The military dictator of Claybrooke, Lieutenant Colonel Carla Chestine, is having none of it, however. She has political problems of her own, including arguments over mineral development of Claybrooke’s two moons that have begun to resemble the arguments between the Liberals and Expansionists of old Terra. In fact, Chestine is using the threat of an Andurien takeover to hold her dictatorship together, as it is the one issue on which everyone on Claybrooke agrees.
 The military occupation of Claybrooke in the 3030s galvanized its population, and the Andurien troops who viewed the world as vital bridge to their allies in Canopus suddenly found themselves targets of a vicious resistance. The quisling military dictator, Charles Applebaum, installed by the Humphreys after annexation, found himself ostracized by his own people and forced to reside almost entirely within his fortified mansion in the capital, Sheridan, while Andurien troops ran roughshod over the population. Applebaum’s tenure lasted only eleven months before the anti-Andurien Army of the Resistance shot and then hanged him.
Headed by former dictator Carla Chestine, the Army waged a guerrilla campaign in the lowlands of the Hastings continent and the Muranga Hills of Hawthorne that kept several regiments of secessionist troops pinned down for almost three years. The resistance group’s almost single-handed victory earned them great plaudits when the FWLM finally liberated the world as part of the ongoing effort to isolate and recapture the errant Andurien Province. Unfortunately for Claybrooke, Chestine sided with Duncan Marik and led a detachment to Xanthe III in support of the short-lived Captain-General. There, she and the core of her Army of the Resistance perished in an ill-planned assault on Andurien positions.
Chestine’s successors lacked her drive and determination, but managed nonetheless to trade on the Army’s martial success. Several books and films about the locals’ resistance to occupation have generated publicity that helps to sell a broad range of Claybrooke’s products throughout the FWL. Claybrooke-brand cheese and beef is commonplace in League food outlets, and a line of “Claybrooke Frontierwear” became a popular trend in the late 3040s. More recently, political debates over farm subsidies for Hastings and the Ermine Archipelago, as well as long-running disputes over the rich petrochemical and mineral deposits on the moons Brana and Kurna, have plagued the tenure of current planetary ruler Colonel Durant. Durant is reputed to have said he would prefer a new invasion to the present situation: “At least then I’d be able to shoot my enemies.”
- System Name: Claybrooke
- Coordinates: -52.42, -372.42
- Star Type: F2IV
- Position in System: 6
- Time to Jump Point: 18.75 days
- Recharging Station: Nadir
- ComStar Facility Class: B
- Population: 3,592,000,000
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: 10% Amphibian
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|2569-08-15||Terran Hegemony/Capellan Confederation/Free Worlds League|
|2821-12-31||Free Worlds League|
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