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Associated MERC-NET Contracts:

     SL-DC-06-01      SL-DR-04-01      DC-PA-04-01      DC-SC-02-02

Region: Draconis Combine
Ambassador: Tomoe Katsuie
X:-8.08 Y:21.39
Planetary Capital: Shenobi
Primary Climate: Oceanic
Approximate Population: 1.538 Billion People
Days to Jump Point:14 days
Planet Details:

A large world of large oceans, diverse wildlife, and a few veins of mineral resources, the biggest obstacles to the colonization of Yorii were the planet's stronger-than-average gravity, its native, territorial wildlife, and the fact that its soils did not support the majority of Terran food crops.

None of these factors proved insurmountable to the early colonists, however, who simply learned to adapt and established thriving industrial and mining communities on three of Yorii's four island-continents. Heavy-metal deposits, some very deep below the planetary surface, and most accessible to off-shore drilling platforms, provided the basis of the planetary economy, while the few hybrid food crops that could be grown became the staples of the planet's mostly Asian population.

On the continent of Yokohama, where the dominant native life-form, the Yoriian tiger-raptor, was most populous, the colonists built high walls around their settlements and farmlands, and began a hunting initiative that brought the bold reptilian predators under control within a decade. In the days of the Star League, Yorii's capital city, Neo-Tokyo, set on the shore of the planet's largest continent, Shokaku, was a haven for commercial trade between the Draconis Combine and the Terran Hegemony, and a healthy portion of the city's population claimed dual citizenship in both realms.

During the Amaris crisis, the Usurper's troops used many of Yorii's larger cities and industrial complexes as battlefields when the SLDF came to liberate the planet, which ravaged the planet's economy and infrastructure, rendering millions homeless and millions more dead. Neo-Tokyo was left totally uninhabitable when the last of Amaris' holdouts deliberately sabotaged the fusion reactor that powered the city in an effort to distract the League troops while they made an escape attempt.

The Draconis Combine easily assimilated Yorii after the fall of the League, establishing the planet as a forward base for raids against the Lyran Commonwealth, Capellan Confederation, and Federated Suns. Despite numerous punitive raids and the ravages of the Succession Wars, Yorii gradually managed to reclaim some of its former prosperity.

Each of the four populated continents - Shokaku in the south, Yokohama to its northeast, Khesan and Xu-Lai in the north - now support a handful of major cities, with the new capital city of Shenobi on Yokohama.

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:

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