The Martial Olympiad was a series of mock combats held every four years from 2640 to 2736. The event was designed to test fighting skills and recognize the best units within the SLDF. It took place on the surface and in orbit above Mars, and later Outreach, and involved more than 100 "events" pitting regiments, divisions and space craft against each other. Precautions were made to prevent the loss of life, although deaths did occur, and while it was expensive to maintain the Olympiad was popular among troops as a way to display their skills and the public as a media event.
At the proposal of modern SLDF commanding General Hohiro Kurita, the reborn Star League would respond by reviving the Martial Olympiad as a means of honing the skills and inter-House cooperation of its member states in response to the continued threat of the Clans. While initially hoping to hold the Olympiad on Outreach, after this was rejected by the Wolf's Dragoons, ComStar offered to host the event on Tukayyid. For three months in 3067 on the various locations that last saw combat during the Battle of Tukayyid, warriors from almost every nation and faction in the Inner Sphere, no matter their size or legitimacy, and even a number of the Clans themselves fought in mock combat to compete for the Championship, a shining example of cooperation despite the fact many of the factions were directly involved in conflicts against each other at the time. This unsettled state did effect the reborn and supposedly apolitical Olympiad, with political maneuvering and even off-field brawls between opposing factions, but was regarded by many as an example of hope for the future. Such beliefs would be dashed when the second Star League collapsed later that very same year and the Word of Blake Jihad erupted.
Martial Olympiad ChampionsEdit
|Martial Olympiad||Best Division||Best Regiment||Best WarShip|
|1st, Mars, 2640||316th Royal BattleMech Division (Rio Grande Div.)||90th Dragoon Regiment||SLS Ark Royal|
|2nd, Mars, 2644||225th BattleMech Division (Battle of Moscow Div.)||228th Striker Regiment||SLS Michigan|
|3rd, Mars, 2648||83rd BattleMech Division (Balan Div.)||90th Dragoon Regiment||SLS Israel|
|4th, Mars, 2652||316th Royal BattleMech Division (Rio Grande Div.)||302nd Hussar Regiment||SLS Ukraine|
|5th, Mars, 2656||50th Royal Infantry Division (Flame Keepers of Greece)||228th Striker Regiment||SLS Richelieu|
|6th, Mars, 2660||225th BattleMech Division (Battle of Moscow Div.)||309th Heavy Assault Regiment||SLS Hiryu|
|7th, Mars, 2664||13th Royal Infantry Division (Superstition Div.)||13th Royal French Demi-Brigade||SLS Yorktown|
|8th, Mars, 2668||181st Royal Mechanized Infantry Division (King's Own Scots Rifles)||512th Striker Regiment||SLS Iona|
|9th, Mars, 2672||316th Royal BattleMech Division (Rio Grande Div.)||90th Dragoon Regiment||SLS Cyclone|
|10th, Mars, 2676||318th BattleMech Division (Swamp Fox Div.)||55th Royal Light Horse Regiment||SLS Victory|
|11th, Mars, 2680||262nd BattleMech Division (Chief Joseph Div.)||302nd Hussar Regiment||SLS Enterprise|
|12th, Mars, 2684||13th Royal Infantry Division (Superstition Div.)||55th Royal Light Horse Regiment||SLS Whitewind|
|13th, Mars, 2688||262nd BattleMech Division (Chief Joseph Div.)||228th Striker Regiment||SLS Bishop's Regret|
|14th, Mars, 2692||181st Royal Mechanized Infantry Division (King's Own Scots Rifles)||13st Royal French Demi-Brigade||SLS Golden Hind|
|15th, Mars, 2696||318th BattleMech Division (Swamp Fox Div.)||29th Royal CAAN Marine Regiment||SLS McKenna|
|16th, Mars, 2700||225th BattleMech Division (Battle of Moscow Div.)||29th Royal CAAN Marine Regiment||SLS McKenna|
|17th, Outreach, 2704||349th Royal BattleMech Division (King Henry Div.)||51st Hussar Regiment||SLS Nimitz|
|18th, Outreach, 2708||50th Royal Infantry Division (Flame Keepers of Greece)||299th Heavy Assault Regiment||SLS Bismarck|
|19th, Outreach, 2712||318th BattleMech Division (Swamp Fox Div.)||305th Battle Regiment||SLS Ymir|
|20th, Outreach, 2716||161st Mechanized Infantry Division||902nd Royal Hussar Regiment||SLS Hindenburg|
|21th, Outreach 2720||81st BattleMech Division (Devils of Devil's Rock)||231st Light Horse Regiment||SLS Kiev|
|22th, Outreach 2724||349th Royal BattleMech Division (King Henry Div.)||302nd Hussar Regiment||SLS Hindenburg|
|23th, Outreach 2728||81st BattleMech Division (Devils of Devil's Rock)||51st Hussar Regiment||SLS New Jersey|
|24th, Outreach 2732||161st Mechanized Infantry Division||309th Heavy Assault Regiment||SLS Nelson|
|25th, Outreach 2736||179th BattleMech Division (New Home Div.)||320th Dragoon Regiment||SLS White Cloud|
|Martial Olympiad||Best Regiment|
|Tukayyid, 3067||Red Lancers|
- The Star League, pp. 134-135, "The Martial Olympiad"
- Field Manual: Update, p. 94 "Star League Defense Force - Martial Olympiad"
- The Star League, p. 135, "Martial Olympiad Champions list"