These two sectors are obviously important because these areas link Delphi to Core and will suggest the roots of the trade network that will grow within Delphi, and the X-boat route too.
I think this will be cool, because you can start with some Imperial expansion into the area in the Recontact era, determine the trade routes, and then let those trade routes impact the development, ultimately seeing the impact in the Current era. Which will lead to stuff like:
"Why was the battle for Planet X so bloody?", "Because it was a choke point for trade with Region Y - if the Imperium tolerated any independence there, Planet Z, Q and R would be at the mercy of the Foo Empire."
Steve "bloo" Daniels
Areas that need to corespond to cannon should be noted and maybe used as anchor points. Like Planet X is a naval base, with a class A port and billions of people. Since that didn't happen overnight (probably), Planet X was likely one of the first areas colonized. This should be kept track of by someone.
Actually we need a list of all cannon references (as has already been mentioned), and use this as the anchors.
James, can I suggest you create a "Delphi Project: Proposal Basis and Development Direction" document, based on what this list has already discussed? It should include a statement of what is considered basic canon (ie. unchangeable, such as the Atlas dot map, Anaxias' UWP, etc - we covered this earlier), then have your words about the intended direction of the work. Wrap it in a livery (turquoise and something?) and badging (Margaret's bird-of-prey symbol?), HTML it and post it on someone's site, possibly grandsurvey.
Suggestion: start with the existing UWPs. If you, as a developer, think there is a strange anomaly somewhere (like the one that bloo pointed out), raise it as a discussion issue. Throw around ideas, thrash it out, and either keep the UWP (because someone has come up with a brilliant explanation that is better than "just a handwave") or change it (like bloo's suggested swap of port type).
This is a good approach and one I will probably adopt.
First draft Pre-Ancients We should decide how many native non-human races Delphi has. One canon statement says that there are roughly 100 minor non-humans inside the 3rd Imperium. This works out as one per 3 subsectors on the average, which would work out as 2 or 3 native races in Delphi (what with 7-8 of the subsectors being almost empty). We do not, of course, have to stick to the average. Spinward Marches has way more than the average while Solomani Rim is below. Still, let's make every minor race interesting and not introduce any without a good reason. Ancients period The big question here is, of course, does Delphi have any minor human races? Traveller authors tend to introduce new minor human races at the drop of a hat, but keeping in mind that we have about 35 or so already named (out of 46), we should show some restraint in introducing more. One minor human race is possible if we can come up with a good, worthwhile one, but two would IMO definitely be exceeding our quota ;-). BTW, are any of the human races from the _Azhanti_ list still nothing more than a name? If so, we might consider using one of those. Interim Did anything exiting happen between -290,000 and -10,000? STL empires or... or... Actually, that's about all I can think of... Siru Zirka The map of the First Imperium at its height (ca. -3500) in _Referee's Manual_ shows the Imperium covering subsectors A, B, C[*], E, F[*], I, J[*], M, and a tiny slice of N. The rest of N and all of O and P was not a part. Was N, O, and P empty and uninteresting or was there a large pocket empire that the Imperium couldn't be bothered to deal with? And did the spinward side of Delphi have some pocket empires that was assimilated by the First Imperium in its expansion phase? also, did any not-native human or non-human races settle in Delphi at this time? [*] The non-empty parts of these subsectors. Rule of Man The map of the Rule of Man shows the exact same border as the one of the First Imperium. Did anything interesting happen in Delphi during the RoM? Any Solomani immigrants? Or was it a forgotten backwater? The Long Night What happened in Delphi during the Long Night? When did RoM authority break down? Was there any successor states? How did they fare? Milieu Zero When did 3rd Imperium scouts first move into Delphi? Did the Sylean Federation have any contact with anyone prior to that? The map of Imperial wars in _Imperial Encyclopedia_ shows that the Sylean Pacification campaigns covered Subsectors A, B, C, E, and F, but not I, M, N, O, or P. It would seem that the latter subsectors were incorporated peacefully, which is interesting, because N, O, and P were never even part of the 1st or 2nd Imperiums. Maybe N, O, and P were relatively virgin, with few prior settlements? Milieu 200 Expansion into N, O, and P (And Glimmerdrift Reaches M)? Milieu 400 No ideas yet. Civil War How did Delphi fare during the Civil War? Were any of the Emperors of the Flag from Delphi? Milieu 800 How did Delphi fare during the Psionic Suppressions? There would propably have been one or two Psionic Institutes in Delphi. Rim War The fighting apparently didn't get into Delphi, but it did get as far corewards as Old Expanses A and B, just rimwards of Delphi. Anything useful in that? Hans Rancke-Madsen