Spinward Marches

The Spinward Marches are the Imperium's farthest frontier.  When the Third Imperium first began its reconquest of space, much effort was spent in recontacting worlds originally part of the First Imperium or its successor, the Rule of Man.  Imperial Scouts ranged outward, and in all directions they found settled worlds or established interstellar communities, except far to spinward.  There, between 60 and 160, the explored Deneb and Spinward Marches sectors, finding rich empty worlds waiting to be colonized.  The major colonization efforts of the Imperium (between 75 and 400) were concentrated in the only true frontier they could find: the Spinward Marches.

The Spinward Marches is a sector of 437 star systems divided along a coreward/rimward line by the Imperial border.  The region is dominated by two major powers: the Imperial Spinward Marches sector and the frontier provinces of the Zhodani Consulate.  In the independent territory between the two powers lie three small territories: the Federation of Arden, the Sword Worlds Confederation, and the Darrian Confederation. Each follows its own diplomatic line designed to maintain independence from both the Zhodani and the Imperium.

The Spinward Marches has been settled since the 400s and is still a frontier sector. High-tech worlds are scattered among empty, fallow worlds; there is potential for exploration, exploitation, and development for centuries to come.

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