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== System History ==
 
== System History ==
The Canopus system was colonized at some point during before the [[Age of War]].<ref name="HB:MPSp93"/> A recharge station has been in place at the system nadir [[jump point]] for an undetermined period of time.<ref name=HBP98/><ref name="H:RWp103"/> The Canopus system has been home to at least two large extraplanetary naval manufacturing concerns, including the [[Diamond Garter Shipyards]]<ref name="FM:3145p187"/> and [[WarShip]]-manufacturing facilities operated by the [[Athena Corporation]].<ref name="FR2765:Pp10"/>
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The Canopus system was colonised at some point during before the [[Age of War]].<ref name="HB:MPSp93"/> A recharge station has been in place at the system nadir [[jump point]] for an undetermined period of time.<ref name=HBP98/><ref name="H:RWp103"/> The Canopus system has been home to at least two large extraplanetary naval manufacturing concerns, including the [[Diamond Garter Shipyards]]<ref name="FM:3145p187"/> and [[WarShip]]-manufacturing facilities operated by the [[Athena Corporation]].<ref name="FR2765:Pp10"/>
 
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Canopus IV is the fourth planet in the Canopus system and has a pair of moons named Cybele and Inanna. Canopus IV has served as the planetary capital of the Magistracy of Canopus since the founding of the nation, and was heavily-industrialized for a [[Periphery]] planet.
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Canopus IV is the fourth planet in the Canopus system and has a pair of moons named Cybele and Inanna. Canopus IV has served as the planetary capital of the Magistracy of Canopus since the founding of the nation, and was heavily-industrialised for a [[Periphery]] planet.
  
 
== Planetary History ==
 
== Planetary History ==
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Canopus was active during the so called "phony war" that was fought between various intelligence agencies throughout [[2575]]-[[2577]]; agents from the [[Magistracy Intelligence Ministry]], the Marik [[National Intelligence Agency]], the [[Hegemony Central Intelligence Directorate]] and the SLDF Intelligence Command were all in play on the world, although the MIM operated with a more coherent approach than the other three services, typified in an incident where two rival SLDF teams engaged each other in a gunfight in the mistaken belief that the other team was a Canopian security team.<ref name="H:RWp96">''Historical: Reunification war'', p. 96, "The Phony War (2575-2577)</ref>
 
Canopus was active during the so called "phony war" that was fought between various intelligence agencies throughout [[2575]]-[[2577]]; agents from the [[Magistracy Intelligence Ministry]], the Marik [[National Intelligence Agency]], the [[Hegemony Central Intelligence Directorate]] and the SLDF Intelligence Command were all in play on the world, although the MIM operated with a more coherent approach than the other three services, typified in an incident where two rival SLDF teams engaged each other in a gunfight in the mistaken belief that the other team was a Canopian security team.<ref name="H:RWp96">''Historical: Reunification war'', p. 96, "The Phony War (2575-2577)</ref>
  
On the 14th of May 2577, [[Duke]] [[Brion Marik]] landed on Canopus and informed [[Magestrix]] [[Crystalla Centrella]] that a state of war existed between the two realms. Both sides agreed that the war would be fought according to the terms of the [[Ares Conventions]], which made the war unique among the four campaigns that made up the Reunification War, but the Canopus system itself wouldn't see combat until [[2582]].<ref name="H:RWp97">''Historical: Reunification war'', p. 97, "Over The Edge (2577)</ref><ref name="H:RWp101">''Historical: Reunification war'', p. 101, "Reversals (2582-2583)</ref>
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On the 14th of May 2577, [[Duke]] [[Brion Marik]] landed on Canopus and informed [[Magestrix]] [[Crystalla Centrella]] that a state of war existed between the two realms. Both sides agreed that the war would be fought according to the terms of the [[Ares Conventions]], which made the war unique amongst the four campaigns that made up the Reunification War, but the Canopus system itself wouldn't see combat until [[2582]].<ref name="H:RWp97">''Historical: Reunification war'', p. 97, "Over The Edge (2577)</ref><ref name="H:RWp101">''Historical: Reunification war'', p. 101, "Reversals (2582-2583)</ref>
  
 
In 2582 the SLDF task force changed tactics and began raiding Magistracy worlds in imitation of the raids being conducted into Free Worlds League space by the [[MAF]]. An SLDF [[WarShip]] task force raided the Canopus system; the raid wasn't a serious attempt to inflict damage but rather to obtain up-to-date cartographic information on the system, and the raiding party was driven off by the Canopus naval picket, but it was a prelude to the future invasion of the Canopus system.<ref name="H:RWp101"/>
 
In 2582 the SLDF task force changed tactics and began raiding Magistracy worlds in imitation of the raids being conducted into Free Worlds League space by the [[MAF]]. An SLDF [[WarShip]] task force raided the Canopus system; the raid wasn't a serious attempt to inflict damage but rather to obtain up-to-date cartographic information on the system, and the raiding party was driven off by the Canopus naval picket, but it was a prelude to the future invasion of the Canopus system.<ref name="H:RWp101"/>
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As the SLDF began to mount increasingly aggressive patrols throughout the Canopus system the two surviving vessels from the MAF WarShip fleet played a constant game of hide and seek, trying to remain free so that they could evacuate the Magestrix to the redoubt the MAF had established in the outback on [[Kossandra's Memory]]. With the superiority in numbers the SLDF possessed there was little the Canopian picket could do to prevent the SLDF patrols, or the establishment of listening posts and then staging areas on the two moons orbiting Canopus IV, Cybele and Inanna.<ref name="H:RWp103a">''Historical: Reunification war'', p. 103, "Canopus (March-April 2584)</ref>
 
As the SLDF began to mount increasingly aggressive patrols throughout the Canopus system the two surviving vessels from the MAF WarShip fleet played a constant game of hide and seek, trying to remain free so that they could evacuate the Magestrix to the redoubt the MAF had established in the outback on [[Kossandra's Memory]]. With the superiority in numbers the SLDF possessed there was little the Canopian picket could do to prevent the SLDF patrols, or the establishment of listening posts and then staging areas on the two moons orbiting Canopus IV, Cybele and Inanna.<ref name="H:RWp103a">''Historical: Reunification war'', p. 103, "Canopus (March-April 2584)</ref>
  
The SLDF buildup in the system continued throughout March, with the commander of the SLDF task force, [[Captain-General]] [[Marion Marik]], arriving aboard her flagship, the ''[[League]]''-class destroyer [[Albert Marik (League)|FWLS ''Albert Marik'']], and taking up a geosynchronous orbit above the capital city of Delphi on the 29th of March. Despite the Magestrix sanguinely dismissing the ship as a "pretty new star", the MAF knew that a full invasion was imminent. After almost fifty years of settlement and economic development Canopus IV was still a largely unspoiled world, with the three largest cities - Astarte, Crimson and Delphi - all located on the largest continent, Salonika. It was an unwritten agreement that the battle for Canopus would be held in the wilderness regions of Salonika, avoiding the various urban settlements, in the same manner that the terms of the Ares conventions had been honored by both sides to date in the war.<ref name="H:RWp103"/>
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The SLDF buildup in the system continued throughout March, with the commander of the SLDF task force, [[Captain-General]] [[Marion Marik]], arriving aboard her flagship, the ''[[League]]''-class destroyer [[Albert Marik (League)|FWLS ''Albert Marik'']], and taking up a geosynchronous orbit above the capital city of Delphi on the 29th of March. Despite the Magestrix sanguinely dismissing the ship as a "pretty new star", the MAF knew that a full invasion was imminent. After almost fifty years of settlement and economic development Canopus IV was still a largely unspoilt world, with the three largest cities - Astarte, Crimson and Delphi - all located on the largest continent, Salonika. It was an unwritten agreement that the battle for Canopus would be held in the wilderness regions of Salonika, avoiding the various urban settlements, in the same manner that the terms of the Ares conventions had been honoured by both sides to date in the war.<ref name="H:RWp103"/>
  
The Star League invasion force took three days to deploy, with the last units landing on the 5th of April. Arrayed against the MAF forces on Canopus were three complete brigades from VII Corps - the [[58th Brigade|Fifty-eighth]] and [[60th Brigade|Sixtieth Brigades]] and the [[62nd Royal Brigade|Sixty-Second Royal Brigade]] - supported by the [[35th Royal CAAN Marine Regiment|Thirty-fifth Royal CAAN Marine Regiment]], the [[402nd Independent Regiment|402nd]] and [[403rd Independent Regiment|403rd Independent Regiments]], the [[1st Marik Militia|First]], [[3rd Marik Militia|Third]] and [[Fifth Marik Militia]]s, the [[4th Fusiliers of Oriente|Fourth Brigade]] of the [[Fusiliers of Oriente]], the [[Third Orloff Grenadiers]] and the [[First Defenders of Andurien]]. Although the defending garrison was outnumbered, it consisted of a sizeable number of units - the [[Magestrix Guard]], the [[1st Canopian Fusiliers|First]] and [[Third Canopian Fusiliers]], the [[First Canopian Grenadiers]] and the mercenary unit [[The Red Hand]].<ref name="H:RWp104">''Historical: Reunification war'', p. 104, "Canopus (March-April 2584)</ref><ref name="H:RWp149"/><ref name="H:RWp151"/>
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The Star League invasion force took three days to deploy, with the last units landing on the 5th of April. Arrayed against the MAF forces on Canopus were three complete brigades from VII Corps - the [[58th Brigade|Fifty-eighth]] and [[60th Brigade|Sixtieth Brigades]] and the [[62nd Royal Brigade|Sixty-Second Royal Brigade]] - supported by the [[35th Royal CAAN Marine Regiment|Thirty-fifth Royal CAAN Marine Regiment]], the [[402nd Independent Regiment|402nd]] and [[403rd Independent Regiment|403rd Independent Regiments]], the [[1st Marik Militia|First]], [[3rd Marik Militia|Third]] and [[Fifth Marik Militia]]s, the [[4th Fusiliers of Oriente|Fourth Brigade]] of the [[Fusiliers of Oriente]], the [[Third Orloff Grenadiers]] and the [[First Defenders of Andurien]]. Although the defending garrison was outnumbered, it consisted of a sizeable number of units - the [[Magestrix Guard]], the [[1st Canopian Fusiliers|First]] and [[Thirrd Canopian Fusiliers]], the [[First Canopian Grenadiers]] and the mercenary unit [[The Red Hand]].<ref name="H:RWp104">''Historical: Reunification war'', p. 104, "Canopus (March-April 2584)</ref><ref name="H:RWp149"/><ref name="H:RWp151"/>
  
 
Despite being outnumbered more than three-to-one, the defenders had more knowledge of the local terrain than the SLDF, and they put this into use almost immediately, with the Third Canopian Fusiliers attacking the Third Marik Militia and the Thirty-fifth Royal CAAN Marine regiment, pressing both of them hard - particularly the Thirty-fifth, who were heavily beaten before SLDF reinforcements could drive the Fusiliers back. Elsewhere, the Sixtieth Brigade inflicted losses on one MAF regiment while the Fifty-eighth Brigade ground the First Grenadiers against the Thetis River, reducing the First to just two companies of troops before they managed to retreat; while the Thirty-fifth Royal CAAN Marine Regiment was moved into the SLDF reserve force, the survivors from the First Canopian Grenadiers were folded into the [[Canopian Cuirasseirs]] to bring them back up to strength.<ref name="H:RWp104"/><ref name="ATW05072011">Ask The Writers Forum, 05 July 2011 at 13:13:19, "Re: RW: Canopian Front"</ref>
 
Despite being outnumbered more than three-to-one, the defenders had more knowledge of the local terrain than the SLDF, and they put this into use almost immediately, with the Third Canopian Fusiliers attacking the Third Marik Militia and the Thirty-fifth Royal CAAN Marine regiment, pressing both of them hard - particularly the Thirty-fifth, who were heavily beaten before SLDF reinforcements could drive the Fusiliers back. Elsewhere, the Sixtieth Brigade inflicted losses on one MAF regiment while the Fifty-eighth Brigade ground the First Grenadiers against the Thetis River, reducing the First to just two companies of troops before they managed to retreat; while the Thirty-fifth Royal CAAN Marine Regiment was moved into the SLDF reserve force, the survivors from the First Canopian Grenadiers were folded into the [[Canopian Cuirasseirs]] to bring them back up to strength.<ref name="H:RWp104"/><ref name="ATW05072011">Ask The Writers Forum, 05 July 2011 at 13:13:19, "Re: RW: Canopian Front"</ref>
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A week after the battles had begun, Marik decided that there was one industrial facility that was too important to the Magistracy war efforts to be allowed to remain under MAF control: the [[Majesty Metals and Manufacturing]] complex. The only facility on Canopus capable of producing [[BattleMechs]], the MMM plant would allow the MAF to prolong the conflict if they retained control of it, and despite the tacit agreement that urban combat wouldn't play a part in the conflict between the two forces, the SLDF attacked the MAF garrison at the MMM facility, capturing it on the night of the 12th of April. The MAF forces tried to dislodge the SLDF troops repeatedly over the next few days, but lacked the force of numbers needed; attempts to recapture the facility only ceased when the Magestrix personally called the attacks off.<ref name="H:RWp105"/>
 
A week after the battles had begun, Marik decided that there was one industrial facility that was too important to the Magistracy war efforts to be allowed to remain under MAF control: the [[Majesty Metals and Manufacturing]] complex. The only facility on Canopus capable of producing [[BattleMechs]], the MMM plant would allow the MAF to prolong the conflict if they retained control of it, and despite the tacit agreement that urban combat wouldn't play a part in the conflict between the two forces, the SLDF attacked the MAF garrison at the MMM facility, capturing it on the night of the 12th of April. The MAF forces tried to dislodge the SLDF troops repeatedly over the next few days, but lacked the force of numbers needed; attempts to recapture the facility only ceased when the Magestrix personally called the attacks off.<ref name="H:RWp105"/>
  
In late April, the pace and tempo of the clashes increased, and by the end of the month the surviving MAF units had been forced into a tight defensive ring around Delphi. The SLDF lines stretched around three sides of the city, with the Bay of Altay blocking any retreat from the fourth side. The Canopians adopted a siege mentality, bolstered by rumors circulating that rationing would be imposed to support a holdout until the summer, when a relief force would supposedly arrive to help them. The SLDF weren't prepared to let false hope lift the spirits of the defenders, and on the 1st of May the SLDF and FWLM troops pressed the attack against the defenders.<ref name="H:RWp105"/>
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In late April, the pace and tempo of the clashes increased, and by the end of the month the surviving MAF units had been forced into a tight defensive ring around Delphi. The SLDF lines stretched around three sides of the city, with the Bay of Altay blocking any retreat from the fourth side. The Canopians adopted a siege mentality, bolstered by rumours circulating that rationing would be imposed to support a holdout until the summer, when a relief force would supposedly arrive to help them. The SLDF weren't prepared to let false hope lift the spirits of the defenders, and on the 1st of May the SLDF and FWLM troops pressed the attack against the defenders.<ref name="H:RWp105"/>
  
The battle was a grinding war of attrition that inflicted heavy casualties on both sides, and which might have lasted for weeks if it wasn't for the Thirty-fifth Royal CAAN Marine Regiment. Having been relegated to a reserve role after their losses in the opening days of the campaign, the Thirty-fifth had used the time to study Delphi and it's surroundings; the beaches around the Bay of Altay would become a tourist attraction after the war, but they also presented the Thirty-fifth with an ideal opportunity to conduct an amphibious operation. As a Combined Armor, Air and Naval regiment, the Thirty-fifth was designed to operate on water-rich worlds and to perform such tasks as amphibious assaults, and at dawn on the 2nd of May the Thirty-fifth assaulted the city from the Bay. The MAF had only light defenses on that side of the city, and the organized defense of the city collapsed when the MAF discovered they had an attacking force in their rear areas. Although [[Colonel]] [[Adam Buquoy]], the commander of the MAF, managed to escape off-world when the city was finally captured on the 3rd of May, the Magestrix had formally surrendered to [[General]] [[Ian Marik]], the commander of the FWLM auxiliary force.<ref name="H:RWp105"/>
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The battle was a grinding war of attrition that inflicted heavy casualties on both sides, and which might have lasted for weeks if it wasn't for the Thirty-fifth Royal CAAN Marine Regiment. Having been relegated to a reserve role after their losses in the opening days of the campaign, the Thirty-fifth had used the time to study Delphi and it's surroundings; the beaches around the Bay of Altay would become a tourist attraction after the war, but they also presented the Thirty-fifth with an ideal opportunity to conduct an amphibious operation. As a Combined Armor, Air and Naval regiment, the Thirty-fifth was designed to operate on water-rich worlds and to perform such tasks as amphibious assaults, and at dawn on the 2nd of May the Thirty-fifth assaulted the city from the Bay. The MAF had only light defences on that side of the city, and the organized defence of the city collapsed when the MAF discovered they had an attacking force in their rear areas. Although [[Colonel]] [[Adam Buquoy]], the commander of the MAF, managed to escape off-world when the city was finally captured on the 3rd of May, the Magestrix had formally surrendered to [[General]] [[Ian Marik]], the commander of the FWLM auxiliary force.<ref name="H:RWp105"/>
  
 
Even with the surrender of the Magestrix and the capture of Canopus, the war would continue; Crystalla Centrella famously refused to order the remaining unoccupied Canopian worlds to surrender with the phrase "Darling, you wanted to take all my people away from me, so if they're being naughty then it's for you to deal with them. Do you want to give them a good spanking? Or me?"<ref name="H:RWp105+">''Historical: Reunification War'', p. 105, "Mopping Up"</ref>
 
Even with the surrender of the Magestrix and the capture of Canopus, the war would continue; Crystalla Centrella famously refused to order the remaining unoccupied Canopian worlds to surrender with the phrase "Darling, you wanted to take all my people away from me, so if they're being naughty then it's for you to deal with them. Do you want to give them a good spanking? Or me?"<ref name="H:RWp105+">''Historical: Reunification War'', p. 105, "Mopping Up"</ref>
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:* The map of Canopus included in the ''The Inner Sphere'' show Canopus as having three continents of varying size plus at least three major islands.<ref name="ISSBp116"/>
 
:* The map of Canopus included in the ''The Inner Sphere'' show Canopus as having three continents of varying size plus at least three major islands.<ref name="ISSBp116"/>
  
:* ''[[Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers]]'' describes Astarte as being on Salonika, but places Crimson on the continent of Alinia, thereby placing the Thetis River on Alinia as well, directly contradicting ''Historical: Reunification War''. ''Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers'' also describes a notable island named Obio used as a dumping ground for prisoners and undesirables; described as being more than 1200km away from the nearest continent, Obio is also described as being a "three hundred kilometer square" island. This may mean 300km<sup>2</sup> or 300km x 300km = 90,000 km<sup>2</sup>. 300km<sup>2</sup> would make Obio approximately one-third the size of Cape Cod; 90,000km<sup>2</sup> would make Obio of a size somewhere between that of Ireland and Iceland.<ref name="M&Mp177">''Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers'', p. 177-178, "Canopus IV"</ref>
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:* ''[[Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers]]'' describes Astarte as being on Salonika, but places Crimson on the continent of Alinia, thereby placing the Thetis River on Alinia as well, directly contradicting ''Historical: Reunification War''. ''Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers'' also describes a notable island named Obio used as a dumping ground for prisoners and undesireables; described as being more than 1200km away from the nearest continent, Obio is also described as being a "three hundred kilometer square" island. This may mean 300km<sup>2</sup> or 300km x 300km = 90,000 km<sup>2</sup>. 300km<sup>2</sup> would make Obio approximately one-third the size of Cape Cod; 90,000km<sup>2</sup> would make Obio of a size somewhere between that of Ireland and Iceland.<ref name="M&Mp177">''Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers'', p. 177-178, "Canopus IV"</ref>
  
 
:* ''[[Objectives: Periphery]]'' lists the continents of Canopus IV as being Alinia, Salonika and Obio, and places the capital city, Crimson, on Alinia.<ref name="O:Pp16">''Objectives: Periphery'', p. 16, "Canopus IV"</ref> If the continent of Obio and the island of Obio described in ''Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers'' are one and the same, this generates a potential conflict with the map shown in ''The Inner Sphere'', which shows three major landmasses and a number of minor landmasses; the largest landmass is approximately four times the size of the smaller of the three continents,<ref name="ISSBp116"/> and if the smallest continent is Obio and has a maximum possible size of circa 90,000km<sup>2</sup>, this would make the largest landmass depicted - Salonika - approximately 360,000km<sup>2</sup>, somewhere between Honshu and Sumatra in size, or approximately twice the size of Great Britain, or just under half the size of Australia. This would make Canopus a rather small planet.
 
:* ''[[Objectives: Periphery]]'' lists the continents of Canopus IV as being Alinia, Salonika and Obio, and places the capital city, Crimson, on Alinia.<ref name="O:Pp16">''Objectives: Periphery'', p. 16, "Canopus IV"</ref> If the continent of Obio and the island of Obio described in ''Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers'' are one and the same, this generates a potential conflict with the map shown in ''The Inner Sphere'', which shows three major landmasses and a number of minor landmasses; the largest landmass is approximately four times the size of the smaller of the three continents,<ref name="ISSBp116"/> and if the smallest continent is Obio and has a maximum possible size of circa 90,000km<sup>2</sup>, this would make the largest landmass depicted - Salonika - approximately 360,000km<sup>2</sup>, somewhere between Honshu and Sumatra in size, or approximately twice the size of Great Britain, or just under half the size of Australia. This would make Canopus a rather small planet.

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