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An SI in the Concordat - GhostRider's Revenants (Battletech CYOA)Rev.2

Paulo Brito

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Ok that does look decent. 10k cargo should be decent enough for spare parts, ammo, and general supplies and its got enough guns as long as it does not meet any real oppostion it can just gut transports. Though if one accidently jumps to close to a enemy warship... What system you use to make it?
Is another fellow (Adventwolf) that designed it for me. The doctrine is to jump with another jump in the LF and another jump plot already inserted in the nav computer. But, if they emerge near - at combat range - of a ready warship, they are f***d, no surprise. Are the risks of any raider, after all. With luck, they can launch one or two nuke-tipped missiles at the adversary before death. I bet that taurians been taurians, at least one tube is loaded with special ammo, just in case.
 

Blade4

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Is another fellow (Adventwolf) that designed it for me. The doctrine is to jump with another jump in the LF and another jump plot already inserted in the nav computer. But, if they emerge near - at combat range - of a ready warship, they are f***d, no surprise. Are the risks of any raider, after all. With luck, they can launch one or two nuke-tipped missiles at the adversary before death. I bet that taurians been taurians, at least one tube is loaded with special ammo, just in case.
Bigger question will each ship go after a different clan or paired off and rove back and forth killing what they find and maybe back tracking? Be funny to find the homeworlds and launch some radioactives on a ballistic course at them...
 

Paulo Brito

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The plan - for now - is to patrol the Exodus Road, something about 1000LY long, and hit any targets of opportunity. That is more than 30 jumps if is a straight line. To defend each, the clans need to deploy a big part of their warship fleet there, greatly reducing the number of warships available in the invasion. Because they also need some in the homeworlds - the relations are not so good between then, after all, and many are in deep storage, that is going to be fun.
Not even counting what the damage in the first months of operations is going to be.
 
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While handling orders management for both the Draconis Combine - which had just placed an order for 50 Jenner JR9-TC3 (DHS, EndoSteel, Ferro-Fibrous, 4 ML, 1x SRM4 Streak and CASE), and the Federated Commonwealth, amidst the various requests from mercenary forces came one from an old acquaintance.


Grayson Carlyle, the leader of the Grey Death Legion, had an irresistible proposal.


The GDL had suffered badly in several hard fights against the Jade Falcons, and needed urgently some advanced equipment to rebuild its forces. Knowing that it could not match the volume of orders (and their priority) from the major nations and bigger mercenary groups, and as such, being right at the middle or end of the list to receive upgrades / replacements, it proposed that in exchange for some of its stock of Clan hardware, obtained at great cost on the battlefield and which was to all intents and purposes impossible for it to maintain, he could get a line of credit for our most advanced equipment with top priority to delivery.






Even though we all had received the Wolf’s Dragoons' datacore, the info in it was some 35 years old and perhaps a bit too much Wolf oriented. What Carlyle offered were examples of current equipment from the Jade Falcons, another Clan. Not that I believed that it was going to be much different, but some differences in models and preferences were always possible. Even though in the agreements signed in Outreach, it was defined that the Concordat would receive Clan technology samples, it was clear that this would not be one of the priorities of either the Federated Commonwealth or the Draconis Combine, they would more than probably keep said samples to themselves for their companies to analyze first. The FRR, would hand theirs over to the Earth forces as expected, since they were the ones who had put troops on the ground to help them.






After a quick conversation with Kamea as she was after all the other partner in the CHI company , we decided to satisfy Carlyle's order.


This matter led me to have a conversation with Edward, regarding precisely how to obtain technology from the Clans.


It was decided, that even though the Taurian Concordat would not officially send forces, a volunteer brigade would be created from carefully selected elements of the TDF, that would act under the guise of a mercenary unit and whose goal would be to obtain Clan hardware and secondarily gain experience fighting them outside of training with the Wolf’s Dragoons.






But, soon the politics and prejudice ugly head raised again. Even with the last decades of good relations between the Concordat and the Commonwealth, very few in the Taurian Armed Forces considered the option of serving under the Federated Commonwealth orders and since the Combine didn’t have a good reputation with mercenaries, we were in a stalemate. The Taurians didn’t accept less than independent command and full salvage rights, something the Kuritans were against on principle. Also, to guarantee that said force was not subject to limited access to supplies, something that mercenaries were always exposed to the Taurians needed to provide almost all of the needs of such force and that greatly expanded the supply train. The conclusion was to only a full TDF Task Force, with WarShip support would fit the bill. In the end, with all disguise left out, three full TDF Brigades with WarShips support and a large supply train was organized. For interaction with the Kuritans, both accepted to use the same protocols and rights that the old SLDF had when operation in the Houses territories, that have been dig up by the DCMS archivists. A Liaison Officer was accepted, but to ensure coordination and communication services with the DCMS and DCA and with no controlling power.






In Coromodir, the negotiations with Iran Technologies ended without any accord. While their presence represented an expansion on the industrial capabilities of the province, the conditions that the Irians requested were not acceptable for Kamea. They also didn’t accept that everyone and everything needed to pass the very demanding vetting process that the Kamea security forces had.


Part of the problem, was that the Irians still thought that they were in the dominant position, and that the local rules were going to roll over themselves to have their industries on the local planets, and getting all the usual and shady perks they had inside the League. Kamea on the other side, while very interested in expanding the industrial capabilities of her territories, was in no mood to compromise the control and security of said territory.
 

Blade4

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Those brigades are probable going to get chewed up being used as filler by the DCMS and Kamea just needs to wait a bit. Iran will soon probable take any deal that is not self destructive if the fighting gets to bad.
 

Paulo Brito

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Those brigades are probable going to get chewed up being used as filler by the DCMS and Kamea just needs to wait a bit. Iran will soon probable take any deal that is not self destructive if the fighting gets to bad.
The Combine doesn't have any control over the Concordat forces. They operate in/from Combine territory but are independent.
Irian Technologies, yes, if the situation in the ex_FWL continues to deteriorate, soon have two choices - try another nation or accept Kamea conditions.
 

Blade4

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The combine is old hand at fucking over mercenaries and outsiders and this is the worst part of the clan war where they were able to rampage at near will so yeah would not be shocked if the combine simply allows the foreigners to soak the punishment before the samurai move in and pick up the pieces. Wont even be official policy persay. They have plenty of asshole commanders who would happily do it and think they can get away with it.

Be interesting to see if Irian can even escape. If the factions find out Irian is getting ready to leave league space or expand beyond it could make them a direct target.
 
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What started with a ‘not involved, just selling’ posture before becoming a ‘volunteers only’ was now a full effort of the TDF to deploy the most modern and capable of its forces for a prolonged period of time against the most advanced and dangerous enemy and far far away from home.


The 2nd​, 3rd​, and 5th​ Taurian Guards, that were going to be the core of this expedition, were currently in Jamestown, training against the Wolf’s Dragoons Epsilon Regiment and the Revenants. The 2nd​ Canopian Cuirassiers were also present for training, even if they were not scheduled to depart to the Inner Sphere (call it a gift to the Magistracy).


While the Concordat and the Magistracy were for now not involved in the conflict, they got during the Outreach Summit, the services of one of the Wolf’s Dragoons regiments to train their forces in anti-Clan operations. The other regiments were dispatched to the nations involved in anti-Clan operations. Edward and Emma managed to secured one of the regiments to train their forces as they were there and they had agreed to sell military hardware to the other nations involved.


At same time these units were replacing all their vehicles that didn’t have fusion power, with more advanced ones or were busy refitting them. The objective was that the expeditionary force would be full fuel independent, ie 100% fusion powered. While expensive, this change freed them from the need to secure / transport fuel and gave the units more range while at the same time allowing them to operate in vacuum environments and to simplify and reduce the supply train.


Similarly, all the ASFs of the expeditionary units were upgraded or replaced with more advanced models, the objective being that they should all be capable of deploying Arrow IV AAM and/or A2G.


The infantry was also upgraded with all the Battle Armors being the latest Jack 2C, the “normal” units receiving Colibri PA(L). To give it even more punch, a few prototypes of the newest Heavy Battle Armor (2 tons) were added, for evaluation under fire.


The DropShips were all replaced by Lees, except for a few Union-BA, dedicated to transport/insert of Battle Armor units.


The JumpShips of the expeditionary force were all marked to be Mriyas, which forced some units staying home to give away theirs and receive less capable Invaders, until new ones were constructed.


To achieve all this, several units of the TDF had been ‘forced’ to transfer their more advanced hardware to the leaving units, which also received top priority in the new deliveries instead of the planned recipients.


The Naval escort force was also in the middle of a refit, upgrading its capabilities, with the DropShips and ASF components receiving equivalent upgrades.


Taurians, being Taurians, the number of Alamos and capital missiles with ‘special ordnance’ was very high. In fact, the Alamos were all of a new series, with improved seekers and ECM. In theory their efficiency was greater than the standard model, but the future battles would be the final judge for that.


The supply train would be made of 20 Leviathans that could carry an impressive 160 DropShips force, mostly Starlifters, the heavy cargo ones.


One of these Starlifters was right now being fully modified to have an assemble/disassemble/repair ‘Mech and vehicle unit, equivalent of the most advanced only normally seen in ’Mech factories. Another was in the process of being converted into the most advanced mobile hospital ever constructed – well, outside of the top of the Star League, that is.





The very exigent training regime included replacing those that not could achieve the new much higher standards with new people, being transferred from other units.


The end result was the creation of a truly elite force, easily the very best the TDF could deploy, even if at the cost of the morale in those staying behind and siphoned of their best personnel and hardware was not so high.


In February 3056, with the news that the Clans had resumed attack operations, and the presence of several new Clans in the front-lines, the Taurian Expeditionary Force departed for Luthien, expecting to arrive about six months later.


The supply train departed a month later, escorted by four Pinto class Corvettes, three of them with Union-CV and the last one with a Union-BA. At almost the same time the first Orca raiders, built in record time, departed Bolthole, destination, the Exodus Road.
 

Blade4

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A very high risk strategy but if it lets them get access to clan tech would be well worth it. Though if the expedition is lost or takes very heavy damage it could cripple the TDF for a good while. Their hate boner for anything of Davion does hurt them though. They would be better off trying to help Rasalhague than fight the psycho freaks that are the Jaguars with the Combine at their sides or back. Still see how it goes and i bet the clanners are going to love fighting IS battle armor and the nuke happy TDF. Just taking out the warships could cripple the clans invasion attempt.
 

Paulo Brito

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Politics...
Helping the FC AKA the Davions is a big no for a sizeable part of the taurian population, even if in recent decades the relations are much better.
Helping the FRR is also a no because Earth is already doing that with a force that the Concordat can't / want to equal, relegating them to second class helpers.
Because the DC is maintaining the Davions honest (from the TC point of view), and they are also a big customer these days, helping them is a good bet.
Also, note, i only reported the warships in the supply train, not the ones with the Expeditionary Force...:cool:
 
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Blade4

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So they are left with the only option left but if the Combine is a big buyer they will perhaps not sacrifice the expeditionary force or at least the Kurita wont and will have others "water the garden" if they try or suggest it.

Actually the Raven might be happy at least or pissed for different reasons. Their whole reason to come at all was to actually get some good naval brawls and prove their doctrine is superior... Only to find the IS has no warships.

This time there will be naval battles but i bet the best ones will involve the TDF but Ravens are stuck with the Falcons on the other side of the invasion corridors and the Jaguars are to much prideful assholes to let the Ravens bid into that fight. At least until they have taken some utterly catastrophic damage because the TDF actually fights like a navy and not try to make everything a honor duel.
 

Paulo Brito

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One 'small' difference to OTL is that the IlKhan is not killed, so Ulrik is not the new one. So, the clans are not paired with ones that they hate/don't work well. At least some of them.
 

Blade4

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One 'small' difference to OTL is that the IlKhan is not killed, so Ulrik is not the new one. So, the clans are not paired with ones that they hate/don't work well. At least some of them.
Ah but then that means they are still lead by a Jaguar which itself is one hell of a handicap. Honestly the invasion could never work it only matters how many people are killed because of the clanners trying.
 

Paulo Brito

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Ah but then that means they are still lead by a Jaguar which itself is one hell of a handicap. Honestly the invasion could never work it only matters how many people are killed because of the clanners trying.
But changes the clans in the DC front (and because of that, also in the other fronts). The Smoke Jaguars are not to be paired with the Nova Cats, but with a fellow Crusader clan(s).
And nothing is said about how many new clans appear.
The differences to OTL are starting to grow a lot.
 

Blade4

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But changes the clans in the DC front (and because of that, also in the other fronts). The Smoke Jaguars are not to be paired with the Nova Cats, but with a fellow Crusader clan(s).
And nothing is said about how many new clans appear.
The differences to OTL are starting to grow a lot.
Jaguars will still fuck over any clan paired with them because they hate the idea of needing back up at all or sharing the "kill". Hell unless forced to activate the back up they might never. The ilkhan wont force them probable. So yeah maybe differences but over all it only changes faces a bit because every clan is still rushing to the "prize" that is Terra. Competing with each other just as much as they are fighting the houses grinding themselves down.
 
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