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    Crucis Margin Sector - Notes and Errata
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     NOTES:
    
    The bulk of the data for the Crucis Margin Sector comes from the Judges Guild
    Guidebook.
    
    I have assigned allegiance codes since they are indicated only by symbols in
    the Guidebook. I used the existing codes where possible and assigned new ones
    as necessary. The new codes have not been used in other sources that I am aware
    of, as far as I can ascertain.
    
    I also generated data for planetoid belts and number of gas giants in each star
    system. The Guidebook only indicates if there is a gas giant in the system, not
    the number of them. With the exception of seven systems, (as noted below), I
    have assigned the number of gas giants in each system that the Guidebook
    indicated possessed one. I also generated the Population multiplier for this
    Sector.
    
    
     ERRATA:  
    
    There were a number of errors and inconsistencies in the original data, I have
    listed all those I found and what I did about them below.
    
    Ark Subsector - Baiti (0202)
          Sector, Subsector map and index place it at location 0202
          planet listing shows it at location 0208
          I put it at 0202 since it comes before 0204 in the listing.
    
    Chhung Kuo Subsector -  Chu-jung (2902)
          lists UWP as B85947B4-D
          I dropped the last 4 making it B85947B-D
    
    Olsztyn Subsector - Tarat (1311)
          Spelt as Tarrat on Subsector map
          planet listing and index spell it Tarat
          I used Tarat.
    
                      - planet list and index show:        Subsector map shows:
                            Kosice    (1514)                 Nowa Sol  (1514)
                            Nowa Sol  (1516)                 Gdansk    (1516)
                            Gdansk    (1518)                 Ptock     (1518)
                            Suwon     (1520)                 Gydnia    (1520)
                            Ptock     (1612)                 Kosice    (1612)
                            Gdynia    (1616)                 Suwon     (1616)
          I used the order show in the planet list.
    
    Pingsang Subsector - Oki (0330)
          Spelt Oki in planet list and index
          Spelt Lki on Subsector map
          I used Oki
    
                       - Bura (0827)
          Spelt Bura in planet list and index
          Spelt Cura on Subsector map
          I used Bura      
    
                       - Kure (0623)
          lists UWP as A5444658-D
          I dropped one of the 4's making it A544658-D
    
    Accra Subsector - Ngong (1124)
          lists UWP as D5778308-8
          I dropped one of the 7's making it D578308-8
    
    Turku Subsector - Gabesh (2125)
          lists UWP as E8938887
          I placed a '-' between the 8 and 7 making it E893888-7
    
    Andulusia Subsector - Almonte (3024)
          Spelt Almonte in planet list and index
          Spelt Amonte on Subsector map
          I used Almonte.
     
                        - Varkaus (3027)
          Spelt Varkaus in planet list and index
          Spelt Vardaus on Subsector map
          I used Varkaus.
    
    Nigde Subsector - Tsama (1238)
          Spelt Tsama in planet list and index
          Spelt Tasama on Subsector map
          I used Tsama.
    
                    - Stm*Fi (1632)
          Not an error but the asterisk shows as a second m - StmmFi
          I substituted the '-' character so that it now shows as Stm-Fi.
    
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    The Sector Map includes the profiles of 8 planetary systems, which I have
    entered into the Sector. However, there are some inconsistencies in the
    information as noted below :
    
    Ark Subsector - Uaboe (0601)
          According to the profile Uaboe has a diameter of 19000 km and a
          circumference of 59660 km.
          The UWP for the Planet gives its size as 8 - 13600-15200 km 
          I left the figures out of the planet profile.
    
    Chhung Kuo Subsector - Shang-Ti (2702)
          According to the profile, the Shang-Ti systems contains 2 gas giants
          and one Planetoid Belt.
          The planet listing in the Guidebook does not show either.
          I changed the data to show 2 Gas Giants and one Planetoid Belt.
    
    Seven of the eight Planetary profiles contain information on the number of
    Gas Giants and Planetoid Belts they possess and I have entered this into
    the planet listing.
    
    In addition some of the profiles mention the major product of the planet
    and I have added these to the export category of the UWP, although in one
    case the UWP indicates it shouldn't be manufacturing the product.
    
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    Subsector names -
    
    Falaya is spelt as Lalaya in the index - Falaya in all other references.
    
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    If you have any comments/questions/complaints regarding the information for
    the Crucis Margin Sector you can E-mail them to me at the address below -
    
    Rob Ludbey
    
    rludbey@ozemail.com.au 
    


    Sector backgroud info

                              CRUCIS MARGIN SECTOR
    
     BACKGROUND
    
    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.
    
     IMPERIUM INVOLVEMENT
    
    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.
    
     HIVER INVOLVEMENT
    
    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.
    
     K'KREE INVOLVEMENT
    
    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
    militarily aggressive.
    
     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
    outward.
     
    


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                               MANDANIN CO-DOMINION
    
     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
    


    Credits

    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 (judgesguild@q-com.com) gave permission
    for this sector to be transcribed into Galactic.
    
    The transcription was done by Robin Ludbey (rludbey@ozemail.com.au)
    August 1998.
    
    




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