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The correlation between the Union/Alliance Universe and the real universe - star positions



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>From: Jo Jaquinta <jaymin>
>Subject: CherryhList: The Company Wars
>Date: Mon, 19 Oct 92 9:22:11 BST
> >From: nancy ott <ott@ansoft.com>
> PS: The "Company War" board game keeps popping up in this discussion --
> what's it like?  
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One of the more interesting things [[about the 'Company Wars' boardgame - AW]] is a map of Union-Alliance space. Not the simplified version for the boardgame but based on real stars. Does anyone know where they can get real-space coordinates for all the starts within 50 ly radius of earth? I'd love to corolate the two.
			Jo


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>From: Jo Jaquinta <jaymin@maths.tcd.ie>
>Subject: CherryhList: The Plan of Chanur
>Date: Thu, 3 Dec 92 17:22:16 GMT
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I grabbed some data from one of the FRP newsgroups the other day on the 50 nearest stars. I've spent all of today trying to corelate it with the pull-out map of CJ Cherryh's Univers in The Company War. Argh! I don't know what either is scaled in. I've bashed the data through programs and the relative distances between the 3D co-ordinates seems to be the same (Cherryh's scale is about 3.2 times larger, is that the size of a parsec?). I then try to scale it by this and apply a rotational matrix, solving for each point. Unfortunately I get a different matrix for each point. Thinking that I perhaps mis-remembered how rotational matricies work (or that it matters whether you rotate around X first or second) I trashed that and just tried to solve linear equasions (which should cover both the scaling and rotations) but no luck.
Is there anyone out there who is a wiz at 3D mechanics? I'd like to just be able to corelate the Company War map with reality so I can begin to work out basic ways to calculate jump routes, find out where the Compact is, etc, etc.
For those who are interested it lists the real stars as follows:

Hinder Stars:
Alpha Base - - - Barnard's Star
Beta Base - - - Proxima Centauri
Bryant's Star - - - 61 Cygni
Glory - - - Ross 154
Venture - - - ?
Galileo - - - Deep Space (Brown Dwarf?)
Olympus - - - Either Zeta Toucanis or Groombridge 34
Thule - - - ?
ElDorado - - - UV Veti

Starstations:
Pell - - - Tau Cedi
Viking - - - Epsilon Eridani
Russell - - - Ross 780?
Pan Paris - - - ?
Paradise - - - ?
Wyatt's - - - ?
Cyteen - - - ?
Voyage - - - ?
Fargone - - - ?
Mariner - - - Yan Maanan's Star

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