- This article is about the planetary system. For other uses, see New Syrtis (disambiguation).
|X:Y Coordinates||231.063 : -296.899[e]|
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- 1 System Description
- 2 Political Affiliation
- 3 New Syrtis IV
- 3.1 Planetary History
- 3.2 Military Deployment
- 3.3 Geography
- 3.4 Planetary Locations
- 3.5 Industrial Centers
- 4 Notes
- 5 Map Gallery
- 6 Nearby Systems
- 7 References
- 8 Bibliography
- 2270 - Terran Alliance
- 2317 - No record
- 2571 - Federated Suns
- 2596 - Federated Suns
- 2750 - Federated Suns
- 2764 - Federated Suns
- 2765 - Federated Suns
- 2786 - Federated Suns
- 2822 - Federated Suns
- 2864 - Federated Suns
- 3025 - Federated Suns
- 3030 - Federated Suns
- 3040 - Federated Suns
- 3050 - Federated Commonwealth
- 3052 - Federated Commonwealth
- 3057 - Federated Commonwealth
- 3058 - Federated Commonwealth
- 3063 - Federated Commonwealth
- 3067 - Federated Suns
- 3079 - Federated Suns
- 3081 - Federated Suns
- 3085 - Federated Suns
- 3130 - Federated Suns
- 3135 - Federated Suns
- 3145 - Capellan Confederation (from February)
- 3147 - Federated Suns (from December)
- 3151 - Federated Suns
New Syrtis IV
|New Syrtis IV|
|Jump Point distance||4.12 days|
|Moons||1 (Varnay's Star)|
|Atmospheric pressure||Standard (Breathable)|
|Equatorial temperature||35°C (Hot)|
|Highest native life||10%, Plant|
|Landmasses||3 (Copplin, Mawreddog, Snowden)|
|History and Culture|
|Government and Infrastructure|
|Noble Ruler||Duke of New Syrtis|
|HPG Representative||Precentor Roberta Hilo (3025)|
New Syrtis was first settled in the late 2260s, despite having been found the previous century by exploration parties from the Terran Alliance. When New Syrtis was eventually settled, it was colonized by various mining concerns, looking to mine in the narrow equatorial temperate zone, as New Syrtis was still locked in a perpetual ice age.
The first settlers on New Syrtis colonized the world hoping that the rumors of precious metals and minerals beneath the snow were true; when it turned out that they were, the result was New Syrtis becoming a boom world overnight as thousands arrived, looking for wealth. Those who arrived to work as miners invariably worked for months in isolation out in the snow and ice, before returning to more welcoming climes with tons of valuable ore and a burning desire to raise hell. This produced a series of settlements and cities within the temperate regions of the planet with names like Hangover Hell, Lady's Favor and Pink Passion, all populated by those determined to extract the newfound wealth from miners in the most expedient manners possible. The boom ended quickly after the easily-extracted deposits ran out, ending the era of the independent miner and the sin cities that served them; these would be replaced with organized mining concerns and corporations, looking to extract the deeper deposits.
Age of War
During the Age of War New Syrtis was the seat of the rulers of the Capellan March Principality of the Federated Suns. In 2462, five years into the reign of First Prince Ellen Davion, the position of Prince of the Capellan March Principality, and Ellen Davion used her rising authority to move Richard Varnay out of the senior posts he held on New Avalon and passed the vacant title to Richard and his heirs. New Syrtis became the seat of power for the Varnay family as a result.
In 2523, David Varnay, grandson of Richard Varnay and Prince of the Capellan March and his wife, Cassandra Davion abducted Alexander Davion, son of the former First Prince of the Federated Suns and heir to the throne, and brought him to New Syrtis. While the pretext for the abduction was so that Alexander could tour the realm, there was no intention of allowing Alexander to leave the Capellan March capital, and in early 2524 Alexander was married to Cynthia Varnay, the daughter of David and Cassandra. The intention was that by marrying the 17-year-old heir to their daughter, the Varnays would give Cynthia a solid claim to the throne of the Crucis March, and if a child was born out of the marriage, the Varnay claim would become even stronger.
Unfortunately for the Varnays, Cynthia lacked their ambition, and she and Alexander discovered a love for each other, and with the discovery in August of 2524 that Cynthia was pregnant, the two began plotting to escape from the Varnays and New Syrtis. When Laura Davion and her forces from the Draconis March Principality joined forces with Prince Nikolai Rostov of the Terran March Principality in late 2524 and announced that the Varnays had kidnapped Alexander and were no longer a part of the Regency Council, the Varnays formed their own rump Regency Council, based on New Syrtis. The Varnays claimed that New Avalon was a world under occupation by an illegal government, and used their puppet council to make their own declarations of war, directed at Laura Davion.
Alexander managed to escape from the Varnays while touring Nahoni with David Varnay, and having recruited troops loyal to himself in January 2527 he sent messengers to New Syrtis demanding the release of Cynthia and his son Vincent in exchange for the Varnay troops captured on Nahoni. Cassandra Varnay agreed, allowing Cynthia and Vincent to leave New Syrtis.
With the death of David Varnay on Ashley in 2530, rule of New Syrtis and the Capellan March passed to Cassandra, but the Varnays would lose control of New Syrtis after being defeated by the combined military forces of Alexander Davion and Prince Dmitri Rostov, son of Nikolai Rostov, in 2537, and Cassandra Varnay fled to the Capellan Confederation along with her seven-year-old son.
Prince Alexander abolished the positions of the Five Princes early in his reign, and with the Varnays removed from New Syrtis, a series of different noble rulers would come to rule New Syrtis and the Capellan March over the following decades. Very few of the nobles put in place to rule would last more than two or perhaps three generations; even during the relatively peaceful time of the Star League, personality conflicts and political infighting resulted in the leadership turning over relatively frequently.
The Varnays would return to New Syrtis in 2565 in the form of Roger Varnay, son of David and Cassandra. Cassandra and Roger had spent years funneling funding to their supporters on and around New Syrtis as well as other covert aid, resources used to oppose the government of Prince Alexander. Roger Varnay returned to Federated Suns space from the Capellan Confederation in 2565 and attempted to rally supporters to his cause, but his recruiting efforts ended after his supporting Capellan WarShips were destroyed in the Battle of Kigamboni late in the year, and Roger ended up fleeing back to Capellan space with the 8th Syrtis Fusiliers pursuing him. The Fusiliers destroyed most of Roger's forces, although Roger himself escaped to Confederation space.
The Star League
Josip Varnay, the grandson of Roger Varnay, returned to New Syrtis in 2617, hoping to capitalize on the economic woes experienced by the Federated Suns by raising support for the Capellan Principality's reconstitution as an independent state and for the newborn Principality to reject membership of the Star League. New Syrtis was one of a number of worlds on the verge of open rebellion as a result of the economics problems; while the planet hadn't been in outright rebellion, demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience were common on many worlds, and it didn't take much for Josip to persuade people to support him. With the planetary population tired of promises of money from the Star League that never arrived, businesses failing and taxes increasing, Josip was able to push the population into open rebellion.
While Josip attracted a large band of followers, albeit followers of dubious quality, Josip had no support from the Capellan Confederation and was soon forced to flee approaching Federated Suns troops. Josip's mistake was that he assumed that the people of New Syrtis were rebelling on his account; he didn't realize that while he had acted as a catalyst following discontent over other issues, and when the AFFS arrived to put down the rebellion most of Varnay's apparent support vanished. The few who genuinely supported him were captured or killed, and the Varnay name carried no weight with the remaining population. After Josip's actions the Confederation found it expedient to expel the entire Varnay family, and the Varnay family direct claims to New Syrtis and the Capellan Principality died with the subsequent deaths of Josip and his brother, neither of whom had sired any children.
Second Succession War
The combination of New Syrtis' extensive military industry and its role as a political and military capital world made the planet a natural target for aggression from the nearby Capellan Confederation, but the traditionally strong military defense force on the world and the extreme weather conditions protected New Syrtis from being conquered.
First Prince Paul Davion moved his field headquarters to New Syrtis on 7 July 2829 after the death of Chancellor Ilsa Liao of the Capellan Confederation as a part of concentrating his attentions against the Capellans. One of Paul's first acts was to appoint a hero of the Federated Suns defense on Demeter earlier as Duke of New Syrtis. That hero was Colonel Damien Hasek, the first of the Hasek family to rule New Syrtis; Damian was invested with all of the powers that had previously been enjoyed by the Princes of the Capellan March when it had been a Principality, centuries before. Hasek was accepting a difficult legacy; the First Succession War alone had claimed four Lords of the Capellan March in battle alone, with two more suffering injuries severe enough that they couldn't continue to rule as March Lord. While Prince Paul's appointment of Damien Hasek was a purely political one, it was also an inspired choice, and Damian established a legacy of capable and loyal service to the Federated Suns.
By this time the easily mined veins were exhausted and large mining companies were beginning to arrive with the intention of strip-mining the rest of the world. Whether the Haseks acted out of concern for their world or a desire to control all the wealth it produced is uncertain, but rather than see the delicate arctic ecosystem disrupted, the Haseks arranged for the mining trade to be heavily monitored and regulated, and for the equatorial belt to be converted into agricultural land that could be used to sustain the planetary population. The result was the sustained long-term financial solvency of the Hasek family and the long-term viability of New Syrtis.
Third Succession War
During the troubled reign of First Prince Joseph Davion in the early thirtieth century, Brotherhoods of MechWarrior began to form to protect the patronage they enjoyed as a result of their status in the media and the eyes of the common citizen; the first and worst of these Brotherhoods to form, the Royal Order of MechWarriors and Brotherhood of Honor, formed on New Syrtis.
In 3012, Field Marshal Hanse Davion arrived on New Syrtis to investigate the problems generated by Duke Michael Hasek-Davion that were plaguing the Capellan March and to prosecute a campaign against the Capellan Confederation, but spoiling attacks from the Confederation disrupted his investigations and the resulting front-wide counterattack prevented him from returning to New Syrtis.
By 3025, rumors were circulating that Johnston Industries of Addicks was considering opening a new facility of some kind on New Syrtis, rumors which would later prove true when Johnston opened a plant in Cilitren on Mawreddog. Also the subject of much rumor and speculation at the time were the New Syrtis Shipyards, which had been sealed off from outside access since June 3022 and guarded by armed DropShips and aerospace fighters as a part of some activity involving the NAIS.
New Syrtis was the target of many Capellan attacks during the Succession Wars, a reflection of the importance the world continued to have within the Federated Suns; the natural defenses offered by the perpetual ice age were responsible for anecdotally claiming one in five of every attacking Capellan 'Mechs or vehicles. The difficult conditions are what drove the Haseks to build their capital city, Saso, outside the temperate zone; located on the northern continent of Mawreddog, Saso is the site of the University of Saso and sits above the Regional Military Headquarters from which the Haseks have coordinated military activity across the entire Capellan March.
On 15 June 3069, a detachment of Death Commandos liberated Kai Allard-Liao from New Syrtis. This was followed by a direct assault on New Syrtis by CCAF forces as the effective culmination of Operation THUNDERSTRIKE in the second week of September. The nearby world of Taygeta was assaulted for a second time during the same period, and the defenders on New Syrtis found themselves joined by retreating forces from Taygeta. The Capellan forces had come prepared for a winter offensive in the northern hemisphere, and with Duke George Hasek having removed many of the units that traditionally defended New Syrtis as a part of his doctrine of total offensive during Operation SOVEREIGN JUSTICE the Capellan forces quickly dug in. The resulting fighting devastated the capital city, Saso, with the Tiskilwa University complex almost completely destroyed; fortunately, the Fourth Donegal Guards, augmented by the security forces from Johnston Industries managed to prevent most of the attempts to damage the Johnston Industries plant.
The fighting on New Syrtis would continue for months, but on 7 January 3070, Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao called for a ceasefire which included those CCAF units engaged on Taygeta and New Syrtis. Although the Chancellor called for both the Federated Suns and Capellan Confederation to unite against the Word of Blake as a common enemy, the CCAF troops on New Syrtis and Taygeta staged fighting withdrawals from both words that inflicted a great deal of damage on each, prompting Duke George Hasek to order the AFFS to continue to fight and show no mercy to retreating Capellan units, an order that wouldn't be rescinded until after Hasek's death in March. By the time the Capellan forces left, more than a hundred thousand civilians had died, mostly as a result of exposure following the destruction of their homes.
New Syrtis was struck by a violent protest on 6 April 3076; the target of the protest was March Lord Angela Hasek, with agitators claiming that Duke George Hasek, had been assassinated in 3070 not by the Word of Blake but rather by the Federated Suns. It was later alleged that the agitators behind the protest were backed by the Blakists. Agents from DMI and MIIO subsequently rounded up more than fifty individuals on the 14th of June who had been identified as "antigovernment" leaders believed to be involved with the movement against the Federated Suns government.
A Taurian Concordat task force struck at New Syrtis on 12 October 3076, using a combination of bombing runs, random orbital bombardment and nuclear strikes to not only cripple the New Syrtis Shipyards facilities but also to inflict devastating damage on large swaths of the equatorial regions of the world. More than two million people died during the bombardment, and the headquarters of the Capellan March command post, dubbed "The Cave", was cut off for months after the bombardment collapsed all of the entrances. The shipyard operated by New Syrtis Shipyards was crippled by nuclear suicide runs performed by Concordat Tigress-class gunboats, but escaped more lightly than the zenith point JumpShip repair yards, which took greater than ninety percent damage between the Concordat attacks and the earlier Capellan attacks.
At least as late as mid-3078, the equatorial regions of New Syrtis remained uninhabitable, with news agencies claiming that hundreds of thousands were starving and that New Syrtis was relying on outside assistance to survive on a day-by-day basis; the city on Mawreddog in which the Johnston Industries facility was located, Cilitren, remained a dead city.
The New Syrtis Shipyards at Lagrange Point 4 were still being repaired in 3079, with the first priority for the shipyards being to conduct repairs on the FSS New Syrtis; by the end of the Jihad these shipyards were the only shipyards in the Federated Suns capable of maintaining the diminished FedSuns WarShip fleet.
While the Johnston Industries plant on New Syrtis remained offline, the company expanded its facilities on the Draconis March world of Benet III] in an effort to recover some of the lost production, although Johnston hoped to be able to begin at least producing Dagger OmniFighters from the New Syrtis site by early 3080.
The two military training facilities on New Syrtis, the Warrior's Hall and the Combat Training Center continued to operate; located in Saso, the Warrior's Hall ran training programs focusing on BattleMechs, infantry (both conventional and battle armored), conventional armor and aerospace fighters, while the Combat Training Center located in the wetlands around Madler on Copplin focused on infantry (again, both conventional and battle armored), conventional armor and conventional fighters.
One of the many casualties of the conflict on New Syrtis during the Jihad was the Johnston Industries facility, which while largely intact was heavy contaminated with radiation, with cleanup operations still going on in the early 3080s as the company tried to return the plant to production.
During the Blackout, New Syrtis HPG became inactive, and all atempts by ComStar to repair it failed. At the Dark Age, the planet was captured by the Capellan Confederation. The Confederation managed to take New Syrtis, capital of the Capellan March and after Amanda Hasek was captured, she was publicly executed by the Capellans. The loss of the three capitals and the motherly figure was a very hard time for Julian Davion, but he recovered, and in 3147 launched the Operation CERBERUS, managing to retake New Syrtis, despite suffering heavy losses.
In March 3151, Alexander Hasek returned from his hiding and assumed the title of Duke. However, his actions delayed the rebuilding process, specially as he focused his energy on military gtrowing. His launching of the Pleiades War unilaterally, leaved New Syrtis dangerously undefended, but luckily for the planet, nor the capellans or the Taurians ever attempted to invade the planet, and thanks to Marshal Paxton Fenlon leadership, the crisis passed, with a defeated Hasek returning to rule the March, now as a man with little real authority. Also, to mediate between taurians and Davions and protect the rescued duke, Clan Sea Fox demanded and obtained to be given New Syrtis non-functional HPG.
- New Syrtis CMM
- New Syrtis CMM
- New Syrtis CMM
- The Medusans (Command and Support)
- Sixth Syrtis Fusiliers RCT
- Fourth Donegal Guards RCT
- New Syrtis CMM
- - The unit was at 85% strength with an "A" equipment rating.
- - The unit was at 70% strength with an "A" equipment rating.
- - The unit was at 80% strength with an "A" equipment rating.
New Syrtis has three major landmasses: Copplin, Mawreddog, and Snowden. The planetary capital, Saso, is located on Mawreddog.
- Copplin Isles (semitropical)
- Bearing Geothermal plant
- Julius Crater
- Syrtis II Landing Field
- Mawreddog (northern continent)
- The Cave: (fortification)
- Jason Hasek Proving Grounds
- Leesburg: a suburban township over 100 kilometers south of Saso
- Mawreddog Glacier
- Purgatory Glacier: northernmost part of the continent, directly north of Saso
- Heaven's Top: mountain
- Saso (capital city)
- Hasek Ancestral Palace (destroyed 3147, rebuilded in 3151)
- University of Saso
- Warrior's Hall (academy)
- Hangover Hell: (tropics)
- Deep Space Observatory Bell 1: site of secondary HPG
|Closest 40 systems (40 within 60 light-years)|
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 195: "New Syrtis"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 89: "New Syrtis"
- Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, pp. 42–43: "House Davion Key Worlds"
- Objectives: Federated Suns, p. 9: "Industrial Systems"
- Shattered Fortress, p. 103
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 18
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 48
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 159
- Era Report: 2750, p. 37
- Field Manual: SLDF: "Inner Sphere -  Map"
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 11
- Field Report 2765: AFFS, p. 29
- First Succession War, p. 25
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 54
- First Succession War, p. 113
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 60
- House Davion (The Federated Suns): "Federated Suns Map - "
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 70
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 72
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 76
- Historical: War of 3039, p. 133
- Era Report: 3052, p. 11
- Era Report: 3052, p. 23
- Era Report: 3062, p. 11
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 78
- Era Report: 3062, p. 29
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 82
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 43
- Field Report: AFFS, p. 21
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 63
- Field Manual: 3085, p. vii: "Inner Sphere -  Map"
- Dark Age: Touring the Stars (3130), pp. 23–24
- Era Report: 3145, p. 11
- Era Report: 3145, p. 39
- Field Manual: 3145, p. VI: "Inner Sphere -  Map"
- Technical Readout: 3150, p. 26
- Shattered Fortress, p. 99
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 193 (PDF p. 195): "Brief Atlas" – New Syrtis entry
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 38: "Against All Odds"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 42: "Varnay vs Davion"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 32: "Hostage Prince"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 43: "Alexander Escapes"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 45: "Victor of Nahoni"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 34: "General Alexander"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 46: "Alexander's Campaign"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 47: "Rostov's Plan"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 57: "The Hasek Legacy"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 49: "The Davions Supreme"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 40: "The Last Hurrah"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 53: "Century of Peace"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 44: "Return of the Claimants"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 162: "Tiskilwa University"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 61: "Timeline: Second Succession War"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 69: "War Heats Up"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 84: "The Brotherhoods"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 68: "Hasek's Machinations"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 153: "Johnston Industries"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 175: "New Syrtis Shipyards"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 83: "Timeline: Star League and FedCom Civil War"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 47: "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 48: "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 21: "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 55: "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 22: "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 56: "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, pp. 72–73: "Revenge"
- Objectives: Federated Suns, p. 3: "Industrial Update"
- Objectives: Federated Suns, p. 22: "Johnston Industries"
- Objectives: Federated Suns, p. 31: "Other Corporations"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 97: "Capellan March"
- Dominions Divided, p. 72
- A Splinter of Hope, p. 8
- A Splinter of Hope, p. 68
- Dominions Divided, p. 34-73
- Field Manual: SLDF, p. 252: "SLDF - Federated Suns Military Command Map"
- Field Report 2765: AFFS, p. 19: "Regimental Status"
- Field Report 2765: AFFS, p. 22: "Regimental Status"
- First Succession War, p. 134: "First Succession War Deployment Table - AFFS"
- First Succession War, p. 135: "First Succession War Deployment Table - AFFS"
- NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 11: "Operation RAT"
- NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 12: "Operation RAT"
- Historical: War of 3039, p. 136: "Deployment Table"
- 20 Year Update, p. 70: "Com Guards Deployment Table"
- 20 Year Update, p. 21
- Objective Raids, p. 15: "FedCom Deployment Table"
- Shattered Sphere, p. 31: "FedCom Deployment Table"
- Mercenaries Supplemental II, p. 65: "Mercenary Deployment Table"
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 138: "Federated Suns Deployment Table"
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 179: "Lyran Alliance Deployment Table"
- Field Report: AFFS, p. 15
- Field Report: AFFS, p. 15: "Regimental Status"
- Field Report: AFFS, p. 20
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 70: "Deployment Table - 3085"
- Field Manual: 3145, p. 45: "Capellan Confederation Armed Forces Deployment Table - 3145"
- Field Manual: 3145, p. 47: "Capellan Confederation Armed Forces Deployment Table - 3145"
- Dominions Divided, p. 34
- Dominions Divided, p. 34
- Imminent Crisis, ch. 4
- Dominions Divided, p. 22: "Alexander Hasek Returns"
- MechWarrior (1989 Video Game)
- 20 Year Update
- Dark Age: Touring the Stars (3130)
- Era Report: 2750
- Era Report: 3052
- Era Report: 3062
- Era Report: 3145
- Field Manual: 3085
- Field Manual: 3145
- Field Manual: SLDF
- Field Manual: Updates
- Field Report: AFFS
- Field Report 2765: AFFS
- First Succession War
- Handbook: House Davion
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2
- Historical: Reunification War
- Historical: War of 3039
- House Davion (The Federated Suns)
- Imminent Crisis (novel)
- Jihad: Final Reckoning
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra
- Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers
- Mercenaries Supplemental II
- NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1
- Objective Raids
- Objectives: Federated Suns
- Shattered Fortress
- Shattered Sphere
- A Splinter of Hope (novel)
- Technical Readout: 3150