Gazetteer : Esperanza
was colonised by the exiled Overlord class from New Home. Strife and warfare have characterised the worlds entire history. The 11 billion inhabitants crowded onto this small planet are controlled by a violent and repressive police state. The recent coup has merely replaced one xenophobic and religiously bigoted régime with another that is perhaps even more authoritarian.
Despite Esperanzas relatively backward technology, the worlds huge population and economic might have made it the most important of the Clusters Great Powers.
|Tainted. (industrial pollutants)
|4.9 years (gas giant moon)
|A bewildering array of agencies monitor or control almost every aspect of life on Esperanza.
Individuals who wish to travel between districts are required to apply to the Migration Office for a permit.
A permit is required to own or make use of; telephones, televisions, the global net, any motorised vehicle, any computer programming language, any technical item more advanced than TL9, and a host of other items. These rules apply to visitors just as to Esperanzans.
Obtaining a permit or license is often a lengthy, not to say expensive procedure.
Everyone must carry an identity card. Cards must be shown to a security guard on entry to most buildings, and before making a purchase. Visitors are issued cards at passport control, and are not exempt from any of the rules.
|Dictatorship, officially The Commonwealth of Esperanza.
The Thatcher recently rose to absolute power after a violent coup. The Thatcher appoints judges and may overturn their decisions. The indirectly elected Parliament has no real power.
Grand Admiral Rippley (overall military commander) controls an alternate power structure, not subject to the Thatcher.
|There are a number of ancient Batwing cities open to the public. The Batwings were the indiginous inhabitants of Esperanza. Despite their alarming appearance, the Batwings were a peaceful race. Unfortunately, many zealous Esperanzans believed them to be devils and they were eradicated within a few centuries of the colonys foundation.
|Computers, power plants
|Mining, Heavy industry, construction