Protectorate of Donegal
|Protectorate of Donegal|
|Controlled system(s):||25 (2341)|
|Head of State||Leader|
The Protectorate of Donegal was an early pre–Age of War Inner Sphere interstellar power. It served as a proto-state to the future Lyran Commonwealth. It existed from 2313 to 2341 before being a founding member of that nascent state.
History and Description
This nation was founded by Seth Marsden in 2313, who had used his interstellar commerce company known as Donegal Freights and Goods to help forge political ties with neighboring worlds. The nation was strong in raw resources, but weak in industry due to the youth of the colonized worlds surrounding its capital of Donegal.
After the formation of the Terran Hegemony, the Protectorate signed a defense pact with them. This enabled the Protectorate to embark on ambitious exploration and expansion programs, which ultimately helped double the size of the realm.
By the 2330s, many interstellar nations were merging, forming stronger unions. Donegal's neighboring nations, theTamar Pact and the Federation of Skye, were under pressures of their own at the time. The Pact was worried about the warlike Draconis Combine and the Federation was using up its natural resources at an alarming rate. Tamar Pact leader Kevin Tamar called for a meeting on his world of Arcturus, with Leader Robert Marsden and the Federation's President Thomas McQuiston. There, in 2341, the three chose to merge and form the Lyran Commonwealth.
After the ascension of Archon Robert Marsden to the Lyran Archonhood, the Protectorate of Donegal became the District of Donegal, a region of the Lyran nation. However, it retained its original name as the Age of War concluded.
- Seth Marsden (2313–2342)
- Simon Marsden (2342–?)
- Robert Marsden (?–2375) (From 2341 title of leader become Archon)
Map of the Nation
- Handbook: House Steiner, p. 13, "Map of Protectorate of Donegal as of 2341"
- Field Manual: Lyran Alliance", p. 62
- House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 11, "Hegemony, Prosperity, and Foundation"
- Handbook: House Steiner, pp. 12–14, "Foundations of the Lyran Commonwealth"
- Handbook: House Steiner, p. 25, "Map of Lyran Commonwealth after the Age of War (2571)"