Beyond the Black
Station Type: Cluster
Allegiance: Independent (Anarchist/Criminal/Ultimate)
Primary Languages: Cantonese, Dutch, Turkish
Kronos’s exterior grapevine look is seductive and misleading. The interiors of this cluster’s modules are dirty and overcrowded. The station desperately needs to grow, but lacks the planning and infrastructure, forcing thousands of others to live in tin cans and permanently docked ships lashed irregularly to the cluster’s exteriors.
Kronos began as a mixed Extropian and anarchist settlement. Like everywhere else, it was flooded with refugees and infugees during the Fall. Many of the Extropian ventures here were already bordering on what would be considered criminal territory elsewhere; the influx of survivors brought new waves of desperate and poor individuals, many of them with criminal affiliations of their own. As Kronos grew and expanded, its social order and infrastructure did not do as well. Criminal elements increasingly took advantage of the free environment to dominate commerce; the private Extropian security, legal, and insurance contractors here were simply unable to keep up,with many pulling out or being subverted in their own right. As the gangs began to struggle over specific areas and markets, violent crime skyrocketed. Militias began to aggressively protect the various anarchist enclave borders. As certain gangs did likewise, getting around Kronos started to become a real problem. The dominant Extropian presence, the Kronos Port
Authority (KPA), brought in ultimate mercenaries to restore order, but the situation backfired when the ultimates chose to seize control of the port, taking over the KPA themselves. Today, Kronos remains a patchwork of armed neighborhoods.