|Army size (BEs)||1|
|World Trade Number||3|
|Trade Volume (MCr/year)||0|
|Building Capacity (Tons)||0|
|Port passengers (annual)||0|
Laberv is a pre-agricultural and nonindustrial world lacking adequate development for its economy to become prosperous.
- As a nonindustrial world, it requires extensive imports of outside technology to maintain a modern, star-faring society. The need to import most manufactured and high technology goods drives the price of these goods up in the open market. It is a member of Darrian Confederation in the Darrian Subsector of Spinward Marches Sector.
- This world-system hosts a Military Base For support of military ground forces. 100% of the world's population is the Minor Human Race Daryen.
|Army size (BEs)||1|
|World Trade Number||4|
|Trade Volume (MCr/year)||2,595|
|Building Capacity (Tons)||0|
|Port passengers (annual)||2,400|
Era: New Era
Laberv is an agricultural world with an ideal environment for producing food from plants, animals, or other forms. The system supports a small stable population, but lacks the industrial base to be completely self-supporting. It is a member of Darrian Confederation in the Darrian Subsector of Spinward Marches Sector.
- This world is an Interface world, with a quarantine inspection facility for all ships.
- This world hosts a Military Base, Supporting military ground forces. 100% of the world's population is the Minor Human Race Daryen.
Description (Astrography & Planetology)
A hospitable world, Laverv is less populated than might be expected.
Laberv Monostellar System Star Name Hierarchy Color Classification Notes Laberv Primary Primary Yellow G0 V
History & Background (Dossier)
It is a major terminal for a criminal syndicate which makes life a bit difficult for local industrialists. More stubborn inhabitants have scattered into the hinterlands where this activity does not affect them. Very little work in the startport is done by machines. The syndicate totally controls the starport.
Laberv was settled by Pre-Maghiz Darrians around -1380. A smallish agricultural world, it was chiefly exploited for grazing and minor truck farming. The colony did not attract very many colonists, and it died out after the Maghiz.
The world was resettled by colonists from Mire (Spinward Marches 0527) after -128, but it struggled to maintain a profitable existence. Harsh taxation by Mire did little to help the situation. Many local traders took up smuggling and other illegal activities to circumvent these punitive measures, and to provide an additional source for income. Crackdowns by the Confederacy government merely drove these racketeers underground, and they proved nearly impossible to root out.
Despite misgivings about the syndicate, Laberv received its independence in 609 as a cost cutting measure by the Confederacy government, leaving the local population completely at the mercy of the racket. The syndicate quickly expanded its operations in defiance of the planetary government efforts, and brought the world to a virtual standstill. They were prevented from interfering with interstellar traffic moving through the starport by the Darrian military and the fear of stronger, lasting intervention, but the farmers and townspeople native to the world were not spared. The syndicate had extensive contacts with unsavory elements in the Sword Worlds, and may have provided intelligence and material support during the Frontier Wars in return for financial aid.
Protection rackets and "taxation" became the main means of harassment. Most of the planets businesses and operating companies were partially or wholly owned by the syndicate, and it was impossible to get a service rendered or employment without paying additional fees or usurious contractual obligations. The pervasive harassment eventually drove a sizable proportion of the population out into the unsettled outback, where they were isolated from offworld trade, but free from the syndicate as well.
The end of the Sword World threat after the 1132 Landgrab cost the syndicate its offworld patrons, and allowed the Confederacy to concentrate upon internal domestic issues without distraction. An alliance was ratified between the government and Laberv's outback population, and a joint military operation overthrew the planetary government in 1136. The local industries were nationalized under a new planetary government, and law enforcement surveillance was tightened.
A new participatory government was constructed to permit the population to directly act against the syndicate, and to keep in constant communication with the authorities. Suffrage is universal, and voting is mandatory. This not only makes it difficult for the population to be intimidated, it also acts as a veiled threat of constant surveillance, as voting patterns are constantly analyzed to detect syndicate members.
References & Contributors (Sources)
- Marc W. Miller, Robert Parker, Nancy Parker, Matt Renner. Darrians (Game Designers Workshop, 1987), 22,32.
- Marc Miller. The Spinward Marches Campaign (Game Designers Workshop, 1985), 22.
- Dave Nilsen. The Regency Sourcebook (Game Designers Workshop, 1995), 44.
- Martin Dougherty, Neil Frier. Behind the Claw (Steve Jackson Games, 1998), 47.
- External Link: BARD-OPAL 9531 - Peter Gray
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science