Novaya Zemlya (system)

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Novaya Zemlya
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Novaya Zemlya nearby systems
(Map Legend)
System Information
X:Y Coordinates180.681 : -183.311[e]
Spectral classG2IV[1][2]
Recharge time183 hours[1][2]
Recharge station(s)None[1][2]

System Description[edit]

Novaya Zemlya is located near the Brabent and Fable systems.

Political Affiliation[edit]

Novaya Zemlya IV[edit]

Novaya Zemlya IV
Novaya Zemlya Flag.jpg
System positionFourth[1][2]
Jump Point distance9.12 days[1][2]
Moons3 (Doriya, Kanto's Ground, Ust)[1][2]
Surface gravity1.04[1][2]
Atmospheric pressureStandard (Breathable)[1][2]
Equatorial temperature30°C (Temperate)[1][2]
Surface water48%[1][2]
Highest native lifePlant[1][2]
Landmasses4 (Barents, Kara, Severny, Yushny)[2]
History and Culture
Population43,980,000 (3067),[1]
44,332,000 (3079)[2]
Government and Infrastructure
Political LeaderPremier
HPG ClassB[1][2]

Planetary History[edit]

Novaya Zemlya was settled by ethnic Russians from Terra. These early settlers formed close ties to the St. Ives Mercantile Association, Crucis Pact, and Tikonov Grand Union. The inhabitants voted to join the Federated Suns in 2325, but still retained close ties to their longtime trading partners in St. Ives and Tikonov. That all changed during the Age of War.

Novaya Zemlya has the dubious honor of being the first inhabited world to have its civilian infrastructure specifically bombarded by WarShips. In 2399, the Capellan Confederation was under severe pressure from the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns. Seeking to alleviate that pressure, the Capellan Confederation Armed Forces sent a fleet of WarShips to Novaya Zemlya. In what is known as the Novaya Zemlya Massacre,[41] the resulting bombardment killed three-quarters of the world's population, destroyed nearly all cities and planetary infrastructure, and poisoned the farmlands. The few survivors had to then deal with the "nuclear winter" that resulted from the dust and debris thrown into the world's upper atmosphere. It would be centuries before the world began to recover to any significant degree, even with the advanced technology of the first Star League to assist.[1][42]

The world recovered to the point where new colonists could grow crops on the world. The AFFS established additional facilities on the world, including a Combat Training Center and a material reclamation and rehabilitation center. This in turn led to more manufacturers investing in factories on the world. Federated Industries established a major facility on Novaya Zemlya, but the most significant event was the relocation of the Kathil PDZ headquarters and Operations Area headquarters to the world during the FedCom Civil War. These twin headquarters remained on the world after the end of hostilities, and are unlikely to move again soon.[1]

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According to the German edition of The Sword and the Dagger, the planet was chosen by House Davion as a concentration area for troops bent on recapturing Stein's Folly because of its thick cloud layer, which renders enemy reconnaissance through spy ships or drones ineffective. In the original text, the planet is referred to as "Dragon's Field" instead and Novaya Zemlya is not mentioned at all.

Eyes on Democracy[edit]

In the latter half of 3025, the leading candidate for a regional Federated Suns trade federation presidential election, Casper Owens, was a staunch international trade hawk running on a platform of pushing heavy tariffs on interstellar imports from the Capellan Confederation. House Liao reacted by dispatching maskirovka agent Silvan Vaughn to kill Owens.[43]

Vaughn convinced an unsuspecting mercenary unit that Count Anton Vitios was leading efforts to assassinate Owens on behalf of Duke Michael Hasek-Davion, and identified his location at a remote facility high in the mountain ranges of Novaya Zemlya. His plan was to attack his base from the north while the mercenaries approached along the narrow southern pass above a river chasm. While engaging the Fusilier defenders, the mercenaries realized they had been set up, and given that they had already taken out much of Owens' security detail, the only way they could hope to be cleared of wrongdoing was to help the Fusiliers successfully defend the base from Vaughn's forces. Due to the impromptu assistance in defending the now-President-elect Owens, and following a thorough examination by the Ministry of Information, Intelligence, and Operations, all charges were dropped against the mercenaries. Vaughn's carcass was pulled out of his BattleMech and handed over to the MIIO.[43]

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Military Deployment[edit]



  • Cunningham's Commandos[44]



Novaya Zemlya has four continents named Barents, Kara, Severny, and Yushny.[2]

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In the MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries High Reward Quest "The Conspirators," Novaya Zemlya is depicted as a lush canyon biome with good visibility.[43]

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Industrial Centers[edit]

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 48 systems (45 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Brabent 11.4 Fable 15.6 Stockpoll 16.4 Herat 19.6
Helixmar 20.4 Turko 21.8 Kluane 22.3 Monongahela 23.6
Noh-wan Hohm 26.1 Stein's Folly 27.0 Branzoll 27.6 Namen 33.5
Fortymile 33.6 Salem 34.3 Kathil 36.0 Smythe 36.6
Bahl's Retreat 36.6 Knutdor 37.3 Adler 37.3 Andro 37.4
Meinhof 38.7 Bethel 40.1 Skaslien 40.8 Orbisonia 41.5
Quittacas 43.0 Aggstein 43.7 Meglan 45.4 Wappingers 48.2
Paches 48.2 Sekulmun 48.6 Redfield 50.1 Ogilvie 51.0
Boeotia 51.1 Khi 51.8 Alcyone 52.9 Gallitzin 53.0
Hurgh 53.1 Smolensk 53.6 Carmacks 53.6 Oli 54.6
Mytilene 56.1 Dol 56.6 Daniels 57.6 Blida 58.2
Royalston 60.0 Gahral 60.4 Maharet 60.8 Dirk's Gulf 61.2


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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 Objectives: Federated Suns, p. 9: "Industrial Systems"
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  4. Handbook: House Liao, p. 17
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  7. Historical: Reunification War, p. 159
  8. Era Report: 2750, p. 37
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  33. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 43
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  41. Handbook: House Davion, p. 108: "President Marie Davion" profile
  42. Handbook: House Davion, p. 25: "Marie Davion"
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, "The Conspirators"
  44. 44.0 44.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 140: "Deployment Table"
  45. Shattered Sphere, p. 31: "FedCom Deployment Table"
  46. Objectives: Federated Suns, p. 9