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Every space writer has to make a critical choice in their writing life whether or not to allow FTL travel. We currently have no way to beat the speed of light, and books would get
Jumpgates exist in almost every orbit. These ancient artifacts from a long-gone alien culture operate by opening temporary stable wormholes into “Jumpspace” between two gates, allowing short-term travel through folded space that cuts the sublight travel speeds of months (or even years) down to minutes and hours.
Interplanetary Speed Limits
In the Star Empire, travel can still take days or even weeks between orbits. As with everything in a marginally capitalist society, adding credits to the engines can shave time off your trip. Still, there are some hard limits even credits can’t buy you out of. In space, there’s still traffic. In the worlds of the Jewel, Jumpgate Traffic Control keeps things in order by queueing up vessels for entry into Jumpspace. It takes coordination and planning to get to where you’re going. Ships are required to log their travel plans with JTC. Routes are ranked in order of total travel time,