Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
The Commonwealth Star Guards
Planetary Militia of Dumassas
Commonwealth Star Guards – Planetary Defense Militia / Green / Questionable
The Commonwealth Star Guards are envisioned as the planetary militia of System – Dumassas, though only select nations of that world have agreed to its eventual formation. The only “global” political organization, The Commonwealth of Nations has begun promotion of this force as a means to ensure long-term peace between signatory nations of that treaty, and protect both from off-world attack by more mobile and dangerous forces of BattleMechs and combat armor.
Officers : The military officers of each battalion will largely be drawn from those volunteer officers from each signatory nation, though troopers from * “The Iron Dingoes” will also take important support and advisory roles in all branches of the force. Troops, including officers, are to be assigned to each battalion, regardless of their personal national identity, in the hopes to establish a truly international force.
Overall command of the force is intended to fall under the civilian over-sight of the Commonwealth Marshal-General, who answers to the Directorate Council of the Commonwealth government. This office is, as yet, unassigned.
Tactics : While envisioned long-term as a truly combined-arms force, with BattleMechs, armor, artillery and all the other trappings of a proper modern military, the initial battalions are expected to be little more than heavy rifle infantry with heavy armor support. While they are seen as a garrison force, each occupying a landhold within each of the nations they protect, the units are expected to operate as a rapid response force, capable of responding anywhere within the system to gather in response to an off-world raid or invasion force.
Support : Equipped with the traditional combat armor found in the Iron Dingoes Infantry Field Kit (3023), and HG-762 “Holy Grail” Assault Rifles as small arms. Support weapons are, as yet, undetermined for this force. Each battalion has also been assigned four (4) Jeeps, four (4) Wheeled APCs, and nine (9) SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifles for troop deployments. An additional eight (8) Wheeled APCs are held in reserve for future units.
At the battalion level, each unit has access to a lance of armor, each equipped with two (2) Merkava Mk. VIII Heavy Tanks and two (2) Chaparral Missile Tanks. These latter units have been stripped of their Arrow IV systems, and have replaced them with two (2) LRM-15s, with space for three (3) tons of ammunition, and a Flamer. Future plans involve the inclusion of other forces, such as artillery, and even BattleMechs into the standard line force of each battalion.
The units are painted in blue, white and gold colors; each trooper has their shoulders and upper helmets painted an azure blue, and bear the unique military patch of their national colors to represent the specific national identity of their battalion, painted or placed either low on their shoulders, or along their vehicle turrets.
It should be noted, that both battalions are presently staffed with volunteer convicts serving their duty as an alternative to prison time. Practically all have a history in the armed forces or police services of their designated nation-state, and are considered vetted in their new equipment, but lack many of the social graces many might ascribe to a purely “peace-keeping” force.
Commonwealth Paint Scheme
Commonwealth Star Guards – Planetary Defense Militia “The Star Guards”
1st Star Guards (Sangria) : Battalion Rifle (Heavy) Infantry
2nd Star Guards (San Isabel) : Battalion Rifle (Heavy) Infantry
Reserve Armor Company : Company (Heavy) Armor
Commonwealth Star Guards Logo
The Star Guards are a proposed defensive arm of The Commonwealth of Nations, originally proposed during the commonwealth talks of late-3025 – early-3026, with input by * “The Iron Dingoes” as to its final form and training.
Later ratified by the vote of the two signatory nations on February 1st, 3026, this force was initially to be composed of two battalions of infantry, one recruited from each signatory nation , supported by heavy armor at the battalion level. It was intended to expand into a full combined-arms force over time.
In early-March, 3026, it was proposed to support The Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha as the location for the headquarters of the international military organization, citing its relative isolation and dependent population would ensure security, as well as its access to its extensive communications facilities, and a relatively large military airfield on Ascension and plenty of room to expand. This topic is presently under negotiation by the local islander’s government, with representatives from San Isabel, Sangria and the Iron Dingoes all taking part.
Further to this, discussions for assignment of lands to support these military forces are under negotiation as well. It is expected to include Cartera in Sangria, and Lake Aurin in San Isabel, with the latter likely to operate as the unit’s primary land-based muster point, due mostly to its capable airfield and sizable military facilities. Negotiations are expected to be complete sometime in mid-3028. Once complete, the forces will be assigned, begin training, and then eventual assignment of duties to their respective cantonments.
In mid-3027, the unit was supplied with a handful of surplus heavy tanks from the Iron Dingoes private armories, and crewed with volunteers from the two signatory nations. These units underwent training at the Iron Dingoes Fort Boomerang facility near Corazón Airfield, and were declared ready for deployment in early-3028. They are loosely broken into dedicated and reserve lances.
In July of 3028, the official formation of the infantry portion of the Star Guards was started. To fund and base them properly, cantonments were established in the two signatory nations; Lake Aurin in San Isabel, and an abandoned airfield north of Ciudad Garcia in the Huartzek Forest, often simply referred to as “The Airfield”, a former training base for the ELN. While the facilities in San Isabel were prepared before-hand by the Iron Dingoes for this eventuality, the Sangrian airfield remains disused and strewn with combat debris, and the Commonwealth has focused its efforts south, while its infantry recruits train.
Both units are expected to complete their training in November of 3028, and will both occupy the San Isabel site while the Sangrian site is being refurbished. The units largely consist of conscripts and officer volunteers from each of the signatory nations, and will slowly build up to full strength over the next few months.