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System Information
X:Y Coordinates1.54 : -50.974[e]
Spectral classK2V[1]
Recharge time173 hours[1]
Recharge station(s)Zenith[1]

The Elgin system—known for several centuries as the Chisholm system—was home to at least one habitable world, Elgin II, and as of 3145 was located in the Republic of the Sphere.[2][3]

System Description[edit]

The Elgin system is located near the Hsien and Mandal systems[4] and consists of a class K2v primary orbited by at least two planets. During the thirty-first century a recharge station was in place at the zenith jump point.[1]

System History[edit]

The Elgin system was colonized during the First Exodus from Terra and was a member of several different proto-states at one point or another before being conquered by the Terran Hegemony.[5][6][7][8]

Amaris Civil War[edit]

During or after the Amaris Civil War, the Essex-class destroyer SLS Oslo was abandoned in the Elgin system, either lost in action or scuttled;[9] the Oslo was subsequently located in a debris field at the edge of the system by ComStar but was left where it had been found due to the amount of work that would be required to return it to active service.[10]

Clan Invasion Era[edit]

The Free Worlds League became aware of the location of the Oslo thanks to information provided by the Word of Blake, who had relocated to the League after the schism within ComStar and who had decided to assist the League in its WarShip rearmament program. The Blakists helped the League locate twenty-two assorted derelict WarShips, of which the Oslo was one.[10]

The League engaged in a daring operation in 3055 in which a salvage crew took their JumpShip into the Elgin system and spent several months working on the Oslo while avoiding the attention of the Federated Commonwealth's Fifth Republican Guards, who were stationed in the system at the time. The salvage team were able to conduct enough repairs to the Oslo to enable her to jump into League space; from there the Oslo traveled to one of the League's clandestine shipyards capable of conducting repair and renovation work on WarShips.[9]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Elgin II[edit]

Also known asChisholm
System positionSecond[1]
Jump Point distance4 days[1]
Highest native lifePlant[1]
History and Culture
Population5,528,000,000 (3025)[1]
Government and Infrastructure
Noble RulerSupreme Lord Pavel Ridzik (3029)[21]
Political LeaderDiem of Elgin
HPG ClassB[1]
HPG RepresentativePrecentor Negh Schwan (3025)[1]

Elgin II—more commonly known simply as Elgin, and, prior to the late twenty-ninth century, as Chisholm—is the second planet in the system.[1][27]

Planetary History[edit]

Early History[edit]

Elgin was originally founded as the planet Chisholm by wealthy nonconformists in the late 2100s,[5] and formed a part of various states beginning with the Nanking Collective, then the Chisholm Protectorate,[28] before becoming a part of the Chisholm Province within the Tikonov Grand Union.[29]

When the Terran Alliance commissioned the Grand Alliance Survey of Populated Worlds in 2235 it was noted that Chisholm didn't consider itself to be even nominally under the authority of the Terran Alliance.[5] However, despite the Tikonov Grand Union fighting a war with the Terran Hegemony over attempts to annex the Chisholm Province, once captured Chisholm would remain a part of the Terran Hegemony until the fall of the Star League.[12]

It was noted as early as the twenty-fifth century that the native dialect on Chisholm was a particularly difficult dialect to speak. This dialect, referred to as Chisholian, has resulted in the embarrassment of at least one Capellan Chancellor.[30]

Succession Wars[edit]

Chisholm was renamed Elgin in honor of Captain Edward T. Elgin in 2878, after he successfully defended the planet against forces from the Free Worlds League.[27]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

In early 3029, Federated Suns intelligence agents became aware that Chancellor Maximilian Liao had issued orders to the Maskirovka to assassinate Colonel Pavel Ridzik, his most senior military officer and advisor, whilst Ridzik was on Elgin. First Prince Hanse Davion, aware of the growing separation between Ridzik and the Chancellor, had already begun laying the groundwork to recruit Ridzik, and issued orders to have the assassination attempt thwarted. When a female Maskirovka agent initiated the attempt to kill Ridzik in the Golden Kirin, an upmarket restaurant in Sochalladan, Elgin in February 3029,[31] Federated Suns agents hustled Ridzik away in safety to New Avalon, narrowly avoiding the explosion intended to kill him.[21]

The negotiations between Ridzik and AFFS Lieutenant General Ardan Sortek led to Ridzik founding a new nation, the Tikonov Free Republic, from those worlds of the Tikonov Commonality that hadn't already been conquered during the first half of the Fourth Succession War. Ridzik returned to Elgin, the new capital of the Tikonov Free Republic, on 3 March 3029 and swiftly began implementing a new government consisting of family members, friends and other appointees loyal to himself, purging dissident elements on the various Republic worlds and taking the opportunity to settle old scores.[21]

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Following the formation of the Chaos March, Zhanzheng de Guang terrorist forces were active on Elgin in 3057. A high-ranking officer in the planetary forces was uncovered to be a Zhanzheng de Guang agent.[32]

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The Jihad[edit]

During the Jihad, Elgin was annexed by the Word of Blake, and was in turn targeted for liberation by the allied coalition in January 3078 as a part of Operation SCOUR. Forces from the Free Worlds League Group II fought a bitter conflict with the defending First Elgin Protectorate Militia Division. The fight only ended when the Division commander was killed,[33][25] leaving the coalition forces—believed to be the Seventh Pesht Regulars,[34] Com Guard Fifth Army,[35] and the Home Guard[36]—in possession of Elgin.

Military Deployment[edit]


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The German-only and thus apocryphal novel Waffengefährten has some information to offer about Elgin as of 3057:[44]

The landmasses on Elgin are spread across thousands of islands grouped into archipelagos and atolls, Jolo being the biggest and most important isle. Jolo harbors around half of the planet's population and holds the first city on Elgin (curiously named Elgin City in 3057 although the world was originally named Chisholm), the capital Sochalladan, and the planet's largest spaceport. The other (implying only two spaceports to exist) is Anguar. Other places of note are Shimoji, the Aopo Atoll, and the Buala Atoll with Ceram Island as its largest isle.

The flat areas consist mainly of porous coral matter and sand, and most terrain on Elgin is unsuitable for walking a 'Mech across or even landing a DropShip; it is forbidden to land a DropShip outside of the world's two starports. The stable rocky ground, by contrast, tends to be very rugged terrain.

Elgin's industrial capacity (such as what was left from the Succession Wars is controlled by ten noble families as of 3057. They maintain their own armies and form a joint administration. Named noble families include:

  • Chuk, who control the capital city of Sochalladan
  • Yiu, who control the entire north of Jolos save for the capital
  • Tsang, who control the south of Jolos
  • Lee, who control the entire Aopo Atoll
  • Hou, of Ceram Island

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Planetary Locations[edit]

  • Sochalladan: the planetary capital city[21]

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 80 systems (77 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Hsien 5.3 Mandal 11.5 Capolla 11.5 Tall Trees 15.8
Hall 16.9 Outreach 16.9 Saiph 17.3 Menkalinan 19.7
Nanking 21.2 Brownsville 21.8 Wasat 21.8 Zurich 22.2
New Canton 23.0 Berenson 25.3 Aldebaran 26.9 Terra Firma 27.2
Belluevue 29.0 Hechnar 30.9 Carver 31.0 Bex 31.1
Epsilon Eridani 34.1 Kristiandsund 34.3 Zion 35.1 Van Diemen 35.6
Bhaktapur 35.8 Cynthiana 37.2 Blue Sava 38.3 Genoa 38.5
New Home 38.7 Talitha 39.2 Bryant 39.5 Acamar 40.0
Procyon 40.4 Keid 40.9 Tabit 41.4 Arboris 41.6
Myrvoll 42.2 Sirius 43.3 Kyrkbacken 43.4 Epsilon Indi 44.9
Woodstock 45.0 Manennaia 46.6 Graham 47.7 Hamilton 48.0
Irian 48.4 Pollux 48.5 Sheratan 49.1 Bernardo 49.2
Gan Singh 49.3 New Stevens 49.5 Asuncion 50.8 Sol 51.0
Caph 51.7 Devil's Rock 51.9 Pliska 52.0 Augustine 52.1
Azha 52.2 Fletcher 52.9 Xi Ursae Majoris 53.0 Rigil Kentarus 53.7
Acubens 53.8 Snailzar 54.1 Castor 54.2 Ningpo 55.0
Oliver 55.2 Ibstock 55.7 Tau Ceti 55.8 Kawich 56.5
Slocum 56.6 Connaught 56.8 Pleione 57.6 Ilmachna 57.7
Ingress 57.9 Northwind 58.1 Bharat 58.1 Nopah 58.2
Fomalhaut 59.6 Zavijava 60.7 Styk 61.7 New Dallas 62.0


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  41. Objective Raids, p. 18: "FedCom Deployment Table"
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