Planets were first identified in the Manticore System by astronomer Sir Frederick Clarke in 2062 .
The original colonists of the colonial company Manticore Colony, LTD left Earth on October 24, 2075 aboard the sub-light hibernation ship Jason. The colonial expedition was arranged by over 50,000 people, originating from various regions of Earth. About sixty percent came from Western Europe, most of the others from North America and the Caribbean. The expedition also included a small group of Ukrainians.
Jason’s journey lasted 640.5 T-years, though for the colonists it were only 384 subjective years due to time dilation. As was common with Dr. Pineau’s hibernation technology, the colonists were woken seven times to refit their condition.
To ensure that Manticore would remain unoccupied when Jason arrived, all information about the Manticoran System was safely deposited in Earth’s maximum security databanks. Also, the colonists’ leader, Roger Winton, had founded the Manticore Colony Trust (MCT), which invested the remaining money (after dispatching the expedition there was about one billion EuroDollars left) and uses the interest to look after Manticore for its colonists.
The Jason arrived in the Manticoran system on March 21, 2702 . However, the colonists were surprised to find human habitation on Manticore. Fortunately, it was a base paid from the MCT, including four frigates guarding the system from pirates and illegal habitants.
The Great Plague
Manticore was one of few star systems where an alien virus existed which was capable of attacking humans. The primary exploration company, Franchot et Fils, had failed to discover the presence of this virus. There were speculations that the virus has mutated between Manticore’s discovery and colonization or that the colonists have brought the virus aboard Jason. The virus caused respiratory infections similar to influenza and pneumonia. It had a high mortality rate, killing off 60% of the population before a vaccine was developed in 2746.
Founding of the Star Kingdom
With the colony floundering, Manticore desperately needed new blood. The surviving original colonists however feared to lose control over their own colony if thousands of new colonists arrived, so, before opening Manticore to immigration, they rewrote the Constitution and established a constitutional monarchy.
Roger Winton, Colonial Administrator for over fifty years, was old and his wife and both sons had died from the Plague, but his daughter Elizabeth had survived and had her own children. Both Elizabeth and Roger were successful officers and proved themselves in the service for the colony many times. The original colonists therefore elected the Winton family as the Royal House of Manticore, with Roger Winton becoming the first King of the new Star Kingdom of Manticore.
Roger I was crowned on August 1, 2785, but died 2789 . Elizabeth Winton took over power and became Elizabeth I. The House of Winton ruled Manticore continuously since that time.
The original colonists and their descendants, who were owners of large estates over Manticore acquired noble titles and became the first hereditary aristocracy of the new Star Kingdom of Manticore.
The new wave of immigrants that arrived after the Plague consisted of three different classes. Every immigrant obtained a credit of value equal to a 2nd class-ship ticket price from the United Empire of Earth to Manticore. This credit would be converted into an equivalent piece of land on a planet’s surface or as a share in some orbital industry. Most of the immigrants decided for estate, but a few smartly invested into industry. During the Manticoran industrial boom, the value of these enterprises grew enormously.
Every passenger capable of paying for the flight to Manticore himself or herself had after arrival had at his or her disposal the full credit. For those who couldn’t, they could draw a loan from the MCT. Immigrants who had funds greater than the cost of the ticket also had the opportunity to put their money into estates or industry while paying only half-price of the real value of the shares. Thus, these richest immigrants became the secondary shareholders and their holdings were often as large as those of primary shareholders. The size of their property authorized them to acquire noble patents, but with a lower status then primary colonists.
Modest immigrants, who retained their base land credit but could not afford to purchase much more became yeomen, and after one Manticoran year (1.73 standard Terran years) received right to vote.
Those who required loans from the MCT (the “zero-balancers”) obtained citizenship after they were able to pay taxes for five Manticoran years, or 8.7 T-years.
All citizens had equal rights guaranteed by the constitution, whether one had voting rights or not. However, shareholders, yeomen and zero-balancers formed distinct social groups. These differences survived into modern times, as people whose ancestors were yeomen or even shareholders, were respected much more than descendants of poor immigrants.
After making up the losses from the Plague, this system was abolished and Manticore returned to a more traditional immigration policy.
Native sentient species
The Star Kingdom of Manticore is unique in having two native sentient species on its planets.
The Treecat , the forth sentient species known to man, was accidentally discovered in 2719 on the planet Sphinx by a young girl.
The discovery of the Basilisk Terminus in 2865 led to the discovery of the native Medusans on the planet Medusa.
Manticore Jump Point
After the discovery of a Jump Point with several termini in 2785 , the Star Kingdom’s gross system product rose rapidly due to the vast amount of interstellar commerce going through. By 2900, the GSP was seventy-eight percent that of the Sol System. (The Manticore Junction, known also as Jump Points, termi allow for shortened distances star travel)
Occurring in 2821, the Gryphon Uprising was the only armed internal conflict in Manticoran history. Gryphon was the least amicable planet of the system and was colonized last. The Crown, in order of to support immigration declared that after reaching a stated population number, the district would be divided between the colonists.
The required population was reached in 2815 and the Crown began to divide the range and assign titles of nobility. However, the yeomen, hopeful about becoming independent, complained about bribery, coercion, threats, and violence, all aimed at expanding a noble’s claims. For two years, shooting incidents ran rampant, until the Royal Manticoran Army pacified the planet and a special committee oversaw a strictly regulated privatization.
At least some reluctance between the offspring of the primary shareholders and the immigrants survived.
Annexation of Basilisk
The Basilisk System was located approximately 210 light-years to the galactic north of Manticore. In 2865, a sixth terminus to the Manticore Jump Point was discovered, located in that system. Basilisk had a single habitable, and it was surprising to learn, inhabited, world which was called Medusa. To secure the terminus, Manticore annexed the system under the Act of Annexation.
There was fierce Manticoran internal debate over the annexation. After a few years of political frictions between the “sticklers” (King Roger III, the Centrists and the Crown Loyalists) and their opponents (the Liberals and the Progressives), the Star Kingdom declared a protectorate over Medusa and guaranteed the rights of the local natives. To achieve this, a political compromise proved necessary, resulting in a muddled military and political landscape that caused trouble immediately and large troubles later.
The decision to annex Basilisk eventually proved correct as it twice became target of the People’s Republic of Haven’s military expansion. The First Battle of Basilisk occurred in 2900 , a few years before the First Havenite-Manticoran War broke out; Second Basilisk was part of a larger Havenite offensive called Operation Icarus in 2913. In 2923, Parliament amended Section 10, Subsection 3 of the Commercial Regulations, requiring any commercial transfer of goods in Manticore space to be inspected.
Alliance with Grayson
In 2903, Manticore started to send money and supplies to the planet Grayson in the nearby Yeltsin’s Star System in an effort to gain another ally against Haven. Admiral Raoul Courvosier was sent as a diplomatic envoy with a convoy of merchant vessels filled with supplies along with a small naval squadron as escort.
One of the agreements between the two nations was that Manticore would get basing rights at Yeltsin’s Star, and build facilities in the system that would be shared with Grayson with a permanent security detachment.
Original Constitutional Government
The constitutional monarchy system worked well for the first five T-centuries thanks to a high proportion of capable monarchs, a continuously growing population, and after discovery of the Jump Point a very fortunate commercial position. The Constitution contained a clearly defined Declaration of Human Rights, though the right to vote was applicable to citizens who had been paying taxes for five Manticoran years. Policies encouraging immigration were stopped fifty years after their declaration.
The Star Kingdom had a bicameral Parliament, consisting of the upper House of Lords and the lower House of Commons. Both houses had the power of self-veto (one was able to cancel resolutions of the other). The monarch, whose office was orderly marked as the Crown, also had the power of veto and could introduce legislation to Parliament.
The role of managing government services in the Star Kingdom was handled by the Royal Council, informally called the Cabinet. The Cabinet comprised of the Prime Minister, individual ministers, the Lord Prince Seal and the Heir of the Throne, with the current monarch presiding. The Crown reigned over the Star Kingdom through the Cabinet, but the monarch mostly listened to the advice of his or her ministers.
The Prime Minister was traditionally a member of the House of Lords, and had to maintain a majority in that house; a majority in the House of Commons was also advisable, though not necessary. The Prime Minister and the Cabinet set the economic, financial, and foreign policy. The crown could also suggest what the national budget should be, but only the Lords could introduce legislation in that regard. The budget had to be agreed on by both Houses.
The Crown had the power to grant amnesty and commute punishment. With the approval of the House of Lords, it designated ministers and judges. The Crown could expound Constitutional law by its delegates in the Royal Court if not being vetoed by both Houses. It also had the power to grant noble titles, but a nobleman could not become a peer without the agreement of the House of Commons.
The Queen’s Bench was a high court of law, and the Admiralty Court oversaw vessel salvages, seizures, and captures.
The main guarantee for the common people against abuse or exploitation, was the ability of the House of Commons to refuse the annual budget, the Constitutional statement that the Prime Minister had to have the support of a majority in the House of Lords, and power of Parliament to depose the monarch.
The Manticoran monarch, as with most monarchies, can be deposed for committing a crime or losing the ability to reign, as for instance through mental or physical disability. However, the Manticoran system went further: an investigation on the Monarch could be started for any reason, including allegations of high crimes, if two-thirds of the House of Commons agreed. The House of Lords itself could not initiate such an investigation. Lastly, to ensure that the Crown does not lose contact with the common person, the heir to the throne can marry only a commoner.
The Executive Branch was originally intended to be the Royal Council, but developments caused a changes. The authors of the Constitution did not appear to intend to give many executive powers to the Crown, but Elizabeth I proved to be a very cunning politician, realized that the Manticoran Lords were becoming spokesmen for various interest groups than national statesmen, and essentially hijacked executive power from them..
By deft political maneuvering, she set precedents which gave her unquestioned control over the composition of the Royal Council and even approval of the Prime Minister. For instance, the Crown could not be forced to nominate anyone to the Royal Council against its will. Through such techniques, the Crown was from a figurehead to a strong, though limited, executive leader.
It took some time for the nobility to realize the Crown had taken over much of the powers they had intended to retain for the aristocracy. But they realized Elizabeth I had become very popular with the commoners, including poor immigrants and yeomen, and thus that the new Crown powers had gained considerable support in the House of Commons. The Lords began to form real political parties in their reaction to this usurpation.
Manticoran Political Parties
The political parties that emerged were based on old personal factions, but they differed in their ideological visions. They strengthened their structure and power for some time and began to find allies in the House of Commons. The leaders of the parties were almost always from the Lords.
The six major parties in existence around 2910 were:
Crown Loyalist Party
New Men Party
Decorations of Valor
Order of the Star Kingdom
Order of Merit
Order of King Roger
Knight Grand Cross
Order of Queen Elizabeth I
Order of the Golden Lion
The Star Kingdom was a signatory of the Cherwell Convention, and originated the Equipment Corollary. The Kingdom vigorously and consistently enforced the provisions of the Convention prohibiting slavery. The punishment for violation was nominally, death, though some nations made that punishment the normal one. Others were less rigorous, to the annoyance and irritation of many in the Star Kingdom.
Along with the planet Sphinx, Manticore orbits the primary star of the Manticore Binary System. The planet is the throne world of the Star Kingdom of Manticore, being the first settled and most developed world in the system.
The planet has one moon,* Thorson*, which was clearly visible from the surface.
Axial tilt / local time
Manticore has a very unpronounced seasonal change due to its negligible axial tilt.
Manticore has a 22.45 T-hour day, and a year that equals to 1.73 Earth years. There are 673.31 days in a local year, and 629.83 T-days in a year. The Manticore year is divided into 18 months with 11 of 37 days, 7 of 38 days, alternating for the first 6 and last 8 months.
Regions and Cities
The capital city of Landing is located on the shores of Jason Bay.
The New Toscana region was located on the planet.
The Royal Manticoran Navy’s Naval Academy is located on Saganami Island.
Note: All names, places and events are purely fictional in this history synopsis, most of this information was obtained thru David Weber’s Honor Harrington Series books. What I couldn’t remember was re~found at Honor Harrington Wiki . The star maps were made by me in Adobe Illustrator based on information found on the wiki as well. Although I did have to adjust the time lines a bit (being as Manticore is around 2000 years ahead of SC’s 2944), this universe ties in quite nicely with SC’s. Hope you enjoy my attempt at fanfic ^^
To uphold the Maticoran way (“Courage, Loyalty, Honor”) and make a profit at the same time!
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Manticore: Salvage, Retrieval & Trade Charter
It is an honor to be counted amongst the Manticoran Elite, for all crewmen are Captains in their own right venturing across the vastness of the verse.
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No proposition is a bad one; especially if one believes it to be for the betterment of the organization. Take no restraint in divulging into the potential prospects of the verse, no matter how trivial.
So long as a crewman upholds their ideals for the betterment of themselves, may they walk with unwavering conviction; knowing the organization is behind them.
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Consideration for your fellow crewmen is absolute. Disruptive conduct will be handled in an open court.
Crewmen of a higher rank of whom joins in the ventures of those lower than themselves are to defer to the captain of the ship; and retain an advisory role in judgment. There is no higher authority than the captain’s word on their ship.
Affiliates of the organization are welcome to exercise in joint prospects so long as the charter is observed, as the organization shall observe theirs.
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All prospects will be handled in a professional manner, despite the details; so as to not tarnish the name of the crew.And so it is written: Fortitudo, Fidelitas, Decus.
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