Northammon System
circa 1202

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    Mainworld Stats

    Classic Era Stats:
    System: Northammon
    Subsector: Vincennes
    Sector: Deneb Sector
    Coordinates: 0921 (J0101)
    UWP: B764667-A
    Starport: Good
    Size: Medium (10400-12000 km)
    Atmosphere: Standard
    Hydrographics: 40% water
    Population: 6 million
    Govt: Captive Government
    Law Level: Moderate
    Technology: Early Stellar
    Bases: Navy & Scout Bases
    Trade Codes: Ag Ni Ri        
    Travel Zone: Green
    Planetoid Belts: 2
    Gas Giants: 0
    Allegiance: Domain of Deneb
    New Era Stats:
    Northammon (Vincennes:  Deneb/0921)
    B764767-9  A  Ag Ri Tp St Mr   120 RE K5 V
    G=0.82, Day=35:51:37, Year=122d 9:20:19.28 Atmo=1.40, No Weather Control
    Temp= +9.72 (6/lat +18 to -42) (day +7.5 to night -17.9) (season +14.4 to -7.0)
    Daily temp range 21.4; Orbital Eccentricity Effects:  +/- 0.45
    Agricultural, Compounds; Agroproducts, Non-metals; Durables;
    Recordings, Documents
    Conservative/Advancing, Competitive/Militant, Harmonious/Aloof
    Legal: 7-96255     Tech: 99-99989-DB99-A8-G

    System Details

         Northammon System Details
         Orbit      Name         UPP          Remarks
         Primary    Kalighril    K5 V
         0          Usher Belt   H000166-A    As
         1          Northammon   B764767-9 A  Ag Ri Tp St Mr
            10      Burden       G586667-B    Fa Co Nv Sc
            45      Galinor      Y332568-B    Co Nv Sc
         2          Clarion      H40036A-B    Nv Sc
             7      Ivid         Y100000-0    Va Ba
            30      Danglo       YS00000-0    Va Ba
         3          Portnoy      Y100000-0    Va Ba
         4          Glacia       G607227-A    Va Ic Sc
             1      Ring System  YR00000-0
         7          Icicle       Y100000-0    Va Ba
            25      Tundra       Y300000-0    Va Ba
         5          Sanjivva     GA75566-B    Re Co Nv Sc
            50      Herschmann   F660365-B    Re Nv Sc
         6          Yaka         YA6A166-A

    General Information

         Northammon was originally settled in 95 by colonists from Massilia and
         Delphi sectors.  At first, Northammon seemed to be a cold mountainous
         wasteland, an unforgiving environment for hopeful settlers.  The
         planet's distance from its dim star, Kalighril (Northammon lies one
         orbit outside the "habitable zone" of the system) has little
         deleterious effect on the planet's meteorological activity.  A high
         incidence of moderate solar flares and Northammon's high atmospheric
         pressure combine to produce a virtual maelstrom of constant
         meteorological activity.  Swirling coriolises of clouds fill the
         northern and southern hemispheres throughout the year.  Northammon's
         hemispherical regions are snow-covered almost year round with a slight
         reprieve during the "warm season."  The warm season occurs for a
         period of about three weeks at the perigee of Northammon's orbital
         eccentricity around Kalighril.
         In sharp contrast to the frozen northern and southern hemispheres, the
         equatorial region, or "hot belt" as it's known to locals, provides a
         warmer, more moderate clime, with its rolling hills and river valleys.
         A scarcity of large bodies of water throughout 80 percent of the
         planet's 2,000 km-wide tropical zone bolsters the more stable weather
         patterns of the region.  Six large mountain ranges, skirting the edges
         of four of the planet's six tectonic plates, serve as barriers to some
         of Northammon's harsher blizzards.  The numerous faultlines between
         the plates result in a high incidence of seismic activity in the
         The first Northammonese colony, which discovered, catalogued and began
         to exploit the rich resources of the planet, nearly died out in the
         late 100s.  Colonial overextension strained several supply lines
         through the interstellar region during this period and several
         colonies were left to their own devices for decades.  The colonial
         population of the planet, which had risen to 20,000, fell to under
         8,000 people.  A scarcity of supplies resulted in an exodus from the
         planet to the more stable environments of Isurkun, Achemadon and Kauai
         systems.  The hardy bunch who remained played a defining role in
         establishing the culture of Northammon.
         The Northammonese settlers who remained and the trickle of daring
         colonists who continued to settle the planet, developed a strong
         self-reliance ethic that remains to this day.  The Northammonese
         welcomed new settlers and continued to settle their world regardless
         of the public sentiment against it.  Seemingly trying to prove their
         detractors wrong, the Northammonese settlers went far and wide
         throughout the sphere of their world, establishing farms and ranches
         even in the most inclement regions.  While 65 percent of the early
         Northammonese clung to the tropical zone, thousands of bold souls
         plowed into the outback and staked their claims in the northern and
         southern plateaus and mountain ranges.
         Northammonite Frontier, the planetary colonial development office,
         maintained its aggressive colonial recruitment policy all the while.
         Throughout the early colonial period of the planet, Northammonite
         Frontier colonial recruiters could be found on any world within six
         parsecs, actively encouraging people to come and share the wealth of
         their rich and undeveloped planet.
         Not until the late 300s did colonial efforts on Northammon surpass
         their former level, however.  In 397, ex-scout and entrepreneur Lewis
         Tolliver discovered records of Northammon's rich natural resources at
         the Imperial Archives on Vincennes.  He registered a claim with
         Northammonite Frontier and mounted a massive colonial expedition to
         bolster the extant colonies.  Before anyone knew it, Northammon was a
         virtual boomtown.
         Tolliver's expedition, largely composed of detached duty scouts,
         quickly performed detailed surveys of the planet's resources.  To
         their surprise, the planet was rich in vegetative life, with over 600
         edible plant species.  The Tolliver group and successors quickly
         helped to establish agricultural combines to exploit the lush
         Northammonese crops.  While most of planet species grow in the
         temperate tropical region, astoundingly high numbers of crops are
         exported from the northern and southern hemispheres.  The edible
         lichens and fruits of the southern region are known as a delicacy by
         people throughout Northammon's interstellar community.
         As a side note, Tolliver's expedition is well known for its
         importation of Kians from Prilissa/Trin's Veil.  Several hundred Kians
         were brought to Northammon to be used as cheap transportation by
         Tolliver's colonists.  Kians continue to be widely used for
         transporation in rural areas of the planet and in cities and towns on
         the racing circuit.  In fact, while Tolliver's agricultural businesses
         eventually failed, his Kian breeding facility and Tolliver Grounds, a
         Kian racetrack, are his sole remaining legacies on Northammon.
         Northammonese Kians are thought to number over 300,000 at the present
         Like many of the systems in the Vincennes Cluster, Northammon's
         indigenous life for the most part resembles that of Cambrian-era
         Terra.  Most notable among Northammon's native life forms are the
         lichens and shrubs of the northern and southern tundra.  Bursting
         through the volcanic soil of the mountains and plains, these life
         forms have shown uncommon resiliency.  For centuries, monastic orders
         of Deneb's Church of the Stellar Divinity have lauded the medicinal
         properties of several species of Northammonese mountain shrub roots.
         Not until the last 200 years, however, have these claims been taken
         seriously by the public at large.
         By 800, the Northammonese population had grown to over four million
         inhabitants.  Their cultural emphasis on self-reliance spawned several
         government-subsidized programs to independently develop technology on
         the planet.  To this end, the former representative democracy of the
         planet began to import materials for the production of starships,
         vehicles and computers.  The industrial sector began to grow, but was
         mostly restricted to serving the needs of agricultural interests.
         As the limited agricultural markets began to tap out for Northammon's
         private industries, tension began to grow with the landlords of the
         agricultural combines.  Nara Tandy, president of Circumspect Inc., a
         producer of advanced land and gravitic vehicles, lobbied for rights to
         manufacture products for export to other worlds.  Most controversial
         of her requests was an initiative that would bring in megacorporate
         investment, a heretofore unseen occurrence on Northammon.
         Agricultural interests onplanet greatly feared the portents of such a
         bold move and lobbied hard against it.  Fear of overdevelopment,
         atmospheric contamination and offworld control by big industry
         abounded in agricultural circles.
         The combines were able to stave off offworld industrial development
         until 962.  At this time, various factors contributed to a worldwide
         depression that threatened to unhinge the infrastructure of the
         planet's economy.  Tandy seized her opportunity and managed to corral
         a hysterical electorate into believing that now was the time for
         offworld investment.  Tandy brought in a consortium, led by
         representatives of Ling Standard Products and Sternmental Horizons
         Venture Capital division, who would revitalize the economy of the
         For a half century, that's exactly what they did.  Northammon's
         economy grew and as the planet's ability to export technology grew, so
         did its ability to export its agricultural products.  Agricultural
         exports grew to the point that the "Northammon Grown" cargo module
         stamp became ubiquitous on every inhabited system within 12 parsecs.
         Megacorporate and sectorwide corporate developers flocked to
         Northammon to get a piece of the pie.  The political strength of the
         combines waned during the following years to the point that public
         resentment for the megacorporations grew to a fever pitch.  The
         conflict reached its climax when six anti-megacorporate development
         militias (called "terrorists" by the megacorporate-sponsored media)
         attacked dozens of industrial installations in a concerted effort to
         derail their operations.  Corporate security teams and offworld
         mercenaries took up arms against the militias, but found it difficult
         to fight the guerilla-style militia troops, who knew the nooks and
         crannies of Northammon's mountain ranges and valleys.
         As the conflict escalated over the following four years, the dependent
         local markets sent up a cry to the Imperial Navy to intervene.  And
         intervene they did.  Already fighting the Zhodani and Outworld
         Coalition on their spinward front in a series of border wars that
         later became known as the Fourth Frontier War, the Imperium did not
         want to foster the notion that internecine warfare existed throughout
         the Spinward Marches and Deneb.  Four peacekeeping divisions of
         marines were dispatched to quell the unrest.  While skirmishes
         continued to occur at more remote locations, for the most part, the
         TL-15 armed marines were able to quash the fighting.
         In an effort to preserve the peace, the Imperium removed the
         corporate-dominated government of Northammon and placed moderate
         pro-combine General Paul Javinovich, from the ranks of Northammon's
         standing army, as the planetary dictator.  The Imperial Marines were
         promptly removed and indigenous army divisions took their place.
         While the military rule of Javinovich and his successors has kept the
         peace, the seething hatred between the agricultural and corporate
         interests has never been fully extricated from the planetary
         Despite Northammon's problems, the planet remains a major economic
         force in the region with its powerful agricultural sector and active
         vehicle-building industries.  Most worlds in Vincennes, Star Lane and
         Inar subsectors actively import delectable Northammonese foods.
         Northammonese industry is known to produce some of the most efficient
         and dependable farming vehicles in the Regency.  R&D divisions are
         currently expanding into military and commercial markets as well.  The
         Circumspect Starhawk enclosed grav cycle is currently making waves in
         the civilian gravitic vehicle industry.  Achieving early TL-13 in many
         areas, Northammon is truly on the cutting edge of vehicular design.
         The native population of Northammon are about 95 percent vegetarian.
         Because of the planet's lack of non-vegetative life forms and the
         intrinsic self-reliance of its people, few meat products from other
         worlds were imported during the early colonial years.  The diversity
         of agricultural life on the planet made it possible to meet the
         population's nutritional requirements without the need for imported
         foods.  This aversion to imported food products became part of the
         culture.  With few exceptions, the only Northammonese meat eaters on
         the planet are the megacorporate employees.
         Northammon has only three major cities, Tergin (pop. 2 million),
         Gebhardt (pop. 800,000) and the capital, Metro-Javinovich (pop.
         350,000).  Only Tergin and Metro-Javinovich contain Starport B
         facilities.  Gebhardt currently maintains a Spaceport F-quality
         installation.  A small orbital level C facility, Northammon Orbital
         Starport (pop. 12,000) serves the needs of transient travellers who
         use the system only as a stopover.  The planetbound cities are all
         located in the tropical region and for the most part serve
         megacorporate interests.  Most of the combines have offices in the
         cities as well, however, that serve as the conduits through which they
         conduct interstellar trade.  The remainder of the population,
         including over 13 million Northammonese, are spread out over the
         globe, living and working on the combines and independent ranches.
         Small cities and towns are the unofficial rule in the agricultural
         regions, with only a few of them surpassing 100,000 in population.
         Northammon is one of the few worlds in the Regency that serve the
         purpose of harboring refugees from the far-flung Two Thousand Worlds.
         When the Rebellion struck and vargr raiders swept through Corridor and
         trailing Deneb sector, many visiting traders, diplomats and merchants
         were cut off from their homes in trailing and rimward sectors.
         Several large communities of k'kree were among these disenfranchised
         The Beng!xkr and Kr'ukleeri!iir herds, members of the k'kree trading
         organization, Rr!krmiixk, were among the larger cohesive groups to be
         stranded far from home.  While the Beng!xkr and Kr'ukleeri!iir were
         spread around the Domain of Deneb conducting trade operations, after
         the Rebellion hit, they soon realized they would not be returning home
         at any time in the near future.  Their trade mission completed, the
         wayward k'kree had nowhere to go.
         As one of General Javinovich's last acts in office before he died in
         1121, he sold the Rr!krmiixk merchants a large tract of undeveloped
         land in Northammon's tropical region.  Northammon, which fits the
         parameters of a k'kree "steppeworld," was an ideal site for the
         refugee k'kree to set down their roots.  The rather exhorbitant price
         paid by the k'kree for their land included the provision that the
         k'kree were to be left to their own devices and not bothered by smelly
         omnivorous humans.
         Many vegetarian Northammonese natives maintain regular contact with
         the k'kree, but there is no communal mixing of k'kree and human
         populations.  The limited trade between humans and k'kree enable the
         k'kree to maintain TL-9 for public transportation and other services
         in their community and for maintenance of their trader fleet.
         The sale of this land to the k'kree was heavily disputed by
         megacorporate interests.  They were appalled at the unabashed efforts
         of the vegetarian combines to use any means possible to make
         Northammon a less hospitable environment for the corporations and
         their employees.  The hostility of the k'kree toward carnivorous races
         was an established fact.  To combat this move, many corporations
         embarked upon aggressive, albeit shortlived, programs to enforce
         vegetarian diets among their employees.  Suffice it to say that for
         the brief life of these programs, the corporations experienced a
         considerable turnover rate among their largely offworld work forces.
         The initial settlement numbered over 12,000 k'kree, who had emigrated
         to Northammon from various locations throughout the Domain.  Several
         smaller families, realizing they had little hope of ever returning
         home to the Two Thousand Worlds, chose to relocate to Northammon as
         well, with the blessing of the Beng!xkr and Kr'ukleeri!iir herds.
         Northammon became a haven for stranded k'kree.
         Upon the discovery by a SuSAG research team in 1145 that some species
         of Northammon's equatorial flora had valuable pharmaceutical
         properties, the company established a research lab at the fringes of
         the k'kree reservation.  This was not looked well upon by the reigning
         Steppelord, Kurr'eengx, who immediately made a call to arms to his
         brethren.  In a move that could only be called reactionary, Kurr'eengx
         and his troops swept into the Divigee Valley, where SuSAG had
         constructed a makeshift headquarters, and promptly massacred the
         humans at the facility.  SuSAG, known for its paranoia, had two
         companies of TL-15 equipped security personnel on-site, but the
         surprise attack caught them offguard.  The k'kree took heavy losses in
         the battle, with some estimates at over 2,500 dead.  Nevertheless,
         they managed to communicate a dire message to any who would threaten
         the sovereignty of their reservation.
         SuSAG appealed to the Regency government for reparations, but was
         denied.  The Northammonese megacorporate sector did not react well to
         this development.  While the k'kree were looked upon as an oddity for
         the first two decades of their stay on Northammon, they were now
         looked upon as a threat.  Armed militia bands were formed by the
         megacorporations, with the intention of settling the region adjacent
         to the k'kree reservation and daring the k'kree to challenge human
         sovereignty on the planet.
         Things began to heat up, with several skirmishes occurring on the
         borders of the k'kree settlement.  The combine-dominated Northammonese
         army refused to intervene on the side of the corporations.  Extreme
         factions of the Northammonese army began to make a call to arms to
         "aid their k'kree brothers against the corporate oppressors."  Duke
         Norris himself sent two divisions of Regency Marines to keep the
         conflict from escalating into civil war.  This was the second time
         that divisions of marines had been sent to preserve peace on
         The divisions were drawn from the marine training camp at Burden, one
         of Northammon's two moons.  Forming a loose cordon around the k'kree
         reservation, the marines have successfully deterred all hostile
         actions by the megacorporations against the k'kree.  The marine
         garrison remains to this day to ensure the safety of the k'kree
         While the k'kree population has swelled to over 640,000 in the
         following 75 years, the k'kree enclave on Northammon makes up less
         than four percent of the total planetary population.
         The divisiveness between industrialists and agriculturists has
         continued into the 1200s.  While muted hatred continues to seethe
         between the two groups, the presence of not one but two military rule
         garrisons keeps the peace.  The k'kree are a reluctant ally of the
         combines, but are suspicious that they are being played as pawns by
         their benefactors.  Because of Northammon's importance to the region,
         it is vital that this situation doesn't erupt into fullscale war.

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