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===Expansion===
 
===Expansion===
However, for over a century after the War, the Orions were too preoccupied with recovery and investment to consider colonization. Only pirates and traders operated in the [[Outer Dark]], largely as uncivilized adventurers; most sensible Orions sought wealth closer to home. But when population pressures increased, they began to develop new colonies in unknown areas of space. The first new colony since the war (Nallin founded one a few years after it ended) was established at [[Zonvan]] in the Outer Dark, in [[7th century|October 623 AD]] (stardate −14/2310).
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However, for over a century after the War, the Orions were too preoccupied with recovery and investment to consider colonization. Only pirates and traders operated in the [[Outer Dark]], largely as uncivilized adventurers; most sensible Orions sought wealth closer to home. But when population pressures increased, they began to develop new colonies in unknown areas of space. The first new colony since the war (Nallin founded one a few years after it ended) was established at [[Zonvan]] in the Outer Dark, in October 623 AD (stardate −14/2310).
   
 
These colonization efforts weren't always successful. Orions preferred to settle already-inhabited worlds so they could trade with their neighbors, and they brought prosperity to the worlds they inhabited. But they needed the permission of their hosts, and some did not want a permanent Orion Colony in their territory. Pirates also rode ahead of the settlers, making things difficult for them. Thus, the original Colonies carefully chose new ones for maximum survivability and sent out ''rhadamanen'' with the necessary funds to begin development. Expansion was slow, with a Colony launching a colonization effort only every few generations or longer if discouraged by failure. But in time new ventures would be launched once a year, with many planets colonized, abandoned, and re-colonized, some up to eighteen times.<ref name="FASAOrions1"/>
 
These colonization efforts weren't always successful. Orions preferred to settle already-inhabited worlds so they could trade with their neighbors, and they brought prosperity to the worlds they inhabited. But they needed the permission of their hosts, and some did not want a permanent Orion Colony in their territory. Pirates also rode ahead of the settlers, making things difficult for them. Thus, the original Colonies carefully chose new ones for maximum survivability and sent out ''rhadamanen'' with the necessary funds to begin development. Expansion was slow, with a Colony launching a colonization effort only every few generations or longer if discouraged by failure. But in time new ventures would be launched once a year, with many planets colonized, abandoned, and re-colonized, some up to eighteen times.<ref name="FASAOrions1"/>
   
This golden age was not without problems, however; a growing strength in the outer regions of Orion space had coincided with a weakening centralized government. In [[9th century|May 879 AD]] (stardate −12/7905), the [[Gaetano Region]] declared independence, triggering a war with the BPC. After hiring additional ships from the [[Anor Region|Anor]], [[Guilpin Region|Guilpin]], and [[Sark Region]]s, the BPC ran out of funds and was forced to withdraw. They never made a formal peace, and taxes paid to Botchok trickled to a halt. By 867 AD (stardate −12/67), the outermost fifteen regions had effectively seceded. The BPC grew increasingly chaotic as social conditions worsened across Orion space.<ref name="FASAOrions1"/><ref name="FASAOrions2"/>
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This golden age was not without problems, however; a growing strength in the outer regions of Orion space had coincided with a weakening centralized government. In May 879 AD (stardate −12/7905), the [[Gaetano Region]] declared independence, triggering a war with the BPC. After hiring additional ships from the [[Anor Region|Anor]], [[Guilpin Region|Guilpin]], and [[Sark Region]]s, the BPC ran out of funds and was forced to withdraw. They never made a formal peace, and taxes paid to Botchok trickled to a halt. By 867 AD (stardate −12/67), the outermost fifteen regions had effectively seceded. The BPC grew increasingly chaotic as social conditions worsened across Orion space.<ref name="FASAOrions1"/><ref name="FASAOrions2"/>
   
 
As Orions spread across space and became more diverse, social differences increased. A few Colonies appeared without any Ruddies or without any Greys, and each sub-race wondered why they needed the other. While Ruddy–Grey cooperation had driven the growth of Orion civilization, their racial friction drove its collapse. Meanwhile, low-class Greens grew restless, seeing their labor make the other races wealthy and powerful.<ref name="FASAOrions2"/>
 
As Orions spread across space and became more diverse, social differences increased. A few Colonies appeared without any Ruddies or without any Greys, and each sub-race wondered why they needed the other. While Ruddy–Grey cooperation had driven the growth of Orion civilization, their racial friction drove its collapse. Meanwhile, low-class Greens grew restless, seeing their labor make the other races wealthy and powerful.<ref name="FASAOrions2"/>
   
In [[11th century|July 1037 AD]] (stardate −10/3707), a colony was established at [[Talna III]], only 31 parsecs from [[Sol]]. This marked the greatest extent of Orion space, 150 [[parsec]]s in radius, fully half the distance from [[Rigel]] to Sol. An Orion explorer traveled as far as [[Earth]] and [[Tellar]], but left no trace but his ship's log. At this time, 57.3 billion Orions inhabited 972 planets, with a greater population density close to Rigel (some at least 50%, but typically 10%) and decreasing towards the Outer Dark (less than 1% at the fringes).<ref name="FASAOrions1"/>
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In July 1037 AD (stardate −10/3707), a colony was established at [[Talna III]], only 31 parsecs from [[Sol]]. This marked the greatest extent of Orion space, 150 [[parsec]]s in radius, fully half the distance from [[Rigel]] to Sol. An Orion explorer traveled as far as [[Earth]] and [[Tellar]], but left no trace but his ship's log. At this time, 57.3 billion Orions inhabited 972 planets, with a greater population density close to Rigel (some at least 50%, but typically 10%) and decreasing towards the Outer Dark (less than 1% at the fringes).<ref name="FASAOrions1"/>
   
 
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