Freehold Factory is an unclaimed star system in sector grid 1418. It is notable for being a former homeworld of the Freespacers. It is considered to be within the borders of Nepleslian-Controlled Space.
|This is our home, Freehold Oh-Three,
Among its crust we mine the lode,
And play inside its Network Node,
Or pray our thanks for gifts bestowed.
We send our gifts 'cross sky-bound sea,
Out to those distant kin of ours,
Whom dwell among exotic stars,
From here our home, our Fac-to-ry.
– Ballad of Freehold-03, Synthetic Intelligence folksong
A geologically unstable volcanic planet, orbiting Primary at about 0.7 AU. Contains significant ore deposits, though currently untapped due to more accessible nearby asteroid resources.
More commonly referred to as Freehold Factory (see description below). A barren desert planet, colored red by sun and iron oxides. Orbiting Primary at 3.6 AU.
Freehold-03's smaller moon. Completely strip mined and currently being cleared of equipment and settlements.
Freehold-03's larger moon. Intense strip mining operations are currently underway here.
System: Freehold Factory
Planet: Freehold-03 “Freehold Factory”
Type: Barren / Desert
Stellar Radius: 3.6 AU
Surface Gravity: 1.3 G
Length of Day: 145 hours
Length of Year: 614 days
Prior to The Freespacer Genocide, Freehold Factory was once a sprawling industrial complex, most widely known for the fact its entire population was composed purely of both sentient and non-sentient machinery. Its distance from the Great Lighthouse meant that, given their current means of propulsion, the journey would take nearly twice a Freespacer's lifespan.
The complex was also the home to the sister unit to the Great Lighthouse's evanescent wave coupler communications system. This new unit allowed for bulk FTL data transmission between the two systems, or even transfer of entire conscious minds in the form of Synthetic Intelligence. Surrounding the base of this EWC tower was a sprawling “city” composed of mainframes and computer clusters, eventually giving way to heavier industrial complexes on the outskirts.
Freehold Factory, like the Great Lighthouse, was mining and smelting construction resources in bulk. However, Freehold Factory had a significantly smaller number of ships to support as a more distant outpost, so had begun putting its resources towards computer cluster construction and mainframe infrastructure development. In early YE 30, Freehold Factory had become one of the largest fully autonomous city-states in the galaxy, and was projected to reach metropolis-size proportions within a century.
Later on in YE 30, however, the Star Army of Yamatai “glassed” the planet with a highly destructive orbital bombardment, destroying almost everything on or near the surface. This effectively ended Freespacer civilization on the world.
What secrets remained buried there perked the interest of several new Freespacer sub-factions in recent years. By YE 35, the Astral Locksmiths discovered that the incomplete third Stratops mainframe was laid to rest there, and began a massive covert operation to dig it out. The plan ended with sabotage, with one particular dissident bombing their leyline network, and later attempting to turn the entire planet into a personal factory-fortress of their own.
They managed to fight off all comers until YE 35, when the USO organisation attempted to salvage the old evanescent wave coupler and inadvertently blundered into the operation.1) Using the power of the recovered White Lament mothership, the crew decided to go for gold and take on the secret factory too. The very first generation of Death Crawlers were being produced on mass there underground, but were no match for the superior numbers, air support and organisation of the invaders.
Steelrender Lycosidae eventually surrendered and offered her manufacturing services in order to appease the invaders, once again reverting Freehold back into an empty graveyard. The Great Lighthouse sister unit was then stripped, along with all of the remaining underground industrial assets.