Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Protectorate of San Marcos
Islas Brasilera are an archipelago in the South Atlantis Ocean, its principal islands are about 300 miles (480 km) east of The Oriental Republic of San Isabel southern coast. The archipelago, with an area of 4,700 square miles (12,000 km), comprises East Brasilera, West Brasilera and 776 smaller islands. As a San Isabel overseas territory, Islas Brasilera has internal self-governance, though the San Isabel military now takes responsibility for their defense and foreign affairs. The islands’ capital is Port Stainless on East Brasilera, and its leader is Governor Colin Roberts.
Orbital View of Islas Brasilera
The population of more than 5000 (3029 census), consists primarily of native-born Darrian Islanders. Recent immigration from the Davion border worlds, the South Atlantis island of Saint Helena, and San Isabel had reversed a constant population decline, with a sudden boost of San Marcos refugees nearly doubling the local population. The predominant (and official) language is English, though French and Spanish remain important. All citizens of Islas Brasilera are considered San Isabel citizens under the 3026 Citizenry Act.
The islands lie on the boundary of the south-arctic oceanic and tundra climate zones, and both major islands have mountain ranges reaching 2,300 feet (700 m). They are home to large Caracara bird populations, although many no longer breed on the main islands because of competition from introduced species. Major economic activities include fishing, tourism and sheep farming, with an emphasis on high-quality wool exports. Oil exploration, licensed by the Isla Brasilera Government, have long since been eliminated following the 3024 Small War, and is an increasingly important source of revenue.
Isla Brasilera Campos
Islas Brasilera has a land area of 4,700 square miles (12,000 km2) and a coastline estimated at 800 miles (1,300 kms). Two main islands, West Brasilera and East Brasilera, and about 776 smaller islands constitute the archipelago. The islands are predominantly mountainous and hilly, with the major exception being the depressed plains of Lafonia (a peninsula forming the southern part of East Brasilera). The islands of Isla Brasilera are continental crust fragments resulting from the break-up of the ocean floor and the opening of the South Atlantis that began 130 million years ago. The islands are located in the South Atlantis Ocean, about 300 miles (480 km) east of southern San Isabel.
Islas Brasilera’s two main islands are separated by the Brasilera Sound, and its deep coastal indentations form natural harbours. East Brasilera houses Port Stainless (the capital and largest settlement), the San Isabel military base at Mount Pleasant, and the archipelago’s highest point: Mount Bourne, at 2,313 feet (705 m). Outside of these significant settlements is the area colloquially known as “Camp”, which is derived from the Spanish term for “countryside” or “Campo”.
The climate of the islands is cold, windy and humid maritime. Variability of daily weather is typical throughout the archipelago. Rainfall is common over half of the year, averaging 610mm (24 in) in Port Stainless, and sporadic light snowfall occurs nearly all year. The temperature is generally between 21.1 and −11.1 °C (70.0 and 12.0 °F) in Port Stainless, but can vary to 9 °C (48 °F) early in the year and −1 °C (30 °F) in July. Strong westerly winds and cloudy skies are common. Although numerous storms are recorded each month, conditions are normally calm.
Colony of Rockhoppers
The Islas Brasilera islands are a bio-geographical part of the mild southern-arctic zone, with strong connections to the flora and fauna of the southern Western Region. Land birds, such as the common Rockhopper make up most of the Brasileras’ fauna; 63 species breed on the islands, including 16 endemic species. There is also abundant species of beetles and spiders on the islands. The Brasileras’ flora consists of 163 native vascular species. The islands’ only native mammal, the fox-like Warrah, was hunted to extinction by early settlers.
The islands are frequented by marine mammals, such as the “Furry Waterboy”, and various types of cetaceans; offshore islands house the rare Crested Caracara. Caracara are difficult to domesticate, but popular as a hunting bird, and the apex predator on the islands.
Endemic fish around the islands are primarily various types of crustaceans; mostly shellfish and Deepwater Crabs. This latter crustacean is highly sought by fishermen, due to its natural ability to filter arsenic, making its meat sweet and highly nourishing. It also accounts for nearly 75% of the fishing efforts in the region. Other fish include the fin fish “Star Spawn” and scavenging “Galaxy Fish”. The islands of Isla Brasileras are treeless and have a wind-resistant vegetation predominantly composed of a variety of dwarf shrubs.
Herd of Isla Brasilera Sheep
Virtually the entire land area of the islands is used as pasture for sheep. Introduced species include hares, rabbits, brown rats and cats. The detrimental impact several of these species have caused to native flora and fauna has led authorities to attempt to contain, remove or exterminate the invasive species such as rabbits and rats. Endemic land animals have been the most affected by these introduced species.
The Islas Brasilera archipelago is a homogeneous society, with the majority of inhabitants descended from Darrian immigrants who settled the territory in 2840. The 3019 census listed some residents as descendants of Davion, Taurian and Terran. That census indicated that one-third of residents were born on the archipelago, with foreign-born residents assimilated into local culture. The legal term for the right of residence is “Belonging to the Islands”. The San Marcos Act of 2990 gave San Marcos citizenship to all Islanders.
A significant population decline affected the archipelago in the thirtieth century, with many young inhabitants moving abroad in search of a modern lifestyle and better job opportunities, particularly to San Marcos cities, which came to be nicknamed “Stainless East”. In recent years, the island’s population decline has steadied thanks to immigrants from the San Marcos, San Isabel and Buntar. In the 3019 census, a majority of residents listed their nationality as Isla Brasileran (59 percent), followed by San Marcosian (29 percent), San Isabellan (9.8 percent), and Buntarran (5.4 percent).
Islas Brasilera has a very low population density. According to the 3019 census, the average daily population of the islands was 2,932, excluding military personnel serving in the archipelago and their dependents. The 3019 report counted 1,300 uniformed personnel and 50 San Marcos Ministry of Defense civil servants present in the islands. At the time of the census, Port Stainless (with 2,121 residents) was the most-populous location on the archipelago, followed by Mount Pleasant ( 369 residents, primarily air-base contractors) and the Camp ( 351 residents). The islands’ age distribution is skewed towards working age (20–60). Males outnumber females (53 to 47 percent), and this discrepancy is most prominent in the 20–60 age group.
The refugee influx of the 3026 nuclear destruction of the San Marcos capital doubled the resident population over-night, and was a critical time for the local government. It has since managed to assimilate these people, though unemployement is increasingly a hot topic in local politics.
Education in the archipelago, which follows the traditional San Marcos’ system, is free and compulsory for residents aged between 5 and 16 years. Primary education is available at Port Stainless, Mount Pleasant (for children of service personnel) and a number of isolated rural settlements. Secondary education is only available in Port Stainless, which offers boarding facilities and 12 subjects to fulfill traditional secondary school qualifications. Students aged 16 or older may also study at colleges in San Isabel for their vocational qualifications. The Islas Brasilera government pays for older students to attend institutions of higher education in San Isabel, but few families see the need, and advanced education remains a matter of intense discussion among the island’s academics.
Islas Brasilera, Government House
The Islas Brasilera were formerly a self-governing San Marcos Overseas Territory. Under the 3017 Constitution, the islands had full internal self-government; San Marcos was responsible for foreign affairs, retaining the power “…to protect San Marcos interests and to ensure the overall good governance of the territory..”. The Baron of San Marcos was the head of state, and executive authority was exercised on his/her behalf by the local Governor, who in turn appoints the islands’ Chief Executive on the advice of members of the Legislative Assembly. Both the Governor and Chief Executive served as the head of government. Governor Colin Roberts was appointed in April 3022; Chief Executive Keith Padgett was appointed in March 3020_. San Marcos also maintained a cabinet minister whose sole responsibility is the islands diplomatic relationship to its parent country.
The Governor acts on the advice of the islands’ Executive Council, composed of the Chief Executive, the Director of Finance and three elected members of the Legislative Assembly (with the Governor as chairman). The Legislative Assembly, a unicameral legislature, consists of the Chief Executive, the Director of Finance and eight members (five from Port Stainless and three from the Campos ) elected to four-year terms by universal suffrage. All politicians in the Islas Brasileras are independent; no political parties exist on the islands. In the 3021 general election, members of the Legislative Assembly were assured a salary and expected to work full-time, giving up all previously held jobs or business interests.
Due to its link to San Marcos, the Islas Brasileras were part of the overseas countries and territories of that nation. The islands’ judicial system, overseen by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is largely based on Davion law, and the constitution binds the territory to the principles of the Interstellar Convention on Human Rights and the Ares Conventions. Residents had the right of appeal to the San Marcos Court of Human Rights and the Privy Council. Law enforcement is the responsibility of the Royal Islas Brasileras Police (RIBP), and military defense of the islands was provided by the San Marcos military. A San Marcos military garrison was stationed on the islands, and the Islas Brasileras government funded an additional company-sized light infantry Islas Brasileras Defence Force (Militia). The territorial waters of the Islas extend to 200 nautical miles (370 km) from its coastal baselines, based on the World Conventions on the Law of the Seas; this border overlaps with the maritime boundary of San Isabel.
In late-3024, the islands fell under the rule of the San Isabel government, who took over many of the same responsibilities as their San Marcos counter-parts, and kept the internal government the same, to better facilitate the take-over. During the 3026 Refugee Crisis, the nation was appointed Colin Roberts as its governor, who has proven to be a capable diplomat and listens closely to the territorial government in fulfilling its mandate.
- The Sovereignty Dispute -
San Marcos and San Isabel both claim the Islas Brasileras. San Marcos’ position is that the islanders have not indicated a desire for change, and that there are no pending issues to resolve concerning the islands. San Marcos bases its position on its continuous administration of the islands since 2841 (except for two months in 2990 ) and the islanders’ "right to self-determination as set out in their own constitution. San Isabel policy maintains that islanders do not have a right to self-determination, claiming that in 2841 San Marcos expelled San Isabel authorities (and settlers) from the Islas Brasileras with a threat of “greater force” and, afterwards, barred San Isabel from resettling the islands. San Isabel posits that it acquired the islands from the Taurian Concordat when it achieved independence in 2824, and that San Marcos illegally occupied them in 2841.
The invasion of the islands in late-3024 as the rising tensions of the Small War engaged the entire planet, led to the island falling completely under the aegis of San Isabel, who set about dismantling the San Marcos influence to replace much of it with their own. San Marcos has still not relinquished its claims over the islands.
Islas Brasilera culture is based on the Davion culture brought with the settlers from the Federated Suns, although it has been influenced by the Hispanic cultures of San Isabel and San Marcos. Some terms and place names used by the islands’ former Gaucho inhabitants are still applied in local speech. The Islanders’ predominant and official language is English, with the foremost dialect being Davion English; nonetheless, inhabitants also speak Spanish and other languages. According to most visitors, “…the Islas Brasilera are a very social place, and stopping for a chat is a way of life”.
The islands have two weekly newspapers: Teaberry Express and The Rockhopper News, and television and radio broadcasts generally feature programming from San Marcos Local cuisine is described as “…very Davion in character with much use made of the homegrown vegetables, local lamb, mutton, beef, and fish…”. Common between meals are home made cakes and biscuits with tea or coffee. Social activities are, typical of that of a small Marcosian town with a variety of clubs and organisations covering many aspects of community life.
Islas Brasilera Gauchos rounding sheep into the fold
Port Stainless is the financial center of the Isla Brasileras’ economy. The economy of the Islands is very small, but unemployment is very low. The local currency is the Isla Brasilera Cordoba, which is pegged to the San Marcos Cordoba.
Originally the island’s economy was dependent upon ship resupply and maintenance. Economic development was advanced by ship resupplying and sheep farming for high-quality wool. During the 2980s, although synthetic fibers and ranch under-investment hurt the sheep-farming sector, the government established a major revenue stream with the establishment of an exclusive economic zone and the sale of fishing licenses to “…anybody wishing to fish within this zone”. Since the end of the Isla Brasilera War in 2989, the islands’ economic activity has increasingly focused on oil field exploration and tourism.
The city of Port Stainless has regained the islands’ economic focus, with an increase in population as workers migrate from the Campo. Fear of dependence on fishing licences and threats from illegal over-fishing combined with fish market price fluctuations, have increased interest on oil test drilling as an alternative source of revenue; exploration efforts have yet to find “…economically exploitable reserves…”. Development projects in education and sports have been funded by the local islanders government, without aid from the San Isabel, using their own licensing fees as a catalyst.
Agriculture is the primary sector of the economy, with the fishing industry alone contributing more than 50% of its annual GDP, and 90% of its bulk exports, by weight. These fish, both traditional fin-fishing and the locally popular Deepwater Crab are shipped salted and frozen, rarely fresh. This income also includes the government’s exclusive licensing fees, which make them such an important part of the economy.
High-quality wool, also contributes significantly to GDP and employs about a tenth of the population. Nearly 70,000 sheep inhabit the islands, and careful breeding has improved wool quality to very good standards, making Isla Brasileras wool internationally very popular.
Tourism, part of the service economy, has been spurred by increased interest in South-Arctic exploration and the creation of direct air links with San Marcos and San Isabel. Tourists, more than 5500 each year, and mostly cruise ship passengers, are attracted by the archipelago’s wildlife and environment, as well as activities such as fishing and wreck diving; the majority are based in accommodation found in Port Stainless.
Atlantis Alliance Insurance Company (AAIC) : Another sub-division of IBC which provides a range of insurance services, including motor, buildings, public liability and contract risk for buildings under construction.
The company nearly folded in the wake of the 3024 Invasion, when its vaults were raided by invading forces, however the legal claims in compensation ceased when the San Marcos capital was engulfed in the nuclear fireball of 3026, saving the company a great deal of difficulty. Since then, the company has limited its compensation for Mom’Art’s operations, and has largely depended on construction assurances as the island demands for housing have skyrocketed.
Banco de la República Oriental del San Isabel (BANCO) : Banking on the islands is controlled exclusively by a single branch of the San Isabel banking firm located on Isla Brasilera, in Port Stainless. The rest of the island is served through small Banred machines that convert credit sticks into local San Isabel currency. the locals have grown to use cash far more than those in most urban centers, though many in the rural portions depend on barter for goods and services.
Brasilera Home Stores (BHS) : BHS is a department store chain with two (2) small outlets in the islands, located in Port Stainless and Hoverport, primarily selling clothing and household items. The company has since expanded into furniture, electronics, entertainment, convenience groceries and, most recently, fragrance and beauty products. The company retails primarily San Isabel products. BHS is another sub-division of IBC.
Isla Brasilera Company Limited (IBC) : IBC is a diversified goods and services company that controls many aspects of the local economy. Incorporated in 2859, its purpose was to engage in agricultural and general trading activities, including establishing a shipping link with the San Marcos mainland. After a series of leveraged buy-outs, the agricultural and land holdings of the company were sold completely to the government of Isla Brasilera in 2999, and in 3005 the company was restructured to include numerous subsidiary companies held as holdings by IBC as a whole. In 3028, the company acquired Mom’Art as a holding.
Today, the company dominates most aspects of the local economy, with interests including construction, insurance, transportation and retail stores. It is a holding of the island government, and they profit directly from its activities.
IBC Automotive and Marine offers import and retail sales of San Marcos popular “Hellbender” Jeeps, heavy “Caterpillar” construction and farming equipment, as well as marine maintenance and repair services. This is a sub-division of IBC General.
Mom’Art : Mom’Art is a storage company that once specialized in the secure storage of goods in a sealed and temperature-controlled environment, particularly medicine and artwork. As a result of the 3024 Small War Iron Dingoes raid, the company has since been forced to close down much of its “Secure” operations, and while it still offers exclusive storage services to San Isabel and Buntar interests, the bulk of its facility is now a common warehouse clearing site, used by local brokers storing common goods like fish and wool, before shipping out of the islands.
Rockhopper Exploration : Rockhopper Exploration was a small part of a larger San Marcos resource survey company with a few diversified interests prior to the 3024 invasion. In the wake of the Small War, the company was largely destroyed, but this branch survived, and has since rebuilt to have fairly diverse interests, including a small space survey division that has developed close ties with The Trojan Dominion of Cortez. In recent years, the company has been engaged in small-scale scientific deep-sea exploration, and re-established a branch office in * The Independent Territory of Borealis. It has grown to be a respected independent company in the local islands.
South Atlantis Construction Company (SAtCO) : SAtCO was established in 3020 as a joint venture company between IBC and the local Trant Engineering, and provides construction solutions for large-scale building, civil and engineering projects across the islands. The company was contracted by the San Isabel military in 3028 for rebuilding the military port at Mare Harbour, and completed the 22 million Cs project in mid-3030. Its primary interests have always been construction of civilian housing, and the recent demand for new housing has given them a great deal of opportunity to re-invest in their equipment and personnel.
Waitrose : Previously “Waitrose Deliver”, Waitrose is a chain of local “little supermarkets”, providing newsprint, groceries, wine, spirits, coffee and tobacco to locals. They maintain several locations across the islands, and have a very good reputation for customer service, including delivery of goods to customers who request it for a nominal fee, anywhere on the islands.
Isla Brasilera Coastal Village
Islas Brasilera currently depends on three forms of transport; road, sea and air. Largely with a history as a sea supply station, regular air service was inaugurated as a medical relief effort in 2960, with the establishment of IBGAS. Today, there is an international airport, a domestic ariport, numerous isolated rural airstrips, a growing road network, and a much-improved island ferry service.
Roads : As recently as 2994_, there were no roads outside +Port Stainless, only poor tracks. By 3019, a network of about 1000 kms true roads existed, mostly all-weather gravel roads capable of heavy equipment transfers into even the most remote portions of the main islands. Dealing with frequent rainfalls and the resulting run-off has proven the most difficult matter to resolve in maintenance and further expansion.
Various privately-owned all-terrain vehicles are available for hire out of Port Stainless, and are essential for travel anywhere on the islands, as the roads are largely unpaved and frequently in need of repair. Bicycles are also quite popular among local urban citizens, though motorcycles remain the primary civilian transport.
Sea : There are two notable seaports on the islands; Port Stainless on the east coast, and Fox Bay on the west coast. Given the dominant population centers are along the east coast, the villages of Berk’s Sound and Port William also boast resupply and maintenance services for civilian vessels. The only local merchant navy is operated by Dawn Shipping, with connections from Port Stainless to various international ports in San Isabel, Buntar, and beyond.
The largest privately-owned vessel in the islands, is the SIN “Concordia Bay”, a deep-water ferry that has room for thirty-two (32) Jeeps, and accommodation for thirty second-class passengers. She also includes a 10-ton loading crane. Concordia operates ferry services between Fox Bay and Port Stainless, as well as charter servcie to more remote fishing ports. Most ferry service among the islands uses Gosport’s regular services. Most civilians employ inflatable boats for their own purposes.
Dawn Shipping : Dawn Shipping is the major bulk cargo shipping link between Isla Brasilera and San Isabel, but also charters contracts into San Marcos port towns, as well as The Marcosan Mandate and The Gatun Foundation.
Gosport Ferry : Gosport is an independent ferry service operating between the island villages of Isla Brasilera. It is currently operates four (4) slow ferry boats, offering passenger and cargo transport throughout the islands.
Islas Brasilera Shipping ships commercial, specialist and project cargoes and also personal effects by sea and air. It arranges insurance, packing, containerization, storage and provides assistance with customs clearance and onward delivery to any destination in the islands and San Marcos. This is the transport sub-division of IBC.
Mare Harbour is the military port on the islands, and is employed by the San Isabel Navy (Armada Nacional) as its primary fleet replenishment site. The facility underwent a major rebuilding effort, completed in mid-3030, which enlarged the central jetty and shut down its operations of the other minor site. Unlike the civilian port in Port Stainless, Mare Harbour operates deep-water facilities that can service the largest sea transports, and is employed by such transports seeking resupply. The nation operates at least one of its blue-water destroyers out of Mare Harbour on a constant, rotating basis, and many of its naval vessels call on the facility for resupply when operating in the southern regions of the Atlantis Ocean.
Air : Islas Brasilera has two (2) airports with paved runways; the international airport of Mount Pleasant west of Port Stainless, and the much smaller Port Stainless Airport, mainly used for internal domestic flights.
Mount Pleasant Airport
Mount Pleasant Airport has a wide range of social and sporting facilities, including a gym, swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, diving center, library, cinema, bowling, climbing wall and indoor and outdoor soccer pitches. It is considered one of the best resort sites outside of * Sierra Madre Casino & Villa, making the site a popular R&R location for San Isabellan troops. There are two convenience stores, hairdressers, a medical center, and an education center on the station. San Marcos Military Broadcasting Services Radio also maintains a live local station on the site. There is also a complex that includes a “Costa Coffee” café and a small convenience store, which are both owned and run by the Isla Brasilera Company.
Mount Pleasant also acts as the Islas Brasilera’s only international airport, along with its military role. Flights open to international civilian passenger planes are limited to twice daily, and closely monitored military flights are kept quiet, but operate on a fairly regular schedule to maintain contact with San Isabel.
Avianca dominates the international civilian transport operations on the island. Occasional flights of bulk cargo freight through Avianca Cargo are shipped, particularly bulk construction goods. Additionally, LAN Airlines operates a scheduled refueling stop between San Isabel and its capital in Buntar every week.
Avianca : Avianca has become the largest international airline, largely by merging with and taking control of many of the world’s other international airlines over the last couple decades. The company uses the substantial facilities at Mount Pleasant as a connecting airport with its world-wide network, and dominates civilian traffic in both passenger and cargo services.
Titan Airways : Once a profitable airline operating to connect with San Marcos, the 3024 Small War destroyed Titan’s assets, and left it with only a pair of M8-53 Sea Stallions in operation. These two helicopters now offer charter services to local interests, but are primarily under long-term contract to service the local military in supply operations. They are based from Mount Pleasant, but frequently call on frontier airstrips moving military personnel, equipment and supplies as required.
Port Stainless Airport, Islas Brasilera
Port Stainless Airport is an STOLport, in the Islas Brasilera, two miles (3.2 km) outside the capital of Port Stainless. The airport is the only civilian airport in the islands with a paved runway. However, Mount Pleasant, located 36 kms to the west of Port Stainless, functions as the islands’ main international airport because it has a long runway and allows limited civilian flights. Port Stainless Airport is operated by the Government of the Islas Brasilera, and is used for internal district flights among the islands, and between the islands and the coastal colonial stations of Borealis.
Older IBGAS “Islander” Transport STOL Plane
Islas Brasilera Government Air Service (IBGAS) is a small air service operated by the government of Islas Brasilera. The company operates a flight of six (6) civilian Dragonfly (A-37) Light Attack Aircraft that connect the many towns of the islands, as well as numerous frontier interests in Borealis, and have recently improved their air fleet through surplus purchases from the San Isabel air force. They are considered a sub-division of IBC, and operate from Port Stainless.
The Islas Brasilera have long been a region in dispute. Re-occupied by San Isabel during the 3024 Small War, the entire region of islands has become a provincial territory of The Oriental Republic of San Isabel.
The maintenance of only a token military force before the 1st Islas Brasilera War, and the suggestion that the assigned naval forces were to be withdrawn, persuaded San Isabel to start that conflict, assuming that San Marcos would not respond or be easily able to recapture the islands. Following the reclamation of the territory in 2990, San Marcos invested heavily in the defenses on the islands, the centerpiece of which is the airfield at Mount Pleasant, 27 miles (43 km) west of Port Stainless. The base was opened in 2993, and became fully operational in 2994.
The Islas Brasilera traditionally maintained its own part-time volunteer force, the Islas Brasilera Defence Force (IBDF), previously known as the Islas Brasilera Volunteer Corps. Although this unit existed in 2990 as a reinforcement for the Governor’s detachment of Royal Marines, it did not play any part in the main conflict during the war of 2990, its members having spent the duration of the hostilities under house arrest by San Isabel troops after their surrender on the San Isabel capture of the islands. In late-3024, during The Small War, it helped defend the civilian stockpiles in Port Stainless, but was quickly disbanded following the islands occupation by San Isabel’s military.
The IBDF was traditionally a company-strength light infantry force with a permanent training Warrant Officer seconded from the occupation’s Royal Marines. The IBDF traditionally operated in a number of roles and was fully integrated into the defense scheme for the islands. The IBDF had been trained by the Royal Navy to operate support guns, like the Fledermaus Air Defense Systems and to board vessels suspected of fishery poaching.
With the 3026 Refugee Crisis, the territory was occupied by a line force battalion from the mainland, who assisted in controlling the influx of refugees and protected the strategic port and airfield. These troops remained, and today, the army maintains the 33rd Battalion (Reserves) at the site, a part-time volunteer force from both the mainland and locals, that keeps a company of its forces on active duty, rotating its four companies through the base as a constant training operation. A command platoon remains under permanent garrison, leads these forces, and continues their training. In addition, a pair of logistics and communications platoons are also based here from the regular army corps. The entire unit has been among the first forces from San Isabel to adopt the national Dumassas (Advanced) Infantry Field Kit standard.
The San Isabel Air Force (Fuerza Aérea San Isabel) is looking to establish a wing of Angel Light Strike Fighters at the base, and are in negotiations to purchase a run from the * Husky Heavy Industries plant in Garrison. They are also hoping to acquire some M8-53 Sea Stallions and a couple of Victory C-3 STOL Frontier Transports for mid-air refueling purposes. Meanwhile, they depend on Titan Airways helicopters for resupply work on the islands.
Defensive measures for the islands and their related territory are in transition at this time, with the military of San Isabel attempting to organize an official military unit or units to assume long-term protection of the region. It is suggested that a similar agreement to that worked out with The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina might be in the process of being agreed to, converting the traditional defensive force into a long-term regular arms battalion serving the islands under the San Isabel banner.
Aftermath of “The Great Surrender” of San Marcosan regular armed forces in the face of the Iron Dingoes BattleMechs.
Controversy exists over Isla Brasilera’s discovery and subsequent colonization by Taurians. At various times, the islands have had Davion, Taurian, San Marcos and San Isabel settlements. San Marcos reasserted its rule in 2840, although San Isabel maintains its claim to the islands. In April 2989, San Isabel forces temporarily occupied the islands. Independent administration was restored two months later at the end of the Isla Brasilera War.
During The Small War of late-3024, * “The Iron Dingoes” invaded the island province as part of their short-term Contract – Operation : “Mercury Rising”. Landing 30 kms north of the airfield, the unit’s Mechs rushed against its defensive units and eliminated the defense force and training regiment based at the military airfield of Mount Pleasant, and a few hours later pushed into the capital city of Port Stainless, and its attendant civilian airport. The local AeroFighter units had relocated to this airfield, and a series of maneuvers were engaged between both sides AeroSpace forces, until the Dingoes had brushed aside the defenders with only the loss of a single SL-17 Shilone and some non-critical damage to two of their others, to the loss of all six of the League of Free Nation’s own Corsairs.
The air war ended, and with the Iron Dingoes in complete control of the skies above the islands, they pushed into the remaining main body of defenders around Port Stainless’ airfield. After several hours of maneuvers, whose defenders included an air-mobile force of infantry, various defending infantry companies, and the sudden appearance of a company of heavy hover tanks, the Dingoes so utterly demoralized and crushed the defenders in a swift strike that had them surrender with only a few shots fired. The entire 106th Air Assault Battalion with their helicopter transports, were captured intact, though the commanders of the island defense force managed to evacuate along with the entire defending air group, the “Black Sheep Squadron”.
The remaining hold-outs were dug-in at the strategic stronghold of Goose Green, where they formed a defensive bottle-neck into the southern Lafonia Island. Late on the 2nd of November, the Iron Dingoes brought the full power of their massed artillery to bear on the fort, and following an hour-long barrage of their Long Tom artillery pieces, forced the surrender of the garrison. The remaining hold-outs were scattered and relatively unsupported, and fell within the week to regular San Isabel infantry supported by Dingoes lances of Mechs and armor. By mid-month, the local government was already being replaced by San Isabel, and the Sovereignty Dispute had taken another turn. san Isabel occupation of the islands officially began on the 5th of November, 3024.
In 3026, the “Refugee Crisis” led to the permanent establishment of the 33rd Battalion (Reserves) on the island, who still protect the military bases and civilian port today. The influx of more than twice the local island population in refugees, created a difficult situation for the government, but they have since resolved the issue and continue to look forward as the islands attract more interest in investments from mainland San Isabel and Sangria.