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Luthien
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Region: Draconis Combine
Ambassador: Tomoe Katsuie
X:169.26 Y:252.72
Planetary Capital: Imperial City
Primary Climate: Semiarid
Approximate Population: 5.203 Billion People
Days to Jump Point:8 days
Planet Details:

Before 2619, Luthien was a low-population farming world settled by colonists in 2276. Jumpships arrived insystem about every month, but that was the extent of its relations with other worlds. All the farmers wanted was to be left alone.

Sanethia Kurita's proclamation establishing the new capital of the Draconis Combine on Luthien brought heated protests from the farmers, but the Coordinator's word was law. Dropships of technicians, engineers, architects, and construction workers began arriving in the Luthien system daily, and the Combine confiscated the land chosen for the Imperial City. The Coordinator did, however, arrange the evacuation of the farmers to the unsettled though habitable world of Yumesta. Luthien was to be an industrialized world and had no need for farmlands.

Luthien was industrialized quickly. Drawn by the profits to be made, companies began buying up the land from the Combine. Soon, most of the surface was turned into factories. Although the planet contained no raw materials, the world became an important source of manufactured goods. Even today, Luthien is a major manufacturing world.

Imperial City on Luthien is one of the most breathtaking cities in the Inner Sphere. Buildings made of teak and marble rise majestically, the Daimyo canal flows gently through the city, and parks with grand sequoias and birch trees surround the Imperial Palace. The palace itself is a grand feat of engineering, composed solely of teak. The city is a rare example of serenity and beauty in the ruins of the Successor States.

However, the rest of Luthien is a harsh contrast. The many factories that make Luthien such a wealthy planet are filthy and rundown. Waste chemicals choke the planet's rivers, and slums of brick and wood surround the manufacturing cities.

Most of the populace of the planet work in the vast factories. Only a lucky few serve the Kuritas and the other families living in Imperial City.

Technological Development:

High-tech world with advanced research centers and universities; best medical care available; cutting-edge microelectronics industry.

Industrial Level:

Heavily industrialized world capable of manufacturing any and all complex output.

Raw Material Dependence:

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

Industrial Output:

World has a wide industrial base that produces many different types of products and exports most of its output.

Agricultural Development:

World has abundant environment producing enough to sustain the population using agriculture technologies; limited exports.