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Planet Los Angeles

Planet Los Angeles

Mostly covered in deep salt water oceans, Los Angeles was popular among upper-class Manhattanites before terraforming efforts failed during the Great California Drought of 543 A.S. The planet's popularity has resurged with the economic windfall generated by Synth Foods. Synth Foods has perfected an engineered plant matter that can flourish in harsh environments and then processed into Synth Paste. The booming technology market recently induced Ageira Technologies to locate an optical chip plant here.

InfocardEdit

  • DIAMETER: 8,351 km.
  • MASS: 3.22 x 10e24 kg.
  • TERRAIN: Terrestrial
  • TEMPERATURE: -40°C to 45°C
  • ESCAPE VELOCITY: 8.98 km/sec

Ships For SaleEdit

Commodities For SaleEdit

Guns For SaleEdit

  • Justice Mk I
  • Justice Mk II
  • Justice Mk III
  • Lavablade Mk I
  • Lavablade Mk II
  • Lavablade Mk III
  • Magma Hammer Mk I
  • Vengeance Mk I

Turrets For SaleEdit

  • Lavablade Turret Mk I
  • Lavablade Turret Mk II

Missiles For SaleEdit

  • Eraser Missile
  • Javelin Missile
  • Slingshot Missile
  • Stalker Missile
  • Sweeper Missile
  • Windstalker Missile

Shields For SaleEdit

Torpedo/Cruise Disruptors For SaleEdit

  • Wasp Cruise Disruptor

Mine Dispensers For SaleEdit

  • Drone Mine
  • Razor Mine
  • Seeker Mine
  • Wardog Mine

NewsEdit

NOUVEAU RICHE IN CALIFORNIA: LOS ANGELES -- The Liberty elite have traditionally lived in Manhattan, although the surge in recent California transplants may signal a new trend. In this month's survey in Liberty Style, the superior climate and presence of Ageira's research facility on Los Angeles were noted as key factors for relocating New Yorkers. "This is the place to be rich if you are young," quoted one 29 year-old Ageira executive.

CALIFORNIA MINOR: FACT OR FANTASY?: CALIFORNIA -- With California's booming population growth many are wondering if Planetform will be able to deliver on the promises of California Minor. The company has assured the public that the planet will be finished within the next two generations. The future prosperity of Los Angeles may depend on that promise. "When my grandfather came here he said there was a lot of wide open space and plentiful water; now look at it -- we're jam packed here," said California Tourism Director Mike Greeley. "People see how great it is to come here, and they decide to stay. That can't go on forever."

WORKERS PROTEST MONITORING DEVICE: LOS ANGELES -- Ageira employees are threatening to strike after management's last request that every employee be fitted with a location transmitter. It would be inserted under the skin as a permanent fixture, which would allow Ageira to monitor the location of its workers at all times. The device was proposed to combat the chance that any more Ageira staff would join the Lane Hackers if they decided to leave the company. "If their intentions are innocent, then no one should have a problem getting the chip," reported an Ageira area director for operations in California.

2 MARAUDER PLAYERS SLAIN IN ATTACK: SAN DIEGO -- Kevin Kincaid and Reginald Burney were both killed when their luxury transport ship was attacked and destroyed by Outcasts while on its way through the system. These exceptional players will be sorely missed as the California Marauders try to make their way through the playoffs. The team has been given a bye week to recruit replacements from the waivers or with free agents. Memorial services will be held for both men next week after the upcoming match against Cambridge.

RumorsEdit

Ageira Technologies

"I hear the Lane Hackers get lonely for California sometimes. They got some asteroid base out in the Barrier someplace, where you never see the sun. IC and Ageira are determined to catch them. They might start right here. Word is, the Hackers got some secret friends inside still. That's how they are keeping up with all the security patches that Ageira releases."

"This is the center of the universe for Ageira. Company HQ. I do my little part by shipping in Side Arms from Detroit. I take Optical Chips to Norfolk on the way back to New York. Only tough part of the trip is getting the Side Arms past the Xenos on the first stretch to Manhattan."

"This is where they do all of the software development for Ageira. Few years back, some programmers got uppity and took off with a bunch of source codes for the USI tracking software. IC was furious; came in and had a big investigation done. Hasn't stopped the Lane Hackers."

Border World Exports

"I handle Gold and Luxury Goods runs between New London and Manhattan. It gets pretty stressful. The armored transport helps, but it also serves as a flashing billboard for every criminal in scanning range to come and take a look."

"I haul Luxury Food from Cambridge all the way here. You really have to push it to make it before the Food spoils. We typically pick up a load of Luxury Goods for New London on the return. That's less time-sensitive but more dangerous for the Lane Hackers in Cortez and Magellan. They always seem to know when we're coming."

"I've hauled Superconductors and Boron from New York to New London and Leeds as long as I can remember. I usually pick up a load of Polymers or Hydrocarbons in Manchester for the return trip across the Barrier."

"We just came in with a load of Polymers and Hydrocarbons from Birmingham, across the Barrier in Manchester. I'm turning the ship back for Sheffield Station tomorrow with a load of Optical Chips."

Bounty Hunters Guild

"Bagged me a trophy Outcast the other day just inside the Tahoe Cloud to the west of the San Diego Lane. Just an escort for a smuggler, but still a pretty good bounty. Drinks are on me tonight."

"I'm heading off to Cortez. I hear there's Rogues as far as the eye can see out there. A big group of ex-LPI guys is based at that resort Curacao -- keep asking me to join them. They expect to cash out pretty quick, although two of them already bit it. Definately some risk involved."

"It's hard to get to, but there's a Jump Hole to Texas pretty close to the Rogue base. Tough to hang out there for long; Rogues and Outcasts will swarm you pretty quick. Only the gutsy guys risk it.

"I'm new to the system. Got tired of New York. Only way to move up there in the Guild is to head into the Badlands. Nasty, that dark cloud is. I prefer open asteroid fields, personally. I think I'll head out to the Whitney Field for a look."

"Just made a circuit of the Sierra Field. We like to troll for Rogues close to the Trade Lane to Mojave. They like to hang out there at the edge of the field, waiting for ships to come along."

"We know there's a Rogue asteroid base in the Whitney Field. Problem is getting close enough to nail someone without disturbing the hornets' nest. Believe me, you'll know if you did. There's Outcasts around too. So ya gotta be careful."

Cryer Pharmaceuticals

"Cryer transports don't handle small shipments to police and military bases. We also don't go to Cortez or Magellan. So Universal, Gateway, and Orbital Spa perform distribution duties for us in this part of Sirius."

"One day Liberty will red itself of the Outcasts and its Cardamine habit. There will be much safer ways for users to feel good using future Cryer products, without funding the activities of illegals like the Rogues and Outcasts."

"This is our turn-around point in Liberty. We run Pharmaceuticals from our Denver plant to Ft. Bush and Manhattan, then continue on to Los Angeles. We pick up raw materials like Hydrocarbons and Polymers that are produced in Manchester here."

Gateway Shipping

"Gateway supplies most of the IMG bases in the Sirius Sector and hauls their products to market. Take Freeport 4 in Magellan, for example. We ship them their Food, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Engine Components, and H-Fuel. We bring Water back. Not a killer run, but it pays the bills."

"Just got in on a Gold run from the Hood in Dublin. Everything was fine until we got to the Barrier Cloud in Magellan. The Lane Hackers were waiting as usual -- pounced on us as soon as we entered the Trade Lane to Freeport 4. We got lucky when a Universal convoy showed up. Still lost one of my escorts."

"My ship has been running Beryllium into Colorado for some time now. We pick it up in Kensington, New London. That's just a way point. It gets mined in the Cambridge system. We usually stop here and pick up a load of Optical Chips for the Cambridge Consumer Goods factory on our return. Sure beats hauling Food to Freeport 4."

Liberty Police Incorporated

"California is Rogue central. We got 'em in all the asteroid fields. No Xenos, though. Never been any mining or manufacturing workers in this system."

"Had a long patrol today. Went all the way to the New York Gate. We ran into some Rogues at the Mojave Trade Lane bend. Seems to be a popular place for the criminally minded."

"I'm heading out on a patrol into the Sierra Ice Field tomorrow. It'll be my first time on an assault crew. I'm pretty pumped. We're looking for Rogues to fill this week's prison convoy bound for Texas."

"I'm on leave from the Yukon. That's the battleship parked in orbit above LA. They gave a group of us some time to recuperate after doing patrols into Cortez. Liberty is a joke compared to the Independent Worlds. The LPI wouldn't last two seconds out there."

"Last week the Rogues attacked the prison convoy bound for Texas somewhere near the New York Gate. It's tough keeping that area under control -- no bases nearby. They didn't succeed, but it was close there for a while. It shut down the Trade Lane for a couple of hours."

"Los Angeles is a dream post for an LPI trooper. Nice climate, and they give you a special cost of living adjustment for all the high prices. Living quarters are kind of tight, but you take what you can get."

"Next week they're transferring me to the Los Angeles-San Diego Trade Lane patrol through the Tahoe. You're liable to run into Rogues, Lane Hackers, even Outcasts. It's an assignment for gung ho young 'uns straight out of the academy, or bored vets about to join the Bounty Hunters. I'm neither."

"Sometimes I really can't take the superior attitude of the Synth Food and Ageira types with their fancy houses and all. They expect us to keep their little world perfect, but at the same time, stay invisible. We're just honest, hardworking Joes trying to make a living."

"The military handles most of the tough Lane Hacker and Outcast areas of the western Tahoe Cloud. They don't want us interferin', they say. Just a bunch of privileged, arrogant hotheads in my opinion."

"They got me on California Minor patrol. Pretty boring. Nothing like the Tahoe Cloud. That's the hardest place LPI goes in all of Liberty."

"We think there's an illegal access route from Cortez into the Tahoe Cloud somewhere, but that's not our problem. I won't set foot off the Trade Lane in that area."

"We're pretty sure there's a Rogue base in the Whitney Field, but the higher ups say that's a Bounty Hunter problem. We should just find it and clear out the nest. My guess is that Bounty Hunters are paying off the LPI execs back in Houston. They don't want the criminal population to be reduced too much. Bad for business."

Liberty Navy

"I'm on leave from the Yukon. That's the battleship parked in orbit above LA. They gave a group of us some time to recuperate after doing patrols into Cortez. Liberty is a joke compared to the Independent Worlds. The LPI wouldn't last two seconds out there."

"It's frusterating trying to stop the Cardamine smuggling. All of those rich New Yorkers keep buying the drugs, then they turn around and tell us that it's a big problem that has to be fought. Rumor is that Cryer is doing some pretty hard lobbying back in Manhattan to keep the drug war going."

Planetform, Incorporated

"California Minor gets their Terraforming Gases and Water from Magellan and Manchester. All the Water here is so full of toxic, dissolved mineral salts that it's too expensive to attempt desalinization. That's why they mined out so much of this system's ice asteroids over the centuries. All that's left is low grade, dirty stuff."

"I run the Silver to California Minor for the cloud-seeding operation, which will need to go on for another few decades at least. The Rogues wait patiently for the Silver run. I've been attacked so many times I don't even think much about it anymore."

"We purchase most of our supplies like Food, Oxygen, Pharmaceuticals and H-Fuel from Los Angeles. It's a short run, but off the Trade Lanes, so it takes a while. Not too much risk from Rogues with these cargos."

Synth Foods

"This is Synth Foods' home base. we still produce a fair amount of Food here, although not as cheaply as Stuttgart. Out plan is to eventually phase out growing operations on Los Angeles. The soil and climate just can't support the sustainalbe production levels that we need."

"We are committed to enhancing Food production throughout the Sirius Sector, whether it is through increased use of biodomes in the independent and Border Worlds, or the introduction of more efficeint use of technology to traditional growing areas like Stuttgart and Kyushu. We will prevail."

"We bring in Fertilizers from Houston, then ship out Food to Denver, Manhattan, and Houston. Synth Foods is the furtue. I wish the farmers of Kusari and Rheinland could see that."

Universal Shipping

"I do the New London to Manhattan Gold run inbound, Luxury Goods on the return trip. Gets rough crossing the Barrier. Pretty much a breeze inside of Liberty. We usually stop in L.A. because there's always a lot of demand from all the luxury boutiques here."

"I'm heading out in a couple of hours to do an Optical Chip and Polymer run to Houston. I hope to pick up some Construction Machinery and Engine Components and return next week sometime. If I'm lucky, they might give me a Silver shipment for the cloud-seeding programs here in California."

"I'm heading out in a couple of hours to do an Optical Chip run from the Ageira plant to Houston. I hope to pick up some Construction Machinery and return next week sometime. Otherwise I could be stuck on Houston for a while."

"I'm just passing through from Trenton HQ with a load of Superconductors bound for Southampton in New London. It's more interesting than the Water run from Manhattan. Now that's a bore."

"They got me running basic supplies to all the bases in California. There's the Yukon, the Police border station, California Minor, and then that research base, Willard. Gets a little exciting in the clouds, especially when I'm hauling Food and Pharmaceuticals. They don't care much about the Oxygen and Water."

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