Alshain

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Alshain
Alshain neighbouring systems
Alshain neighbouring systems
System information
X:Y Coordinates 58.07:278.96[e]
Spectral class F8IV[1][2][3]
Recharge time 179 hours[2][3]
Recharge station(s) Nadir (3025)[1] and Zenith (3067)[2][3]

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

Alshain
Planetary flag of Alshain
Planetary flag of Alshain
Geophysical
System position 5th[1][2][3]
Jump point
distance
12.01 days[2][3]
Moons 1 (Lemeshko)[2][3]
Surface gravity 1.02[2][3]
Atmospheric pressure Standard (Breathable)[2][3]
Equatorial temperature 32°C (Temperate)[2][3]
Surface water 85%[2][3]
Highest native life Reptile[1][2][3]
Reference Year 3025[1] - 3076[2] - 3079[3]
Infrastructure
Ruler Mikhail Friedrich, Earl of Alshain (3025)[1]
Capital Silverdale[1][3]
Population 2,759,000,000 (3025)
2,879,000,000 (3076 - 3079)[2][3]
Socio-Industrial Levels A-A-A-A-C[2][3]
HPG (Representative) A[1][2][3]
(Precentor Dio LaVohne (3025))[1]

Contents

[edit] Owner History

[edit] Planetary Geography

Two major continents dominate the northern hemisphere of Alshain; the abundant mineral resources of these continents would drive Alshain's development as a heavy manufacturing center. The planet has a heavy crust dotted with deep crevices and thin, sparse forests - the latter a result of the planting efforts of the founding colonists - and much of the water in the planetary seas and oceans are fresh water; there are a number of reservoirs found underground, near rich ore veins and large natural gas pockets. The main continent on the planet is Ydre, and features an inland sea known as the Oresund Sea.[2]

Alshain's atmosphere is turbulent, and creates sudden flash storms that are common along the coastal areas. The storms are extremely dangerous, but also beautiful, and have shaped the development of the various settlements on the planet.[2]

[edit] Planetary History

[edit] The Star League

During the Star League era the BattleMech factories on Alshain earned the approval of Chancellor Takiro Kurita by producing Panther and Dragon BattleMechs for the regiments of the DCMS; by manufacturing 'Mechs manufactured solely from Draconis Combine resources, the Alshain factories were meeting his desire to free the military industries of the Combine from dependence on external resources.[21]

[edit] The Succession Wars

Although the military industries of the Combine took heavy damage in the First Succession War, the major 'Mech factories of Alshain survived, along with the factories on Luthien; these two major industrial sites fared far better than many small 'Mech manufacturing facilities. Luckily, many of the subcontractors to the Alshain factories had also survived.[22]

In or around 2975 the Alshain Weapons plant on Alshain was the subject of a hostile takeover by Gorton, Kingsley, and Thorpe Enterprises; the struggle for control of the company nearly bankrupted both companies, but having completed the takeover Gorton, Kingsley and Thrope steadily increased Panther production and by 3025 was looking to open three more factories producing Panthers by 3030.[23]

By the end of the Third Succession War Alshain was a world possessed of large pine forests - a legacy of the original settlers, who started the forests - but only capable of supporting light industry beyond the major 'Mech plants on the planet. Silverdale, the capital city of Alshain, was a large city clustered around the planetary spaceport, and was also known for the large ukiyo within the city, complete with red lights and beer halls.[1]

Of more concern to the ISF than the presence of the ukiyo was the growing resistance movement on the planet, headed up by a mysterious individual referred to as the Silver Fox. This underground movement was known as the Alshain People's Movement and was responsible for a number of terrorist attacks, including an attack that killed twenty factory workers at one of the BattleMech plants. The metsukes had attempted to quell the movement by executing suspected members of the group, but by 3025 this apparently had achieved little.[1]

[edit] The Jihad

By 3076 the buildings and urban networks on Alshain were markedly different to those on most other worlds. The urban networks are marked by the lack of trees or poles blocking or interfering with the skyline, and the buildings are heavily EMP shielded and grounded because of the flash storms. For similar reasons there are very few power lines, transits or tubes aboveground; those buildings that exist have become works of art, a practise encouraged by the Ghost Bears since their conquest of the planet and its subsequent incorporation into the Ghost Bear Dominion. Many of the architects in the laborer caste had begun to use the local aesthetic as inspiration to build their own Great Works, those Works manifesting as buildings that benefit the local areas around them.[2]

The artistic aesthetic that dominated buildings on the ground was echoed in the new construction undertaken in space; with new space docks and orbital facilities incorporating some minimal artistic flair into their basic construction, and the carefully orchestrated orbits of these facilities as well as the movement of civilian and military traffic formed what had become known as the "Alshain Star Dance", an intrictate pattern said to have moved Ghost Bear naval commanders to tears when viewed.[2]

Alshain became a focal point for the Ghost Bears, who held the world up as an example of how the integration of both the Clan and Inner Sphere societies and cultures could work. Industrial production on Alshain had increased dramatically under the Ghost Bears, with ten slips in equatorial orbit, manufacturing and repairing civilian vessels, while three massive Warship dockyards were in geosynchronous orbit over the planetary north pole,[2] having repaired the damage inflicted during the Trial Of Retribution between the Ghost Bears and Clan Nova Cat. The Tseng Facility, constructed over the southern pole, manufactured prodigious quantities of small craft and AeroSpace Fighters and resembled a giant glass spider; in addition to these new industrial facilities, the long-standing Alshain MechWorks had undergone a dramatic resurgence under the Ghost Bear Merchant Factor, becoming a vocal - even dominant - presence in issues affecting the Labour, Merchant and Technician castes as well as a driving force in the Ghost Bear's attempts to merge the two societies together.[2]

Despite the progress made, Alshain was not free from issues. The Scientist caste were concerned over the amount of atmospheric pollution Alshain was suffering from, a result of the increasing demands for resources and the fact that many of the mining and power facilities on the planet were antiquated by Clan standards. The Warrior Caste placed a higher priority on military production than efforts to refurbish these old production facilities, making it unlikely that anything would be done about the atmospheric contamination.[2]

Another problem was the ongoing resistance from deep cells of protestors and terrorists, a legacy of Alshain's turbulent past; while terrorist attacks were declining, the Watch was having little success digging out the various cells, and the agitators were making use of the new Chatterweb facilities on the planet and various underground newsnets to launch barrages of propoganda on a regular basis. With other problems demanding greater attention from the Watch, this problem was also likely to continue.[2]

Clan Hell's Horses sent a trade envoy to Alshain in the mid 3070s; the first overtures made by the Horses towards the Bears, the result of which was some tenuous agreements that had the potential to make possible a strong economic partnership between the two Clans in the future.[2]

On the 31st of December 3078 Alshain was subject to a terrorist attack, claimed by the Motstånd group. A massive bomb was detonated, claiming several hundred people from both Clan Ghost Bear and the Rasalhagian population as victims; casualties included several members of the Unity Council and Christian Månsdottir, the former Prince.[24]

[edit] Planetary Garrison

[edit] 3038

[edit] 3040

  • Sixth Alshain Regulars[25]

[edit] 3050

[edit] 3061

[edit] 3079

[edit] 3085

  • First Bear Guards[29]
  • Third Bear Guards[29]

[edit] 3145

  • Command Supernova
  • Trinary Galaxy Command

[edit] Manufacturing Centers

[edit] Nearby Systems

Systems within 60 light-years (distance in light years)
Closest systems first:
Sheliak 17.3 Tinaca 17.8 Marawi 18.3 Kaesong 19.4
Muswell 34.2 Oyevaina 34.6 Sternwerde 36.1 Thessalonika 41.86
Kempten 41.94 Ardoz 44.9 Halesowen 48.9 Corfu 49.6
Krenice 49.9 Mualang 51.6 Kiamba 52.2 Radstadt 54.3
Setubal 55.3 Heiligendreuz 55.9 Gunzburg 56.9 Yamarovka 58.1
Vorarlberg 58.5 Maule 59.9

[edit] Notes

Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers indicates that Alshain was a major Principality world within the Kingdom of Rasalhague prior to becoming a District capital in the Draconis Combine. Alshain doesn't appear on maps prior to the Star League era, and it was confirmed by one of the Developers that this sourcebook is in error.

[edit] References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 189, "Alshain"
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers,. p 109, "Clan Ghost Bear Key Worlds"
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 Objectives: The Clans, p. 33, "Alshain"
  4. Historical: Reunification War, p. 159, "Inner Sphere Map [2596]"
  5. Era Report: 2750, p. 37, "Inner Sphere - 2750"
  6. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - 2765"
  7. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 193, "Draconis Combine - Map"
  8. Historical: War of 3039, p. 133, "Inner Sphere - 3040"
  9. Era Report: 3052, p. 11, "Inner Sphere Map [3050]"
  10. Era Report: 3052, p. 23, "Inner Sphere Map [3052]"
  11. Era Report: 3062, p. 11, "Inner Sphere Map [3057]"
  12. Era Report: 3062, p. 29, "Inner Sphere Map [3063]"
  13. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 65, "Inner Sphere Map [3075]"
  14. Field Report: DCMS, p. 21, "DCMS Deployment Map[3079]"
  15. Field Report: Clans, p. 25, "Ghost Bear Dominion Deployment Map [3079]"
  16. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 63, "Inner Sphere Map - March 3081"
  17. Field Manual: 3085, p. 127, "Inner Sphere Map - [October 3085]"
  18. Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
  19. Era Report: 3145, p. 11, "Inner Sphere Map - [3135]"
  20. Era Report: 3145, p. 39, "Inner Sphere Map - [3145]"
  21. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 51, "Takiro Kurita"
  22. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 61, "Blown Back To The Stone Age"
  23. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 138, "Weapons Industries"
  24. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 60, "The Jihad in Review"
  25. 25.0 25.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 138 "Deployment Table"
  26. 20 Year Update, p. 43, "Draconis Combine Deployment Table"
  27. 20 Year Update, p. 71, "Com Guards Deployment Tabel"
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 163, "Warden Clans Deployment Table"
  29. 29.0 29.1 Field Manual: 3085, p. 127, "Deployment Table - 3085"
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Field Manual: 3145, p. 172, "Clan Force Deployments - Rasalhague Dominion"
  31. Objectives: The Clans, p. 33, "Alshain Naval Yards"
  32. Objectives: The Clans, p. 33, "Bergan Industries"
  33. Objectives: The Clans, p. 34, "Joint Equipment Systems"
  34. Objectives: The Clans, p. 34, "Odin Manufacturing"
  35. Objectives: The Clans, p. 34, "Tseng Facility"

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