BDA Tr#ska

Colonized in 2087 CE, the planet BDA Tr#ska was for decades a dumping ground for Terra's criminals and involuntary deportees. A native microbe, Tergum caruleus, attacked settlers, turning them into blue-skinned albinos and creating a physiological dependence to traces of cobalt in the soil. Because of this, Tr#skans were easily-identifiable anywhere in the Galaxy, and those who left BDA Tr#ska for any extended period of time had to take cobalt supplements.

[The # represents the local perversion of the middle vowel, and is quite impossible for non-Tr#skans to pronounce correctly. Tr#skans take great pride in correcting the pronunciation of others, even when the outsider's ear can detect no difference.]

In pre-Imperial days, when Terra was still considered nominal leader of the loose hegemony of human colonies, and when Cambolinee still trafficked with other human worlds (although its location was even then a well-kept secret), a delegation from BDA Tr#ska was attending a formal ball on Ibidem when delegates from Cambolinee, Terexta, and Promethia ridiculed the Tr#skans' skin and eye color. The population of BDA Tr#ska swore vendetta against the three worlds. After Terexta was attacked and all but destroyed (later to be rebuilt by the Empire), Promethia opted to pay reparations to the government of BDA Tr#ska. Promethia finished paying these reparations in 2461 CE, for a total of over 900 trillion Imperial Dollars. Cambolinee, apparently relying on its secret location as an ultimate defense, offered nothing to BDA Tr#ska, and from that point on, the people of BDA Tr#ska were determined to make Cambolinee suffer.

In TE 350, there was a schism in religious thought on BDA Tr#ska. Approx. 15,000 exiled Tr#skans settle on Dunsinane as guests of Idara Adelhardt. The Tr#skans were shunned and eventually went to live in hidden villages out of the mainstream of Dunsinane society.

After the fall of the First Terran Empire, BDA Tr#ska became an important trading world. The Knights Economic, under the command of the Council Mercantile, ranged through Credixian and former Patalan territory, and became known as the shrewdest traders around. The loose economic hegemony was known as the Tr#skan Trade Union.

About 3100 CE the Tr#skan Trade Union entered a period of expansion that was to last for three centuries. The Union was, by this time, about 300 years old and relatively stable. The Meh Family had provided good leaders, and the Knights Economic led forays that developed new markets and new products, new territories and colonies. It was more or less a Golden Age for Tr#ska and Tr#skans -- although somehow it didn't seem so at the time....

Unfortunately, success was a temptation to Tr#ska's powerful neighbors, the more so as the general economy of the sector fell while Tr#ska remained rich. When Marella IV Kiadas took the throne of the Deletian Monarchy in 4624 CE, she began forceful annexation of nearby planets. (Ironically, the Deletian Navy relied on high-level military technology that the Tr#skan Trade Union had made available following contact with the Grand Duchy of Elendan c. 4000 CE). She fed on fears that Tr#ska would expand its trade hegemony into a political state (fears that were not exactly unfounded, after the introduction [c. 4600 CE] of the family Nighnaiteyate into the Knights Economic). At the Council of Dusaan (12-15 Marz 4634 CE), Deletia persuaded Vermis, Vetret, Kertora, and Terexta to join in an alliance (formally known as the Deletian Entente) to attack and destroy BDA Tr#ska, and to partition the Trade Union.

Tr#skan refugees spread throughout the Galaxy in what is called the Tr#skan Exodus. A majority settled on planets with established Tr#skan trading communities: 36,000 on Kumphel, 30,000 on Leicsta in the Patalan Cluster, 20,000 on Javal, 13,000 on Tustan-Din, 10,000 in the Duchy of Mel. Lesser numbers went to other worlds: five thousand to Borshall, three thousand to R Staran, a thousand to New Sardinia, nine hundred to Telorbat, 300 to Elendan, 100 to Credix and another 100 to the Aetorian League, and about 50 to Geled. About 200 Tr#skan refugees are believed to have fled to the Ebettor culture in the Galactic Core, and about 500 seem to have joined the Galactic Riders.

Marella IV Kiadas was slain when her uneasy alliance broke up into bickering over Tr#skan loot. Her son, Chartelespin IV, tried vainly to rule -- but economic disruption and a war with Vermis and Vetret led to several attempted coups, and in fifteen years the Deletian Monarchy was conquered by a new dynasty from the semi-autonomous world Fey. The new territory was reorganized as the Post-Deletian Empire.

Two generations of Fey rulers, however, could not undo the damage caused by Marella IV Kiasdas and the destruction of BDA Tr#ska, and the area slipped into decline and economic stagnation.

The exiled Tr#skans never forgot their homeworld; the Knights Economic slowly built up their power and their wealth, and in 9743 CE, BDA Tr#ska was resettled.

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