The Hygiean Logistocracy

The Hygiean Logistocracy Overview covers the basics of the Logistocracy’s government, how people move around the Expanse, and the factions there.

Overview

The Hygiean Logistocracy is the governing body of the Hygiean Expanse, which is a group of survivors living in and around the asteroids 10 Hygiea, 333 Badenia, and 538 Friederike, also known as the Hygiea family of asteroids.

The Logistocracy strictly controls all supplies and travel in the Expanse. There are severe punishments for piracy, hoarding, and participating in the black market.

The Logistocracy’s other function is ensuring that the Hygiean Expanse remains hidden from both The Emergency and The Mistake. They do so by maintaining The Shroud, which is a technology that generates a masking cloud around the inhabited space. So far this has been successful.

Ships in the Expanse do not use traditional engines: instead, they use a series of slingshots to generate initial momentum and major course changes, and simple thrusters for fine course adjustments and maneuvering. This is, again, to hide their existence from The Emergency.

The Hygiean Logistocracy appears first in Asteroid Blues, and again in Specters of a Broken Sun.

Read about the major factions that inhabit the Hygiean Expanse below:

Factions

The Logistarch’s Bench
The Logistarch surrounds herself with the best and the brightest of the Hygiean Expanse. These are they. They rule from the asteroid city Hygiea.
The Warehouser’s Guild
Perhaps the most powerful group– after the Logistarch herself– they are in charge of the storage and inventory of the Logistocracy’s tightly-rationed supplies.
The Divine Measure
Just as the Warehouser’s Guild is in charge of storage and inventory, The Divine Measure is in charge of distribution. They are the ones who make sure that everyone receives exactly as much as they require– no more, and no less.
The Shroud
This group of engineers and experts maintains the Shroud, which is a special field that hides light, power emissions, and other traces from the Emergency and the Mistake.
The Shipping Authority
This influential group is in charge of making sure that ships only travel where and when they are authorized to do so.
The Badenia Family
This family rules the smaller asteroid city of Badenia. They have long been vassals of the Logistarch, much as they chafe at this arrangement.
The Protectorate of Friederike
The smallest asteroid city is in Friederike, which was once a kingdom in space. It is now another vassal state of Hygiea, though they retain their monarch and most of their traditions.
The Hygiean News Network
The official mouthpiece of the Logistocracy.
The Metres
Officers who visit ships and ports to ensure that everyone is staying within their rations– and to punish those who do not.