Noble Ruler: Duke Nikolai Jansma

Star Type (Recharge time): G6IV (187 hours)

Position In System: 3rd

Time to Jump Point: 7.01 days

Number of Satellites: 3 (Kauner, Rossi, Hyde)

Surface Gravity: 1.0

Atmosphere Pressure: Standard (Breathable) Equatorial Temperature: 35° C (Cool - Temperate) Surface Water Coverage: 80 percent Highest Native Life: Mammals Recharging Station: Nadir HPG Class Type: A Population: 1,328,000,000 Soclo-lndustrial Levels: B-B-C-B-B

Discovered in during the 24th century, this prefecture world had two known quantities. One, Ashio had the largest volcano ever recorded at over ten kilometers tail, Mt Vesuvius Major, as it was named, had been dormant for centuries. Geologists estimate that should Vesuvius Major erupt, Ashio would be sent into an ice age that would last for a millennium.

Secondly, Ashio is the largest exporter of beef within the Alliance. When first settled, the colonists had encountered cattle like herbivores the size of Tcrran elephants. In time they were able to domesticate the aptly-named mammoths and use them both as beasts of burdens and a food source. Eventually the geneticists of the now-destroyed University of Ashio were able to develop a more robust beef-producing animal.

Two of Ashio's three continents, Rhodesia and Zaire, support the planet's beef industry, with the fertile soil of the conti nents including the planet's agriculture co-ops. Vesuvius Prime supports the planet's major mining industry. The island continent is mined for its metal ores and minerals resulting from the ancient lava flows. Ashio's capital, Iscariot, is the main distribution center, with Its three Starports for exporting the beef and ores for the world.

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