The Terran Brigade was a major Federated Peacekeeping Forces brigade which was responsible for defending the Terran March prior to the Davion Civil War and which was disbanded during the formation of the Star League Defense Force.
|Unit Profile (as of 2571)|
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During the Five Princes era of the Federated Suns the Terran Brigade was a large military formation consisting of multiple regiments and was responsible for defending the Terran March alongside the Vale Rangers. Loyal to the Prince of the Terran March, the Terran Brigade was a part of the Federated Peacekeeping Forces; when Prince Charles Leighton and his immediate family were killed on Robinson in 2515 during a Terran Hegemony raid the Terran Brigade transferred their loyalty to General Nikolai Rostov, a noted and popular FPF officer who was appointed Prince of the Terran March as a result of machinations between Cassandra and David Varnay and Laura Davion within the Council of regents.
Nikolai Rostov spent five years leading Terran March forces in battle against the Hegemony Armed Forces, eventually halting the Terran Hegemony offensive into the Terran March; Rostov's campaign was nothing less than brilliant, and cemented his popularity with the troops under this command. The Terran Brigade would be back in action again in 2523 when the Draconis Combine initiated a series of border clashes, and with Rostov busy the Varnays abducted Alexander Davion, heir to the throne of the Crucis March and future First Prince.
Davion Civil WarEdit
When the Davion Civil War erupted, Nikolai Rostov - now Field Marshal of the FPF - lead combined forces from the Crucis, Draconis and Terran Marches against the Varnays in the oppening offensive; units under Rostov's command struck at a line of worlds stretching from Kluane to Royalston with Rostov demonstrating his grasp of tactics and using the abilities of his trained regulars to good effect against Varnay's troops, which were often simply militias lacking in training.
Nikolai's death on the world of Quittacas shook the loyalty of the Terran March forces, with many defecting to the Varnayist cause as a result of large bribes applied to senior figures; Nikolai's son, Dmitri, and those troops loyal to him went on the run before launching a planet-hopping guerilla offensive. When Alexander Davion scored a notable victory on Nahoni and began gathering loyal forces under his banner, Dmitri declared his support for Alexander, bringing many more regular FPF units with him.
Whereas Nikolai Rostov had been beloved by the FPF, Dmitri was more of an unknown quantity; Laura Davion's forces retreated into the Draconis March, and loyalties within the Terran March were split; some remembered Laura's close ties to Nikolai Rostov, whereas others were swayed by Dmitri's authority as his father's son. Had the Rostov's ruled the Terran March for longer, loyalty to the name might have been greater.
The resulting campaign against the Draconis March was slow, even after pressure on the Capellan March front relaxed with the death of David Varnay, and Dmitri was responsible for much of the slow progress in the campaign; a selfish pragmatist at heart, he was more interested in securing the Terran March for himself than dealing with Laura's main forces. Unfortunately for Alexander, he needed Rostov and his forces too much to alienate him, and had to resort to pleading with Rostov to push forward with finishing off Laura's forces while the Capellan March was still disorganized.
After Laura's forces were defeated Cassandra Varnay led an offensive against the Crucis March, and Dmitri continued to play at politics in the Terran March. Dmitri may not have been the military commander his father was, but he was a more skilled politician, and while he was mainly concerned for the Terran March he had enough sense to continue supplying Alexander with just enough reinforcements to keep Alexander from giving up completely on Rostov's support.
Nonetheless, Dmitri and the Terran March forces were instrumental in defeating Cassandra's forces at Meglan alongside Alexander's forces in 2537. The Vale Rangers, as the primary combat formation of the Terran March, had survived the Civil War in better shape than the Terran Brigade - in fact, in better shape than any March formation - and this played a part in Dmitri's decision to defy Alexander when the First Prince made it clear that he intended to institute sweeping changes across the five Marches and to reform the High Council.
Aftermath and InsurrectionEdit
Rostov's obsession with the power of his March led him to mobilize his troops in opposition to Prince Alexander in April 2540. Dmitri's attempted coup began with a tragedy; as his first act, Dmitri ordered his troops to kidnap Cynthia Davion, who was engaged in a goodwill tour of the Draconis March at the time. His troops not only failed in their attempt, but a stray shot killed Cynthia.
Cynthia's death had a profound effect, leaving him grief-striken; it also led him to act launch a campaign against Dmitri that would be marked by its speed, decisiveness and implacable savagery. While Dmitria was still an influential and popular man and widely acknowledged as being responsible for the triumph on Victoria, he wasn't the First Prince. To a Federated Suns recently ravaged by war Alexander represented order, stability and an end to factionalism and infighting. Dmitri called for action against Alexander, describing him as a would-be despot, but few worlds or units outside his immediate sphere of influence responded; in comparison, Alexander quickly gathered an overwhelming army. Many regiments from the Vale Rangers were outraged by Dmitri's actions and swiftly joined Alexander's cause, with some subsequently fighting sister units as a consequence during Alexander's defeat of Dmitri's forces.
Alexander's disestablishment of the Terran March generated a deep resentment amongst the Terran Brigade, one that still festered thirty years later. The end came for the Terran Brigade in 2571, with the formation of the Star League Defense Force; Alexander seized the opportunity to remove the worst-equipped, worst-trained and most troublesome units out of the new Armed Forces of the Federated Suns. While six regiments of Avalon Hussars joined the SLDF out of loyalty to their origins in the Terran Marines, Alexander also sent thirty-one additional regiments he wished to be rid of; these regiments included several private commands, almost half the Syrtis Fusiliers - who had sided with the Varnayists during the Civil War - and the entire of the Terran Brigade.
Units of the Terran BrigadeEdit
Colors and Unit InsigniaEdit
- Historical: Reunification War, p. 32, "Integration With The SLDF"
- Field Report: Federated Suns 2765, p. 16, "Robinson Chevaliers"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 41, "The Regency"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 31-32, "Reign of Terror"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 41-42, "Varnay vs Davion"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 32-33, "Hostage Prince"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 44, "Alexander in Exile"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 33-34, "Flames of War"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 34-35, "Rostov's Legacy"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 45, "Victor of Nahoni"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 46, "Alexander's Campaign"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 46-47, "Rostov's Plan"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 36, "Rostov Victorious"
- House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 48, "Rostov Defiant"
- Handbook: House Davion, p. 36, "Putting Down Rostov"
- Field Report: Federated Suns 2765, p. 8, "Avalon Hussars"