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Note: X and Y are coordinates (light years on XY plane) relative to Terra at (0, 0)

Aldebaran neighbouring systems
Aldebaran neighbouring systems
System information
X:Y Coordinates 24.81:-64.41[e]
Spectral class K5III[1]
Recharge station(s) Zenith, Nadir[1]

The Aldebaran system was home to at least one habitable world, Aldebaran V, and as at 3145 was located in the Tikonov Commonality within the Capellan Confederation.[2][3]

System History[edit]

The Aldebaran system was settled during the First Exodus from Terra.[4]

Aldebaran V[edit]

Planetary flag
Planetary flag
System position 5th[1]
Jump point
4 days[1]
Highest native life Mammal[1]
Reference Year 3025[1]
Ruler Lord Hyung Li[1]
Population 4,261,000,000[1]
HPG (Representative) A (Precentor Trentus Milhaven)[1]

Alderbaran V - more commonly referred to simply as Aldebaran - was the fifth planet in the Aldebaran system.

Planetary History[edit]

Early History[edit]

Between 2310 and 2320 Aldebaran had applied for membership of the Duchy of Liao, the state formed by Emile Liao; this gave Aldebaran protectorate status equivalent to that of Arboris, the first world to join Liao's nascent state.[5]

Succession Wars[edit]

Aldebaran was was the target of the first Free Worlds League offensive of the First Succession War; a contingent of Free Worlds League Military including the Thirteenth Marik Militia launched an attack on the JumpShip drydocks located in the system, an attack that was both highly successful and notably brutal.[6] In 2889 the commander-in-chief of the Free Worlds League Military and former commander of the Marik Guard, Admiral Lloyd Marik-Stanley, was killed in action on Alderbaran.[7]

Aldebaran was one of a number of worlds to be hit by elements of an elite Free Worlds League Miliary strike force codenamed "Red Rover" between 2901 and 2910. Red Rover contained units from both the Defenders of Andurien and the Orloff Grenadiers and launched a series of raids targetting key Capellan Confederation Armed Forces supply depots, although the strong reserve forces established by Chancellor Otto Liao stopped the FWLM forces from remaining on any of the Capellan worlds.[8]

By the end of the Third Succession War Aldebaran was the site of one of only eight BattleMech manufacturing plants left in the Capellan Confederation, although the plant on the planet was the smallest of those left.[9] Aldebaran was one of the oldest settled worlds in the Confederation at this point, and had been a major industrial and commercial center for much of that time. Aldebaran's location made it a natural invasion route for those striking at the heart of the Tikonov Commonality, and this combined with the industry present on the world merited Aldebaran a high defense priority and a permanent military garrison.[1]

Aldebaran was attacked numerous times during the Succession Wars, remaining a tempting target for both Free Worlds League and Federated Suns raids; as a result, it maintained several squadrons of AeroSpace Fighters and was the home base of Warrior House Ijori.[1]

Planetary Map of Aldebaran

In August 3028 Aldebaran was one of the first Capellan Confederation worlds to be targeted as a part of Operation RAT, the Federated Suns' Fourth Succession War offensive against the Confederation. Defending Aldebaran at the time were the two battalions of elite warriors that made up Warrior House Ijori and sixteen assorted regiments of armor and infantry. The AFFS anticipated a difficult battle for Aldebaran, and assigned the combined forces of the Fourth Deneb Light Cavalry RCT, the Fourth Davion Guards RCT and Redfield's Renegades to conquering the planet.[10]

The original plan for attacking Aldebaran called for both AFFS Regimental Combat Teams to land on the northern continent and grind House Ijori down, but updated intelligence led them to change this plan; upon learning that House Ijori had assigned one battalion to the northern continent and the second to the southern continent of Aldebaran, the commander of the Fourth Guards, Marshal Eugine Drivers, decided to split his forces as well. The Fourth Deneb Light Cavalry landed on the southern continent, while the fourth Guards landed in the north. The defending CCAF troops attempted to contest the landing, with AeroSpace Fighters meeting the invaders as the two seperate DropShip fleets entered Aldebaran's atmosphere; despite putting up a fierce resistance, the only significant casualty inflicted on the AFFS forces during the combat drop was when a disabled Thrush crashed into one of the Deneb Light Cavalry's Leopard DropShips.[10]

The Fourth Guards were the first AFFS forces to see combat on the ground; having elected to land close to House Ijori's first battalion, close to the important city of Chouchu,[10] the Fourth Guards 'Mech forces pushed towards the city from the south while the 1st Bellevue Armored Regiment and two battalions from the 17th Kestrel Mechanized Infantry advanced on Chouchu from the east.[11] The Fourth Guards made little progress against the House Ijori forces despite their advantage in numbers, but did split the Capellan forces; this allowed the 1st Bellevue and the 17th Kestrel to advance into and seize Chouchu, the new Patton tanks of the 1st Bellevue romping over the vulnerable Capellan infantry forces. The news that Chouchu had fallen caused House Ijori to retreat, some of the 'Mech forces retreating west to waiting DropShips hidden in deep forest,[10] while others broke south and attempted to regroup with the rest of the Ijori forces.[11] The assault and battle cost the Fourth Davion Guards RCT only light casualties.[10]

The battle for the southern continent was far longer and more troublesome than the battle for the north. Marshal Vernon Fredericks of the Fourth Deneb found himself being led on a merry chase around the southern continent by Major Thomasina Frou and the second battalion of House Ijori, along with their supporting elite infantry forces. Despite the numerous ambushes executed by House Ijori that inflicted numerous casualties on the AFFS forces, Fredericks declared the southern continent to be secure in early September.[10]

As a result of Fredericks' declaration, the AFFS command soon ordered the mercenary unit Redfield's Renegades to leave Aldebaran. Unbeknown to the AFFS forces on Aldebaran, Major Frou had intercepted the orders transmitted to the Renegades, and elected to lead a daring ambush against them the night before their due departure date.[12]

Frou led her forces through the Duocal swamp, threading them between the Second Battalion of Redfield's Renegades and a nearby mechanized infantry unit, the First battalion of the Corydon Regulars. Frou's target was the three DropShips assigned to transport the Renegades, and she led the House Ijori forces into position to attack the Renegades just after midnight. The ambush was a success initially, with the Renegades taking heavy losses and retreating rapidly back towards the DropShips, under constant pressure from the Capellan forces.[12]

The CO of the Renegades' Second Battalion, Major Richardson, rallied his forces as they left the swamp; with firmer ground to operate on, the mercenaries managed to slow and then hold the Capellan forces for an hour, stopping their advance just a hundred meters from the Renegades' DropShips. This stand gave supporting AFFS forces an opportunity to reach the Renegades, with four regiments of armor and mechanized infantry arriving to surround the Capellan troops. Richardson called on Frou to surrender, but Frou was defiant until the last, refusing the Renegades' offer; the resulting battle lasted five hours, and saw the House Ijori forces destroyed.[12]

With the loss of House Ijori's Second Battalion and the departure of the 1st Battalion, the will to fight amongst the remaining Capellan forces on Aldebaran collapsed, with organized resistance fading as the Federated Suns assumed control of the planet. The Fourth Deneb left Aldebaran shortly after to join the assault on Zurich, while the Fourth Guards remained until their relief arrived in December.[12]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Military Deployment[edit]



  • Warrior House Ijori (2 Battalions)[10]
  • Local militia (16 regiments, armor and infantry)[10]

3063 to 3067[edit]


- At this point in time the 1st is operating at 25% of full strength, with 75% of their equipment featuring upgraded technology.

Nearby Systems[edit]

Systems within 60 light-years (distance in light years)
Closest systems first:
Zurich 4.8 Liao 10.4 Nanking 12.8 Bhaktapur 14.1
Genoa 15.0 New Canton 18.6 Bex 19.8 Saiph 20.5
Zion 21.2 Hsien 21.6 Arboris 22.4 Gan Singh 22.7
Tall Trees 24.2 Manennaia 25.3 Menkalinan 25.6 Elgin 26.9
Capolla 28.5 Belluevue 29.3 Ningpo 29.6 Acamar 29.8
Pleione 30.7 Terra Firma 30.9 Azha 31.7 Woodstock 33.8
Mandal 34.6 Slocum 35.5 Kyrkbacken 36.8 Snailzar 37.2
Styk 37.3 Kristiandsund 39.0 Berenson 39.1 Brownsville 39.2
Algol 40.2 Shensi 40.4 Outreach 40.8 Bharat 41.0
Poznan 41.3 Asuncion 42.1 Kansu 43.2 Epsilon Eridani 43.6
Hall 43.7 Nopah 44.6 Hamal 45.2 Sichuan 45.2
Kawich 45.3 Buchlau 45.4 Wasat 45.8 Sheratan 45.8
Fletcher 46.4 Myrvoll 48.9 Epsilon Indi 49.1 Halloran V 49.7
Suzano 50.4 New Aragon 50.7 Tsitsang 51.8 Ingress 52.0
Ilmachna 52.3 Second Try 52.3 Bryant 52.5 Ruchbah 52.8
Liberty 53.1 Conwy 53.3 Basalt 54.4 St. Andre 54.6
New Home 54.6 Yangtze 54.6 Bernardo 55.0 Hunan 56.1
Hechnar 56.6 Blue Sava 58.2 New Stevens 58.4 Keid 58.5
Ibstock 59.2 Jilin 59.3 New Hessen 59.6


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