|Primary||G0 V M6 V|
|Army size (BEs)||1|
|World Trade Number||4|
|Trade Volume (MCr/year)||1,435|
|Building Capacity (Tons)||0|
|Port passengers (annual)||4,000|
Aisha has both an unbreathable thin atmosphere and a lack of surface water making habitation by sophonts difficult. The system has a population between 10,000 and 10 million, lacking the industrial base to be completely self-supporting. The governance of this world is from Irash (Empty Quarter 2036). It is a member of Third Imperium in the Udusis Subsector of Empty Quarter Sector and in the Domain of Antares. Aisha, as a member world of the Third Imperium, holds the estate of an Imperial knight, a member of the Imperial Nobility charged with overseeing the world.
Astrography and Planetology
Part of the Irash Cluster.
Binary Solar System
Aisha Binary Star System Star Name Hierarchy Color Classification Remarks Aisha Primary Primary Yellow G0 V Aisha Companion Secondary Red M6 V
History and Background
A pleasant desert world within the Six Subsectors, Aisha - named after the Prophet Muhammad’s nine-year- old bride - is the site of a long-standing Imperial Ministry of Colonization project. Some ‘touchup’ terraforming was conducted, especially on the planned site for the first city. While colonists are solidly orthodox Sunni Muslims, they are not related to the local Arab cultures, but have been brought in from Arab Muslim settlements from the important world of Conda (Daibei 2718) a century before the Imperial Civil War.
Aisha is the site of an Imperial Ministry of Colonization project, financially assisted by the important Islamic theocracy of Conda (Daibei 2718). Residents are closer to the ‘Standard Imperial Culture’ than most of the Six Subsectors. They also retain strong ties to the Solomani Sphere, and look down on local Muslims as being superstitious peasants, compared to their own pure form of Islam.
As most of Aisha’s inhabitants still maintain long-standing family and business links to Conda, there is a strong market for Rim War news, and freelance couriers have made Aisha one of the most informed worlds in the Empty Quarter.
The world itself is still ruled by the Imperial Ministry of Colonization, and there is a substantial (and largely deserted, due to the war) Imperial Scout base sited on the world. The system administration envisions their system to be a model for the rest of the Six Subsectors to follow, but most knowledgeable Imperial nobles and scouts see this as a failed project. The primary reason it’s still funded is due to prestige reasons: Conda is fairly important in the realm of Imperial-Solomani culture and politics, after all, and keeping the Aisha colonization project funded flatters Conda while tying it closer to the Imperial government, drawing it away from the Solomani temptation of secession.
There are other reasons to keep the project going. A reasonable percentage of Imperial personnel who retire within the sector choose to make their final residence on Aisha, thanks to her decent technology, civilized culture and comforting amenities. Pirates avoid the system, as the MoC has enough pull to keep a squadron of Imperial Navy System Defense Boats insystem, supplemented with starmercs as needed. And Aisha reminds the rest of the subsector what ‘a properly civilized Imperial world’ looks like.
Local Aishaites view most other Muslims within the Quarter as Emptyheaded heterodox peasants, so wrapped up in their ignorance and superstition as to be barely Muslim. Naturally, the rest of the Islamic ummah within the Six Subsectors see the Aishaites as uppity snobs, still fantasizing that they are in the heart of human interstellar civilization, instead of being on the ragged frontier of Imperial rule.
This system is rather different than other nearby systems, being Arab Muslim rather than American Indian Christian/Animist/Hindu. It’s also more closely tied to ‘Standard Imperial Culture’, rather than distinctively Emptyheaded ways of thinking. The locals like to think of themselves as an up-and-coming system, but excluding population growth, there hasn’t been much progress made in the three centuries since the initial colonization. On the other hand, there hasn’t been a lot of declension either, as new money continues to be pumped into the local economy, from both their distant homeworld and the Imperium herself.
UWP Changes (all dates are Imperial Calendar)
- T20 - 993 - Aisha 1836 C450563-B S De Ni Po 410 Im
- CT - 1105 - Aisha 1836 B450563-A De Ni Po 210 Im
- MT - 1125 - Aisha 1836 B450565-7 De Ni Po 210 Ou - Outlands - Failing - a declining life support system
- TNE - 1201 - Aisha 1836 E450545-7 De Ni Po B 910 Wi - Wilds
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- Citation Missing - Stellar Reaches No. 2 - UWP Only
- Citation Missing - Stellar Reaches No. 5 - UWP Only
- Alvin Plummer. "Adventure: Sixteen Tons." Stellar Reaches 13 (2011): 49.- Write-up
- Alvin Plummer. "A Gazetteer to the Worlds of the Empty Quarter." Stellar Reaches No. 18 (2012): 5.- Short Write-up
- Alvin Plummer. "Data Dump: Updated Maps and UWPs for the Empty Quarter, 993 and 1105 Imperial." Stellar Reaches No. 19 (2012): 48. - UWP Only
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