Amaris Arms Corporation
|Amaris Arms Corporation|
The short-lived BattleMech manufacturer, Amaris Arms Corporation, was created to produce original-designed 'Mechs for the Amaris Empire. Its first and only production site was located on Terra so that the Emperor, Stefan Amaris, could keep close watch over its progress. AAC would end up spending most of its time and effort designing the failed Matar superheavy BattleMech prototype.
Though initially well resourced, AAC leadership developed a tendency to please their master in the short-term by overestimating the quality of their results. By continuously setting the bar so high, the company doomed itself to underperformance, eventually producing very little success in research and development. To make matters worse, Stefan's harsh leadership style developed a mix of shared attitudes and expectations that led to poor project management among his underlings. This tendency would be further aggravated as the SLDF launched Operation CHIEFTAIN and began reclaiming Terran Hegemony worlds.
Eventually, Stefan Amaris would appoint his cousin, General Rifkin Amaris, to spearhead the design and mass production of the Matar using AAC personnel and facilities. The project increasingly focused on maximizing armor and firepower with little regard for the BattleMech's other functions, resulting in project's eventual failure. Rifkin was not solely responsible for this given Stefan's multiple intercessions during its development. Nevertheless, after the third failed attempt to make the Matar so much as walk, Rifkin sided with the Emperor in accused the design staff of "treasonous incompetence" and ordering their execution.
AAC's loss in personnel destroyed whatever morale it had left and rendered the company impotent, though further demands from the Emperor prevented its dissolution. Other effects of this incident included indefinite development delays, increased threat of punitive action, and attempts of corporate staff to flee from Amaris control. The company would eventually dissolve via abandonment shortly after Kerensky began his liberation of Terra. AAC facilities would fall into the hands of the SLDF and Matar designs would be seized by Kerensky's troops through Rifkin Amaris's apprehension. What became of the rest of AAC's projects is still unknown.
Amaris Arms Corporation had a manufacturing center on the following planet:
|Components produced on Terra:|
|SAM-RS2 Matar||Superheavy BattleMechs|
- Experimental Technical Readout: Boondoggles, p. 7, "Matar"
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, p. 113 "Aftermath - The Blood of Innocents"