The Idris system is a five-planet system whose role in the First Tevarin War would forever change the UPE. The system's only inhabited planet, Locke (Idris IV), was experiencing a population boom before it was captured by the Tevarin in 2542. Two years later, the operation to retake Locke almost failed until a young Captain Ivar Messer took command and led UPE forces to victory. The battle turned the tide of the war and is considered Messer's first step on the path to becoming Imperator.
In 2493, Terrell Dorazio slowly piloted his exploration ship, the Ika'Roa, across a sector of Rhetor. A student at Mentor University, Dorazio and a friend visited this section of space to ingest hallucinogens and stare at Rhetor V as it traveled through a picturesque portion of its orbit. Mid-experience, Dorazio became convinced that his ship's scanner had picked up an anomaly, but his friend assured him it was just part of the hallucination. The experience stuck with Dorazio. After graduation, the novice explorer returned to that sector and spent weeks scanning it. Eventually, he found a jump point into an undiscovered system and named it Idris after the friend who insisted nothing was there. UNE pathfinders explored Idris to discover one potentially habitable planet and a mineral rich protoplanet. They quickly claimed the system and rushed to terraform Idris IV. Once habitable, the government declared Idris IV a Recommended Growth Center in 2533. Its population swelled and businesses flocked to the system as it became a symbol for Humanity's ability to quickly colonize a new system. No one could have predicted that making Idris IV conducive to Human life would also make it a prime target for an alien invasion.
The Gathering Storm
These days, the name incites memories of the controversial Galactic Series finale which saw the Air Hawks claim their first victory, but Idris system has a long and tumultuous history long before Sataball. Idris IV enjoyed a rapid population infusion and was on track to be one of the bright spots in the UPE. When the First Tevarin War broke out, the planet's role shifted dramatically.
In 2541, Dr. Kellar Lench discovered the Elysium System and the new species that called it home — the Tevarin. The UPE attempted to establish diplomatic ties with the Tevarin, but they were more interested in Humanity's land than in peace. The Tevarin had not mastered terraforming and were desperate for new planets to inhabit. After discovering that the atmosphere of their worlds was similar to that of Human planets, the proud and martial Tevarin concluded that invasion was the answer to their problems. The first Tevarin War ignited and the UPE Navy was dispatched to defend the Elysium-Centauri jump point.
Unfortunately for the population of Idris, the Tevarin discovered a jump into the system and mustered a surprise attack in 2542. The Tevarin invasion began with orbital bombardments that devastated population centers and left countless dead. These massive impact craters can still be seen on approach to the planet. While most survivors fled the system, some sought refuge in the mountains and organized resistance groups to provide valuable intelligence and assistance when the UPE finally struck back on the planet.
When the First Tevarin War ended in 2546, Ivar Messer had been elected Prime Citizen, a position which eventually transitioned into the role of Imperator. It was a meteoric rise to power. He wielded his immense influence to reshape the government to his liking and help those who aided his ascent, which included the people of Idris. The new UEE government flooded the system with credits to help rebuild cities and resettle inhabitants.
To commemorate the system's sacrifice during the First Tevarin War, and curry favor with Messer, Aegis Dynamics named a line of capital ships after the system in 2551, and even opened a facility on the planet to manufacture them. Ivar Messer gave a famous speech at the inaugural Idris launch, which hinted at the fascism to come.
"Never again can we let Humanity be made the victim. Let all who would dare become the enemy of our Empire tremble as they hear of our victory in Idris and the ship that bears its name."
The system's reconstruction was stalled in 2603 with the outbreak of the Second Tevarin War. Committed to preventing Idris from again falling to the Tevarin, the military stationed a massive force in the system. Tevarin warlord Corath'Thal recognized Humanity's intent to hold the system at all costs and used it to his advantage. On several occasions, he sent decoy fleets into Idris to draw more UEE forces into the system before launching a surprise attack elsewhere.
Only after the Empire defeated the new Tevarin threat could the Idris system truly prosper.
Out of the Ashes
The centuries following the Second Tevarin War were not as dynamic, but were no less important to Idris' development. On Idris IV, Aegis Dynamics bought up tracts of cheap land to expand their production facilities, while the significant military presence in the system kept trade lanes safe and secure. Cheap real estate, safe shipping and lax regulations were a boon to businesses flocking to the system. By the end of the 27th century, the system had evolved into a production powerhouse.
However, during the Messer regime, the system developed a reputation of putting the needs of corporations before that of the general population and earned a poor track record regarding workers' rights. The well-organized strikes of 2808 pushed back on poor working conditions and low pay. It energized a planet-wide movement that pressured the Governor's Council to refine their labor laws. Numerous UEE systems have since adopted similar standards, now universally known as the Idris Amendments. The legislation is considered a significant accomplishment for the system, though its impact on the Empire receives much less attention than its part in the rise of Ivar Messer.
Idris is a F-type main sequence star.
This planet's iron core has solidified after its crust and mantle were worn away.
This uninhabitet world is surrounded by a dense volatile and toxic atmosphere.
Oceans of hot high-density fluid mixtures of water, ammonia and other volatiles make the surface of this world uninhabitable.
Locke : Idris IV
Though it has made an impressive recovery in the centuries since, this terraformed world still bears the orbital bombardment scars it earned during the First Tevarin War.
This small protoplanet has been completely strip-mined since its discovery.
Known jump points
|Idris - Rhetor||Large||Rhetor system|
|Idris - Garron||Large||Garron system|
|Idris - Elysium||Large||Elysium system|
|Idris - Ferron||Medium||Ferron system|
- The Observist: Tanys, Locke, Idris. Spectrum Dispatch - Comm-Link