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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #90 on: 23 November 2021, 00:33:44 »
It's probably a highly modified HPG that generates a KF field near the hostile jumpship and thus preventing it from using it's FTL ability or.....boooom
Remember, they can detect normal FTL travel it's arival point before the ship is there.

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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #91 on: 23 November 2021, 01:19:43 »
1 January 3034
Update Around the Inner Sphere


 Across the Inner Sphere, on hundreds of worlds, the people of the Inner Sphere slowly began to receive medical care that had been lost to history. At first, the medical care was provided for by Star League era MASH units staffed by Hegemony medical personnel. Slowly, hospitals and clinics were upgraded, doctors and nurses were trained how to properly use the new equipment. A near constant flow of medical equipment flowed from the Terran Hegemony, arriving at Terra by Slip Stream equipped ships and then moved to standard Jumpships for the final delivery. On the capitol worlds of every signatory nation, a fully equipped state of the art hospital was constructed as a teaching facility, the teachers were from the Terran Hegemony.

 Additional Jumpships and Hegemony engineers were scattered across the Inner Sphere repairing water purification systems, atmospheric processors and even solar shields where needed. The parts and equipment came from the Terran Hegemony, while outside of the Federated Suns, which still maintained the technology to manufacture most of the special equipment, manufacturing plants were being built. Under agreement with the Federated Suns manufacturer's, orders also flowed in from other nations to help supply the needed parts.

 Surveys were still ongoing within most nations on reclaiming worlds where the technology loss had rendered them uninhabitable. The Hegemony's DOME teams were extremely busy on the worlds within 30LY of Terra itself. Of primary focus was Killbourn, Rocky and New Stevens. Rocky suffered heavily during the Amaris Coup and then the 1st SW, suffering many nuclear strikes. But after 200 years, much of the planet had slowly healed itself. DOME surveys had installed water purification equipment, seeded the Obsidian Sea with algae which quickly began restoring oxygen levels to the waters. Radiation levels were within the tolerance levels for habitation. It was estimated that in 10 years, Rocky would be ready for the first colonists.

 New Stevens had also suffered heavily during the various wars, rendering the atmosphere deadly. DOME installed atmospheric processors to scrub the atmosphere of the deadly toxins. Estimates were 15-20 years before even an attempt could be made at colonizing the world again.

 Killbourn had also suffered, but mainly from a deadly toxin introduced into the vast waters of Killbourn by Amaris' troops. Water purification and algae were installed. Of particular concern was the native reptiles which had developed immunity to the toxins, but also had become deadly by secreting a deadly toxin from their skin if handled. Three DOME personnel lost their lives before anyone knew about this development.

 The region of space 30LY from Terra was a beehive of activity as hundreds of Hegemony Jumpships flowed from Terra to the surrounding systems. Delivering aid, medical care, repair parts for failing equipment, installing new equipment to replace destroyed and even normal goods and food. DOME teams worked where they were needed at a frantic but expert pace. They had all been reminded that these were former Hegemony worlds and they deserved the very best the Hegemony could provide. Storm inhibitors on Bryant were repaired or replaced to once again control the raging storms across the planet.

 In the Terran system, Blue Nose Clipperships was once again manufacturing Jumpships for sell to anyone. Merchant, Tramp, Star Lord Jumpships were the primary ships in demand. With 30 slips operating once again, over 100 Jumpships per year were bing manufactured. The Belters, initially very skeptical of the Terran Hegemony, had slowly warmed up some and now provided a majority of the workers for the Blue Nose Clipperships complex. The Di Tron shipyard became a legal battle between the Terran Hegemony and Iota Industries over ownership. The long decommissioned Krester Shipyards would take another 3 years to fully repair and upgrade, by order of the Director General, the repairs on Blue Nose Clipperships had taken priority.

 On Thazi, Mark Cameron, once elated to be free of the office, much to his irritation, was named Regent by Director General Anastasia Cameron. His only consoling thought was that he did not have to play political games with all the various leaders. He just had to keep this part of the Terran Hegemony safe and providing the much-needed equipment and material flowing as the orders came in.

 On Azur, Amber had been forced to dedicate only 15% of her capabilities to the Hegemony Navy's tasking as a constant flow of DOME surveys flowed in and she was forced to allocate more of time to working problems for DOME.

 In the Federated Suns, with help from the Terran Hegemony, they surpassed all other Houses in decoding the Helm Memory Core and placing the rediscovered technology into production. Trillions flowed as across the Federated Suns, existing manufacturing plants upgraded, retooled or even new facilities were manufactured. Endo Steel construction has been recovered in 3032, but it was only now that the first orbital factories began producing it in amounts needed. This vital material was needed for the production of many other recovered technologies. Much to First Prince Hanse Davion's irritation, Director General Anastasia Cameron refused to assist in any way on military equipment or military technology beyond deciphering the Helm Memory Core. Nor would she even assist in repairing the hundreds of former Com Guard Battlemechs they had been given.

 In the Lyran Commonwealth, the deciphering of the Helm Memory Core progressed at a slower pace, mainly because the scientists assigned focused on recovering manufacturing and civilian technology over military technology. Archon Katrina Steiner had under gone a complicated series of organ replacements grown for her by Hegemony doctors in 3033. She was now cancer free and healthy.

 In the Draconis Combine, Coordinator Takashi Kurita had been forced to admit to himself that Director General Anastasia Cameron had been true to her word as medical facilities were upgraded or built. Recovery from the Helm Memory Core progressed, focusing on the military technology to the exclusion of everything else. He was very concerned by the growing "alliance" of the Federated Suns and Lyran Commonwealth, so much that he had even started giving thought to blessing his son Theodore's suggestion on the Rasalhague problem. It had it's merits, it would place a buffer between his nation and the Lyran Commonwealth, allowing him to focus on the Federated Suns. Though he never gave up trying to figure out how to get Dieron back, he just was not sure he wanted to risk a war with the Terran Hegemony. Not yet anyway.

 The Capellan Confederation actually saw a huge economic boom over the last few years, trade with the Federated Suns, Terran Hegemony and Lyran Commonwealth growing every quarter. This new "friendship" also allowed the Capellan military to shift it's forces, where they had quickly faced a series of strong raids, almost invasion scale from the recently independent Duchy of Andurien and even forces from the Magistracy of Canopus. While they had suffered set backs, they had quickly regained the upper hand and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy forces.

 The Free Worlds League gained from their former Comstar guests vital assistance in decoding the Helm Memory Core. But they also gained the first manufacturing facility outside of Terra itself (that they knew about) that could manufacture parts and even complete HPG systems. Captain General Thomas Marik was not sure where Primus Myndo Waterly got the technology, because it was not in the Helm Memory Core. He also did not know about a planet named Jardine, which Primus Waterly had made several trips to, without his knowledge. One of the Hidden Worlds, scrubbed from every data bank known to Comstar, even deeper after Taussen had fallen silent. Along with Obeedah in the Capellan Confederation, they were the last of the Hidden Worlds.

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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #92 on: 23 November 2021, 01:48:22 »
Hello,

So what has happened to SLS Tirpitz as well as the Blackwatch Regiment?

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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #93 on: 23 November 2021, 11:36:21 »
Good point.  However, I'm curious the sheer scale of what is to come.  Clans had like 400 ships from Exodus, but not even quart of them were operational.  Hope we can get into meaty military conflict soon.
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« Reply #94 on: 23 November 2021, 11:56:10 »
Does the SLS Tirpitz have slipstream abilities or not?
Because that could change things, there.
I would think the ship that picked her up, had Blackwatch on board of it.

The Clans will face overpowering local firepower, like 100 warships vs 5 or so.
They simply get eaten, bit by bit.

No, what I am wondering about is the Wolf Dragoons their reaction to it all, that one could be quite good.
I am also wondering if Camelot Command has been restored as well.

What was the date again?
Is Markham's Marauders around, with the Argo or not?
There are quite a few things still around, one of the more fun things, could actually be in 3058, when the SLS Manassas comes out of her temporal jump.

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« Reply #95 on: 23 November 2021, 13:09:54 »
1 January 3034
Clan Homeworlds


 After several placement Trials, Clan Diamond Shark had been defeated and the task of scouting the Inner Sphere went to Clan Goliath Scorpion and Clan Burrock. Clan Star Adder had been the first to enlarge their breeding program in an effort to have enough replacement warriors for the coming Invasion. This was quickly followed by the other Clans. The trials over which Clan would take which world in the Cluster near Waypoint 531 had lasted over a year and it had been overly bloody from ilKhan Gerrik N'Buta's point of view. But finally, the Trials were over and they could begin the next phase of preparation.

 Castile - Clan Wolf (2 Cluster)/Clan Coyote (3 Cluster)
 Granda - Clan Nova Cat (1 Galaxy)/Clan Blood Spirit (1 Galaxy)
 Cordoba - Clan Jade Falcon (2 Cluster)/Clan Diamond Shark (1 Galaxy)
 Galicia - Clan Burrock (2 Cluster)/Clan Cloud Cobra (3 Cluster)
 Navarre - Clan Ghost Bear (2 Cluster)/Clan Snow Raven (1 Galaxy)
 Aragon - Clan Star Adder (1 Galaxy)/Clan Steel Viper (1 Galaxy)
 Valencia - Clan Hell's Horses (1 Galaxy)/Clan Fire Mandrill (2 Cluster)
 Leon - Clan Ice Hellion (2 Cluster)/Clan Goliath Scorpion (3 Cluster)
 Asturias - Clan Smoke Jaguar (1 Cluster)

 With only 17 Clans and 9 targets, Trials were held to decide which Clan would have the honor of taking their system alone. Clan Smoke Jaguar had fought hard to win that right. ilKhan Gerrik N'Buta had decreed that each Clan could conduct their operations as they saw fit, this was after all a rehearsal for the return to the Inner Sphere and they needed to find out what worked. To gain the most information, he had worked hard to prevent hostile Clan's from being on the same target, which luckily, he did not face much resistance from the other Khans. The invasion would begin on 1 July 3034. Additional preparations were made in that ilKhan Gerrik N'Buta had ordered the Clan's reserve warships caches opened and the ships to be brought back to service.

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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #96 on: 23 November 2021, 14:57:23 »
Woah!  :o  I wasn't expecting the Clans to do that!
Goodbye Nueva Castile, and the other Deep Periphery (semi-big) states.
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« Reply #97 on: 23 November 2021, 17:52:01 »
The only good part is that after this wave is (eventually) halted, is that the Clans will have almost nothing left.

But there are going to be a lot of deaths before that happens

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« Reply #98 on: 23 November 2021, 19:06:43 »
The clans get to have their little curb stomp before they get curb stomped by the OG Hegemony...  ^-^

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« Reply #99 on: 25 November 2021, 13:30:09 »
28 May 3034
Deep Periphery


 A small village was engulfed in flame, civilians fled the inferno, only to be cut down by the surrounding troops. The scene suddenly shifted, a building exploded, bodies violently thrown into the air. Another scene shift, a patrol of unarmored Elementals engulfed in Inferno gel.
 Again, the scene shifted, a group of warriors eating a meal, suddenly they all started falling over, their faces turning a dark red. Behind them, the lower caste, which did the cooking smiled.
 A mist appeared, and then suddenly, it started to clear, a warrior beat a lower caste and suddenly a shot rang out and the warrior fell.
 A new swirling mist appeared and then cleared to reveal a swarm of civilians, crudely armed, falling by the hundreds as they swarmed the Omnimechs with crude explosives, slowly their numbers began to tell as the Omnimechs slowly fell on by one.
 A bright light caused him to shield his eyes until it started to dim and he could see once again. Before him, he saw a large crowd watching as food, medical supplies and clothing were distributed. He turned and saw a man calmly explaining the ways of the Clans to another large group.
 Another turn and he saw a figure, clearly a warrior, opening a door for a elderly couple, allowing them to enter the building first. They thanked him with a friendly smile and wave. Further beyond children were playing, a group of unarmored Elementals stood watching, smiles on their face.

 
 saKhan Severen Leroux jerked awake suddenly, he was covered in sweat. A vision, clearly it had been a vision, he thought. His mind, now awake, slowly worked over what he remembered and what it meant.

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« Reply #100 on: 25 November 2021, 13:34:18 »
Leave it to the Nova Cats...  ::)

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« Reply #101 on: 25 November 2021, 13:38:10 »
Quite clear a vision as well.

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« Reply #102 on: 25 November 2021, 13:47:29 »
Hmm... I´m not sure what daily life in Nueva Castile and the Caliphate is like, but from much of the Periphery, outside nations like the Magistracy, Concordat and Outworld Alliance, life under the Clans would definitely be a step up - as long as the Clan in question plays it smart, with the carrot to with the stick.
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« Reply #103 on: 25 November 2021, 14:35:39 »
That's a very weird vision.  He expected periphery people to expect want to be Clan or murder them when their relax.
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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #104 on: 25 November 2021, 14:38:48 »
Hmm... I´m not sure what daily life in Nueva Castile and the Caliphate is like, but from much of the Periphery, outside nations like the Magistracy, Concordat and Outworld Alliance, life under the Clans would definitely be a step up - as long as the Clan in question plays it smart, with the carrot to with the stick.
From what I remember, despite the name the Caliphate is actually a fairly democratic meritocracy with sophisticated arts and sciences. Whereas the Castilians were once an agrarian culture prior to the Caliphate invasion, subsequently becoming a rigid feudal society with noble families often fighting each other as much as the Caliphate with kidnappings and assassination not uncommon.

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« Reply #105 on: 25 November 2021, 16:10:19 »
With multiple Clans invading they will likely have different responses.

Some of the more brutal Clans are likely to suffer the worst part.  Other Clans who treat the invasion as more of a humanitarian mission are likely to get welcomed.

The problem is that to get the second response they have to act more like Star League disaster relief then the typical Clans.

The issue is that the Clans have one recent example of genociding a Star League populace in the Tanite Worlds.  This means they have probably forgotten almost all of their history.

They are lucky that the Hegemony never found out about it.

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« Reply #106 on: 25 November 2021, 22:09:09 »
Its going to be a messy war.
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« Reply #107 on: 26 November 2021, 03:48:05 »
Its going to be a messy war.

And the worst stories are more likely to get out first, meaning people on the outer rim of the Inner Sphere will be alerted to brutal invaders with advanced technology.

Could be an interesting bit of confusion briefly, people think that the TH(r) is forcing a second Reunification War out of sight and out of mind; then surprise, it's the Clans!

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« Reply #108 on: 26 November 2021, 07:01:04 »
The Hegemony won't be confused at all...  ^-^

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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #109 on: 26 November 2021, 18:51:16 »
1 August 3034
Granada (Clan Nova Cat/Clan Blood Spirit)


 In a 2 week campaign, they had defeated the main garrison on the first day, it took another 13 days to hunt down and secure the surrender of the rest. There had been several "bandit" attacks on the Clan Blood Spirit forces, which had been put down brutally. Clan Blood Spirit had responded to the first attack by destroying the small village closest to where the attack had occurred. The new lower caste under Blood Spirit rule were not cooperating well at all. On the other hand, those under Clan Nova Cat rule, while not singing in joy, at least were not actively obstructing work. Finally, Khan Phillip Johns made a visit to saKhan Severn Leroux in the Clan Nova Cat sector.

 "Tell me saKhan Leroux, why is it your lower caste are not being as difficult as mine?" Khan Johns asked

 "Before I answer, have you seen the holovid from Asturias?" saKhan Leroux asked

 "I have. It does not surprise me. They are Jaguars after all." Khan Johns replied

 "The town they destroyed was estimated to contain 18 thousand lower caste. So far, Clan Smoke Jaguar has lost 18 Mechwarrior and 29 Elementals to the resistance. The better part of their Cluster they sent. I have word that they are sending another 2 Clusters to help quell the place. I forbid my warriors from any such reactions. I have ordered medical techs out to all the small villages. I have our Merchant caste bringing in food, medical supplies, and anything else they can think of to make this new enclave a productive part of Clan Nova Cat as soon as possible." saKhan Severn Leroux said

 "So, your plan is to win them over with kindness. To bribe them?" Khan Johns stated

 "Neg, not bribe. To show them that joining Clan Nova Cat and working with us is better than trying to resist us. Only time will tell if this will work long term, but for now, it seems to be working. This new enclave has double the population as all our other holdings combined." saKhan Leroux replied before switching subjects "Our holdings contain most of the mining operations, but your holdings contain the Battlemech factory. What shape it it in?"

 "My technicians tell me it is okay. It will take much work to bring it up to our standards. I am open to a deal saKhan Leroux." Khan Johns said

 "Half the production, for that Clan Nova Cat will provide the raw material from our mines." saKhan Leroux said

 "I want the Supernova plans for the factory. It uses standard equipment, not nearly as costly. I do not want to expend the resources for the advanced material outside the weapons. With the invasion in the near future, expansion of our forces is a must, and it will be expensive. I fear we will need to open our remaining Brian Caches of Star League equipment before this is over." Khan Johns stated

 "Bargained well and done Khan Johns." saKhan Leroux said

Castile (Clan Wolf/Clan Coyote)

 Khan Ulric Kerensky stood before the seated leaders of Clan Wolf's new lower caste. "You are now all part of Clan Wolf. As long as you perform your assigned tasks to the best of your ability, you will prosper. We are going to try something new here, you will govern yourself, but answer to Clan Wolf. We will not intrude in your life unless we are forced to. I will appoint a member of our Merchant Caste to oversee things here, you will be dealing with him or her. Of course, there will be a garrison here, for your protection."

 Finishing, he walked from the large assembly room. I sure hope this works, he thought.

Asturias (Clan Smoke Jaguar)

 Star Colonel Bole Nevversan had been forced to call in additional forces to secure the planet. He had thought that by making an example of the town, it would break the spirit of these freebirths, instead, it only made them more defiant. There seemed to be daily reports of some sort of hostile activity. Mainly sniper shots at his armored Elementals, which did nothing but make them even angrier.

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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #110 on: 27 November 2021, 04:08:22 »
And the difference from the smart, pragmatic clans, to the brutish ones, start to appear/show effects.

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« Reply #111 on: 27 November 2021, 07:51:00 »
And with some OTHER clan in charge, that might actually make a difference...  ^-^

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« Reply #112 on: 27 November 2021, 13:23:12 »
15 August 3034
Terra (Terran Hegemony)


 "You have got to be kidding me Ana. You want me to cede control over most of the worlds we captured from the Draconis Combine in the last war? Do you have any idea how my people will react to that sort of idea? What the hell do we get in return?" Archon Katrina Steiner nearly shouted at the view screen

 "Archon Steiner, if I read my briefings right, your experiencing quite a bit of unrest on those exact worlds right now. Not long ago you expressed concern over the former Com Guard now residing in the Free Worlds League. Letting go of those worlds, helping to form a new nation will give you a buffer state between your realm and the Draconis Combine. You could shift troops towards the Free Worlds League border. Though I caution that it could be seen as a hostile action, I would suggest forming a large reaction force that is based centrally that could respond to any border as needed." Director General Anastasia Cameron replied

 On the screen, Archon Katrina Steiner smiled slightly before answering "Your getting pretty good at this diplomacy stuff Ana, that was a pretty good, well thought out argument. It managed to convey the advantages, while also countering a negative with a reasonable counter at the same time. And you said earlier that Coordinator Takashi Kurita himself approached you with this idea?"

 "Surprisingly, yes he did. In a round about way. He sent me someone bearing the message, contained on a holo disc." Director General Anastasia Cameron replied

 "Okay Ana, give me some time to consult with my advisors and see how bad the calls for my head are. I will get back to you soon." Archon Katrina Steiner said, signing off the live HPG feed.

 Once the screen went dark, Director General Anastasia Cameron turned her chair slightly and said "So mom, what are your real thoughts on this idea?"

 "If I had to place some bet's, Kurita wants that buffer zone more than anyone. They just got clobbered trying to deal with 2 fronts, he wants to be able to focus on a single front, the Federated Suns." Commanding General Michelle Mitchell replied

 "So we might be looking at a heightened threat for the Federated Suns. One that could potentially get out of hand and see Hanse demanding those warships to be released." Director General Anastasia Cameron said

 "There is, but with the Capellan border now extremely quiet and no longer needing such a massive garrison, the Suns has quite a few commands that can be released and shifted. Hell, that very well could be what is driving Kurita to get this deal. I mean, our 30LY buffer alone freed up 6 Lyran commands and 8 Suns commands for redeployment alone. Not counting the various mercenary commands. Add in the fact that the Lyran and Suns are working hard on integrating their military in anticipation of their eventual merger in the future. That will form the largest nation ever seen, even one that could become a threat to us." Commanding General Michelle Mitchell replied

 "You don't really think the future Federated Commonwealth will be a threat to the Terran Hegemony do you?" Director General Anastasia Cameron asked

 "Not while Hanse or Katrina live. But down the road, who can say. But damned if I will not have a plan in place to counter such a threat to the Hegemony. Now, what the hell do we do with Kurita's messenger?" Commanding General Michelle Mitchell replied

 "Not a clue. You think he wants to go home? Not even sure how Katrina would react to that." Director General Anastasia Cameron said

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Livingston Naval base


 Commanding Admiral Corban Yellman read the summary from Azur. There was so much technical jargon in it that he could barely make head nor tails of the damned thing. But he did understand the high points of it, there were 3 options basically.

 One, a inhibitor that could prevent any hyperspace field form forming out to a range of 1AU by sending a signal to trick a Jump Computers safety systems and preventing it from forming a field.

 Two, a inhibitor much more powerful, that while performing the same as #1, actually could prevent even HPG communications out to a range of 20AU.

 Three, a inhibitor even more powerful, must be planet based, that prevented both HPG and Jump Field formation out to .1LY from the source.

 Number one was easily built and created, but was not fail proof, all a target had to do was take all the built in safeties offline and they could jump. Number two, was more full proof, as it actually interferred with the formation of any sort of field, even HPG. Number three was only useful for planet based, so as far as he was concerned, #1 and #2 were going to be his focus. Time to get the engineers busy and build a prototype to test.

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« Reply #113 on: 27 November 2021, 13:32:32 »
 :o

The Wall is possible in this AU, then?   ???

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« Reply #114 on: 27 November 2021, 14:16:32 »
They've been cooking new technologies all along.  They have super smart AI doing the hard math to assist.  Why not? They didn't loose their technological edge in comparison t the Clans.  They did branch out due to their society's culture.
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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #115 on: Today at 01:25:35 »
That messenger... can only be Freddy Steiner...

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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #116 on: Today at 13:23:29 »
22 September 3034
Terra (Terran Hegemony)


 Director General Anastasia Cameron signed the document confirming the creation of the Free Rasalhague Republic with Haakon Magnusson as it's Elected Prince. She laid the pen down and smiled at Archon Katrina Steiner and Coordinator Takashi Kurita. She had already dispatched transports to assist in the relocation of Lyran and Combine troops from the Rasalhague territory. In addition, to help secure the new nation, several mercenary commands once in Lyran employ were now being paid by the Terran Hegemony on behalf of the Free Rasalhague Republic until such time as they could defend themselves properly. Elected Prince Magnusson shook the hands of all three leaders.

 "On behalf of the Terran Hegemony, as a gift, the Terran Hegemony will provide your new nation with 20 Jumpships, equipment to field 9 Regiments of Armor, 18 Regiments of Infantry and 3 Aerospace Wings. In addition, if you would like, the Terran Hegemony will gladly provide your new nation with quality trainers to assist in training your new military." Director General Anastasia Cameron said

 "The Free Rasalhague Republic gladly accepts these generous gifts and we thank you for them." Elected Prince Magnusson replied

 Not about to be fully out done, Archon Katrina Steiner said "The Lyran Commonwealth will provide 3 Regiments of Battlemechs to show that we honor your new nation."

 Before Elected Prince Magnusson could reply, Coordinator Takashi Kurita said "The Draconis Combine will provide 4 Regiments of Battlemechs and equipment for 4 Armor Regiments.

 Stunned, Elected Prince Magnusson said "These are most generous and I gladly accept them. We hope to establish friendly trade agreements with everyone."

 As the small gathering broke up, with Coordinator Takashi Kurita and Elected Prince Haakon Magnusson heading for the Space Port to head home, Archon Katrina Steiner and Director General Anastasia Cameron stood watching the departing Heads of State on the balcony. "That was generous of you Archon Steiner."

 "Please. It's Katrina. I did not expect old Takashi to do what he did. One upped me. But a strong Republic will be a better buffer state. The equipment will come from my units upgrading to the ex Com Guard equipment. It's old but in excellent shape. I figure the Combine will provide the same stuff." Archon Katrina Steiner replied

 "Probably. How is the melding of your state and the Federated Suns going?" Director General Anastasia Cameron asked

 "Your intel services are not asleep, so you know the real answer to that question. But I will humor you. I am getting some push back from my Generals, the Federated Suns officers are dominating the upper ranks. But it cannot be helped, they performed better in the war games and exercises. On the civilian side, it has opened a slew of opportunities for new markets. I just hope that me and Hanse can hand over a completely functional nation to Victor when the day comes. Only when he takes the combined throne will it be truly official. We are working overtime to make this happen." Archon Katrina Steiner replied

 "I just wanted to get an outside observation on what I am being told. Which brings me to the subject at hand. An old relative of yours has resurfaced. I am not sure what to do about him." Director General Anastasia Cameron said

 "An old relative?" She paused as Commanding General Michelle Mitchell walked out and beside her was a tall man. Archon Katrina Steiner looked at the man, but she could not place him. But when he spoke, the voice was obvious.

 "Hello Katrina. It has been a long time." Fredrick Steiner said

 "Fredrick. So your still alive. You know I have not forgotten what you did." Archon Katrina Steiner said icily

 "I am here to bury the hatchet so to speak Katrina. I have no desire for the throne, nor am I asking for forgiveness. What I did was treason. You gave me an honorable way out." Fredrick Steiner replied

 "Then stay dead Fredrick. The Lyran people think of you as a hero, one who died bravely in battle for the Lyran Commonwealth, not as a traitor. You go public and I will haul you up on charges of treason and watch you hang for your crime. Do not for a second doubt that." Archon Katrina Steiner replied

 "Fredrick Steiner is dead. I will assume the name that the Terran Hegemony has given me, Anastasius Focht. I am sure they can provide me with a suitable background. I just wanted to see you and tell you that I was wrong, that you are a much better Archon than I could ever have been. You will have no trouble with me." Fredrick Steiner/ Anastasius Focht said as he bowed his head to her as she turned and walked away.

 "Well, that did not go over very well. But at least she did not try to strangle him." Director General Anastasia Cameron said, watching Archon Katrina Steiner walk away

 "I doubt there was any easy way for this to come about. The Lyran Commonwealth is better off with her on the throne than me. Now I guess I need to find a new home." Fredrick Steiner/ Anastasius Focht replied

 "I think we can find you a suitable job for someone with your skill set." Commanding General Michelle Mitchell said

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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #117 on: Today at 13:38:23 »
Well played, well played...  8)

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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #118 on: Today at 14:27:54 »
Rasalhague Republic would also want to be trading with the Terran Hegemony (reborn) for the various Star League industrial capabilities.

Given the sudden gifts from Steiner and Kurita, the Prince might want to talk to Anastasia to see if he can get a modified agreement.  He will agree to losing 2 regiments of Infantry and getting 1 regiment of TH(r) DoME engineers instead for a few years.  The remaining infantry/Armor/Aerospace regiments would be used to train up planetary militia, rather than being the only defending force on-planet.

Between DoME upgrades and TH(r) training regiments, the Rasalhague Republic will be a bit tougher for the Clans to attack.


I wonder if the DoME engineers would be willing to make a Willow Run style factory, that can produce a Troopermech every hour?

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Re: Fate Can be Cruel (Part Three)
« Reply #119 on: Today at 15:31:44 »
Looks like the Hegemony may have found it's next Commanding General, one who unlike the vast majority of the Hegemony Officer Corps, has a couple decades of first hand combat experience.

I just realized something, wouldn't the disbanding of ComStar cause financial chaos throughout the Inner Sphere since the C-Bill is THE PRIMARY currency of interstellar trade and payment form for mercenaries while House currencies are used primarily for intrastellar trade by this point in Canon?

On the subject of trade, Rasalhague is a ripe target for the combat vehicle industry. Numerous planets to defend, but not large or wealthy enough for a large number of Mech regiments. The CC could make a lot selling the Po Heavy Tank, cheap, reliable and easily produced in large numbers. Then there are other tried and true designs like the Striker, Galleon, Manticore, Rommel/Patton, Brutus. And of course Aldis Industries I'm sure is salivating at no being held on ComStar's leash as they were in Canon. A mixed regiment of Demolishers and Schrek PPC Carriers dug into defensible terrain with AAA and infantry support is a tough nut to crack, even for a Clan Assault Cluster. No doubt NETC will be overjoyed to supply the Alacorn Mk VI to the FedCom and Rasalhague as they're no longer under ComStar's thumb considering in Canon at this point they were little more than a ComStar shell corporation.

As for those Whirlwind Destroyers, I suggest giving them back to the FedSuns as training/technical evaluation ships since they were originally Davion I-class ships to begin with. Hanse can start to get naval personnel trained while his engineers can study the ships themselves along with the Davion II specifications to eventually design their own Davion III, though may want to go with a less Davion centric name for PR purposes.