Official Earth Government Website is here (external
Over recent centuries the Empire as passed from wielding absolute
power over human space to a grouping amongst several others of similar
power and wealth. That said it is still probably more powerful
than any single other nationality, however, and the reach of old
earth stretches out and influences all humankind. Imperial
interstellar fleets are strong, with long traditions of service
This page is in three parts, first, a description of the layout
of the solar system, second a brief outline of the political
structure and third a summary of the Inner
Colonies of Quadrant Zero.
Also James Kemp's Universe Wikipedia pages (external
Current Economic Summary
1. Organisation of Sol System (Grid 535000)
Sol, the Home System, birthplace of humankind has a special place
in the emotions of all humans. It is also the most developed
and most densly populated star system in known space.
||Only minor mining bases. Too close to the sun.
||Well developed and old domed colonies. Terraforming still
underway - but it will be a long time yet before the planet
is freely habitable. Population c400 million
Heavily developed both above and below oceans. Large numbers
of orbital factories, O'Neil tubes, trading
stations, military bases etc.
Mainly located in high earth orbit, or at Earth L4 and L5
The majority of the population of 10 billion live in the megacities,
and the average Earther is still very unlikely to leave the
planet during their lifetime. The vast majority enjoy realtively
comfortable lives, with a short working week and a wide range
of cheap forms of entertainment keeping the bulk of the population
at least reasonably contented.
The planet is far from covered by cities, as it has the most
advanced food-producing industrialised farming zones in the
universe, generating high quality nutrient foods and drinks
for the whole population. That said, luxury foods are a major
item of interstellar import to Earth to add variety for those
inclined to afford off-world cuisine.
||Heavily industrialised, with large number of orbital utilities.
Economically strong links with L4/L5 communities. Population
||Terraforming well developed. Only minimal protection needed
on the surface. Cities are still domed ( a legacy from
pre-terraforming days) but the domes are not absolutely essential
and there is an increasing amount of open housing on the surface.
Well developed and industrialised. Population 900 million.
Politically part of the Empire, but with strong links with
New Mars and the Martian Confederation. They would probably
secede if they could, but this is unlikely to be practical.
Lots of orbital stuff.
Deimos - Naval base.
Phobos - Detection stations - hubbles and space traffic
control radars and navbeacons for the inner system.
||Strongly developed, and home to a large population of miners
and factories (known as 'belters'. This has some political autonomy
within the Empire, although officially a 'dependency'. The belters
are tolerated due to their economic importance strategic location
and history of being tough fighters. Estimated population 1.5
billion (although reliable census data is hard to come by).
||Minor moons have leisure and research stations but not much
Io - Orbital Military base - Marine
Academy and Marine Training Facility. The settlements
here are basically of the garrison town variety. The Marine
Facility is very large. Permanent population approx. 3.5 million
Europa - Jovian colony world. Population 5.3 million
Ganymede - Jovian colony world. Population 3.7 million
Callisto - Jovian colony world. Population 1.2 million.
Achilles Trojan Asteroids (Jupiter L4) - mainly mining
communities, with strong links to the belters. Est. population
Patroclus Trojan Asteroids (Jupiter L5) - mainly
mining communities, with strong links to the belters. Est.
population 3.4 million
||Minor moons have leisure and research stations but not much
Tethys - Outer mining operation. Population 3.0 million
Dione - Privately owned. Est. population 250,000
Rhea - Outer mining operation. Population 2 million
Titan - Major Shipyard facilities. Population 0.5
Iapetus - Civilian Shipyard facilities. Population
||Titania - Outer Fleet Base. Large supporting civilian
population (approx. 2 million)
Oberon - Minor colony world. Population 250,000
||Triton - Outer fleet training establishment. Pop 200,000
||Cerberus - micro black hole, 77 au from Sol, 2.1 degrees
above the plane of the ecliptic. This is a known navigational
hazard of no significance (other than to astronomers and the
personnel of the deep space research station orbiting it). Its
M25 zone is 9.5 au.
HSTS. A large number (around 50) of HS transmission
stations are located in stellarstationary orbits +90
degrees from the plane of the ecliptic some 28-32 au from
Sol. These stations are operated by military, government and
private commercial operators.
|Early Warning Stations.
||The Earth System has a number of detection stations in Solar
orbit, usually at Lagrange points. Each detection station consists
of a number of hubbles and active radar systems. Every settlement
has active radar for navigation purposes. Earth has several
hundred hubbles, as has Mars, Luna and the Belt. Neptune has
quite a few hubbles also.
These are to cover 'doppeganger points' (the term for blind
spots) to prevent approaches using Sol as a shield. The Solar
System Defence Net (which links reports from all sources,
including patrol ships) claims to be able to report on 97%
of all emergence from Hyperspace within 40 au of earth within
8 hours, and 99.99% of all in-system incursions within the
orbit of Pluto with 24 hours.
Off Earth, the political framework is more varied. Within Sol System
regional power is devolved a great deal, since conditions are political
reality in the outer system is quite different. Also, the various
colony worlds (especially the Jovians and Belters) won considerable
autonomy last century during a series of particularly unpleasant rebellions.
The Quadrant Governors operate as local Imperial representatives.
Each Imperal Quadrant Governor has subordinate Planetary Governors
on each colonial world. In the vast majority of cases the
colony worlds have their own local system of government, and Earth
merely provides an overseeing function with the Governers heading
up a small Imperial Bureaucracy that ensures the colony behaves
in the best interests of the Empire. The Governors, as representative
of the Imperium take a lead on matters like defence and foreign
policy, leaving domestic matters to the elected colonial governments.
Colonies have representation, in principle, on the Council Of
Representatives. The distances involved, however, make active
political representation difficult. More often there are local
devolved CORs on a quadrant basis, mirroring the Home System.
To help the home government ensure that serious politcal abuse
or potential regional rebellion is kept to a minimum, a specialist
watchdog organisation exists called The Imperial
See the answers to the internal affairs
questionnaire for the Earth Empire
See a briefing on political parties
Close to the Solar System are also mature and well developed colonies,
among the first long term and viable homes for humankind outside
their own system. As result they rival the planets of Sol
in terms of population and wealth.
This section outlines some information about these
Inner System colonies.
||Distance from Sol
|Approx Population (bn)
2 (Gospel & Wesley)
||3 (Lisa, Burnes, Homer)
2 (Humorum, Procellarum)
|2 (Reboot, Brotherhood)
Each of these systems and the worlds within them have many orbital
systems, HSTS, hubbles and well developed economies. Each
of them is considerably better developed than the outer colony worlds
to be found in Quadrants 1-8.