Botany Bay

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Botany Bay
Botany Bay nearby systems (3151)
Botany Bay nearby systems (3151)
(Map Legend)
System Information
X:Y Coordinates -177.828 : 483.083[e]

The Botany Bay system was home to at least one habitable world and as of 3145 was located in the Periphery region known as The Barrens.[1][2]

System Description[edit]

The Botany Bay system is located near the Gotterdammerung and Last Chance systems.[1][2]

System History[edit]

The Botany Bay system was either settled by the Rim Worlds Republic during the Star League era at some point after the end of the Reunification War, or was an already-settled planet that became significant enough for Inner Sphere nations to record its location within the Republic's Apollo Province.[3][4][5]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary History[edit]

As an independent periphery world in 2972, the inhabitants of Botany Bay sought to exploit the resources of their own star system and thought about establishing deep space habitats and factories, which however they could not yet afford to buy from their JàrnFòlk contacts.[16] It was JàrnFòlk trader Olaf Jespersen who then found that the obsidian sand from Botany Bay was useful for ore mining operations on Sigurd. The Jespersens set about to establish a trade route whereby industrial sand would be delivered to Sigurd and Sigurdian dross extractors shipped to Botany Bay for water purification.[16] The crew of the Merchant-class JumpShip Winnetka were hauling Industrial Sand from Botany Bay in 3024 when they discovered a large Star League supply base on an uninhabited Periphery world.[41]

By ca. 3025 Botany Bay had become part of the Oberon Confederation, presumably through their contacts with the Oberon Confederation world Sigurd. One of the breakaway planets that formed Morgraine's Valkyrate, Botany Bay was later part of the Greater Valkyrate.

Clan Jade Falcon conquered Botany Bay during the opening stages of Operation REVIVAL, the Clan invasion of the Inner Sphere. Botany Bay was then invaded for a second time in mid-3071, when forces from Clan Ice Hellion captured the world from the Falcons as part of an invasion of the Jade Falcon Occupation Zone.[32][33] The Ice Hellions were only able to hold Botany Bay until December, however, when the world was assaulted by Clan Hell's Horses.[33][42]

Under the Clan administration, the world prospered. In 3083 the world Ferris rebelled against Clan Hell's Horses, and this action led the Horses to withdraw from many of their Periphery holdings, including Botany Bay. Though Botany Bay and its neighbors (Gotterdammerung and Last Chance) were marginal worlds at best, by joining together they were able to survive. They formed the Ragnarök Union and opened trade links with Clan Jade Falcon on Erewhon and Lackhove.[43]

Military Deployment[edit]



Referred to as an ice planet, at least parts of Botany Bay are subject to savage winds blowing a black sand which is composed of volcanic glass (obsidian). It was noted that the abrasive sandblasting wind was so bad that ferroglass domes at the drop port would only last for a year or so.[16]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 20 systems (19 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Gotterdammerung 17.6 Last Chance 19.0 Battaraigi 20.5 Cryfder 26.8
Erin 37.3 Koskenkorva 37.6 Erewhon 38.1 Givrodat 40.4
Lackhove 40.6 Here 47.2 Zertarum 48.1 Anywhere 48.2
Jápminboddu 50.3 Illium 52.9 Blackstone 54.8 Gorfynt 56.1
Sentarus 58.6 Bone-Norman 58.6 Beowulf 58.9 Somerset 60.3


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