Tarsus (SM 1138) (world)
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|Law Level||No law|
|Army Size (BEs)||15|
|World Trade Number||4|
|Trade Volume (MCr/year)||930|
|Building Capacity (Tons)||2,000|
|Port passengers (annual)||46,500|
Tarsus is a rich and agricultural production world with a shirt-sleeve atmosphere and a balance of available surface water. The system supports a population in the millions of sophonts, lacking the industrial base to be completely self-supporting. It is a client state of Third Imperium in the District 268 Subsector of Spinward Marches Sector.
Astrography & Planetology
Tarsus is a member of the Spinward Main. Tarsus is a member of the Collace Arm.
Tarsus Monostellar System Star Name Hierarchy Category Mass (Sol) Temp (K) Luminosity (Sol) Tarsus Primary
Primary Main Sequence 0.5052 2900 - 3700 0.048 Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit AU 0.00514 0.01817 0.17 - 0.28 0.514 5.14 Orbit # * * 0 1 6
Native Lifeforms: Nobble
Harvesting nobbles (large migratory grazers) is the primary occupation of 10% of the planet’s 2.332 million inhabitants, and an important sector of the Tarsan economy. There are over 4000 nobble ranches circling a vast expanse of stepland named Nob Plain, the average distance between them being 50 km. Nobble ranching is regulated by the Ag Market, which awards a finite number of contracts per year, each for 100 animals. The nobbles are culled while the vast herds are on the move, and as they average 20 km/hour, this is done as quickly as possible so that the carcasses may be efficiently processed. Once killed, the animals are skinned, their carcasses dressed, and the meat and hides taken to a pre-designated rendezvous point to be picked up by shuttle.
History & Background (Dossier)
It was settled between 450 and 462 by 19,125 exiles from Fornice. The venture was well organized and the colony avoided any significant technological regression. Tarsus achieved independence from Fornice in 502.
The population grew slowly but steadily over the centuries, supplemented from time to time by immigrants from other worlds. Among them were the members of the Tizonian 3rd Lift Regiment and their families, who came to Tarsus in 625 fleeing war-crime accusations, and settled in an empty region called Regiment. Their descendants have since been integrated into the mainstream of Tarsan society.
In 780, Tarsus joined Motmos (Spinward Marches 1340) and Tarkine (Spinward Marches 1434) in establishing the Ag Worlds Combine, a loose cartel that was designed to halt a spiral of mutually-destructive price competition in the lucrative agricultural export markets of Forine and Collace. It supplies food to much of District 268, which includes many worlds whose inhospitable and/or degraded environments cannot support conventional agriculture. The Ag Worlds Combine's headquarters is located on Motmos.
In the same year that the Ag Worlds Combine was established, large numbers of refugees fleeing the newly-established religious dictatorship on neighboring Pavabid (Spinward Marches 1238) settled on Tarsus. Another wave of immigrants arrived in the early 800s as people fleeing the Psionics Suppressions sought refuge beyond the Imperial border. Due in large part to the presence of their descendants, Tarsus exhibits little of the psionophobia found on most other worlds in the Spinward Marches. Indeed, the megacorporation SuSAG operates a large psi drug manufacturing plant on Tarsus.
In 1110, a group of primitive humans were discovered living deep in the Tangle Wald, an inaccessible forest far from the main Tarsan settlements. These turned out to be the descendants of a Sword Worlds petroleum mining colony that had been established in -104 only to be abandoned to its own devices just two years later when the outbreak of the War of the First Rebellion led to the collapse of the Sacnoth Dominate. Evidence found over a century later at the original colony site led to the erroneous conclusion that its last survivors had died off around -60. The Forest People, as they are called, were declared wards of the Tarsan government in 1113.
References & Contributors (Sources)
- Marc Miller. The Spinward Marches (Game Designers Workshop, 1979), 18-19.
- Marc Miller. The Spinward Marches Campaign (Game Designers Workshop, 1985), 18-19.
- Marc Miller. Imperial Encyclopedia (Game Designers Workshop, 1987), 94-100. (UWP only)
- Rob Caswell. "Domain of Deneb: Sector Data." MegaTraveller Journal 3 (1992): 47-58. (UWP only)
- Dave Nilsen. The Regency Sourcebook (Game Designers Workshop, 1995), 48-49.
- Martin Dougherty, Neil Frier. Behind the Claw (Steve Jackson Games, 1998), 75.
- Paul Drye, Hans Rancke-Madsen, Robert Prior. Sword Worlds (Steve Jackson Games, 2004), 103.
- Mike West. The Spinward States (Avenger Enterprises, 2008), 110. (UWP only)
- Martin Dougherty. The Spinward Marches (Mongoose Publishing, 2008), .
- Martin Dougherty. Behind the Claw (Mongoose Publishing, 2019), 123-127. (UWP only)
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