The Free Worlds League was formed in 2271 by the Treaty of Marik, which united
the Marik Commonwealth, the Grand Duchy of Oriente, and the Principality of
Regulus. This was a loose organization of states, and they began to expand into the
surrounding systems. In 2293, Juliano Marik annexed the Stewart Commonality, and
was designated Captain-General. Since then, House Marik has held the post of
Captain-General until the present day. Beginning in 2398, the Capellan
Confederation declared war on the League in an attempt to annex Andurien and it's
surrounding systems. This began the 150-year period known as the Age of War. During the Age of War, the Terran
Hegemony developed the first battlemechs. In 2556, Ian Cameron, leader of the Terran Hegemony, negotiated the Andurien
Peace Treaty, ending the Age of War, and setting the foundations for the creation of the Star League. The Star League lasted
for roughly 200 years, of which 150 were a time of unprecedented growth and discovery for all of mankind. After the Civil
War against Stefan Amaris, the Usurper, Aleksandr Kerensky left the Inner Sphere with approximately 80 percent of the Star
League Armed Forces.
Minoru Kurita and John Davion both seized the opportunity and declared themselves First Lord of the Star League shortly
after, and Kenyon Marik followed suit in 2786, and the First Succession War began. The First, Second, and Third Succession
Wars saw little change in the Inner Sphere, except for the tremendous loss of life and technology. Soon, the Ares Conventions
were established, governing the conduct of warfare, and war became a way of life in the Inner Sphere. Each successive
Captain-General since Kenyon Marik has invoked Resolution 288 upon taking office, which allows the Captain-General
certain powers in time of war or crisis. The Fourth Succession War began with the wedding of Hanse Davion to Melissa
Steiner. The Capellan Confederation lost a large portion of their territory, and the Free Rasalhague Republic was created,
along with the St. Ives Compact. The Free Worlds League remained out of most of the conflict, losing several worlds near
Terra to a Tikonov offensive towards the end of the war. While the other Inner Sphere Houses were exhausted from the war,
the Free Worlds League remained completely intact, ready to exploit the economic boom after the peace was signed. League
Traders began to do business with all the major Houses, and the Free Worlds League soon had one of the strongest
economies in history. In 3030, the Duchy of Andurien seceded from the League, and allied itself to the Magistracy of
Canopus, precipitating the War of Andurien Secession. The war dragged on for years, and Captain-General Janos Marik was
killed in a bomb blast in 3035 that also severely injured his son Thomas. Thomas was taken to Terra and rehabilitated by
ComStar in secret, until his return in 3036. He assumed the post of Captain-General and League forces quickly forced
Andurien into submission. Thomas has since been instituting reforms in the League to break some of the diplomatic gridlock
that paralyzed it for so long, keeping it from being an effective and unified force.
The poor performance of the Free Worlds League military during the Fourth Succession War left Captain-General Janos
Marik in a precarious political position. His many opponents in the League Parliament began to draft legislation aimed at either
removing him or reducing his powers. Derick Cameron-Jones, spokesman for the Principality of Regulus and opposition
leader, was confident that his movement could raise enough support to overthrow Marik rule.
The secession of the Duchy of Andurien in September 3030 and its subsequent alliance with the Magistracy of Canopus
dashed the opposition's hopes. Janos, aided by his son Duggan and his nephew Duncan, quickly seized the initiative and
severely weakened the opposition by comparing their "unpatriotic" behavior to the Andurien defection. Marik pressed his
advantage further by forcing passage of the Internal Emergency Act of 3030 stripping the League's member states of most of
their sovereignty for the duration of the emergency. The Duchy of Oriente and the Principality of Regulus were exempted from
the act, the former for its long-time support of Janos Marik and the latter because Janos feared that the Regulans would go
over to the Andurien-Canopian alliance if he tried to interfere with their sovereignty. Theoretically, the Internal Emergency Act
was supposed to be invoked in times of danger to the League, but like Resolution 288, the Act empowered the
Captain-General to decide what constituted a crisis and when it had passed.
Janos Marik suffered a life-threatening stroke less than a month after passage of the Emergency Act. Duggan Marik, the
Captain-General's eldest son, tried to assume control, as did Duggan's first cousin Duncan Marik even though Janos had
appointed Thomas Marik as his heir to the Captain- Generalcy. Duke Halas of Oriente contacted Thomas, who was serving in
the Lyran Commonwealth as Precentor of ComStar's station on Son Hoa.
When Thomas came before Parliament in January 3031 producing documents written by Janos that named him as
Heir-Designate, the struggle between Duggan and Duncan died down. For the next four years, Thomas ruled in his father's
name with a measured hand, despite continued rivalry from Duncan and Duggan. He took several steps to mollify the MPs,
who no longer represented semi-sovereign crovinces, but mere cultural regions.
Thomas Marik's success in filling his father's shoes sorely troubled Duncan, Duggan, Duke Halas, and ComStar. The Duke
and ComStar had supported Thomas because they believed he would be easy to manipulate. Now Thomas was proving to be
his own man, and ComStar was especially dismayed to see its influence over Thomas waning.
Then came the news that Janos Marik had recovered enough to resume control of the League.
On June 1, 3035 Janos Marik called a meeting to discuss ways to bring the Duchy of Andurien back into the League. Present
were Thomas, Duggan, and Duncan Marik, as well as several representatives from the diplomatic corps. Not long after the
meeting began, a bomb hidden in a portable holotable exploded, killing the Captain-General and apparently everyone else in
the room. Only Duncan Marik narrowly escaped death after being called from the room on an urgent matter just minutes
before the blast.
Duncan Marik assumed the Captain-Generalcy by right of rank and experience. By order of succession, Paul Marik, Duncan's
shy older brother in the Ministry of Intelligence, should, technically, have taken the reins of power -- and there were many who
hoped he would -- but Paul supported his younger brother.
After the quickest of investigations, the new Captain-General announced that Andurien agents were responsible for the
assassination, and he declared war on the Duchy of Andurien. Despite his experience as commander of the Marik Militia,
Duncan's hope for a quick and glorious conquest soon became mired in a series of costly battles with no clear winner.
On December 5, 3036, Thomas Marik made an appearance before a stunned Parliament. Though his body was not found
after the explosion, everyone assumed that Thomas had died along with his father and brother. Thomas had been seriously
wounded, but he survived the blast. With the room in flames and Thomas lying bleeding and unconscious near the door, two
rescuers arrived. They were Li Mann, a close friend of Thomas's since childhood, and a member of the palace guard who was
really a ROM agent. Realizing that Thomas was critically injured and also still in danger from whoever planted the bomb, the
two rushed Thomas to the ComStar station and let the room burn. ComStar Kappa personnel tended to Thomas's extensive
burns until they stabilized his condition. Thomas was later transferred to the ComStar medical center on Terra, where he
recuperated for a year.
During that time, Thomas Marik received reports on the political situation in the League from ComStar, which hoped to regain
its influence over Thomas so that he would be their pawn after returning to power on Atreus.
The League government and the Parliament greeted Thomas's miraculous appearance with joy. Duncan had been a harsh
leader, with little tact or diplomacy. With Duncan at the helm, government officials had been fearing an outbreak of civil unrest.
Duncan had earned Parliament's hatred, too, when he refused to give even the pretext of consulting them on major issues.
When Duncan Marik received the news of Thomas's return and the massive show of support for him, he was in the field with
his troops in the Duchy of Andurien. Now that he was no longer the Captain-General, he knew that he could be arrested at
any moment for killing Janos and Duggan. Duncan felt that his one slim hope of survival was to win a major military victory
against the Anduriens. He threw himself into an ambitious, but ill-planned, offensive.
Meanwhile, Thomas used the shock of his reappearance to pass the Addendum to the Incorporation, further centralizing
political power in the Marik family. The Addendum also eliminated the Home Defense Acts, which had paralyzed the League
military for so long.
Duncan Marik died on February 4, 3037, while leading an attack against Andurien 'Mechs on Xanthe III. His death and the
poor planning for his final offensive left the League's invasion of Andurien in danger of collapse. Realizing that this would be his
chance to show his mettle as a leader, Thomas announced that he was leaving Atreus to lead the League forces.
In a series of well-planned attacks, Thomas Marik conquered the Duchy of Andurien and captured the aging Dame Catherine
Humphreys in 3040. The Duchess of Andurien was stricken with a fatal heart attack while awaiting trial on charges of treason.
As a gesture of reconciliation, the Captain-General pardoned Andurien political and military leaders for their roles in the civil
In the past few years, Thomas has passed more laws stripping both the Duchy of Oriente and the Principality of Regulus of
Thomas created the League General Accounting Office in 3043. This department had little inherent power, but Thomas
assigned loyal family members and friends to key positions. The LGAO quickly assumed control over the League bureaucracy
and began to flex its muscle by manipulating the flow of money to ensure that pro-Marik companies with no provincial
affiliation got all the important contracts, redrawing the bureaucratic boundaries to dilute the power of provincial governments,
and creating the Marik Scholarship Fund for loyal young men and women who want to enter the fast track into government or
Perhaps the strongest basis for Thomas Marik's rule comes from the Addendum to the Incorporation, which he wrote and had
passed in 3037. The Addendum gives him the power to bypass the formality of seeking approval from the League's provincial
governments except in matters deemed "culturally significant" to a particular region. However, Clause 9 of the Addendum
states that "the Captain-General can veto any law that interferes with the will of the Captain-General while Resolution 288 is in
effect." This gives him absolute veto power over any law the provincial governments try to enact and allows him to exercise this
power without Parliament's approval, reducing that body to little more than a public forum. Clause 9 also did away with the
Home Defense Act.
When the Clans invaded the Inner Sphere in 3049, the Free Worlds League was well removed from the threat. The invasion
corridor was on the other side of the Inner Sphere, so the League stayed neutral in the conflict. When it became clear that the
only way to defeat the Clans was by inter-House cooperation, Thomas Marik reluctantly agreed to help supply the other
Houses with parts and even new Battlemechs to help fight the Clans. In exchange, Prince Hanse Davion offered to treat
Thomas's son Joshua for leukemia at the New Avalon Institute of Science. Since Joshua's illness, Thomas has recognized his
illegitimate daughter Isis as his heir should Joshua not recover. Isis is now engaged to be married to Sun-Tzu Liao, Chancellor
of the Capellan Confederation. After the Battle of Tukayyid and the truce, the Free Worlds League has begun increasing
factory production to prepare for the resumption of the war. The 33rd Marik Militia traveled to what is left of the Free
Rasalhague Republic to engage in operations against the Clans. On their first and only operation, they fought against Khan
Natasha Kerensky's Wolf Spiders, and the unit was destroyed. Since then, The Free Worlds League Military has increased
training operations in an effort to train themselves to fight the Clans more effectively. Thomas has promised to send direct
military aid to the Free Rasalhague Republic and the Draconis Combine to enable them to better withstand Clan assaults when
the offensive resumes.
The Free Worlds League also got a boost after the ComStar Schism, when a portion of ComStar broke away, forming the
Word of Blake. Thomas Marik, having been a ComStar Precentor before assuming the Captain-Generalship, gave the Word
of Blake dissidents safe haven inside the Free Worlds League, and allowed them to set up their headquarters on the planet of
Gibson. Word of Blake now controls all hyperpulse communications within the FWL, and they have nominated Thomas for the
position of Primus-in-Exile. Thomas has not yet accepted or declined the nomination. Word of Blake brought with it several
regiments of former Com Guard Battlemechs, and approximately 3/4 of ROM, the ComStar Intelligence Agency. Word of
Blake 'mechs now are a large portion of the defensive garrison on Gibson.
Despite the recent erosion of his powers, Duke Halas of the Duchy of Oriente remains a supporter of Thomas. As he is not
likely to harbor further hopes of dominating the Captain-General, it is possible that he supports Thomas Marik out of simple
admiration for his policies.
The Ducal President of the Regulan Free States is another strong supporter. In appreciation of the Addenduml which freed the
Regulan Free States from the bullying of the Principality of Regulus, the Stimson family, hereditary Ducal Presidents counsel
their six MPs to back the Captain-General in policy discussions.
The Principality of Regulus remains a staunch opponent of the Marik government. Though Princes in name only, the
Cameron-Jones family still has considerable political and economic power with which to fight the Captain-General. The current
Prince of Regulus is Lynn Cameron-Jones. He has a terminal case of Regulan blood poisoning and is not expected to live much
His son, Kirc Cameron-Jones, might prove to be cut from a different cloth, however. Kirc was a fighter pilot with the First
Regulan Hussars during the war with Andurien. As an MP, his good looks and fiery rhetoric have already won him the position
of Opposition Leader. Recognizing the young man's potential, Thomas Marik offered him a high post in government, but Kirc
refused the offer.
There has been a growing, but apparently undirected flurry of negative rumors concerning Thomas Marik. Most say no one
could have survived the blast that killed his father and six others. The rumors accuse ComStar medics of making bionic repairs
on the Captain-General, which many League citizens would find abhorrent.
Despite the political changes that have reshaped the realm, the Free Worlds League economy did not suffer greatly. The
typical League business remains as aggressive and active as any Lyran company, with most League businessmen seeing the
shakeup in laws as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. A good example is the dissolution of the provincial borders, which is
a boon to League industries.
Though most firms had no real loyalty to a particular province, those of the interior worlds of the former Principality of Regulus
did suffer because of the economic sanctions the Marik government took against them. Some of those companies survived,
while others were gobbled up by competitors.
Interstate trade has changed since the war. Competition with the Lyran Commonwealth is still quite strong, reducing trade
between the two realms. The union of the Lyran Commonwealth with the Federated Suns also has cut into the League's
profitable trading with New Avalon, the St. Ives Compact, and the Sarna March. Trade with the Draconis Combine has
grown during the last five years, in keeping with the warm-up of relations between those two powers.
The Free Worlds League has taken a stronger interest in the affairs of the Inner Sphere in recent years. Sir Timothy Halas, the
new Minister of Foreign Affairs and son of the Duke of Oriente, is increasingly willing to send and receive ambassadors and
diplomats from all the other states, including those of the Periphery.
Relations with the Federated Commonwealth are cool. The loss of traditional markets in the Federated Suns and Sarna March
has left Marik bitter.
Relations with the Capellan Confederation are virtually nonexistent, mainly because of Chancellor Romano Liao's reputation
for political opportunism through unsavory means. Captain-General Marik apparently senses that the new stability he has given
the Free Worlds League would be jeopardized by a close relationship with Romano Liao.
Relations with the Periphery have improved. The new leadership in the Magistracy of Canopus has attempted to reestablish
relations with the League after the failed alliance with the Duchy of Andurien. Among other initiatives, an exchange program of
medical personnel is underway between the two realms. As yet there has been no exchange of ambassadors.
To the Captain-General, the Draconis Combine represents the most promising prospect for an alliance. Cultural differences
between the two realms, once a point of serious contention, have lessened because of recent social and political changes in
both realms. The only major drawback to any serious negotiations is that the Captain-General cannot be sure whether it is
Coordinator Takashi or Kanrei Theodore who runs the Combine.
Captain-General Marik's most important ally is certainly ComStar. With his former membership and his ComStar training, the
Captain-General and the Primus must find themselves in agreement on most issues, though the Marik consistently refuses to
become her tool.
The Addendum, which swept away most provincial powers, has allowed Thomas Marik to achieve what the Mariks have
dreamed of for hundreds of years: to build a single, unified fighting force. Taking a lesson from the Federated Commonwealth
regiments being raised in our realm, Thomas has begun to develop Free Worlds League Legions, a collection of regiments
loosely based on the RCT principle used so successfully by the Federated Suns.
The first League Legions were anchored by the elite 'Mech regiments from the existing military, but only after their loyalty was
assured. Since the end of the civil war, five new 'Mech regiments, the Legionnaires, have been raised, with the best equipment
and services. Some of the 'Mechs for the Legionnaires came from the Defenders of Andurien regiments, which were
disbanded after their conquest by Thomas Marik.
Armed with new powers and controlling a more unified realm, Captain-General Marik has used some of the proceeds from the
economic gains to bolster his defense against the Federated Commonwealth. In the past ten years, the Free Worlds League
has doubled the number of mercenary units in its employ.
The new League military has been successful on the field, but certain internal troubles must be cause for the Captain-General's
concern. Most pressing are the regional and social prejudices that some older members of the military have evidenced, even
leading to a number of incidents and deaths.
In 3048, the Draconis Combine and the Free Worlds League opened negotiations. The Combine apparently offered the
League military information about their common enemy, the Federated Commonwealth, as well as an exchange of military
technology. This offer interests most of the generals of the League military, but as of this writing, there has been no word of
acceptance by the Captain-General.
The changes that have peppered the last two decades of Free Worlds League history have reshaped a perpetually quarreling
and fragmented realm into a potent and efficient state.
While Janos Marik gets credit for most of the changes, his son is a man apparently able to slice through the personal interests
and regional prejudices of the older politicians and get to the heart of the problem, which he then solves. This has won him
strong support from his people.
He has stimulated the economy with his programs and reawakened the desire of many to become actively involved in the
politics of the Inner Sphere. If relations between the League and the Draconis Combine continue to improve, it is entirely
possible that one day our Federated Commonwealth will face an enemy alliance equal to our own political, economic, and
At the moment, all that stands in Thomas' way is the network of older leaders who still secretly yearn for the power they and
their provinces lost. In time, these people will simply pass from the scene, leaving Thomas's way clear.
(Deployment as of 3054)
House Marik contributed no military forces to the fight against the Clans, instead offering significant economic and industrial
support to the combined forces of the Inner Sphere. The League's role as the primary logistics support for the combined
defense called for increased arms production that continues, and now benefits their Liao allies. The Free Worlds
League-Capellan Confederation alliance is particularly dangerous to the rest of the Inner Sphere because of Thomas Marik's
ties to the renegade Word of Blake, whose Precentors have provided Marik with ComStar manufacturing techniques that will
be used to produce an impressive new line of BattleMechs.
Free Worlds Legionnaires
Commander: General Calderon "Silent Cal" Benge
Aide: General Dean KcKeown
Regular Mech Strength: 5 Regiments
Mercenary Mech Strength: 0 Regiments
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld 1st Legionnaires Veteran 1 Andurien (CO: General Tracey Fenton) 2nd Legionnaires Veteran 1 Sadurni (CO: General Alice Denichuk) 3rd Legionnaires Veteran 0.66 Leyda Veteran 0.33 Umka (CO: General Pierre Mondou) 4th Legionnaires Regular 0.66 Miaplacidus Regular 0.33 Marik (CO: General Adiss Sullivan) 5th Legionnaires Green 1 Lopez (CO: General Misha Orloff)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld 1st Guards Elite 1 Berenson (CO: Colonel Dana Briggs) 2nd Guards Veteran 1 Bella I (CO: Colonel Kamps Stattun) 3rd Guards Regular 1 Zion (CO: Colonel Duane Hanson)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld Atrean Hussars Regular 1 Ling (CO: Colonel Reber Bennundo)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld 1st Dragoons Regular 1 McKenna (CO: Colonel John Orzehoskie) 11th Dragoons Regular 0.66 Matheran Regular 0.33 Calloway VI (CO: Colonel Evelyn Panfili) 12th Dragoons Veteran 1 Vanra (CO: Colonel Kelian Brackley)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld 1st Militia Veteran 1 Fletcher (CO: Colonel Howe Wilmarth) 2nd Militia Green 1 Hassad (CO: Colonel Alva Gierke) 4th Militia Green 1 Park Place (CO: Colonel Kenneth Gunderson) 5th Militia Regular 1 Les Halles (CO: Colonel Lavern Henden) 6th Militia Veteran 1 Holt (CO: Colonel David Kyster) 9th Militia Regular 1 Carbonis (CO: Colonel Theodore Kauk) 10th Militia Veteran 1 Bernardo (CO: Colonel Cindy Meyer) 13th Militia Regular 1 Irian (CO: Colonel Lloyd Reissing) 15th Militia Regular 1 Berenson (CO: Colonel Nancy Rezac) 18th Militia Green 1 Connaught (CO: Colonel Jerome Merz) 20th Militia Regular 1 Concord (CO: Colonel Jerome Stewart) 23rd Militia Green 1 Keystone (CO: Colonel Hazel Ward) 25th Militia Green 1 Dieudonne (CO: Colonel Anita Webel) 30th Militia Regular 1 Wing (CO: Colonel Stephen Harter) 31st Militia Green 0.66 Uhuru Green 0.33 Amity (CO: Colonel David Sloane)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld Ducal Guard Elite 1 Tamarind (CO: Colonel Fannie Halas) 1st Brigade Elite 1 Griffith (CO: Colonel Roy Chapman Potemkin) 2nd Brigade Veteran 1 Maxwell (CO: Colonel Donald Angstead) 3rd Brigade Veteran 1 Promised Land (CO: Colonel Lionel Ansuelo) 4th Brigade Regular 1 Oriente (CO: Colonel Charleen Day) 5th Brigade Regular 1 Thermopolis (CO: Colonel Jerry Wagner)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld Iron Guards Regular 1 Bordon (CO: Colonel Virgil Ridgeway) Steel Guards Green 1 Kosciusko (CO: Colonel Marilyn Stroud)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld 1st Lancers Green 1 Savannah (CO: Colonel Ginny Ebaugh) 2nd Lancers Regular 1 Augustine (CO: Colonel Davis Csencsics) 3rd Lancers Green 1 Shiloh (CO: Colonel Sally Hoffman)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld Falcons Green 1 Dubhe (CO: Colonel Glendon Lorch) Gryphons Regular 1 Kalidasa (CO: Colonel Toni McIver)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld 1st Hussars Veteran 1 Trellisane (CO: Colonel Roger Harsila) 2nd Hussars Regular 0.66 Oriente Regular 0.33 Shiro III (CO: Colonel Arthur Rivernider) 3rd Hussars Green 0.66 Ipswitch Green 0.33 Dalton (CO: Colonel Simon Dumoss) 4th Hussars Regular 1 Atreus (CO: Colonel Sherrie Dragoo) 5th Hussars Green 1 Sierra (CO: Colonel Keith Kruchoski)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld Home Guards Veteran 1 Stewart (CO: Colonel Virginia Nash) Juggernaut Regular 1 Payvand (CO: Colonel Leonard Stewart)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld 1st Grenadiers Regular 1 Vanra (CO: Colonel Douglas Hoppe) 6th Grenadiers Regular 1 Cerillos (CO: Colonel Patricia Loge) 8th Grenadiers Regular 0.66 Lesnovo Regular 0.33 Tematagi (CO: Colonel Sandra Relph)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld 1st Hussars Elite 0.66 Regulus Elite 0.33 Wallis (CO: Colonel Mark Brandhauber) 2nd Hussars Regular 1 Avior (CO: Colonel Janet Simmons) 4th Hussars Veteran 0.66 Tiber Veteran 0.33 Mackenzie (CO: Colonel Falco Palmero) 5th Hussars Veteran 1 Chertan (CO: Colonel Thomas Orrfelt) 9th Hussars Green 1 McAffe (CO: Colonel Melvin Stone)
Unit Name Experience Regiments Homeworld Always Faithful Regular 1 Conquista (CO: Colonel James Burrill Reil) Bad Dream Veteran 1 Kendall (CO: Colonel Henry Bortman) Barrett's Fusiliers Veteran 1 Shuen Wan (CO: Colonel Nikita Barrett) Blackhearts Regular 1 Cronulla (CO: Colonel Marcus Johnson) Carson's Renegades Regular 0.33 Suzano (CO: Colonel Mark Mead) Crater Cobras Veteran 1 Megrez (CO: Colonel Stephan Prynne) Regular 1 Cascade (CO: Colonel Richard Burr) Dragon's Breath Regular 1 Rochelle (CO: Colonel Pete Tate) Greenburg's Godzillas Veteran 1 Nockatunga (CO: Colonel Ivo Greenburg) Hermann's Hermits Regular 1 Thurrock (CO: Colonel Hermann Aufkopfen) Kristen's Krushers Regular 1 Claybrooke (CO: Colonel Kristen Marik) Langendorf Lancers Regular 1 Colfax (CO: Colonel Gregory Milsey) Redfield Renegades Veteran 1 Harsefeld (CO: Colonel Edward Redfield) 1st Smithson's Chinese Bandits Veteran 1 Kyrkbacken (CO: Colonel Ada Gubser) 2nd Smithson's Chinese Bandits Regular 1 Asuncion (CO: Colonel Ester Schomberg) Stealthy Tigers Regular 1 Ventabren (CO: Colonel Yuri Rauschenbusch) Swann's Cavaliers Veteran 1 Galisteo (CO: Colonel Edmund Repplier) 21st Centauri Lancers Elite 1 Nestor (CO: Colonel Evelena Haskell)
Perhaps the most important event in the years after 3056 was the death in that year
of Joshua Marik, heir to the Free Worlds League's Captain-General Thomas Marik.
For years the young heir had remained at the Federated Commonwealth's New
Avalon Institute of Science for treatment of his leukemia, an arrangement that had
prevented Thomas Marik from launching any type of military action against the
Federated Commonwealth. When the heir died, Prince Victor Steiner-Davion
inserted a double in the boy's place. Capellan Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao learned of
this deception the following year, and proposed to Thomas Marik a joint Marik-Liao
invasion of the Sarna March that would simultaneously punish Steiner-Davion for his
treachery and recapture former Marik and Liao worlds.
In 3057, Marik and Liao forces invaded the Sarna March. The Liao invaders quickly captured many former Liao worlds,
aided by Marik-backed mercenaries. Marik forces enjoyed wide success as well, taking several former Free Worlds League
planets. Almost immediately, Katrina Steiner-Davion announced the formation of the new Lyran Alliance, declared Lyran
neutrality in the invasion, and called for all Lyran military units to withdraw from Federated Commonwealth possessions in the
March. Marik took advantage of this development to settle for a separate peace with Katrina.
The Free Worlds League is currently the largest employer of mercenaries in the Inner Sphere. The League's current position of
strength in the Inner Sphere has made it more attractive to the many merc commanders who previously shied away from
League contracts because of the realm's seemingly inherent instability. Currently, the League is using most of its mercs to hold
the worlds it retook from the Federated Commonwealth until regular forces can be shifted to those planets.
Thomas Marik's posture of non-aggression toward the Lyran Alliance, as well as his partnership with the Capellan
Confederation, has secured most of his borders. The only missions the League assigns within the Chaos March are garrison
duty and pirate hunting; the steady increase in pirate raids in the March has made the latter particularly important. The Free
Worlds League is currently uninterested in additional conquest of the Chaos March, though that may change.