Vanra

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Vanra
Vanra nearby systems (3151)
Vanra nearby systems (3151)
(Map Legend)
System Information
X:Y Coordinates -48.342 : -163.191[e]
Spectral class G5II[1][2]
Recharge time 186 hours[1][2]
Recharge station(s) Zenith, Nadir[1][2]

Note: X and Y are coordinates (light years on XY plane) relative to Terra at (0, 0)

Vanra
Planetary Flag
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Geophysical
System position 4th[1][2]
Jump point
distance
7.47 days[1][2]
Moons 1 (Citadel)[1][2]
Surface gravity 0.95[1][2]
Atmospheric pressure Standard (Breathable)[1][2]
Equatorial temperature 20°C (Cold-Temperate)[1][2]
Surface water 55%[1][2]
Highest native life Reptiles[1][2]
Reference Year 3067[1] - 3079[2]
Infrastructure
Ruler Duke Alfonso Orloff[1]
Capital Utrecht (2787)[3]
Orloff City (3067)[2]
Population 1,250,000,000 (3067 - 3079)[1][2]
Socio-Industrial Levels A-B-C-B-C[1][2]
HPG (Representative) A[1][2]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary History[edit]

First Succession War[edit]

Vanra was one of the first wave of targets when Captain-General Kenyon Marik launched his famous "ten parsec-wide" invasion of the Capellan and Sarna Commonalities of the Capellan Confederation in February 2787. The FWLM task force assigned to the invasion of Vanra consisted of three regiments from the Marik Militia - the Third, Seventeenth and Twenty-first Marik Militia regiments - escorted by a naval task force that included at least one battleship, the FWLS Agrippa, two destroyers, two squadrons of attack DropShips and three wings of aerospace fighters. The garrison at the time, the First Capellan Chargers, were heavily outnumbered, but had been in place on Vanra for almost twenty-five years, and Colonel Juliano Papadakis was determined to lead a fierce resistance against the invaders.[3]

Papadakis made the most of the Chargers' familiarity with the terrain on Vanra; as the Marik Militia DropShips began landing, he had his combat air group engage, hammering at the Militia forces. By the time his aerospace fighters had withdrawn, the Militia had lost more than two squadrons of fighters, and an Overlord-class DropShip carrying a battalion from the Seventeenth Marik Militia had been crippled, crash-landing in the forests almost twenty kilometers south of Utrecht, the planetary capital city. Familiar with the dense forest and the networks of transient riverbeds in the area, Papadakis knew that the terrain would be confusing and difficult to negotiate for any forces sent to rescue the downed forces. Papadakis' prediction proved correct; he deployed the entire Third Battalion of the Chargers to converge on the site, whilst the remaining elements of the Seventeenth diverted away from their intended positions near Utrecht to try and rescue their comrades, weakening the enemy plan. With much of the forest floor concealed from view from the air, the Chargers' Third Battalion was able to pick off and kill the survivors from the DropShip crash that they found, as well as ambushing and destroying almost a full battalion of rescue forces from the Seventeenth.[3]

Whilst the Third Battalion was tying up twice its own numbers in the forest, leaving the Seventeenth effectively out of the battle for Utrecht, Papadakis had his remaining forces disperse as lance and company sized formations and launch numerous ambushes and feints within Utrecht itself, the city's dense urban sprawl helping the heavier Chargers negate the speed advantage enjoyed by the generally lighter Marik Militia units. Papadakis' troops had destroyed another battalion of Marik Militia forces within Utrecht before the senior FWLM officer, Colonel Udel Melville, ordered the orbiting Agrippa to bombard regions of the city. Fires and huge explosions ensued, as one of the sectors targeted by the Agrippa contained a natural gas refinery, and the resulting refinery explosion engulfed half the city in flames due to the ongoing battle preventing efforts to contain the damage. Melville's forces were ultimately successful, but the Chargers fought to the last man before the planetary government finally surrendered, leaving Utrecht and the great forest to its south in ruins. Melville was forced to disband the remains of the Seventeenth Marik Militia, and use the survivors from the Seventeenth and a mix of salvaged Capellan and League equipment to rebuild the Third and Twenty-first Marik Militias.[3]

FedCom Civil War[edit]

Vanra was the personal landhold of the Orloff family. The Orloffs had controlled the Grand Duchy of Orloff since it was created, and as their personal planet, the Orloff's had established most of the Duchy's most important monuments and traditions on the Vanra. One key example was the Chapter House of the Order of the Saber. This building, one of four key locations of the Order, was the first among equals of the Order's chapter houses. For many years rumors of Star League era technology and secret rituals surrounded this building. To dispel some of these rumors the Order had opened the doors to the house to the general public in the late 3060s.[1]

Vanrians of the "upper crust" were very concerned with matters of honor and "proper" behavior. Transgressors who violated these rules sometimes found themselves involved in a saber duel. (Though officially forbidden, the authorities turned a blind eye to this practice and stayed out of the local parks at dusk and dawn. Tradition demanded the presence of a doctor at these duels, and the duellists' seconds acted to ensure the life of their principal.) Many nobles from Vanra had scars, the result of these unacknowledged duels. The Vanrian nobility's other major pastime was hunting; mounted on horseback or tabi, hunters pursued wolves and boars over Vanra's soil. These hunts were not popular with everyone however and saboteurs who ruined the hunts were not unheard of.[1]

The average citizen of Vanra was a quiet, hard-working individual determined to make the planet great despite the behavior of the nobility. This determination had paid off with an economy that was largely self-sufficient, with only luxury goods being imported. Vanra's second-largest industry (after military officers) was fashion; Vanran design, fashion, and tailoring were the League's standard for quality and style.[1]

Notable Locations[edit]

Military Deployment[edit]

2765[edit]

2786[edit]

  • First Capellan Chargers[42]

2787[edit]

  • First Capellan Chargers[3]

2821[edit]

3025[edit]

3050[edit]

  • Twelfth Atrean Dragoons[46]
  • First Orloff Grenadiers[47]

3054[edit]

  • Twelfth Atrean Dragoons[48]
  • First Orloff Grenadiers[49]

3059[edit]

  • First Orloff Grenadiers[50]

3067[edit]

  • First Orloff Grenadiers[51]

3079[edit]

3085[edit]

  • Eighth Orloff Grenadiers[53]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 52 systems (52 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Carbonis 12.4 Kievanur 12.9 Hassad 18.5 Matheran 18.8
Chengdu 20.1 Ramen 22.8 New Delos 24.8 Semenyih 26.2
Les Halles 26.5 Daneshmand 29.7 Fuentes 30.4 Gorki 33.0
Aodh 33.1 Bithinia 33.2 McKenna 35.6 Gomeisa 36.2
Harsefeld 37.1 Calloway 37.7 Kiyev 40.7 Propus 41.4
Eom 41.7 Second Chance 42.1 Ling 42.4 Jasmine 42.6
Emris 42.9 Campertown 43.1 Sorunda 43.7 Ingersoll 44.1
Salur 45.3 Nova Roma 45.5 Loeches 46.1 New Sarna 46.8
Boardwalk 48.8 Shui-pào 49.8 Fletcher 50.6 Ohrensen 52.4
Anegasaki 53.5 Lungdo 53.8 Kyeinnisan 54.0 Pavia 54.0
Old Kentucky 54.8 Park Place 55.5 Oriente 55.7 Masterson 55.9
Exedor 56.9 Shuen Wan 57.2 New Praha 57.6 Lesalles 58.2
Wazan 58.8 Calpaca 58.8 Ragusa 59.6 Chamdo 59.7

References[edit]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 Handbook: House Marik, p. 76, "Vanra Planet Profile"
  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: Free Worlds League, p. 25, "Vanra"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 First Succession War, p. 53-54, "A Path to Sarna: The League-Confederation Front"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Handbook: House Marik, p. 13, "Federation of Oriente world within the Free Worlds League before [2270] and after at their founding in [2271]"
  5. Handbook: House Liao, p. 17, "Capellan Confederation Founding - [2366] Map"
  6. Handbook: House Liao, p. 13, "Timeline: Capellan Zone 2367"
  7. Handbook: House Liao, p. 25, "Capellan Confederation after Age of War - [2571] Map"
  8. Handbook: House Marik, p. 24, "Free Worlds League after Age of War - [2571] Map"
  9. Historical: Reunification War, p. 159, "Inner Sphere - [2596] Map"
  10. Era Report: 2750, p. 37, "Inner Sphere - [2750] Map"
  11. Field Manual: SLDF, p. vii, "Inner Sphere - [2764] Map"
  12. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [2765] Map"
  13. First Succession War (Source Book), p. 25, "Inner Sphere - [2786] Map"
  14. Handbook: House Marik, p. 34, "Free Worlds League after First Succession War - [2822] Map"
  15. Handbook: House Liao, p. 31, "Capellan Confederation after First Succession War - [2822] Map"
  16. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, p. 122-123, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  17. First Succession War (Source Book), p. 113, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  18. House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. vii, "Free Worlds League Map - [3025]"
  19. Handbook: House Marik, p. 42, "Free Worlds League after Third Succession War - [3025] Map"
  20. Handbook: House Liao, p. 40, "Capellan Confederation after Third Succession War - [3025] Map"
  21. Handbook: House Marik, p. 51, "Free Worlds League after Fourth Succession War - [3030] Map"
  22. Handbook: House Liao, p. 49, "Capellan Confederation after Fourth Succession War - [3030] Map"
  23. Historical: War of 3039, p. 133, "Inner Sphere - [3040] Map"
  24. Era Report: 3052, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3050] Map"
  25. Era Report: 3052, p. 23, "Inner Sphere - [3052] Map"
  26. Era Report: 3062, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3057] Map"
  27. Handbook: House Marik, p. 54, "Free Worlds League after Operation Guerrero - [3058] Map"
  28. Handbook: House Liao, p. 60, "Capellan Confederation after Operation Guerrero - [3058] Map"
  29. Era Report: 3062, p. 29, "Inner Sphere - [3063] Map"
  30. Handbook: House Marik, p. 56, "Free Worlds League after FedCom Civil War - [3067] Map"
  31. Handbook: House Liao, p. 68, "Capellan Confederation after FedCom Civil War - [3067] Map"
  32. ' Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 42, "Inner Sphere - [3067] Map
  33. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 64, "Inner Sphere - [3075] Map"
  34. Field Report: FWLM, p. 17, "Free Worlds League Military Deployment Map - [August 3079]"
  35. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 63, "Inner Sphere - [3081] Map"
  36. Field Manual: 3085, p. vii, "Inner Sphere - [3085] Map"
  37. Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
  38. Era Report: 3145, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3135] Map"
  39. Era Report: 3145, p. 39, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  40. Field Manual: 3145, p. VI, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  41. Field Report 2765: Capellan Confederation, p. 9, "Regimental Status"
  42. First Succession War (Source Book), p. 135, "First Succession War Deployment Table - CCAF"
  43. 43.0 43.1 First Succession War (Source Book), p. 138, "First Succession War Deployment Table - FWLM"
  44. House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 108 - "Unit Deployment Table"
  45. House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 109 - "Unit Deployment Table"
  46. 20 Year Update, p. 56 - "Free Worlds League Deployment Table"
  47. 20 Year Update, p. 57 - "Free Worlds League Deployment Table"
  48. Objective Raids, p. 37 - "Free Worlds League Deployment Table"
  49. Objective Raids, p. 39 - "Free Worlds League Deployment Table"
  50. Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 114 - "Free Worlds League Deployment Table"
  51. Field Manual: Updates, p. 162 - "Free Worlds League Deploment Table"
  52. Field Report: FWLM, p. 13, "Minor Provinces"
  53. Field Manual: 3085, p. 92, "Deployment Table - 3085"

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