What is the Gstaddt?
WARNING: Spoilers ahead
In the sci-fi book series Lore of Energy and Light®, planets and star systems conquered by the Valkers are collectively known as the Gstaddt. By the end of events in Book 1: Quorum Treaty, the Gstaddt covers more than half of D’Olex.
Succumbing to Valker rule does come with social benefits. Planets and cities under the Gstaddt can access free medical pods (medical treatment machines), and for a vast number of poor citizens who cannot afford such treatment this goes a long way to winning their hearts and minds. Valkers have also been known to hand out hot food to beggars in major cities. Such gestures have broad appeal and keep civil unrest at a manageable level. But not everyone is convinced, with some citizens saying that they see through these thin distractions.
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Universally, one currency is accepted in both the Gstaddt and the Alliance of Planets – Rank. But planets loyal to the Alliance are forbidden from trading with the Gstaddt territories, although the reverse is allowed. The backbone of the Gstaddt has always been its open market policy, and how seamlessly cities are integrated into its territories.