David Weber’s HONORVERSE has a rich and colorful background of characters and events. While the information below is no substitute for a careful reading of his books, newcomers and veterans to the series can find a wealth of information below.
All information contained in this Worldbook is considered canon both in the literary Honorverse and in the Matter of Honor event.
OFFICIAL MISSION BRIEF
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CURRENT YEAR: 1924 P.D. (Post Diaspora), 298 A.L. or 4027 C.E.
The galaxy has grown much since humanity first too to the stars. Many nations have sprung up, including single system nations, leagues of systems, and alliances of multi-system nations. The Star Kingdom of Manticore is a star nation, an interstellar state consisting of the Manticore System and all or part of the seven systems accessible through the Manticore Wormhole Junction as either protectorates or members of the grater Star Empire.
The binary Manticore System is located 512 light-years to the Galactic north of the Sol System and Earth. Its twin suns of Manticore-A (G8) and Manticore-B (G2) are home to a total of fourteen planets, including the three habitable planets: the capital planet of Manticore, Sphinx, and Gryphon, four moon, and three mineral rich asteroid belts,. In addition, it is also home to the Manticore Wormhole Junction.
As of 1922 PD the Star Empire of Manticore comprised seven star systems, beside protectorates.
A Brief Note on Dates
< P.D. is
Post Diaspora and is measured
from the time that people first began leaving
Earth to colonize other planets.
< A.L. is After Landing and measures time from the founding of Manticore.
< C.E. is Common Era, or the time we live in now.
< T-Years is Terran Years. 1 Manticoran year is 1.7 T-Years
MEMBER SYSTEMS OF THE STAR KINGDOM OF MANTICORE
The Star Kingdom of Manticore consisted three member systems with five member worlds, three located in its capital system and two located in association with the Trevor’s Star and Lynx terminuses of the Manticoran Wormhole Junction respectively. The systems were:
< The Manticore Binary System (capital system):
< The Trevor’s Star System – San Martin – annexed in 1914 PD by act of Parliament and the Republic of Haven formally ceded all claims to sovereignty in the peace treaty of 1922 PD
< The Lynx System – Lynx, annexed in 1920 PD
WORMHOLE TERMINI SYSTEMS
The Star Kingdom held sovereignty of all or part of four star systems with associated termini of the Manticore Wormhole Junction, including:
< The Basilisk System with the Basilisk Terminus – annexed following terminus’ discovery in 1865 PD,
< The uninhabitable Gregor-A component of the Gregor Binary System with the Gregor Terminus – seized before 1856 PD
< The uninhabitable Matapan System with the Matapan Terminus.
< The uninhabitable MQ-L-1792-46A System with the Lynx Terminus – discovered and claimed in 1919 PD.
Termini without claimed worlds included the Hennesy Terminus and the Beowulf Terminus. In these cases, Manticore held sovereignty over the immediate space around the termini themselves, but made arrangements to share with the host systems in both the transit fees generated by the termini and the costs of operating and defending them.
In addition, several uninhabited systems were claimed by the Star Kingdom for the purpose of establishing naval station for the Royal Manticoran Navy. The systems were:
< Hancock System with Hancock Station – since 1901 PD
< Grendelsbane System with the Grendelsbane Station – established before 1905 PD, destroyed in 1919 PD during the Manticore-Haven Wars
< Marsh System with Sidemore Station – established in 1910 PD
< Elric System with the Elric Station – destroyed in 1914 PD during the Manticore-Haven Wars
The Star Kingdom maintained a number of systems and at least one planet as protectorates as well. The systems and planet that held protectorate status were:
< The planet Medusa in the Basilisk System – internal protectorate since 1865 PD
< The Endicott System with the planet Masada – military occupation since 1903 PD
< The seventeen worlds of the Talbott Cluster – temporary protectorate in 1919-1921 PD, before they voted to join the Star Kingdom thereby making it the Star Empire
< A part of the former Silesian Confederacy – de facto protectorate since 1921 PD – authority based on the powers taken over from the central Confederate government
The Star Kingdom was a signatory of the Cherwell Convention against genetic slavery, which it vigorously and consistently upheld with deadly force. It originated the Equipment Corollary — as slavers frequently ejected human cargo into space to destroy evidence, this authorized slaver crews caught without cargo to be summarily executed.
All major star nations regarded piracy as a crime punishable by death, though Manticoran officers often did not execute captured piracy suspects on the first offense, preferring instead to jail them or deliver them to local authorities for that purpose. However, any pirate captured a second time could expect to be shot and ejected out an airlock.
Some governments, particularly Silesia and the Solarian League, coddled or overlooked pirates and slavers or corrupt officers who enabled them, to the Star Kingdom’s chagrin.