Sector backgroud info
CRUCIS MARGIN SECTOR
The Crucis Margin is located slightly rimward from the centre of the Trailing
Edge of the Imperium. No system in this sector owes direct allegiance to the
Emperor though mutual non-aggression pacts exist. The Crucis Margin is one of
the group of sectors known collectively as the Gateway Quadrant. This area of
mixed states separates the Imperium from the domains of the Hive Federation
and the Two Thousand Worlds. The sector name is derived from the largest
independent state in the sector, the Union Crucis.
There are 425 planetary systems in the Crucis Margin Sector, with a Total
Population of 737.29 billion.
No worlds in this sector owe allegiance to the Imperium although most systems
have a majority population of humaniti. Imperial interests are furthered
through commercial and political activity. Client States, especially Sphere
Fenix, have been encouraged to act as Imperial Surrogates.
No worlds in this sector are settled by the Hive Federation although their
trading vessels are active in the Trailing Rim quarter. Significant military
forces are de-emphasised but commercial and political activity is great.
No worlds in this sector are settled by the Centaurs although trading vessels
are active in the Trailing Core quarter. Significant military forces are
de-emphasised but commercial and political activity is very high.
MANDANIN CO-DOMINION - ( 82 systems )
Information concerning the precise internal structure of the Co-Dominion is
scanty and nebulous at best. It is a cooperative state with complete
integration between the two member species. Imperium historical information
appears to have been accidentally destroyed during the last Civil War. Only
fragmentary texts of previous records remain. Previous organisations in this
area appear to be clan/commercial structures of no great extent or permanence.
Several non-human intelligences were also present in the region, at least one
in the early stages of starflight. Theoretical research on hyperspace was being
conducted but there were no plans to construct jumpdrive prototypes yet.
Alien-Human contact was peaceful and constructive. Three centuries ago a joint
Human-Alien culture started to spread out simultaneously from several nuclei
systems. Growth has been steady since then, emphasising cooperative ventures
between Human and Danin authority structures. Only a century or so ago a
militant revolution completely restructured Mandanin Society and initiated an
aggressive expansionist policy. Information of any sort about the internal
affairs of the Mandanin Co-Dominion is suppressed. Internal trade is restricted
to authorised companies and external trade is limited to several supervised
starports. Recent expansion attempts into the Marlan Primate have been
decisively defeated. Past incursions into the Krax Confederation indicate new
expansion will be aimed in their direction.
HV'IKA KAMLIN - ( 6 systems )
The Hv'ika Kamlin is an independent state composed primarily of members of an
Alien Minor Race and a Minor Race of Humaniti. They are a Client State of the
Hive Federation, greatly influenced by it and militarily allied. While active
in commercial and political affairs, the predominant philosophy is not
RAMAYAN - ( 1 system )
Ramayan claims precisely one system in this sector and has not modified its
borders in this direction in over five centuries. Trade is not restricted but
most Ramayan citizens are extremely conservative and philosophically inward
directed. Political attitudes are Neutralist, though friendly towards the
Imperium. A Mutual defence treaty with Sphere Fenix has been in force for the
last three centuries.
SPHERE FENIX - ( 90 systems )
Sphere Fenix was originally settled by a very diverse group of refugees from
the collapsing First Imperium. During the Long Night, these fugitives
flourished into a series of mini-states. About 500 Imperial dating, a series of
small but bitter wars broke out. In 724, the three surviving states declared
peace on each other and met to discuss reunification. Though the precise
details of governmental structure took over 28 years to develop, Sphere Fenix
dates its birth from that meeting. Though internal unrest has occurred since,
the overall prosperity has continued to increase. A mutual defence treaty was
signed with Ramayan in the 8th century Imperial. Technical assistance is
received from the Imperium Military Services and Imperial Security is rumoured
to have great influence. In spite of having fought no major wars in centuries,
military prowess is high and it has become traditional to serve a term or two
as a Mercenary in one of the surrounding states, especially the Marlan Primate.
CHHUNG KUO - ( 33 systems )
Chhung Kuo is a term from an ancient Solmani language meaning "Middle Kingdom".
It to was established close to the end of the First Imperium by refugees from
the turmoil. In order to unite the disparate elements, a deliberate attempt was
made to establish a revival of the "Golden Age of Chinese Culture". Though
primarily settled by Humaniti of Solmani ancestry, a significant minority of
the population is composed of resident Alien members of the Minor Races.
Philosophy is directed towards constructive cooperation with a conservative
respect for tradition. Both the Humaniti and the Minor Races maintain universal
military training for self defence but seldom serve as or hire Mercenaries.
Trade is encouraged and a high degree of interest is maintained in technical
progress. Diplomatic policy is defensive and mutual non-aggression pacts have
been concluded with all neighbouring states.
UNION CRUCIS - ( 123 systems )
Union Crucis also began during the end of the First Imperium as a combination
of refugees for self defence purposes. In this area, though, two other factors
came into play, the presence of several Minor Races of Aliens on the planets
and the proximity of two separate Major Races of Aliens. Interspecies
cooperation and competition has always been present on the area. Humaniti, as
the most numerous portion of the population, formed the core around which
groups gradually coalesced into larger and larger political units. Open warfare
was uncommon, although small skirmishes were frequent among the different
Humaniti factions. These four factions are the Suo, Sliv, Cast, and Nar with
28, 17, 22, and 16 systems respectively, with the remaining 40 systems being
uncommitted. Many of the Suo planets have trade links with the Hv'ika and
Hivers. Most Cast and some Sliv planets trade with the Chhung Kuo and with the
Two Thousand Worlds. Around a century or so ago an expansionist political party
gained prominence in the Nar systems. Unable to expand into the Union, armed
incursions were directed into the Mandanin Co-Dominion. At first successful,
Co-Dominion counter efforts became more and more forceful, completely halting
Nar expansion. Economic pressure upon the Nar by the Suo and Cast to cease
expansion was resented by Nar. Sliv extremist groups also viewed this pressure
with extreme disfavour. At the present time internal dissent is at the highest
level it has been since the formation of the Union Crucis. No faction is yet
willing to utilise armed force on each other but political and espionage
conflicts are increasing. All political moderates are strongly urging peace and
accommodation but the situation is fluid. The Humaniti and all major resident
Alien political factions are exerting as much calming influence as they can but
some unknown factor seems to be agitating for breakup of the Union.
RM NAI - ( 6 systems )
Rm Nai involvement in this sector comprises five systems at the Spinward
Rimedge. Of Solmani extraction, the Rm Nai are xenophobic and advocates of
Human Supremacy. Internal power struggles have, over the last four centuries
since the formation of the Rm Nai state prevented expansion. A strong ruler
has just consolidated her position and now the Rm Nai are ready to move
The Mandanin Co-Dominion arose as the result of a combination of a mutant
strain of Danin and a religious revival. The initial impetus is now wearing off
and internal factions are beginning to crystallise.
The Danin are a warm-blooded, four limbed race of vaguely reptilian aspect.
Each Danin is tri-sexual, the various sexual phases of the ne's life. The
order is Egg (thet), Subadult (ken), Male (nit), Female (ten), and Senior (een)
Humans have taken to using the Danin words for the separate phases and the
pronoun for any Danin in general (ne).
Developed form a social type of Gatherer, the ability of the post reproductive
phase of Seniors (een) to settle conflicts between different packs without
violence speeded up the course of civilisation among Danin. Though technical
progress was not as rapid as comparable races, planetary-wide social units were
achieved at a relatively early stage. Progress in biological and social
sciences was also somewhat more advanced that standard technical levels would
indicate. Initial contact by the Sa'Dintinn Company was quiet peaceful. The
basic philosophy of the major Danin beliefs were very tolerant in relationships
with other sentient species. Mutually beneficial projects were quickly arranged
and within decades, small colonies composed of Danin and Human were flourishing
on nearby planets. With their greater skill in the life sciences, the Danin
found it relatively easy to establish self-supporting ecosystems with a minimum
of time and material. This ability freed a greater proportion of the Human
component to concentrate on industrial development. Cooperative colonies
quickly spread over the surrounding systems into adjacent Subsectors.
For most of the history of this association, the attitude of the component
members toward outside entities was non-aggressive. Some two centuries ago, a
minor religious-political cult on Kalradin (Mandin - 0416) underwent an almost
explosive expansion for as yet incompletely understood reasons. The cult had a
most efficient and aggressive attitude toward conversion and expansion.
At about the same time a mutant strain of Danin arose with a lesser fertility
rate and a greater physical size, speed, and strength. With a lesser
reproductive drive, the energy of this variant Danin turned outward with a more
aggressive attitude towards outside dominance. While this strain normally would
not be significant in numbers due to the lower fertility, it was deliberately
bred for. It seems that the neighbouring state to Trailing was exerting extreme
political pressure on adjacent portions of the Human-Danin colonised areas. The
Human-Danin choose to resist that pressure with military force.
The Danin proved not to be very adept at space manoeuvre of combat. The new
strain proved an adept warrior on land and so was bred in great numbers.
This freed large numbers of Humans for space duty since the Danin now formed
the home defence forces and the assault landing teams. Soon several sharp
clashes proved the efficiency of this arrangement and the pressure from
Trailing areas ceased.
Now there were large numbers of unemployed warriors; the Humans among whom the
expansionist sentiment was prominent, and the Danin who also had an
expansionist element of warriors. These factions forced a political
reorganisation with a more rigid central authority based upon the military
command structure recently set up. Clashes with the Krax Confederation and
Marlan Primate soon occurred. A few local successes were scored but further
expansion would take more resources than the bulk of the essentially
non-aggressive Danin and Humans were willing to provide.
During the subsequent operations much greater opposition was encountered from
both the opponents and the basically conservative internal structure. The Danin
developed a new strain of their species which was closer in biology and
attitudes to the basic stock, but was much more adapted to space conditions.
Emphasis on breeding the warrior strain was switched to the spacer strain. Over
the same time period, the Kalradnist cult lost much of its internal cohesion
and developed several divergent factions.
At the present time, the higher levels of the government and military services
are filled with adherents of the former aggressive and expansionist philosophy.
The lower and mid levels have a much more cooperative and conciliatory attitude
towards their neighbours.
Imperial policy toward the Mandanin Co-Dominion is to placate the high levels
of authority, stall for time, and encourage advancement in the mid level to
positions of greater authority
The Crucis Margin is copyright 1981 by Judges Guild.
The sector was written by Dave Sering, with artwork by Ken Simpson
and Ed Perry. Bob Bledsaw (email@example.com) gave permission
for this sector to be transcribed into Galactic.
The transcription was done by Robin Ludbey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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