IMTU* – Federation of Arden

*IMTU – In My Traveller Universe. Take a part of the Traveller RPG universe and make it your own!

Spinward Marches (Courtesy RPGeek)

AS I READ through the Mongoose Traveller (MgT) supplement The Spinward Marches, my interest was piqued when I read about Arden in the Vilis Subsector. Arden is a high-population world (1.03 billion) with a “solid TL8 economy.” A major political player is the Arden Society, dedicated to creating the Federation of Arden.

So I got to thinking; how could the Federation of Arden come about IMTU? In doing so I have looked at several problems including the stellar system, technology, and military forces.

The Arden Star System is only loosely defined. In MgT terms the planet is C5549CB-8. This is actually a bit off from what some sources say (several credit Arden with TL9 by c.1105) so I guess they are on the cusp of the TL changeover (more on that later). The Arden system is credited with one planetoid belt and no gas giants. Using the Star System Generation format found in Traveller 5 (beta), I went ahead and created the entire system. The results will be the subject of a separate post.

The results of the Star System generation led to thoughts on technology. In terms of space travel, at TL8 Arden has “Space Shuttle, Space Stations, and non-Grav maneuver 3-5 capability” (Technology Transportation, Comparative Technology Levels, LBB9, p. 65). Spinward Marches states the government of Arden has “a handful of small jump-capable ships,” obviously bought elsewhere since Arden cannot produce starships themselves (a combination of TL and a C-class starport).

NASA Antimatter Concept (Really!)

IMTU, the Arden system has 12 planets spread out over two stars. The companion star (M5V stellar class) is in the Remote System of Arden in Orbit 16. The companion system has five worlds with 10 satellites. So how do the Ardens reach this major portion of their system? The answer came in the form of Paul Elliott’s Slower-Than-Light (STL) ruleset. STL covers the creation and operation of reaction drive ships using NERVA-style nuclear thermal rockets or a Fusion Rocket. Several STL designs for Arden as well as some travel commentary will be the subject of yet another separate post.

The last area I have looked at is military forces. In doing so I have drawn heavily on Trillion Credit Squadron (TCS), Power Projection: Fleet (PPF) as well as The Spinward Marches and Spica’s new The Outer Veil. Though many Traveller fans will argue over the validity TCS (and PPF which reimplemented the same system) in terms of a realistic budget, the exercise is nonetheless enlightening. Again, this will be the subject of a later post.

So let me conclude by making the following observations:

  • Traveller can make you think
  • Not all thinking is fun, but thinking about Traveller is fun!
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2 thoughts on “IMTU* – Federation of Arden

  1. Pingback: Wargame Wednesday – Imperium Take Two « Bravo Zulu

  2. Paul Elliott

    This sounds like an fantastic thought-exercise, one I had pondered myself. BTW: thanks for the mention of STL! That’s my baby!

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