Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
El Gas is a small private corporation that harvests natural oils from the areas south and east of the Corazón Jungle, and refines it into fuel and sells it. Their fuels are sold through ANCAP in The Oriental Republic of San Isabel, with natural gas occupying a significant portion of their income. Formerly, they owned a large illegal oil interest in the Corazón Jungle (which formed the bulk of their income), but lost it to the new regional government that supports The New Republic of Sangria.
El Gas has developed and maintains a series of small gas stations under the “El Gas” brand, as well as ten offshore rigs east of San Isabel, from which it pumps natural gas for use as a thermal heating source, primarily to power their two power stations, as well as for consumption by the local markets. El Gas also maintains two small bio-diesel plants that produce traditional fuels for their gas stations, one of which is their own major shipping port, and acts as the formal headquarters of the company, in Panua, San Isabel. The company refines their products into diesel, gasoline, jet fuel, asphalt, and plastic base. They are moderately well-known across northern San Isabel, but otherwise keep a low profile.
El Gas was founded in 2908 when casual exploration of the areas just north of the San Isabel border resulted in a positive hit for oil reserves. Typical reserves in System – Dumassas quickly play-out, or are carefully protected in the heartlands of most nations, at first engendering little interest. About 2906, the report passed the desk of the (then) Minister of Resources in The Oriental Republic of San Isabel, who made the evidence of the location disappear. He “retired”, and then spent the next couple years acquiring parts and using his contacts in the military to cover what he intended to do.
By 2915, the refinery first began operations, using retired military technicians and military contacts from the San Isabel army to “purchase” the fuel, transport it to the northern military base at New Patagonia and then re-sell it on the open markets as “surplus”. Business was very, very good for a long time.
By 2978, the oil fields began to decrease their production, and despite efforts to improve production, began to fail entirely. Pump jacks in the fields were scavenged and only a few handfuls were kept producing, but these managed to still support the basis for the entire operation over the next couple decades.
In the opening years of the 3000s, Taurian Concordat interests in The District of Garcia began to accelerate, and with it came investments and an expansion of the local industrial base. The northern industrialists began to pay closer attention to activity in the Corazón Jungle, particularly following the construction of the Garcia Electrical Authority hydroelectric plant at Lake Orlando. Fearing the worst, El Gas began funding First Fire, a noted pro-Sangrian militant organization, as a means to cover their activities, and allowing them to raid and pillage rival military factions in San Isabel.
By 3018, despite successful efforts to weaken the Sangrian military and economy (including the defection of the entire original Sangrian 4th Battalion), The Industrialist’s League in the District of Garcia funded the hire of a mercenary force, * “The Iron Dingoes” to train a new battalion for the defense of the district. The Dingoes quickly turned their attentions towards the district, and within a few years began unraveling the careful efforts of El Gas and its controlling family, the Escobar’s of San Isabel. First they managed to successfully raise a skilled mixed-arms battalion of infantry, armor and Mechs, and then stopped First Fire in their tracks during their invasion and eradicated most of their infantry and mercenary Mech force. They also destroyed nearly a regiment of rebel ELN forces training in the southern Huartzek Forest.
With much of their cover blown, and threatened by the growing strength and influence of the Iron Dingoes, they began trying to influence the biggest local warlord of the jungles to unite against the “northern devils”, but that too ended with the debacle at Brightwater Base, and the eradication of all their remaining resources in the area, in early-3022. This also included an increasingly valuable drug trade that collected the opiates from Tuadann and its affiliated villages.
Concerned with the Dingoes growing influence in the Corazón Jungle, El Gas made one last effort to put an end to their rivals in the region. For some time, ComStar had been hiring individual and small groups of mercenaries, and providing them with second-hand salvaged Mechs to build a large force for some reason; it was believed they feared an invasion of their holdings in The Republic of Carbina, though some believed it might point to something more sinister. For whatever reasons, El Gas managed to convert some of the incoming mercenaries and groups to their own cause; the elimination of the Iron Dingoes, and official control over the isolated territory of the Corazón Jungle.
The final effort to wrest control of the region, ended when in 3023, the military faction supporting El Gas in San Isabel began gathering their forces in holding camps across the northern border near New Patagonia and its primary military base. The faction were preparing to move their mercenaries north into the jungles, when they were assaulted and eradicated by a sneak counter-attack of the Iron Dingoes best troops. The defending mercenaries also lost most of their DropShips and supplies in the attack.
Bloodied and unable to do more, the company stayed quiet over the next few years, hoping they could just stay under the radar, keep profits good enough to support the effort and give up any hope of formally controlling the resource. In late-3024, Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” was engaged in a scientific study of the local Nexu populations, when the local forces of Tuadann escorting him led him to the mystical “Iron Hammers” of the jungles; the Iron Dingoes had just discovered the secret behind the long-standing conflict in the southern jungles…. “Oro Negro”. When he reported in to Iron Dingoes command some weeks later, Dingoes eyes were drawn south to the valuable resources in what was technically Sangrian territory, and the company controlling them.
On October 1st, 3024, the company’s illegal holdings in the Corazón Jungle and its support village were lost to the armed forces of Tuadann with the Line Infantry forces from * “The Iron Dingoes” operating as advisers. There does not appear to be any drive to try and reclaim them at this time.