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Dayton3

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Do the Lyrans Still Have Conscription (draft)?
« on: 17 January 2021, 10:00:35 »
Part of the Lyran Commonwealth history was that during the Third Succession War,  the Lyran Commonwealth was losing battles because their support units such as regular infantry were severely undermanned.   So Archon Eric Steiner invoked a strict conscription act that ordered the drafting of youths as young as 15 years old!.   Needless to say this was extremely unpopular but it led to one of the more interesting series of events in Commonwealth military history.

A group of rich young people on Skye,  not wanting to be "rich cannon fodder" (their term) proposed that they be allowed to form their own military unit,  paid for out of their own resources in order to serve out their military obligation.   Under considerable pressure from Skye "social generals" the LCAF agreed.

But the wealthy youngsters who were all members of the local yacht club paid a builder to construct six high speed armed hydrofoils.  It was noted that for more than two decades they (and later their children) patrolled the lakes and rivers of Skye,  keeping it free of the oppression of the Draconis Combine.

Although nearly three decades after the unit was formed the Combine did indeed invade Skye and to the surprise of everyone (including themselves) the hydrofoil unit performed well under fire.   Including deploying a nuclear weapon to destroy a key dam and flooding out a Combine advance.

Back to my OP question.   Does the Commonwealth still have a draft?   If not when did they end it?   And what about the other Successor states?   IIRC about the only one I can remember that might have some kind of compulsory military service would be the Draconis Combine though I can't remember if the service is actually legal and forcible or more of a social pressure kind of thing.

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Re: Do the Lyrans Still Have Conscription (draft)?
« Reply #1 on: 17 January 2021, 17:28:09 »
From Handbook House Steiner, as of 3067 Lyran citizens still need to perform five years of public service, though they're given a choice of the military or more civilian oriented jobs. The wording suggests that Lyrans do genuinely have a choice in this era, while Eric Steiner's policies sound more like a real draft where selectees are solely put in uniform.

House Marik also had a draft going at least around the First Succession War; the Helm native interviewed in "Ghost Rain" (1SW sourcebook) mentions how she and her boyfriend were both conscripted c. 2787. The boyfriend ended up offworld and KIA in 2793 at Anegasaki so a draftee could wind up serving at least five-six years (unless he volunteered to stay in after his hitch was finished).
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Re: Do the Lyrans Still Have Conscription (draft)?
« Reply #2 on: 17 January 2021, 18:23:23 »
From Handbook House Steiner, as of 3067 Lyran citizens still need to perform five years of public service, though they're given a choice of the military or more civilian oriented jobs. The wording suggests that Lyrans do genuinely have a choice in this era, while Eric Steiner's policies sound more like a real draft where selectees are solely put in uniform.

House Marik also had a draft going at least around the First Succession War; the Helm native interviewed in "Ghost Rain" (1SW sourcebook) mentions how she and her boyfriend were both conscripted c. 2787. The boyfriend ended up offworld and KIA in 2793 at Anegasaki so a draftee could wind up serving at least five-six years (unless he volunteered to stay in after his hitch was finished).

Thanks.  I don't have either of those sources.