312 (F5IV M0D)
Eight major bodies. No inhabited worlds. Two gas giants in system. One
planetoid belt (restricted) in system. One moon inhabited. Total population
is estimated to be around 30,000..
The Ikuna Belt: Mean orbital radius, 10.72 million to
34.64 million kilometers (0.1 - 0.2 AU). Location of Ikuna/Olympus wormhole.
Except for the area immediately around the wormhole and the LSP Management
Facility, the entire belt is restricted to Ling Standard Employees. Belt
composition, primarily nickel-iron bodies of varying sizes.
Remarks: The Ikuna asteroid belt is a small and not particularly rich
region in an unusual star system. The belt is located between the orbits of
the two stars, Ikuna and its smaller companion, Gakur. Probably
gravitational stresses between them created the belt; except for the
"official" Starport/mainworld for this system the remaining worlds of the
system lie outside the orbit of Gakur, and are quite devoid of interest.
Ikuna Starport/Mainworld: Mean orbital radius 416.62
million kilometers (2.8 AU). Locally called Maakharra, the open starport is
located on a a moon of the Zeta gas giant in orbit 5. This small
commercial port (type E) and has a population of around 2,000.
The Ikuna Belt is wholly owned by the Imperial
megacorporation Ling Standard Products, which bought all rights to exploit
the star system from the Imperium 200 years ago. In addition to mining
activities, the belt boasts several fairly large manufacturing centers,
including an LSP starship plant specializing in the construction of
In fact, the LSP operation at the Ikuna Belt is far larger than might be
expected for an E-class port. The facilities at Ikuna are actually far more
sophisticated; the belt easily qualifies for status as a class-A port, but
LSP managers refuse to open the belt's facilities to non-LSP vessels.
Visitors must make do with some primitive facilities located on the moon of
an outer gas giant, over 2.5 astronomical units out from the belt's orbit.
Private vessels venturing closer to the belt (or now, outside a 50,000 km
radius of the wormhole) without express permission are turned away by patrol
cruisers crewed by tough mercenaries in the pay of the megacorporation.
This extreme concern with security has led to a great deal of speculation
as to the "secret of the Ikuna Belt." Rumors abound; some of the most common
include a rich minerals strike which LSP wishes to keep secret both from
outside prospectors and from Imperial tax collectors; the presence of a
secret testing area for new, high-tech ship designs; the discovery of an
Ancients site filled with technological wonders, and many even sillier
The belt, of course, is big enough to make it difficult to police, and
other ships could get in among the LSP-restricted belt. However, several
incidents have occurred already in which intruders were destroyed without
warning if they were found to have ignored the general signals restricting
visitors from the belt zone. Whatever LSP is hiding in the Ikuna Belt, the
corporation is determined to keep hidden.
Note: Recently a jump gate has been opened connecting the Ikuna (2419) system in the Caledon Subsector
to the Olympus ( ) system in the Urlaqquash Subsector six
parsecs away. The jump gate is owned and operated by a joint venture of Caledon Trading, Ltd.
and Ling Standard Products.
Jump gates are linked areas in two systems that allow ships to move
instantaneously from one system to another. These gates are extremely rare,
only a handful have been discovered and most of those are too small to be of
practical benefit. This jump gate should allow for increased trade between
the Principality of Caledon and the border worlds of Nightrim and Urlaggash
in the Federation of Daibei.