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Prince Edward


by Pete Grey

Formerly known as 875-496. Prince Edward was an accidental colony. The world is named after an escort cruiser attached to the Izmir Corporation fleet that journeyed into the Marches around -1710. While the fleet was surveying the surrounding region, looking for a suitable world for settlement, the Prince Edward was sent on a deep recon mission into Menorial/Trojan Reach, and crash landed on the world after a misjump. Listed as missing and having crashed on a remote world, rescue would have been difficult. And because of the fleet's subsequent contact and settlement of Daryen, no rescue mission ever found them.

The survivor's descendants were eventually recontacted about a century later, and the Confederacy established a development mission on the world to uplift it back into the Daryen mainstream. But the Maghiz cut short that project, and the Confederacy had to concentrate upon rebuilding its homeworlds. As Prince Edward was primarily Turkish with few Daryen influences, the loss of contact was less harmful to them than it was for other Daryen colonies.

When the expanding Third Imperium began expanding into District 267, the IISS interdicted the world, placing it firmly under uncontested Imperial control. Because of its non-Imperial culture, the world lay in limbo for most of the Imperial era, as authorities were unsure about its disposition towards being assimilated into the Imperium. The interdiction was lifted in 885, and a scout base was established to keep in contact with the locals, and eventually bring them into the Imperium as a full member world.

The Prince Edwardians are a well organised and cohesive bunch. Their adopted homeworld's mild weather and plentiful food supply prevented intercommunal fighting and strife from developing, and created a tolerant if somewhat wary society. The colony never exceeded more than 40,000 people, and the need for fresh genetic material made them hospitable towards those ship crews and travellers that made their way off of the beaten path to their world. However the colony remained true to its original culture, in spite of the IISS contact personnels best efforts, and the world remained on the fringes of Imperial development policy.

After the Collapse, the new Regency reversed many dogmatic and cynical Imperial policies, especially its crony-based economic and development practices. The ecological umbrella group known as NEO recieved permission to settle Five Sisters underdeveloped worlds with indigenous human populations, including Prince Edward, under the condition that they uplifted the local populations with as little pain or exploitation as possible.

Despite some early tensions, the Edwardians grudgingly accepted this new colonisation, and eventually warmed up to their new neighbors. Culturally the world is an eclectic mix, with even a few Darrians, who immigrated in the 1170s, thrown in for good measure. While technological development has been slow, it has a wide range of amenities, and its mild plenty has discouraged widespread dissemination of unnecessary high-tech anyway. The world is now a full member of the Regency, and its Senate delegation is noteworthy for championing liberal policies and challenging older reactionary groups.

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