Some concern has been expressed by environmentalists as to the unstable maintenance of oxygen in the planetary atmosphere when few offworld plants have been successfully introduced in any but a hydroponic setting. The colony is self-sustaining by means of hydroponics and protein vats.
The small northern archipelago contains the least stable terrain in the sea of ice that is the planet. Terrain within 5km of the ice-rock is the ice-rock interface is the most dangerous in the planet. Normal ice and blue ice are subject to the tidal pull of the planets three moons. In a slow-motion version of oceanic waves, the substances turn and recirculate. Resulting dangers are frequent ice quakes, and a changing treacherous terrain. Maps of a month before, far less a season before are useless. Crevasses, sinkholes, and caverns form and change. Under a coating of ice may lie needle sharp ice spines or inter-linking crevasses a hundred kilometers in length. Fierce winds erode them, only to have ice quakes thrust up and break apart into new dangers.
An interesting feature of the buildings is their lustrous sapphire hues. The usual method of construction is to erect a temporary inflated structure, emplace water and power conduits along it, and then spray with liquefied blue ice. Once this has hardened on both sides of the structure, an extremely dense and durable structure is created, with a higher tensile strength than steel.
 During the Andurien War, the assault on Xanthe III was led personally by Captain-General Duncan Marik. The initial landings went well, but the Captain-General underestimated the enemy's strength in his rush to secure a victory. Consequently, the assault soon bogged sown and Duncan found himself on the defensive. In a final bid to break the Third Defenders of Andurien, he led his ill-prepared troops in a desperate assault against the Andurien positions and died at the head of his troops on 4 February 3037.
- System Name: Xanthe III
- Coordinates: -67.81, -333.56
- Star Type: G2V
- Position in System: 3
- Time to Jump Point: 5.00 days
- Recharging Station: Zenith
- ComStar Facility Class: C
- Population: 5,800
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: 15% Plant
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|2569-08-15||Free Worlds League|
|2821-12-31||Free Worlds League|
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