Hanse Davion (born 2983 – died June 17th, 3052, aged 69 years) was the First Prince of the Federated Suns from 3013 until his death in 3052. He was the second child of Prince Andrew Davion and his wife Jennifer Campbell. He was known by his nickname of "The Fox", for his shrewd and cunning military and political strategies.
 Early life
As the second child of the Prince, Hanse was expected to be a powerful individual, but never to inherit the throne. Because of this, he was freed from many of the pressures that faced his brother Ian. He attended Albion Military Academy and graduated with honors, earning him a spot in the 3rd Davion Guards RCT. Here he showed a penchant for unconventional tactics, often to the exclusion of more practiced maneuvers. It was only with experience that he discovered that traditional tactics have their place as well. Having risen to command the RCT's BattleMech regiment by 3011 he later served as military governor of the recently conquered New Aragon and held other important administrative positions.  Upon the death in battle of his brother, Ian, who was without issue, Hanse succeeded to the throne in 3013.
 Marriage and children
Hanse Davion proposed to Major Dana Stephenson of the 34th Avalon Hussars on the Christmas ball in 3013, just before the start of the hard-fought Battle of Halstead Station in which he led from the front and fought together with his fiancée. When the Davion forces evacuated from the planet under heavy fire, her Enforcer was downed during their last stand at the pickup point and an enemy Awesome stepped on her cockpit in full view of Hanse's BattleMaster. It took the combined efforts of Ardan Sortek and Ran Felsner to bring him out of his shock and bring him to retreat together with his forces.
Hanse Davion, the "Victor of Halstead Station", subsequently kept a small figurine in his office crafted from ferroglass salvaged from Dana's cockpit, modeled after a holographic image of the couple that Ran Felsner took on the Christmas ball of 3013 and containing the engagement ring in the base.
After a raid obtaining thousands of books in the early 31st century, he founded the New Avalon Institute of Science, the first new college of science in the Inner Sphere in centuries. In 3022, he signed the Federated Suns-Lyran Commonwealth Alliance, or FedCom Accords, with Katrina Steiner, laying the foundation for the union of the Federated Suns with the Lyran Commonwealth and his marriage to Katrina's daughter, Melissa.
During the marriage ceremony, he announced the Fourth Succession War, and conquered much of the Capellan Confederation. During the course of the war, he and his Intelligence minster Quintus Allard ordered a series of deadly espionage operations against various powers, to ensure the war swings their way. Including tricking Michael Hasek-Davion to reveal his leaking of classified materials to Chancellor Liao.
In September 3029, Hanse realizes a DropShip heading for the NAIS Campus is being attacked. He himself alerts his people, and pilots his Battlemaster with members of Team Banzai. He and others manage to fend off brutal suicidal assault to try obtain or destroy the Star League Memory Core.
In 3039, he turned the might of the united armies of the Federated Commonwealth against the Draconis Combine. His assaults, however, were undermined by ComStar's covert aid to the DCMS and a tactically brilliant counter-attack, directed by Theodore Kurita that lead to the loss of critical logistical centers, most notably the BattleMech factories on the planet Quentin. This disastrous turn of events brought the assault on the Combine to a premature halt, led to a stalemate between the Federated Commonwealth and the Draconis Combine, and resulted in a cease-fire that became official in 3051.
Publicly, Hanse claimed victory in the War of 3039, as the conflict became known. Indeed, he had succeeded in recapturing several worlds that had been lost to House Kurita in the First Succession War, and in fact took more worlds than he lost. Privately, however, he admitted that he had been strategically beaten and showed a genuine respect for Theodore Kurita.
In 3050, Hanse again directed the Federated Commonwealth in battle, this time against the Clan Invasion. Later, he took part in the Outreach summit that lead to a detente ceasefire among the Successor States.
His respect for Theodore Kurita, combined with strategic considerations, lead him to order the Kell Hounds and Wolf's Dragoons to Luthien, capital of the Draconis Combine, to bolster the world's defenses against the Clan assault. The Battle of Luthien ended in defeat for Clan Smoke Jaguar and Clan Nova Cat and saved the command integrity of the DCMS. That it was Hanse that ensured the survival of the Federated Suns' most hated enemy speaks tantamount to his visionary political and strategic acumen.
 Philosophical and Political Views
Since the fall of the Star League, most Great House leaders desired to be First Lord. While Hanse certainly did as well, he was also realistic enough to acknowledge that he would not be able to attain such a goal. Instead, he set about establishing a dynasty in the hopes that that would allow such a feat to be accomplished by his descendants.
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- When he was 28, Hanse received the title of "Marksman", the MechWarrior equivalent of an Ace.
- In a likely error, page eight of House Davion (The Federated Suns) depicts a young Hanse Davion as a lance commander at the Battle of Banton Hill in 2998. This would place Davion's age at only 14 or 15 (based upon his birth year of 2983) when the "picture" was taken, yet Davion appears to be much older than this.
"I've no delusions about my brother-in-law. If my brother was known as the Hound, and I'm the Fox, then the Duke of New Syrtis is the Weasel darting through the underbrush, looking to take advantage."
"An Alliance is a delicate thing, but I think ours will live beyond us. The day will come when our people will view our two states as a single realm with a single desire for peace."
"I'm still pretty young, but I've seen enough action to kill any heroic feelings I had toward combat and war. For me, knowing that I have to send men and women into combat is the dirtiest job I can think of."
"Wife, in honor of our marriage, in addition to this morsel I give you a vast prize. My love, I give you the Capellan Confederation!"
- -Hanse Davion to Melissa Steiner-Davion at their wedding reception on Terra, also sparking the Fourth Succession War, August 20, 3028
- ↑ Era Report: 3052, p. 65, "Hanse Davion Profile"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 179
- ↑ BattleCorps story Irreplaceable
- ↑ Warrior: Coupé, pp. 131-134: Hanse briefs his top military staff on reports of a FedSun-funded FWL insurgency and the deliberate destruction of the mostly traitorous 5th Syrtis Fusiliers.
- ↑ Warrior: Riposte, p. 292: Hanse Davion receives word of Michael Hasek-Davion's secret departure for Sian.
- ↑ Warrior: Coupé, pp. 256-264: Hanse pilots his BattleMaster with Team Banazi, in order to repel ComStar's fake Death Commando raiding force.
- ↑ Lost Destiny
- ↑ House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 95
- ↑ House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 98
- ↑ House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 97
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