“Resources exist to be consumed. And consumed they will be, if not by this generation then by some future. By what right does this forgotten future seek to deny us our birthright? None I say! Let us take what is ours, chew and eat our fill.”
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
-————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
September 26th, 3024 : With the need for a garrison force over the unit’s new potential landhold, the unit sorted through various mercenary units looking for hire in-system, and found four; an infantry company, an armor company, an air company and a Mech company. Choosing the infantry unit, they initiated negotiations and hired The Unforgiven to provide those services in the future, as they would deploy soon after the village was taken.
The fight to take the oil refinery and support village of Hellas would be borne primarily by Warlord Varsha Arkadjian and her troops, with the two primary Line platoons of * “The Iron Dingoes” providing “advisers” and heavy weapons support. They would deploy to the southern-most oil field via Karnov UR Transport, and would proceed through the pumping station to attack the refinery and thence into the village proper. Losses were expected to be minimal.
The unit then formally notified the Sangrian Provisional Government of the support being offered by Warlord Varsha and her people. Within hours, they declared The (Territorial) District of Corazón an official territorial holding of the new realm, and began plans to formally annex the territory in the charter.
Late in the day, on the advice of Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie”, they dispatched Scout Kohana “Ranger” Roberts with a com-sat communicator aboard Aquarius Research Submarine to Islas Brasilera, under the pretext of performing more research on the local deep-water crabs. Ranger could then report back to the unit regarding troop activities on the islands, and they could plan appropriately, knowing what forces The Federative Republic of San Marcos might be mustering for an attack on the Dingoes.
September 28th, 3024 : In the early morning, international news broadcasts began showing a recent attack on a Tragnar research facility, calling it “…another brazen assault on our peaceful research efforts by the pack of dogs that the Iron Dingoes have shown themselves to be…”. The grainy, second-hand images displayed a Lion-Class DropShip blasting its way out of a military research facility somewhere in the Tragnar mountains. IN a couple hours, Dame Modesty Scrope “Viper” reported in her Werewolves, and claimed the “Scotian Huntress” had been successfully secured, along with most of its engineering crew, and several formerly mercenary infantry units of the DarkStar Rangers.
She claimed that during their raid on the CITEDEF facility in the capital, they had uncovered information regarding the disposition of this DropShip and the fact that CITEDEF was planning on using it to reverse-engineer its drives and power plants for their own “space plane” efforts. The space plane, was really just a combat vessel, they were having engineering difficulties getting off the ground. The engineering personnel and infantry from that fallen mercenary unit, were being held for “questioning” at the remote facility they had blasted their way out of, along with the DropShip itself. She had the group stand-down, and aborted their raid and went to ground for a couple weeks, until they were in a position to raid the facility, and the go-ahead.
The previous night, * “The Werewolves” broke into the facility, freed the infantry and together freed the engineering crew and then the DropShip itself, and blasted their way out of the facility, hiding the fact that they had also stolen the basic blueprints for CITEDEF’s new Targetting & Tracking System, designed for its proposed gunship, the X-TAR3D AD System. While the infantry were questioning their continued position as a unit, the surviving crew of the “Scotian Huntress” were firmly loyal to the Iron Dingoes, and willing to crew it once they had recovered from their injuries.
Seeing a need to visit their newest acquisition, many of the Command Council officers spent the day visiting “The Factory” and toured the vessel. While in orbit, Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” visited the Freelancer’s Lounge, hoping to find some pilots to captain their new vessel. After some interviews and discussions, she managed to hook a couple of former shuttle pilots from Red Devil Shipping and Brokerage, learning that the company was releasing its reserve pilots from their contracts, due to a down-turn in the station economy, due to the Small War, and San Marcos’ threats of interdiction of the station.
The unit’s officers then paid that firm a visit, speaking directly with Anthony Lockhart and expressing their desire to have him and his ships stay. He discussed matters with them, admitting that he was willing to stay on for a month or so, but that he needed to stay close to his shipping contacts in The Free-City of Von Doom’s Downport, and that a prolonged conflict would force his relocation. The unit bandied about a few ideas, but couldn’t really come up with a solution to help him and his company, so asked him to stay as long as he could, and promised that they had his company in their thoughts and plans. At least they left as friends.
The group then visited the “Scotian Huntress”, and thanked Dame Scrope and her team for an incredibly well-done job. The crews of the DropShip were undergoing medical attention at the station’s well-appointed medical facility, and the ship would be ready for duty within a week’s time. Plans were made to transfer the ship along with various equipment and personnel transfers, to the two out-system units presently on contract; * “The Fold Fiends” at System – Serenity and * The Blood Raiders at System – Panpour.
That night, the unit dispatched their infantry “advisers” to begin preparation for the coming assault and to meet and plan with Warlord Varsha and her troops.
1st of October, 3024 : The raid began quickly and the combined forces of Warlord Varsha and the Iron Dingoes own Line infantry hit the Ventura Pumping Station, utterly over-whelming the techs and infantry assigned there, with only a single squad loss. They promptly moved on to the refinery, and, again, swiftly over-whelmed the defending forces of that facility, with only a single squad loss of Varsha’s troops. The heavy weapons support of the Line infantry proved integral to the success, and impressed many of Varsha’s troops, who had never seen the power of the M56 “Smartgun”s in action. The nearby village of Hellas fell with almost no shots being fired; * Landhold : Hellas and its refinery, were now the property of the Iron Dingoes.
That evening, as The Unforgiven were dispatched to garrison the new holding, the unit held a meeting to discuss options. The response from the government of San Isabel had been quiet acknowledgement of their activities, and Inara reported that she seemed “relieved”. The group agreed that while the danger to the Dingoes from Tragnar was now lessened, San Marcos still presented a powerful ability to invade Sangria. The key to stopping them was to take out their fleet, or even invade Islas Brasilera itself. Careful study of their research reminded the unit that San Isabel had claimed (and fought over) the islands, and so potentially, the unit could initiate a contract to take the islands back for San Isabel.
October 2nd, 3024 : Taking the unit’s “Crimson Sands” dropshuttle, along with their Hover Limo “Elite”, several members of the unit along with the third platoon of their Line infantry took a trip to San Isabel’s capital, Montevideo. After making their way to the main government buildings of the Palacio Legislativo, they began the bureaucratic dance to initiate a formal meeting with the President. It proved difficult.
Eventually, they were able to wrangle a meeting with one of her assistants, and the group presented a plan to get the government to hire the Iron Dingoes to “Liberate” Isla Brasilera. It was not well-received at first. Eventually, however, they managed to at least convince the functionary that a short meeting with the president could be arranged for the following afternoon. The group adjourned, with various members scattering to lodging in the finer hotels of the city, and others to sample its night-life…