Whether its units on the battlefield, or what happens in the universe, most people have a favorite House. Mine has always been the Capellan Confederation, led by House Liao. Let me tell you why, and then you can share your stories about your favorite House.
Ah yes, the Confederation. Typically seen as the weakest of the Successor States, the Confederation is often the junior partner of the Inner Sphere. So why is it my favorite?
I have always found the 3025 era to be a bit poorly constructed, and uncomfortable. Here we have a universe where the two states based on Europe are the good guys while the two Asian ones the bad guys. It’s an obvious bit of yellow peril and missed opportunities abound. That’s why I enjoyed the changes to these various states, from Katrina Steiner’s Face-Turn-Heel spin and the Combine moving very much into a strongly heroic role in the Clan War and subsequently.
And in the Confederation, we have Sun-Tzu Liao, the best and brightest leader of his era. Taking the rump-sized state that he inherited, after ten years had passed, he had reincorporated St. Ives and its recalcitrant Compact and many worlds lost in the 4th Succession War. Sun-Tzu is the most capable leader of his era, and he brings the Confederation a great deal of prestige. Sure, he might be manipulative and willing to use many tools to regain territory, but he does so magnificently, and always with an eye for the long game.
So why the Confederation? First of all, they genuinely care about their people. For example, only the Confederation gives every citizen health care, and they fully pay for their education as well. Sure, citizenship has to be earned, but that makes it special. In the Confederation, there is a stronger sense of community and responsibility.
I have to admit that part of my Liao love is the natural admiration we all face when rooting for the underdog. When the Confederation wins, it’s a nice thing to root for. House Liao regularly punches above their weight.
Since this is a wargame after all, part of my affinity for the Confederation comes from battle. I have found a lot of Capellan Designs to be really sturdy and strong. I enjoy Vindicators because they are durable, tough, and can push folks around. Because of its use of jump jets, I tend to prefer the Catapult to other missile boats like the Archer. I like the ability to jump to the perfect perch to blast away from (as well as the ability to jump away from units that are trying to flank you). The Raven is great ‘Mech and I adore the 3039 RVN-4X variant. I also love to dominate with the Cataphract. And that’s not all. The prolific use of stealth armor is a great way to add some pop to a BattleMech.
Anyways, that’s why, in short, the Confederation is my favorite Successor State. From playing it online on MekWars clients like MegaMekNet to rocking games at home, I’m all about giving House Liao some more victories, and leveling that playing field!
So what’s your favorite Successor State and why?