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Columbus base is the largest facility operated by the Explorer Corps, and serves as the home base for many Explorer Corps vessels operating in the Coreward Operations Area. Originally constructed in 2549, the facility began life as a small way station, situated in the center of a 25-kilometer meteorite crater on the planet Columbus in the Epsilon Pegasus system. Hegemony explorer ships used the facility as a supply base, taking on provisions there and allowing their crews liberty before heading farther into the Deep Periphery. Though the planet was in the grip of an ice age, locating the station near the planetary equator compensated for the generally cool climate.

After the creation of the Star League, a new wave of colonization began in the Periphery. Over the next fifty years, the base grew from a collection of warehouses to a small town. Runways for aerodyne DropShips and permanent garrison accommodations were built. Lodgings for visiting ship crews and barracks for permanent personnel, with spacious accommodation blocks and recreation facilities, sprouted around the core facilities.

But more important, Star League engineers completed dry-dock-equipped repair yards for a full-scale DropShip maintenance facility between 2620 and 2641. Similar facilities were constructed in orbit around the built, featuring a JumpShip dry-dock located in the excavated interior of Columbus’s small moon, Amor.

The Star League used the finished base extensively for the next one hundred thirty years, then finally abandoned the facility in 2780, shortly before Kerensky's Exodus. The base apparently remained unused until the Explorer Corps vessel Von Braun rediscovered it in 3023.

System Info:

  • System Name: Columbus
  • Coordinates: 414.00, 608.00
  • Star Type: G2V
  • Position in System: 4
  • Population: 1,100
  • Percentage and Level of Native Life: Mammals

System Owner Eras:

Era: Faction:
2575 N/A
2750 N/A
3025 P
3030 P
3040 P
3052 P
3057 P
3062 P

System Occupation Dates:

Occupation Date: Faction:
2920-12-31 Periphery (Other)

System Star Maps:


There are no functional factories located on this planet.

Inhabited System(s) within 2 jumps:

There are no inhabited systems within thirty light-years of this planet.

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