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|Died||14 February 3029|
|Title(s)||Duke of New Syrtis|
|Parents||George Hasek (father)|
|Spouse||Marie Davion-St. Claire|
Michael Hasek-Davion (born 2985 - died February 14th, 3029)- Early thirty-first century Federated Suns nobleman and March Lord of the Capellan March. He was an ambitious and cunning politician, who secretly plotted to take the throne of the Federated Suns for himself. He was the arch rival to Hanse Davion during the first part of his reign as First Prince.
Son of Duke George Hasek I, Michael had tried to live up to his father's ambitious shadow after his death. He served as an officer with the Syrtis Fusiliers in his late twenties, until he lost his hand in battle with a Capellan BattleMaster. He was ejected from his Marauder into a lake, where he nearly drowned; he suffered a severe injury to his left hand from the ejection. His left hand was amputated and replaced by a bionic replacement. This event left him psychologically scarred with a fear of large bodies of water and BattleMasters.
After his career with the Fusiliers ended, he continued to build on his father's political power base, and married Marie Davion-St. Claire in 3003. This put him in the line of succession to the throne of the Federated Suns, and he added the Davion name to his own to add more political clout. His marriage resulted in one son with Marie, Morgan Hasek-Davion. He also had his younger sister, Rebecca change her last name. He trusted his sister to stand-in for him as Minister of the Capellan March since he was uninterested in the role.
After the death of his father in 3013, Michael became Duke of New Syrtis and Field Marshal of the Capellan March. He immediately attempted to usurp Hanse Davion's authority, as he considered the Capellan March his own private realm, and he felt Hanse was attempting to take it away from him. At the time of the Third Succession War, the Capellan March was considered bigger than the Capellan Confederation. With a military command consisting of over 12 Regimental Combat Teams, Michael believed he was invincible.
Some years prior to 3025, Michael employed the Bounty Hunter in a convoluted scheme to lure Natasha Kerensky and her Black Widow Company into his personal employ. The plot failed and resulted in the deaths of two Dragoons, and Michael earned Kerensky's enmity. In November 3026, he attempted to discredit Kerensky by releasing information (obtained from the Bounty Hunter) to Hanse about an atrocity on New Mendham where Kerensky and her Widows were (falsely) implicated. Hanse saw through the subterfuge, and turned it to his advantage by leaking the information to Jaime Wolf. These political games, and their effects on the Dragoons' supply lines, were one reason the Dragoons opted not to renew their contract with the Federated Suns.
In January 3027, he sent security men, lawyers, and his aide Count Anton Vitios to New Avalon to "assist" Intelligence Head Quintus Allard with security matters. He also sent a private message to Hanse Davion where he indirectly threatened him with civil war if Davion were not to allow charges of treason to stand against Justin Xiang Allard. He accused Allard of working with local Liao crime syndicates on Kittery, claiming the recent battle on that world was staged, and Justin's injuries were a result of his failed fight. He had Justin successfully exiled from the Federated Suns and stripped of everything, including rank, titles and awards. Michael began to secretly work with Chancellor Maximilian Liao to take the throne of the Federated Suns from Hanse. As a check against him, Hanse transferred Michael's son Morgan to the Davion Heavy Guard on New Avalon for use as a political hostage.
By October of that year, Michael felt increasing pressure from Hanse's growing power when he received an official invitation to the wedding of Hanse and Archon-Designate Melissa Steiner on Terra. Michael believed Hanse, trying to prevent him from amassing more power, would deny him the troops he needed to conquer the Capellan Confederation, which he had been secretly planning to do for some time. As a result, he conceived a plan to conquer the Capellan Confederation alone and to use the power gained from that to take the throne of the Federated Suns for himself. He sent secret messages to Maximilian Liao describing Davion strengths (devaluing his own forces) and warning Liao of Hanse's upcoming marriage.
Michael and his party arrived in Terra's system on August 14, 3028 for Hanse Davion's wedding. On his arrival, his DropShip raced Hanse Davion's ship at high gravity. On the journey to Terra, Michael talked with his aide, Count Anton Vitios, about his plans for Hanse Davion and the Federated Suns. He revealed to the Count that the Capellan Chancellor supported his effort to usurp the throne from Hanse Davion, while also stating that he was going to use Liao's lust for power to throw off Hanse Davion's plans. He warned Vitios not to take advantage of the situation and not to attempt to kill or harm anyone during this rare meeting of Great House leaders.
Fourth Succession War
On January 15th 3029, CID agents arrested Capellan Ambassador Serge Korigyn on New Syrtis for espionage. Agents revealed to Michael that some of the military information that was being passed to him was false, and that the ambassador was somehow acquiring said false information, indirectly implicating Michael in treason. The next day, fearing that his usurpation plans had been found out by Hanse, he went into seclusion from the public, where he chose to take rash action. He secretly took a small shuttle craft to meet up with the departing Liao Ambassador and traveled to Sian.
He arrived on Sian on February 14, and presented his plans to recover from the setback to his personal plans, while also offering Liao a chance to rebound from the humiliation the Chancellor had suffered at the wedding. He presented to Chancellor Liao his plans for a joint attack of their forces: taking his 5th Syrtis Fusiliers & Liao’s Sung's Cuirassiers regiments, he would attack Tikonov's only Davion defenders, the 8th Crucis Lancers. The Chancellor agreed with Michael's plans, but as soon as the meeting was over, Liao turned to his Maskirovka agents and ordered them to burn the Duke's plans. Stating that Michael had provided false information on Federated Suns forces while simultaneously undermining Capellan trooops, the Chancellor accused Michael of trying to lure his forces into a trap. Michael tried to protest, but was taken down quickly and easily by Justin Xiang, now a Maskirovka agent. Maximilian then ordered Justin to execute the Duke. Sometime later, Justin convinced on the Chancellor to allow ComStar to transfer Michael's body back to the Federated Suns, which he accompanied with ComStar providing transportation to Spica.
Death and Legacy
Michael's plans to secede the Capellan March from the Federation or even take Hanse Davion's place died with him. He was succeeded by his son Morgan, whose loyalty to Hanse was absolute. When Morgan himself became a father, he abandoned the Davion surname; his family retained only the name Hasek.
It is unknown if Michael felt something for his wife, but he was initially very close to his son Morgan. No matter how busy the Duke was, he always found time to spend time with the boy playing chess. Morgan always lost, but Michael encouraged him, saying that the day Morgan could defeat Michael he would become a man. Thanks to Morgan's teachers' chess lessons, that day arrived, but the Duke's reaction was the opposite to what Morgan expected: Michael became furious and threw the board off the table, accusing Morgan of conspiring against him to humiliate him. The boy never played chess again, and the relationship between father and son never recovered from the incident. It appears to have been caused by Michael's excessive imagination and paranoia.
- Michael was noted for his political savvy and ambitions for total power over the Federated Suns. When in active service, he was known to pilot a Marauder BattleMech. His replacement bionic left hand, which was amputated during his brief military service, was enhanced by Capellan scientists with an electronic recording/transmitting device. This allowed him to secretly pass messages to the local Capellan ambassador who had an artificial leg with the device's receiver housed within it. His means to communicate with Liao were suspected by Quintus Allard, but was never proven.
- Though not specified, in the novel Warrior: En Garde, p.??, "Michael tells Hanse Davion that he gives his sister Andrea's love to him". It is unclear if this was done in error, since early publications are known for their errors.
- Also, the fate of Michael's younger sister Rebecca Hasek-Davion remains unclear. Though mentioned in the original House Book that she runs the Ministry of the Capellan March in his name. However, in the novel Warrior: Coupe his wife Marie, Hanse Davion's half-sister, takes over the ministry.
- the House Davion sourcebook lists him as 49 in 3025, which would put his year of birth as 2976 not 2985. This would make him closer in age to Marie and suggest that he lost his arm early in the 3000s, not the 3010s.
|“||Decline? Why must it be a decline? Couldn't it be that the Capellans have improved their fighting skills? Why blame our soldiers for a supposed decline in their skills? Why blame me?||”|
|— From official court transcripts, September 10, 3005|
Titles and Positions
|Field Marshal & Minister of Capellan March
3013 – 3029
|Duke of New Syrtis
3013 – 3029
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), "Michael Hasek-Davion"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p.??, "Michael Hasek-Davion's early military career"
- House Davion (Federated Suns), "Ministry of Capellan March"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 113, "Federated Sun Nobility"
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 20-21, "Michael admires his realm and considered a message from Hanse Davion regarding his upcoming marriage to be a threat to his rule".
- Wolves on the Border (novel), p. 197
- Wolves on the Border (novel), pp. 174-179
- Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 14
- Warrior: En Garde, p. 329, "Michael dines on Sian with Maximilian Liao".
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 20-22, "Michael thinks Hanse has ended his bid for the throne & is angry over Hanse not giving him the troops he needs to conquer the Capellans".
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 23-24, "Michael calls for an ambassador to pass his Davion intelligence to Maximilian Liao".
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 157-158
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 292
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 297, "Michael Hasek-Davion explains his plans to Maximilian Liao".
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 298.
- Warrior: Coupe, pp. 10-11
- Warrior: Coupé p. 412
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 23-24, "Michael records messages with his artificial left hand for Liao".
- Warrior: En Garde, p. 53
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 93, "Rise Of Hasek-Davion"