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Associated MERC-NET Contracts:

     PY-CD-06-02      PY-DC-06-09

Region: Periphery
Ambassador: None
X:269.15 Y:-407.89
Planetary Capital: Saphire
Primary Climate: Temperate
Approximate Population: 78 Million People
Days to Jump Point:5 days
Planet Details:

Often referred to as "New Taurus", Sterope is one of the largest centers of weapons production found outside the Hyades Cluster. With a native population of more than 75 million, Sterope is homeworld to Sterope Defense Industries as well as numerous firms managed by Taurus Territorial Industries. Weapons manufacture on Sterope runs the gamut from DropShips and Aerospace fighters, to tanks, armoured fighting vehicles and small arms.

Considering how important Sterope is to the Taurian war effort, the planet is not assigned an ongoing garrison of 'Mech forces. However, Sterope's planetary landscape is dotted with numerous redoubts and heavily fortified strong-points able to withstand even the heaviest concentrated attacks. Backing up these huge emplacements are several Noble's Regiments, locally raised and equipped battalions of paramilitary forces under the direction of regional aristocrats. These local troops can be called up at a moments notice to aid in the defense of the planet's vital factory complexes. These units have always held off attackers long enough for reinforcements to arrive, and so Protector Calderon sees no reason to station 'Mech and armor units on the planet. Many in the Taurian Defense Force feel it is only a matter of time before the Noble Family regiments run out of luck.

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:

Basic heavy industry at level of 22nd century; fusion engines possible but no complex products (including BattleMechs).

Raw Material Dependence:

World/system produces all the raw materials needed and occasionally exports a small 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.