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Colony Name:                  New Aberdeen Cluster
                              (aka The Kingdom of New Scotland)
Creator:                      Mike Miller



System/Location:               Remote Coreward Star Cluster 
Distance to Nearest Starbase:  2 weeks from Outpost 24
Planet Classification:         All inhabited planets are Class M, but with
                               heavier gravity (See Notes.) Other planets
Satellites/Space Stations:     Varies. Several orbiting military stations.
Land/Water Ratio:              Varies
Climate Controlled:            No
Native Sentient Life:          None                 



Colony Age (approximate):      approx 200+ years.
Population (approximate):      over 2 billion scattered over 15 inhabited
Species Present:               Genetically altered and mutated Terran Stock
                               (See Notes)
Colony Status:                 Applied for full membership to UFP. (Status:
                               Pending Approval)
Government:                    Constitutional Monarchy
Major Cities/Settlements:      Several. Capital is New Edinburgh on Edinburgh IV


Established by a group of Scottish nationalists who left Earth
during the early to mid-21st Century toward the end of the first series of
migrations to the stars. The colonists departed on five "sleeper ships";
Jedburgh, Edinburgh, Glascow, Argyll, and Orkney. (Warp technology had not
been yet discovered.) 

En route, the ships encountered a wormhole which put them far from their
intended destination. Four of the ships survived the transition through the
wormhole. The fifth, the Argyll, did not emerge from the wormhole and it's
fate in unknown. The Edinburgh was seriously damaged and was later
abandoned after all passengers, crew, and what supplies could be slavaged
were transferred to the remaining ships.

Far off course, with no hope of reaching their original destination, a
course was plotted to a star cluster in the hopes that a suitable
planetfall could be made. This star cluster is now known as the New
Aberdeen Cluster. Several planets with suitable atmospheres and arable land
were found, however, all were found to have gravities greater than 1g. The
gravities ranged from 1.2g's to almost 2g's.

Three planets were initially colonized; Cameron, Argyll, and Edinburgh, all
with gravities around 1.2g's. (Planets with slightly higher gravity were
colonised later.) The original colonist slowly adapted to the higher
gravity, unfortunately not without casualties. Many of the children born in
the first few years died in their infancy. To rectify this problem, the DNA
of the colonist was slightly modified to give the future generations a
better chance of surviving the higher gravity, and thus insuring the
colony's continued existence.

Because most of the resources of the colony ships were required for the
establishment of the colonies, contact between them was extremely limited
for quite some time. The colony on Edinburgh seemed to have retained the
majority of the technological and scientific members of the colonies and
was the first to regain spaceflight. Re-establishment of the direct contact
between the colonies was also the beginning of a long period of strife
amongst the colonies.

Because of the years of seperation, the colonies had developed seperate
internal structures, although all were based upon the Scottish Clan system.
Edinburgh established a constitutional monarchy with a hereditary King and
a Parliament, Cameron had a Council of Chiefs who elected a King for life
(and were not above deposing same), while Argyll had a loose Confederation
of Clans whose Chief of the Clans was determined by the winner of a series
of games.

King Malcolm IV set about to bring the seperate colonies under his control.
This led to bloodshed as the other colonies were not willing to submit
without a fight. The initial colonies were eventually overwhelmed, due to
Edinburgh's technological advantage. However, other colonies were spawned
with the re-introduction of spaceflight, and there were frequent rebellions
and uprisings that continued until the last fifty years. Since then, New
Aberdeen has known a period of peace and prosperity unmatched in it's history.


Gold based, but converting to Latinum to have a common currency
with the rest of the Federation.

Tech Level:

A mixture of late 20th to mid-23rdCentury. Limited warp
technology, no replicator or transporter technology prior to contact with
the Federation in 2404.

Culture: Sociologically similar to 18th Century Scotland, with technology


The inhabitants of the New Aberdeen Cluster have diverged somewhat
from there original Terran stock. There is debate within the Federations
scientific community as to whether this divergeance is a result of the
genetic alteration, adaptation to the environment of the colonised planets,
the bombardment of chi waves that the USS YORK (the Federation ship that
first made contact with New Aberdeen,) or all the above. Regardless of what
the cause is, the New Aberdeeners are significantly different from there
Terran roots to have be classified as a seperate, though related species.

On the whole, New Aberdeeners average in height between 160 and 180cm (at
1g) and average in weight between 100 and 120kg. (Capt. Berak L'Gryphon was
unusual for a New Aberdeener at 198cm and 150kg.) They have a denser bone
and muscle structure to help compensate for the higher gravity that they
live under. This translates into somewhat greater than normal strength when
they are in a 1g environment.

New Aberdeeners also have a somewhat longer lifespan, at an average of
about 150 years. However, adolesences is not retarded, but proceeds at
within Terran norms. Geriatrics is retarded until much later. A New
Aberdeener is not considered to be "middle aged" until well past their
100th birthday. Reproduction is possible from the onset of puberty to well
into middle age for females, and somewhat beyond for males. Gestation is
slightly longer at four trimesters instead of three, with infant mortality
in the first year being slightly lower than average. The probablity of
conception is within Terran norms. These factors account for the size of
the population of the New Aberdeen Cluster.

The New Aberdeen Cluster has it's own military forces. The New Aberdeen
Space Defense Service (NASDS) maintains several warships and armed space
stations. There is also a large standing army, several marine regiments,
and air services. Several of the Clans also have personal private armies
that serve as the "Household Guards" for the Clan Chiefs. In structure, and
in naming, the military organization is similar to that of The British
Isles from the 18th Century through the early portion of the 21st Century.