep of itself. First the crime rate shot up, then various infrastructure began to fail, and the Empire fell.

Trantor Air and Space traffic

Air and space traffic has been always very heavy around major spaceports on Trantor. Accidents were almost unheard of, but failures of the antiquated and poorly maintained computer navigation system became more frequent during the reign of Cleon II.

Second Foundation's role on TrantorEdit

During the fall of the Empire the Second Foundation was founded by Wanda Seldon through Hari Seldon. These mental scientists were kept secret and set up their base of operation in the Imperial Library.

The Sack of TrantorEdit

A couple of centuries after the fall of the Empire, Trantor was finally attacked and destroyed by several different warring kingdoms. Only the Imperial Sector was spared through the Second Foundation's actions. The only native Trantorians, known to themselves as Hamish-folk, began an agrarian society among the ruins of Skyscrapers.

Stettinan WarEdit

At the time of the Stettinan War Trantor was known as a agricultural planet exporting high quality animal fodder and grains.

Trantor's structureEdit

Trantor is an entirely domed world with the exception of the Imperial Sector. Reminiscent of the Caves of Steel on Old Earth much of Trantor is placed underground in order to support the billions of residents. In fact most of Trantor's food supplies is shipped to Trantor by its neighboring 25 worlds. Trantor is comprised of 800+ different sectors each of which is like its own world their cultures differ so greatly.

Sectors/districtsEdit

These sectors/districts are divided for administrative purposes and because of different cultures. Trantor had over 800, averaging 50,000,000 people each, in 240,000 km² (90,000 miles²), about the size of Kansas. The known sectors are:

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