|| The great refuge of Gundam otaku in Fenspace, A Baoa Qu has an interesting origin story even beyond most Fen stations. As the story goes, the Fen who found the original asteroid were were the sort of fans who grew up on science-fiction media but didn’t have a really good understanding of space. So as I’m sure you can imagine, they were a bit put out to realize that giant mushroom-shaped asteroids don’t, in fact, exist in nature. Undeterred, the good folk of A Baoa Qu would spend the next two years whittling down and reshaping an otherwise average S-type rubble pile into an exact replica of the rock from the show. The station is, then, a triumph of geekery over common sense.
If you like giant robots, then A Baoa Qu is probably the best place in the solar system for them. I know most people would cite Marsbase Sara as the mecha Mecca, but that’s a very exclusive club. A Baoa Qu is the proletariat’s giant robot center. While they do have a small contingent of combat suits - most of whom are usually off working with Great Justice or one of the other otaku factions - the rest of the mecha are used for industrial purposes. The station itself is an industrial center; they take in shipments of ore from the Belt and refine it into pure ingots or ‘waved alloys, which then head off to John Henry or Utopia Planitia or Mare Marginis to be turned into stuff.
The main faction in charge is the Anti-Earth Union Group, which is the biggest voice in the separatist wing of the Convention. Or at least the loudest. It’s worked to the disadvantage of A Baoa Qu a couple of times; their insistence on staying “free of ‘Danelaw ties” means that they avoid trading with some of the larger economic engines in cislunar. The AEUG sticks to their principles, though, which is commendable considering the pressure that can be brought to bear by the big guns.
The station culture’s a bit weird. It’s an uneven mix of Earth Federation and Zeon fans, so of course there’s a lot of tension in the air. It’s not something you notice when there’s work to be done, but once the shift’s over and the bar starts to fill, well... let’s just say that if you mention Yoshiyuki Tomino, be ready to duck.
Unofficial home base for all Gundam Fen; on friendly terms with the Gearheads and Marsbase Sara
- ↑ They were also a bit put out to learn that space is a good deal trickier to survive in than Gundam had taught. Thankfully, handwavium makes for a great cushion. --MF
- ↑ We would like to apologize for this, and rest assured that no further puns of this magnitude will be unleashed during the travelogue. The general’s medication has been increased. --GLaDOS