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Liberty Holds
Current Ambassador: Helena Alexander
This information was last updated on the: 20th of March, 2017
Core Information:

     Capital: Liberty
     Faction Leader: Premier Isis Marik
     Military Leader: Commanding General Andrew Redburn
     Intelligence Leader: Prime Minister Thaddeus Davion
     Approximate BattleMech Regiment Strength: 12
     Mercenaries Currently Under Employ: Edens Guard, Lightning Marauders

Major Sub Regions Core Information:

     Region Name: Liberty
     Capital: Portland
     Commander: Major General Carl Sleipness
     Sub-Commander: Lieutenant General Vita J Davies
     Percentage of total Faction Military Strength: 40%

     Region Name: New Home
     Capital: Findler
     Commander: Major General Annalise Proctor
     Sub-Commander: Lieutenant General LaFayette Hughes
     Percentage of total Faction Military Strength: 20%

     Region Name: Procyon
     Capital: Guilded Halls
     Commander: Major General Leonid Ruiz
     Sub-Commander: Lieutenant General Eric Miller
     Percentage of total Faction Military Strength: 20%

     Region Name: Epsilon Eridani
     Capital: Madison
     Commander: Major General Pierre Benton
     Sub-Commander: Lieutenant General Princeton Scales
     Percentage of total Faction Military Strength: 20%

System Information Pages:

Liberty, New Home, Procyon

BTM Timeline Events:

15th of June, 3085
Isis Marik and Andrew Redburn agreed to lead a relocation of the Star League Senate and some bureaucratic structures. Isis, who up to this point had been credited with very little in her life, executed a brilliantly choreographed relocation of the Star League Senate to the seats of Liberty’s now infamous Baku Opera Complex on Quantico Island. Isis broadcasted a message that was disseminated to nearly every former Star League citizen, soldier and bureaucrat. She invited them to come to the worlds of Liberty, New Home and Procyon. The message was powerful in its brevity but seemed to speak to the core needs of many who read it. Those who were touched by her message and the many more that followed, flocked to Liberty like Pilgrims, with two hopeful words on their lips: Liberty Holds.

13th of February, 3089
Coming out of Clan Snow Raven space out of obscurity, the Royal Corvax Trinary was contacted through back channels to assist Liberty Holds with their Shark problems. Timing was great for Liberty Holds to send in the Royal Corvax to attack the Diamond Sharks on Lipton. The Royal Corvax caught the Diamond Sharks with their pants down, hitting their security forces and dealing quick defeats to their Trinary, and capturing, for the most part, an entire cluster of clan equipment. The losses on the Corvax side was minor and well within tolerable levels. Civilian casualties were few and minor and damage to civilian property was nearly non-existent. A successful campaign.

1st of March, 3089
Karyn Minnick, Reporting for Outreach Outlook's Evening Edition. "While most attention was focused on the confusion over the missing DCS Suzako, and all the rumor, counter rumor, and still unclear accounts that have filtered through in recent weeks. One bit of news that seemingly flew under the radar, was the reactivation of Lt. General Timothy Joshua Reid to the post of Deputy Director. Lt. General Reid had been appointed to the post some time ago, but after barely a year serving in the office, the General suddenly 'disappeared' from service. The official word had been, that the Deputy Director had retired for undisclosed personal reasons. The Mercenary Review and Bonding Commission had been expected to appoint another officer to that post, but in stead the position stood vacant until the MRBC quietly announced they had filled the post with Timothy Joshua Reid, who had been reactivated out of semi-retirement. When asked, where the Deputy Director had been for so many months, the response was simply that Deputy Director Reid had left to take care of undisclosed personal issues. Further detail had not been provided. Now while this may have seemed a very honest answer to some the question remains, what were these personal issues? Scuttlebutt around Harlech has ranged far and wide. One speculation was that the Deputy Director had left to take care of health issue involving secret surgery at a facility in Liberty Holds. Another was speculation that he had been sent to the Free Worlds League to act as part of an MRBC commission evaluating charges against one of the lesser known merc units involved in the recent fighting with the Lyran Alliance on New Kyoto. As you can see some of these speculations range from the highly plausible, to some really far fetched whoppers. One DropShip Captain speculated that the Deputy had been on a secret scouting mission in the Chaos March with actions investigating the involvement of Clan Diamond Shark JumpShips in the vicinity of Lipton. One rather salty technician recently retired from 12th Vegan Rangers suggested that the Deputy Director Reid had disappeared into the Davion Outback to adjudicate a dispute between another mercenary command and the Dechavilier Enclave. One things for sure, whatever the truth may be, Deputy Director Reid has only re-resumed some of his former duties, most importantly, the current logistical bottleneck of dispositioning salvage for the various Commands as they report in on their contract statuses. Time will tell whether the Deputy Director's duties will continue to be limited to this role, or if he may begin to reassert the responsibilities that have previously been exerted by his office.

6th of April, 3090
The Royal Corvax had lost the Liberty Hold's supply cache dropship but they tracked down the Diamond Shark force that had taken the cache. The Diamond Shark force had conquered the Chaos March world of Chara with token resistance. The Royal Corvax assaulted Chara and recovered the cache and making sure that the cache reached Liberty Holds. The Royal Corvax forced the Diamond Sharks to withdraw and placed the Chara Militia back in charge. The Corvax loaded salvage onto the dropships and departed Chara. The Royal Corvax spent a week on Lipton repairing, refitting, and bringing the Diamond Shark Bondsman personnel up to speed to replace their losses. Mission acceptance was contingent upon precise request for specific Military Hardware Transports. During mission planning, the command staff arrived at the same conclusion that it would be best to dispatch a battle armor troop transport prior to their main assault group. The battle armor unit's goal was a rapid strike at Chara's Farhaven SpacePort on the northern continent of Azula to disable the SpacePort's Defense Grid and it's DeSTRA. The Defense Grid so the Royal Corvax could land unopposed. The DeSTRA so that the Corvax could make it to Chara's surface undetected. Their mission was only partially successful. They thwarted the Diamond Sharks ability to utilize the Deep Space Tracking Array at Farhaven but a dug in Diamond Shark Infantry Galaxy foiled the Royal Corvax Battle Armor from destroying their Defense Grid at the nearby Starpad Military Complex forcing the Royal Corvax main assault group to an alternate LZ. The Royal Corvax two Unions had to fight their way in through screening fighters but were assisted by two Wings of Liberty Holds Defense Force Aerospace Fighters. After establishing a Field Bivouac and setting up a security perimeter at their alternate LZ, the Royal Corvax extracted their remaining Battle Armor units. The Royal Corvax first order of business was obtaining enough reaction mass so that their DropShips could take off again. After a successful recon by the Royal Corvax, their Ares Nova staged a raid against the Diamond Shark held Farhaven SpacePort to obtain the required DropShip reaction mass and to finish the job left in the wake of Dauntless Star's Battle Armor retreat, and disabled the SpacePorts automated defenses. Intel gained from the Ares recon also held vital information on the composition of the Diamond Shark defenders as well as the exact location of the Military Hardware Cache. Nova Captain Phoenix Magnus led the charge against the Diamond Sharks before the Sharks can finish preparations to jump to the next solar system. After subduing the Sharks the Royal Corvax encountered a few desultory counter attacks while waiting for their employer to make the necessary arrangements to confiscate the Military Hardware Cache. After the Cache was safely off world, the Royal Corvax departed.

30th of September, 3090
Razan’s Ronins had Advanced undercover Recon elements deployed ahead of their main force to make contact with Chara's planetside allies, a Mixed Battalion from the Liberty Holds 1st Royal BattleMech Regiment (Morgan’s Lions), 5th Jump Infantry Company (The Minutemen), Star League SAS Blackhearts Special Forces. The Tai-i received a mysterious communique aboard the Black Ronin from, at the time unbeknownst to her, a Mu/Delta ROM Agent. Razan’s Ronins landed on world as a Royal Corvax supply convey and use that as their cover story for a planetary approach. The four DropShips, which includes two Liberty Holds Conquistadors made an unchallenged approach to planet. Razan’s Ronins then arrived in orbit and began pre-operational prep while the mission planning cell began collecting intelligence on enemy assets and targets. Aerospace assets combined with the two Conquistadors quickly established Air Superiority. For security reasons, the Ronins hot dropped a lance into the SpacePort to ensure that their LZ was not contested. After securing the SpacePort, the remaining Ronins landed and debark. Upon leaving the DropShip the Tai-i made contact with the planetary Marquees and made arrangements to begin administering relief efforts (food, water, shelter, medicines, etc) to Chara civilians affected by ULTRA’s biological/nuclear warfare. Meanwhile, Razan’s Ronins used their Shadow infantry/battle armor platoons and uncovered a lead on Neisieen Khazaal movements from a Mildred Carson. During a routine recon patrol by Dragon’s Claw Lance, Razan’s Ronins encountered the bulk of ULTRA’s on planet 'Mech force in an ambush. The Command Lance, Dragon’s Fire, scrambled to relieve them, Heavy combat ensued and the Ronins were forced to retreat. ULTRA forces went back into hiding. The Ronins, now frustrated, increased their intel scope. The Shadow platoon Leader encountered a local partisan, Peter Starns, who had a map location of the ULTRA sea/ocean floor Stronghold. The Tai-i meets with the still unknown ComStar ROM Agent and obtained the data on a Cataclysmic Planetary Crust Shift’ from planting a tactical nuke in a fault line in the ice from the South Pole that would cause the planet’s orbit to alter. The Ronins’ advanced undercover recon elements stumbled across a white slave ring. All three crimes against humanity culminated at the same spot in the South Pole. A joint infantry operation, Shadow Platoon, 5th Jump Infantry Company, SAS Blackhearts Special Forces, and Captain Carter Nasution’s Chara Garrison’s Tornado PA-L platoon were assembled to thwart them. The BattleMechs of Morgan’s Lions and Chara Garrison were on ready standby as well as the Liberty Holds Conquistadors and Razan’s Ronins VTOLs and Aerospace fighters. The Ronins’ command staff and Chara’s Planetary Leaders coordinated these crucial attacks from the War Room in Farhaven. The cataclysm was stopped as well as the slave ring broken up but the ULTRA military hardware was not located. It was suspected to be back on the mainland somewhere. Neisieen Khazaal manages to escape to half a world away to a training facility outside of Farhaven. The Ronins use their C3 equipped Suzakus VTOL for overhead surveillance in conjunction with the Tai-i’s dual Command/Control/Communications computers and satellite uplink to tracking the the target but Chu-i Reece Kimura innocently steps in the way, sparing Khazaal’s life. Now knowing that he was the target, Khazaal led Razan’s Ronins on a wild chase through the city and surrounding countryside. The SAS Blackhearts Special Forces even take a crack at him and they fail. The Ronins track Neisieen Khazaal to a hidden training facility. They gather their entire on planet resources to capture him. Through a fluid battle he escapes yet again and his last plot to use the Teppo against civilians is foiled. Neisieen Khazaal winds up getting assassinated by a car bomb from an unconfirmed source. That source had all the earmarks of being a Razan’s Ronins DEST agent, none other than the Platoon Leader, Chu-i Kintaro 'Iceman' Tanaka himself

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.

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, 3094
By garrisoning the Quantico Marine Fortification, Camp Pendleton, and Parris Island's boot camp the Black Talon Phoenixes SUCCESSFULLY completed contract # LH-SD-12-01 a Security Duty Contract for Liberty Holds on Carver V (Liberty). The BTP was hired by Lieutenant General Vita J Davies to defend Liberty from FWL Baranovsky Division.

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:
In June 3085, Isis Marik and Andrew Redburn agreed to lead a relocation of the Star League Senate and some bureaucratic structures. Isis, who up to this point had been credited with very little in her life, executed a brilliantly choreographed relocation of the Star League Senate to the seats of Liberty's now infamous Baku Opera Complex on Quantico Island.

With a heavy amount of dissent within the Senate, the odds of achieving anything seemed remote at best. That didn't stop Isis Marik from delivering a powerful and driven speech to the Senators before their first session began. By all accounts her speech was stirring and inspiring in a time that growing defeatism was being demonstrated on the Senate floor. Despite her best efforts, the Senators descended into bickering, particularly over what the priorities of the Star League Defense Force should be. The speech failed to stir the Senate to achieve much, but it left a fresh imprint of Isis Marik in many minds that would change the entire leadership dynamic on Liberty in the weeks that followed.

With everyone reaching to grab whatever they could to defend their own realms or homeworlds, few noticed the full ramifications of a bill submitted by the Free Worlds League to split off ComStar from the Star League and once again recognize that organization as a separate entity from the Star League. The Free Worlds League representatives and testimonials from the Department of Communication claimed that the Star League bureaucracy had failed to keep up with budgetary needs of the Star League�s Department of Communication and those testifying said that if extreme action wasn�t taken immediately, the risk of an entire HPG network shutdown within three months was very high. The bill passed a simple vote with minimal senate floor discussion, and with it went the Star League�s primary source of revenue. Largely without realizing it, the Senate had killed the Star League, not with assassins or �Mechs, but with a simple vote.

Within days Star League control of all their worlds broke down. A mass exodus of more than 40 percent of all SLDF personnel and equipment began as the Com Guards were reformed. In addition to revenue from communication services, the Star League had also lost its most useful propaganda machine, the HPG network. The Star League was now being charged for every message they sent, a fresh expenditure on a budget that was already strained to the breaking point. Star League Department offices were being cleaned out and abandoned as workers saw their paychecks stop coming. As more and more communication filters were removed from the HPG network the Star League�s citizens began to see the true scope and severity of the Star League�s situation. Star League filtered images and news stories that portrayed hopeful peacekeeping missions were replaced with grim images and footage taken by the Great Houses, which appeared on their news networks daily. These often-times graphic video clips frequently showed Star League troops fighting and dying and ultimately failing to restore the peace. Uproar swelled across the Star League worlds in mass protests and a swift cycle of takeovers as local leaders step in to maintain the government services that the Star League had once provided but now abandoned. In a gesture some have described as empty or largely ceremonial, the Star League revoked the Terran Defense Act and granted independence to every Star League Administered System. In truth, de facto independence had already occurred. For all intents and purposes, the Star League was dead and the Senate and SLDF disbanding with a prevailing �every man for himself� abandon ship mentality. The suicide rates on Terra in May and June were twenty times above the monthly average.

It was a time of fearful uncertainty for everyone who had lived and breathed the dream that the Star League represented. They found hope in one unlikely candidate; Isis Marik.

Isis broadcasted a message that was disseminated to nearly every former Star League citizen, soldier and bureaucrat. She invited them to come to the worlds of Liberty, New Home and Procyon. The message was powerful in its brevity but seemed to speak to the core needs of many who read it.

Isis�s famous broadcast gave her a new media nickname, Lady Liberty, a reference to a statue of eons past that signified a fresh start for immigrants from distant lands. Although that nickname was sometimes spoken mockingly in the media across the Inner Sphere from 3085 on, among some it was spoken with a deep reverence. Isis had long been a minor scion in the affairs of the Inner Sphere, passed by as a small player in a game of titans. Engaged to the leader of the Capellan Confederation, the widow of Victor Steiner-Davion and the pawn in House Marik�s game for years. What no one had counted on was the reserves of inner strength those years of manipulation and heartbreak had given her, and the first class real world education she had received in the affairs of state in close proximity to so many brilliant minds among the leadership class of the Inner Sphere. In the wake of her husband�s death, she poured that strength and acquired wisdom into sheer determination to succeed and the acts that followed. Those who knew her said she became a different woman entirely during this time. The woman who had been at the back of the room for so many years now refused to stand anywhere but the front and she refused to stop speaking until she was heard. It didn�t take long until she was the star of the show whenever she walked into any room on Liberty.

The Exodus:
From entire SLDF Divisions to small contingents of former Star League citizens, people began to arrive on the Liberty Holds worlds in record numbers. Many were exhausted; some were even starving, having spent what little resources they had to reach their destination. Lady Liberty greeted them, often in person and with an entourage ready to provide assistance. Isis' hand on a sagging and tired shoulder, a smile and a few soulful words seemed to instantly revive the spirits of many. Some attempted to pledge their loyalty to her personally, but were always met with the same response that has been well documented in history:

There are verified stories of men and women, many of them war veterans that had lost limbs and hope; falling to their knees and weeping with sorrow over the events of the past few years once they had a chance to speak to Isis Marik. Logical or emotional, pragmatic or dreamer, ambitious for justice through war or seeking peace, Isis Marik became the symbol to satisfy everyone else's greatest need at that particular turning point in history. Everyone knew of her recent grief for Victor Steiner-Davion, and it somehow became automatically acceptable to show your own grief and anger and frustration in her presence if you couldn�t do it anywhere else. Once they had, some of them became her most fanatical supporters.

No one can claim that all were swayed by Isis Marik in such a fashion. Perhaps the most publicized hold-out against her efforts was Colonel Neil Campbell, who, despite his age, retained command of the Royal Black Watch Regiment. Campbell had pledged to take his command and go to Northwind to serve that now independent world.

Isis Marik's most steadfast supporter and partner in nation-building was Andrew Redburn, who burdened himself with trying to organize three worlds into something resembling a government, military and the necessary organizational structures to keep the lights on. Redburn had once been an AFFC Leftenant General once, but had willingly become a Star League Defense Force Colonel to command the 1st Royal BattleMech Regiment and had refused every promotion since to retain command of the still prestigious Morgans Lions. But now, Andrew Redburn was invigorated in a way he hadn't been in years as he seemed to glimpse a paradise akin to what the Star League had always represented. With an expanded staff at his back and the 1st Royal still on his heels, he set about building a government from scratch, following Isis' lead but also using her charismatic presence to achieve what he could not.

Liberty Holds Rising:
In truth it wasn't the first time Isis had taken charge, but history has seldom given her credit for anything prior to 3085. She once stabbed an assassin who tried to kill Omi Kurita, at the risk to her own life. During the FedCom Civil War, when Victor turned away from the war to solitude to grieve over Omi Kurita's death, Isis sat him down over dinner and gave him a stern talk on what was important that helped him reengage and see past his grief to become the leader his people needed. Even then the evidence was there that Isis Marik was capable but she was always in the supporting role.

The creation of the Liberty Holds was the first thing that Isis did herself that she was truly recognized for. With no giants of renowned leaders casting their shadow over her, she blossomed in the sunlight. Some give Andrew Redburn more credit than Isis for the Liberty Holds founding, pointing out that he did the grunt work of building that government and the military, using decades of leadership and administrative experience as well as his deep knowledge of the politics of the Inner Sphere and his many personal contacts. Yet it�s clear that Isis�s ideals, speeches and appearances were the magnet that drew so many like-minded individuals to her and helped form a national identity of tremendous fortitude that would endure when chaos gripped the other former Star League worlds.

The Liberty Conventions:
Isis was firmly devoted to Star League ideals but also sought to put something down in writing. Throughout the months of June and July she and Andrew Redburn both contributed to writing an updated version of the Ares Conventions, a document that would become known as the Liberty Conventions and would be signed in August by representatives from all the Great Houses. In that act, the Great Houses had simultaneously affirmed respect and recognition of the Liberty Holds and what Isis Marik, Andrew Redburn and the other founders of the Liberty Holds had achieved. This action also further cemented the loyalty of the citizens of Liberty, New Home and Procyon to the new Liberty Holds government, as well as the loyalty of the surviving former SLDF Dvisions and warships that had arrived to join the Liberty Holds own growing military.


Liberty Holds Defense Force

31st Mechanized Infantry Division (Ariana’s Arrows)
5th Jump Infantry Division (The Minutemen)
1st Royal BattleMech Regiment (Morgan’s Lions)

First Lord (Thera-class Supercarrier), Whitting (Sovetskii Soyuz class Heavy Cruiser), Swift Justice (Aegis class Heavy Cruiser) and Manchester (Suffren class Destroyer)