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|Star System Information|
|Star Type||K0V (191 hours)|
(relative to Terra)
| X:-5.43 Y:-20.86 [e]|
(Terra at (0,0))
|Distance From Terra:|
|Number of Planets||8|
|Time to Jump Point||5.48 days|
|Planet: Carver V (Liberty)|
|Atmospheric Pressure|| Standard (Breathable)
Level of Native Life
|Satellites||2 (Justice, Freedom)|
|Population|| (2750) 119,580,000|
|ComStar Facility Class||B|
(References to Carver V)
- 1 Planetary Info
- 2 Era Specific Data
- 3 Planetary Garrison
- 4 Manufacturing Center
- 5 Owner History
- 6 Nearby Planets
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 Bibliography
Carver V was one of the worlds that remained a part of the Terran Alliance following the Outer Reaches Rebellion and the Demarcation Declaration of 2242, and became one of the worlds within the Alliance Core region of the Terran Hegemony.
Although Carver V has three major landmasses, known as Chone, Dendez and Klieksa, 87 percent of Carver V's surface is covered in water. This caused it to quickly become an important world for the Terran Hegemony as a means to supply drier worlds with water. It was also close to the border of the nascent Capellan Confederation, prompting the government to build fortifications to defend the world. Due to the aquatic nature of Carver V typical facilities weren't feasible, with the end result being a requirement to construct a purpose-built base. In 2402 construction on the Quantico Marine Fortification began. Based on one of the planet's largest islands, Quantico consisted of a series of fortified naval bases suitable for launching submarines and other blue-water ships. The island was also home to two spaceports, El Toro and Baku. Connected through a series of underground tunnels was an extensive network of weapons towers completely surrounding the island.
With the formation of the Star League, Carver V would become the home of the Star League Marine Corps. Quantico become the Corps' administrative and training center, with its main headquarters located in Camp Pendleton outside the city of Bellacqu. A small island near Quantico was renamed Paris Island and turned into a bootcamp.
Amaris Civil War
During the Amaris Civil War, the three CAAN regiments based on Carver V became the stuff of legends in their defense against the Rim Worlds Republic Military. The Marines held off countless Republican assaults for six years, nearly running out of food and ammo until the Eridani Light Horse fought through the blockade to deliver supplies. They would finally be relieved by General Aleksandr Kerensky in 2773.
The siege of Carver V effectively began in 2766, when forces from the Rim Worlds Republic were deployed onto the planet under the orders of First Lord Richard Cameron II. The Republican forces were under the command of General Noriko Milton-Davis and were expected to work their way into control of the major military bases and facilities on Carver V, as well as putting themselves in a position to attack the SLDF units present both directly and via pre-placed booby traps and bombs. However, the Republican deployment was hampered by the senior SLDF officer on Carver V, General Saul van der Kolk, who was both the senior officer on world and the overall commander of all of the SLDF's Cavalry, Armored, Aerospace and Naval Regiments, commonly referred to as CAAN Regiments. Van der Kolk ordered the Republicans deployed to Quantico to store all of their nuclear weapons within the main nuclear weapons locker within the facility, as well as only allowing limited numbers of Republican personnel to be deployed within the Quantico facility in the first place; the bulk of Milton-Davis' forces were instead deployed in tiny encampments around the various islands on Carver V.
Despite the various setbacks to the Republican plans imposed by Van der Kolk, Milton-Davis' forces successfully seized the planetary HPG on the 27th of December 2766, beginning their part of Operation APOTHESIS. With no access to the nuclear devices she'd planned to use to decimate the remaining SLDF units on Quantico, Milton-Davis was forced to rely on those nuclear weapons available on more distant squadrons deployed to minor islands, and ordered her AeroSpace Fighters on Quantico to launch and engage the SLDF fighters to buy time for the nuclear-equipped fighters to strike.
Thanks to the alert operators at Carver V's Space Traffic Control reporting quickly that even as the Republican fighters at Quantico were filing last-minute training flight plans, numerous squadrons deployed on remote islands had launched on sub-orbital courses that would bring them to Quantico, Colonel Koji Icho, manager of the STC, ordered all Republican fighters on Quantico grounded. He also ordered the SLDF fighter squadrons to scramble and flagged an alert to Van der Kolk.
As the SLDF fighters began launching the Republican fighters on Quentin ignored the orders to stay grounded and attempted to launch themselves, while those Republican BattleMechs that had been allowed into the facility did their best to provide cover for the fighters. The SLDF security forces rapidly responded in kind; not only did the SLDF ground forces engage the Republican 'Mechs, but CAAN fighter crews on the ground used the energy weapons on their fighters to attack the Republican forces, a tactic which had been taught to all of the CAAN fighter pilots but which was rarely ever actually used.
The SLDF pilots fared far better than their Republican opponents; a few flights of Republican fighters from Quantico managed to make it into the air, but the SLDF pilots had been extensively trained to operate under fire at forward combat areas, equipping them well for the need to launch, land and resupply under heavy fire; the more skilled SLDF pilots quickly downed those Republican fighters that had made it into the air, as well as engaging the Republican squadrons arriving from more distant locations. Only a handful of Republican fighters made it through the defending SLDF forces to launch their nukes, but the damage was far less than it could have been; the Republicans failed to update their plans to reflect events, and each Republican pilot launched at the target he or she had originally been assigned, rather than more important targets of opportunity. Four nuclear weapons actually detonated, damaging a part of the city of Bellacqu as well as local infrastructure and a number of large defensive batteries, but leaving the main SLDF bases on Quantico intact and undamaged.
Van der Kolk quickly mustered the defending SLDF personnel available to eliminate the remaining Republican forces on Quentin, even as Milton-Davis consolidated her hold over the various other islands on Carver V, including the capital, Korce, and the Reinhardt island chain. Van der Kolk's forces included three full CAAN Regiments, each one of which was a training regiment consisting of personnel working towards their CAAN rating led by experienced veteran CAAN trainers. The large SLDF contingent on Quentin and the lack of any Republican foothold or access to the island left Milton-Davis stymied; lacking the overwhelming numbers or force needed to crack the defenses, the Republicans were forced to resort to probing attacks and waiting for reinforcements, the first of which wouldn't arrive until April, four months after Operation APOTHESIS had begun.
Held by the Capellan Confederation by the Third Succession War, Carver V would eventually be captured by the Free Worlds League in 2953. With the planet the site of the Confederation's last surviving heavy and assault BattleMech production lines, the CCAF fought brutally to recapture the world. While ultimately successful by 2956, the vital factories had been reduced to rubble. 
During the Jihad, Carver V - now known as Liberty - was one of a number of worlds incorporated into the Word of Blake Protectorate. Whereas the Word of Blake had used nonviolent means to take over the government of neighbouring worlds such as Capolla, New Home and Terra Firma, the Blakists chose to assault and occupy Liberty between the 22nd and 30th of August 3068. The forces of the Opacus Venatori were active on Liberty in 3073, catching the Battle Corps Legion on the planet in January and nearly destroying the Legion's second battalion.
In late 3077 the Protectorate Militia Command pulled the 1st Liberty Protectorate Militia Division from Liberty and deployed them to Dieron along with numerous other Protectorate Militia Divisions and regular Militia Divisions, supported by a large naval task force. The subsequent destruction of the Word of Blake forces on Dieron left Liberty without any major defensive forces for months, until a Blakist mercenary force arrived in early April 3078. During the intervening period Capellan-loyalist guerillas had waged a covert and overt campaign to reclaim Liberty for the Confederation, executing dozens of Blakist officials in the name of the Chancellor. The Blakist mercenaries landed, expecting to rest and refit following damage sustained elsewhere in the Protectorate, only to suddenly find themselves under attack from the Com Guard 5th Army and the Home Guard, as the allied coalition landed Group II of the Free Worlds League front of Operation SCOUR.
The liberation of Liberty was perhaps best described as contested; both the allied coalition forces and Capellan forces acted against the Blakists on Liberty, and during the first week of April 3078 the coalition and Capellan forces began clashing with each other. Each side refused to relinquish the world, with the Coalition finally sending for a negotiator to try and resolve the conflict. Local press on Liberty declared that Liberty had been liberated by the 17th of April, but at least as late as the end of June 3078 Group II of the Free Worlds League coalition task force - under the command of Duke Leonard Stewart - were still in place on Liberty awaiting the independent negotiator, even as the rest of the Free Worlds League task force gathered on Pollux for the strike on Terra. It wouldn't be until after the arrival of Lin Murikami, lead negotiator on behalf of Devlin Stone, that a ceasefire would be brokered between the various factions on Liberty.
Intelligence uncovered after the Jihad revealed that secret Martinson Armaments factory had been constructed on Liberty during the late 3070s. Built under orders from Precentor Martial Cameron St. Jamais of the Word of Blake and kept secret even within the Word of Blake, the Martinson Armaments factory was hidden within the abandoned Star League facility on the island of Quantico. From this hidden facility Martinson constructed the Eidolon, a FrankenMech constructed largely from surplus components manufactured for the Celestial series of OmniMechs.
This plant would remain a secret from the forces of the allied coalition during SCOUR, but the Capellans had learned of its existence; the Capellans stole a march over the forces of Free Worlds Task Force II by mounting a lightning campaign to capture Quentin before agreeing to the cease-fire. Then, as negotiations went on, the Capellans dismantled the factory, taking the plans for the design and the critical manufacturing equipment present on Liberty, along with a stockpile of parts to enable them to jump start production. They then reassembled the facility on Capella under the auspices of Ceres Metals Industries and began producing a modified version of the Eidolon under a new name - the Yao Lien.
Even the end of the Jihad didn't bring an end to conflict for the world. Contested by both the Capellan Confederation and the Republic of the Sphere, the various small islands of Liberty all bear heavy scars and may attract more; Liberty's position makes it likely that the world will be a key battle site, as Warrior House Imarra use the world as the jump-off point for campaigns around various other key systems and planets within the former Protectorate.
As of 3079, the capital of Liberty is Dronane, located on Klieksa. By the end of December 3079 Liberty was one of more than twenty planets to have suffered an outbreak of the Redburn Virus, and one of eight to suffer from an infection rate of more than 150 out of every 100,000 people, as well as a mortality rate of more than 30 per 100,000 from the virus.
Era Specific Data
- Population: Ca. 100,000,000
- 3 CAAN Regiments
- CO: General Saul van der Kolk
3062 to 3067
- - At this point in time House Imarra is operating at 60% of full strength, with 100% of their equipment featuring upgraded technology.
- 2271 - Terran Alliance 
- 2341 - Terran Hegemony 
- 2366 - Terran Hegemony 
- 2571 - Terran Hegemony 
- 2596 - Terran Hegemony 
- 2750 - Terran Hegemony
- 2765 - Terran Hegemony 
- 2767 - Amaris Empire 
- 3025 - Capellan Confederation
- 3030 - Tikonov Free Republic
- 3040 - Federated Commonwealth
- 3052 - Federated Commonwealth
- 3057 - Chaos March
- 3062 - Chaos March
- 3067 - Chaos March
- 3068 - Word of Blake Protectorate 
- 3077 - Word of Blake Protectorate 
- 3079 - Capellan Confederation 
- 3130 - Republic of the Sphere 
Carver V was the backdrop for the MechCommander 2 computer game, in which the player controls a group of mercenaries fighting for the various interests on the planet (circa 3063 during the FedCom Civil War). At the very end of the game, the planet is renamed Liberty by the indigenous people. 
Although the publication Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents states that the 35th Division (Word of Blake) attacked Genoa and Liberty in August 3069, this contradicts the Jihad timeline given in Jihad Hot Spots: 3072 and Jihad: Final Reckoning. It was confirmed by one of the BattleTech Line Developers that Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents is in error.
Blake Documents is in error; the assaults took place in 3068.
- Herbert Beas
|— Herbert Beas, BattleTech Line developer, 11 Jun 2012|
- Objectives: Capellan Confederation, p. 28, "Planetary Data"
- Dark Age: Republic Worlds (3130), p. 240, "World Profile"
- Handbook: House Marik, p. 16, "Free Worlds League Founding ["
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 159, "Inner Sphere - 2596"
- The Star League, p. 171
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 82, "The Marines Of Carver V"
- Technical Readout: 3039, p. 230 "CTF-1X Cataphract"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 45, "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 36, "S.O.S."
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 127, "Word Of Blake Militia Divisions"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 87, "Chaos Eternal: Death To Tyrants"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 58, "The Jihad in Review"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 76, "Liberty Is Ours!"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 44, "Wasat Falls?"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 80, "Terra's Doorstep"
- Technical Readout: 3085 Supplemental, p. 30, "YOL-4C Yao Lien"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 13, "Plagued By Blake"
- ComStar (sourcebook), p. 85, "Com Guards Deployment Table"
- Field Manual: ComStar, p. 126, "ComGuard Deployment Table"
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 98, "Com Guards Deployment Table"
- Mercenaries Supplemental , p. 66, "Mercenary Deployment Table"
- Field Report: CCAF, p. 9, "Warrior House Regimental Status"
- Handbook: House Steiner, p. 13, "Lyran Commonwealth Founding "
- Handbook: House Liao, p. 17, "Capellan Confederation Foundation "
- Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 18, "Rim Worlds Republic after Age of War "
- Handbook: House Steiner, p. 25, "Lyran Commonwealth after Age of War "
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 11, "Inner Sphere - 2765"
- Field Report: CCAF, p. 21, "Capellan Confederation Armed Forces Deployment Map - August 3079"
- Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 86, "5th Army V-Omicron (The Mountaineers)"
- ComStar (sourcebook)
- Dark Age: Republic Worlds (3130)
- Field Manual: ComStar
- Field Manual: Updates
- Field Report: CCAF
- Handbook: House Liao
- Handbook: House Marik
- Handbook: House Steiner
- Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1
- Historical: Reunification War
- Jihad: Final Reckoning
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra
- Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
- Mercenaries Supplemental
- Objectives: Capellan Confederation
- Technical Readout: 3039
- Technical Readout: 3085 Supplemental