|Time period:||2259 – 3082|
|Classification:||Free Worlds League province|
The Stewart Commonality was a province of the Free Worlds League. The Stewarts were noted for their support of House Marik and the Captain-General. Following the fall of the Free Worlds League in 3078, much of the Commonality joined with the Mariks, forming the Marik-Stewart Commonwealth.
The Stewart Commonality was founded as an independent nation in 2259. In 2293 the nation's dictator, David Genovese, refused an invitation to join the Free Worlds League. In response, the League invaded. Genovese was surprised that the fractious League mustered a military, much less an invasion, and Stewart lost the four-month Stewart War. The Commonality became a province of the League by a 2295 Act of Parliament.
The Stewarts became inextricably linked with House Marik in 2998, when Captain-General Janos Marik married Ana Stewart. Earl Androcles Stewart attempted to use this arrangement to enlarge to enlarge the Commonality by the worlds, but backed down when faced with resistance from the worlds' Members of Parliament.
When the Stewart Commonality was annexed, the new Free Worlds League province was allowed to send nine representatives to Parliament. The total number of MPs continually increased and Stewart sent double that number, eighteen, in 3025.
The ruling line of the Stewart Commonality was House Stewart and the figurehead of provincial government held the title "Earl". Parliament offered to "promote" the Stewarts in 2406, but Earl Nathan Stewart refused, stating that "Earl" was "good enough", which led to the nickname of "Gudano" for the Stewart leader.
The Stewart Commonality maintained the Stewart Dragoons. At the start of the Succession Wars, the Dragoons were five BattleMech regiments. By the end of the Third Succession War, that number had been reduced to two.
- ↑ Handbook: House Marik, p. 92, "House Stewart"
- ↑ House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 11
- ↑ Handbook: House Marik, p. 13, "First Blood"
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 59, "Parliamentary Membership"
- ↑ House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 64, "Stewart Commonality"
- ↑ Handbook: House Marik, pp. 83-84, "Parties and Voting Blocs"
- ↑ House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 50
- ↑ Handbook: House Marik, p. 44, "Accession"
- ↑ Touring the Stars, Volume XXXVI: Legacies of the League—Marik-Stewart and Regulus
- ↑ House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 62
- ↑ House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 73, "Stewart"
- ↑ Handbook: House Marik, p. 89, "League Nobility"
- ↑ House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 74, "Representative Commonality"
- ↑ Handbook: House Marik, p. 88, "Representative Commonality"
- ↑ House Marik (The Free Worlds League), pp. 102-103 & 109
- ↑ Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 98
- ↑ Handbook: House Marik, p. 103, "Stewart Dragoons"