Fringe World inhabitants are generally poorly educated and isolationist terrans; they were often used as sources of cheap labor by the Terran Confederacy. Many of them follow old Earth religions or new cults (such as the Church of Besainted Pelagius) as a way to escape their dreary existences, and are looked down upon by other terrans particularly from the core worlds, even those from Umoja and the Sons of Korhal. Fringe Worlds are often rich with resources, but rarely get a chance to profit from them, as more established political entities like the Confederacy (later Dominion) thoroughly exploit such resources and leave the local populations with little for themselves.
Fringe World inhabitants are generally looked down upon by those outside the belt, often insulted with the term "Fringe-squib." Even those with ties to the Confederacy were not exempt from derogatory comments, as Edmund Duke once referred to the Colonial Magistrate of Mar Sara as a "Fringe-world yokel" who didn't know where his loyalties lay. Terran governments often regard the lives of Fringe World inhabitants as expendable. The Confederacy deliberately used plagues to wipe out the populations of several Fringe Worlds in order to cover up the existence of the zerg. During the Second Great War, Arcturus Mengsk's Dominion abandoned the Fringe Worlds to the zerg, and turned away refugees from these worlds.
Borders of the ConfederacyEdit
Nine years later, the Fringe Worlds were the first terran planets to be visited by the zerg. To preserve the secrecy of these xenomorphs, the Confederacy exterminated the inhabitants of the infected planets with genetically engineered plagues, claiming it was a cholera outbreak.
By the Great War, the Fringe Worlds were in a dilapidated state. The Sons of Korhal fomented anti-Confederate sentiment amongst the Fringe Worlds for months before the conflict. They succeeded in weakening the Confederacy's grip on the Fringe Worlds by the end of 2499.
Following the ascension of the Terran Dominion, the fringe world label remained. These worlds were largely abandoned by the Dominion military in order to maximize defenses in the core worlds when the zerg invaded in the Second Great War, although small factions such as Raynor's Raiders took action and came into conflict with the zerg on Agria. Food riots broke out across the other fringe worlds.
Following the death of Arcturus Mengsk, the ascension of Valerian Mengsk, and the End War, the fringe worlds were plagued by attacked from feral zerg, with Antiga Prime falling to a large swarm of them. Several other fringe worlds such as Bountiful were also hit, but these were repelled by the separatist militia, the Defenders of Man. In reality, these zerg attacks were engineered by the Defenders of Man to weaken the people's faith in Valerian's rule. Thanks to the actions of Nova Terra, a ghost who was memory wiped and tricked into service for them, the Defenders of Man were defeated and their conspiracy uncovered, though some fringe worlds lay in ruin from the zerg attacks.
Known Fringe SystemsEdit
Known Fringe WorldsEdit
- Main article: List of fringe worlds
- Antiga Prime
- Bhekar Ro
- Brontes IV
- Chau Sara
- Demon's Fair
- Maltair IV
- Mar Sara
- New Sydney
- Pike's Peak