Merchanter's Alliance was formed in 2353 at Pell Station, when merchanters banded together to defend Pell's independence from both Union and Earth Company.

At the Battle of Pell, Signy Mallory and her ship Norway, were instrumental in defecting from the Mazianni to side with Union and drive them from the system. Rather than join Union, Norway instead became the first carrier in the militia of the newly formed Alliance.[1]


  1. See the end of the novel Downbelow Station for details.
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