Tobias Roote

Science Fiction Writer

Lorgia's Drift - A RIM Station

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In every galaxy where there is order and rule of law, there are also rim worlds. Those that bleed the edge of known space and repel all efforts of civilisation. There, the outcasts, outlaws and those who would not be found, all reside in an outstation complex known within the rift as Lorgia’s Drift.

Lorgia was originally a miner who shunned civilisation and lived right on the edge of known space. He spent his time hunting down rare elements and it wasn’t until after his death some fourteen centuries ago, that it was discovered he was immensely wealthy. With nothing to spend his money on, he indulged himself in developing a space station home from an old ‘mine & refine’ platform that had been left behind by a corporation that had lost it’s license to operate. He’d quietly towed it to the outer rim and settled it, using much of his wealth on building it into a complex worthy of some major corporations.

After he died, a legal representative traced three relatives whom Lorgia had specified in his will and informed them they were the proud owners of Lorgia’s Drift, but to claim it they had to relocate and settle there. Two outright refused and the third took their shares and moved lock, stock and barrel to the station. Within ten years he had built it into a major hub of unofficial and illegal activities that were banned elsewhere in the Alliance. It quickly became the centre of black market trade and services and gained an enviable reputation and surplus trade balance.

Now a major corporation ‘The Lorgia Trust’ had converted much of that illicit trade and service into a major business enterprise and become a major player in the corporation arena as well as the Febrillo Alliance, where it’s careful packaging of offerings gained it envious trade licenses that other corporations would bite their hands off for. There hadbeen , too date, at least three attempted hostile takeovers of Lorgia's Drift. All were met with stone-faced resistance which culminated in the collapse of the takeovers and often the resignation of the instigators. In each instance, the Trust gained one aspect of the aggressive corporation’s assets, as compensationary payment.

Unknown to the corporations and the governments, The biggest business conducted by the Lorgia’s Trust was espionage and assassinations. They were anti-clone, but also anti mutant-hunting - accusing the corporations and The Febrillo Alliance of barbaric practices. They woulld allow clones to operate within their territory, but only if they came clean and identified themselves openly. Mutant clones were banned, but the Trust traded with those it knew of and kept them safe from discovery. Under the Trust’s protection they survived and whilst not prospering, were stabiising and researching their own medical issues in the hope of resolving their own futures. It was thought that the Trust was their benefactor in this research and much of the income derived from trade was ploughed into such endeavours.

The espionage services of Lorgia's Drift were none other than the DIA and this helped the Dispersalistas to move freely around the Rim. It was they that protected Lorgia from takeover and ensured that he benefited from the failed takeovers.