“A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
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Immediately after landfall, Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” met with Major “Veruca” Louise Salt and expressed his concern for the DMH’s load-outs, telling her to switch-out all MGs for Flamers. He expressed that it was a company-wide mod, that even Major “Jolly” Roger Galligan would be expected to implement upon his return to the landhold, and she agreed. She was given leave to make any and all modifications to her unit during their downtime from unit salvage stores.
He also conferred with the unit’s command council, and the decision was made to rename “The Mordred” and its companion ship, “Guinevere”, and send them with their skeleton crews to System – Panpour to join * The Blood Raiders to add to their interface fleet. The DropShip would also bring the unit’s recently acquired OTL-4D Ostsols, modded to company specs through the local Terramatrix Industrial Salvage yard.
July 23rd, 3024 : The unit divided-up their acquired administrative personnel that had been taken from System – Gollere, with Pitbull, Glamour and Advocate taking the best ones for themselves.
July 24th, 3024 : Captain Pol Baca “Templar” began a search for information regarding the residents of The Trojan Dominion of Cortez, particularly in regards to whom they could contact, and any other sorts of personal information someone might have. Eventually talking to Station Master Haro Lothrain from “The Factory”, he was given the name of Captain Vesna Clamp. Taking the Whippet Bus Lines shuttle to the station, Templar, Advocate and Caboose all met with him quietly and discussed what they might do to facilitate a meeting with the colony. They decided that the unit did have their three unused Mining Robots, which might be of use in building some trust, but as they were unsure as to exactly what they might want out of the meeting, they delayed any contact.
Templar took some time over the next couple days to search for any contracts available for the unit, but failed to locate anything of value.
July 25th, 3024 : The unit organized a salvage “finding mission” led by Captain Michael Anderson “Fixer” to the Purpura Sarang Helium-3 Processing Plant. The unit included a force of salvage techs and marines, as well as The Fuel Rats manager, Master Tech Boden Thrace, brought along as an advisor, using the “Crimson Sands” as their transport. Over several days, they found the place abandoned and stripped like they suspected, but careful examination of the outlying harvesting sites led them to conclude that around a dozen modified Mark XIV Orecrawlers were salvageable. The unit also salvaged around eighteen (18) lunar Crater-Class ATVs from the vessel’s interior docking bays.
Recognizing that the facility could be reactivated under The Fuel Rats banner (given time, personnel and money ) in the long term, Tech Thrace was tasked with running some numbers, and keeping an eye open for any sort of refining equipment and parts he could find, to get the facility operating at some point in the future.
July 30th, 3024 : The election for the various governors of The New Republic of Sangria was officially declared, with numerous options in each district. In truth, The District of Garcia had only one real candidate; Mayor Albertina Diego. Supported by both the local Law & Order Faction and the local Cowboy Faction, she was clearly the front-runner with the support of most of the voting public. In The District of Guaviare, Governor Andre LaPorte was running virtually unopposed in his district, while in The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina there was a tightly-run election between three candidates, all of whom were supportive of the new constitution, and the increase in security spending, with only minor variance in their stands on other topics. Antonio Villaraigosa, a local businessman, was expected to win.
Back in Garrison and Miguel, the Iron Dingoes had chosen to stay out of the political spectrum, though, in theory, they could have formed their own “party” and swayed a considerable amount of the voting public. They proceeded to open registries at their administrative centers, and encouraged their people to vote however they wanted, but to just vote. By the end of the month, clearly 90% of the urban population were registered to vote, and the rural population were asking questions about this new concept of a national vote; no one had ever voted for their local governor in generations, making the idea very novel.
Lacking direction from the Dingoes command council, the locals were split into the Cowboy Faction, mostly represented by the unit’s own military and techs, as well as its farmers; and the Law & Order Faction, that represented most civilians and factory workers.
The Law & Order Faction demanded stricter enforcement of the law in the district and rural areas, supporting crack-downs on drugs and prostitution, as well as the removal of any “lawless vagabonds”, an indirect comment on the rise of refugees from The Federative Republic of San Marcos. They also supported disarming the public in general ( “No civilian automatic firearms in the streets!” ), and taxing the increasing rise of local pubs and alcohol distilleries. They pretty much had control of the urban population.
The Cowboy Faction charged that the Law & Order Faction were “…demonizing good honest citizens as criminals…”, and were calling for more land for the small farmers of the district. The faction openly supported the local Dingoes as the best thing to happen to the district, and early on gained the support of the Gaucho Ranchers’ Organization, pretty much giving them a lock on the rural population.
Dingo Cats Logo
July 31st, 3024 : The unit dispatched to Purpura returned to Garrison, and began a month-long period of R&R , while the election played-out. The unit also began organizing a socer team from among its techs and troopers, called the Dingo Cats, with an eye towards building it into a real professional team capable of competing internationally, provided they could ever justify building a real soccer facility capable of supporting it. Their logo was decided to be a blue Nexu with a grey dog-like muzzle.
As the month passed, there were various peaceful rallies and broadsheets became a popular means of supporting various concepts among the various candidates. It was a rather festive period of time spent indulging in the new national political fervor.
August 31st, 3024 : Election Day. The public swarmed the election centers and turned-out in large numbers, supported by the relative peace among the voting factions.
The expected candidates did win, with now Governor Albertina Diego pulling in a massive landslide victory. Parties and fireworks were everywhere, as the rest of the nation looked on in either horror or fear at the thought of a peaceful, united Sangria.
September 1st, 3024 : In the early morning hours, while the election parties were winding-down, word came from * The Sangrian Training Company. The airfield they were defending was coming under attack… the Battle of San Andrés had begun…