1st Freemen (Rasalhague Dominion)

Insignia of Taiga Galaxy
First Freemen
Formed Early 3070s
Affiliation Rasalhague Dominion
Clan Ghost Bear (previous)
Parent Command Taiga Galaxy

The First Freemen is a Clan Ghost Bear second-line BattleMech Cluster, which originally consisted of soldiers who were members of the Free Rasalhague Republic military.[1]

Unit History[edit]


After the merging of the Republic into the Ghost Bear Dominion, Clan Ghost Bear would by 3074 would reorganize the KungsArmé into a new Clan oriented military fighting force. Honoring the Free Rasalhague Republic's military past, the Clan re-forming lost regiments at hands of the Clan's invasion of 3050. This would include the First Freemen, which would join the Republic's Second Freemen, and newly formed Third Freemen.

The Clan in order to drum unity of the merge of the two states, would staff the Cluster with native Rasalhagians and former KungsArmé soldiers. The soldiers of the First Freemen would have to undertake a series of Trials of Position to attain their place in the Cluster. Assigned to the newly formed Taiga Galaxy, the unit would soon be redeployed within the Dominion in order to free up Clan frontline Combat units to fight the Word of Blake.[2][3][4]

During the brief KungsArmé rebellion in 3076, the unit would not join its sister unit, the Second Freemen in the rebellion. Despite it too sharing same resentment of the treatment of fellow soldiers of the former KungsArmé. The unit's members overcame their desire to revolt after bearing witness to many of their fellow Rasalhague soldiers being demoted to lesser roles or forced out of the Clan touman.[5]

The unit would be moved to Soverzene as part of their garrison assignment as of December 3076.[6] Because of its fellow Cluster's betrayal, the unit had to work hard to regain the trust of the Dominion.[7]

Early Dark Age Era[edit]

Post-Jihad Events[edit]

After the Jihad, the First Freemen raided the world of Skallevoll, where they encountered the 666th Mechanized Assault Cluster of Clan Hell's Horses Beta Galaxy. The Horses used the Freemen's overconfidence to blood the Freemen while using deploying their new quad ProtoMechs. Flaw in their strategy was Freemen had underbid their Trial with the Horses, not expecting much from ProtoMechs. The Trial ended in stalemate, neither side wanting to escalate matters further into open conflict between the two Clans.[8][9]

Second Combine-Dominion War[edit]

At command of Khan Kabrinski prior to the outbreak of fighting what would become the Second Combine-Dominion War in 3099, the Khan would end up bolstering the Dominion's KungsArmé Galaxies touman of troops and equipment. The Freemen would build up to five Trinaries' worth of troops and combat equipment.[10]

  • The Capture of Richmond 
    Only actively partaking in last year of the conflict, the unit teamed up with the Third Freemen participated in last wave of the war. Where they part of the retaliation against the Draconis Combine's destruction of the WarShip Ursa Major. They would strike Richmond in November 15th, 3100, whereupon their landing on world, planetary officials would surrender to them immediately. The world's leader felt this was a means to avoid the destruction of their outclassed planetary militia which stood no chance against combined forces of the two Ghost Bear Clusters.[11]

Late Dark Age Era[edit]

In 3103 two lances of the First Ghost regiment landed on Grumium. They were stopped by a First Freemen Nova, but the Nova was unable to prevent the Ghost's warriors from seizing tons of supplies and ammunition.[12]

The Freemen would by the Late Dark Ages be assigned to patrol core sections of the Rasalhague Dominion, as part of the nation's reserve military forces. The Cluster's commanding officer would voice his displeasure at miss opportunities of reclaim lost Rasalhagian worlds which had recently been abandoned by Clan Wolf only to be lost to the Clan Hell's Horses land grab following the Wolves' absence.[13]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 1st Freemen (Ghost Bear Dominion)
Galaxy Commander Rhett Weaver 3076[14]
Galaxy Commander Hjalmer Olsen 3085[15]
Commanding Officers of the 1st Freemen (Rasalhague Dominion)
Galaxy Commander Fred Johansen 3145[16]


  • 3145 - First Freemen by 3145, like other Freemen Clusters try to corral and isolate elements of opposing force, then use a Star of Huitzilopochtli guided by a Binary of scout vehicles to destroy them.[17]

Composition History[edit]


  • First Freemen (Cluster) (Elite/Loyalty)
Unit Note 1: As of December 3076, the unit was headquarters out of Soverzene at 60% of fighting strength. The Unit was considered to be Veterans skilled and have a loyalty of Reliable rating to Clan Ghost Bear, while being fanatically loyal to the people of the former Free Rasalhague Republic.[18][19]
Unit Note 2: The Cluster, like other Clan KungsArmé forces equipment consist of mix of ComStar, Draconis Combine, Lyran, Clan Second-Line 'Mechs and by 3077, some Word of Blake BattleMech as well.[20]


  • First Freemen (Cluster) (Regular/Loyalty)
Note: Stationed on Spittal, unit at 65% strength, Omni Equipment Rating of 10%.[21]


  • First Freemen (Cluster) (Elite/Reliable)
Unit Note: Stationed on Damian, the unit at 55% strength, Omni Equipment Rating of 14% Second-Line equipment.[22]


  • First Freemen (Cluster) (Elite/Fanatical)
Unit Note: Stationed on Kandis, the unit is at 85% fighting strength, Omni Equipment Rating of 0% Second Line equipment. The unit normally deploys Star of Huitzilopochtli as part of the unit's tactics in destroying opposing forces.[23]


  • Special Rules for the 1st Freemen Cluster can be found on Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 91, and Field Manual: 3145, p. 209.


  1. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 113: Unit's configuration and origin as Inner Sphere Regiment
  2. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 59: Reorganization of KungsArmé, which includes the 1st Drakøns as a Clan Ghost Bear combat force
  3. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 101: Domestic Affairs - KungsArmé merge and Trials to retain their warrior status noted
  4. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 113: Unit's rebirth as a BattleMech Cluster honoring old Free Rasalhague Republic's dead Regiment by the same name
  5. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 91: Rasalhague Rebellion - First Freemen did not join in the rebellion against the Ghost Bears
  6. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 105: KungsArmé/Taiga Galaxy status on the Cluster
  7. Field Report: Clans, pp. 22–23: Irregular Forces/Tundra Galaxy - First Drakøns would receive upgrades for not acting out during the Rebellion, but were not trusted
  8. Field Manual: 3085, pp. 116, 121: Clan Hell's Horses/Beta Galaxy - Two sources describe brief encounter with First Freemen in battle with the Horses' new quad ProtoMech
  9. Field Manual: 3085, p. 121: Clan Ghost Bear/Taiga Galaxy - The Cluster's Galaxy deployments in later part of the Jihad/Early Dark Age
  10. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 22: State of Readiness/Clan Ghost Bear - Freemen's Galaxy receives bolstering of fighting equipment and men for coming war. Number of Trinaries noted
  11. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 27: Richmond and Idlewind - Final Wave - First Freemen invades Richmond and captures it with little effort
  12. Technical Readout: 3145 Draconis Combine, p. 48
  13. Field Manual: 3145, p. 164: Taiga Galaxy - First Freemen would be assign to patrol core worlds of the Dominion as reserve force
  14. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 105: KungsArmé/Polar Galaxy - Galaxy Commander Rhett Weaver shown to be in command of Taiga Galaxy in 3076, the First Freemen has always been lead unit of the Galaxy
  15. Field Manual: 3085, p. 128: Clan Military Forces/Ghost Bear Dominion - "Taiga Galaxy's First Freemen commanding officer is listed, who is also the Tundra Galaxy's commander
  16. Field Manual: 3145, p. 173: Clan Military Forces/Rasalhague Dominion - "Taiga Galaxy's 1st Freemen commanding officer is listed for 3145, who is also the Polar Galaxy's commander
  17. Field Manual: 3145, p. 164: Taiga Galaxy - Freemen Cluster information includes Galaxy wide tactics of using heavy artillery vehicles to destroy enemy once they are isolated
  18. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 105: KungsArmé/Taiga Galaxy
  19. Field Manual: 3085, p. 128: First Freemen - Unit command is same as it was in 3076, along with status and split loyalties
  20. Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 113: Equipment note
  21. Field Report: Clans, p. 24: Irregular Forces/KungsArmé/Tundra Galaxy - 1st Freemen's status with the rest of Taiga Galaxy
  22. Field Manual: 3085, pp. 128, 195: Clan Military Forces/Ghost Bear Dominion and Master Equipment Levels - "1st Freemen status as of 3085, unit strength, tech levels and level of equipment. SL=Second Line Units, with no modifiers to advance equipment
  23. Field Manual: 3145, pp. 164, 173: Clan Force Deployment 31st December 3145/Taiga Galaxy - 1st Freemen status as of 3145, unit strength, tech levels, and percentage of equipment mix