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Chanestin Kingdom: One important rival to the
Sylean Federation (which later
became the Third Imperium) was the
Chanestin Kingdom of Dunea subsector of
Core. Originating on Keshi (1938 Core), the militaristic empire of the
Chanestin dynasty extended a feudal rule over som twenty-five star systems
within a five-parsec radius. The Keshi conquests began when technology
declined on Keshi's neighboring planets while Keshi retained jumpdrive.
The Chanestins were careful to consolidate each new planetary takeover
before moving on, so the core of their pocket empire
proved a solid base for new expeditions.
Once established, rule by the Chanestins was not particularly
harsh, except in the suppression of uprisings. Sylean trader-emissaries,
however, arriving in -107, received very short shrift when they spoke of
the growing Federation, bound together
by economic self-interest and mutual defense. The summary execution of
the "spies" brought the Syleans in force against the Chanestin systems
when a much more peaceable meeting could have been arranged in the absence
of such paranoia.
War lasted well into Cleon's
reign and was a chief reason for the defensive architecture of the first
Imperial palace. -core TD