Jechette

Looking at Jechette, one would not expect it to be an economic power. The asteroid itself is relatively resource-poor. Its biosphere, which is that of a temperate swamp with a few larger bodies of water, is self-sufficient, but it has little that those off-world would want. There are a few scattered ancient artifacts, but Jechette was apparently not very interesting to the Elders either and those artifacts and devices left tend to be of only the most mundane variety. It isn’t even strategically located, having only a single station on the Brasslight Express (unlike most merchant powers that benefit from multiple stations). Instead, Jechette’s wealth is due almost entirely to the skillful exploitation (although some would say “creation”) of a very lucky break.

Forty years ago Jechette was little more than it seemed to be – a minor and unimportant asteroid within the Greenstone regional asteroid cluster. Then the Praxar rebellion cut the Greenstone cluster off from trade to the north and west. Greenstone had already limited its trade with the east due to the growing threat of piracy from the Three Barons. This left only exchanges with the south, with the Spiral Tower and Southdial clusters. Normally this would have been tough on the local economy, but the situation was worsened by the fact that several important Greenstone factory complexes suffered breakdowns and theft of critical components shortly thereafter. Some of these factories produced munitions, ships, and durable foodstuffs, respectively. There was major concern within Greenstone that, without these resources, the Praxar rebels (or their opposing monarchist forces) and/or the privateers from the Three Barons would start making serious incursions that Greenstone governments would be unable to repel.

As the crisis was growing, a Jechetteri Reclaimer by the name of Mierce of the house of Lemeu showed up with the parts needed to bring the critical factories back online. (Claims that Mierce had engineered the breakages and thefts in the first place are vigorously denied by Jechetteri.) The factory holders would have paid almost any price for supplies, but instead of asking for money, Lemeu demanded part ownership of the industries purchasing these goods. As this involved agreements with multiple economic jurisdictions, the details of how this transpired are extremely complex and included bringing in other Jechetteri houses as partners. The end result, however, was that by the time the Praxar rebellion was put down and trade resumed 2 years later, Jechette houses had a stake in several important industrial operations across Greenstone and extending into Spiral Tower as well. Since then, the great Jechette houses have steadily re-invested their income. As a result, while Jechette wields little direct political power outside Greenstone, it has significant investment (in trade, loans to ruling powers, in mines and resource collection operations, in manufacturing, in financing petty warlords, etc.) in almost half the regional clusters of Brasslight, and at least a few ambitious and enterprising Jechetteri are out seeking to make inroads everywhere else. Briol Twenty-Third Bladebird is one such Jechetteri.

Jechette

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