Perseus Rift, The
Colloquial term for the volume between the Orion and Perseus arms; a vast and ill-defined volume rimwards of the Solar Dominion and Metasoft.

The Perseus Rift has always been a remote and troublesome region for the inner powers, and after the Version War a number of independent mainly ex-Dominion interstellar powers have emerged. The politics of the region is complex, not unlike the Disarchy outside the NoCoZo - Negentropic border. In general, it is a playground for minor powers and clades resisting Dominion expansionism and emigrant groups from the Inner Sphere.

The colonization of the Perseus Arm continues despite the Rift, mainly through a few long-range wormholes left from before the Version War. The threat from the Amalgamation has led to increased pressure on the Rift powers to support the PADO (Perseus Arm Defence Organisation), but negotiations and even contact remains slow.

A number of exploration-dedicated archai have transcended to become full archailects, and style themselves the Perseus Princes; in the Pluton Volume one important new archailect is Prince Vatsceh, who has forged a hybrid culture with the xenosophont Muuh and Soft Ones in that region.

Some of the other main powers of the region are The Restored Ambi Limis, 1513, the Celerin Volume, the Ulysses Network, the Hyperionites, The Blackbody Cluster, and Sweetlight.
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    Independent minded cyborg-dominated prefecture near NGC 1513; in the Perseus Rift. Formally part of the Dominion, but in practice independent.
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    Cluster of worlds centred around the Blackbody nebula, Perseus Rift. An important outpost for long-range exploration and relativist flight thanks to its unique wormhole connection to the Inner Sphere at Corona. It is a small but expansive cluster, too young to have much impact yet on the Rift politics but already brimming with inner sphere groups planning of exploiting the opportunities of the sparsely colonized volume.
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    Small but fiercely independent Perseus Rift volume dominated by the Celerin tweak-cyborg clade. They fought the Dominion "rescue" fleet as soon as it appeared after the Version War, and have continued to hold their own against the Dominion, largely through Metasoft and Ulysses help. Over the years the Dominion has stopped attacking it militarily, but still regards it as a part of the Dominion that has just suffered a temporary aberration. The number of missionaries sent to the volume is staggering, but they have little effect on the creativity-shielded aquatic celerin.
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    A cluster of relatively young archailects that have emerged in the Perseus Arm.
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    A number of worlds in the Perseus Rift, centered around Khan, that once were part of Ambi Limis and are trying to reclaim their former glory. Politically they are too far away and too economically weak to be interesting, and instead act as a kind of buffer state between the Dominion and Metasoft.
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Text by Anders Sandberg

Initially published on 19 December 2001.