Free Rasalhague Republic
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[Prepared by Gardner Riis, Precentor of Rasalhague, 3050.]

Origins

           The origins of the Free Rasalhague Republic date to the mythic age when interstellar travel was so new that only the adventurous or desperate dared try it. After the Second Soviet Civil War, Scandinavia was left with the double burden of paying assessments to rebuild the Soviet States while dealing with the influx of more than a million Soviet refugees. The Federal Democratic Republics of Sweden, Finland, and Norway coped stoically, though the war-damage taxes continued until the mid-23rd century. When the levy finally ended, many citizens decided to emigrate, selecting a planet far from the oppression and bureaucracy of Terra. Within 60 years, these Scandinavians had colonized and heavily populated Rasalhague and its eight nearest neighbors.

           In the late 23rd century, the people of the region created the Rasalhague Consortium, a joint government to oversee the further development of their worlds. The Consortium included all the varldherren or world lords, and members of powerful families. The highest government official was an elected Prime Minister. As the Consortium came into contact with neighboring states and associations, it evolved into the Principality of Rasalhague, headed by the Elected Prince.

          The people of Rasalhague became known for their isolationism, being more concerned with expanding and developing their own worlds in a way least damaging to the environment. Despite Rasalhague's political neutrality, the Draconis Combine harassed it, attacked it, and eventually conquered the Principality in 2330.

          After being incorporated into the Combine as the Rasalhague Military District, the region changed little. Though Combine leaders encouraged Asians to emigrate to the newly created district, these colonists never outnumbered the Scandinavian majority, nor were they able to dilute the native customs. Before the Fourth Succession War, the official language of the region was Kuritan Japanese, but the vast majority continued to speak Swedish. Even from the earliest days of Kurita rule, secret societies attempted to foment rebellions, but all failed because of the lack of coordination among rebel groups.

          In 3029, the Lyran Commonwealth invited Rasalhague resistance leaders to a meeting on Tamar. The Tamar talks lasted for three weeks, during which time the rebels learned of the existence of the Tyr Regiment, a unit of assault 'Mechs sponsored and trained by the LCAF but manned by Rasalhagian exiles. The unit shared the name of the underground movement in the Rasalhague Military District. The secret regiment had made a stunning appearance on Kirchbach, prompting a revolt among the people. At the Tamar meeting, the Rasalhague resistance leaders coordinated plans for uprisings with projected LCAF invasions. Archon Katrina Steiner also signed the Intention of the Free Rasalhague Peoples, a document that recognized the Tyr as the official Rasalhague government-in-exile.

          During the Fourth War, Tyr members provided the Lyran military with details on terrain, targets, and enemy location. Its members also undertook hundreds of commando missions deep behind enemy lines to disrupt DCMS communication and logistics. The Tyr BattleMech regiment played an equally important role in the Commonwealth's war effort.

Revolt

          The war's end did not bring about the creation of a free Rasalhague, as the Tyr had hoped. For one thing, the Lyrans had not conquered all the worlds the Tyr wanted, including Rasalhague. Indeed, many Tyr members believed that the Lyrans had stopped short of conquering all the former Principality worlds purely to prevent the rebels from forming a sovereign state.

          The disgruntled Tyr members became even angrier when Lyran planetary administrators arrived on the conquered worlds. Under orders from Duke Selvin Kelswa of the Tamar Pact, they took over from the military administrators without acknowledging the Tyr or its claim to rule. In their frustration and anger, several extremist Tyr groups bombed government buildings on seven worlds in February 3031, injuring one planetary administrator. Despite objections by Commonwealth officials, Duke Kelswa reacted by ordering the arrest of the Tyr leaders, most of whom were on Tamar at the time. He then ordered mass trials, in which the Tyr leaders were convicted in a mockery of the Lyran judicial process.

          By the time Archon Steiner learned of the situation, the trials were over. The Tyr leaders had been languishing in Tamar jails for a week while the aggressive Tamar Pact police forces brutally mishandled demonstrations and riots on the conquered worlds. Infuriated, the Archon freed the Tyr leadership, publicly berated the Duke of Tamar for overstepping his authority, and apologized to the Tyr in hopes of salvaging some good will.

          The damage caused by Duke Kelswa could not be undone, however, and the Archon saw that the newly conquered Rasalhague worlds would never consent to join the Commonwealth. The best she could hope for was to continue negotiations with the Tyr so that the leaders of a new Rasalhague state would lean more toward the Commonwealth than toward the Draconis Combine.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Though the report by Precentor Riis does not acknowledge ComStar's role in bringing about an independent Rasalhague, he surely must know about it. As a close ally of Primus Waterly and the most powerful ComStar official in the area, Precentor Riis almost certainly played a key role in the arrangements, if not the actual negotiations, that gave birth to the Principality.]

          When the Draconis Combine found itself fighting against its own people as well as the Lyran Commonwealth during the Fourth War, Kurita leaders began to look for a solution to the problem of Rasalhague resistance. They found one and it was ingenious. By supporting Rasalhague independence, the Draconis Combine simultaneously removed a thorn from its side, embarrassed the Lyran Commonwealth into giving up most of its captured worlds, and created a buffer state between the Combine and the newly formidable Lyrans.

Independence

          On March 13, 3034, Haakon Magnusson, a Tyr political leader, declared the creation of the Free Rasalhague Republic, affirmed its independence from either the Draconis Combine or the Lyran Commonwealth, and announced that he would be its Elected Prince. ComStar immediately recognized the new realm, and the Draconis Combine followed suit the next day.

          That House Kurita would willingly give up so many of its star systems was a shock to the whole Inner Sphere, and it also left the Steiner government in a poor bargaining position with the Tyr. Archon Steiner felt obliged to turn over to the Free Rasalhague Republic most of the Rasalhague worlds the LCAF had captured during the Fourth War, though it infuriated the already-angry Duke of Tamar.

          The withdrawal of Combine troops from its former Rasalhague Military District did not go smoothly. Many Combine soldiers refused to leave because of their violent disagreement with the decision to cede worlds to the FRR. Others refused to abandon citizens of Oriental heritage to the danger of backlash from the Scandinavians, a threat that became a reality. Other unit commanders felt that too many Kurita troops had died defending these worlds to now just give them up without a struggle.

          Seeing this military insurrection as a direct challenge to his future rule of the Draconis Combine, Kanrei Theodore Kurita declared all disobedient units ronin, Japanese for "masterless." With Prince Magnussen's permission, he led a force of loyal regiments back into the Republic to battle the ronin units.

          The Ronin Wars, as they became known, were a series of short, violent clashes between the ronin, which added up to about eight regiments, and the allied forces of the Rasalhague KungsArme (The Royal Rasalhague Army) and DCMS units led by Warlord Theodore Kurita. The KungsArme, just weeks old, received its baptism by fire defending its homeworlds and cities from ronin units, many of which were skilled and experienced. The KungsArme fought better than expected, due in part to assistance from Combine and Lyran officers present in the Republic to help build the military. On many occasions, these visiting officers stepped in to assume command of Rasalhague units against the ronin at a crucial moment.

          Even more violent were the clashes between troops loyal to Warlord Theodore and the ronin, most of whom were led by officers loyal to General Marcus Kurita (banished from Luthien for a failed coup attempt) and Warlord Ivan Sorenson of the Rasalhague Military District, who was assassinated at the beginning of the ronin rebellion.

          The Ronin Wars created a deep hatred for mercenaries among the FRR's citizens. Because of poorly negotiated contracts, some mercenaries refused to enter battle because they claimed the requirements of their contracts had already been fulfilled. Though the mercenaries were usually within their rights, the people did not see it that way. Ironically, the FRR later had to hire more mercenaries, some of whom made huge demands on the government, to combat growing pirate activity on the Republic's border with the Periphery.

          The Ronin Wars ended with the withdrawal of the last DCMS regiment across the border into the Combine's new Alshain Military District in December 3035. For the first time in its short life the Free Rasalhague Republic was peaceful. Prince Magnusson turned from military to political concerns. Based largely upon the the former Principality of Rasalhague, the FRR government had a strong democratic element, which the Scandinavian majority deeply appreciated after the centuries of having their fate decided for them.

          Still, many people took out their long resentment against everything and everyone Oriental in a burst of riots and lynchings. The government finally calmed the situation, and the whole matter is rarely mentioned today.

          In 3044, Prince Magnusson requested and was granted another term in office. He has maintained a middle course between House Steiner and House Kurita, a policy that has allowed the KungsArme to grow stronger.

          The KungsArme has recently been more active. Pirate activity along the Republic's Periphery border, always an annoyance, has increased so dramatically in the past five years that the government has had to resort to hiring even more mercenaries to protect part of its border.

Government

          The structure of the Free Rasalhague Republic government closely follows that of the Principality of Rasalhague of the 23rd century. Political power is loosely divided among the Elected Prince (the Riksforestandare), the Parliament (the Riksdag) and the individual rulers of worlds (the Varldherren). The citizens elect local officials every four years and representatives to the Riksdag every ten.

The Riksforestandare

          To become the Elected Prince, a member of Parliament must have the support of more than three-fourths of his fellow parliamentarians. Though the public cannot elect a prince, they do hold a nonbinding poll to express their opinion on the candidates two weeks before the Riksdag votes.

          The Elected Prince serves a ten-year term and is limited to two terms. The Riksforestandare is the political head of the Free Rasalhague Republic, as well as the commander-in-chief of the Rasalhague KungsArme and Chancellor of the Riksbank, the government's financial institution. The KungsPalace is home for the Elected Prince when he is in the capital city of Reykjavik on Rasalhague. The Elected Prince also has the use of several other homes, the most beautiful being the manor at Molnlycke.

          The Elected Prince has a circle of advisors to assist him. The members of this Royal Cabinet are the leaders of major governmental departments, though the current Prince is fond of allowing close friends to participate in Cabinet meetings. Prince Magnusson claims to be directly descended from Norse kings of ancient well as the rulers of the old Principality. He alludes to it frequently, especially when hard-pressed to get a favorite piece of legislation through the Riksdag. This has led some to fear that he may attempt to overturn the limitation of two terms as Prince and make his title hereditary.

Nobility

          The Free Rasalhague Republic has a nobility system unique among the states of the Inner Sphere. The system of Varldherren (world leaders) and Hertigs (dukes) refers to positions rather than titles. Some Hertigs are chosen by the Riksdag, and others by direct election. They can lose the designation as easily as they get it.

          Varldherren are appointed world leaders. Each Varldherre has a different term of office, decided by the planetary government. Hertigs are men and women who have earned the trust and respect of the people. Most Hertigs do not have specific duties to perform, though they are expected to counsel the Varlherre on political matters and to attend sessions of the Riksdag.

The Riksdag

          The Rasalhague Parliament is composed of four Estates. Though only the First and Second Estates have the power to draft bills, all have the right to vote on legislation. For a bill to become law three of the four Estates must approve it and then it must be signed by the Elected Prince. The Riksdag may overturn a princely veto by a vote of all four Estates.

          The First Estate is composed of the realm's Varldherren and Hertigs. The director of the First Estate is the Landtmarskalk, or Marshal of the Lands. The Landtmarskalk also sets the Riksdag agenda, a potent responsibility. The post is considered second in importance only to the princeship in the Republic.

          The Second Estate is composed of the FRR's planetary representatives. Each world elects five representatives to the Second Estate, giving rise to its popular name of the People's Parliament.

          The Third Estate is composed of the head clergymen of the major religions in the FRR. When it comes to a vote on the important political or monetary bills, the Third Estate tends to follow the lead of the People's Parliament. On the other hand, the members of the Third Estate believe that moral, spiritual, and social questions are their domain, and often its rulings inspire legislation in the First or Second Estate.

          The Fourth Estate is composed of the realm's most important business leaders. Those who control a company with a net worth over 100 million R-bills, or who own more than 10,000 hectares of land are invited to become members of the Fourth Estate.

          The four Estates of the Riksdag meet in the immense and solemn Palace Hall. Sessions of the Riksdag normally begin on January 1 and continue until July 1, though crises have forced several emergency sessions.

          In addition to the Riksdag. there are Provincial Riksdags on Skandia, Radstadt. and Rasalhague.

Political Alignments

          Prince Magnusson is a shrewd politician who has been careful not to anger any special-interest group. Among his most ardent supporters are the men and women who fought alongside him in either the Tyr rebellions before the Fourth Succession War or in the Ronin Wars. One of these people is Tor Miraborg. The two met when both were serving time in a Combine prison for attempting to incite riots in 3022. After their release, the two went on to become key members in the Tyr. When Magnusson was angling for Rasalhague sovereignty, he contacted Miraborg, who began building support for him. After the creation of the Republic, the grateful Prince appointed Miraborg as Military Commander of the Radstadt Province. At that time, he also was elected Varldherre of his homeworld of Gunzburg. Varldherre Miraborg remains one of the Prince's staunchest supporters and an iron-fisted ruler of his world.

          Despite his attempts to maintain support from all sides, Prince Magnusson's government is notable for the lack of Tyr members from the "Lyran Half," worlds conquered by the Lyran Commonwealth during the Fourth Succession War. Whether this is a coincidence or a deliberate snub is not known.

          Those who oppose Prince Magnusson have formed the small Motsatt Stalining Parti, or Motpart for short. This party consists of members of the Riksdag who oppose the Prince on principle or who were once Tyr members from the Lyran Half.

          The leader of the Motpart is General Christian Mansdotter, the ranking officer of the KungsArme and the Landtmarskalk of the Riksdag. Born and raised in the Lyran Commonwealth, Christian Mansdotter was an LCAF officer who requested and won the right to command the newly formed Tyr BattleMech regiment. The fame he won as regimental commander and his leadership skills should have made him the obvious choice for head of the new Rasalhague state, but then came Haakon Magnusson's bombshell treaty with the Draconis Combine.

          Prince Magnusson could not simply ignore Christian Mansdotter's skills or his popularity, and so he appointed the general to command the KungsArme. The Riksdag appointed him Landtmarskalk in 3042, a post he still holds.

          Mansdotter and the Motpart are suspicious of the Draconis Combine's motives for helping Rasalhague achieve independence. Fearing that the Kuritans will return one day to claim their lost worlds, the Motpart seeks closer relations with the Federated Commonwealth, even at the risk of provoking the Combine. For General Mansdotter and his followers, the Federated Commonwealth is the only guarantor of Rasalhague's independence.

          Motpart members advocate a stronger military to defend against the Draconis Combine, while the Elected Prince is wary of expanding the KungsArme for fear of offending House Kurita.

Political Organization

          The Free Rasalhague Republic is composed of the three provinces of Skandia, Radstadt, and Rasalhague. The political climates on worlds within the provinces varies widely. During the Ronin Wars, most worlds were placed under the control of a Military Governor. Most of the military governors have long since stepped down, but some still hold their powers, suppressing civilian government. Others were military governors during the war and became Varldherren afterward.

Political Goals

          Because the FRR is wedged between two great Houses with no love for one another, the Elected Prince is well aware that his political actions toward one realm could be misconstrued by the other. This makes it vital that the Prince maintain strictly equal relations with House Kurita and House Steiner, while attempting to maintain the political neutrality of his ancestors of the original Principality.

          Members of Motpart are vehemently opposed to this policy. They believe that trying to appease powerful neighbors interferes with the only way of guaranteeing the continued existence of the Free Rasalhague Republic: strengthening the military and seeking out an alliance with the Federated Commonwealth, the state whose society and government is most like their own.

Rasalhague Kungarme (Royal Rasalhague Army)

          The Royal Rasalhague Army fields almost 150 BattleMech, tank, and infantry regiments. The KungsArme also controls 62 militia regiments and five mercenary 'Mech units.

Structure

          The KungsArme consists of 12 departments patterned after the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces. They are the Command Council, Administration Department, Medical Corps, Warriors' Ombudsmen, Mercenary Relations, Reservist Readiness Department, Strategy and Tactics Department, Intelligence Department, Transportation Department, Quartermaster Department, Justice Department, and Military Education.

          The Headquarters of the Rasalhague KungsArme is in the Citadel, the large military complex built by the old Principality and then expanded when the Draconis Combine took over. Regional headquarters are on Skandia and Radstadt.

          General Christian Mansdotter is the Chief-of-Staff of the Command Council. The General is technically the aide to the Prince, who is Overbefalhavare, or Commander-in-Chief, of the KungsArme, but the Prince does not take an active interest in the military.

          The General's immediate seconds are Generalmajor Margrethe Minuit, commander of RRA forces in Skandia Province, and General Gustaf Mannerheim, commander of RRA forces in Radstadt Province.

Ranks (and their English equivalents)

Menig: Private
Korpral: Corporal
Sergeant: Sergeant
Fanjunkare: Sergeant Major
Lojtnant: Lieutenant
Kapten: Captain
Major: Major
Overste-Lojtnant: Lieutenant Colonel
Overste : Colonel
Generalmajor: Major General
General: General
Overbefalhavare: Commander-in-Chief

          Pilots of 'Mechs are called Kavellrists, ancient Swedish for cavalry soldier. The Swedish word for Regiment is Regimente, Battalion is Bataljon, and Company is Besattning.

Composition

          The KungsArme currently fields 15 'Mech regiments. The Gunzburg Eagles is the only assault BattleMech regiment. The Drakons are heavy 'Mech regiments, and the Freemen are medium. The Hussars are light but potent regiments, and the Kavalleri are designed primarily for scouting and mobility.

          The KungsArme has trade agreements with the 'Mech manufacturers in the Draconis Combine and the Lyran Commonwealth. As a result, Rasalhague BattleMech regiments include machines common to both states, with a few BattleMechs on loan from ComStar. The sight of a Kurita Dragon fighting alongside a Lyran Zeus or a Kurita Panther to cover the advance of a Lyran Commando might be startling to outsiders, but it is a common one in the KungsArme.

          There are 32 tank regiments, composed mostly of Hunters and Manticores, but also many Demolishers, Schrek PPC Carriers and Behemoths from Aldis Industries on Terra, During the Republic's first year, General Mansdotter contacted representatives of Aldis about buying a modest number of tanks. In response, Aldis offered to sell the FRR many of its best tanks at bargain prices and to send engineers to service them. The deal gave the KungsArme some of the best equipment in the Inner Sphere, while Aldis got the chance to analyze the performance of the latest tanks as they got their baptism by fire in the Ronin Wars.

          The KungsArme has 97 infantry regiments, more than half of them mechanized, with hovercraft as the most common troop carrier. The training of infantry regiments is both heightened and hampered by the Republic's dee nationalism. While it instills pride in the Nordic majority, the resulting prejudice keeps many skilled soldiers buried in the rank and file because they happen to be of Oriental heritage.

          There are 62 militia regiments in the KungsArme. The training of the militia regiments is apparently rather poor, probably because the KungsArme is young and concentrating on its frontline units.

Performance

          Considering its relative youth, the KungsArme has shown notable skill in the field. During its short history, the KungsArme has ahd to face renegade DCMS units and innumerable attacks by pirates along its border with the Periphery.

          Being barely a week old and only a few regiments strong, the KungsArme was obviously at a severe disadvantage against the ronin forces of the DCMS. Yet, the Rasalhague units showed themselves proud in instances such as the Battle for Predlitz, where Bravo Company, Second Battalion of the Tyr 'Mech regiment, defeated two ronin companies from the Eighth Rasalhague Regulars. In another incident, Charlie Company, Third Battalion of the First Kavalleri, stood up to a combined battalion of ronin armour and infantry outside the city of Thessal on Goito. The KungsArme also had help from military advisors from the Combine, many of whom stepped in and commanded Rasalhague units during the height of battle.

          During the withdrawal of Lyran troops from captured Rasalhague worlds, several incidents occured between the more emotional members of both militaries. The most serious was the confrontation between Captain Schmelling's Company of the Eighth Donegal Guards and Bravo Company, Second Battalion, of the First Drakon 'Mech regiment.

          It is the struggle against the Periphery pirates that has given the KungsArme most of its experience. Right from the start, pirates targeted Rasalhague worlds as easy targets. At first, the KungsArme could only protect vital cities and industries, depending on mercenaries to hunt down and punish the pirates. As the Arme has grown, so too has its ability to defend against pirate raids. The 'Mech regiments, in particular, have become adept at countering the tactics favored by Periphery scum. In small-unit actions of companies and smaller, the KungsArme is the equal of any Inner Sphere military.

          Where the RAA's ability falls short is in larger, multi-regiment actions. With the exception of those who served in the Tyr regiment during the Fourth War, few in the Rasalhague military have experience with large-scale combat. General Mansdotter has attempted to remedy the situation by holding numerous military exercises, the latest against the Precentor Martial and the Com Guards.

          The KungsArme's biggest problem is its negative attitude toward and poor treatment of mercenaries in its employ. To meet the threat of ronin units just after the creation of the FRR, Prince Magnusson knew he had to hire mercenaries to supplement his military capability. Ignoring General Mansdotter's experience with mercenaries, the Prince negotiated the contracts himself. Pressured by the worsening military situation and his need to conserve the new realm's monetary resources, he hired as many mercenary units as possible for the shortest possible contract periods.

          The result was contracts that did not contain such standard agreements as the Emergency Action Clause, which obligates mercenaries to assist their employers in times of emergency, even if other contract obligations have been fulfilled. Thus did the KungsArme find itself high and dry in several crucial battles, calling in vain for mercenary assistance from a unit that had just carried out its orders and refused those not mandated by its contract.

          Vinson's Vigilantes, for example, refused to come to the aid of the First Kavalleri because their contract stipulated that they were under no obligation to fight once peace was declared on Radstadt, which had occurred just days before. The incident created a hatred of mercenaries among the Rasalhagians, even though the ComStar Review Board later cleared the Vigilantes of wrongdoing. Despite their distrust, the FRR was again forced to hire mercenaries to help combat pirate activity along the Periphery. Some of the more unscrupulous mercenaries demanded, and won, huge contracts from the desperate Republic government, which deepened the hatred against mercenaries.

          Because of these and other incidents, the FRR has taken its bit of revenge by making the lives of mercenaries as difficult as possible. All mercenaries are confined to small military areas called reservations, which they are not allowed to leave without a gaggle of passes and papers. Though this protects the mercenaries from an unsympathetic population, it allows the government to force the mercenaries to buy supplies at exorbitant prices.

Defense Industry

          When the FRR was created, it inherited the New Oslo BattleMech facility of Gorton, Kingsley, and Thorpe Enterprises. The factory has since been expanded to produce Archer and Panther 'Mechs. It is expected that a second GKT BattleMech factory being built on Rasalhague will be completed in 3051.

          Benson and Bjorn, the Republic's second largest weapons manufacturer, is located on Spittal. It has expanded its line of personal weapons and armored vehicles to include the Axel (Swedenese for ax) Marks I and II. These are internal-combustion-engine versions of the not-exactly-secret Rommel and Patton designs of the Lyran Commonwealth.

Economy

          Though Prince Magnusson has bungled mercenary relations, he has proven to be shrewd at dealing with the business community. Establishing extensive state control over the business world, the Prince found innovative ways to increase production. He gave workers better conditions and pay, coupled with severe penalties for those who did not respond to the new incentives. To please management, he made many positions hereditary, in addition to awarding corporate executives seats in the Riksdag.

Major Industries

          Metals of the Earth is the huge mining, chemical, and synthetic conglomerate located on the planet Nox. MOE has adapted well to the new Rasalhague government. Though half its products still go to the Combine, according to an agreement between the two states, the other half has gone a long way to repairing war damage on many FRR worlds.

          The attempt to transform Amau Electronics' major plant at Silvaton into a manufacturer of military electronics as well as a producer of its many low-budget consumer items has been less successful.

          Under Combine control, Swedenborg Heavy Industries, manufacturer of large industrial robots, was forever in debt and faced with almost constant labor troubles. Under FRR control, its factories have almost tripled their output. Reports that the firm will enter the military industry by constructing a 'Mech or AeroSpace facility on Kirchbach remain unconfirmed.

Trade Relations

          The Even Scale Policy is Prince Magnusson's term for his economic relations with the Draconis Combine and the Lyran Commonwealth. Ever mindful not to give preference to one neighbor's products, the Prince has ordered a strict one-to-one relationship between imports and exports with the Lyrans and the Combine. The number of traders from both realms is strictly controlled to ensure that neither side has an advantage. Every ton of food, every crane or holoset imported from one neighbor obligates the FRR to buy something of equal value from the other. Though this may be reasonable in theory, it is a nightmare in practice. Just keeping tabs on imports from the Commonwealth and the Combine is beyond the capabilities of the FRR's bureaucracy.

          This nightmare of red tape is one reason the government has begun to trade with other states. Indeed, trade with the Free Worlds League and the Federated Suns has been brisk over the years. Trade with the Federated Suns may be complicated in the future, however, as that realm becomes more closely joined with the Lyran Commonwealth.

Culture

          Swedish is the official language of the Free Rasalhague Republic government and most major universities. With a small minority of only about 15 percent fluent in the language, Swedish is not the language of everyday life.

          In the streets and shops of the FRR, Swedenese is the tongue most often heard. A mix of Swedish and Standard Kurita Japanese, Swedenese has been slowly evolving ever since House Kurita seized control of the old Principality. Though difficult to learn because it requires a good knowledge of the two parent languages, it is amazingly rich and has produced a respectable body of literature.

          The Lutheran Church-Radstadt Synad is the state religion of the FRR, yet only one-third of the people are active members. Other Christian religions, Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism all have substantial numbers of followers. The Republic is also host to minor sects, including the One Star Faith and a growing curiosity called Modern Norse, which attempts to update the beliefs and customs of Scandinavia's ancient polytheistic religion.

          While blatant racism has disappeared, a subtle bias against people or things Oriental still exists. Prince Magnusson and General Mansdotter have strenuously opposed racism, but people of Oriental heritage rarely achieve positions of importance.

Conclusion

          The major goal of the Free Rasalhague Republic is to survive and grow to the point where its neighbors no longer consider it a military target. The Even Scale Policy is probably a major stumbling block to this goal, but the policy is not likely to change as long as Prince Magnusson is in power.

          Some Motpart members would like to oust Magnusson before he is to step down in 3054, but their numbers are small. If this seed of discontent takes a strong enough hold, it could lead to a civil war that the FRR is not likely to survive.

Update

          In the years since with 3050 summary of the FRR, a great deal has taken place. The Clan invasion has taken the majority of the worlds of the Free Rasalhague Republic, leaving it a shadow of its former self. If not for the actions of ComStar at Tukayyid, the Republic, along with the whole of the Inner Sphere, would currently be under Clan control.

Remaining Free Rasalhague Republic Worlds

Al Hillah

          Al Hillah also hosts a small number of the seclusive Azami people, as they keep for the most part to themselves and as they have been a part of the culture of this planet for a long time they are an accepted part of the cultural tapestry of this planet.

          The planet itself has quite a large variety of climates, but for the most part it is a very hot planet.

          The Islamic population on The Republic isn't that big, only on Tukayyid and Al Hillah exist anything that could be called a community, mostly on the latter.

1: Sun; binary
2: Rock; 1 satellite.
3: Rock;
4: Al Hillah;
5: D'Altair; 2 satellites.
6: Gas giant;

Azami

          Perhaps the most famous of the Islamic people (At least in the vocabulary of the common mechwarrior) are the Azami. A tribe of people, who represent all the Islamic tribes who joined together for force when they left the cradle of humankind. Azami have had a long history of living separate from other people, a bit like the Rasalhagians, and it seems they formed a resistance to a certain deadly viral disease at some stage on the planet they first settled. They are completely resistant to the virus, which is deadly to people with no resistance. This disease once foiled an invasion attempt of an Azami planet by the Combine. Some of the Azami carry the active viral strain on their blood. FRR people living on planets with Azami population have formed a passive resistance to the virus strain.

Dehgolan

          Dehgolan hosts an indigenous lifeform that is actually known beyond the borders of Rasalhague, this poisonous lizard is about the size of an small dog.

          The planet itself is full of jungles, like its twin planet; Dehgolan Minor. On the planet is located some minor plastic industries. Most traffic on the planet is caused by tourists (Well tourists are more or less gone nowadays) and military transports heading for the south continent, which is often used for large scale military trainings for the Kadets in the Academy, though often the jungles in Orestes would suffice.

1: Sun; M3
2: Rock;
3: Rock; 1 satellite.
4: Gas planet;
5: Dehgolan; 2 satellites.
6: Dehgolan Minor; 1 satellite.
7: Gas giant;

Grumium Prime

          Grumium saw considerable amount of combat during 4th Succession war, being a theatre for major operations on at least four occasions. Current military presence is based widely on some of the more advanced command bunkers.

          The planet itself is quite remarkable, the trinary star itself is quite a sight to behold, but Grumium has two satellites, one of them having a quite large mass. The gravitational pull caused by the satellites causes some anomalies on the ground, which can, at the times when two satellites are in alignment cause quite an havoc with electronic and gravimetric systems. Not even taking into account the disturbances caused by the relatively large and active gas giant.

1: Sun; trinary, one gas giant and two lesser stars. 
2: Rock; 
3: Rock; sulfur atmosphere. 1 satellite.
4: Asteroid belt.
5: Grumium Prime; 2 satellites.
6: Rock;
7: Gas giant.

Karbala

          Karbala, a planet noted for its deep blue oceans which have been praised within the Republic as well as outside.

          Before the war Karbala was a popular vacation resort for Rasalhagians who could afford it, a veritable paradise. Not to mention a very important source of water on this part of the Inner Sphere.

1: Sun;
2: Rock
3: Gas planet;
4: Asteroid belt; 
5: Karbala; 1 satellite
6: Gas giant; Teuan Major
7: Gas giant;

Orestes

          Orestes is the current capital of Rasalhague. During Ronin Wars it was one of the systems to face treacherous Kurita warriors who stood opposing the independence of Rasalhague.

          The capital city of Midgard has expanded to fulfill it's duties as the capital of the Republic and now houses the head offices of all the Rasalhagian ministries. Even though the current situation has cut the infamous Rasalhagian red tape, it still makes it's abode here. Even scale policy went out of the window when clans came, but much of the old bureaucracy is still there and thriving.

          Orestes is also home to the Kungsarme training academy for Mechwarriors, Tankers and Aerojocks. The Academy follows proud old traditions.

1: Sun;
2: Asteroid belt.
3: Orestes
4: Gas planet.
5: Rock;
6: Gas giant.

Tukayyid

          Tukayyid was a flourishing agricultural planet with small population, which was evacuated before the battle. Now it remains an monument of the savagery of man, a burial ground of mechs. This technology ComStar and Rasalhague took to themselves, providing more insights to the Clan technology.

          Tukayyid was the staging ground for the largest battle fought in the Inner Sphere ever. Fifty ComGuard regiments with support elements stood against the forces of each Clan, forces who numbered. Each of the Clans participating had two named target cities:
Smoke Jaguar; Dinku Heights & Port Racice.
Nova Cat; Joje & Tost
Ghost Bear; Spanac & Luk
Steel Viper; Kelly Springs & Kozice Ranch Station
Wolf; Brzo & Skupo
Diamond Shark; Urcunat & Kozice Prime
Jade Falcon; Humptulips & Olalla

          After 21 days of fighting, the Clans conceded the victory to ComStar, a victory to the whole Inner Sphere. This singular battle stopped the Clan advance to the Inner Sphere for fifteen years.

          One definite treasure from ages gone is the Tamo Bunker hidden in the Tamo mountains which ComGuards build there, for the first time in 300 years. It is a fully equipped Star League Strategic Command post, with a full interactive virtual-reality construct that allowed Precentor Martial to coordinate the battle across the entire planet from one central location.

          ComGuards retain sizable presence in Tukayyid and help Republic build fortifications for future attacks, as Tukayyid stands the only Rasalhagian planet prone to Clan aggressions.

1: Sun;
2: Rock; 1 satellite
3: Asteroid Belt;
4: Rock;
5: Inagea; 2 satellite
6: Tukayyid; 1 satellite
7: Rock;
8: Rock;
9: Large Gas giant;
10: Gas giant;

Ueda Prime

          Originally defense of Ueda was decided important and heavy military assets were placed on it. As it turned out, Tukayyid truce line protected this rare jewel amongst planets.

          A notable location on this fair planet is the large desert, which covers most of the northern continent. On the southern hemisphere there are some

          These days it holds quite another kind of fame among Inner Sphere

1: Sun
2: Rock;
3: Ueda prime; breathable atmosphere.
4: Ueda minor; terraformed, small mineral rich planet.
5: Asteroid belt.

Free Rasalhague Republic Force Listing

(Deployment as of 3054)

          Nearly obliterated by Clan Wolf, Rasalhague is fortunate to have retained their six remaining worlds. Were it not for the efforts of Phelan Ward and the timely arrival of our Com Guard forces, the Republic would no longer exist. The Com Guard retain a sizeable presence on Tukayyid and large garrisons on the other Rasalhague worlds, but the Rasalhague command structure has no control over thse units. Information about these forces is available on a need-to-know basis only.

Commander: Generalmajor Margrethe Minuit
Aide: Overste Carl Sleipness
Regular Mech Strength: 3 Regiments, 2 Battalions
Mercenary Mech Strength: 1 Battalion

Unit Name                        Experience   Regiments  Homeworld    
3rd Drakons                      Veteran       0.33      Ueda    
(CO: Overste Joan Dahlstrom)
4th Drakons                      Veteran       0.33      Ueda    
(CO: Overste Carl Sleipness)
2nd Freeman                      Regular       0.66      Dehgolan        
(CO: Overste Rhett Weaver)
3rd Hussars                      Regular       0.66      Grumium 
(CO: Overste Hjalmer Olsen)
2nd Kavalleri                    Regular         1       Tukayyid        
(CO: Overste Signa Pegrem)
4th Kavalleri, 1st Battalion     Regular       0.33      Al Hillah       
(CO: Overste Jeffery Cizek)
4th Kavalleri, 3rd Battalion     Regular       0.33      Orestes 
(CO: Overste Dolores Gunderson)
The Black Outlaws                Regular       0.33      Karbala 
(CO: Major Edwina Forrest)

3058 Update

           Not much new has occurred within the borders of the Free Rasalhague Republic since 3056. After thousands upon thousands of citizens of the Republic retreated from the Clan onslaught only to end up in the Illyrian Palatinate, with it's similarly Scandinavian people, the Republic settled down to the task of preparing for resumption of the Clan offensive.

           Heavily fortifying the remaining few planets of the Free Rasalhague Republic, ComStar has set up its new operational headquarters on the planet of Tukayyid, especially in light of the Word of Blake conquest of Terra. With these additional preparations and forces at their disposal, Haakon Magnusson's Free Rasalhague Republic is ready to fight to the last in order to protect their homeland.


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