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Here's a short overview of the cluster we created during our first Diaspora session last weekend. This image was created with Max Lambertini's excellent little Warp2010 software. Check it out on his blog!
There are several factions on Aries who are working with the Frankian guerilla in the Gortrax II system in the hopes of being able to colonize some of the planets or moons there.
Sitting as they do between Aries and Gortrax II the Deimosians have adopted a neutral stance where they refuse to take sides in the cold war that is slowly starting to heat up. They're hoping to be left alone, but know that their ship building skills could be the thing that tip the scales.
Currently they're holding all of the planets except for the garden world of Frankia where a brushfire war is being conducted. The Frankian guerilla are getting assistance mainly from the Aries system.
The huge asteroid belt is believed to be the remnants of a massive planet that somehow was destroyed millenia ago. No one really knows how this happened but there are crackpot theories out there that it had something to do with the ancient ruins dotting the main planet of Iocus...
The living standard is very high and the entire system has adopted a "we're better than you" attitude towards the rest of the cluster. Use of indentured workers are not uncommon and you rarely see the Troyans themselves as they prefer to trade through middlemen.
ZX-532 (aka Zoltan)
Since people are Zoltan's only real resource the rich have created breeding programs to be able to export (slave) labour to other systems in the cluster. Buyers are mostly, but not exclusively, Troyans and Gortraxians.
There are rumours of hidden riches in the great desert that formed after an asteroid impact centuries ago. This has created a bit of a gold rush, but so far the findings are meager.
Overall a pretty interesting place with lots of opportunities for profit and adventure. I'll type out something similar for the characters, I just need to get their backstories straight.