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System Information
X:Y Coordinates-16.688 : 24.716[e]
Spectral classK8V[1]
Recharge time199 hours[1]
Recharge station(s)None[1]

System Description[edit]

Rocky is located near the Yorii and Zollikofen systems.

System History[edit]

Rocky was one of the systems close to Terra that was colonized early in the history of the Inner Sphere.[1] The system prospered through the Star League era until it was devastated by the use of nuclear weapons during the early First Succession War.[2]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Rocky II[edit]

Rocky II
Rocky Orbital View.jpg
System positionSecond[1]
Jump Point distance3.47 days[1]
Moons1 (Wrinkle)[1]
Surface gravity1.03[1]
Atmospheric pressureStandard (Tainted)[1]
Equatorial temperature12ºC (Cold)[1]
Surface water64%[1]
Highest native lifeMammal[1]
Landmasses5 (Appalachia, Cascadia, Columbia, Innuitia, Shoshonia)[1]
History and Culture
Population2,262,000,000 (2765),[1]
24,000 (3150)[1]
Government and Infrastructure
HPG ClassB (2765),[1]
None (3150)[1]

Planetary History[edit]

Early History[edit]

Rocky was identified by telescopes as being a promising candidate for colonisation, located within the Goldilocks zone of the local sun; within a few years of being identified, the planet was confirmed as being rich in mineral and biological resources, fresh water and arable land by the TAS Pathfinder. This quickly lead to the planet being claimed by a consortium claiming the world for colonisation. The consortium was a mix of corporations and wealthy investor families drawn predominantly from Canada and the United States of America, and the acquisition of Rocky was similar to the way the wealthiest Terran settlers claimed the most idyllic colony worlds during this era. The first settlements on Rocky were mining outposts set up in the 2150s, and the settlers came to name the various continents and major landmasses after the mountain chains from their home nations on Terra after seeing the magnificent mountain chains that stretched across Rocky.[30]

By the time the Terran Alliance conducted the first Grand Survey the settlers, dubbed "Rockers," had already established four major cities and established highly profitable industries across such diverse areas as food exports, heavy equipment manufacturing and precious metals extracted from Rocky's mines. The established planetary government was notionally democratic, but so heavily influenced by the wealthy and corporations that it was effectively an oligarchy. The political corruption endemic to the Terran Alliance during this era was very much present in Rocky as a result of the influence of the oligarchs; Rocky traded predominantly with the richest Terran Alliance worlds, with only marginal trade with less fortunate worlds, becoming increasingly elitist - both economically and socially.[30]

As independence movements began to appear on other colony worlds and tensions rose between Terra and its restless colonies, the rulers of Rocky initially took little interest in events other than continuing to voice their continued support for Terra. The spread of support for those seperatists on other worlds amongst the greater population of Rocky quickly led to the appearance of populist candidates in elections across the planet, at which point the rulers very quickly found themselves having to react very quickly. The oligarchs managed to maintain their control of Rocky even as open warfare began on Freedom, Ryde and Sevren by employing mass pro-Alliance propaganda across the planetary media and pulling every trick they could come up with to portray the seperatists as destructive anarchists. Despite managing to stay in control, the ruling class became increasingly paranoid, a sense of paranoia that became full-blown paranoia when the Terran Alliance's final response to the Outer Reaches Rebellion, the Demarcation Declaration, was announced.[30]

Rocky would would become one of the worlds within the Alliance Core region of the Terran Hegemony[8] after profound social change following the Declaration in 2242. The Declaration left Rocky still a member of the Terran Alliance, but the Alliance was much diminished and despite the outward appearance of peace and prosperity, civil unrest was still roiling within the planetary population. The risk that the Alliance government might contract the state borders even further, or that a full-fledged revolt might erupt amongst the population, much of the planetary elite chose to leave Rocky, with many relocating back to Terra. As the wealthiest fled and a new generation of politicians were elected to fill the gap, the major corporations on Rocky also began to move their money and investments off-world, and by the end of the Twenty-third century Rocky was a more egaliatarian world - and a much poorer one, with increasing levels of unemployment. A planetary recession was made worse by the increase in banditry in the region fuelled by struggling and desperate independent worlds that had been abandoned by Terra.[30]

When appeals from the government of Rocky to Terra for military assistance resulted in a lacklustre response due to the ongoing instabilities within the Alliance, the planetary government opted to develop defense industries on Rocky instead, while sourcing equipment that couldn't be produced at home from other neighbouring Alliance worlds. This led to a burgeoning military-industrial complex fuelled by a new generation of investors - this time, native Rockers - and the same resource-producing industries that had powered the economy before the Demarcation Declaration. Adding to the legitimate economy was a thriving illegal underworld trade between enterprising Rockers and nearby non-Alliance worlds. The combination of a resurgent economy and access to the black market persuaded the local bandits to look elsewhere.[30]

While Rocky was beginning to prosper again, Terra descended into civil war after years of increasing tensions between the Expansionist and Liberal factions. Neither the government of Rocky or the criminal underworld were prepared to take sides in the civil war, instead opting to prepare for the risk of Rocky finding itself suddenly independent should the Terran government collapse. When James McKenna formed the Terran Hegemony the government of Rocky balked at joining this new state, but the threat posed by the Alliance of Galedon and McKenna's capture of Altair from the Alliance were sufficient to convince Rocky's government to accept McKenna's terms before Hegemony diplomats had even arrived on-world.[30]

Age of War[edit]

With renewed connections to Terra came the return of many of the investor families who had fled Rocky in the previous century, bringing political turmoil as these investors looked to try and reclaim their previous political power via local politics and their previous holdings through the courts. The new generation of local-born wealthy families were strongly opposed to giving up their new wealth, andthe years of conflict through the legal system and the chambers of government by these two groups led to increasing apathy and malaise amongst the general Rocker population. As voter turnout dwindled and consumer confidence plummeted against a backdrop of shifting political alliances, scandals and backroom deals, levels of organized crime increased steadily, leading to another global recession.[30]

When Michael Cameron was elected Director-General of the Terran Hegemony the political stagnation and economic divide between rich and poor on Rocky had the wealthy ruling over the poor in a fashion that was almost feudal in nature; Cameron's creation of a neo-feudal peerage system for the Hegemony inspired the ruling oligarchs on Rocky to do something similar, influencing the government to set up a similar system on Rocky. Elections became increasingly meaningless beyond a local level, and the wealthy formed small private armies to protect their holdings. While Rockers still had legal rights and protections, inequality continued to grow on Rocky, but the combination of increasing security as the Hegemony grew stronger and more technologically advanced, increasing trade and Rocky's natural resources led to a new age of prosperity.[30]

Star League Era[edit]

While Rocky lacked major defence industries during the Star League era, it was a significant exporter of agricultural products and mineral resources, both to the other worlds in the Alliance Core region and to systems further afield. Generally regarded as a pleasant if cooler world with spectacular mountain chains, Rocky was host to a thriving ski-tourism industry that catered to visitors from all classes. Xenobiologists were also drawn to Rocky by the diverse arctic ecospheres, particularly those home to the largest numbers of indigenous wendigoid species. The combination of a locally-raised militia and the small private armies on Rocky meant that the Hegemony Armed Forces never stationed any major garrison forces on the planet, nor were any Castles Brian constructed on Rocky by the Star League Defense Force. Despite the lack of structures on the scale of a Castle Brian, the most heavily-populated areas of Rocky did have hardened shelter sites intended for use during natural disasters or a major military crisis.[30]

When news of Stefan Amaris seizing the throne of the Terran Hegemony reached Rocky, the population were initially shocked; following a large-scale propoganda effort pushed out from Terra in support of Amaris many Rockers were swayed into supporting the Usurper in the Hegemony-wide vote to legitimize him as the new Director-General. Many dismissed the rumours that the previous Director-General had been murdered by Amaris as lies pushed out by a biased media. When the results for the vote were tallied, a majority of the Rockers had voted for Count Frederick Oldenhof, the president of the Terran Congress, who received enough votes to give him a 13-point advantage over Amaris on Rocky. Despite this, the aristocracy pledged fealty to Amaris; their decision was entirely pragmatic, and based on the belief that as supporting Terra had always brought them prosperity and security since the earliest days of Rocky's history, continuing to support the Terran government would continue to give them the easiest and safest lives. When Commanding General Aleksandr Kerensky condemned Amaris as a traitor, the aristocrats continued to support Amaris - after all, Kerensky's forces were a long way away, while forces loyal to Amaris were never more than a single jump away.[30]

In January 2775, Stefan Amaris redeployed large numbers of Amaris Empire Armed Forces to a dozen worlds, including Rocky. AEAF units had used weapons of mass destruction regularly against Star League Defense Force units throughout the Hegemony Campaign, predominantly to either damage the SLDF units targeted or to strike at civilian targets to prevent the SLDF from obtaining resources and supplies. In this case, Amaris' orders were different: he intended to create scorched wastelands that Commanding General Aleksandr Kerensky would have no choice but to try and clear, whilst saddling the SLDF with huge numbers of sick and starving civilians. The AEAF units deployed to Rocky and the other eleven worlds due to be abandoned by Amaris launched large-scale WMD attacks with one purpose: to ravage the worlds, preventing them from sustaining either their human populations or their various industries... to create wastelands.[31][30]

Amaris' forces focussed their attacks on capital cities, major spaceports, commercial and civilian targets to cripple the global infrastructure on each world, before conducting an extensive world-wide bombardment with chemmical weapons and dirty bombs. In the first few weeks of January, half a million people died on Rocky; tens of thousands more died before relief efforts made any headway against the crises thrown up by the damage inflicted on the planet.[30] The AEAF tactic was both brutal and brutally effective. Kerensky deployed twelve corps of SLDF personnel into Amaris Empire space, and each discovered the same horrific situations. Forced to deploy the SLDF reserve into action, by February Kerensky had almost a hundred SLDF divisions either on the twelve ravaged worlds or en route to them, trying to provide aid to the populations and to clear up what damage they could.[31] Rocky fell within the operating area of Task Force Commonwealth, and the Fifteenth Army Group deployed forces to try and assist the population.[32] The devastation wreaked across Rocky and the other worlds bought Amaris time; for several months Kerensky was unable to resume offensive operations because of a lack of resources, and ultimately the Commanding General had no choice but to call on the Capellan Confederation, Lyran Commonwealth and Federated Suns to provide relief where they could.[31]

Rocky remained a part of the Terran Hegemony up until the collapse of the Star League; in the final wave of annexations of former Hegemony planets in 2789, forces from the Federated Suns clashed with the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces over control of Rocky and other planets. As the use of weapons of mass destruction by all sides escalated during the First Succession War, Rocky was one of several planets where the LCAF resorted to the preemptive use of such weapons, and the conflict rendered Rocky uninhabitable.[33][34][9]

First Succession War[edit]

The Lyran Commonwealth had annexed Rocky in 2785, but subsequently learned from the local population that a contingent of troops from the AEAF were in hiding on the planet. The Republican forces had been hiding amidst the ruins of Cavingwood, a seaport city, and had been living as bandits, preying on the towns nearby. The local population had no military forces of their own and no way to stop the bandits, so with the arrival of Commonwealth troops the locals were happy to point the LCAF at the bandits. The Lyran garrison promptly began hunting down the AEAF forces when the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns arrived in late 2789.[15][35] With the failure of Operation BRASS RING—the AFFS attack on Hesperus II earlier in 2788[2]—the Federated Suns troops were keen to gain revenge for their previous failure.[15]

The LCAF forces on Rocky decided quickly that the AFFS attackers posed far more of a threat than the Republican bandits, and moved to engage the Federated Suns forces in what turned into a number of savage battles in the region around the planetary capital city, approximately 100 km from the remains of Cavingwood. The surviving Republican troops took the opportunity to launch an attack of their own, striking directly at the Commonwealth command center on Rocky; this proved to be the blow that sealed Rocky's fate, as it convinced the Lyran commander that the Republicans were in league with the AFFS. Determined to end the bandit activity, to rebuff the invasion and - in no small part - panicked by the insurgent attack, the Lyran commander ordered a bombing mission against the AFFS landing zones near the capital and a tactical nuclear strike on Cavingwood. The AFFS WarShips above Rocky retaliated with their own nuclear weapons, striking the Commonwealth positions on Rocky.[15]

The nuclear exchange was devastating and fatal for Rocky. Already badly damaged as a result of the Amaris Civil War and with almost no surviving infrastructure to support the population, the combination of ash-filled skies and fallout from the nuclear weapons brought on the beginnings of a premature ice age,[15] in addition to the strikes devastating several major cities and fatally damaging the environment.[36] Both the LCAF and AFFS managed to evacuate roughly a battalion's worth of their own troops each from Rocky; the Republican forces that had been hiding on Rocky when the Lyrans arrived were never seen again.[15]


Planetary map of Rocky

Rocky has five continents named Appalachia, Cascadia, Columbia, Innuitia, and Shoshonia.[1]

Planetary Locations[edit]

  • Cavingwood: a seaport city on Rocky, destroyed during the First Succession War[15]
  • Obsidian Coast[37]
  • Obsidian Sea[37]

Image gallary[edit]

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 80 systems (80 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Yorii 9.4 Zollikofen 13.4 Muphrid 14.3 Lyons 15.4
Killbourn 16.4 Imbros 17.4 Thorin 18.1 Ko 19.2
Asta 20.8 Menkent 21.7 Tau Ceti 22.1 Chara 22.2
Lipton 25.1 Nusakan 25.9 Rigil Kentarus 26.1 Atria 26.9
Dyev 27.6 Altair 27.8 Summer 27.8 Alkalurops 28.1
Lone Star 28.4 Zavijava 29.2 Haddings 29.4 Sol 29.8
Xi Ursae Majoris 30.4 Dieron 30.5 Sabik 32.6 Denebola 33.8
Skondia 34.3 Athenry 34.8 Oliver 35.2 Sirius 35.5
Graham 35.8 Procyon 37.6 Mizar 38.1 Galatea 38.3
Caph 38.9 Pike 39.6 Keid 40.1 Chaville 40.7
Dromini 41.6 Zebebelgenubi 42.2 Fomalhaut 42.3 Styx 42.5
Pollux 42.9 Alioth 43.6 Syrma 43.7 Saffel 44.2
Afleir 44.3 New Home 44.4 Devil's Rock 44.5 Lambrecht 44.6
Moore 45.3 Cor Caroli 46.5 Carver 46.8 Castor 47.7
Alphecca 47.9 Bryant 48.3 Skye 48.3 Zosma 48.5
New Stevens 49.7 La Blon 50.5 Hechnar 50.8 Nai-Stohl 51.0
Nirasaki 51.3 New Britain 51.4 Milton 52.5 Unukalhai 53.9
Kervil 55.1 Tabit 55.5 Alchiba 56.0 Alrakis 57.3
Kuzuu 57.7 Epsilon Eridani 57.8 Deneb Algedi 57.8 Northwind 57.8
Alcor 58.2 Marcus 58.4 Kessel 59.1 Brownsville 59.2


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