16th Army (Star League)
|Unit Profile (as of 2765)|
|Parent Formation||Star League Defense Force|
The 16th Army was one of the more experienced Armies within the SLDF, having spent years deployed to the border region of the Draconis Combine abutting the Lyran Commonwealth, an area rife with tit-for-tat bandit attacks which had served to hone the 16th's skills to a fine edge. Though this provided plenty of experience, the constant conflict affected morale. Further hampering efforts was the way in which the Draconis Combine's population treated the Sixteenth: As a conquering army rather than a defense partner. The Combine further soured relations by trying to get the Sixteenth to clean up some of the Dragon's problems. The Combine would describe Rasalhague secessionists or political dissidents as anti-Star League terrorists, which forced the Sixteenth to repress these individuals. Since many of the Sixteenth's soldiers came from other, more open societies, this duty was particularly disliked.
As a result of this, the Sixteenth's commander decided to treat any enemy as a potential threat to the Star League. She gained a reputation for utter ruthlessness as she dispatched her troops against the Rasalhague secessionists, disloyal Kurita nobility, Lyran Commonwealth agents, and pirate bases all with equal fervor. She also pushed for the assignment of more independent regiments to the Sixteenth instead of divisions as the regiments could more easily respond to the small pirate attacks the Sixteenth most frequently encountered.
The constant low-level combat between the two great houses served them well during the Periphery Uprising, when the 16th was deployed into the Outworlds Alliance; the Periphery forces damaged XXXVI Corps and L Corps, but inflicted lighter losses on the 16th than a number of other Armies would suffer. In total, by 2767 the 16th had lost three Divisions through disbandment and another eleven Divisions and three Independent Regiments in combat actions, leaving it at close to three-fifths of full combat strength.
Corps of the 16th Army
- The Star League, p. 141, "Sixteenth Army"
- Field Manual: SLDF, p. 189
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 45, "Twentieth Army"