Canopian Highlanders

Canopian Highlanders
Disbanded 3101[1]
Affiliation Mercenary (Magistracy of Canopus)
Parent Command Magistracy Highlanders

The Canopian Highlanders were a mercenary unit that formed after the Reunification War.


Early History[edit]

Founded after the Reunification War, the unit remained in the service of the Magistracy of Canopus for the next few centuries.[2]

Andurien Secession[edit]

The Canopian Highlanders were two battalions strong at the time of the Andurien Secession; one of the battalions, Long's Light Lancers, were stationed on Brixtana, whilst the other, MacGraw's Marauders, were stationed on Luxen. In 3030 the Highlanders were one of the Canopian commands involved in the invasion of the Capellan Confederation launched by the Magistracy and their allies, the Duchy of Andurien. The Light Lancers saw combat on Jacomarie, taking light damage, and would remain on Jacomarie or Turin until their recall to Brixtana in 3034.[3] The campaign on Jacomarie left a mark on the Lancers; the planetary militia refused repeated calls to surrender, forcing the Lancers to hunt them down one at a time. The extent to which the militia was determined to resist left the Lancers with grave concerns about the level of determination a line regiment or Warrior House would display in combat.[4]

MacGraw's Marauders had a rather more ignominious war; formed originally from refugees from the Rim Worlds Republic, the Marauders shared the Lancers' distaste for Spheroids. This became obvious in the aftermath of the capture of Sax in December 3030; although the local militia was quickly overwhelmed, resistance on the planet continued in the form of terrorist acts, bombings and sniper attacks, even after the planetary government had surrendered. The Marauders responded to the constant harassment in a brutal fashion; for every Canopian trooper killed, the Marauders rounded up a dozen members of the local population and executed them. This brought a swift reprimand from the Canopian High Command, and the Marauders were reassigned to the planet Andarmax, but their actions had transformed Sax into a hotbed of determined resistance.[5]

The Marauders remained on Andarmax until a Capellan counteroffensive hit the world in August 3034. Also stationed on Andarmax were the Magistracy Militia and a small mercenary unit hired to perform cadre duties, the Killer Bees. The Capellan counterattack saw Andarmax hit by Kamakura's Hussars and Rob's Renegades, otherwise known as the Fifth McCarron's Armored Cavalry.[6] Ordered to resist by the Magistracy high command, the Killer Bees invoked a clause in their contract that stipulated that they couldn't be ordered to take actions that would result in disproportionate damage to the unit, and broke contract. The Renegades allowed the Killer Bees to depart unmolested; by the time the Bees left, the Marauders were engaged in heavy battles around Andarmax's capital city while the Militia were trying to fall back into prepared positions in the Alamance Wastes.[7] The Marauders took heavy damage against the Renegades and were reduced to a shadow of themselves before retreating from Andarmax two days after the Killer Bees departed. The unfortunate Magistracy Militia wasn't as lucky.[6]

Late Succession Wars[edit]

For a short time, they signed a contract with the Federated Commonwealth in exchange for equipment upgrades, but the Davionists didn't stand by their word. The Highlanders returned to their home state and during the next years the command defended several planets against bandit raiders. Tragedy struck the force in 3067 after a successful bombing attempt against the unit's senior staff. The force behind the assassination was a group of three different pirate bands.[2]


During the Jihad, the unit defended the Magistracy. By 3079, the Canopian Highlanders had survived the Jihad and joined the Magistracy Armed Forces.[8] They became the third unit of the Magistracy Highlanders brigade, and were stationed on Cate's Hold and Brixtana.[9]

In 3085 the regiment had assembled all its units on Cate's Hold. The unit had also rebuilt to within 20% of its nominal strength.[10]

The Dark Age[edit]

The Canopian Highlanders were effectively destroyed on Cate's Hold in 3101 when a well-equipped pirate group hit the Highlanders with a nuclear weapon. The few survivors of the Canopian Highlanders joined the First Magistracy Highlanders.[1]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the Canopian Highlanders
Major Harrison Long 3025[11]
Colonel Nortbert Kingelt 3050[12]
General Oscar Long 3054[13]
Colonel Judith Wood 3067[2]
Colonel Marie Sklodowska 3085[10]


  • First battalion uses defensive tactics.
  • Second battalion soften up the enemy until they break as a unit.
  • Third battalion uses unorthodox maneuvers.


The unit can count on an experienced staff of technicians.[2]

Mercenary Rating[edit]

Dragoon Rating: A+

Composition History[edit]


Canopian Highlanders[11]

Long's Light Lancers (Regular/Reliable)[11]

MacGraw's Marauders (Regular/Reliable)[11]


Canopian Highlanders (2 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)[3]

  • Long's Light Lancers (Battalion)[3]
  • MacGraw's Marauders (Battalion)[3]
Note: At this point in time the command were stationed on Brixtana and Luxen.[3]


Canopian Highlanders (3 Battalions)[12]

Long's Light Lancers (Regular/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Major Oscar Long

MacGraw's Marauders (Regular/Reliable)[12]

Nellie's Naughties (Green/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Major Dorothy Skaw


Canopian Highlanders (3 Battalions)[13]

  • CO: Colonel Oscar Long
1st Battalion (Long's Light Lancers) - (Regular/Reliable)[13] - CO: Major Daniel Hale
2nd Battalion (MacGraw's Marauders) - (Veteran/Reliable)[13] - CO: Major Judith Wood
3rd Battalion (Nellie's Naughties) - (Green/Reliable)[13] - CO: Major Dorothy Skaw


Canopian Highlanders (Regiment/Regular/Fanatical)[14]


Canopian Highlanders (1 Regiment/Regular/Fanatical)[2]

-One third of the unit is upgraded

The Dawn Patrol (1 Wing/Regular/Fanatical)[2]

  • Wing Commander: Major Amedeo Avagadro

- The First Flight includes medium fighters.

- The Second Flight light units.

The Bannermen (2 Regiments/Regular/Reliable)[2]

  • Infantry Commander: Colonel Dorothy Crowfoot
    • 1st Regiment: Major Rosalind Franklin
    • 2nd Regiment: Major Irene Joliot-Curie

- The command company uses VTOLs for support.

- The first Regiment deploys the companies independently

- The Second use larger formation.


After the Jihad, the Canopian Highlanders were reduced to three-fourths of their pre-Jihad strength.[9]


Canopian Highlanders (Veteran/Fanatical)[10]

  • CO: Colonel Marie Sklodowska

The Dawn Patrol (Wing/Veteran/Fanatical)[10]

The Bannermen (2 Regiments/Green/Fanatical)[10]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. 193: "Magistracy Highlanders"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised, p. 55: "Canopian Highlanders Unit Profile"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Historical: Brush Wars, p. 87
  4. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 58: "Jacomarie (December)"
  5. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 59: "Sax (December)"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Historical: Brush Wars, p. 66: "Andarmax (August)"
  7. Commitment
  8. Field Report: Periphery, p. 19
  9. 9.0 9.1 Field Report: Periphery, p. 10
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 149: "MAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 The Periphery (1988), p. 99: "MAF Deployment Table - 3025"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 20 Year Update, p. 78: "MAF Deployment Table - 3050"
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 Objective Raids, p. 47: "MAF Deployment Table - 3054"
  14. 14.0 14.1 Field Manual: Mercenaries, p. 111