Hellion is a gas giant in the binary star system of Dagyr. It is the 3rd planet out of 5 and sits squarely in the ‘Goldilocks zone’ of this system.
Hellion itself is made up of 90% hydrogen meaning it is an incredibly valuable source of fuel for passing ships. The 1st 4 moons of Hellion are also rich in valuable metals and resources much coveted by large corporations.
It has a 3 tiered ring system with many thousands of asteroids and 5 satellites. The first 4 of these satellites are small, being around the size of the terrestrial moon and sitting within the ring system, but Hellion 5 is of equal size and composition to Earth, orbiting just outside the edge of the rings.
Due to the storms on Hellion, and the unique magnetic properties of the asteroids in the ring system, many communication and scanning equipment does not function properly within the ring system. This has made it a hot spot for pirates and bandits, who prey on the busy shipping lanes centred around Hellion 5.
The Binary stars, Arvakyr and Alsvior, produce a unique, regular electromagnetic pulse, every 6 hours, which allows sensors to detect the system, from far beyond their regular range. All this combines to make Hellion 5 a trading hub and its entire economy revolves around the trade of commodities and the design, sale, outfit and maintenance of spacecraft.
To protect the shipping lanes, the MCF (Merchant Combat Fleet) were employed to defend ships in and out of Hellion 5 and Hellion Prime’s orbit as well as to seek out and destroy any pirates hiding in the ring system. This, unfortunately, is a continuous task as just as many pirates and bandits that are caught and destroyed, flock to the area in search of the lucrative hijacking. To keep the MCF fully crewed and operational in this sector, all citizens of Hellion 5 must serve 4 years of service in the fleet from the ages of 16 to 20. Almost all people either stay in the MCF as career crew or find and develop a profession as a result of their postings. Due to the young recruitment of its crew members, many of its lower ranking commissioned officers are under the age of 20, being promoted from the most exceptional of the conscripts. Advancement tends to be quite rapid in this branch due to the many different fields new recruits can specialise in and the large numbers of crewmen joining and leaving every year.