The Treaty of Bates
This is a major interstellar treaty in which the navigational and
administrative boundaries for human space are to be established.
This treaty sets out to define the colonial administrative Quadrants.
The panel of experts who devised the Quadrant boundaries was chaired
by Astro-Surveyor Andrei Massen-Dexon. Hence the popular name of
Massen-Dexon lines for the artificial boundaries of each Quadrant,
and now for each Outer Sector too.
When human colonial expansion reached the limits of the Quadrants
defined in the original Treaty, immediately surrounding Quadrant 0,
these lines were extrapolated out to encompass the so-called Outer
Sectors of free space to provide additional administrative spatial
zones. This was the first revision of the Treaty of Bates.
Although the Quadrants and Sectors are properly 3 dimensional areas
of space the popular representation is in a 2 dimensional form, this
is easier for Humans not trained in astro-physics to interpret and
understand. As this segment of the universe is the spiral arm of a
galaxy there is a flattening of the congregation of star systems
that allows them to be portrayed in a 2 dimensional manner with no
appreciable loss of accuracy in the representation.
Main aspects of the Treaty
"Galactic" points of the compass
These were determined relative to the Sol star system. Thus Quadrant 4
is to the "Galactic North" of Sol, Quadrant 6 to the "Galactic East" of
Sol, Quadrant 8 to the "Galactic South" of Sol and Quadrant 2 is to the
"Galactic West" of Sol.
Each Quadrant [and Sector (first revision of the Treaty of Bates)] of
Galactic space will be a rectangular block of space represented in a 2
dimensional manner such that it would appear to be 120 parsecs across
on the "Galactic North/South" axis, y-axis, and 100 parsecs across on
the "Galactic East/West" axis, x-axis.
Sol reference point question
The Sol star system would not be used as the reference point for the
centre of all spatial calculations and would therefore not be seen as
the centre of the universe for Human purposes. (This was a practical
political decision that would deny primacy to the Earth political regime,
as a way of placating the Earth members of the panel of experts Sol is a
reference point of some significance in the y-axis)
Henceforward these boundaries would be observed by all Human
astro-physicists and politicians as the administrative boundaries of
the Human Universe. (Over 250 years later these lines are regarded and
treated with great reverence as part of the fabric of the Human Universe
and are seen as sacrosanct for political, military and commercial
Signatories of the treaty are :
The Solar Republic
The Martian Union