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Blantleff (Dersidatz)
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Blantleff (Dersidatz) nearby systems
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X:Y Coordinates-467.249 : -115.749[e]

The Blantleff system was home to at least one habitable world and (as of 3145) was located in the Marian Hegemony.[1][2] It is located approximately 481 light-years anti-spinward/rimward of Terra.

System Description[edit]

Blantleff is located near the Maximillian and Thadora's Land systems.[1][2]

System History[edit]

The Blantleff system was settled in 2992 by colonists from both the Circinus Federation and the Lothian League.[3]

Political Affiliation[edit]


Also known asDersidatz[3]
History and Culture

Planetary History[edit]

Succession Wars[edit]

Blantleff was settled in 2992 by settlers from both the Circinus Federation and the Lothian League. The colonies were small—a few hundred settlers from each nation, coexisting peacefully—and there is some evidence that the Lothians, who referred to the planet as Dersidatz, were unaware of the presence of the Circinians. The two groups were largely pastoral, herding animals and located hundreds of kilometers away from each other, and up until 3003 there were no problems between them.[3]

In 3003, someone within the Circinian government decided that Blantleff should be a solely Circinian holding, and troops from the Federation attacked the Lothian settlements, determined to kill the Lothian colonists. Within the Lothian population was a man named Blantz, the only Lothian colonist with the benefit of a higher education, and fortunately for the Lothians Blantz was familiar with the history of Kentares IV and the massacre perpetrated there by the Draconis Combine. The nomadic Lothian population knew when to expect a DropShip to arrive, making a regularly scheduled supply run and collecting livestock for sale elsewhere; under Blantz's direction, the Lothians who survived the first raid sent out a distress call and then powered down all their equipment. Then, using Blantz's memory of the tactics used by the survivors on Kentares, the Lothian nomads survived by following behind the Circinian troops. By staying in the wake of the search parties but staying out of sight, the Lothians managed to survive until the supply DropShip arrived. Learning of the colonist's plight from the distress call, the DropShip was able to trace the call to the Circinian rear areas. Having not bothered to secure the area while they hunted, the Federation forces were surprised and decisively defeated by the Lothians.[3]

Following this defeat in 3003, the Circinians abandoned Blantleff to the Lothians, and it would remain a Lothian possession for at least two decades without being contested by the Federation.[3] In 3034 the Federation moved against Dersidatz again. President H. R. "Little Bob" McIntyre turned his sights on conquest, but the Illyrian Palatinate proved to be far better prepared than he anticipated, and the Circinian forces were forced to retreat. In an effort to avoid public condemnation and empowering his political rivals, McIntyre ordered a new target to be selected for invasion, and his advisers selected Dersidatz. Dersidatz was unprepared for the invasion, having never anticipated that a world of such little strategic value would be the target of conquest. The planet surrendered within days of the invasion, and McIntyre's reputation improved as a result of the victory... but small groups of resistance fighters continued to cause problems on the planet, despite the Federation establishing a number of small garrisons on the planet.[13]

McIntyre was planning another attempt to invade the Palatinate in 3036, but his plans were interrupted by a revolt on Dersidatz. The garrison had been reduced to just a single company, which the resistance swiftly overwhelmed, and an enraged McIntyre ordered the Black Warriors to crush the rebellion... only to withdraw his orders when he received reports that both the Federated Commonwealth and Free Worlds League had begun large scale troop movements near the borders of the Federation. McIntyre ordered his troops to reinforce all of the border worlds, leaving the rebellion on Dersidatz unopposed for a year.[14]

Federation troops returned to Dersidatz in 3037, but the rebels had spent their time fortifying, preparing and arming themselves; it took until the end of 3040 for the Federation to regain control of the majority of the planet in the face of grueling guerrilla tactics, but small groups of rebels continued to fight even after McIntyre had declared victory and withdrawn most of the garrison.[14]

Marian Hegemony Invasion[edit]

In January 3066, Blantleff was invaded by the Marian Hegemony,[24] with VI Legio[33] landing on the world as a part of the first wave of the invasion of the Circinus Federation led by Caesar Julius O'Reilly. Blantleff was captured within weeks, with the Marian invaders being greeted as liberators in many ways by the population of the planet.[24]

VI Legio expected to act in support of the next stage of the invasion, but the Circinian President, H. R. "Little Bob" McIntyre had been aware of the likelihood of an invasion and had sought aid from neighboring states. The assistance provided by the Magistracy of Canopus and the Rim Collection within the Free Worlds League was deliberately covert, and consisted of them hiring small mercenary concerns as proxies for the Federation. Some of those mercenaries were deployed to Blantleff, where they tied down the forces of VI Legio with repeated small-scale hit-and-run attacks. This was then followed up by an attack on VI Legio by forces disguised as reinforcements from IV Legio, but which were actually elements of the McIntyre House Guard and the Black Warriors, equipped with new BattleMechs provided by the Word of Blake.[34] Although similar tactics had been used on Maximillian, the ruse had been discovered, and VI Legio counterattacked the infiltrators with surprising ferocity, despite the Legion being understrength at the time. The attack kept VI Legio out of the attempted conquest of Circinus itself, but within two weeks the Federation forces on Blantleff had been defeated;[33] the invasion was subsequently halted by Caesar O'Reilly,[24] but VI Legio rebuilt using the salvage from the Federation forces and remained in place on Blantleff in anticipation of Circinian attacks.[33]

The Jihad[edit]

A task force of Word of Blake troops attacked Blantleff on 18 March 3070, striking at the Marian world from staging bases inside the Circinus Federation.[35] Blantleff would be attacked again on 17 March 3075 when both Blantleff and Maximillian were attacked by forces of cybernetically augmented troops from the Circinus Federation. Although the attackers were unable to conquer Blantleff or Maximillian, they did capture the nearby worlds of Khon Kaen and Poulsbo.[36][37] During the 3075 attack on Blantleff, a team of mercenaries led by Cabot Dayne raided a Marian research facility near the town of Rostrum, stealing records and samples. However, while trying to deliver the material to their employer, they learned that they were working for the Word of Blake, and rapidly turned on their liaison, destroying what records they could.[38]

The Green Ghosts raided Blantleff at some point prior to April 3087.[39]

Military Deployment[edit]



  • Secunda Cohors
  • Tertia Cohors


Planetary Locations[edit]

  • Rostrum: A settlement. As of 3075, it featured a Marian Hegemony research facility.[43]
  • Keane Foothills: A region near Rostrum, featuring a spaceport.[44]

Local Flora and Fauna[edit]

Map Gallery[edit]

Nearby Systems[edit]

Closest 20 systems (8 within 60 light-years)
Distance in light years, closest systems first:
Maximillian 26.9 Thadora's Land 35.0 Zorn's Keep 38.9 Valerius 41.2
New St. Andrews 46.1 Sierra 56.5 Lordinax 57.2 Hardisey's Haven 58.2
Himmels 62.6 Illyria 68.5 Lothario 70.3 Green Stone 71.3
Choex 72.3 Iolas 73.0 Merton 75.1 Hazeldean 76.6
Sackville 77.6 Helbrent 80.8 Aylmer 81.1 Trasjkis 83.1


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