Republic of the Barrens

The Republic of the Barrens is a microstate in the Barrens region.

Republic of the Barrens
State Profile
Founding Year January 3087[1]
Capital world: Gustrell[2]
Controlled system(s): 5 (in 3086)[3]


In 3085, following a rebellion on Ferris, Clan Hell's Horses abandoned the Barrens region.[3] Left without support and fearing what might befall them, in 3086[3] the worlds of The Rock[3], Drask's Den[3], Paulus Prime[3], Crellacor[3] and Gustrell[3] negotiated to form a union[3]. Drawing inspiration from the Clans and more ancient sources, the new Republic would maintain the caste system, but ensure that no caste ruled over the others[3]. Instead each caste on each world would elect representatives to a senate, which would collectively govern the Republic[3]. Lacking a strong military, the Republic adopted a pacifist stance, but was repeatedly attacked by the Oberon Confederation and Ferris Collective.[3] The Hell's Horses came to consider the Republic a useful buffer state, and were more receptive than other powers to calls for aid[3].

In the 3140s, an unknown supplier upset the balance of power in the Barrens by providing the Oberon Confederation with BattleMechs, enabling them to make gains at the Republic's expense[4]. Crellacor was overrun by Confederation forces in 3144[5], with Gustrell falling in 3147[5]. Clan Hell's Horses intervention was delayed by concerns on other fronts until December 3150[5], when the 12th Rangers Cluster[2] were dispatched to assist the Republic. Crellacor and Gustrell were promptly recaptured[2].


The Republic's Warrior Caste was mentored by Clan Hell's Horses, who provided the Republic with ten trinaries of tanks in the decade after it's formation.[3] The downside of the Horse's assistance was their encouraging the fledgling Warriors to consider themselves above the other castes, creating a risk of coup.[3]


  1. Interstellar Expeditions: Interstellar Players 3, p. 43: "Formation of the Barrens: A Timeline"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tamar Rising, p. 40
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 Interstellar Expeditions: Interstellar Players 3, p. 46
  4. Field Manual: 3145, p. 155, "Omega Galaxy"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Tamar Rising, p. 39