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|Government||Company or Corporation|
|Army Size (BEs)||0|
|World Trade Number||2.5|
|Trade Volume (MCr/year)||0|
|Building Capacity (Tons)||0|
|Port passengers (annual)||0|
975-452 is a vacuum world, with no atmosphere or hydrosphere. The system supports a population of fewer than 10,000 sophonts. It is a Human dominated Non-Aligned world in the Five Sisters Subsector of Spinward Marches Sector.
Astrography & Planetology
No information yet available.
975-452 Monostellar System Star Name Hierarchy Category Mass (Sol) Temp (K) Luminosity (Sol) 975-452
Primary Main Sequence 0.489 2800 - 3600 0.04 Unit Diameter Min Distance Hab Zone Jump Shadow M-Drive Limit AU 0.00511 0.01659 0.16 - 0.26 0.511 5.11 Orbit # * * 0 1 6 Remarks None
History & Background (Dossier)
No information yet available.
Milieu: New Era
Retief, formerly 975-452, was settled by the former Imperial Megacorp, Hortalez et Cie, in the last few years before the Civil War. The company surreptitiously constructed a large facility, and maintained a low profile colony on the world. Its reason for doing so is still largely unclear, but it is widely believed that it used the world as an "offshore" banking center, as well as a contact nexus for the company's intended expansion into the Spinward Hinters.
Despite its poor starport, or perhaps because of the low profile its mediocrity afforded it, the company built an extensive complex of support, recreation, conference and supply facilities to house and maintain staff and workers. While not exactly luxurious, the base was more than comfortable enough that it became a rest and recreation facility for its personnel, particularly in the contact and intelligence offices.
Hortalez compensated for the lack of starship maintenance facilities by stationing a tender on a periodic basis in orbit, disguised as a company bulk carrier. Bankrupted and destroyed by the Collapse, Hortalez was liquidated in the Great 1132 Fire Sale, and most of its former managers seized or absconded with many of the company's extra-Imperial holdings for their own personal profit. 975-452 was the most extreme example of this piracy. Local company personnel simply declared "independence" from Hortalez as a real sovereign world, and the world's facilities were spared a trip to the auction block. The new managers encouraged immigration, constructing schools and medical clinics and other amenities required to attract and hold new arrivals and their families.
Now bereft of its mother company's money and support, the new government transformed the world into an outside contact and commercial center (...and black market nexus) between the Regency and its neighbors in the Hinters. The world sustains itself as a middleman, deal maker and diplomat, and it makes a good profit and reputation for itself as a side benefit. A number of small shops and factories have sprung up in the last couple of decades, primarily to produce spare parts for systems that are outdated or out-of-production since the Collapse.
The world has few distinguishing features in of itself. And the colony, now open to every and all visitors, seems to be rather ordinary. Yet that ordinariness, a visitor quickly realizes, is just an outgrowth of the facade that Hortalez maintained for itself. There is a lot going on behind the scenes here, and the unwary visitor quickly learns to become circumspect with the locals, whether they have important information or not.
References & Contributors (Sources)
- Marc Miller. The Spinward Marches (Game Designers Workshop, 1979), 10-11.
- 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. (UWP only)
- Martin Dougherty, Neil Frier. Behind the Claw (Steve Jackson Games, 1998), 56.
- Mike West. The Spinward States (Avenger Enterprises, 2008), 109. (UWP only)
- Martin Dougherty. The Spinward Marches (Mongoose Publishing, 2008), .
- Martin Dougherty. Behind the Claw (Mongoose Publishing, 2019), 98-102. (UWP only)
- Peter Gray - BARD OPAL 9507
- Peter Gray - BARD OPAL 19537
- ↑ "Jump Map API" and map location from Travellermap.com