A Thousand Dirty Planets
Ares 3 is a former mining colony in the Aventine Cluster that expanded into a major central hub. This turned it in to one of the first Mohilar targets. The first battle for Ares 3 was won and eventually the Mohilar retreated away from the bleed. 20 years later the Mohilar returned with much larger forces, annihilated all the population that couldn’t be evacuated, devastated the planet, and wiped out a significant portion of the Combine fleet. This was one of the first actions in what we now call the Mohilar War. Ares 3 is now a desolate wasteland, completely devoid of natural life. Electrical storms cover the sky, ash fills the air, toxic fumes hang heavy in atmosphere, and there are dangerous levels of radiation. Tens of thousands of scavengers now occupy the planet, grouping round the old cities where salvage is more plentiful. The combine has not declared Ares 3 as an emergency evacuation zone so settlement there is not illegal. No salvage rights have been sanctioned on the planet however, and savaging Ares 3 is considered by the Combine to be a regulatory infraction.