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Gustrell nearby systems
Gustrell nearby systems
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System Information
X:Y Coordinates −66.621 : 466.65[e]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary Info[edit]

Gustrell was a part of the Apollo Province of the Rim Worlds Republic.[12] By 3025 it was a part of the Oberon Confederation.[14][15]

Planetary History[edit]

Star League[edit]

In 2746 the 2nd Lyran Guards were deployed to Gustrell. Gustrell was located inside the Rim Worlds Republic's borders, but considered itself an independent world, despite the lack of a local 'Mech garrison. The deployment of the 2nd Guards was prompted by evidence discovered by the LIC indicating that a mercenary unit under contract to Gustrell's planetary government was responsible for a brutal assault on a Lyran research station in the Dark Nebula. The 2nd was deployed to Gustrell in retaliation.[33]

The 2nd quickly destroyed the armor and infantry units that garrisoned Gustrell, and in two days had captured the planet's senate building. The Guard's action became known as the "Gustrell Massacre" after images of burned infantrymen were broadcast throughout the Inner Sphere. The 2nd remained on world until a Rim Worlds Republic garrison force could arrive. During that time the LIC completed their investigation and discovered that the mercenaries that had prompted the invasion operated on their own, without aid or comfort from the Gustrell planetary government.[33]

The Rim Worlds Republic unit assigned to Gustrell in the wake of the massacre was the 4th Amaris Dragoons, under the command of Colonel Xatt Dague; Dague quickly distinguished himself through his actions in the wake of the Massacre, working to coordinate the actions of the 4th Dragoons and the 2nd Guards, as well as initiating a series of practice duels between himself and members of the 2nd Guards that soon earned him the nickname "Eagle Eye". After the LCAF regiment had left Gustrell Dague continued to build a name for himself by performing at military parades in a concerted effort to generate more interest in the Rim Worlds Army.[34]

Clan Invasion[edit]

During Operation Revival in August 3049 Gustrell came under attack by Clan Wolf. The defending Gustrell Guards, two battalions of mechanized infantry, faced off against the Red Keshik of Delta Galaxy in the Pellembroke Woods. Despite having prepared fortified positions in the heavily forested terrain, the defenders were easily overrun and the planet conquered by Clan Wolf.[35]


Clan Hell's Horses controlled the system in the late Jihad. In 3085 however, the Horses withdrew, leaving Gustrell on its own. The citizens of Gustrell reached out to several nearby star systems and negotiated with those systems to form the Republic of the Barrens.[36]

Military Deployment[edit]





Planetary Locations[edit]

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 20 systems (18 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Paulus Prime 15.0 Crellacor 16.6 Drask's Den 30.1 Iron Land 30.3
Elissa 32.1 Butte Hold 34.5 The Rock 37.3 Star's End 38.3
Taran's World 39.4 Sigurd 39.5 Ferris 41.3 Oberon 45.3
New Ålborg 49.5 Icar 55.5 Placida 56.5 Blackstone 57.7
Blackbone 58.5 Steelton 59.1 Toland 60.5 Ichmandu 60.8


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