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|Nikol Halas-Hughes Marik|
|Parents|| Philip Hughes (father)|
Jessica Marik (mother)
|Siblings|| Janos IV|
Nikol was the fifth and youngest child born to Jessica Marik and Philip Hughes. While growing up, people remarked at how close her appearance was to that of her mother when she was as young as Nikol.
Growing up as the fifth in line to throne of the Oriente Protectorate, gave her the freedom to choose her own way in life. She took that freedom to become a warrior. She trained herself to become a MechWarrior and a battlefield strategist.
The unfortunate death of her older brother Janos, and her siblings being catapulted into situations away from the throne, made Nikol her mother's preferred successor. Fate has decided that instead of a warrior, she will become the heir of the Oriente Protectorate.
When the funeral for Victor Steiner-Davion was going to take place on Terra in 3135, Nikol's mother insisted that she join her on the trip. On the trip, Jessica began to test and educate Nikol in the ways of diplomacy which would help her in the future as Captain-General. Before reaching Terra, they made a quick stop on Asellus Australis where Nikol witnessed first-hand her mother's efforts to persuade Asellus Australis and the neighboring system leaders to join the Protectorate.
While at the funeral on Terra, Nikol had a chance to meet young nobles from all of the Inner Sphere Great Houses, as well as attendees from the Clans. During the event she first met Danai Liao-Centrella and they quickly became great friends. In addition to the meet-and-greet, she was able to see her mother's rivals for the throne of the Free Worlds League, Anson Marik and Lester Cameron-Jones. She also was present at a secret meeting between her mother and Daoshen Liao which centered on plans for how both of their nations would be able to take worlds from the Republic of the Sphere.
In 3136, Danai arrived on Oriente for a diplomatic mission, however, Jessica Marik acted harshly toward Danai, due to the actions that House Liao had taken in violation of the unwritten agreement they had agreed upon on Terra. Nikol, not agreeing with how her mother was acting towards her friend, reaches out to Danai. Danai confesses to Nikol that she was raped by Caleb Davion. Nikol was a witness at the treaty negotiations between the Capellan Confederation and the Oriente Protectorate, formalizing the arrangement between Daoshen and Jessica on Terra.
To expand the border of the Protectorate, Nikol was given command of her mother's elite Eagle's Talons battalion to conduct a campaign to conquer surrounding independent worlds. When the campaign started in January 3137, her forces were quick to annex three worlds; Asellus Australis, Oceana, and Angell II. Her forces were also able to intercept aerospace assets of the Marik-Stewart Commonwealth which were on the way to relieve the beleaguered world of Marik. When her task force arrived in the Marik system, they found that their actions allowed the Spirit Cats to take control of the planet which is now under the domain of both the Cats and Clan Sea Fox.
She would return to Oriente with her older sister Julietta, who was an envoy to the Spirit Cats. When they arrived on world, her family suffered an assassination attempt which resulted in the death of Janos. Jessica speculated that the assassin was sent from a rival leader who wanted to prevent her attempt at reforming the Free Worlds League.
In 3138, Nikol was detached from the Eagle's Talons and given a new assignment from her mother. Her new position was to create "Liberation Units" on the former worlds of the Marik-Stewart Commonwealth in an effort to incorporate them into the Protectorate's government. In addition, she was instructed to find any forces from the Commonwealth that survived during the Lyran-Wolf invasion and convince them to join the forces of the Oriente Protectorate.
While on her travels, she was able to make contacts on Clan Wolf, Lyran Commonwealth, and other non-Oriente worlds. On her travels, she became more and more dedicated to helping the people by delivering aid. She would give herself the unofficial title of Minister-General while providing humanitarian aid.
Her travels brought her to New Hope where she found the Silver Hawk Irregulars' base. She was able to convince them to join the forces of the Oriente Protectorate, as well as support her mother's bid to reunify the Free Worlds League. At the same time, her mother married Thaddeus Marik in a political arrangement to become a true "Marik" and have the weight of the name to recreate the League. Nikol and her siblings were formally adopted by Thaddeus, which made them a part of the "Marik" family.
Rebirth of Free Worlds League
When the Free Worlds League was resurrected, Nikol's mother wanted to get her ready for when she would take the throne. To do this, Nikol was given the position of Minister-General in July 3139. As Minister-General, Nikol's job was to preside over the parliament of the rebuilt government, as well as handling all of the domestic affairs within the League. After her mother was assassinated in the 3148, Nikol succeeded her as Captain-General of the League. 
Titles and Positions
|Minister-General of the Free Worlds League
3139- late 3139
| Succeeded by|
|Warden-General of the Free Worlds League
| Succeeded by|
|Captain-General of the Free Worlds League
| Succeeded by|
- Nikol when active in military combat, was a noted BLR-5M Battlemaster pilot.
- Era Report: 3145, p. 95-96, "Nikol Marik profile"
- Pandora's Gambit, Prologue
- To Ride the Chimera, p. 221, "Nikol explanation on her self made title".
- To Ride the Chimera, p. 314 – "Thaddeus Marik explains Minister-General & Warden-General’s primary responsibilities".