Regression Colonies

On hundreds of worlds in human space there have been colonies that failed, and died out - leaving only rusting remains to mark their passing.

On a number of worlds, there have been colonies that have failed, but instead of dying out, have technologically and socially regressed and lost a lot (if not all) of their knowledge or technology.

It is generally policy with most nations that these regressed colonies should be left alone. In most cases they are allowed to develop with only minimal interference to a point where their society and technology is sufficiently advanced by their own efforts that they would not suffer too severe culture shock on being re-integrated with humanity.

Regression colonies are almost all pre-industrial (there is an exception in Quadrant 1, but there are special environmental exceptions there) - and their political systems generally feudal and undemocratic.

In many cases, regression colonies co-exist with modern colonies - though the modern colony is generally small and located on a different continent.

In Earther controlled systems, the Imperial Institute of Anthropology also has an interest in regression colonies and being a large, wealthy, and above all influential institute, it has considerable say in Imperial policy on regression colonies. IIA observers will monitor the culture in two main ways, by orbital observation from a geosynchronous station and by use of agents mingling with the regressed population. It is very important, therefore, that off-world modern technology does not find its way into the regression colony since this would damage the natural development, and spoil the observations of the IIA. Imperial forces will normally react most strongly against technology smugglers to regression colonies.

See also Magrat