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Excerpts from "Icarus Flies" by Chang Wufei (February, AC 203, Asura Press.)

[After the end] of the AC 196 "police action," the Earth government went through a brief period of reorganization to ensure that the colonies would be better represented, and in so doing, more easily monitored. In the April of the following year, Relena Peacecraft (formerly Relena Darlien) was elected for a seven year term as Prime Minister of the newly formed Colonial/Terran Confederation (CTC.) True to her pre-electoral promises, the new Prime Minister ruthlessly cut money from the budget, notably reducing the standing military to almost zero, and put all of the funding into the space program and the construction of new colonies in an effort to relieve the population pressures on both the Earth and the surrounding colonies...[p. 253]

[Her] efforts were rewarded quickly. By October of AC 198, two new colonies at the outer reaches of L5 were completed, and a third was far enough removed from the rest of populated space that it was given its own disignation, L6. Three habitable planets had been discovered, as well as nearly fifty asteroids or planetoids that were stable enough in orbit to build colonies on. This [rapid colonization and exploration] was allowed by the development of a new drive system which utilized stable jump points throughout this galaxy, providing a mode of movement that, while not instantaneous, cut the travel time between stars by factors of unimagineable proportions; a journey that would have taken hundreds or thousands of years was cut down to a month or less. While smaller vessels, such as mobile suits or exploration corvettes were unable to directly use the propulsion system, the colony ships, capable of carrying the population of a small city as well as the materials needed to build a self-sufficient base, terraforming equipment, MS, and smaller ships, were of ideal mass...[p. 257]

In January of AC 200, mankind had spread to colonize 8 solar systems that contained Earth-like planets, establishing the first non-Sol planetary colonies. Additional colonies were built at often used jump points to act as supply depots and military outposts...[p. 260]

[The Preventors and the military] were caught almost completely off guard by the first rebellion in June of AC 200, which was a large-scale repeat of the limited armed action that had occured on the planetary Atropos colony a year before. The Preventor's role in the suppression of the Atropos unrest had become well known by the time the first real rebellion came into being. Because of this, the Preventors were unable to infiltrate and undermine the colonial militia's ranks; after three weeks, command of the situation was transferred to the regular military. Massive loss of life (estimates run anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000) occured on the part of the colonists before the rebellion was completely suppressed. The other colonies did not stand idly by at this time. Protests and riots ran rampant until the the the military had finished its cleanup and withdrawn...[p. 280]

There were accusations...[that Prime Minister Peacecraft] ignored the advice of the representatives and refused to acknowledge that there was unrest until the situation had become critical and violent. [The Prime Minister] remained stolid in her refusal to return funding to the military budget, commenting that the very existence of the military in any number invited violence and a disturbance of peace. (It should be noted that while the CTC standing military has been reduced to such that it can now be considered non-functional. All military support in the supressive action came from the combat units in the Preventers and the militia units sent by parent colonies of the CTC.) [It can be considered] A difficult decision; the money could either go toward colonization or the military at that point, and the Prime Minister chose colonization over military might due to her own beliefs for what was best for the CTC. Despite the loud criticism against her, Prime Minister Peacecraft remained and still is popular in public opinion poles, and no vote of confidence was suggested or called for at the time. [p. 287]

Despite the contracts signed by the newest colonies, stating that they would be considered outside provinces of the Earth or their colony of origin until such time that they had paid off the debt incurred at their founding, the outer planetary and outpost colonies have begun to demand equal representation in the CTC congress, stating that, like the colonists of North American c. AD 1700, they are too far removed from the government at large to be considered under the province of the inner system colonies. As a note, the debt most of the new colonies owe counts in the trillions and will continue to climb until such time that the colonies become self sufficient. While many have reached the self-sifficiency point with truly remarkable speed (1.5 to 2 years for those colonies that are rich in rare mineral deposits) it will take even the most profitable of the colonies nearly two hundred years to completely work off their debt. [p. 298]

[The rift] between denizens of the inner and outer systems continues to grow. Colonists are often quoted as considering themselves superior and stronger because they are survivalists, living without the "luxury" of the inner colonies and forced to be self sufficient. Opposite them are the inner colonists, who have named themselves the source of culture...[p. 302]

[The numbers] of the outer colony militia are unknown. By contract, they are prohibited from keeping any kind of active, standing military force, or engaging in the production of weapons that are for the purpose of war. However, the thought that these contracts are adhered to completely is ludicrous in the extreme; while many of the planets have temperate and pleasant climates, the fauna are largely unknown and for the most part considered highly dangerous to human life. Also, in the outer regions where patrols of police or military nature are almost unheard of, a new breed of criminal has sprung up--the Privateer. While Privateers are notably phenomenon local to jump points (it is highly unlikely that any privateer organization could find the resources necessary to build a ship with large enough mass to utilize the jump systems) they are a danger. Most are equipped with mobile suits that are the remnants of the AC 195 and 196 civil wars that have been modified for speed and armament, some up to military standard levels. Privateers act much like the pirates in old Earth history, striking supply ships or the occassional unescorted colony ship while in space, and raiding colonies and bases on planets and asteroids. It has been [theorized] that privateers have their own bases, located in asteroid fields or on moons. While these claims are unsubstantiated, it is a fact that these individuals and cartels must have some place they can refuel and supply...[p. 330]

Claims have been made that privateers are actually members of colonial militia, or in league with terrorist agitators. While highly unlikely, it is a thought to consider. From reports made by ships and colonies that have suffered attack, the numbers of privateers are growing quite large, swelling with each new colony, and the author finds it highly unlikely that such numbers could exist without some kind of structure. Studying attack patterns makes the possibilty seem all the more likely...[p. 332]

[Privateer attacks] have left the outer colonists demanding military assistance or the repeal of the anti-militia clause so that arms may be shipped directly to the colonies. Because of the reduction of the military, however, and the severely limited staff that the Preventors have funds for, the CTC has been unable to help, though efforts are now being made to return some of the military's budget so that patrols can be stepped up...[p. 334]

As of last year, the planetary colonies number over 17 (see appendix D), and the additional outpost and asteroid colonies have grown to over 70 (see appendix E), though most remain small to the point of insignificance...[p. 360]

Even today, tension continues to rise as Prime Minister Peacecraft nears the end of her term. It is almost a certainty that she will be re-elected by the CTC congress, but it is probable that her re-election will only serve to deepen the rift between outer and inner systems, as many of her policies come in direct conflict with the wants of the outer system colonists, who will have no direct influence on the election at all. While there has been no repeat of the violence of AC 200, the situation at large remains highly unstable, and, to the pessimistic eyes of the author, more volatile with each passing year... [p. 405]


Appendix D--Planetary Colonies as of AC 202


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
14 HerculisK0 VOrange-red main sequence4

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
2JunoOC-04201-XTM201


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
16 Cygni BG2.5 VYellow main sequence3

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
3TrondheimOC-03202-XTC202


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
47 Ursae MajorisG0 VYellow main sequence4

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
2Yakumo TatsuOC-03202-XTC202


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
51 PegasaiG2-3 VYellow-orange main sequence6

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
3PerseusNew Herald199


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
Alpha Hyi [Hydrus]F0 VWhite main sequence9

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
5HydrusDominion200


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
Arrakis [Mu Draconis]F7VWhite-yellow main sequence5

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
3YggdrasilMidgar199
4DraupnirFreki201
4DraupnirGeri201


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
Epsilon EridaniK2 VOrange main sequence3

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
3KagamiMizuo200


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
Gliese 86Close Binary-7

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
6LotusNew Haven200


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
HD187123G5Yellow-orange main sequence8

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
4ImbriumOC-12199-XTC199


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
HD195019G3 IV-VYellow sub-giant (small)3

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
1TrinityOC-01201-XTC201


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
Iota HorologiiG0 VYellow main sequence2

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
2AtroposOC-04202-XTC202


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
Regulus [Alpha Leonus]B7 VBlue-white main sequence10

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
6Nimir'raOC-06202-XTC202


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
Rho Coronae BorealisG0 VYellow main sequence7

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
4PyrosOC-11200-XTM200


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
Taurus Molecular RingBinary-15

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
7IsisOC-10201-XTC201
12OsirisOC-10201-XTM201


Name of Star Spectral Type Spectral Description Number of Planets
Upsilon AndromedaeF8 VWhite-yellow main sequence5

Position (# from star) Name of Planet Name of Colony Year founded (AC)
4Rot EngelNeu Berlin200


Appendix E--Star systems with major Outposts/Mining Colonies

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