5th Republican Guards
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|The Fifth Republican|
|Unit Profile (as of 3058)|
|Parent Formation||Tikonov Republican Guards|
The Fifth Republican Guard was formed in March or April 3029 as the Fifth Republican BattleMech Regiment, part of the Tikonov Free Republic Army. Following negotiations between Colonel Pavel Ridzik, chief military advisor to Chancellor Maximillian Liao of the Capellan Confederation, and AFFS Lieutenant General Ardan Sortek, conducted in February 3029, Ridzik created a new nation, the Tikonov Free Republic. The Republic was created by incorporating those worlds of the Tikonov Commonality that hadn't already been conquered during the first half of the Fourth Succession War. Ridzik returned to Elgin, the new capital of the Tikonov Free Republic, on the 3rd of March 3029 and swiftly began implementing a new government consisting of family members, friends and other appointees loyal to himself, purging dissident elements on the various Republic worlds and taking the opportunity to settle old scores. Ridzik also formed the Tikonov Free Republic Army, purging those military forces available to him in an effort to ensure the troops were loyal to him. The Fifth was one of five 'Mech regiments established at the founding of the TFRA, and like one of it sister regiments, the Fourth Republican, the Fifth was created by taking individual soldiers formerly of the Capellan Confederation Armed Forces who had survived the Fourth Succession War to date and combining them with new graduates of MechWarrior training programs.
Tikonov Free Republic Offensive
Goaded by requests from Archon Katrina Steiner and First Prince Hanse Davion, and aided by advice from Ardan Sortek, Pavel Ridzik decided to launch an offensive against the Free Worlds League in the second quarter of 3029. Ridzik's offensive targeted four League worlds, one of which was Van Diemen IV. Van Diemen IV became a target when the Free Worlds League Military redeployed away the Marik Guard for a planned offensive against the Lyran Commonwealth; this redeployment prompted Ridzik to send the Fifth to conquer the world, not anticipating any particular problems. The Fifth had more trouble with the invasion than expected because Ridzik and his advisers were unaware that the FWLM had deployed four front-line armored regiments to Van Diemen IV to replace the Marik Guard. Both the League regiments and the Fifth Republican were unfamiliar with the terrain, but the Republicans eventually overwhelmed the tank regiments and seized the planet for the Republic.
During Operation Guerrero the Fifth was stationed on Elgin. There they were ineffective at countering the Capellan sponsored terrorists who were attacking the world. The Fifth was targeted for destruction by the nobles on the world once they found out that the Fifth's commander was a Maskirovka spy.
|Commanding Officers of the 5th Republican Guards|
Later discovered to be a Maskirovka spy.
|3050 to 3058|
5th Republican BattleMech Regiment (Green)
5th Republican (Green/Questionable)
- NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 80, "Free Worlds League Front"
- NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 16-17, "Tikonov Free Republic"
- Chaos March (sourcebook), p. 33
- 20 Year Update, p. 24
- Historical: War of 3039 , p. 138
- Objective Raids, p. 18