Republic of the Barrens
The Republic of the Barrens is a microstate in the Barrens region.
|Republic of the Barrens|
|Controlled system(s):||5 (in 3086)|
In 3085, following a rebellion on Ferris, Clan Hell's Horses abandoned the Barrens region. Left without support and fearing what might befall them, in 3086 the worlds of The Rock, Drask's Den, Paulus Prime, Crellacor and Gustrell negotiated to form a union. 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. Instead each caste on each world would elect representatives to a senate, which would collectively govern the Republic. Lacking a strong military, the Republic adopted a pacifist stance, but was repeatedly attacked by the Oberon Confederation and Ferris Collective. The Hell's Horses came to consider the Republic a useful buffer state, and were more receptive than other powers to calls for aid.
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. Crellacor was overrun by Confederation forces in 3144, with Gustrell falling in 3147. Clan Hell's Horses intervention was delayed by concerns on other fronts until December 3150, when the 12th Rangers Cluster were dispatched to assist the Republic. Crellacor and Gustrell were promptly recaptured.
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. 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.