Kooken's Pleasure Pit

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Kooken's Pleasure Pit
Kookens Pleasure Pit nearby systems (3151)
Kookens Pleasure Pit nearby systems (3151)
(Map Legend)
System Information
X:Y Coordinates -165.238 : 345.818[e]
Spectral class G5V[1][2]
Recharge time 186 hours[2]
Recharge station(s) Zenith[1][2]

System Description[edit]

System History[edit]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Kooken's Pleasure Pit IV[edit]

Kooken's Pleasure Pit
Planetary flag
Planetary flag
System position 4th[1][2]
Jump point
7.47 days[2]
Moons 1 (Joy)[2]
Surface gravity 1.0[2]
Atmospheric pressure Standard (Breathable)[2]
Equatorial temperature 30°C (Arid)[2]
Surface water 43%[2]
Highest native life Mammal[1][2]
Reference Year 3025[1] - 3055[2]
Ruler Duke of Kooken
Population 192,340,000 (3055)[2]
Socio-Industrial Levels C-C-D-C-B[2]
HPG (Representative) B[1][2] (Precentor Sherri Dun) (3025)[1]

Planetary Info[edit]

Kooken's Pleasure Pit is a world with a robust rest and relaxation industry. The planet was noted for entertainment industries and pleasant climate, but having poor mineral wealth.

Planetary History[edit]


The Planet was settled during the Star League era[33][34] The planet gained its present name from name of a infamous novel written by native Michael Kooken. Kooken's book was a tale of his mis-adventures & numerous bedding of women. The book became so popular, that the planet was renamed for his famous mansion described in the novel.[35]

Creation of the Pleasure Industries[edit]

In 3005[36], Archon Alessandro Steiner fostered what became euphemistically known as "pleasure industries" in an attempt to break the back of the Malthus organize crime syndicate that operated out of Dustball. Many in his own government protested the plan. However, the Archon felt that if the industries could not be stamped out, it would at least be as well that they were not in the hands of organized crime.

The establishment of the pleasure industry, including legalized -- albeit extremely strictly regulated -- prostitution, fostered a boom in tourism for the planet. The industries are strictly controlled by the Lyran government, and age-of-consent, health, wage and working condition laws were heavily enforced. The industries were also restricted to special zones on the planet. Most other areas on the planet not connected with these zones were officially declared out-of-bounds to off-world tourists. [37]

The planet has also gained a reputation as a producer of holo-entertainment, ranging from romance and other mainstream entertainment films to pornography, mostly through the large vid-concern Holo Entertainments from Kooken. [38]

As of 3025, it was unclear how much of an impact that the heavily-regulated legalization on Kooken's had on the Malthus family, with some commenting that the organized crime syndicate was too large and too well-entrenched for even House Steiner to pose any credible competition in Malthus' chosen businesses. [39]

The Clan Invasion Era[edit]

Military Buildup[edit]

The Clan Invasion and the Truce of Tukayyid, Kooken's Pleasure Pit became a favorite destination for soldiers on Rest & Relaxation. The Commonwealth had established logistic & training base on the planet. The planet had suddenly founded itself on the border with the Clans, frontline military units were then stationed on the planet. Soldiers whom had been station there, returned to the planet after retirement and settled their families there. The planet's defense forces were built up to include BattleMechs among its Militia forces.

The Red Corsair Raid[edit]

In February of 3055, the mysterious pirate band The Corsairs attacked the Planet. Lead by a woman claiming to be the Red Corsair, her regiment sized force challenged and caused heavy damage to the battalion of Robinson Rangers & Grave Walkers that were defending the planet. The Kooken's Reserve Militia lead by Kommandant Nelson Geist tried to stall for time while the Rangers & Walkers attempted to reach the battle, but the fierce fighting ended in the Militia's defeat. It was suspected that the survivors were taken as slaves after pirates took their booty and left the planet.[40] February 15, 3055The mysterious pirate band known as the Corsairs, led by the Red Corsair, attack the planetThe Corsairs lead by the Red CorsairRobinson Rangers, Grave Walkers, and the Kooken's Reserve Militia led by Kommandant Nelson GeistCorsair victory and Nelson Geist taken prisoner

Jade Falcon Incursion[edit]

During the rage of the FedCom Civil War, Clan Jade Falcon conducted an Incursion in 3064. Khan Marthe Pryde and her Turkina Keshik & 3rd Falcon Swoop conducted a Trial of Possession for the planet against its Lyran mercenary defenders, the Grave Walkers. Within a hours worth of fighting, the mercenaries had lost battalion worth of troops to Falcons. Despite their experienced being stationed on border and surviving being destroyed by them in initial clan invasion of 3052, its commander Colonel Akru Kirah conceded that he would not be able to hold the planet. The Colonel fought & won personal trial of possession for right of invoking hegira leaving the planet in the hands of the Falcons.[41]

After being taken control of the planet, over course of the years the planet' pleasure industries diminished, however some of its casinos were still operational as of 3076.[42]

Military Deployment[edit]



  • Second Grave Walkers[43]
  • First Robinson Rangers RCT[43]
  • Kooken's Reserve Militia[40]


Planetary Locations[edit]

Industrial Centers[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 32 systems (31 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Pasig 13.2 Goat Path 13.4 Blackjack 20.4 Blue Hole 21.6
Hot Springs 22.6 Mkuranga 28.8 Roadside 30.4 Alyina 30.7
Manx 33.4 Chahar 33.7 Waldorff 35.8 Malibu 37.7
Beta 39.9 Parakoila 40.1 Deia 43.5 Kikuyu 43.7
Biegga 44.0 Clermont 45.2 Babaeski 47.0 Zhongshan 47.1
Butler 48.9 Apolakkia 49.2 Black Earth 50.2 Denizli 52.3
Machida 53.5 Golandrinas 54.8 Devin 55.9 Melissia 57.6
Mogyorod 57.9 Jorvikland 59.2 Derf 59.7 Twycross 60.1


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 172, "Kooken's Pleasure Pit Atlas"
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Operational Turning Points: Red Corsair, p. 4, Kooken's Pleasure Pit
  3. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 13, "Lyran Commonwealth at their Founding - [2341] Map"
  4. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 25, "Lyran Commonwealth after Age of War - [2571] Map"
  5. Historical: Reunification War, p. 159, "Inner Sphere - [2596] Map"
  6. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 25, "Rim Worlds Republic At the Fall of the Star League [2750]"
  7. Era Report: 2750, p. 36, "Inner Sphere - [2750] Map"
  8. Field Manual: SLDF, p. vii, "Inner Sphere - [2764] Map"
  9. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 10, "Inner Sphere - [2765] Map"
  10. First Succession War (Source Book), pp. 24-25, "Inner Sphere - [2786] Map"
  11. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 36, "Lyran Commonwealth after First Succession War - [2822] Map"
  12. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, pp. 122-123, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  13. First Succession War (Source Book), pp. 112-113, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  14. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 40, "Lyran Commonwealth after Second Succession War - [2864] Map"
  15. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. vii, "Lyran Commonwealth Map - [3025]"
  16. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 47, "Lyran Commonwealth after Third Succession War - [3025] Map"
  17. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 56, "Lyran Commonwealth after Fourth Succession War - [3030] Map"
  18. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 59, "Lyran Commonwealth after War of 3039 - [3040] Map"
  19. Historical: War of 3039, p. 132, "Inner Sphere - [3040] Map"
  20. Era Report: 3052, p. 10, Inner Sphere - [3050] Map
  21. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 61, "Lyran Commonwealth after Clan Invasion - [3052] Map"
  22. Era Report: 3052, p. 23, "Inner Sphere - [3052] Map"
  23. Era Report: 3062, p. 10, Inner Sphere - [3057] Map
  24. Era Report: 3062, p. 29, "Inner Sphere - [3063] Map"
  25. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 70, "Lyran Commonwealth after FedCom Civil War - [3067] Map"
  26. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 43, "Inner Sphere - [3067] Map"
  27. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 64, "Inner Sphere - [3075] Map"
  28. Field Report: LAAF, p. 21, "Lyran Alliance Armed Forces Deployment Map - [August 3079]"
  29. Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
  30. Era Report: 3145, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3135] Map"
  31. Era Report: 3145, p. 39, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  32. Field Manual: 3145, p. VI, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  33. Handbook: House Steiner, pp. 25, 35 - Maps of Lyran Commonwealth 2571 & 2822 - Kooken's Pleasure Pit does not exist after Age of War, but does after 1st Succession War.
  34. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 25 - Rim Worlds Republic & Lyran Commonwealth Steller Map of 2750 - Kooken's Pleasure Pit present on map as of 2750.
  35. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 174 - Kooken's Pleasure Pit - Planet profile as of 3025 and origin of planet's name.
  36. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 174 - Kooken's Pleasure Pit - Alessandro's plan to ramp up the planet's pleasure industry noted 20 year from publishing of the house book. House book canon game year is 3025.
  37. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 174 - Kooken's Pleasure Pit - "Those who are not actively associated with the pleasure industries can live elsewhere on Kooken's, places where the strict laws forbid visits by over-hormoned tourists."
  38. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 131 - Public Media -
  39. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 174 - Kooken's Pleasure Pit -
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Operational Turning Points: Red Corsair, pp. 8, 19-20 - Information on the Battle with Red Corsairs on Kooken's Pleasure Pit.
  41. FedCom Civil War (sourcebook), pp. 115-116 - Falcon Incursion - Jade Falcons take Kooken's Pleasure Pit from Lyrans.
  42. Masters & Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 129 - Brian Pryde - Loremaster Pryde plays at remains of the casinos on Kooken's Pleasure Pit.
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 Objective Raids, p. 55 - "Note ofUnit"
  44. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 131 "Culture and the Arts - Public Media - Holo Entertainments from Kooken"