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Defiance is a backwater world. It has large military support facilities, as it has been used by the FedCom for wargames from time to time. While its atmosphere is not hostile, neither is it pleasant. Few reptilian and avian lifeforms can tolerate the moderate concentrations of sulfur and sulfur dioxides in the atmosphere. Personnel require the use of respirators and filter masks, and all housing on the planet possesses airlocks to allow entry without fouling the interior atmosphere.

Jerseyville is the capital of Defiance, and also its only spaceport. Situated on the site of the original settlers' first landing, Jerseyville was named after its founder, Malcom Jersey. The city itself is little more than a large cluster of small houses, shops and office buildings huddled in the foothills of the Devil's Backbone mountain range. The settlers, most of them prospectors, had come to Defiance during the early days of the Star League, attracted by the planet's vast mineral wealth. The almost constant eruptions that marked its early life brought up many rare earth elements out of the young planet's core. Transuranic elements are especially common in the now mostly extinct volcanoes of the Backbone mountains. Over the years, the hundreds of small, independent mines were acquired by large corporations, until eventually the greatest portion of the planet was owned outright by Solar Metals Limited, who sold it to the Davion family in 2748.

The flatlands wedged in between the Pearse Sea to the east and the Devil's Backbone Mountains on the west would be some of the richest farming lands in the Inner Sphere, if not for the taint in the atmosphere. Though the sulfur content is not high enough to prevent plant life from growing, even flourishing, in the black, volcanic soil, it is sufficient to be absorbed into the crops, giving any foodstuffs grown there an unpleasant, bitter taste.

System Info:

  • System Name: Defiance
  • Coordinates: 428.76, -107.45
  • Star Type: GV
  • Position in System: 3

System Owner Eras:

Era: Faction:
2575 FS
2750 FS
3025 FS
3030 FS
3040 FC
3052 FC
3057 FC
3062 FC

System Occupation Dates:

Occupation Date: Faction:
2569-08-15 Federated Suns
3039-03-15 Federated Commonwealth
3081-12-25 Federated Suns

System Star Maps:


There are no functional factories located on this planet.

Inhabited System(s) within 2 jumps:

Planet: X Coord: Y Coord: Jumps:
Baxley 436.06 -151.26 2
Bluford 451.44 -80.85 2
Cerulean 416.50 -81.37 1
Dothan 437.62 -135.36 1
Kettering 450.66 -98.32 1
Mansfield 398.24 -63.11 2
Meinrad 396.16 -85.80 2
Molino 464.48 -135.88 2
Perdido 450.66 -114.23 1
Shubuta 463.96 -124.40 2
Vicente 453.01 -70.42 2
Weldon 433.45 -93.63 1
Xenia 461.62 -89.72 2

Planet has description information.

Planet has one of more factories.

Used as a location in the following Novels:

Novel: # of Chapters:
Hunters, The 8 Limited Availability