Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
The District of Garcia
Industrialized district of Terramatrix
The local population consists of three distinct castes: The Darrians, the Terramatrix Indians and the Foreign Nationals. The Darrian population, roughly one-third of its total, are the tenant farmers and skilled labourers who are able to trace their bloodlines back to the Reunification War, and are of mixed Taurian and Davion blood. They are the only citizens of the state able to legally own land, and represent its middle class. The bulk of the population are local Terramatrix Indians, lower-class citizens who are natives of the planet, and have few rights or privileges. Many of those unsatisfied with the status-quo of the caste system have made their ways into the fringes of society, living in the wilderness and raiding Sangrian military convoys and bases for food, supplies and munitions. There are also several thousand Foreign Nationals (mostly Taurian or Davion) who represent the upper class of society, and constitute its corporate executives, bankers and industrialists. Recent governmental reforms, however, are blurring these caste lines, and the large number of refugees brought to the nation as a result of the 1000 Days War, the 3024 Small War, and the 3025 Outworlds Flu, have made these lines even more blurry.
The district consists primarily of rough forest/jungles, an ever-widening central grassland, the barren rocky highlands of the Blue Mountains and thecoasts abutting the Atlantis Ocean along the eastern edges. The largest city of the district is Ciudad Garcia, or the City of Garcia, an important community for its burgeoning educational, industrial and service development, as well as the national capital and center of its military efforts.
Dorado is a large boom-town along the western edge of the district, and nearby a new boom-town Diablo Mines has sprung up with the recent discovery of a vast bauxite deposit. Gaucho is a large central community in the heart of the grasslands, and the focus for a large series of ranches. Mercado is located along the eastern edge of the district, and is a growing community noteworthy for its burgeoning industry, boasting a pair of textile factories and a canning plant. Roughly in the center of the district is the growing community of * Landhold : Garrison, originally built to support a small SLDF military garrison, has recently becoming a center of education and military training efforts. Off along the south-western edge of the district is the large body of water, Lake Orlando, that boasts a single hydro-electric facility that remains important to the district as a power source. Near the dam is the village of Ourinhos, which supports the technicians and skilled laborers who look after the power generators so essential for the industry of the region.
other important local towns include Tqak, Solano, and Velino, each boasting local industrial efforts and other important facilities, such as colleges and shipping centers. While there are many smaller communities in the district, they tend to be small and individually unimportant.
Economy : Though long known for agriculture and timber, the economy is quickly becoming dominated by services. The district’s economic progress is exemplified by its improved telecommunication system, and developing transportation infrastructure. Nevertheless, unemployment, government corruption, and inconsistent electric service remained major local problems for decades. The district also has long had a “marked income inequality”. International migration (primarily refugees from San Marcos ) affects the District of Garcia greatly, as it receives increasing numbers of migrants seeking a better life in the factories and farms of this region.
Following the change in government in 3021, large swaths of the rural lands in the district were ceded to interested citizens, and many of the wealthy conglomerates were broken into small farms bringing the people their own opportunities for prosperity. Reform of the government, the national police service and the military, as well as the uniting of the new emergent nation under the district as its lead formation, brought opportunities and industrial investment back to the region once more.
Today, the district is one of the most prosperous regions on the planet, though The Free-City of Von Lord, and Sangria’s ally, The Oriental Republic of San Isabel, are close follow-ups. The Free-City of Von Doom’s Downport is also important and somewhat prosperous, but remains stagnant following its losses in the wake of the 3024 Small War, and its take-over by Excalibur Corporation.
Government : Until recently, Governor Ferdinand Dominica led the civil government of the district, but following the assassination of the nation’s president, Hugo Vargas, he was implicated in the plot, and the subsequent 100-Days War started in the capital spilled across the nation, including the local district. The government of the district is led by Governor Albertina Diego, as she is the elected governor of the district. Both her district and national government have established sweeping national reforms, including rural land grants to urban poor families. She has, however, depended the old government bureaucracy, though it was largely “trimmed” of its traditional corruption.
Military : The local military is stronger than ever. Protected from external and internal threats, the district has numerous forces available to it, largely through the national military, but also many local security and auxiliary forces.
Sangrian Army Command : Roughly a full regiment strong, the national army consists of the 4th (Motorized) Rifle Infantry Battalion – “Garcia’s Own”, the 19th (Motorized) Rifle Infantry Battalion – “Black Skulls”, and their support battalion, the 20th Engineering Battalion “The Hammers of War”. The 19th Battalion has since been moved into a blocking position south of The District of Cundinamarca in support of the new northern border, and has acquitted itself well in this position.
Sangrian Naval Command : Consisting of various combat vessels, the Sangrian Naval Command provides protection of the district’s waterways and coasts. It presently represents perhaps the largest single navy on the planet.
Sangrian Air Command : A collection of air transports, helicopters and strike fighters, the Sangrian Air Command has been re-organized by the civilian government, primarily as they began replacing older aircraft for newer, more capable models, and have begun examining the procurement of new AeroSpace Fighters.
National Police Force : Known as the Policia Federales this unit provides internal protection from criminal elements, and civilian security at the local, both rural and urban, level.
Mercenary Forces : The possession of various landholds and other interests by * “The Iron Dingoes”, has led them to permanently station one (1) of their combined-arms battalion in their fortress at * Landhold : Garrison. In addition, they have another two (2) mixed battalions that rotate through their primary base from contract to contract, and several infantry battalions based locally, making them a valuable defensive force in the district and the nation as a whole.
Several smaller mercenary commands, such as The Hellfire Brigade and The Urban Blight have taken residence in the province, and provide security services to various corporate interests. Many have based themselves in * Landhold : Garrison. Several other such units have also established themselves in Ciudad Garcia, largely depending on the services provided by the technical and military presence of the Iron Dingoes.
The district’s past is closely tied to the nation as a whole, but until recently was a back-water district with few resources. The discovery of large quantities of silver, bauxite, and a growing timber industry have helped fill its coffers and brought off-world investment in developing its local industries. Even the recent failed invasion by First FIre and the civil war wracking the rest of the nation has done little to deter investment in the district or its industries.
At present, the district stands above the rest of the nation in importance, and has become a hot-spot for Terramatix Indian attacks, though bandit raids from other nation-states have slackened with the demise of most of its traditional enemies. The District of Garcia is now the center of a new emerging nation-state being built from the ashes of The Republic of Sangria, and its future remains unknown.
On August 31st, 3024, Governor Albertina Diego was elected as the first female Governor of the district. She and her fellow governors keep in constant contact as they attempt to form a new national government, and they have placed education and infrastructure as the primary focus of their initial mandate. In the Garcia District, this translates to improving the roads network, establishing a rail and better highway connection across the Camino Muerto, and support of the rural school boards to build better and local educational opportunities.
Over the last few years, particularly in the wake of the 3024-5 Small War, the district has risen to become the largest industrial region on the planet, with a vibrant economy and a growing cultural and technical basis unmatched almost anywhere else on the planet. While still over-shadowed and dependent on resources from across the planet, the diversity and expertise of the district are what is driving the tiny amount of off-world interest and development available to the system.