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The name of this planet was taken from an infamous book written by Michael Kooken. The book described Kooken's curious life and the many people he had met and bedded. The book was so famous and popular that a planet was named after the hero's legendary mansion.

In an attempt to shut down the Malthus family on Dustball in 3005, the Steiner government decided to create Kooken's Pleasure Pit to compete with them. Though he encountered much protest for the plan, Archon Alessandro believed that putting the largest organized crime family out of business justified the means.

Tourism is the planet's only major industry. Kooken's remarkably temperate climate and wide variety of terrains offer many more diversions than does Dustball's desolate landscape. In certain cities, those who pursue sensual pleasures can find what they seek. All businesses plying the sexual trade must submit to government regulation on age, health, and working condition laws for the benefit of the men and women employed by such establishments. Those who are not actively associated with the pleasure industries can live elsewhere on Kooken's, places where the strictest laws forbid visits by over-hormoned tourists.

Whether or not this attempt to rival Dustball has worked is debatable. Though traffic in and out of Dustball has decreased in recent years, many feel that the Malthus family's criminal activities are too massive to be defeated by simple business competition.

The planet itself is resource-poor, though recent attempts to grow some exotic grains for commercial use have met with some success.

Holo Entertainments, is a large entertainment industry based on Kooken's Pleasure Pit. This firm is a major producer of holos ranging from every possible subject, from classic gothic romance to pornography from its DeSade Division. There is also an electronics division that converts standard holo stations into pay-per-view stations, which is the only way many of its holos could be seen on some worlds. The company is also the major publisher of pornographic books, records, and sensory discs through its Velcro Fly logo.

[3054] This disreputable world is frequented by border troops on R&R. Because of this, would-be Clan raiders always run into more forces than expected.

System Info:

  • System Name: Kookens Pleasure Pit
  • Coordinates: -166.65, 348.95
  • Star Type: G5V
  • Position in System: 4
  • Time to Jump Point: 7.00 days
  • Recharging Station: Zenith
  • ComStar Facility Class: B
  • Percentage and Level of Native Life: 40% Mammal

System Owner Eras:

Era: Faction:
2575 LC
2750 LC
3025 LC
3030 LC
3040 FC
3052 FC
3057 AR
3062 AR

System Occupation Dates:

Occupation Date: Faction:
2569-08-15 Lyran Commonwealth
3039-03-15 Federated Commonwealth
3057-12-31 Arc Royal Defense Cordon

System Star Maps:


There are no functional factories located on this planet.

Inhabited System(s) within 2 jumps:

Planet: X Coord: Y Coord: Jumps:
Alyina -136.14 344.00 2
Babaeski -138.75 310.61 2
Beta VII -156.22 387.81 2
Black Earth -182.04 397.20 2
Blackjack -158.31 367.73 1
Blue Hole -188.30 351.82 1
Chahar -200.29 343.73 2  
Clermont -211.77 355.73 2
Deia -177.60 306.44 2
Goat Path -155.70 356.77 1
Hot Springs -172.13 371.12 1
Kikuyu -205.51 369.81 2
Malibu -146.57 381.29 2
Mkuranga -162.22 320.26 1
Parakoila -133.53 325.74 2
Pasig -166.65 335.65 1
Roadside -186.73 372.16 2
Waldorff -133.01 361.99 2

Planet has description information.

Planet has one of more factories.

Used as a location in the following Novels:

Novel: # of Chapters:
Natural Selection 2 Limited Availability