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Star Type: G3V
Position in System: 1 (of 11)
Number of Moons: None
Days to Jump Point: 9
Surface Water: 80%
Atm. Pressure: Standard (Breathable)
Surface Gravity: 0.80
Equatorial Temp: 44° C
Highest Native Life: Mammals
Population: 4,178,000,000
Capital: Fulbright
Governor: Paolo Yngvesson
Planetary Legate: Thanh Gaston
Continents: Besitzland
[2621] Though the economies of the six member states prospered under the Department of Economic Relations,
it was not enough for First Lord Nicholas Cameron. Following his father's vision, Nicholas announced in 2621 his
intention to finish uniting the member states' economies by creating the Star League Dollar. This became the
standard currency everywhere. The member states were allowed to print the new currency for their own realms
under close supervision, but the Star League government determined the amount.

First Lord Nicholas also set up the central Stock Exchange (CSE), which allowed ten regional exchange
businesses to trade shares in foreign companies. In addition to aiding the economy, the exchanges were supposed
to promote peace between the realms, as having economic interests in neighboring states made war less attractive.

The Central Stock Exchange was located in the Terran city of London. The other stock exchanges and the Star
League mints were set up on border worlds between the member states. They were grouped into commerce
cities built by the Star League for the use of economists, brokers, and company executives. The cities' protection
came from the SLDF, which usually had a major military base nearby.

Trader's City on Zollikofen, was one such city; it's mint produced currency for the Lyran Commonwealth. With
collapse of the Star League, the border world locations of the commerce cities proved to be their downfall, as
they soon became targets. Trader's City was destroyed early in the First Succession War.

[3132]Zollikofen, sometimes nicknamed “treasure planet,” is perhaps one of the great oddities of the Inner
Sphere. Like many of the better colonies discovered early on in mankind's exodus into space, Zollikofen was
blessed with an abundant water supply, fertile soil, and a thriving ecosystem that could easily support a fledgling
colony. In addition, the world also boasted as many rich veins of precious metals such as gold, platinum, and
silver, as it did common ores like iron and copper. Indeed, such valuable minerals proved so common to
Zollikofen miners that the planet's economy was soon based on uranium and germanium deposits, as they were
the rarer native metals, and a thriving export industry quickly rose based on handcrafted items of pure gold and
silver. The Terran Hegemony managed to stake a claim in Zollikofen before the Lyrans could, keeping this
remarkable find in the hands of the House of Cameron for many years under the Star League. This factor also
contributed to the establishment of a Star League mint, which produced Lyran currency in Trader's City, one of
the larger metropolii on the planet's single supercontinent of Besitzland, as well as the SLDF's Lyran Command
headquarters. Miraculously enough, during the Amaris Crisis, the Usurper's troops did not harm the mint in
Trader's City, though they did loot many of the press works and spaceport warehouses nearby. Indeed, the
mercenaries hired by Amaris to secure this world focused almost exclusively on eliminating the Lyran Command
forces instead, and securing several of the larger mines in a much more professional. if still undeniably greedy,
strategy. After the fall of the League, Zollikofen came into Lyran hands, but the Star League mint was destroyed
soon after, during the outbreak of the First Succession War, when House Kurita troops sacked the planet and
resorted to nuclear and orbital bombardment to shatter Lyran resistance. For this reason, more than the gradual
depletion of the gold and silver mines over the centuries, much of Zollikofen's wealth and prestige has tarnished
since those glory days. Today, in fact, much of the planet's wealth now lies more in industrial metals such as
titanium, vanadium, and bauxite, than in precious metals drawn from contaminated or dried-up mines elsewhere.
Despite this, the world of Zollikofen still occasionally experiences the odd "gold rush" when new veins are
uncovered, but after nearly a millennium of mining and radiation poisoning, most of the really good veins have long
since been tapped out or rendered useless. The capital of Zollikofen today is the city of Fulbright, located on the
banks of the Platin River. This megalopolis of over two million residents is also home to the planet's primary
spaceport and the corporate headquarters of three major local mining concerns, Gershwin Mining Collective,
Dahler Valley Resources, and Rosamund Minerals, Unlimited.

[3132] Zollikofen was originally part of the Lyran Alliance until the creation of The Republic. Zollikofen became
part of Prefecture VIII under the control of The Republic. After the fall of the HPG Network Fortress Republic
was created and many of the worlds under its control were set free.
[3135] Zollikofen remained part of The Republic and is now under its protection, inside the Fortress Republic.
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