The Pazan Regiment has a long and illustrious history as a combat unit. Starting in the 20th century as an elite armoured formation, the Regiment is now an independant command in the BT universe of the 31st century. The Pazan Regiment ("Pazan" being the acronym for "Northern Command" in Hebrew) is organized along the lines of Wolf's Dragoons, much like the Ryuken of the Combine. However, much of its heritage and ethos from 20th century Terra is retained.|
This site traces the history of the Regiment, from its historical inception to its current 31st century TOE. The 20th century history of the unit is fact, not fiction. The actual Terran history and background of each of the component units are described in detail under the links to each of the units below.
The Pazan Regiment today has its home planet and garrison on Zion. The planet Zion was originally part of the Terran Hegemony and was governed directly from Terra, independant of the five Great Houses. However, after the collapse of the Terran Hegemony following the Amaris usurpation and Kerensky's exodus in 2784, the Free Worlds League extended its borders into the Terran worlds, which included Zion.
Zion is now nominally part of the Free Worlds League (FWL), while in actuality it is autonomous, governed by the Pazan Regiment in much the same way as Outreach "belongs" to Wolf's Dragoons and Northwind to the Northwind Highlanders. In return for nominal feudal lordship, the ruling Marik family made available the industrial resources of the FWL, especially the shipyards, to the Pazan Regiment.
This quid pro quo arrangement was to allow Marik to stabilize its frontiers in the Border Protectorate region. Originally used as a frontier against the Capellan Confederation, that region had become untenable to the FWL following the 4th Succession War when the area secceeded from the Capellan Confederation to form the Tikonov Republic. This puppet republic was quickly swallowed by Hanse Davion into the nascent Federated Commonwealth (FC) in 3040. The presence of the FC on two fronts bordering the FWL forced Marik to work out a compromise with the Pazan Regiment, the dominant military force in the area. As mentioned, in return for nominal recognition of FWL "overlordship", the Pazan Regiment became a preferred trading partner of the FWL military industries. The Pazan Regiment's obligation was to hold that region of space from the predations of the FC, or, as at present, to prevent the madness of the Chaos March from spilling into the FWL and infecting it like a cancer.
The FWL has given an undertaking to the Pazan Regiment not to involve it in operations which the Regiment considers contrary to its values. Furthermore, the Regiment has the right to refuse any assignment without giving explanations. Its presence in Zion on the border therefore is more of a deterrent force than a defence garrison, as is similar to the situations for Outreach and Northwind.
The Pazan Regiment is made up of three mech brigades - the Barak, the Seventh, and the Golani. The "Barak" and the "Seventh" Brigades are "mech-heavy" brigades which specialize in strike and assault operations while the "Golani" Brigade is a multi-purpose combined arms brigade, much like the FC's regimental combat teams. Supporting units include the Sayeret Tzanhanim (the Pazan equivalent of the Dragoon's 7th Kommando) and the Sayeret Matkal (Intelligence unit). Due to access to the FWL shipyards, the Pazan Regiment has sizable navy assets which include warships. These are clustered under the naval arm of the Regiment, called "Heyl ha'Yam".
The insignia of the Pazan Regiment is a stag, representing the animal found on the Golan Heights in Terra. The Golan was the zone tasked to the Northern Command ("Pazan") of the Israeli Defence Force in the 20th century. The Barak Brigade's insignia is a bayonet (representing its infantry beginnings) set over the map of Northern Israel, with the Mediterranean Sea in blue and the Galilee countryside in white (representing the area which it was tasked to defend). The Seventh Brigade's insignia is simpler - a stylised "7" with a crossed lightning and rifle. Finally, the Golani Brigade has a cedar tree set on an orange background as its insignia, the cedar representing the tough and resilient tree found in the Golan and Lebanon.
The Regiment consider themselves the ideological inheritors of the tradition of the 20th century Terran elite Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). The Regiment is multi-ethnic, but uphold Judeo-Christian values as a moral binding force within the Regiment. However, the Regiment has strived to prevent a self-righteous behaviour from taking root in the Regiment, unlike the malady that had fallen on Marik's Knights of the Inner Sphere. On the other hand, Pazan's moral high ground stems from its direct links to its origins in Terra, much like the Eridani Light Horse, but without being beholden to any House, a situation which the Horsemen had found themselves in.
Many Regimental terminology are Jewish in nature not because of ethnic or racial makeup, but because of the inheriance of the tradition of Pazan - the Northern Army Command of the IDF, from which the three Regimental brigades trace their inheritance. All three brigades were originally stationed in Northern Israel on Terra, and after mankind had spread to the stars, have come together again as a single command - the Pazan Regiment.
The motto of the Regiment is "Metzada Lo Tippol Shenit", a thousand-year-old Hebrew quote that reflected the three thousand-year-old heroism of a group of defenders on Masada against an overwhelming force. The Star League Standard English translation of the motto is "Masada shall not fall again". This has special meaning to the Pazan Regiment as one of the continents on Zion is called Masada. Recruits into the IDF used to be inducted by torchlight on the heights of Terra's Masada, reminding them of their awesome responsibility not to allow Masada to fall again. This tradition is once again practiced by the Pazan Regiment on the continent of Masada in their home planet of Zion. Because of this tradition, the Pazan Regiment is sometimes also known as the Masada Regiment.