Klinge System
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Like the Faust and Hammer systems, Klinge is a pivotal holding in the Gauntlet Province. During the 2nd Galactic War, it was the linchpin system against Solar incursion, and the launching point of many offensive operations. Klinge is a K1 orange star, with four planets and an asteroid belt circling it.

Gregor Kent had a penchant for choosing bold, epic names, and upon his initial review of mineral surveys for the system, declared, “These planets shall be my Sword, and forge weapons of such might to strike down my enemies, that they shall never recover.” Industrial mining and space docks were under construction nearly before the colony was stable. The ships and fleets built here made Thuldan victory in GW1 possible. The short decades of the Interbellum brought only growth and prosperity to Klinge, swelling the system’s population and production numbers.

It was during the long dark years of the 2nd Galactic War that Klinge was truly tested. The Union of Sol was not the bloated, overstretched nation the Terran Empire had been. The Solar navy were worthy enemies for the Imperial Thuldan Navy, producing inspired and costly defensive strategies time and again. After the Thuldan advance stalled in the early 25th century, the Union’s forces began more and more offensive maneuvers of their own, and Klinge was their primary target. The Solar navy led strikes into Klinge four different times.

In 2427, the system’s defensive garrison easily ravaged the undermanned Profit Confederation fleet fighting its way to the Thuldan shipyards. The second battle in 2434 proved more dangerous, as a two pronged attack force sought to outmaneuver the ITN, but was ultimately unsuccessful. 2450 brought the Solar High Admiral Ojore Madubuike to Klinge. A brilliant officer and military mind, Ojore fought the system’s defenders to a bloody stalemate for two days before a strike wing achieved a strafing run on Klinge Shipyards at Ordanien. The Admiral’s bold success proved short lived, overstretching his left flank and resulting in a hasty withdrawal from the system. The Field Marshall of Klinge’s defense was removed from command in the aftermath, replaced with Celeste Surma, the Heroine of Vermona. She set about the refortification of Klinge, and vowed the shipyards would remain unsoiled during her guard.

In 2464, Ojore Madubuike began a new major offensive against the Empire, and 2465 saw his return to Klinge on the bridge of the Solar super-dreadnought USS Yamato. By this point in the war, the Imperial Navy had long since withdrawn from most Thuldan gains in the tightly packed Union of Sol, and concentrated most of its attention in the regions now known as Concord Taurus and Concord Sagittarius. High Admiral Madubuike’s primary goal was not to destroy the Klinge Shipyards, enormously fortified by this time. Instead, he sought to draw the ITN forces of the area into a bloody battle against his fleet, weakening the defensive flotillas of surrounding Thuldan systems for numerous Solar raids and reconnaissance missions. The Union’s losses were substantial, but no more so than those sustained by Celeste Surma. Admiral Madubuike’s assaults were decently successful, and the depleted fleet at Klinge was unable to safely launch more than a token counterattack at the Union.

Now, decades since the Treaty of Concord ended the 2nd Galactic War, the Klinge system continues to replenish the ranks of the Imperial Thuldan Navy. Centuries of mining and manufacturing have taken their toll on Klinge’s resources, however, and the future of Klinge Shipyards is unlikely to compare to the glory days long past.

Kohle


Orbiting Klinge at only 0.3 AU away, this world is a torrid mess. It was largely ignored for centuries in lieu of the more readily available resources of Hastet and the Gax Belt. Officials have only recently implemented plans to establish shielded mining operations on Kohle’s surface. Twin facilities are under construction at the planet’s polar regions, and projected to be fully operational by 2503. Odd subterranean foundational shifts have plagued the northern site lately, coinciding with anomalous sensor readings. Project Coordinator Travis Brandow (Xm/-Thuldan/TO-6) is bringing in a team of xenologists, geologists and security experts to determine if the problems are of natural origin, or if perhaps Kohle has been home to indigenous life beneath the Empire’s nose all along.

Hastet


With very little atmosphere to speak of, but a wealth of mineral resources, the Empire decided to forgo a terraforming operation on Hastet in favor of large scale strip mining. Massive amounts of ore were needed to strengthen the Imperial military in the early years, and much of it came from here. The planet has been mined for so long, in fact, it is nearly run out. Current projections show production numbers continuing to drop by 10% annually over the next several years.

The Gax Belt


Asteroid belts are always easier to mine than planets. Zero gravity provides a helping hand, and workers don’t have to bore through as many miles of rock to get what they want. So obviously the Gax Belt has been mined as thoroughly as Hastet. It’s even running out at almost the same rate. Projections show it will only continue to yield acceptable levels of ore for only three more years. Following this state of affairs, chief mining corporations like GaxWorks and Kameko Ore Inc are starting to move their operations outward to the moons of Laterne. Consequently, various small companies and individual prospectors have begun to take hold in the Gax Belt.

Sulī


The central planet of the system is Sulī, a frigid Class 1 world of about 17 billion people. It is commonly joked that body heat is what keeps them warm. In truth, enormous mass reactors generate the energy required for comfortable levels of home heating. If only the environment were so easily tamed. Sulī winters are harsh and unforgiving, and even the youngest child knows better than to wander out from the cities alone. Snow blindness and hypothermia remain serious concerns outside major urban centers during winter, despite the basic genetic alterations most of the population carries. In the few wilder regions, if the cold doesn’t kill you, the native predators will. Although early colonists considered exterminating the more dangerous animals, the Empire decided to leave them be as an obstacle to be overcome.

Planetary Governor Ulic Flynn (Hm/Thuldan/CS-4) is a former Staff Sergeant of the Army Auxiliary. He resides in the capitol city of Nagomtown, in the center of the largest continent. Governor Flynn has held his post for many decades, but his popularity among Sulī’s Planetary Council is waning. In fact, when his current term expires in 2502, Ulic expects the Council to elect one of his rivals the new Planetary Governor. If only he could provide a show of power to bring the Councilors back to his side, or eliminate his rivals in an honorable fashion. With this purpose in mind, Governor Flynn’s closest aides are currently seeking skilled independent agents.

Ordanien

Sulī’s only moon, Ordanien did not possess enough of an atmosphere to terraform, so it’s population lives in subterranean caverns set up with a habitable environment, about one billion in total. The primary industry here are the Klinge Shipyards surface facilities, which have been in operation since nearly the founding of the Empire. The 300 kilometer-spanning facility is capable of constructing and/or repairing any size craft, and the source of eight Thuldan fortress ships, including the ITV Emperor Gregor I. The outer and inner perimeter of the shipyard wields enough firepower to repel a significant enemy task force, a holdover from GW2. Unfortunately, with the system’s mineral resources drying up, the shipyards may be in danger of shutting down in the coming decades. At the very least, it’s production levels and employment numbers must be reduced during the next decade, though System Governor Warren Leipzig (Hm/Thuldan/FA-9) is doing everything he can to save Klinge’s economy. Ordanien’s fulltime naval garrison is led by the carrier ITV Wolfsbane.

Laterne


Laterne, named for the initial surveyor’s wife, is the Klinge system’s only gas giant, but a sizeable one. In fact, Imperial astronomers theorize that the Laterne nearly collected enough mass to form a star, turning Klinge into a binary system. The gases forming its upper atmosphere range from light blues to deep purples, giving the planet a pleasing appearance from space. Aside from minor gas-collecting stations, Laterne’ moons are used by the system’s population. The two moons of Penance and Atonement are prison planets for millions of criminals who manufacture an impressive array of minor industrial products. These moons possess no sustaining resources of their own, and the prison populace would quickly starve to death in the unlikely event they managed a successful rebellion. The Planetary Governor of Laterne and Head Warden is Nessa White (Hf/Thuldan/DCS-19), the Old Watchdog of Klinge. Governor White is a 70 year veteran of her position, surviving 17 separate attempted assassinations and three Solar attacks.

The other eighteen moons all run minor mining operations to supplement those of Hastet and the Gax Belt, and may prove to be the saving grace of the system’s industry in future years. While these moons were once the domain of fledging industrial companies, the larger operations of Hastet and the Gax Belt are rapidly buying up claims.

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