New Wessex
Star Type: K2IV
Position in System: 3 (of 11)
Number of Moons: 1 (Juniper)
Days to Jump Point: 5
Surface Water: 54%
Atm. Pressure: Standard (Tainted)
Surface Gravity: 1.15
Equatorial Temp: 23° C
Highest Native Life: Birds
Population: 739,000,000
Capital: Hallanan
Governor: Sean Ingles
Planetary Legate: Aaron Ghint
Continents: Jarichosia, Lancombe,
Thelios, Toridine
[3132] Lacking major resources, save a few common industrial metals and modest agricultural produce, New
Wessex would likely have been spared the worst of the Age of War and the Succession Wars if it were not for its
location on the border near the Lyran Commonwealth. In the First War, Lyran troops attempting to seize the
planet launched a blitzkrieg spearheaded by a small fleet of light WarShips. Intending to launch a barrage at the
major cities, in hopes of eliminating all opposition outright, the Lyran fleet was instead surprised by the arrival of a
Combine naval force to intercept them. In the orbital battle that followed, one Lyran battleship, crippled by a
devastating broadside attack, spun into the planet's atmosphere, where its fusion reactors lost containment and
exploded before the safeguards could engage, spilling toxic levels of radiation into the sky and raining flaming
debris across the western coastline of Jarichosia, New Wessex's northernmost continent. Though no Lyran forces
landed on New Wessex that day, the aftermath of the assault was profound, and even today incidence of lung
and skin cancer on this planet remain higher than the local average.

Through the following centuries, New Wessex was raided several times by Lyran forces, but the biggest
engagement fought on New Wessex in the wars that followed the Star League's fall happened in 3021, when the
famous Wolf's Dragoons mercenary unit spearheaded a Lyran attack against Combine troops massing here for an
impending assault on the Commonwealth. The massive battle, fought in and around Harlow's Wood and the
capital city of Hallanan on the southern continent, Lancombe, lasted only a week, but the legends around it remain
in the hearts and minds of the native "Wessexans" today, and a cottage industry has grown around tourism based
on that famous battle.

New Wessex was ceded to The Republic, along with most worlds in the Draconis Combine's Dieron Military
District, after the end of the Word of Blake Jihad. Despite the relocation directives enacted by Devlin Stone, a
majority of the planet's population still clings to the Japanese-styled cultural heritage of the Combine. New
Wessex is sparsely inhabited, with most of the population living in towns and cities scattered on the coastlines of
the Lancombe, Jarichosia, and Toridine continents, while the south polar continent of Thelios, covered completely
by a glacial ice shelf that touches the southern reaches of Lancombe, has yet to be fully explored.

[3132] New Wessex was originally part of the Draconis Combine until the creation of The Republic. New
Wessex 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] New Wessex was released from the control of The Republic.

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