Star Type: A4VI
Position in System: 2 (of 5)
Number of Moons: None
Days to Jump Point: 22
Surface Water: 61%
Atm. Pressure: Standard (Breathable)
Surface Gravity: 1.21
Equatorial Temp: 52° C
Highest Native Life: Plants
Population: 982,000,000
Capital: Tarawa
Governor: Timothy Erhadt
Planetary Legate: Stephen Bairns
Continents: Askahr, Aytagrad,
Niejawa, Ogleca, Quarenir, Saufell
[3132] A rare habitable planet found orbiting a white subdwarf star that older star charts still refer to as Zeta
Sagittarius, Ascella is a very young, hot, and geologically unstable world. The presence of abundant raw materials
close to the surface and scattered across the floors of its shallow oceans drew settlers here in the early colonial
era, despite the presence of an atmosphere still laced with ammonia and carbon dioxide. Particularly dense
metals, including some highly radioactive ores, were among Ascella’s most common natural treasures, and
also help to explain the above-average gravitational field of this medium-sized world.

When first discovered, native algae and a kind of wild brush had only begun to transform Ascella's atmosphere
into something breathable by humans, but a century of terraforming was still required to cleanse the remaining taint
to the point where respirators became unnecessary. Freed from their domed settlements, the cities and mining
townships established early in the planet's colonization expanded across the northern continents of Askahr,
Niejawa, and Quarenir, and the south polar continent of Saufell, leaving only the unbearably hot equatorial
landmasses of Aytagrad and Ogleca untouched by man.

Though a major exporter of heavy metals and radioactive elements, as well as small fusion and electric engines for
civilian and light military vehicles, Ascella was raided only a handful of times throughout the Succession Wars, and
spent most of that time under the banner of the Draconis Combine. Its lack of strategic importance did not save
this world from the Jihad, however, as the Word of Blake radicals used it as a staging ground for assaults against
other worlds in the Combine's Vega Prefecture. Heavy fighting to liberate Ascella damaged several major cities,
including the planetary capital of Tarawa, located on the Saebeth River in the southern peninsula of Askahr.
There, the desperate fanatics set the city ablaze as allied troops closed in, and fought to their last BattleMech
amid the raging inferno. Rebuilt after the holocaust, Tarawa today is one part administrative and commercial heart
of Ascella and one part shrine to those killed in the fighting.

[3132] Ascella was originally part of the Draconis Combine until the creation of The Republic. Ascella became
part of Prefecture I 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] Ascella was released from the control of The Republic.

After being released from The Republic, Ascella fell under the influence of the Vega territory.
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