Paramus, a trading post and home to Pike's largest spaceport, became the first of the planet's major cities to be surrounded by a large, heavy wall to counteract the high winds. Meanwhile, the supercontinent of Karasia, just south of Blight and stretching all the way to the planet's southern pole, boasted fewer high-altitude regions and claimed the majority of the planet's landmass, as well as its wealth of metal ores and gemstones. Smaller, sparser settlements grew on Karasia as the result of stubborn efforts to access the bulk of Pike IV's wealth. Many of these were made up of low-slung buildings, sealed against the weather and attached to air-thinning units to make life in the oppressive environment bearable.
However, no walls were required around the cities because the windstorms across Karasia were milder. An odd dual society arose from the division between the highlanders of Eribus and Blight and the lowlanders of Karasia. Symbiotic but fraught with political conflict, the populations of the highlands and lowlands often argued over the needs of their respective cities and towns. Matters came to a head during the rule of the Star League and the Terran Hegemony, when SLDF mediators were called in to settle a small brushfire war between highlanders and lowlanders. After the Star League's collapse and the ascendance of the Draconis Combine, raiders enjoyed mixed success trying to use the sociopolitical situation on Pike IV to their advantage.
Depending on the political climate at any given time, resistance to invaders ranged from determined and coordinated to bickering and ineffective. During one invasion in 3012, attacking 'Mech forces struck Paramus, meeting resistance from both highlander and lowlander militias. Unfortunately for the defenders, recent political infighting between the two factions tainted their command structure, leading to poor coordination that allowed the attackers to overwhelm the city briefly, at a cost of millions of C-Bills in damage.
Unsurprisingly, Pike IV has two capital cities that govern the planet. The lowlander capital, Rolfshire, is located on the west coast of Karasia, while the highlander capital of Stratopolis is located on Erubis, on a plateau three hundred kilometers northwest of Paramus.
- System Name: Pike IV
- Coordinates: 20.34, 39.64
- Star Type: K9IV
- Position in System: 4
- Time to Jump Point: 3.00 days
- Population: 1,207,000,000
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: Mammals
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