Genoa 3151.svg
System Information
X:Y Coordinates39.026 : -59.756[e]
Spectral classM9III[1]

The Genoa system was home to at least one habitable world, Genoa IV, and as of 3151 was located in the Tikonov Commonality of the Capellan Confederation.[2]

System Description[edit]

The Genoa system is located near the Arboris and Liao systems[3][4] and consists of nine worlds orbiting a class F7V primary.[1]

System History[edit]

The Genoa system was colonized in 2175 under the auspices of the Terran Alliance.[5]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Genoa IV[edit]

Genoa IV
System positionFourth[1]
Jump Point distance1.96 days[1]
MoonsOne (Sant'Andrea di Ponticello)[1]
Surface gravity1.0[1]
Atmospheric pressureStandard (Breathable)[1]
Equatorial temperature25°C (Arctic)[1]
Surface water12%[1]
Highest native lifeAmphibians[1]
History and Culture
Population225,871,000 (3130)[38][1]
Government and Infrastructure
Political LeaderGovernor
Military CommanderOtto Gryzick, Legate (3130)[38][1]

Genoa IV - more commonly known simply as Genoa - is the fourth planet in the system and has a single moon named Sant'Andrea di Ponticello.[1]

Planetary History[edit]

Early History[edit]

Genoa was settled by Italian colonists in 2175 and was the 115th colony to be established. Although the colonists set out to reach a lush, verdant world a near miss by a rogue planet changed Genoa's orbit and changed the biosphere into a vast desert broken up by mountain ranges. Facing such a harsh environment on the surface the colonists moved their settlements underground. There they found vast underground seas full of life, minerals, metal ores, and precious stones. As a result of these exportable commodities, Genoa became a minor economic powerhouse and joined the Liao Protectorate in 2315.[1] Genoa had been a contemporary of Liao while Liao was still known as Cynthiana, and by 2202 Genoa had been importing considerable quantities of sheep, thoroughbred horses and cattle from Liao.[5]

While Genoa joined the Capellan Confederation when the Duchy of Liao merged with a number of other nations and a host of independent worlds,[7] the Terran Hegemony would take control of the system several years later and Genoa continued to thrive. After the fall of the Star League the Capellan Confederation took over the world. For the next two centuries the Confederation took advantage of Genoa's exports. During the Fourth Succession War, however, Genoa was assaulted by the Thirty-third Avalon Hussars and the Blue Star Irregulars in the second wave. The Genoan militia was quickly outclassed by the front line AFFS forces and surrendered.[39]


Like many other worlds, Genoa was rocked by the instability that resulted after Operation Guerrero. In August 3068 the world was "invited" to become part of the Word of Blake Protectorate[31] by the Thirty-fifth Division. The Genoans resisted, and the Word deployed more forces, including units armed with tactical nuclear weapons.[40] After Genoa defenses killed Precentor Sergio Alveraz because of a fuel depot explosion, WoB decided to use the tactical nuclear weapons. Two nuclear blasts annihilated Buche Areste, site of the massive Aggerri Aerospace plant. At least a 100-kiloton blast leveled the Aggerri plant and over forty square miles of the city surrounding it.[41] The use of these weapons only hardened the Genoans' resolve however and they not only assisted the First St. Ives Lancers when they raided the Word of Blake forces,[42] but continued to resist the Blakist troops[43] until they were liberated. Genoa wasn't initially liberated by coalition forces during Operation SCOUR, but rather by Capellan forces acting independently of the coalition. The Capellan forces successfully freed Genoa on the 30th of January 3077.[44] However, on the 15th of April the Genoa Protectorate Militia pushed the Capellan forces back off Genoa.[45] It wouldn't be until the 21st of October that Genoa was finally freed, this time by allied coalition troops, who forced the surviving Word of Blake forces to retreat to Terra.[46]

In the closing stages of the Jihad, a new movement named "Students for Stone" became a major political movement on Genoa. Established in 3078 at Cella City Polytechnic by two students, Michael Peterson and Celia Stevens, Students for Stone was an organization of supporters for Devlin Stone and his proposed reforms of the worlds in the former Word of Blake Protectorate. The Students for Stone movement played a large part in influencing the population of Genoa in favor of Devlin Stone and his reforms; by the time Melissa Allard-Liao came to speak at a rally organized at the polytechnic amphitheater on the 19th of November 3079, Students for Stone was credit for being a significant factor in the approval rate for Devlin Stone in local polls (seventy percent positive) and for the sixty-seven percent positive response to the idea of Genoa joining a new state founded by Devlin Stone.[47]

Dark Age[edit]

Cella City Polytechnic was again the birthplace of a political movement during the Dark Age; prior to Gray Monday it became the heart of the Clutch of the Confederacy, a political group formed by students but headed by the somewhat eccentric literature professor Shi Qiang Guo, known for dressing in twenty-third century Neo-Ming fashion. The Clutch advocated for the return of Republic systems to the Confederation, preferably via peaceful protest.[48] While Genoa remained a staunch supporter of Devlin Stone, the Republic was surprised by the relatively rapid formation of a strong popular uprising against the Republic among the population in mid-3134, beginning with terrorist actions in early July. Attempts to restore order were hampered by a general unwillingness among the planetary militia forces to kill their fellow citizens, and the assassination of the Planetary Legate in August caused further problems for the Republican government.[49] Soon after, Genoa was invaded by the Capellan Confederation, which had launched a large-scale invasion of the Republic Prefectures bordering the Confederation.[50]

The planet's HPG station is one of the few working inside the Republic of the Sphere in 3135.[51]

Military Deployment[edit]




Genoa was a lush, rich world when first discovered, but the chance encounter with a rogue planetoid altered its orbit enough to cause mass extinctions on the surface, leaving it barren, dry, and barely habitable. In contrast with the wastelands on the surface, the underground lakes on Genoa are still rich with life. Genoa's northern continent is named Rivera, and the southern continent is named Genova. Rivera possesses rich veins of metal ore, while Genova has large deposits of high-grade gemstones.[1]

Planetary Locations[edit]

  • Cella City[49]
  • Columbus: the planetary capital city, located on Rivera.[1]
  • Buche Areste: A city home to over sixty million people and the site of the Aggerri Aerospace plant.[41]
  • Genoan Interplanetary Spaceport[41]

Companies and Industries[edit]

  • Aggerri Aerospace: A massive plant, destroyed by the Word of Blake during the Jihad. The plant, which was undergoing a forty million C-bill renovation in order to build the new Triste suborbital transport, was the apparent epicenter for at least one of the nuclear strikes.[41]


Dark Age: Republic Worlds (3130) states that Genoa was settled in 2300, in contrast with other publications; this was confirmed to be an error by one of the BattleTech Line Developers:

Genoa was settled in 2175, as the 115th colony.

With regards, Øystein

  — Øystein Tvedten, BattleTech Line Developer, 20 Feb 2012

Although the publication Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents states that the 35th Division (Word of Blake) attacked Genoa and Liberty in August 3069, which contradicts the Jihad timeline given in Jihad Hot Spots: 3072 and Jihad: Final Reckoning. It was confirmed by one of the BattleTech Line Developers that Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents is in error.


Blake Documents is in error; the assaults took place in 3068.

Thank you,

- Herbert Beas

  — Herbert Beas, BattleTech Line developer, 11 Jun 2012

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 80 systems (77 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Arboris 9.2 Cynthiana 10.0 Aldebaran 15.0 Bex 15.3
Ningpo 16.8 Azha 16.9 Nanking 18.1 Zurich 19.2
Gan Singh 20.1 Slocum 20.5 Acamar 21.2 Pleione 23.5
Woodstock 23.6 Bhaktapur 23.7 Bharat 26.9 Algol 27.1
Kansu 28.7 Hamal 30.6 Terra Firma 30.9 Nopah 31.8
Poznan 31.8 Manennaia 31.8 Buchlau 32.3 Zion 33.5
New Canton 33.5 Kawich 33.6 Hsien 33.8 Saiph 35.4
Shensi 35.9 Capolla 36.0 Fletcher 37.0 Styk 37.9
Halloran 38.0 Sheratan 38.3 Chisholm 38.5 Tall Trees 38.9
Yangtze 39.7 Conwy 40.3 Menkalinan 40.5 Basalt 41.0
Ruchbah 41.3 New Aragon 41.7 Ingress 42.4 Epsilon Eridani 43.7
Belluevue 43.9 Brownsville 44.3 New Hessen 45.1 Epsilon Indi 45.3
Snailzar 45.4 Alrescha 46.7 Tigress 46.8 Alpha Eridani 47.1
Mandal 47.9 Hunan 48.4 Sichuan 48.7 St. Andre 48.8
Outreach 49.0 Kyrkbacken 49.6 Tsitsang 50.5 Algot 52.1
Angol 53.2 Bryant 53.2 Deneb Kaitos 53.3 Demeter 53.4
Kristiandsund 53.8 Asuncion 53.9 Berenson 53.9 Small World 54.2
Hall 55.2 New Stevens 56.2 Second Try 56.2 New Home 56.8
Northwind 57.1 Hean 57.6 Suzano 59.0 Wasat 59.2
Carver 59.2 Menkar 61.0 Keid 61.3 Ankaa 61.7


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