The Solomani Autonomous Region was an area within the Imperium granted self-government through a charter from Empress Margaret I in 704.
The charter granted control of the region of space within a radius of 50 parsecs of Terra (hence its alternate name, Solomani Sphere) to a Solomani governing body, which was given broad powers of authority.
For two hundred years, the Imperium effectively ignored the region and concentrated instead on its coreward frontiers.
By 940, Solomani oppression of nonhuman (and non-Solomani) worlds forced Empress Margaret II to revoke the regionís charter. After years of diplomatic actions proved fruitless, it was decided to forcibly reintegrate the region into the Imperium. Naturally, the Solomani resisted, and the Solomani Rim War (990 to 1002) began.
(SUPP-11: p19, 1107; MT-ENCYC: p37, 1120)
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