Newtown Square

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Newtown Square
Newtown Square neighbouring systems
Newtown Square neighbouring systems
System information
X:Y Coordinates -228.27 : 393.12[e]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary History[edit]

Reunification War[edit]

By the end of the Age of War Newtown Square was a world within the Apollo Province of the Rim Worlds Republic.[2]

Civil war erupted in the Rim Worlds Republic in 2575, with the factions polarised around those loyal to First Consul Gregory Amaris and those loyal to the Rift Republican Army and the Rim Provisional Government.[40] The Star League eventually decided to intervene in the civil war in support of Gregory Amaris, and in 2579 assembled Task Force MAILED FIST to help secure Amaris' control over the Rim Worlds Republic. A multinational force headed by the Star League Defense Force, Task Force MAILED FIST was responsible for executing Operation MAILED FIST, the name given to the military intervention. the first wave of attacks focused on securing significant worlds near Apollo,[41] until a destructive raid on Alarion by forces from the Fourth Amaris Fusiliers in retaliation prompted the SLDF to alter its initial strategy for the campaign, the focus shifted to reducing Rim Worlds Army concentrations throughout the Republic and the capture of key worlds.[42]

In late 2584 the SLDF changed tactics again; a number of major RWA units had been destroyed or captured, and the focus for the campaign shifted to capturing worlds of strategic importance, but the campaign was slowed by the greatly increased resistance offered by the RWA and local civilian populations, prompted by atrocities performed by the Draconis Auxiliary Corps when they captured Nightwish in mid-2584.[43]

The Commanding Officer of Battle Group APOLLO, General Nathan Isaacson, assigned the conquest of Newtown Square to the Sixteenth Mechanized Infantry Division in January 2588. No major Rim Worlds Army units were known to be in place on Newtown Square, which meant that the planetary conquest was anticipated to involve only subjugating the local militias. The battle for Newtown Square actually became the most costly campaign of any of the "undefended" Rim Worlds Republic worlds targeted to date by Task Force APOLLO, and for reasons the SLDF hadn't anticipated.[44]

The Sixteenth arrived in the Newtown Square system without anticipating any major surprises or setbacks, and within two weeks of making planetfall the Sixteenth was well on its way to neutering the local militias. As was standard operating doctrine for SLDF invasion forces during the campaign the Sixteenth had been escorted to Newtown Square by a WarShip contingent, in this case the cruiser-class SLS Rapacious and the frigate-class SLS Alacrity. While this doctrine was a security measure intended to protect the vulnerable transport ships from attacks by enemy naval forces, the RWA black water navy of the time consisted of just two destroyer-class and seven corvette-class WarShips, only one of which - a corvette crippled and boarded during the invasion of Finmark in 2586 - had been seen, and as a result the Republic navy had been largely dismissed as a threat. The primary roadblock to the successful conquest of Newtown Square was discovered to be a complex of reinforced bunkers within the Ard Ri Mountains, a complex which was well protected by anti-air defenses and which was proving very difficult to attack by ground. With a determined defense in place proving difficult for the forces from the Sixteenth on the ground to defeat, the decision was made to have the Alacrity and the Rapacious subject the bunker complex to orbital bombardment, with the two WarShips promptly leaving the transport fleet behind and assuming an assault orbit to be able to conduct their bombardment.[44]

What the SLDF hadn't realised was that the Admiral in charge of the Republic's black water navy, Admiral Hakim Wbika, knew full well that his small naval fleet would be easy prey for the SLDF WarShip fleet active within the Republic and had deliberately gathered the bulk of his ships together and kept them operating in secret, waiting for an opportunity to strike back against Task Force MAILED FIST. When Wbika was made aware of the situation on Newtown Square by agents on the planet, he decided that Newtown Square represented that opportunity he'd been looking for; mustering the Republic fleet in secret, Wbika used the redeployment of the Alacrity and the Rapacious to launch a devastating attack on the SLDF transport JumpShips and DropShips gathered at the system's zenith jump point. The resulting battle lasted sixty minutes and saw nineteen JumpShips and twenty-two DropShips destroyed, along with two complete regiments of infantry from the Sixteenth who had been embarked on various DropShips. None of the Republican WarShips were destroyed, and Wbika broke off the engagement to give his ships a chance to recharge their jump engines and try and escape the system.[44]

Alerted to what had happened, the Alacrity and the Rapacious conducted their orbital bombardment as quickly as possible and made for the zenith jump point as fast as they could, keeping up punishing levels of acceleration in a determined effort to exact vengeance on the Republican fleet. It soon became obvious that the heavier SLDF WarShips would catch up with the lighter RWA fleet before the Republican ships would've been able to jump, leading Wbika to take his ships into the Newtown Shoals, a cometary debris field located in the outer reaches of the Newtown Square system. Wbika couldn't plan for the greater skill of the SLDF WarShips or the determination of their crews to destroy the Republican ships, and as a result the majority of the Republican fleet was caught and engaged within the debris field; one corvette managed to escape, and two more corvettes were disabled and captured. The remaining two destroyers and three corvettes were destroyed in battle, with one of the survivors being Wbika himself. When Wbika was recovered in an escape pod by the Rapacious he only narrowly escaped being lynched by the vengeful crew, and elements within the SLDF subsequently petitioned for Wbika to be put on trial for war crimes; fortunately for Wbika, General Isaacson knew that to charge Wbika with war crimes would expose others within Task Force MAILED FIST to similar charges due to their actions on various Republic worlds.[44]

Star League Era[edit]

Newtown Square was conquered by the Lyran Commonwealth during the 2773-2775 Republic-Commonwealth war.[12]

The Dark Age[edit]

In the early years after the Jihad the Lyran Alliance invaded both Newtown Square and the nearby world of Kikuyu, provoking an aggressive response from Clan Jade Falcon and the counter-invasion of Mogyorod, Clermont and Machida by the Jade Falcon Epsilon Galaxy[45] in 3080.[46]

Military Deployment[edit]

2588[edit]

2821[edit]

3025[edit]

3038-3040[edit]

3050[edit]

3061[edit]

  • Thirty-ninth Avalon Hussars[53]

3085[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Planets within 2 jumps (60 light-years)
Closest planets first:
Planet Distance (LY) Jumps 2750 3025 3030 3040 3052 3057 3062 3067
Mogyorod 21.62 1 RWR LC LC FC FC LA LA LA
Kolovraty 24.83 1 RWR LC LC FC FC LA LA LA
Barcelona 30.10 2 RWR LC LC FC CJF CJF CJF CJF
Pangkalan 36.09 2 RWR LC LC FC FC LA LA LA
Kikuyu 36.55 2 RWR LC LC FC FC LA LA CJF
Annunziata 36.70 2 RWR LC LC FC FC LA LA LA
Clermont 44.94 2 RWR LC LC FC FC LA LA LA
Melissia 47.24 2 RWR LC LC FC FC LA LA LA
Hood IV 47.68 2 RWR LC LC FC FC LA LA LA
Black Earth 48.25 2 RWR LC LC FC CJF CJF CJF LA
Roadside 49.99 2 LC LC LC FC CJF CJF CJF LA
Chapultepec 51.56 2 RWR LC LC FC FC LA LA LA
Bone-Norman 53.89 2 RWR LC LC FC CJF CJF CJF CJF
Machida 56.73 2 RWR LC LC FC FC LA LA LA
Jesenice 59.74 2 RWR LC LC FC FC LA LA LA

References[edit]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 18, "Rim Worlds Republic after Age of War - [2571] Map"
  3. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 25, "Lyran Commonwealth after Age of War - [2571] Map"
  4. Historical: Reunification War, p. 158, "Inner Sphere - [2596] Map"
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  7. Field Manual: SLDF, p. vii, "Inner Sphere - [2764] Map"
  8. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 10, "Inner Sphere - [2765] Map"
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  31. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 64, "Inner Sphere [3075] Map"
  32. Field Report: LAAF, p. 19, "Lyran Alliance Armed Forces Deployment Table - [August 3079]"
  33. Field Report: Clans, p. 26, "Clan Jade Falcon/Clan Wolf in Exile Deployment Map - [August 3079]"
  34. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 62, "Inner Sphere - [3081] Map"
  35. Field Manual: 3085, p. vii, "Inner Sphere - [3085] Map"
  36. Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
  37. Era Report: 3145, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - [3135] Map"
  38. Era Report: 3145, p. 39, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
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  40. Historical: Reunification War, p. 130, "The Spark"
  41. Historical: Reunification War, p. 132, "Case Apollo"
  42. Historical: Reunification War, p. 133, "Island Hopping (2582-2590)"
  43. Historical: Reunification War, p. 134, "Helbrent to Nightwish (July 2582 - November 2584)"
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 Historical: Reunification War, p. 135, "Newtown Shoals: Sharks Among Minnows (January 2588)
  45. Field Manual: 3085, p. 117, "Epsilon Galaxy"
  46. Field Manual: 3085, p. 123, "Beta Galaxy"
  47. 47.0 47.1 Historical: Reunification War, p. 155, "Rim Worlds Republic Front (2588-2596)"
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  50. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p.45, "Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG"
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  52. 20 Year Update, p. 24, "Federated Commonwealth Deployment Table"
  53. Shattered Sphere, p. 50, "Lyran Alliance Deployment Table"
  54. Field Manual: 3085, p. 126, "Deployment Table - 3085"

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