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Chara
Associated MERC-NET Contracts:

     CM-PA-06-03      CM-AS-06-01

Region: Chaos March
Ambassador: None
X:-29.47 Y:6.52
Planetary Capital: Farhaven
Primary Climate: Oceanic
Approximate Population: 4.180 Billion People
Days to Jump Point:9 days
Planet Details:

Legend has it that Chara received the name Pacifica from its first explorer, who was fortunate enough to arrive on a placid day. In fact, this water-rich, Terra-like world soon proved to be anything but tranquil to the colonists who came afterward though the name stuck, curiously enough. Thanks to a fast rotation fourteen standard hours, compared to Terra's twenty-four and the lack of a moon to slow it down, the planet's weather systems are in constant turmoil.

Sudden rain - or thunderstorms rage across the temperate coastal regions, while fierce blizzards and punishing downpours of freezing rain frequent the northern and southern latitudes most coming from skies that seemed clear just minutes before. But even as the natives came to describe their weather by paraphrasing the favored line of Terra's New England region if you don't like the weather here, just wait a minute and it'll change the planet soon became an agricultural paradise.

Starpad, an agro-commune established soon after the first settlers arrived here, is the largest agriplex on the planet, situated just 150 kilometers south of the planetary capital city of Farhaven on the northern Azula continent. During the Succession Wars, in fact, the output of this single, ninety-kilometer-diameter patch of farmland was so great that its exports to agriculturally poorer neighbors prompted the need for a full battalion of permanent garrison troops. Many raids by House Kurita were launched against this planet, despite the impressive garrison. Perhaps the worst of the fighting occurred between Combine forces as the defending mercenary Kell Hounds regiment on the eve of the Fourth Succession War, when the planet was briefly invaded.

In addition to Azula and Verdez, a third continent, Rojia, straddles the planetary equator. Though its location and mountainous coastlines minimize the effects of the planet's worst weather systems, this landmass is the most underpopulated, largely due to the fact that its interior reaches are almost all desert and badlands, thanks to a lack of inland riverways and lakes.

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 a rich environment producing a great excess of food in relation to population needs, with planet’s agricultural regions augmented by agricultural technologies; exports some portion of its resources.