Express Boats

Though current technology in the Imperium allows jump-6 travel, the standard means of ferrying information, the xboats, travels only at jump-4.  Publicly, the Imperium writes this discrepancy off by citing the high cost of building new ships and the fact that many frontier routes simply do not need jump-6 service.  True, the cost of jump-6 is high enough to make a universal jump-6 xboat network inefficient.  But the Imperial government also knows the power of information and maintains a variety of naval couriers which can make jump-6.  Knowing vital facts before they become general knowledge is essential to a well run bureaucracy.

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