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Deneb Library Data: Background

by Pete Gray

Avalon: Rumored Regency naval base complex located in the Great Rift. Based upon analysis of shipping patterns through trailing Deneb sector, experts think that it is located near the boundary between Corridor and Reft sectors. But in many ways Avalon is more reflective of the tensions and fears of Post-Collapse society. Much like the legendary Area 51 of ancient Terra, ROMs Freedonia 86 facility, and many Imperial research stations, Avalon is a void into which the popular imagination projects its hopes, dreams and fears.

Most popular stories claim that, much like its legendary antecedent, Avalon is a repository of a massive force of Imperial era troops, possibly the remnants of Strephon's loyal military units, being kept in cold sleep until the Regency has a need for them in the reclamation of the former Imperium. More fanciful fiction has even gone so far as to proclaim that Strephon himself sleeps alongside his Faithful, and will lead them into battle himself to purge his suffering empire of its demons, and restore liberty to his people. The power of these "sleeping king" myths in the popular mind should not be underestimated, as it has been a rallying point for reformers and revolutionaries for decades. The RQS and Regency military have been guilty in the past of invoking the story's mythic qualities for recruitment and motivational purposes. While popular credulity in the story has died down in the last quarter century, it remains a popular touchstone, symbolising the slumbering potential of the Regency, now stirring to awakeness.

Diasporan Legate: Regency's recolonisation "czar", otherwise known as the Regency Frontier Office. The RFO is considered to be a temporary affair until the reestablishment of the Ministry of Colonisation. The Legate is little more than an office with a minimal staff so far, though a supporting bureaucracy is slowly being cobbled together. The Legate will primarily be a judicial and legal enforcement body overseeing disputes and infractions by colonists moving into the former Imperial Wilds.

Eternal Legion: Regency's largest veterans group. The Legion is a powerful lobbying and mutual aid group founded in the early years of the 1130s to render aid and give a political voice, to the increasing numbers of military veterans created by the Imperial Civil War and the Virus War. The Eternal Legion has "postings" in most major Regency communities, and even a few among those Vargr and Minor Spinward worlds that have large contingents of troops stationed alongside Regency forces preserving the Quarantine.

The Legion is both a base for networking and communal gathering of military veterans, an advocacy group for veteran affairs and government services, and a political pressure group known for its conservative principles. While not strongly supportive of Imperial- era relics like the nobility or Imperial power priveleges, it counts itself a strong partisan of the restoration of the Iridium Throne, and at times seems ambivalent about the merit of democratic reform. In many ways the organisation has an excessive sense of its own self-importance, a consequence of its naming of First Regent Norris as the organisations first "Commander" in 1144. While Norris declined the offer, the nobility in which he did was percieved as poignant self sacrifice by some within the organisation, and it is often strident in its support and loyalty to the Aledon-Alkhaliikoi family, and its eventual restoration to the Throne on Capitol.

The Legion has been shameless in its perpetuation of the Avalon myth, and takes its name and many of its traditions from its inspiration. The membership body of the Legion is known simply as the Fellowship, and individual members are formally Loyal Friends of the Flame, or just Friends. It takes a stylised version of the Arthurian Roundtable as seen from above, covered with a circle of swords pointing towards the center. A number of reactionary or radical movements have founded refuge in some of its posts, namely the Flame of Purity "liberation" movement of the Frontier.

Interstellar Chamber of Commerce: Ancient business organisation first founded on Terra before the invention of jump drive. The ICC is a fellowship of businesses and corporations, from the local to the interstellar levels, that acts as a forum for business related information and advocacy. The ICC was refounded by a number of Denebian businessmen in 1125 to assist smaller planetary and subsector businesses hurt by the withdrawal and contraction of the DoD's economy in the wake of the Imperial Civil War.

While the Chamber is often criticised by many holdover anti-corporate factions mindful of Imperial era abuses, it is many ways a major improvement. For the Chamber's primary mission since the Collapse has been to foster the development of business in all sizes on as many worlds as possible. In the face of Virus and the war effort against it, the most efficient defense is to deepen the level of commerce and provide a necessary tax and logistical base both to fight and survive it. And the attendant levelling of former Imperial era Megacorps and new emerging smaller businesses is a happy and welcome side effect. The Chamber often acts as a private mediator of business disputes, quite an improvement over the trade wars of the past.

Jump Conveyor: A huge starship built to carry massive loads. Conveyors are usually intended for colonisation purposes, and usually displace more than a million tons. They are almost always built without manuever drives, to increase the amount of internal space and cut down on unnecessary engineering crews. As such a conveyor relies upon carried craft for refueling and defense. In naval parlance these huge immobil craft are referred to as "mother pigs" or "beached whales". Jump Conveyors are the primary vessels of choice for the upcoming Askigaak Abandonment, and experience in this operation is seen as a building block for reexpansion into the former Imperium.

Lynx's Crown: Regency/Spinward States equivalent to the ancient Nobel Prize. The highest science award presented in Charted Space. The Crown is awarded by the Society of Lynx's chapter on Starn after awarding of the Starn Gold Medal is completed. The Crown is awarded to only a single individual or groups of individuals for an outstanding accomplishment in the field of science.

Medal of Conspicuous Gallantry: The second highest award for military bravery and valor. The MCG is awarded for distinguished acts of battlefield valor, though usually ones that do not incur as much risk or danger as is incurred for the SEH.

Meritorious Conduct Under Fire Citation: Lowest award for bravery awarded in the antebellum Imperial military. Otherwise known as the "Good Attendance Award" among Regency military personnel. The medal was largely given out for political and morale reasons as much as for genuine battlefield valor. Since the Collapse it has lapsed into obscurity.

New Prometheans: Popular name for the larger than life personalities that dominated the Regency politically and economically in the period 1140-1177.

Point-to-Point Race: Regency spanning regatta and starship "race" that takes place every four years. The race is a direct descendant of the antebellum Spinward Point-to-Point that briefly flourished before the Civil War. While its existence seems extravagant, the race is often used by starship designers and manufacturers as a proving ground for new technologies and a showcase of Regency technical and military power. Each race has the same objectives: contestants must reach every designated checkpoint, where they turn in an encoded "baton" to the local officials in exchange for the baton confirming their arrival for the next checkpoint. The contestant that passes through each checkpoint and arrives at the finish point wins. All Point-to-Points start and finish at the same system; since 1172 this has been Neumann/Gazulin. The last race, held in 1200, was won by a research team from Guushigaar University on Deneb, though it barely beat the Regency Navy Four team and their ship by just twenty two minutes.

Regency Jubilee: The year of 1182 was the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Regency. True to Norris and the spirit he founded, it commemorated the accomplishments of the nation as a whole, and not the reign of him or his heirs. Despite the continuing state of military readiness, nearly every world in the Regency was able to spare some expense at celebrating five decades of continued survival. The six months leading up to the massive Jubilee celebrations on Mora were marked by smaller ones on subsector capitals and prominent high population worlds.

In many ways the Jubilee was a turning point in the mentality of most Regency citizens. The fact that they had survived fifty years in spite of the Viral threat created a brief period of introspection, and then a growing reaction against both Imperial era institutions and the current Regency security state. The period following the Jubilee was one of stirring passions and enterprise, as entrepenuers and reformers rode a surge of popular anger and disillusionment into a series of political and economic revolutions more decisive in impact than the abortive period following the initial announcement of the Representational Reforms. The 1180s are seen as a decadent period in Regency history, and one of confusion over the precise course of the future. But it was also a time when the customary attitudes and institutions of the Post-Collapse period began to lose their potency, and had to defend themselves against a rising tide of dissent.

Regency Orders of Knighthood: The First Regent retained the archducal precedent of making knights unmodified into the Post-Collapse era, and this habit was not ended by the Representational Awards. The First Regent consolidated the various orders, and created several combined orders to expand upon his conception of public service. The old racial and special orders were abolished, though Regency Aslan and Vargr have rarely complained about their representation in the new fellowships. The Regency's orders of knighthood are:

  • 1. Order of Sword and Starship: Awarded to distinguished military and quarantine personnel. Based in part on the old Order of Starship and Crown. Abbreviation: OSS

  • 2. Order of High Tower: Conferred upon distinguished business, cultural and political leaders. The emphasis is upon public contribution, not economic success or monetary wealth. Therefore a nun from a poor section of Adabicci, who has tirelessly raised public conciousness about Vargr orphans is more likely to be inducted than your average corporate executive. Abbreviation: OHT

  • 3. Order of the Sacred Flame: The highest honor that can be conferred upon a citizen of the Regency. Only the most influential and distinguished members of the Regency, whether military or civilian, ever recieve the status of a "Flame Knight", and doing so is a recognition of lifetime achievement. Unlike other orders, knighthood is conferred through a council of all Regents, and is bestowed in the form of a medal, the Sacred Flame Medallion. Abbreviation: OSF

  • 4. Honorable Order of the Arrow: In antebellum times the Arrow was conferred upon Imperial space explorers; Norris wisely increased its scope to include anyone who advances the frontiers of knowledge, whether explorers, inventors or scientists. Winners of the Lynx's Crown are almost always inducted into the order within a few years of their reception of that award. Abbreviation: HOA

    Regents Day: Remembrance and celebration holiday celebrated on the 81st day of the year, Imperial calendar. The exact timing of this holiday is somewhat controversial, as it seems to coincide more with ancient Solomani tradition than with any particular anniversary within Regency history. The holiday had been championed by King Jupiter founder Huang Mu-Xing, and the 81st day of the year coincides with ancient Chinese concepts about the significance of the king. Nevertheless the holiday is a popular one, and its tone, pokmp and celebrance recalls traditional independence day celebrations.

    Rotary Interstellar: Interstellar organisation modeled upon an ancient Solomani organisation. The Rotary Interstellar is a humanitarian society founded upon the ideal of public service for the betterment of the society. The service organises chapters on individual worlds, and where local conditions permit, in individual communities on those worlds. RI has chapters across the Regency, in many parts of the Spinward Hinters, and even a few brave clubs in the Zhodani Consulate and Vargr Splinters.

    Unlike many groups espousing similar goals, Rotary is more of a networking of different interests than a cohesive bureaucratic organisation in its own right. It recruits heavily among normal citizens, business executives, and draws strong interest from corporate and institutional parties across the Spinward States. Its goals are general, and attuned to the community or world level. It has four general goals:

    FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

    SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, the acceptance of all sentients in all occupations as contributors to the common good, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

    THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;

    FOURTH: The advancement of interstellar understanding, goodwill, and peace through a interstellar fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

    (The previous four sections are adapted from material on Rotary's main webpage:

    The Rotary has a number of ongoing projects. Most notable are the current relief operations within Zhodani refugee camps, an effort that has won praise from all corners of the Regency for its organisation, effectiveness and unjudgemental approach. It has been a strong advocate of the psionic reforms, and has fostered psionic education through the overt funding of new Psionic Institutes across the Regency.

    Starburst of Extreme Heroism: Highest medal rewarded for bravery in combat to be awarded in the Third Imperium and the Regency. The SEH is only awarded to individuals who show extraordinary accomplishment on the battlefield in spite of heavy risk to life and limb, heavy resistance, or injury or possibility of death. Needless to say, the SEH is usually awarded posthumously.

    Starn Gold Medal: Modern day equivalent to the ancient Nobel Prize. The Gold Medal is presented by the Starn Branch of the Society of Lynxs to worthy individuals or research fellowships in several categories: physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, medicine, history and philosophy, economics, mathematics and information theory.

    Swords and Diamonds: Two additions to existing Regency awards for gallantry, indicating multiple awards of the same medal or citation. The Swords indicates that an award had been bestowed twice, and Diamonds indicate three times. Swords and Diamonds are usually found for lesser medals of gallantry; A SEH with Swords is extremely rare, and one with Diamonds is unheard of.

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