5th Andurien Hussars
|Fifth Andurien Hussars|
|Unit Profile (as of 2765)|
|Nickname||The Corsican Marshals|
|Parent Formation||Andurien Hussars|
A relatively recently-formed brigade within the Capellan Confederation Armed Forces, the genesis of the Andurien Hussars lay in the peace treaty brokered by the Terran Hegemony in 2556 that ended the Third Andurien War. The Andurien worlds were handed over to the Capellan Confederation, and Chancellor Terrence Liao awarded the worlds full Commonality status as an attempt at reconciliation. The Andurien Hussars were established to be the military formation associated with this new Commonality.
The general disarmament during the early years of the Star League the Andurien Hussars maintain just two active regiments, but after the order limiting the size of the Great House militaries was rescinded by the Star League council in the mid-twenty-eighth century saw the number of regiments within the Hussars expand significantly. The Fifth Andurien Hussars was one of these new regiments, raised alongside two sister regiments - the Third and Fourth Andurien Hussars - to support the First Andurien Hussars.
The First Hussars had a reputation for putting the good of the Commonality ahead of themselves and for using the minimum necessary force when investigating crimes, earned during the first years of their deployment and maintained carefully throughout the two centuries since. Between the founding of the regiment and 2765 the Fifth Hussars were considered the regiment to have made the best effort to live up to the standards of the First; however, despite the Fifth's efforts, the peacekeeping operations conducted by The Corsican Marshals were constantly subject to claims of excessive brutality. One of the more notable instances of such a complaint was that arising from the Fifth's handling of a robbery attempt at the First Bank of Leyda on the world of the same name, where the Command Officer of the Fifth, Colonel Leona Weiqi, ordered a lance of Stingers to get between the bankrobbers and their hostages by tearing their way through the side of the building - an order that saw two of the twenty-nine hostages killed during the process.
Despite two hundred years of dedicated effort by the numerous commanders of the various regiments of Andurien Hussars, the Fifth Hussars found itself with a difficult situation to manage after its founding; as a whole, the Andurien Hussars were generally well-regarded. Many of the personnel within the Andurien Hussars were still Sianese or Capellan in origin, although natives of the Andurien Commonality made up slightly more than half of the strength of the Hussars. However, while the average citizen of the Commonality regarded the Hussars as a slightly foreign regiment imposed upon them by the Capellan government, those Sianese and Capellan soldiers within the Hussars were considered to be generally honorable warriors whilst those Andurien natives within the Hussars were regarded as undisciplined thugs and opportunists pandering themselves. This created an underlying feeling of tension that constantly bubbled between the Hussars and the local population even two centuries after the formation of the Hussars and affected the newly-raised Fifth Hussars directly.
In 2765 the Commanding Officer of the Fifth was Colonel Leona Weiqi.
Fifth Andurien Hussars
- Field Report: Capellan Confederation 2765, p. 8, "Andurien Hussars"