31st Marik Militia

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31st Marik Militia
Unit Profile (as of 3059)
Nickname The Enlightened
Parent Formation Marik Militia
Formed 2765-2786
2980

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

The Thirty-first Marik Militia was founded at some point between 2765 and the outbreak of the First Succession War in 2786.[1][2]

Reactivation[edit]

The Thirty-first was reactivated in 2980 at the same time as the Thirtieth Marik Militia. The Thirty-first often suffered from supply problems, which forced the techs assigned to the unit to get creative when fixing or modifying the Thirty-first's equipment. The 31st spent much of the time from its founding to the Fourth Succession War guarding the planet of Uhuru.[3]

Anton's Revolt[edit]

In 3014 the Thirty-first didn't initially play an active role in suppressing Anton Marik's rebellion. Instead they were besieged on Uhuru by the Ninth Lyran Regulars and Narhal's Raiders. They were relieved by the Third Oriente Hussars and Fifth Oriente Hussars.[4] Shortly thereafter they reinforced the Fifteenth Marik Militia on Berenson, and the two units eventually destroyed the 3rd Marik Militia on Park Place.[5]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

During the Fourth Succession War the Thirty-first split into its component battalions and raided several Lyran worlds.[3]

Andurien Secession[edit]

During the War of 3039 the Thirty-first faced multiple Federated Commonwealth raids, most notably by the Ninth Lyran Regulars. They left their garrison on Uhuru and seized Callison. Unfortunately the AFFC High Command ordered the Davion Assault Guards to attack the world, and ten days later the Thirty-first was driven off Callison.[6] Though they managed to destroy a lance of Assault Guards, it cost them two companies.

Operation Guerrero[edit]

The Thirty-first didn't participate in Operation Guerrero. At this time they were too busy trying to get their hands on upgraded technology to replace the Succession Wars-era equipment they had been issued.[7]

Jihad[edit]

The Thirty-first Marik Militia was part of Operation Broken Fist, the defense of the Free Worlds League against invading forces from the Lyran Commonwealth's Skye and Bolan Provinces.[8] Later they were assigned to Group III of the Coalition's Lyran Thrust, along with the Sixth Benjamin Regulars and the First Federated Suns Lancers. A Word of Blake decapitation strike killed most of the Thirty-first's officers along with those of the Sixth Benjamin Regulars and First Federated Suns Lancers; as a result, the Thirty-first Marik Militia found themselves under the overall command of the Lyran Lieutenant General Thomas Hogarth.[9] During the assault on Terra, elements of the Thirty-first assaulted Moscow with the Skye Guards and the Seventh Free Worlds Legionnaires.[10] These troops, approximately a battalion's worth, took heavy losses and was effectively destroyed. The remainder of the unit was recalled to the Tamarind District. There they split into two battalion sized formations and garrisoned the Griffith and Alorton systems.[11]

During this time the Thirty-first created a series of defensive fortifications near and around the various cities on Alorton. The 31st then used air and rail transport to swiftly move troops to trouble zones. This meticulous planning let the 31st drive off many Lyran raids with few losses.[12]

Officers[edit]

As of 3025 the Thirty-first was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Millicent Anson.[13]

As of 3050 to 3054 the commanding officer was Colonel David Sloane, a graduate of the Orloff Military Academy. He was still the commanding officer in 3067 as well as 3085.[14][15][3][16][17]

Tactics[edit]

The Thirty-first was a long-serving garrison unit, and had never developed any particular tactical specialties. One area where they do shine is their respect for anti-aircraft forces. This developed after the Thirty-first lost several 'Mechs to Lyran Commonwealth conventional fighters on Arcadia.[3]

Composition History[edit]

2786[edit]

Thirty-first Marik Militia (Green/Questionable)[2]

- At this point in time the Thirty-first was a medium-weight regiment operating at full strength and based on Trellisane.[2]

2821[edit]

Thirty-first Marik Militia (Green/Questionable)[2]

- At this point in time the Thirty-first was a medium-weight regiment operating at between one-third and half-strength, and was located on Dixie.[2]

3025[edit]

Thirty-first Marik Militia (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[13]

  • CO: Lieutenant Colonel Millicent Anson

3040[edit]

Thirty-first Marik Militia (Regiment/Regular/Fanatical)[18]

3050-3054[edit]

Thirty-first Marik Militia (Green/Reliable)[14][15]

  • CO: Colonel David Sloane

3059-3067[edit]

Thirty-first Marik Militia (1 Regiment/Green/Reliable)[3][16]

  • Second Battalion: Force Commander Fairarza Anwar
  • Third Battalion: Force Commander Rose Leyton

Thirty-first Militia Aerospace (1 Wing/Regular/Reliable)[3][16]

Seventh Uhuru Regulars (1 Regiment/Green/Reliable)[3][16]

  • Armor Commander: Force Commander: Lucas De Witt

Ninety-third Atrean Regulars (1 Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[3][16]

  • Troop Commander: Lt. Colonel Martin Kyle

- The Ninety-third is equipped with laser-rifles and man-pack PPCs

3079[edit]

The Thirty-First lost a battalion on Terra. This, combined with losses from earlier in the Jihad, reduced them to about two thirds of their pre-Jihad strength..[11]

3085[edit]

Thirty-first Marik Militia (Veteran/Reliable)[17]

  • CO: Colonel David Sloane

Thirty-first Militia Aerospace (Wing/Regular/Reliable)[17]

Thirty-seventh Tamarind Heavy Armor (Veteran/Fanatical)[17]

  • CO: Lieutenant Colonel Fred Crawford

Forty-fourth Tamarind Regulars (Regular/Fanatical)[17]

  • CO: Lieutenant Colonel Zackary Herbert

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Field Report 2765: Free Worlds League, p. 10, "Marik Militia"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 First Succession War, p. 138, "Free Worlds League Military (FWLM)"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 68, "31st Marik Militia Unit Profile"
  4. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 24
  5. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 26, 31
  6. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 78
  7. Field Manual: Updates, p. 149
  8. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 80
  9. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 27, "We Have Met The Enemy"
  10. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 96
  11. 11.0 11.1 Field Report: FWLM, p. 11
  12. Field Manual: 3085, p. 89
  13. 13.0 13.1 House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 108, "FWLM Deployment Table - 3025"
  14. 14.0 14.1 20 Year Update, p. 56, "FWLM Deployment Table - 3050"
  15. 15.0 15.1 Objective Raids, p. 38, "FWLM Deployment Table - 3054"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Field Manual: Updates, p. 160, "FWLM Deployment Table - 3067"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 93, "FWLM Deployment Table - 3085"
  18. Historical: War of 3039 , p. 140

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