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Affectionately referred to as "Home away from
Home," Atlas is a lush planet rich with life. Locals have lived there
for many generations, and some will argue that its natural beauty dwarfs
that of even Earth itself. For instance, the Twine Expanse, a valley
located on the southern continent, is the size of Australia and houses a
wider variety of plant life than is found on all of Earth. Its allure
is said to be indescribable even to the most inspired poet.
In contrast to its wealth of life forms, the planet is largely devoid
of minerals used in modern commercial or military ventures. The
planet's location in the Outer Rim presented no strategic advantage to
the USIF, therefore there was a minimal military presence. These facts
yielded the element of surprise for the Arm of Orion when they sparked
the invasions that grew into the Outer Rim War.
With enemy forces deeply entrenched, Atlas became the focal point for
many critical encounters between the Orion and USIF forces, including
the renowned battle at Land's End that resulted in the death of Arm
Commander Soren. Having learned a costly lesson in the lives of its
soldiers and civilians they were assigned to protect, the USIF now
maintains one of its largest military installations on Atlas.
Lying on the outskirts of the explored portion of
the galaxy, Boreas was long thought of as an arctic wasteland where
failed scientists and soldiers were sent on frigid missions as a form of
This changed recently when one such "failed" scientist, Tobias
Rehnquist, discovered precious galavenium beneath the surface of the
massive glaciers on Boreas. Galavenium is an invaluable metal when used
as a superconductor that shields perfectly against radiation. These
attributes make it a highly sought after material for the construction
Regional authorities claimed ownership of the galavenium deposits and
large-scale mining operations followed shortly thereafter. Due to its
remote location and internal conflict over resources, the USIF abandoned
all interest in the planet, removing itself from the increasingly
violent disputes over the planet's mining rights.
New Madrid is one of humanity's finest
achievements. Once a vast expanse of purely rock and sand, early
settlers slowly terraformed the planet for over a century to create an
arid ecosystem. New Madrid now supports a score of native and imported
lifeforms, not to mention a human population over 40 million.
New Madrid is one of the humanity's most prized possessions and
crowning achievements, inspiring countless future generations of the
greatness mankind can achieve when united in a common, righteous goal.
While located in a strategically weak solar system, the sentimental
value of the planet requires the USIF to maintain erratic patrols in
The siege, and subsequent capture, of New Madrid by the Arm of Orion
is considered the catalyst that finally forced the US Senate to deploy
Section 8 against the Arm of Orion. Initially expected to be a 3-day
reclamation action, Soren's clever defenses stalled Section 8 for weeks.
Several USIF intelligence officers resigned their posts following the
debacle, and USIF leaders have repeatedly clashed with Senate leaders
over the botched action.
Prometheus houses a blistering environment in
which no known multicellular lifeform could survive. With temperatures
that nearly melt USIF armor and a surface scoured with volcanoes both
volatile and unpredictable, Prometheus is reserved only for those made
of sterner stuff.
Any hope of colonizing the planet was abandoned 100 years ago, when a
group of 4th generation settlers were incinerated after a nearby
mountain erupted. Despite the existence of valuable heavy mineral
deposits on the planet's molten surface, commercial mining enterprises
consider operations on Prometheus to be disastrously unprofitable. The
lack of commercial attention to the planet has doomed it to
obsolescence, leaving it to join the rank and file of numerous other
Old reports indicate that the USIF briefly maintained a military
installation on the planet, but no USIF traffic has been seen in the
system in decades. All information regarding the base's purpose is
strictly classified, and it is assumed the base ultimately met the same
disastrous fate as the 4th generation settlers.
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