|Time period:||2413 - 3060s (Raven Alliance afterwards)|
|Controlled systems:||36 (c. 3063)|
|Ruler title:||President of the Parliament|
|Military:||Alliance Military Corps (AMC)|
|Secret Service:||none - intelligence provided by the Alliance Service Arm|
The Outworlds Alliance is a major Periphery power located spinward of Terra and the Inner Sphere, bordering both the Draconis Combine and the Federated Suns. This region of space has also been called the "Outer Sphere".
At some point around 3025, the crest of the Outworlds Alliance apparently changed. The 1987 boardgame The Succession Wars, set in alternatively a 2786 or a 3025 timeframe, was the first BattleTech-themed product to present a crest for the Outworlds Alliance but this was apparently overlooked, and in any case replaced with the starburst crest, for subsequent publications.
At the outset of the Star League, the Outworlds Alliance was considered a backwater full of peaceniks. When the Reunification War began, the Star League initially deigned to garrison the Alliance "for mutual defense and protection", and Star League Directive 21 was approved by Prime Minister Catherine Avellar, not by President Grigori Avellar. Tensions rose with foreign garrisons left on Alliance worlds, leading to the Santiago Massacre late in 2572.
The Santiago Massacre set off a chain of events throughout human-occupied space, leading to the Pollux Proclamation in 2575. Within two years, SLDF and DCMS troops sat poised on the border, intent on forcing the Alliance to join the nascent Star League. Such a posture led President Grigori Avellar to seek help, which he found through a secret treaty signed with the Federated Suns in 2581, on the eve of hostilities. As part of the agreement, the Outworlds Alliance were given a brigade of elite soldiers mustered from the Davion Brigade of Guards in return for twelve border systems.
The Pitcairn Legion managed to make conquest of the Outworlds Alliance costly. Originally faced with small, volunteer infantry garrisons and a motley assortment of ~120 BattleMechs or coverted IndustrialMechs, the SLDF now had to fight a battle-hardened foe. Ultimately, the deal paid off for the Alliance - the Peace of Cerberus was signed in 2585, after just 4 years of war. Though the Alliance had lost much of its territory, suffered over 12 million civilian casualties, and worlds conquered by the sadistic General Amos Forlough were torched, the Alliance was not conquered, and its core was not made ruin.
In failing health due to the Reunification War, Grigori Avellar died of heart failure in 2587. His successor, Barton Avellar, proved ultimately incapable of the Presidency - Grigori's policies always relied on hiding behind the Davion/Kurita enmity, a subtlety that Barton did not understand.
Barton was replaced by a Kurita-backed coup, placing Rodrigo Avellar on the throne. The coup quickly backfired on the Draconis Combine; Rodrigo was not only capable, his fiscal policies tended to always get the better of the Combine. Before long, the Alliance had also issued "Most Favored Nation" trade status to (paradoxically) both the Draconis Combine and the Federated Suns. Through his political acumen, Rodrigo was also able to make the Star League Defense Force garrisons stationed within his realm accountable to local laws and law enforcement, and ultimately withdrawn by 2607.
Rodrigo died in 2628 of a massive seizure, leaving his niece (a renaissance woman) Caryn Avellar as President of the Parliament. Unfortunately, Caryn had a severe break with reality, declaring the Star League dissolved and convening the "New Star League" on Alpheratz in 2634. While Caryn was led away to her "new office", Caryn's naïve brother, Peter Avellar, became the next President. A selfish, lazy man, popular morale declined. Declining work ethic may have shortened Peter's life - poor maintenance led to Peter's fatal skimmer crash in 2640. Caryn's son, Adolfo Avellar, became the next President of the Parliament in 2642. During Adolfo's reign, the Alliance successfully negotiated away foreign tariffs and passport restrictions against the Alliance, and repealed laws forbidding Alliance citizens from working for the Star League.
Amaris Civil War/Succession Wars
Like the other states of the Star League, the Outworlds Alliance was able to avoid the horrors of war, but only unwittingly. In 2765, Parliamentary President Beatrice Avellar died of old age. Beatrice's daughter, the dull Allyce Avellar, was approved as the next Parliamentary President. When the Amaris Civil War started in early 2766, Allyce sincerely liked Stefan Amaris and Aleksandr Kerensky, both of whom had sought her aid: rather than choosing a side, Allyce chose to remain neutral simply because she could not bring herself to make a choice. Ultimately, the move paid off, however her indecision led her brother, Simpson Avellar, to place her under house arrest in 2772. The Outwords Alliance Parliament refused to recognize Simpson as the new head of state, so Allyce's son, David Avellar, was confirmed as the new President.
Since the beginning of the 31st century, the situation in the Outworlds Alliance has become particularly grim. With the general loss of technology, Alliance worlds have suffered from declining population and literacy levels. Though protected by a strong military, many of these planets are unable to feed their own people. The people feel that their government has betrayed them, and there have been many riots and demonstrations against the hereditary Avellar regime in recent years. Although no one has yet seriously challenged the right of House Avellar to rule the Outworlds, armed rebellion is likely if the deteriorating situation does not reverse itself.
In late February 3075, diplomats from the Federated Suns travelled to Alliance space to negotiate with Clan Snow Raven. As well as a peace settlement, the negotiators hoped to arrange for the release of captured personnel from the 3rd Crucis Lancers and for the Snow Ravens to contribute aid to the coalition assembled by Devlin Stone. While the negotiations did result in assurances from the Snow Ravens that they wouldn't strike at the Federated Suns again unless provoked, the Clan refused to contribute to the allied coalition and claimed all of the captured AFFS personnel as isorla.
Media on the Federated Suns world of Altoona reported in late January 3081 that no less than four seperate convoys of immigrants from the Outworlds Alliance had travelled through the Altoona system since the end of the Jihad. Despite DropShips from the convoys landing on Altoona to trade goods for supplies, none of the groups were prepared to discuss the final destination of any of the convoys. Given the distance between Altoona and the Outworlds Alliance border, it was speculated that the convoys were moving to another Periphery nation following changes within the Alliance itself.
The Snow Ravens withdrew back to Alliance space in the wake of the Jihad, but the Alliance Military Corps found itself having to garrison a number of Alliance worlds despite the Snow Ravens supposedly taking on responsibility for defending the Alliance because of the diminished size of the Snow Raven touman. This led to some criticism of the alliance between the two factions.
Mercenaries are employed for garrison duty or limited defensive contracts. Some mercenary units are hired by business interests in the Alliance.
Lushann Industrials, Limited, for instance, is reputed to produce some of the finest lasers in the Periphery, comparable with Diverse Optics within the Inner Sphere.
With Alliance Mechworks as its only means of gaining new BattleMechs. The real problem is that at this time only three light chassis are being built: the Locust, Wasp and the Stinger.
List of defense industries:
|Avellar Parliamentary President 2413 - present|
|Julius Santiago Avellar||2413 - ****|
|****||**** - ****|
|Grigori||c. 2570 - 2587||Son of Catherine|
|Barton||2587 - 2600||Son of Grigori|
|Rodrigo||2600 - 2628||Cousin of Barton|
|Caryn||2628 - 2634||Niece of Rodrigo|
|Peter||2634 - 2640||Brother of Caryn|
|Adolfo||2642 - 2687||Son of Caryn|
|Davis||2687 - 2706||Grandson of Adolfo|
|Beatrice||2706 - 2765||Daughter of Davis|
|Allyce||2765 - 2772||Granddaughter of Beatrice|
|David||2772 - ****||Son of Allyce|
|****||**** - ****|
|Ronaine||**** - ****||Known to be in office in 2964|
|****||**** - ****|
|Neil||3015 - 3056|
|Mitchell||3056 - ****||Son of Neil|
- Note: This image has been edited/modified for purposes of highlighting particular region of the Outworlds Alliance.
after Reunification War
Star League Era
after First Succession War
after Second Succession War
after Third Succession War
after Fourth Succession War
after War of 3039
beforce Clan Invasion
after Clan Invasion
after Operation Guerrero
during Second Star League
creation of the Republic of the Sphere
before Gray Monday
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 14-15, "Timeline of the Jihad"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 53, "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 38, "Seeking Sanctuary"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 112, "Clan Snow Raven"
- The Periphery, p. 64
- Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 48, 60