Reformed Dootchen Estates
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Reformed Dootchen Estates: Member state of the
Solomani Confederation. The
Estates grew from a single settlement of white South Africans. Unable to
accept the sharing of political power with the nation's black majority,
they were offered a chance to emigrate. The would-be settlers agreed, and
they divided the land of their world - Tralp - into numerous agricultural
estates. During the Long Night, population growth forced younger sons to
look to neighboring worlds for land. At the same time, the Dootchen worlds
instituted a slave system. The "inferior" populations of those raided worlds
were brought back to work for the Landholders.
Today, the Dootchen Estates are a caste society. Although
they treat their slaves well, the ruling Landholders own everything and
everyone, including all political power. Occasionally, younger Landholder
sons launch raids against the Imperium
or neighboring Confederation states.
Nonetheless, the Estates bask in the Confederation's favor. Their racial
philosophies harmonize with those of the Cause, and they wholeheartedly
support the Movement. The Landholders
unfailingly provide military assistance to the central government, which
often summons them to put down rebellions on other worlds. -sta