Banks Orbital 2
Image from Steve Bowers
The first Banks Orbital ever built can still be seen in the Gordelpus System

Central MPA system, colonized by the Kathelian Confederacy in the 2700's. Location of the first Banks Orbital, completed in 4226 A.T..

It became a center of wormhole construction, magmatter manufacture, and experiments in applied gravitronics under the Kathelian engineer-gods. When they suddenly vanished in 6304 (likely transcending) the system was cast into disarray and economic chaos. The new STC-aligned Erniac government came into conflict with pro-Negentropic and pro-Keterist influences, weakening the political market and allowing the Sonato system to buy the polityship in 6433.

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Development Notes
Text by Anders Sandberg
Initially published on 31 October 2001.