Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
System - Serenity
Unofficial Capital of the Taurian Outback
Serenity – Important Sector World
Serenity is considered a part of the Systems Constellation – “The Taurian Outback”, located trailing and spinward of the System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster, and in the trailing portion of the former Taurian colonial region known as the Dumassas Union. The world is a small, though locally important industrial colony, that has maintained its level of influence and its hold on technology sufficient to remain a leading aspect of the regional economy and politics.
Serenity National Flag
The system consists of four major planetary bodies (and two empty orbits in zones 1 and 2), including two gas giants (in the outer system), a planetary belt, and the terrestrial colony world itself. Its sun, a main sequence yellow-white star is typical of local systems, with a local year of 1.93 standard years, and a fairly standard 25.25 hour local day.
The world imports advanced technology (BattleMechs, AeroFighters and DropShips and spare parts), mining processing equipment, computers and medicines. Serenity exports civilian and military wheeled and hover vehicles, Cholla fruit and fiber, and is a focus for growing political interests in the region. The primary language of Serenity is Spanish, hinting at its Taurian roots.
Political Ruler : Balkanized.
Star Type : Binary – K2V (Yellow-White Main Sequence) – (193 Hours)
Position in System : 3
Time to Jump Point : 4.85 days
Number of Satellites : 1
Surface Gravity : 1.2 Gs
Atmo Pressure : Dense. (12,800 kms)
Avr Mean Temp : +28.0C (Temperate)
Surface Water : Liquid water, 50%
Recharge Station : None
HPG Class Type : None
Highest Native Life : 10%, Reptile.
Socio-Industrial Level : Rich.
Population : (3025) 400,000,000.
Considered a modest stop along an Inner Sphere trade route, Serenity is practically a palace compared to most worlds in the region. It dominates the Candle Trade Route, and has an important hovercraft manufacturing industry, popular among people of the constellation and its neighboring Taurian Concordat. The world has a high degree of axial tilt, resulting in extremes of climate and seasonal changes; the frigid winters last nearly five standard months in all but the equatorial regions, while the sweltering summers last as long and are just as unpleasant.
The major population centers are located in the northern continental mountain chains, centered around the local mining complexes and automotive manufacturing plants. A dozen such factory complexes exist, primarily owned by Harding Automotive, which produces a popular brand of hover-trucks and other simple transports. Two smaller automotive companies, Serenity Motors and Sheba Transport, produce their own brands of vehicles, but primarily provide parts for Harding Automotive’s own manufacturing industry.
The equatorial regions are sparsely populated, with agricultural complexes dominating the lowlands and plains. The numerous southern mountain chains remain virtually untouched and largely unexplored. A prime industry in the more temperate regions the harvest of “Cholla”, whose fruit and fibers fetch good sums in the industrial urban centers, as well as on several constellation worlds nearby. Vegetable and fruit processing complexes sprawl across the wetlands border regions that suffer the least variation in temperature.
Outside the cities, the northern continents remain wild. Dangerous reptilian predators are known to prowl the mountain passes, preying on local fauna as well as the unwary human travelers, sometimes venturing into the outskirts of the industrial complexes when hungry enough.
Education : Typical of a Taurian Concordat colony, education has long been emphasized by the government, and free education for all who seek it is provided. There are more than a hundred colleges and universities scattered across the inhabited regions, and they offer noteworthy workforce certification, as well as advanced degrees in biotechnology, physics, oceanography, aerospace studies, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. At least 60% of the population take advantage of the opportunity to get either a trades school education, or an advanced degree.
Typical Serenity Industrial Complex
The economy of Serenity, like most other large population, semi-industrial worlds, is largely self-sufficient, providing enough basic resources, food and power for its citizens to live productive, comfortable lives. The system is rich in these resources, and while it dominates in only a handful of chosen local constellation markets, its people are rarely without the essentials for a space-faring society.
The government supports the wide-scale, tariff-free off-world export of goods, with ten percent of the population directly employed in the manufacture of goods for those purposes. The planetary government has established “Corporate Trade Zones”, where off-world investors can establish industrial or commercial complexes and develop whatever industry of service they wish, provided their licensing (and taxes) are in order. While it has not attracted much off-world interest, the domestic companies have used these trade opportunities to expand on their production by building more and more industrial centers.
The ultimate resource of the planet, however, is its large, burgeoning population. Although sparsely-populated by most Terran Hegemony standards, the 400 million inhabitants of present-day Serenity are a massive concentration of potential workers in the Periphery, and its citizens are well-educated, comfortable and rich by any standards of consideration. While most are employed in manual production or processing jobs, they have plenty to eat, and have few demands from their government. They happily import luxury goods, but with very little beyond a few basic products their lack of a diversity in their export economy makes their off-world economic clout less valuable.
Agriculture on Serenity is dominated by the processing and consumption of the Cholla Cactus, whose leaves are broad and flat, and sprout a never-ending supply of multi-colored fruits with a sweet, succulent flavor. Serenity’s diverse weather patterns make the Cholla popular, as it has proven to be a hardy plant with a wide growing region that in other worlds might be considered a weed.
Avolar Vector : An important shipping firm based from Serenity, Avolar Vector was founded in 3021, and has grown to deploy three (3) Invader-Class JumpShips, three (3) Danais-Class DropShip, and a pair (2) of Mule-Class DropShips. Avolar has a reputation for sometimes not meeting its contracts, but generally is the only transport around in the constellation, so manages to survive. They have become increasingly dependent on trade contracts authorized by Alphard Trading Corporation, and many suspect it is only a matter of time before they are simply taken over by that company’s Perdition branch based from the nearby Taurian Concordat.
Dorian Conglomerate : A small conglomerate company operating on Serenity, Dorian is a privately-owned corporation of the Dorian family, and was first founded in 2931. The company operates several department stores, but is most famous for their import of cheap consumer electronics from various sources, though System – Tarsus goods figure prominently in their markets. In addition, the company is involved in the manufacture and export of simple clothing and textiles from Cholla Fiber, a key aspect of the world’s export markets.
Grupo Cadena : This conglomerate dominates the local media markets of Serenity, and was founded in 2939, with the establishment of several radio outlets. In the following decades, it established a hard network of holo-vid programming and radio networks, that has since taken over the broadcasting monopoly of the planet. In 3023, the company consolidated all its various networks under the Grupo Cadena brand.
Harding Automotive “Pitbull Light Truck”
Harding Automotive : Harding Automotive is the largest industrial effort on the planet, and produces a popular brand of hover-trucks and other simple transports that are popular across the constellation, though often find themselves at odds with Excalibur Corporation’s own products. The firm operates several production plants, also various simple wheeled vehicles, including an ubiquitous Light Utility Transport, a Jeep for the militia, and several basic long-haul heavy transports for corporate interests.
In 3026, the company rebuilt two of their production lines close to the capital to produce both the Maultier Hover APC and the Bulldog Light Truck in the “Pitbull” variant. The former was slated to fill the needs of both Baron Kenton Sarne’s own military needs, and those of the planet’s militia, but was also quickly found to be of interest by even their rivals in Excalibur Corporation. The latter, was an effort to provide cheap general cargo vehicles for the planet’s commercial and industrial efforts, also a popular move for the rugged, but inexpensive nature of the truck.
Serene Majesty Foods : The major food processing company on Serenity, their production of Cholla pears, leaves, and stalk fiber is a major export item for the planet, and features prominently across the local constellation. They also operate eleven (11) supermarkets in major urban centers, marketing food to the workers of the planet’s industrial complexes. Financially and politically, SM Foods has much more clout in the planet’s government than they apply, and indirectly employs clearly 50% of the world’s population as Cholla farmers and processors.
Sheba Transport “Air Raft”
Serenity Motors : Formerly a branch of the Terran Toyota firm, Serenity Motors is a major parts supplier (primarily body panels) to the larger Harding Automotive company. It also produces a popular sporty air-car, the “Hurricane”, noted for its speed and handling. In 3029, the company merged with long-time rivals Sheba Transport, taking over their parts supply contracts and manufacturing plant that exclusively produces the rugged hover truck, the “Air Raft”. The company has also picked up government contracts to supply the local military with key components for their various vehicles.
Baron Kenton Sarne has established the world as his primary headquarters in the constellation, primarily since the presence of the automotive plants makes them a useful resource to his military. The change of some of Harding Automotive’s lines to produce combat hovercraft, is known to have caused some unrest among the populace, but the capital city of Baja remains firmly under his control, especially since it acts as home garrison to Sarne’s veteran 1st Taurian Rangers, and their dependents.
In addition, there is a planetary militia of some 40,000 infantry that operate largely as police security forces. They are indifferently armed, but well-equipped with ground vehicles and help support Sarne’s forces in keeping the peace. In many respects, the planet’s military is an off-shoot of the Taurian colonial efforts, and is essentially a Taurian colony once more, in all but name.
Originally settled over 600 years ago, Serenity was a Taurian colony world, that received ample Star League investment following the Reunification Wars, and developed a surprisingly stable and independent economy. With the Exodus and the eventual break-down of its temperamental HPG network, the region drifted into obscurity, abandoned by its host nation, the Taurian Concordat, and left to its own devices.
Due to the world’s economic importance to the region, it developed into an unofficial center of constellation trade and political power. This, perhaps, was what attracted Baron Kenton Sarne to take over the local council and establish a peaceful rule that extends to several other worlds in the region.
Today, Taurian interests take precedence, and large numbers of Maultier APCs are shipped off-world to the armies of the Concordat. The world remains very tightly controlled by its civilian government, though trade is relatively unrestricted, and personal freedoms are ensured, it falls neatly into the military camp of its new charismatic leader, Baron Sarne. Unlike some nearby worlds, the planet’s government is united under one flag.