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==Planetary History==
===Early History===
Settled by [[Justin Aris]] and his followers in [[2193]], Capella was first the seat of the Capellan Holdfast - a nation of just one planet - and then the centre center of the Capellan Republic when Aris reinvented his realm after first contact with explorers from the nearby [[Sarna Supremacy]]. In parallel with the Republic, Capella became the centre center of the [[Capellan Co-Prosperity Sphere]], a mutual defence defense organization that grew and merged with the Republic to form the [[Capellan Hegemony]] in [[2270]].<ref name="HB:HLp12">''Handbook: House Liao'', p. 12, "Timeline: Capellan Zone"</ref><ref name="HL(TCC)p12">''House Liao (The Capellan Confederation)'', p. 12</ref> Accordingly, when the Terran Alliance commissioned the [[Alliance Grand Survey|Grand Alliance Survey of Populated Worlds]] in [[2235]] it was noted that Capella didn't consider itself to be even nominally under the authority of the [[Terran Alliance]].<ref name="HL(TCC)p9"/>
Justin Aris deliberately concentrated on growing both the arts and the various libraries and centres of learning on Capella in the early 23rd century; drawing on his own classical heritage, he built Capella into a huge data clearing house, as well as a centre for learning, thinking and the arts. In an era when dozens of worlds were struggling with independence and actively suppressing independent thought and expression, Capella actively welcomed scholars and artists with open arms. Justin Aris and Capella revolutionised revolutionized the local region, making information a valuable currency and increasing Capella's influence with the surrounding worlds and nations.<ref name="HB:HLp13">''Handbook: House Liao'', p. 13, "A Precious Commodity"</ref>
===The Capellan Hegemony===
By the late 23rd century, Capella was recognised recognized as being a "Teacher Of Worlds", the home of hundreds of the brightest minds of the day; this continuing growth in intellectual and artistic talent continued to boost the Capellan economy and with it commercial prosperity. Capella was soon a commercial hub to rival [[Chesterton]] or [[Sarna]], and other worlds increasingly worked to develop goodwill from and good faith towards Capella, subtly shifting the flow of goods and barter away from older, more established worlds in favour of Capellan goods.<ref name="HLTCCp13">''House Liao (The Capellan Confederation)'', p. 13, "Capturing The Markets"</ref>
This came to a climax in [[2270]] when the ruling senate of Capella, the Capellan Agoropolis, declared to be a fact what was already a de facto truth in the region - the formation of the Capellan Hegemony, a new nation which included every inhabited world within twelve light years of Capella as well as all of the founding members of the Capellan Co-Prosperity Sphere. While this was well received by the Capellan people, it antagonised antagonized the nearby Sarna Supremacy, who implemented a full-scale economic blockade of the Hegemony. It also triggered an actively expansionist attitude from the Agoropolis and it's leader, [[Nicopolo Aris]]. In addition to acts of goodwill, such as the combined Capellan-Sian task force that freed [[Highspire]] from a pirate blockade, the Capellan Agoropolis also ordered brief conflicts with other states. These conflicts saw Capella attack both the [[St. Ives Mercantile League]] and the [[Ingersoll Concordium]], annexing the Concordium almost immediately and securing economic dominance over several League worlds that became total annexation by [[2292]].<ref name="HLTCCp13"/>
===The Capellan Confederation===
Capella remained the capital world of the Capellan Commonality until the Commonality was disbanded by [[Franco Liao]] after his ascension to the throne of a new realm, the Capellan Confederation. [[Reynard Davion]] of the [[Federated Suns]] had responded to the turmoil within the Capellan Commonality by dispatching troops with the intention of occupying Capella under the guise of a peacekeeping force. Franco played for time, attempting to negotiate with the comamnder commander of the Federated Suns task force, while also assembling troops from the best of the forces available to the various member-nations of the Confederation.<ref name="HL(TCC)p28">''House Liao (The Capellan Confederation)'', p. 28, "A Tiger By The Tail"</ref>
When the [[1st Victoria Lancers|1st]] and [[5th Victoria Lancers]] arrived as the vanguard of the Davion force, they found the streets of the planetary capital, Capella Prime, practically deserted and no sign of the Chancellor and his family. The remaining Federated Suns forces landed on the planet, only to have the mystery of the missing defenses solved the next day when a combined naval force assembled from the fleets of the former St. Ives Mercantile League, Sarna Supremacy and [[Duchy of Liao]] arrived in the system and summarily destroyed the various Federated Suns ships in the system. Franco ordered the Federated Suns forces to surrender unconditionally; the Davion forces refused, believing that there was no way the Chancellor would order an attack on his own capital city.<ref name="HL(TCC)p28+">''House Liao (The Capellan Confederation)'', p. 28, "Hell On Capella Prime"</ref>