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System Information
X:Y Coordinates-375.354 : -63.641[e]
Spectral classF4V[1][2]
Recharge time175 hours[2]
Recharge station(s)Zenith[1][2]

System Description[edit]

Poulsbo is located near the Circinus and Cerillos systems.

Political Affiliation[edit]

Poulsbo IV[edit]

Poulsbo IV
Poulsbo Flag.jpg
System positionFourth[1][2]
Jump Point distance11.23 days[2]
Moons1 (Sjure)[2]
Surface gravity0.92[2]
Atmospheric pressureStandard (Breathable)[2]
Equatorial temperature54° C (Tropical)[2]
Surface water80%[2]
Highest native lifeReptile[1][2]
Landmasses5 (Tammerfors, Bergenswald, Brusselsia, Goteborg, Mermannisk)[2]
History and Culture
Population2,405,000,000 (3067)[2]
Government and Infrastructure
Noble RulerDuke of Poulsbo
Political LeaderPlanetary Chairman
CapitalBangor Heights[53]
HPG ClassB[2]
HPG RepresentativePrecentor Ernst deCreesy (3025)[1]

Planetary History[edit]

Poulsbo was discovered in the late 2300s by the Commonwealth Scout Corps but was not colonized for nearly a century after. The Lyran Commonwealth constructed Bangor there to be a base from which to strike the Free Worlds League's Periphery-bordering worlds. In 2632, the base was closed due to cost concerns, but was reopened after the fall of the Star League.[2][1]

Age of War[edit]

Robert Steiner was stationed at the Poulsbo aerodrome in 2501. He had earned a reputation as an ace fighter pilot for his prowess against Free Worlds League Military forces of the time, but was largely uninvolved in politics, despite various political leaders visiting the world asking him to oppose his aunt, Archon Margaret Olsen. When the commanding officers of all nearby units came to the planet to pledge their unconditional loyalty to the future Archon, Steiner finally decided to journey to Tharkad and depose Olsen.[54]

First Succession War[edit]

Captain-General Thaddeus Marik attempted to reverse a two-pronged invasion of the Free Worlds League by the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces that had conquered a number of worlds, including Binyang, Danxian, Radostov, and Valloire, and which in 2811 was threatening the important industrial world of Acrux, by launching a counteroffensive—the first target of which was Poulsbo. On Poulsbo at the time was a crack LCAF regiment known as The Stealths, which was initially considered a stroke of fortune by the FWLM as Poulsbo was the first target of their campaign and it would be of considerable benefit to the League if the troublesome LCAF regiment could be exterminated. Fate proved otherwise, however; the FWLM forces fought bravely and downed numerous LCAF aerospace fighters but couldn't stop The Stealths' DropShips or JumpShips. Unknown to the Marik forces, two veteran aerospace wings were hidden on Sjule, Poulsbo's moon. While the Stealths fought a delaying action, some of the fighters attacked the Marik DropShips and fighters while another escorted Lyran marines to the enemy JumpShip. The FWLM losses were such that Thaddeus' counteroffensive died stillborn.[55][56][57]

Third Succession War[edit]

In 30043005, Katrina Steiner went missing for two years while visiting Poulsbo for an inspection of the garrison there.[58][59][60]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

The Sixth Orloff Grenadiers raided Poulsbo in October 3028 as a part of Operation DAGGER, the FWLM Fourth Succession War offensive against the Lyran Commonwealth. The Sixth were surprised to find the planet defended solely by the First Knights of St. Cameron, a green command that the Sixth proceeded to easily win a number of clashes against. Colonel Hosan Chilung, the Commanding Officer of the Sixth, approved the deployment of twenty conventional regiments to Poulsbo following the skirmishes, turning the raid into a full-blown invasion.[27]

The Jihad[edit]

Following the invasion of the Free Worlds League by the Skye and Bolan Provinces of the Lyran Alliance in what was termed Operation ÜBERSCHATTEN, Marshall Jeremy Brett took command of the local FWLM and launched a counteroffensive, under the name Operation BROKEN FIST. BROKEN FIST went beyond simply attempting to recapture worlds that the Lyrans had seized, striking into Lyran space at numerous worlds. Poulsbo was one of the worlds hit and was attacked by the League forces on 3 September 3068.[43]

The Sixth Orloff Grenadiers and the Second Fusiliers of Oriente made planetfall and delivered the defenders, formed by the mercenary units Harper's Heretics and the Periphery Star Guard plus the planetary militia a bloody fight.[61][62][63]

On 17 March 3075, Poulsbo was conquered by a force of cybernetically-augmented troops from the Circinus Federation. Attackers from the Federation also conquered the nearby world of Khon Kaen in the same wave of attacks, as well as attacking the Marian Hegemony worlds of Blantleff and Maximillian.[44][45]

On 16 May 3075, the leader of the armed forces of the Duchy of Tamarind, Marshall Photon Brett-Marik agreed a plan with the Buena Archonette for a joint operation to force the Blakist forces off Poulsbo and Kohn Kaen.[64][65] The combined FWLM/LAAF attack on both worlds took place on the 21st of June, freeing both worlds, although the defenders—a mix of Circinian "chain gang" troops and irregular forces from the Word of Blake—put up a determined resistance, selling themselves dearly. The battles on Poulsbo and Khon Kaen highlighted that new Shadow Divisions were being raised in the Circinus Federation by the Word of Blake.[65][66] Although the exact composition of the League and Alliance forces that deployed were kept secret, both planets were attacked by combined task forces where forces from the two nations actively fought side by side, which the media reported as being a first in the history of the two nations. Both planets were struck simultaneously, and rumors indicated that the Lyran troops were drawn from the armed forces of the Buena Archonette, while the Free Worlds League forces were built around the First Brigade of the Fusiliers of Oriente.[67]

The campaign to liberate Poulsbo was slower and harder-fought than the battle for Khon Kaen; this was due in large part to the occupying forces holding the military base at Bangor as well as the capital city, Bangor Heights, which was surrounded by natural defenses. It wasn't until the 28th of June that the main Blakist strength on the planet was defeated, with a combination of brilliant innovation on the part of Colonel Chapman-Potemkin, a lot of valor on the part of the allied troops and sheer determination. Not all of the occupying forces were destroyed, however; a portion of their strength—perhaps ten percent of their forces overall—escaped via the Bangor Heights military DropPort in a vessel incapable of leaving the Poulsbo system unaided, making their final location uncertain.[68]

On 13 February 3081, Poulsbo was subjected to orbital and nuclear bombardment by a task force from the Principality of Regulus. The Regulans were pursuing the Word of Blake leader known as The Master from world to world, subjecting each to the same destructive bombardment as they attempted to kill The Master and his bodyguard Manei Domini. Poulsbo was the fourth world to be rendered uninhabitable by the Regulans, joining Gibson, Paradise and Diamantina, and was the penultimate world to be subjected to such harsh Regulan "justice" prior to the end of the Jihad.[69]

Acting as the planetary garrison at the time of the Regulan attack was the mercenary unit Heart of Blake, a group who had broken away from the Word of Blake early in the Jihad. Both the Heart of Blake and the planetary government made extensive and strenuous attempts to contact the Regulan task force in the system, which was led by the Thera-class WarShip RPS Delos. The Regulans ignored all contact from the planet, whether the government and others were claiming that Poulsbo was free of Blakist influence, offering to share intelligence or simply begging for mercy. When the Delos arrived in orbit it began a nuclear bombardment of the planet with the capital city and nearby military facilities. The Regulans then proceeded to drop strategic thermonuclear weapons on every major population center on the planet, spread across all five continents.[53]

Early responders indicated that there was no evidence of AeroSpace activity within the system, indicating that any survivors of the nuclear sterilization of the planet were unable to leave the surface, and that almost every transmitter—both military and civilian—had ceased broadcasting during the bombardment. Both the Lyran Alliance and the Duchy of Tamarind were dispatching relief ships to the system within 24 hours of the attack.[53]

After repeated demands for comment from the media, the Principality of Regulus dispatched a junior officer, Junior Lieutenant Mitch Sherman, to justify the actions of the task force.[53] The Lyran Fourth Alliance Guards had the misfortune to be present on Poulsbo when the Regulans bombarded the planet. The bombardment destroyed the Fourth and was a heavy blow to the morale of the Alliance—and a source of outrage directed towards the Principality of Regulus, with calls for prompt and bloody retribution in the face of Regulan claims that the bombardment was for the "greater good".[70]

Military Deployment[edit]



  • Twenty-second Arcturan Guards[72]



  • Narhal's Raiders[73]
  • First Narhal's Raiders[74]
  • Second Narhal's Raiders[74]


  • First Knights of St. Cameron[74]




  • Forty-second Avalon Hussars RCT[79]


Poulsbo is a small world with a large moon, leading to a constant churning of the oceans that make up most of Poulsbo's surface. There are five island continents: Tammerfors, which holds the capital, Bergenswald, Brusselsia, Goteborg, and Mermannisk.[2]

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The information after this notice comes from apocryphal sources; the canonicity of such information is uncertain.
Please view the reference page for information regarding their canonicity.

The database of the (apocryphal) 1989 video game MechWarrior, set around the year 3025, gives a population of 1.239 billion for Poulsbo and describes the environment as "tropical" (out of only three broad impressions of planetary environments given in the game, these being "desert," "ice," and "tropical").

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Planetary Locations[edit]

  • Bangor Base: a military base[81]
  • Bangor Heights: capital city
  • Caramel: a town[82]
  • Rusty Trigger: a bar in Caramel[82]
  • Hammerfest: a city
  • Silverdale: a town[81]

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 32 systems (29 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Circinus 13.6 Cerillos 18.4 Khon Kaen 19.5 Galisteo 21.1
Starshine 26.5 Pencader 27.1 Alorton 31.1 Calchedon 33.5
Zuhbehr 34.6 Green Stone 34.6 Madiun 36.8 Dalcour 37.2
Timbiqui 41.9 Iolas 42.3 Rajkot 42.4 Schererville 43.1
Griffith 43.6 Stantsiya 44.1 Penobscot 46.0 Hardisey's Haven 48.3
Maxwell 50.9 Helbrent 51.7 Son Hoa 53.1 Edmondson 53.7
Biloela 56.3 Abramkovo 56.5 Maderas 57.0 Cardff 57.7
Epsilon 59.3 Sierra 60.0 Merton 60.7 Eion 61.9


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