1st Zion Protectorate Militia
|1st Zion Protectorate Militia|
|Affiliation||Word of Blake|
|Parent Command||Word of Blake Protectorate Militia|
The First Zion Protectorate Militia is one of the many militias raised by Word of Blake to defend the Word of Blake Protectorate. The unit was deployed in Zion. As of 3075 it was one of the three units raised from this planet along the 2nd Zion Protectorate Militia and the 3rd Zion Protectorate Militia.
In late June 3070 the planetary government and military forces on Zion switched their allegiance to the Word of Blake, bringing the world into the Word of Blake Protectorate; Zion was one of six worlds to declare for the Blakists in the space of a week, pushing the Protectorate into Free Worlds League space.
Later that year the Third Free Worlds Guards lifted off Zion without orders to launch an attack into Capellan space. As the League dissolved into chaos, Barrett's Fusiliers were told by the planetary government on Zion that as a temporary measure, the Zion government would be assuming control of their contract, and ordered the Fusiliers to secure Asuncion and put down a rebellion on that planet.
The Word of Blake raised three Protectorate Militia Divisions as defensive forces of the planet.
Following their retreat from Wasat in 3071 the Blackhearts mercenary unit retreated in secret to Zion, foiling any attempts to track their movements. Under the command of Colonel Glen Stryker the Blackhearts rebuilt and began infiltrating the government and strategic facilities and organizations across Zion. The Blackhearts also began recruiting and training a resistance movement on Zion, based around independent insurgent units that could operate against the Word of Blake and their sympathizers.
When Operation SCOUR began in early 3077, Stryker had the insurgency rise up, and between the Blackhearts' infiltration of the fabric of Zion's government and the resistance movement it took just two months for the Word of Blake and their sympathizers to be driven from Zion - or executed, in the case of all those captured.
|Commanding Officers of the 1st Zion Protectorate Militia|
As long as a Protectorate Militia force is fighting on its homeworld and is acting as the scenario's Defender, the Protectorate Militia force receives the Force the Initiative and Off-Map Movement special abilities. If deployed as the Attacker in a scenario, the Protectorate Militia force loses its Force the Initiative ability, but retains its Off-Map Movement capability.
If deployed on a world other than its homeworld (such as an Epsilon Eridani force being deployed on Genoa), the Protectorate Militia force not only loses all of its special abilities, but also suffers a –2 Initiative modifier.
Although Blakist-based, Protectorate Militia forces may use standard Inner Sphere force arrangements (Lances, Companies, and Battalions) rather than Word of Blake force arrangements.
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 103, "protectorate militia deployment
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 48, "The Jihad In Review"
- Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 29, "Barrett's Fusiliers"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 45, "Zion Freed"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 103
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 103, "Rules Annex"