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Federated Suns
Current Ambassador: James Spencer
This information was last updated on the: 8th of March, 2017
Core Information:

     Capital: New Avalon
     Faction Leader: First Princess Yvonne Steiner-Davion
     Military Leader: Marshal of the Armies Mordecai Rand-Davion
     Intelligence Leader: Field Marshal Robin Kim
     Approximate BattleMech Regiment Strength: 101 regiments
     Mercenaries Currently Under Employ: 12th Vegan Rangers Beta Regiment, 12th Vegan Rangers Gamma Regiment, 1st Cunningham's Commandos, 1st Khorsakov's Cossacks, 1st Screaming Eagles, 21st Centauri Lancers, 2nd Cunningham's Commandos, 2nd Dismal Disinherited, 2nd Screaming Eagles, 3rd Dismal Disinherited, Blue Star Irregulars, Federated Freeman 1st Regiment, Goshen War College Training Battalion, Hampton's Hessens 1st Regiment, Harlock's Warriors, Narhal's Raiders 2nd Regiment, New Avalon Cavaliers, Northwind Highlanders: Stirling's Fusiliers, The Arcadians, The Medusans, The Regulators Regiment, Vanguard Legion, Wilson's Hussars, Wolf's Dragoons: Alpha Regiment, Wolf's Dragoons: Beta Regiment, Wolf's Dragoons: Epsilon Regiment, Wolf's Dragoons: Gamma Regiment, Wolf's Dragoons: Wolf Spider Regiment, Wolf's Dragoons: Zeta Regiment

Major Sub Regions Core Information:

     Region Name: Crucis March
     Capital: New Avalon
     Commander: March Minister Field Marshal Athena Davion-Ross
     Sub-Commander: Field Marshal Lucy Davion
     Percentage of total Faction Military Strength: 12%

     Region Name: Draconis March
     Capital: Robinson
     Commander: March Minister Tancred Sandoval
     Sub-Commander: Field Marshal Mordecai Sandoval-Ito
     Percentage of total Faction Military Strength: 42%

     Region Name: Capellan March
     Capital: New Syrtis
     Commander: March Minister Field Marshal Alexander Sanromea-Davion
     Sub-Commander: Field Marshal Cyrus Hasek
     Percentage of total Faction Military Strength: 38%

     Region Name: Periphery March
     Capital: Broken Wheel
     Commander: March Minister Field Marshal Xavier Steele
     Sub-Commander: Field Marshal Tyrell Rand-Davion
     Percentage of total Faction Military Strength: 8%

System Information Pages:

Acamar, Achernar, Addicks, Alcyone, Algot, Almach, Altoona, Arboris, Arcadia, Ares, Bharat, Brockway, Broken Wheel, Bryceland, Caselton, Cassias, Chesterton, Chesteton, Cimeron, Cogdell, Colia, Delos, Demeter, Errai, Filtvet, Genoa, Glentworth, Great Gorge, Halloran, Hazelhurst, Helen, Hoff, Homestead, Horsham, Johnsondale, Lima, Markab, Memphis, Mendham, Mira, Monhegan, Nanking, Neosho, New Aragon, New Avalon, New Hessen, New Rhodes, Numenor, Offerman, Okefenokee, Ozawa, Palmyra, Perdition, Quentin, Rio, Rochester, Rosepine, Rowe, Ruchbah, Shoreham, Talcott, Tancredi, Tangipahoa, Tigress, Tikonov, Valexa, Velhas, Waipahu, Woodbine, Woodstock, Yangtze, Ziliang, Zurich

BTM Timeline Events:

11th of May, 3067
Yvonne Davion made Regent of the newly reborn Federated Suns (Though most of the bureaucracy still functions as the Federated Commonwealth).

1st of January, 3069
Harrison Sandoval-Davion is born to Princess-Regent Yvonne Steiner-Davion and Tancred Sandoval. At his birth, he immediately becomes heir to the throne of the Federated Suns.

1st of January, 3074
Regent Yvonne Steiner-Davion completes 5 years of military service and assumes the title of First Prince of the Federated Suns.

1st of April, 3074
Ambassador Bruce Haas is assigned to the DMM from the Federated Suns.

2nd of October, 3074
Ingress system is re-occupied by Federated Suns forces.

22nd of April, 3075 to the 23rd of November, 3075
The Shraplen War begins with a surprise attack from the Taurian Concordat on Federated Suns systems and drags the Capellan Confederation into the conflict.

30th of April, 3075
Taurian Concordat forces invade multiple Federated Suns systems, but are only able to take and hold Verdigreis.

16th of June, 3075 to the 23rd of November, 3075
The Federated Suns launches Operation Matador, a counterattack into Taurian Concordat space, occupying several systems, and eventually withdrawing from all but Perdition, which is annexed.

28th of July, 3075 to the 30th of August, 3075
The Federated Suns system of Frazer is conquered by the 1st McCarron's Armored Cavalry of the Capellan Confederation.

1st of October, 3075
The Federated Suns retake Tikinov from the Capellan Confederation.

5th of October, 3075
George Hasek, Duke of the Capellan March, Federated Suns is assassinated.

22nd of October, 3075
Nathaniel Hasek named Duke of the Capellan March, Federated Suns.

8th of November, 3075
Ares, a Capellan Confederation system, is annexed by the Federated Suns in retaliation for strikes by the Confederation into the Capellan March.

24th of October, 3076
The Draconis Combine system of Marduk is eventually ceded to the Federated Suns after a meat grinding effort of both sides that also involved the Shadow Lancers and the Death's Guard mercenary units.

26th of April, 3077
The Draconis Combine world of Marduk is conquered by the Federated Suns.

1st of June, 3077
Draconis Combine forces eventually retreat from Quentin after a concentrated campaign by the Restless Souls Mercenary Unit for the Federated Suns.

21st of July, 3077
The Federated Suns worlds of Elgin and hsien annexed by the Capellan Confederation and after months of Federated Suns rhetoric, they cede the systems to the Capellans and withdrawal their forces.

27th of August, 3077
In high level talks between the Federated Suns and the Star League the planets of Epsilon Indi, Sheratan and Fletcher are to run under Star League Administration.

15th of September, 3077
Federated Suns contributions to Operation Lorelai are revealed, sparking protests on several worlds that saw heavy fighting in the FedCom Civil War. Other parties embrace the effort as a sign of healing wounds and the good that reformed Star League is still capable of.

13th of October, 3077
Beginning of Clan Star Adder invasion of the Federated Suns with losing contact with the planet Mararn. Later in month also losing Sodertalje, Gillingham and Jaboatao to the then unknown forces.

24th of November, 3077
New attacks strike the Federated Suns systems of Skepptana, Lackland, Filtvet, Memphis, Ebro, and Sherwood. The attackers are positively identified as Clan Star Adder. Only Filtvet and Memphis hold against the initial attacks

22nd of January, 3078
The Federated Suns declares a state of emergency and assumes a full war footing.

14th of May, 3078
After rhetoric from both the Capellan Confederation and the Federated Suns about annexing the TerraCap Confederation, the Star League acts to stabilize the region by including the small nation under SLDF protection. Both the Capellan Confederation and the Federated Suns are pleased with the solution as it would prevent the other house from gaining.

15th of September, 3078 to the 24th of September, 3078
As the AFFS attempts to withdraw from the Broken Wheel salient, Star Adder forces invade Moultrie. A massive battle in space will leave 8 warships total destroyed or captured before the Clan troops successfully make landfall. Three FedSuns RCTs will eventually hold Alpha Galaxy at bay, killing Galaxy Commander Hannibal Banacek, and leaving the invaders in an untenable position. With the Adders' withdrawal, momentum shifts back to the Federated Suns.

21st of June, 3079
Clan Cloud Cobra invades the Federated Suns.

15th of December, 3079
With Fuveau and Neosho marking their progress, the penetrations by Clan Cloud Cobra and Clan Star Adder into Federated Suns space reach their highwater mark. AFFS forces use a strategically shortened front to help bring the Clan attacks' progress to a halt, while the High Command still refuses to strip the Draconis or Capellan borders of the troops needed to retake many of the worlds lost to the invasion.

7th of February, 3080
Federated Suns forces launch a massive offensive against Star Adder-held systems in the Outback.

15th of November, 3080
Leftenant General Bruce Haas retires from his position as the Federated Suns Ambassador to the DMM.

29th of November, 3080
Ambassador Jackson Quinton Davion is assigned to the DMM from the Federated Suns.

1st of January, 3081
The Federated Suns starts the new year off with a major rezoning of its Marches. It has created a brand new March as a buffer region against its enemies from beyond known civilized space, The Periphery March.

16th of January, 3081
Commanding General Julius Rostinberger, Star League Defence Force 5th Army has been dishonourably discharged for dozens of failures in the defence of Federated Suns systems against Clan forces, resulting in the destruction of 3 Star League Defence Force Divisions

12th of March, 3081
Ambitious projects followed with Baroness Nelson reaching beyond Offerman to surrounding worlds and forming not only economic but military ties in an effort to strengthen both her own landhold and the Federated Suns region. Eventually these overtures became widespread as many worlds signed and ratified the Outback Trade Pact and the Outback Mutual Defense Treaty of 3081.

1st of October, 3081
Federated Suns have repelled all Clan offensives against arrayed them. They report no Clans left in their secured territory. The Federated Suns government has reclaimed all of their systems save one, Kentwood. This system is being ceded to Clan Cloud Cobra.

20th of December, 3081
In a suprise move that spells the beginning of another major intergalactic war, ten systems of the Lyran Alliance and Federated Suns bordering the Draconis Combine have been conquered in well coordinated attacks between the traitorous SLDF 4th Army, the DCMS, Ghost Corps, Nationalist Militia's, the ISF and anti-Star League local sympathisers. So begins the next great war.

17th of March, 3082
The Federated Suns Ambassador, Jackson Q Davion was tried and found guilty of treason in a 3 month long trial. He was executed for his crimes against the state on March 17th 3082.

27th of April, 3082
The 1st Republican Guard Regiment combined with Veens Irregulars Mercenary Unit recapture Emporia for the Federated Suns from the Draconis Combine.

10th of May, 3082
In yet a second wave ten more systems of the Lyran Alliance and Federated Suns bordering the Draconis Combine have been conquered between the traitorous SLDF 4th Army, the DCMS, Ghost Corps, Nationalist Militia's, the ISF and anti-Star League local sympathisers

11th of May, 3082
Randee Mishel Le roux was sworn into office as the Federated Suns Ambassador

12th of August, 3082
The Federated Suns Launch Counteroffensive dub Operation: 'Yellow Bird', at the Draconis Combine. The have simoultaneouesly targeted both salients through the Draconis March with four ground regiments and a WarShip squadron each.

12th of September, 3082
A month to the day the Federated Suns have successfully liberated Mallory's World and Le Blanc from the Draconis Combine with attacks from 3rd Davion Guard RCT and the 7th Crucis Lancers RCT, respectively.

7th of November, 3082
The newly renamed Raven Legion has successfully liberated the former world of the Federated Suns Lucerne from the Draconis Combine.

14th of December, 3082
While in the employ of the Federated Suns, the Restless Souls Mercenary Brigade liberated a besieged Mara from the Draconis Combine

21st of February, 3083
The Federated Suns 1st Capellan Dragoons RCT and the Deuces Wild mercenary unit invade and seize Ares from the Capellan Confederation.

23rd of February, 3083
The 7th Crucis Lancers Regimental Combat Team reinforced by the 4th Federated Suns Lancers and the Mercenary Unit, the Restless Souls, and attendant WarShip Fleet engaged and successfully liberated the besieged Federated Suns planet of Dobson from the Draconis Combine.

22nd of March, 3083
Lucerne] - After months of combat operations, the Draconis Combine's forces on Lucerne were at long last pinned down in their mountain refuge and overrun by the Raven Legion Mercenary Unit in the employ of the Federated Suns. Lucerne is now firmly in the hands of House Davion.

31st of March, 3083
The first quarter of this year saw ruthless acts of violence committed by House Kurita. There has been sabotage and terror in the very heart of the realms targeted by the Draconis Combine. In unmitigated acts, neither sanctioned by the Star League nor the Ares convention, DEST teams have been sent to the capitol worlds of Tharkad of the Lyran Alliance, New Avalon of the Federated Suns, and Alshain of the Rasalhague Dominion with the express purpose of sabotaging Fusion Plants near the Realm’s capitol’s creating rather large nuclear explosion and blankets of radiation to slowly wipe out their enemies. These atrocities have de-moralize the victims and aided in blanketing each states 4C complexes with enough radiation so as to disable their HPGs preventing them from communicating with their forces constantly engaged on the front with their aggressor the Draconis Combine. It appears that other Special Forces are taking their lead from the Dragon and are taking advantage of these three Realm’s weaknesses by launching their own attacks all along their border worlds. They have included, although not limited, to assassinations, bombings, and the sabotaging of fusion power plants to explode. Worlds of note along the Rasalhague Dominion shard border are Radstadt, Trondheim, and Tukayyid. Along the Lyran Alliance - Skye, Bolan, Cavanaugh II, Timbuktu, Coventry, and Melissia. Along the Federated Suns borders it has been the worlds of Valexa, Alcyone, Sirdar, Bromhead, Brockway, and Perdition. This is truly the beginning of the Fifth Succession War as the Inner Sphere deteriorates into terror and chaos.

22nd of July, 3083
The Draconis Combine continues to conquer worlds even with the entire weight of the collective Inner Sphere arrayed against it. House Kurita has captured three more worlds from the Federated Suns, Murchinson, Galatia III, Marduk. Two worlds from the Lyran Alliance Alkalurops and Accrington. And Rockland from the Rasalhague Dominion

3rd of August, 3083
The CMAF launches its strike into the Federated Suns beginning Operation Phoenix to take and hold Tikonov. This begins the first confrontations between the Capellan Confederation and Federated Suns in the 5th Succession War.

1st of January, 3084
The Knights Defensor were created by the Pope of the Federated Suns New Avalon Catholic Church on January 1, 3084. The Pope took this action after several of the Churches' missions, schools, and hospitals in the Outback were raided. Knowing that the AFFS was unable to protect the NACC's missions, the Pope looked back to the history of the Church and created the Holy Order of Knight Defenders based on the warrior orders once sponsored by the Church.

1st of June, 3084
Operation Trojan Heart is launched by the Federated Suns AFFS against the CMAF. Operation Trojan Heart is a massive endeavor, utilizing two Davion warship squadrons and 13 Regimental Combat Teams and 8 independent Regiments. Their mission: to strike at the heart of the Capellan worlds: Sian. The two pronged blitz goes through Sendalor and Purvo on its way towards Sian. Trojan Heart feints towards Grand Base, Claxton and Victoria.

24th of July, 3084
Loyal SLDF peacekeepers under the Deputy Director Constance Kavazashvili from the Department of Intelligence & Strategy are sent to the border region between the Federated Suns and Draconis Combine which causes a lull in the fighting as the DCMS can no longer pursue such an aggressive stance with new potentially hostile regiments in the region.

10th of August, 3084
The Mercenary Brigade, The Restless Souls have 'acquired' full fledge Mako-Class Corvette WarShip dubbed the Hyperion. It is unclear whether it is a reconstituted previously thought to be scuttled WarShip or fresh off the assembly lines WarShip from the Bolson Shipyards in the Lyran Alliance. It will be a welcomed addition to the Federated Suns arsenal in defense of the Restless Souls' LandHold Quentin on the Draconis Combine-Federated Suns Border.

13th of August, 3084
Following a series of raids by both sides which stall large-scale offensive actions, Phalan, Sakhalin and Eaglesham are annexed as Draconis Combine forces shift focus from the Federated Suns front to the Lyran Alliance border.

2nd of October, 3084
The second phase of Operation Neptune begins. After a series of back and forth engagements with their Davion foe on their drives toward Grand Base, Claxton, Victoria and Sian, the CMAF attacks in a pincer move designed to separate the 13 RCTs, 8 Independents and their warship squadrons from the Federated Suns. Ziliang is the site of the largest counter-attack, but my no means was the only part. The enormity of the counter-attack could not be underestimated: the elite regiments of the 3rd Canopian Light Horse and the Hustaing Warriors lead the charge, supported by two battalions of the Chancellor’s Death Commandos and parts of the mercenary force Akki Tsubasa. Almost as an afterthought, the green St. Ives Cheaveau Legers are assigned to support. This entire force invades Ziliang, with the failed salient for Sian through Purvo, this bolstered the defenders to the 1st FedSuns Armored Cavalry, LCG 180th Dragoon Combat Group, Hellstorm Huasars Mercenary Brigade, 12th Deneb Light Cavalry RCT, 4th FedSuns Lancers RCT, 12th Vegan Rangers Delta Regiment left behind to defend the Federated Suns world.

9th of October, 3084
Looking to follow up on the successful and tenuous unofficial truce caused by the arrival of peacekeepers on the Federated Suns and Draconis Combine border, SLDF peacekeepers roll into camps along the Lyran Alliance and Draconis Combine front line with only initial success as cross-border raiding continues to take place by years end.

30th of November, 3084
The beginning preparatory work of the CMAF’s Tikonov invasion fleet commences as SLDF peacekeepers begin leaving their posts in the Star League Administered region bound for the border along the Federated Suns and Capellan Confederation. Brief lulls in the fighting still hold elsewhere in the Inner Sphere as the SLDF bids to cease these final hostilities from growing.

9th of December, 3084
At Tikonov, ten hours from the surface, the AFFS space borne defenses engage the CMAF invasion fleet. A ferocious hour-long battle ensues. In the end, the Federated Suns Melissa Davion Squadron is defeated above Tikonov, leading to the crippling of the Melissa Davion and the complete destruction of one of her Fox-class escorts. However, the engagement cost the CMAF the Xuan-feng class Heavenly Bird. Task Force Liao then creates of cordon of the Tikonov system.

12th of December, 3084
SLDF peacekeepers arrive in the Tikonov system, but retreat under the threat of destruction by the CMAF Navy’s cordon. The fate of Tikonov will be left to the forces on the ground. Elsewhere along the Capellan Confederation and Federated Suns border SLDF peacekeepers arrive as fighting simmers down.

20th of December, 3084
With the loss of Tikonov to the Capellan Confederation, the Federated Suns disable the Tikonov recharge station and relocate their administration department for the region to Ruchbah and aptly rename the PDZ after their new administrative world.

24th of December, 3084
Operation Neptune finally runs out of steam in lieu of the ferocity of its Davion invaders. After successfully recapturing Grand Base, the CMAF draws the proverbial noose close on the forces of Trojan Heart. Realizing that the Federated Suns has proven their point and thrust a dagger very close to the Capellan 'HEART' of Sian, Davion forces begin a series of withdrawals. For the next three months, Davion forces retreat from world to world to be replaced by arriving SLDF peacekeepers. Some forces that are left behind in fighting withdrawals suffer causalities. A few Davion units, classified at this time, have been so thoroughly thrashed that their unit’s have been moved from the Capellan March to the interior Crucis March of the Federated Suns, until such a time when they can be brought back up to full strength.

20th of February, 3085
The Federated Suns premier Mercenary Brigade, the Restless Souls, have complete a successful extraction of the Trojan Heart regiments trapped on Ziliang - the 1st FedSuns Armored Cavalry, the LCG 180th Dragoon Combat Group, the 12th Deneb Light Cavalry RCT, the 4th FedSuns Lancers RCT, and the 12th Vegan Rangers Delta Regiment. Per a statement from their Lieutenant General and Baron of Quentin, Xavier Steele, the Restless Souls will be taking time off from the business of war to rebuild and recuperate. When asked how long he simply said, "For starters, lets begin with 365 standard days and I'll let you know after then."

18th of March, 3085
Finally allowing SLDF peacekeepers into the Tikonov system as well as Federated Suns reinforcements, the remaining Davion forces begin their tactical withdrawal, under the watchful eye of the SLDF peacekeepers. Some of retreating Davion ‘Mechs, vehicles and equipment are left behind to the CMAF as spoils of war. The 1st Federated Freemen regiment and the Tikonov CMM are reduce to 40% during the fighting, and the Illician Lancers take a severe thrashing as well. The remaining strengths of both the CMAF and AFFS forces remain classified, but the SLDF begrudgingly acknowledges Tikonov as a Capellan holding, setting the stage for Tancred Sandoval’s repudiation of the Star League.

20th of March, 3085
A general ceasefire is called by the SLDF, freezing all troop movements along the Capellan Confederation and Federated Suns border. Seeing this as a sign of “Davion weakness,” this fuels the fires of the Citizens for Davion Purity movement. The CMAF takes advantage of the surrenders of 1 or 2 Davion forces caught in the pincer move by Operation Neptune. They go about reequipping their forces with the captured war materials for the second half of the war they know is sure to come. Taking this as a sign from New Avalon in the Federated Suns, Nathaniel Hasek also goes about reequipping the Capellan March.

2nd of May, 3085
The Citizens for Davion Purity movement spurred on by the success of the Brotherhood of Cincinnatus commences “Operation Grassy Knoll.” The Federated Suns Yvonne Steiner-Davion and Harrison Davion injured in an assassination attempt that takes Vincent Sandoval-Davion’s life (3072-3085). Tancred Sandoval-Davion assumes Regency of Federated Suns in place of his severely injured wife. Presidential-Senator Ivan Vladimir assassinated in plot to murder Triumvirate Commanding General Victor Steiner-Davion. Triumvirate Commanding General Lisa Koenings-Cober wounded during battle that claims Victor Steiner-Davion’s life.

6th of May, 3085
An initial emergency meeting of the Star League Senate fails to elect a new Presidential-Senator with the Federated Suns representatives walking out on the summit due to the SLDF refusing to take further action against the Draconis Combine who many believe was behind the assassinations.

7th of May, 3085
A second Star League Senate meeting again fails to elect a new Presidential-Senator with senators from the Capellan Confederation unwilling to accept the news of Tancred Sandoval as the Regent for the young Harrison Steiner-Davion. Tancred demands the return of Tikonov to the Federated Suns and the removal of all remaining SLDF peacekeeping forces from his nation’s border with the Confederation. Capellan senators walk out on the proceedings. They are joined by the senators from the Skye Province who believe Archon Adam Steiner’s new troop deployments have left them greatly undefended. In truth these reserve units are being re-shifted to the Clan front to deal with increasing Clan Wolf hostilities while upholding an earlier promise to the SLDF high command that was an attempt to ease tensions in the region by swapping them for more SLDF peacekeeping units.

10th of May, 3085
The assassination of SLDF Commanding General George Wagoner, formerly of the 1st Army, in 3082 is revealed to be a DEST attack by Senator Paul Jefferson from Kentares IV during a third emergency meeting of the Star League Senate. Tancred Sandoval threatens to withdraw the Federated Suns from the Star League if immediate action isn’t taken against the Combine by the League. This evidence leads more senators and the general public to believe the Combine was responsible for the Steiner-Davion assassinations believing that Presidential-Senator Ivan Vladimir was an intended target as well. Senator Mandrissa Elisha Silverburg of the Capellan world of Ingresoll wins the vote and is sworn in as Presidential-Senator.

11th of May, 3085
In a possible manipulation by Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao a motion to remove the SLDF peacekeepers from the Capellan Confederation and Federated Suns border by Tancred Sandoval fails with the new Presidential-Senator instead pledging to send the 2nd Division as further support. A subsequent bid for more peacekeepers from the Clan front to aid the peacekeeping mission along the Draconis Combine and Federated Suns border by Tancred is likewise shot down by similar political maneuvering. As a result Tancred Sandoval formally withdraws the Federated Suns from the Star League. Parts of the 6th Army defect to the Federated Suns two weeks later.

16th of February, 3086
The Federated Suns House Davion has a new Pressurized ShipYard facility and an Orbital Factory. The Restless Souls have invested vast amounts of revenue and resources into the Regina Enterprises Shipyard and attendant Orbital Factory at their Landhold System, Quentin. They were separate entities however they were both close affiliates. Construction on both started roughly a year ago at the behest of Regent Tancred Sandoval who had hinted to the Restless Souls Lieutenant General that he intended to grant the Mercenary Brigade a Block I Class Destroyer for their exemplary service to the Federated Suns. That the Restless Souls build and maintain a ShipYard had not been a prerequisite however it had strongly suggested at the time. True to his Word, the Regent granted the Restless Souls Brigade the Destroyer class Warship and Xavier Steele dubbed it 'Zeus'.

8th of March, 3086
Since the cesstation of hostilities remenant of the 5th Succession War have all but ceased, it will allow the Federated Suns to focus its energies elsewhere from the front of its to age old enemies. While the Regent implements measures to stabilize the war economy and to rebuild his borders the High Council has thrown their support behind Sandoval in involving the Federated Suns into a conflict that they can win. Operation Retribution. In lieu of the Outworld’s Alliance’s violation of the Treaty of Cerberus with the taking of Kennard the intial forces of this Periphery War Operation began landing in the early part of 3086 in the Kennard theater and Valasha theater.

1st of July, 3086 to the 1st of September, 3086
The Federated Suns had a high ranking dignitary get trapped behind within the Chaos 3. The Federated Suns Ambassador, Randee Mishel Le'roux. The Restless Souls traveled inside the Chaos 3 and discovered her whereabouts aboard a rebel control Warship in the Bryant Solar System, neutralized the enemy fleet and escorted the Ambassador back to the their Land Hold in the Federated Suns, Quentin. The Souls latest intelligence reports speculate that she would be moving soon to either Epsilon Indi system or Epsilon Eridani System. That's when the Rebel Fleet was intercepted, engaged and was involved a climatic Naval battle against the Restless Souls Davion Block I Class Destroyer, Zeus. It was determined that the Ambassador was retrieved before she revealed any damaging state secretes.

17th of July, 3086
The Federated Suns launched Operation Retribution. In response to the Outworlds Alliances violation of the Treaty of Cerberus with the taking of Kennard

1st of June, 3087
In an unusual campaign, the Alpha and Epsilon Regiments of Wolf’s Dragoons have conducted a series of raids on worlds controlled by Clans Star Adder and Cloud Cobra. In total 33 raids were launched in a fairly short amount of time. Some of these raids were no larger than lance-size engagements and none larger than a battle involving a mixed battalion of the Dragoons against a comparable Clan Star Adder force. The news coming out of the Federated Suns Department of Military Intelligence indicates that these raids were conducted in a manner akin to Clan-style “Trials of Possession”, over targets ranging from dropships to food shipments to even the official banner belonging to the Clan Cloud Cobra’s Alpha Galaxy. Wolf’s Dragoons won slightly more than fifty percent of the raids. Neither Clan has since made any overtures of aggression toward the Federated Suns. The AFFS units near the border have similarly remained surprisingly unfazed.

12th of July, 3087 to the 18th of October, 3087
After fighting a large Pro-Cappelan force on Fletcher, Major Veens took the Veens Irregulars to Terra Firma, While on planet he attended a handful of dinner party's hosted by leaders of both the Federated Suns and the Free Worlds League. Before hinting an out post before leaving the world. The Major is still as unpredictable as ever, some think he was working for one house or another well others think he only really hit the out post to keep his troops sharp or just because it was run by House Liao.

22nd of January, 3088
Major William Veen was granted his second Planetary Land hold on the Federated Suns planet Valexa, bestowed with a noble title of Baron, and promoted to the Executive Officer of the Valexa PDZ.

22nd of January, 3088
The Federated Suns launched an intel raid on the ComMag world of Styx, something that hadn't happened in a long time, followed quickly by a dropship that picked up the a group of Veen's Irregulars, no real fighting other then a raid on a mercenary camp. ties believed to be between the two but so far nothing has been figured out.

28th of August, 3088
On the Federated Suns Periphery March Capitol World of Broken Wheel Forty Seven students killed in riot as Security Forces engage peaceful protest

1st of September, 3088
The Periphery March Duchess, Carrie Zetso, enacts the Emergency Powers Clause per the Outback Mutual Defense Act of 3081. These powers were to grant the Federated Suns government of the worlds in crisis the ability to ensure security.

7th of September, 3088
The Federated Suns Duchess Carrie Zetso's execution by rebels was broadcasted live via Federated News Network. A 'Rebellion' erupted on Broken Wheel and spread like wild fire to 35 other periphery march worlds. Duchess Offerman, Ravenna Nelson-Black, has agreed to step in as the brevetted Field Marshall over the March in lieu of her assassinated predeccossor and aid the Federated Suns in keeping the political wheels turning and to use her Raven Legion to quell the fires before they spread to even more worlds. The Restless Souls Baron von Quentin, Xavier Steele has agreed to an appointment of brevetted Field Marshall as an aid to Field Marshall Nelson-Black and her second in command focused on subjugating the rebellion at its root on Broken

1st of October, 3088
Duchess Offerman, Ravenna Nelson-Black, has agreed to step in as the brevetted Field Marshall over the March in lieu of her assassinated predecessor and aid the Federated Suns in keeping the political wheels turning and to use her Raven Legion to quell the fires before they spread to even more worlds. The Restless Souls Baron von Quentin, Xavier Steele has agreed to an appointment of brevetted Field Marshall as an aid to Field Marshall Nelson-Black and her second in command focused on subjugating the rebellion at its root on Broken Wheel

27th of November, 3088
Somewhere near the Government Plaza, Tecumseh. Location: Shawnee, Federated Suns (Contested) “Ali hai! Ali hai! ALI HAI!” chanted the soldier whose hands were gripping the handles of the support machine-gun that bucked and rattled as 12.7mm rounds were fed into the weapon by a linked belt. Every fifth round was a glowing phosphorescent tracer that aided in aiming but the two men manning it were laying down a wild barrage at anything that moved and burning through ammunition at a prodigious rate as evidenced by the smoking barrel that was so hot as to degrade accuracy. The machine-gun punched holes in ferrocrete and the scattered civilian vehicles which provided little to no actual cover even behind the engine blocks from a weapon designed to present a threat to light mech armor. When the belt ran out, the men began to work on loading another confident that they would keep the invading infantry from advancing any further. What they heard as opposed to return fire was the telltale impact tremors of a battlemech's approach... a big one... The few intact windows began to rattle as from around the corner stepped the one hundred ton incarnation of death on the modern battlefield appeared. Painted in desert digital camouflage and sporting both the livery of House Nelson-Black and the Federated Suns, the Marauder II sporting Clan technology was both rare and distinct not just in this particular theater of operations but in the Inner Sphere as a whole. The machine-gun crew frantically began to unleash fire from their pickup truck mounted weapon the rounds striking the thick armor with little effect except to scratch the paint and lightly pit the surface armor of the massive behemoth that seemed to be looking right at them without pity. The pilot of the Marauder paused for a moment admiring their determination and pitying them for the fate about to befall them. Throttling up, the one hundred ton machine strode forward smashing flat the abandoned and wrecked civilian vehicles and did not stop even as the massive armored foot came down smashing the men and leaving a wet spot the color of blood where once they had been. Marshal Ravenna Black approached the final line of enemy defense, escorting her were the warriors who made up her personal bodyguard unit “Morrigan's Chosen.” An elite cadre of men and women who had sworn themselves to her side and had proven their mettle time and time again. Piloting the cutting edge of Inner Sphere and Clan Technology Morrigan's Chosen had built their reputation at the tip of the 1st Periphery Guards RCT but more commonly known as the Raven Legion by the public at large. Infantry troopers wearing powered armor moved forward sweeping the flanks of the Chosen as they approached the government center of Shawnee's planetary capitol Tecumseh where battlemech sized barriers and a warren of fortifications had been thrown up for a final stand. The battle up to this point had been desperate, but the conclusion seemed to have been decided long before this point. Striding forward, Ravenna didn't allow the barricade to stop her smashing through the flimsy construct even as a few brave souls launched man-portable short ranged missiles at her. Barely registering the impacts she waded through the twisted steel and ferrocrete she came to a stop in the square sweeping left to right with her arm mounted particle projection cannons searching for targets. What she saw were dozens of men and women who were throwing down their arms and raising their hands above their heads. Tank and vehicle crews likewise threw open their hatches knowing from battles on worlds like Neosho and Okefenokee that those who attempted a final stand against Marshal Ravenna Black's forces were often slaughtered to a man. The holo-cameras were rolling for the entire thing as reporters from the Federated News Service were given unprecedented access to the Marshal's command. As prisoners were taken and marched away from the square under the watch of the Regimental Combat Team's infantry troopers a caption began to fill the screen as a woman's voice could be heard. “As you can see here separatist rebel troops taken into custody as the combined assault forces led by Marshal Ravenna Black have utterly crushed resistance on Shawnee after months of bloody combat raging across a dozen worlds in what is known as the Offerman Combat Theater of the war that began with the murder of Marshal Carrie Zetso, the Duchess of Broken Wheel and her family.” “No word as yet of where the Marshal will send this force of battle hardened professional soldiers, but standing here among the ruins of rebellion rumors are that the rebels will soon sue for peace or court total destruction at the hands of loyalist forces. Marshal Black, when asked had this to say...” The image shifted to that of a somewhat candid shot of Marshal Ravenna Black, dressed in a simple field officer's uniform and surrounded by her planning staff and seemingly interrupted by the camera. “Marshal, why have you been crushing pockets of enemy holdouts? Don't you feel that it's a bit brutal?” the reporter asked. Ravenna shook her head softly, looking tired but still young and really fairly vibrant despite the personal toll command had taken on her. “What you have to understand is that these people have been given every chance to surrender, and when they surrender per the Ares Conventions are accorded every respect due to them. However, when you have individuals or groups who simply refuse to surrender and would rather fight to the last man, it's best to simply oblige them and hope that others learn from their mistake. Now, if you will please excuse us we have a battle to plan.” said the Marshal whose image disappeared replaced by the image of the reporter standing in the same battle torn square but during the early morning with the fires and smoke mostly cleared. “This is Dan Heston reporting for the Federated News Service from Shawnee in the Periphery March.”

12th of December, 3088
FED-NET ASTRO-REPORT Affiliate Goddard Press (AFP); Jeannie Sherwood reporting - [Terra] - Draconic Incompetence Leads to Loss of Major Vessel - Dai-i Shichiro Tanaka, veteran of the Battle of [REDACTED] and thirty year veteran of the deep black, has disappeared this evening. His vessel, the DCS Suzaku, was constructed in 3084 and is considered one of the most stable of her class, the Chimeisho. Suzaku was loaded with a cargo of two MRBC dropships bound for the Clan Front, as well as vital medical supplies and a full crew of thirty. The loss will certainly be a blow for House Kurita in the coming months and a boon for the Federated Suns.

13th of December, 3088
Dawn Malloy, Hall Military Press - [Graham IV System] – “The oft-misunderstood free company, The Irregulars an off-shoot off a loyal Federated Suns unit - Veen's Irregulars - , in a move that will doubtlessly be viewed as glory-seeking adventurism has today arrived in the Graham IV system to relieve the beleaguered survivors of the Succession Wars that cling to life there. Despite being under strength for the operation, The Irregulars’ II Company has diverted from planned operations on the Clan Front to defend the citizens of the Caradan settlement from marauders.”

9th of January, 3089
With the incoming New Year the following changes have occurred around the Inner Sphere. The recognition of the Official Holdings of Clan Rift Tiger and Clan Diamond Shark. The Draconis Combine gained Sabik, Dalkeit, and Skondia from the Lyran Alliance The Confederated Magistry gained Bell, Safe Port, and Hadnall from the Federated Suns. The Free Worlds League gained Connaught, Bordon, Dieudonne, and Dubhe from the Lyran Alliance The Lyran Alliance gained Marfik, Ryde, Alphecca, and Lyons from the Draconis Combine. Wyatt, Rahne, and New Kyoto from the Free Worlds League The Federated Suns gained Woodstock and Yangtze from the Confederated Magistry. Hazelhurst, Inner End, Sevon, and Mitchella from the Outworlds Alliance. The Taurian Concordant gained Caldwell from the Federated Suns

3rd of February, 3089
Elements of the Akki Tsubasa infiltrated the Federated Suns held world of Colia in the employ of the Draconis Combine to escort in a shipment of supplies and weapons to a group of roughly 120 DCMS guerrilla fighters who have been behind enemy lines since the tail end of the Fifth Succession War. They have taken refuge in some of the highest mountains on Colia, a region known as the Gortho Mountain Range.

7th of March, 3089
FED-NET CULTURE and HISTORY, Lu Grieg - (Avalon City, New Avalon; 07 MAR 89) A new generation has grown up in the wake of the Clan War but thirty years later here in Avalon City, the people of the Federated Suns remember the unity and courage represented by the forces of Operation Bulldog. Impromptu celebrations have sprung up all over the city with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of thank you notes, small gifts, and recordings of truly raucous celebrations in the former Clan Jade Falcon occupation zone. The outpouring of gratitude arrived earlier today from the Combine worlds of Asgard, Avon, Chupadero, Cyrenaica, Hyner, Irece, Jeanette, Kanowit, Kiamba, Port Arthur, Sawyer, Tarazed, and Teniente - all part of the first wave liberated by Star League forces, which then included the famed First Davion Guards.

26th of April, 3089
The Federated Suns Periphery March erupted in civil unrest. The Black Wolf Rangers sent to Woodbine landed and began securing the drop port and gained air superiority to allow the 2nd Avalon Hussars to land and regain control of the Planet from separatist forces. Combined efforts brought the remaining rebel forces to surrender, ceding the planet to loyalist control.

1st of May, 3089
Baron of Broken Wheel, Alfonso Vargas, shortly after the signing of the Outback Mutual Defense Treaty. in 3081, has exploited the loopholes in the Treaty and has been secretly skimming off funds, hording supplies, swindling out Military hardware and recruiting personnel from House Davion's Broken Wheel Periphery 3 Militia. He has been waiting for an opportunity just like this rebellion to hide his true intentions. He intendeds to elevate himself to the Duke of Broken Wheel in the aftermath of the rebellion however he is a mere puppet for the Rand-Davion faction. Not only is the ambitious Baron in over his head with the Rand-Davion's but he has invite his own viper to the snake pit in the form of a Clan Cobra Galaxy Commander Abbey with her full clan Galaxy and ambitions of her own. In the recent absence of the assassinated Duke Carrie Zetso, he has assumed leadership of the planetary capital and is 'quelling the rambunctious populace' in the name of House Davion. In the chaos of the rebellion he hires several mercenary units to achieve his clandestine goals of subjugation of Broken Wheel and his rise to the throne. We are hired by Baron von Vargas along with a Regiment of the Marikov Hussars, commanded by Peter Marikov, a Battalion of the Triple Nickels commanded by Katrina Caprice, and a Battalion of Royal Armored Lancers commanded by Hayashi Killian to fight against the nation states of Alvarez County and the Laurent Commonwealth in there ongoing feud. The enemy will be equipped with Regiments of light and medium \'Mechs, all four classes of vehicles, aerospace fighters and infantry. They will have the upper hand due to years of fighting among themselves in guerrilla style tactics on their own home planet. After some inconclusive fights where we can't pin them down it's decided to start using similar tactics to theirs and Vargas' combined Mercenaries start taking out things like communications centers, supply depots, enemy installations, etc. House Davion Loyalists forces are losing a war of attrition. In a brilliant raid, several of the combined command elements of each mercenary unit are captured by the rebels. In a shrewd Diplomatic Coup the Alvarez County Leaders present evidence that Alfonso Vargas is a genocidal maniac. Each Mercenary command is treated well within the bounds of the Ares Convention and in an uncharacteristic display of diplomacy each unit is offered separate counter contracts . A few of the units accept. Field Marshall Steele's unit is among those that accepts, and he does so without consulting his command staff. Now determined to intervene and save an entire planet's 77 million innocent civilians from extermination....The Restless Souls and the Triple Nickels join forces with Rebels in an attempt to bring our former employer to a Military Tribunal to answer for his war crimes. Dying seems to good for him. In a fitting bit of poetic justice the Mercenary 'Turncoats' are now forced to rely on the very supply chain that they had sought to destroying. Now outgunned, under supplied, and out maneuvered the Rebels have to hold on to try to win this civil-war. Unable to call in orbital bombardment on a 'Friendly' planet, the Restless Souls lead a daring charge to free their Fleet of DropShips that were attempted to be used by Vargas for blackmail and as bargaining chips. After the Restless Souls free their transports from a potential hostage situation, their New Rebel employer still feels they\'ll need more help defeating Vargas and wishes to petition the Klein Federation, a neutral nation, to join forces with them. The Restless Souls Infantry was assigned to guard the Alvarez County\'s diplomatic envoys. En-route to the Klein Federation meeting the envoys get attacked by a kill squad sent from Vargas. This knowledge will be the smoking gun that ultimately causes the Klein Federation to enter the war against the Vargas faction. After a climatic battle, inside the the capital city proper, with our clanners facing off against Clan Cloud Cobra's, right on the government house steps, the Souls finally get word out about previous employers misdeeds & the 17th Avalon Hussars Regimental Combat Team arrives on world. The Souls are battered and bruised once again, but remain a family intact despite of their differences, and their victory on Broken Wheel spark farther victories through out the Periphery 3 and just 5 have been the pivotal battle that saved the Federated Suns from splintering.

3rd of May, 3089
The Duke of the Federated Suns world of Cimeron, Lieutenant General James Black, has made commitments to have a fully operation Bastion-class Space Station up and running later this year and also three Factory Complexes will be coming on line, one in each trimester.

15th of July, 3089
In the summer of 3089, Osis Antropovs, the former head of the ULTRA Demichev District that bordered the Federated Suns, enjoyed the support of Tikonov Nationalist Movement (TNM), launched a successful coup against the Free Republic Revolutionaries (FRR)led by Colonel Dambis Vodopals.

12th of September, 3089
ULTRA's General Mikhail Chigorin launch Operation Oppenheimer aimed at the conquest of the entire Chaos March worlds with the exception of Northwind and Terra, some Confederated Magistry Worlds: Slocum, Azha, Alrescha, and Tikonov and Federated Suns Worlds: Yangtze, Hamal, Bharat, and Nopah.

19th of November, 3089
The 7th Armored Legion is a reformed unit from 7th Cavalry of older veterans from the Federated Suns area. Comstar needed more units for it's Exploration Corp and thus the 7th Armored Legion was created and work from Hellespont system.(Rimward) The 7th was lucky that on being able to accrue Clan equipment at the beginning of their formation which has served well in getting new work and keeping pirates at bay. Already the unit is getting request to for contracts. A good sign for a new unit that gets to keep it's roots close to the Federated Suns. The 7th being a combine arms unit and since most had their training from Comstar, has gone to the same unit formation but call units as per an armored cavalry unit.

20th of December, 3089
General, the Federated Suns Regent seems unnaturally obsessed with the total subjugation of this mere Periphery state and the success of his brain child, 'Operation Retribution'. Federated Suns has already taken a salient deep into the heart of the Outworlds Alliance earlier this year with the capture of Crestoblus and Dormandaine. Regent Tancred Sandoval is calling for their heart as well. The Federated Suns is gathering an assault force of three more RCT's in lieu of the success or failure of your mission. I must remind you, however; Failure is not an option here. You must take an hold Mitchella until the assault force arrives. There is a vehicle plant, United Outworlders Corporation, that manufactures Hunter Light Support Tanks, Vedette Medium Tanks, and Light SRM Carriers. It would behoove you to put that plant out of business oe else your rear area will be harassed constantly. That's not the worst part. There is also a DropShip repair and maintenance facility on world. It belongs to Clan Snow Raven. Our worst fear is that if you attack the Snow Raven's DropShip facility you may awaken a sleeping giant if in fact the Alliance has not already invoked their mutual defense agreements with the Ravens and are already bringing in backup as we speak. I fear that I may be sending a lamb to the slaughter.

1st of January, 3090
As we begin a new year please take note of the following changes around the Inner Sphere. Lyran Alliance Gained from the old Chaos March Lipton. Gained from Free Worlds League: New Kyoto, Rahne, Wyatt. Loss to Free Worlds League: Connaught, Bordon, Dieudonne, Dubhe. Loss to ULTRA Zollikofen, Denebola. Draconis Combine Loss to ULTRA Rigil Kentarus, Fomalhaut, Yorii. Confederated Magistry (Capellan Confederation) Loss to ULTRA Acamar, Slocum, Azha, Alrescha, Tikonov. Federated Suns Loss to ULTRA Woodstock, Yangtze, Hamal, Bharat, Nopah, Kawich, Ruchbah, Ingress. Loss to Outworlds Alliance Mitchella, Sevon. Gained from the Confederated Magistry (Capellan Confederation) New Hessen.

1st of January, 3090
Six months after their successful liberation of Federsuns World of Broken Wheel, the Restless Souls Mercenary Division's Executive Officer, Galaxy Commander Anakin, ask for a transfer to a Clan Mercenary unit. His request leaves Field Marshal Xavier Steele in a conundrum over which general to promote to fill the power void. In the bid for the Planetary Assault of Hazelhurst, the Field Marshal is not in favor of proceeding with the MIIO and Duchess Ravenna Nelson-Black's drawn up attack waves and planning for a 'Standard Assault' to the main Topeka SpacePort. He voices his 'New' Plan to his High Command Staff. The Restless Souls adopt the New Assault plan and move to implement it. In line in keeping within the guidelines of the primary contracts objective, the Field Marshal, the Major General, & Brigadier General stop in to inform the Defacto-Leader of the Anti-Spinward Combat Theater / Hoyleton Operations Area, Lieutenant General James Black of their change in Attack Strategy. Their plan receives some push back from the Lieutenant General, There is some back and forth, however, in the end, the Restless Souls continues with their new plan. The Restless Souls Command Staff decides to have the Dirty Delta Infantry Regiment penetrate the Outworlds Alliance's defenses and to proceed the RSMD's main drop into the alternate Travis Spaceport as opposed to the Planet's Main Topeka Spaceport. As the RSMD will need control of a spaceport to take the planet, Spec Ops & Halo paratroopers from Dirty Delta's primary mission objective is to disable the Travis SpacePort's air & space defenses to avoid subjecting the RSMD's 'Mech haulers and vehicle transports to Hazelhust's defensive emplacements. Dirty Delta's paratroopers are denied the Travis SpacePort by a tenacious dug in Outworld's Alliance Mechanized Corps and fall back to their alternate LZ at Lollen which will serve as their ongoing facility for staging and supply. In their primary assault Field Marshal Xavier Steel has his 'Mech shot out from beneath him. No communication, no water, no rations. He contracts a native virus, making him delirious, before he's captured. While in captivity and suffering from delirium he uncovers a serious plot of a body double of the Duchess Ravenna Nelson-Black that will undermine the fragile peace established with the denizens off the Periphery March and the rest of the Federated Suns. Colonel Ian and the RS SWAT Team stage a successfully rescue operation of their commander and chief. After the Soul's successful subjugate Hazelhurst, The Duchess Ravenna Nelson-Black orders the the Field Marshal to the NAIS on New Avalon for mental evaluation and for treatment of the foreign virus. Once their, Doctors and Yvonne Steiner-Davion ascertain Xavier's mental stability and subsequently release him for return to active duty. The Restless Souls traveled back to Offerman for repair and refit before proceeding to take Inner End and it is due to his meritorious service in the face of upheaval that Brigadier General Alex McCray is handed the reins of the Executive Officer's position vacated by Galaxy Commander Anakin. The Restless Souls High Command Officer corp return to Broken Wheel to reveal the plot to Duchess Ravenna Nelson-Black and in the midst of attempting to convince the Duchess that the threat is real the enemy trap is sprung and Xavier AND Ravenna both wind up imprisoned. After a another successful rescue, with the use of BattleMechs, and extensive DNA testing, the true Duchess is returned to her throne and the enemy plot is unfoiled. The Restless Souls Infantry Regiment is called upon to escort evacuees back to their homes on Hazelhurst and Inner End. On Inner End, the retreating Outworlds Alliance Mechanized Corps, employed scorched earth tactics causing the Federated Suns Delacambre Regional Ministry Population Authority Office to relocate the Evacuees to a previously uncharted continent that once was the site of environmental experiments. After several hazardous days on Inner End, engaged with hostile indigenous native plant life, a race of Neanderthal and abandon Outworlds Alliance Mechanized Corpmen, the Restless Souls Infantry Colonel, Jack Ian, deactivates the biosphere, neutralize the Neanderthals, and eliminates the AMC Corpmen and gets the evacuees set up and started on their new lives.

24th of January, 3090
In a reversal of fortune the Snow Raven Jareds Jackdaws (C) Trinary has been reduced to twenty percent of there fighting integrity in their attempt to hold the Outworlds Alliance world of Mitchella. Their objectives were to establish a secure and safe LZ for a Snow Raven Front Line Galaxy, to defend Clan Snow Raven’s DropShip repair and maintenance facility, and to provide protection for United Outworlders Corporation's vehicle production plant. The Federated Suns two Regimental Combat Teams waded through them like ball bearings through wet tissue paper. The Snow Raven Front Line Galaxy was repulsed by a hot LZ, their DropShip repair and maintenance facility sustained minor damage while United Outworlders Corporation's vehicle production plant will be offline for at least a year or more while it undergoes repairs. The Outworlds Alliance has sued for a peaceful resolution from the House Davion Ruler, Tancred Sandoval. To foster good will he even saw fit to secede the world of Mitchella back to them.

22nd of February, 3090
In lieu of the harrowing plot to supplant her on the seat of Duchess of the Periphery March, Ravenna Nelson-Black, was so shaken she has decided to step down as the brevetted Field Marshall over the March in lieu of her March assistant the Restless Souls Baron von Quentin, Xavier Steele. Ravenna, however, will still be at the forefront of Federated Suns politics as she holds two duchys, as Duchess Offerman and Duchess Cimeron. Xavier Steele will has accepted a full House Davion Dukedom of Broken Wheel and over the Federated Suns beleaguered Periphery March.

24th of February, 3090
"An aging Taurian Concordat or Magistracy of Canopus navy WarShip, that was once used to patrol Periphery space lanes as a task force command ship, was spotted hobknobbing with the Restless Souls WarShip Armada, Lethal Obsidian, as they make their way back to the interior of the Federated Suns Crucis March Coreward Combat Theater's Markesan Operations Area. From its radar signature and emergences waves it appears to be a Concordant-Class Frigate. What is still unknown is whether it is spoils of war from an encounter in the Outworlds Alliance in the Tellman IV system last August when the Restless Souls jump in to provide orbital covering fire for, a hence defunct mercenary unit, Bad Karma or if the Concordat Frigate was salvaged from some other source. Visual ID has it named Soverign Justice with a logo of Terra implaed on a House Davion broadsword. Duke Broken Wheel, Xavier Steele himself, could not be reached for comment. Now back to you Bob." -Katie Curry Federated News Service Correspondant

30th of June, 3090
Having arrived on the Confederated Magistry's (Capellan Confederation) world of Kansu in late 3088 the Black Wolf Ranger's 1st Rapid Expeditionary Force quickly landed and deployed to observe and gather intelligence on the Confederated Magistry (Capellan Confederation) supply depot located deep in the glacier fields on the northern continent. Destroying the depot and gathering critical intelligence from the database of the depot for the Federated Suns AFFS the 1st REF began training loyal Davion loyalists to rise up and engage the Capellan forces on world.

30th of July, 3090
Fighting still continues to rage across the Liao Commonality, the Chaos March, and other worlds near Terra. The terrorist group ULTRA, the United Leadership of the Tikonov Republican Armies, continues to kill and imprison whoever stands in there way in a bid to take control of the region. Recently, ULTRA forces attacked a local school on Fletcher, a world formerly controlled by the Federated Suns, and killed at least 40 children. On Woodstock, fighting is fierce as the major cities are burning after a large scale aerial bombardment unleashed by ULTRA's Thera Battle Groups. The Battle Groups are ostensibly "on-loan" from the Free Worlds League. This has drawn strong condemnation from the other states of the Inner Sphere. Chancellor Sun-tzu Liao had this to say, Quote QuoteEven if you don't pull the trigger, if you know someone is a murderer and you hand him a gun, when he kills someone, you are an accessory to that murder. The fact that Agatha has yet to recall the Thera Battle Groups to League space is a sign of her complicity in these acts. She continues to allow death to take place. This blood is on her hands. Her hands and ULTRA's. As of now, the Confederated Magistracy's forces are fighting on Azha, Slocum, Alrescha and Tikonov. We will update you as soon as more news arrives.

15th of August, 3090
Tikonov is in an odd bind since the arrival of the United Leadership of the Tikonov Republican Army (ULTRA). The heavily industrialized world was already under contestation between the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns (AFFS) and Confederated Magistracy (Capellan Confederation) Armed Forces (CMAF). Before the arrival of ULTRA, the AFFS made another assault on Tikonov in order to wrest control of the world away from the Confederated Magistracy. The two sides were engaged in heavy fighting before the arrival of ULTRA in late 3089. Since then, the conflict has devolved into a stalemate with no side being able to gain an upper hand. Tikonov August 3090.jpg The Skies Above The skies above Tikonov belong to no one. Currently, the CMAF holds the Nadir Jump Point with what appears to be Strike Group Bright Star. ULTRA holds the Zenith Jump Point with the Corinth Battle Group. In system is the Richard Davion Squadron, the smallest of the three. Right now it does not approach the planet for fear of the Capellan's superior local fighter cover, but can interdict any intersystem transport that isn’t protected by one of the two larger naval forces. Strike Group Bright Star can take on one, but not both naval enemies. Destroying one would leave them vulnerable to the other. Cornith Battle Group could probably destroy both enemy forces by itself, but they would lose most of their striking power in the process: their aerospace fighters. This would leave them unable to fulfill their role to either A) interdict incoming enemy fighters or B.) wrest control of the atmosphere due to the sizable organic aerospace contingents of local CMAF ground forces. The Richard Davion Squadron is outclassed in number of ships and tonnage per ship against both forces, and would almost certainly lose any engagement. However, its mere presence in the system is acting as a massive spoiler for control of the planet. The Ground Below The continent of Kazan, home to the capital city of Tikograd, once again is the main battle ground for this world. The planet is currently divided into four: ULTRA holds the southern part of the continent Krasnodar and is headquartered in Bulun; the CMAF holds the continent Ufa and is centered around New Moscow, and the AFFS holds Pskov and commands from Ulan. The three sides continue to awkwardly fight across the world. The seas of Tikonov prevent large scale maneuvers from the other continents, so bringing reinforcements to Kazan has been hardest on ULTRA, since no major port exists save for Rostov (CMAF controlled) in the north and and Penza in the south (AFFS controlled). The CMAF maintains the closet sea transportation line to Kazan via the Vorguta-Rostov line. Though the roads can be tough in times, especially during the winter, AFFS forces have had time enough to repair and maintain the roads through the mountains and forests toward Tikograd, giving them to the best access to land supply routes. However, the ULTRA forces rely heavily on smaller infantry based forces that require less freight weight to move, and so are able to utilize the many smaller coastal cities that dominate Kazan, as opposed to the more top-heavy (BattleMech oriented) forces of the CMAF or AFFS. This supply issue is further complicated by the possible arrival of the Richard Davion Squadron. Though the smallest of the three, it still maintains enough of a force to seriously hamper large scale redeployment of forces by the CMAF and ULTRA. The AFFS does maintain the largest BattleMech force on the planet, while the CMAF maintains the highest concentration of Aerospace forces. ULTRA, however, can call upon infantry companies and tank regiments that revolted when ULTRA finally gave the world (including their off-world brethren that are already on planet). Local Tikonov defenders split off in droves when ULTRA declared itself: the 119th and 120th Tikonov Home Guard Regiments just walked off the field during the fight between the AFFS and CMAF in January of 3090. The 21st Tikonov Liberators, a small brigade of tanks and infantry made up of mostly exiles that came with the AFFS invasion force, also joined the nascent ULTRA forces. The New Moscow Ceres Metal factories give the CMAF access to new equipment, but the threat of naval support from the Richard Davion Squadron poses serious concerns for any major CMAF push. Also, without some of the raw materials from Krasnodar and Kazan, production has slowed by 50%. ULTRA, on the other hand, has been able to maintain enough black-water naval superiority in the system that they are able to trickle in more forces by moving in the Corinth Battle Group. The local dockyards at Karaganda, however, give the Davions a large force of local defense ships that can protect the already unassailable continent of Pskov while the BattleMech heavy force makes its slow, inexorable march towards Tikograd. Stalemate The balance of power on the planet is maintained mostly by the continued balance of power in space. Strike Group Bright Star and Corinth Battle Group would both become vulnerable to the Richard Davion Squadron if the two larger groups committed to action against each other. But the Richard Davion squadron is just strong enough that any effort to remove it would result in enough losses that it would make it vulnerable to the other Battle Group. Until then, the battle on Tikonov will continue to claim lives in the thousands. The arrival of any force would need to be large enough to aid in the space battle as well as defeat the large conventional forces of the two enemy ground forces. Since no side seems willing to risk assets, it may yet come down to the arrival of a third party, probably in the form of mercenaries, to break the stalemate.

31st of October, 3090
The Restless Souls were persuaded to cut their contract of subjugating Hazelhurst short by the Federated Suns Intelligence Leader, Field Marshal Jon Davion. He requested the Restless Souls six regiments from the Periphery March clear on the opposite side of the realm, eight weeks distant, to aid Duke Nathaniel Hasek in assaulting an enemy in the Capellan March, the Unified Leadership of the Tikonov Republican Army. These urgent deployment orders to Northwind came in on the heels of Field Marshal Xavier Steele’s newest responsibility appointed to him by First Princess Yvonne Steiner-Davion as Duke of Broken Wheel and the overall ruler of a quarter of the Federated Suns Realm â€" the Periphery March. In a shrewd move, Xavier appointed Regent Tancred Sandoval's and First Princess Yvonne’s heir, Harrison Davion, as his proxy while he and his Restless Souls are providing relief to the four Northwind regiments embroiled with ULTRA. Harrison just celebrated his 21st birthday bringing him to his majority age. All ten Regimental Combat teams deployed to the Periphery March under Operation Antipodes are being recalled to rendezvous at Markesan, the Coreward Combat Theaters Capital world, as well, to participate in Operation Hornet's Nest. The Restless Souls and their WarShip fleet has the longest journey. The other nine RCTs will arrive in the region a full month before the Restless Souls Division and will subsequently be deployed long before the Restless Souls Six Regiments can get boots on the ground. The Souls Division will be deployed as the last line of defense against ULTRA for the Addicks PDZ. The Restless Souls High Command Staff, the Duke and his two Generals, will travel planetside to get an update on the state of conflict from Regent Tancred Sandoval who has relocated to Markesan to be closer to the front. It will be determined that in order to stem ULTRA’s momentum the Souls’ goal will be to keep three factory complex up and operating at full capacity. In order to achieve their triple objectives the Souls will divide Spectre Brigade up, sending Diablo regiment to Small World, Eagle Eye to Quentin, and Black Angel to Errai. Shadow Spear Brigade's 3 Regiments, their WarShip Armada and the command battalion will go on through to Northwind to attempt a relief effort of the four Northwind Highlanders Regiments, the Stirling's Fusiliers, Northwind Hussars, MacLeod's Regiment, and 1st Kearny Highlanders. When the Restless Souls Shadow Spear Brigade arrives in the Northwind system the situation is grim. The Restless Souls WarShips engage and punch through a Thera-Class Carrier, two Zechetinu-Class Corvettes and an ULTRA wall of four aerospace regiments. The Highlanders Regiments are outnumbered both in ‘Mechs, vehicles, and aerospace fighters as well. The Highlanders have fallen back to fortified positions and cities to try and regroup. It seems that there is a spy somewhere on Northwind who is funneling info back to the ULTRA Division with disastrous results for Northwind. The information leaked to ULTRA’s Khariton Division command also includes the arrival of the Souls. Shadow Spear Brigade is hit with a massive wave of aerospace fighters enroute to the planet. Through heroic efforts put forth by the Restless Souls own Aerospace Colonel, Kelli Kelly, the Colossus- Pocket Warship Class pilot Major George Anthony, accompanying assault-class DropShips and the two WarShip Drones, Shadow Spear Brigade forces their way through; however, the Brigade’s DropShips do sustain heavy damage. Fortunately that is enough to even up the air superiority battle but still leaves Northwind a little short in air power due to ULTRA's supply lines and their ability to call up reinforcements. ULTRA reinforcements are hampered by Duke Steele who remains in orbit aboard his orbital command post, a Conquistador-Class DropShip, and utilized it and its compliment of 18 AeroSpace Fighters, for their intended role with ruthless efficiency - A command post for planet-wide operations. Shadow Spear Brigade is forced to land near to Corsara Weaponries instead of their planned landing zone. Brigadier General McCray makes contact with the factories management and launches a second front to draw some of ULTRA's forces towards his Souls and away from the Highlanders to grant them a respite to regroup. The Brigadier links up with his sister who is a member of the Northwind Highlanders leading a scouting mission to Shadow Spear‘s LZ with news that their codes and combat frequencies are compromised. Due to this breach, Corsola give the Souls a very frosty reception. While in orbit above Errai, Black Angel Regiment receives a distress call from Maltex Corporation. A Rogue Bear point from Black Angel's Audacious Alpha Infantry Battalion is dispatch to investigate. They arrive too late to save the factories personnel. They have all been slain. However, the point encounters the ULTRA sabotage team in a secret underground facility. Before they can determine the purpose of the facility, charges placed by ULTRA detonate, demolishing the building and obliterating the identities of all personnel. The Duke's niece, Randi Steele is an AFFS officer stationed at the Maltex Corporation. She was AWOL from the site when ULTRA arrived and when she hears about the destruction of the research complex she flees to her estranged father back on Quentin, retired FS Rear Admiral, Vincent Steele. Distracted by a heartbreaking divorce from her husband Frank Castinelli, Xavier gives Major General Tatiana Donatella some time off and she travels to the heart of the now ULTRA held worlds, Outreach. There on the ‘Mercenaries Star’ Tatiana is called in for a clandestine debriefing of her Black Angel Regiment with the Presidential Senator in the circumstances surrounding the destruction of Maltex Corporation. She is assigned the task of covertly locating Randi Steele. After being told it was a Top Secret Research Facility performing experiments into Artificial Intelligence in direct violation of the Star League Charter which is upheld by Liberty Holds. Tatiana and Duke Steele are made acutely aware of the grievous impact it could have on the Federated Suns if this information leaked out. Xiao Hsieh is the ULTRA affiliate behind the destruction of Maltex Corporation in collusion with an AFFS Dr. Shu Qian the Inner Sphere’s foremost authority on Artificial Intelligence. Xiao Hsieh hires a Diamond Shark Elemental, turned Bounty Hunter, named Skarr, to a hunt Randi Steele down and eliminate her. A Mu/Delta ROM Agent assigned to the old Chaos March, Mika Rysanek, will catch wind of Maltex Corporation being destroyed and take an interest in it and Skarr and conduct her own investigation. Tatiana, Mika, and Skarr will all have a confrontation on Quentin and allegiances will be formed and lines drawn in the sand. The strength of these alliances will be tested when Randi is captured by Skarr and Xiao The Highlanders, reinforced by the Souls three regiments, start to win victories on the battlefield due to their greater knowledge of the landscape and the Duke’s Tactician’s acumen. The souls counterinsurgency unit discovers that it was the manager of Corsola who was spying for ULTRA. Brigadier McCray fed ULTRA some faulty intel through their spy and the combined defenders slowly turn the tide until the Highlanders defeats the General of the ULTRA Khariton Division in a final battle near the capital. The Highlanders also take control of the factory and promise Corsola Weaponries’ support in producing their Crab and Black Watch Battlemechs, and their Schiltron Omni Tank to aid in the Federated Suns war effort for the aid the Restless Souls provided in saving Northwind. Throughout the investigation into the destruction of Maltex Corporation, all the players will be uncovered and all the dots will be connected. The previous Federated Suns Ambassador elevated to the Presidential Senator, will accept full responsibility on behalf of House Davion for its role in the AI research. As the House Davion spokes person she will submit her House to the Liberty Holds sanctions, albeit not lying down. There is a reason that she was 'elected' Presidential Senator, the most powerful 'Ambassador'. It will culminate in the destruction of Earthwerks Incorporated on Tikonov with the successful rescue of Randi Steele, the deaths of Skarr and Xiao, and the revelation of a 2301 Terran Hegemony Artifact the TAS Dreadnaught a Dreadnaught-Class WarShip.

31st of December, 3090
A small group of freedom fighters fought on Fletcher against ULTRA troops. They took a particularly hard view on some of the ULTRA forces that had attacked Civilian targets. The Veens Irregulars unit was reported to be at or around the Planet of Fletcher although they had left as the fighting has become a lot worse since The Irregulars had left. It was also farther reported that Veen's Irregulars may or may not have been in the employ of the Federated Suns before leaving planet.

1st of January, 3092
Captain-General Agatha Rousset-Marik and her advisors saw the creation of an independent Tikonov Free Republic as a win for them, as it would serve as the host for a spread of the Covenant, and would serve as an indirect way to weaken the other Great Houses and deny them key worlds and the support of people in that region, particularly Tikonov nationalists who have traditionally been loyal to the Capellans or Davions. Eventually ULTRA built up its own army, largely paid for by the FWL and operating alongside the FWLM but it was not part of the FWLM. ULTRA was also the primary outlet for Agatha’s ambitions for a while, using ULTRA as a pretext for overt and covert military operations. It resulted in a military campaign in which the Inner Sphere began to see what kind of leader Agatha was, the aggressive dangerous kind, full of revolutionary ideas in her head, she wasn’t content with the status quo. The very existence of ULTRA and Agatha’s support for it has become a source of political fodder between the Great Houses. This created lots of political angles to act/react to and at least a few mercenary contracts. In the final days of 3089 evidence started to pile up that ULRA existed, what it is, and that it was building a military with the Free Worlds League’s help. The Great Houses started to take stock of the situation, trying to gather intelligence and make plans. This set off alarm bells across the Inner Sphere as the former Tikonov Free Republic worlds include Chaos March worlds, Confederated Magistracy worlds, Lyran Alliance Worlds, Draconis Combine Worlds and even Federated Suns worlds. ULTRA made appearances in several merc contracts in the Old Chaos March/New ULTRA region. During the Fifth Succession War old-fashioned hatreds were reignited as traditional Great House enemies smacked each other around much like they had done for hundreds of years. There is another new militant faction in the heart of the Inner Sphere, ULTRA. The Liberty Holds government is a "Good guy" faction, white knights, inheritors of the Star League's idealism. By comparison ULTRA sought to be a power player on the Inner Sphere stage, one that was backed by an aggressive leader and all her resources. Its very existence has shaken up the dynamics of the Inner Sphere. Agatha Rousset-Marik is a villain. In the course of her career and life, she has been our Napoleon. She has gone after everybody, no one is safe. All the Great Houses find themselves a target of her ambitions, and she in turn is vilified by all and eventually attracted the wrath of all. In the shorter term, ULTRA was the first big move that she made, the first evidence that Agatha may be a big threat to the Inner Sphere. Agatha Marik is a modern day Napoleon. She is a revolutionary at heart, someone who wants to upset the status quo and not play the normal game. She is the cause of one or more wars, some small, some eventually very big. The first one of note involved ULTRA. She continues to pushes on with her agenda. For her ULTRA, and other pretexts for conquest are exactly that, a pretext, an excuse to attack while maintaining the appearance of being a good leader to her own people. The Age of Agatha is upon us.

11th of February, 3093
James Spencer, the Federated Suns Ambassador to the Department of Mercenary Management was kidnapped and slain at the hands of ULTRA TNM dissidents.

10th of December, 3094
Caune Zvirbulis' purge of the TNM was met by armed revolt throughout the Tikonov Region. In response, Caune Zvirbulis and Dambis Vodopals traveled to New Avalon to sign a friendship treaty which included a provision that would allow direct Federated Suns military assistance should the insurgency threaten the regime.

30th of August, 3095
In August, the high-ranking FWL Knight of the Inner Sphere military delegation arrived on Tikonov with a Thera battle group in tow to assess the situation. Federated Suns officials interpreted this mission as one last FWL attempt to shore up the Osis Vodopals' regime, and also an opportunity to devise a military takeover.

24th of December, 3095
Caune Zvirbulis sensed the FWL mission was designed to strengthen Osis Vodopals at his expense. In response, forces loyal to Zvirbulis executed Vodopals in October. The Federated Suns began amassing combat units along the CSoT and the FS shared border. Faced with mutinies and an uncertain leadership, at that point the CSoT sent in a Level IV BattleMech formation accompanied by Special Forces from its Interior Command. New Avalon demanded an explanation, which the CSoT ignored. Finally, on Christmas Eve, the invasion began. CSoT Interior Troops killed Caune Zvirbulis and installed Zarina Rudzutaka as the CSoT's Federated Suns Front/Tikonov Region's, puppet head of government.

21st of January, 3096
The Robinsion Royal Knights defaulted on contract #FS-CD-02-01 for the Colonel Danielle Viers of Federated Suns on Algot. It was for a Cadre Duty to Train with and Act as OPFOR for the First Capellan Hussars and to defend Algot against ULTRA forces or mercenaries and the Knights simply FAILED to show up.

15th of March, 3096
After the Restless Souls established an extensive covert intelligence network last year while traveling to the Rim Commonality’s Lesnovo on the Anti Spinward Periphery Border between the Free Worlds League and the Marian Hegemony, Periphery March Minister, Field Marshal Xavier Steele, has taken up a slightly different posture in his defense of the Federated Suns. The first Quarter of 3096 finds four of his six regiments positioned in ‘Hot Spots’ around the newly minted Confederated Systems of Tikonov. His Bravo Sledgehammer Assault Galaxy, has been dispatched to Demeter in the Federated Suns Capellan March; Echo Manticore Strike Regiment is garrisoning Edwards in the Crucis March; Delta Heaven’s Fist Hunter-Killer Regiment is stationed on Addicks in the Draconis March; and the Field Marshal along with his command Smilodon battalion, the Restless Souls entire Warship Armada, and his Alpha Honor Guard Regiment are at the Fort on his fiefdom world, Quentin. He has sent his Charlie Eagle Eye Reconnaissance Regiment on up to Baxter in the Lyran Alliance and his Foxtrot Diablo Defense Regiment back to the capital of his Ruling Periphery March Region, Broken Wheel.

9th of May, 3096
Sometime between the beginning of the year and today, the Confederated Systems of Tikonov (CSoT) christened their new navy: Diamond Hydra Taskforce (Federated Suns Front) Homeport: Tikonov 1 Agamemnon II-class Heavy Cruisers, 1 Davion III-class Destroyer, 2 Eagle II-class Frigates. Ebon Sword Taskforce (Liberty Holds Front) Homeport: Capolla 3 Impavido III-class Destroyers, 1 Tatsumaki III-class Destroyer Steel Cobra Taskforce (Confederated Magistry Front) Homeport: Arboris 2 Agamemnon II-class Heavy Cruisers, 2 Eagle II-class Frigate

Origin and History:
When Prince Hanse Davion and Archon Katrina Steiner signed the May 3022 Federated Commonwealth Alliance Document that would one day make their two states into one powerful nation, they must have foreseen the inevitability of war. What they couldn't have imagined was that eventually the fighting would involve their descendants battling it out for control of the realm. The FedCom Civil War ripped the Federated Commonwealth apart, and laid waste to many planets and military units. The rebuilding process has been difficult to say the least.

Today, the Federated Suns once again stands separate from the Lyran Commonwealth. First Princess Yvonne Steiner-Davion holds the throne on New Avalon, and while relations have returned to a cordial level with the Lyran Alliance, there are plenty of hard feelings to be had between individuals in the two realms.

Meanwhile, far more hostile enemies cover a good deal of the Federation's borders. The Capellan Confederation, having assimilated the St. Ive's Compact, remains a dangerous enemy. Sun-Tzu Liao would like nothing better than to regain even more of his nation's former worlds from the Suns, but with the Adder invasion finished, the AFFS is once again far more than a match their Capellan equivalent.

Meanwhile, the Sun's greatest historical enemy, the Draconis Combine, embarked on a massive expansion, far more than many believe their weak economy or strict training regimen could dream of supporting. It may be a testament to this fact that the Dragon chose not to test the Federated Suns even while two Clans invaded their neighbor. The congenial relations with Luthien from the days of the original Clan invasion are no longer seen, but neither does the outright hatred from the Fourth Succession War era live on outside the Draconis March.

Hardened by the events of The Shraplen War, and reassured during the same of New Avalon's loyalty to them, the people of the Capellan March provide an area of strength without thought of rebellion. Strikes against the Confederation are well-planned, and carried out swiftly with few thoughts of expansion, although that may change as the AFFS continues to strengthen. Nathaniel Hasek will soon be stepping aside as regent so that his niece may take over the March throne. How the new Duchess views the universe is a secret known to few.

The Draconis March, meanwhile, often simmers with desire for strikes against the Dragon. Certainly Duke Tancred Sandoval is much less feisty than his father, but the hatred for the Combine runs deep in his blood.

Bordering the Periphery, the Suns' brand new March offers a world of potential, but must first deal with the loss of ten systems to the violence of the Outback Rebellion. Not the least of issues to be dealt with include relations with the so-called Snake Clan Alliance comprising Clan Cloud Cobra and Clan Star Adder.

High Command: Changing of the Guard:

3087-3089 saw a long of longstanding AFFS officers retire. Some of them had been in their posts or in senior positions for three decades or more. Perhaps the most visible and prominent was Jonathan Davion, finally stepping down as the Prince’s Champion. He as mostly retired but is a popular guest lecturer at the Federated Suns military academies. In the wake of Jonathan Davion’s retirement were dozens more, finally opening positions they had held for years to the next generation of AFFS career officers moving up through the ranks.

Prince's Champion: Marshal of the Armies Mordecai Rand-Davion
Capellan March Regional Command: Field Marshal Alexander Sanromea-Davion
Crucis March Regional Command: Field Marshal Athena Davion-Ross
Draconis March Regional Command: Field Marshal Tancred Sandoval
Periphery March Regional Command: Field Marshal Xavier Steele

Commander, Department of the Army and the Navy: Field Marshal Tasset Rinnaldi
Director, Regular Army: Marshal Jena Davion-Bath
Director, AFFS Navy: Fleet Admiral Nech MacAllister
Director, Mercenary Relations: General Matthew Talari
Commander, Department of Military Administration: Field Marshal Ariel Zibler
Commander, Department of Military Communications and Research: Field Marshal Dwight Savignon
Commander, Department of Military Education: Field Marshal Khamal Shah
Commander, Department of Military Intelligence: Field Marshal Robin Kim
Commander, Department of Military Justice: Field Marshal Angelo Migliaccio
Commander, Department of Strategy and Tactics: Field Marshal William Kossacks
Commander, Department of the Quartermaster: Field Marshal Laura Hamilton

Major Army and Navy Organizations:

Capellan March Regional Command
Draconis March Regional Command
Crucis March Regional Command
Periphery March Regional Command

Capellan March Fleet Command
Draconis March Fleet Command
Crucis March Fleet Command
Periphery March Fleet Command

Federated Suns Lancers Brigade
Avalon Hussars Brigade
Crucis Lancers Brigade
Davion Brigade of Guards
Ceti Hussars Brigade
Deneb Light Cavalry Brigade
Robinson Rangers Brigade
Syrtis Fusiliers Brigade
Periphery Guard Brigade
Restless Souls Brigade

Federated Suns Naval Service:

The Federated Suns was jarred into expanding their warship fleet at a record pace. Through between 3067 and 3086 warship development was muted at best. There was a growing belief that warships were Billion C-Bill money pits and that pocket warships were superior in many situations. Furthermore, agreements with the Star League Defense Force ensured that their massive fleet would be available to the AFFS in the event of a major war. For years the AFFS was convinced that this was adequate.

The chaos of the Star League’s downfall and the scuttling of the entire SLDF Navy by their crews destroyed those assumptions and naval warship developments in other realms forced the AFFS to restart warship production with gusto. Developments in the Draconis Combine, which has built up a second generation of warships, included modernized Mark 2 classes of many designs and Mount Niikita battleships, has seen a completely refocus on building a true warship navy.

Little time has been devoted to developing new ship classes. Instead the AFFS focused on churning out hulls of existing classes at an incredible pace. Between 3088 and 3094 the number of hulls launched has exceeded even the Free World League’s massive naval construction from the 3050s to 3066 (though their total tonnage launched was higher).

The one new successful R&D project of the 3070s has paid off. The Davion Mark III-class Destroyer, a general improvement over an old design, has been become a staple of the fleet.

The other new addition to the fleet has a convoluted history. In the 3070s the Star League Navy, its own naval construction facilities at maximum capacity, decided to outsource some naval construction to the Federated Suns. The agreement was struck with Universal Air to construct the facilities needed to build the Suffren-class Destroyer for the Star League. The Federated Suns was not going to get any warships out of the deal but it had other benefits to the realm. Not to mention benefits for Universal Air.

Just as the Star League began to collapse the new yard facilities at Delavan were ready to begin laying Suffren keels. Once the Star League was gone, Universal Air was stuck with an expensive shipyard, a pile of raw materials and technical experts and no one to buy the product. Now freed from legal restrictions by the Star League that didn’t allow the Federated Suns to put the vessel into production, they have decided to do exactly that. Plans to create an improved or upgraded version remain on the books, but at the moment the Naval Service simply needs hulls. Encounters with the Draconis Combine’s Tatsumaki-class destroyer have also shaped a sudden desire for the Suffren. The Tatsumaki’s proven ability to bring a large number of marines and boarding craft into a naval engagement has risen some Admiral-size eyebrows. The Suffren class’s introduction to the fleet is designed to fill precisely that same role, as a destroyer but also a supplier of marines to boarding operations.

Compared to the other Great House Navies, the Federated Suns Naval Service is light-weight. The largest vessel in the fleet is the Feng Huang-class Aleisha Kris, captured from a Capellan Magistracy drydock. But the Federated Suns itself is not able to produce a single hull larger than an Avalon-class Cruiser.

Noteworthy sidebar- Another vessel of note is an artifact from history. The TAS Dreadnaught, a Dreadnaught-class vessel, was discovered as a derelict. The vessel is currently being studied by historians and technicians as part of a long-term project to decide what to do with her. A movement driven by several retired Admirals and nobles is pushing to make her a museum ship over one of the Golden Five worlds. A combat-use is deemed unlikely, due to sheer age and current condition of the ship’s systems.

By comparison the Draconis Combine is now deploying battleships, and the Free Worlds League’s Thera-class Supercarriers are a well understood threat.

The Admiralty’s “big ship club” has repeatedly pushed for the development of comparable vessels of their own. But they have failed, ironically, because of the Naval Service’s successes.

Utilizing the naval equivalent in combined-arms tactics. Employing warships, combat dropships and aerospace fighters together in large numbers (often dubbed “layered deployments” or “slasher wave attacks” by naval academy instructors), the Naval Service has a habit of winning battles. When spread out on defensive deployments, any particular point in the Federated Suns “naval armor” is comparatively weak. But once mobilized by a threat and concentrated, it has demonstrated its ability to take down almost any adversary.

These successes, heralded by all, have hurt the credibility of the arguments made by “big ship” advocates among the Naval Service. The recent invasion by the Free Worlds League has done little to help their cause, despite some very visceral naval defeats. Many leaders are claiming that the real threat posed by the FWL Navy is the aerospace fighters those warships have carried into battle and their ability to swarm even the mightiest warships or drop an air superiority net over an entire RCT on the ground.

Warship Naming Conventions:

Typically the Navy is allowed to pick names for its warships. Over the years, different leaders have put their own tastes into the name selection process. But a few traditions have started to appear. All Avalon-class vessels are named after members of House Davion.

The Admiralty initially tried several different conventions with the Davion III but most recently has settled on naming the vessels after heroes of the Fifth Succession War. They have made great effort to ensure that both army and navy heroes were represented, and that they ranged from senior officers to junior enlisted personnel who were awarded the nation’s highest honors.

The Fox-class, being so numerous in production, has continued to defy a naming convention. New hulls continue to represent a cross-section of people, places, worlds, battles and character traits. In a few cases, Fox-class Corvettes lost in battle have been replaced by a future hull bearing the same name in honor of their predecessor. This has sometimes confused the intelligence agencies of other nations.

The Suffren-class is unique in that the Admiralty were careful in naming these destroyers from the start. In honor of the Second Star League, from which the design originated, the Suffren-class destroyers are named after famous people (both military and civilian), as well as famous battles and campaigns launched by the Second Star League.

Warship Organizational Structure:

As the warship fleet was built-up, the AFFS saw need to organize them. To achieve this, the following structure was put into place and is active today.

Flotilla: A single warship supported by 4 combat dropships, 2 pocket warships and 2 naval aerospace fighter wings (typically carried aboard Leopard CVs or 1 Vengeance-class vessel). Support vessels in the form of cargo ships and tugs are sometimes assigned to flotillas. Flotillas are also assigned sufficient jumpship support. A flotilla is commanded by an Admiral.

Squadron: Consisting of 6 flotillas. The 6 warship hulls are the centerpieces of the squadron, but each retains its supporting dropship and fighters. This has become the standard independent strategic deployment for the Naval Service’s warship assets. There are currently 9 combat squadrons in operation. A squadron is commanded by a Fleet Admiral.

Taskforce: More of an ad-hoc concept, organized as needed by central authority or a March Naval Fleet Command. When two or more squadrons serve together, a taskforce is formed and a designate commanding officer and staff are designed. These taskforces are typically assigned a 2-digit number, while sub-components are given decimal designations. For example a Taskforce might be named Taskforce 31. But a sub-division might be named Taskforce 31.1. A Taskforce is commanded by a senior Fleet Admiral.

At present the AFFS warship fleet is organized into 9 squadrons. These 9 squadrons constitute the Naval Assault Arm of the Naval Service. Additional combat strength is found in the Naval Escort Arm, which consists of a sizable fleet of combat dropships and independent naval fighter wings but lacks warships assets. Rivalry with the Naval Escort Arm remains intense at the Admiralty level, as many dropships, jumpships and fighter wings of the Escort Arm were transferred to the growing Naval Assault Arm over the last five years.

The Naval Service has built the infrastructure and resources to maintain a combat fleet of approximately 60 warships in good health (with adequate maintenance, repairs and well-trained crews). In reality, due to the system of rotations that ensure vessels (and their crews) get adequate downtime, only about 48 warships are deployed to a combat-ready assignment at any given time. That 60-ship fleet is currently down to 51, a direct result of combat action against the Free Worlds League. Each squadron is at full strength only because a lull in offensive action has allowed the Naval Service to replenish them with vessels that were in non-combat deployments.

The following is a list of every warship in Naval Service, whether on combat-ready deployment or elsewhere.

Mako-class Corvette: 3
Fox-class Corvette: 22
Davion Block I-class Destroyer: 1
Davion III-class Destroyer: 12
Suffren-class Destroyer: 7
Carson-Class Destroyer: 1
Avalon-class Cruiser: 8
Feng Huang-class cruiser: 1
Concordat-Class Frigate: 1
Vincent Mark. 39: 1
Total: 57

The following is a breakdown of the AFFS Naval Assault Squadrons and their designated home ports.

First Assault Squadron (The Moon Cutters)
Commanding Officer: Fleet Admiral Brandon Terrell
Rating: Regular
Composition: 1 Feng Huang-class Cruiser, 1 Avalon-class Cruisers, 1 Suffren-class Destroyer, 3 Fox-class Corvettes
Average Flotilla Strength: 70%
Homeport: New Avalon
Notes and recent activity: Intended as a fast-response unit with the best trained and equipped ships and crews the Naval Service can afford. The First Assault Squadron goes wherever the action is and has no peacetime patrol assignment. As a result the squadron rarely sees its homeport, instead rotating individual vessels home for rest and relief while it trains or shows the flag across the realm, deploying to present a credible threat or deterrent as-needed. The First Assault Squadron was among the first assets deployed to counter the vaguely reported assaults by “ULTRA” and were shocked to encounter an FWL Navy Thera-class Supercarrier Battle Group over Ingress while escorting a large troop convoy into the system. The First fought fiercely but was mauled, losing all 6 of its warships and was forced to withdraw. Replacement warships have appeared from non-combat rotations but many of them arrived in a poor state of combat readiness. Until the warship assets are available, the First Squadron is relying on its pocket warship, combat dropship and fighter strength to do most of its fighting, the First Assault Squadron has been involved in several raids and rescue missions into the region recently seized by the Free Worlds League.


Second Assault Squadron (The Star Foxes)
Commanding Officer: Fleet Admiral Jerrika Gordon
Rating: Regular
Composition: 1 Avalon-class Cruiser, 2 Davion III-class Destroyers, 3 Fox-class Corvettes
Average Flotilla Strength: 85%
Homeport: Galax (formerly Addicks)
Notes and recent activity: The naval assault squadron operating closest to Terra when the ULTRA assaults began, the Second Assault Squadron found itself in a bewildering situation. Ordered by regional Admiralty to fend off the “minor raids”, Admiral Steven Patel quickly realized that the Admiralty had no real idea what was happening in his theater of operations. Instead of standing and fighting against obviously overwhelming naval forces, he committed his squadron only in situations where he believed they could achieve a local victory. As a result he preserved all of his warships and the bulk of his command but chose to withdraw from a FWLM Naval Battle Group of considerably greater strength and firepower. Eventually the Squadron, battered and exhausted but mostly intact, crossed back into friendly territory after months of running and sometimes fighting, carrying with them hundreds of AFFS soldiers turned refugees that were stranded in the conflict zone. Admiral Patel was relieved of command and charged with cowardice and disobeying orders. His court martial exonerated him from the cowardice charges but disobeying orders stuck and he was relieved of duty. The rest of his squadron feels bitter about Admiral Patel’s fate and despite (or because of) this recent history, they are aching to get back into the war as soon as their refit is complete over Argyle.


Third Assault Squadron (The Dragon Killer Constellation “DKC”)
Commanding Officer: Fleet Admiral Sophia Lencit
Rating: Veteran
Composition: 4 Davion III-class Destroyers, 2 Suffren-class Destroyers
Average Flotilla Strength: 110%
Homeport: Robinson (Delavan for major repairs and refitting)
Notes and recent activity: Chiefly responsible for an important swath of the border with the Draconis Combine, the Third Assault Squadron trains hard for large scale naval engagements against DCA naval assaults. The Admiralty ensures that the Third Squadron gets whatever it needs, assigning it some of the newest hulls in the fleet, some of the Naval Service’s most experienced personnel and an enlarged force of pocket warships, combat dropships and naval fighter wings. In light of the crisis with the Free Worlds League, the Third is working up contingency plans in case the Admiralty decide to it is needed elsewhere.


Fourth Assault Squadron (The Night Hornets)
Commanding Officer: Fleet Admiral Michael Massimb
Rating: Green
Composition: 1 Davion III-class Destroyer, 1 Suffren-class Destroyer, 3 Fox-class Corvettes, 1 Vincent Mk. 39 class Corvette
Average Flotilla Strength: 94%
Homeport: Tancredi IV, Woodbine, Kilbourne
Notes and recent activity: The Fourth Squadron operates in a large region of space with few shipyard facilities. Rather than having a single homeport, the squadron’s various assets tend to deploy single warships as flagship flotillas for formations of assault dropships and naval wings that are scattered between Fairfax and Delos IV watching the border. Due to the lack of naval infrastructure in its area of operations, the squadron has the most logistical and repair problems of any naval squadron and must send ships far away for repairs and replenishment. The squadron’s most famous ship is the FCS Vandenburg (formerly the TCS Vandenburg) which the AFFS acquired under bizarre circumstances. Despite some quirks related to her age, the ship has served the fleet well and given the Fourth Assault Squadron a lot of media attention that they otherwise would not have had.


Fifth Assault Squadron (The Avenging Spheroids)
Commanding Officer: Fleet Admiral Zola King
Rating: Veteran
Composition: 4 Avalon-class Cruisers, 1 Davion III-class Destroyer, 1 Fox-class Destroyer
Average Flotilla Strength: 100%
Homeport: Broken Wheel
Notes and recent activity: Covering a large swath of space between Malagrotta to Cohay, the Fifth Squadron is stretched thin. Chiefly responsible for the Federated Suns border with Snake Clan space, the Fifth has trained hard in anti-Clan tactics. The Admiralty learned the hard way that the Clansmen, despite their focus on other assets, could be very talented at naval warfare, and so it ensures that the Fifth gets a healthy supply of experienced officers and well-trained crews. Because many Clan warships are based on Star League designs, they tend to lack sufficient anti-fighter defenses and adequate defense against capital ship missiles. As a result the Fifth has a hefty supply of Avalon-class Cruisers, pocket warships and naval fighter wings to counter these potential weaknesses.


Sixth Assault Squadron (The Red Tops)
Commanding Officer: Fleet Officer Gerhard Sarez
Rating: Green
Composition: 6 Fox-class Corvettes
Average Flotilla Strength: 100%
Homeport: New Syrtis
Notes and recent activity: Primed for a conflict with the Taurian Concordat, the Sixth Assault Squadron has languished for years on a lower rung of the supply chain. Portions of the squadron fought the Capellan Magistracy during the Fifth Succession War and periodically fought the Taurians. But talented personnel tend to get lured away to other commands. The squadron’s primary duties tend to be anti-piracy patrols and (according to rumor) operations at Panpour, which remain a closely guarded secret. Only carefully screened and vetted crews are allowed to travel there. On shore-leave, members of the Sixth love to regale citizens in “what they saw” at Panpour. Stories which grow more outlandish and whimsical by the year.


Seventh Assault Squadron (The Solar Chieftains)
Commanding Officer: Fleet Admiral Albert Piper
Rating: Veteran
Composition: 3 Davion III-class Destroyers, 3 Fox-class Corvettes
Average Flotilla Strength: 100%
Homeport: New Syrtis
Notes and recent activity: Despite sharing a homeport with the Sixth Squadron, the two could not be any more different. The Seventh’s patrol area covers the entire southern half of the Federated Suns border with the Confederated Magistracy. So the Seventh generally gets what it wants in terms of personnel and supplies. Regarded as the mirror-unit of the Third Squadron, the Seventh is well-supplied with everything it needs to stop a Confederated Magistracy assault, or to launch a counterattack. Although it is unlikely to face the Free Worlds League in battle, that hasn’t stopped the Seventh from starting a new series of wargames designed with the FWLM Navy in mind.


Eighth Assault Squadron (The Thrust Busters)
Commanding Officer: Fleet Admiral Chandler Haviland
Rating: Elite
Composition: 2 Avalon-class Cruisers, 2 Suffren-class Destroyers, 2 Fox-class Corvettes
Average Flotilla Strength: 77%
Homeport: Kathil, Axton
Notes and recent activity: Until the recent naval reorganization, part of the Eighth was called the Richard Davion squadron. The reputation of the Eighth Squadron has gone from one extreme to the other. During the early days of the Fifth Succession War, the warships assigned to the northern half of the border with the Confederated Magistracy performed poorly and lost several key battles. By the war’s end, the squadron has almost been completely reconstituted and these replacement ships, crews and pilots served the realm well in the final months of the war. Refusing to be embarrassed again, the Eighth has maintained the most rigorous and grueling training regime of any fleet. The squadron faces routine criticism that it burns out its ships and crews too quickly, but the results have been stunning. The Eighth is the only squadron to have maintained an elite rating among every warship and many of its sub-commands. Some of the Eighth’s assets were involved in the fighting over Tikonov. It came out of that affair in good shape, but other elements of the squadron weren’t as fortunate. The Eighth lost those three warships in an attempt to support operations over Woodstock and many combat dropships and fighter squadrons in the ensuing fighting as it desperately tried to defend key worlds and support ground forces. Today most of the squadron has moved northward and is actively guarding the Suns worlds now standing between the Free Worlds League and further conquest. Combat dropship squadrons and naval wings from Naval Escort command have been moved to the Confederated Magistracy front to cover their absence.


Independant Assault Squadron (Lethal Obsidian)
Commanding Officer: Fleet Admiral Wiliam Autry
Rating: Veteran
Composition: a Concordat-Class Frigate, a Carson-Class Destroyer, a Davion Block I-class Destroyer, 3 Mako-class Corvettes
Average Flotilla Strength: 100%
Homeport: Quentin
Notes and recent activity: The Restless Souls' maintain the only independent WarShip Fleet in the Federated Suns. Field Marshall Steele has sworn loyalty to Yvonne Steiner-Davion first and foremost. Their fleet is maintenanced by their own ShipYard, Lillian LLC located in their homeport and guarded by a Bastion-Class SpaceStation and an Caspar MK III Space Defense System. The Lethal Obsidian Squadron was instrumental in the withdrawal of First Assault Squadron, The Moon Cutters, from Ingress after the First lost all of its WarShips to the FWL Thera-class Supercarrier Battle Group. They provided defensive support and transportation out system for the First's withdrawing pocket warship and combat dropship.

Officer Ranks:
Marshal of the Armies
Field Marshal (March commander, department commander, brigade commander)
Fleet Admiral/Marshal (Fleet commander, RCT commander)
Admiral/General (Flotilla commander, RCT commander)
Vice Admiral/Major General (Warship commander, March Militia commander, brigade commander)
Rear Admiral/Leftenant General (Flotilla commander, planetary militia regiment commander, conventional brigade commander)
Commodore/Colonel (Dropship squadron commander, Jumpship commander, regiment commander)
Light Commodore/Leftenant Colonel (Dropship commander, regimental XO, militia regiment commander)
Major (Battalion commander)
Captain (Company commander)
Leftenant (Lance commander, platoon commander)
Leftenant (Lance XO, platoon XO)
Subaltern
Cadet

Enlisted Ranks:
Command Sergeant-Major (staff rank)
Sergeant-Major (Lance commander, platoon commander)
Sergeant (Squad commander, vehicle commander)
Corporal (Infantry section commander)
Private First Class
Private
Recruit

MHB Depot Locations:

New Avalon

Ozawa

New Syrtis

Broken Wheel

Tancredi IV

Federated Suns 3094 Update: Current Status Summary:

The Federated Suns has earned a reputation for possessing sheer grit in the face of constant adversity. From being invaded by the Snake Clans, to being attacked on multiple fronts during the Fifth Succession War, to losing a lot of territory in the sudden onslaught by ULTRA and the Free Worlds League. The Federated Suns has decades defending itself and going on the offensive to retake what it has lost. Despite its demonstrated ability to (eventually) defeat any onslaught, the long years of war have taken a toll on the people of the Federated Suns.

Political Status:

First Princess Yvonne Steiner-Davion awoke from her years-long coma and has recovered quickly. Although some sources hint at occasional medical trouble, by and large she has resumed her duties. Now former Regent Tancred Sandoval has remained a strong advocate for his wife and is a common sight on New Avalon, though the traditional affairs of the Sandoval family have been keeping him busy.

Tancred Sandoval remains popular, his handling of the Fifth Succession War is generally well thought of. Though there is a widespread belief that attacking the Outworlds Alliance was a grave misstep that his political opponents like to pounce on.

The realm’s heir, Harrison Davion, was wounded in the same attack. He made a full recovery. Now 25-years-old, he is a Field Marshall and has played a key role in strategic command situations over the last few years.

Although Tancred Sandoval is popular, some of his family is not. A few of the Sandovals have taken Tancred’s long reign as Regent to mean they can begin to behave like the “new” House Davion and start throwing their weight around. This has gotten a few scions of the Sandoval family in trouble and given them some bad press. Wiser members of the family, including Tancred, have handled the situation in a more tactful manner.

The true political drama of the realm however is found in the Periphery March. The formation of a new March in and of itself has caused plenty of hot-topic political discussion, both in halls of power and around the dinner table of the average Federated Suns family. But the events that have transpired there have also transfixed the nation. In 3088 the Periphery March rebellion (in which Duchess Carrie Zetso was publicly executed) horrified the realm.

The actions of Baron Vargas, who sought to exploit the popular attitudes of the Periphery March in a twisted power grab for the Duchy throne, served as make the entire affair almost unbelievable. These events have convinced some that the Periphery March was just a bad idea and that the new March government must be corrupt, and therefore, must be stripped down. These advocates are just waiting for more evidence to further demonstrate their point.

Being fully aware of his opposition, when the new Field Marshal, Xavier Steele, signed the Periphery March Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 3090 — one-third of which was tax cuts, his fellow Nobles would enact the proposed legislation while complaining it wasn't progressive enough. And in the end, the change in public policy would ultimately turn out better than everyone expected.That was the pattern for returning the region to economic growth; for preventing the collapse of both the WarShip production industry and the financial sector with loans already paid back with interest; for financial regulatory reform that ended the unregulated trade of many of the exotic financial products that led to the belief that the Periphery March Government was corrupted.

By and large the new political focus is on Captain-General Agatha Mark. The young upstart leader of the Free Worlds League has completely altered the power and political dynamics of the Inner Sphere and left nobles and leaders scrambling to catch up as she continues to seize the political and military initiative.

Economy:
Economic conditions in the Capellan March, Draconis March and to a lesser extent the Crucis March are experiencing a sharp downturn as the strain of long decades of war is beginning to tell on the national economy. Starting in 3090 income tax rates and bank lending rates were revised upwards by 1% over the course of 2 years, leading to slight but noticeable fall-offs in consumer spending.

Where the rest of the nation has flagged however the Periphery March boomed as the post-Outback Rebellion restoration efforts boosted investor confidence and attracted vast amounts of cash escaping the Capellan and Draconis Marches. The huge developmental potential of Periphery March Skid Row worlds has led to soaring gains in this sector, somewhat offsetting the drops in the rest of the nation.


3094 ECONOMIC UPDATE

The near-constant fighting has been a boon for the realm’s military industries but have done other industries few favors. As worlds change hands (and then change hands again) industries and and their transportation and routes are thrown into chaos and the consumers they service suffer for it. More than once, the Federated Suns has been forced to reroute transportation assets to ensure that certain worlds didn’t starve or that its people didn’t offer due to the lack of a crucial item.

The only sign of good news in recent years, ironically, was the fall was the Star League. Seen as a tragedy by many, the sudden fall of the Star League and serious questions about the strength of the C-Bill prompted many investors, entrepreneurs and multi-national corporations to roll their funds over to the national currencies like the Federated Suns Pound. The sudden influx of investment into the currency boosted its value and began to attract economic growth. This has given the Suns’ lagging economy a desperately-needed shot in the arm.

The newly established Periphery March has benefited the most from this fresh investment. With the establishment of the new March came a way of improvements to the Outback Worlds. The key areas of improvement were infrastructure and education. This has paved the way for a lot of new businesses to set up shop. It has also connected would-be business owners with creditors. Many of the Outback worlds are still “backwards” by the standards of New Avalon or Argyle, but the improvements have made them more familiar to people accustomed to living in the “civilized” parts of the Inner Sphere.

Unfortunately, the recent loss of worlds to the Free Worlds League has turned this into a “we moved 2 steps forward and 3 steps back” type of situation that is causing markets to nose dive across the realm. The loss of so many Federated Suns worlds to the Free Worlds League, many of them interior worlds (rather than border worlds accustomed to changing hands), has sown fresh chaos and uncertainty across the realm.

Social Issues:

According to one highly regarded Suns author, the people of the Federated Suns are “exhausted, in mourning, defiant and proud.” The Suns has absorbed the brunt of attack after attack, but remains relatively supportive of their leaders and rulers.

In fact many commentators have come to a consensus that if the Federated Suns were actually at peace for a prolonged period of time, many longstanding social issues sizzling behind-the-scenes would rise to the forefront. The razed economy has cost many their jobs. Many border worlds directly impacted by the Fifth Succession War are still waiting to be rebuilt. Disrupted transportation means that the distribution of goods and services is uneven. On some worlds, to pump up military industries, those companies have been given incredible exceptions from environmental and labor protections. A lot of this is coming at some cost to the worlds and the people of the Federated Suns.

Privately, many Federated Suns citizens are seething at these and many other issues. But to speak out is widely seen as unpatriotic. When protests do emerge, they are frequently met by just as many nationalist anti-protesters. Actual large scale protests aimed at government or corporate entities are rare and generally isolated to a handful of groups that society has labeled as extremists and anarchist.

Current Armed Forces Issues:

The AFFS has born the brunt of years of seemingly never-ending warfare. Military families have lost entire generations of their fathers and children in the 3070s and 3080s. Many sons and daughters of nobles have fallen in battle alongside the average soldier. From top to bottom, every facet of the Federated Suns has paid for the never-ending wars in blood.

This has had a profound effect on many aspects of military life in the AFFS. A military once known for allowing its soldiers to undergo additional training in other specialties, at great cost and time to the realm to improve their skills at combined-arms warfare, has scaled back those opportunities. At the same time, for many consecutive years in the 3080s and now again as of 3093, academy graduates have been badged and sent into active duty a year early. This is because turnover in the AFFS is at historically high rates. Most soldiers don’t reenlist and many officers are departing from their military careers for other occupations as soon as their contracts are up.

The prospect of seemingly never-ending wars, one after another, has greatly reduced the life expectancy of the average AFFS soldier. It has also increased the amount of time the average soldier will spend in a combat tour of duty over the course of an average career. At great peril and risk, and away from home and loved ones. A fact that has become well-known to the public, well-documented by every form of media, and a fact that the AFFS is desperately trying to change after the bloody years of the Fifth Succession War.

To that end, the AFFS has enacted several initiatives over the past several years. All designed to show that the AFFS understand and care about this issue. More than ever, soldiers and even entire units are rotated off the front lines as quickly as possible once bloodied in a campaign. To achieve this, many new conventional regiments have been created and replacement depots have been established for RCTs and independent brigades. Many more soldiers in every specialty are trained than are needed at any given time, which has strained training programs and budgets but allowed the AFFS to bring combat veterans off the line to be replaced in fairly short rotations. The AFFS is seeing real dividends with this, as combat veterans serving two or 3 (or more) consecutive combat tours is becoming the exception rather than the rule.

This and many other programs have already paid dividends by improving moral and retention. Though it has not eliminated the problem. Unfortunately the new and unexpected war with the Free Worlds League has crashed some of these programs and forced the AFFS to abruptly deploy a lot of its rear-area veterans into combat once again. Meanwhile the academy classes of both 3093 and 3094 have had to amend plans for a full academy experience and have been deployed to active duty a year early.