Zaurak

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Zaurak
Zaurak neighbouring systems
Zaurak neighbouring systems
System information
X:Y Coordinates 72.71 : -123.29[e]

The Zaurak system contains at least one habitable world, and was located in the Sarna Commonality of the Capellan Confederation as at 3145.[1][2]

System History[edit]

The Zaurak system was settled during the First Exodus from Terra.[3][4]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary History[edit]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

Following the lull in major offensives in early 3029, a number of new offensives began as the Fourth Succession War entered its second year. The AFFS forces on the Capellan front did their best to rest and resupply during the lull, anticipating a return to combat operations; orders for the fifth wave of Operation RAT were received in late April, and large-scale invasions of the Capellan Confederation began again.[38] Stripped of JumpShips to form a command chain for Operation INTRUDERS COMMUNION, few of the front-line forces within the Sarna Commonality were able to respond to the fresh wave of attacks.[39] Zaurak was one of the targets of Wave Five, and was expected tobe a relatively easy conquest; given that Zaurak was a small world with just one major city and a few minor settlements, the Capellan Operations Command assigned an invasion force consisting of just six conventional AFFS regiments - two of armor and four of infantry - led by a battalion from Gamma Regiment of the Twelfth Vegan Rangers under the overall command of Major Joseph Finner.[18]

The invasion immediately ran into complications because of sudden and dramatic weather changes that were a common occurence on Zaurak, but which the AFFS High Command was largely unaware of. Anticipating a campaign fought under temperate summer conditions, the invasion began with disrupted landings caused by intense upper-level winds that scattered DropShips as far as fifty kilometers from their assigned landing zones. In one case, a battalion of infantry and light vehicles landed in an area that should have been secured, but which hadn't been because of the disruption to the Ranger landings, and ended up fighting a well-trained regiment of militia forces for two days before reinforcements from the task force arrived. the first violent weather change occured shortly after, just as the Rangers had regrouped their forces; with temperatures plummeting fifty degrees Fahrenheit in an hour, AFFS troops in summer uniforms were suddenly fighting through snowfalls and dealing with exposure and frostbite, followed by snow drifts several meters deep. The militia forces on Zaurak were accustomed to these weather changes and began harassing the invaders with infantry ambushes and darting hovercraft raids that were initially successful, but which became more limited in scope as the Rangers closed on the planetary capital city, Zaurak.[18]

Before the Rangers were able to breach the defenses at Zaurak and capture the commanding officer of the planetary militia, leading to the militia surrendering, they had to deal with two more violent weather changes - the first a heatwave that turned open ground into a quagmire, followed by freezing temperatures that froze the moat surrounding the militias primary defenses, all while under fire from militia squads equipped with autocannons and inferno missiles.[18]

Geography[edit]

Zaurak is a small world by Terran standards.[18]

Planetary Locations[edit]

  • Zaurak: the planetary capital city and only major city on Zaurak.[18]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Systems within 60 light-years (distance in light years)
Closest systems first:
New Macao 4.9 Menkib 6.3 Wei 9.7 Matsu 14.0
New Athens 14.5 Shipka 14.6 Mandate 15.9 Sakhalin 21.4
Palos 22.0 St. Andre 23.7 Tsitsang 25.4 Heligoland 25.5
Foot Fall 25.6 Hunan 27.3 Highspire 27.8 Kaifeng 29.0
Achilles 29.2 Remshield 29.7 Foochow 30.4 Bell 34.1
New Aragon 35.2 Menkar 36.0 Shensi 36.1 Sarna 36.2
Truth 36.4 Moravian 37.4 Tsingtao 37.9 Second Try 39.0
Quemoy 39.9 Sichuan 40.0 Styk 40.0 Ulan Bator 40.1
Plataea 40.3 Jonathan 41.0 Undra 41.4 Algot 42.5
Poznan 43.2 Aosia 43.7 Kek 44.0 Sarmaxa 44.5
Ashkum 45.0 Yunnah 45.7 Lhasa 45.8 Halloran V 46.2
Tianamon 47.2 Minnacora 47.5 Bora 48.3 Pleione 48.5
Lee 50.6 Conwy 52.2 Corey 52.8 Ilmar 52.9
Gan Singh 53.5 Randar 53.6 Elnath 54.2 Buchlau 54.5
New Sagan 54.8 Valexa 54.9 Axton 55.3 Ares 55.5
Algol 56.0 Westphalia 56.0 Snailzar 56.1 Manennaia 56.2
No Return 56.4 Vintru 56.6 Cammal 56.8 Demeter 56.8
Suzano 57.7 Ningpo 59.4 Capella 59.8

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Era Report: 3145, p. 39, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. VI, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Handbook: House Liao, p. 17, "Capellan Confederation Founding - [2366] Map"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Handbook: House Liao, p. 13, "Timeline: Capellan Zone 2367"
  5. Handbook: House Liao, p. 25, "Capellan Confederation after Age of War - [2571] Map"
  6. Historical: Reunification War, p. 159, "Inner Sphere - [2596] Map"
  7. Era Report: 2750, p. 37, "Inner Sphere - [2750] Map"
  8. Field Manual: SLDF, p. vii, "Inner Sphere - [2764] Map"
  9. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [2765]"
  10. First Succession War (Source Book), pp. 24-25, "Inner Sphere - [2786] Map"
  11. Handbook: House Liao, p. 31, "Capellan Confederation after First Succession War - [2822] Map"
  12. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, p. 122-123, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  13. First Succession War (Source Book), pp. 112-113, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  14. Handbook: House Liao, p. 39, "Capellan Confederation after Second Succession War - [2864] Map"
  15. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. vii, "Federated Suns Map - [3025]"
  16. Handbook: House Davion, p. 70, "Federated Suns after Third Succesion War - [3025] Map"
  17. Handbook: House Liao, p. 40, "Capellan Confederation after Third Succession War - [3025] Map"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 44, "Zaurak"
  19. Handbook: House Davion, p. 72, "Federated Suns after Fourth Succesion War - [3030] Map"
  20. Handbook: House Liao, p. 49, "Capellan Confederation after Fourth Succession War - [3030] Map"
  21. Handbook: House Davion, p. 76, "Federated Suns after War of [3039] - [3040] Map"
  22. Historical: War of 3039, p. 133, "Inner Sphere - [3040]"
  23. Era Report: 3052, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3050] Map"
  24. Era Report: 3052, p. 23, "Inner Sphere - [3052] Map"
  25. Era Report: 3062, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3057] Map"
  26. Handbook: House Liao, p. 60, "Capellan Confederation after Operation Guerrero - [3058] Map"
  27. Handbook: House Davion, p. 78, "Federated Suns after Operation Guerrero - [3058] Map"
  28. Era Report: 3062, p. 29, "Inner Sphere - [3063] Map"
  29. Handbook: House Davion, p. 82, "Federated Suns after FedCom Civil War - [3067] Map"
  30. Handbook: House Liao, p. 68, "Capellan Confederation after FedCom Civil War - [3067] Map"
  31. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 43, "Inner Sphere - [3067] Map"
  32. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 65, "Inner Sphere - [3075] Map"
  33. Field Report: CCAF, p. 21, "Capellan Confederation Armed Forces Deployment Map - [August 3079]"
  34. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 63, "Inner Sphere - [3081] Map"
  35. Field Manual: 3085, p. vii , "Inner Sphere - [3085] Map"
  36. Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
  37. Era Report: 3145, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3135] Map"
  38. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 38, "Capellan Front"
  39. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 38, "Fifth Wave"

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