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Ascella
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Region: Draconis Combine
Ambassador: Tomoe Katsuie
X:21.12 Y:75.11
Planetary Capital: Tarawa
Primary Climate: Arid
Approximate Population: 982 Million People
Days to Jump Point:22 days
Planet Details:

GEOPHYSICAL
Star Type: A4VI
System position: 2
Time to Jump Point: 22 days
Moons: None
Surface gravity: 1.21
Atmospheric pressure: Standard (Breathable)
Equatorial temperature: 52°C
Surface water: 61%
Highest native life: Plants
Planetary Ruler: Daimyo (Marquis) Timothy Erhadt
Military Leader: Tai-sa (Colonel) Stephen Bairns

The Ascella system (formerly known as Zeta Sagittarius) is the location of at least one inhabited world - Ascella II - and as at 3098 was located in the Dieron Prefecture of the Dieron Military District within the Draconis Combine.

The Ascella system was settled at some point during or before the Reunification War.

The second moon in the Ascella system, Ascella II - more commonly known simply as Ascella - is a young, warm planet with no moons or notable industrial facilities.

Ascella is a very young, hot, and geologically unstable world. orbiting a white subdwarf star. Despite the high amounts of carbon dioxide and ammonia in the atmosphere, colonists settled on the world to take advantage of the large amounts of mineral and metal ores near the planet's surface. The native plant life was restricted to algae and a scrub brush, but these plants accelerated the later terraforming efforts. Their presence and the Terran Hegemony's advanced science removed the need for respirators in less than a century.

The presence of abundant raw materials close to the surface and scattered across the floors of its shallow oceans drew settlers here in the early colonial era, despite the presence of an atmosphere still laced with ammonia and carbon dioxide. Particularly dense metals, including some highly radioactive ores, were among Ascella's most common natural treasures, and also help to explain the above-average gravitational field of this medium-sized world.

When first discovered, native algae and a kind of wild brush had only begun to transform Ascella's atmosphere into something breathable by humans, but a century of terraforming was still required to cleanse the remaining taint to the point where respirators became unnecessary. Freed from their domed settlements, the cities and mining townships established early in the planet's colonization expanded across the northern continents of Askahr, Niejawa, and Quarenir, and the south polar continent of Saufell, leaving only the unbearably hot equatorial landmasses of Aytagrad and Ogleca untouched by man.

Though a major exporter of heavy metals and radioactive elements, as well as small fusion and electric engines for civilian and light military vehicles, Ascella was raided only a handful of times throughout the Succession Wars, and spent most of that time under the banner of the Draconis Combine. The planetary capital of Tarawa is located on the Saebeth River, in the southern peninsula of Askahr.

The world fell under the jurisdiction of the Draconis Combine for most of its history, home to a small industry that produced fusion and electrical plants for civilian and light military vehicles. It also exported large amounts of radioactive materials and heavy metals. Despite this the system was largely overlooked during the Succession Wars.

During the final years of the Star League, Ascella was the host to a Star League Defense Force garrison which has been claimed by the Mercenery Unit, Razan's Ronins and is called RONIN'S KEEP.

3098 UPDATE
Tai-sa (Colonel) Onishi Razan has been awarded a Landhold on Ascella by the District Warlord and is formally recongnized as a 'Shoga' (Baroness), nobility in House Kurita.

Technological Development:

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

Industrial Level:

Moderately industrialized; may produce a limited number/quantity of specific complex products.

Raw Material Dependence:

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

Industrial Output:

World has a moderate industrial base that produces a few different categories of products, exporting some of the output.

Agricultural Development:

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