Belsham was a Class-E core world. Many described it as a “libertarian paradise,” usually while contrasting it to the nominally socialist Mars. It had a presidential democracy for a government seated in the city of Friedman. Ron Paul University was its most notable academic institution. Douglas Best briefly took a position there as a history professor when he believed his political career had ended.

Originally a colony of Walton, Belsham took over its parent world’s Compact membership when the government of the latter failed around 330 IE. Belsham declared Walton a protectorate and blockaded the world, the chaos on Walton’s surface too difficult to contain.

Appearances: The Marilynists