Campaign of the Month: January 2011
Honour Among Thieves
Hera orbits the protostar Murphy in the Georgia System. Its population is 377,000,000.
Considered the breadbasket of the system, Hera is a largely agricultural world. Vertically-integrated agribusiness giants grow, process, and package all manner of foodstuffs on Hera for export to the farthest reaches of the ’Verse.
Hera was originally the capital of the system, but its early break with the Alliance during the Unification War saw the Alliance move its governmental infrastructure to Athens, which in turn was bombed heavily during the war after an Independent insurgency took root.
Hera, alongside its close orbital neighbour Shadow, was the seat of Independent power during the war, mustering a considerable percentage of ground troops and materiel for the Independent Faction. However, Hera is most famous as the location of the final major engagement of the Unification War, the Battle of Serenity Valley.
Located on the New Canaan Run, Hera’s strategic importance has by no means diminished in the years following the war, though more of the food grown there now finds its way to the Central Planets than in the pre-war period.
In the wake of the Unification War, Hera is struggling to regain its economic, social, and environmental footing. A combination of punitive war reparations, the nationalization of most of the planet’s agribusiness infrastructure, and economic sanctions means that for most of Hera’s citizenry, the basic necessities of life are often just out of reach.
The war took an incredible toll on the planet’s environment, and crop yields are nowhere near their historical peaks. Large amounts of scuttled military hardware litters Hera’s surface, making for a lucrative illicit scrap trade, with Unified Reclamation horning in at every opportunity.
Hera is home to several significant mining companies, including the Far Yukon Corporation, which specializes in titanium extraction, and HeraCorp, which mines bauxite. The Alliance is encouraging mineral exploration and exploitation on Hera, especially in the blasted regions where few crops are able to grow. There are a lot of blasted regions on Hera.
The slum riots on Hera never make the news.
Locations of Note