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November Prompt Request Background Piece: A World In Rensa's Universe
This background piece talks about the world in Fire Sign 1 which I have elsewhere miscalled Firestuff.

The world known to the organisers of the Defensive Diaspora as Aberxhad 453.4 underwent a revolution and social inversion during the third generation of the colony.

Dissatisfaction among the general colonists with the political organisation of the colony, the tasking system, rationing and the perceived level of control over their personal lives by the Central Unit and the guides led to this.  The rebellion was successful in that the Central Unit and its security drones were destroyed while the surviving guides and their descendants were forced to flee for their lives.  As the rebels seemed to be smashing every piece of advanced technology they could get their hands on, the refugees had no qualms about taking everything they could get their hands on, and carry, with them.

The current population of the planet is made up of two societies with their origins in this event:

1.      The descendants of the revolution are confined to the southwest corner of the largest continent on the planet.  Native soils need to be ‘naturalized’ with appropriate microfauna and fungi to allow human crops to grow and the majority of the local plant life is unsuitable for extensive consumption by humans.  A near feudal system of landholding has evolved based on ‘proving’ new land with a series of tiered land holders, with first land holders having the most power, third land holders being tenant farmers and anyone below that being sharecroppers.  Theoretically anyone can prove land and become a first land holder but in practice the existing first land holders have restrictions in place to ensure that only they can do so; they have the power and so they make the law.  Essentially, all land in this area is now in the hands of three families and they are working to consolidate their holdings through little skirmish wars between distaff and main bloodlines.  The southwest corner is crowded and tightly held under their control and they don’t see a problem with that.


2.      The descendants of the refugees mainly live in an area that was being naturalized prior to settlement at the time of the rebellion and is sufficiently distant that the first land holders are not going to stumble on them accidentally but was close enough to get to easily with the transport they had available.  They have a much higher ambient technology level than the land holders but their population is smaller with a higher risk of inbreeding.  They also have more information available to them than the land holders because their ancestors managed to rescue most of the colony’s databases, mineral deposit maps is an example, and the equipment to access them.  They have a program of sending agents into land holders’ area to spread medical and technical information at a grassroots level but this is a dangerous task as if caught they will be killed.

A complicating factor in this is ‘fire stuff.’  This is heat-affected metallic and ceramic debris which can be found over large portions of the southwest corner of the continent and, to an unknown extent, other areas of the planet.  It predates the colony but the lettering found on some pieces appears to indicate human origin.  Its value to the landholders is that it is a source of useful metals: copper; gold; lead; and silver.  Naturally, as it is a valuable resource, there are tight rules in the land holders’ area about who can collect it and where from.

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Fun! I'm surprised that the refugees are trying to improve the lots of the rebels, but perhaps they're bigger-minded than that.

They're not friends of the heads of the regime but the ordinary people these days are in a worse position in many ways than their ancestors rebelled against. Besdies, if they are going to do what they were sent here to do, they are going to need those people.

I'm impressed that they still remember what they were sent to do and are still trying to do it.

Hmmmm! It is starting to make more sense now.

But strangely this piece is making me want to know about what is going on back at the "mother" planet. How have things been working out for the planners lately?

-Friendly Anon

Neat! Makes me want to read more in this setting!!

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