World Name: New Avalon
Star Type: G5V
Position in System: 4
Time to Jump Point: 7 days
Recharging Station: Zenith and Nadir
Noble Ruler: Prince Hanse Davion, Duke of New Avalon
Political Leader: Same as above
ComStar Facility Class: A
ComStar Representative: His Most Exalted Ambassador Huthrin Vandvel, Precentor of New Avalon Station
Percentage and Level of Native Life: 50%, Mammal
New Avalon was first discovered in 2205 by the Terran Alliance explorer ship, the TAS Camelot. Even from orbit, the lush-ness of the planet was plain to see. The report that the Camelot filed on the planet was so glowing that New Avalon quickly be-came one of the prime destinations for shiploads of colonists leaving Terra between the years 2213 and 2221. What the colonists found when they arrived was a world of five continents, four seas, a fairly reasonable weather pattern, abundant fresh water, and a profusion of lifeforms that seemed to accommodate the colonists very well.
It was quickly discovered that the planet was best-suited to agriculture. By crossing Terran plants with varieties indigenous to New Avalon, the colonists had soon bred several important grain crops. The most famous of these is New Avalon wheat, which is extremely hardy and now grows throughout the Inner Sphere. Since then, New Avalon, with its countless square kilo-meters of open rolling country, has always managed to supply enough food for itself and its five nearest neighbor planets, de-spite the decline in agricultural technology brought on by the wars. Though its agricultural strength is usually overshadowed by the fact that New Avalon is the capital of the Federated Suns, the planetís fertility is vital to the well-being of the entire Crucis March.
New Scotland is the continent furthest north. Often deep in snow for nine months of the year, the continent is famed for its hardwood trees and animal furs. The most-prized of these furs comes from the legendary Silver Ice Snake-Weasel, a devilish creature nearly two meters long and with a nasty disposition. The continent also has the planetís only large deposit of precious metals. The continental capital of New Scotland is Dundee.
The New Hebrides is a group of islands in the planetís largest sea. Lying near New Avalonís equator, the islands have the hot climate that makes tropical plants and fruits the regionís main export. The New Hebrides also have some high mountain ranges. Combined with the islandsí location, these mountains attract rather vicious hurricanes that often cause heavy damage to the local communities. The largest of these islands is Carlisle. The continental capital of the New Hebrides is Thomasville.
The continent of Rostock is the third largest on New Avalon. A large and flat land mass, it has the planetís only desert, the Drilands, and the planetís only large canyon, Gavestonís Gorge. Rostock produces a substantial part of New Avalonís food animals. Large sections of the continent are owned by noble families who raise a wide variety of animals that are exported offworld to satisfy hungry people throughout the Federated Suns. The continental capital of Rostock is Flensburg.
Brunswick is the second-largest continent. It was named after the Brunswick family, major landowners during the planetís early history. Today, Brunswick boasts several large centers of oil production, as well as two major spaceports, three major cities, and a majority of the planetís many industries. It also has numerous small farms and ranches. The continental capital of Brunswick is Brunswick City.
Albion is the largest continent on New Avalon. The continent is also the most geographically diverse, with three mountain ranges, many large rivers, thick forests, and large prairies. Albion is also the location of most of New Avalonís industries. Avalon City is triply honored as capital of the continent, capital of the Federated Suns, and ancestral home of the Davion family.
Avalon City began life as a theme park. During the first century of Human life on this world, an eccentric millionaire decided that there should be at least one place on New Avalon that matched the planetís medieval geographical names. For the location of his theme park, he chose a large island where the continentís three major rivers, the Albion, the Thames, and the Cris, came together. This site was baptized the Isle of Avalon. Though the park buildings have long since fallen into ruin, the romantic medievalism has remained. When the Davions took control of the area, they promoted the tradition of festivals extol-ling the virtues of knighthood in flower.
Lucienís rise to power made it clear that the Davions would rule over the planet for many years, for he decided to incorpo-rate the medievaiism of the former theme park into the architecture of a new capital city. Dominating the city from atop Mount Davion is the Royal Palace, which some still refer to as Camelot. It is an enlarged copy of an English medieval fortress that Lucien had seen as a youth during a trip to Terra. The Royal Court is a complex of buildings and hails housing the ministries of the Federated Suns. ll was built at the foot of Mount Davion just below the Palace. Protecting the Palace, the Court, and Avalon City is a battalion of Davionís elite Royal Brigade, which is stationed just between the Royal Court and the city.
Since the completion of Avalon City in the late 2390s, expansion has slowly eroded the medieval flavor. Buildings constructed outside the core of the city, which is known as the Old City or the Government District, were not obliged to install medieval facades and so adopted modern styles. Some 30 kilometers to the south of Avalon City, in what used to be a private game preserve of the Davions, is the New Avalon Institute of Science. The seven colleges each specialize in a particular discipline, though intercollege learning is encouraged. The many university buildings cluster about a large and comfortable campus. Nearby are the training grounds for BattleMech and AeroSpace Pilots, and the universityís private spaceport.
Security is tight around the Instituteís many secret projects. Indeed, the NAIS can be reached only via underground sub-ways or by flying into the universityís spaceport, which allows the government to keep close track of who enters and leaves the university. As a deterrent and a force of last resort, two BattleMech battalions are stationed within the university grounds to help with security. They also serve as skilled opponents to cadets of the NAIS BattleMech Training School.
Hidden in the mountain range that extends west from Mount Davion is the Davion military headquarters. Known as The Mountain, or as the Foxís Den, it is a complex of huge caves and transportation tunnels deep inside a granite mountain. The magnetically levitated subways lead to and from Avalon City, as well as to the two ĎMech battalions and accompanying fighters hidden in strategically placed caverns throughout the valleys of the mountain range. The need for a heavily fortified military head-quarters became evident during the First Succession War, when Draconis Combine forces pushed to within one jump of an underdefended New Avalon.
Despite the collapse of the Star League and the three wars that followed, New Avalon has managed to maintain a fairly high level of technology. The planetís population, though large, lives a comfortable life scattered over the four continents. Public morale is high, with only a few dissidents among the youthful radicals at the Gogh-Bukowski University. Avalon City draws to it many of the realmís best artists, who have embellished the city with their art. New Avalon and Avalon City may be the most agreeable of the five major capitals of the Successor States.