Far and Away
The Trade Route
The Trade Route: The trade route between the Hierate and the
Imperium is important enough to be considered an independent
entity. The Imperium exports primarily manufactured goods
and dust-spice in exchange for raw materials and Aslan goods;
many of the Imperium’s exports are resold by the Aslan to
independent worlds across the Reach. It takes 7 or 8 jump-2
jumps (depending on the course chosen) to cross wild-space,
a journey that takes approximately 60 days. Imperial escorts
usually follow ships as far as Acrid; the Aslan pick the convoys
up at Techworld, while mercenary and corporate escorts follow
convoys along the whole route.
Pirate activity varies along the route. Most of the attacks happen
in the Borderlands subsector, where travellers must navigate an
unpromising series of systems. In general, both the Imperium
and the Hierate tolerate a low level of piratical activity, as long
as most of the attacks hit independent, small-scale merchants.
Once the losses impact on a megacorporation’s bottom line,
though, the fleet is sent out to scour the stars and the pirates
are driven out of the Borderlands for a few months.