2nd Zosma Protectorate Militia Division
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|2nd Zosma Protectorate Militia Division|
|Affiliation||Word of Blake|
|Parent Command||Protectorate Militia Command|
The Second Zosma Protectorate Militia Division was one of many Protectorate Militia Divisions to be raised by the Word of Blake during the Jihad to bolster the defenses of the Word of Blake Protectorate without adding undue strain to their supply lines of high-technology equipment.
The 1st Zosma was raised from the population of Zosma and focused on the protection of that same world; in common with the other Protectorate Militia Divisions, the 2nd Zosma would have drawn on local feelings of patriotism, something the Word used to build a reliable defensive line. As a local militia formation the 2nd Zosma would have lacked special weapons or directives. As of 3075 it was one of the two units raised from this planet along the 1st Zosma Protectorate Militia Division.
Men and women were drafted into the Protectorate Militia, but the prospect of steady income and basic necessities appealed to many of Zosma's younger generations, nearly doubling the expecting size in no time.
Pacifica was incorporated into the Word of Blake Protectorate, and though one Protectorate Militia unit was created from the planet's population, the Word of Blake nevertheless moved in 3076 the 2nd Zosma Protectorate Militia Division to Chara, and Zosma was left in the hands of its all-volunteer Corporate Security Protection Force (CSPF), filled with retirees and come-of-age youths.
The first attempt to liberate Chara in September 3077 turned into a bloodbath for the attacking allied coalition forces. Faulty intelligence on the Chara system led to the Clan Wolf-in-Exile forces who made up the bulk of the assault force being savaged, with three allied WarShips included in the losses, victims of the functioning SDS network placed in the Chara system by the Blakists. The plan for attacking Chara was dependent on information from the intelligence operative known as "Damocles", but the information supplied to the allied coalition forces was either lacking or deliberately misinformative. The coalition forces arrived in the system to discover that the Word of Blake had not only placed a functioning SDS network in the system, but that the network was equipped with nuclear weapons. The damage inflicted by the SDS was enough to destroy the flagship of Clan Wolf-in-Exile, the McKenna-class battleship CWS Werewolf, as well as the largest WarShip in service with the Lyran Alliance Armed Forces, the Mjolnir-class battlecruiser LAS Fylgia, and a Carrack-class transport, the NCS Perilous Vision, operated by Clan Nova Cat during the initial approach to Chara.
Despite the losses in space, the coalition forces managed to land Beta Galaxy of Clan Wolf-in-Exile on the surface of Chara. However, rather than facing just the anticipated two battalion Militia size units known to be stationed on Chara (elements from the 2nd Zosma Protectorate Militia Division and the Chara Protectorate Militia), the Clan forces found themselves also facing three line regiments from the former Free Worlds League - the 4th Free Worlds Legionnaires, the 13th Marik Militia and the Steel Guard. Beta Galaxy divided their forces in an attempt to fight against the much more numerous Blakist forces; the 16th Wolf Guards engaged the 4th Legionnaires and the 2nd Wolf Legion attacked the Steel Guard, while the remaining Clan Wolf-in-Exile forces concentrated on routing the Protectorate Militia forces. Despite inflicting heavy losses on the Blakist units, the Wolf-in-Exile forces simply couldn't hold against the overwhelming numbers, were ground down and forced to retreat. The Clan forces took significant losses, many of whom were not recovered; the highest-ranking casualty was Star Colonel Ranna Kerensky, slain by a hit to the cockpit of her 'Mech. Following the loss of their field commander, Beta Galaxy retreated in some haste, with Alexia Rhyde assuming temporary control of the galaxy as the task force retreated to Talitha to regroup and await reinforcements.
The heavy losses taken in the attempt to liberate Chara led to widespread questioning of Damocles' loyalty, identity and motivations, with some claiming in public that he was a Blakist double agent, intentionally feeding the coalition false intelligence.
The second allied coalition assault on Pacifica was launched on the 16th of October and led personally by General Belle Lee; even though the Blakists resorted to the use of WMDs to try and prevent the liberation of Chara, the combination of damage taken during the abortive first allied assault and insufficient supply lines led ultimately to the Word of Blake forces surrendering. The fierce resistance put up by the Blakist forces led to General Lee authorizing the use of orbital bombardment, but it wasn't enough to prevent a number of coalition units from being badly mauled; General Lee ended up disbanding a number of allied commands and folding the survivors together into a new unit, which was given the name Stone's Revenants. The damage inflicted on Chara by the combination of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons as well as orbital bombardments left the planetary infrastructure badly damaged and created a significant humanitarian crisis unfolding.
While the bulk of the Word of Blake forces left Chara, a large portion of the 2nd Zosma Protectorate Militia managed to escape into the wilderness while continuing to contest the advance of the coalition forces into the Myanmar Highlands and maintain control over the Scarlet Sea. Prompted by the Word of Blake ROM, the local Blakist forces used a natural disaster - a large earthquake which struck near the port city of Charon - to create a bastion from which the Protectorate forces could continue to operate. The recently deployed Chaffee Militia dispatched a relief column to Charon, but the Blakists, Grandin's Crusaders in disguise, intercepted and engaged the column, destroying it and the only major bridge connecting the coalition forces to Charon. The Word of Blake then endeared itself to the locals by flying in relief supplies on Karnovs and Planetlifters, securing their base of operations for the near future.
|Commanding Officers of the 2nd Zosma Protectorate Militia Division|
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: Final Reckoning, p. 127, "Protectorate Militias"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 103, "protectorate militia deployment
- Total Chaos, p. 88-89, "ZOSMA"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 57, "The Jihad in Review"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 48-49, "Chara Operational Report"
- Field Report: Clans, p. 16, "Fleet Assets"
- Total Chaos, p. 166-167, "CHARA"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 48, "Chara, Damocles and Trust"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 58, "The Jihad in Review"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 60-61, "Chaos Eternal: Charred Victory"
- Total Chaos, pp. 176-177 "BRIDGE TO OBLIVION"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 61-62, "Chaos Eternal: Bridge To Oblivion"
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 103
- Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 103, "Rules Annex"