Solaris

This article is about the Solaris system. For the boxed set for duelling on Solaris VII or for the Solaris Games as such, see Solaris VII: The Game World and Solaris Games.


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Solaris
Solaris' neighboring systems
Solaris' neighboring systems
System information
X:Y Coordinates -122.31 : -7.02[e]
Spectral class K1V[1]
Recharge time 185 hours[1]
Recharge station(s) Zenith/Nadir[1]
Planets 12[2]

Overview

Solaris is a system on the Lyran border to the Free Worlds League. The system contains twelve planets of which two are inhabited, and a two more planets with a poisonous atmosphere.[2]

  • Solaris IV is an airless planet with an extensive but not very profitable mining colony. The world's only inhabitants are the miners and the few others maintaining services in the planet.[3][2]
  • Solaris VII a terran size planet that is famous throughout the whole Inner Sphere for its BattleMech fights, which are operated there as a sport in the Solaris Games.[3]

Solaris VII - The Gaming World

see also: Solaris Games
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Solaris VII is known across the galaxy for its 'Mech fights. Gamblers place exorbitant amounts of money on longshot bets, and fortunes are won and lost daily. Solaris City, in particular, hosts six major arenas and numerous MechWarrior stables. Every year there is a Grand Tournament, which culminates with the naming of the year’s champion (notable champions include Gray Noton and Kai Allard-Liao). However, the games were all but suspended following the breakout of inter-House hostilities within Solaris City in 3063, resulting in numerous casualties and precipitating the FedCom Civil War.

Solaris VII
Solaris VII Orbital View
Solaris VII Orbital View
Geophysical
System position 7[1]
Jump point
distance
5.18[1]
Moons 1 (Solaris VII Able)[1]
Surface gravity 1.10[1]
Atmospheric pressure Standard (Breathable)[1]
Equatorial temperature 25°C (Cool-temperate)[1]
Surface water 80%[1]
Highest native life Fish[1]
Founding 3079[1]
Infrastructure
Capital Solaris City[1]
Population 451,100,000 (3079)[1]
Socio-Industrial Levels A-A-A-A-B (3079)[1]
HPG (Representative) A (3079)[1]

Geography

SolarisVIIWorld Map.JPG

Solaris VII is the largest planet in the system and is a rainy, water-rich world consisting only of two continents:

  • Greyland, which is heavily populated, owns large lakes and wide rivers. It features a vast taiga in the north and open grassland in the south, separated by large coniferous forests in the middle. The climate in the center of the continent, the location of Solaris City, is wet and cool. The rainy season there lasts almost all year in contrast to the temperate climate of the south coast.
  • Equatus, the second continent and smaller than Greyland, is dry and mountainous. It is not strange to find Blood pits in the larger fishing villages.[4]


Solaris VII has several cities and town, though the most known is the capital of the planet. Some of the cities and towns of Solaris are:

  • Solaris City, home to the most known arenas in the world, it is also he capital of the planet.
  • The city of Aerlan holds Clio Lane, the Overlord Stables training facility.[5]
  • The city of Mantraa is the capital of Equatus.[4]
  • The city of Nowhere has a small 'Mech arena and sponsors its own games between local MechWarriors.[6] The town also sponsors Exoskeleton matches (Class 1).[7] Located near the Majestyk Weapons the city is home to a facility from Blue Point Weapons.[4]
  • The city of Xandria[8] is a paradise place except on winter.[4]
  • Anchorage is one of the largest villages of Equatus. It hosts its own Class Three Arena, Anchorage Arena, subsidized partially by Fitzhugh Stables and several small collection of independent MechWarriors collectives. It is also the birth place of Solaris Games star Jaime Ferrero.[4]
  • Chiba is seacoast town in the same continent as Solaris City.[9]
  • The small town of Hayward, located in Greyland, where the Hayward Arena is located and where matches of the Solaran League of Independent Stables are played.[10]
  • The town of Joppo is the timber-industry capital which host its own arena Joppo Arena.[4]
  • The town of Mitchell is located southeast of Solaris City.[11] The town holds DeLon Stables training fields and also The Labyrinth, a Class V Arena. It is also home of a vacation house from Theodore Gross.[4]
  • The town of Sophia has a small 'Mech arena and sponsors its own games between local MechWarriors.[6]
  • The town of Port Townsend, situated in Equatus is competing with Mantraa to be the capital of the continent.[4]
  • The town of Vacaville has a small 'Mech arena on its edge consisting of a 100-meter-square clearing.[6]

Local Fauna

History

Early Time

Solaris VII has always been a highly industrialized world and, as such, was a natural choice for BattleMech factories and testing areas. At the time of the Star League, competing BattleMech manufacturers began to let their new models fight each other in front of highly-placed Star League representatives to encourage the purchase of the 'Mechs; the first fight took place between a Phoenix Hawk and a Sentinel in 2695. It was not long until the Events were broadcast on the planet and bets were placed on the outcomes of the fighting in a serious way. Mercenaries used Solaris as a training ground and the Gunslingers and Ronin used the world as a neutral place for their bitter fighting during the First Hidden War. The popularity of the fighting grew steadily and, at the time of the Amaris Coup, Solaris was already famous for its duels, some of them shown around the Inner Sphere.

The Succession Wars

Originally a world of the Free Worlds League, the planet suffered in the early throes of the Succession Wars. At the outbreak of fighting, Solaris turned to the Lyran Commonwealth during the First Succession War. However, a Marik fleet in retaliation bombed the planet with nuclear weapons.[13] In the subsequent Succession Wars Solaris also suffered severe devastation, including the near-destruction of Blue Shot Weapons in 2998 when FWL used the 4th Marik Militia first attacked the International Zone and then retreated to Roland Fields.[14]

In 3002 the LCAF struck down a major Marik offensive on Solaris. [15] The attack was stopped easily by the LCAF. Loki sabotaged one of the Marik Dropships crippling a Battalion of 'Mechs while the rest of the defenders easily isolated the rest of the invading force. The only successo of the fight was by change, where two Lances destroyed some small factories in Xolara.[14]

The duels on Solaris suffered from this only in the beginning because of the lack of idle MechWarriors due to the wars. Until 2800 the world had recovered from the stagnation again, mainly because the concept to build five BattleMech arenas in Solaris City, each of them representing one of the Great Houses, in which the Warriors of the Successor States should fight for the honor of their nation. Leading to the first real Solaris Championship in 2812. Since then, the championship is held every year.

Fourth Succession War

In October 3028 the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces repositioned a number of frontline units as the Free Worlds League Military launched Operation Dagger. One of the units repositioned were the Thirty-second Lyran Guards, who were relocated to Zaniah, leaving Solaris guarded by the Tenth Skye Rangers. The LCAF strategic intent wasn't to prevent a League invasion, but rather to make invading forces pay more dearly for any gains and slow the progress of any breakthrough.[16]

Solaris Riots

Just prior to the outbreak of the FedCom Civil War in 15 August 3062, friction between Davion- & Lyran-Loyalists heated into city wide riot in streets of Solaris City. ComStar garrison forces had been transferred off the planet at command of the LAAF Archon.

The FedSuns-aligned Solaris citizens and MechWarriors formed alliances to fend off with the Archon-Princess Katrina Steiner-Davion loyal Stables. These group formed after the two factions' quasi-champions Michael Searcy & Victor Vandergriff fought their championship match in the Steiner Stadium, which spilled over into the streets. The factions made an alliance between stables and cooperatives forming makeshift battalions fighting through the city. LAAF Peacekeepers, 32nd Lyran Guards,[17][18] failed to contain the fighting (with their commanding officer dead) and were consolidated with Steiner Loyalist forces. It was not until champions Searny and Vandgriff fought yet again in the darkened ruins of the Steiner Stadium did the initial fighting end in their mutual annihilation of each other.

Fighting between the two factions briefly ended, however the fighting would continue occasionally for several more years.[19] LAAF High Command later dispatched the 17th Arcturan Guards to reinforce the peace and also to keep the fighting from flaring up.[20]

Jihad

The Word of Blake invaded Solaris suddenly on the 16th of June 3068, taking advantage of both the chaos caused by the war between the Free Worlds League and the Skye and Bolan Provinces of the Lyran Alliance, as well as the absence of the Com Guards detachment previously assigned to Solaris but which had been recalled to take part in the disastrous Case White operation.[21][22] The Blakists referred to the invasion as Operation SHOWTIME,[23] and while the Word of Blake forces initially managed to escape being identified, the sheer number of free agents and stables on Solaris quickly led to an underground resistance movement[21] which came to be known as the "Solaris Home Defense League".[24]

Following the occupation of Solaris the Solaris Home Defense League engaged in months of low-level resistance.[25] Initially, the resistance suffered from a lack of resources - particularly ammunition, weaponry and the transport capabilities to move either ammunition or weapons. In June 3070 the resistance used a number of Savior Repair Vehicles as transport vehicles to move several platoons of infantry and Dispossessed MechWarriors into position to launch raids on a number of Blakist supply caches located throughout the International Zone. Having captured important quantities of ammunition, parts and BattleMechs, the resistance then used the Saviors to move the supplies out of Blakist territory. Although two Saviors were hit badly enough by Blakist infantry to trigger internal ammunition explosions, the CASE systems aboard the vessels protected both the embarked resistance fighters and much of the supplies.[23] The local yakuza families came to an agreement with the SHDL to provide equipment and ammunition.[26][27]

The level of resistance activity changed dramatically on the 3rd of May 3071, when Home Defense League forces launched a daring assault on Solaris City itself, securing the International Zone. This was just the beginning of a campaign to recapture the entire city, and the Home Defense League managed to push the defending Blakist forces out of Solaris City by the 11th of June, although not before the planetary HPG had been destroyed by the retreating Blakists.[25][28]

In August 3071, the Word of Blake forces launched a blitzkrieg-style assault on the International Zone, reclaiming control of the zone on the 17th. It took until the 15th of October for the Solaris Home Defense League to push the Word of Blake forces back out of the city and into the Reaches.[29][30][31][28] The Word of Blake forces would finally concede control of Solaris and leave the world on the 11th of December 3071.[31][32][33]

Post-Jihad Era

In 3079 only one company on Solaris was capable of continuing to design and build anything other than RetroTech 'Mechs; the Vining Engineering and Salvage Team. Based out of the city of Xolara on Greyland, Vining were busily recruiting experienced and skilled personnel from other firms as the Jihad drew to a close.[1]

While the bulk of the Lyran Alliance's Skye Province joined the Republic of the Sphere shortly after the signing of the Republic Formation Treaty, the Lyran government insisted on retaining Solaris within the Alliance. Despite the nearly total devastation of Solaris' military industrial base, the Lyran government was loathe to interfere with the fact that the industry rebuilding on Solaris in the wake of the Jihad focused on supplying the arenas; the arenas were enough of a financial boon to render them the preeminent Lyran interest, even ahead of the military production.[34]

Military Deployment

2786

3025

3028

  • Tenth Skye Rangers[37]
  • Thirty-second Lyran Guards RCT[38] (until October)[16]

3038

  • Thirty-second Lyran Guards[39]

3050

3054

  • Thirty-second Lyran Guards RCT[42]

3062

  • Fifty-sixth Division[43]

3067

  • Fifty-sixth Division[44]

3079

- At this point in time the Third Lyran Guards were deployed across Solaris and Rahne. The 3rd was at 75% of full strength, with 90% of their equipment featuring upgraded technology. The 3rd Lyran Guards preferred to avoid Solaris City and the chaos that surrounded it, instead camping and patrolling on the more sparsely-populated Equatus continent.
  • Planetary Militia[1]
- The Planetary Militia was still rebuilding at this point, and was formed from a mix of surviving members of the pre-Jihad Solaran security forces and elements of the Solaris Home Defense League which formed the bulk of the resistance to the Word of Blake. The Planetary Militia had the unenviable task of patrolling and securing the badly damaged Solaris City and surrounding areas as reconstruction efforts continued.[1]

3085

3145

Industrial Centers

Political Affiliation

Nearby Planets

Planets within 2 jumps (60 light-years)
Closest planets first:
Planet Distance (LY) Jumps 2750 2822 2864 3025 3030 3040 3052 3057 3062 3067 3130
Rochelle 12.36 1 FWL LC LC FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Uhuru 17.81 1 FWL LC LC FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL WE
New Kyoto 19.99 1 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA RotS
Kalidasa 23.24 1 FWL LC LC FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Algorab 23.69 1 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA RotS
Amity 24.94 1 FWL FWL LC FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL WE
Zaniah 25.09 1 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA RotS
Alkes 25.16 1 FWL LC LC FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Rahne 25.74 1 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA LC
New Hope 27.63 1 FWL LC LC FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Concord 32.36 2 FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL WE
Fianna 33.92 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA LC
Shiloh 34.49 2 LC FWL LC FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Alhena 40.87 2 LC FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Vindemiatrix 41.01 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA RotS
Gacrux 41.05 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA RotS
Hyde 41.56 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA LC
Lamon 41.93 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA LC
Danais 42.57 2 FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL MSC
Caledonia 44.62 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA LC
Stewart 45.49 2 FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Launam 45.71 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA LC
Wing 47.63 2 FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Adhafera 47.81 2 FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Sarpsborg 48.32 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA LC
Tania Borealis 48.49 2 FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Phecda 49.01 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA RotS
Dieudonne 51.15 2 FWL FWL LC FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Nestor 52.35 2 LC LC LC FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL WE
Helm 52.90 2 FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL WE
Dubhe 52.95 2 FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Chertan 53.08 2 TH FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL
Carsphairn 53.37 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA RotS
Hesperus II 54.26 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA LC
Arganda 54.56 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA LC
Alchiba 55.74 2 LC LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA RotS
Merak 55.88 2 FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL WE
Bondurant 56.27 2 FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL MSC
Wyatt 57.95 2 TH LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA RotS
Savannah 58.68 2 FWL FWL LC FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS
Milton 59.25 2 TH LC LC LC LC FC FC LA LA LA RotS
Remulac 59.31 2 FWL FWL LC FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL FWL RotS

References

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  40. 20 Year Update, p. 27, "Federated Commonwealth Deployment Table"
  41. ComStar (sourcebook), p. 85, "Com Guards Deployment Table"
  42. Objective Raids, p. 19, "FedCom Deployment Table"
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  46. Field Manual: 3085, p. 107, "Deployment Table - 3085"
  47. Field Manual: 3145, p. 171, "Clan Force Deployments - Wolf Empire"
  48. Solaris: The Reaches, p. 39 "Snorkel's"
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  50. Solaris: The Reaches, p. 34 "Barrymore Munitions Works"
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  58. Historical: Reunification War, p. 158, "Inner Sphere - 2596"
  59. Era Report: 2750, p. 37, "Inner Sphere - 2750"
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  63. Technical Readout: 3025 Revised p.146
  64. Historical: War of 3039, p. 133, "Inner Sphere - 3040"
  65. Field Report: LAAF, p. 19, "Lyran Alliance Armed Forces Deployment Map - August 3079"
  66. Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
  67. Era Report: 3145, p. 10, "Inner Sphere - 3135"
  68. Era Report: 3145, p. 39, "Inner Sphere - 3145"

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