golan2072 wrote:What I am looking for, however, is a variant of this where Foreven is the Imperial (as well as Zhodani, Aslan etc) frontier, so that I could write up about this mini-Imperium setting on my blog with MGT stats, under the Foreven License; and, besides, some of the best Traveller adventures ever are set in Foreven (Chamax Horde!). Maybe move the K'Kree to Deneb, and make the Imperial Marches (Spinward Marches) the heartlands of the Imperium. The Aslan will be in Trojan Reaches (more densely starred than in canon); the Zhos (probably re-interpreted as "greys") in Ziafrplians; the Vargr in Gvurrdon; the Hivers from beyond the Rift; and there will be a reptilian minor power (less than a subsector in size) in either The Beyond or even Foreven. The Imperium will have some holdings on the trailing side of Foreven, and there will be no Avalar Consulate or Mnemosyne Principality - just some Zhos at the coreward part of Foreven. A lot of independent worlds, sanctioned Imperial colonies and even more unsanctioned colonies.
What do you think?
My only real problem with that is the Imperium is again trapped. I would want to loosen it up some. In that case, I guess I would suggest that the Zhodani/greys be pushed trailing to be directly above Chronor, so that they are split down the Ziaf.../Gvurrdon line. The Imperium is split down the Marches/Deneb Line. The Vargr are pushed slightly trailing, too, so they occupy parts of both Gvurrdon and Windhorn (it is Windhorn, isn't it? I forget). The K'kree are in the rest of Deneb, with some spilling into Windhorn.
Everything in Foreven and Beyond are blown away and made open. (Even the Floriani, who are kept, are reduced to purely their Trojan holdings.) Those two sectors (and farther spinward) become the frontier for the Imperium, Zhodani/greys, and Aslan. It could easily end up with a very "land-rush" feel to it, too, as the three groups fight each other to colonize the area.
I didn't go that route, as I wanted all of the empires to be able to grow contiguously. With this set up, the Imperium is again isolated, and therefore cannot grow contiguously, and must have two parts: the existing one, and whatever can be formed in Foreven/Beyond. That is, quite frankly, my biggest hesitation for using this arrangement. It also breaks up the "melting pot", as the K'kree become somewhat ephemeral, stuck on the outside fringes with no way to get to the party in the Spinward Marches/Foreven.
That all said, it is quite a decent arrangement, and, quite frankly, way more reflective of the arrangement of the major powers in the OTU. So, it is way more faithful of an effort that what I did. I would gladly adventure in it, that's for sure!
(Quite frankly, having the K'kree be pushed aside isn't necessarily a bad thing. Though I do quite like the idea of the Aslan and K'kree with a border, and all that would imply! Especially if the Aslan are fairly small, the K'kree are large, but the Aslan still just look at them as a huge potential food source ...)
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