Shadows of the Alliance
Of all the planets, Londinum, is the most like Earth-That-Was and was therefore one of the first two worlds to be settled, since it needed little work to make it ready for human habitation. Most of the original colonists from the European and American contintents came to Londinum, where they honored their roots by combining old tradition with new technology. All the building are constructed of the most modern material, but they look as if they were built of stone and are of archaic design. The general look of the cities is what book-smart folk call the “imperial gothic” style of London from Earth-That-Was. May not look so shiny to those from the Rim, but ti still makes the place popular with looky-loos and picture snappers.
The Parliament building and government complex that surrounds it are the most impressive sights on the planet. As big as a small city, the Parliament building contains the great debating chamber (“The House”), while the surrounding building complex provides offices for all the ministers and civil servants. It also features a huge clock tower that has become the planet’s symbol. See,s like almost everyone on Londinum works for the government or for businesses who deal with the government.
Government is not the only business of Londinum, however. The planet is also home to some of the greatest collections of western art in the system. The Londinum Museum, which contains the Museum of History and the Museum of Art, is a splendid building that holds all manner of treasures. Most come from the early days of colonization, but the most valuable pieces are the ancient artifacts from Earth-That-Was.
As the center of Alliance control, Londinum has a strong military presence. The Alliance flagship, Victoria, patrols its space. The planet is home tot he elite SAS (Special Alliance Support) troops. The Ministry of Intelligence also has its headquarters here.
Londinum is heavily restricted with “no fly” zones above and around government buildings. Any ship venturing near those areas are shot down, no warning given. Tourists arrive on Londinum via authorized shuttles that travel to and from the other Core worlds. Tourists may visit only those areas that are approved. Anyone caught venturing outside the approved areas without proper ID is immediately arrested.