From orbit, Giju resembles a small, blue marble, its azure beauty dotted with small patches of green land and tufts of white cloud, capped by the gleaming white of polar ice sheets. Over ninety-five percent of Giju's surface is either below the waves, tidal marshland or frozen at the poles. The modest parcels of land poking above the waves are windswept islands of tussock grass and stunted trees that support colonies of seabirds, as well as the few cities suitable for non-aquatic sentients. These cities are surrounded by storm walls at least fifteen meters high, to protect them from high winds and surging waves from the seasonal typhoons that are a fact of life on the planet when it orbits closer to the sun.
Apart from this, there are few natural perils on Giju. This is not an accident, but rather the result of centuries of effort by the ancestors of the now easygoing Herglics, who were very much more energetic in their early history. Apart from developing hyperspace travel capability on their own, these early Herglics set about taming the natural wildlife of their homeworld, using their newly developed technology to rid their world of dangerous predators. These days, the Herglics themselves are the top predators in Giju's blue oceans. These waters provide everything the native Herglics need - they teem with fish and other aquatic animals, the reefs and mangroves serving as nurseries for countless billions of baby fish and larval crustaceans. The polar ice caps are present year-round, and are home to many species of mammals and birds - aquatic and terrestrial, that are adapted to the cold.
Historically, Giju is located on the Giju Run, close to the major trade routes of the Hidakai Pool and Rimma Trade Route. Since discovering hyperspace travel twenty-seven thousand years BCGT, and becoming a member of the Galactic Republic around thirteen thousand BCGT, the Herglics have enjoyed a largely peaceful coexistence with their neighbors and the galaxy at large. With their relaxed and forgiving nature, this will likely continue long into the future.