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"The city of Tarsonis, on the planet Tarsonis. The most important city on the most important planet of the Confederacy of Man. The city so great they named it twice. The city so large its suburbs had greater populations than some planets. A shining beacon of civilization, keeper of the memories of an Earth now lost to history, myth, and earlier generations."

- Michael Liberty describes the city(src)

The ruins of the capital

Tarsonis City was the capital city of Tarsonis.

A bustling metropolis, the Terran Confederacy was ruled from it in every meaningful way.[1] Both its administration[2] and police force[3] had reputations for corruption.


Tarsonis City was the planet's main city and seat of the Confederate Government.[2] Its population, in the millions,[4] was greater than that of some terran worlds. The sprawling cityscape was punctured by the 'spires' of its tallest buildings,[2] its architecture ranging from such high-rise structures, to slab-like apartment complexes, to slums and mazelike streets.[4] Tarsonis City, Tarsonis was named twice because of its grandeur.[2] Early in his history, the area that became Tarsonis City was home to a series of farms, but these were absorbed into the city as it expanded.[4]

The city is left in ruins

During the Great War, the city was ruined by the Sons of Korhal and zerg invasion of Tarsonis. Rebel and Confederate forces battled in the streets and the western precincts was set aflame by a crashed battlecruiser.[2]

After the Brood War, feral zerg continued to infest the city.[5] Attempts were made by the Terran Dominion to reclaim and salvage the city, but by 2505, these operations had been abandoned. The ruins of the Ghost Academy became briefly occupied by the Scantid Pirates, but was cleared out by a marine recruit group named Meatbag Squadron. However, after the assault the group was attacked by feral zerg under the command of a feral overlord, killing all but one marine, a recruit named Caston Gage. Gage dug graves for his dead squadmates, and speculated that a rescue team would arrive. He didn't want to be found to avoid resocialization, so he set off to wander the ruined streets of the city.[6]

After the End War, a terrorist group known as the Defenders of Man established a base in Tarsonis City. At some point during her time with the Defenders of Man, Nova Terra visited the city. When her wiped memories were partially restored by Reigel, she remembered having gone there.[7] She and her Covert Ops Crew investigated the planet, setting up garrisons surrounding the base to hold off the feral zerg on the planet while she investigated the base.

Tarsonis City, still infested by the zerg

When she entered, her intrusion was discovered, and the Defenders of Man activated a psi emitter in the base and began to evacuate. This lured feral zerg in the base, but did not deter her, and Nova entered the facility's command room.[5] There she killed the technician in charge of the facility, and discovered that the Defenders of Man planned to use psi emitters on a civilian world in order to discredit Emperor Valerian Mengsk.[8]

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  1. Blizzard Entertainment. 2010-07-24. Koprulu Sector Systems: Tarsonis. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2010-07-24.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Grubb, Jeff (February 27, 2001). StarCraft: Liberty's Crusade. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-671-04148-7.
  3. DeCandido, Keith R. A. (November 28, 2006). StarCraft: Ghost: Nova. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-7434-7134-2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Dietz, William C. (April 6, 2010). StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils. Simon & Schuster (Gallery Books). ISBN 978-1416-55084-6.
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  6. Jurgens-Fyhrie, Gavin. "Just an Overlord." (March 21, 2013). Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft Lore: Just an Overlord Accessed 2013-03-21.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Lost Memories. (in English). 2016.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: The Defenders of Man. (in English). 2016.
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