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Denbar
Associated MERC-NET Contracts:

     CC-OC-12-01

Region: Capellan Confederation
Ambassador: Terrance Lee Xan
X:69.63 Y:-235.33
Planetary Capital: Barns
Primary Climate: Temperate
Approximate Population: 1.432 Billion People
Days to Jump Point:2.86 days
Planet Details:

The planet is the site of a lost Star League expedition dating from the mid-27th century. Comstar investigations have uncovered the salvageable wreckage of two large DropShips and assorted heavy machinery littered about the northern pole. The ancient expedition had set out to investigate a mysterious signal originating on Denbar, a world that has never held a permanent settlement. No traces of transmission equipment were ever found, nor were the remains of DropShip crews ever recovered.

House Liao is currently contemplating the creation of a settlement on Denbar, though it would mainly service a military garrison that might be moved here because of the planet's strategic position.

[3067]
The citizens of Denbar were surprised to be
exempted from ComStar’s earlier report on the
Confederation. That report claimed the world
was uninhabited except for a small ComStar
exploration team, and that the Confederation
had contemplated the planet’s settlement
solely as a military position. Needless to say,
this came as news to the roughly 1.2 billion
people living there.
Documents unearthed during ComStar’s
secularization in the mid-3050s revealed the
purpose of this charade: the Denbar HPG had
been responsible for testing hypothetical
advancements in HPG range, and ComStar
needed a plausible explanation for the odd
signals associated with it. The archeological site at the northern
pole was a fake created by ComStar in case anyone came to visit,
but the wreckage had been recovered by 3032 and the stories
debunked.
During the Compact years, Denbar’s economy experienced
phenomenal growth as the Compact poured defense monies
into the planet’s infrastructure. As one of the worlds bordering
the Confederation, it was essential that Denbar not be left undefended,
which meant permanently stationing at least a regiment
of BattleMechs on-world. Denbar was the scene of savage fighting
during the opening phases of the Capellan-St. Ives war, and
that fighting continued for much of the conflict. After the ceasefire,
the world remained a hotbed of resistance to rightful Capellan
rule until 3064, when Colonel Sao Fang was captured leading a raid
on a CCAF supply installation. The colonel—branded a traitor by
Duchess Candace herself in 3063—was publicly executed along
with most of his troops.
Mandrinn Gabriel Motte, a young noble who served with the
CCAF unit that captured Sao, volunteered to administer Denbar for
the duchess after the colonel’s execution. The House of Scions approved
his appointment and the young man has spent nearly every
waking moment campaigning for Denbar’s prosperity. His civil initiatives
alone have generated a great deal of goodwill among all
the castes, even the servitors. A series of holodramas have been
produced about him, including one showing stock footage of the
mandrinn weeping as he led Sao’s firing squad. “A man of conviction
and principle,” he said at the time, speaking about Sao, “who
led as best he could and held to his ideals until the end.”
Motte’s first act as planetary administrator was to pardon all of
Sao’s remaining resistance fighters, effectively ending resistance
on Denbar.

Technological Development:

World of moderate advancement; average educational systems and medical care; microelectronics can not be manufactured.

Industrial Level:

Some industrialization at level of mid-20th century; fusion reactors imported.

Raw Material Dependence:

World/system produces some of the raw materials needed and imports the rest.

Industrial Output:

World has an extremely limited industrial base and imports much of its needs.

Agricultural Development:

World has and environment producing most foods, but relies on some imports for food not capable of being grown.