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Default Using Stellar Data

I was perusing the newest data package before sending it over to travellermap, and I realized something...

The method I use for actually using listed stellar data as a referee may not be the same as everyone else's methods, because I don't think it's actually discussed anywhere, for any edition.

Here's what I mean... Using the data for some systems in Regina subsector of the Marches...

Spin 1903 Pixie A100103-D 901 K1 V M0 V
Spin 1904 Boughene A8B3531-D 601 M1 V
Spin 1909 Hefry C200423-7 320 K6 II M2 V
Spin 1910 Regina A788899-C 703 F7 V D M3 V

Now, we collectors know that Speck is the brown dwarf that orbits Regina's primary, an F7 V, and there's that M3 V far star. [Yes, prior canon says Speck's a white dwarf, but if it was, it would have blown off the atmospheres of everything worth living on around Lusor when it became a white dwarf, so that can't be right. So for purposes of this discussion it's a brown dwarf, even if the data says "D" which says otherwise.]

But if you're just looking at that data, what are everyone's conventions as to how to interpret this.

For example, with Pixie and Hefry, which star does the homeworld orbit (and since they are both crappy, it could be either). Or, is either of Pixie or Hefry's companion stars a close companion, etc. Or if you didn't know what canon says about Regina, you might think the mainworld itself orbits that M3 V instead of the F7 V.

Now, I have my personal conventions for how I treat this, because I've never seen any edition of Traveller give rules on handling it. But I'd like to know what other folks do, because I don't think I've ever seen any discussion on this.

I am aware that the T1248 Bearers of the Flame actually addresses this, but without explaining the system (which is unfortunate, because it's an excellent system).

But I want to see if either a) there are rules somewhere that I have completely missed, or b) other ways of handling this that make much more sense than mine (which is actually completely expected).
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