Founded as a religious colony by Jesuit followers of St. Augustine, the former Planet 2112-8845 A has developed a broad-based society that, while retaining strong ties to the Roman Church, has become a core part of the Marik Commonwealth. The Succession Wars cost Augustine two-thirds of its population, and bitter fighting wrecked the famed Seminary along with much of the planetary infrastructure. The past century, however, saw a steady recovery as well as substantial immigration to the warm but pleasant planet.
Petrochemicals and mineral wealth dominate the northern continent of Kabuko, while agriculture (including wine production and the manufacture of fruit preserves) is the principal employer on the two other landmasses, Roma and Grecian. A fief of the Mariks since the 27th century, Augustine has traditionally served as the seat of favored members of the Captain-General’s immediate family. The current duchess is Alys Rousset-Marik, who inherited her mother’s estate (situated at Temple Ford at the mouth of the Dexter River on Roma) during the FedCom Civil War. Augustine has thus become not only a focus for religious affairs, but also more recently for League politics, its capital serving as a center for many opposed to the incumbent Captain-General. Though not officially confirmed—the government refuses to comment on security matters—SAFE has built up a substantial presence here to monitor opposition groups, many of whom are on the political fringe.