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Old February 7th, 2018, 12:58 PM
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I guess my real conundrum is that the UPP / UWP lists "tens of thousands", but Wiki says "10s". So...

I seem to recall one of the MegaTraveller computer games had lots of people roaming the surface when you exited the port building. So ...
I think that the confusion is also a case of the beginning of the Wiki article stating the following.

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The system supports a population of fewer than 10,000 sophonts.
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Which to me means that Pixie is long overdue for clarification.
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Which to me means that Pixie is long overdue for clarification.
That is a matter for the Wiki experts to decide, but is should be done.
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Which to me means that Pixie is long overdue for clarification.
Pixie has been the subject of debate with Traveller fans since the publication of the Spinward Marches book in the Classic Traveller era. The fact that no one in the intervening years, and numerous publications covering the general area, has sought to address this means I'd love to see your take on the subject.
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Pixie has been the subject of debate with Traveller fans since the publication of the Spinward Marches book in the Classic Traveller era. The fact that no one in the intervening years, and numerous publications covering the general area, has sought to address this means I'd love to see your take on the subject.
Might I contribute my 75 cents worth (2 cents allowing for inflation)?
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Might I contribute my 75 cents worth (2 cents allowing for inflation)?
I think that is PRECISELY the nature of a Wiki ... everyone is welcome.
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Pixie 0303 A100103 D N Non-industrial. G
The key to understanding this world is its location and it being the site of an IN base of considerable strategic importance.

The IN base: This means that at any time there are tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of IN personnel in system, and the starport is A rated to reflect the fact that the starport facilities open to civilian traffic are quite extensive and advanced. The IN personnel do not count as local population.

The local native population consists of only a few families who are technically native having being born there to IN parents.

The TL of 13: The workforce at the starport is augmented by robots and synthetics, not to mention 'clone families' (see Agent of the Imperium and T5) who do not count in the population figures since they are 'machines' not sophonts.

While the world is NI as a trade classification, the makers and fabrication plants necessary for the maintenance of the Imperial fleet assets can produce civilian goods of up to TL13 with ease.
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If you are going to look into it don't forget the material in Traveller's Digest 21. I will be watching this one with interest.
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Pixie has been the subject of debate with Traveller fans since the publication of the Spinward Marches book in the Classic Traveller era. The fact that no one in the intervening years, and numerous publications covering the general area, has sought to address this means I'd love to see your take on the subject.
I started this thread because I was looking for a setting for my next fan-fic offering. Vash the Vargr was going to visit "the old neighborhood", so I was looking for something along the Vargr frontier.

My take on Pixie ... (tongue in cheek) ... populated by flesh-eating robots who found a Voyager probe and sent it back to Earth to find its creator. It is not listed as Amber as no ship has ever returned from visiting Pixie. Okay, it's either that or it's populated by actual Pixies standing on average three inches high, pointed ears, and with fluttery dragonfly like wings. It takes several dozen to pick up a refueling hose to refuel a visiting starship. Starship captains who pay in cookies tend to leave port with vessels in perfect working order. Captains who pay in cash tend to have "gremlins" in the maneuver drive and elsewhere.

Facsimile of captains who pay in cash ---->
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Oh well, I guess my humor didn't register. No biggie.

In all seriousness, I think mikewightman's option seems to make the most sense. Having said that, I don't recall that there's a depot here, but a base, meaning that the number of personnel stationed here is perhaps anyone's guess, but perhaps not in the millions, but again there's no reason to believe that several armies aren't stationed here (though it seems unlikely).

It's an interesting topic. I hope more people chime in.
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