The long strange trip
Homeworld of Loretta Carponia
Rethe/Regina (Spinward Marches 2408)
A high-population, non-agricultural, poor world located in the Regina Subsector of the Spinward Marches.
Starport E Frontier – no facilities
Size 2 Small (3,200 km)
Atmosphere 3 Vacuum (very thin)
Hydrographics 0 Desert World 0%
Population A High (30 billion)
Government A Charismatic Dictator
Law 8 High Law (controlled blades)
Tech Level 8 Pre-Stellar (superconductors)
- Primary G7 V
- Gas Giants 3
- Planetoid Belts 2
Rethe is a poor, non-agricultural, desert world best known for its annual Festival. In addition to Rethe Startown, other major settlements on Rethe include Khidabra, Klu City, Ursaka, Gashi, Kanala, Eudukate, Mead, and Usheme.
About a generation ago, Rethe’s population experienced a ‘baby boom’ and began growing explosively. The growth spurt seems to be tapering off now, but in the last 25 years the population has grown by well over six billion. The citizens have been struggling to cope with the population increase, building more orbital habitats and other needed infrastructure, putting a tremendous strain on all space activities. At one point visiting starships could not expect to get any service at all, at least not in a timely manner. Things seems to be improving, and the starport will soon be reclassified to Class D, and may become Class C in a few years; eventually it may get back to its original Class B status.
Annual celebration of establishment of the colony on Rethe. Originally a reaction to the restrictive governmental structure considered necessary for survival on Rethe, the three day holiday period has continued as a carefree celebration where citizens release the tension that has built up over the year. All laws are suspended, with law level becoming 0 during the celebrations. Some abuses have always been persistent, but the population has always resisted any effort to change the conditions of their favorite holiday.
The Travellers’ Aid Society has classified Rethe as an Amber Travel Zone during the period of Festival.