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Carver V of the Liberty system
Associated MERC-NET Contracts:

     SL-OC-04-01      LH-SD-12-01

Region: Liberty Holds
Ambassador: Helena Alexander
X:-5.48 Y:-20.86
Planetary Capital: Bellacqu
Primary Climate: Oceanic
Approximate Population: 130 Million People
Days to Jump Point:4 days
Planet Details:

More than 85% of Carver V's surface is covered by pale blue seas, making it an important source of water for drier Hegemony worlds. The planet's many aquatic lifeforms, the ocean-going reptiles called Crocales being the most spectacular, were soon exploited by colonists. Crocales were hunted for their hides, which made an iridescent green leather much loved by the rich of the Star League.

The Hegemony government built fortifications on Carver because it bordered the Capellan Confederation, a realm that was not a trusted neighbor. The nature of the planet made the construction of Castles Brian impractical. In 2402, construction began on the Quantico Marine Fortification around the planet's largest island.

The first line of defense in this unusual fortress was an extensive series of weapon towers surrounding the island. Looking like the teeth of some gaping mouth, each tower was topped with at least one weapons turret to shoot down approaching ships or aircraft. Each tower was connected to Quantico by tunnels. The island itself, with its mountains and lush tropical life, had two major spaceports, El Toru and Baku. It also had several fortified naval bases to launch submarines and other vessels.

When the Star League was formed, Quantico was chosen to be the administrative and training center of the Star League Marine Corps. Camp Pendleton, just outside Bellacqu, the planet's largest city, became SLMC headquarters. A small island next to Quantico was renamed Parris Island and turned into a massive boot camp.

Troops of the Rim Worlds Republic launched one of their most relentless attacks to take Quantico. The tenacious defense by the three CAAN regiments became one of the most stirring stories to come out of the dark days of the Civil War. After destroying Republican forces stationed with them on the island, the Marines fought off repeated assaults by Republican forces. For the next six years, the Amaris forces threw themselves at the Marines, only to be pushed back into the sea.

Just when the Marines' parts and supplies were running low, the Third Regimental Combat Team, the Eridani Light Horse, fought through Republican forces to bring the Marines equipment. With new supplies, the Marines held onto Quantico until they were relieved by General Kerensky in 2773.

Today, very little remains of the fortification. What was left after the years of fighting was stripped away before the Exodus by General Kerensky's forces, leaving empty towers jutting out of the water around the island.

[UPDATE 3057]
The planet Liberty was formerly known as Carver V. It was officially renamed Liberty in or shortly after 3057.

Technological Development:

High-tech world with advanced research centers and universities; best medical care available; cutting-edge 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 occasionally exports a small surplus.

Industrial Output:

World has a small industrial base that may produce a limited number of products for export.

Agricultural Development:

World has and environment producing most foods, but relies on some imports for food not capable of being grown.