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History - The Outer Colonies Region[]


Word from Starling[]

Some more information for you on the 'Outer Colonies Defense Force'. It's taken from the same book, and should be treated with the same level of skepticism. I showed the numbers to an acquaintance of my and he laughed, saying that there was no way that such a small realm, with less than 10-billion inhabitants across more than a dozen worlds, could impossible field such a disproportionately large army. Then I showed him numbers for per-diaspora Terra, and reminded him that in the past people have been able to support much larger numbers with a far smaller population base.
It just comes down to how much of your GDP you can afford to spend.


- Starling


I (First) Corps[]

Port Stanley Military Region

7th Royal Armored Division
(Stationed on Port Stanley)

Division Headquarters
Command Company
Regimental HQ Staff
HQ Transport
MP Platoon
131st Royal BattleMech Brigade
The Grenadier Guards
The 6th Dragoons
The Java Hussars
417th Royal Celtic BattleMech Brigade
The Irish Guards
The Lenox Rangers
The Royal Cameron Highlanders
984th Armored Brigade
1st Royal Fusiliers
2nd Royal Fusiliers
1st Royal Striker Regiment
41st Infantry Brigade
7th Royal Gurkha Rifles
22nd Rifles
68th Royal Mechanized Infantry Regiment
Non-Brigade Attached Units
1st Battalion, 101st Royal Artillery Regiment
2nd Battalion, 102nd Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
1st Battalion, 1st Long Range Patrol Regiment
Combat Support Brigade
Brigade HQ Staff
1st Battalion, 5th Heavy Construction Engineers
21st Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
3rd Battalion, 117th Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
1st Battalion, 2nd Combat Support Group
MP Company
Signals Company

2nd Division
(Stationed on New Tasmania)

Division Headquarters
Command Company
Regimental HQ Staff
HQ Transport
MP Platoon
88th Royal Highland BattleMech Brigade
The Argyll Highlanders
The Gordon Highlanders
The Coldstream Guards
631st Irish BattleMech Brigade
The Royal Irish Rangers
The Royal Irish Fusiliers
1st Cork Grenadiers
9th Armored Brigade
88th Heavy Assault Regiment
98th Striker Regiment
9th Gurkha Tank Regiment
4th Infantry Brigade
The Royal Ulster Rifles
1st Regiment of Rifles
The Aden Rifles
Non-Brigade Attached Units
3rd Battalion, 101st Mechanised Artillery Regiment
3rd Battalion, 41st Combat Engineers
2nd Battalion, 4th Long Range Patrol Regiment
Combat Support Brigade
Brigade HQ Staff
5th Heavy Construction Engineers
5176th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
1st Battalion, 31st Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
4th Battalion, 2nd Combat Support Group
MP Company
Signals Company

101st Division
(Stationed on San Antonio)
Division Headquarters
Command Company
Regimental HQ Staff
HQ Transport
MP Platoon
4th Highland Brigade
The Highland Rangers
The Green Howards
30th Royal BattleMech Regiment
9th Royal Brigade
The Royal Cameronians
36th Royal BattleMech Regiment
52nd Royal BattleMech Regiment
16th Amoured Brigade
The Royal Scots Tank Regiment
21st Medium Armored Regiment
2nd Cork Grenadiers Medium
33rd Infantry Brigade
1st Dublin Grenadiers Mechanized Infantry
3rd Royal Heavy Infantry Regiment
49th Royal Mechanized Infantry Regiment
Non-Brigade Attached Units
1st Battalion, 1st Royal Artillery Regiment
2nd Battalion, 102nd Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
A Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Long Range Patrol Regiment
Combat Support Brigade
Brigade HQ Staff
1st Battalion, 5th Heavy Construction Engineers
21st Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
3rd Battalion, 117th Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
1st Battalion, 2nd Combat Support Group
MP Company
Signals Company


II (Second) Corps[]

New Jersey Military Region

41st Division
(Station on New Jersey)

Division Headquarters
Command Company
Regimental HQ Staff
HQ Transport
MP Platoon
643rd BattleMech Brigade
The Redbank Fusiliers
The Jersey Rangers
The Rocky Mountain Rangers
66th Royal Highland Brigade
The First Lords Own Scottish Borderers
The Royal Scots Fusiliers
The Royal Highland Fusiliers
14th Armored Brigade
23rd Rockall Regiment
38th Rockall Regiment
2nd Cork Grenadiers
647th Infantry Brigade
89th Royal Infantry Regiment
103rd Royal Infantry Regiment
123rd Royal Infantry Regiment
Non-Brigade Attached Units
3rd Battalion, 1st Royal Artillery Regiment
1st Battalion, 41st Combat Engineers
1st Battalion, 4th Long Range Patrol Regiment
Combat Support Brigade
Brigade HQ Staff
5th Battalion, 2nd Combat Support Group
101st Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
3rd Battalion, 58th Combat Engineers
2nd Battalion, 31st Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
MP Company
Signals Company

96th Division
(Stationed on Rockall)

Division Headquarters
Command Company
Regimental HQ Staff
HQ Transport
MP Platoon
99th Cavalry Brigade
20th Royal Cavalry Regiment
23rd Royal Cavalry Regiment
48th Heavy Cavalry Regiment
38th Royal BattleMech Brigade
63rd Royal Striker Regiment
73rd Royal Striker Regiment
40th Royal Heavy Regiment
13th Armored Brigade
1st Dublin Grenadiers
Hannibal's Hoplites
14th Medium Tank Regiment
4th Royal Infantry Brigade
51st Regiment of Rifles
83rd Regiment of Rifles
92nd Regiment of Rifles
Non-Brigade Attached Units
1st Battalion, 4th Royal Heavy Horse Artillery
1st Battalion, 4th Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
3rd Battalion, 1st Long Range Patrol Regiment
Combat Support Brigade
Brigade HQ Staff
7th Battalion, 2nd Combat Support Group
82nd Field Hospital
3rd Battalion, 4th Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
1st Battalion, 54th Engineering Regiment
MP Company
Signals Company

88th Division
(Stationed on Last Post)

Division Headquarters
Command Company
Regimental HQ Staff
HQ Transport
MP Platoon
137th BattleMech Brigade
Ike's Irregulars
1st Royal Assault Regiment
14th Colonial Rangers
31st BattleMech Brigade
1st Colonial Rangers
21st Colonial Rangers
66th Scout Regiment
55th Armored Brigade
3rd Royal Mechanized Regiment
24th Royal Mechanized Regiment
44th Royal Mechanized Regiment
16th Infantry Brigade
The Durham Light Infantry
The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
The Somerset Light Infantry
Non-Brigade Attached Units
2nd Battalion, 1st Royal Artillery Regiment
21st Battalion, 41st Combat Engineers
7th Battalion, 4th Long Range Patrol Regiment
Combat Support Brigade
Brigade HQ Staff
6th Battalion, 2nd Combat Support Group
131st Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
3rd Battalion, 56th Combat Engineers
2nd Battalion, 41st Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
MP Company
Signals Company


IV (Fourth) Corps[]

New Jamaica Military Region

23rd Division
(Stationed on New Jamaica)

Division Headquarters
Command Company
Regimental HQ Staff
HQ Transport
MP Platoon
23rd BattleMech Brigade
The Kingstown Rangers
1st Royal Hussars
44th Dragoon Guards
24th BattleMech Brigade
14th Royal Hussars
2nd Caledonia Guards
4th Caledonia Guards
430th Armored Brigade
4th Close Assault Regiment
8th Close Assault Regiment
1st Scout Regiment
49th Infantry Brigade
79th Royal Infantry Regiment
127th Royal Infantry Regiment
169th Royal Infantry Regiment
Non-Brigade Attached Units
1st Battalion, 21st Royal Artillery Regiment
4th Battalion, 41st Combat Engineers
7th Battalion, 4th Long Range Patrol Regiment
Combat Support Brigade
Brigade HQ Staff
5th Battalion, 2nd Combat Support Group
111th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
3rd Battalion, 36th Combat Engineers
2nd Battalion, 21st Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
MP Company
Signals Company

28th Division
(Stationed on Vision)

Division Headquarters
Command Company
Regimental HQ Staff
HQ Transport
MP Platoon
35th BattleMech Brigade
4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards
18th Royal Hussars
22nd Dragoon Guards
159th BattleMech Brigade
753rd Royal BattleMech Regiment
632nd Royal BattleMech Regiment
842nd Royal BattleMech Regiment
8th Armored Brigade
3rd Royal Tank Regiment
The Royal Scots Greys
The Sherwood Rangers
6th Highland Infantry Brigade
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
3rd Regiment of Foot
21st Regiment of Foot
Non-Brigade Attached Units
2nd Battalion, 21st Royal Artillery Regiment
1st Battalion, 41st Combat Engineers
4th Battalion, 4th Long Range Patrol Regiment
Combat Support Brigade
Brigade HQ Staff
1st Battalion, 2nd Combat Support Group
101st Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
63rd Battalion, 7th Combat Engineers
1st Battalion, 21st Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
MP Company
Signals Company

1st Cavalry Division
(Stationed on Malloy's World)

Division Headquarters
Command Company
Regimental HQ Staff
HQ Transport
MP Platoon
4th Cavalry Brigade
1st Household Cavalry

1st Royal Yeomanry
22nd Royal Yeomanry
44th Highland BattleMech Brigade
The Seaforth Highlanders
8th Royal Scots
6th Royal Scots Fusiliers
11th Royal Armored Brigade
107th Royal Armoured Regiment
110th Royal Armoured Regiment
111th Royal Armoured Regiment
6th Airborne Infantry Division
9th Parachute Regiment
12th Parachute Regiment
163rd Royal Infantry Regiment
Non-Brigade Attached Units
1st Battalion, 121st Mechanised Artillery Regiment
4th Battalion, 58th Combat Engineers
4th Battalion, 7th Long Range Patrol Regiment
Combat Support Brigade
Brigade HQ Staff
6th Battalion, 2nd Combat Support Group
442nd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
6th Battalion, 4th Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
2nd Battalion, 58th Combat Engineers
MP Company
Signals Company


V (Fifth) Corps[]

Rorke's Drift Military Region

331st Royal BattleMech Division
(Stationed on Rorke's Drift)

Division Headquarters
Command Company
Regimental HQ Staff
HQ Transport
MP Platoon
1st Minnesota Brigade
The McEverdy Guards
2nd Royal Guards
64th Dragoon Guards
2nd Minnesota Brigade
McAlpine's Fusiliers
The Connaught Rangers
49th Dragoon Guards
40th Mechanized Brigade
8th Royal Tank Regiment
76th Royal Tank Regiment
62nd Royal Battle Regiment
95th Infantry Brigade
1st Gurkha Rifles
2nd Gurkha Rifles
95th Regiment of Rifles
Non-Brigade Attached Units
2nd Battalion, 101st Mechanised Artillery Regiment
1st Battalion, 58th Combat Engineers
1st Battalion, 7th Long Range Patrol Regiment
Combat Support Brigade
Brigade HQ Staff
3rd Battalion, 2nd Combat Support Group
65th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
2nd Battalion, 4th Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
2nd Battalion, 54th Engineering Regiment
MP Company
Signals Company


Fortifications[]

Military fortifications in the Outer Colonies are based on the Star League's Castle Brian. Most are smaller, but each world has at least on full sized Castle with an attached space-port reserved for military traffic. The most largest are Mount Longdon, home of Port Stanley's Planetary Defense Command and headquarters of the Outer Colonies De fence Force, and Masada, an extremity large Castle Brian in the Wolf's Bane Mountains of Rorke's Drift. The largest network of fortifications is the so-called "Ring of Fire" around McEvedy City on Rorke's Drift: over twenty Castles of various size and type surround the entire city, centered around Masada itself.

The world of Rockall is home to several small, Castle like structures built by the inhabitants to defend against the cold winters and occasional bouts of inter-clan warfare that marked its early history. Appearance wise, these are closer to castles of Medieval Europe than anything later, but they are still heavily armed and armored, even by modern standards.

The Citadel on Last Post is somewhat like a Castle Brian, but was built independently by the Knights Templar and is of unknown internal layout.

Also of note is Crystal Peak on Vision: it sits atop a massive underground manufacturing facility built by the Star League Corps of Engineers shortly before the Reunification War, but never put into service. Mothballed since before the Exodus, it maintains the capacity to produce vast numbers of BattleMechs, Armored Vehicles and Aerospace Fighters, but it would need time and money to make it operational again, and Fox Bay on Port Stanley is more than capable of fulfilling local needs.


Major Castle Brian's of the Outer Colonies[]

Port Stanley
Mount Usborne, San Carlos
Mount Longdon (Planetary Defense Command)
Port Howard (Port Castle, attached to Mount Longdon)
Bluff Cove, Fox Bay, Fitzroy

New Tasmania
Oyster Bay, Hobart
Woomera (Planetary Defense Command)
Devonport (Port Castle)

San Antonio
Fort Worth, Galviston
The Alamo (Planetary Defense Command)
Fort Houston (Port Castle)

New Jersey
Greystone, Jersey City
Cape May (Planetary Defense Command)
Red Bank (Port Castle)
Neuschwanstein, Newport News Shipbuilding

Rockall
Dunluce, Derry (Planetary Defense Command)
Carrickfergus (Port Castle)
Glenbogle (Clan MacDonalds)
Kilwillie Castle (Clan Kilwillie)
Conwy Castle (Clan Fraiser)

Last Post
Qasr Kharana, Landing (Planetary Defense Command)
Spis (Port Castle)
The Citadel, New Constantinople

New Jamaica
Herstmonceux, Port Royal
Gifu (Planetary Defense Command)
Hatley (Port Castle)

Vision
Bodiam, Eden (Planetary Defense Command)
Malbork (Port Castle)
Crystal Peak (abandoned)

Malloy's World
Matsumoto, Rosalyn
Himeji (Planetary Defense Command)
Trakoscan (Port Castle)

Ticonderoga
Hohensalzburg, Champlain (Planetary Defense Command/Port Castle)

Rorke's Drift
Vianden, Charlemagne Masada, McEvedy City (Planetary Defense Command)
Heidelberg, Wolf's Bane Mountains
Mehrangarh, Wolf's Bane Mountains
Lichtenstein, Wolf's Bane Mountains

Fort Dixie
Terminus (large Port Castle)

Protectorates:
Helios & Solitude None

Arixo
Krak des Chevaliers, Snake River

Pacifica
Gibraltar, Roanapur


Conclusion[]

"That's pretty much all the book has to say about the standing army. It does mention local militia units and some special forces, but no further derails are given. The military outposts and protectorates seem to be garrisoned by whatever units are available at the time, and sound like little more than glorified security detachments for mining outposts and other scattered settlements."
"Many of their regiments are named after units that served the original Star League, no doubt as a tribute to their past."
"Given what information is given, it seems safe to assume that the 331st Division is descended from a small group of survives from Clan Wolverine who became isolated from the rest of the so-called Minnesota Tribe and headed out on their own. It looks like they've become fully integrated into the local population, with only a few names and customs to set them apart."

"Not sure if the other Clans would see it that way."

-Starling


Question and Answers with the Author[]

  • Question: I am not sure that the "you are all part of the Star League" stuff is really standard procedure.
    Answer:There was no real local government to speak of, so the Star League just said abugger it's and took over completely.
  • Question: Also, if it is really secluded or deep/unknown in the Periphery, how did Stephan Amaris learn about this place?
    Answer:The HPG link to the Inner Sphere passed through the Rim Worlds Republic, as would have convoys headed out and coming back. Someone somewhere would have asked just what was going on, and eventually they would have gotten an answer, especially when Amaris became Grand Vizier in all but name.

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