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Fate Can Be Cruel - Overview[]

Chapter 2[]


1st January, 2800
Overview (Cont)

State of the Inner Sphere 2788 to 2800 Continued[]

Before the Battle of Cholame, the Draconis Combine had managed to conquer Odell and Coloma, a single jump from New Avalon. This thrust was commanded by Jinjiro Kurita, but the Screaming Eagles along with freshly supplied AFFS Regiments managed to prevent the Combine from advancing any further. The loss of many of their warships forced the Combine to halt any attempts at further advances, only launching several raids that heavily damaged Federated Boeing at Galax and Universal Air at Devalan. One deep raid managed to destroy the large Jumpship construction yards at El Dorado, but cost the DCMS a single Destroyer. Counter attacks by the Federated Suns forces could not budge the DCMS, so First Prince John Davion ordered the AFFS to hold the line while units were rebuilt with fresh equipment from the Hegemony. These were hauled by ZaP Shipping to commands all over the Federated Suns. Normally, the AFFS would use their own transports or primary contracted shippers, but the invasion by the DCMS had destroyed large numbers of transports which made using ZaP Shipping a must. Unlike other shippers in the Federated Suns, First Prince John Davion prevented the AFFS from conscripting any ships from ZaP Shipping.

It was not until 2795 that the AFFS had begun limited offensive actions against the DCMS retaking Odell and Coloma, reducing the threat to New Avalon. It was not until the Kentares Massacre that the AFFS went on a general offensive, mainly led by commands counter attacking without orders. Though the High Command did not approve of these actions, First Prince John Davion did, and they had no choice but to add additional support. Limited warship support was given to the AFFS troops as most warships were forced to be deployed along the Capellan border.

State of the Hegemony Related Industries[]

Mitchell Vehicle's Farnesworth Battlemech Factory began full production of AFFS standard design in 2791. Starting with an initial 6 production lines, by 2796, they had expanded to 12 production lines in order to fulfill AFFS orders. The AFFS Quartermaster's could not understand how this single factory could produce the amount of equipment that they did. Questions were raised, but First Prince John Davion squashed any attempts at an audit or even an inspection of the facility. Only he knew that equipment from the Hegemony, which only he and his son Joshua knew about, was being funneled thru Farnesworth under cover of Mitchell Vehicle's factory there.

During this time, ZaP Shipping saw a boom to it's shipping business, with the AFFS paying top dollar for equipment deliveries almost to the front lines. Deep Black Interstellar, purchased by ZaP Holdings, had set up their Headquarters on Pattonsbrug. They had arrived to find local construction companies enlarging the small space port. Their arrival in late 2789 created a sweel in jobs locally and made them popular on Pattonsbrug. By 2796, Deep Black Interstellar had made large gains of market share in the region expanding service all the way to the Outworlds Alliance border.

Martin Zuni and Martha Pruitt finally married in 2794 on Thazi before both returned to the Federated Suns. While he maintained a decent sized operation inside the Hegemony, Martin Zuni had decided to move most of ZaP Shipping assets to the Federated Suns. He reveled in the chaos and challenge of gaining market share on the other shippers inside the Federated Suns. In 2799, ZaP Holdings had bought out Long Haul Shippers, which they then folded completely into ZaP Shipping. Based out of Nunivak and being the primary shipper for Germanium mined on Colorado, made them a very strategic purchase. Thompson Shipyards expansion of their operation on Kilbourne, entering the Dropship market with their highly successful Steamer Dropship only made it an easy choice for ZaP Shipping.


ZaP Holdings

ZaP Shipping (Federated Suns)

Bastrop (Corp Headquarters)

10 Monolith Jumpships
12 Star Lord Jumpships
16 Liberty II Jumpships
30 Invader Jumpships
20 Merchant Jumpships
60 Mammoth Dropships (Cargo)
12 Mammoth Dropships (Passenger)
32 Jumbo Dropships (Passenger)
30 Mule Dropships
30 Steamer Dropship
10 Monarch Dropship

Humansville

40 Merchant Jumpships
10 LIberty II Jumpships
20 Jumbo Dropships (Passenger)
20 Jumbo Dropships (Cargo)
40 Steamer Dropships
40 Buccaneer Dropships

Nunivak

20 Liberty II Jumpships
30 Merchant Jumpships
60 Mammoth Dropships (Cargo)
10 Mammoth Dropships (Passenger)
10 Jumbo Dropships (Passenger)
40 Steamer Dropships

Pattonsbrug (Deep Black Interstellar)

60 Merchant Jumpships
10 Liberty II Jumpships
40 Mule Dropships
29 Aqueduct Dropships
40 Mammoth Dropships
50 Steamer Dropships

Thompson Shipyards operated both in the Federated Suns and the Hegemony. The existing Onverwacht shipyard complex had provided a nice boost for recovery while the Kilbourne complex was built. With the Federated Suns purchasing every Monolith and Star Lord Jumpship they could get their hands on, the civilian merchant fleets had been put in an uneasy place. When the Combine had struck El Dorado and destroyed the massive complex there, Thompson Shipyards had received a large grant from the Federated Suns government to expand even larger than they planned. Now cut off from locally produced Merchant Jumpships, the primary civilian Jumpship, Thompson Shipyards wasted no time filling the need. While building yards to build the popular Merchant Jumpship, they introduced the Liberty II Jumpship and also their new Steamer Dropship, with 30 construction hangers being constructed on Kilbourne's surface. They entered direct competition with Federated Boeing's Cargo King Dropship for the civilian market. Able to carry 3x the tonnage as the Cargo King for only 61 million more, the Steamer quickly overtook the Cargo King. If orders continued to pour in for the Steamer, they planned to double the number of hangers.

Thompson Shipyards

Onverwacht Complex

Monolith Jumpship - 4 yards building 8 per year
Star Lord Jumpship - 4 yards building 8 per year
Liberty II Jumpship - 6 yards building 18 per year
Invader Jumpship - 3 yards building 12 per year
Merchant Jumpship - 3 yards building 15 per year
Steamer Dropship - 20 hangers building 40 per year

Kilbourne Complex

Monolith Jumpship - 15 yards building 30 per year
Liberty II Jumpship - 10 yards building 30 per year
Merchant Jumpship - 5 yards building 25 per year
Steamer Dropship - 30 hangers building 60 per year

Mitchell Vehicle had flourished over the last 12 years. Rebuilding the Hegemony Armed Forces while also supplying the Federated Suns brought money in at a furious rate. Money that was quickly poured back into their various production centers. General Kerensky had given the Federated Suns production license for the Hellcat II Aerospace fighter in 2773 which they had assigned to Lycomb-Davion. In 2786, Mitchell Vehicle had sued for license breach with both the Federated Suns and Lycomb-Davion named. For several years, it had been tied up in court, but finally, in 2790, a deal was worked out where Mitchell Vehicle would drop the suit in exchange, they would receive a grant from the Federated Suns for 60 Billion C-Bills to be used on Farnsworth AND a production license for the Stuka Aerospace fighter. Armed with a large grant, Mitchell Vehicle lawyers paid 4 Billion C-Bills for a production license to Wanker Aerospace for license's for the Corsair and Tomahawk Aerospace Fighters. They expanded their Farnsworth Factory to produce Aerospace Fighters and Tanks in 2796 to supply the Federated Suns. Access to the advanced weapons systems being developed was restricted to Hegemony forces only.

Quines (Corporate Headquarters)

Battlemech Factory

Dragoon AEM-01 - 3 Lines producing 36 per month
Dragoon AEM-02 - 3 Lines producing 36 per month
Dragoon AEM-03 - 3 Lines producing 36 per month
Dragoon AEM-04 - 3 Lines producing 36 per month
Helepolis HEP-3Hb - 1 Line producing 12 per month

Crichton (Hegemony)

Battlemech Factory

Shootist ST-8A - 3 Lines producing 36 per month
Mercury MCY-99 - 2 Line producing 40 per month
Shogun SHG-2H - 4 Lines producing 48 per month

Aerospace Factory

Hellcat II HCT-213C - 4 Lines producing 80 per month
Hellcat II HCT-214 - 2 Lines producing 40 per month
Corsair CSR-V12b - 2 Lines producing 40 per month
Tomahawk THK-63b - 2 Lines producing 60 per month

Dropship Complex

Colossus Command - 10 hanger producing 10 per year
Colossus Mech x2 - 10 hanger producing 10 per year
Colossus Armor - 10 hanger producing 10 per year
  Zebuluraskai (Hegemony)

Shipyard Complex

1M Ton Pressurized Shipyards - 10
Luxor Heavy Cruiser
Essex III Destroyer
Riga II Destroyer
Riga III Frigate
Volga Transport

Dropship Complex

Colossus Command - 10 hanger producing 10 per year
Colossus Mech x2 - 10 hanger producing 10 per year
Colossus Armor - 10 hanger producing 10 per year

Farnsworth (Federated Suns)

Battlemech Factory

Firestarter FS9-Hb - 2 Lines producing 40 per month
Panther PNT-8Zb - 2 Lines producing 40 per month
Mercury MCY-99 - 2 Lines producing 40 per month
Dervish DV-6Mb - 2 Lines producing 36 per month
Wolverine II WVR-7H - 2 Lines producing 36 per month
Thunderbolt TDR-5Sb - 2 Lines producing 36 per month

Aerospace Factory

Hellcat II HCT-213C - 3 Lines producing 60 per month
Corsair CSR-V12b - 3 Lines producing 60 per month
Stuka STU-K5b2 - 2 Lines producing 40 per month
Tomahawk THK-63b - 2 Lines producing 60 per month
Star Dagger S-2C - 2 Lines producing 60 per month

Tank Factory

Merkava Mk VIIIb - 4 Lines producing 120 per month
Marsden Mk III - 4 Lines producing 120 per month

While Mitchell Vehicles was the premier military contractor in the Hegemony, they were not the only manufacturer. Hegemony Industries was right on their heels in terms of production and after years of upgrading their various factories with recovered technology from the Star League Data Cores, they could easily match Mitchell Vehicles production rates. It was more in the brand, Mitchell Vehicles, that made them the premier manufacturer in addition to having open access to the Federated Suns market. But under agreement, they were able to funnel equipment made inside the Hegemony to the Federated Suns via Mitchell Vehicles' Farnesworth operation. Though this additional output had raised questions within the Federated Suns, those questions had been squashed by First Prince John Davion. As the transplanted Terran Hegemony industries had begun arriving, many existing companies had been placed under the Hegemony Industries name.

Blommestein (Corporate Headquarters)

Battlemech Factory

Mongoose MON-66b - 1 Line producing 20 per month
Night Hawk NTK-2Q - 1 Line producing 20 per month
Crab CRB-27b - 1 Line producing 20 per month
Crab CRB-27sl - 1 Line producing 20 per month
Phoenix Hawk PXH-2 - 1 Line producing 20 per month
Shadow Hawk SHS-2Hb - 1 Line producing 20 per month
Dervish DV-6Mb - 1 Line producing 18 per month
Thunderbolt TDR-5Sb - 2 Lines producing 30 per month
Warhammer WHM-7A - 2 Lines producing 30 per month

Aerospace Factory

Star Dagger S-2C - 2 Lines producing 60 per month
Sabre SB-28 - 2 Lines producing 60 per month
Tomahawk THK-63b - 2 Lines producing 60 per month
Lightning LTN-G15b - 2 Lines producing 40 per month
Hellcat II HCT-213C - 2 Lines producing 40 per month
Stuka STU-K5b2 - 2 Lines producing 40 per month
Thunderbird TRB-D26b - 2 Lines producing 40 per month

Linden

Shipyard Complex

500K Ton Pressurized Shipyards - 6
1M Ton Pressurized Shipyards - 4
Builder-Class Yardship
Brandt Corvette
Avatar Heavy Cruiser
Carrack Transport
Vigilant II Corvette
Vincent Destroyer
Merchant Surveillance Vessel

Ceibu

Dropship Complex

Mammoth Dropship - 15 hanger producing 30 per year
Mule Dropship - 20 hanger producing 60 per year
Jumbo Dropship - 6 hanger producing 18 per year
Lion (Infantry) - 10 hanger producing 30 per year
Lion (Hvy Armor) - 6 hanger producing 18 per year
Lion (Light Armor) - 6 hanger producing 18 per year
Titan Dropship - 10 hanger producing 20 per year
Marine Titan Dropship - 4 hanger producing 8 per year
Elephant Tug Dropship - 6 hanger producing 12 per year
Overlord Dropship
Union Dropship
Leopard Dropship
Confederate Dropship

Thazi

Power Armor Factory (2801)

Nighthawk PAL - 3 Lines projected to produce a total of 120 per month

Zetang

Livingston Naval Base (Projected Construction Yards)

2.5M Ton Unpressurized Shipyards - 10
1M Ton Pressurized Shipyards - 10
500k Ton Pressurized Shipyards - 10
Texas Battleship
Monsoon Battleship
Farragut Battleship
Potemkin Transport
Newgrange Yardship


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