Star Type: F8V
Position in System: 4
Number of Moons: (1) Aires
Days to Jump Point: 12
Percentage of Surface Water: 0.6
Atm. Pressure: Standard (Breathable)
Surface Gravity: 1.2
Equatorial Temp.: 30
Highest Native Life: Reptile
Population: 15,000,000
Capital: Reno
Governor: Hector Rodriquez
Planetary Legate: Katina Walker
Continents: Grando, Pequeno
Alarion was settled some 30 years after the formation of the Lyran Commonwealth. What attracted the first
settlers to the world was the seemingly limitless native planet and aquatic life ideally suited to cultivation and
exploration. Conditions were so favorable that the original settlers did not even bother to bring along extra food
supplies; they thought that the native wildlife would feed them. Unfortunately, what the settlers did bring were
diseases that decimated many of the native life forms before cures and treatments could be found. Then, like a
counterattack, a disease native to the planet attacked the settlers who had become weak from malnutrition. When
the crisis finally ended, most of the native life forms were extinct and over half the settlers were dead. This
disaster led the Commonwealth government to issue strict quarantine and settlement procedures that are still in

Today, Alarion is a center of heavy industry. It also possesses the only orbiting shipyards in the Commonwealth,
the Port Sydney Naval Shipyards, which are capable of refitting and repairing JumpShips. As most of the world's
natural resources are being exploited, there are very few unsettled areas among its two continents and many
islands. The capital city is Craiova.

Many legends have grown up around General Kerensky and the exodus of the Regular Army. One such myth
concerns Jessica LeQue, wife of one of Kerensky's aides. Beautiful, lithe, and golden-haired, she was a native of
the Alarion. Born to a noble family, Jessica had been raised to love her native planet deeply. Later, she felt the
same deep connection to the handsome Major Winsome, aide to General Kerensky.

When the exodus orders came, Jessica was torn between love for her land and love for her husband. It was not
until an hour before the last transport was about to leave Alarion for the rendezvous at New Samarkand, that she
finally made her decision. Jessica Winsome arrived perhaps a moment too late at the spaceport, for just then, the
last transport arched into the night sky, leaving her behind. From there, the distraught woman wandered into the
nearby forest, where several weeks later she was found dead.

On Alarion, there is a native tree that is tall, slim, and crowned with golden leaves. At night, the fronds of the tree
reach up and unfurl to collect the silvery moonlight. Ever since Jessica Winsome's death, these have been known
as Jessica Trees, the reaching of their golden fronds like Jessica's hopeless gesture as the night sky took away her
husband forever.

[3062] The Alarion Naval Academy is the newest school for LAAF personnel and has yet to graduate its first
class. The Alliance's efforts to build a WarShip fleet, as well as to crew the DropShips and JumpShips inherited
from the Federated Commonwealth with loyal personnel overtaxed a military education system not geared to
supporting a combatant navy. Additionally, with the exception of the Nagelring, the existing naval academies on
Thorin and Pandora were judged at risk from foreign forces. These two circumstances prompted Archon
Katherine Steiner to order the establishment of a new naval academy on Alarion, using equipment and personnel
from the older schools. Construction began in late 3058, and the first cadets began their studies in May 3060,
with the first graduates expected early next year.

[3132] Rio was originally part of the Federated Suns until the creation of The Republic.  Rio became part of
Prefecture IV 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] Rio was released from the control of The Republic.

After being released from The Republic, Rio fell under the influence of the Tikonov territory.
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