This year’s A to Z Challenge theme is ‘world-building’, in honour of my new sci-fi books – the Viridian System Series.
Definition from The Perihelix, Chapter 5
Imperium, The: n. Benevolent system of world alliances, centred on the Terzan E system. Elected Senate meets at set intervals to provide strategic government to 15,000 member planets. Trade regulated to enable equitable access to essential goods. The Imperium network enables the most suitable planets to efficiently produce primary goods including food, fuels, metals, mining products, and components, and to export at favourable rates. Secondary goods feature in a lively exchange system, giving rise to a tertiary system in management, leisure, and service sectors. Imperium citizens enjoy free access throughout the galaxy thanks to their identity chips, which are embedded at birth. (Cavalieri-Chang Modern Universal Word Usage, 2822 edition)
I was very happy that a comment from one of my beta readers about needing more background to some of the worlds and organisations led to my idea of a dictionary definition at the start of each chapter of the Perihelix. I was even happier to get the idea of a wholly biassed ‘Modern Universal Word Usage’ which I attributed to a descendant of my editor and her partner!
The Imperium is important in the series, not just as the ‘big bad wolf’ but because it gives structure to the rest of the universe. There is a constant fear of the Imperium taking over, yet the Imperium stands for free trade and democracy. Fortunately we get an inside view of it from a Senator named Kaa Birith, who appears in the first book in a minor role, and is starting to play a more central role in the second book, which I’m writing at present. I’m not sure how clear his relationships were in the first book, but by now, I think I’ve written them pretty clearly! His behaviour towards free trade reminds me of the Irish Clearances and the actions of the English landowners. It gave me a dramatic start for the second book, anyway.
My main challenge is to make sure the Imperium is not a carbon copy of other pan-galactic entities that appear in other scifi books and film franchises. But then, maybe the authors have a similar world view as myself. Slightly jaundiced. 🙂