The BD+22 4939 system is the new home of the Spinward Marches Alliance Concern, a peaceful corporation which originated in the Alliance system of Morrina, dedicated to improving lives out on the frontier through terraforming. The benevolent organisation is also leading a project to build distant exploration outposts spinward of civilised space.
BD+22 4939 is located 300 light years from the Sol system, and over 100 light years beyond the inhabited “bubble” of civilised space. It is part of a small cluster of systems in the region known for its agricultural and refinery industries. Badfort is a terrestrial, terraformed world and grain producer as well as an exporter of tea and coffee.
SMAC’s future projects include plans to improve conditions on Badfort and the neighbouring systems, and the production of “Spinward Reach”, the first of a series of deep space exploration support outposts projected for the spinward regions of the Orion Arm, further beyond civilised space.
SMAC came about from the rise of an exploration and development co-operative on Morrina 3. This movement grew and decided, given the rise of the Mahon economic block, to become a non-profit company specialising in technological development, terraforming and building exploration outposts. The organisation became very popular after funding large solar collectors and “storm towers”, the latter located in the permanent storm band at the terminator around Morrina 3, which is tidally locked. This development helped power the night side industry and the light side “titan crops” which grow huge in the low gravity. This success led to the newly formed SMAC gaining control of Beaumont Dock starport.
The rise of SMAC however angered the controlling Oligarchs of the Morrina Pro-Alliance Party who saw a threat to their long standing dominance of the agricultural and mining industries of Morrina. They promptly outlawed SMAC. This led to outrage across the system and civil war. But the Oligarchs under-estimated support for SMAC from a population who saw a possibility of far more freedom under the new organisation. After SMAC won the key trade hub of Penn Orbital the Oligarchs tried a new tactic. In the second part of the conflict they hired pirates and mercenaries to attack SMAC assets and the police and defence ships that were now under SMAC control, thus regaining control of Beaumont Dock and the system. The war soon entered a third stage, as SMAC and its supporters fought back once more. After a bloody four day conflict the organisation won back both Beaumont and control of the Morrina system. But the threat from the Oligarchs of MPAP and their mercenaries continued.
With the system sitting on a knife edge between the new non-profit development organisation and the incumbent Oligarchs, members of the Pilots’ Federation pitched in to help quell the criminality lingering after the conflicts and then support SMAC in restoring the infrastructure of the ravaged system.
As Morrina moved forward into an exciting future, SMAC turned its attention back towards the Spinward Reach — the area of space beyond the inhabited “bubble” into the unpopulated regions of the Orion Arm out towards the North America Nebula. A flotilla of freighters and exploration ships slowly streamed away from Beaumont Dock as SMAC transferred its headquarters to Hansford’s Landing in the BD+22 4939 system, over 300 light years from Morrina.
Now SMAC turns its resources to improving the harsh environment of the terraformed world of Badfort, and bringing order and security to the cluster of colonised systems out in the Spinward Reach. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in SMAC’s story, out in the big black.
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