Cassandra (world)

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Cassandra/Drexilthar (Reaver's Deep 1924)
Classic Era (1115)
StarportB Good: Spacecraft Construction, Overhaul, Refined fuel
Size0 Asteroid/Planetoid Belt
Atmosphere0 Vacuum
Hydrographics0 Desert World 0%
Population5 Moderate (000 thousand)
Government3 Self-Perpetuating Oligarchy
Law8 High Law (controlled blades)
Tech LevelC Average Stellar (robots)
See also UWP
System Details
Primary F0 V
Planetoid Belts 1
Gas Giants 4

Cassandra is a ring of many small worldlets (planetoids AKA an "asteroid belt"), not capable of retaining an atmosphere or water, and nonindustrial in nature.

  • These worldlets warrant hazardous environment precautions.
  • Life in a vacuum requires great discipline. After all, it only takes one forgotten seal on a vacuum suit to spell death. Those who survive tend to be very methodically-minded and attentive to small detail.
  • The worldlets require extensive imports of outside technology to maintain a modern, star-faring society. Having to import most manufactured and high tech goods drives the price up for these items at this world.
  • It is a Non-Aligned world dominated by human sophonts.

Description (Astrography & Planetology)[edit]

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System Data[edit]

Primary: Cassandra, spectral class F0V. ICN S4K0304F0V. Mass 1.7 standard. Stellar diameter 1.7 standard. Luminosity 8.1 standard.

Planetary System: Four major bodies. No Inhabited worlds. Four gas giants, one planetoid belt (Inhabited), three empty orbits (#2, #5, #6) In system.

The Cassandra Belt: Belt Fringe (inner edge) mean orbital radius, 128 million kilometers (0.86 AU). Belt Verge (outer edge) mean orbital radius, 157 million kilometers (1.05 AU). Period of Rockport (starport and main government facility), 792.34 days ...

Asteroids are generally less than 1500km In diameter, with negligible mass and gravity. Settlement Is light, with the largest single population concentrated at Rockport and a large migratory population of belters and other asteroid miners and workers. The population does not reflect transitory residents who may work the Belt for only a few months before moving on.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Remarks: The Cassandra Belt is a solid source of mineral resources, though it has not attracted any enormous influx of greedy outsiders and no particular rumors of rich strikes or bonanzas have been in circulation thus far. The Belt is a steady but unspectacular producer.

Unlike many belts, which quickly degenerate into lawless 'boom colonies', the Cassandra belt has a firmly established government which tightly regulates law and order in settled parts of the Belt and even makes a fair attempt at enforcement through much of the rest of the system. This was not always the case - the Belt was originally a colony established by Dakaar Minerals, based on Dakaar (Reaver's Deep 1821). In 1087, intolerable working conditions and an unsympathetic corporate management prompted the Cassandra Strike, a system-wide shutdown of production and shipping facilities. This was followed by a brief workers' rebellion, which ended when Dakaar found that waging war in an asteroid belt against migratory workers was expensive and virtually useless.

The new government, the Council of Ten, was left over from the leadership of the original workers' protests and has done a credible job of turning the rebellious colony into a solidly prosperous independent state. Though there is little input from the scattered miners (for any kind of democracy would be impractical, given the incredibly diversified population density and other limitations of time and distance), the Council is generally considered to be doing a good job . . . though most belters tend to prefer no government at all.

Under the Council, an excellent law enforcement organization is maintained for starport and settlement security at Rockport, enforcement of claims and the investigation of various infractions against system laws. This police force generally maintains at least twenty patrol cruisers on station throughout the Belt, ready to respond to distress calls and other problems. They are particularly on guard against attempts by Dakaar Minerals to exploit the Belt without government permission, though this sometimes occurs anyway.

Rockport is a class B starport facility. In addition to ordinary commercial traffic and mineral shipments, the port handles a fair amount of Imperial military traffic travelling to and from the base on Outpost (Reaver's Deep 1926). Indeed, it was due to shrewd negotiation (ending in guarantees to provide service and fill various Imperial resource contracts) that the workers were able to ensure Imperial neutrality - and covert support - during the rebellion, an important part of their success.

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