Sunday, March 4, 2018

A Traveller's Guide to the Belaya Subsector   


Overview   
            The Belaya Subsector is the crossroads of the Wayhaven Sector – a dense cluster of star systems along the trailing edge of the Third Imperium.  Dominated by the Wayward Main – a string of star systems that are only one parsec apart – the Belaya Subsector is often referred to as a merchant’s paradise.  Being the only high technology industrial world in the subsector, the subsector capital world does very brisk business indeed.
            There are thirty-nine worlds in the subsector and all but two can be reached with Jump-1 technology.  The highest population world is Belaya (1012) with a staggering 23.8 billion residents.  There are two other worlds with populations over twenty billion as well – Deua (1515) and Kennet (0914).  Total population for the subsector is estimated at 73.6 billion residents.
            The highest technological level is TL 14 on Belaya. There is one world that is classified as a Red Travel Zone by our organization - 408‑822 (1413) – which is interdicted by the Imperial Navy for reasons that are classified.  There are also four worlds classified as Amber Travel Zones – Kagera (1019), Kupa (0913), Nullica (1315) and Zezera (1015).
            There are seven worlds that serve as hubs on the Imperial X-boat routes in the subsector – Belaya (1012), Boros (1419), Lim (1218), Loing (1516), Prahova (1115), Vicha (1117) and Warnow (1018).
            There are eight naval bases in the subsector as well as fourteen scout bases, so pirate activity is minimal at best, allowing for the grand tradition of adventure and discovery through travel!  So pack your luggage and prepare to be dazzled by the splendors of the galaxy, just a few jumps away as we tour the Belaya Subsector!

404-822 (1413 X356000-0) *Red Zone*
This nameless world suffered through a cataclysmic collision with another body roughly half its own size late in its development, displacing materials from the planetary core.  The result is significant amounts of radioactivity at surface level, which will prevent any human habitation for at least a thousand years.
Amur (1517 D596303-3)
The four thousand residents of Amur are typically counting the days until they can return to their home worlds. The Imperium makes contracts with people to occupy this world – operating the starport and scout base, along with all the businesses that cater to merchants from off world.
Athabasca (1215 C400534-A)
This airless moon of one of the system’s two gas giants serves as a base of operations for extensive asteroid mining of the two planetoid belts found here.  A true “Belter’s Paradise,” the residents here are rugged independents who work and play hard, so casual visitors had best be on their guard when in public.
Belaya (1012 A412AED-E)
Most people would think that a religious autocracy would be oppressive and inflexible. Belaya proves that it doesn’t have to be, though it does take some serious adaptation to get used to the fact that EVERYONE is not only concerned  about one’s welfare, but actively motivated to improve it for them whether they want it or not…
Boros (1419 B662533-B)
“Follow the water and you’ll find the people,” is a local proverb stemming from the scarcity of liquid water here.  The plutocratic government in place here makes most of its money selling dihydrous at the starport and to the IISS base located here.
Cahabon (1313 C664657-4)
Water conservation and its judicious use made this dry world green and productive.  Wasting water is a very serious offense here, as is the highly profitable practice of smuggling water for private use to avoid the government’s exorbitant usage fees…
Devi (1119 C868957-9)
The Society of Guilds rules this idyllic, earthlike world.  This is not surprising since the vast majority of the original colonists were pureblood Villani.  As such, synchronicity is the keyword for both the government and daily life here – with very little room for non-conformists…
Driva (0917 B764321-9)
This pleasant but sparsely-populated world is home to the descendants of a colonization effort from Terra that misjumped here nearly a thousand years ago.  There are rumors that another indigenous race lived here before the colonists arrived, but what happened to them remains a mystery.
Deua (1515 D330AEC-A)
With just over twenty billion residents, this small world has literally been made a desert by urban sprawl.  Water importation isn’t legal, but the money it can bring to a bootlegger often tempts merchants who are behind on their payments to give it a try…
Epte (1318 D11079C-7)
The subterranean complexes that are home to the ten million residents of this world are situated in mined out areas that were excavated hundreds of years ago.  The carefully managed environments are a marvel of this planet’s limited technology, as is its ability to continuing mining nearly twenty kilometers below the surface…
Gara (1320 C448565-6)
This world is the personal fief of Baroness Odelina von Gara, who is spending much of her family’s and her personal fortune on terraforming her namesake world’s atmosphere into a more breathable condition.  It has become something of an obsession and she has entertained a number of crackpots over the years who have promised results faster than Imperial planetary engineers – and have all failed to deliver.
Gers (1011 B200840-7)
This small, airless world’s population lives underground in mines that were excavated over one-hundred thousand years ago and still maintain a viable biosphere to this day.  This has attracted biologists and archaeologists from all over the sector for decades. Of course, there are rumors of more than one species of mega-predator living in the unexplored depths…
Glomma (1014 B692412-7)
The Chartered Glomma Corporation (an Imperium-funded enterprise) is both the primary employer and government of this dry, dusty world.  The CGC supports the operation of the scout base here by providing raw supplies and ground support personnel, but also manages the rest of the planetary economy.  Charges of widespread corruption are largely dismissed.
Jabal (1518 A8A7510-D)
This inhospitable world only recently became such after a massive volcanic eruption.  A vast majority of the population has moved to space habitats orbiting Jabal to wait out the aftermath.  Many of these habitats have run out of room, leading to several taking multiple round trips to nearby star systems, waiting for the skies to clear.
Kagera (1019 B43089D-7) *Amber Zone*
“Better to have one friend than a thousand credits” are words to live by when dealing the multiple and often conflicting levels of bureaucracy here.  The Kagera underworld is not so much about contraband as it is about expediting solutions to problems that can tie up people and businesses in red tape for years…
Kalgan (1417 B8A6554-7)
Planetary engineers are working to increase the overall breathable oxygen content of this world’s atmosphere.  While the world’s oceans are mildly acidic, they are also richer in deuterium making unrefined fuel from here less dangerous to use than usual.  The planet has extensive hydrocarbon reserves as well, allowing it produce mass quantities of plastics and petroleum products.
Kama (1611 E311A9B-7)
The bureaucratic government here prevents untold billions of its population from emigrating to other worlds by insisting that anyone leaving must pay up what the government could tax them over their lifetime.  Needless to say, there is a highly profitable market here for smuggling people off this rock, with suitably draconian penalties for getting caught…
Kedron (1311 C220100-7)
This world is home to an automated refueling station that serves IISS starships and civilian craft with the ability to pay for unrefined fuel produced by chemical treatments of this planet’s crust.  Only four people live here on a permanent basis – the station caretaker and his wife, and their two children – who occasionally invite starship crews to join them for dinner.
Kennet (0914 E383A65-7)
This small moon of a gas giant is the personal fief of Baron Baldwin von Kennet, whose family has spent the previous seven generations ruthlessly mining out its valuable raw materials.  Now left with only common industrial minerals to mine, the Baron has turned to other, less-than-legal means to carry on his family’s estate…
Kupa (0913 B536474-A) *Amber Zone*
The factionalized clans of Kupa have broken out into open warfare three times over the past decade, however this isn’t anything new.  The clans all have long-standing grievances with each other ranging from trivial to financial to reasons so old they’ve been lost to antiquity.
Leven (1111 C200100-A)
The IISS maintains this automated starport facility which is little more than a refueling stop and trading post along the Wayward Main.  Rumors of Ancients’ artifacts being found here a century ago have failed to inspire more than a few foolhardy souls to brave this system’s treacherous planetoid belt.
Lim (1218 B200497-A)
The inhabitants of Lim City, the only settlement on this small vacuum planet, are here to support the operations of both the IISS and Imperial Navy bases.  This is a favorite port of call for merchants as well, as fees, supplies and taxes are on the low side as well, while there are many diversions for their crews.
Logone (1617 BAC6520-8)
Sulfur gas mining is this world’s primary business.  The one-hundred thousand residents are all members of the Logone Consortium, which is a corporate collective.  However, most residents have side businesses (usually considered less-than-legal elsewhere in the Imperium) to afford some of life’s luxuries…
Loing (1516 B3808A9-9)
This mountainous desert world sees extensive use as a training area for Imperial Marines and Army members, as well as having a number of orbital and aircraft bombing ranges.  The Scout base has a repair and refit facility that services both active and detached duty starships.
Mengrenel (1415 A365445-9)
The starport facilities on Mengrenel are some of the best in the subsector, even if most of the starship and spacecraft components come from elsewhere and are merely assembled here.  The planet is pleasant enough for casual tourists and starship crews, with many independent starship owners registering their ships as a “flag of convenience” due to the low fees here.
Nagavalli (0911 B653434-9)
Nagavalli is a hotbed of archaeological activity, though most of the more interesting sites are over ten-thousand kilometers away from the capital city of this world.  Safaris into the vast wilds of this world are a popular draw for tourists who look for adventure off the beaten path.
Nogoa (0920 B565262-8)
The personal fief of the legendarily reclusive Contessa Leandra Nogoa is home to her and her personal staff, with a skeleton crew to operate and maintain the starport, much of which has been shut down on a nearly permanent basis.
Nullica (1315 C797300-5) *Amber Zone*
It is not that there isn’t a legal system or law enforcement on this world, but rather that the existing system is so corrupt that, for all practical purposes, it doesn’t exist.  Rightly so, this world has been given an Amber Travel Code by the Travellers’ Aid Society – visitors should endeavor to appear less affluent than they are and to pay any “fines” or “fees” levied by local officials promptly, courteously and without the slightest hint of displeasure, sarcasm or objection.
Pigna (1219 B787622-5)
The fiercely independent populace of this world rarely agrees on any subject, save one – agriculture.  The mild climate of this world combined with the nearly unceasing labor of its residents allows for highly impressive harvests despite the planet’s relatively low technological level.  This has led to a number of unscrupulous tactics between rival farms up to and including murder…
Prohova (1115 A32367A-B)
The residents of this world have learned to make do with what little is offered, so when its scientists hit upon the idea of reclaiming materials from the waste of other worlds, the government and its citizens began to profit. However, decades of toxic waste buildup have begun to take its toll on the citizenry and landscape, motivating several political factions to demand action – forcefully, in some cases.
Rahue (1414 C510421-5)
The thirty thousand residents here work together to support themselves against what would otherwise be a hostile environment.  All of this work has made this world a haven for anachronistic technology as unusual applications abound, luring both curious tourists and engineers from across the subsector.
Rance (1612 C7C16A9-3)
To Imperial scientists, it is obvious that the humanoid race that calls this world home was genetically engineered to survive the extreme environmental conditions here.  The questions they’re trying to answer now is who and when, with the most likely answer being The Ancients…
Sebou (1312 D304967-8)
This airless world is the personal fief of Count Abdeslam Sebou who is in the business of supplying lower tech level armies with the weapons and machines of war.  Outside the domed craters of this world’s crowded cities lies a polluted and toxic landscape filled with the industrial waste products of the Count’s ambitions.
Sespe (1314 E444564-3)
This world is the personal fief of Baron Inesno Sespe who has made it his immense hacienda where a number of luxury spices, herbs and delicacies are lovingly nurtured to command the premium prices he demands for them.  The wine and spirits fermented here are highly sought by other members of the Imperial peerage for official and social functions.
Vaigai (1016 B345633-6)
This agricultural world is still mostly wild, with only one of its nine continents currently inhabited.  The ruling body – The Collective – has taken a “nature knows best” approach when it comes to preserving its ecology, but many argue it has also fostered burgeoning wildcat agriculture on the uninhabited continents that cultivates Imperial contraband.
Venta (1220 C676335-5)
The residents of this world are serfs in the service of the Venta family which has made its name in producing anagathic compounds that rival the high-end synthetics produced by the Imperium.  A forty-year contract gives the worker food, shelter and a lifetime supply of the refined anagathics from here upon successful completion of the contract.
Vicha (1117 B541401-C)
This world’s twenty-thousand residents either work for the Vicha Water Works, the starport or one of the businesses that support it – since there is little else here.  Tourists come here to marvel at The Contours, an intricate series of wind-carved canyons and mountains about three hundred kilometers from the main starport.
Warnow (1018 A202833-D)
While it isn’t an industrial powerhouse, this world’s government is looking to make it one by creating very enticing incentives – some of which are both illegal and immoral, according to those who oppose the government.
Zezere (1015 B56667B-8) *Amber Zone*
The Zezere Agricultural Cooperative has seen increasing discord from its members as it has lost citizenry to the Independent Landowners Association Movement.  The differences have been stark and violent enough over the past few years to warrant the Amber Travel Code, due to random acts of terrorism and mass demonstrations that often turn violent.

Name
Loc.
UPP
B
Notes
Z
PBG
Al.
Nagavalli
0911
B653434-9

Ni Po

600
Im
Kupa
0913
B536474-A

Ni
A
124
Im
KENNET
0914
E383A65-7

Hi

223
Im
Driva
0917
B764321-9

Lo Ni

502
Im
Nogoa
0920
B565262-8

Lo Ni

123
Im
Gers
1011
B200840-7
N
Na Va

225
Im
BELAYA
1012
A412AED-E
N
Cp Hi Ic In Na

213
Im
Glomma
1014
B692412-7
S
Ni

903
Im
Zezere
1015
B56667B-8

Ag Ri
A
100
Im
Vaigai
1016
B345633-6

Ag

124
Im
Warnow
1018
A202833-D

Ic Na Va

324
Im
Kagera
1019
B43089D-7
N
De Na Po
A
312
Im
Leven
1111
C200100-A
S
Lo Ni Va

113
Im
Prahova
1115
A32367A-B
N
Po

233
Im
Vicha
1117
B541401-C
S
Ni Po

223
Im
DEVI
1119
C868957-9

Hi

113
Im
Athabasca
1215
C400534-A
S
Ni Va

422
Im
Lim
1218
B200497-A
B
Ni Va

314
Im
Pigna
1219
B787622-5
B
Ag

103
Im
Venta
1220
C676335-5

Lo Ni

212
Im
Kedron
1311
C220100-7
S
De Lo Ni Po

424
Im
SEBOU
1312
D304967-8
S
Hi Ic In Va

100
Im
Cahabon
1313
C664657-4

Ag Ri

523
Im
Sespe
1314
E444564-3

Ag Ni

120
Im
Nullica
1315
C797300-5
S
Lo Ni
A
504
Im
Epte
1318
D11079C-7

Na

124
Im
Gara
1320
C448565-6

Ag Ni

924
Im
404-822
1413
X356000-0

Ba Lo Ni
R
023
Na
Rahue
1414
C510421-5
S
Ni

300
Im
Mengrenel
1415
A365445-9

Ni

222
Im
Kalgan
1417
B8A6554-7

Fl Ni

913
Im
Boros
1419
B663533-B
S
Ni

124
Im
DEUA
1515
D330AEC-A

De Hi Na Po

212
Im
Loing
1516
B3808A9-9
B
De

800
Im
Amur
1517
D596303-3
S
Lo Ni

413
Im
Jabal
1518
A8A7510-D

Fl Ni

133
Im
KAMA
1611
E311A9B-7

Hi Ic In Na

100
Im
Rance
1612
C7C16A9-3

Fl

724
Im
Logone
1617
BAC6520-8
B
Fl Ni

125
Im

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