[3025] Zosma, along with many other worlds situated along the Marik / Steiner border, has suffered much during
the Succession Wars. As such Zosma simply cannot grow enough food to support itself. One of the planet's
primary imports is farm machinery.

Zosma's surface is covered with thick forests and with expanses of massive, irregularly shaped rock formations.

Zosma is governed by a military dictatorship.

[3132] Zosma's star is a blazing-hot, white, A-class sun twice the size of Terra's Sol, which whips its few rocky
planets around at breakneck speed and occasionally pulses in size due to its own inherent gravitational instability.
For this reason, astronomers long assumed it impossible for any planets, let alone life-bearing worlds, to ever
form around it. The discovery of four planets, one a fairly dry, thin-aired world marginally capable of supporting
human life, thus sent understandable shockwaves through the interstellar community. Though quite inhospitable,
with its rocky terrain, brutal, year-round heat, and nutrient-poor soil that supported only a few limited species of
native flora, intrepid colonists actually established settlements on Zosma. Forced to live in sealed habitats,
shielded from the solar radiation, with limited protection against the odd planet-wide quakes that erupt when the
parent star undergoes another brief contraction, the people of Zosma found it next to impossible to produce
enough food. They have relied heavily on ice ships and off-world produce, trading the abundant metallurgical
resources mined from the planet's interior in order to survive. Because of their harsh existence, severe laws were
eventually imposed to regulate resources and control population growth among the Zosmans, particularly after the
fall of the Terran Alliance, and the local government quickly evolved into a military dictatorship. As part of the
Free Worlds League's Border Protectorate, which stood on constant alert against Lyran attacks throughout the
Succession Wars, the military government focused the planetary energies primarily on defense, and responded
swiftly to internal dissent as a sign of potential treachery. This reign of terror continued until Zosma was captured
and absorbed into the Federated Commonwealth in the Fourth Succession War. Though efforts were made to
loosen local restrictions and boost the ravaged planetary economy under Commonwealth rule, most of these
efforts produced only minor improvements, and lasted only until House Marik reclaimed the world in 3057. The
Word of Blake completely ignored Zosma during their Jihad, striking instead at other nearby worlds in their
campaign for Terra. Thus, when this world was ceded to The Republic of the Sphere, very little had changed,
including the slightly reformed dictatorial regime. Visitors to Zosma can expect heavy security and restrictions,
which remain in effect to control and sustain the planet's scarce basic resources and ensure planetary balance.
The capital city of Duhr Prime, located on the shores of Scalding Sea, the larger of Zosma's two micro-oceans, is
the only point of entry legal to off-worlders, though a second suborbital transit hub exists in Fort Amadeus, near
the Shallow Sea in the southern hemisphere.

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

After being released from The Republic, Zosma joined the Lyons Skye Territory.
* Information supplied is non-cannon
Inner Sphere Planets
Star Type: A4V
Position in System: 3 (of 4)
Number of Moons: 1 (Brandeis)
Days to Jump Point: 36
Surface Water: 22%
Atm. Pressure: Thin (Breathable)
Surface Gravity: 1.21
Equatorial Temp: 67° C
Highest Native Life: Plants
Population: 404,000,000
Capital: Duhr Prime
Governor: Chavah Areef
Planetary Legate: Hadassah Sadira
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