- This article describes the planet Balun as depicted in Space Battleship Yamato 2199. For its counterpart in the original series, see Balan. For information on the gate hub located at Balun, see Aquarius gate.
HistoryEditAn alien race known as Aquarius built Balun at some point in the distant past to become the hub of a network of subspace gateways. The hub required massive amounts of power, so its builders designed the planet itself to serve that purpose, forcing Balun into an ovoid shape and intensifying its energy output. The modifications proved to be highly stable and provided seemingly limitless power to the hub and to the operating base inside the calm upper layers of Balun's atmosphere, even long after the alien builders disappeared ("The Wolf from Another Dimension", "Out of the Forest of Memory", "Over the Black Light").
Balun was eventually discovered by the Great Garmillas Empire, and turned into a key military facility for the empire's continuing expansion ("The Wolf from Another Dimension", "Out of the Forest of Memory"). In 2199, a surprise raid by an enemy vessel overloaded the core of the planet, causing a massive explosion that pushed Balun off its axial tilt, turned the planet into a more natural spherical shape, and diminished its energy output. Months after the attack, Balun was orbited by a substantial debris field comprised of the remains of the Aquarius gate hub and thousands of Garmillas ships ("Over the Black Light", "The Forever War").
Although the Japanese name for the planet (バラン星) and its role as a vital intergalactic Garmillas base are similar to that of its counterpart in the original Space Battleship Yamato, a new English language spelling was chosen for official English captions.