Independent, human-inhabited federation located in the demilitarised neutral area between the Zhodani Consulate and the Imperium.
Arden ( Vilis / Spinward Marches 1011) was absorbed by the expanding Imperium in 290. However, it was made independent as part of the armistice of 986 which ended the Third Frontier War. Recently, Arden became imperialist, expanding its dominion by absorbing Zircon ( Jewell / Spinward Marches 1110) and Utoland ( Jewell / Spinward Marches 1209).
As a small and relatively weak government, the Federation has chosen neutrality as its course toward self-preservation. This neutrality is of a passive nature; its systems have been declared conditionally open; any belligerent may enter any of the systems for replenishment and refuelling. Arden 's own defence fleet stands ready to defend the system and segregate ships of the belligerents into designated areas of the systems. Arden 's neutrality has made the Federation a clandestine meeting place for agents of all sides - for intelligence gathering and negotiation.
The Federation is controlled by the Arden Society , a small group of dedicated individuals who become members through contributions of finance or labour. The government is extremely repressive.
(SMC, 1111; MT-JOURNAL1, 1120)
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