Canceron
canceron.png Canceron
Ancient Name: Cancer
Population: 6.7 billion
Patron God: Hephaestus
Capitol: Hades
Major Cities:
Hades, Prommos, Mangala
Attractions:
Prommos, Ruby Range, Kor Yaz Glacier
Pyramid Teams:
Canceron Hydras, Hades Vice, Mangala Krill

Current Status

Canceron is a nuclear wasteland. There is a military-enforced quarantine around the planet and even entering the atmosphere is forbidden.

Pre-Leap Status

Canceron was heavily nuked and is considered a total loss.
For more information, see: Colonial Conditions.

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Mangala Riots, January 2002 — Thaddeus

It was the perfect storm of events — if a series of escalating riots leaving over two thousand residents dead can be called 'perfect'. The Mangala Krill lost to the Caprica City Buccaneers over a questionable referee call, and disgruntled fans took to fighting in the stadium. When police put up barricades to divide the fans, the crush of people trying to leave turned deadly. Over a hundred people suffocated or were trampled to death. To attempt to prevent further injuries, the barricades were removed, and from there, the rioters spilled out onto the streets. The unrest gathered momentum when news footage showed rescue workers appearing to assist the visiting (and richer) Capricans before the (generally poorer) locals. Businesses known to be owned by or supporting off-world interests were razed — then, as the riots spread, burned. Blurry aim soon had entire neighbourhoods going up in flames, and the city called in Colonial peace-keepers. It took three weeks before the last of the smoke cleared.

2003-2004 Livadia/Karistos Civil Uprising — Perry

The title of 'Colonies' Largest Democracy' for Canceron is an unofficial title, but a sizable percentage from the colony strongly believe that Canceron is really a corrupt oligarchy (Source: Boskirk Times, June 19, 2002). The theory, conspiracy or not, holds true today but was believed by 40% of the colony's outlying provinces in 2002. This came at a point of high tension while the planetary government was considering a heavy restructuring of the taxation laws.

The government in Hades had slowly put more and more of the burden of taxation on the middle class due to the departure of some of the colony's richest individuals and their corporations over the prior ten years. The tax law revisions were designed to reverse this course and provide incentives for up-and-coming heavy industry and investment opportunities to return. However, the plan was to place a 'temporary' burden on the middle class of a 27.5% tax rate across yearly income. At first most of the population understood this and the movement had luke-warm support thanks to a massive media blitz by the government and various organizations and companies that stood to make an exceptional amount of money from it. The 'loonies' who thought this was all a money-making scheme steadily grew even as the bill was passed and signed by the Prime Minister in July 2002 — destining it to take effect for the next tax season after the turn of the year.

It went badly. The tax season was a disaster. Most of the outlying provinces saw an average of 22% of the families filing for bankruptcy, with the two worst-hit were Livadia and Karistos that had 31% and 37% of families file respectively — close to 40 million people. It was a complete disaster as it came out that one of the income-measuring companies had doctored their reports to show that the tax rate hike would have been feasible. The company, Telleron National, stood to make more than eight billion off the first year according to an expose in the Hades Tribune. Everything fell apart quickly. The Prime Minister's office was forced to admit that despite the massive tax hike, due to bankruptcies, the colony had no feasible way to balance a budget.

A rumor started that provincial government paychecks were worthless (which was found to be untrue later) but the damage was done. Government employees, including emergency services, stopped showing up for work. Hospitals, mostly owned by private groups, were able to stay open but when the Paramedics and EMTs left, so did response. If one could not get to a hospital, they were in a lot of trouble. In eight weeks roughly 700 million people were dropped into destitution and realization that they were no longer living in regions governed by enforced laws. Gangs formed. Old scores were settled. The Prime Minister pleaded for calm. Those pleas fell on deaf ears. When they tried to send police forces into the areas from outlying provinces, they were not turned away — they were ambushed. Military armories and lock-ups had been raided. The citizens of Livadia and Karistos had been through too much. They wanted independence and began organizing under a single government but with no clear leader, only the violent opposition to seeing their families starved out. It more closely resembled a group of militia leaders. There would be no negotiations. Nobody expected the Canceron government to ask for the Marines. Not seriously.

They landed in force. Three Marine Expeditionary Units, close to 15,000 Marines, landed just outside the provincial lines. They didn't ask for permission or attempt to negotiate, they just moved in with fleet support. The first few days were uneventful while the Marines and government asked for calm. They simply requested that citizens lay down their arms and talk things out. In the media, the story shifted away from a potential fight and more towards the Colonial Government investigation into the actions by the Canceron government. It was taken seriously and committees were being formed with intents on prosecution. It seemed to pacify the masses temporarily. More Marines arrived. By the beginning of July 2003 there were an estimated 45,000 Marines in the region, held in check as peacekeepers. It was tenuous, but worked. Until it didn't. In mid-August it was revealed that the President of Telleron National was going to be cleared of all charges and that the blame and corruption was being lain at the feet of a group of clerical staffers. Chaos ensued.

About 60,000 were mad enough to start shooting. The weapons from the military armories came out and the anger was directed at the Marines in the midst of it all. They were seen as representatives of the Colonial government and were the ones 'letting the oligarchy get away with it'. Given the huge area that the units were spread out over, it was difficult to get a handle on the very sudden activity. Distant units suddenly found themselves cut off and under intense fire, sometimes one hundred miles or more from the next closest unit (think of 45,000 Marines covering an area the size of the United States and Canada combined). It was hard to make sense of what was happening at first with the radios coming alive with emergency requests for medevac and artillery support. Someone had thrown a war and forgot to tell the Marines beforehand. They scrambled for the first three days while the rest of the Corps got mobilized and fleet assets moved into position.

For 14 months the Marines ruthlessly hunted down the guerrilla fighters. The civilian population was largely opposed to the violence and wanted to see the situation resolved peacefully — after all, this was about families and not death. Things got worse when there were reprisals against the civilian population for supporting the Marines and Colonial government's efforts. Not all of the guerrilla groups did that, though. Some were more extreme than others. Some groups would almost never stand and fight, they would just shoot if approached. It was a very hard year for a lot of people and the pace of operations was very intense for a lot of the Marines with the government wanting this 'uprising' put down as soon as possible. The fact was that this was war and not an uprising. The media was encouraged to report on it minimally, but the number of troops were hard to ignore. Airstrike tempos were high as well.

After fourteen months of intense fighting for some groups, the majority of the larger guerrilla groups had been crushed and the last were surrendering. Most were put to prisons on other colonies and separated. The smaller, less violent groups were left to be dealt with by law enforcement as it was re-established. There are an estimated 2,500 'separatists' still living in hidden communities throughout the two provinces and as long as they stay away from the rest of the population then law enforcement tends to neglect to hunt them down. 'Live and let live.' There is still a Marine presence in the region, but the public mostly appreciates them thanks to a very major effort to avoid civilian casualties during the fighting and the restraint against violating civil rights.

Currently there are 43 individuals in federal prison on corruption, racketeering, and bribery convictions relating to the situation on Canceron. Six of them were charged with manslaughter relating to the deaths caused by the rioting and ensuing war. The entire board of directors for Telleron National, including the CEO, are wanted on federal charges and are currently on the run. There are half a dozen organizations based on Canceron that are dedicated towards hunting these individuals down. It's rumored that if they find one, the offender will served justice at an isolated location and never found again.

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