Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
* Landhold : Miguel
Timber town of Garcia
The landhold at Miguel consists of two important parts, the various Timber Camps, and the village of Miguel itself, which hosts an important bio-diesel plant.
Timber Camps : The region around Miguel has long been an important timber area, providing lumber to the city of Ciudad Garcia for construction and export. When the region underwent the industrial development in the last decade, demand from the local timber camps led to an extensive revitalization of the technology involved in extracting raw timber from the surrounding forests. Vast swaths of timber were being taken from the forests, and the resulting areas were converted into small-scale sugarcane plantations to hold the soil in place and take advantage of the clearings created.
Today, the result is that in addition to large quantities of timber being extracted from the forests around Miguel, the region also produces large quantities of sugarcane and bio-produce being mulched and used as fertilizer in the fields nearby. The technology being used in these camps is fairly standard, with a handful of “modern” equipment, but much of the work is done by temporary workers “imported” from both Ciudad Garcia and Cartera on a daily basis, using hand tools and simple mechanical means.
Efforts are on-going to combine several of the larger clearings into a massive series of open fields inter-connected to provide space for the Iron Dingoes Small Agricultural Robot to operate. This has improved the local production of sugar and provide a resource to further increase production of the local bio-fuel distillery.
Miguel Village : One of the oldest villages to be found in the region, the village of Miguel has an ancient feel to it, which was carefully cultivated to make the place something of a tourist attraction. Among the primary attractions, is the ancient mission church, cared for by an ancient order of Catholic nuns, known as the Order of Santa Rosa, a local saint. In early-3029, the Iron Dingoes donated a large sum of funds to the Order, in an effort to modernize their education facility. The Order used these funds to send several of their younger sisters to Ciudad Garcia for various courses, and invested in several new computer systems textbooks and other items to improve their facilities. They also established a scholarship fund for members of the local community to attend advanced courses at the university in Ciudad Garcia.
The village consists mainly of a dozen small tourist shops, several wood-working facilities, and a handful of support facilities for the local industry, namely an industrial tire store, a pair of vehicle repair shops, and a Solaro Oil Company fuel station for the large number of vehicles in the area. In addition, a pair of general stores (namely selling timber-related goods and tools), a typical Banco Nacional de Sangria, a soccer pitch, and a pair of local bars and pubs. A Dingo Brand Corporation store also opened in late-3026, and has proven valuable to all the local farmers.
Miguel Timber Mill
The most important economic factor in the local community, is the timber industry, and its center is the modern timber mill that churns-out lumber for export to the capital. The local favorite among harvested timber, is the Dumassas Cedar, noted for its dark color in mature trees, resilience and scent. A fairly substantial complex, it is easily the main source of technical employment for the area, and dominates its economy. The facility had long been a family-held resource by the district governor, but with the independence of the workers, the industry has fallen under independent worker management, and the lumber-mill’s workers operate it as a communal holding.
In late-3023, the mill officially incorporated, uniting its workers and out-lying timber camps under the name “Colaserrios”. As a group, they have been requesting better access to purified water and medical attention. The Dingoes quickly responded with their “dispensary” located off the main market, and this has gone a long way to satisfying the new union. The company remains a small player in the national markets, but it has some clout, being capable of producing 1100 tons of long timber per month, though they generally produce only a fraction of that.
Also of note, the many small wood-working facilities are family-run shops that produce “Native Handicrafts” for the tourists and export. As a result, there are many Terramatrix natives present in the village, working in the surrounding timber camps, and in the various shops in town, lending the place an even greater feel for local tourism.
“Fuel Rats” Bio-Diesel Refinery, Miguel
A recent venture, employing the wealth of wood and sugarcane waste in the area, is the Iron Dingoes construction of a methanol-based bio-diesel fuel refinery. Consuming the local free technical expertise, the facility went active in late-3024. Its fuel production is further supported by efforts to develop improvements to local sugar production.
Originally installed aboard “The Factory”, the facility underwent a lengthy expansion process, that eventually seemed better to “ground”, so the process was halted and the entire facility was dismantled once more, and shipped for reassembly in a new small facility in one of the town’s fallow northern cane fields. This facility, at peak production, could produce 500 tons of bio-fuel every month, fulfilling much of the district’s missing production requirements. All products are sold through the traditional Solaro Oil Company, though under The Fuel Rats brand.
In addition, the facility produces its bio-diesel with the “Hydride Fuel” qualifier, meaning it uses a non-explosive fuel additive for IC engines. ICE units that employ this fuel do not suffer catastrophic explosions from fuel hits, and ignore the critical. This ability makes it particularly valuable among military procurers.
“Dingo Spit” Logo
Just north of this facility is also a small “micro-brewery” of Vodka, complete with stainless steel tanks and specialized water filtration equipment. Producing a small quantity of hard liquor, known as Dingo Spit, the facility tends to feed the troops of the Iron Dingoes more than as an export, thus provides little in the way of a large-scale trade good. This liquor is shipped via aluminum barrels produced out of Mercado.
Typical Sugarcane Plantation
Although many of the local citizens work the timber camps, the sawmill, and the proposed refinery, there is still a sizable portion of the economy dominated by agricultural pursuits. In fact, the conversion of forest clearings into sugarcane fields has proven a boon to the local ranch and farm harvests, with its rich waste products improving the regular land quality. Traditional local farms harvest corn, cotton and pork, and are located along all the edges of the main community.
Another recent improvement to the local agricultural efforts is the establishment of a small horticultural station in late-3023. Consisting of little more than a small lab space with an attached greenhouse and small barracks space for its scientists, the facility is studying the effects of local forestry and sugarcane industry, and assists local efforts to replant trees in key locations, as well as improve farming techniques and sugarcane stocks. A very new effort, results could take years to improve local agricultural work. The facility, although primitive to off-worlders, is a real effort to understand local agricultural needs.
As expected, the local area is serviced by Aquatech, who maintain a small, but vital, water purification facility on the western edge of town. As there is no expected community growth, this facility is likely to remain sufficient for some time.
Electricity is supplied by Garcia Electrical Authority, routed from the nearby fusion power plant built by Blue Planet Utility Services in Garrison. The wood-working and fuel refinery facilities tend to dominate electrical demands, and have a history of causing blackouts from irregular maintenance, though Blue Planet techs have since rewired this service hub, due largely to its importance to Dingoes landhold income.
There has been a recent discussion regarding development of a local wind farm to meet both the community needs, as well as supply supplemental power to the southern farms near the capital, but there are pressing needs elsewhere in the district for electrical generation development, namely in the mining area around Diablo Mines, so interest in this project has been shelved.
Miguel Grade School
The local school is typical of the district, housing room and educators sufficient to teach its roughly 200 enrolled students. In addition, an older, but still valuable, collection of textbooks and teaching materials sufficient to teach 600 Grade School students was supplied by the Iron Dingoes in 3021. These materials have been stored in the school’s cellars until needed.
Education in the school involves basic language skills (Spanish and some English), basic mathematics, local history and agricultural processes. Some exposure to “advanced” science (primarily water purification and food preservation) are provided, but is universally practical in application. Most teachers in the school are nuns from the local cloister, so their education tends to have a religious bent to it.
In addition, due to the technical needs of the area’s economy, there is a special course involving small engine repair and a nearby workshop has been converted into a tool shop for the school. Students that prove their interest and skill, are able to enroll for extra credits, and eventually can be hired by the local timber mill, though some move to the capital and find basic employment in the local industries.
In late-3023, the Iron Dingoes established a small “dispensary” north of town. This facility, consisting of little more than a steel building with storage and a simple vehicle maintenance facility, as well as a small office, serves local Dingoes interests. It has access to independent fresh water and a temporary waste treatment plant, and provides separate access to the electrical network, a military aid station, and has a small administrative and technical force present to assist in whatever capacity they might be required. Military (or registered civilian) personnel can access emergency supplies (standard military ration kits) and first aid from this facility in need.
The following Iron Dingoes assets have been assigned to the community, all part of the FIDO organization:
Two (2) Light Utility Transports
One (1) Administration Squad (Reg)
One (1) General Tech Squad (Grn) – (w/ access to a Light Vehicle Bay ).
One (1) Paramedic Squad (Grn)
One (1) Small Agricultural Robot
One (1) Fusion-Powered Waste Treatment Unit (500 people waste processing per day).
Three (3) Water Treatment Units, each w/ a 250-Rated Fusion Generator (Total – 3 tons of water each day).
Combined, the landhold is effectively a 600-sq mile Farming Village, providing 200,000 Cs in cash and services to the Iron Dingoes coffers as profits. In addition, the timber camps bring in an additional 60,000 Cs in cash due to local demand. There is a technical expertise locally in maintenance of heavy machinery (primarily low-level mechanics), though not many can be taken from the holding without harming its economy. There is also something of a labour overage, allowing other industry or agricultural opportunities to be engaged locally. Once the local industries are improved, this number could more than double.
While communications across the planet remain difficult without access to microwave transmission and spotty satellite service, traditional cable communications at the local level are a staple on Terramatrix. Locally, these services are generally provided by Telefónica out of San Succi, and maintained by ComStar.
In mid-3025, Telekom, a company out of * Landhold : Garrison managed to complete laying cables north through * Landhold : Izpek and is providing a consistent and regular connection with its proposed satellite facility, and * “The Iron Dingoes” closed military network. The lines have since been surveyed to expand the network north into Ciudad Garcia, and Universidad Nacional de Sangria, Garcia (UNS-G), though it is awaiting funding for further expansion.
The main road network runs through the town from Ciudad Garcia and over the Darién Gap south to * Landhold : Izpek, along a rough improved road that rises over the Salto Range of hills to connect with the rest of the Iron Dingoes landholds. Built in late-3024 by the Iron Dingoes own construction and engineering force, the road has proven vital to connecting the landholds into one homogeneous structure. It bypasses the former route along the coast over Mercado, which added several hours to the journey.
The major supplier of transportation and goods to the community is the Mercado Industrial Logistics, from the Mercado Industrial Group. The company hauls timber from the community and brings in supplies and equipment for its industries.
All other transportation efforts are dominated by independent haulers, including all of the shipping of raw lumber from the forests into Miguel.
Miguel Point Barracks
Overseeing security at the landhold is a permanent garrison of * “The Cerberus Command” rifle infantry equipped with front-line equipment, including the Iron Dingoes Infantry Field Kit (3023) from the Iron Dingoes armory. The units are built from local recruits with the intent to increase in size over time, as recruitment and income will allow. Their armor and other equipment makes them capable of holding their own against most standard infantry units, typical to the planet. The platoon has also been equipped with enough Jeeps to equip the entire platoon as “Motorized”.
The Miguel Point Barracks are an old facility that was formerly employed by the district’s Guardia Civilia – Garcia, until their destruction during the 3021 coup. The facility is fairly straight-forward, with a concrete wall surrounding its four wooden and sheet metal barracks, and an open training area. Three of these buildings are capable of housing a platoon each, while the fourth acts as an officer’s mess and communications area. A large armory had been added to the west wing of the complex about a decade ago, and presently houses the HQ, motor pool, supply storage, and armory. Also protected by a wall, it is a massive ferrocrete structure that had been under recent work to renovate the upper levels, though they have since halted construction, following the coup.
Militia Infantry Group – “Dingoes Militia”
17th (Motorized) Militia Platoon “The Smokers”
Nine (9) “Hellbender” Jeeps
Four (4) Squads Rifle Infantry Militia (3 Reg, Grn)
This village dates its foundation to the initial colonization of the planet dating to the time before the Star League and even Taurian occupation. The local nuns have been in the area almost as long, and their order, the Order of Santa Rosa has lent the region a feeling of stepping back in time to the middle ages of Earth’s past. The Order is best known for their education of the locals, and their countless humanitarian efforts among the local indigenous inhabitants. The headmistress of the Order, is Mother Olalla Oliveros. The Order is often referred to as the “Order in Jeans”, since they employ bright blue denim habits in their work among the local region.
Indeed, the locals are almost totally Catholic, and the nuns control a great portion of the political clout among the villagers and local workers. Visiting the village is almost unique to the planet, and it remains a popular tourist site to this day.
In mid- to late-3023, the community underwent a surge in industrial development, when the Iron Dingoes built a bio-diesel refinery north of town, attempting to use the local technical surplus, as well as its wood and sugarcane waste to “fuel” more industrial development in this forgotten corner of their holdings. Efforts to increase local sugar production as a support for this plant, are presently in progress.
The 3025 Outworld Flu was greatly mitigated by the efforts and presence of the local FIDO teams, as well as its proximity to the resources in * Landhold : Garrison, and had less effect here than might have been otherwise.
Over the next few years, the community slowly continued its development projects, and integrated the new network technology of Telekom, which was largely centered on the local garrison site, the bio-diesel plant and the local school. The construction of another Dingo Brand Corporation store in mid-3026 was a welcome relief to the landhold farmers, and has improved the local economy.