Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
The (Territorial) District of Corazón
The (Territorial) District of Corazón, is a provisional territory of The New Republic of Sangria, on Terramtrix in the System – Dumassas. Lacking a large population, few notable exports and a history of independence, it is closely tied to its parent state for mutual protection and as a market for its few trade goods. There is very little contact between the two, except on matters of mutual protection and development of the Corazón economy.
Possibly the largest unexploited region in The New Republic of Sangria, the bulk of the district encompasses the Corazón Jungle, as well as the south-eastern stretch of the Blue Mountains. The name derives from the Spanish word for “Heart”, and in many local tribes, represents the source of their origins, or “birth”.
Today, the region is populated by a semi-nomadic group of people with obvious ties to the Taurian Concordat, though their exact origins in this isolated jungle region remain obscure. Most of the tribes support themselves in mixed agriculture with a fishing and hunter-gatherer lifestyle. There are four major “tribes” of the district, each identified by certain unique cultural traits; the Corazón of eastern central regions, the Montagnardi of the western central regions, the Achuar of the south-eastern corner, and the Costata of the eastern coastal regions. While there are slight regional differences within these tribes, and certain other small, undetermined tribes, these four represent the bulk of the local population.
The Corazón represents the vast majority of the population, and dominates the local military and political regime. Almost all settlements of this tribe dwell within a day’s travel of Tuadann, though a handful of semi-nomadic clans still wander the fringes of the deep jungle.
The Montagnardi dwell in the western regions of the jungle, and are notable for their use of French as a tribal dialect, and their defiantly militant nature. They live in and among the vast Dahrl trees, usually in tree fortresses, and hold them as sacred. They are a mystical tribe, and have the closest thing to shamans among them. Its regional capital of Montagnardi, also known as Swamp City, is a prime example, with nine separate tree forts built among a swampy, dahrl grove.
The Costata dwell primarily in tribal fishing villages along the east coast of the district. They have little contact with the interior, and often deal with Sangrian trade ships that follow along the coast selling trade goods for the collected produce of the fishermen of the tribe. It’s largest village is Costata, which houses an increasingly technical, small boat construction facility and builds most of the region’s river and fishing vessels.
The Achuar are almost exclusively concentrated in the village of Hellas, where they have been “civilized” over the last few generations, and hardly represent the traditional natives of Corazón any longer, though they still have a few ancient traditions that lend familiarity with the other tribes of the region.
The bulk of the district is tropical rainforest, in which there is no dry season – each month receives at least 60mm of rainfall. The region is essentially within a few degrees of the planet’s equator, and holds a large portion of the planet’s untouched and unexplored jungles. Other terrain features include; Igapos, flooded swampy forest that completely covers the roots of trees; Varzaes, high jungles that occupy large portions of the forest valleys, often covered in coarse gorwths of savage grassland; and Tepui, large rocky mesas and outcroppings that stand high above the lowland regions, and restrict vehicular travel. The devastatingly hostile landscape of the Corazón Jungle has kept the areas of its interior from close exploration. This is viewed by the locals as a very good thing.
The local economy of Corazón is very self-sufficient, with very little of interest to outside markets, and barter tends to rule. Agricultural pursuits dominate the lives of most locals, with the harvest of a locally developed Tapica root providing the bulk of carbohydrates in the local diet, followed closely by rice and corn. When dried and properly prepared, it can prove very tasty, but is known to contain large amounts of cyanide and arsenic, so must be carefully prepared and cooked. The “bitter” varieties of Tapica are allowed to grow wild as a food security against poor crop yields.
Most of the district is tropical jungle; communities are clustered along navigable waterways and are accessible only by boat or VTOL. This lack of infrastructure obviously restricts trade and even basic contact, and makes the local rivers effectively highways. Little is needed in the region as they produce most of their own local goods. Industrial goods, salt and fuel oils, however, require outside contact, for which locals raise cash crops such as peppers and opiates, though lately goats and oranges are an increasingly popular trade among local villages. Munitions, kerosene and salt are common items raided by fringe semi-nomadic tribes. Recent contact with the outside world has also pushed the popularity of electronic consumer goods (such as communicators and radios), and motorcycles.
Trade among the southern Achuar and eastern Costas tribes, however, is a little more akin to the system’s nation-states. The Costas, being concentrated in coastal fishing villages, trade large quantities of fish to inland tribes, as well as to market traders that have contacts north with Sangria. Among the Achuar, crude oil from its local refinery dominates the local economy, and given their access to regular electricity and industrial purified water, as well as a highly technical education, have them closely tied to San Isabel’s economy. Although they keep a couple ancient traditions, they are considered “domesticated” by most other tribes.
The pandemic of 3025 had little noticeable effect among the tribes, hinting at their adaptation to local environmental conditions.
Military Forces : Although Tuadann has the bulk of the local military, an ill-armed rabble of a militia, it can muster around Thirty-Two (32) Squads of “Scout” Rifle Infantry, effectively a full battalion of loose skirmish troops from its allied villages in the state. These militia usually have the traditional HG-762 “Holy Grail” Assault Rifles, and a handful have anti-personnel grenades, but no personal combat armor or support weapons. In a stand-up fight, they are considered rated Green.
As guerrilla soldiers, however, their ability to survive in the depths of the Corazón Jungle remains unparalleled, and have proven useful in information gathering, small raids, and espionage, acting as Regular and Veteran NPC Scouts. At present, these troops are auxiliary forces of * “The Iron Dingoes”, though they only act within the Corazón Jungle, or along its borders. Recent inclusions of villages from further out in the jungles, have increased its potential strength, and careful work with active Iron Dingoes troops at Fort Boomerang, have given them more cohesion in their operations in regular combat situations, though they still do not operate well in large groups.
As of 3025, the combined militia has been issued factory-fresh HG-762 “Holy Grail” Assault Rifles and HG-7 Small Arms Repair Kits, as well as typical gloves, boots and coats of civilian origin, though of a military design, that are popular among Iron Dingoes forces. These coats, to identify them from serving Sangrian forces, are set with a Nexu claw mark, accepted as their unit badge. Some solitary scouts have begun deploying with young Nexu pups, that they seem to use like light pack animals and bodyguards. In addition, these individuals have been seen using Anti-Materiel Rifle “Crunch Gun”s purchased through off-world sources, as their animal companions can actually carry them through the jungles with ease. Munitions remain rare, however. Most other scouts seem to prefer off-world laser sniper rifles. They typically disdain heavy weapons and almost never wear helmets or combat armor. Stealth is their greatest weapon.
Corazón Combined Militia “Shadow Nexus”
Thirty-Two (32) Rifle Infantry Squads (12 Reg, 20 Green)
The exact origins of the local tribal population remains obscure, but their language and many traditions hint at its origins in the Taurian Concordat. Discoveries in the heart of the jungle in late-3025, hint that the tribal origins of the region are based in the Wreck of the “Concordat Mercy”.
In 3022, the locally powerful Warlord of Tuadann failed in his bid to completely take over the Corazón Jungle, and handed control over to his young daughter. She has since forged a strong military and reputation as the indomitable leader of her people, which was reinforced by the official government of The New Republic of Sangria, when they declared the region a Territorial District. Within weeks, Warlord Varsha Arkadjian was declared the (Territorial) Governor of Corazón, and only weeks after that, had managed to unite its disparate (settled) tribes under her banner. There are still several thousand semi-nomadic tribes that wander in the jungle confines, who do not understand or even care about the recent changes in its official status.
Today, using funds from her treaties with * “The Iron Dingoes”, she has begun a revolution in the education, health care and industrial development of her people. The district remains a primitive and isolated place, however, and careful talk must be employed when negotiating any further treaties and trade with its people.