Junta (Definition) : “A council or committee for political or governmental purposes; especially : A group of persons controlling a government especially after a revolutionary seizure of power.”
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
14th of May, 3021 : In preparation of the possible coming conflict, the unit spent a day re-organizing itself, and bringing several of the captured Mechs on-line from * “The Scrapyard”. Chief among these changes, was the promotion of two of the recent * “The Dingo Cub Scouts” graduates who had qualified to pilot a Mech, but there had been no permanent place for them. In addition, the unit made plans to add a fourth lance of Mechs (the “Fire Support Lance” ) to their “Line”, basing them from the open bays on-board the “Dingoes’ Den”.
15th of May, 3021 : The unit asked Major Petros Vagarez to contact the local Mech Stable – “The Hombres”, and find their loyalty in the coming coup. The offer to grant them “House Guards” status following the coup was discussed, especially since they were traditionally loyalists.
The unit also had the “Betty” prepared for a quick sub-orbital drop to Corazón Airfield to retrieve the four Mechs and munitions pulled from the cargo of the “Buenaventura”, and get them into unit stores. During these preperations, it was discovered that an official “no-fly-zone” was declared over the capital at Ciudad Garcia.
Late that night there was a message sent from Glamour’s military contact, Informant – Airman Jordan Bellinger. Captain Erika Hartmann “Glamour” began getting into contact with him, and eventually discovered two complete reserve battalions of Guardia Civilia had landed at the airport aboard a dozen (12) 90-ton transport planes. Each militia battalion was lightly equipped, with a single jeep as a command vehicle, but had been supplied with AT SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifles as support weapons. Rumors, he insisted, were that a full battalion of the Royal Guards was also being dispatched by road to provide further support for the governor. Present orders had the transport fleet leaving for another run back to the capital for some of the Royal Guard’s heavier equipment. He was ordered to stay low and keep in contact.
Just after midnight, Tech Jeyne Tull called Trooper Pol Baca “Templar” over secure comms (which required a ten minute wait between responses to reach the Zenith jump-point). She reported that she’d been monitoring local signals (mostly a jump in or out by transports), when she had picked-up a definite HPG signal coming from somewhere near the planet. Within minutes of the signal, she reported a response signal came into the system, lasting only a handful of seconds. This implied, she verified, that there was both a working HPG in-system, and that another was within a single jump’s distance from the system. While System – Armington was discussed as one option, the group concluded that there must be an active A-Class generator present in System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster. She was ordered to continue monitoring these signals, and Templar reported-in to the Command Council with his findings.
A late night Command Council discussion ensued, with the unit reviewing what they understood about the situation. They concluded that there were three basic forces at work locally;
A – Excalibur Corporation : Interested in “The Iron Vagabond” for her navigational charts, the only reason they would want that sort of information, was to gain access to Pirate’s Haven, through a jump-point or jump-points within the database. They might want access to the resources within, or possibly something else they were aware about, but unable to access at this time. Given the company’s rapacious attitude and resources, there was no knowing what they might not do.
B – Colonel “White Death” : Not just a simple pirate leader, he was very highly organized, he had access to LosTech in large quantities, and was not afraid to use it to further his own agenda. He also had possibly been involved in cloning efforts, and was obviously trying to establish a colony somewhere, in an unknown location. Beyond this, little was known about him, beyond the possibility he was likely a member of The Starlords – “The Brotherhood”, but probably following his own personal plan.
C : The Starlords – “The Brotherhood” : That the StarLords were affiliated with the unknown Haven Consortium was unquestioned, and that they were both highly organized with access to a capable military industrial base was also unquestioned. The fact they were in Haven Cluster was probable, but until the unit investigated this further, little would be known about it.
D : ComStar : The whole idea of Comstar recruiting mercenary MechWarriors was not new. That they were hiring them in large quantities lately, and supplying them with Mechs, however, was news. They were likely the ones using HPGs, especially since they were in the ComStar Enclave, but more importantly, they seemed to be using the site as a forward deployment location for an army to either defend (improbable) or invade… somewhere close… like the Haven Cluster.
In the end, the Haven Cluster seemed to be at the heart of the matter. And the unit had three Jumpkeys to unknown points in or near the Cluster….
16th of May, 3021 : The unit’s informant in Ciudad Garcia reported in again saying that the planes had returned with various arms and supplies, and that they were being placed on stand-by at the edge of the airport for now. He also reported they had been accompanied by twelve (12) combat helicopters and six (2) medium Jet Fighters, who were basing from the airport. All forces were from the national Air Force, and capable. He also reported that the military had set-up several anti-aircraft positions around the airport, and that the militia was digging -in around the airport.
The unit also dispatched a squad of the 2nd Force Recon via Karnov UR Transport to visit Manuel Serrate and inform him of the recent military arrivals to the capital. They were likewise informed that his wife, Eléna (De La Vega) Serrate was invited to an afternoon tea party with Mayor Albertina Diego later in the week. They would get their answer as to her loyalties then.
Late in the day, Templar and Pitbull drove out to Mercado to visit Type 74 “Buffalo” Hover Truck, Football. They met with him at his estate on Cabana Alpina, HQ of the impressive Mercado Industrial Group that he controlled., their industrialist friend and former employer, to see if they could convince him to take the reins of a New Order in the region, as “President-for-Life” of the nation. Arriving with a squad from their 1st Platoon, Force Recon and aboard their beloved
After sweeping the room for bugs, the group sat down and openly discussed the imminent fall of President Miguel Tazeal and his Junta, and that the local people needed someone honourable and capable enough to pick-up the pieces… “So,… what do you say… Mr. Presidente…?”. He was hesitant, but past experience had told him that the Iron Dingoes do not do things lightly, and that they did, ultimately, care about the locals enough to spare them most of the hardships. Plus, the removal of the worst impediments to improvement in the district would greatly help matters. So, in the end, he reluctantly agreed.
The group then sat down to work through their plans for the coming coup. It was decided that when the unit makes their move, they would take the following steps.
1 : Assassinate the President of Sangria : President Miguel Tazeal was both corrupt and evil, and would do nothing to help the people of Garcia, unless it lined his own pockets. Therefore, the unit decided that they would dispatch Captain Mitchell Kitsune “Wraith” leading both “Paws” of * “The Werewolves” into San Succi aboard one of their Planetlifter Air Transports, pretending to be on a supply run with the capital.
2 : Blame the Governor of Garcia : Further to this, they contacted Cornet Carla Estrella, and arranged to ship her 500,000Cs (she originally requested 150,000Cs) to bribe witnesses and forge evidence placing the assassination at the feet of the local political flunky Governor Ferdinand Dominica. Her loyalty was without question at this point, and she seemed the most capable person to deal with the matter, especially given her knowledge of local military and political machinations.
3 : Bring order to the Capital : Should the president die, his government would likely fall. The Royal Guards, presently on maneuvers with * “The Dead Man’s Hand”, would be recalled, and since the DMHs were under a garrison contract, they could be recalled as well to deal with the rioting and protect the government buildings, since they were the toughest military force under contract to the government at present. They could bring some stability to the capital, and ensure no one tried anything else until the matter was resolved.
4 : Use the Governor’s actions as a pretext to eliminate him : With word being spread across the nation of the Governor’s actions, reinforced by the presence of the recent shipment of troops to the District of Garcia “…to arrest him, obviously…”, * “The Iron Dingoes” would storm the capital and “put him and his loyalists down like the dogs they were…”. They would ensure air superiority through getting their informant to help their agents in * “The Dingoes’ Fangs” Field Operations to assist in spoiling the fuel reserves used by the fighter jets, and hopefully ground them, meaning only the combat helicopters and local air defenses needed defeat by the unit’s AeroSpace forces.
5 : Storm the Capital The unit would storm the capital, using the troops of the Gaucho Ranchers’ Organization as “police” to keep the peace on the countryside, while 4th Infantry (Motorized) Battalion, Sangrian Armed Forces – “Garrison’s Own” would wait on patrol at the city’s edge to step -in and protect the mayor as needed from any loose Guardia Civil troops. They would avoid conflict except around the main targets of the operation; the Airfield, the Presidio and the Government House.
The Line forces of the Iron Dingoes would split into two forces and strike two targets in the city; the Presidio next to the airfield (where the local Guardia Civilia were barracked), and the Governor had much of his actual government based. The second force would attack the Governornment House itself, residence of the Governor, to kill him or otherwise ensure he never escaped. The first group would consist of three Line lances of Mechs ( Command, Scrum and the Fire Support lances), the Command Lance from the Line Armor, and the three Line Force Recon Infantry platoons. The second target would be hit by the “Ground Pounders” of Line Mechs, the two remaining lances of armor from the Line Armor force, and the four Marine Platoons from the StarGuards to storm the residence and root out the Governor. The forces assaulting the bases would avoid trying to antagonize the forces in the airport, hoping they might just sit the conflict out.
6 : Make the Peace : With the Governor and the Guardia Civilia – Garcia removed from power, the unit would turn the governorship over to Mayor Albertina Diego, whom they felt would likely agree to take over local governorship in the absence of any other organization. Once she had control of the situation, the Iron Dingoes would retreat back to Garrison, but offer to support the “new government” whatever help they might need.
7 : Establish a New Order : Two weeks after the fall of the existing government, once peace was assured across the District of Garcia, they would place a new “President-for-Life” as the head of a New Order; they planned to put Hernando Huarez, their friend forward as the best option to lead the “legitimate government” of Sangria.
8 : Improve the defenses and prosperity of their new home : Long-term, they would establish a local Mech force, likely * The Fold Fiends, and see about bringing long-term prosperity to the nation, by folding any profits earned by the province back into its development. Ultimately, the unit only wanted a place they might truely call home (and recruit from…).
17th of May, 3021 : Things finally fell into place. They received word from Elena Sarrate that the mayor was most concerned with the welfare of her people, and if she must, she would step into the void created by the death of the Governor. Lastly, they also received word from the Hombres, that they wouldn’t support armed conflict in the province, but they also wouldn’t fight it, either.
I love it when a plan comes together…