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The Covenant Worlds was a thirty-second-century proto-nation, consisting of worlds of the former Republic of the Sphere after its collapse. The Covenant Worlds were located between the border of the Lyran Commonwealth and the Clan Protectorate of the Free Worlds League.
The confederation consisted, as of 3138, of eight worlds: Bordon, Miaplacidus, Nathan, Acubens, Connaught, Alphard, and later Savannah and Remulac. It was founded in 3137 and governed by Governor Tiago Paragon of Miaplacidus, as President of the Court of Parliament. The leader of its armed forces was given the title of Warden.
The proto-nation was part of a secret plan by then Paladin Thaddeus Marik of the Republic of the Sphere, to create Safe Neighborhoods for worlds outside of the Fortress Republic, once Exarch Jonah Levin enacted the Fortress plans in October 3135. In reality, Thaddeus' goal was not to create "republic friendly neighborhoods", but an attempt to begin the process of unifying the Free Worlds League. The Covenant Worlds became his home and base of operations for his intentions to unify the other proto-nations of the former Free Worlds League. However, this failed due to the Senatorial Alliance cutting off his worlds and taking his homeworld of Augustine.
Originally consisting of three worlds (Miaplacidus, Nathan & Alphard), the Covenant Worlds' government originally worked out of offices on Tesla City's Miaplacidus Christian Liberal College campus, later moving to other buildings down the street from the college called the Court of Parliament.
By October 3137, Thaddeus Marik felt that the (then) five-world state would not be able to fend off others on its own. Thaddeus traveled on a diplomatic mission to the Oriente Protectorate to broker an economic and military alliance. The alliance was cemented in a way he had not expected. Instead of just signing an alliance as partners and equals, Thaddeus was asked to marry Captain-General Jessica Marik, since she wanted to gain a legitimate claim to the Marik name she herself lacked. He accepted the proposal as a strictly political marriage which elevated the Covenant Worlds' status and strengthened the ties between the two nations.
In February 3138, Thaddeus returned to the Covenant Worlds to muster his nation's forces to form what would become that nation's first joint expedition force to aid Oriente in the Andurien War. The force became known as the Covenant First Expeditionary Force. The unit's first action was to secure the planets Savannah and Remulac from Lyran control in May. These worlds then became part of the Covenant Worlds.
Ex-Force, as the Expeditionary Force became known by its self-given nickname, invaded El Giza in June, where they fought the planet's 4th Andurien Cavalry. El Giza's unusual terrain favored the smaller unit, using attack & fade tactics to slow down the defenders.
In the middle of July, Ex-Force fought a brutal battle for the planet against the 2nd Andurien Guard and Mosiro Planetary Militia (MPM) in the commercial center of the city of Al-Hassam. The Andurien force fought from building to building, affecting most commercial areas. The MPM continued fighting in traffic tunnels beneath the city.
The Covenant Worlds became a part of the Free Worlds League. Their symbol was a purple Marik eagle with five silver stars around its head. In September 3139 the Covenant Worlds were attacked by the forces of the Wolf Empire. During the fighting Thaddeus Marik was killed.
Unknown to most, Thaddeus Marik had planned the creation of the Covenant Worlds, along with five others. This was an attempt to begin the formation of a reunified Free Worlds League by Thaddeus, which later succeeded in 3139, with the Covenant Worlds becoming a major member state.
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- A Bonfire of Worlds, ch. 3
- To Ride the Chimera, p. 173: "Lyrans defeated at Savannah"
- To Ride the Chimera, pp. 185–191: "Ex-Force fights 4th Andurien Cavalry"
- To Ride the Chimera, pp. 201–203
- A Bonfire of Worlds, ch. 2