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Re: BattleTech FanFiction Tribble Emporium
« Reply #1470 on: 15 October 2020, 03:11:12 »
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In 3020, Hanse Davion's reply to the Peace Proposal is a bit more nakedly ambitious, suggesting a marriage between Katrina's heir Melissa and his heir Morgan (maybe he's just spent some time with Morgan and is thinking fondly of him when the message arrives, rather than brooding over Dana's death). Meanwhile, Maximilian Liao is looking at a really quite annoyed Janos Marik and definitely wants to keep the Steiners who threaten the FWL's other flank favourably inclined. Thus, the Liao response is 'let's give peace a chance'.

In 3022, Maximilian Liao and Katrina Steiner sign the Confederated Commonwealth treaty... and Janos Marik is left with the unenviable job of trying to make an alliance with both Hanse Davion and Takashi Kurita at the same time...
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Re: BattleTech FanFiction Tribble Emporium
« Reply #1471 on: 15 October 2020, 03:18:27 »
FWL + FS alliance looks feasible. No common border means less friction between the players. Wouldn't it? It would be a REALLY unenviable position for the Capellans as trying to add the Kuritas into their Steiner agreement would be far from easy. Makes for a different dynamic for sure, that is a given :)

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« Reply #1472 on: 15 October 2020, 18:25:57 »
Honestly, the Liao were weak enough in 3025 that a FWL+FS alliance would be more than enough of a military counterweight, leaving the Dracs to twist in the wind on their lonesome.

However, this means that the two super-alliances are suddenly thrust into massive conflict over the worlds near Terra; if either side can gain dominance over the former Terran Hegemony, not only does that secure the trade and communication links between their two member states, but they correspondingly isolate their enemies.   Throw in ComStar's eagerness to stir the pot (especially given the moustache-twirling villains in control of ROM during the 3025 era), opportunists like Hassid Ricol, and an early "Chaos March" could easily crop up within the 100 light years "south" and "west" of Terra.

Another weird knock-on is that when the Clans come a-knocking they find a very different Inner Sphere.  The Lyrans don't have the same reserves (or tech, or doctrine) as in canon, and the Dracs haven't been ground down (but also improved) by their warring against the FedCom.  Also, the FWL/FC alliance has negative incentive to help out with Clan problems, since they make out like bandits from the Clans carving into their enemies' rear areas.

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« Reply #1473 on: 15 October 2020, 19:55:03 »
FWL and FS would finish off the CC, may take out the TC and MOC and just order some popcorn to watch the destruction while the Wolves, Falcons, Bears and Jaguars weaken their foes so much that Melissa and Theo are begging to be vessels!
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« Reply #1474 on: 15 October 2020, 20:31:43 »
Of course, that means no Whiting Conference, no Second Star League, no incentive for the Clans to stop. either.  Man, that'd be a knock-down, drag-out brawl.

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« Reply #1475 on: 18 October 2020, 17:29:42 »
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Mary Davion and Soto Kurita defied their families and married after falling in love. But before any further protest could occur; a fate decided to intervene and both Roger Davion and Urizen Kurita II both died under different circumstances. Roger died from a heart attack while Urizen died from an assassin's bullet. With both fathers dead and their siblings going to rise to their respective thrones, Soto and Mary offered an alternative that would change history forever; a merger of the Federated Suns and the Draconis Combine, or a separate kingdom where they could raise their children together without either of them forced to live apart. Despite many protests, Soto and Mary's marriage was seen as a possible solution to any future conflict between to two respected nations.

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Re: BattleTech FanFiction Tribble Emporium
« Reply #1476 on: 20 October 2020, 17:09:34 »
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Terra: (Over-)Armed Neutrality

‘It is hardly possible to overstate just how much Jerome Blake is respected and revered by Terrans. Indeed, most of the population of the entire solar system credits his deal with the House Lords with saving their home - the birthplace and cradle of humanity - at the start of the First Succession War. Most Terrans do not question the assessment that without the agreement that created ComStar and guaranteed Terra’s neutrality, Terra would have been destroyed like so many other worlds of the former Terran hegemony as the various realms fought over them.
However, what many of those not familiar with Terra fail to realise is that the Terrans do not see Jerome Blake as the first Primus of ComStar, but as the first Director of the Solar Confederation. Despite the importance of ComStar for the Inner Sphere and the Terran economy and security, the average Terra considers the office of Primus of ComStar secondary to the office of Director of the Confederation. In the same vein, while many of the more educated residents in the Inner Sphere are aware that the posts of Director and Primus are always held by the same person, fewer know that it’s the Director automatically becoming Primus, not the other way around.’
-excerpt from ‘Terra and ComStar: A History’ by Killian McCall, Skye Free Press, 3030

‘I know what you are thinking. What kind of criminal would murder civilians? What kind of villain would claim neutrality, yet work in the shadows to sabotage a realm? What I’m proposing is, without a shred of doubt, illegal. And yet, it’s also needed. Despite our best efforts, Terra is still unable to defend itself. Any single House Lord could conquer the system if they spent enough resources. And sooner or later, they will consider it - or have you forgotten the horrors they inflicted on each other and the Hegemony? No, this operation, while illegal, and possibly amoral, is needed to cripple the House Lords and ensure that they will lose the ability to produce warships and other advanced military technology. If Jermone Blake were still alive, he would agree with me: Operation Burial Shroud has to be implemented!’
-Director Raymond Karpov in a secret meeting with the SCIS Commander

‘While it is true that the Inner Sphere, as well as the Periphery, have lost the capability to produce warships, the mightiest fleet ever seen is still out there - and could return at any moment, trying to conquer Terra. And who would be able to stop them? Certainly not the various nations unable to maintain much less repair their remaining warships. No, it would be utterly irresponsible to cut funding to the Fleet and leave us defenceless against Kerenski’s heirs! With this in mind, I implore my esteemed colleagues to back the Fifth Naval Law for a modest increase in naval strength.’
- Archibald Wellesley, Member of the Confederate Parliament, Geneva, 2890

‘I have the fullest trust in our improved SDS. The possibility of the Caspar V drones going out of control is so low, it can be considered inexistent. However, to ease the troubled minds of our many constituents who have an irrational fear of drone warships, it is necessary to strengthen the Fleet once again so it has the capability to take on the entire SDS and win. For that to achieve, a modest increase in naval strength is needed.”
- Archibald Wellesley, Member of the Confederate Parliament, Geneva, 2920

‘Indeed, our fleet doesn’t need the new battlecruiser. But our industry needs the contract. With sales to foreign realms prohibited by law, the shipyards making compact core ships depend entirely on the Fleet. Therefore, I ask my esteemed colleagues to support this proposal to design and build eight battlecruisers of the ‘Archibald Wellesley-class’…’
- Herbert Krüger, Member of the Confederate Parliament, Geneva, 2950

‘ComStar is looking for YOU! Whether you are an engineer looking for experience, a hyperspace technician wishing to work with the latest technology or a graduate who wants to see the galaxy without paying through the nose, ComStar is the perfect employer! Are you a medical student about to graduate? Consider joining the ComStar Doctors without Borders and help the poor and unfortunate in the Inner Sphere! Be everything you can be - join ComStar!”
- ComStar Recruitment Ad, Terra, 3000

‘After extensive analysis of the reports covering our anti-piracy efforts in the Periphery, this committee’s conclusion is as follows: The current training program for the Army of the Confederation needs a complete overhaul. To put it more bluntly: Sending out our troops like this is akin to murder - and liable to waste billions in expensive ‘Mechs.’
- Dan Killigan, General (ret.) of the Army of the Confederation, Sandhurst, 3001

‘Yeah, yeah, ComStar does good. No one sane would deny it - hell, without the humanitarian aid ComStar’s pouring into the Inner Sphere, many worlds would have been depopulated in the wars - many more worlds, I guess. But in the end, it’s a job. Whether you work with Hyperpulse Generators or Mega-Engineering Terraforming projects, you do your work and you get paid. And not too shabbily, I have to add. Provided you can stand to leave Terra and live among the ‘less fortunate’.”
- Francois Payot, Hyperpulse Generator Technician, New Avalon, 3005

“I know SCIS has made a few mistakes regarding the possible return of Kerensky’s deserters in the past, like the so-called Minnesota-Tribe incident. But the Wolf Dragoons have ‘Mechs that match the models Kerensly took with them, and even ‘Mechs that were only design studies when the SLDF left. If any group can be tied to the SLDF, it’s them!”
- Karl Müller, Director of the Solar Confederation Intelligence Service, 3007

‘When people think of Terra, they think of ComStar - the neutral organisation running the HPG Network and countless humanitarian relief works. But did you know that the entire Inner Sphere and Periphery are dependent on Terran shipyards to maintain their own fleets? Without them, the House Lords wouldn’t be able to wage war against each other - they would lack the ships to move troops. And were you aware that despite their policy of neutrality and strict limits to non-military cargo, the Terran shipping fleets are actually one of the biggest reasons the Third Succession War went on for so long because they free up military shipping capacity?’
- Margaret Kendall, Editorial in the Tharkad Tageszeitung, Tharkad 3011

‘While I cannot reveal my sources, I have it on good authority that the threat of Kerensky’s SLDF returning isn’t as far fetched as my esteemed colleague wishes it was. Therefore, I propose a new naval law to strengthen our fleet by the modest addition of four more battleships over the next four years.’
- Li Peng, Member of the Confederate Parliament, Geneva, 3008

‘According to our best analysts, Archon Katrina Steiner’s peace proposal is sincere. Our best analysts also are certain it will be rejected by the other Houses. None of them currently has the political capital to call an end to the war. At best, a temporary alliance with either the Capellan Confederation or the Federated Suns or a short truce with the Free World League can be expected to result from her initiative. Therefore, this proposal is very unlikely to be of any relevance to the safety of the Solar Confederation.’
- Karl Müller, Director of the Solar Confederation Intelligence Service, 3020

‘Reduce the funding for the fleet? If I didn’t know that my esteemed colleague has never been one to consider the consequences of his demands, I would suspect that he’s being paid by foreign agents to cripple our defences! No, I say - instead of reducing the Fleet’s funding, presumably to buy more expensive ‘Mechs that our troops are likely to wreck in training and which would only ever serve as a last line of defence - we need to increase it! If we can defeat any enemy in space, they won’t ever reach the ground!’
- Li Peng, Member of the Confederate Parliament, Geneva, 3025

‘We need organic air support for our divisions. We cannot rely on the Fleet to provide it - the admirals will always prioritise their own ships over our ground troops when assigning their aerospace assets. And no, conventional fighters do not cut it.’
- General Malcolm ‘Mad Dog’ Cressy, Army of the Confederation, to the Chiefs of Staff, Unity City, 3026

‘Any force strong enough to defeat the Fleet is more than strong enough to wipe out the Army. Any aerospace fighter held back for ‘close air support’ is one less fighter contesting the orbitals - where the fate of any invasion will be decided long before ground forces could play any role at all.’
- Admiral Jenny L. DuChamps, Solar Confederation Fleet, to the Chiefs of Staff, Unity City, 3026

‘A preliminary examination of the data from the Helm Core shows that most of it was corrupted when the Gray Death Legion came under attack by Kuritan forces and had to rush the data extraction. Further, it’s very unlikely that a Field Library contained any advanced knowledge of the Star League. Our analysts agree that the spread of this data won’t have any impact on the balance of power in the Inner Sphere.’
- Juan Gonzales, Director of the Solar Confederation Intelligence Service, 3028

‘Why does anyone trust our analysts again? The Solar Confederation would’ve literally be better off if we had done the opposite of everything they advised us to do in the last 200 years! They’ve claimed the SLDF is coming back five times so far - once after a pirate raid against the Outworld Alliance! Why would anyone trust them to handle the security of the Steiner-Davion wedding? Better leave that to the Armed forces of the Confederation!’
- Karen Lagerfeld, Member of the Confederate Parliament, Geneva, 3028

‘I know the Terrans mean well, and I cannot deny that they have pulled out all the stops for the wedding between Melissa Steiner and Hanse Davion, but I have to admit that I’m feeling a little concerned that they not only have dozens of warships but felt the need to deploy them in orbit above us. Do they honestly expect anyone would dare to try invading Terra? When all five House Lords are present?’
- Baron Bruno Leandro, St. André, in an interview with the New Avalon Times, Unity City, Terry, 3028

‘I believe our intelligence on the Terran system’s military strength was a little off.”
- First Prince Hanse Davion to Quentin Allard, 3028

*****

Basically, ComStar doesn't control Terra - Terra, resp. the Solar Confederation, which includes everyone from the Belters to Venus, controls ComStar - and they've been scared to death by the threat of an invasion of the solar system ever since the Hegemony was wrecked in the First Succession War. They've been building up their fleet and army for 200 years and enshrined neutrality - like the cliche Swiss. And like the cliche Swiss during the Cold War, they've got a lot of expensive stuff, but not much experience.

Most of the canon plot happened more or less like in canon - until the wedding between Melissa Steiner and Hanse Davion. Now everyone's aware just how overarmed Terra is - and the Terrans just saw the Federated Suns and the Lyran Commonwealth crush their enemies on a scale not seen since the First Succession War.
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« Reply #1477 on: 21 October 2020, 01:58:37 »
I love it
Please expand on it
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« Reply #1478 on: 28 October 2020, 04:01:39 »
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In 2763, Kenyon Marik becomes leader of the Free Worlds League and their representative on the Star League Council. His primary policy is 'whatever my father did, the opposite'. One of the things Ewan Marik had done was continue a general policy of exploiting the Periphery. Kenyon Marik... rethought that.

The Magistracy of Canopus had a substantial border with the Free Worlds League. Stabilising that would be good for him. The Rim Worlds Republic has a huge border with the Lyran Commonwealth. If the Republic is a FWL ally, that pressures the Lyrans... and Kenyon isn't that fond of the Lyrans. The Taurians are a serious potential threat to the Capellans and Federated Suns, neither of which are allies. See the point about the Republic...

So Kenyon approaches Barbara Liao, the next most junior member of the Star League Council and still hurting from the Border War recently fought with the Federated Suns.  A reconciliation with the FWL helps her quite a bit and Kenyon can blame all previous issues with the Capellans on his father. She's at least willing to hear him out and if this sweetens the Periphery up for her, that's in her interests. And after all, House Marik and House Liao were two of the three Houses that founded what became the Star League. It's politically very palatable for them to be working together as peacemakers (as long as they aren't undermining their own security).

The two make a visit to Terra and talk to Richard Cameron, who is at first... well, petulant. But again, blame Ewan, plus a healthy dose of flattery. And the prospect of a surprise gift to his dear friend Stefan...

In late 2764 the Star League Council convenes and, in contrast to Executive Order 156, Richard places a properly drafted and composed proposal to the Council Lords. Complete the retraction of Star League controls on the Territorial States and formally admit them as member-states with all rights and privileges... including votes on the Star League Council, an end to the unfair taxation and official military limits.

Davion, Kurita and Steiner all vote against... but Marik and Liao assent. Three to three... and the Cameron vote breaks ties.

The Star League Council now has ten votes and Richard Cameron has a functioning voting block - as well as advisors to keep him from doing anything too drastic.
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Re: BattleTech FanFiction Tribble Emporium
« Reply #1479 on: 28 October 2020, 05:42:38 »
That would stop the Fat Man from going imperial by force.

Because this is a huge butterfly with very, very large wings flapping them quite often and strongly.

After that it would be a very different Inner Sphere: larger and (at least at first) without the Amaris Civil War and the Succession Wars.

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« Reply #1480 on: 28 October 2020, 06:13:24 »
Amaris, not likely. Succession wars, not so sure they would not happen. There is bound to be a lot of conflicting interests in the enlarged structure, andf the house lords are still more powerful than the periphery ones. A decapitation of the Camerons is likely to ahve the same net effect of starting the wars no matter what. A stupid Cameron (maybe the next one) could also start the ball rolling downhill.

But yeah, massive butterfly there.

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« Reply #1481 on: 29 October 2020, 07:44:21 »
The political incentives and possibilities would be vastly different for Amaris especially, so I would expect him to gain political power using soft means.

Then again, this is three years before the Coup and the military RWR preparations are already underway if I recall correctly ....

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« Reply #1482 on: 29 October 2020, 07:53:46 »
Armaris is always presented as being totally nuts, so he might go for his little trick no matter what.

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« Reply #1483 on: 30 October 2020, 04:27:40 »
An interesting alternative certainly having the parliamentary Mariks bring their balkanizing brand of politics to the Star League drakensis. Making the Periphery nations full members of the League will likely spawn problems of its own. Sure they will be grateful the predatory economic policies have been revoked but I am sure that there will still be a movement to seek recompense for past injustices. Secessionists will remain as well seeking independence from the League likely fueled by the Crescent of Opposition you've created as a result.  The Lyran Commonwealth, Draconis Combine, and Federated Suns aren't gonna just sit back and be fine with all this political maneuvering. Perhaps the strongest realms of the League they will seek to exploit any cracks in this voting block perhaps seeking a dissolution of the Star League once and for all.

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« Reply #1484 on: 07 November 2020, 12:30:07 »
Of course, that means no Whiting Conference, no Second Star League, no incentive for the Clans to stop. either.  Man, that'd be a knock-down, drag-out brawl.
Doesn't matter what incentives they have, once they got far enough the Inner Sphere would break out the Strategic Nuke stockpiles and make like it was the First Succession War again on the Clans.  Qualitative superiority doesn't matter when the other side can throw a ton of cheap nukes at you and simply overwhelm you.
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« Reply #1485 on: 10 November 2020, 11:02:38 »
#650

Nicholas Kerensky's least reported 'reform' was the abolishment of the metric system.

Thus the Clan's range advantage. all their weapon ranges are in miles not kilometres (or fractions of miles vs fractions of kilometres).

And the reason why the Inner Sphere has not been able to easily replicate Clantech is revealed!

Inner Sphere tech: "What do you mean 7/16ths? How many millimetres is that? And what's with all the superscript I and II scattered around the diagram?"

ComStar: "I can't help but think correcting all the history books to use rational measurements and stop having to convert into anachronistic values may have backfired on us... somehow."
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« Reply #1486 on: 10 November 2020, 12:41:19 »
They wouldn't be the Clans if they weren't setting back intellectual evolution somehow in some other fashion.

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« Reply #1487 on: 13 November 2020, 07:34:29 »
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In 3015, with the outbreak of the Marik Civil War, the defense of the Tamarind Military District - roughly a quarter of the Free Worlds League dropped down the priorities of the Captain-General, as he was rather busy fighting his brother. While the region wasn't entirely stripped, force numbers did diminish.

Looking at the continuing raids coming out of Circinus (generally flagged as LCAF raids even if it was actually the Black Warriors) and the rapidly reforming actual LCAF under Katrina Steiner, the many small provinces of the region were... concerned. Deeply concerned. And someone looked at recent history and suggested that the Silver Hawks Coalition might have been onto something, While putting together their 'Mech assets into was a step too far - and likely to get them yanked by Janos Marik to reinforce his operations - a suggestion to standardise the training and equipment across the various provincial militias, saving costs and letting smaller and poorer provinces maintain larger forces than they might otherwise be was accepted. While larger provinces would benefit less, they'd still see investment from their weaker neighbours and larger speedbumps between them and the rapacious Lyran hordes...

(After 200 years of war and not having an insider's view of LCAF bureaucracy, the sheer mass of the Lyran forces tended to make the FWL deeply grateful that the DCMS was keeping most of their neighbour's attention. Given that at one point the Lyrans had pushed deeply into the League, this isn't entirely baseless).

To run this new coordinated military initiative, the various provinces needed a capable military leader who was unlikely to bend to the pressures that would certainly be applied by Janos Marik to co-opt their war resources for his own interests. With the addition of Tamarind to the pact they found their man, a cashiered FWLM officer currently commanding the static defenses of Tamarind's Khe Shang province. His military education and career had been exemplary, it was recorded. The reason he'd been cashiered was eloping with Janos Marik's daughter.

Over the next fifteen years, Jeremy Brett proved an exceptional leader for the defense initiative, brushing aside weak attempts by the FWLM to point out that he was basically doing things that they rather considered their remit. While Thomas Marik's centralisation weakened most provinces, the Tamarind Military District provided three brigades equipped with hardware they themselves were struggling to maintain, retaining troops with their new standardised gear in defense against the no doubt imminent Federated Commonwealth invasion. Rather in need of his sister's support and having expected much less from the petty provinces of the region, Thomas Marik was duly grateful and resolved the conflict with the FWLM by appointing his brother-in-law as the new commander of the FWLM's Tamarind District.

With the 3030s and 3040s going on, the absence of an invasion and increasingly impressive military forces available convinced the FWL's defense industries that there was an untapped market and with rising technology, the prospect of unloading a lot of reconditioned hardware looked appealing. In 3045, Jeremy Brett issued a joint offer on the part of the Tamarind Military District and Tamarind-Abbey Defense Initiative: the organisations would be interested in subsidising a number construction facilities for 'Mechs, aerospace fighters and combat vehicles, as well as components thereof, so long as the designs submitted utilised parts readily available within the Military District already. For example, every design submitted must use a 240-rated standard fusion engine. Lostech equipment that technicians would have to be retrained to operate was not of interest.
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« Reply #1488 on: 26 November 2020, 17:06:50 »
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Everyone knows the history surrounding Stefan Amaris, his rise, and eventual fall. We all know who he had to kill in order to become the man who is universally hated by Inner Sphere, Periphery, and Clans alike. But what if history took a different turn? What if Stefan's rise to power...failed?

When he was just 13, Richard Cameron woke up in the middle of the night from a horrific nightmare. One where he saw himself dying at the hands of his "best friend" Stefan Amaris; Terra and the Hegemony being ravaged by a war that would leave the Hegemony destroyed; and his "friend" killing all who opposed him. Shaken to his core from this dream, he could not sleep the remainder of that night. The next night, he had the same dream again and again the following night and so on. Each time it would show more horrific details, including his extended family dying with him. Deciding to find someone who would decipher those dreams, he turned to a few religious figureheads on Terra; many of whom told him the same thing: his dreams were a warning. After being plagued by these dreams and hearing that they could be warnings, Richard decided to ask Star League intelligence to look into any inquiries concerning his "friend's" nation.

After hearing all of this, Richard decided to subtly ask Stefan a few questions and even told him only bits and pieces of his dreams. Amaris simply shrugged them off as mere dreams and he "reassured" his young friend that he had no intention of ever killing him. But for some reason, Richard couldn't believe him. So he then turns to the only other person who had his interests at heart, Alexandr Kerensky. After telling the General of the nightmares that had been plaguing him, Kerensky immediately saw the warning signs and after also going over the intelligence reports he had been getting concerning the Rim Worlds Republic, Kerensky knew that he had to act before time ran out.

But rather than immediately arrest Amaris for crimes he hadn't committed...yet, Kerensky started to send a few of his trusted commanders to other worlds within the Republic and Hegemony where they would start secretly training their forces to counter any military opposition coming from Amaris' forces. Hopefully, by the time Amaris figured out what was going on, he would ultimately fail in his attempt to usurp the Star League and House Cameron.

In the meantime Richard, after finally being convinced of Stefan's duplicity, began to listen to his advisors more often and began lifting some of the edicts Amaris had suggested to him; especially on the Periphery realms. He only listened to a few suggestions the would-be usurper made, but made inquiries to others regarding them. In doing so, he not only expanded his political and economical education; but he also began to subtly increase security measures when it came to Amaris.

When the time came, Amaris would find that it was he at the end of a laser pistol and not his would-be victim.

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« Reply #1489 on: 26 November 2020, 17:14:37 »
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Everyone knows the history surrounding Stefan Amaris, his rise, and eventual fall. We all know who he had to kill in order to become the man who is universally hated by Inner Sphere, Periphery, and Clans alike. But what if history took a different turn? What if Stefan's rise to power...failed?

When he was just 13, Richard Cameron woke up in the middle of the night from a horrific nightmare. One where he saw himself dying at the hands of his "best friend" Stefan Amaris; Terra and the Hegemony being ravaged by a war that would leave the Hegemony destroyed; and his "friend" killing all who opposed him. Shaken to his core from this dream, he could not sleep the remainder of that night. The next night, he had the same dream again and again the following night and so on. Each time it would show more horrific details, including his extended family dying with him. Deciding to find someone who would decipher those dreams, he turned to a few religious figureheads on Terra; many of whom told him the same thing: his dreams were a warning. After being plagued by these dreams and hearing that they could be warnings, Richard decided to ask Star League intelligence to look into any inquiries concerning his "friend's" nation.

After hearing all of this, Richard decided to subtly ask Stefan a few questions and even told him only bits and pieces of his dreams. Amaris simply shrugged them off as mere dreams and he "reassured" his young friend that he had no intention of ever killing him. But for some reason, Richard couldn't believe him. So he then turns to the only other person who had his interests at heart, Alexandr Kerensky. After telling the General of the nightmares that had been plaguing him, Kerensky immediately saw the warning signs and after also going over the intelligence reports he had been getting concerning the Rim Worlds Republic, Kerensky knew that he had to act before time ran out.

But rather than immediately arrest Amaris for crimes he hadn't committed...yet, Kerensky started to send a few of his trusted commanders to other worlds within the Republic and Hegemony where they would start secretly training their forces to counter any military opposition coming from Amaris' forces. Hopefully, by the time Amaris figured out what was going on, he would ultimately fail in his attempt to usurp the Star League and House Cameron.

In the meantime Richard, after finally being convinced of Stefan's duplicity, began to listen to his advisors more often and began lifting some of the edicts Amaris had suggested to him; especially on the Periphery realms. He only listened to a few suggestions the would-be usurper made, but made inquiries to others regarding them. In doing so, he not only expanded his political and economical education; but he also began to subtly increase security measures when it came to Amaris.

When the time came, Amaris would find that it was he at the end of a laser pistol and not his would-be victim.

I want to see this one.
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« Reply #1490 on: 26 November 2020, 19:58:20 »
I want to see this one.
Yes Please  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #1491 on: 27 November 2020, 10:02:38 »
A smart Richard Cameron unfettered from Canon fiat - oh yes, please. :thumbsup:

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« Reply #1492 on: 27 November 2020, 13:08:03 »
without the taxation edicts, and other heavy handed laws and edicts in play the coup would have a harder time going off as the outer rebellion would not be a factor,  in this scenario i can see the periphery being given autonomy much earlier and the SLDF pulling out many of the units back to home.    Richard could use the Terran Hegemony Intelligence to run some black ops and false flag operations to smoke out whats needed. 
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« Reply #1493 on: 27 November 2020, 15:54:20 »
Wow, never expected such positive viewpoints on that one.

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« Reply #1494 on: 03 December 2020, 23:48:02 »
Living in the Lyran Commonwealth is hell.

Post-capitalst nightmare. Water and often air are budget-breakers; there is no credit or government aid.

Paranoid police. Judges that accept low burdens of proof. Secret police that need no proof.

Corporations that casually twist the law. Nobles completely above the law.

When a planet is conquered by the FWL it’s cause for a week long celebration. Conquest by the Combine... is business as usual.



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« Reply #1495 on: Today at 00:23:53 »
Living in the Lyran Commonwealth is hell.

Post-capitalst nightmare. Water and often air are budget-breakers; there is no credit or government aid.

Paranoid police. Judges that accept low burdens of proof. Secret police that need no proof.

Corporations that casually twist the law. Nobles completely above the law.

When a planet is conquered by the FWL it’s cause for a week long celebration. Conquest by the Combine... is business as usual.



Just because I wanted to look at the good guys on a bad hair day.

That...just describes a lot of the Alliance period Lyran state under Nondi.
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« Reply #1496 on: Today at 01:32:10 »
That...just describes a lot of the Alliance period Lyran state under Nondi.

Yeah... but imagine if Nondi did that because it's the default state.

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« Reply #1497 on: Today at 02:56:36 »
Yeah... but imagine if Nondi did that because it's the default state.

It kind of already is.  Kat and Nondi would've had a HELL of a hard time getting things to that state if they weren't already inclined toward it from the start.  The Lyran "Social General" disease is the sort of thing that really only happens in nations that are already pretty far along the corruption scale, and while the original poster used the term 'post capitalism' it's kind of one of those weird labels for what amounts to state capitalism or crony capitalism (depending on where in society you find yourself-insiders claim it's good for the state, outsiders identify it as a form of corruption).

Basically the Lyrans have this problem, have had this problem, and like all complex societies, it waxes and wanes but never quite gets eliminated. 

Power corrupts, sure, but power also attracts the corrupt.  either way, we know that Lohengrin is a secret police that disappears people regularly depending on the whims of their directors, that major corporations also control the bodies that are supposed to regulate their activities (See: How many Nobles are also on corporate boards), and so on.

Since the Nobility also controls the legislature, they obviously would install the necessary back doors and exemptions and exceptions to assure that the law ONLY applies to people who aren't from their peer group, and so on.  NOWHERE in the Battletech Universe would you find more than occasional lip-service to the idea of 'equal under law'-because it's not a universe where that concept has managed to survive. EVERY society in Battletech, if you carefully examine the books, follows a rough pyramid layout, with a large and largely untouchable ruling class, a declining middle class, and a vast majority of people who only matter in terms of their ability to pay taxes and die entertainingly for their masters.

what the poster described is the default state of a techno-feudal society-the only path to upward mobility is through the civil service or the personal service of one of the ruling class, who spend human blood and the money collected from taxpayers to achieve personal goals and personal power. 

Even Victor did it.  War is easy when the common man truly doesn't matter, and in the BTU, war is very easy indeed-for the people at the top.
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« Reply #1498 on: Today at 03:30:12 »
The Taurian Concordat makes a good try at getting out of that mold. It's a little on the unstable side at times but it's the closest state in the BTU to a present-day government.

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« Reply #1499 on: Today at 04:26:40 »
The Taurian Concordat makes a good try at getting out of that mold. It's a little on the unstable side at times but it's the closest state in the BTU to a present-day government.

indeed and agreed. 
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