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The Broken Commonwealth...
« on: 24 October 2020, 20:58:01 »


Kowloon...

"They've lost control."  Duchess Sharon Ngo sighed.  "The Steiners have lost control, and they're losing."

"What's that do for us?"  Commander Dao Trak Cu'ong asked.  "If the nation is falling, what happens?"

"Well, it means you'd better look good in lime green, for one thing." Sharon said, "For that matter, so had I, because the alternative is becoming a sock-puppet for pirates."

'Your grandmother would be shocked at that statement."

"My grandmother died at thirty one and never knew me." Sharon stated.  "Mom was too busy trying to keep us from being punished for what Grandmother did for the nation.  we are screwed."

"What can we do?"

Sharon looked out from the deck overlooking the Little Yangtze valley, two kilometers down the sheer cliff of the Ia Drang plateau, and a thousand kliks from her nominal planetary capital.

"We make guns." she said, "We make guns, and we make weapons, and we pray they don't come for us before we have enough of either." she turned to her planetary militia's commander.

Kowloon's militia was built around a naval force.   "Everything your predecessors modeled, I want in place as soon as possible, we must pray the Clanners focus on their 'ilclan' competition, and that we don't look too tempting a target for the neo-Rimjobs.  We're on our own again."
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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #1 on: 24 October 2020, 21:14:49 »
Kowloon... Kowloon never changes...
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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #2 on: 24 October 2020, 21:18:16 »
So, Green are the Falcons, Blue Lyrans, Grey Wolves in Exile, Purple Mariks?  Pale Blue the Ghost Bear Dominion, who is the Dark Orange coming up into the Commonwealth from below?

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« Reply #3 on: 24 October 2020, 21:25:54 »
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« Reply #4 on: 24 October 2020, 21:53:22 »
Repair yard, Boojum orbit, Kowloon system...

Decades spent barely operating.  The Disarmament laws meant a lot of the equipment had been moved from here, to Gibbs as the Commonwealth centralized production, leaving only the things too outdated, or too obsolete, to move.

"What's going on?"  Arlen Silverberg-71 asked.

"We're going to break so many laws."  the Duchess was visiting, "Arlen, how many of the coops still have their own processing?"

"I'm not at liberty to-"

"Stop. listen to me carefully, one jump away, is a Clan that has lost their ****** minds, in one direction, in another, is a Bandit EMPIRE based in former Rim Worlds space that has been kicking the dogsnot out of the collapsing, under trained, under funded, incompetently led and demoralized Lyran Commonwealth military.  This means we're going to be breaking a whole bunch of laws, I want to know how many laws we can actually violate, to prevent our system from either being overrun by emerald psychopaths, or slave-taking lunatics, because the central government isn't going to help us-they aren't, because They can't."

"We really are on our own?"

she nodded.  "Yes.  we're ******, and nobody is coming to save us.  we have to save ourselves."
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« Reply #5 on: 24 October 2020, 22:23:07 »
So, how much equipment officially reported "Lost" or "Broken" is suddenly going to be "Found" or "Repaired"? O:-)

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« Reply #6 on: 24 October 2020, 22:48:55 »
Spider Moon Complex, Boojum 3, Kowloon system...

Her Mother's infatuation with undoing everything Elizabeth Ngo accomplished led to the upper levels being stripped of equipment, but the catacombs below had been walled off with quickset Ferrocrete.

This took not any time at all to drill past.

Sharon walked corridors lined with names, the vestige of a national identity that had been dedicatedly buried by a previous administration.

"How long to restore it?" she asked.

Commander Cu'ong's face wasn't quite visible in his helmet.  "A few weeks-we were lucky, the wall around the entry was blank before.  Why restore this now, though?"

"People will need something to rally around." she said, "something to remind them we have a heritage, an identity." 

They turned a corner and her helmet lights picked up another door.  This one, welded shut, but it still had the triple insignias of the 171st, Coast Guard, and 90th Heavy Assault.

"Something like this." she stated.

"Something I never understood-why was your mother so obsessed with burying Kowloon's history?" he asked.

"Because, Commander, it was in her nature." Sharon stated,  "Mother wanted desperately to be seen by High Society as worthy of their company,  and my father encouraged this heavily.  to be fully 'accepted' in court." her tone dripped with scorn, "To be considered 'worthy' of higher society, it was very much who she was."

"but not you."

she paused, "No. not me."

"How did they really die?" he asked quietly.

"It's in the police reports." she stated, "An accident on the way home from Tharkad, they were the only casualties."

"That report is so full of holes that-"

"It hardly bears examining." she stated coldly.  "But you may consider that a consequence of letting a nanny raise your child, is that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the future of the world, and Mother was ever more interested in attending parties off-world, than spending time with her daughter.  I cried harder when Alicia Li passed, and have no interest in digging into what may, or may not, have been the reasons my parents were the only people killed when a commercial liner's hull ruptured, beyond removing the one force that would leave us totally unable to resist what is coming.  If only Uncle Patrick had chosen to come home, instead of leaving with The Folk for the great beyond, maybe I would care more.  He chose a Spacer bride over his birthright."

"What if he comes back?"

"I will gladly step aside for him." she said, "He would know how vital it is that we see to our own defense...but he isn't coming back, and as we sit now, I'm rather envious of him for that.  Have the section sealed off, pumped with neutral gasses, and free that door.  we need the archives now more than ever."

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« Reply #7 on: 24 October 2020, 23:04:34 »
When exactly is this taking place? Since the Rim Territories haven't moved into the next 4 systems yet it has to be before 3148 but how many years before.
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« Reply #8 on: 25 October 2020, 02:59:14 »
March...

"...we don't have the long range communications, General, but I'm fairly certain that given the Militia Act of 3089 and the Republic Treaties, Kowloon has already met the national requirements-with the sum total result that Forty three thousand of my people are dead on Free Worlds League soil or in stupid interventions along the Republic border, or as disposable bodies thrown under the treads of the Jade Falcon war machine.  That means I've met the nation's legal requirement on both Ban and Arrieire Ban contributions, with nothing to show for it besides filled graveyards and empty caskets."

General Ivan LaRue was taken aback.  "Duchess, the realm is in danger!"

"No shit.  We're no longer 'in danger', the Realm has been broken, defeated. It's in collapse you imbecile. I'm not going to throw more of my people into the furnace unprepared because someone from Tharkad can't figure out what the ****** they're doing.  Ask Tommy Hogarth for forces, I have none to spare."  She tapped her walking stick on the floor, emphasizing her points.  "In the middle of a Clan invasion, Brewer and Melissa decided now was the time for a coup and a civil war.  I don't really know Trillian, I'm not my mother spending all her time on Tharkad eating fetes and selling off everything we had while pretending we weren't being constantly raided by Pirates across the entire Periphery of the Commonwealth!"

"Your grandmother-"

"Don't you bring her up, your family had a lot to do with un-doing what Elizabeth Ngo did for Kowloon and the Commonwealth!  If Tamari ****** LaRue had been loyal we would have forces to spare! she wasn't, and your archons and your Estates General forced us to disarm because of that bitch's perfidy and rebellion.  Mass punishment for our people, because you proper nobles couldn't keep an eye on your own!!"

"That talk is perilously close to rebellion." he said.

"So call your archon." she sneered, "meanwhile, I have work to do here, because blind obedience got us into this mess.  When you call her, tell her 'not today, but maybe in six months'.  I have a military industrial complex to rebuild and no help doing it and I need every one of my veterans to stay here in order to train the replacements her predecessor threw in the ****** furnace!"

He stiffened.  "That's not 'no' I hear."

"It's 'not today'." she restated.  "I have to manage what Grandma Elizabeth did, with less time, less support, and less funding, but be certain-not today does not mean not at all.  If there is still a Commonwealth in six months, I may have something to contribute again, but when I do, I will not accept placing my men and women under the command of a general whose medals are for shiny shoes and neat paperwork, dancing competitions, or Solaris championships!"

"We need the forces." he said, "Desperately."

"Should have thought of that before your government outlawed mine, then." she glared.  "I'm breaking the law but it won't be ready before six months time."

"What happens in six months, why is that the magic number?" he pressed.

"Because that's how long it will take to get them through training." she told him coldly, "It's a fixed mechanical limit.  I could use MORE time, but that's the time we need, assuming we don't get attacked before then. In six months I can give the Nation a green regiment, lightly equipped, barely trained, but functional.  I need two to four years before I can raise the kind of force Grandmother started with, and the kind of forces my mother surrendered? will take a damned decade."


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« Reply #9 on: 25 October 2020, 03:35:26 »
knowing Kowloon, i suspect she'll have more resources to work with for "Plan Liz", but she just won't know it until the right people decide to supply it. I can't imagine that the populace of Kowloon much less its military and industrial organizations would let all of Liz Ngo's efforts be razed completely without trying to preserve and hide away what bits of it they could.

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« Reply #10 on: 25 October 2020, 04:05:30 »
"What happens in six months, why is that the magic number?" he pressed.

Well, he just outed himself as a social general.  Since he doesn't know how long it takes to raise a new regiment from near scratch.

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« Reply #11 on: 25 October 2020, 04:34:25 »
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« Reply #12 on: 25 October 2020, 05:05:53 »
July...

"...second yard over Snark is activated."  Silverman's reports were clear, concise, and written in Viet-Hebrew pidgin, using indirect terms for codes.

Sharon knew what it meant though-the half-dozen Cutters that had managed to avoid being scrapped were being 'freshened', the Rockjack community had come through once again, this time with enough veteran crew to man the ships.

sort-of veteran, at least.  Navigators and able spacemen to crew the core of Kowloon's fleet.

She signed off on requisition forms that had nothing but indirect stock numbers and blank text.  The requisitions would be filled by Cu'ong's people. 

Turning to the Ground forces, well...

It had proven harder to conceal ground assets, but not impossible.  The repair and refit reports showed the Minsky's Folly cache, Giap Island, Hong Island, and Tom Dooleyland caches were still intact, the machinery stored at those sites was in decent repair and would be combat ready in a few more weeks.  Some of it was hopelessly dated by front-line standards nationally, but even dated designs could be used effectively with sufficient ammunition and properly trained and led crew.

Most of the gear were based on Jihad-era refits of the Patton design-Kowloon's local version retaining the fusion engine and cannon main armament, though the APC derivative used surplus, Succession-Wars era PPC's in the main gun role.

Elizabeth had 'miscounted' nearly three regiments put to stockpile-a short Division's worth.  The difficulty here would be crewmen for the vehicles and soldiers.  Fifty years of restrictions meant a smaller percentage of veterans to serve in the ground arm, and aside from the tracks and the Fennec wheeled scouts, most of the rest of the forces were going to be going to war in machines designed in the 29th century.

It couldn't be helped, just as it couldn't be helped that there was a shortage of men trained to use Battlesuits, and a shortage of modern battlearmored suits to put them in-both had been requisitioned away after the war was over, and then production had been stripped and moved to Gibbs to centralize production and 'honor' the disarmament treaties.

Treaties that Sharon was now intent on single-handedly violating like a drunken prom date in the Oyster Street of New Saigon.

It would take time.  Time that was still short. Time that was running out.

Kowloon's chronic shortage of 'mechwarriors and battlemechs had let her slip under the radar for the first ten years of her time as Duchess, and she'd managed to sneak enough through training and their five year service period to have a full Battalion, just as she'd managed to hide possession of a battalion of 'mechs from LCAF inspectors.  Three types were in stock and she had them in decent quantities-though she lacked men to fill the seats.

Enfield, Blackhawk-KU, and Longbow.  Not the most advanced configuration for any of them, but she had them, and she had people who could USE them...and spare parts to keep them going while the production lines were spun up.

Best of all, like with the tanks, the central government didn't know how many she had, because they were produced as spare parts on duplicate tooling decades ago.  Sharon signed the conscription order for ground forces, and moved on.

Aviation.

SB-27s were still in stock, in quantity.  The SL-19KS Slayer models were also on deck, being an 'export' version built under an expired license,  it hadn't been hard to modify the existing production to generate an 'executive small craft' stripped of armament and featuring accomodation for several people in the hulls, so the production line at Ia Drang had not been completely idled, and best of all, because it was officially a 'civilian' craft, the lines could be retooled in a matter of days (and were) to produce the Jihad-era combat aerospace fighter version, which removed the civilian cabin and re-filled it with an LBX-10 autocannon, four Medium Lasers, an ECM system, TAG, and an XL engine, while replacing the 'civilian grade re-entry shielding' with proper Ferro-Aluminium armoring.

Flight training would also be one of the few non-issues relative to the rest.  Between Rockjack Pilots coming to the colors and the broad general aviation usage in Ia Drang and the Khe Sanh regions, she could actually put enough asses in training seats or active roles to have a working Aerospace arm.

"Bright sides, bright sides.." she muttered.  The Commonwealth had better fighters already in-hand, so there hadn't been nearly the attrition-through-requisition that the armored vehicles and suit units had taken.

"Time...give me time..."
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« Reply #13 on: 25 October 2020, 05:19:19 »
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« Reply #14 on: 25 October 2020, 07:07:27 »
Jessenice, planning room for the 3rd Falcon Swoop cluster...

"...had industrial capacity that can benefit the Ordun, and a small pocket of former Jade Falcon personnel previously abjured during the outbreaks in the late 3060s."  Star Captain Sindra Hazen paused.  "It would be a good acquisition."

"They also have a history of fighting back, to suicidal levels.  the sum total of what can be won there is a charred, radioactive rock orbiting two suns-because you KNOW what they will do, there is history there!"  Star Captain Gordon Pryde argued.

"They have been disarmed between then, and now." she countered.

"Have they really?" Star Colonel Lionel Mattlov was openly doubtful.  "We know them, quiaff? Fanatic peasants with few weapons they might be, but the key term here, is Fanatic, if Two centuries under the Rim Worlds, and Three under the Lyrans did not blunt that edge, this could turn into an expensive exercise in failure to exterminate and half-finished genocide, with no positive outcomes."

"Eventually, they must be forced to submit. It may be better to strike while they are still stunned and recovering, as opposed to after they have returned to their old ways." Sindra Hazen noted.

"We need to know more."  Phaedra Roshak, the commander of the recon forces, spoke up.  "We need to know a lot more, their numbers, their readiness, their defenses...their weaknesses."

The Star Colonel looked at his most junior Trinary commander, "What do you propose?"

"A raid." she said, "A good, old fashioned raid, to evaluate what a conquest would require...and I would like to see if the grandchild of Nathan Roshak is...worthy, before committing."

"Bloodline politics, Phaedra? Really?" Sindra teased.

"Roshak's unit was not abjured for any crime, but to keep the Touman safe from the outbreak." Phaedra noted, "He was an ardent crusader and reputation says he remained so even after marrying the defective harridan.  If they did not deviate too far from Clan ways, the Hue Garrison could be an asset to collect, and it would be...satisfying to bring them back into the fold, since the cure for 21b has been widely disseminated and it no longer poses a threat.  at the very least, making an effort to reclaim those lines would be preferable to letting them remain fallow and allowing them to be polluted by further interbreeding with lesser men."

"The better question is if the Chinngiz will authorize it..." Gordon observed, "She might not want us to commit forces so far from the planned line of advance."

"I will find out." the Star Colonel agreed.  "In the meantime, draft your ideal plan for a raiding force, and your logistical and strategic plans for a proper invasion, what we need, how much, and how we are to deliver it."
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« Reply #15 on: 25 October 2020, 07:41:21 »
Kowloon...

Sharon grasped the upper bar and ground her toes into the footpads, and then, she began the push-pull and stepping-steps on the exercise machine. 

Sharon Ngo is not a beautiful woman.  Her face is creased with a permanent 'weightlifter's grimace', her neck is thick, corded with muscle, as are nearly every other part of her body, the result of an 'exercise habit' developed in childhood.  the machine is designed to give resistance both on the pull, and the push, working both muscle groups equally with each repetition. Normally, this type of machine is used shipboard on spacecraft to keep the crew in condition when spin gravity or thrust gravity are unavailable, but it fits in her office without obstructing much, so she brought one down as soon as word of her mother's death reached Kowloon in 3132.

She used vigorous exercises, martial arts, and even dance to help focus her thinking, running through the issues she needed to make calls on while beating her body into exhaustion.  Economics, finance, justice issues, whatever it might be.

It was a means to cope with stress for a relatively young woman who felt no presence of prospects nor desire for romance, just a burning need for release, that she refused to use narcotics to feed.

Narcotics, after all, were why her older sister Caroline was not in this office, but instead ashes in a jar in the family crypt, victim of an overdose that was the reason for her mother's decision to return to Kowloon on that fateful, lethal, trip.

"Increase resistance to two gravities, add twenty earth kilos." she ordered the machine mid lift.

Sharon knew the rumours-an older sister dead, and then both parents, leaving her to the company of retainers and an emotionally distant Grandfather in Hue.

The last time she cried, was at his funeral six  years ago, leaving only herself, and a few loyal officers behind.

The distraction was becoming irritating, she slowed her breathing and focused on burying the memory again, bringing up manpower statistics and her own projections of what would be needed to guarantee Kowloon's de-facto independence in the face of a rising power to anti-spinward, and a resurgently aggressive Clan presence to spinward.

The door chimes sounded a second time.  "Come!"

The door opened and a large man stepped through it.  ColonelBrigadier General of Reserves Charles Icaza looked a little uncomfortable in his uniform-his reserve activation status had caught no-one by surprise, but his sudden promotion to command of all Kowloonese Ground Forces had caught HIM by surprise, right along with the promotion to Brigadier.

"Well, Chuck?" she kept pumping, "What's news?"

"We have begun de-caching the equipment from Beta Galaxy." he began, "I have six Sibkos from the Hue County to report as passing initial exams, the deficiency in 'mechwarrior personnel is...momentarily solved."

"Good news then." she said.

"Do you really believe the Jade Falcons will come for Kowloon?" he asked.

"It's us or Inarcs." she stated, "And they have to know we're more isolated from reinforcement, it's the safe bet, either Malvina's madmen will hit us, or we'll be dealing with Jaina Morrison's Rim Territories slaver units."

"Not immediately?" he asked.

"Not right away, no." she said, "Soon though.  The Commonwealth's falling apart, Chuck, the jackals are circling on the corpse, we need to be ready when they think we're going to be easy pickings."

"you don't have any faith in the New Archon?"

"None. Zero, zip, nada not a bit." she shook her head.  "Trillian is a Steiner Davion, and that family's track record is civil wars and nation breaking-their own, going back to Victor and Katherine, she was raised on  Tharkad, at best that means she's inured to the social general scene, at worst, she's the leader of the gang that can't shoot straight. Either way, there's no way they can afford to send significant forces this way if...no, when the vultures and the jackals come to pick at the Commonwealth's rotting corpse."  she finished her fiftieth rep, and stepped out of the machine.

The Elemental-breed Brigadier handed her a towel, which she used to wipe away the sweat.  "I can't work out any better scenario right now than that, not without doing what we're doing faster than we can do it."

"you could always try choosing which side to fall to before the choice is made for you." he told her.

"Screw that, Chuck, you'd shoot me if I tried." she accepted a bottle of water from his hand.

"I probably would." he nodded.  "Dinner tonight?" he asked.

"You have a place in mind?" she asked.

"Mama Giri's on Lanterns." he said.

"Dinner, conversation that isn't work, and then frisky times?" she asked.

"I would like that to be the outcome, yes." he said.

"Mmmm... yeah. We'll do that...besides, I want to dress 'girly' tonight, and you're a big enough side of beef that it won't feel awkward."

He laughed.  "It is a date!"

"Pick me up at nineteen hundred, and not a dot later." she told him.



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« Reply #16 on: 25 October 2020, 08:14:44 »
Activity on Kowloon detected. Intensify Overwatch protocols.

One question though. Why would the Falcons go after Kowloon? It's not on the path to Terra, which was their focus in the canon timeline. They bypassed any number of worlds on their trek to Terra. Heck likely  should have bypassed Tharkad, if not for its symbolic value as Lyran Capital World.
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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #17 on: 25 October 2020, 08:48:07 »
"Dinner, conversation that isn't work, and then frisky times?"
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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #18 on: 25 October 2020, 09:39:25 »
Yes, this is I speaking. ... What do you mean?! ... You can't be serious?! ... Oh, seven 'ells, there's stuff going on over there?! ... *panic rises* No, no, no! You cannot be real, Kowloon was defanged! Why are they changing that now?! ... Oh, I see, well that's a right, proper reason indeed. Keep me informed! *signal clicks, the call goes off*

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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #19 on: 25 October 2020, 09:40:15 »
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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #20 on: 25 October 2020, 09:42:35 »
Activity on Kowloon detected. Intensify Overwatch protocols.

One question though. Why would the Falcons go after Kowloon? It's not on the path to Terra, which was their focus in the canon timeline. They bypassed any number of worlds on their trek to Terra. Heck likely  should have bypassed Tharkad, if not for its symbolic value as Lyran Capital World.

Its a major supplier of industrial tooling in Cannonshop's verse.  They don't make mechs right away, but the tools to make mechs.  For a military on the end of a year long supply chain, if we are talking Revival and the 3050s march to Terra?  It is an attractive and apparently low risk place to snatch to set up some local production to ease the logistics burden.  And even after Terra isn't the goal, this hinders the Commonwealth's ability to replace losses by reducing their ability to expand and maintain their mech, tank, and aerospace production lines.

Well if you ignore the local population's long and proud history of slitting throats of their occupiers when they peak down dark alleys.

Here?  They hope the Falcons left behind haven't gone fully native, and reclaiming the blood lines lost to the Alura Flu is a reason.  Plus this seems less a drive to Terra and more stage 2 perhaps without Terra, conquering the rest of the Sphere for a New Clan Star League.  Thus Kowloon would be sooner or later on the list, and as Hazen points out, better sooner than to give them time to drag their hidden weapons out, shake off the training rust, and really dig in.
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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #21 on: 25 October 2020, 11:15:01 »
plus if they actually win, they will have done something nobody else has,
especially if they win over the populace
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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #22 on: 25 October 2020, 13:23:08 »
A raid?  well that's one way to have a training exercise.
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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #23 on: 25 October 2020, 13:50:56 »
Let's go and tear up something said the frog as it jumped into the ventilator ...  ;D

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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #24 on: 25 October 2020, 16:11:20 »
Yet the Jade Falcons think the first reaction is to perform an actual raid.  They could get the same effect by coming in as rivals, but not enemies.  Have a training match against the local forces, with a few cases of fine wine as the bet.  Have Warriors from both sides go over the results, critiquing both groups.

This training match would let the Jade Falcons have a better idea of what to expect, allow them to reconnect with their distant bloodlines, and make it seem that they are not so bad.  Bonus points (or pints) if the Morrison crew decide to pop in while this is going on, and the Jade Falcons make a wager about whoever can grab the Morrison slaver Dropship first.

This would also encourage Kowloon into thinking they would be better off as part of Jade Falcon than part of the Commonwealth.  All they have to do is keep working, pay taxes, have a decent defense force (that is ineligible for Bloodnames), and know that their bosses are willing to put their lives on the line to protect others.  If they choose to join the Jade Falcon clan they are free to do so, and the easy way to learn Clan habits is by living in the Hue City enclave.

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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #25 on: 25 October 2020, 20:55:36 »
Overview: Kowloon Status of Forces 3145 (October) 171st Kowloon Brigade

Ground Force Militia formations active:

171st Volunteer Brigade Kowloon -CO Brigadier Charles Icaza
HHC 171st-mixed assets.

1st Hue Province , "The Falcons of Hue" (Regular/Reliable, Cluster formation)

CO: Mai Phen Mattlov
  • Trinary Nova Sweep
  • Trinary Nova Strike
  • Trinary Nova Secure
  • Trinary Support
  • Trinary Aerospace

on the whole, the 171st is short of battlemech assets, with the majority of 'mechs assigned to the Hue Cluster, where the most common design is the Blackhawk-KU, with the remainder being left-over and carefully maintained Clan machines dating back to the 3060s or even earlier.  The current CO of the Hue Cluster pilots a Summoner.  The Hue Cluster's various trinaries are configured as Novas, with 5 elementals assigned to each Battlemech.  The 'Secure' Trinary is equipped with the heaviest remnant machines, while Sweep Trinary and Strike Trinary range with lighter machines in the Sweep, and mid-range heavies in Strike.  The artillery component for the Hue Cluster is tube artillery focused, using tracked 'Patton' derived artillery tracks.  The majority of Hue Cluster's personnel were decanted from Iron Wombs and constitute effectively a small concentration of Trueborn warriors, mostly from Roshak, Pershaw, Icaza, Mattlov and Von Jankmon bloodlines.  Unit Crest is the Kowloon planetary flag with a Jade Falcon superimposed.

The current CO of the Hue Cluster is Major (Star Captain) Phen Mattlov

2nd Battalion-Pride of Ia Drang

  • Company A. (Green/Reliable) Aviation (VTOL)
  • Company B. (Green/Reliable) Airborne Infantry
  • Company C. (Regular/Reliable) Airborne Infantry
  • Battery D Field Artillery (Regular/Reliable)
  • Support and Logistics Company(Regular/Reliable)

3rd Battalion-New Saigon
  • Echo Troop (Regular/Reliable) Armored Cavalry (APC and armored Infantry)
  • Foxtrot Troop (Regular/Reliable)Armored Cavalry (APC and Armored Infantry)
  • Golf Troop (Green/Fanatical) Tanks
  • Hotel Battery (Green/Reliable) Field artillery battery
  • Support/Logistics Company

4th Battalion-Golden Lake District/Memories of Dinh Diep
  • India Company (Regular/Reliable) VTOL attack aircraft
  • Juliet Company (Veteran/Fanatical) Mechanized Infantry
  • Kilo Company (Regular/Fanatical) Mixed Tank and APC with Infantry
  • Lima Battery (Green/Fanatical) Field Artillery Battery
  • Service and Support Company

22nd Wing Aerospace, Kowloon Coast Guard
  • VF-221 Sqdn (Veteran/Fanatical)-12 SL-19KS fighters
  • VF-222 Sqdn (Veteran/Reliable)-12 SL-19KS
  • VFA-223 Sqdn (Veteran/Fanatical) 24 SB-27

(Note on designations: VF= Fighter, Air Superiority/multimission, VFA= Fighter, Ground Attack and precision bombing)

The 171st Kowloon Volunteers has a history dating back to the 2760's.  Disbanded numerous times over the last 300 years, this most recent incarnation incorporates a clan-style 'Cluster' as one of the Battalions.  Clan influences can be found in the over-all organizational layout, including the usage of 5 man fireteams, 25 man infantry companies, and so on.  Elements retained from prior incarnations include the integration of artillery batteries at the battalion level, the integration of service and support companies at battalion level, and the offloading of most Aerospace support assets to the Coast Guard.  (The Hue Cluster retains its own Aerospace fighter contingent, armed with Visigoth Aerospace fighters.)

Profile: Brigadier (Colonel) Charles Icaza

Charles Icaza is one of the few 'school trained' officers available to Kowloon, with prior service assignments with the LCAF beginning in the 3120s.  He is notable for his physically imposing size and a keen strategic mind.  a 'Trueborn' in the sense of having been the product of Iron Womb technologies and creche' raising in the former Jade Falcon enclave of Hue, Icaza did his five in the LCAF and went home with a reserve commission, which translated into a fairly decent period of service in Kowloon's ground forces militia, where he rose from the rank of Hauptmann (Captain) to the rank of Colonel-of-Reserves before the events of 3143.  Brigadier Icaza is known to have a close personal relationship with Duchess Sharon Ngo, and the two of them have dated off-and-on for several years. 

As an officer, he is considered to be remarkably calm under pressure and focused, and his staff work was rated by LCAF as 'exceptional'.  While an Elemental breed, Icaza is qualified on multiple Battlearmor types including Fenrir, Rottweiler, Clan Elemental, Inner Sphere Standard, and Gray Death Medium, but he also holds qualification as a Battlemech pilot and has a certified flight qualification on six airframes including VTOL, Conventional (Propellor), Conventional (Jet and Twin Jet) and Aerospace Shuttle.  His current 'ride' is a desk, but he maintains proficiency with the Blackhawk-KU, Summoner and Kit Fox as well as the Enfield, as well as maintained proficiency as a Tank Commander.  (this is his idea of being 'well rounded').

On the tactical level, Icaza favors maneuver warfare and deception operations over open field direct engagements, and favors combined arms operations over single-type specialization or duelling (though he is proficient at duelling type engagements).

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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #26 on: 25 October 2020, 21:02:07 »
Quote: "If the fight is fair, we did something wrong."
Yep, he's definitely a 'loonie.

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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #27 on: 25 October 2020, 21:20:07 »
Profile: Duchess Sharon Ngo

Born: July 22nd, 3110.
Family: Elizabeth Ngo (Deceased, Grandmother), Nathan Roshak (Deceased, Grandfather), Amanda Ngo (Deceased, Mother), Gerald von Kaufenberg (Deceased, Father), Caroline (Deceased, Older Sister), Patrick (Uncle, whereabouts unknown).

Gender: Female
Ethnicity: Mixed European/Asian

build: Weightlifter.

MOS: Wet-Naval/Space-Naval officer. (Dual certification)

Education: Coventry Military Academy (2 years), Coast Guard Training Center Giap Island (3 years), Coast Guard Spider Moon (2 years)

Qualifications:
Jumpship Navigation
Dropship Helmsman
Submersible vessel Navigation
Damage Control Crewman/Maritme
Damage control crewman/Space
Armored Infantry
Light Infantry
Jump Qualified.

5 year tour in LCAF suspended/Deferment.

Duchess Sharon Ngo is the second daughter of her parents, whose first child died in 3105 after overdosing on heroin.  as the second child and second attempt to produce a viable heir, she spent the majority of her childhood with nannies and tutors, with much of the rest spent at residential schools with only token visits with her biological parents.

As Duchess: Sharon Ngo's focus upon achieving her current role, has been entirely local to Kowloon, with a notable disdain for the politics of the rest of the Commonwealth.  Her term as Duchess has seen a push to return to 'the old ways' on Kowloon, including open support for re-militarization and industrial development, the decision to 'ignore' laws passed by the Estates General that impede this, and an emphasis on local self-reliance in terms of industry and economic development.

Lohengrin rates Sharon Ngo as "Unreliable", which is one step up from 'Disloyal'.

Duchess Ngo is known to be in an off-and-on relationship with a subordinate, Colonel (brigadier) Charles Icaza of Hue.
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« Reply #28 on: 25 October 2020, 22:46:11 »
Spider Moon Coast Guard base, September,, 3145...

"Well, looks like we have two claimants for the Archonship."  Sharon noted, looking at the news and information delivered with the latest transport to enter the system.

"Two?" Commodore Cu'ong asked.

"Two.  Alaric Ward, Clan Wolf's new Khan, has tossed his hat in the ring, wants the job, claims birthright by  blood."  Sharon's lip twisted snarkily, "Katherine's get.  I'd almost call that an automatic disqualifier right there."


"Didn't she-"

"Plunge the realm into civil war and move to New Avalon before joining the Wolves? yeah, she did...unfortunately, Alaric has a competent military backing him." Sharon sighed, "you know what this means, though right?"

"Um...no?"

"We're not paying taxes this year." Sharon said savagely.  "Alaric has Tharkad, Trillian doesn't have a working government OR military, but she's got the legitimacy claim on her side.  means there's gonna be a civil war, but until there is, there are two claimants to the throne and I don't like either one."

"you don't even KNOW either one."

"Point." Sharon put the dispatches down, "How's progress on the yard?"

"We've got four cutters up to operational spec."

"We need a lot more."

"I'm aware, but we've got four out of mothballs and running with crews available-if you want more than four, you'll need to wait."

"put the four we've got running on picket." Sharon ordered, "send them through workups based on Li's manual, get the gunner's mates certified and that includes the special weapons sections."

"you think nukes are going to come out?"

"I think if anyone has them, I want that anyone to be us." Sharon stated.  "There is no such thing as overkill, only open fire, and I need to reload.  unless or until there's a functioning national government? we're on our own out here."
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Re: The Broken Commonwealth...
« Reply #29 on: 25 October 2020, 22:56:30 »
Jesenice

The information on Kowloon's leadership was not hard to obtain, but it was remarkable for being so shallow-even by Clan Watch standards.  Militarily, Kowloon looked weakened by two successive Archons, first Andrew Steiner ordering the centralization of Naval-quality shipyard equipment at Gibbs, and then successive 'draws' on the planet's militia resources, and finally, re-ratification and enforcement of disarmament treaties applied after the cure for the Arluna Plague was released in 3108.

The Raid idea had been rejected by the Chinggiz, Malvina did not want to bog down the Ordun in a war so far from the Terran Corridor, but she did authorize surveillance assets to monitor the area and she authorized preparations and planning to begin for a conquest to widen the entire Lyran Front, as a reaction to that nation's decline and potential available resources.

after all, it would not do to be fully engaged on the Terran front, only to be attacked from a Lyran flank.

Lionel Mattlov, therefore, had imagery taken by stealthy means.

"They are rebuilding their little fleet."
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