Emerald/Jewell/Spinward Marches.   Posted by Spinward.Group: 0
Spinward
 GM, 8 posts
Sun 25 May 2014
at 19:45
Emeral/Jewell/Spinward Marches
System: Emerald
Location: Spinward Marches/1006
UWP: B766555-B
Starport: B Good Starport (Shipyard: Spacecraft; Repair: Overhaul; Fuel: Refined)
Planetary Size: 7 Medium (10,400-11,999km)
Atmosphere: 6 Standard
Hydrosphere: 6 Wet World (55 - 64% water)
Population: 5 500,000
Government: 5 Feudal Technocracy. (Government by specific individuals for those who agree to be ruled Relationships are based on the performance of technical activities which are mutually beneficial)
Law Level: 5 Moderate Law (Personal Concealable Weapons)
Tech Level: B Average Interstellar Community
Base(s): S Scout Base (Imperial)
Zone:   Green: Unrestricted
# of Planetoid Belts: 3
# of Gas Giants: 4




Emerald is a non-industrial, agricultural garden world, part of the Jewell Cluster located in Jewell Subsector of the Spinward Marches. The system is a member of the Imperium and contains a small Scout Base, used as a training facility.

The people of Emerald are, for the most part, third to fifth generation colonists, just beginning to make a fair living off the land they have cleared for farming or raising groats. Those not directly involved in agriculture are employed at the starport facility or in various transport capacities.

Beyond the major settlements of Emerald lie a great amount of unclaimed land known as the Outback, open for colonization when practical. A particularly radical movement has begun among some of the settlers of the outback known as the Chukniang, who are adverse to having any new settlements begun on what they consider their territory.

History & Culture


Emerald was settled in 308, by the followers of disgraced Sylean nobleman Aklas Ecannis. Ecannis, the Duke of Ecan (Core 2316), was executed for cowardice in 306, following the Battle of Concorde during the Aslan Border Wars. Stripped of title and privilege, Ecannis' family was permitted to emigrate to the Spinward Marches. By calling in old favours, the newly widowed Eritrea Ecannis was able to secure a charter to settle Jewell. About two hundred family and retainers arrived in late 308, and founded the first settlement at Eritrea.

Although self-sufficient, the colony grew only slowly. Periodically, labourers and craftsmen would be recruited from Jewell and Regina, but settlement remained largely confined to the area around Eritrea. Although a part of the Imperium, Emerald remained unrepresented to the Imperial Court (by decree in 306, no member of the Ecannis family was permitted to hold title). As the imperial presence in the area grew, Emerald began exporting agricultural products to the rapidly growing Jewell (already emerging as a major industrial world).

Nonetheless, contact with offworlders remained confined to the small 'E' class starport at Masand Caldera, and Emerald remained isolationist. The Ecannis family allowed no further settlement, and restricted offworlders to the starport compound. This self-imposed isolation was to be stretched to breaking point as tensions between the Imperium and the Zhodani Consulate rose, and ultimately shattered by the outbreak of the First Frontier War.

From 510 onwards, Imperial Navy fleet elements deployed to the Emerald system from the naval base on Jewell for maneuvers. The Navy established a small service facility in the outer system, although craft did occasionally land on the mainworld. In 540, Grand Admiral Severin Gouden appointed a legate to the small settlement, mainly to coordinate the requisition of foodstuffs, and keep an eye on the politically suspect natives (as early as 460, Imperial Naval Intelligence suspected Zhodani sympathies in the Ecannis family). Emerald's starport was also upgraded to 'D' class, over the protests of the planet's rulers.

With the Zhodani invasion of Imperial space in 591, martial law was declared on Emerald. Members of the Ecannis family thought to be 'unreliable' were interned on Jewell as Imperial forces were pushed back from their original defensive positions. The Zhodani attacked and captured Jewell in 592, and were to remain in possession of the world almost until the war's end.

During the Zhodani occupation, the world was used as a prison camp for partisans captured on Jewell, and the world was forced to endure the presence of large numbers of Zhodani ground troops.

Following Admiral Plankwell's recapture of Jewell in 603, Zhodani forces evacuated Emerald and fled into Consulate space. Imperial troops liberated the world shortly afterwards, but a large garrison was kept in place beyond the war's end. In 606, the Ecannis family was allowed to return to Emerald. Limitations on offworlder-native contact remained, but were increasingly hard to enforce. This was illustrated by the decision of the Ecannis heir, Sar Valain Ecannis to apply for the Imperial Naval Academy in 608. His decision outraged his relatives, but they were powerless to stop him after he received the somewhat unexpected support of the Imperial legate.

Sar Valain went on to distinguish himself in the Second Frontier War, and as a squadron commander for Admiral (later Empress) Arbellatra Akhalikoi during the later stages of the Civil War. Sar Valain returned to Emerald in 626, as the new Imperial legate, and was instrumental in persuading the Ecannis family to restrict the most stringent of their isolationist practises. On becoming head of the Ecannis family in 630, Empress Arbellatra rescinded the decrees against the Ecannis family issued by Empress Porphyria in 306, and Sar Valain was named Baron Emerald. The office of Imperial legate to Emerald was dissolved.

Sar Valain's descendants concentrated on developing Emerald's export economy. Large tracts of land were cultivated, using increasingly sophisticated agrotechnology. By 900, Emerald was supplying large amounts of grain to Jewell, despite its small population. The starport facilities were progressively upgraded to their current capabilities as the Imperial (and later Regency) Navy increased its presence in the system.

This message was last edited by the GM at 12:09, Sun 04 Oct 2015.

John T Chance
 player, 4 posts
 Retired Cop
Fri 30 May 2014
at 17:52
Re: Emeral/Jewell/Spinward Marches
John adjusts his psi helmet, and looks at the signs, "Sluggos"  "looks like a good place." John thinks.

John enters.
Bartender
Fri 30 May 2014
at 17:58
Re: Emeral/Jewell/Spinward Marches
The tatooed bartender came over brushing away her hair.

"Hi, what'll you have?"

A Geonee waiter brushes past, John notes a blur behind him. Nothing there.
John T Chance
 player, 5 posts
 Retired Cop
Fri 30 May 2014
at 18:00
Re: Emeral/Jewell/Spinward Marches
"Whiskey."
Event
 npc, 5 posts
Fri 30 May 2014
at 18:04
Re: Emeral/Jewell/Spinward Marches
Surf could be heard from the nearby sea.

"They shouldn't serve your kind here, Cop."

Two grav bikers at the bar stared at the newcomer.
Rutger
 player, 5 posts
 Ex-Scout
Sat 31 May 2014
at 14:54
Re: Emeral/Jewell/Spinward Marches
  Rutger walked into the bar, looking for the shot of bourbon he'd heard calling his name from outside the bar. He paused at the door, pulling off his shades and waiting for his eyes to adjust before he set a course for the bar.
     it as a Quick easy stride, but the odd rhythm of his steps seemed something that had been ingrained in him for years. He seemed to be making sure one foot was down and firmly planted before taking another long powerful step.He found a stool pulled it out and sat down motioning to the barkeeper. He spoke with a deep voice maybe a touch too loud."Bourbon, Double, neat."
John T Chance
 player, 6 posts
 Retired Cop
Sat 31 May 2014
at 16:57
Re: Emeral/Jewell/Spinward Marches
John takes the whiskey and sizes up the two meat heads.
bartender
Sun 1 Jun 2014
at 00:53
Re: Emeral/Jewell/Spinward Marches
The bartenderess delivers the bourbon.
Event
 npc, 7 posts
Sun 1 Jun 2014
at 08:40
Re: Emeral/Jewell/Spinward Marches
Comm

"Colonel Chance, please report to the Scout Base Commander's Office."

Comm

"Mr. Ardens Grafton, this is the Scout base calling. Could you come by the base commanders office now. We've received information from a Factor licensed to your company."

This message was last edited by the player at 08:44, Sun 01 June 2014.

Ardens Grafton
 player, 4 posts
 Technical Specialist
 Impossible takes longer
Sun 1 Jun 2014
at 13:51
Re: Emeral/Jewell/Spinward Marches
"FRAK !" Ardens swears, downing tools in disgust and glaring at the wisp of smoke curling from the innards of the machine.  With an 'I-blame-you' glare in the direction of the speaker grill, he resignedly leans back, wiping his hands on a scrap of cloth.  "For two credits I'd ..."

No he wouldn't.  He needed work.  Paid work.   A damn sight more than two credits.  Even if it meant swallowing his pride and signing on with the company he thought he'd left behind.  So to the base commander's office he would go.

"Smile," he reminds himself. "Be polite."