Marcus's terrain is comprised of low, rolling hills.

[3057] Together with the Fifth Marik Militia and the Twelfth Atrean Dragoons, the Seventh Free Worlds
Legionnaires attacked the Federated Commonwealth world of Marcus in September 3057, as part of Operation
Guerrero. The conflict proved to be a baptism of fire for the Seventh Legionnaires, nicknamed "The Steadfast,"
who were the least experienced element in the League forces.

Their opponents were the Twelfth FedCom RCT, also green troops. After six days of fighting, Hauptmann
General Carl Bert-Gregg of the Twelfth realized his situation was untenable, but the sheer numbers of League
troops made it impossible for him to withdraw. In desperation, he sent his single 'Mech regiment on a
near-suicidal charge, hoping to disrupt the League offensive long enough to allow his auxiliary armor and infantry
to retreat and evacuate important members of the planetary government.

The Seventh Legionnaire bore the brunt of the charge, later known as the Battle of Cabot's Stand. Despite
serious losses, they held long enough for the Atrean Dragoons and the Marik Militia to circle behind the enemy
'Mechs and cut off any hope of retreat. With the rest of the unit evacuated and their mission complete, the 'Mech
regiment of the Twelfth RCT surrendered. Almost a third of the Legionnaires were dead or badly injured, with
most of the casualties taken in the bitter fighting of the last day. Among the losses was the unit's commander,
General James Cabot, but the Legionnaires lived up to the heritage of their name and stood their ground.

[3132] A heavy world with an oppressive atmosphere and mountains squashed into mere rolling hills, Marcus
was nonetheless an irresistible morsel in the early days of exploration, thanks to its abundance of radioactive and
industrial mineral resources. Originally part of the Terran Hegemony, where its industries boomed and the planet
even became the site for Orguss Industries, a prominent Star League-era BattleMech manufacturer, this world
suffered during the Amaris crisis. The Usurper's troops, seeking to augment their nuclear and BattleMech
arsenals, forced much of the population to work on expanding the uranium mines throughout Wahryn, its southern
continent, and enforced a tripled production rate at the BattleMech plant. This was sustained for over five years
of occupation, and by the time of the liberation over three million natives of Marcus had died in the mines and
factory plants. The fall of the Star League left the world with little hope of recovery until the Free Worlds League
claimed it, but as an industrial border world, Marcus became the target for raids and invasions launched by the
nearby House Steiner. The Orguss plants and many of the supporting industries were left devastated by centuries
of raids and invasion attempts, devastating the planetary economy and infrastructure. By the closing years of the
thirtieth century, this endless decline had spawned a worldwide attitude of apathy, and the locals viewed war and
death as little more than a logical outcome of their existence. By 3016 this sense of nihilism had achieved the point
where a new cult, the Way of Arme, which teaches its followers that solace may be found in one's Culmination,
or suicide, had formed around it. This suicide cult created a brief stir throughout the League and nearby Lyran
worlds, but attrition among its membership virtually assured its quick passing. During the Fourth Succession War,
Marcus briefly changed hands, becoming a protectorate of the Federated Commonwealth, but was reclaimed by
House Marik during the Marik-Liao invasion of 3057, after a particularly brutal battle. The Word of Blake Jihad
initially overlooked the planet, but later in that war, Blakist troops, hoping to cut off a coalition counteroffensive,
smashed the planetary capital of Zotikos and fought a fierce, but doomed, battle for control of the Wahryn
uranium mines. The rebuilt city of Zotikos stands again on the northern continent of Montezumia, and is host to
the planet's primary spaceport.

[3132] Marcus was originally part of the Free Worlds League until the creation of The Republic.  Marcus
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] Marcus was released from the control of The Republic.

After being released from The Republic, Marcus joined the Lyons Skye Territory.
* Information supplied is non-cannon
Inner Sphere Planets
Star Type: G1IV
Position in System: 4 (of 10)
Number of Moons: 4 (Bandi, Cele,
Palila, Washi)
Days to Jump Point: 10
Surface Water: 65%
Atm. Pressure: High (Breathable)
Surface Gravity: 1.12
Equatorial Temp: 48° C
Highest Native Life: Mammals
Population: 1,078,000,000
Capital: Zotikos
Governor: Evagelos Gillis
Planetary Legate: Diego Corridan III
Continents: Montezumia, Wahryn
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