[3132]During the latter half of the 24th century, the frozen wasteland of Kansu was finally colonized. The planet's
continents were covered with vast fields of blue-gray foliage. These plants were volatile when exposed to high
heat, a side effect of storing energy as methane rather than fat. Colonists learned this by accident when they tried
using the plants in their hearths after drying them out, a process that made them more volatile. Many early
colonists lost limbs clearing the land. The colonists learned to, carefully, remotely, harvest the ice plants as a
renewable energy source. Similar metabolisms in the plant and microbial organisms of Kansu's ice-shrouded
oceans left its sea floor covered in methane-hydrate ices.
Kansu is a rather small world with three continents. Kantuene is the largest continent, located at the equator and
extending into the northern and southern hemispheres. The majority of the population lived in the capital,
Raijianstad, the largest of Kansu's domed cities, built in and around a large crevasse. It was underground that the
settlers discovered rich fields of radioactive and precious metals. The continents of Matawan and Fetid remained
largely unpopulated. Matawan is where the radioactive ores were refined. Fetid was turned over to the Federated
Suns military, which built a base there after the Fourth Succession War.

When a Blakist-led force invaded, the defenders lured them to Fetid. Unlike in the last war, the defenders stood
up to the invaders. As the Blakists advanced, their ranks were decimated by exploding ice plants and artillery,
allowing the militia to defeat the invaders. The Blakists detonated a nuclear device, believing that would win the
day. Instead, the weapon ignited the native flora for kilometers, and shocked the unstable seafloor's
methane-hydrate ice into a catastrophic release of methane. The release of the methane and the subsequent
melting of Kansu's large ice caps wrecked human civilization and rendered the planet uninhabitable aboveground
within a decade. By 3091, the average surface temperature at the equator exceeded the boiling point of water in
an extreme example of a runaway greenhouse effect. The Kansu "Seas of Fire", where the freshly released
methane burns at the oceans' surface, remains a poignant reminder of the horrors of the Jihad. Today, the
remaining population lives underground, while a small portion attempts to colonize Sheng Li to begin life anew.

*[3139]The Capellans reluctantly took control of this world.  Its current state of devastation has continued to
deteriorate.  The Sheng Li experiment failed as the temperatures on the planets surface continued to climb.  It
now takes special equipment to exist on the world's surface, even though it is just for a short period of time.  The
atmosphere has become so toxic it can no longer be filtered and all life must remain underground in hermetically
sealed environments.  It is not likely that the planet will be teraformable in the near future.**

Kansu was originally part of the Capellan Confederation until the creation of The Republic.  Kansu became part
of Prefecture V 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] Kansu was released from the control of The Republic.

After being released from The Republic, Kansu joined the Capellan Confederation.
*Information supplied is non-cannon **End of information that is non-cannon
Inner Sphere Planets
Star Type: M4II
Position in System: 4 (of 9)
Number of Moons: 1 (Sheng Li)
Days to Jump Point: 3
Surface Water: 46%
Atm. Pressure: High (Toxic)
Surface Gravity: 1.0
Equatorial Temp: 135° C (greenhouse)
*[3139] 140° C (toxic-greenhouse)
Highest Native Life: None
Population: 350,325,000
Capital: Raijianstad
Governor: Tonia Al-Mahmoud
Planetary Legate: Alex Fenner
Continents: Fetid, Kantuene, Matawan
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