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Thurrock nearby systems
Thurrock nearby systems
(Map Legend)
System Information
X:Y Coordinates -74.491 : -382.137[e]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary History[edit]

Reunification War[edit]

Thurrock was settled at some point during the Age of War, and by the time of the Reunification War was notionally a part of the Magistracy of Canopus, although the Capellan Confederation also claimed the world as a result of the Third Andurien War. During the sixth year of the invasion of the Magistracy by the Star League, Thurrock became the site of possibly the most decisive battle in the war between the Star League and the Magistracy.[7]

For some time, the Marik National Intelligence Agency had been laying the bait for a trap at Thurrock intended to entice the Magistracy Armed Forces into a strike against the SLDF supply camps and garrisons in the system.[55] The SLDF task force based around VII Corps had extended its supply lines significantly with the capture of a number of Magistracy worlds in quick succession in early 2583.[7] The commander of the MAF, Colonel Adam Buquoy, knew that the Magistracy was losing the initiative, and with the fall of Adherlwin and Nobel in late April the SLDF had secured an important psychological victory by occupying every world within 30 light years of the Magistracy capital world of Canopus IV.[56] The Magistracy badly needed a victory to regain the initiative.[7]

Buquoy had managed to stall the SLDF campaign in late 2577 by launching raids on a number of SLDF supply deports and marshaling worlds within the Free Worlds League, the most damaging of which was against the world of Meadowvale.[57] Buquoy identified Thurrock as being an almost ideal target; intelligence indicated that the supply caches and repair facilities established on Thurrock were apparently guarded by just one SLDF regiment and a couple of battalions of auxiliary troops, which supported the idea that the SLDF task force was in danger of becoming overstretched. Buquoy assembled a strike force consisting of the bulk of the MAF 1st and 2nd Fleets and three complete regiments of ground troops, the 2nd Canopian Grenadiers and the mercenary units Kincani's Dragoons and Force Majoris. In July 2583 the strike force jumped to the Thurrock system.[7]

The strike force arrived at Thurrock's nadir jump point, but found the system oddly empty of shipping, and when the MAF troops seized the cargo stations, they found them to be operating with just skeleton crews. The lack of traffic and personnel made the strike force wonder if the SLDF had abandoned the system, despite information from the Magistracy Intelligence Ministry stating the opposite.[7] What the strike force didn't know was that there were SLDF ships floating in the dark at various pirate points dotted around the system, monitoring the MAF ships. The SLDF observers jumped to the nearby Claybrooke system, relaying precise details of the MAF ship locations to a waiting SLDF naval flotilla.[55]

The MAF ground forces launched their DropShips and began the three-day run towards Thurrock; six hours later, SLDF WarShips began jumping into the Thurrock system, launching fighters and assault DropShips as they arrived.[7] The SLDF ships arrived within a few kilometers of the MAF transport vessels using the information gathered by their observers, effectively preventing the transports from leaving the system; the six MAF WarShips in-system realized quickly that they were cut off as thirty SLDF WarShips, twenty assault DropShips and more than a hundred fighters began trying to pin them down.[55] The MAF ships tried to use the outer planets of the system as cover, but were run to ground and destroyed in a two-day running battle. The three regiments of ground troops were all captured, leaving the MAF critically weakened. With the bulk of the MAF navy destroyed, the Magistracy ground forces lost most of their mobility and were largely unable to continue their previous campaign of raids and elaborate movement shell games to keep the SLDF task force off-balance and were instead largely pinned in place. This allowed the SLDF campaign to target the Magistracy troops more easily, and the ambush at Thurrock is widely acknowledged as having been the tipping point in the SLDF invasion of the Magistracy.[7]

The Magistracy of Canopus had 13 worlds annexed by the Free Worlds League, either during the Reunification War[8] or by Star League decree in 2602,[58] and Thurrock was one of these worlds.

Military Deployment[edit]




  • Second Defenders of Andurien[61]


  • Second Defenders of Andurien[61]



  • Hermann's Hermits[63]


Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 40 systems (39 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Zathras 12.6 Alamagordo 12.8 Itica 13.8 Fagerholm 20.5
Hastur 21.9 Viribium 22.0 Claybrooke 26.0 Mattisskogen 26.1
Aquagea 27.3 Cassilda 29.9 Piriapolis 34.0 Butzfleth 34.6
Leyda 35.4 Villanueva 36.1 Salardion 38.6 Banfora 40.1
Ingonish 40.4 Cursa 40.7 Antias 41.4 Borgan's Rift 42.8
Naryn 42.8 Katla 43.7 Aspropirgos 44.7 Hibuarius 45.8
Fanardir 46.6 Pernik 47.1 Early Dawn 50.0 Gouderak 50.5
Pilpala 51.4 Rosendal 51.6 Xanthe 52.0 Amnesty 52.9
Segerica 53.3 Athna 55.0 Granera 56.9 Espia 58.1
Arn 58.4 Umka 59.0 Borka 59.3 Ryerson 60.6


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