Used to working independently, the people of the Niops colony simply continued working on their project after they lost all contact with the Star League following the Amaris Coup. Very few even showed any concern at the lack of communication from the Star League after years had gone by. Considering that their work wouldn't produce any true results for decades, possibly even centuries, they continued to send progress reports into the ether without need for response. At the time, there was no one left in the Inner Sphere that even knew anything about the project. By the time the Succession Wars erupted, the Niops system existed only on forgotten, archival star charts.
The Niops system remained isolated from outside contact for nearly six decades, but the end of the First Succession War changed that. Refugees from each of the Great Houses fled into the Periphery, looking to escape the death and destruction. Many disappeared. Some managed to find worlds that they could colonize. One large group of Capellan refugees changed upon the Niops system, bringing with them word of the Amaris Civil War and the subsequent First Succession War.
New of the wars brewing in the Inner Sphere brought the scientist of Niops out of their work-imposed ignorance. For once, they gathered together to decide on a course of action. The great majority agreed that they should remain aloof. All progress reports ceased and, if rumors can be believed, they even dismantled part of their HPG to completely cut any potential communications. At the same time, they overwhelmingly agreed to accept the Capellan refugees into their colony, placing the mostly unskilled mass to work on he farms and into the factories.
Social strata quickly formed, with the scientists and other educated people forming the leadership while the uneducated masses remained subservient. The leaders of the colony maintained a monopoly on the advanced education system, limiting enrolment in specialized training programs (equivalent to advanced secondary and university level education) to the select few. At the same time, they provided their rapidly growing lower class a safe and relatively prosperous life. As the population grew, they added settlements on both Niops V and VI and continually built a military that could deal with the odd pirate raid. Through it all, they continued on with their research.
thin the last decade or so, the leaders of the Niops Association nearly had a popular uprising on their hands. Whether the rumors that outsiders had anything to do with that can be believed or not, the fact of the matter is that the Niops economy slowly spiraled as farm production dropped and mining operations netted less raw materials. Rather than look toward outsiders for help, though, the Association’s leaders simply turned to their increasingly rebellious population. They cast aside much of the leaderships structure that has served them for centuries and gave their less-educated working class a full say within their new government. No longer able to blame all of their woes on an uncaring leadership, the population of the Niops Association has refocused its energies back toward stabilizing its economy, a task it has done marvelously.
The leaders of the Association initially began to seek interstellar contracts and trade agreements to help alleviate their economic woes. Little to their surprise, matters within the Inner sphere has not changed significantly in the centuries that they had remained isolated. They courted their nearby Periphery neighbors, and likewise several of the Inner Sphere powers, but eventually none of those relationships proved necessary. With word of the Association making its way around the Inner sphere's scientific communities, however, astronomers and other interested parties have made Niops VII a Mecca of sorts. The Associations has no qualms about this and has profited from the increased travel and the often-significant fees they charge for access to their research.
- System Name: Niops VII
- Coordinates: -377.01, -267.23
- Star Type: M5V
- Position in System: 7
- Time to Jump Point: 2.44 days
- Recharging Station: None
- ComStar Facility Class: None
- Population: 13,245,000
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: 30% Fish
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