1st Ariana Fusiliers
|First Ariana Fusiliers|
|Unit Profile (as of 3028)|
|Parent Formation||Chesterton Reserves|
The First Ariana Fusiliers were a BattleMech Regiment, in the service of House Liao prior to its destruction at end of the Fourth Succession War.
Age of War
The First Ariana Fusiliers traced their beginnings back to the militia units of the Chesterton Trade League in the era after the Demarcation Declaration. When the Tikonov Grand Union formed from the merger of the earlier Tikonov Union and the Chesterton Trade League the armed forces of the Trade League, the Chesterton Army, were re-roled as a new brigade within the Grand Union's armed forces, the Chesterton Regulars.
Having established the Chesterton Regulars the Tikonov Grand Union went on to reorganise the various militia units within the Chesterton worlds into a new formation, the Chesterton Border Guards. Despite the change, the Border Guards remained a distinctly second-tier formation within the Chesterton Regulars, and in 2388 the surviving elements of the Border Guards were amalgamated together into a new regiment, the Ariana Fusiliers, by the Capellan Confederation Armed Forces, the military arm of the Capellan Confederation, the state which the Tikonov Grand Union had joined two decades before.
Star League Era
Only a single regiment of the Ariana Fusiliers remained in service with the CCAF during the early years of the Star League, but the CCAF began expanding the Chesterton Regulars in 2752 following the repeal of the Council Edict of 2650 by the Star League Council, relaxing the limitations on the militaries of the various Great Houses. As late as 2765 the Ariana Fusiliers remained a solitary regiment, but the CCAF continued to expand throughout the Amaris Civil War and at least one additional regiment of Fusiliers was raised, as evidenced by the existence of the First Fusiliers.
The First Ariana Fusiliers has a reputation as a "hard luck" regiment having been involved in tough, losing battles against veteran enemy forces. For example, in 2812, they were involved in a disastrous engagement against elements of the 3rd & 5th Crucis Lancers. The First lost more than two battalions of troops on Chesterton, as did their sister regiment, the Second Ariana Fusiliers, levels of casualties that were typical of those CCAF regiments in the initial exchanges as the Confederation tried to reclaim the Chesterton worlds. This led to the First being consolidated into a single oversized battalion in the aftermath of the campaign.
In 2832, the First lost a third of its BattleMechs while repelling a raid staged by the Second Ceti Hussars on Tikonov. Although bolstered by the presence of its sister unit, the Second Ariana Fusiliers, incompetence on the part of the First's junior officers exposed the regiment to artillery bombardment and aerospace fighter attack.
Even in victory the First Ariana tends to take heavy losses as was apparent in 2987 when the First repulsed a series of Federated Suns attacks on Tikonov with great élan. Their defense of the world earned posthumous decorations for all three battalion commanders but cost them over fifty percent losses in material and personnel. They did manage to salvage some 'Mechs, including Locusts and Marauders.
The unit similarly drove off Falkner's Hussars, a mercenary unit in Davion service in 3002, with heavy losses in a fourteen-hour battle fought in underground caverns. The mercenaries failed to reach their objective in the subterranean depot.
During the Fourth Succession War, the First was hit in the First Wave on Algol, losing two thirds of their 'Mechs. In addition, the Chancellor's son, Tormana Liao was captured by Davion forces. The action on Algol cost the Fusiliers its 1st and 2nd battalion and the 3rd later defected and became part of the 1st Republican of the Tikonov Free Republic.
- Unit Commander - Colonel Cynthia Drix
First Ariana Fusiliers (3 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)
- 1st Battalion: Major Judith Ling
- 2nd Battalion: Major Henru T Chigorin
- 3rd Battalion: Major Elisa Macao
Tormano Liao was assigned to the 1st Ariana Fusiliers.
- Field Report: Capellan Confederation 2765, p. 10, "Chesterton Regulars"
- House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 82, "1st Ariana Fusiliers"
- House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 47 - "A Proffered Hand" - Davion Units involved in the battle for Chesterton named.
- Handbook: House Liao, p. 29, "Debacle at Chesterton"
- Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 11
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 252 - "Quintus reports that only a Battalion of 1st Ariana managed to get off Algol".
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 252-253 - "Quintus reports the successful capture of Tormano Liao"
- House Liao (the Capellan Confederation), p. 82 - "1st Ariana Fusiliers bio" - Primary BattleMechs