Beyond the Black
Station Type: O’Neill Cylinder
Allegiance: Lunar-Lagrange Alliance
Primary Languages: French, Vietnamese
Major Industries: Research, Salvage
This station is a well-known stronghold of the reclaimers movement. Under the leadership of Tate Markess, the reclaimers study Earth and make plans for taking it back. Some say the reclaimers also use Vo Nguyen as a launch point for missions to the planet, but the reclaimers deny this. This habitat is also a focal point for bioconservative efforts around Earth, with several notable biocon groups headquartered here. Prominent demagogue Milder Ripon is notable as a leading bioconservative organizer and voice.
This mesh of ideologies has led to some contentious disagreements. While most bioconservatives support the reclaimer cause, not all reclaimers are bioconservatives—in fact, most are explicitly not. Political arguments between reclaimers supporting nano-ecologist viewpoints and bioconservatives have sometimes led to physical violence. Certain reclaimer research projects on Vo Nguyen, especially ones advocating heavy use of nanotech and neogenetic life forms in geo-engineering efforts, have also suffered several sabotage and bombing attacks, likely conducted by neo-primitivists in support of the biocon agenda. Some worry that these ongoing disagreements may tear the reclaimer movement apart.