Sigrid Comms and Trading Post
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AppendicesAppendix A: Related Articles
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.