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Inner Sphere Planets
Star Type: K0III and F0V
Position in System: 7 (of 7)
Number of Moons: None
Days to Jump Point: 22
Surface Water: 88%
Atm. Pressure: Standard (Breathable)
Surface Gravity: 1.05
Equatorial Temp: 22° C
Highest Native Life: Amphibians
Population: 4,051,000,000
Capital: Greenwich
Governor: Concetta Vieques
Planetary Legate: Zacarias Vieques
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[3132] Dubhe's home system, once known as Alpha Ursae Majoris, is another rare binary system blessed by an
inhabitable world. Dubhe itself revolves around the outer star, a pale yellow main sequence sun that, at a distance
of twenty-three astronomical unit, orbits a cooler orange giant once every forty-four Terran years. The close
relationship between these stars has affected the orbit of Dubhe, elongating it as the world passes between them.
The effect during these periods produces warmer-than-average summers for a world that is overall quite cool.
Indeed, every two decades Dubhe's polar caps begin a period of rapid melting that routinely floods the interior
latitudes, a process the initial colonists took several generations adapting to. Though the winters on Dubhe are
brutally harsh, the melting during this period is enough to gradually raise ocean levels worldwide by as much as
one or two meters. Drawn here for the planet's abundance of minerals and arable land, the first colonists placed
many of their settlements on the coastal regions of Holidius, the planet's single, equatorial landmass, only to lose
them to the flooding damage during these so-called "super-summer" seasons. Since then, most of Dubhe's large
population centers have been moved to higher elevations well inland, but, while safe for the time being, experts
have noticed the increasing intensity of the "super-summer" seasons and the melting of the polar caps. They
attribute this more to the effects of centuries of mining and industrialization than to the planet's subtly growing
distance from its primary in favor of the secondary. During the Star League era, Dubhe was a border world with
the Free Worlds League, jointly administered by the Terran Hegemony and House Marik, and was easily
absorbed after the collapse of the Star League before the Lyran Commonwealth could stake a claim. As a border
world throughout the Succession Wars, however, Dubhe suffered from heavy raiding and the occasional
planetary invasion, which demolished much of its local industry. During the Word of Blake Jihad, mercenaries
employed by the zealots assaulted Dubhe, nearly leveling the capital city of Greenwich in a battle with local militia
forces. After being ceded to the Republic, Greenwich was rebuilt, and many of the decimated mining and
manufacturing centers on this troubled world have been restored.

Dubhe was originally part of the Free Worlds League until the creation of The Republic.  Dubhe 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] Dubhe was released from the control of The Republic.

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