975-452 (world)

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975-452/Five Sisters (Spinward Marches 0840)
Milieu 1116
StarportE Frontier - no facilities
Size1 Small (1,600 km, 0.05g - 0.09g)
Atmosphere0 Vacuum
Hydrographics0 Desert World 0%
Population3 Low (8 thousand)
Government1 Company/Corporation
Law6 Moderate Law (no firearms except shotguns)
Tech Level9 Early Stellar (fusion)
See also UWP
System Details
Primary M0 V
Worlds 10
Gas Giants 1
Planetoid Belts 2
Cultural Details
Government Company or Corporation
Law Level Moderate
Cultural Extension 2148
Army Size (BEs) 0
Economic Details
Technology Level 9
Economic Extension
Labor2Low (800)
Infrastructure1 Extremely limited
Importance Extension -2
Resource Units 11
GWP (BCr) 0
World Trade Number 2.5
Trade Volume (MCr/year) 0
Starport Details
Classification Class-E
Port Size 0
Building Capacity (Tons) 0
Port employees 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[edit]

No information yet available.

Monostellar System[edit]

975-452 Monostellar System
Star Name Hierarchy Category Mass (Sol) Temp (K) Luminosity (Sol)

M0 V

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

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

No information yet available.

Milieu: New Era[edit]

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.

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