BETA CANUM VENATICORUM
Deucalion in the Beta Canum Venaticorum system, fifteen light-years from Groombridge 1618, is the ragged edge of the Terran Trade Authority and the rush is on to get the world up and running before ships of the Integrated Star Systems Alliance or even the Tyrannyxi come calling.
“What a watch!” Lt. Adnarel complained. “I just cycled down the fire-control computer but I still see blocks! It’s like when I was a girl at Tau Ceti, I used to pick ripe chamberries all day and I would still see little orange blobs when I closed my eyes.”
At the port on Vanth in the EZ Aquarii system containers with highly pilferable goods from Epsilon Indi are offloaded for distribution. The Terran Trade Authority has long considered the multi-system Fallen Angels MC to be the most reliable sub-contractors for perimeter security.
Hybla and Dia at Gliese 783 are the closest to a true double planet known to the Terran Trade Authority. Stony Hybla has underground water, and therefore cities, but sandy Dia has been seeded with self-replicating nano that combines silicon and sunlight to make energy-dense SP-5.
General Materials knew they hit paydirt at Ross 154 with the discovery of Circe, an asteroid smaller than Earth’s moon that nevertheless was shrouded in a thick CO₂ blanket, indicating a high density metal interior.
3He + 3He fusion produces no dangerous neutrons and the fuel itself, delivered by the solar wind and strip-mined from the lunar regolith, is not radioactive. Consequently, it is the most common nuclear reaction found outside of Earth’s major power plants.
The traveling airshows sponsored by the Terran Trade Authority do much more than just catch the eye of purchasing agents. Early on the TTA learned that sub-contracting work in every congressional district ensured what they call the Greening of the Military Industrial Complex.
The Gorpai, founding members of the Integrated Star Systems Alliance, inhabit the arid world of Tanit in the 82 Eridani system. A heavy cruiser serves as diplomatic courier to the ISSA, as one can never be too careful.
Passing over the United States the Portsmouth launch laser looked like it cut the frigate Exiler in half, at least on radar, but she merely separated and filled the intervening space with chaff. Upon reaching Northern Africa she was back in one piece again.
After the Brushfire missile intercepted Track 4022 Hunky noted the sparrowfall from the war room. She said, “I get the distinct impression Asmodeus came down system with hyz second-best football team and expected to go up against nothing but cheerleaders.”