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For over a thousand years the Second Imperium held together over twelve thousand worlds in a political, economic and social collective that was widely held to be enlightened, beneficial to its members, and unfortunately, utterly stagnant.

The ideals of its founders became entrenched in a system that spent more effort on maintaining status quo - a generally pleasant status quo - but one that had little room for innovation and change. New ideas could not be absorbed, and when the troubles began, the Imperial bureaucracy could not cope. Discontent grew, and even the Imperial Navy, bastion of the Second Imperium's control over its worlds, began to dissolve.

No one expected the Collapse, and it took over a generation for it to devolve across the reaches of the Imperium. It did not come to everyone at the same time, so that some worlds were already severed from the resources they had depended upon while others struggled to maintain the laws and order or the Imperium, even claimed to be the remnants of the Imperium. It did not last.

After the collapse of the Second Imperium, humanity struggled to survive. Entire planets, dependent upon their neighbours or more distant worlds, perished as much needed supplies never reached them. Some descended to barbarism, or worse. Others self-annihilated. And some thrived, freed of the restrictions that had been placed upon them by a great empire that ruled over thousands of worlds.

Of those that thrived, many sent out diplomats and traders to re-establish links with other worlds. Some, those fortunate enough to have had an imperial fleet in their sector when the collapse took place, inherited the ships as their own. They sent out fleets, to conquer their neighbours.

All of those who could still reach for the stars needed explorers. Jump drives became a precious commodity, especially the ones that reached far, far into space. The race to explore had begun again, just like it had in the days of sail. Those with the guts and daring to dream big, to take great risks, would reap the greatest rewards....


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DJ design, layout and all graphics by Krystyn Aleedo & Dominic Mackenzie
DJ Background: Map of the Spinward Marches by Marc Miller
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A Short Jump Into Darkness - Out of Print's date today is:Jul 20th 4514AD


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2008-09-21 11:11:14 Short Jump Chapter 3 by Krystyn Aleedo
2008-09-21 20:07:04 Searching... by Xander
2008-09-24 13:32:56 "I'm looking for two women" by Susan DeVries
2008-09-27 10:02:40 A Little Competition by Ships Computer
2008-09-27 20:16:23 Return to Trevarkian by Krystyn Aleedo
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2008-10-05 12:07:06 Just a Little Insurance by Xander
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2008-10-30 18:28:15 And So It Begins... by Ships Computer
2008-10-31 14:31:31 Bad Way to Screw DeVries by Susan DeVries
2008-11-09 12:55:09 “Dominic, is there never a moment that your mind doesn’t turn to sex?” by Dominic Mackenzie
2008-11-23 16:50:27 RUN! by Xander
2008-12-27 11:50:54 Witness to a Kiss by Krystyn Aleedo
2009-01-19 11:51:18 "They're going to get killed, or worse!" by Ships Computer
2009-02-22 18:30:21 "So you kissed him?"... by Dominic Mackenzie
2009-03-09 08:12:04 Running Interrogation by Krystyn Aleedo
2009-08-29 12:09:01 "What went wrong Xander?..." by Xander
2009-09-07 14:30:28 Hopeless! by Susan DeVries
2009-09-27 11:29:14 '...yes….yes…..YES!' by Dominic Mackenzie
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2009-09-13 06:37:58 September 13th's Updates by Imperial News Service
2009-09-28 06:37:22 September 28th's Updates by Imperial News Service
2009-09-29 05:20:42 September 29th's Updates by Krystyn Aleedo
2009-10-01 16:40:46 What Time Hath Wrought by Krystyn Aleedo
2009-10-02 06:03:08 October 2nd's Updates - Short Story! by Imperial News Service
2009-10-02 15:54:21 "Slaughter Doesn't a Friendship Make" by Dominic Mackenzie
2009-10-03 06:37:26 October 3rd's Updates - Another Short Story! by Imperial News Service
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2008-12-27 14:41:26 Ad Test by Krystyn Aleedo
2009-01-19 11:53:07 Dom's surprise by Ships Computer
2009-06-15 12:31:57 We're back in business! by Krystyn Aleedo
2009-09-05 08:33:45 Crash! by Susan DeVries
2009-09-13 10:26:01 Quick Precis! by Krystyn Aleedo
2009-09-27 12:09:29 Next by Krystyn Aleedo
2009-10-01 16:54:43 Dom Story discussion by Krystyn Aleedo
2009-10-02 12:48:05 Sue, Xander and the breakup by Krystyn Aleedo
2009-10-03 14:42:01 Capture! by Krystyn Aleedo
2010-04-21 12:52:40 Note to self by Krystyn Aleedo


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