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 are drawn from volunteers of each signatory nation, though troopers from * “The Iron Dingoes” also take important support and advisory roles in all branches of the force. Troops, including officers, are assigned across the entire force, regardless of their personal national identity, in the hopes to establish a truly international force.
Overall command of the force falls 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, though discussions are on-going, and are likely to be determined before the next national elections.
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 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 eventually 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. They will be assigned transports eventually to fulfill this mandate.
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) “Black Dog” Jeeps, four (4) “Hegemony” Wheeled APCs, and nine (9) SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifles for troop deployments. An additional eight (8) “Hegemony” 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.
A separate collection of armor and in mid-3030, BattleMechs was assigned for future efforts of the unit. These forces are piloted by crews from all the signatory nations, and receive their training from Dingoes trainers through the standard Iron Dingoes training regimen. The armor is intended for future deployment should the forces be expanded, while the Mechs are intended to form a separate assault force, and are stationed in Lake Aurin.
The units are painted in the colors of the Commonwealth; infantry paint their torso with the blue and gold of the Commonwealth, and highlight with gold and stylized versions of the unit markings, 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 largely 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 Assault 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 (Territorial) District 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, named the Governor Albertina Diego 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 completed their training in November of 3028, and occupied the San Isabel site while the Sangrian site was being refurbished. Initially the units consisted largely of conscripts and officer volunteers from each of the signatory nations, and slowly built up to full strength over the next few months. Both units were considered operational in mid-3029, when the Sangrian force moved to its cantonment at Governor Albertina Diego Airfield in the Huartzek Forest.
In late-3029, the proposal to unite the space military forces of the signatory nations was tabled and discussed. As neither nation has an active JumpShip, and only a handful of K-1 Class Dropshuttles, this matter was an easy topic to ratify and agree to.
The common agreement to place the center of its space navy to be based from Ciudad Garcia was also easy, as it has the best civilian starport among the two signatory nations, and all matter regarding the Commonwealth’s space navy have now been placed under the control of the national air force branches of both military forces, with Stirling Field being the primary location for its (somewhat limited) activities. International communications have fallen under this division’s control, and are based from the “Ascension” facility on The (Territorial) District of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
In mid-3030, the unit was assigned several factory-fresh BattleMechs from the Iron Dingoes own resources. These units became part of the “Assault Company”, intended to be piloted by various volunteer pilots from the national armies, and serving as a support assault force against armored and other Mech forces. They are stationed in Lake Aurin.