Rochelle nearby systems
|X:Y Coordinates||-113.791 : -15.815[e]|
Note: X and Y are coordinates (light years on XY plane) relative to Terra at (0, 0)
- 1 Political Affiliation
- 2 Rochelle II
- 2.1 Planetary History
- 2.2 Military Deployment
- 2.3 Industrial Centers
- 2.4 Geography
- 2.5 Planetary Locations
- 2.6 Local Flora and Fauna
- 3 Map Gallery
- 4 Nearby Systems
- 5 References
- 6 Bibliography
- 2242 - Terran Alliance 
- 2243 - Independent world 
- 2271 - Inhabited world 
- ca. 2244 - 2340 - Federation of Skye 
- 2341 - Free Worlds League 
- 2341 - Independent world 
- 2416 - Lyran Commonwealth 
- 2418 - Free Worlds League 
- 2571 - Free Worlds League 
- 2596 - Free Worlds League 
- 2750 - Free Worlds League 
- 2765 - Free Worlds League 
- 2786 - Free Worlds League 
- 2822 - Free Worlds League 
- 2864 - Free Worlds League 
- 3007 - Free Worlds League 
- 3025 - Free Worlds League 
- 3030 - Free Worlds League 
- 3040 - Free Worlds League 
- 3050 - Free Worlds League 
- 3052 - Free Worlds League 
- 3057 - Free Worlds League 
- 3058 - Free Worlds League 
- 3063 - Free Worlds League 
- 3067 - Free Worlds League 
- 3075 - Word of Blake Protectorate 
- 3076 - Word of Blake Protectorate (occupied by Stone's Coalition after July) 
- 3079 - Word of Blake Protectorate 
- 3081 - Republic of the Sphere 
- 3085 - Republic of the Sphere 
- 3135 - Independent world 
- 3145 - Wolf Empire 
|Moons||3 (Derika, Nohea, and Ululani, plus dust ring)|
|Atmospheric pressure||Standard (Tainted)|
|Highest native life||Reptiles|
|Ruler||Preston Petrokovich, Governor (3130)|
Piotr Illiarveski, Legate (3130)
Rochelle II is a rainy world with violent thunderstorms.
One of the first worlds settled by humans, Rochelle featured a large amount of mineral resources that could be easily exploited, abundant surface water, and rich soil perfect for agriculture. Though after the fall of the Terran Alliance it joined the Federation of Skye, eventually Rochelle would become part of the Free Worlds League. Captain-General Peter Marik captured Rochelle in 2417 or 2418 as part of a military campaign against the Lyran Commonwealth in response to Lyran efforts to capture the world of Dieudonné. Peter Marik intentionally went against the wishes of the Free Worlds League Parliament when he seized control of Rochelle; the Parliament was attempting to create an armistice, but Peter felt that the mining operations on Rochelle outweighed the concerns of Parliament, and was able to capture Rochelle in part because of how lightly defended the planet was. Peter's actions in capturing Rochelle brought him into direct conflict with Parliament, resulting in Parliament producing the War Powers Act, severely limiting the authority given to the Captain-General.
The Succession Wars
During the first two Succession Wars, Rochelle was the victim of strikes by nuclear and chemical weapons, which poisoned most of the world and destroyed its industrial infrastructure. During a lull in the conflict in 2863 that presaged the eventual armistice ending the Second Succession War Captain-General Philippa Marik - who had assumed the title after the death of her brother Gerald in 2861 - came under increasing pressure to disband part of the Free Worlds League Military to allow funding to be redirected to reconstruct the League's damaged industrial base, and to relinquish the powers available to her under Resolution 288. Philippa resisted both calls, but did dispatch some of her surviving enclaves of scientists to Rochelle to help rebuild the industrial base there, as well as to the worlds of Andurien, Danais and Ryerson. Unfortunately, the scientists found Rochelle to be virtually unsalvageable.
The Free Worlds League government attempted to evacuate Rochelle, but despite this a hardcore group of inhabitants remained behind to mine the ores needed by the Free Worlds League. Despite the best effort of local and regional governments and citizens, the population continued to decline and the economy continued to falter. Alongside these downward trends was the loss of more and more infrastructure, thus perpetuating the cycle of decline.
In 3007 the Lyran Commonwealth attacked Rochelle, and the Free Worlds League defended with mostly small mercenary commands. The fighting was drawn-out and inflicted heavy casualties on both sides, destroying many mercenary commands in League employ. One of the notable combatants was the mercenary command McFinney's Manglers, under the command of Cranston Snord who had won it in a poker game. The unit fought under the League banner for a year in exchange for debts they owned being written off; the Manglers managed to weather the campaign in good shape, even expanding somewhat in size through absorbing 'Mechs and their pilots from shattered mercenary commands. The League subsequently betrayed the surviving mercenary commands on Rochelle in the aftermath of the invasion; Captain-General Janos Marik's lawyers attempted to use unclear salvage clauses in the various mercenary contracts to confiscate the equipment belonging to the mercenaries, so that it could be used to rebuild damaged FWLM commands. The League's actions led to a mercenary uprising led by McFinney's Manglers, culminating in a fight to escape off-world, with the mercenaries successfully breaking out through the exhausted League forces via the planetary spaceport located at the decaying planetary capital, Arzenburg. One of the casualties in the battle was Melvin McFinney, securing Cranston Snord's hold over the Manglers. The unit would famously reform into Snord's Irregulars.
Snord's Irregulars returned to Rochelle after a few years, to search for antique photographs in the city archives of Trivis. The raid encountered much more resistance than anticipated, tangling with a League 'Mech company in the vicinity of the Trivis city hall while recovering the photographs from the vault below the city hall, but the Irregulars managed to escape after detonating a building filled with petrochemicals.
During the Jihad the Lyran Commonwealth raided the world in retaliation for attacks they thought came from the FWL. These raids smashed more infrastructure and destroyed the capital city, accelerating the world's decline.
In 3071, a new branch of Alys Rousset-Marik's resistance group made its existence known in violent fashion at the start of the new year by blowing up an Irian System Services building in downtown Ruckabal. The local efforts by the still-training Rochelle Protectorate Militia Division had failed and the WoB sent part of the Opacus Venatori to hunt them. Demi-Precentor Kendali Morris and Adept Achillius St. John along two squads of Battle Armor crushed the rebels after breaking their ambush, ending their resistance.
In 3076, Stone's Coalition invaded Rochelle. The July deployment of Stone's Lament's Recon Squad Four laid the groundwork for an attack, as the squad disabled the local Blakist Space Defense System. This allowed the Coalition's fleet to land with minimal casualties.
Only after the world was ceded to the Republic of the Sphere and large numbers of new colonists arrived has the planet's situation started to reverse. The planetary capital, New Arzenburg, expanded significantly during the Dark Age, with a major expansion to the spaceport being completed in the early thirty-second century, allowing ores mined on Caredon to be shipped more widely. Despite the resurgence of economic activity and industry on Rochelle, the southern continent of Martinasia stayed largely abandoned during the Dark Age because of the combination of lingering radiation and environmental hazards such as acrid rain, the lasting effects of the First and Second Succession Wars.
- Dragon's Breath
- Dragon's Breath
- 1st Rochelle Protectorate Militia
- 2nd Rochelle Protectorate Militia
- 3rd Rochelle Protectorate Militia
Rochelle has two continents, Caredon and Martinasia. Caredon lies in Rochelle's northern hemisphere, while Martinasia is in the southern hemisphere.
Local Flora and Fauna
|Closest 56 systems (53 within 60 light-years)|
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
- Dark Age: Republic Worlds (3130), p. 193, "Rochelle World Profile"
- Handbook: House Marik, p. 16, "Free Worlds League Founding "
- Handbook: House Steiner, p. 13,
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 15, "Struggle Between Marik and Parliament"
- Handbook: House Marik, p. 24, "Free Worlds League after Age of War  Map"
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 159, "Inner Sphere - 2596"
- Era Report: 2750, p. 37, "Inner Sphere - 2750"
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - 2765"
- First Succession War (Source Book), pp. 24-25, "Inner Sphere -  Map"
- Handbook: House Marik, p. 34, "Free Worlds League after First Succession War  Map"
- First Succession War (Source Book), pp. 112-113, "Inner Sphere -  Map"
- Handbook: House Marik, p. 38, "Free Worlds League after Second Succession War  Map"
- Cranston Snord's Irregulars, p. 2
- Handbook: House Marik, p. 42, "Free Worlds League after Third Succession War  Map"
- Handbook: House Marik, p. 51, "Free Worlds League after Fourth Succession War  Map"
- Historical: War of 3039, p. 133, "Inner Sphere - 3040"
- Era Report: 3052, p. 11, "Inner Sphere  Map"
- Era Report: 3052, p. 25, "Inner Sphere  Map"
- Era Report: 3062, p. 11, "Inner Sphere  Map"
- Handbook: House Marik, p. 54, "Free Worlds League after Operation Guerrero  Map"
- Era Report: 3062, p. 29, "Inner Sphere  Map"
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 159, "Free Worlds League Deployment Table"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 64, "Inner Sphere  Map"
- The Fires of Hell - Burnout
- Field Report: FWLM, p. 17, "FWLM Deployment Map "
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 63, "Inner Sphere Map - [March 3081]"
- Field Manual: 3085, p. vii, "Inner Sphere Map - [October 3085]"
- Era Report: 3145, p. 10, "Inner Sphere - 3135"
- Era Report: 3145, p. 39, "Inner Sphere - 3145"
- Dark Age: Republic of the Sphere, p. 18 "Prefecture VIII"
- Cranston Snord's Irregulars, pp. 22-23 (Scenario "Return of the Snord")
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 36, "Last Chance For Peace"
- Starter Book Wolf and Blake Scenario: Muckraker
- Field Manual: SLDF, p. 254, "SLDF - Free Worlds League Military Command Map"
- First Succession War (Source Book), p. 138, "First Succession War Deployment Table - FWLM"
- 20 Year Update, p. 57, "Free Worlds League Deployment Table"
- Objective Raids, p. 39, "Free Worlds League Deployment Table"
- Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 115, "Free Worlds League Deployment Table"
- Field Report: FWLM, p. 14, "Regimental Status"
- Field Report: FWLM, p. 16, "Irregular Forces Status"
- Field Manual: 3145, p. 171, "Clan Force Deployments - Wolf Empire"
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 131, "MediQuick Services"
- The Fires of Hell - Storming the Objective
- The Fires of Hell - Recon
- The Fires of Hell - Journey
- 20 Year Update
- Cranston Snord's Irregulars (scenario pack)
- Dark Age: Republic of the Sphere
- Dark Age: Republic Worlds (3130)
- Era Report: 2750
- Era Report: 3052
- Era Report: 3062
- Era Report: 3145
- Field Manual: 3085
- Field Manual: 3145
- Field Manual: Free Worlds League
- Field Manual: Updates
- Field Report: FWLM
- First Succession War
- Handbook: House Marik
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1
- Historical: Reunification War
- Historical: War of 3039
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League)
- Jihad: Final Reckoning
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents
- Muckraker (BattleCorps scenario)
- Objective Raids
- The Fires of Hell (in: A Time of War)
- Twins (BattleCorps scenario)