The Colonies of Beyond Sector: Jasmine

Along with New Angeles and Yang 3, Jasmine is one of the ‘New Beyonder’ worlds. This trio of worlds was settled by Imperial colonists after the Reunification War, and accordingly their history is much shorter.

A harsh and arid world, Jasmine was initially settled by members of a minor monotheistic religion known as Thelism which had stirred up religious conflict in the Imperial Core. As often happens in these cases, the Empire decided to solve the issue by offering the faithful the “opportunity” to settle a world that they could mould in their own image. The Ministry of Colonisation dropped off the clergy and their followers on a  barren, arid world with some basic supplies, handed over their file to the local Ministry of Stability, and washed their hands of the matter.

For some decades after that, the people of Jasmine tenaciously continued to survive, forming several smaller states based on control of the limited water and usable agricultural land. Minor raids and skirmishes between tribes were common but kept from escalating by the presence of the Thelite priests, who commanded the respect of all residents of Jasmine.

All of that changed when the faithful stumbled upon the largest deposits of lanthium ever discovered in Beyond Sector. Lanthium is a key strategic mineral vital to Jump Drive construction, and so Jasmine quickly became a site of key importance. The original surveyors from the Ministry of Colonisation were swiftly executed for incompetence; naturally, the priestly leaders of Jasmine credited the intervention of their deity in hiding this blessing for His faithful.

The Ministry of Colonisation quickly granted resource exploitation licences to several multistellar corporations, but initial extraction efforts were marred by frequent conflict. Local tribes fought each other for control of valuable deposits, and often attacked mines and refineries in rival territory. Ultimately, the situation was stabilised when Emir Faisal of the Elhabi unified enough of the tribes behind him to be acclaimed Emir Faisal of Jasmine, First of His Name, Light of Thel, and Protector of Jasmine. His ascent was partially enabled by the untimely deaths of no less than three of his main rivals, a surprising coincidence  which the Thelite priests claimed was a sign of their god’s backing. More cynical observers noted the Imperial interest in a unified, stable Jasmine, and wonder if Imperial covert intervention might not be a more realistic explanation.

The Elhabi dynasty has retained control of Jasmine since that date, in an uneasy dual power structure with the Thelite clergy. The two sides are mutually supporting, with the clergy providing moral authority to the Emir and preaching obedience to authority while the Emir guarantees Theliteism as the state religion and protects the clergy. However, the two sides frequently clash when the Emir attempts to introduce some sort of ‘modernising’ practice which the clergy disapprove of, or when the clergy attempt to extent their domain to cover practical as well as spiritual matters.

Most recently, a proposal to use gene-modded labourers in some of the mines was abruptly reversed in the face of implacable resistance from the clergy, who have deemed the technology forbidden. There are also concerns that the current Emir Fazad is growing old and has not yet named his successor.