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 +Dpres is the oldest inhabited world in the subsector, and was the capital during the fading days of the Second Imperium and Sindalian Empire. Since those days, Dpres has suffered terribly. The planet slipped into a minor ice age, sending glaciers rolling down over the once-fertile southern plains and freezing the harbours. The elected government collapsed, taking the electoral system with it, leaving the planet under the control of an unelected bureaucracy dedicated to perpetuating the status quo. Without an effective government, many of Dpres’ naval admirals fled the world. Torrance, Delta Thega and Caldos were all settled by unofficial expeditions from Dpres.
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 +Through it all, the people of Dpres never lost their pride, and tried to maintain their reputation as a bastion of civilisation and culture amid chaos. It was especially humiliating,​ therefore, when Dpres was conquered by invaders from Tyr. The Tyrians held Dpres for over two centuries, during the period known as the Tyrian Lordships. During this time, many of the monuments and art of Dpres, including artefacts from Terra, were stolen and brought back to Tyr, where they decorate the palace of the Tyrant of Tyr to this day. The occupation was ended when Acis deployed Aslan mercenaries against the Tyrians, forcing Tyr to pull its ships back from Dpres to defend worlds closer to home.
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 +Fearing another occupation by Tyr, Acis or even the Glorious Empire, the Dpres Continuity Government sought allies, and eventually negotiated client state status with the Imperium via Gazulin subsector. The coming of the Imperium and establishment of a small naval base at Dpres was welcomed, and seemed to herald a rebirth of Dpres’ supremacy over the rest of the subsector. So far, though, Imperial policy has centred around protecting trade routes with the Floriani and keeping the Glorious Empire and other Aslan clans in check, not building a new confederacy ruled from Dpres.
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 +The oceans of Thalassa cover the entire planet – the only dry land is an artificial island bearing the planet’s spaceport, and a few tiny islands too small to support any sort of civilisation. The Thalassan cities are built on huge floating platforms of woven reeds, some of which are more than twenty kilometres across and support hundreds of thousands of citizens. Thalassan technology is almost entirely organic – the waterworld is rich in life, and the Thalassans have learned to use the alien biosphere to support their agriculture and industry. ​
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 +One of the chief Thalassan industries is snail farming. The sea-snails of Thalassa have been bred for size and strength, and grow up to six metres in length. Their shells are water-tight and strong as light steel, and the Thalassans have developed organic compounds allowing them to cut and bond the shell material much as other cultures cut or weld metal. Various forms of seaweed are cultivated for use as plastics, clothing, food or medicine. There are a few resources the Thalassans cannot obtain from their watery world – they mine the asteroids and moons for vital metals, and trade with other worlds. One key technology the Thalassans obtained from the world of Neumann was a genetic modification allowing humans to breathe underwater. The amphibious families of Thalassa comprise a special caste, respected but also feared by their fellows.
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 +The Thalassan government is made up of a series of councils, each overseeing a particular aspect of Thalassan society. Membership on a council is given to those best suited to it – a Thalassan may apply for membership when an opening arises, and is given a gruelling series of exams and tests. Only the best and most suited serve on the councils, and even being accepted for testing is a huge honour. ​
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 +The most important is the Council of Cycles – as the cities of Thalassa drift on currents at different speeds and in different directions, correctly calculating where each city will be and how it should interact with its neighbours is vital. A city in the doldrums might run low on food, so the Council of Cycles will arrange for food to be transferred along a chain of cities to one which will soon drift near the stranded community. The Council of Cycles effectively specialises in using weather and the mechanics of currents to optimise the planetary economy.
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 +Their experience of anticipating and co-ordinating events has given the Council of Cycles a talent for manipulation and subterfuge that even a Hiver would envy. Thalassa will never be a military power in this war-torn subsector, but Thalassan envoys and trade representatives have the ear of every ruler from Dpres to Acis.
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 +This world was named Burgundy when initially colonised. Most of the colonists were Terrans from various European and Asian countries, as well as humans from second-generation worlds like Mars or the Centauri colonies. There were also a few special-interest groups of a few hundred people, each who bought space on the colony ships – fringe religions fleeing persecution,​ obscure subcultures looking for space to grow, explorers and adventures, and other splinter factions who thought a new life out on the frontier was preferable to life back in the Rule of Man.
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 +One of these groups was an almost-forgotten band of a few dozen settlers originally from Central America on Terra, who were devotees of the vanished Aztec culture. They intended to build a community modelled on the Aztecs in the jungles of Burgundy, and vanished into the thickly forested wilderness of the western continent. ​
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 +The colony thrived for hundreds of years, and was part of the Sindalian Empire until its fall. Then, around fifteen hundred years ago, Burgundy was hit by a double catastrophe. Pro- and anti-Sindalian factions within the Burgundy government went to war, and the war quickly went nuclear. Simultaneously,​ the Burgundy star entered a flare period, scrambling computer systems and causing massive desertification. The planet collapsed into anarchy, and the people were open to any authority who could bring order and peace, no matter how strange or cruel.
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 +From out of the jungle came the descendants of the neo-Aztecs. Their population had grown hugely, and they were much more adept at using low-technology weapons than the other factions. Within a generation, they were able to pacify the war-torn world and establish a new order on Burgundy, then renamed Tlazolteotl. ​
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 +Today, Tlazolteotl is a major exporter of low-technology industrial goods to all the worlds of the Sindalian Main. Aztec-inspired culture and art is everywhere – the factories that rise out of the desert sands are more like temples than industrial facilities, stepped pyramids decorated with coiling dragons and leering warriors. Human sacrifice is practised extensively,​ and the government is in the hands of the priest caste. The average citizen of Tlazolteotl knows nothing about the larger galaxy (history books and educational texts were purged generations ago), and believes the universe is full of space devils and demons who the priests ward off with their magic. Visitors to Tlazolteotl are advised to land only at the starport/​temple – landing elsewhere on the planet is likely to result in bloody murder at the hands of an ignorant mob. 
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 ===== Torrance ===== ===== Torrance =====
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 +Two hundred years ago Torrance’s star entered a period of intense flare activity. Plumes of flame licked out, incinerating the closest planets and searing the world of Torrance. The oceans boiled – not quite literally, but rising temperatures and radiation wiped out most life forms, including a species of algae native to Torrance. The rotting remains of the algae poisoned the seas, leaving the planet’s water undrinkable without extensive processing. Electromagnetic interference ruined the planet’s technological base, destroying computers and plunging it back into a pre-industrial state.
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 +Other worlds have investigated Torrance, and found no survivors. According to most Travellers, Torrance is a dead world (and is noted on many charts as Peroi, a Sindalian word meaning lost). The solar activity is still so intense that the chances of a ship making it to within the hundred-diameter limit of Torrance'​s main planet without suffering severe damage to its sensors are slim.
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