Succession Wars (History)
The Succession Wars, while differing greatly in methods and mindset, had the following common characteristics:
- They involved near-constant warfare between all five Successor States.
- They were fought over the reestablishment of the Star League under the supremacy of the victor.
- Scientific knowledge was set back to the level of pre-spaceflight Terra 
First Succession War
After Coordinator Minoru Kurita's initial declaration of First Lordship, the First Succession Wars saw the destruction of countless worlds with atomic, biological, and chemical weapons, resulting in billions of lives and decades of technology lost. When the war petered out after 35 years, it was simply due to exhaustion, not from any desire of peace.
Second Succession War
Following the brief lull required to rebuild the battered forces of the Successor States, the Second Succesion War was no less bloody than the first. While the Successor States began the war with the last of their remaining WarShips, by the end of it, JumpShip theory and Hyperpulse Generators had become quasi-magical, and advanced military technology had become irreplaceable.
Third Succession War
Lasting from 2866 to 3025, the Third Succession War was a prolonged low-level conflict characterized by a steady loss of technology and the rise of neo-feudalistic traditions in all of the Successor States.
Started due to Operation Holy Shroud, the Third Succession War was fought with technology that was considered mystical. Technological regression had allowed the survival of scant high-tech factories, and the developing noble MechWarrior families were forced to repair their machines with the gutted remains of their enemies'.
Fourth Succession War
Declared during the marriage of Hanse Davion and Melissa Steiner, the Fourth Succession War was a conflict started by the newly formed Federated Commonwealth against the ComStar sponsored Concord of Kapteyn.
One of the few conflicts that had a clear winner, the Fourth Succession War saw the Capellan Confederation halved in territory and power and the emergence of the new Federated Commonwealth, the most powerful nation since the original Star League.
- House Davion (The Federated Suns)
- House Kurita (The Draconis Combine)
- House Liao (The Capellan Confederation)
- House Marik (The Free Worlds League)
- House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth)