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Imperial Core Worlds

The name applied by later historians to those worlds that first began to recover from the First Decline. Initially interstellar travel was still limited to slowboat and dangerous Soup travel, which made for long travel times or unreliability of reaching destinations. Despite the vast distances, these worlds managed through regular communications to retain sufficient similarities in custom and language to preserve some sense of unity. The early councils that were formed by the Core Worlds were the direct ancestors of the governmental structures of the Terran Republic and the Imperium.

When the Cel-Tainu Astrophysical Research Corporation finally overcame the difficulties that hop pollution had created for FTL travel, these worlds more easily integrated into a tighter confederation which evolved into the Terran Republic and finally the Imperium. Though throughout the Republican and Imperium periods the Core Worlds became the minority, they retained their cultural and political importance. No matter how badly or well the Imperium functioned, it was the Core Worlds that were the administrative and financial engines, and woe to any other world that dared to challenge that supremacy.

This overt and often ruthless pursuit to maintain supremacy, usually through organs such as the Bafiktuy Intelligence Directive and (later) the Dinzwar Gefera security firms, was instrumental in creating serious tensions within the Imperium. In many ways, it was the Imperial Core Worlds that suffered the most as the Imperium began to crumble. Where military might had steadily been farmed out to many other centers in the Imperium, the economic dislocation to worlds whose main products were financial services, politics and bureaucracy was ruinous.


  1. Bafiktuy Intelligence Directive
  2. Cel-Tainu Astrophysical Research Corporation
  3. Dinzwar Gefera
  1. Terran Republic
  2. First Decline
  3. Imperium Edition Index
  4. Bafiktuy Intelligence Directive
  5. Dinzwar Gefera
  6. Cel-Tainu Astrophysical Research Corporation