Palos

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Palos
Palos neighbouring systems
Palos neighbouring systems
System information
X:Y Coordinates 50.69 : -124.72[e]
Spectral class K7VI[1]
Planets 8[1]
Palos
Orbital view
Orbital view
Geophysical
System position 3[1]
Jump point
distance
4 days[1]
Moons 5 (Isla Palana, Menor, Pinatar, Reona, Ribera)[1]
Surface gravity 1.0[1]
Atmospheric pressure Standard (Breathable)[1]
Equatorial temperature 55°C[1]
Surface water 59%[1]
Highest native life Mammals[1]
Reference Year 3130[1]
Infrastructure
Ruler Pol Fert (Governor)[1]
Lance Jorgens (Planetary Legate)[1]
Capital Xer[1]
Population 1,728,298,000[1]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary Geography[edit]

Palos is a large world, with an equatorial radius of nearly fifteen thousand kilometers; despite the size of the planet, landmasses constitute just two-fifths of the surface. Palos has three large continents which were namd Cartagena, Murcia and Valencia; of the three continents Valencia is the largest. The continent of Murcia is largely arid and is mainly composed of mountains and valleys with a covering of sparse vegetation and woodland. While Murcia is arid, it is also rich in minerals and resources. Valencia is covered with mountains and vast stretches of woodland.[1]

Planetary History[edit]

Early History[edit]

Palos was settled in the early years of the twenty-third century and quickly became a significant source of ores and minerals. Amongst the more important minerals found on Palos were some rich gold deposits discovered in the Docarshon valley, two hundred kilometers south of the planetary capital. The gold seams would last for the better part of three hundred years before being played out, but their presence reduced the region to an ugly scar through uncontrolled exploitation of the resources there.[1]

From the very beginning the population of Palos was made up of independent-minded people who believed strongly in individual freedom and who opposed heavy taxes.[1] Having been a member of the Sarna Supremacy for some years, in 2304[2] the inhabitants of Palos and the neighbouring system of Wei rebelled against the heavy-handed taxation and economic exploitation of the Supremacy government and declared themselves to be independent worlds. The Supremacy immediately sealed it's borders and began measures to recapture Palos, but within weeks the Capellan Hegemony had declared war on the Supremacy in support of the rebelling worlds.[3] Unfortunately for the inhabitants of Palos, the Capellans were unable to prevent the Supremacy from re-occupying Palos in late 2305, and the Supremacy punished the inhabitants for their rebellion by executing one in three of the male population.[4]

Succession Wars[edit]

The inhabitants of Palos were fearless in protesting the occupation of the planet by the Federated Suns during the Fourth Succession War, and the population chafed quietly under the rule of the Federated Commonwealth, up until the collapse of the Sarna March in 3057 and the opportunity to rejoin the Capellan Confederation.[1]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

Despite ComStar placing the Federated Suns under a communications interdiction after the invasion of Sarna in mid-3029, the Capellan Operations Command of the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns received enough positive reports from the fifth wave of Operation RAT to launch the sixth wave in the second week of August 3029. The decision to launch wave six was in part driven by contact from planetary governments in the unconquered region of the Sarna Commonality, indicating that the perceived threat of being annexed by the Free Worlds League was prompting a groundswell of opinion among those governments that being absorbed by the Federated Suns was a preferable alternative to being conquered by House Marik. The countless raids and invasions by the Free Worlds League Military over the centuries had embedded an intense hatred of House Marik among the planetary populations within the region, and confidence in the Capellan Confederation's ability to defend them was falling.[19]

Palos was one of the targets of the sixth wave of attacks; defended by the Second Confederation Reserve Cavalry and twenty assorted veteran infantry and tank regiments, Palos had a large population but meager resources. The AFFS assigned two regiments of the Twelfth Vegan Rangers to lead the attack - Gamma and Delta Regiments - supported by a dozen conventional regiments. The landing zones chosen by the Rangers were in the Docarshon Valley, a barren region some two hundred kilometers south the of planetary capital city, Xer, and were contested by the Capellan forces. Capellan aerospace fighters managed to breach the Rangers' fighter screen and severely damaged two Ranger DropShips, the Union-class Vegan Thunder and the Leopard-class Ranger's Creed. Although both DropShips were able to unload their 'Mechs, the Ranger's Creed was destroyed when it tumbled in the atmosphere and crashed on the surface of the planet.[20]

Having been chastised by the Capellan Operations Command for abusive behaviour towards the population of Wei, the Rangers attempted to be conciliatory towards the population of Palos; the population complained volubly about damage to crops, prompting the Rangers to attempt to restrict their movement to roads and to limit damage to croplands, up until the 9th of September - when an ambush by the Second CRC inflicted damage on the Rangers by taking advantage of their constrained movement. Incensed by the ambush, Colonel Mitch Nelson ordered the Rangers to return to standard tactics, drew a battalion from the Second CRC out of hidden positions in the Xertian Hills and promptly destroyed it - after a publicly recorded refusal on the part of Major Aaron Derfick of the Cavalry. The recordings of the battle, which also saw damage inflicted on a regiment of infantry and a regiment of armor that had accompanied the Cavalry, were subsequently broadcast to Xer, and prompted the remainder of the Second CRC to withdraw from Palos, leaving the militia to surrender.[20]

The Dark Age[edit]

Palos was one of the worlds incorporated into the Republic of the Sphere, a decision that did not go down well with the population; the insistence by Devlin Stone that Palos become a Republic world nearly resulted in a popular revolt amongst the population.[1]

Palos continued to be a productive world during the Dark Age; careful land management on the continent of Murcia allowed the continued supply of a steady stream of ore and minerals, while Cartagena continued to be the world's breadbasket despite being the smallest of the three continents, producing the bulk of the food supply including the local indigenous mammals that were domesticated and farmed as an alternative to beef production. The planetary capital, Xer, was was located on the Iberian Peninsula, a region on the northeastern coast of Valencia.[1]

Military Deployment[edit]

3025[edit]

3029[edit]

  • Second Confederation Reserve Cavalry (until October)[20]
  • Twenty veteran conventional militia regiments[20]

3063[edit]

3067[edit]

Industrial Centers[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Systems within 60 light-years (distance in light years)
Closest systems first:
Achilles 13.3 New Athens 14.3 Tsitsang 17.4 Wei 18.7 Zaurak 23.5 Second Try 25.2 Yunnah 25.8 Sakhalin 28.0 Menkib 29.1 New Macao 29.2 Ulan Bator 29.5 Sichuan 31.6 Quemoy 33.0 Sarna 34.6 Elnath 34.6 Shensi 35.7 Styk 35.8 St. Andre 39.0 Matsu 39.1 Mandate 39.2 Corey 40.8 Sarmaxa 41.2 Shipka 43.5 Bora 45.0 Pleione 45.8 Suzano 46.1 Ventabren 48.7 Kaifeng 48.7 Hunan 49.3 Snailzar 53.0 Gan Singh 54.1 Phact 55.0 Highspire 55.1 Poznan 55.4 New Aragon 55.4 Heligoland 55.7 Manennaia 58.2 No Return 58.3 Foot Fall 58.8

References[edit]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 Dark Age: Republic Worlds (3130), p. 112, "Palos World Profile"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Handbook: House Liao, p. 12, "Timeline: Capellan Zone"
  3. 3.0 3.1 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 14-15, "Blood And Gold"
  4. 4.0 4.1 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 14-15, "The Capellan-Supremacy War"
  5. Handbook: House Liao, p. 17, "Capellan Confederation Founding - [2366] Map"
  6. Handbook: House Liao, p. 13, "Timeline: Capellan Zone 2367"
  7. Handbook: House Liao, p. 25, "Capellan Confederation after Age of War - [2571] Map"
  8. Historical: Reunification War, p. 159, "Inner Sphere - [2596] Map"
  9. Era Report: 2750, p. 36, "Inner Sphere - [2750] Map"
  10. Field Manual: SLDF, p. vii, "Inner Sphere - [2764] Map"
  11. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [2765] Map"
  12. First Succession War (Source Book), pp. 24-25, "Inner Sphere - [2786] Map"
  13. Handbook: House Liao, p. 31, "Capellan Confederation after First Succession War - [2822 Map]"
  14. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, pp. 122-123, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  15. First Succession War (Source Book), pp. 112-113, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  16. Handbook: House Liao, p. 39, "Capellan Confederation after Second Succession War - [2864] Map"
  17. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. vii, "Capellan Confederation Map - [3025]"
  18. Handbook: House Liao, p. 40, "Capellan Confederation after Third Succession War - [3025] Map"
  19. 19.0 19.1 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 51, "Sixth Wave"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 53-54, "Palos"
  21. Handbook: House Liao, p. 49, "Capellan Confederation after Fourth Succession War - [3030] Map"
  22. Historical: War of 3039, p. 132, "Inner Sphere - [3040] Map"
  23. Era Report: 3052, p. 10, Inner Sphere - [3050] Map
  24. Era Report: 3052, p. 22, Inner Sphere - [3052] Map
  25. Era Report: 3062, p. 10, Inner Sphere - [3057] Map
  26. Handbook: House Liao, p. 60, "Capellan Confederation after Operation Guerrero [3058]"
  27. Era Report: 3062, p. 29, "Inner Sphere - [3063] Map"
  28. Handbook: House Liao, p. 68, "Capellan Confederation after FedCom Civil War - [3067] Map"
  29. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 43, "Inner Sphere - [3067] Map"
  30. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 64, "Inner Sphere - [3075] Map"
  31. Field Report: CCAF, p. 21, "Capellan Confederation Armed Forces Deployment Map - [August 3079]"
  32. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 63, "Inner Sphere - [3081] Map"
  33. Field Manual: 3085, p. vii , "Inner Sphere - [3085] Map"
  34. Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
  35. Era Report: 3145, p. 11, "Inner Sphere Map - [3135]"
  36. Era Report: 3145, p. 39, "Inner Sphere Map - [3145]"
  37. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 105, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3025"
  38. Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 120, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3063"
  39. Field Manual: Updates, p. 33, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  40. Handbook: House Kurita, p. 164, "Joyous Springs Wines"

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