[3132] Despite its abundance of surface water, Kochab is a remarkably dry world. It seems that the two main
planetary landmasses, Dakkato and Insarria, formed almost exclusively around a series of rugged, crisscrossing
mountain chains. Making matters worse is the fact that the few valleys and plains where the terrain is level and
irrigated enough for farming and habitation are prone to chronic earthquakes. These drawbacks, however, did not
prevent settlers from claiming this world as their own in the early days of humankind's expansion to the stars, or in
establishing a series of cities and small towns on both continents within their first century. With few major veins of
industrial materials within easy access, and the constant tectonic stresses wreaking havoc on a regular basis,
settlements and industry on Kochab were kept deliberately small. This limited the planetary economy to
subsistence-level only, with exports of common metals, commercial products, and native beef and pork from its
ranching industry. Regarded as something of a backwater world, the Commonwealth invested very little energy
into improving the lot of Kochab, and the planet was largely ignored as anything more than a convenient stop to
anywhere else, until the early thirtieth century. Then the planet briefly enjoyed a boost from off-world investors
and tourists that came about as a result of being the chosen filming location for the long-running Steinharts
holodrama, produced by the (now-defunct) Commonwealth Nationwide (CNN) video network. Unfortunately
for Kochab, fame proved a fickle mistress, and the weekly soap opera aired its last episode in 3023, the same
year that CNN was folded into the expanding Donegal Broadcasting Company, which kept the series alive only
in syndication. Kochab's slight economic boost evaporated with CNN's fall, and once more the planet faded into
relative mediocrity, all but unknown to off-worlders, save those transferred there after the Jihad, under Devlin
Stone's relocation mandates, or the occasional volunteer relief workers dispatched there after a particularly
violent "earthquake season".

The capital and primary spaceport of Kochab, Stenton, is located on Dakkato, just south of the Dakkato Prime
mountain range. Saint Jaddah (known to Steinharts fans as Matrius, hometown of the Morik clan) is located on
Insarria, and today is home to the Steinharts Museum of Memorabilia, a nostalgic nod to Kochab's all-too-brief
fling with fortune and glamour.

Kochab was originally part of the Lyran Alliance until the creation of The Republic.  Kochab 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] Kochab was released from the control of The Republic.

After being released from The Republic, Kochab joined the Lyons Skye Territory.
* Information supplied is non-cannon
Inner Sphere Planets
Star Type: K4IV
Position in System: 4 (of 8)
Number of Moons: None (dust ring)
Days to Jump Point: 5
Surface Water: 87%
Atm. Pressure: Standard (Breathable)
Surface Gravity: 0.92
Equatorial Temp: 44° C
Highest Native Life: Mammals
Population: 779,000,000
Capital: Stenton
Governor: Willimina Novasekki
Planetary Legate: Mercer Ganesh
Continents: Hyadei, Kyushu, Jingatu
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