ACF Sigrid

Sigrid Comms and Trading Post

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A fixed point station in deep space along the Arshan-Sionian border, near the Tsar Kovna Nebula. Sigrid serves as a major trading hub between the Arshans and Sionians, and a source of agricultural goods.


 

The ACF Sigrid, also called the Sigrid Comms and Trading Post, or just Sigrid, is a joint Arshan-Sionian controlled border station along the United Arshan Federation and Republic of Sion border. Sigrid sits in a fixed-point of space, near the Tsar Kovna Nebula. The station holds a population large enough to consider itself a small city, and has undergone several upgrade and expansion projects throughout its lifetime. Due to the station's position along the Arshan-Sionian border, residents are commonly able to speak both Arshan and Katarian, sometimes being fluent in both.

Demographics

Sigrid's population is entirely Human, and primarily consists of about 65% Arshan, 30% Sionian, 5% mixed culture. Delta Squadron border patrol fleets, Zulu Squadron security forces, and logistical personnel from the Foreign Sector's Trade Branch and Kilo Squadron make up a good portion of the Arshan population. However, a vast majority of Arshans are non-active service and all of the Sionians are civilians whom work aboard and service the station and any vessels docked with it. The most common professions found in Sigrid are related to engineering, hydroponics, and sports, with a small percentage of jobs in tourism due to the nearby Tsar Kovna Nebula.

Government

Being a joint-owned station, Sigrid is subject to both Arshan regulations and Sionian laws from the Katar region. This has led to a somewhat unique adaptation of the Arshan's communist economy and strict regulations on trade and personnel assignment mixed with the Katar Tribe's capitalist concept of a 'free and open market' - Arshans find themselves with more economical freedom than they're used to, while Sionians are expected to comply with certain regulations that don't exist elsewhere in the Katar Tribe. Republic of Sion taxes apply to transactions involving Sionians, including Sionians buying from or selling to Arshans.

 

Standard Sionian credits are used as the primary currency in Sigrid; No Arshan currency is used, as the Federation lacks any form of internal currency. Trade between Arshans and Sionians does utilize credits, but Sionians are also typically willing to accept goods and supplies instead in a barter-like system.

Defences

As part of of the joint-ownership agreement, defence of the station and military presence is handled entirely by the United Arshan Federation. Garrisons at Sigrid are filled by both Delta Squadron and Zulu Squadron personnel.

 

Zulu Squadron Security Forces

Main article: Yellow Shield

Internal security is handled by Zulu Squadron Yellow Shield teams. These teams handle law enforcement, internal security, escort services, and even have a designated Holocombat team for sporting events on Sigrid. Yellow Shield regularly runs training excercises throughout the station, which became the original inspiration for the Katarian-invented holocombat sport.

 

Delta Squadron Garrison

Main article: BPT-KTR Sigrid

Protection of the station from the outside is covered by a garrisoned fleet of Delta Squadron ships. This fleet, designated 'BPT-KTR Sigrid' or simply 'Sigrid Border Patrol', is under the direct command of ACF Sigrid. Consisting of the standard Border-Patrol Group configuration, the fleet fields a destroyer, battle-carrier, two flak frigates, and two missile frigates alongside several wings of strike, transport, and interceptor craft.

Infrastructure

Agriculture

Outfitted with a number of hydroponics and agricultural modules, Sigrid grows various different fruits and vegetables of both Arshan and Sionian origin, as well as some livestock. Most of these agricultural modules are tended to by Kilo Squadron personnel, with assistance from Sionians where Sionian crops and livestock are grown. In the United Arshan Federation, Sigrid is designated primarily as a trading port with the Katar Tribe, and a food source for the Internal Sector. This has resulted in the station producing a surplus of crops and livestock, which is distributed evenly between the Katar Tribe and the Federation as part of the joint-ownership agreement.

 

Docking Hub

The station is also outfitted with a large number of docking bays, ports, and hangers where ships from both sides of the border come to conduct trade and official business, receive repairs and maintainence, prepare for a racing event, or just relax. Due to the nature of Arshan economics and culture, Arshan citizens are allowed free passage and maintainence through most docking ports, while non-government sponsored Sionian citizens are required a fee or trade in exchange for these services. Repair work is handled by various personnel of both Sionian and Arshan sourcing, with these groups typically splitting the work based on what type of vessel is being serviced.

 

Space Racing Courses

As part of a recent contract with the Katarian Space Racing League, the Sionian government has permitted the construction of racing courses. Regions of open space near the station have been sectioned off and dedicated to racing events, complete with navigational buoys to denote travel paths for more technical races and observation platforms for spectators. There are currently two main courses present at Sigrid: The Lyyra Circuit focusing on sharp angles and technical maneuvers, and the Sigrid 500 with a focus on speed and long stretches.

Assets

Crops & Livestock

Due to the Arshan's agricultural focus within Sigrid, the station tends to have a large surplus of crops and livestock. These are distributed first within the station, including into emergency stockpiles, then the remainder is divided evenly between the United Arshan Federation and Republic of Sion's Katar Tribe.

History

The ACF Sigrid was originally built as the command post for the UAF's border patrol fleet situated along the Sionian border. Due to peaceful relations with the Republic, the garrison was only ever lightly fortified, and primarily existed as a communications and trading point between the two factions. As time went on, and the station's workforce grew and became a population, the ACF Sigrid was re-designated as the Sigrid Comms and Trading Post, and re-branded as a primarily 'civilian' city by the UAF. Now, the station is controlled under an agreement of 'joint-ownership' between the Arshans and Sionians, and is a melting pot of both cultures.

Geography

Sigrid is located within deep space, near the Tsar Kovna Nebula. Due to this location, 'space-weather' phenomena are rare to non-existent. The station is situated along the Arshan-Sionian border, connected to the Katar Region of the Republic of Sion's territory. The nearby nebula serves as a tourist attraction for Sionians, while the open space surrounding the station provide plenty of room for expansion and construction of racing courses.

Alternative Name(s)
Sigrid; Sigrid Comms and Trading Post
Type
Orbital, Station
Population
23,682
Location under
Tsar Kovna Nebula
Owning Organization
United Arshan Federation

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Appendices

  Appendix A: Related Articles   Appendix B: Glossary of Terms & Definitions

ACF / ASF / ACV / ASV

Arshan designations for ships, vessels, stations, etc follow a 3 character abbreviation. The first character is always 'A', for 'Arshan'. This is followed by 'C' (Central/Command) for the leading or central facility/vessel or 'S' for supporting/non-leading vessels that make up the fleet. The final character designates the physical type of vessel - 'V' for mobile vessels such as ships, or 'F' for stationary facilities and stations.



Comments

Author's Notes

Written as an entry to the WorldAnvil Summer Camp 2018 series.


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2 Jul, 2018 18:57

A very thought out and detailed article! Did rebranding the station have any effect on the bilateral relationship between the United Arshan Federation and the Republic of Sion? How well do the inhabitants cope with the differences in law, especially the Sionians who face stricter regulations?

2 Jul, 2018 19:07

The rebranding itself didn't really have much effect on their relationship - It was the joint-ownership agreement and the station's usage as a trading post, then a bi-cultural city that really helped to cement the bond between the Republic and the Federation. As a fun fact, despite the station officially being named 'Sigrid Comms and Trading Post', many Arshans still just call it the 'ACF Sigrid'.

 

The differences in law, Arshans are probably handling it a lot better than the Sionians. The less strict regulations they've found helpful when dealing with Sionians, but otherwise, most Arshans stick to following what laws and procedures they've known throughout the Federation. On the Sionian side of things, dealings with the Arshans already have a reputation of being a 'paperwork simulator' but that's something they've gotten used to over the centuries the two cultures have known eachother. Those who live in Sigrid have gotten more used to it, as well, to a point where they still follow these regulations when dealing with other Sionians on the Katarian side of the border, which is typically responded to with jokes.

2 Jul, 2018 18:59

I have a question, how is handled the diference between legislation? There must be several contradictions.

2 Jul, 2018 19:11

It's still a sort of 'work in progress' for the two cultures, and there's constant adjustments to the regulations and laws as they apply to Sigrid. But, generally, the only laws that actually apply are related to trade, commerce, and security - And with the Arshans being placed in full power of security by the agreement, Arshan security regulations are what the station's population observes. Commercial laws, on the other hand, fit more with Sionian laws with a lot of gray area to lean toward compliance with some Arshan regulations - The key difference being required tracking of assets moving through the station, including serial numbers if applicable, even if the assets are being bought and sold solely by Sionians.

2 Jul, 2018 19:14

Excellent use of that Grandmaster CSS! Looks great, though I have only a cursory understanding of sci-fi concepts. I do like that I've finally seen one of your articles though!

2 Jul, 2018 19:19

This CSS has been an ongoing project. I think there's more 'words' in the CSS field than in my largest article XD

2 Jul, 2018 19:29

Having seen CSS-help, I'd believe it

2 Jul, 2018 19:19

I like the detail in the infrastructure section and how it's broken down into parts of the infrastructure, makes it much easier to follow

2 Jul, 2018 19:19

Thanks! This article is sort of part of an experiment to see how well 1 paragraph summaries per header works out to keep me from dumping walls of text on people.

2 Jul, 2018 19:20

It works pretty well, I have visual processing difficulties, can't read walls of text, but found this readable and trackable

2 Jul, 2018 19:29

Good to know :D

2 Jul, 2018 19:39

This seems like an interesting place to visit! The blending of the two countries regulations must make for an interesting time for the civilians... Also, I love the formatting!