New Capetown

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New Capetown
New Capetown neighbouring systems
New Capetown neighbouring systems
System Information
X:Y Coordinates -252.057 : 260.773[e]
Spectral class K9V[1][2]
Recharge time 200 hours[1][2]
Recharge station(s) Zenith[1][2]

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

New Capetown
Planetary flag
Planetary flag
System position 4th[1][2]
Jump point
3.31 days[1][2]
Moons 1 (Durban)[1][2]
Surface gravity 1.10[1][2]
Atmospheric pressure Standard (Breathable)[1][2]
Equatorial temperature 29°C (Cool-Temperate)[1][2]
Surface water 65%[1][2]
Highest native life Birds (3067)[1]
Avian (3079)[2]
Reference Year 3067[1] - 3079[2]
Ruler Duke Aren Hearscht (3067)[1]
Capital New Hope[2]
Population 3,120,000,000 (3067)[1]
3,185,000,000 (3079)[2]
Socio-Industrial Levels B-B-C-C-B[1][2]
HPG (Representative) B[1][2]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary Info[edit]

For many years New Capetown was one of the Lyran Commonwealth's uglier worlds. The climate and environment were quite lovely; the problem was with the initial settlers and the government they created. These colonists traced their ancestry to white South Afrikaners and were members of a distasteful sect of New Calvinists. Adhering to the same beliefs which made Twentieth century South Africa one of the most repressive regimes in the history of Terra, the colonists established a government based on racist ideals that used skin color to determine social class. Its capital city, New Johannesburg, was sited on the southern continent of Pretoria. This government was able to find trading partners and export raw materials and commercial goods to other worlds, but their internal policies made them unpopular with the neighboring worlds, which translated into limited economic growth as these trading partners devoted more of their efforts to other, less-repressive Commonwealth worlds. Many Christian organizations were behind efforts to formally have the government of New Capetown declared a tyranny, a move which would've forced the Commonwealth government to step in and replace it.[1][35]

That New Capetown was also home to one of the Commonwealth's prestigious military schools, the Royal New Capetown Military Academy, was also a constant headache for the LCAF. Under Archon Katrina Steiner, two new commanders were appointed to stamp out any racialist philosophy from bleeding over into the cadet population, leading to a spate of terrorist attacks against the RNCMA.[36] This was just the first in a larger effort by the Archon to curb the planet's hateful influence, leading to a wider reform movement which would eventually result in a civil war breaking out in the early 3030s. By the middle of the decade the racist regime was overthrown and a new, egalitarian government was put in place, with the capital renamed to New Hope. The new government was largely successful in stamping out all racial bigotry on New Capetown, though a few pockets remained into the middle of the century.[1]

A closer examination of New Capetown's population though would find that much of it's former hatred never really disappeared, but was transferred to other targets: the political divisions which racked the newly-formed Federated Commonwealth (and would eventually lead to more civil war), and the Clans after their invasion of the Inner Sphere. The planet's anti-Clan sentiments in particular were seen as more justified by its neighbors and so did not engender the same type of response as previous prejudices.[37]

The Jihad had little effect on New Capetown as the world had few industries. Various raids by the Clans during that time though did inflame the inhabitant's hatred of all things Clan.[2]

Military Deployment[edit]




  • Royal New Capetown Training Battalion[42]


  • Royal New Capetown Training Battalion[43]


  • Royal New Capetown Training Battalion[2][44]
- In 3079 the Training Battalion operating at 35% of full strength, with 25% of their equipment featuring upgraded technology.


  • Royal New Capetown Training Battalion[45]


Nearby Planets[edit]

Planets within 2 jumps (60 light-years)
Closest planets first:
Planet Distance (LY) Jumps 2750 3025 3030 3040 3052 3057 3062
Goetville 9.90 1 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Ludwigshafen 23.35 1 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Brooloo 28.36 1 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Windsor 29.08 1 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Biuque 33.26 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Sargasso 36.27 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Recife 37.49 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Gatineau 37.76 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Timehri 37.89 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Coventry 41.35 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Guatavita 41.59 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Krievci 43.26 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Mississauga 43.78 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Ellengurg 45.92 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Wroclaw 45.96 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Mahone 50.51 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Miquelon 52.92 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Santana 53.77 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Adelaide 55.05 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Tsinan 55.48 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Timkovichi 56.25 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Blumenort 56.50 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA
Tangua 56.92 2 LC LC LC FC FC LA LA


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  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 2.15 2.16 2.17 Objectives: Lyran Alliance, p. 21, "New Capetown"
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  23. Era Report: 3062, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3057] Map"
  24. Era Report: 3062, p. 29, "Inner Sphere - [3063] Map"
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  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]"
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  30. Field Manual: 3085, p. vii, "Inner Sphere - [3085] Map"
  31. Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
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  35. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 104
  36. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 125
  37. Handbook: House Stiener, p. 110
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  39. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p.44, "Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG"
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  42. 20 Year Update, p. 29, "Federated Commonwealth Deployment Table"
  43. Field Manual: Updates, p. 178, "Lyran Alliance Deploment Table"
  44. Field Report: LAAF, p. 16, "Regimental Status"
  45. Field Manual: 3085, p. 108, "Deployment Table - 3085"
  46. Field Manual: 3145, p. 168, "Gamma Galaxy (Clan Jade Falcon)"