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World Name: Robinson
Star Type:
G5IV
Position in System:
3
Time to Jump Point:
7 days
Recharging Station:
Nadir
Noble Ruler:
Aaron Sandoval, Duke of Robinson
Political Leader:
Council Leader Hurigu Deviin
ComStar Facility Class:
A
ComStar Representative:
Precentor Ludmilla Rovta
Percentage and Level of Native Life:
40%, Mammal

Robinson is a large, temperate world. The planetís fertile black soil attracted colonists early in the Exodus, but it did not take long before they realized that Robinsonís real treasures were its hidden deposits of oil, precious metals, and rare minerals.

As a result, the farmers, who had already claimed a majority of the available lands, came into conflict with foreign companies eager to get at the hidden wealth. The crisis collapsed the planetary government, and brought David Sandoval, distinguished commander of the planetary militia, to prominence. After assuming the title "Lord Protector" and taking control of the remnants of government, Sandoval then seized the assets and properties of the foreign companies. He justified this with the claim that their negative influence had affected the quality of life on Robinson, and it was his duty to defend his world against them.

Lord Protector Sandoval then worked out a radical land re-form bill that would gradually free more land for government exploitation every time land was bought or sold. The government eventually made a fortune mining the lands acquired through these transactions. The land-reform bill also made the Sandovals rich because they owned the only oil and mineral drilling company legally authorized to dig for resources on government land.

More conservative policies eventually balanced the situa-tion toward property owners again, but the Sandoval family had, meanwhile, become the planetís noble rulers. Robinson, because of its political and economic importance, soon became the focus of considerable traffic. When the Federated Suns was split among the Five Princes, Robinson became the capital of the Terran March. The Sandovalsí power continued through the chaos of the Five Princes Era. They even survived the Civil Wars with their titles intact, despite the fact that the Sandovals had been staunch Rostov supporters. As a result of the reorganization of the Federated Suns after the Civil War, Robinson became the capital of a greatly enlarged Draconis March.

Robinson has since lost a substantial portion of its surface to mining operations, which has limited its ability to export raw materials and grow its own foods. In exchange, Robinson quickly became a major industrial center. During the good years of the Star League, Robinson was a major source of finished metal products used in the construction of JumpShips and DropShips. It also had many smaller industries producing consumer items such as personal vehicles and appliances.

With the collapse of the Star League, Robinson tell before the invading Draconis Combine forces as they penetrated deep into the Federated Suns. The Kurita forces destroyed most of the planetís heavy industries in an effort to break the populationís will to resist. Though many died of starvation or became military casualties, the people of Robinson mounted countless attacks against the Kurita occupiers.

Robinson was eventually liberated, but not before 70 percent of the planetís industrial capacity had been destroyed. Only recently has the damage of the first war been repaired enough to bring the planetís industrial might near to its earlier levels.