Campaign of the Month: January 2011
Honour Among Thieves
Summerfair is the third moon on Shadow.
The Atlas of the Verse has the following to say about Summerfair:
Shadow’s moon Summerfair was largely bypassed during the conflict. When rumors of imminent Alliance action rose, some Shadow citizens used what little time they had to evacuate to Summerfair. The influx bolstered the moon’s burgeoning economy. Today, Summerfair is a mid-scale provider of weapons, textiles and general supplies to the Rim.
The populations of Shadow’s three moons melted away during the war for various reasons, particularly after the Alliance’s scorched-earth invasion and bombardment campaign left Shadow an uninhabitable husk.
A conspiracy theory popular on Summerfair argues that the Alliance used a conventional invasion and bombardment attack on Shadow to cover up a far more devastating weapon of mass destruction used to render Shadow completely uninhabitable as a sign to the Independent Faction of the Alliance’s resolve in bringing the conflict to a close, whatever the price. The people of Branson’s Mark share a similar theory about the destruction of Shadow.
The pre-war population of Summerfair was 167,000, and as refugees from Shadow made their way to the moon, it is rumoured that the population has increased ten-fold.
Those in the first wave of immigrants from Shadow had read the writing on the wall and had the financial means to put down new roots and integrate into Summerfair’s society, or near enough. Some stayed, even as the conflict wore on; many continued on to flee from the sight of their ruined homeworld.
The second wave, however, was made up of folks fleeing for their lives, one step ahead of the Alliance bombardment. They were ferried over to Summerfair by well-meaning humanitarian NGOs and set up in temporary refugee camps located far from Summerfair’s urban centres. At least, at first. In spite of the moon’s official protest, the Alliance up and dumped prisoners of war and enemy noncombatants wherever they could pitch a tent.
Today, the contingent of Shadow expatriates make up the largest cohesive group on the planet, but what they have in numbers they make up for with their poverty and disenfranchisement. The temporary refugee camps are showing no signs of being dismantled, their occupants caught in a bureaucratic limbo – citizens of a world that no longer exists, denied their franchise, and unable to find work. Not surprisingly, these camps – cities, really – are hotbeds of crime, exploitation, and disease.
Amid the moon’s original inhabitants runs a very strong nativist streak that sees discrimination against the “fugees” entrenched in law and life. Tensions are high between the Summerfair citizens and the displaced.
Mostly undocumented, many of these “fugees” are proud of their heritage and a few are agitating for a right of return to their homeworld, in spite of its current state. Some of them have found allies within the ranks of the “First-Wavers”, the wealthy Shadow evacuees who have all the privileges of citizenship.
Recently, an industrialist named Bracken Carter arrived on Summerfair, intent on building a sky train network to link Summerfair’s settlements together.
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