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Kestrel neighboring systems
Kestrel neighboring systems
System Information
X:Y Coordinates 268.309 : -46.829[e]
Spectral class G8IV[1]
Recharge time 189 hours[1]
Recharge station(s) Zenith, Nadir[1]

Note: X and Y are coordinates (light years on XY plane) relative to Terra at (0, 0)

Planetary flag
Planetary flag
System position 3rd[1]
Jump point
6.19 days[1]
Moons 2 (Ariel, Persephone)[1]
Surface gravity 1.05[1]
Atmospheric pressure Standard (Breathable)[1]
Equatorial temperature 33°C (Temperate)[1]
Surface water 64%[1]
Highest native life Avians[1]
Reference Year 3067[1]
Ruler Duke Xerxes Cunningham[1]
Population 6,788,690,200[1]
Socio-Industrial Levels A-B-A-B-A[1]
HPG (Representative) A[1]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary Info[edit]

Kestrel is a heavily populated world in the coreward Crucis March of the Federated Suns. Furthermore it is the capital of the Kestrel Combat Region in the Markesan Operation Area.


Kestrel is a beautiful world with fertile plains and plentiful natural resources. The world's colonization and industrial expansion were planned wisely. Most of the heavy industry were shifted to Kestrel's two moons, which were terraformed into habitable worlds of their own. Most of the population lives in big cities, which contain a lot of skyscrapers, leaving enough space for vast fields, plains and forests. All this turns Kestrel into one of the Garden Worlds of the Federated Suns, whose food exports feed many worlds throughout the Crucis and Draconis Marches.[1]

Planetary History[edit]

After the founding of the Federated Suns in 2317 the world of Kestrel was one of the first new members of the young state. The system's location deep in the Suns' territory let the world prosper and made the satisfied population and the ducal family staunch supporters of the Davions. That is one of the reasons why the people of Kestrel have consistently been among the top five worlds providing the most number of recruits to the AFFS.[1]

First Succession War[edit]

In 2789 the Draconis Combine began a hugely successful invasion of the Federated Suns, with Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery units pouring across the border and conquering system after system while the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns desperately tried to mount a defense amidst mass confusion and conflicting orders exacerbated by the DCMS specifically targeting communications systems and JumpShips as priorities for destruction to disrupt communications. The first attempt to break the invasion was mustered by First Prince John Davion in 2788, and that attempt - Operation SOLAR SHIELD - was an expensive disaster. By the time Prince John's second plan had begun at the end of 2789, the Dragon had advanced as far as conquering such far-flung Federated Suns worlds as Acoma, Batavia, Imbrial III, Kestrel and Saunemin.[38][10]

Prince John's second plan - a massive naval response under the operational command of Admiral Kenneth Jones - saw AFFS forces return to Kestrel in early 2790, striking at the Draconis Combine Admiralty ships in the system, and although the battle group only only stayed in the system for a week before moving on to the next target it was able to provide valuable assistance to the resistance groups still fighting on Kestrel.[10]

Kestrel was liberated by the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns in 2809-10 as part of the second major AFFS counter-offensive of the First Succession War against the Draconis Combine.[12]

Second Succession War[edit]

During the Second Succession War Kestrel was one of many planets devastated by the Draconis Combine's search and destroy missions. [39]

Military Deployment[edit]










Nearby Systems[edit]

Systems within 60 light-years (distance in light years)
Closest systems first:
Bogard 14.64 Kirklin 23.22 Saunemin 24.42 Imbrial III 26.21
Sodus 26.56 DeWitt 27.46 Evansville 27.71 Northfield 31.04
Streator 32.54 Coloma 33.29 Cahokia 33.45 Larned 35.63
Emporia 42.34 Blandinsville 43.05 Capac 43.34 Sauk City 44.85
Petrolia 46.65 Potwin 48.03 Delavan 48.80 Colchester 50.22
New Valencia 51.89 Delphos 52.16 Newton 52.20 Corydon 52.78
Lexington 53.54 Huron 53.56 Odell 54.19 Robinson 54.32
Augusta 54.54 Allerton 54.72 Strawn 54.83 Markesan 54.97
Saginaw 58.54 O'Fallon 58.62


  • In many of Michael A. Stackpole's novels, Kestrel is said to be the landhold of the Allard family (who are invested as the Counts of Kestrel). In contrast, many of the sourcebooks claim Kestrel to be the Cunningham family's ducal landhold. (House Davion (The Federated Suns) actually states both simultaneously, albeit on different pages.) The discrepancy has never been reconciled; one explanation might be the Allard family being a cadet branch of or distantly related to the Cunninghams. [citation needed]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 Handbook: House Davion, p. 94, "Kestrel"
  2. Handbook: House Davion, p. 18, "Federated Suns at their Founding - [2317] Map"
  3. Handbook: House Davion, p. 48, "Federated Suns after Age of War - [2571] Map"
  4. Historical: Reunification War, p. 159, "Inner Sphere - [2596] Map"
  5. Era Report: 2750, p. 37, "Inner Sphere - [2750] Map"
  6. Field Manual: SLDF, "Inner Sphere - [2764] Map"
  7. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [2765] Map"
  8. Field Report 2765: Federated Suns, p. 29, "Federated Suns Armed Forces Deployment Map - [2765]"
  9. First Succession War (Source Book), p. 25, "Inner Sphere - [2786] Map"
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 First Succession War, p. 41-42, "Cholame"
  11. First Succession War, p. 44, "Draconis Combine-Federated Suns Front 2786-2796"
  12. 12.0 12.1 First Succession War, p. 98, "The Davion Counter-Offensives"
  13. Handbook: House Davion, p. 54, "Federated Suns after First Succession War - [2822] Map"
  14. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, p. 122-123, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  15. First Succession War (Source Book), p. 113, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  16. Handbook: House Davion, p. 60, "Federated Suns after Second Succession War - [2864] Map"
  17. House Davion (The Federated Suns), "Federated Suns Map - [3025]"
  18. Handbook: House Davion, p. 70, "Federated Suns after Third Succession War - [3025] Map"
  19. Handbook: House Davion, p. 72, "Federated Suns after Fourth Succession War - [3030] Map"
  20. Handbook: House Davion, p. 76, "Federated Suns after War of [3039] - [3040] Map"
  21. Historical: War of 3039, p. 133, "Inner Sphere - [3040] Map"
  22. Era Report: 3052, p. 11, Inner Sphere - [3050] Map
  23. Era Report: 3052, p. 23, Inner Sphere - [3052] Map
  24. Era Report: 3062, p. 11, Inner Sphere - [3057] Map
  25. Handbook: House Davion, p. 78, "Federated Suns after Operation Guerrero [3058]"
  26. The Periphery, 2nd Edition, p. 111, "Taurian Concordat and Tortuga Dominions"
  27. Era Report: 3062, p. 29, Inner Sphere - [3063] Map
  28. Handbook: House Davion, p. 82, "Federated Suns after FedCom Civil War - [3067] Map"
  29. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 43, "Inner Sphere - [3067] Map"
  30. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 64, "Inner Sphere - [3075] Map"
  31. Field Report: AFFS, p. 21, "Federated Suns Armed Forces Deployment Map - [August 3079]"
  32. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 63, "Inner Sphere - [3081] Map"
  33. Field Manual: 3085, p. vii, "Inner Sphere - [3085] Map"
  34. Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
  35. Era Report: 3145, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3135] Map"
  36. Era Report: 3145, p. 39, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  37. Field Manual: 3145, p. VI, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  38. First Succession War, p. 41, "An Expensive Learning Curve"
  39. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 64, "Jinjiro's last years"
  40. Field Manual: SLDF, p. 252, "SLDF - Federated Suns Military Command Map"
  41. 41.0 41.1 First Succession War (Source Book), p. 134, "First Succession War Deployment Table - AFFS"
  42. 42.0 42.1 House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 137
  43. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 11, "Operation RAT"
  44. 44.0 44.1 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 12, "Operation RAT"
  45. Historical: War of 3039, p. 136, "Deployment Table"
  46. 20-Year Update, p. 22
  47. Objective Raids, p. 15, "FedCom Deployment Table"
  48. Shattered Sphere, p. 33, "FedCom Deployment Table"
  49. Field Manual: 3085, p. 71, "Deployment Table - 3085"
  50. The Fox's Teeth: Exploits of McKinnon's Raiders, p.6