The outpost world of FGI-1179 (known to many as Plincy) had been highly contested for many years, often changing hands several times a season. Aside from its own natural resources, it was also the gateway to the heavily mined Luponos Worlds. Despite this, there was nothing in its climate that appealed to anyone; anyone, that is, except for the Holy Order of Isbjörnarna. Venerating the spirit of the Polar Bear as their god, the order believed the planet to be a holy site and announced their intention to make it their own. They waged war, and won.
The world continues to be very sparsely populated. Few live there outside of the mercenaries and the essentials of their support. Here the order maintains their headquarters, training facilities, barracks, etc, as well as extensive fields (predominantly of potatoes) and hardy sheep that have been genetically modified to survive the harsh conditions of the frozen world. Few mining operations exist, as the order's priests believe the spirit of the Polar Bear would view that as sacrilege. However, they take no issue with profiting off of the traffic that flows between the Core worlds and the Luponos Cluster.
Despite their religious underpinnings, the order freely accepts mercenary contracts based purely on the business aspects of such conflicts. The soldiers who make up its ranks are all devout, disciplined, and very well trained.
Isbjörnarna are forever associated with their favorite vehicle, the Holy Hovercraft. Highly mobile, capable of traversing land and sea of many types, they are well-built and sturdy craft.
A few varieties exist, ranging in size, armor and armament, and speed:
- The heaviest are slow but well protected, with a great deal of firepower; the largest are troop transports
- The bulk of their number strike a balance between mobility and firepower/armor
- Scouts are lightly armed and armored but very fast and stealthy
The mercenaries maintain a fleet of starships skilled at performing insertions onto hostile worlds, allowing them to unleash their ranks of Holy Hovercraft upon the foe.