The following years saw a stodgy contentment settle over Colchis. Trade remained stagnant, but regions and cities were prosperous enough. The grinding poverty of the slump was gone, and Colchis' different communities turned in upon themselves. Regional identities begin to solidify into rigid nationalities; liguistically & religiously homogeneous
The new project became the banishment of poverty. Taxes were raised and ploughed into a variety of generous welfare programmes. Some governments even adopted a liberal version of communism - notably the city of St. Jean.
Everywhere enjoyed a comfortable, quiet prosperity. Progress slowed to a crawl, and population growth all but stopped. All but for the vibrant communities of the New Territories. There, a vigorous devil may care attitude was the rule. People took risks, and great rewards were there for the taking.
The wheelie city of Nuzhat, in the heart of the new territories became a centre for avante garde art and literature. Here also, the spirit of adventure spurred a small but significant space industry. Asteroids were mined, zero-gravity industry started to produce high quality materials, and a small colony was even established on Colchis' principal moon.