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Locations: Sector M45-03

  • Description
  • Recent Events
  • Economy
  • Caesar affiliated/unaffiliated
  • Aertheold affiliated
  • Bo-Yae affiliated
  • Burlapsower affiliated
  • Carthage affiliated
  • Christos affiliated
  • Cloversheen affiliated
  • De Moins affiliated
  • Phat-P affiliated
  • Elpis (Zentrādi Control Zone)
  • Elissa (Zentrādi Control Zone)
  • Starburst Nebula
  • Description
    Part of Sectors M45.

    250 light years from New Patagonia (a 3 week Space Fold). There is a large population, with many settled worlds, because a number of star systems near the main colony are rich with Fold Carbon (a high-demand material used in Space Fold Drives). Some of the planets are less than ideal places to live.

    The region of space has a lot of stellar objects and phenomena. Habitable planets are a rarity, but there are plenty of white dwarf and red giant stars, with plenty more planets orbiting them - with the odd habitable moon orbiting a Jupiter-like planet. There are also a few smallish nebulae, and a couple dozen free-floating planets (most are like Jupiter, but light-years from the nearest star), and even a micro-black hole or two lurking in the background (the kind that is small and weak enough that they are not so much black, but greyish from the Hawking radiation and light that's just barely escaping from it).

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    Recent Events

    The Battle For The Elephant Graveyard Planetoid exploded between Aertheold and Bo-yae in September, 2062. The New Unified Forces were unable to restrain either side, and get swallowed up in the conflict. During the battle, the Elephant Graveyard Planetoid exploded, and caused a net of expanding Fold Faults to spread throughout the sector. They reach their peak intensity in September, 2063.

    By March 2066, the net of Fold Faults has steadily dissipated to a level below that of the ambient Fold Faults prior to the destruction of the planetoid. It leads to speculation that there is another planetoid laced with Fold Quartz in the Fold Anomaly, that was acting in resonance with the Elephant Graveyard Planetoid; causing the high levels of ambient Fold Faults in Sector M45-3. The major colonies in Sector M45-3 begin earnestly searching for a Fold Quartz laced object in the Fold Anomaly; which is now strikingly less massive and disruptive to transport routes in the area. As a result, the tensions between the major colonies in the sector are increasing again.

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    Economy

    Lots of small mining claims and colonies trade Fold Quartz and food stuffs with the main colony, Caesar, for manufactured goods. They don't like the arrangement, and some of the larger colonies are actively trying to develop their own manufacturing body. Caesar trades with Earth and the areas near Earth for high technology, which it in turn uses to trade with its dependencies in the sector.

    By March 2066, the sector's secondary colonies have developed sizeable manufacturing capabilities, and have layed claim to some of the smaller colonies in the sector. However, they still rely on the main colony, Caesar, for high technology, and to maintain the peace.

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    Caesar affiliated/unaffiliated

    Caesar & Brutus (City 15 Replica)

  • Primary colony.
  • 437.5 ly from Earth. Near Aertheold, Bo-Yae, Carthage, De Moins
  • Seat of the Sector Forum.
  • Allegiance: New Unified Government/neutral
  • Sesannu Kaderak

  • 390.63 ly from Earth. Near Gaia.
  • Orange-giant star.
  • Allegiance: under investigation
  • Gaia

  • 409.38 ly from Earth. Near Midway and Sesannu Kaderak.
  • Yellow main sequence star.
  • Allegiance: under investigation
  • Lauka

    Has numerous planetary bodies. It hasn't been really explored.
  • White dwarf
  • 459.8 ly from Earth. Near Caesar and New Sahara.
  • Allegiance: under investigation

  • Pahala - like Mercury, tidally locked.
  • Hawi - like Venus.
  • Pahoa - like Earth, but half the size. Poles are ice, equatorial belt is hospitable.
  • Honokaa - gas giant, 2 Jovian masses.
  • Keaau - gas giant.
  • Onomea - ball of ice
  • Midway

  • 425 ly from Earth. Near Gaia and Caesar.
  • smaller colony
  • Allegiance: under investigation
  • New Sahara

    Has numerous planetary bodies. It hasn't been really explored.
  • Red giant star.
  • 475 ly from Earth. Near Lauka, Indra (Sector M45-4).
  • Allegiance: under investigation
  • Ubari - like Mercury, tidally locked.
  • Garbroun - Mars sized Mercury.
  • Chebika - Mars-sized Venus.
  • Timia - Venus-sized desert planet.
  • Ghardaia - twice as large as Earth, but half the mass (gravity 1.25), desertified. Some water and lush farmland at the poles.
  • Tinerhir - gas giant; 5 Jovian masses.
  • Qatif - gas giant.
  • Niger - gas giant.
  • Nakhl - ball of ice
  • Oasis - ball of water-ice
  • Elephant Graveyard

  • Rogue planetoid. Destroyed in October, 2062.
  • 431.25 ly from Earth. Near the "Fold Anomaly" Nebula.
  • Allegiance: none
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    Aertheold affiliated

    Aertheold

  • sector secondary colony
  • 443.75 ly from Earth. Near Caesar and Bo-Yae
  • Allegiance: New Unified Government allied
  • Aertheold homeworld
  • Afusa
    Reijo
    Tatenda
    Thomas

    under investigation
  • Allegiance: Aertheold
  • Anush

    yellow main sequence

  • Near Phat-P and Yuuma (Elissa affiliated).
  • Allegiance: Aertheold
  • rock planet
  • Asherah - habitable (details on right), 2 moons
  • rock planet
  • asteroid belt
  • ice planet, 2 moons
  • jovian planet, 44 small moons, 11 large moons
  • poor quality starport
  • 9,000 miles; exotic atmospheres require the use of oxygen tanks
  • 30% freestanding water
  • pop: hundreds
  • gov: participating democracy, government by advice and consent of the citizen.
  • Coral Sea

  • 454.17 ly from Earth. Near Gaia.
  • Yellow Dwarf Star
  • Allegiance: Aertheold
  • Lydia [Lydia-Lydia]

  • ? ly from Earth. Location undesignated.
  • White Dwarf Star
  • Allegiance: Aertheold
  • Williams Star [Nora]

  • 427.08 ly from Earth. Near (between) Midway and Bo-Yae.
  • Allegiance: Aertheold
  • (partial list)
  • Alberte
  • Chryssa
  • Constantin
  • Edwin
  • Eko
  • Fabijan
  • Francis
  • Franseza
  • Lyn
  • Meri
  • Ngai
  • Spartak
  • Tadesse
  • under investigation
  • Allegiance: Aertheold
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    Bo-Yae affiliated

    Bo-Yae

  • sector secondary colony
  • 437.5 ly from Earth. Near Caesar and Midway.
  • Allegiance: loosely allied with NUNS
  • Bo-Yae homeworld
  • Adroinda
    Kiwame
    Ifiok
    Mariana
    Nejri

    under investigation
  • Allegiance: Bo-Yae
  • Methanisuka [Rinoa]

  • ? ly from Earth. Spinward 65°, +42 ly from the galactic plane.
  • One of the furthest planets habituated still inside the sector.
  • Allegiance: Bo-Yae
  • Perteras [Pyon-Pyon]

  • ? ly from Earth. Counter-spin 6°, -3 ly from the galactic plane. Relatively close to the core colonies.
  • small settlement
  • Allegiance: Bo-Yae
  • Sufre

  • 389.58 ly from Earth. Near Sesannu Kaderak.
  • Yellow Dwarf Star.
  • Allegiance: Bo-Yae
  • (partial list)
  • Aleksandra
  • Lyn
  • Marrion
  • Methanisuka
  • Oriol
  • Perteras
  • Salomon
  • Stein
  • Zhen
  • Zilpah
  • under investigation
  • Allegiance: Bo-Yae
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    Burlapsower affiliated

    Burlapsower

  • 393.75 ly from Earth. Near Sesannu Kaderak and Elpis.
  • White Dwarf Star
  • Allegiance: Burlapsower homeworld
  • Glitterdrop

    under investigation
  • Allegiance: Burlapsower
  • Corbin
  • Moonshinepicker
  • Yehowah
  • under investigation
  • Allegiance: Burlapsower
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    Carthage affiliated

    Carthage

  • sector tertiary colony
  • 431.25 ly from Earth. Near Caesar and De Moins.
  • Allegiance: neutral
  • Carthage homeworld
  • Fatmir
  • under investigation
  • Allegiance: Carthage
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    Christos affiliated

    Christos

  • 475 ly from Earth. Near: New Sahara and Ke'rehl (Sector M45-3 port).
  • Red Giant Star
  • Allegiance: Christos homeworld
  • Chidimma

    under investigation
  • Allegiance: Christos
  • Nuru

    under investigation
  • Allegiance: Christos
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    Cloversheen affiliated

    Cloversheen

  • 465.63 ly from Earth. Near: Lauka and Amaterasu Omikami (Sector M45-4).
  • White Dwarf Star
  • Allegiance: Cloversheen homeworld
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    De Moins affiliated

    De Moins

  • sector tertiary colony
  • 440.63 ly from Earth. Near Caesar and Carthage.
  • Allegiance: varied
  • De Moins homeworld
  • Konani
  • Meri
  • under investigation
  • Allegiance: De Moins
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    Phat-P affiliated

    Phat-P

    red giant

  • 434.38 ly from Earth. Near De Moins and Elissa (Sector M45-3 Starboard).
  • Allegiance: Unified Government/Caesar
  • Phat-P homeworld
  • Kale - habitable (details on right), 2 moons
  • jovian planet, 53 small moons, 5 large moons
  • jovian planet, 4 large moons
  • jovian planet, 33 small moons
  • ice planet, 1 moon
  • ice planet
  • scout base/routine quality starport
  • 3,000 miles; Thin tainted atmosphere
  • 40% freestanding water
  • pop: tens of thousands
  • gov: no central ruling authority exists; rival governments compete for control. In many cases, family bonds predominate.
  • Enitan

    under investigation
  • Allegiance: Phat-p
  • Elnur
  • Nurullah
  • under investigation
  • Allegiance: Phat-p
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    Starburst Nebula


    The nebula is a major factor in Sector M45-03's space-fold bottle neck. The Starburst Nebula accounts for a 50 ly sphere of space, full of Fold Faults; in addition to several slivers of Fold Faults extending upwards of 100 ly long, and 20 ly in diameter at their thickest point. One of these slivers effectively separates the sector's primary human colonies from the neighbouring sectors of space. This nebula makes for impressive viewing even with the naked eye in the night sky throughout Sector M45-03 and the surrounding sectors.

    History:
    Several core stars were clustered around a brown dwarf star and a red dwarf star. The brown star should not have gone supernova when it collapsed, however, due to the shared-mass location of the dwarf red star and its drifting corona, enough mass was gathered for an extremely low powered supernova. The explosion was strong enough to destroy the red dwarf, and several other small stars and proto-stars in the region, blasting their combined mass out into the resulting nebula. However, it was not strong enough to destroy the core mass of the nearby stars. The result is a cluster of grandfather stars, surrounded by proto-stars in the nebula, all clustered around the core of an infant black hole. It seems likely that given time, the mass at the center of the nebula may form a black hole; however its evolution may take some 10 million years. Current speculation puts the creation of the nebula at a mere 180,000 years ago; making it one of the youngest star life-cycle events within human reach to date.

    Image of the Starburst Nebula by: alanlisleca.

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