The Imperial practice of interdiction of worlds within the boundaries of the Imperium has long been a source of contention between liberal and conservative factions in the government. Interdictions must be approved by a member of the Imperial family, but generally such approval is given in response to a request from an interested service, nearly always the Scouts or the Navy.

It is generally held that the Scouts recommend interdiction to shield a young and sensitive culture from the interference that interstellar trade and commerce will bring. Algine ( Regina / Spinward Marches 2308) is an example of this type of interdiction.

The Navy is held to be more vindictive in its recommendations, using interdiction to punish local governments or to hide its own mistakes.

Interdicted worlds are classed as having type-X starports . The Traveller's Aid Society generally awards interdicted worlds Red Travel Zone ratings.

(ADV-1, 1105; SUPP-8, 1107; MT-ENCYC, 1120)

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