For decades, the Frontier and Hinterworlds accepted the continued colonization, economic exploitation, and gunboat diplomacy of the Core and Periphery, often encouraging it for the wealth it brought to them, but the stagnant subsistence economies of the Hinterworlds were continually indebted to the richer great powers, importing products from construction equipment to weather satellites to fabric softener. But with '97, the accepted understandings were broken; the cause of the disaster- the crash of a United States warship- and the lackluster response to it from core worlds, led to the rise of new movements in the Hinterworlds, including, famously, Colonel Flint Danger's speech before the Cantwallan Witenagamot.
The most widespread and popular of the post-Impact ideologies is forest liberalism. As with most modern ideologies, it is the child of many fathers- American federalism, British splendid isolationism, Lamplighter politics, Greens, import-replacement theory. At its core is a combination of self-sufficiency and carefully balanced trade. The average forest liberal doesn't want much- a horse, a dog, a rifle, a family, and the ability to live off the produce and trade of their labors, be it on the land, as a hired laborer, or in the cities, and to be a respectable citizen- to pay taxes on what she owns and earns appropriate to productivity, to have a say in his local assembly, to read her local newspaper, to pray to whichever gods he feels are best suited to his particular problems- in short, only to freely possess life, liberty, property, and the chase of happiness. Rather than relying on outside products, the forest liberal ideal is to choose one's luxuries- to buy and trade with people and businesses on the same planet, to build local economic networks, to develop trade and create products for themselves and innovate.
While many of the counties on Frontier and Hinterworlds remain economically and culturally linked to the Core and Periphery for much of their trade (to say nothing of the worlds colonized or conquered by Core powers like the CAP or Machiequa), growing associations of Hinterworld counties dedicated to improving their internal economies and separating themselves from the Core politically are a major new force in interstellar politics, and unions of such worlds can wield considerably more power than they can alone.
The events on Hawthorn involved the deaths of millions on one of the largest of the Hinterworlds, and virtually destroyed multiple counties. The changes wrought by it, including the Hawthorn Realignment and the Vinegar Incident resulted in a sea change in policy by both hinterworlds and great powers, with an impact that resonates to this day.
Execution of the Bloodmouth Gang • Sca Crian Space Fleet • United Workers of Marybelle • Mutegard South • House Atlantic • '97 (Sprague County Impact) • King William VII Celadon • George Bush • 4233 BC in spaceflight • John Lockwood • Sylvestrian fever • Star sword • Styan Prairie Bush War • Peace Obelisk of Avalon • CAP Trade Unit • The Trial of Dª Miranda Sofia Martin, lately of Porto Victoria • Rockefeller Ocean Oil Spill • Iskra County Forest Preserve • Scarlet Bay Correctional Facility • Boeing S314 Space Clipper
Five Dresses • The Ambassador • Conference Room Three • Broken Sword • That's no moon
I notice a lack of anything even resembling leftism, and a lot of weird ancap-y vibes, from these ideologies. I want to know more about this universe and how things came to be as they are.