|Type:||Grade 3 planet|
|Location:||Constellation of Scytha|
|Appearance:||The Ribos Operation|
Ribos was a Grade 3 planet in the constellation of Scytha. It was home to the Ribosians, a civilisation with a medieval level of development, and owned by the Magellanic Mining Conglomerate. A large predator known as the Shrivenzale was also native to this planet.
Ribos was located within and protected by the greater Cyrrhenic Empire, less then 3 light-centuries from the Magellanic Clouds. According to Bartholomew's Planetary Gazetteer, Ribos was a Class 3 society which knew nothing about the outside world. As there was no regular commercial space travel to Ribos, Magellanic Mining could not mine until Ribos reached a Grade 2 planet status, potentially taking many thousands of years.
Ribos had an elliptical orbit around its sun, giving it two seasons of extreme climates: Icetime and Suntime. Each lasted approximately 32 Levithian years. The Ribosians believed that the two seasons were caused by the Ice Gods and the Sun Gods fighting over Ribos. (TV: The Ribos Operation)
The principal Ribosian city was Shur, which was situated by tundra, though there were backwater settlements to the North. This city held many important relics, such as the Ribosian crown jewels. Near the centre of the city was the Concourse, a pedestrian area. Underneath this was the Catacombs, where the dead were stored and a colony of Shrivenzales lived. (TV: The Ribos Operation) Some part of the planet created wine. (PROSE: Question Mark Pyjamas)
A Conglomerate-initiated geological survey of the planet revealed the presence of cadmium, bismuth, and iron. Fifty years later, they were about to sell the planet to Graff Vynda-K, an exiled tyrant who wanted to use the planet to build a new forward base, and to turn the population into an army. However, Garron and Unstoffe, conglomerate agents, attempted to sell the entire planet to him by leading him to believe that there was a 0.0001% find of jethrik, the most valuble substance in the galaxy, on the planet.