Hammer's Star Today
With the return of Borealins and the entry of the Galactic Concord, life in the [[Hammer’s Star]] system begins anew. Of all of the diverse interests that the Concord has developed within the Verge’s confines, [[Hammer’s Star]] is the highest priority. Through the fortified defense of this system, the Concord hopes to render both the Verge and the entire Stellar Ring safe.
The Treaty of Concord gave the Galactic Concord responsibility for the entirety of Open Space. Despite the number of planets and star systems claimed by individual stellar nations, the Concord’s control includes the length of the Verge. It has the right to recognize a stellar nation’s authority over a specific site, preserve it as a Concord protectorate, or register a colony’s independence. In the [[Hammer’s Star]] system, the Concord has chosen to preserve its right to administer the system. As a result, almost 100,000 Concordans now live in the system. They’re divided among the Concord Administrators and citizens in Terminal, the Concord’s new town on Spes, marine fortifications on several of the planets, moons, and asteroids, and the many starships that the Concord has assigned.
Given the volatile nature of the star system-and the fact that the Concord is providing what amounts to free protection-the Borealis Republic has never voiced an objection to the Concord’s decision. Yet it hasn’t abandoned the system, either. In fact, the Republic still mourns the fate of the Borealins of Spes alongside those citizens killed in the Second Galactic War. Now, the Borealins act to preserve the inheritance that their lost Borealin brothers and sisters left behind. Beginning in August 2497, Borealin ships joined the Concord military craft already in the system. A few of the craft reinforced the already impressive defense of the system. Most, however, carried colonists and the means to guarantee the development of a new Borealin city on the surface of Spes.
The arrival of hundreds of Borealin vessels and thousands of Borealin colonists to Spes has gone a long way toward ensuring that when (or if) the Concordans hand over control of the system, they’ll give it to the Republic. In the meantime, the presence of both powers here on the frontier almost guarantees the safety of trade in the system. In fact, an economy has already grown around the Borealin and Concordan cities on Spes.
Interestingly enough, both Borealins and Concordans have discovered that their mass transceivers and mass detectors don’t function within the confines of the [[Hammer’s Star]] system. Although scientists have postulated that the system’s proximity to a black hole might cause such a phenomenon, no one knows for sure. Radio- and laser-based comm systems normally function within Hammer’s Star, however.