Ruby System
circa 1202

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  • Mainworld Stats

  • System Information

  • History & Culture

    Mainworld Stats

    System: Ruby
    Subsector: Jewell
    Sector: Spinward Marches
    Coordinates: 1005 (B0205)
    UWP: B400445-B
    Starport: Good
    Size: Small (5600-7200 km)
    Atmosphere: None
    Hydrographics: No liquid water
    Population: 20,000
    Govt: Representative Democracy
    Law Level: Moderate
    Technology: Average Stellar
    Bases: Scout
    Trade Codes: Ni Va           
    Travel Zone: Green
    Planetoid Belts: 0
    Gas Giants: 1
    Allegiance: Imperial
    Extended Stats:
    B400445-B S   Lo Ni Va       201 DD M1 V M3 D        <---- 1117 Data
    A400445-C S,I Lo Ni Va       401 Re M1 V M3 D        <---- 1202 Data
    G = 0.76, Day = 47d 12:27:17.50, Year = 47d 12:27:17.50
    Atmo = 0.00, No weather control
    Temp = +7.8 (dayside 7/lat +0 to +26.4 nightside 56/lat -0 to -224.8)(no
    seasonal var.)
    Daily temp range 0.0
    Ores, Radioactives, Metals
    Progressive, Advancing, Passive/Peaceable, Discordant/Friendly
    Legal: 5-35625  Tech: CC-CCACC-C6BC-CA-F

    System Information

    System Information
    Orbit           Name            UPP             Remarks
    Primary         Talau           M1 V            Far Companion
    0               Ruby            B400445-B       Ni Va Qb
            4       Lahr            YS00000-0
    1               Boyden          Small GG
            7       Athelbard       YS10000-0
           35       Eloise Tay      H100166-B       Qb
    Secondary       Papaiete        M7 D
    (Qb - Quarantine Base)

    History & Culture

    Ruby: History & Culture
       Ruby is part of the Jewell Cluster, a group of three worlds at the
       spinward edge of the Regency. Dominated by, and reliant on heavily
       populated Jewell one parsec away, the citizens of Ruby have managed to
       preserve independence. Like Jewell, Ruby's location so near to the
       Zhodani border makes it a frequent stop for Regency military forces.
       However, where centuries of exposure to the Frontier Wars has given
       Jewellers an ingrained distrust of the Zhodani and Vargr, the people
       of Ruby have an unprejudiced attitude to all races.
       Ruby was first settled in 339, primarily to obtain ores for the
       inhabitants of Jewell and Emerald. Never of great importance, the
       colony was abandoned in 362, after large quantities of high-grade
       lanthanum ores were discovered on Jewell. The system remained
       essentially uninhabited until 634, although small Zhodani contingents
       occupied Ruby from 592-603, and in 617. Both of these forces withdrew
       from the system as the balance of the First and Second Frontier Wars
       tipped back towards the Imperium.
       In 631, Papaieie Sawaiu led a group of leftist libertarians to
       petition the Jewell government for permission and aid to settle Ruby.
       Jewell's government (which was still legally the owner of the system)
       granted the petitions requests (probably more to be rid of a
       troublesome minority than anything else), and set aside MCr4.0 to
       reopen the abandoned colony. In 634, six hundred Sawaiuites settled a
       site about 80km southwest of the old lanthanum mines. The group began
       shipping small quantities of platinum to Emerald in 640, and
       surprisingly, managed to pay its way. Sharp falls precious metal
       prices in the region in the late 690's put an end to the colony's
       modest prosperity, and Jewell was once again forced to subsidise its
       The subsidy was withdrawn in 711, and preparations were made to
       repatriate the colonists to Jewell. The colony, now numbering several
       thousand, was saved by the Imperial Government's decision to establish
       scout facilities in the system. Tensions between the Imperium and the
       Zhodani had been increasing since the end of the Second Frontier War,
       and the IISS had decided to upgrade its presence in the subsector as
       part of a overhaul of intelligence operations against the Zhodani. The
       base and accompanying starport facilities were completed in 720, many
       of the existing colonists were contracted to provide support services
       for IISS personnel in this lonely frontier outpost.
       The Scout base was hastily abandoned at the outbreak of the Third
       Frontier War, its personnel and ships pulled back help defend Jewell
       from major Zhodani attacks. Once again, Zhodani ground troops occupied
       the world, taking over the scout base for use in supplying the forces
       besieging Jewell. They pulled out of the system at the end of the war,
       having largely ignored the civilian population during their seven year
       occupation. At the outbreak of the Fourth Frontier War, Zhodani forces
       ran into substantial Imperial naval assets deployed from Jewell. Their
       attack was beaten off, and the Zhodani chose to bypass and isolate the
       Ruby was occupied by Zhodani ground forces following a short battle
       with Imperial screening forces at the opening of the Fifth Frontier
       War in 1107. During the battle, the IMS 'Johore' was forced down onto
       Ruby's surface. Its surviving crew and marines fled the crash site to
       begin a guerrilla war against the Zhodani. In response to raids, the
       Zhodani commander took hostages from among the civilian population.
       Unfortunately, twelve of the hostages were killed in an abortive
       rescue attempt by the guerrilla forces. When news leaked out, the
       Imperium made its celebrated accusation of Zhodani atrocities against
       Ruby's civilians. Perhaps surprisingly, the Zhodani occupation of Ruby
       was rather benign - the unfortunate Zhodani ground forces commander
       was replaced, and reparations were paid to the families of the
       deceased. A cease-fire was negotiated between the Zhodani and the
       guerrillas shortly afterwards. The Imperial Marines were guaranteed
       safe passage aboard a neutral vessel to Imperial-held space, where
       they were feted as heroes. Their commander, Lt. Rivka Moishe, was
       later knighted by Duke Norris of Regina for her actions.
       Since then, Ruby has remained on the 'front lines'. Imperial, and
       later Regency fleets regularly deployed to the system for exercises.
       The thaw in Regency-Zhodani relations from 1117 onwards saw the scout
       presence scaled back, and the scout base was transferred to the
       Regency Quarantine Service in 1146. In the following decade, as trade
       between the Regency and the Zhodani Consulate grew, Ruby's starport
       was upgraded to 'A' class. The RQS operates a Customs Station on Ruby,
       primarily to inspect the small number of Jump-1 ships traveling along
       the Jewell-Cipango Main from the Consulate. Naval units also routinely
       deploy here from Jewell and Mongo for joint exercises with RQS and
       RISS units.
       Regular RQS customs procedures are in effect on Ruby. Incoming
       starships will be escorted to the RQS station on Eloise Tay, the small
       outermost moon of Boyden, the system's only gas giant. The permanent
       presence of the RQS 'Carlton', a 4000 ton Quarantine Service Carrier,
       provides the muscle to back up RQS directives. Extensive examinations
       of the starship and its crew will take 1-3 days (for starships under
       1000 tons). During this time, crews and passengers are 'invited' to
       stay at the 'Eloise Hilton' (the somewhat spartan guest accommodations
       on the station).
       Following inspection, the ship is free to move on to Ruby, or to
       refuel at Boyden and jump outsystem. Ruby itself has only one
       starport, the Class A RQS facility on the world's surface. This
       starport is open to civilian traffic, although berthing fees are
       considerably higher than for comparable private facilities. The base's
       repair and maintenance facilities are not available to civilians
       excepts in emergencies (although detached duty Scouts and RQS
       officials are welcome).
       New visitors will be steered towards 'Ruby's Startown Bar', on the
       edge of the starport complex. 'Ruby's' is famous throughout the region
       for its cheap booze (and other, less common stimulants), and for its
       bouncers. Unruly patrons are given a brief lecture on the anti-social
       aspects of their violent behaviour by the doormen (a lecture given
       with absolute sincerity ). Continued troublemaking will normally
       result in extremely violent ejection and arrest. All staff at 'Ruby's'
       are members of the Stivlprerqaf family, descendants of a Zhodani prole
       who fled across the border in 992. The current manager is Jdishehtaev
       Stivlprerqaf (Jdishehtaev is probably better known in the Regency as
       'Jades Stive', acclaimed romance novelist). The Stivlprerqaf family
       has persuaded a substantial number of Zhodani refugees to leave their
       holding camps on Jewell. With the blessing of Regency officials, about
       6,000 refugees were brought to Ruby, where they received a warm
       welcome from the locals.
       Sawaiu Town, the only substantial settlement of Ruby, adjoins the RQS
       base. Almost all of Ruby's 43,300 permanent inhabitants live here. The
       town itself consists of four pressure domes atop an underground tunnel
       complex. The domes are given over largely to parkland - each dome has
       a different environment and 'theme'. In order of size, these are:
       Sawaiu Dome (Terran / Tropical Maritime), Isgiidu (Vilani / Highland),
       Summondamus (Terran / Desert) and Taenu Diran (Sylean / Savannah).
       Residential, commercial and support areas are all underground. Local
       although the world is small, local gravity is a reasonable 0.78g, due
       to the planet's higher than normal density. Atmospheric pressure is
       maintained at 0.8 standard atmospheres, making the environment
       tolerable for most visitors.
       Visitors will find the locals friendly and agreeable, if somewhat
       strange. Non-violence is an important part of the Rubyan lifestyle,
       although potential criminals are warned that Ruby's law enforcement
       officials are generally hired from offworld, and do not have the same
       passive ethic. Offenders face deportation and confiscation of their
       assets if caught - within a short time, they will find themselves on
       Jewell with little more than the clothes on their back. Given the
       world's reliance on offworld powers for its continued existence,
       foreigners are treated with respect. Merchants on Ruby will buy and
       sell for fair prices - at any rate, they are trading for the good of
       the colony more than their own gain. A disgruntled customer won't come
       back, a potential loss for the world.
       Ruby's inhabitants are fiercely egalitarian - the concept of
       'privilege' is repellent to them. Without exception, all citizens are
       allocated the same communal floorspace in Sawaiu Town's residential
       areas. this concept of 'equality of opportunity' is one of the basic
       tenets of Ruby's society - the lasting legacy of the settlement's
       commune origins. The settlement's ruler, the 'Premier', is directly
       elected by all permanent residents for a two year term. Traditionally,
       the office is one of the lowest paying jobs on the planet. Although
       the Premier is responsible for all aspects of administration, much of
       the more judicial and administrative work is handled by a council of
       elders. Membership in the council is voluntary and unpaid, but anyone
       over the age of 40 can join. Ruby's four senators are elected by
       popular vote.
       One interesting custom practised by the Rubyan is 'fostering'. Ruby
       lacks all but the most elementary educational facilities, so children
       are instead sent to Jewell to complete their education. A child will
       spend from three to twelve years on Jewell as a 'fosterling', before
       returning to Ruby as an adult citizen. This practise has recently
       declined somewhat, as the newly arrived Zhodani settlers were
       understandably reluctant to send their children to Jewell - a world
       that they had only just left, and a world where Zhodani are not at all
       liked. More advanced educational facilities are being built by the
       planetary government to cater to this trend.
       Most of Ruby's residents are employed either directly or indirectly by
       the RQS, although some mining still takes place. Mineral ores are
       shipped mainly to the agricultural worlds of Emerald and Esalin in
       exchange for food. A small number of independent miners eke out a
       precarious existence from gold and platinum deposits. All large scale
       mining is conducted by RubyCorp, a statutory authority run by the
       government. Miners typically spend six weeks at a time in the camps,
       followed by six weeks layover in Sawaiu Town. Independent miners
       number less than two hundred, and typically live permanently at their
       workings, coming to town only to sell their ores and resupply.
       Ruby maintains a small fleet of four Type R Subsidised Merchants, used
       to service the mineral trade with Emerald and Esalin. The 'Papaieie',
       'Rhys', 'Topaz' and 'Guiding Hand' are all subsidised by the Ruby and
       Regency governments.

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