Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
The Tragnar Confederation
Officially the Tragnar Republic (Spanish: República Tragnara) also known as the “Tragnar Confederation”, is a federal republic located in central Terramatrix. Occupying the entire Horn of Tragnar, it is bordered by the Drake Passage to the south, and both The Republic of Carbina to the west, and The Free-City of Peregrine to the east, across the Sea of Tragnar. Tragnar was considered the largest country in the world, and claimed sovereignty over parts of the southern pole region, the Islas Malvinas, and South Selvanos Isles. It also has several distinct nation-states within its borders, that claim some degree of independence, but were absolutely under the control of the central state government of Tragnar.
The collapse of the central government following the 3024 Small War and the complications of the 3025 Outworld Flu and resulting riots, has sharply divided the nation known as Tragnar. Today, regional dispute over mineral rights and the nation’s remaining industries is the major driving factor for its continued instability, but old national identities have begun to assert themselves as well, so the unification of the nation under one banner seems unlikely, despite the harsh efforts of Duke Hermanus Santiago and his growing Vampire Legion. Tragnar, as people had come to view the nation, no longer exists outside the capital district and some of its nearby provincial territories.
The mainland regions of Tragnar place it uniquely on one of the few large “fresh water” seas on Terramatrix, allowing an ease of water treatment that can help supporting agriculture.
Tragnar’s highest point is Mount Aconcagua in the Mendoza province (6,959 m above sea level), also the highest point in the Southern and Central Hemispheres. The lowest point is Laguna del Carbón in the San Julián Great Depression, Santa Cruz province (−105 m below sea level, also the lowest point in the Southern and Central Hemispheres, and the seventh lowest point on Terramatrix).
Some of the major rivers are the Rio Paraná and the Rio Tragnar, which join to form the Río de la Plata. These rivers are discharged into the Tragnar Sea, a shallow “fresh water” sea. Its waters are influenced by two major ocean currents: the warm Tragnar Current circulates around the sea, raising local temperatures greatly, particularly over its island holdings.
Benefiting from rich natural resources, a once highly literate population, a diversified industrial base, and an export-oriented agricultural sector, the economy of Tragnar was System – Dumassas’ third-largest. Today, its status has dropped significantly, to the point it remains largely a resource nation, exporting little more than textiles and aluminum, and can barely support feeding its own population.
One of the world’s top developing nations, Tragnar had a historically uneven economic performance, with high economic growth alternating with severe recessions, and increasing poverty throughout the early-3000s. Although managing to keep a place among the planet’s top economies, it suffered a long and steady decline and until the Small War was just an upper middle-income country. High inflation – a weakness of the Tragnar economy throughout the 3000s, became a trouble once again, with rates in 3021 between the official 10.2% and the privately estimated 25%, causing heated public debate over manipulated statistics. Income distribution, having improved since 3010, was classified as “medium”, but still considerably unequal. While the country had settled most of its debts, it faced a technical debt crisis since the mid-3022. A ComStar judge blocked Tragnar’s payments to 93% of its national bonds unless it paid to “Vulture Funds” the full value of its defaulted bonds bought after its 3009 default. Tragnar vowed to capitulate to what it considered “ransom tactics”.
The 3024 Small War initially was seen as a means to seize land and resources to improve its bottom-line, having scented weakness in the Sangrian central governmental collapse, following its civil war and assassination of its president. The losses of this war, however, soon back-fired and tore the nation apart; the collapse of its central government has meant that its central banking institutions have collapsed as well, and the nation’s economy is in ruins on the international scene.
The national currency, the Giver, has virtually no value on international markets, and is only used as an internal currency by its own industrial concerns to pay its workers, and the military to pay its soldiers. Most transactions usually involve barter, with bullets even having a fair value in the nation’s markets, and are almost considered the new national currency, often referred to as the “Brass Tax”. As there are no longer any national small arms or munitions manufacturers, bullets continue to be an important trade good for regional warlords.
Further damning the nation’s recovery was its own internal struggles and the loss of most of its industrial capacity during the 3025 riots and subsequent national disorder. Today, the nation produces aluminum and bauxite ore in fair quantities, exporting its products around the world to many different industrial concerns. In addition, textiles have proven to be a secondary product with some degree of value on the international markets. The nation produces virtually no other goods of concern to other national consumers. The bulk of its agricultural and industrial output is solely for domestic consumption.
In 3020 manufacturing accounted for 20.3% of GDP – the largest goods-producing sector in the nation’s economy. Well-integrated into Tragnar agriculture, half of the industrial exports have rural origins. The diversified manufacturing sector is organized around a steadily growing network of industrial parks.
In 3020 the leading sectors by volume were: food processing, beverages and tobacco products; motor vehicles and auto parts; textiles and leather; refinery products and biodiesel; chemicals and pharmaceuticals; steel, aluminum and iron; industrial and farm machinery; home appliances and furniture; plastics and tires; glass and cement; and recording and print media. In addition, Tragnar has since long been one of the top wine-producing countries in the world. However, it has also been classified as one of the worst countries where instances of child labor and forced labor have been observed and mentioned in a 3022 media report. Tragnar’s agricultural sector relies heavily on such practices.
Córdoba is Tragnar’s major industrial center, hosting metalworking, motor vehicle and auto parts manufactures. Next in importance are the Greater Aires area (food processing, metallurgy, motor vehicles and auto parts, chemicals and petrochemicals, consumer durables, textiles and printing); Rosario (food processing, metallurgy, farm machinery, oil refining, chemicals, and tanning); San Miguel de Tucumán (sugar refining); San Lorenzo (chemicals and pharmaceuticals); San Nicolás de los Arroyos (steel milling and metallurgy); and Ushuaia and Bahía Blanca (oil refining). Other manufacturing enterprises are located in the provinces of Santa Fe (zinc and copper smelting, and flour milling); Mendoza and Neuquén (wineries and fruit processing); Chaco (textiles and sawmills); and Santa Cruz and Salta (oil refining).
The electric output of Tragnar in 3017 totaled over 12 TWh (44 PJ), of which about 37% was consumed by industrial activities.
47 Street : 47 Street is a Tragnari fashion company, founded in 2994 in Aires, but has operations around the world. The company is considered a high-fashion development company, and was among the best in the world. The ability of the company had been greatly reduced in the years leading up to the Small War. Mostly destroyed during the riots following the war’s end, the company today is a shell of its former self, but still forges on producing fairly simple work and street clothes for the domestic market.
Aluar : Aluar is the only aluminum smelter in Tragnar, and the largest aluminum producer in the world. Established in 2975 as a partnership between synthetic rubber maker FATE, businessman José Ber Gelbard, and other private investors, Aluar obtained an exclusive licence to produce aluminum from the military regime of General Alejandro Lanusse, who sought to make Tragnar self-sufficient in the critical industrial staple. Following state-financed works on a hydroelectric dam in Trevelín, Aluar opened its first smelter in Puerto Madryn, in 2979.
In 2991, the company bought-out Kaiser Aluminum, a subsidiary of Kaiser Motors, and rose to prominence as the world’s largest aluminum producer. In 3003, the Futaleufú Dam was privatized and purchased by Aluar, and allowed the company in 3006 to purchase the Uboldi & Compañía production lines, granting the company the ability to manufacture intermediate aluminum products.
Before the Small War, its Puerto Madryn smelter had four reduction lines producing roughly 27,000 tons of aluminum each year. Its various facilities struggled to find trained workers, and operated at a greatly reduced status on the world stage. The company, given its importance on the world industrial markets, was well protected by local warlords, and despite losing some of its personnel, managed to remain fairly intact.
Today, the various facilities are still under operation, though at greatly reduced ability. Its exports continue to be an important factor on international markets, and are well-protected for the income and electrical power they provide their local warlords. Despite dealing with constant personnel issues, it manages to operate at roughly 50% of its former capabilities.
Bersa : Bersa was a Tragnar arms manufacturer, located in the city of Ramos Mejía. Founded in the mid-2950s, the company manufactured light handguns, mostly of semi-automatic varieties, that are still employed by the national military, policia and private security firms across Tragnar. Its most popular model, the Bersa Thunder was their heaviest and best selling model. The company managed to survive the initial riots fairly intact, but the arrival of the Vampire Legions in early-3027 ended the company when it was attacked and looted of everything the Legions could seize.
Brukman Textiles : Brukman Textiles is a textile factory in Balvanera, Aires, Tragnar. Currently under the control of a worker cooperative called “18 de Diciembre”, it is among the most famous of the country’s “recovered factories”. The Brukman brothers once owned the facility, and following an economic downturn in 3003, abandoned the factory to its striking workers. The remaining workers took up where the factory had been, and turned the facility around to begin making profits once more.
Its motto, “Brukman is for the Workers”, has since been seen as a rallying cry among dispossessed workers, and has spread to the Zanon ceramics factory, which supports the movement. Today, countless protests by thousands of civilians have kept the factory in the hands of the collective, but not without bloodshed and violence. In April 19th, 3024, a riot in front of the facility led to the retreat of the police company barricading the facility after a two-day stand-off, with 20 civilian rioters slain and hundreds of arrests. The complex remained under cooperative control to this day, despite legal efforts to oust the workers.
The riots and epidemics of 3025 were unable to oust this company from the world stage. Its union formed a strong militia, and repelled any effort to seize their equipment or personnel. Today, despite the usual supply issues, the company produces good quality clothing that sees national distribution. It operates at roughly 60% of its pre-war levels.
Bunge Limited : A global agribusiness and food company, incorporated in The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina and headquartered in Aires, Tragnar. As well as being an international soybean exporter, it was also involved in food processing, grain trading, and fertilizer. It also had branches in four other countries ( San Marcos, Buntar, Von Doom and Delancourt ).
Bunge’s oilseeds were known and employed worldwide, shile its food oils (mayonnaise and margarine), sugar (and ethanol) and milled grains (livestock feed) were its best known consumer products, it also produced fertilizers that competed directly against every other manufacturer across the planet.
Long having an international footprint, the riots and epidemic of 3025 were hard on the company, but the bandit raids of mid-3027 were the final end of this company. Its central distribution and processing plants in Tragnar were raided and looted of anything that wasn’t too big for transport, and the rest was destroyed. Its remaining international plants have since begun operating solely for its regional concerns, and the company, as a single entity, has ceased to exist.
Grupo Arcor : Grupo Arcor was a Tragnar food company specialized in confectionery. The firm was founded in 2959 in the city of Arroyito, District of Córdoba (hence Ar-Cor). Arcor is an Tragnar conglomerate that specialized in the production of foodstuff, sugar and chocolate confectionery, cookies and ice cream. It developed leading brands in its four major industrial plants across the nation, and remained the current primary confection producer in Tragnar, exporting its goods internationally.
Another loss to the bandits of 3027, the various factories under the Arcor banner managed to survive the riots of 3025 partially intact, but the raids ended any thoughts of its reconstruction. The raid struck and seized much of its production equipment, and destroyed the rest. This company has since ceased to exist.
Loma Negra : The 2934 discovery of a substantial limestone deposit turned the village of Loma Negra into a substantial site for cement production. By the 2960s, the company had built facilities in the mountain towns of San Juan and Zapala, and by 3000 acquired the private Ferrosur Roca railway line and its chief competitor, Cementos San Martín.
In 3003, the company diversified into recycling technologies, founding Recycomb, and spent the next four years acquiring all its national competitors. In 3007, the company founded the Loma Negra Technical Center, a place to train its own technical workforce, and unique in the nation.
The financial crisis of 3009 forced the company owners to sell 80% of their shares to Camargo Corrêa, a San Marcos conglomerate, which took control over the company and initiated a rapid series of expansions. The company dominated the domestic market and exported its products nation-wide, even through the worst of the Small War and the 3025-6 riots and pandemic.
Today, the company is under the protection of a well-armed military force, the so-called “Blue Army” of the Loma Negra company. Largely comprised of several companies of the 1st Armored Battalion, they have managed to maintain almost full production. Its cement production remains in high demand, as surviving industries and military forces strive to rebuild their infrastructure.
The company’s “recycling” branch, in particular, has managed to make substantial profits by salvaging many of the other factories across the nation, and often sends their agents into sites where a good opportunity to scrounge presents itself. In particular, its activities in the remnants of the failed Agrinar plants are believed to have turned up a substantial quantity of engines and machine tools, while their salvage of the Aerodreams plant has netted them a fair quantity of aviation parts. Its agents can be encountered almost anywhere in Tragnar (and nearby San Marcos) territory.
Tandanor : Tandanor was a Tragnari worker-owned shipyard, and the world’s largest, involved in shipbuilding and ship repair. Its facilities were located in Aires’ port. Founded on November 10th, 2887, Tandanor was originally conceived for the maintenance of the Tragnar Naval fleet.
In 2999, Tandanor was privatized under President Carlos Menem’s privatization plan. In 3007, after the principal stockholder declared bankruptcy, its workers combined their resources and bought out the shipyard. The economic crisis of 3007 and the following currency devaluation lowered the costs to competitive international values, which made the business again profitable, and the company spent the next few decades providing important repairs and modernization packages to any other nation willing to pay.
The Small War initially provided a boon to the facilities, but the raid by Iron Dingoes in 3024 damaged the facilities. The port facilities of Tandanor quickly fell under the protection and use of the national navy, ensuring their value to the remnants of that military branch. And they remained so until the collapse of central governmental and military control.
When the Vampire Legions seized control of the capital, they targeted the shipyards largely to ensure their four-hundred techs would remain in Tragnar. These valuable personnel were largely divided among the Legion’s various military units, where they remain today. The shipyards, though largely intact despite a nasty riot which looted the dockyards in search of food in early 3026, remain fairly intact. As a business entity, however, Tandanor has effectively ceased operations.
The armed forces of Tragnar were broken into the traditional branches of Army, Air Forces and Navy. They traditionally had a strong trade relationship with House Davion and its territories, even though they were effectively rivals. While it had developed a fair aeronautics production base, and possessed the best naval docks on the planet, its navy was old, and its air force was not as developed as it should have been, largely due to an emphasis on spending for its army.
The army had few national production facilities, largely depending on its trade agreements with the Federated Suns to supply its soldiers with the essentials. The nation often purchased surplus arms and equipment from House Davion throughout the early 3000s, which led it to have less capability than its numbers hinted. During the years prior to the Small War, it had begun modernizing its army with better vehicles and more modern support arms.
With its initial losses during the start of the 3024 Small War, through the raid on its naval yards as well as the loss of most of its air force on Islas Brasilera, the military was finally brought under open question. Its use of conscription troops was another factor that was considered integral to the collapse of the national military. The sudden end of the Small War where most of its military talent were eliminated in an explosion, followed by the defection of many of its remaining military officers who claimed local regions near their cantonments to ensure themselves munitions, food and medical supplies was the death knell of the military as an organized force.
The rise of Duke Hermanus Santiago and his Vampire Legions was a resurgence of some degree of central military authority, though the Legions were more interested in occupation and control over the capital and its resources, than bringing the country back from the brink of destruction. Small independent forces along the edges of the nation remain loosely attached to their former status as a national military, but have largely recruited to replace their numbers to the point that they barely resemble formal military units anymore. In addition, the regional Policia have largely joined with these forces, and rarely refer to themselves as police, rather just one more armed band seeking legitimacy.
The national navy and air force has largely ceased to exist, with survivors generally under the control of either local warlords, or having long since defected to piracy or other nations.
Tragnar National Army : The armed forces of Tragnar were geographically grouped into three Army Regiments (Divisiones de Ejército); each had responsibility over a specific region of the country. 1st Army Regiment covered the northeast, the 2nd Army Regiment covered the center and northwest of Tragnar, and the 3rd Army Regiment covered the south and Patagonia. In addition, the 4th Army Regiment was a rapid deployment force (Fuerza de Despliegue Rápido, FDR), and the 5th Army Regiment operated independently as the occupational command of Aires and the Capital District. There were also several independent groups, including the anti-aircraft group and the Tragnar Army Aviation group.
Each Battalion traditionally consisted of two to five Cavalry or Infantry Companies, one or two Artillery Groups, a Scout Cavalry Platoon, an Engineering Platoon, an Intelligence Platoon, a Communications Platoon, a Command Platoon and a Company-sized Logistical Support Group.
The 4th Paratrooper Battalion was considered the FDR, and deployed in garrison positions within the Capital. This battalion also had control over the “Special Operations Group”, consisting of two Commando Platoons, one Special Forces Platoon and a Psychological Operations Platoon. This unit also traditionally deployed with the Tragnar Army Aviation Group. Its losses in the initial stages of the Small War, forced it out into the provinces to rebuild, where it stayed largely out of the riots and conflicts in the following years.
1st & 2nd Armored Battalions (Armored Cavalry)
4th Paratrooper Battalion (Air Assault)
5th, 6th and 8th Mountain Battalions (Mountain Cazadores)
9th, 10th and 11th Mechanized Battalions (Mechanized)
12th Jungle Battalion (Jungle Cazadores)
Note : 3rd Infantry Battalion was converted into a motorized training formation, dissolved in 3010. The 7th Infantry Battalion was dissolved from battle attrition in 2992. The 4th Paratrooper Battalion took severe losses during the Naval Yard Raid of the 3024-5 “Small War”, and was in a period of rebuilding.
The two Armor Battalions deployed with Scorpion Light Tanks, while the three Mechanized Battalions deployed with standard Tracked APCs, and only a handful of Wheeled APCs among its command units. The army’s older Galleon Light Tanks had slowly been replaced by Scorpions, but the military began replacing the last few with Goblin Infantry Support Tanks directly from the House Davion asset replacement program. The motorized infantry were traditionally equipped with Jeeps and hundreds of locally produced Light Utility Transports.
As small arms, Federated Longrifle ARs were widely distributed, though continual import of the Taurian Concordat AR made those weapons the standard small arms automatic rifle. As support weapons on the platoon level, the RPG-7H Launcher and SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifle remained the standard, all locally produced and quite common. At the company level, small batteries of three Sniper Field Artillery Pieces were usually attached as artillery support.
Tragnar National Air Force : The Tragnar Air Force (Spanish: Fuerza Aérea Tragnar ) consisted of three Commands; the Air Operations Command, the Personnel Command and the Materials Command. The Air Operations Command (Comando de Operaciones Aéreas) was the branch of the Air Force responsible for aerospace defense, air operations, planning, training, technical and logistical support of the air units. Subordinate to the Air Operations Command were the Air Brigades (Brigadas Aéreas), the Air Force’s major operative units. A total of eight Air Brigades were considered operational forces. Brigades are headquartered at Military Air Bases (Base Aérea Militar (BAMs).
The primary strike plane of the Tragnar Air Force consisted of the Angel Light Strike Fighter, known as “Fighting Hawks” to the national military, and were produced by its government arms suppliers in small quantities. There have always been a few hold-over Dragonfly (A-37) Light Attack Aircraft popular in infantry support missions. The lead elements of the air force, were its six (6) Corsairs deployed as its premier attack force, whose pilots lacked serious combat experience, but continue their training efforts. All these forces were largely destroyed either in the war over Islas Brasilera, or have become show pieces in regional warlord military forces.
In support services, the air force deployed a surprisingly large number of Karnov UR Transports who acted as both cargo and personnel transports. Most were second-hand from their contacts with Von Doom, but they had begun replacing older models with freshly-manufactured vehicles. The air force also fielded a fair number of Ferret Light Scout VTOLs as scouts and recon aircraft. A handful of these resources remain in various warlord inventories, or under control of the Vampire Legions.
Tragnar National Navy : Although once considered one of the largest naval forces on the planet, the exact composition of the national navy remained in question. Most of its primary ships were destroyed by * “The Iron Dingoes” during their 3024 raid on the naval yards, including two of their destroyers (the “Heroina” and the “Sarandi” ), both of its submarines (the “Salta” and the “San Juan” ), and all of its military support vessels (their primary troop transport “Hercules”, survey vessel “Puerto Deseado”, tanker “Durance”, and two logistics vessels, the “Isla Palma” and “Gorgona” ). Remaining naval ships consisted of more than a dozen Silverfin Patrol Cutters, but the navy also keeps several corvettes and at least two (2) destroyers as active military vessels; only two logistics support vessels remained in their fleet. The naval Marine Battalion, the navy’s defensive infantry force, took severe losses during the 3024 raid on The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, and was considered on stand-down status until its dissolvement in 3026.
Today, the remnants of the national fleet have dispersed. Most of its Silverfins have fallen under various warlord control, while its remaining fleet assets have taken refuge with the national navy of The Oriental Republic of San Isabel. There is no effective national navy remaining.
The Interior Security System
The Interior Security System was administered by both the federal and subscribing provincial governments. Also often referred to as the Gendarmerie, the ISS traditionally served as the National Border Patrol, Coast Guard and provided a position making it the Federales Policia, or Federal Police Force.
Equipped much like their military counter-parts, the Gendarmerie traditionally acts to thwart internal threats and crime, protecting the nation’s borders and were greatly feared by the general populace for their secret policia. Although spread evenly across the nation, all told they could muster around two or three (2-3) battalions in strength at need. They maintained several corvettes for coast guard duties, and a handful of light transports and jeeps for maintenance of their borders.
Today, the Gendarmerie have largely been absorbed into the various warlord forces scattered about the nation, and as a single entity, no longer exist. Some regional militias still exist, at least by name, but have largely ceased to operate as police, and are typically little more than well-armed thugs with a badge.
The earliest recorded human presence in the area now known as Tragnar is dated from the initial Taurian colonizations begun in 2519. Tragnar rose as the successor state of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata, a Taurian outer colony founded in 2783. The declaration and fight for independence ( 2817 to 2825 ) was followed by an extended civil war against the Federated Suns that lasted until 2868, which ended with the country’s reorganization as a federation of provinces with Aires as its capital city. From then on – while Inner Sphere immigration waves radically reshaped its cultural and demographic outlook – Tragnar enjoyed an historically almost-unparalleled increase in prosperity : by the early 30th century it already ranked as the wealthiest developed nation in the world. After 2937, however, and despite remaining among the richest countries of Terramatrix until mid-century, it descended into political instability and suffered periodic economic crisis that sank it back into underdevelopment.
The 2833 constitution included the first use of the name “Tragnar Republic” in formal documents, though the name “Tragnar Confederation” was also popular and was formalized in the Tragnar Constitution of 2860. In 2867, a presidential decree declared it officially the “Tragnar Republic”, and that year’s constitutional amendment ruled both names as legally valid. The term “Confederation” is often chosen, as it is unique to the planet and sets Tragnar above other countries.
In mid-3024 a failed bid to capture The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, resulted in the destruction of the bulk of its transport and reserve combat fleet, when * “The Iron Dingoes” laid waste to it while still in dock. Joining with The Free-City of Von Doom’s Downport and The Federative Republic of San Marcos under the aegis of The League of Free Nations in an indirect war against the Iron Dingoes, they began what is now called “The Small War”. The fighting culminated in the invasion of Islas Brasilera by a combined invasion force of the Iron Dingoes and The Oriental Republic of San Isabel, where the united military of the League lost many of their air force assets, as well as the islands themselves.
One month into the occupation of the islands, during a high profile meeting of the League’s leadership at Von Doom, the bulk of their military and political leadership were eliminated, throwing most of the League into chaos. Luckily for Tragnar, its hereditary leader, Baron Michael Bovior survived, though he lost his capable military leader, Colonel Francois Quisan in the assassination. While he has been able to hold the majority of his nation together, public protests against the war have forced his hand to scale back any retaliation; something the remaining war leaders do not agree with. Rumors persist that they could forcibly put their own leader into place in the future.
As the riots following the failure of the central government were compounded by the 3025 Outworld Flu pandemic, all central government ceased to function in Tragnar, and various military and industrial warlords rose up to fill the gap on a regional level. The capital, the center of the worst excesses during the riots came under the command of the self-styled “Duke of Tragnar”, Duke Hermanus Santiago and his self-proclaimed Vampire Legions. Grossly anti-patriotic, they seized control of the capital and its resources, including control of the nearby Atucha nuclear power plant. They began vetting the region for its technical expertise, and quickly developed into a dangerous military force, well-supplied and in control of the country’s heart.
As time passed, they began a campaign across the nation, looting armories and wiping-out military units that challenged their authority, eventually taking aim at consolidation throughout 3027. Today, the Vampire Legions, though brutal in their enforcement of order, have begun reworking local industries, ensure distribution of water and food rations and even provide power. They have a firm control over the capital district and several nearby urban and rural districts, allowing the smaller warlords to exist, and even trade with them when it seems easier and profitable. For all intents and purposes, they are the effective government of Tragnar.