Interesting to find a topic that I can actually contribute to, don’t see much discussion of things other than the wars it seems.
I grew up in Ambeke IX, though we just called it 9, to tell it apart from 8, which was vastly more populus. A backwater to a backwater, but wonderful in its own ways. The nexus of Caldari products, Gallente integration & Minmatar immigration. I’ll skip the whole business about talking about my family, but I grew up fairly well off compared to those around me. Still, I saw a lot of poverty, not the unclean poverty of living on the streets that some might associate with the huge metropolises, but that of living as a subsistence farmer, grinding out the meagre margins on what seemed like enough food to feed the whole planet. It was absurd to see people working in these huge, huge farms that stretched until the haze from the horizon blended the yellow of wheat into the blue of sky, yet barely be able to afford anything but enough electricity, heat and water after all the expenses were paid. At least no-one ever went hungry.
I ended up joining the Navy fairly young. I watched a lot of trideo back then, and the idea of seeing the universe appealed to me just as much as all the starry-eyed tales of duty and honour that I think every young kid is at least tempted by.
I don’t think I moved more than 10 jumps out of my station.
Lot of long patrols, lot of time to think if that was what I wanted to do forever. In the end I decided I didn’t, and well, that all ended with me leaving them on less than amicable terms. I’m thankfully no longer wanted in my home region, but needless to say I don’t visit very often.
How I came to be in Providence is a longer, and windier story, but one that didn’t take place in any of the Empires.
Honestly, upon reflection I’m surprised I don’t have more to give. Being from a predominantly Jin-Mei family and living in such a tumultuous region, with a hundred other people of all races around me, you’d have thought I’d have experienced something unique to that, but everyone had known each other for so long that the culture had become utilitarian. Goes to show the melting pot that the Federation is, I suppose.