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Falkirk
Astrographical information
Region

Inner Colonies, Human Space

Sector

FLEETCOM Sector 2

System

Gaelic System

Star(s)

1, 61 Virginis

Moon(s)

2

  • Airmed
  • Miach
Rotation Period

26 hours

Physical information
Diameter

14,418 kilometres (8,959 miles)

Terrain
  • Dominated by temperate forests
  • Several large lakes and a single ocean
  • Few isolated deserts
Gravity

1.10 G

Climate

Temperate

Atmosphere
Societal information
Technology Tier

3

Government

Democratic elected

Population

438,812,346 (2548)

Demonym

Falkirian

Major Cities
  • Stirling (Capital)
  • Macha
  • Flidais
  • New Trøndelag
Major Industries
  • Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Tourism
Affiliation
  [Source]


Falkirk, designated as Gaelic II in its system, is one of three colonised planets in the Gaelic System. A standard-sized terrestrial world known for its vast array of environments which house an equally-impressive level of biodiversity, Falkirk was settled in 2368 by an assortment of colonists of Gaelic descent, ranging from Irish, Scottish, and Welsh. The planet was quickly developed into an economic powerhouse, using its successful tourism and manufacturing industries to secure itself at the centre of many trade routes. Additionally, the planet serves as the administrative heart of its system.

Those days of success were long-gone by the time the Great War began, with Falkirk gaining a reputation as a rebel hotspot. It was a major battleground in the Inner Colony Wars, and later partook to the Falkirian War for Independence, a system-wide rebellion that became one of the bloodiest conflicts in all the Insurrection.

History

Colonization

By 2363, plans were well underway for a new colony in the star system 61 Virginis II, called Falkirk. The UNSC Babd, a refitted Migrant-class colony ship, was deployed to the new world with almost two thousand colonists aboard. Following the successful colonization, the Babd was suppose to return to Earth for future missions but disaster struck with the critical malfunction of its Slipspace drive.

With no way back to Earth, the colonists opted to repurpose the Babd as a multirole-command center for the fledgling colony. Using the Babd's secondary reactors and other salvaged systems, the stranded Falkirk colonists and Babd crew managed to survive a very successful two years. Colonists thrived as they explored their new, vast and alien home, noting the flora, fauna, and places for future settlement to ensure optimal layout for the planet's future infrastructure.

Officially Falkirk's record of colonization says August 26th, 2365, the day that the UEG reestablished communications with the isolated colony world. However, local Falkirk historians place the date at February 23rd, 2363.

Insurrection

Falkirian War for Independence

Human-Covenant War

Post-War Era

Demographics

Languages

Politics

Religion

Military and Armed Groups

Government Military

Vehicles and Equipment

UNSC Garrison

Rebel Factions

Industry

Manufacturing

Formerly the principle reason for its economic prosperity, Falkirk's production base was one of the largest in human space before the establishment of the Outer Colonies, having been quickly recognised early on to having the potential to become a major stopping point for merchants in its region. It's prefabricated factories were quickly expanded upon until they could produce nearly any piece of technology imaginable, from the power and propulsion systems for starships right down to the circuits which managed them, all being made from easily obtainable materials mined from its own system. Being part of several major trade routes was the final ingredient necessary for success, and soon its exports could be found on virtually every world in the UEG.

Unfortunately, this particular industry would be devastatingly damaged during the Inner Colony Wars. With the fighting disrupting many operations here, the UNSC issuing trade sanctions on the colony and unions fighting harder for better wages, many of Falkirk's offworld businesses such as the Dormant Corporation and Misirah Armoury would sell off their investments here, while the colony's rebellious past would make traders wary of depositing their wares here. As a result, with a decade Falkirk's factories would either focus primarily on selling their goods locally or be completely abandoned. Because of these factors, Falkirian businesses would turn towards making high-quality products instead, and actively encouraged its residents to support the local industry - even the colonial government preferred to equip its law enforcement and military garrisons with armaments and equipment here, rather than importing standardised military equipment.

Mining

Agriculture

Geography

Surface Appearance

Climate

Lithosphere

Biosphere

Fauna

Flora

However, the strange wonders of Falkirk's lifeforms are not restricted to the planet's animal life. Although much of its terrestrial was an arid desert, Falkirk nevertheless sustained a variety of unique flora, with more than 20,000 native species having been officially catalogued by biologists. Most of its flora were simply migrating colonies of single-celled Eukaryotes, with multi-celled organisms above commonly taking advantage of their presence.

Attracting significant media attention in recent years, the Radixus Estuansus is an uncommon species of tree which occupies the arid grasslands of the main continent. Usually capable of growing to a height of 5.7 metres, although in ideal environment venerable members can grow much higher, Estuansus is also known as the "Falkirian Firewood." It has rightfully gained this name because of its bulbs of sap which ignite whenever the bark of the tree is breached.

Notes

Notable Falkirkians

Notes

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