Prinz Eugen Mutiny

The Prinz Eugen Mutiny was a rebellion and desertion that took place in 2785 during the Exodus from the Inner Sphere. It was dealt with quickly and ruthlessly by forces loyal to General Kerensky and would have far-reaching repercussions.[1]

Prinz Eugen Mutiny
Part of Exodus from the Inner Sphere
Start Date August of 2785
End Date same day
Location Prinz Eugen Texas-class battleship and other various vessels
Planet Uncharted star system midway along Kerensky's Exodus route
Result Victory for the SLDF task force
Commanders and leaders
Major Elizabeth Hazen Major General Wilbur Braso,
Admiral Votok
(mutineer leaders)
Forces involved
Small SLDF task force and marines Various officers and crews of nine vessels

History: Prologue[edit]

General Aleksandr Kerensky led the bulk of the Star League Defense Force away from the Inner Sphere in 2784, in an attempt to save the men and women of the Regular Army from the horrors of war and the machinations of the self-serving House Lords. His fleet was made up not only of soldiers, but also many civilian families who chose to accompany them into exile in the Deep Periphery. Through several months of travel on a meandering course meant to discourage pursuit, the fleet moved deeper and deeper into the unknown. Before long, tensions due to the hardships of travel - as well as from the strain of confinement in the cramped space of JumpShips and DropShips - would manifest in horrific ways,[2] but most often as simple dissent.[3][4]

Sedition and Mutiny[edit]

This dissension grew first among the many civilians, and later among the crews and officers of several vessels. This growing mass of dissatisfied people would raise doubts about where they were headed, with some even wondering if the Great General even had a planned destination at all. Soon enough, mutiny was thick in the air on many vessels of the Exodus fleet.[3][4]

On 27 June 2785, a group of high-ranking officers met onboard the SLS Hermes by admiral Robert Nicholls' initiative, ostensibly for civilians to express their concerns... but in fact, it was to plan their sedition. The unexpected presence of Kerensky's underage son, Andery Kerensky, gave the seditionists an appearance of legitimacy, though no open dissent was voiced.[5]

Events finally came to a head in August of 2785, nearly 14 months after the massive fleet's departure from the New Samarkand rendezvous point. Nine vessels, led by the Texas-class Prinz Eugen and its commander, Admiral Votok, along with officers Major General Wilbur Braso, amongst others, would announce that they were headed back to the Inner Sphere, tired of the long and seemingly pointless journey into the Deep Periphery.[1][6][7][8]

General Kerensky and his staff's reaction was swift and brutal: Knowing that allowing the mutinous ships to leave would incite others to follow them, a task force was detached from the rest of the fleet to bring the rebellious flotilla back into the fold. Led by Major Elizabeth Hazen, and accompanied by Andery Kerensky, who had played some role in the rebels' decision to head back,[9] A fleet was sent in pursuit of the renegade ships, intercepting them two jumps away. Then, a boarding action composed of 160 marines was launched. During the assault, the mutinous ships fired their weapons, destroying at least half a dozen assault DropShips. After a short boarding action accompanied by an intense firefight in the halls of the Prinz Eugen, SLDF Marines secured the vessel. Admiral Votok died during the action, along with most of the Eugen's executive staff, which forced Braso to surrender unconditionally. Most of the ringleaders and their cronies were identified and rounded up. The other eight ships of the fleet surrendered without a fight soon afterward.[8][10][11][12]

Major Hazen led the mutinous ships back to the fleet where swift trials were conducted at the jump point. All officers at or above the rank of Captain were executed, with Major Hazen giving the orders to carry out the punishment. Andery Kerensky likewise took part in the execution, reportedly at the request of his father.[10][11]

Aftermath and Legacy[edit]

This incident would have a further negative effect on morale within the Exodus fleet. The mutiny itself was seen as bad enough, but General Kerensky's harsh reaction was viewed in a shocking light by many who accompanied him on the Exodus.[13]

In response to this, Kerensky issued his well-known General Order 137, which is etched at eye level in the common rooms of every Clan vessel even to this day. This directive was as much a justification for his reaction to the mutiny as it was a statement about the operation's goals. It would come to be the core of what is known as the Hidden Hope Doctrine.[13]

Andery Kerensky was deeply affected by the mutiny and deaths. The fact that his brother had manipulated him soured the relations between them for decades. Andery never forgot his execution of Lieutenant Colonel Surkai, and this probably inspired the Clans' tradition of surkai, to ask forgiveness.[14]

After the formation of the Clans, mutiny was considered one of the worst crimes.[15] As for the Prinz Eugen, it was used as a prison ship in orbit over Strana Mechty as an abject reminder of the price of dissension,[16] until it was subverted by The Society and destroyed during the defense of the Tanis system in 3073, during the Wars of Reaving.[17][18]

List of Officers killed[edit]

  • Admiral Votok (killed in the assault).
  • Admiral Robert Nichols (executed).
  • Major General Wilbur Braso (executed).
  • Lieutenant Colonel Surkai (executed).
  • Captain Peter Karpov (executed).
  • Captain Nigel Karrige (executed).


  • The Prinz Eugen mutiny was instigated to a degree by Nicholas Kerensky, an early example of his machinations. Sensing the dissatisfaction among some officers in the Exodus fleet, Nicholas allowed their mutiny to happen (and even duped his brother Andery Kerensky into playing an unwitting role in it, using his friend "Jess", really Jennifer Winson, to manipulate him) so that the mutineers could be made an example.[19]
  • The only other known mutinous ship was the SLS Hermes, which had the Prinz Eugen's bad reputation; after being appropriately renamed Treachery, it was added to Clan Snow Raven's fleet in the thirty-second century.[20]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Historical: Operation Klondike, pp. 16–17: "Prinz Eugen"
  2. Historical: Operation Klondike, p. 17: "Lieutenant Nigel Polczyk, letter to his brother, 22 May 2786"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wolf Clan Sourcebook, p. 8: "Exodus"
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Clans: Warrior of Kerensky, p. 7: "Exodus"
  5. Fall from Glory, pp. 28–35
  6. Invading Clans, p. 103: "Anna Rosse"
  7. Historical: Operation Klondike, p. 111: "Jason Karrige Profile"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, p. 160: "Texas Ship Profile"
  9. Historical: Operation Klondike, p. 16: "Colonel Absalom Truscott, Personal Journals, 30 September 2785"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 9: "Elizabeth Hazen"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Historical: Operation Klondike, p. 16: "Major Elizabeth Hazen, Personal Journals, 28 September 2785"
  12. Fall from Glory, pp. 52–53
  13. 13.0 13.1 Wolf Clan Sourcebook, p. 9: "Hidden Hope"
  14. Fall from Glory, p. 63
  15. Exodus Road, p. 200
  16. Historical: Operation Klondike, p. 139: "Strana Mechty"
  17. The Wars of Reaving, p. 61: "Bandit Caste: Commodus Van Houten"
  18. The Wars of Reaving, p. 126: "Steiner's Folly"
  19. Fall from Glory, p. ?[citation needed]
  20. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 133