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- 1 General Strength
- 1.1 Benjamin Regulars (Active)
- 1.2 Dieron Regulars (Active)
- 1.3 Galedon Regulars (Active)
- 1.4 Pesht Regulars (Active)
- 1.5 Genyosha (Active)
- 1.6 Otomo (Active) (Active)
- 1.7 Izanagi Warriors (Active)
- 1.8 Sword of Light (Active)
- 1.9 Sun Zhang Cadres (Active)
- 1.10 Ghost Regiments (Active)
- 1.11 Legion of Vega (Active)
- 1.12 Ryuken (Active)
- 1.13 Amphigean Light Assault Group (Active)
- 1.14 Proserpina Hussars (Active)
- 1.15 An Ting Legion (Active)
- 1.16 Arkab Legion (Active)
- 1.17 Rasalhague Regulars (Inactive)
- 1.18 Alshain Regulars (Inactive)
- 2 History
- 3 Officers
- 4 Tactics
- 5 Units of the Alshain Regulars
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 Bibliography
Benjamin Regulars (Active)
Dieron Regulars (Active)
With the Dieron Military District closest to Terra, the well respected Dieron Regulars frequently see action against both the Lyran Commonwealth and Federated Suns and boast more 'Mech regiments than any other military district.
Galedon Regulars (Active)
Assigned to protect the largest section of the Combine bordering the Federated Suns and the Periphery, along with the former capital New Samarkand, the Galedon Regulars enjoy good relations with the Sun Zhang MechWarrior Academy and Draconis Combine Port Authority thanks to their location in the Galedon Military District.
Though the Galedon Military District was renamed the New Samarkand Military District, Galedon Regulars units that survived the Jihad were not renamed. New units raised in the New Samarkand Military District were raised as New Samarkand Regulars, however.
Pesht Regulars (Active)
The largest of the military districts and boasting the Combine's capital of Luthien, the Pesht Regulars also had the fewest 'Mech regiments thanks to Pesht Military District's position away from the Lyran and Davion borders, a choice which hampered the defense of the region during the Clan Invasion.
The Genyosha was originally formed in 3027 by order of Coordinator Takashi Kurita by his cousin and excellent military commander Yorinaga Kurita, to become an elite military formation that answers only to the Coordinator himself. The unit was principally created as a counter to the highly mobile mercenary unit known as the Kell Hounds, whom had disgraced Yorinaga on Mallory's World. The unit has been among most elite military forces in the Combine, being lead by future Coordinator Hohiro Kurita during the Clan War and fought in the Great Refusal.
Otomo (Active) (Active)
The Otomo are the Palace Household Guard of the Draconis Combine. Slightly more than a regiment in size, their sole purpose is to protect Unity Palace on Luthien and the Coordinator. Members of the Otomo are taken from Sword of Light regiments and the five military districts. The Coordinator assembles a list of potential members, who are then investigated by the Internal Security Force. Unit composition is a mix of 'Mechs, armor, and infantry. Traditionally, only a member of the Kurita family can become commander of the Otomo.
Izanagi Warriors (Active)
The Izanagi Warriors, also known as 'Dragon's Claws', were founded by Takashi Kurita as an bodyguard unit loyal to him personally. This was done to safeguard against the possibility of a coup against him. It was initially formed from retired veterans.
Sword of Light (Active)
The Sword of Light represent the elite of the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery's BattleMech arm. In order to join, one must have five years of flawless service in another regiment and pass a series of mental, physical, spiritual, and political tests. Non-combat staff are tested in the same manner. Sword of Light regiments receive top priority for supplies, and even have their own dedicated JumpShips and DropShips. The Sword of Light regiments are not tied to a specific area of deployment, but travel the realm to assist where needed. Their 'Mech paint scheme is usually flat red, with the Kurita crest on the left shoulder.
Numbering twelve regiments until 2740 when the number of regiments in the Sword of Light was reduced to five, with each regiment representing one of the five Pillars of Combine society, to compensate for the smaller brigade the regiments themselves reorganized to consist of four battalions instead of three.
|Sword of Light|
Sun Zhang Cadres (Active)
The Sun Zhang Academy Cadres consist of graduates from the first phase of training from the Sun Zhang MechWarrior Academy. Their training continues as active duty in the Cadres. The students are evaluated after tours of duty that last nine months, after which those that pass graduate.
Ghost Regiments (Active)
The brainchild of Theodore Kurita (from an idea given to him by Michi Noketsuna) in the days following the Fourth Succession War, Theodore turned to the undesirables of the Draconis Combine - women, lower classes and the Yakuza - to quickly form new units in the mold of the Federated Commonwealth Corps. While instrumental in the Combine's defense during the War of 3039, the Ghost Regiments ties to the Yakuza oyabun who funded and outfitted them led to questions as to their loyalty among the more traditional members of the DCMS. The Ghost Regiments were disbanded after the Jihad, partly to meet the Combine's disarmament requirements, partly to appease those opposed to Theodore's reforms.
Legion of Vega (Active)
While still tainted by the stigma of being a collection of misfits and malcontents unsuitable to serve in other DCMS units, the Legion of Vega regiments were among the first to follow the modern military doctrine of Theodore Kurita.
|Legion of Vega|
Trained by and created in the mold of the legendary Wolf's Dragoons mercenary unit, the Ryuken represent some of the most devoted adherents to methods of warfare practiced in the modern Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery, stained by their failure to defeat their former friends.
In 3023 Takashi Kurita hired Wolf's Dragoons to train a regiment in their tactics and tactical doctrines. The Ryuken regiment trained with and fought alongside Wolf's Dragoons, learning how to fight like the Wolf's Dragoon's. The Ryuken succeeded beyond expectations, causing Takashi Kurita to order the regiment broken into companies and to train and expand into their own regiments.
In 3028 the Dragoons contract with the DCMS expired and Jaime Wolf decided to leave Combine space. Warlord Grieg Samsonov did not want to allow the elite mercenary unit to leave his service and ordered several Ryuken regiments to stop them. The newly-formed Ryuken regiments met the Dragoons but proved not to be their match. Though almost crippled in the conflict, the Dragoons decimated four of the Ryuken regiments before leaving Combine space.
Amphigean Light Assault Group (Active)
Their origins muddied, either as units formed in the mold of the Chain Gang Missions or as mercenaries directly employed by Amphigean Agriculture Inc. and loaned to the Combine, the Amphigean Light Assault Group generally serve as high speed shock troops with a pack mentality to combat.
|Amphigean Light Assault Group|
Proserpina Hussars (Active)
One of the oldest Combine units, the Proserpina Hussars are legendary for their hit and run attacks. The unit also has a close relationship with the University of Proserpina, with a large number of officers alumni of that center of learning.
An Ting Legion (Active)
Formed in the wake of the First Succession War on the then still prosperous world of An Ting, the An Ting Legions have a history of honored service to the Combine and are closely linked to the An Ting Academy.
|An Ting Legion|
Arkab Legion (Active)
In 2497, the Combine moved to take control of the planets held by the Azami. However, a virus to which the Azami themselves were immune killed the Kurita forces, leaving the determined natives victorious. After this, the Combine decided to grant the Azami limited autonomy in return for their loyalty and service. To make use of their spirit, they were trained as MechWarriors and granted three regiments worth of light and medium 'Mechs. These forces, known as the Arkab Legions, specialize in lightning-quick reconnaissance and raiding.
Rasalhague Regulars (Inactive)
The core of the forces of the politically-sensitive Rasalhague Military District, the Rasalhague Regulars were noted for their actions against the Lyran Commonwealth as much the constant ISF scrutiny intended to ensure their loyalty to the Combine. The Regulars were disbanded upon the formation of the Free Rasalhague Republic.
Alshain Regulars (Inactive)
Just as the Alshain Military District was formed from the remaining worlds of the Rasalhague Military District not ceded to the Free Rasalhague Republic, the Alshain Regulars consisted of former Rasalhague Regular troops. The Alshain Regulars suffered heavy losses in the Clan Invasion during their failed defense of their district, with the survivors renamed under the banner of the free floating Alshain Avengers.
The Alshain Regulars first saw action during the War of 3039, but their inexperience showed and Tai-shu Hassid Ricol was chastised for their lacklustre performance. Ricol subsequently instituted an intense training regime to whip the Regulars into shape, the program including frequent practice raids against one another and into both the Free Rasalhague Republic and Lyran Commonwealth. Their persistence in raiding bore fruit, by 3049 the overall skill of the Alshain Regulars was far beyond the Pesht Regulars despite the young age of the brigade. Additionally, Ricol assigned some of the brigade's better MechWarriors into a special training battalion to hone their skills, these officers intended to replace battalion and regimental commanders when those positions open up either due to death, retirement or dismissal for incompetence. A highly unusual arrangement, the Internal Security Force monitored the battalion for any sign Ricol was attempting to plant officers personally-loyal to him across the brigade's regiments.
Caught between Clan Smoke Jaguar and Clan Ghost Bear, the Alshain Regulars suffered heavy losses during their failed defense of their district during the invasion, selling themselves dearly and buying time for the rest of the DCMS to prepare. By the Truce of Tukayyid, the fourteen regiment's worth of troops within the Alshain Regulars had been reduced to five, with three regiments so shattered that the Bureau of Substitution combined them single regiment. Hoping to capitalize on their anger at the loss of their district, the surviving remnants of the Regulars were re-formed as the Alshain Avengers.  Their sole objective to retake their home world and drive the invaders from Combine space, the Avengers eventually staged an unauthorized invasion of Alshain which triggered the Combine-Ghost Bear War and their destruction.
|Commanding Officers of the Alshain Regulars|
Different per Unit.
Units of the Alshain Regulars
- 1st Alshain Regulars (destroyed 3050)
- 2nd Alshain Regulars (destroyed 3050)
- 3rd Alshain Regulars (disbanded)
- 4th Alshain Regulars (disbanded)
- 5th Alshain Regulars (disbanded)
- 6th Alshain Regulars (destroyed 3051)
- 7th Alshain Regulars (disbanded)
- 8th Alshain Regulars (redesignated as 8th Alshain Avengers)
- 9th Alshain Regulars (destroyed 3050)
- 10th Alshain Regulars (disbanded)
- 11th Alshain Regulars (redesignated as 11th Alshain Avengers)
- The Alshain Regulars' color scheme is mentioned in passing alongside information regarding the Alshain Avengers. It is listed as "white, jade green, and shades of grey". Specifics for each regiment are unlisted.
- Compared to other older Regular brigades, each of the Alshain Regulars was more uniform in composition due to their focus on a specific mode of combat - for example the Eleventh was a lighter raiding force, while the Fifth specialized in stealth tactics and the Second was configured for cavalry tactics.
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 49, "Member State Troop Strength"
- Field Manual: 3085, p. 40
- Era Report: 3052, p. 28
- Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 79, 81
- Field Report 2765: Draconis Combine, p. 8
- Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 89
- Technical Readout: 3025 Revised, p. 34
- The Galtor Campaign, p. 59 "Amphigean Light Assault Group"
- Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 100
- Combat Manual: Kurita, p. 46, "Alshain Regulars"
- "Field Manual: Draconis Combine", p. 35, "District of Alshain"
Alshain Avengers (Inactive)
Created from the surviving remnants of the Alshain Regulars, the Alshain Avengers were formed after the conquest of their military district capital Alshain by Clan Ghost Bear. Their sole objective was to retake their home world and drive the invaders from Combine space; the Avengers eventually staging an unauthorized invasion of Alshain which triggered the Combine-Ghost Bear War and their destruction.