Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Continuing The Early Technic History
Companies of the Polesotechnic League variously:
remain independent and practice free trade, e.g., Nicholas van Rijn's Solar Spice & Liqors;
exploit extrasolar beings and arm barbarians;
form a cartel, the Home Companies, that merges with the state of the Solar Commonwealth;
form a rival cartel, the Seven in Space, that controls extrasolar governments and secretly arms the Baburites.
was a younger son of an aristocratic family on Hermes;
became apprenticed to Martin Schuster on Earth, then Ivanhoe;
next was a journeyman and factor for van Rijn on Garstang's;
then was a Master Merchant leading a trade pioneer crew for van Rijn;
led the mission that saved Merseia from the effects of the radiation emitted by the nearby supernova, Valenderay;
saved Technic Civilization from the external threat of the Shenna;
became rich from the indutrialization of the rogue planet, Satan, but continued pioneering;
found Mirkheim, then founded the Supermetals Company, to help the planets that were being excluded from the benefits of Technic Civilization;
married van Rijn's granddaughter, Coya Conyon, then stopped pioneering to raise a family;
saved Technic Civilization from the internal threat of the Baburite War;
led the joint human-Ythrian colonization of Avalon.
The League was dissolved.
The Commonwealth fell.
Barbarians raided Earth and enslaved Terrestrials.
Manuel Argos led a slave revolt and founded the Terran Empire.
And we all know what happened after that...
What a history! And such a summary makes clear that Falkayn's historical achievements are greater than either van Rijn's or Flandry's.