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After the Forager Program probes have done their work, greenlit colony worlds are generally prepared along the same lines - at least at the start.

A base station is constructed in Earth orbit and brought via FTL Tug to the planet. This station will remain in low orbit for the duration of the setup process. After the setup is complete, it is generally left without crew, yet active as a secondary Stelnet router in case the main router for the planet is damaged. This station houses the primary crew of about 20 and generally has a spinning ring section to acclimatize them to the working conditions of their new home. Soon after the crew's arrival, final scans and go/no go decisions for a landing site are completed. Once the landing site is confirmed, cargo ships are sent from Earth with all the necessary equipment, including:

- Pressurized, sealed habitats (just to be safe off the start)
- Land clearing and construction equipment
- Robots and rovers to collect and position modules
- Atmospheric vapor processor to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen for fuel
- Solar panels and spare parts for days

These are deployed via reusable spaceplane to the surface in a manner which can only be described as a mix of the 20th Century's Space Shuttle and this.

Finally, with all the supplies mostly in place, a permanent crew is deployed to the surface oversee and run land clearing and setup. These brave men and women are the first to set foot upon their new home. Just to be safe, they spend several months living out of the pressurized habitats while final environmental tests are rechecked. During this time, they set about the most important task of building a runway.

The paved runway becomes the colony's lifeline. With it in place, larger spaceplanes may land with cargo and be refueled for return trips to orbit (whereas the earlier, lighter spaceplanes cannot afford to waste energy on landing when dropping supplies). Heavy farming infrastructure is put in place and the first seed crops are sewn. Supplies are still regularly shipped at this point, since the colony is far from self-sufficient.

With food being grown and shelter taken care of, geological surveys are preformed from deployed drone aircraft to scope out mining sites picked out by satelites. At this point most raw materials are still shipped in via shuttle for the colony's manufacturing needs.

When the farms are ready and producing, and the spaceport is fully functional, work begins on permanent habitats - pretty much collective housing apartments to start. When everything is ready to go - about ten years after, depending on possible setup difficulties - the colonists start pouring in and mostly live off the land to support the growing manufacturing centers and burgeoning municipal areas .