The Rubble was a settlement in the 23 Librae system.
It consisted of hundreds of hollowed-out asteroids, moved together and connected by docking tubes, trailing the gas giant Hesiod in the L5 Lagrange point. The Rubble was inhabited by Kig-Yar and Insurrectionists in an uneasy peace, as well as survivors from the UEG colony world Madrigal. A large majority of the Rubble's human population were from the colony of Madrigal, which was glassed by the Covenant. The Rubble also had its own Insurrectionist-owned and almost certainly rampant AI Juliana.
The asteroids that made up the Rubble were mined and constructed by a mix of Kig-Yar and Humans. The Humans that lived on the Rubble were either Insurrectionists, sympathizers, or surviving colonists from the UNSC world Madrigal. The habitats were made up of many asteroids that were linked together with docking tubes. Each of these asteroids had its own means of propulsion, and they were kept together by the machinations and calculations of the "smart" A.I. Juliana. She had been operating far past her normal 7 year life span and was approaching rampancy, but she had to remain in operation because the tasks that she performed were too difficult for humans.
The station was home to several ships that had navigational data that led back to Earth. After the enactment of the Cole Protocol, Spartan Gray Team was sent to the Rubble to eliminate the data. In the end, only one set of nav data managed to survive this event.
The Rubble survived for several years. However, eventually the Kig-Yar betrayed the humans and planned to attack them. In response, Juliana ordered the citizens to evacuate into the Exodus Project, and worked in concert with the Spartan Gray Team and the crew and ODSTs of the UNSC frigate UNSC Midsummer Night then used the empty sections of the Rubble to bombard the enemy before they could get all their transports and warships airborne and attack the humans.
In the Rubble's final moments, part of it was moved by the AI Juliana into a position which would cause the moon Metisette to collide with it. The Habitat, codenamed the "Exodus Project," was transported via slipspace to the 18 Scorpii system, where it disintegrated to form a debris ring around the colony world of Falaknuma. The exact date of destruction is unknown; however, the event took place in the year 2535.
The Rubble's government was a democracy that allowed all of the residents to vote on everything. They would allow anyone to become Rubble citizens, although all UNSC military personnel that were captured had to swallow a motion tracker in the form of a pill that will let the Rubble's AI to track their location. They would also have to report for counseling and would be assigned a case officer that would review the integration process. While Juliana was supposed to abide by the Council's rullings, she was able to act on her own at will and defied the Council to aid the UNSC and Spartan forces on the Rubble as she felt it was in the Rubble's best interests despite what the Council believed.
Security and Defense
The Rubble's security was operated by the Rubble Security Council that was elected by the Rubble citizens. Though most of the security council was corrupted, there were a few to stand with the UNSC.
The Rubble had no official military force but instead had the Rubble Defense Force, which was essentially a glorified militia. The defense force was controlled by the Rubble Security Council and kept its weapons and munitions on Habitat Greenworthy. The asteroids were also protected by a number of Mass drivers as well as a small space fighter force. Despite this, the Rubble seemed to lack a real offensive force or even a real warship that wasn't a converted freighter.
During the Battle of the Rubble and the Battle of Metisette, the Rubble Defense Force was bolstered by UNSC forces in the form of the crew of the Midsummer Night and Spartan Gray Team. The Midsummer Night was apparently the only real warship located in the Rubble at the time of the battles (despite only being a Light Frigate) and acted as the Rubble's offensive force while the Defense Force protected Habitat Exodus from invaders. The Midsummer Night was successfully able to destroy most of the opposing Covenant forces with the help of Juliana and the Rubble itself as a weapon.
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