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System Information
X:Y Coordinates34.29 : -68.578[e]
Spectral classK5V[1][2]
Recharge time196 hours[1][2]
Recharge station(s)Nadir[2]

Originally known as the Cynthiana system,[3] the Liao system was home to at least one habitable world, Liao III, and as of 3151 was located in the Tikonov Commonality of the Capellan Confederation.[4]

System Description[edit]

Liao is located near the Aldebaran and Genoa systems[5][6] and consists of a class K5V primary orbited by at nine planets.[1] During the thirty-first century a recharge station was in place at the nadir jump point.[2]

System History[edit]

The Liao system was settled in 2189 by Elias Liao and his followers[3] and became the capital of a number of minor states prior to the formation of the Capellan Confederation in the mid-twenty-fourth century.[7]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Liao III[edit]

Liao III
Liao Orbital View.jpg
System positionThird[1][2]
Jump Point distance4.12 days[1][2]
Moons1 (Elias' Promise)[1][2]
Surface gravity1.05[1][2]
Atmospheric pressureStandard (Breathable)[1][2]
Equatorial temperature30°C[1][2]
Surface water55%[1][2]
Highest native lifeReptile[1] (10%)[2]
Landmasses3 (Beilù, Nánlù, Anderia)[35]
History and Culture
Population3,485,000,000 (3025),[36]
3,800,000,000 (3067),[2]
2,395,427,000 (3130)[1][37]
Government and Infrastructure
Noble RulerDuke of Liao, Shonso of Liao
Political LeaderPlanetary Governor
Military CommanderLegate Andreas Kamali (3111),[38] Legate Kang Lo Den (3128),[39]
Legate Viktor Ruskoff (3130)[1][37]
CapitalChang-an (3111)[39]
HPG ClassA (3025)[36]
HPG RepresentativePrecentor Elizabeth Waite (3025)[36]

Liao III—more commonly known simply as Liao—has one moon named Elias' Promise and has at various points served as a national capital, a Prefecture capital and a Commonality capital.[39]

Planetary History[edit]

Early Times[edit]

Originally an unsettled, backwater planet in the Aldebaran system, the planet was settled by Elias Liao and his followers in 2189. First named for Elias' wife Cynthiana, the planet was renamed to honor Elias after his death in 2202, although Elias' son David Paul initially opposed the change.[3]

When it was first settled, Liao was an unremarkable planet with wide expanses of grassland and little else.[1][40] Within the first month, four colonists committed suicide because of the monotony.[40] Elias Liao turned things around and Liao quickly became a major producer of livestock for the local star systems such as Zion, Zurich, and Genoa.[41]

Having established that the biology of Cynthiana could support a number of species from off-planet, Elias aggressively imported a number of plant and animal species; the pride of his efforts was the importing of a number of breeding pairs of Eridani stallions, which he bred up during his lifetime into sought-after sport lines.[42] The inhabitants of Cynthiana had invested the last of their money into Elias' experiment with breeding up livestock species.[1] Although the Cynthiana colonists learned to domesticate the native Liao buffalo quickly, a deadly species known as the Liao cougar proved a major problem, inflicting heavy losses on the colonists' herds; the result was a massive hunting program that had completely eradicated the Liao cougar by the early twenty-fourth century.[43]

Elias Liao founded the Liao Republic when he colonized Liao, and his grandson Victor would become president in 2202[43] and governor of the world under the Terran Alliance.[41] By 2212, Victor had formal diplomatic relationships with a number of neighboring systems, to the advantage of all involved; while Victor refused to deal in Terran currency, he instead promoted trade by barter or exchange. It was very common for him to trade livestock and meat from Liao for goods from other worlds and for tracts of land on other, less well-developed, colonies. Victor would then sell that land on to newly arriving colonists in exchange for more things to increase the power and prestige of Liao and his nascent kingdom; technology, ships, and most of all, weapons.[8]


When a number of colonies declared independence in 2236, the Terran Alliance demanded that Alliance worlds raise troops to support a campaign to conquer those worlds that had risen up in rebellion. Victor Liao's response was particularly pointed: he had the Terran Ambassador beheaded, and the head returned to Terra by first-class courier. The inhabitants of Liao waited for a response from Terra, but none ever came;[44] after more than twenty years of preparation and buildup, Liao was suddenly independent when the Alliance issued the Demarcation Declaration and withdrew its borders to include only systems a single jump from Terra.[45]

Independent Republic of Liao[edit]

After the death of Victor Liao in 2240, his daughter Irenna became the new President, promptly declaring Liao to be a sovereign nation—the Liao Republic—and starting major reforms of the planetary constitution. Various reforms set in place by Irenna strengthened her own position and allowed for the creation of a feudal dynasty, while at the same time moving Liao from being an independent agricultural backwater into a far more efficient and important polity.[9]

As the colony worlds became increasingly balkanized and nations began to form in reaction to the Demarcation Declaration sporadic local wars began to break out, increasing in frequency as the vagaries of interstellar economies generated runaway inflation and planetary shortages. Liao suffered alongside other worlds during this period, being blockaded in 2249, which disrupted their trade and dramatically reducing the standard of living on the world. These problems intensified under the rule of Martell Liao, who compared unfavorably to his mother, Irenna.[46]

Liao remained the center of a single-world nation until it reemerged onto the interstellar stage during the closing years of the war between the Capellan Hegemony and the Sarna Supremacy. The nearby world of Arboris—a Protectorate of the Capellan Hegemony as well as the most coreward planets in the Hegemony—announced its intention to secede from the Hegemony in 2308, unwilling to continue to contribute to the increasingly heavy burden of the war. Unbeknownst to the Hegemony, Arboris had applied for Protectorate status under the neutrality laws of the Liao Republic, which the ruler of the Republic, Emile Falkner Liao, had granted. Emile had assembled a flotilla of hastily armed merchant vessels to defend the new Protectorate, and the Hegemony fleet sent to subdue Arboris ran straight into the Liao fleet. Emile goaded the Hegemony fleet into an ambush and mauled the fleet badly; while he was forced to retreat to Liao, he did so in good order, and the most the Free Worlds League forces could do in response was to impose a blockade on Liao until April 2309.[42][47]

The Hegemony's pyrrhic victory cost them the support of the Free Worlds League in the war with the Supremacy, which allowed the nearby Tikonov Grand Union to impose an arbitrated peace. By 2310, Liao was no longer besieged, and had gained Arboris as a Protectorate. This was the beginning of a rapid expansion of influence in the region for Liao and its ruler.[47]

Duchy of Liao[edit]

Between 2310 and 2320, the worlds of Zurich, Aldebaran, Gan Singh, and Genoa all applied to Emile Liao for Protectorate status on the same level as that enjoyed by Arboris; Liao's influence grew to the point that in 2315, it became the capital of Emile's new interstellar nation—the Duchy of Liao—a realm that would survive intact until the formation of the Capellan Confederation.[11][10]

Early Succession Wars[edit]

Liao suffered a number of spoiling raids, which reduced the planet to a backwater world with no significant infrastructure worth attacking. The planet remained important to House Liao, due to its historical importance to House Liao's ruling party. The world aside from harboring a palace on world for Chancellors, served as a training ground for Liao forces.[48]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

In August 3028, House Davion forces led by the Thirty-third Avalon Hussars launched the invasion of Liao in a surprise attack in First Wave of the Fourth Succession War. The Hussars’ lead task force consisted of all three regiments of the Blue Star Irregulars and successfully made planetfall without meeting resistance from the Liao defenders. The first regiment of the Irregulars, the 1894th Light Horse, landed in southern continent where it easily overwhelmed and destroyed the understrength BattleMech regiment, Vincent's Commandos.

The rest of the Davion forces made landfall in Liao's northern continent and made a push towards the Forbidden City. In a mountain region, the First Confederation Reserve Cavalry and the Warrior House LuSann made an attempt to stop the Davion mercenaries from making a push to the capital. In the following week after invasion force’s landing, the Cavalry would make its move against the Irregulars' third regiment, the Twenty-first Rim Worlds. The Irregular regiment engaged the Cavalry in hopes to prevent the Capellan forces from linking up with its Warrior House compatriots. The Irregulars had nearly completely destroyed the Cavalry when the Prefectorate Guards sprung their ambush. The Irregulars undertook a fighting withdraw from the ambush at the cost of their commanding general dying while fighting a lance of Griffins. In another part of the battle, the LuSann would be devastated by the Avatars of Painful Death's infantry, armor and aerospace assets, losing a battalion's worth of 'Mechs in the fighting.

House Davion forces progress towards the capital would end up being stalled by the Liao's defenders’ efforts. It would not be until the arrival of Redfield's Renegades that the stalemate would turn into AFFS victory. The Renegades dropped behind LuSann's battlefield lines and entered the Forbidden City with no resistance. With the fall of the Forbidden City to Davion mercenaries, the remains of the Capellan forces withdrew from the planet.[49]

Return to House Liao[edit]

During Operation GUERRERO in 3057, Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao assigned the liberation of Liao to all of the Confederation's Warrior Houses. The planet's defending militia, the Liao Sarna March Militia surrendered to these forces without a shot fired.[50] The Chancellor made Liao the capital of the newly formed Liao Commonality, with his cousin Shonso Hurtong Liao as its governor by 3061. Earlier, as part of reestablishing control of the world, the Liao Conservatory of Military Arts would be established in 3059. Liao experienced an economic and cultural renaissance as a result of its designation as the prefecture capital. Hurtong Liao worked hard to reestablish the Confederation's rule over the world, trying to bring its citizens who experienced a higher standard of living during FedCom rule.[51][52]


Liao was attacked by the Word of Blake on 2 November 3069 but local Capellan Confederation Armed Forces troops were able to repel the attack.[53] The Capellan forces on Liao were mysteriously well-prepared for the invasion, and when the Blakists invaded the CCAF struck first, hitting the invaders with massed artillery fire and chemical weapons. The Word of Blake forces were unable to capture Liao, but the planet paid a heavy price for the aggressive tactics of the defending forces; the island continent of Anderia was rendered uninhabitable, and the population of the planet suffered horrible casualties.[1]

Republic Era[edit]

Incorporated into the Republic of the Sphere following the end of the Jihad, Liao remained a coveted target for the Confederation. Liao was one of the former Capellan worlds within the Republic that was embroiled in a grass-roots war that began in 3101 and which was intended to return the planet to Capellan control. In 3111, Capellan forces were able to land on Liao after a junior lieutenant stationed on the world was bribed to allow an unauthorized DropShip landing on the planet, only for the infiltrating forces to launch an attack that slaughtered Republican civilians, including the family of the officer who had assisted them in landing in the first place. The war ended soon after and Liao remained a member of the Republic.[1]

Dark Age[edit]

In 3126 and 3127, Capellan agitators increased tensions at the Liao Conservatory of Military Arts. These tensions burst in 3128, when the campus was seized by disgruntled cadets. Legate Kang Lo Den responded violently, and two students died. Paladin Ezekiel Crow prevented a full assault against the protesters and pressured Legate Kang to resign. Things calmed down again, but a new insurgent group called Ijori Dè Guāng was formed.[54] On 25 July 3132, the HPG station on Liao underwent a mysterious shutdown that lasted four days, and may have been a herald of Gray Monday.[55]

After the Blackout the Capellan Confederation sent troops into the Republic. The Second McCarron's Armored Cavalry regiment landed on Liao and faced the garrisoning troops. After six years of terrorist assaults by the Ijori Dè Guāng the garrison forces were on edge, and peaceful protests quickly exploded into violence. The Liao Standing Guard, the Fifth Triarii Protectors and V Principes Guards faced multiple hit and run attacks from the Armored Cavalry across two continents while the protesters and Ijori Dè Guāng joined forces with dissident elements of the Liao Conservatory of Military Arts to cause more problems. Despite this, five weeks of fighting had slowed the Capellan forces. Then the Dynasty Guard arrived. They joined with the dissident forces and opened a new front against the Republic troops. The Republic forces might still have won, but one of their aerospace fighters shot down a medical transport DropShip filled with refugees thinking it was transporting CCAF reinforcements. Overnight all loyalty to the Republic disappeared and the citizens of Liao rioted against the Republic troops. A last minute attack against the Dynasty Guard failed, and the Republic forces surrendered. They were allowed to leave Liao, returning the system to the Confederation.[56]

Military Deployment[edit]



  • Liao Sarna March Militia[63]


  • Liao Sarna March Militia[64]



- The unit was at 65% strength, with 100% of their equipment featuring upgraded technology.
- The First was at 35% strength, with 95% of their equipment featuring upgraded technology.


- The unit was at 70% strength, with 87% of their equipment featuring upgraded technology.


- The unit was at 95% strength with an "A" equipment rating.
- The unit was at 90% strength with a "D" equipment rating.


The planet Liao has three continents which settlers named Beilù (Northern), Nánlù (Southern), and Anderia. Anderia is an island continent, and all three continents are dominated by wide stretches of open grassland; some of the grasslands stretch across the entire of a continent. The continent of Anderia was rendered uninhabitable during the Jihad as a consequence of the use of chemical weapons.[1] Various prominent mountain chains exist on Liao; Anderia is home to the Langtang Mountains, while Beilù is home to the Highwall Mountains, Northern Ranges and Du-jín Mountains. The vast grasslands of the Southern Plains and the Great Northern Plains dominate the two major landmasses, although the Chengdu Plateau is a major geographical feature, separated from the rest of Beilù by the Highwall Mountains. Major seas and oceans on Liao include the Northern Sea, the Cyntheryen Sea, and the Eastern Ocean.[35]

Planetary Locations[edit]

Liao World Map
  • Anderia (continent)
  • Franco City: a ruined city[35]
  • Jaffa: a ruined city[35]
  • Beilù (continent)
  • Chang-an: the planetary capital city,[39] located on the Cavalry River on Beilù close to Lianyungang and Thei[35]
  • Dreyman Pass: site of an engagement during the 4th Succession War.[70]
  • Hunnan: a major city located on the western coast of Beilù[35]
  • Hussan: a major city on the eastern edge of Beilù, on the shore of the Eastern Ocean; located on a major river, on the opposite shore of which is a spaceport[35]
  • Kurnath Liao Memorial Naval Base: a military facility located south of the Highwall Mountains on the northern coast of the Cyntheryen Sea[35]
  • Lianyungang: a minor city and spaceport located close to Chang-an, but on the opposite side of the Cavalry River[35]
  • Overland: a minor city in the northern regions of the Great Northern Grasslands[35]
  • Thei: a major city near Chang-an[35]
  • Xiapu: a minor city in the Great Northern Plains[35]
  • Nánlù (continent)
  • Desu: a major city on the northern shore of Nánlù[35]
  • Duan: a major city located south and east of the Du-jín Mountains on the shore of the Eastern Ocean[35]
  • HungLi Military Base: a major military base in the eastern regions of Nánlù[35]
  • Jíla: a major city on the western coast of Nánlù[35]
  • Mau-ti: a minor city located in the Southern Plains on Nánlù close to Shanto and Yulan[35]
  • Opskillon: a minor city located on the Murat River on the southern coast of Nánlù[35]
  • Shanto: a minor city on the northern coast of Nánlù close to Yulan and Mau-ti[35]
  • Sovetskaya: a minor city located on the southern shore of Nánlù[35]
  • Yulan: a minor city in the Southern Plains close to Shanto and Mau-ti[35]

Image gallery[edit]

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 76 systems (74 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Genoa 10.0 Aldebaran 10.4 Gan Singh 13.3 Bhaktapur 14.0
Zurich 15.2 Arboris 19.3 Ningpo 20.1 Nanking 20.4
Pleione 20.4 Manennaia 22.0 Bex 22.6 Zion 24.1
Azha 25.9 New Canton 26.4 Slocum 28.9 Saiph 29.7
Styk 30.0 Acamar 30.5 Algol 30.6 Shensi 30.9
Poznan 31.0 Hsien 32.0 Woodstock 33.3 Tall Trees 33.6
Menkalinan 34.4 Kansu 34.6 Snailzar 35.4 Buchlau 35.8
Belluevue 36.1 Bharat 36.5 Terra Firma 36.9 Chisholm 37.2
Capolla 37.8 Halloran 39.5 Hamal 39.6 Sichuan 39.8
Kyrkbacken 40.2 New Aragon 40.3 Nopah 41.7 Conwy 43.5
Kawich 43.6 Tsitsang 43.7 Asuncion 44.1 St. Andre 44.9
Mandal 44.9 Hunan 46.0 Kristiandsund 46.0 Fletcher 46.7
Second Try 47.2 Sheratan 47.5 Brownsville 47.7 Yangtze 48.0
Berenson 48.1 Suzano 49.1 Epsilon Eridani 49.9 Outreach 50.5
Basalt 50.8 New Hessen 51.0 Ruchbah 51.3 Ingress 52.2
Epsilon Indi 53.3 Algot 53.4 Alrescha 53.8 Hall 54.0
Ilmachna 54.8 Myrvoll 55.7 Wasat 56.0 Tigress 56.2
Alpha Eridani 56.2 Demeter 57.2 Palos 58.5 Wei 58.6
Yunnah 58.9 Bryant 59.2 Elnath 60.7 Menkar 61.1


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