The planet's perfect native splendor took a turn for the worse as the population began to expand across Calcutta: an epidemic suddenly broke out in the community of Chun-Gai. The neurological virus, which had evolved from native bacteria in the thick tropical jungles of Calcutta's lower latitudes and which spread through a host of vectors, including human contact and airborne infection, came to be known as chungalomeningitis, after the first township in which it was diagnosed. Hundreds of farmers and townsfolk across Calcutta died from the disease, whose initial symptoms included fever and palsy, before doctors could isolate the cause. By that point, the plague had spread to the other major settlements and even offworld. A treatment was eventually found, but only after more than a thousand colonists had perished and another thousand had been crippled by severe brain damage.
In the days of the Star League, the Draconis Combine founded a medical research facility on the remote island continent of Cobayne, in the city of Saint Greame. The Piedmont Institute for Disease Control's primary mandate was to study the dormant but still dangerous chungalomeningitis virus and to discover a more permanent cure for the disease, which continued to claim dozens of lives every year. Unfortunately, the Amaris coup intervened. In an effort to harness chungalomeningitis as a biological weapon, Amaris' troops stormed the PIDC and seized several containers of stored virus cultures, which the tattered DCMS troops on planet attempted to recapture. In the battle that followed, the Usurper's desperate forces released a mutated strain of the virus.
Unfortunately for both sides, the altered strain was even more virulent than the original, with a cycle that ran three times as fast. Out of control within days of its release, the plague affected nearly every inhabitant on Cobayne and forced the DCMS troops there to call in a nuclear strike on themselves. The entire continent is still a quarantine zone, forbidden even for inbound vessels to fly over. The blackened husk of Saint Greame and the PIDC are still visible, however, on orbital scans of the surface. Centuries later, a cure for the disease continues to elude the grasp of the PIDC's successors, however, preventative treatments have kept new cases of chungalomeningitis galaxy-wide to a mere handful each year.
The planetary capital of Curtiss Valley, is located on Victoria.
- System Name: Piedmont
- Coordinates: 79.02, 78.50
- Star Type: G6IV
- Position in System: 2
- Time to Jump Point: 7.00 days
- Population: 2,356,000,000
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: Mammals
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