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Inner Sphere Planets
Star Type: K7II
Position in System: 4 (of 5)
Number of Moons: 1 (T'laus)
Days to Jump Point: 4
Surface Water: 68%
Atm. Pressure: Standard (Tainted)
Surface Gravity: 0.79
Equatorial Temp: 44° C
Highest Native Life: Fish
Population: 24,209,000
Capital: Cleopolis
Governor: Ricardo Zopatas
Planetary Legate: Ulgar Lassenerra
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[3132] Baxter IV, the only inhabitable world in its system, is a world in turmoil. Due to an apparent near miss
with a comet or rogue asteroid, the orbital path of Baxter's large moon, T'laus, has gradually grown increasingly
erratic in the centuries since the first settlers came to this world. Gravitational forces have played havoc on the
surface of the world below, with frequent earthquakes, powerful dust storms, and rock slides an almost daily
occurrence. This shifting climate gradually turned a once-bountiful agricultural world into a giant, desolate
wasteland, and is especially hard on machinery, which is constantly rocked or choked by dust. The descendants
of the settlers who elected to remain today live in low structures or modified caves carved into the sides of the
planet's many mountains and canyons, though legends today tell of a few cities that moved completely
underground, only to be ripped asunder by the moon's tidal force. Despite the inhospitable environment,
however, life has continued on this world, maintained by an economy almost entirely based on its fishing exports.
Though some common industrial metals are readily accessible on the planet, there are not sufficient quantities or
concentrations of these resources to support a more than sustenance-level industry, and for this reason Baxter
was largely overlooked throughout its history. Scientists, however, believe that better days will one day return to
Baxter IV, as the orbit of T'laus is expected to eventually re-stabilize. However, planetologists on Baxter appear
to be uncertain as to whether such realignment is already underway, or if the moon has a few hundred more
erratic orbits left to make before then.

The capital city and primary spaceport of Baxter, Cleopolis, is located on the northern continent of Atropia.
Though surrounded by a cluster of smaller cities and towns, the equatorial and southern continents of Delgado
and Hermathia are more evenly populated than the Cleopolis region, thanks to fewer large mountain chains and
fault lines on these two landmasses.

Baxter was originally part of the Lyran Commonwealth until the creation of The Republic.  Baxter became part of
Prefecture IX 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] Baxter was released from the control of The Republic.

After being released from The Republic, Baxter joined the Lyons Skye Territory.

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