Lancaster Subsector is from an ATU setting where the crew of the Starship Notorious tries to make a living.
Harrisburg 0912 A79869A-B N Ni Ag Cp 912 Pa Hanover 0916 X554531-2 Ni Ag R 310 Pa Hampstead 0917 E765432-6 Ga Ni Pa A 220 Md York 1014 D654654-5 S Ni Ag 801 Pa Hershay 1112 C431577-7 Ni Po A 312 Pa Elizabethtown 1113 C567555-9 S Ni Ag Pr 102 Pa Shrewsbury 1116 C310300-8 Lo 201 Pa Towson 1119 C21176A-9 Ic Na Pi O:1120 101 Md Baltimore 1120 A666A99-C N Ga Hi 123 Md Lebanon 1211 C443642-6 S Ni Po 101 Pa Middle River 1219 D000673-8 S As Va Ni Na 101 Md Lititz 1313 D230430-7 De Ni Po 800 Pa Lancaster 1314 B764785-A N Ag Ri 212 Pa Bel Air 1318 D553531-5 Ni Po 123 Md New Holland 1413 E321432-6 He Ni Po 130 Pa Intercourse 1414 E543200-4 Lo Po A 220 Pa Aberdeen 1418 C868578-8 Ni Ag Pr 302 Md Reading 1611 B565742-9 Ag Ri 501 Pa Elkton 1617 C656533-7 S Ga Ni Ag 331 Md
The coreward side belongs to the Pennsylvaani Confederation and on rimward side belongs to the Free State of Maryland. There is an ongoing cold war between these two pocket empires and there are various trade embargoes in effect.
On the trailing side is the subsector is Philadelphia subsector with the very important planet Philadelphia. Most long-range trade to Philadelphia (in Lancaster subsector) goes through Baltimore and then in the Maryland part of the Subsector. This leaves a lot of opportunities for Free Traders in the backwater Pennsylvaani part of the subsector.
The total population of the subsector is close to 11 billion (Most of them live on Baltimore). The highest tech-level is 12 at Baltimore.
This planet is the capital of the Pennsylvaani Confederation. It is not the planet with the highest population or highest tech-level. Its location is the reason that it has been chosen as the capital. The ruling class uses the best technology available, imported from Philadelphia. The rest of the planet is currently at tech-level 11.
The bureaucracy and political schemes can sometimes be a problem for free traders and other visitors.
Hampstead E765432-7 Amber Zone
The planet is ruled by different clans (or groups or villages or mines) that control different areas, but not as different nations. One such group controls the starport. The other groups has to pay taxes to the group that controls the starport. Due to vermin, agriculture doesn’t work very well. Famine is common. To keep the vermin from spreading to other planets, the only thing that is allowed to export is metals.
The Amber classification is due to famine (which can cause riots) and the vermin. The most common form of vermin is a small insect-like creature the size of a gnat that can eat most carbon based biological lifeforms. They are locally called Piranha-gnats. Thick clothes and no exposed skin is recommended when visiting Hampstead.
Elizabethtown is the main planet of an old system. The planet Elizabethtown is slowly rotating around its axis. The day is 42 standard hours. Elizabethtown produces fruits and products made from fruit that is very popular in the subsector. Major imports are metals and machinery.
Lititz is a small and very dry planet with a very thin atmosphere. There is almost no visible life here. At some locations it is possible to find some lichen analogues.
Some mining of rare-earth element are done here and is the planets major export. Everything else is imported. But Lititz has a small population and isn’t much of a market.
Lititz is a shortcut when travelling in the spinward-trailing directions. Since Lititz doesn’t have a gas giant, and is very dry, starship fuel is quite expensive here. (Cr. 300/ton unrefined)
Lancaster is the hub of the subsector. (At least on the Pennsylvaani side of the border.) Lots of trade passes through its starport.
The planet is quite nice and has attracted 12 million inhabitants.
The planet Lancaster is the home for the Lancaster Free Traders Society. An organization with over 100 member ships. LFTS has a meeting each year at Lancaster.
This planet is an unimportant, low population and low tech world. Due to religious beliefs, they have a self selected pre-industrial tech-level at Intercourse. Twelve small villages that are ruled by a matriarch each, are located within 100 km from the largest village and starport. All are in a fertile area at the otherwise quite dry planet.
The starport is in farmland where two rivers meet.