Rebin Empire

The Rebin Empire was a pocket empire consisting of the worlds Enrique (0212 Massilia), Naston (0213 Massilia), Shigi (0214 Massilia), Rebin (0312 Massilia), Ergo (0314 Massilia), Abarre (0315 Massilia) long since reabsorbed into the Imperium, but maintaining a distinctive local culture.  Rebin (A-88A436-F) is the homeworld of a highly technological, matriarchal culture that settled the inhospitable systems around itself in the latter part of the Long Night.

The powerful matriarchy of Rebin dates as far back as any historical records exist.  Males constitute a servant class and do not marry into permanent families.  Children are raised and educated by female governesses until age eight, when the boys go to men's barracks to be trained for their future duties.  Science, art, and administration are entirely in the hands of women.  Men are not literate beyond the most basic needs of laborers.

Three of the five colony worlds have vacuum environments, with populations under domes and underground (Enrique B200967-F, Ergo A20099B-G, Abarre C10059C-C).  The fourth world has an ellipsoid atmosphere, breathable only in the colder latitudes, and the fifth requires filter masks.  Despite these harsh conditions, the colony worlds hold the bulk of the "empire's" population, while the pleasant homeworld is artificially restricted to the estates of ruling Rebin nobles and their servants.

Most of the Rebin worlds have notably high Law Levels because of the necessity of controlling such a large subjugated part of the populace.  Male traders and visitors find the matriarchs difficult to deal with, so most firms send female representatives to do business.

The Rebin worlds are active in their support of Strephon, but strongly oppossed the shift in power to the archdukes and domains.  This is based on a violent hatred of Dulinor, Archduke of Illelish, and his liberal policies which threaten the established status quo of the matriarchy.  Akim Gavrolovitch's novel Archduke Bedlam is very popular in the Rebin Empire.

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