Space Opera - a genre that has produced some of the more recognizeable and successful popular works of science fiction. The titles are legion: Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, Firefly, Andromeda, Stargate, plus literary giants such as the Lensman series, The Mote In God's Eye, Ringworld, Foundation, I, Robot, and so on. The prolific size of the body of space opera fiction out there is as vast as it is varied. So, naturally, I suggest we add to it.
Traveller: The Third Imperium - our setting resides in the distant future--over three thousand years removed from our own time. Interstellar travel is facilitated, and limited, by the use of a technology called the jump drive. Jump drives are capable of propelling a starcraft between one to six parsecs, depending on the individual drive's specifications. Regardless of the distance of a jump, the duration required for the trip is approximately one week. Communications are limited to the speed of travel; there is no "sub-space" or other form of FTL information transfer. This leads to a central principle for the setting, that the restraint on the speed of information leads to decentralization and the vestment of significant power in the hands of local officials.
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