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Benet III
Associated MERC-NET Contracts:

     DC-EX-06-03

Region: Draconis Combine
Ambassador: Tomoe Katsuie
X:265.23 Y:58.68
Planetary Capital: Donner
Primary Climate: Semiarid
Approximate Population: 681 Million People
Days to Jump Point:2.45 days
Planet Details:

GEOPHYSICAL DATA:
Star Type (Recharge Time): M5V (206 hours)
Moons; None
Surface Gravity: 0.65
Atmospheric Pressure: High (Tainted)
Equatorial Temperature: 28C (Arid)
Surface Water: 60%
Recharging Stations: None
HPG Class Type: B
Highest Native Life: Reptile
Landmasses: Sierra

Benet III is the third planet in the Benet system. Lacking any moons, Benet II
has a high-pressure atmosphere and has been home to a manufacturing facility
operated by the defense company Johnston Industries.The Benet system had a small
safe jump radius.

The capital city of Benet III is Donner.Benet III is an unpleasant planet for
human habitation, it has only 65% of the gravity of Earth, the high-pressure
atmosphere is also tainted and despite 60% surface water, the majority of the
planet’s single supercontinent is desert. Benet was only settled to take advantage of the high concentrations of platinum-group metals and the early
mining and refining efforts attracted heavy industry to the planet. The mineral
wealth and factories have been enough to keep people living on Benet III,
despite the planet’s lack of charm and comfort.

Gakken County covers a rugged stretch of terrain. Glacier carved granite
mountains and ravines make travel difficult. The only site of strategic interest
in Gakken County is the orbital tracking station in the city of Beaux Pawl,
which monitors space traffic and coordinates AeroSpace forces guarding the
planet.

Of the remaining supply dumps formed during Operation SMOTHER, the largest was
located on Benet III as of the final years of the Star League. It was replenished periodically to support units in the Star League Defense Force.

Benet III was captured by the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns in 2816 as part
of the third and final major AFFS counter-offensive of the First Succession War
against the Draconis Combine.

The world was also the site of another of the Bounty Hunter and Natasha Kerensky’s infamous run-ins. This final meeting amazingly saw the two temporarily allying on Benet III in 3027 when their employers — Kerensky working
for the Combine and the Bounty Hunter working for the FedSuns — left them both
without support on a planet full of enemies. Once they escaped that world, they
went their own ways, though the animosity between the two apparently never
cooled.

Technological Development:

Advanced world with access to many new technologies; world hosts universities; good medical care available, though without benefit of bionics and other cutting-edge technologies; basic microelectronics industry.

Industrial Level:

Moderately industrialized; may produce a limited number/quantity of specific complex products.

Raw Material Dependence:

World/system produces all the raw materials needed and commonly exports large quantities of surplus.

Industrial Output:

World has a moderate industrial base that produces a few different categories of products, exporting some of the output.

Agricultural Development:

World is agriculturally poor and must import much of its food to supplement what is grown.