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, Edmund Duke referring to the Colonial Magistrate of Mar Sara as a "Fringe-world yokel" who didn't know where his loyalties lay.
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. There were food riots across the other fringe worlds.
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