The Aramis Subsector
|Political Centres:||Aramis Trace|
|Capital:||Aramis System (0710)|
|Number of Systems:||26|
|Ethnic Groups:|| Humaniti, Aslan, Vargr,
Darrian, Zhodani, Droyne,
|GDP:||4444 Quadrillion Credits|
|Majority control:||96% Imperial|
|Minority control:||4% Independent|
|TAS Zone Rating:||Green|
Aramis subsector lies at the Coreward edge of the Marches and also of the Imperium. To Trailing is Pretoria subsector in Deneb sector, Imperial territory, but Coreward is the Vargr Extents. Most Vargr incursions in the four Frontier Wars and most corsair raids in peacetime come though this subsector. As a result the 214th Fleet, tasked with the protection of the subsector, attempts to control access through to the rest of the sector.
This activity is mainly concentrated on the Rimward end of the subsector. The fleet is based out of Paya, Natoko and L’oeul d’Dieu, clearly demonstrating the political pressures placed on the Navy. Navy ships do sweep the more Coreward systems, but not anything like as frequently as the Rimward ones.
The Aramis system, which acts as the capital for the subsector which shares its name, is the most densely populated system in system and provides the seat of industrial, financial, and political power in the region, which is supported by large quantities of imported ore and mineral from the innumerable mining operations in outlying systems.
The political power of Aramis has waned in recent years as the largest trade and commerce markets have seen fit to shift their focus to Regina, commonly seen as a lucrative new development. Critics of the Imperial system of government like to point out that the Marquis of Aramis is a member of the Tukera family, and Tukera is one of the main Imperial Megacorporations. They suggest that it is not coincidence that Aramis itself has a naval base and is flanked by two others. Imperial Navy officials (and the office of the Marquis of Aramis) dismiss this as a typical example of paranoid anti–Establishment ranting.
- Constituent Systems
- Economy and Infrastructure
The First Frontier War (589 to 604) was the first of the modern border conflicts between the Third Imperium and the Outworld Coalition. The war started when Imperial frontiersmen in, what is now, the Cronor Subsector sparked a confrontation with Consulate-allied Vargr. Consulate forces attacked and successfully invaded Cronor and Jewell Subsectors, while Vargr forces harried the Imperial fleet along the coreward border. For a time, it seemed as though Regina and Aramis might be taken too, cutting Imperial access off to the rest of the Sector, however shifts in the Vargr hierarchy stymied raids on enemy holdings, granting the Imperial fleet the opportunity to redeploy and blunt the Zhodani advance. Grand Admiral Olav hault-Plankwell drove them out of the Marches and back into their respective spaces, forcing the Zhodani to sue for peace. The armistice, signed in 604, granted the Imperium the Vilis and Querion Subsectors, while the Zhodani obtained the formerly Imperium owned Cronor Subsector.
Despite the conflict being the Imperium’s first victory over the Zhodani, it has gained notoriety for its succeeding events. With the conclusion of the war, Olav hault-Plankwell returned to the Imperial core with his war fleet and took the reins of government, dispatching Empress Jaqueline and thus starting the Civil War and the reign of the Barracks Emperors – the longest and most intense period of internal conflict for the Imperium.
The Second Frontier War (615 to 620) was the second conflict fought between the Third Imperium and the Outworld Coalition. Seeking to exploit weaknesses resulting from the Civil War and the internal conflict of the Emperor’s of the Flag. Grand Admiral Arbellatra led a combined Imperial-Local defence force against Zhodani-Vargr invaders. In contrast to the First Frontier War, border movements were limited during the war – Imperial forces fought holding and delaying actions to allow their shipyards time to complete their fleet. However, before the fleet could be deployed, an armistance was signed between the two sides which ceded systems in the Jewell Subsector to the Zhodani. This afforded Arbellatra the opportunity to return to Imperial Core upon the signing and reinstate Imperial Central Authority. In 622, she was named Regent by the Imperial Moot, and in 629 she was named Empress, thus ending the Civil War.
The Aramis Subsector comprises 26 soverign member states.
The Imperium’s membership has grown from the original five founding planets—Aramis, Nakoto, Junidy, Towers, Feneterman—to the present-day 26 by successive enlargements as planets acceded to the treaties and by doing so, pooled their sovereignty in exchange for representation within the institution, the protection of the Imperial Navy, and access to the free-trade zone.
No member state has ever left the Imperium, although
- attempted to withdraw. The Nakoto Treaty now provides a clause prohibiting members from leaving the Imperium.