Wolves on Watch
Star Type: F5
Star Name: Schmieden B
Position in System: 4 (of 8)
Time to Jump Point: 7.2 days
Number of Satellites: 0
Surface Area: 540234708 km2 (105.9% of Terra)
Surface Water: 81.56%
Atm. Pressure: Normal (Breathable)
Surface Gravity: 1.09 G
Equatorial Temperature: 30°C
Highest Native Life: Molluscs
Continents: Bismarck (tropical, northern hemisphere), Scharnhorst (tropical, southern hemisphere), Helgoland (equatorial), Nassau (equatorial island chain), Norden (polar/arctic, northern hemisphere), Süden (polar/arctic, southern hemisphere).
New Dusseldorf is the forward capitol of the Clan Wolf Occupation Zone, the world was founded during the time of the Star League. The planet supported a diverse aquatic ecosystem and surface plants before colonisation. Terran species of surface plants, insects and animals were introduced to the landmasses, and Terran aquatic species were introduced.
Formerly the world was part of the Lyran Alliance and was located far from the border of the Lyran Alliance and the Draconis Combine. More recently New Dusseldorf had became a border-world between the Lyran Alliance and the newly formed Free Rasalhague Republic. Historically New Dusseldorf has primarily been a modern agricultural world, maintaining a high technological base. The planet has a history of being fiercely independent in terms of agricultural equipment production and naval asset production.
Under Lyran rule, the military focus of New Dusseldorf had been blue-water navy and aerospace assets. The naval training facilities were first rate, though blue water naval assets have become relatively obsolete. The aerospace training facilities were first rate also, with cadets trained on New Dusseldorf being stationed throughout neighbouring and nearby systems.
The primary industries of New Dusseldorf are agriculture and aquaculture. Noteworthy secondary industries are logging, naval vehicle production, and production of support vehicles for local industrial needs.
Military industry is limited to construction of ground combat vehicles, naval vessels, VTOL and conventional aircraft, and limited numbers of aerospace fighters. This is primarily for planetary defence.
Planetary Defence Doctrine
The main strategy for Planetary Defence before the Clan Wolf Invasion had been to reply upon naval vessels which could deploy VTOLs, hovertanks, conventional fighters and aerospace fighters. These were supported by more conventional tanks on garrison bases scattered across the three continents and the planets few battlemech units. Use of submersible carrier craft to protect against counterattack was a cornerstone of the Planetary Defence Doctrine.
Interstellar transportation of blue water naval forces is logistically difficult, making it difficult to combat a naval defence force. Use of aircraft and hovercraft is the standard method of attempting to deal with naval units. The planets limited ground forces were to attempt to deny-territory to invading forces and to contest landing sites. The naval forces could deploy artillery fire and hovertank strike forces to support the ground forces, and attempt to gain air supremacy.
The Invasion of New Dusseldorf
During the Clan Wolf Invasion, the Planetary Defence Doctrine was proven effective, but the defenders were still overwhelmed by the invading clan forces. The world did resist longer than most.
Due to superior equipment and capabilities the veteran Clan Wolf forces outmatched the defenders. Clan battlemechs quickly overwhelmed the land based garrisons and clan aerospace fighters dominated the battle for air supremacy. The naval battleships and carriers were depleted of fighters and hovertanks. Over the following weeks clan aerospace fighters hunted the ships, and attempted to use depth charges against enemy submarines.
With the cities taken, and the naval forces disarmed of fighters and hovertanks, the remaining defenders were forced to surrender.
There are three main continents on New Dusseldorf. The largest and first settled is Bismarck, the second largest and second settled is Scharnhorst, the smallest and last settled is Helgoland. The equatorial islands are known collectively as the Nassau islands. The northern arctic continent is known simply as Norden and the southern arctic continent is similarly named Süden.
There is one Clan Wolf city and nine original Lyran cities on New Dusseldorf. Each of the original nine cities are named after states in the Terran country of Germany. All ten cities are naval ports.
Wolf Hoffnung, Bismarck continent
Hoffnung, short for Wolf Hoffnung, which translates as ‘Wolf Hope’ and refers to the promise of hope that the warden way offers to the Inner Sphere. Construction on this new city began in 3049 on Bismarck continent, initially as a garrison town and then as a full city. Clan Wolf rule upon New Dusseldorf is centred in Hoffnung. The city is located at a relatively inhospitable port 80km along the coast from Blau Berlin. The city contains a spaceport reserved for Clan Wolf use.
Blau Berlin, Bismarck continent
Blau Berlin, Bismarck continent. The city of Blau Berlin is believed to be a development from the name Neu (new) Berlin is the former capitol of New Dusseldorf and includes the primary planetary spaceport. Blau translates to blue, it seems that rather than calling the city ‘Neu Berlin’ or using numbers to differentiate, that the colonists of New Dusseldorf chose to use a colour to signify the difference. This naming convention appears to have been used for Grau Bavaria also.
Saarland, Bismarck continent
Saarland, Bismarck continent. The city of Saarland is dedicated to civilian fields of study and is home to the New Dusseldorf University, which the Clan Wolf occupiers are attempting to bring into line with the system of Clan Castes.
Saxony, Bismarck continent
Saxony, Bismarck continent. The city of Saxony was formerly the military capitol of the planet. The naval academy and aerospace academy were both located in Saxony and these are shut down now since the Clan Wolf occupation. This has reduced the city to a logistical support role for the outlying rural communities, and the agricultural and aquacultural industries of the area. Saxony is in the process of retooling its naval shipyards for civilian naval vessel production, in competition with Bremen.
Grau Bavaria, Scharnhorst continent
Grau Bavaria, Scharnhorst continent. The city of Grau Bavaria is believed to be a development from the name Neu (new) Baveria is the main city of the second continent and contains a lesser spaceport, to service the needs of the continent. Grau translates to grey, it seems that rather than calling the city ‘Neu Baveria’ or using numbers to differentiate, that the colonists of New Dusseldorf chose to use a colour to signiy the difference. This naming convention appears to have been used for Blau Berlin also. Technically Grau Bavaria was the second city founded on New Dusseldorf, contrary to the myth that the three main continents were settled sequentially.
Hesse, Scharnhorst continent
Hesse, Scharnhorst continent. The city of Hesse is relatively unspecialised. Taming the continent took priority at the time, so other than being well furnished to support local agriculture and colonisation, the city lacks any current specialisation. The people of Hesse see it differently, they view themselves as rugged pioneers, colonists and country folk.
Bremen, Scharnhorst continent
Bremen, Scharnhorst continent. The city of Bremen is dedicated to the manufacture of naval vessels. This included production of military naval vessels before the invasion but has been restricted to only civilian vessels after the Clan Wolf invasion. A strong sense of resentment that off-planet trade of naval vessels is not supported permeates Bremen, though in other cities the obvious practical considerations involved with interstellar transport of blue water naval vessels means this chip upon Bremen’s shoulder is not taken seriously.
Lila Hamburg, Helgoland continent
Lila Hamburg, Helgoland continent. The city of Lila Hamburg was founded after Blau Berlin and Grau Bavaria. As a continental sub-capital, Lila Hamburg includes a lesser spaceport to fulfil the needs of the continent. The convention of using a colour was continued for the capitol of the third continent, in this case lila (purple) was chosen. Lila Hamburg is the most progressive city on the planet, and took over from the two elder continents as the planet’s centre of art and culture. However, the city has a reputation for being more decadent and effete than others.
Brandenburg, Helgoland continent
Brandenburg, Helgoland continent. The city of Brandenburg is very conservative, in contrast to (or in reaction to) Lila Hamburg. Difficulties taming their sector of the continent led the colonists operating out of Brandenburg to cling to old ways, with social cohesion as a virtue trumping individual liberty. Helgoland continent remains the harshest and least tamed continent. To this day, members of minority groups of all types leave Brandenburg for more tolerant cities. Refugees claiming asylum from Brandenburg are somewhat common, especially in neighbouring Thuringia. The defence of these harsh social policies from the privileged majority of Brandenburg is that social cohesion and unity is needed for survival, and that dissidents and miscreants are a danger for all.
Thuringia, Helgoland continent
Thuringia, Helgoland continent. The city of Thuringia is the smallest and newest city on New Dusseldorf. Citizens of Thuringia tend to view Lila Hamburg as filled with soft arrogant snobs and Brandenburg full of spiteful bigots. While those in Lila Hamburg spend their time on art, rather than hard work, and those in Brandenburg turn on anyone different, the small community of Thuringia make a point of avoiding both mistakes and remaining practical. Hard work should suffice to eke a living from the land, not policing any possible distraction from this work.
Since the invasion, the city has earned a bad reputation for effectively welcoming the Clan Wolf invaders. With a long history of welcoming outsiders and fostering tolerance, the people of Thuringia refused to shun the aliens or participate in other passive resistance efforts in the months after the invasion. They did, however, refuse to change their way of life to fit the system of Clan Castes or any other social dictates from Clan Wolf. Unexpectedly, this was tolerated in the case of this one city (in large part due to their lack of hostility after the invasion), which has further alienated Thuringia from the bulk of the Lyran population. The Clan Wolf reasoning appears to be that Thuringia is a stable and functional pocket of Inner Sphere civilisation and as Wardens the appropriate response is “if it is not broken, do not fix it”.