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Rigil Kentarus
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Region: Draconis Combine
Ambassador: Tomoe Katsuie
X:-2.87 Y:2.61
Planetary Capital: West Romaine
Primary Climate: Continental
Approximate Population: 315 Million People
Days to Jump Point:6 days
Planet Details:

Rigil Kentarus was a beautiful planet, blessed with a rare inhabitable moon, Riken Minor, when it was discovered in the first days of Terran exploration. One of the first worlds to be settled, both planet and moon were bustling centers of industry and commerce during the days of the Star League.

Located near the heart of the Terran Hegemony, both the planet and moon were heavily fortified by the SLDF, with Castles Brian and surface-to-orbit defense stations on each. During the crisis that brought down the Star League, however, Amaris troops captured the Riken complexes in a well-coordinated blitzkrieg and used the orbital weapons to bombard the planet below, where remnants of the SLDF unit posted on the moon had gone to regroup. At such ranges, however, the aim was inaccurate, and missed shots from both the planetary and lunar bases delivered massive damage to the surface of both worlds.

In the years after the League's fall, under the banner of the Lyran state, Rigil Kentarus and its moon began to recover from the devastation, despite numerous attacks launched by the Free Worlds League and the Draconis Combine.

The twin capitals of West Romaine on the planet's large southern continent of Naskia, and Destina Station on Riken Minor's Lesser Plateau continent, maintain the bulk of each world's commercial and administrative infrastructure. The large spaceport city of Mesopita, located on Worrens, Rigil Kentarus' northern continent, is the planet's principal link to the moon and the stars beyond, and so is also home to a sizeable portion of the planetary militia.

[3085 Update] Since the formation of the Second Star League much of Rigil Kentaurus' former glory has been restored. The Star League Defence Force repaired almost 90% of the Riken Castle Brian complexes and the basing of several SLDF units on Rigil Kentaurus' moon accounts for much of the moon's economic activity. Destina Station is ever-expanding and property prices have never fallen, only gone up. Rigil Kentaurus itself, in contrast, remains not much more than an agricultural and industrial hub, albeit a highly important one. Though tourism accounts for 40% of the industry in Riken's capital, the lush garden city of West Romaine, its economic activity still falls far short of Savannah. To paraphrase a popular slogan, "Riken is where the fun is."

Some detractors argue that not only the fun is at Riken, but the crime too. As with most military bases Destina Station has its fair share of camp followers of varying disrepute. That the military presence comes with the accompanying vices of smuggling, gambling, prostitution and intoxication, is surprising to no-one. These vices each contribute in their own way to the nightlife and excitement - and hence economic development - of Riken.

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

Agricultural Development:

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