|Army size (BEs)||15|
|World Trade Number||4|
|Trade Volume (MCr/year)||4,042|
|Building Capacity (Tons)||6,000|
|Port passengers (annual)||205,800|
Northammon is a rich and agricultural production world with a shirt-sleeve atmosphere and a balance of available surface water. The system supports a population in the millions of sophonts, lacking the industrial base to be completely self-supporting. Government control of this world is by an external military force. It is a member of Third Imperium in the Vincennes Subsector of Deneb Sector and in the Domain of Deneb. Northammon, as a member world of the Third Imperium, holds the estate of an Imperial knight and the feifdoms of a baron and a minor duke. All three are members of the Imperial Nobility charged with overseeing the world. This world has a nearby Imperial Naval Base, capable of handling warships and an Imperial Scout Base, capable of handling Scout Service starships and personnel.
|Army size (BEs)||150|
|World Trade Number||4.5|
|Trade Volume (MCr/year)||19,770|
|Building Capacity (Tons)||13,000|
|Port passengers (annual)||437,800|
Era: New Era
Northammon has an ideal environment for producing agricultural goods and an balanced population between 10 and 100 million. Government control of this world is by an external military force. It is a member of Regency of Deneb in the Vincennes Subsector of Deneb Sector. This world has a nearby Regency Naval Base, capable of handling warships and a Regency Scout Base, capable of handling Scout Service starships and personnel.
Description (Astrography & Planetology)
Northammon's primary is a K5 main sequence star named Kalighril.
The planet's climate varies widely from pole to pole, but the equatorial region has no large bodies of water and a more stable and temperate climate. Northammon’s indigenous life for the most part resembles that of Cambrian-era Terra (Solomani Rim 1827).
The bright supergiant star Deneb is visible in Northammon's sky even during the daytime.
Northammon Monostellar System Star Name Hierarchy Color Classification Remarks Kalighril Primary Orange K5 V
History & Background (Dossier)
Northammon has three major cities: Tergin, Gebhardt, and the capital, Metro-Javinovich.
Imperial High (Landed) Nobility
- It holds the estate of an Imperial knight.
- It holds the estate of an Imperial baron.
- It holds the fiefdom of an Imperial minor duke.
The planet is a major economic force in the region with its powerful agricultural sector and active vehicle-building industries. Despite this, Northammon pales in comparison to Vincennes (Deneb 1122). Its proximity to Vincennes makes Northammon simply a useful and powerful pawn. Many assets of the subsector fleet are stationed at Northammon, which is referred to by the enlisted as 'Vincennes’ own Depot.'
The first settlement was established on Northammon in 190. After some initial hardships, the remaining colonists developed a strong sense of self-reliance that remains to this day. After a severe economic depression in 962, a corporate consortium was brought in to rule the world. Combine resentment reached its climax when six anti-megacorporate development militias attacked dozens of industrial installations. In an effort to restore the peace, the Imperium removed the corporate-dominated government and installed a planetary dictator.
Northammon was originally settled in 95 by colonists from Massilia and Delphi sectors. At first, Northammon seemed to be a cold mountainous wasteland, an unforgiving environment for hopeful settlers. The planet's distance from its dim star, Kalighril (Northammon lies one orbit outside the "habitable zone" of the system) has little deleterious effect on the planet's meteorological activity. A high incidence of moderate solar flares and Northammon's high atmospheric pressure combine to produce a virtual maelstrom of constant meteorological activity. Swirling coriolises of clouds fill the northern and southern hemispheres throughout the year. Northammon's hemispherical regions are snow-covered almost year round with a slight reprieve during the "warm season." The warm season occurs for a period of about three weeks at the perigee of Northammon's orbital eccentricity around Kalighril.
In sharp contrast to the frozen northern and southern hemispheres, the equatorial region, or "hot belt" as it's known to locals, provides a warmer, more moderate clime, with its rolling hills and river valleys. A scarcity of large bodies of water throughout 80 percent of the planet's 2,000 km-wide tropical zone bolsters the more stable weather patterns of the region. Six large mountain ranges, skirting the edges of four of the planet's six tectonic plates, serve as barriers to some of Northammon's harsher blizzards. The numerous fault lines between the plates result in a high incidence of seismic activity in the region.
The first Northammonese colony, which discovered, cataloged and began to exploit the rich resources of the planet, nearly died out in the late 100s. Colonial overextension strained several supply lines through the interstellar region during this period and several colonies were left to their own devices for decades. The colonial population of the planet, which had risen to 20,000, fell to under 8,000 people. A scarcity of supplies resulted in an exodus from the planet to the more stable environments of Isurkun, Achemadon and Kauai systems. The hardy bunch who remained played a defining role in establishing the culture of Northammon.
The Northammonese settlers who remained and the trickle of daring colonists who continued to settle the planet, developed a strong self-reliance ethic that remains to this day. The Northammonese welcomed new settlers and continued to settle their world regardless of the public sentiment against it. Seemingly trying to prove their detractors wrong, the Northammonese settlers went far and wide throughout the sphere of their world, establishing farms and ranches even in the most inclement regions. While 65 percent of the early Northammonese clung to the tropical zone, thousands of bold souls plowed into the outback and staked their claims in the northern and southern plateaus and mountain ranges.
Northammonite Frontier, the planetary colonial development office, maintained its aggressive colonial recruitment policy all the while. Throughout the early colonial period of the planet, Northammonite Frontier colonial recruiters could be found on any world within six parsecs, actively encouraging people to come and share the wealth of their rich and undeveloped planet.
Not until the late 300s did colonial efforts on Northammon surpass their former level, however. In 397, ex-scout and entrepreneur Lewis Tolliver discovered records of Northammon's rich natural resources at the Imperial Archives on Vincennes. He registered a claim with Northammonite Frontier and mounted a massive colonial expedition to bolster the extant colonies. Before anyone knew it, Northammon was a virtual boomtown.
Tolliver's expedition, largely composed of detached duty scouts, quickly performed detailed surveys of the planet's resources. To their surprise, the planet was rich in vegetative life, with over 600 edible plant species. The Tolliver group and successors quickly helped to establish agricultural combines to exploit the lush Northammonese crops. While most of planet species grow in the temperate tropical region, astoundingly high numbers of crops are exported from the northern and southern hemispheres. The edible lichens and fruits of the southern region are known as a delicacy by people throughout Northammon's interstellar community.
As a side note, Tolliver's expedition is well known for its importation of Kians from Prilissa (Spinward Marches 3035). Several hundred Kians were brought to Northammon to be used as cheap transportation by Tolliver's colonists. Kians continue to be widely used for transporation in rural areas of the planet and in cities and towns on the racing circuit. In fact, while Tolliver's agricultural businesses eventually failed, his Kian breeding facility and Tolliver Grounds, a Kian racetrack, are his sole remaining legacies on Northammon. Northammonese Kians are thought to number over 300,000 at the present date.
Like many of the systems in the Vincennes Cluster, Northammon's indigenous life for the most part resembles that of Cambrian-era Terra. Most notable among Northammon's native life forms are the lichens and shrubs of the northern and southern tundra. Bursting through the volcanic soil of the mountains and plains, these life forms have shown uncommon resiliency. For centuries, monastic orders of Deneb's Church of the Stellar Divinity have lauded the medicinal properties of several species of Northammonese mountain shrub roots. Not until the last 200 years, however, have these claims been taken seriously by the public at large.
By 800, the Northammonese population had grown to over four million inhabitants. Their cultural emphasis on self-reliance spawned several government-subsidized programs to independently develop technology on the planet. To this end, the former representative democracy of the planet began to import materials for the production of starships, vehicles and computers. The industrial sector began to grow, but was mostly restricted to serving the needs of agricultural interests.
As the limited agricultural markets began to tap out for Northammon's private industries, tension began to grow with the landlords of the agricultural combines. Nara Tandy, president of Circumspect Inc., a producer of advanced land and gravitic vehicles, lobbied for rights to manufacture products for export to other worlds. Most controversial of her requests was an initiative that would bring in megacorporate investment, a heretofore unseen occurrence on Northammon. Agricultural interests onplanet greatly feared the portents of such a bold move and lobbied hard against it. Fear of overdevelopment, atmospheric contamination and offworld control by big industry abounded in agricultural circles.
The combines were able to stave off off-world industrial development until 962. At this time, various factors contributed to a worldwide depression that threatened to unhinge the infrastructure of the planet's economy. Tandy seized her opportunity and managed to corral a hysterical electorate into believing that now was the time for offworld investment. Tandy brought in a consortium, led by representatives of Ling Standard Products and Sternmental Horizons Venture Capital division, who would revitalize the economy of the planet.
For a half century, that's exactly what they did. Northammon's economy grew and as the planet's ability to export technology grew, so did its ability to export its agricultural products. Agricultural exports grew to the point that the "Northammon Grown" cargo module stamp became ubiquitous on every inhabited system within 12 parsecs. Megacorporate and sectorwide corporate developers flocked to Northammon to get a piece of the pie. The political strength of the combines waned during the following years to the point that public resentment for the megacorporations grew to a fever pitch. The conflict reached its climax when six anti-megacorporate development militias (called "terrorists" by the megacorporate-sponsored media) attacked dozens of industrial installations in a concerted effort to derail their operations. Corporate security teams and offworld mercenaries took up arms against the militias, but found it difficult to fight the guerilla-style militia troops, who knew the nooks and crannies of Northammon's mountain ranges and valleys.
As the conflict escalated over the following four years, the dependent local markets sent up a cry to the Imperial Navy to intervene. And intervene they did. Already fighting the Zhodani and Outworld Coalition on their spinward front in a series of border wars that later became known as the Fourth Frontier War, the Imperium did not want to foster the notion that internecine warfare existed throughout the Spinward Marches and Deneb. Four peacekeeping divisions of marines were dispatched to quell the unrest. While skirmishes continued to occur at more remote locations, for the most part, the TL–15 armed marines were able to quash the fighting.
In an effort to preserve the peace, the Imperium removed the corporate-dominated government of Northammon and placed moderate pro-combine General Paul Javinovich, from the ranks of Northammon's standing army, as the planetary dictator. The Imperial Marines were promptly removed and indigenous army divisions took their place. While the military rule of Javinovich and his successors has kept the peace, the seething hatred between the agricultural and corporate interests has never been fully extricated from the planetary citizenry.
Despite Northammon's problems, the planet remains a major economic force in the region with its powerful agricultural sector and active vehicle-building industries. Most worlds in Vincennes, Star Lane and Inar subsectors actively import delectable Northammonese foods. Northammonese industry is known to produce some of the most efficient and dependable farming vehicles in the Regency. R&D divisions are currently expanding into military and commercial markets as well. The Circumspect Starhawk enclosed grav cycle is currently making waves in the civilian gravitic vehicle industry. Achieving early TL-13 in many areas, Northammon is truly on the cutting edge of vehicular design.
The native population of Northammon are about 95 percent vegetarian. Because of the planet's lack of non-vegetative life forms and the intrinsic self-reliance of its people, few meat products from other worlds were imported during the early colonial years. The diversity of agricultural life on the planet made it possible to meet the population's nutritional requirements without the need for imported foods. This aversion to imported food products became part of the culture. With few exceptions, the only Northammonese meat eaters on the planet are the megacorporate employees.
Northammon has only three major cities, Tergin (pop. 2 million), Gebhardt (pop. 800,000) and the capital, Metro-Javinovich (pop. 350,000). Only Tergin and Metro-Javinovich contain Starport B facilities. Gebhardt currently maintains a Spaceport F-quality installation. A small orbital level C facility, Northammon Orbital Starport (pop. 12,000) serves the needs of transient travellers who use the system only as a stopover. The planetbound cities are all located in the tropical region and for the most part serve megacorporate interests. Most of the combines have offices in the cities as well, however, that serve as the conduits through which they conduct interstellar trade. The remainder of the population, including over 13 million Northammonese, are spread out over the globe, living and working on the combines and independent ranches. Small cities and towns are the unofficial rule in the agricultural regions, with only a few of them surpassing 100,000 in population.
Northammon is one of the few worlds in the Regency that serve the purpose of harboring refugees from the far-flung Two Thousand Worlds. When the Rebellion struck and vargr raiders swept through Corridor and trailing Deneb sector, many visiting traders, diplomats and merchants were cut off from their homes in trailing and rimward sectors. Several large communities of k'kree were among these disenfranchised sentients.
The Beng!xkr and Kr'ukleeri!iir herds, members of the K'kree trading organization, Rr!krmiixk, were among the larger cohesive groups to be stranded far from home. While the Beng!xkr and Kr'ukleeri!iir were spread around the Domain of Deneb conducting trade operations, after the Rebellion hit, they soon realized they would not be returning home at any time in the near future. Their trade mission completed, the wayward K'kree had nowhere to go.
As one of General Javinovich's last acts in office before he died in 1121, he sold the Rr!krmiixk merchants a large tract of undeveloped land in Northammon's tropical region. Northammon, which fits the parameters of a K'kree "steppeworld," was an ideal site for the refugee K'kree to set down their roots. The rather exhorbitant price paid by the K'kree for their land included the provision that the K'kree were to be left to their own devices and not bothered by smelly omnivorous humans.
Many vegetarian Northammonese natives maintain regular contact with the K'kree, but there is no communal mixing of K'kree and human populations. The limited trade between humans and K'kree enable the K'kree to maintain TL–9 for public transportation and other services in their community and for maintenance of their trader fleet.
The sale of this land to the K'kree was heavily disputed by megacorporate interests. They were appalled at the unabashed efforts of the vegetarian combines to use any means possible to make Northammon a less hospitable environment for the corporations and their employees. The hostility of the K'kree toward carnivorous races was an established fact. To combat this move, many corporations embarked upon aggressive, albeit shortlived, programs to enforce vegetarian diets among their employees. Suffice it to say that for the brief life of these programs, the corporations experienced a considerable turnover rate among their largely off-world work forces.
The initial settlement numbered over 12,000 K'kree, who had emigrated to Northammon from various locations throughout the Domain. Several smaller families, realizing they had little hope of ever returning home to the Two Thousand Worlds, chose to relocate to Northammon as well, with the blessing of the Beng!xkr and Kr'ukleeri!iir herds. Northammon became a haven for stranded K'kree.
Upon the discovery by a SuSAG research team in 1145 that some species of Northammon's equatorial flora had valuable pharmaceutical properties, the company established a research lab at the fringes of the K'kree reservation. This was not looked well upon by the reigning Steppelord, Kurr'eengx, who immediately made a call to arms to his brethren. In a move that could only be called reactionary, Kurr'eengx and his troops swept into the Divigee Valley, where SuSAG had constructed a makeshift headquarters, and promptly massacred the humans at the facility. SuSAG, known for its paranoia, had two companies of TL–15 equipped security personnel on-site, but the surprise attack caught them offguard. The K'kree took heavy losses in the battle, with some estimates at over 2,500 dead. Nevertheless, they managed to communicate a dire message to any who would threaten the sovereignty of their reservation.
SuSAG appealed to the Regency government for reparations, but was denied. The Northammonese megacorporate sector did not react well to this development. While the k'kree were looked upon as an oddity for the first two decades of their stay on Northammon, they were now looked upon as a threat. Armed militia bands were formed by the megacorporations, with the intention of settling the region adjacent to the K'kree reservation and daring the K'kree to challenge human sovereignty on the planet.
Things began to heat up, with several skirmishes occurring on the borders of the K'kree settlement. The combine-dominated Northammonese army refused to intervene on the side of the corporations. Extreme factions of the Northammonese army began to make a call to arms to "aid their K'kree brothers against the corporate oppressors." Duke Norris himself sent two divisions of Regency Marines to keep the conflict from escalating into civil war. This was the second time that divisions of marines had been sent to preserve peace on Northammon.
The divisions were drawn from the marine training camp at Burden, one of Northammon's two moons. Forming a loose cordon around the K'kree reservation, the marines have successfully deterred all hostile actions by the megacorporations against the K'kree. The marine garrison remains to this day to ensure the safety of the K'kree settlement.
The divisiveness between industrialists and agriculturists has continued into the 1200s. While muted hatred continues to seethe between the two groups, the presence of not one but two military rule garrisons keeps the peace. The K'kree are a reluctant ally of the combines, but are suspicious that they are being played as pawns by their benefactors. Because of Northammon's importance to the region, it is vital that this situation doesn't erupt into full-scale war.
References & Contributors (Sources)
- Gary L. Thomas, Joe Fugate. "Data/Library: Deneb." The Travellers' Digest 19 (1990): 24-30.
- Rob Caswell. "Domain of Deneb: Sector Data." MegaTraveller Journal 3 (1992): 47-58.
- Dave Nilsen. The Regency Sourcebook (Game Designers Workshop, 1995), 61.
- Mongoose Traveller: Deneb Sector (UWP only)
- External Link: Sunbane data
- Christopher Griffen from External Link: The Zhodani Base