Beck's World (world)
|Primary||K0 V M2 V|
|Army Size (BEs)||1|
|World Trade Number||2|
|Trade Volume (MCr/year)||0|
|Building Capacity (Tons)||0|
|Port passengers (annual)||0|
Beck's World has a population between 10,000 and 10 million sophonts, lacking the industrial base to be completely self-supporting. This world contains an archaeological site with artifacts suspected to be from the now-vanished Ancients. This world is designated an Amber Zone with an environment, laws, customs, life forms, or other conditions make it dangerous to visitors. This a low technology world with technology competency below the standard for Charted Space. It is a member of Third Imperium in the Regina Subsector of Spinward Marches Sector and in the Domain of Deneb. Beck's World, 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 & Planetology
Past volcanic activity on Beck's World has covered the surface with huge mountains and vast plains of solid lava. A collapsed labyrinth of interconnected caves, suspected of Ancients origin, has only been partially excavated by scientists of the University of Regina.
Binary Solar System
Beck's World Binary Star System Star Name Hierarchy Category Mass (Sol) Temp (K) Luminosity (Sol) Beck's World
Primary Main Sequence 0.825 4000 - 5000 0.42 Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit AU 0.00845 0.05375 0.52 - 0.84 0.845 8.45 Orbit # * * 2 2 7 Remarks Star Name Hierarchy Category Mass (Sol) Temp (K) Luminosity (Sol) Beck's World
Secondary Main Sequence 0.4258 2400 - 3300 0.027 Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit AU 0.0044 0.01358 0.13 - 0.21 0.44 4.4 Orbit # * * 0 1 6 Remarks
History & Background (Dossier)
- (622): Beck's Bruins, a pro-Arbellatra mercenary regiment under the command of Colonel Vilina Beck, conquers Frisini (Spinward Marches 2204), renames it Beck's World, and settles there.
- (1109): Battle of Becks World between Imperial Task Force 17 and 40th Squadron forces 40th Squadron out of the Fifth Frontier War.
The planet's population is concentrated in and around a single settlement, Beck's Town, located on the shore of the world's one small sea.
World Technology Level
- Common Communication technologies for this TL include: Telephone and telegraphs, widespread printing.
- Common Power Generation technologies for this TL include: Early electricity, hydrocarbon internal combustion.
- Common Transportation technologies for this TL include:
Beck's World is governed by an Impersonal Bureaucracy. The leadership of the government is another form (democracy, dictatorship, oligarchy), but the bureaucracy dictates government policy and its execution. Government leadership is reduced to little more than figureheads and does not select the bureaucracy leadership or its members. Beck's world is rigidly controlled by a paramilitary state.
The Battle of Beck's World occurred here on 122-1109 during the Fifth Frontier War. In that battle, Admiral Elphinstone destroyed the last remnants of the Vargr fleet from Yorbund (Spinward Marches 2303). This major victory was instrumental in breaking the Vargr resolve and eventually winning the war.
What many people do not know is that the Vargr prisoners from that battle were quartered on Beck's World until after the war. Many of the Vargr chose to remain on Beck's World after they were released, and have since become Imperial citizens. About one third of the planet's population now is Vargr. The prison camp where they were held was torn down as a gesture of friendship between the two races.
Umbrella's are very popular on Beck's World, where it rains "six days out of seven, not counting drizzle". Umbrellas are all manufactured locally and in many colours, there appears to be some form of etiquette about who can carry what colours.
Visitors will often be met by young port staff in uniform who will hold blue umbrellas for them.