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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
Broad expanse of space with a very low density of stars trailing the main region of the Third Imperium. This rift is a pronounced impediment to interstellar travel, for it constrains jumps through The Empty Quarter . Like the Great Rift, the Lesser Rift has provided long-term security for the Third Imperium by constraining access to the Imperium's borders. Note that the Lesser Rift is lesser only when compared to the larger, more prominent Great Rift spinward of the Imperium.
Ref: MT-ENCYC, 1120,