|Type||Inhabited World (lapsed), Dead World|
|Surface Gravity||0.89 g|
Once a prosperous world and home to six billion souls, Akihabara is famous for “uniting” the superpowers under a single cause: the world’s complete eradication. Modern Akihabara is nothing more than a ball of irradiated slag, its cities reduced to pools of lava, its fields burned to cinders and what remains of its people enslaved by independent groups that dared avoid the superpowers’ wrath to loot the world as it burned. Criminal organizations, such as New Roman or Kasselian pirates, are the only remaining inhabitants of the world, using it as a safe haven from the war that rages throughout the galaxy.
Akihabaran history began with its discovery by the U.S.S.R. in the 22nd century. The Soviets reserved the area for colonization and terraforming equipment was sent, but the Collapse occurred before the Soviets could send any men to the world. As the Soviets and Americans fought one another throughout the stars, records were sold by desperate Cheka agents to a Japanese aerospace corporation based in Venus, which saw an opportunity to escape the chaos. Taking refugees, voluntary and involuntary, from Europe, Asia and North America, the Akihabara Corporation collected a large labor force to develop the world once they arrived.
The Akihabara fleet arrived in the 2280s and terraforming was completed a century later. In this time, the roots Akihabaran society were set down. The Japanese corporate leaders established themselves as a hereditary ruling class. A hundred years of inbreeding and living in a zero-gravity environment with little if any physical exercise weakened them physically, and while their workers were on the average weaker than Terran humans they could easily overpower their masters. By the time of the superpower attack most Akihabaran aristocracy couldn’t even survive for too long on their own world. However, the Akihabaran aristocracy ruled orbital space and maintained a series of mass drivers in geosynchronous orbit over almost every major planetside colony. Rebellions, most of communist nature, were attempted multiple times but were put down via orbital bombardment. Two distinct cultures developed on Akihabara: an orbital, hedonistic elite and a frugal, constantly impoverished planetary lower class. Despite this, Akihabara’s elite recognized that it should create a welfare program if it wanted to stop killing its own citizens, so the economy became a mix of socialism and capitalism.
As the modern superpowers ascended, archivists searching pre-Collapse records eventually rediscovered Akihabara. The first expedition was sent by the Conseil Systems in the mid-2600s, with Coalition and Technocracy missions sent soon afterward. Fearing a superpower-backed coup or outright takeover, Akihabara made concessions to every superpower as they visited. The obvious contradictions in policy were either ignored or followed through only when representatives of the respective superpowers were present. Forward bases for all three superpowers were granted, famously resulting in all three assigning defensive fleets to the world. This setup only managed to last a decade before the superpowers’ massive bureaucracies realized what was happening.
The Conseil were the first to notice and made an ultimatum: either Akihabara expels the others superpowers and submits as a Conseil puppet or the entire planet is burned to ashes by the Red Armada. Akihabara agreed immediately, granting the Conseil exclusive rights. As the militaries of the other two superpowers were expelled, they contacted their respective capitals about the situation. This moved both to action, and fleets were sent to Akihabara. The Akihabaran government caved to the Coalition fleet, and the Technocracy fleet when it arrived after the Coalition’s. The United Technocracies, noticing the nature of the situation, ordered their fleet to stay. When a Conseil, and later a Coalition fleet arrived to confront Akihabara about breaking their treaties in 2735, the situation reached a boiling point.
Although tensions were high between the three superpowers at the time, they made the decision not to fight amongst themselves over a world that is loyal to none of them. All three decided to confront the Akihabaran government simultaneously to see how the Akihabarans would react. The Akihabarans famously declared that they wanted to be allies of all three superpowers, but if that was not possible it would prefer to be left alone. The superpowers didn’t trust the Akihabarans to remain isolationist, especially if they could be bullied by a fleet sent secretly to the system. The Akihabrans were granted their isolation, but fleets from the three superpowers were constantly positioned in the system.
The peaceful but tense situation continued until 2741 when Akihabara became the final refuge of the infamous “Judean Six,” six Judean spies that found the Coalition’s scrapped plans for Neu Stuttgart IV. Feeling that such information could be used to blackmail the Coalition for whatever demands it desired, the Akihabaran leadership gave the spies refuge in exchange for the documents. The blackmail didn't work as planned, since by the time Akihabara confronted the Coalition it was already sending advisers to the fragmenting the Mittelland Union State and was not pleased at all that a planetary government thought it could threaten it. As the Coalition reinforced its in-system fleets and sent actual troops to Neu Stuttgart IV to “secure” the situation there, Akihabara appealed to the Conseil, but to their dismay the superpower rebuked them. The Judeans at the time were asserting their independence from the Conseil’s sphere of influence and had intended to use the Neu Stuttgart situation to distract their masters, and the Akihabarans had aided them. The Akihabarans had also forced the Coalition’s hand and increased the Coalition’s presence on a world they desired to take by proxy. Interestingly, this put the Conseil and Coalition on the same side, as both desired to destroy Akihabara. The Akihabarans lastly appealed to the United Technocracies, but the Technocracies realized that the other two superpowers would unite to put it down if it aided Akihabara and it disliked the Akihabarans for their waffling. Instead, it joined the other two superpowers in declaring war on the planet.
The three superpowers, realizing they were united in this particular cause, decided to put aside their differences in-system and treated the war against Akihabara as a weapons demonstration. The planet would have to be reduced to an airless rock so the superpowers don’t fight for it and start a greater war. No troops would land on the planet so no superpower could accuse the other two of firing on their troops. Instead, all attacks would be conducted from orbit. The planet was divided into three parts, each given to a superpower as a “demonstration area,” where each superpower could show off the might of their orbital weapons. After the paltry Akihabaran orbital defenses were swept aside, the three fleets positioned themselves over each designated third. Observers from all over the galaxy were encouraged to watch as Akihabara was slowly destroyed.
Cities were depopulated as they were bombarded with new chemical, biological and radiological weapons. Maddened civilians decayed alive and cannibalized their brethren as various strains of the “Lazarus” disease swept over cities and refugee camps. The United Technocracies was particularly fond of vaporized acid clouds that burned the skin, eyes and lungs of anyone unlucky enough to be caught in them. At the same time, criminal organizations and particularly daring corporations sent agents down to these cities before they were inevitably destroyed by the fleets above. Anything of value, especially Akihabaran tabulators, was stolen from abandoned stores and homes. More ruthless groups “saved” the doomed Akihabarans in order to enslave them.
The uninhabited areas of Akihabara were also fair game, and some of the higher-yield weapons available to the superpowers were used in areas where there were no substantial population areas, as the superpowers had agreed to demonstrate anti-population weapons on as many Akihabarans as possible, so a quick death for the cities was not ideal. Once-prosperous fields were burned to ashes by powerful EMSEL and sonnematerial weapons. Fault lines and volcanoes were the targets of high-yield nuclear weapons and coilguns, setting off earthquakes and volcanic eruptions all throughout the planet. Even the ice caps were targeted to create massive floods, resulting in a bar fight between Conseil and Technocracy naval personnel who both took credit for melting the gigantic Hoenn glacier.
The destruction of Akihabara continued well into 2742. Even though the Coalition and Conseil were technically at war at the time, both had agreed to mutual ceasefire in the system. When bioscans of the world revealed that almost no life remained, the various fleets departed for their home systems and left the world to be picked apart by whoever wished to. Today, many parts of Akihabara are still extremely hostile, and only the most daring or desperate dare to set foot on the world.