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Summary from C.J. Cherryh's Fiction
In CJC's novel, Serpent's Reach, Istra is situated at the closest star to Alliance space, where Humans of the Kontrin Company trade directly with the Majat with the assistance of Beta and Azi Humans. While Majat had colonized Istra (and other stars) with the help of the Kontrin Humans, their home world was supposed to be Cerdin, the third planet out from Alpha Hydri2.
Istra is the second closest planet orbiting Beta Hydri, which is more easily referenced in current star catalogues as HR 98 or HD 2151. Beta Hydri is a yellow-orange dwarf star (G1-2 IV) that may be evolving off the main sequence as a variable subgiant, as it begins to fuse the helium ash accumulating at its core. It lies a little over 24 light-years from Earth.
(Years given may not mesh well with other Alliance/Union dates.) 2235 - Hydri Treaty opens Majat space to very limited contact at a starstation to be built in orbit around Istra, Beta Hydri II. 29??/3141 - Meth-Marens of the Hydri stars massacred on Cerdin. 29??/3161 - Raen a Sul hant Meth-maren of the Kontrin Company arrives on Istra.
The following stars are believed to be located within 10 light-years of Istra.
|Zeta Tucanae 2?||Unknown||6.7|
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