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Old 09-24-2021, 11:34 AM   #691
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The Empress Marava-class Far Trader is in truth named not after the Flag Empress, but rather after the wife of Cleon I, whom the former was also named from.
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Old 09-24-2021, 06:30 PM   #692
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The Empress Marava-class Far Trader is in truth named not after the Flag Empress, but rather after the wife of Cleon I, whom the former was also named from.
In any case the tradition of naming after Empresses is constricting. There weren't that many in the history of the Imperium. Powerful females is a better generic (a famous Caledonian Marava was Scottian Huntress, which is kind of vague).

With that you could have Maravas named after any female who has ladylike or queenly qualities including fictional ones. This might make some amusing ironies like a worn down retired junkheap named Elbereth Gilthoniel. There could also be an elaborate joke like one with the name "Bloody Mary" that was christianed with a bottle of said ancient cocktail.
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Old 10-02-2021, 05:34 PM   #693
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Aslan Tartans:

Aslan on Stirling in the Principality of Caledonia often make cultural exchanges with neighboring humaniti. This is especially easy because the clan structure based on heroic legends that local humaniti favor, is a form easily attuned to the Aslan mindset.

Customs adopted by humans include such things as using Ayloi to duel, and building noble residencies in the Aslan fashion. Aslan took up many human traits such as maintaining clan credit pools. They have also taken eagerly to some human sports and one of the highest placers in caber tossing at the last clan games was an Aslan. Aslan of Stirling have also used adopted human traditional music formats such as the harp and the bagpipe.

One custom that was taken up was the use of geometrical abstract decoration on kilts. These are called "Aslan Tartans" though purists point out that the term rightfully applies only to those that use right angles. Aslan of course favor curves creating a different effect.

While it is not legally required to register a tartan with the Prince's Order of Heralds it is commonly done, not least because that allows clans to file suit when their garb is used outside the rules set by a clan. The heraldric rules for Aslan tartans are the same as for humans. Tassels are issued by the Prince for conspicuous achievements and worn at the belt on formal occasions. It is theoretically possible for a tartan to be proscribed, but the one time that happened it was a human clan that suffered that fate as punishment for being associated with a war crime.

Aslan serving as noble retainers wear the tartan issued to them by their patron. For instance, the regimental garb of the third battalion of Princess Karen's Royal Stirling Regiment of Guards, is Aslan style rather than the human style of other battalions in the regiment.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:11 PM   #694
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Subsidized Peoples:

With multi-thousand world societies sometimes conducting policies involving whole planets for centuries (like a terraforming project) it naturally comes to be that workers laboring for such will be in essence "ethnicized". The Terrans first saw this phenomenon when they met the Vilani and called such groups "castes" and sometimes they did resemble the groups in East Asia the term was meant to evoke. But as they expanded they developed similar groups in their own system.

In the Third Imperium the most obvious example of such is the network of contractors and suppliers that keep the Imperial Defense Forces going. But the civil service has examples too as do many groups associated with megacorporations. Several ImperialLines luxury passenger ships have a hereditary crew that marries by preference endogamously or at least with crews of other liners.

Members of such groups have a feudalistic relation to their employers and it is considered a point of honor to maintain a reciprocal relation. Which of course does not mean there are not treacherous employees or miserly or tyrannical employers. It means simply that such behavior is disapproved.
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The security service would really devour the workforce a lot. Even in a mercantile culture, other aspects can be automated much more easily.
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