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2nd Freeman
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname
Parent Formation Taiga Galaxy
Formed Early 3070s

Unit DescriptionEdit

The Second Freemen was a combat unit that served both the Free Rasalhague Republic and later Rasalhague Dominion under the direct command of Clan Ghost Bear.

HistoryEdit

The Jihad, Joining the Ghost Bear's Dominion, and RebellionEdit

When the Free Rasalhague Republic joined the Ghost Bear Dominion, the unit was added as part of the Clan's Touman.

Ice Hellion Raids of 3076Edit

In early 3076 during the Jihad, the Second Freemen helped to fight off Clan Ice Hellion raids in the Dominion. Half completed it's conversion to a true Clan Cluster, they fought notably on Pinnacle and Damian. The unit was one of three clusters of former Rasalhague troops who had responded to series of multiple interplanetary raids. The Second had teamed up with the Third Drakøn and Second Kavalleri. It was around Damian’s capital city is where they began to put stop to renegade Hellions. The Cluster size Hellion troops fought the under strength ex-KungsArmé troops to a standstill, when the fighting moved to the wooded outskirts of the capital city where Second Freemen and other troops managed put down the Hellion's raids despite the damage incurred in the fighting.[1]

Rasalhague RebellionEdit

The unit was reorganized into a Clan style Cluster around this same time. In October 3076 warriors from the Second refused to return to their base and participate in the Trials of Position mandated by the merger of the Republic with Clan Ghost Bear. The unit would rebel against the reorganization with the First Kavalleri, where they would face their own countrymen in stand off. In November the First Tyr would be dispatch to Trondheim to meet with the rebels of Second Freemen. However, talks between the two ex-KungsArme' unit would devolve into open warfare. In the resulting battle, the Second Freemen were all but destroyed with only six MechWarriors left alive, none of it's BattleMechs left operation. Those surviving members of the Second Freemens would later be tried in court marshal for their rebellious act.[2][3][4] By December, the rebuilding Second Freemen began, with the unit's name kept on the rolls of the Dominion due to unit's past defense of rebellion and keeping peace with the Clan's civilian population. By 3079 the Second's new members worked hard to improve their unit's image in the eyes of their countrymen.[5][6]

Early Dark Age EraEdit

The Second Combine-Dominion WarEdit

By late 3090s, tensions were running high between Clan Nova Cat and Dominion. A noticeably decline in relations through trials conducted between two forces, would cause the Ghost Bear's lead Dominion become increasingly less civil and devolving into ignoring zellbrigen and turning into outright hatred. The Second Freemen would not be called up to serve as part of the Clan's offensive into Irece Prefecture in 3099, when other two clusters of its Galaxy would be called upon to invade fight the Draconis Combine and try to exterminate Clan Nova Cat. Prior to the breakout of war the unit would be built up, along with other Clusters of the KungsArmé to five Trinaries of 'Mechs and equipment.[7][8]

Late Dark Age EraEdit

By the late Dark Ages, the Second had became the historical core of the Taiga Galaxy, due unit remaining active since founding of the Free Rasalhague Republic. The Second had retained ruthless attitude in protecting Rasalhague Dominion and keep it "Free".[9]

The Second Freemen Cluster faced the Hell's Horses Ninety-first Mechanized Assault Cluster in 3143. The Ninety-first landed on Gunzburg and the Second's artillery forced the Horses to seek cover. The Horse Cluster used several QuadVees, and these were able to hide in nearby woods, but this cost them six Arion QuadVee crews.[10][11]

OfficersEdit

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the 2nd Freemen Cluster (Clan Ghost Bear)
Commanding Officers of the 2nd Freemen Cluster (Ghost Bear Dominion)
Commanding Officers of the 2nd Freemen Cluster (Rasalhague Dominion)

TacticsEdit

  • 3145 - Second Freemen by 3145, like other Freemen Clusters try to corral and isolate elements of opposing force, then use Star of Huitzilopochtli guided by binary worth scout vehicles to destroy them.[12]

Composition HistoryEdit

3076Edit

Second Freemen (Cluster) - [Regular Skilled, Reliable (Clan) Loyalty/Fanatical Loyalty (Republic)]

  • Unit Note: Loyalties for the unit are divided due to the recent merger of the Dominion and Free Rasalhague Republic. Stationed on Orestes, the unit's fighting strength as of December 3076 was at 15 percent fighting strength. This was due to its destructive rebellion against Clan leadership.[13]

3079Edit

Second Freemen (Cluster) - [Regular Skilled, Reliable Loyalty]

  • Unit Note: The Second was stationed on Goito, and was at 30 percent of its fighting strength, with only 5 percent numbers having OmniMechs.[5]

3085Edit

Second Freemen (Cluster) - [Regular Skilled, Reliable Loyalty]

  • Unit Note: Fitted out with Second Line technology, the unit was stationed on Holmsbu as of 3085. It was at 45 percent of it's fighting strength, with 15 percent it's numbers consisting of OmniMechs. The unit was process of slowly being rebuilt after it's rebellion in 3076.[14]

3145Edit

Second Freemen (Cluster) - [Regular Skilled, Reliable Loyalty]

  • Unit Note: Stationed on Gunzburg in 3145, the unit was at 90 percent of its fighting strength and had no OmniMechs among its ranks, while having access to Second-Line Clan equipment.[15]

RulesEdit

  • Field Manual: 3145 (Special Command Rules)- Taiga Galaxy affiliated Clusters, including the Second Freemen, utilize off-board artillery when it's mutually agreed between players to use them. When fighting on worlds that have historical ties to the old Rasalhague Republic or part of the Rasalhague Dominion they receive -1 to all gunnery skill checks, while receiving -2 to any initiative rolls. These additional conditions reflects to the warriors of the Cluster's tactical wisdom and fanatical devotion to anything tied to the Rasalhague Republic.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 70 - HELLION RENEGADES TEST RASALHAGUE DEFENSE - Actions of the Second Freemen during the Hellion raids of 3076.
  2. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 22, "Timeline of the Jihad"
  3. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 56, "The Jihad In Review"
  4. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, pp. 91-92 Rasalhague Rebellion - Details of the Second Freemen's rebellion and destruction at hands of their own country men.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Field Report: Clans, p. 23
  6. Jihad Host Spots: 3076, p. 105 State of Homelands/KUNGSARMÉ - Unit status after the Rebellion in October/November, and the reasons why the Second Freemen continued to exist in the Ghost Bear touman.
  7. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 22 State of Readiness/Clan Ghost Bear - Freemen's Taiga Galaxy receives bolstering of fighting equipment and men for the coming war. Number of Trinaries noted.
  8. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p.26 Opening Actions/The Disaster at Soverzene - Nova Cats Hussars raid against 3rd Hussars, overwhelms and destroys the Cluster, triggering Second Combine-Dominion War.
  9. Field Manual: 3145, p. 164 Taiga Galaxy - Second Freemen mentioned of it's significance by 3145.
  10. Technical Readout: 3145 The Clans, p. 26
  11. Technical Readout: 3150, p. 114, "Arion"
  12. Field Manual: 3145, p. 164 Tagia Galaxy - Freemen Cluster information includes galaxy wide tactics of using heavy artillery vehicles to destroy enemy once they are isolated.
  13. Jihad Host Spots: 3076, p. 105 State of Homelands/KUNGSARMÉ - Unit status after the Rebellion in October/November.
  14. Field Manual: 3085, pp. 121, 128, 195 - Unit note, status and other passing information about it's status as of 3085. SL=Second Line Units, with no modifiers to advance equipment.
  15. Field Manual: 3145, p. 173 Raslhague Dominion/Taiga Galaxy - Second Freemen status as of 3145.
  16. Field Manual: 3145, p. 209 Rules Annex Special Command Rules /Rasalhague Dominion/Taiga galaxy - Taiga Galaxy units, including the Second Freemen receive bonus and special conditions in 3145 time period.

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