Indeed, such valuable minerals proved so common to Zollikofen miners that the planet's economy was soon based on uranium and germanium deposits, as they were the rarer native metals, and a thriving export industry quickly rose based on handcrafted items of pure gold and silver. The Terran Hegemony managed to stake a claim in Zollikofen before the Lyrans could, keeping this remarkable find in the hands of the House of Cameron for many years under the Star League. This factor also contributed to the establishment of a Star League mint, which produced Lyran currency in Trader's City, one of the larger metropolii on the planet's single supercontinent of Besitzland, as well as the SLDF's Lyran Command headquarters.
Miraculously enough, during the Amaris Crisis, the Usurper's troops did not harm the mint in Trader's City, though they did loot many of the press works and spaceport warehouses nearby. Indeed, the mercenaries hired by Amaris to secure this world focused almost exclusively on eliminating the Lyran Command forces instead, and securing several of the larger mines in a much more professional - if still undeniably greedy - strategy.
After the fall of the League, Zollikofen came into Lyran hands, but the Star League mint was destroyed soon after, during the outbreak of the First Succession War, when House Kurita troops sacked the planet and resorted to nuclear and orbital bombardment to shatter Lyran resistance. For this reason, more than the gradual depletion of the gold and silver mines over the centuries, much of Zollikofen's wealth and prestige has tarnished since those glory days.
Today, in fact, much of the planet's wealth now lies more in industrial metals such as titanium, vanadium, and bauxite, than in precious metals drawn from contaminated or dried-up mines elsewhere. Despite this, the world of Zollikofen still occasionally experiences the odd "gold rush" when new veins are uncovered, but after nearly a millennium of mining and radiation poisoning, most of the really good veins have long since been tapped out or rendered useless.
The capital of Zollikofen today is the city of Fulbright, located on the banks of the Platin River. This megalopolis of over two million residents is also home to the planet's primary spaceport and the corporate headquarters of three major local mining concerns - Gershwin Mining Collective, Dahler Valley Resources, and Rosamund Minerals, Unlimited.
- System Name: Zollikofen
- Coordinates: -29.21, 19.56
- Star Type: G3V
- Position in System: 1
- Time to Jump Point: 9.00 days
- Population: 4,178,000,000
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: Mammals
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