A group of political units associated to a greater or lesser degree for the purpose of communication among citizens, businesses, and governmental units.
Nearly all star systems are members of one postal union or another. Governments cooperate along their borders in order to allow the efficient flow of communications between them. Members of a postal union forward mail through their territories (subject, of course, to local security needs, acts of war, and so on) to the proper addresses.
On the average, communication is at the speed of the fastest available transportation, usually about three or four parsecs a week.
(SUPP-11, 1107; MT-ENCYC, 1120)
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