Ashio’s most prominent geological feature is the giant Mt. Vesuvius Major. This ten-kilometer-tall volcano, said to be the largest in the Inner Sphere, is located on the southern island continent of Vesuvius Prime, at the crux of three major — if inactive — fault lines. The volcano and its surrounding lands became the center of extensive mining operations, focused on the minerals and ores churned up by ancient lava flows. Though the mountain has long been dormant, local experts have predicted that an eruption would blast enough ash and sulfur into the atmosphere to block out Ashio’s yellow sun and plunge the planet’s mild climate into an ice age.
Ashio was once home to Ashio University, a political and military college that boasted among its alumni members of the Kurita royalty. After it was destroyed in the First Succession War, a second Ashio University rose from its ruins under the auspices of the Combine’s short-lived People’s Reconstruction Effort, only to be destroyed again by a fire, believed to have been set by anti-Kurita insurgents.
Ashio’s two other continents, northeastern Rhodesia and northern Zaire, support the planet’s beef industry, with the fertile soil of the continents including the planet’s agricultural co-ops. Ashio’s capital, Iscariot, is the main distribution center, with its three Starports for exporting the beef and ores for the world.
- System Name: Ashio
- Coordinates: 74.07, 68.07
- Star Type: G6IV
- Position in System: 3
- Time to Jump Point: 7.01 days
- Recharging Station: Nadir
- ComStar Facility Class: A
- Population: 1,328,000,000
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: 25% Mammal
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