Kalidasa is one of the major ports of entry for traders entering League space along the Lyran border. The starport cities on this world contain magnificent bazaars, teeming with merchant houses, wholesalers, and speculators who can find a profitable market (legal or otherwise) for virtually any commodity.
Both the Free Worlds League and Lyran Commonwealth government require that all traders entering and leaving their realms submit to a vessel search. Though many agencies of the Marik government (including spaceport civilian security forces, planetary garrison personnel, and Ministry of Inspection tariff inspectors) have the authority to inspect incoming and departing vessels, such inspections are usually carried out rather perfunctorily.
 The FWL's lack of armor production facilities has led them to welcome with open arms even the dubious manufacturing process of the Quikscell Company.
 One of the Free Worlds’ most significant manufacturers, tied with Irian as the second largest after Earthwerks-FWL, Kali-Yama Weapons Industries Inc. has benefited greatly from mass exports to other Inner Sphere powers. Though such exports offer a lower profit margin than domestic sales because of border tariffs, they have nonetheless netted the company considerable sums of cash and credit, much of which Kali-Yama has invested in modernizing and upgrading factories and the development of new technologies. The company’s scientists worked closely with the LCCC on the development of OmniMechs, most notably the Perseus, of which Kali-Yama remains the sole manufacturer at its Westport plant on Kalidasa. The company also pioneered the development of missile and ballistic weapon technologies used to upgrade classic ‘Mech designs like the Hunchback, Trebuchet and Orion.
The past few years have seen CEO Ryce-O’Neil locked in protracted negotiations with Kali-Yama’s business partners, the Alphard Trading Corporation. The Taurian corporation is a minority shareholder in the Kendall plant, and Ryce-O’Neil has worked to either secure sole ownership of the plant or purchase the partner company outright and make it a subsidiary. The Alphard board seems open to the possibilities, but the CEO’s efforts have been hampered by the Taurian government, especially given the problems currently wracking the Concordat. Security concerns have curtailed Kali-Yama trips to Perdition, and Ryce-O’Neil has vented her frustration through a series of political maneuvers on Kalidasa’s unofficial Merchants’ Council.
The main targets of these operations are her business competitors in Quikscell. This rivalry has raged between the two companies for decades, but Baroness Hestor Hepburn-Marik has used her influence with local FWLM forces to keep the peace. Kali-Yama’s own security force — including a battalion of ‘Mechs, officially for demonstration purposes — guards the Kalidasa facility against foreign aggression. The Kendall plant is less well protected, fielding only a company of ‘Mechs, but the ‘Mech company is augmented with a substantial infantry force, including battle armor.
- System Name: Kalidasa
- Coordinates: -106.67, -23.21
- Time to Jump Point: 10.00 days
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|2920-12-31||Free Worlds League|
|3081-12-31||Republic of the Sphere|
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