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A Bull By the Horns: BattleTech AU
« on: 21 December 2020, 00:19:59 »
Hello, this is my first attempt at a battle tech AU. My point of departure is quite a bit earlier than most, and I intend to keep things in a fairly summarized timeline up until the closing days of the 3rd Succession War. At which point I may have a SI appear and be very confused about how the setting is both familiar yet worryingly different. And wondering, correctly, what else he is missing. So without further ado, lets get started.

Timeline:

2540: After several years of negotiation and a series of brutal incidents from the Davion Civil War, the United Hindu Collective ratifies the Basantapur Treaty, accepting membership in the Taurian Concordat as a member state.

2550: After a long debate and pressure from their member state United Hindu Collective, the Taurian Concordat reluctantly signs the Ares Conventions.

2560: The Shiva AeroSpace Fighter enters production as the mainline Taurian Concordat Fighter. It proves surprisingly effective, and the Outworlds Alliance and Magestry of Concordat both purchase substantial exports. They do not purchase, and are not made aware of, the classified Trishula nuclear missile that the Shiva is capable of carrying.

2569: The gradual creation of the Star League results in increasing Taurian concern. A less isolationist foriegn policy due to UHC influence results in Concordat Allowing the sale of 4 Concord class cruisers to the Magistry of Canopus.

2575: The Pollux Proclamation is signed and announced. In the aftermath, Protector Mitchell Calderon move the Taurian Military to high alert and publically releases several licensing restrictions on the Magistry of Canopus and the Outworlds Alliance. Privately, he also transfers production data of the Trishula missile to Canopus. Star League high command is confident that the resulting war will be easy, over by Christmass really, and tells Director General Ian Cameron as such. The Capellan Confederation analysts are notably less confident, though their warnings are ignored.

2578: The Taurian Concordat implements Case Amber, in which they fake an opening in their deployment patterns, seeming to allow an opening to capture the United Hindo Collective capitol of Basantapur. The Federated Sun high command falls for the ruse, and of the 78 warships in the FSN, they commit 50 in the invasion and related operations. After the First Battle of Basantapur, 3 escape, 15 are captured and pressed into Taurian service, and the rest are destroyed along with 15 battle mech regiments caught in space. Taurian forces lose 3 warships in return. The Reunification War has begun.

2579: A minor protest on New Deli at aggression against the Taurian member state of the United Hindu Collective draws little attention despite mishandling by local police. There are no records of Ian Cameron being informed of the event.

2580: In the Second Battle of Basantapur, the SLDF is forced to retreat after Taurian reinforcements arrive. SLDF casualties in ground engagements have now reached 100% of their worst case scenario for the Taurian invasion. Casualties for naval arms are currently at 200% of the entire reunification war.

2585:

Early: After a series of grinding offensives, the SLDF believes the time has come to force a decisive battle. In the 5th battle of Basantapur, the SLDF committed 150 warships and 5 of the remaining FSN warships against 40 warships from the battered Concordat Navy. The Maharaja of the UHC authorizes the deployment of the Trishula Nuclear Missiles for the first time from both warship and system based fighters. SLDF anti fighter doctrine proves woefully inadequate in the face of massed nuclear attack, but squeaks out a pyrrhic victory, with 120 SLDF and 4 FSN warships lost, with most of the remaining 31 survivors requiring months of refits. A large portion of the accompanying invasion fleet is lost as well. 3 Taurian warships escape, although the Concordat Frigate Promise of Vishnu suffers a misjump and is presumed lost with all hands. After a brief period to reform, the SLDF advances on the planet. Calls for an unconditional surrender are ignored, and the SLDF opens with a massive orbital bombardment against civilian targets in blatant violation of the Ares Convention. It is estimated that 10 to 20 percent of Basantapur%u2019s population perishes due to the bombardment and medium term aftermath, though less than 2% of TDF personnel are killed due to planned dispersal.

Mid: Attempts to conceal the 5th Battle of Basantapur fail catastrophically, leading to moderate protests throughout the Terran Hegemony, and open riots across the Indian subcontinent. Attempts to spin the result as Taurian violations of the Ares Conventions are publicly and brutally undercut by the Capellan Confederation%u2019s public complaint. Ian Cameron is by all records horrified by the casualty estimates, which varied from the 10s to 100s millions, yet simultaneously infuriated by the Taurian's use of nuclear weapons. After several weeks of indecision Ian Cameron overrules Carlos Dagmar Lee, and orders all senior officers in the Basantapur Atrocity immediately removed of command and court martialed.

Late: Plans to open other fronts against the MoC, RWR and OWA were continually delayed due to unexpected resistance on the Taurian front. However, in the aftermath of the Basantapur atrocity the Magistry activates Case White, a preemptive assault on Star Fleet Mustering grounds, commiting the vast majority of their naval fleet. Although they outnumber the defenders, the SLDF Force decides to form up near the inhabited planet, well within the 70,000km nuclear weapon exclusion zone specified by the Ares Convention. The Magistry Navy%u2019s opening fighter strike uses Trishula Nuclear Missiles anyway, and pinned against the planet the SLDF task force is torn apart, losing a dozen ships in return for minimal damage to the Magistry naval force. Worse, the capture of a further 5 ships gives the Magistry navy a badly needed shot in the arm. In the aftermath the Terran Hegemony roundly condemns the battle as an atrocity and violation of the Ares Conventions, and orders their suspension in retaliation. Ominously, the Capellan Confederation and Free Worlds League pointedly refrain from all public comment.
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Re: A Bull By the Horns: BattleTech AU
« Reply #1 on: 21 December 2020, 01:54:22 »
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« Reply #2 on: 21 December 2020, 02:09:24 »
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« Reply #5 on: 21 December 2020, 10:39:25 »
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Re: A Bull By the Horns: BattleTech AU
« Reply #6 on: 21 December 2020, 15:32:59 »
more please?
More you say? Hmm...

Well, while the next bit of the timeline isn't ready, I can give you something. Two somethings actually! Both are a bit spoilery though, so read at your own risk.

The first is a brief explanation of the Shiva Fighter, and why I made it.

The creation of the Shiva came from a simple conceit: the Star League shouldn't get all the cool toys. A lot of them? Sure, but not all of them. They also aren't the only ones who spread around long forgotten cache's of Lost Tech for protagonists to stumble over and inevitably blow up, although they are the majority of them.

The Shiva itself is a 100 ton Aerofighter, and the heaviest in the world when it is produced. Otherwise, its mostly not especially notable in its capabilities, being heavily armored, but somewhat slow and undergunned. However, it has a single positive quirk that allows it to mount 3 Trishula nuclear missiles, where at the time all of their competitors can mount at most 1 Alamo. Or three of the visually similar Pashupatastra missiles that the Outworld's Alliance will soon be debuting.

What? I can't give the Taurian's all the cool toys.  :P


Next here is a completely correct yet highly misleading list of nations at the dawn of the 3000's. At least according to the Inner Sphere anyway*


Federated Suns
Lyrian Commonwealth
Draconis Combine
Free Worlds League
Capellan Confederation
Terran Confederacy
Taurian Concordat
OutWorlds Alliance
Magistry of Canopus
Delphian Republic
Augrian Coalition
Azami State

*list does not include so called "bandit kingdoms" or anyone with less than 20 worlds and at at least 3 regiments of battlemechs.


There, aren't I a generous author?  >:D

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Re: A Bull By the Horns: BattleTech AU
« Reply #7 on: 21 December 2020, 15:40:56 »
I will see how this goes. I like it as an AU so far not sure about the SI but that will depend on the writing quality more than anything else so will take a wait and see apporach.
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Re: A Bull By the Horns: BattleTech AU
« Reply #8 on: 22 December 2020, 15:24:17 »
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Re: A Bull By the Horns: BattleTech AU
« Reply #9 on: 26 December 2020, 22:57:14 »
2586

Early: The 6th battle of Basantapur begins with a major Taurain fleet arriving on the heels of Ian Cameron’s removal of the majority of the SLDF command staff. A coordinated attack from the Taurian fleet and a ground counter attack from the Messengers of Shiva overwhelmed the confused and battle weary SLDF, driving them back with extremely heavy losses.

Late: Angered by the news of SLDF atrocities, and furious at Amaris’s failure to condemn the atrocities, the 4th Republican Dragoons defect to the command Catherine Dormax. Within two months, the Loyalist Republican Guard’s position is totally untenable. They only barely manage to get Gregory Amaris off world, but they are effectively destroyed as a unit and Apollo falls to the RWA

2587 The Pause. The Taurian Concordat is too exhausted to try anything but extremely limited counter attacks, and the SLDF is unwilling to commit to major fleet actions until they have adjusted their doctrine to mitigate the Shiva. In the Rim Republic, Catherine Dormax manages to consolidate her position, being named Prostátis, Protector, for the duration of the conflict.

2588: The RWA begins Operation Olympus, a large-scale offensive designed to bring an end to the Republic Civil War by rapidly defeating loyalist nodal forces. By the end of the year, the 5th Fusaliers are no more, and the 2nd and 3rd Dragoons have defected to Republican forces.

The SLDF begins operation Kalki, an attempt to grind down the Taurian Navy in a series of minor battles, relying of the SLDF’s superior industrial capacity and heavy AeroSpace Fighter escorts. Orders are not to enter the Basantapur system until it has been isolated and the Taurian's have been sufficiently reduced.

2589: The SLDF finally launches its invasions of the Outworlds Alliance, and Rim Worlds Republic, unable to couninance further delay. The beginnings are not auspicious.

In the Rim World’s Republic another wave of defections sweep the loyalists, and the SLDF is bogged down in a fruitless search of the Stars End, hunting a fictional secret Shiva factory.

In the Outworlds Alliance, the offensive against Bryceland did not even touch ground, as the escorting Aerospace fighters were mousetrapped by Alliance Shiva fighters, and ripped to pieces by the Alliance’s homegrown long range anti fighter cluster munition, the Pashupatastra. The invasion force retreated rather than risk the Outworlds fighters rearming with nuclear warheads. Warheads that postwar intelligence indicate that the Outworlds did not have on Bryceland.

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Re: A Bull By the Horns: BattleTech AU
« Reply #10 on: 27 December 2020, 19:27:05 »
Interesting if the Periphery states can make the campaigns more costly than even the original time around they may be able to sue for peace with a decent chance. Plus the Out Worlds Alliance would likely still have made its deal with the FedSuns so it is in an even better place since they were the only state that got anything coming close to a proper treaty.
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Re: A Bull By the Horns: BattleTech AU
« Reply #11 on: 27 December 2020, 22:40:45 »
The Taurian Concordat is roughly a third again as large as it was in the OTL, with all that implies for its economy, industry, and most importantly military.

To give a point of comparison, the 5th and 6th Battles of Basantapur in 2586 and 2587 are the replacement for the 2581 Robsart Campaign, where the SLDF broke the back of the Taurian navy in exchange for roughly 80 warships destroyed or crippled. In this timeline they lost something like 150 ships over two battles, plus most of what was left of the Davion fleet in exchange for killing 40 Taurian ships.*

So yeah, this is going to be significantly bloodier for the Inner Sphere. They're well behind their OTL schedule, and the MoC in particular has used the reprieve to get their military in order, and started their by war using nuclear weapons in (technical) violation of the Ares Convention. While the RWA has actually managed to centralize and are clearly winning the civil war pre Star League intervention.

* Its very important to note that the Shiva, while an excellent weapon system for the time, is only achieving these kill ratios when there  are substantial extenuating circumstances. 5th Basantapur was a total strategic and tactical surprise where the SLDF didn't realize what was going on until the nukes were already landing. 6th Basantapur had most of the SLDF command structure arrested for war crimes right before the battle. Case White had the SLDF take a terrible tactical position to try to rules lawyer the nukes out of play, and the MoC launching nukes anyway.
« Last Edit: 27 December 2020, 22:51:28 by monkeytypewriter »

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Re: A Bull By the Horns: BattleTech AU
« Reply #12 on: 28 December 2020, 09:42:30 »
Well yeah the Nukes for all that they are powerful need a lot of hits on a warship to bring it down as most power and energy is lost in space unless you somehow managed to get it inside the hull of the ship. Without that you need to saturate the warship with multiple in order to get through and cause significant damage. It is only a good thing that SLDF ships suck at having anti-ASF weapons so can't stop the fighters from getting close and launching nukes.
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