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Old February 8th, 2014, 01:11 AM
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So with Marc's permission (which I had a few months ago but then got into some medical issues, and then got sidetracked running a gaming convention)...

The T5SS (T5 Second Survey) is an effort driven by Marc Miller to stabilize, correct, and control the UWPs of the OTU so that there's a solid canon base of data for future reference.

To support the Kickstarter and Mongoose's 1105 efforts, the first task was to stabilize all data across every sector with an Imperial world in it on the 1105 data. This data was then given to Joshua Bell of travellermap.com to make publicly available, and used by Marc to distribute various noble titles related to the T5 Kickstarter.

We're about to start phase 2 of this effort, but before that starts, I wanted to have a public review of the current 1105 dataset (as represented out at travellermap.com) for all sectors with at least one Imperial world, and Gvurrdon and Ziafrplians sectors. For GT fans: I do have GURPS Traveller compatible versions of the data; perhaps I can discuss with Loren getting that material up on JTAS...

Remember that some discrepancies may be:

1. We deliberately changed something. We did change a bunch of TLs. Some world sizes got increased. Regina's far star companion was changed from an M6V to an M3V. There are quite a number of changes like this.

2. I messed something up. The successes I share with those who helped, but I'll take full responsibility for the mistakes.

So, if there's a change you want, or you have an issue with a change at travellermap.com, here's your chance to bring out the pitchforks. But really, I'm looking for mistakes and inconsistencies we missed, not arguments over why changes were made.

One important caveat: If it is on travellermap.com, and appears in published current FFE licensee product, the odds of it changing are low (the previously mentioned Deneb Sector being one of those).

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I have several questions and comments.

1) What is the figure that the population level and population multiplier pertain to? The population of the mainworld alone or the population of the entire system? The old definition says mainworld only, but all the rules that employ the population as a factor (e.g. trade rules, GWP calculations) appear to be based on the assumption that it's the entire population.

1a) Does the population numbers pertain to permanent residents only or to residents and steady transients both? Note that the same problem as above applies if transients are not included: trade rules, GWPs, etc. ought to be based on the actual economy, not just the part of the economy run by residents. Also, there are numerous examples of worlds that explicitly are mostly or totally peopled by transients. Indeed, almost every low-population world (there are some conceivable exceptions) would be composed exclusively or almost exclusively of transients.

1b) If it's the mainworld only, can the population of the secondary worlds equal or even surpass the population of the mainworld (there are canonical examples of both kinds of systems).


2) A number of world writeups describe worlds with governments that are appointed from outside yet do not have a type 6 government rating. Would those count as errors?

2a) Almost every low-population world that hasn't been written up yet would be an outpost with its government appointed or at the very least supervised from outside. Mining outpost, scientific outpost, trade outpost, military outpost. Should all of them (or perhaps 5/6 or 35/36 of them) be converted to govvernent type 6?


3) A number of worlds (those outposts again) do not have the population to manufacture the goods and equipment that they use. Should their tech levels all be converted to 0 (maximum sustainable technology if cut off from the universe) or should the definition of tech level be changed to something like "The level of technology used by a sizable majority of the population"?


4) Imperial depots are described as naval intallations with large ship repair capacity, restricted access, and cutting edge technology (I'm paraphrasing). This fits very poorly with some of the canonical depots. Should most (all?1) Imperial depots be changed to starport X (no service available for civilians), populations in the high hundreds of thousands to low millions (all transients), tech level 15 or even 16, and redzoned?
1 There could be exceptions to the standard.

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4) Imperial depots are described as naval intallations with large ship repair capacity, restricted access, and cutting edge technology (I'm paraphrasing). This fits very poorly with some of the canonical depots. Should most (all?1) Imperial depots be changed to starport X (no service available for civilians), populations in the high hundreds of thousands to low millions (all transients), tech level 15 or even 16, and redzoned?
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Hi Don,

Can I second Hans on this, that all Depot's need to be looked at. Deneb's depot is on an X-boat route, which implies public access, I would have thought amber zone at a minimum and I guess you have been looking at the debate on Corridor's depot.

On my old Spinward Marches map, Tondoul is TL4, it seems to have jumped to TL7, but I'm not convinced TL7 is adequate to survive on the world, I think Saxe also in 5 Sister's didn't quite work either.

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I have several questions and comments.

2) A number of world writeups describe worlds with governments that are appointed from outside yet do not have a type 6 government rating. Would those count as errors?

2a) Almost every low-population world that hasn't been written up yet would be an outpost with its government appointed or at the very least supervised from outside. Mining outpost, scientific outpost, trade outpost, military outpost. Should all of them (or perhaps 5/6 or 35/36 of them) be converted to government type 6?
I would disagree with assessment of converting all or many of the low population worlds to government type 6. According to statistics, there are 1152 low population systems, about 13%. I think we can leave these worlds as independent (i.e. with government types other than 6) by making it clearer about how much control the owing world needs to exert before the local government.

My other argument is some of the defined outposts (mining outpost, trade outpost) are government type 1 (corporate control) and if you're going to redefine the low population world governments based upon writeups, this should be a strong consideration as well.
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I would disagree with assessment of converting all or many of the low population worlds to government type 6. According to statistics, there are 1152 low population systems, about 13%. I think we can leave these worlds as independent (i.e. with government types other than 6) by making it clearer about how much control the owing world needs to exert before the local government.
I'm not exactly happy about the prospect of a wholesale conversion of outpost governments to type 6, but it does have the merit of being logical and of avoiding the need for some very tortuous and unconvincing explanations. The definition of type 6 government is pretty unambiguous, and an outpost1 doesn't usually have representative democracies or civil service bureaucracies or boards of directors or oligarchies or direct democracies (though the last two are a tad more likely if the owners are inclined to give their employees some say in how the company is run2). They mostly have autocracies appointed from outside.
1 Incipient colonies are a different matter, but most low-population worlds are outposts. Logically low-population colonies wouldn't usually stay low-population for long; they'd either grow or fail.

2 And how often does that happen?
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My other argument is some of the defined outposts (mining outpost, trade outpost) are government type 1 (corporate control) and if you're going to redefine the low population world governments based upon writeups, this should be a strong consideration as well.
Worlds under corporate control is my go-to example for misunderstood government types. Look at what is probably the best known example of a company-owned world in literature, Beam Piper's Zarathustra. Zarathustra isn't run by a board of directors elected by stockholders living on Zarathustra. It's run by a manager appointed by a board of director elected by stockholders living on far-off Earth.

A world owned by an offworld company could be organized as a subsidiary company and given a great deal of autonomy, even enough to avoid the type 6 classification, but I don't think that's going to be the typical company world.

A more reasonable source of type 1 governments would be worlds where the settlers organized themselves as a company. I used that in my writeup of Forboldn.


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2a) Almost every low-population world that hasn't been written up yet would be an outpost with its government appointed or at the very least supervised from outside. Mining outpost, scientific outpost, trade outpost, military outpost. Should all of them (or perhaps 5/6 or 35/36 of them) be converted to govvernent type 6?
IMHO gov type 1 would also fit it (assuming the outside force is a corporation istead of another government). Maybe those 5/6 or 35/36 worlds you talk about should be split among government types 1 and 6.

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4) Imperial depots are described as naval intallations with large ship repair capacity, restricted access, and cutting edge technology (I'm paraphrasing). This fits very poorly with some of the canonical depots. Should most (all?1) Imperial depots be changed to starport X (no service available for civilians), populations in the high hundreds of thousands to low millions (all transients), tech level 15 or even 16, and redzoned?
Of course, this depends on how UWP are read (and I know we don't always interpret them the same way), but IMHO all of them should have starport A, but be qualified as red zones (able to care for any ship, but interdicted because by the Navy for seccurity reasons). Also, all of them should have governemnt type 6 (military, in this case Navy, control).

I fully agree with you about TL, as is stated most naval research, tests and new designs is conducted there.
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IMHO gov type 1 would also fit it (assuming the outside force is a corporation istead of another government). Maybe those 5/6 or 35/36 worlds you talk about should be split among government types 1 and 6.
What's the difference between a government appointed from the outside by a corporation and a government appointed from the outside by any other kind of authority?

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Of course, this depends on how UWP are read (and I know we don't always interpret them the same way)...
Which is one reason why I bring it up: The hope that the people who have the authority to clarify or even revise how UWPs should be read (e.g. Marc Miller) will clarify how UWPs should be read for us.

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... but IMHO all of them should have starport A, but be qualified as red zones (able to care for any ship, but interdicted because by the Navy for seccurity reasons).
That's a point that has been in dire need of clarification since 1979. According to HG, planetary governments can build ships using local resources even if their starport is not class A. Which means that contrary to what TCS says, a world does not need to have a class A starport in order to be able to build starships.

So what IS the difference between a world with a Class A starport and a world with a Class E starport that builds its own starships? Unless you have a very singular definition of just what a shipyard is, it's not that the first has a shipyard and the second doesn't; it seems to me that if you can build ships, you have a shipyard.

I submit that the difference is that in order for the Scouts to award your starport a class A rating, your starport has to provide certain services to the general public: The ability to order a ship built for you, the availability of repairs and annual maintenance, availability of refined fuel. If the local shipyards (being strictly reserved for the local military), do not offer those services, the starport doesn't get its class A rating. If the starport does not allow a civilian starship to visit routinely, it doesn't even get a class E rating.

And that's my opinion.


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What's the difference between a government appointed from the outside by a corporation and a government appointed from the outside by any other kind of authority?
Aside from the number in the pop digit ?

I'd expect a more military control on a gov 6 planet and a more economic control on a gov 1 planet. Also, probably a gov 1 planet would have more transient population (temporary workers) than a gov 6 planet (as they are full time inhabitants, just ruled from outside).

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Which is one reason why I bring it up: The hope that the people who have the authority to clarify or even revise how UWPs should be read (e.g. Marc Miller) will clarify how UWPs should be read for us.
Agreed here, but this will also limit the referee´s capacity for free imagination and interpretation...

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That's a point that has been in dire need of clarification since 1979. According to HG, planetary governments can build ships using local resources even if their starport is not class A. Which means that contrary to what TCS says, a world does not need to have a class A starport in order to be able to build starships.

So what IS the difference between a world with a Class A starport and a world with a Class E starport that builds its own starships? Unless you have a very singular definition of just what a shipyard is, it's not that the first has a shipyard and the second doesn't; it seems to me that if you can build ships, you have a shipyard.

I submit that the difference is that in order for the Scouts to award your starport a class A rating, your starport has to provide certain services to the general public: The ability to order a ship built for you, the availability of repairs and annual maintenance, availability of refined fuel. If the local shipyards (being strictly reserved for the local military), do not offer those services, the starport doesn't get its class A rating. If the starport does not allow a civilian starship to visit routinely, it doesn't even get a class E rating.
Another difference would be the availability of refined fuel (or fuel at all), as in an A rated straport you can have refined fuel, and in an E one you'll hae to skimm for unrefined one.

About the accessibility for the facilities of the A rated starport, the fact they are red zone restricts it enough (IMHO), but can allow you under close Navy surveilance (another difference from an X rated one).

And last (but not least) another difference would be if you use the data for a wargame (instead of a RPG) or a game where players are high rating officers, with full access to military only facilities.

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And that's my opinion.
And that's mine , and the fact taht they difere is what makes this board so interesting.

EDIT: I understand at least we agree government type should be fixed at 6 (Navy control) in depots... END EDIT
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First, this is great news. Thanks for opening this thread! I'd suggest a list of approved transactions to the TSSS somewhere for everyone to review. Perhaps, a list we can refer to on the travellermap.com, here on COTI or your web page.

I can make the Depot UWP work, as is, since it only refers to the mainworld. But if everyone would prefer the a minimum population in the tens of millions or above is fine. I would agree with a TLF and Class A starport as well.

Depot worlds need to be a restricted travel zone. I think Amber is more appropriate. Or perhaps a special military color, Purple, should be created and assigned. For example, if the 5th Frontier War starts the military would mark certain zone as War Zones not just Red Zones which have multiple meanings. Just a thought.

I have been a proponent of breaking Depot's into a couple categories which might impact some UWP changes. I 've started discussions with Marc and it's on my list to discuss but discussions are off to a slow start.

For 3I, Corridor Depot on the T5 trading cards and previous publications is listed at TL F. At the least, that needs to be adjusted.

IMO, Worlds with the population in the Billions need to be Industrial, and Agricutural to sustain the population.
IMO, Any rule that mainworlds need to be the highest population in the star system needs to be abolished as non-canon. It simply won't make sense.
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