“The Valkyrie; handmaidens of the gods, choosing who will live and who will die, sparing the most heroic from an agonizing death. One cannot understand Dumassas if one does not understand Wagner.”
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
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November 2nd, 3024; 6:00 am : Mount Pleasant Airfield, Islas Brasilera : Having spent a night of relative peace after a long day of fighting and struggles to take the islands, the __Dingoes_ Command Council met to discuss their options and look over the salvage lists. They also took stock of the collected assets that * “The Werewolves” had managed to take from the MoMart facility. Among the millions in gold bullion and cash seized, was Dame Modesty Scrope “Viper”s personally favorite item, the Imperial Crown of Terramatrix.
Examination of the lists of salvage coming to the Council, led them to conclude that the bulk of the civilian cache was mostly scientific equipment, with the tag of Rockhopper Exploration. Based on the prevalence of aquatic exploration equipment, they thought it might be someone trying to build an underwater base, but the presence of solar power and wind turbines as its electrical source, hinted it might rather be an arctic base of some sort. What might be located in the arctic zones that would interest the San Marcos or other government? Further investigation was required.
9:15 am : Repairs complete, the unit contacted Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie”, and disturbed his sleep to have him dispatched to the islands to pick out the salvage he might want for his scientific division. He grudgingly went via DropShuttle, set to arrive in a couple hours.
Meanwhile, Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” contacted their liaison officer, and set out a plan to take out the next largest concentration of the San Marcos army, located a little ways away at Goose Green, a strategically sensitive location that had been lightly fortified, and its troops dug-in behind thick concrete walls. Pitbull dispatched his unit’s artillery to the site along with a a platoon of infantry and four tanks from the Line, to barrage the site into submission. They were accompanied by a battalion of regular troops from San Isabel and together would bombard and then assault the fortifications, should they not surrender.
11:00 am : Moxie landed, and after arranging rooms for himself and assistant, began picking through the lists.
12:00 pm : Captain Massimo De Luca “Advocate” took Moxie and the support force of * “The Werewolves”, the “Loup-Garou”, without their PALs, via helicopter to Port Stainless, and the Rockhopper Exploration depot located there. They landed and after bribing the local tech teams to “go for lunch”, spent several hours trying to access any information in the depot’s limited computer database. They found nothing beyond the fact that it was engaged in casual petroleum exploration in the area, and that it had regularly been bringing in goods from corporate headquarters and stockpiling it with the incoming military supplies north of Port Stainless. The local depot didn’t know why, just that they were under corporate orders to do so. AS the unit left, they acknowledged that this sort of organization might prove valuable in the future; the ability to go anywhere, conduct surveys and then leave under the guise of “resource exploration”, was a great cover. Noted for later.
6:00 pm : The aligned assets began their bombardment of the Goose Green defensive network. After an hour of barrage attacks from the unit’s Kate & Leopold resulted in a massive flattening of the defenses, and the defenders capitulated to San Isabel forces. Goose Green had fallen.
November 3rd-5th, 3024 : The unit spent the next couple days doing simple mop-up work, securing small garrisons of no more than a platoon of infantry with a handful of artillery and anti-aircraft defenses scattered across the islands. By noon of November 5th, 3024, the islands were officially occupied by the growing presence of the San Isabel military, and the local government capitulated. Isla Brasileras had fallen.
The San Marcos fleet retreated to the high seas, and riots began to protest the actions of its military and government in all the republics of the League of Free Nations. As the days passed, some brutal crack-downs occurred to quell the unrest, but by late in the month, the unrest was subdued. The mild resistance to San Isabel rule on the islands was also quelled, and it seemed that victory was complete.
24th of November, 3024 : Combat footage was leaked showing the efficient ability of BattleMechs in taking both the military airfield of Mount Pleasant, as well as the brutal fight north of Port Stainless. Riots ensued across the Free Nations.
Word leaked to * “The Dingoes’ Fangs” via its chief foreign operative, Senior Tech (Intelligence) Selena Marie Demarkos, that there was going to be a high-profile meeting of the League of Free Nations primary military leaders in The Free-City of Von Doom’s Downport, at a hotel near the starport. This meant that Baron Rolf of Von Doom, Colonel Francois of Tragnar, and “Doctor” Alasquez of San Marcos would all be attending, along with key members of their military and civilian government liaisons. The meeting was set for the 30th of November, and was expected to be quite a high security environment.
A plan developed to end the war sooner, and hopefully save lives, code-named Operation : Valkyrie. The unit would drop * “The Werewolves” in their Freefall Drop APC, who would then infiltrate the hotel via a route established by “The Asset”. Once they had entered the hotel, they would eliminate the gathered leaders, extract the Asset, and then extract themselves under the cover of the hotel’s destruction. They would rendezvous outside the city with the “Barracuda”, and return to the operational safe-zone back in * Landhold : Garrison.
The Werewolves began running mock drills and went over their plans, preparing for the assault for the next week.
November 30th, 3024 : Under the great fanfare of the meeting, the Werewolves managed to land undetected, and slipped into the city with some ease. They managed to enter the hotel undetected, but as they encountered security close to the meeting, they met stiff resistance. The push into the meeting hall was hard, but the heavy weapons and Battle Armor – Tornado PAs of the Werewolves proved superior to their security teams equipped with small arms. The three primary leaders were slain, along with much of the senior staff.
Extraction proved increasingly difficult, though Miss Demarkos helped out in the escape from the hotel complex. During the firefight to extarct themselves, they encountered a number of heavy support weapons, and both Trooper “Wiley” Xavier was heavily injured, and Senior Tech Aaron Birkoff (Deceased) slain, though both were recovered with their suits intact. The unit blew the hotel complex and managed to rendezvous with the Barracuda for extraction from the city, though they changed their destination to “The Factory” to get Xavier more immediate health care. The Werewolves had been successful, but at a cost.
1st of December, 3024 : The principal elections in The New Republic of Sangria had completed, and resulted in the non-surprising election of Presidente Antonio John Diaz to the office of President. While celebrations continued at home in the Iron Dingoes own territories, the mercenaries began preparation for the completion of their contract, and plans for the future of united nation.
7th of December, 3024 : Increasing riots in the League of Free Nations, and even in other neutral nations began to ramp up. In Von Doom particularly, demands by the leading citizens for luxury goods and its supporting corporate allies became very vocal, and lacking a single organized leader, the breakdown was fairly rapid. Talks between the Interstellar Terramatrix Transport (ITT) Industries and Excalibur Corporation began in earnest.
10th of December, 3024 : ITT Industries formally allowed itself to be become a subsidiary of Excalibur Corporation. The starport was officially opened, and Excalibur personnel began to assume operations of the company, with the formal landing of Marquessa at the starport. The treaty and corporate take-over was signed later that day. Von Doom had become a property of the Excalibur Corporation.
Riots continued across the League of Free Nations, as the alliance broke up, with the various military branches working to secure their own assets and personnel in the ace of widespread unrest. Each district began to scramble to secure their own military assets and resources, as they began to break-up much as The Republic of Sangria had, with the threat of warlords taking regional control with the lack of central command.
The unit spread their resources around to various allotments of equipment and personnel. The * Iron Dingoes Medical Corps was begun, with the recruitment of Captain Elias Koteas and several of his surgical staff. The unit was also approached by their liaison officer to hire a small portion of Iron Dingoes infantry to work at training the local militia into a full battalion of regulars to help defend the islands. It was felt that the presence of the Iron Dingoes flag, no matter how small, would deter a counter-assault of the full force of the Iron DIngoes as evidenced during the recent conflicts in The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. The unit assigned their newest marine platoon, the 39th (Marines) Infantry Platoon, to the duty, and they organized the * The Whiteshield Training Cadre for this purpose, giving them several weeks to ready themselves for deployment to Isla Brasilera.
15th of December, 3024 : Word reached the unit that the San Marcos navy had declared itself neutral, and seized control of its facilities in the capital, sup[ported by several key members of the government and other branches of the military, including at least half its air force.
The unit also re-visited the Rockhopper Exploration site, and offered them to become the latest branch of their landholds. Citing the fact that there was no word from their headquarters, nor pretty much anything at all from San Marcos, the local civilians accepted being absorbed, and were immediately given equipment and other assets to assist them in their continued efforts as an exploration company, and were assigned a new CEO, Senior Tech (Intelligence) Fernando Botero who intended to convert the company into a cover for future operations as they began rebuilding their network, recently burned with the assassination of the League of Free Nation’s leadership.
30th of December, 3024 : Plans were made to pull the Iron Dingoes out of their cantonments in the airfield, as their contract was ending. The unit as paid-out, they formally left the Whiteshield Company in contact with their San Isabel liaison officer, and burned in a short sub-orbital drop for their home in * Landhold : Garrison.
It was decided that the unit would send their recent acquisitions of war salvage to improve the oil fields near * Landhold : Hellas, and the oil refinery in * Landhold : Izpek. Furthermore, they would hold a formal memorial for their lost troopers and techs, including the recent loss of Tech Aaron Birkoff. The unit planned to take a couple months of downtime, hopefully rendezvousing with the return of * The Blood Raiders, and plan to potentially follow-up with their research efforts in stellar cartography.
For now, the Small War looked to be over. For now there was relative peace in their homeland.