Merik's Grenadiers' Revolt

Merik's Grenadiers' Revolt
Part of Age of War
Start Date 2451
End Date 2452
Result Jasmine Liao victory and Ral Merik's death
Rebels of the Capellan Confederation Loyalist of the Capellan Confederation
Commanders and leaders
Colonel Ral Merik Chancellor Jasmine Liao
Forces involved
Merik's Grenadiers 2nd Hexare Lancers

Merik's Grenadiers' Revolt was a twenty-fifth century uprising in the Capellan Confederation. The revolt was carried out by General Ral Merik, who staged a coup after the Ascension of Duncan Liao to the Chancellorship. He kidnapped the Chancellor and held the nation hostage until the Chancellor committed suicide. His sister, Jasmine Liao then called on the 2nd Hexare Lancers to annihilate the traitors for the death of her brother.[1]

Revolt Timeline[edit]

2451 - Due to the disastrous running of the Capellan Confederation by Arden Baxter and Stephen Liao, it appeared the gifted and charismatic General Ral Merik might make a grab for power. To quell this possible urge, Stephen Liao's son, Duncan sought to curb Merik's rapidly-increasing popular influence by cutting his loyal troop strength in half. Ral's unit, the Merik's Grenadiers Regiment, a unit of the Elite Capellan Hussars Regiments, openly revolted, occupying the Chancellor's Palace and taking Chancellor Duncan Liao hostage for seven months.

2452 - The Elite 1st Capellan Hussars, originally formed as the 2nd Hexare Lancers in 2355 in the St. Ives Commonality, were called in to deal with the Grenadiers.

[Feb 2452] Duncan, ashamed for being taken captive, committed suicide. Chancellor Jasmine Liao renamed the 2nd Hexare Lancers to "The Red Lancers" after they destroyed Merik's Grenadiers. The Red Lancers were appointed as the Chancellor's personal bodyguards and have served in the dual capacity as 1st Regiment of the Household Guards and 1st Capellan Hussars ever since. Remnants of the Grenadiers, who were able to escape, were given asylum in the Taurian Concordat in exchange for their experimental Capellan BattleMech designs

2455 - In order to forestall any future coup attempts, Jasmine Liao decreed that no officer in the CCAF can hold rank above Colonel[2]


  1. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 34, "Tribulations" - Jasmine Liao - Brief history of the events of revolt.
  2. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 34, "Tribulations" - Jasmine Liao - Events Merik's Grenadiers' Revolt and results of their downfall.