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XVI Corps (Star League)

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XVI Corps
Unit Profile (as of 2784)
Nickname "The Sweet Sixteen"
Parent Formation Second Army
Formed Unknown

The XVI Corps (or Sixteenth Corps) was a corps of the Star League Defense Force. Prior to the collapse of the Star League it consisted of 6 divisions and 2 independent regiments.[1]

History

In 2764 the Sixteenth was part of the Second Army, assigned to the Federated Suns Military Region. Assigned to the central portion of the Federated Suns Draconis March, the Sixteenth and its component units were very unpopular - almost hated - by the Federated Suns citizens in the region. This was due to the SLDF's delay in stopping the War of Davion Succession. Despite this hatred, no unit of the Sixteenth Corps was a participant in Operation SMOTHER. To keep matters from flaring up, units of the Sixteenth Corps were kept on a tight leash, lest they inadvertently start problems between the Federated Suns and Star League.[2]

One clever public relations move was the use of contracts between Federated Suns military contractors and the SLDF's Quartermaster Corps. The Quartermaster Corps hired Norse BattleMech Works to produce chassis for several designs which then received advanced weaponry installed by SLDF techs at supply depots. The Quartermaster Corps then went on to use local Federated Suns suppliers for equipment, allowing several units of the XVI Corps to look similar to a well-equipped AFFS unit. This increased the good relations as it showed the citizens of the Draconis March that the SLDF was supporting them not just militarily, but economically as well.[2]

XVI Corps was headquartered on Dobson, and the two independent regiments were based here as well. These two independent regiments had a pair of Tramp JumpShips equipped with Lithium Fusion batteries.[2]

However, in 2765 an uprising occurred in the Periphery, requiring the corps's redeployment to the Third District to fill in gaps left by the Third Army. However, the uprising had been secretly orchestrated by Stefan Amaris to accomplish his takeover of the Terran Hegemony.

The Sixteenth would take part in Aleksandr Kerensky's campaign to retake the Terran Hegemony from Amaris, but was nearly wiped out in the effort. Only a single division was left standing in 2784.

2764 - 2784

Unit 2764 2765 2766 2767 - 79 2784 Note
Divisions
75th BattleMech Division[3]
100th BattleMech Division[3]
53rd Infantry Division[3]
105th Mechanized Infantry Division[3]
136th Mechanized Infantry Division[3]
128th Jump Infantry Division[3]
Independent Regiments
125th Light Horse Regiment[2]
62nd Hussar Regiment[2]

References

  1. The Star League, p. 150
  2. 2.02.12.22.32.4Field Manual: SLDF, p. 50
  3. 3.03.13.23.33.43.5Field Manual: SLDF, p. 51

Bibliography