Halstead Station

Halstead Station
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Halstead Station nearby systems
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System Information
X:Y Coordinates78.057 : 43.443[e]
Spectral classM4II[1]

System Description[edit]

Halstead Station is located near the Ancha and Sadachbia systems.

Political Affiliation[edit]

Halstead Station III[edit]

Halstead Station III
Halstead Station.jpg
System positionThird[1]
Jump Point distance3 days[1]
Surface gravity0.62[1]
Atmospheric pressureStandard (Toxic)[1]
Equatorial temperature17°C[1]
Surface water40%[1]
Highest native lifePlants[1]
History and Culture
Population756,000 (3130)[1][45]
Government and Infrastructure
Political LeaderPlanetary Governor
Military CommanderLegate Charles Imurra (3130)[1][45]

Planetary History[edit]

Halstead Station is a world settled exclusively for its vast mineral resources. Unfortunately the planet's surface is completely unsuited to human life, featuring a toxic nitrogen-heavy cyanide-argon atmosphere. To overcome this the Ozawa Mercantile Association established a vast series of underground cities, factories, and domed cities that covered approximately 3% of the planet's surface.[1] After the world joined with the Draconis Combine, it found new use as a military staging area, military prison, and punishment duty station.[1]

During the Star League era, Halstead Station served as the homeport for the Fourth Fleet of the Star League Navy. To prevent friction with the local population, the naval component kept a low profile on world.[46]

Battle of Halstead Station[edit]

Though these features made Halstead Station interesting it is best known for the raid First Prince Hanse Davion executed on the world in 3014. Halstead Station first came to the attention of Prince Ian in 3012 when news of Coordinator Takashi's choice to build a supply depot was discovered. By building a supply depot so close to Davion lines, the DCMS would be able to deliver parts to their front line troops much more quickly. Prince Ian saw this as much of a threat as Coordinator Takashi saw it as a boon and quickly drew up plans to attack the planet. The death of Prince Ian caused the attack to be delayed, and Prince Hanse was advised to cancel the attack altogether. He knew, however, that there was a recently discovered university from the Star League Era on the planet. This changed the objective of this raid from destroying the Kurita supply depots to one to obtain documents, books, and memory storage devices from the recently discovered university.[47]

On 4 January 3014, Hanse Davion landed on the planet with three 'Mech regiments. Although House Kurita had reinforced the planet after discovering the university, it still was not enough to keep the Davion forces from reaching the site. The Davion 'Mechs punched their way into a sealed vault, and were pleased to discover a treasure trove of ancient books. With their forces under fire, they could only loot the books quickly, scooping them up in their 'Mechs hands, and dumping them in large sacks, then burning everything they couldn't loot. These books were later used to form the core library for the New Avalon Institute of Science.[47][48]

War of 3039[edit]

Early in the War of 3039 Halstead Station was taken by the green Fifth FedCom RCT supported by a unit of the Fighting Urukhai. After the Fifth took the world they began constructing elaborate bunker systems and ammunition dumps on the icy world.[49] In August 3039, the DCMS responded by sending the First Sword of Light and Seventh Sword of Light regiments to the system. There the First pinned the Fifth in place, while the Seventh landed behind them. The experienced Kuritan forces began to grind the green Fifth FedCom between them. A battalion of MechWarrior under the command of Major Donald Trent chose to desert, seized four Union-class DropShips and an Invader-class JumpShip, and subsequently established themselves as a mercenary unit named the Outlaws in service to the Free Rasalhague Republic.[50] The remainder of the Fifth was able to break contact with the elite Sword of Light regiments when the Urukhai regiment slammed into the Sword's flank.[51]

Military Deployment[edit]

Planetary Locations[edit]

  • Copenwald[41]
  • Halstead City: a domed city, implied to be the largest on the planet in 3014[54]
  • Madison: second largest subterranean city on planet; destroyed during the 3014 Battle of Halstead Station[16]
  • Madison Plains: region just outside city of Madison[16]
  • New Anaheim[41]
  • Sapporo: capital city of Halstead Station (3130)

Industrial Centers[edit]

Image gallery[edit]

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 56 systems (54 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Ancha 7.7 Sadachbia 8.0 Biham 9.2 Shinonoi 10.7
Agador 11.6 Al Na'ir 21.7 Skat 22.6 Ashio 23.7
Murchison 23.8 Markab 28.5 Kurhah 29.1 Miyazaki 30.1
Pokhara 30.9 Okaya 31.3 Galatia 31.8 Nashira 32.0
Cylene 33.4 Chichibu 33.8 Telos 34.3 Piedmont 34.3
Lapida 35.7 Albalii 35.8 Towne 36.6 Helen 39.3
Deneb Algedi 40.8 Ozawa 41.2 Shimonita 42.0 Elix 42.5
Dabih 44.0 Kervil 44.0 Addicks 44.6 Quentin 44.6
New Britain 45.2 Tannil 46.1 Errai 47.4 Ronel 49.3
Nirasaki 49.9 Mallory's World 50.2 Celebes 51.5 Waddesdon 52.4
Algedi 52.9 Ankaa 52.9 Fellanin 55.1 Styx 55.2
Lockdale 55.7 Mara 55.8 New Florence 56.5 Shitara 56.9
Small World 56.9 Deneb Kaitos 58.0 Pike 58.1 Hean 58.1
Sadalbari 59.7 Kuzuu 59.7 Chaville 60.8 Saffel 61.3


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