Gyre is a planet located in the Altair system and is one of the furthest colonies from Earth at 16.7 light-years away from Sol.


Gyre was colonized in 2133 by the newly established Interplanetary Strategic Alliance, and was found to have a surprisingly oxygen rich, breathable atmosphere, eliminating most of the terraforming process. Gyre is smaller and colder than Vekta, largely ocean, and with millions of tiny islands dotting the surface. It is likely that it may be a holiday destination for Earth's and Vekta's civilians.

The colony was under threat from the Helghast, and if it was invaded by them, it would take weeks for the ISA or UCN to assist and Gyre would fall to the Helghast in a matter of hours like Vekta did, likely having a weaker ISA presence than their neighbor. However, Scolar Visari was more interested in Vekta as it was the original home world of the Helghast people. Following after Visari's death, his daughter Hera Visari fled to Gyre and remained there during the duration of the Second Extrasolar War until her departure for New Helghan.

As of 2390, Gyre was in the middle of a labor crisis in which millions of Helghast labor unions working in the industrial sectors staged protests for better working conditions, and accusing factory owners for criminal negligence. The crisis subsequently turned into a planet-wide revolt after the accused factory owners were acquitted and provoking disaffected Helghast to taking control of several major city districts and government buildings.[1] Gyre's military proved itself too weak to quell the unrest and forcing the government to negotiate with the Helghast Workers Union Party to peacefully end the bloodshed.[2]

Subsequently, the Aldridge government was forced to step down after a vote of no confidence from opposition parties. New elections were held for a new government in which the Workers Union Party soon came into power.[3] Although the Helghast Workers Union Party promised to implement reforms, they ultimately failed to live up to its promises and instituted a state of repression, which spurred both Helghast and Vektan demonstrators, working together in a rare moment of solidarity, in condemning the new government.[4][5]


  1. Vektan Daily, "Gyre in Turmoil"
  2. Vektan Daily, "Government Offers Deal"
  3. Vektan Daily, "Sad Day for Gyre"
  4. Helghast Daily News, "Bloody Unrest in Gyre"
  5. Vektan Daily, "The Grass Isn't Greener on Gyre"
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