Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Personal army of General Garza
“Garza’s Legion” – Rifle Infantry (Motorized) Regiment – Regular/Questionable
Formed around the loyal cadre of the 7th Army Battalion of the Sangrian Army Command, Garza’s Legion is the personal military arm of General Pierre Garza, the dictator and Warlord of The District of Cundinamarca for many years. While they have great loyalty to their commander (Fanatical), they have little actual loyalty to the nation.
Officers : General Pierre Garza is the undisputed Warlord of the Legion. His direct field commander is Colonel Jerri Maradona (former commander of the 5th Royals), and Major Sanz Santillian, commander of the 36th Company “The Gunners”, a handful of “foreign national” mercenaries who protect the General’s personal interests. Most of the leaders of the unit, which is quite large, are proven thugs from his occupation of the district, and are devoutly loyal to the General and his vision for the people. increasingly, many new officers are mercenaries from off-world and other parts of Terramatrix, with proven track records of combat success. They are paid extremely well, though even the common trooper makes more than most regular forces soldiers in Sangrian Army Command.
Tactics : Garza’s Legion has a threefold purpose. The first is to defend the district against any armed incursion. This generally means marauders and bandits, and the foreign military commands of the other nations. The second is to patrol the roads and keep them open and safe for military supply and merchant convoys. The third (and not the least important) is to let the people of the district know that General Garza is watching over them.
The Legion operates largely in the absence of a district police force, as the Policia Federales are not deployed in the district. Instead, they form a paramilitary collective that ensures crime stays off the streets, that taxes are paid in a timely manner, and that no one else tries to upset the balance of the local political spectrum.
The typical trooper of the Legion is mostly concerned with themselves first, and have proven to be good at ferreting out threats to the district’s economy and military. They are very direct in dealing with crime, and anyone found in possession of heavy weapons, such as anti-armor rockets or explosives, who is not involved in the sale of such to the local district, is summarily imprisoned and usually shot within a few days after a summary trial. Anyone who resists the Legion, is usually shot outright.
Typical “Garza’s Legion” Troopers
Support : The Legion is armed in typical fashion to most Sangrian military forces. Regulars are equipped with the traditional HG-762 “Holy Grail” Assault Rifle, though half tend to be of the carbine variety, having their origins in the Guardia Civilia armories of the district. While regulars are also armed with a scattering of IMC-40 Grenade Launchers, there are many SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifles assigned to units within the Legion, sufficient to give each platoon a great deal of anti-armor firepower. Helmets are traditional alloy models built in the northern factories of Antigua district, and their flak jackets are produced locally. Machetes, combat knives and shotguns are popular, and a black market in grenades, as well as handmade “ball” grenades are commonly encountered among troopers.
These units have operated as a “militia police” for many years, and many of the line troopers are former Guarida Civilia. They employ horses to patrol the district roads as widely as possible, though they also have access to Jeeps, Light Utility Transports and a number of Wheeled APCs. While most regular troopers are undistinguished, the 1st Company known as “The Sangrian Lancers”, is well-equipped with modern weapons and combat armor, and were formerly the riot troopers of the Guardia’s capital in San Succi. Cold-blooded and devoted to General Garza, they have a great deal of freedom in their deployment, and are feared by everyone. They tend to be veteran troopers, and show little fear of anyone else.
The 19th Company were equipped with Wheeled APCs taken from other commands of the Legion and operate under a mandate of Fast Cavalry, to deploy quickly in response to difficult situations, but are based from Villavicencio with the . Most realize their primary task, however, is to keep an eye on that national military battalion, and report back to central Legion control.
The unit also has many of the technicians culled from other commands once under their control, and has a pair of four-gun batteries of artillery for strategic support, deployed independently as required by any mission. Many of the units also deploy Command Vans culled form the former national armories.
Garza’s Legion Badge
Four (4) “Hellbender” Jeeps
Two (2) Light Utility Transports
Two (2) Command Vans
Four (4) Wheeled APCs.
One (1) Rifle Infantry “Command” Squad (Vet)
Three (3) Rifle Administrative/Office Squads (Vet, 2 Reg)
36th (Fast Cavalry) Rifle Infantry Company “The Gunners”
Four (4) Wheeled APCs.
Four (4) Rifle Infantry Squads (Vet, 3 Reg)
Four (4) “Hellbender” Jeeps
Two (2) “Longhaul” Heavy Tactical Utility Trucks (Fuel Transport)
Sixteen (16) Light Utility Transports
Twenty-Four (24) Tech Squads (Elite, 2 Vet, 8 Reg, 13 Green)
Three (3) Paramedic Squads (Vet, 2 Reg)
The 7th Battalion was originally a part of the regular armed forces of Sangria, garrisoning Armenia and the towns west of the Capital District. With the arrival of civil war in the nation, General Pierre Garza brought his assembled forces over the pass into San Succi, and took control over the abandoned government buildings in the summer of 3021. When General Garza declared himself Warlord of the district, his battalion followed him, further supported by the remnants of the 5th Royal Battalion (recently repatriated to San Succi ), the Civilia Guardia stationed in the district, and the small under-strength 2nd Battalion stationed on the border with The District of Guaviare. Several small mercenary forces also joined his cause. It was formally organized as The Legion in late-3023. In early-2025, the absorption of The District of Antiquia nearly doubled the military forces under his command.
In early-3025, the Legion absorbed the defending military from The District of Antiquia into its own organization, purging many of its higher-ranked officers and replacing them with loyal troopers from Cundinamarca. While there was some degree of reorganization, the change-over had been fairly quick and simple. Many of its less-capable units were broken back into Guardia Civlia forces and deployed into the countryside to support resource gathering efforts. This northern unit still retained its title of “The Royal Armed Force of Antioquia”, or RAF, but was for all intents and purposes a part of Garza’s Legion.
It is rumored that parts of Garza’s Legion (particularly its regular infantry) were behind the sporadic raiding that occurred in late-3024 and early-3025 along the northern borders of The District of Guaviare.
In late-3025, during the nation’s reconciliation talks, General Garza repatriated most of his armored and mechanized units to the Sangrian Army Command, primarily due to his lack of sufficient technical support, but which also secured his right to assemble a “private” district battalion similar to the Battalion Speciale 1 – The “Sun Swords”, when he surrenders control of the district to The New Republic of Sangria.
In early-3026, Garza repatriated the lion’s portion of his forces based in Antiquia to form the 2nd (Motorized) Rifle Infantry Battalion – “Saint Michael’s Angels” and the local Policia Federales, and remained in that district. Soon thereafter, he repatriated the 5th “Royal” (Motorized) Rifle Infantry Battalion – “Swords of Sangria” back to Sangrian Army Command, and officially released his own “District Constitution”, which placed The District of Cundinamarca back under the fold of The New Republic of Sangria, but had many provisions to ensure his power over the district, similar in many ways to that operated by The District of Guaviare. Included in this, is the continuation of the Legion as the local effective police force; it serves many of the same purposes, but remains outside federal control, which is his right, as a “district” police force.