Money in the PoD campaign and Sindal Tlaiowaha subsectors

PsiTraveller

Cosmic Mongoose
For worlds in the SIndal and Tlaiowaha subsector, including Drinax, what is the currency you have your players use? Are they using Imperial credits or are their local currencies with exchange rates between them?

There have been debates about cash vs electronic systems, I was wondering what the other players are using.

In my game I am assuming the Starports prefer to handle imperial currency, but that is just to make my life easy. Imperial credits can spend anywhere, so I have players deal in them.
 

adzling

Banded Mongoose
we use imperial credits but presumably other polities such as the aslan would also be in use
 

MasterGwydion

Banded Mongoose
PsiTraveller said:
For worlds in the SIndal and Tlaiowaha subsector, including Drinax, what is the currency you have your players use? Are they using Imperial credits or are their local currencies with exchange rates between them?

There have been debates about cash vs electronic systems, I was wondering what the other players are using.

In my game I am assuming the Starports prefer to handle imperial currency, but that is just to make my life easy. Imperial credits can spend anywhere, so I have players deal in them.

We are using a mixture of Aslan Clan currencies and the Imperial Credit. Once Princess Rao is Queen Rao and then finally Empress Rao, the official currency of the Trojan Reach will be the Sindali Credit, but tied to the value of the Imperial Credit so I don't have to go crazy trying to learn currency trading. lol

As for the hard currency versus the electronic kind. We use the OTU Imperial Credit which is electronic currency, backed up by actual physical hard currency. That is why ships are sometimes contracted to haul entire cargo holds filled with hard currency from one banking system to another. Money is transferred by bank customers, electronically. Then the banks balance these transactions with shipments of hard currency. This is not done on the scale of individual transactions, but more by the net of all transactions over a set period of time or up to a certain "credit threshold". I am not sure off of the top of My head how the Aslan Clans and Corps do it. The Sindali Credits, once they exist again, will follow the 3I model, again for My own sanity.
 

Garran

Banded Mongoose
Everything is treated as 3I credits, not because they're necessarily the only kind of currency around, but because keeping it abstract is a sanity-saving device.
 

paltrysum

Emperor Mongoose
We really don’t drill down to that level of detail. Presumably, the characters handle their currency exchange transactions as a matter of course. We try to keep things focused on the story elements that you would see in a movie or book.
 
I assume most planets with anything above a minimal population have their own currency but for trading purposes use the Imperial credit. I had a plot point featuring it when players stole a ship carrying lots of hard currency then had to find a broker who had the time to move the cash to planets were it could be spent.
Besides the Imperial and Major Aslan clan currencies I assume that the Florian League's currency and some megacorporate scrips are tradeble over a wide area, so the GeDeCo florin is probably widely accepted given how many star ports they run
 

MasterGwydion

Banded Mongoose
Andrewmoreton said:
I assume most planets with anything above a minimal population have their own currency but for trading purposes use the Imperial credit. I had a plot point featuring it when players stole a ship carrying lots of hard currency then had to find a broker who had the time to move the cash to planets were it could be spent.
Besides the Imperial and Major Aslan clan currencies I assume that the Florian League's currency and some megacorporate scrips are tradeble over a wide area, so the GeDeCo florin is probably widely accepted given how many star ports they run

I wouldn't think that GeDeCo credits would be usable in non-GeDeCo businesses. GeDeCo uses the Imperial Credit for all of their transactions with non-GeDeCo sophonts and their Corp Credit on GeDeCo-only facilities for use by GeDeCo employees to be able to buy stuff from the company-owned stores. In general Corp credits have no exchange value with Imperial or other types of credits. So, I just skip them since they would only be paying their non-starfaring employees with this corporate currency. It allows the company to overcharge their employees for goods and services at company-stores, while restricting their ability to buy from other suppliers.
 
MasterGwydion said:
I wouldn't think that GeDeCo credits would be usable in non-GeDeCo businesses. GeDeCo uses the Imperial Credit for all of their transactions with non-GeDeCo sophonts and their Corp Credit on GeDeCo-only facilities for use by GeDeCo employees to be able to buy stuff from the company-owned stores. In general Corp credits have no exchange value with Imperial or other types of credits. So, I just skip them since they would only be paying their non-starfaring employees with this corporate currency. It allows the company to overcharge their employees for goods and services at company-stores, while restricting their ability to buy from other suppliers.
A good point. I considered that GeDeCo may want to make its corporate currency availble for worlds and trader's as it gives them a greater degree of control over those who use the currency , GeDeCo can control the supply of Ge-dollars to manipulate the economy of a world and if traders have a signifigant proportion of assets in Ge-Dollars then they are tied to using GeDeCo starports and facilities. Essentially an effort to expand the company store effect to include independent traders.
This is not something I think would work or be acceptable within the Imperium but in an area with no government above the planatery level and that being rather weak , it may work well. Really though this depends if GeDeCo's wants to gain direct economic and political controls or needs to stay more behind the scenes given their actual objectives
 

MasterGwydion

Banded Mongoose
Andrewmoreton said:
MasterGwydion said:
I wouldn't think that GeDeCo credits would be usable in non-GeDeCo businesses. GeDeCo uses the Imperial Credit for all of their transactions with non-GeDeCo sophonts and their Corp Credit on GeDeCo-only facilities for use by GeDeCo employees to be able to buy stuff from the company-owned stores. In general Corp credits have no exchange value with Imperial or other types of credits. So, I just skip them since they would only be paying their non-starfaring employees with this corporate currency. It allows the company to overcharge their employees for goods and services at company-stores, while restricting their ability to buy from other suppliers.
A good point. I considered that GeDeCo may want to make its corporate currency availble for worlds and trader's as it gives them a greater degree of control over those who use the currency , GeDeCo can control the supply of Ge-dollars to manipulate the economy of a world and if traders have a signifigant proportion of assets in Ge-Dollars then they are tied to using GeDeCo starports and facilities. Essentially an effort to expand the company store effect to include independent traders.
This is not something I think would work or be acceptable within the Imperium but in an area with no government above the planatery level and that being rather weak , it may work well. Really though this depends if GeDeCo's wants to gain direct economic and political controls or needs to stay more behind the scenes given their actual objectives

Given GeDeCo's plans for the Trojan Reach, My opinion on it would be that, pushing their corporate currency would make them much more visibly in charge as an almost Polity in the Trojan Reach. If the Aslan see most of the worlds of the Reach as GeDeCo Territory, then they would be much more likely to attack GeDeCo directly, which is the last thing that GeDeCo wants. They want the Aslan to smash someone else and then come in as heroes, loot the dead and pick up the pieces. More money and great PR, and you know they are going to call in all of the debts these now destroyed planets owe to GeDeCo for the loss of their starports during the Aslan Onslaught. This only works though if the Aslan do not target GeDeCo specifically.
 
MasterGwydion said:
Given GeDeCo's plans for the Trojan Reach, My opinion on it would be that, pushing their corporate currency would make them much more visibly in charge as an almost Polity in the Trojan Reach. If the Aslan see most of the worlds of the Reach as GeDeCo Territory, then they would be much more likely to attack GeDeCo directly, which is the last thing that GeDeCo wants. They want the Aslan to smash someone else and then come in as heroes, loot the dead and pick up the pieces. More money and great PR, and you know they are going to call in all of the debts these now destroyed planets owe to GeDeCo for the loss of their starports during the Aslan Onslaught. This only works though if the Aslan do not target GeDeCo specifically.

An issue with that Plan is Vorito, GeDeCo control it and given its population and technology it is by far the most powerful and important world in the reach so they are already very visible as a threat to the Aslan or anyone else. At the same time Aslan Great Clans will have big enough tech advantage that they can probably take control of the orbitals from any locally built force so it is a threat and a vulnerability with a lot of GeDeCo's local assets in one place. This means they are already visible and vulnerable
I am thinking of reducing Vorito's population in my campaign so it is not such a powerhouse and a bit more in line with the rest of the worlds in the area partially to prevent GeDeCo being able to be such a clear strongman of the area.
 

MasterGwydion

Banded Mongoose
Andrewmoreton said:
MasterGwydion said:
Given GeDeCo's plans for the Trojan Reach, My opinion on it would be that, pushing their corporate currency would make them much more visibly in charge as an almost Polity in the Trojan Reach. If the Aslan see most of the worlds of the Reach as GeDeCo Territory, then they would be much more likely to attack GeDeCo directly, which is the last thing that GeDeCo wants. They want the Aslan to smash someone else and then come in as heroes, loot the dead and pick up the pieces. More money and great PR, and you know they are going to call in all of the debts these now destroyed planets owe to GeDeCo for the loss of their starports during the Aslan Onslaught. This only works though if the Aslan do not target GeDeCo specifically.

An issue with that Plan is Vorito, GeDeCo control it and given its population and technology it is by far the most powerful and important world in the reach so they are already very visible as a threat to the Aslan or anyone else. At the same time Aslan Great Clans will have big enough tech advantage that they can probably take control of the orbitals from any locally built force so it is a threat and a vulnerability with a lot of GeDeCo's local assets in one place. This means they are already visible and vulnerable
I am thinking of reducing Vorito's population in my campaign so it is not such a powerhouse and a bit more in line with the rest of the worlds in the area partially to prevent GeDeCo being able to be such a clear strongman of the area.

Reducing GeDeCo's power though seriously changes the whole Trojan Reach. more than half of the Starports in the Borderlands are owned and/or operated by GeDeCo. That means that they also built most of them at a cost of trillions and trillions of credits. That money came from Vorito is My guess. GeDeCo uses the production base of Vorito to support all of it's construction projects in the Borderlands. The books say that GeDeCo is the most powerful entity in the Trojan Reach, after the 3I and the Aslan. GeDeCo controls most of these worlds financially, not through the ownership of Territory, so most Aslan males do not consider GeDeCo a Landholder and therefore not a target for expansion. If GeDeCo controlled the Territories directly, then the Aslan males would take notice of this "New Power" in the Reach. Remember, Aslan males no nothing about money, nor how money can be more powerful than Territory. Aslan females understand this, but they only run the Aslan corporations. So, the Aslan Corporations compete directly with GeDeCo financially, but not for Territory. Ihaetai who settle on Non-Aslan worlds often build their own Starports, supported by the Aslan Corporations that are associated with the Clans the Ihetai are from. This leads to most Aslan to prefer use Starports of their associated Clans or those Clans with whom they have trade agreements, followed by human ports when the Ihetai have not yet built a starport of their own.

So, My theory is that the Aslan Clans do not recognize the threat the GeDeCo possess, because the Aslan basically consider GeDeCo female, since Aslan corporations are controlled by women. Therefore GeDeCo is a problem for Aslan females and is beneath the notice of male Aslan.

Just My take on it based on My readings of GeDeCo and how the Aslan function.

Oh... One more thing... Vorito isn't a bigger powerhouse with it's 10 Pop and TL-10, than say Tyokh (9 Pop and TL-14 or Tlaiowaha (10 pop and TL-14). So Vorito is a powerhouse in the region, but it is by no means the biggest powerhouse. Not to mention places like Tobia (pop 10 TL-15) or Albe (Pop 10 TL-14) and those are just the high pop worlds with a decent Interstellar TL (Tl-10+)
 
MasterGwydion said:
Reducing GeDeCo's power though seriously changes the whole Trojan Reach. more than half of the Starports in the Borderlands are owned and/or operated by GeDeCo. That means that they also built most of them at a cost of trillions and trillions of credits. That money came from Vorito is My guess. GeDeCo uses the production base of Vorito to support all of it's construction projects in the Borderlands. The books say that GeDeCo is the most powerful entity in the Trojan Reach, after the 3I and the Aslan. GeDeCo controls most of these worlds financially, not through the ownership of Territory, so most Aslan males do not consider GeDeCo a Landholder and therefore not a target for expansion. If GeDeCo controlled the Territories directly, then the Aslan males would take notice of this "New Power" in the Reach. Remember, Aslan males no nothing about money, nor how money can be more powerul than Territory. Aslan females understand this, but they only run the Aslan corporations. So, the Aslan Corporations compete directly with GeDeCo financially, but not for Territory. Ihaetai who settle on Non-Aslan worlds often build their own Starports, supported by the Aslan Corporations that are associated with the Clans the Ihetai are from. This leads to most Aslan to prefer use Starports of their associated Clans or those Clans with whom they have trade agreements, followed by human ports when the Ihetai have not yet built a starport of their own.

So, My theory is that the Aslan Clans do not recognize the threat the GeDeCo possess, because the Aslan basically consider GeDeCo female, since Aslan corporations are controlled by women. Therefore GeDeCo is a problem for Aslan females and is beneath the notice of male Aslan.

Just My take on it based on My readings of GeDeCo and how the Aslan function.

Oh... One more thing... Vorito isn't a bigger powerhouse with it's 10 Pop and TL-10, than say Tyokh (9 Pop and TL-14 or Tlaiowaha (10 pop and TL-14). So Vorito is a powerhouse in the region, but it is by no means the biggest powerhouse. Not to mention places like Tobia (pop 10 TL-15) or Albe (Pop 10 TL-14) and those are just the high pop worlds with a decent Interstellar TL (Tl-10+)
Vorito had apparently before the accident a TL-15 type A starport capable of manufactuing megafreighters and escorts (therefore probably capital ships as well but GeDeCo could not under imperial law as an imperial megacorp operate them). It is supposed to have that capacity back in 1111. The Governor of Vorito is appointed by GeDeCo and the official story of the destrction of the starport was Aslan terrorists , Which was close to an act of war by the Aslan against GeDeCo although of course that's not what happened. It is implied in the write up that Aslan may not consider GeDeCo a worthy target for warfare which ties in to your interesting point above.
I was not clear on considering Vorito a power house of the reaches , I meant but did not say outside of the Great powers and I was including the presence of a TL-15 starport. No other independent world except Tlazatol and Browne have a population within an order of magnitude of it. As written it makes the players empire trivial, which I why I am tempted to downplay it a bit. GeDeCo has to remain strong but much of their investment capital can have come from the Imperium GeDeCo after all operates in multiple sectors over long investment time periods. I certainly consider GeDeCo to be the 4th power of the area after the Imperium, Aslan and Florians probably with more power than most of the Aslan great clans individually.
 

MasterGwydion

Banded Mongoose
Andrewmoreton said:
MasterGwydion said:
Reducing GeDeCo's power though seriously changes the whole Trojan Reach. more than half of the Starports in the Borderlands are owned and/or operated by GeDeCo. That means that they also built most of them at a cost of trillions and trillions of credits. That money came from Vorito is My guess. GeDeCo uses the production base of Vorito to support all of it's construction projects in the Borderlands. The books say that GeDeCo is the most powerful entity in the Trojan Reach, after the 3I and the Aslan. GeDeCo controls most of these worlds financially, not through the ownership of Territory, so most Aslan males do not consider GeDeCo a Landholder and therefore not a target for expansion. If GeDeCo controlled the Territories directly, then the Aslan males would take notice of this "New Power" in the Reach. Remember, Aslan males no nothing about money, nor how money can be more powerul than Territory. Aslan females understand this, but they only run the Aslan corporations. So, the Aslan Corporations compete directly with GeDeCo financially, but not for Territory. Ihaetai who settle on Non-Aslan worlds often build their own Starports, supported by the Aslan Corporations that are associated with the Clans the Ihetai are from. This leads to most Aslan to prefer use Starports of their associated Clans or those Clans with whom they have trade agreements, followed by human ports when the Ihetai have not yet built a starport of their own.

So, My theory is that the Aslan Clans do not recognize the threat the GeDeCo possess, because the Aslan basically consider GeDeCo female, since Aslan corporations are controlled by women. Therefore GeDeCo is a problem for Aslan females and is beneath the notice of male Aslan.

Just My take on it based on My readings of GeDeCo and how the Aslan function.

Oh... One more thing... Vorito isn't a bigger powerhouse with it's 10 Pop and TL-10, than say Tyokh (9 Pop and TL-14 or Tlaiowaha (10 pop and TL-14). So Vorito is a powerhouse in the region, but it is by no means the biggest powerhouse. Not to mention places like Tobia (pop 10 TL-15) or Albe (Pop 10 TL-14) and those are just the high pop worlds with a decent Interstellar TL (Tl-10+)
Vorito had apparently before the accident a TL-15 type A starport capable of manufactuing megafreighters and escorts (therefore probably capital ships as well but GeDeCo could not under imperial law as an imperial megacorp operate them). It is supposed to have that capacity back in 1111. The Governor of Vorito is appointed by GeDeCo and the official story of the destrction of the starport was Aslan terrorists , Which was close to an act of war by the Aslan against GeDeCo although of course that's not what happened. It is implied in the write up that Aslan may not consider GeDeCo a worthy target for warfare which ties in to your interesting point above.
I was not clear on considering Vorito a power house of the reaches , I meant but did not say outside of the Great powers and I was including the presence of a TL-15 starport. No other independent world except Tlazatol and Browne have a population within an order of magnitude of it. As written it makes the players empire trivial, which I why I am tempted to downplay it a bit. GeDeCo has to remain strong but much of their investment capital can have come from the Imperium GeDeCo after all operates in multiple sectors over long investment time periods. I certainly consider GeDeCo to be the 4th power of the area after the Imperium, Aslan and Florians probably with more power than most of the Aslan great clans individually.

My thought on the Florians not being the number 3 power in the Reach is because they don't project their influence outside of their territory like the Imperium, Aslan Clans, GeDeCo, Tobia Commerce Guild, and Pax Rulin Traders do.

As to Vorito's old TL-15 Starport and it's new TL-15 Starport. That is the TL of the Starport, not the system. Vorito is still a TL-10 system, meaning that it is much less of a powerhouse than you assume. The Starport must be maintained by parts and personnel from the Spinward Marches, not from the Trojan Reach, as the TCG controls Tobia and the PRT control Pax Rulin. Currently GeDeCo maintains a string a Starports under it's sole control forming a J-3 from Vorito back to the 3I; Vorito, Bryni, Tech-World, Acrid, Wildeman. Cut that supply route and you just made the Vorito Starport, TL-10 in just a few years. TL-10 is only capable of building J-1 ships. That effectively cuts GeDeCo off at the knees. So there are options if you wish to depower them a bit, but I usually leave that for My players to do. lol

P.S.- I just realized this... at TL-10, Vorito wouldn't even be able to build Advanced Electronics, Advanced Machine Parts, or Advanced Weapons, so with a Class A Starport and only using locally sourced goods (That requires being Industrial and Ht, Vorito is not Ht), Would only be able to build ships at TL-10 with Prototype level TL-12 components, with the equivalent increase is cost.
 
MasterGwydion said:
My thought on the Florians not being the number 3 power in the Reach is because they don't project their influence outside of their territory like the Imperium, Aslan Clans, GeDeCo, Tobia Commerce Guild, and Pax Rulin Traders do.

As to Vorito's old TL-15 Starport and it's new TL-15 Starport. That is the TL of the Starport, not the system. Vorito is still a TL-10 system, meaning that it is much less of a powerhouse than you assume. The Starport must be maintained by parts and personnel from the Spinward Marches, not from the Trojan Reach, as the TCG controls Tobia and the PRT control Pax Rulin. Currently GeDeCo maintains a string a Starports under it's sole control forming a J-3 from Vorito back to the 3I; Vorito, Bryni, Tech-World, Acrid, Wildeman. Cut that supply route and you just made the Vorito Starport, TL-10 in just a few years. TL-10 is only capable of building J-1 ships. That effectively cuts GeDeCo off at the knees. So there are options if you wish to depower them a bit, but I usually leave that for My players to do. lol

P.S.- I just realized this... at TL-10, Vorito wouldn't even be able to build Advanced Electronics, Advanced Machine Parts, or Advanced Weapons, so with a Class A Starport and only using locally sourced goods (That requires being Industrial and Ht, Vorito is not Ht), Would only be able to build ships at TL-10 with Prototype level TL-12 components, with the equivalent increase is cost.

I agree with you on the Florians they are a great power but Isolationist so they have little or no influence beyond being a valuable trade partner and having a big enough fleet so no one will cross them.
Interestingly none of the nearby Aslan High tech and High population worlds have Type A starports so Aslan ship construction is limited in the local area . Vorito's production somewhat depends on how you consider teh starport is able to produce components, for instance most fleet depots have miserable low population and tech but can build Dreadnoughts. Really though even at TL-10 Vorito has about 50 times the industrial might of Pourne which is the most powerful worl likely to join the Drinaxian Star Empire.

Most of the chaos I leave to the players, so far they have not really thought about Vorito but when they do I want to make sure it does not demoralise them given that if it joins their empire then almost ineveitably it will end up running the Empire as having 99% of the population and industry.
 

MasterGwydion

Banded Mongoose
Andrewmoreton said:
MasterGwydion said:
My thought on the Florians not being the number 3 power in the Reach is because they don't project their influence outside of their territory like the Imperium, Aslan Clans, GeDeCo, Tobia Commerce Guild, and Pax Rulin Traders do.

As to Vorito's old TL-15 Starport and it's new TL-15 Starport. That is the TL of the Starport, not the system. Vorito is still a TL-10 system, meaning that it is much less of a powerhouse than you assume. The Starport must be maintained by parts and personnel from the Spinward Marches, not from the Trojan Reach, as the TCG controls Tobia and the PRT control Pax Rulin. Currently GeDeCo maintains a string a Starports under it's sole control forming a J-3 from Vorito back to the 3I; Vorito, Bryni, Tech-World, Acrid, Wildeman. Cut that supply route and you just made the Vorito Starport, TL-10 in just a few years. TL-10 is only capable of building J-1 ships. That effectively cuts GeDeCo off at the knees. So there are options if you wish to depower them a bit, but I usually leave that for My players to do. lol

P.S.- I just realized this... at TL-10, Vorito wouldn't even be able to build Advanced Electronics, Advanced Machine Parts, or Advanced Weapons, so with a Class A Starport and only using locally sourced goods (That requires being Industrial and Ht, Vorito is not Ht), Would only be able to build ships at TL-10 with Prototype level TL-12 components, with the equivalent increase is cost.

I agree with you on the Florians they are a great power but Isolationist so they have little or no influence beyond being a valuable trade partner and having a big enough fleet so no one will cross them.
Interestingly none of the nearby Aslan High tech and High population worlds have Type A starports so Aslan ship construction is limited in the local area . Vorito's production somewhat depends on how you consider teh starport is able to produce components, for instance most fleet depots have miserable low population and tech but can build Dreadnoughts. Really though even at TL-10 Vorito has about 50 times the industrial might of Pourne which is the most powerful worl likely to join the Drinaxian Star Empire.

Most of the chaos I leave to the players, so far they have not really thought about Vorito but when they do I want to make sure it does not demoralise them given that if it joins their empire then almost ineveitably it will end up running the Empire as having 99% of the population and industry.

I read through the PoD books and My first thought, was give the Aslan Territory in return for Vassalage, Co-opt the Ihetai Fleet Dispatcher, free the Ahroay'if from the Tlaiowaha and give them lands outside of the Heirate, also in return for vassalage, ban GeDeCo from Sindali Space in the Finale by making a trade deal with the Duke of Tobia's TCG and the Ahroay'if's trading company. Increase production and technology throughout the Trojan Reach by establishing TL-15 Industrial Bases. It will take a campaign of about 5-7 years depending how focused the players are, which will give them a few years of downtime before Rebellion and Ihetai invasion of the systems of the Trojan Reach. My guess is that if My players enjoyed this campaign, then using this campaign as a backdrop for a group of Travellers in the Empire of Sindal during the Rebellion Era.
 

MasterGwydion

Banded Mongoose
Andrewmoreton said:
MasterGwydion said:
Reducing GeDeCo's power though seriously changes the whole Trojan Reach. more than half of the Starports in the Borderlands are owned and/or operated by GeDeCo. That means that they also built most of them at a cost of trillions and trillions of credits. That money came from Vorito is My guess. GeDeCo uses the production base of Vorito to support all of it's construction projects in the Borderlands. The books say that GeDeCo is the most powerful entity in the Trojan Reach, after the 3I and the Aslan. GeDeCo controls most of these worlds financially, not through the ownership of Territory, so most Aslan males do not consider GeDeCo a Landholder and therefore not a target for expansion. If GeDeCo controlled the Territories directly, then the Aslan males would take notice of this "New Power" in the Reach. Remember, Aslan males no nothing about money, nor how money can be more powerul than Territory. Aslan females understand this, but they only run the Aslan corporations. So, the Aslan Corporations compete directly with GeDeCo financially, but not for Territory. Ihaetai who settle on Non-Aslan worlds often build their own Starports, supported by the Aslan Corporations that are associated with the Clans the Ihetai are from. This leads to most Aslan to prefer use Starports of their associated Clans or those Clans with whom they have trade agreements, followed by human ports when the Ihetai have not yet built a starport of their own.

So, My theory is that the Aslan Clans do not recognize the threat the GeDeCo possess, because the Aslan basically consider GeDeCo female, since Aslan corporations are controlled by women. Therefore GeDeCo is a problem for Aslan females and is beneath the notice of male Aslan.

Just My take on it based on My readings of GeDeCo and how the Aslan function.

Oh... One more thing... Vorito isn't a bigger powerhouse with it's 10 Pop and TL-10, than say Tyokh (9 Pop and TL-14 or Tlaiowaha (10 pop and TL-14). So Vorito is a powerhouse in the region, but it is by no means the biggest powerhouse. Not to mention places like Tobia (pop 10 TL-15) or Albe (Pop 10 TL-14) and those are just the high pop worlds with a decent Interstellar TL (Tl-10+)
Vorito had apparently before the accident a TL-15 type A starport capable of manufactuing megafreighters and escorts (therefore probably capital ships as well but GeDeCo could not under imperial law as an imperial megacorp operate them). It is supposed to have that capacity back in 1111. The Governor of Vorito is appointed by GeDeCo and the official story of the destrction of the starport was Aslan terrorists , Which was close to an act of war by the Aslan against GeDeCo although of course that's not what happened. It is implied in the write up that Aslan may not consider GeDeCo a worthy target for warfare which ties in to your interesting point above.
I was not clear on considering Vorito a power house of the reaches , I meant but did not say outside of the Great powers and I was including the presence of a TL-15 starport. No other independent world except Tlazatol and Browne have a population within an order of magnitude of it. As written it makes the players empire trivial, which I why I am tempted to downplay it a bit. GeDeCo has to remain strong but much of their investment capital can have come from the Imperium GeDeCo after all operates in multiple sectors over long investment time periods. I certainly consider GeDeCo to be the 4th power of the area after the Imperium, Aslan and Florians probably with more power than most of the Aslan great clans individually.

Something else I just noticed in the PoD Book 2 on Vorito. The TL-15 Class-A Starport was destroyed in 1098. It is now 1105 in the PoD books. The book states that the travellermap is how Vorito is now due to the destruction of the Highport. It also states that by 1111 Vorito will be back to TL-13 with a Class-A Starport. By this We can infer that the TL being listed on the travellermap is not for Vorito itself and it's BILLIONS of inhabitants, but only for the Highport Starport itself. If We extrapolate backwards to directly after the Highport was destroyed in 1098, Vorito would have been a TL-7 world with a Class-E Downport. Not exactly a powerhouse of trade or technology. They build low tech items and ship them off-world from a Class-E Downport. They would also be consumers of large amounts of Imports. This would make others in the Reach more money selling to Vorito, than how much Vorito makes exporting it's substandard goods. Vorito is only important as a hub for trade between the Hierate and the 3I. Vorito's location allows them to have a J-3 Trade Hub into the Hierate without needing to go through the Ahroay'if. If you raise Vorito's actual TL up to TL-15, then yes, they are an absolute powerhouse.

Given that Vorito has a significant Aslan population as well, I am guessing that the Law Level of Vorito is only the Highport as well. Someone needs to fix the UWP system. Matt? Gareth? lol... Either the UWP is for the Mainworld in a system or it is for the Starport. Vorito seems to be both and it's making Me a bit nuts! lol
 

Geir

Cosmic Mongoose
One little economics sidebar: Many countries on Earth now peg their currency to the US dollar or even use the US dollar as their currency. Mainly this is because the dollar is still the dominant exchange currency and some local currencies can be, well, unstable at best. And don't even get me started on Bitcoin...
For similar reasons, I imagine regions near the Third Imperium would use Imperial Credit-equivalent currency or more likely real Imperial Credits, since counterfeiting them is likely to be harder than counterfeiting any local currencies.
 
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