Schwester as depicted in the Ark Starmap
Schwester (Chronos II) is an uninhabitable planet located second from the sun of the Chronos system, United Empire of Earth (UEE). In 2925, a Senate attaché was tasked with creating a progress report on a cluster of harvesting and refining facilities that had been constructed to draw resources for the Synthworld project from Schwester's dense atmosphere. When she arrived, she discovered that the facilities were never actually built. After an investigation, Ellie Kanis, senior foreman of the project, was found guilty of skimming from the project fund. The fallout from the scandal and the vast amount of credits she and her co-conspirators stole resurrected public debate against the overall cost of the Synthworld project.