|This information was last updated on the: 7th of January, 2012|
|Core Information: |
Faction Leader: Protector Effron Calderon
Military Leader: Marshal Tharn Calderon-Sims
Intelligence Leader: Minister Of The Interior, Amanda Doru
Approximate BattleMech Regiment Strength: 18
Mercenaries Currently Under Employ: Bannockburn's Bandits, Dracs 7th Cavalry, Gordon's Armored Cavalry, Langendorf Lancers, Prey's Divisionals, Summer's Storm, The Battle Corps, The Clean Kill, The Thumpers
|BTM Timeline Events:|
11th of August, 3068
The Shadow Lancers mercenary unit takes the Taurian Concordat system of Laconis in the name of the Capellan Confederation.
22nd of April, 3075 to the 23rd of November, 3075
The Shraplen War begins with a surprise attack from the Taurian Concordat on Federated Suns systems and drags the Capellan Confederation into the conflict.
30th of April, 3075
Taurian Concordat forces invade multiple Federated Suns systems, but are only able to take and hold Verdigreis.
16th of June, 3075 to the 23rd of November, 3075
The Federated Suns launches Operation Matador, a counterattack into Taurian Concordat space, occupying several systems, and eventually withdrawing from all but Perdition, which is annexed.
12th of July, 3075 to the 30th of August, 3075
Kingston's VCR and Warrior House Imarra from the Capellan Confederation invade and conquer the Brisbane system of the Taurian Concordat.
6th of October, 3075
Erik Martins-Calderon becomes Lord Protector of the Taurian Concordat.
28th of February, 3076
Hellespont declares independence from the Taurian Concordat. The Concordat believes that the system is valueless and does not protest.
|Origins and History: |
Of the many states in the Periphery, the Taurian Concordat maintains the closest resemblance to a Successor State. Under the direction of House Calderon, the highly independent Taurians have a strong central government, a high literacy rate, and a strong military. They appear to be the Periphery community most likely to survive the next century, as well as to become a leader in Periphery affairs and even an influence on the Inner Sphere.
The Taurian Concordat began as a desperate venture into the unexplored space of the Hyades Cluster. Beyond the reach of Inner Sphere governments, the Calderon expedition colonized mineral-rich worlds and quickly transformed them into centers of political and social equality. In turn, these worlds attracted thousands of refugees uprooted by wars in the Inner Sphere.
As early as the mid-24th century, the Taurians were forced to fight aggressors from the Inner Sphere. The Concordat maintained a tense state of armed neutrality in the Age of War but, unlike its Inner Sphere counterparts, it also devoted a major portion of its resources toward improving life for its citizens. On occasion, the success of the Taurian way of life benefited the Inner Sphere as well, as when the Federated Suns revamped its educational system along Taurian lines in the first decade of the new millennium.
In the late 26th century, the Taurians were forced to fight for two decades against Star League forces during the Reunification War. Though eventually battered into submission, the Taurians never renounced their dream of a free and independent state. After two centuries of increasingly harsh rule under the Star League, the Taurians revolted in the latter half of the 28th century. With the fall of the League and the start of the Succession Wars, the Taurians became free of interference from the House Lords of the Inner Sphere, and their independence has grown stronger.
In the last two centuries, however, the Taurians have had to defend themselves against foreign invasion from another part of space. Because of clashes with the Magistracy of Canopus over disputed border worlds, as well as incursions by renegade mercenary units and pirates, the Concordat is obliged to maintain a large and efficient military.
With the rise of the Far Lookers, a philosophical sect advocating the exploration of space beyond its charted limits, the Concordat has expanded its borders, settling worlds beyond the notice of the rapacious Inner Sphere. ComStar is unsure of how many worlds have been settled so far, although we can be sure that none of them is sufficiently developed to be incorporated into the Concordat itself. No significant benefits have come to the Concordat from these new colonies as yet, but the potential of unexplored space is, as we all know from experience, unlimited. Some estimates have indicated that when the new map of the Concordat is drawn, it may be comparable in size to the Capellan Confederation, though nowhere near as densely populated.
|Sphere of Influence: |
The Taurian Concordat contains over 30 inhabited planets in a zone of space roughly 80 parsecs in diameter extending from the Hyades Cluster. The Taurians also control a variety of small outposts that extend in an arc from the edge of the Magistracy of Canopus to the Verdigreis system of the Federated Suns. Beginning in the late 2900s, the Taurians have resumed space exploration, resulting in the founding of several new colony worlds on systems past the Hyades Cluster.
|Sociopolitical Structure: |
The Taurian Concordat is a collection of representative democracies coupled with a constitutional monarchy. Similar in some ways to the House Davion-Federated Suns arrangement, the hereditary Protectorship of House Calderon grants autonomy to individual member worlds. Charged with promoting the general welfare of the Concordat, the Protector of the Realm maintains supreme control of the Concordat military establishment.
|Government Structure: |
Each of the major governmental divisions of the Concordat are described briefly below.
The Protector of the Realm is the chief executive of the Taurian Concordat. The eldest member of House Calderon, the Protector is the commander-in-chief of all Taurian military forces and the primary policy-maker in both internal and external affairs. Under normal circumstances, the Protector rules with the consent of the Concordia Courts, which periodically review the statutes the Protector has enacted. In time of war, the Protector can invoke emergency powers that permit full and complete authority over matters of state to prosecute the war effort.
|Privy Council: |
Originally drawn from the chief family members of the original Calderon expedition, the Privy Council has evolved into an advisory board to the Protector. It consists of a representative from each of the major Taurian governmental departments, as well as other councilors that the Protector may appoint. The Privy Council meets monthly to review matters of state and makes recommendations to the Protector, who is in no way bound to follow such recommendations.
|Ministry of Defense: |
The Ministry of Defense is a board of advisors and military specialists -- staffed by both civilian and military personnel -- charged with the coordination of defense policy, training new recruits, equipping units in the field, research and development, and economic liaison with the private sector for the acquisition of materiel. Its major concern is the constant revision of contingency plans to be used in the event of invasion.
The Taurian Exchequer, under the direction of the Treasury Director, formulates policies to maintain the Concordat economy and manages fiscal affairs relating to member planets. In addition, the Exchequer manages the Concordat Bank of Taurus, the government mint, and the Taurian Treasury Reserve located on the Concordat capital.
|Ministry of the Interior: |
The Ministry of the Interior is concerned with matters of internal security. The Minister commands the Concordat Constabulary, a paramilitary force responsible for maintaining civil order on all Concordat worlds, as well as guarding against infiltration by foreign agents. He is also charged with gathering intelligence pertaining to civil and military order within the Concordat.
|Ministry of Education: |
The Ministry of Education provides for the education of the Taurian people, from elementary through university levels. To this end, the Ministry is responsible for maintaining literacy standards throughout the Concordat, appointing and promoting instructors and administrators, and developing new educational and research institutions within the state.
|Ministry of Trade and Colonization: |
The Ministry of Trade is responsible for stimulating trade and commerce within the Concordat. It is also directly involved with the charting and colonizing of new worlds.
|Concordat Courts: |
The Concordat Court system is the judicial branch of government. There is a civil court for every ten thousand inhabitants on each Concordat world, with a Planetary Court of Appeal for every three worlds. A separate Court of Judicial Review periodically reviews statutes and decrees of the Protector and other government branches, with the power to strike down any legislation that might threaten individual civil liberties.
|Concordat Functionaries: |
In the Concordat, the term "functionary" refers to a variety of civil servants empowered to carry out a wide range of administrative duties. Functionaries are divided into two general categories: Auditors and Masters of Requests. An Auditor's function is similar to that of the ancient office of Inspector General. Masters of Requests make up the majority of the Taurian bureaucracy, handling the enormous load of paperwork required to keep the government afloat.
|Internal Politics: |
By law, the Taurian Concordat government guarantees a free and open society, individual rights, and the general welfare of its citizens. All citizens can move about freely within the Concordat, without the need for passes or work permits, and individuals can pursue their own economic and social goals without regulation. In return for government-sponsored education and protection, Concordat citizens must serve in some capacity to defend their state for a period of four years. Beyond this obligation, Taurian citizens are free to lead their lives as they please. Planetary governments may adopt the form of representation they deem appropriate, as long as each maintains a viable, working allegiance to the Protector and the Concordat.
|Political Goals: |
The primary goal of the Taurian Concordat is to preserve the independence and safety of the individual Concordat citizen. Beyond this, the Protector of the Realm is also concerned with the expansion of the Taurian state through colonization at the edge of the Periphery, rather than at the expense of his neighbors. Though attempting to maintain peaceful interstellar relations, Concordat leaders view renewed hostilities as a very real possibility. Thus, a strong military is a major priority for what they perceive as the continued security of the Concordat.
|Interstellar Relations: |
The following is a summary of the Taurian Concordat's relations with its neighbors.
|Capellan Confederation: |
Having fought several minor skirmishes with the Capellan government, the Concordat is mistrustful of House Liao. Though a Capellan Consulate operates in the Taurian capital, Concordat officials are suspicious of the Capellans' desire for peaceful coexistence. Most feel that Maximilian Liao intends to use acquisitions won at gunpoint from the Concordat as staging areas for strikes against the Federated Suns.
|Federated Suns: |
Of all the opponents of the Taurian Concordat, the Federated Suns is the primary threat to the Taurian state. Few in the Concordat are willing to forget or forgive the Federated Suns' role in the Reunification War, and fewer still are willing to concede that peace between the two states is possible. Since gaining independence, the Concordat has deployed its military to meet any new invasion from Davion space. To upset House Davion, the Taurians have recently resumed diplomatic relations -- however tenuous -- with the Capellan Confederation, while rejecting similar gestures from the Federated Suns. Lord Calderon has rejected secret proposals by Michael Hasek-Davion for a mutual defense pact against the Capellans.
|Magistracy of Canopus: |
The Magistracy of Canopus is the state most closely allied, however informally, with the Taurian Concordat. Though the two governments have clashed over various border worlds in the past, such disagreements have generally been worked out through diplomatic channels. The Taurians have even made formal overtures for the formation of a mutual defense pact with the Canopians. As the survival of the Magistracy is in the best interests of the Concordat, the Taurians are likely to come to its aid should it be invaded, whether or not a formal agreement between the two states exists.
|Outworlds Alliance: |
Distance has historically limited the extent to which the Taurians have maintained contact with the Outworlds Alliance. In the last century, however, trade contacts have resumed at the behest of the Alliance. More recently, the Alliance has promoted an exchange program in which military "advisors," specifically Alliance AeroSpace Pilots, have journeyed to the Concordat to work with their Taurian counterparts in exchange for a corresponding number of educational specialists.
Relations between the Taurians and ComStar have been both cautious and cool over the last century. While permitting ComStar presence on various Taurian worlds and acknowledging the benefits that ComStar can bring to the Periphery, the Taurians remain suspicious of ComStar's real motives. Few ComStar officials are permitted positions of authority in the Concordat, and those allowed to serve in the Taurian government do so in a strictly advisory capacity only.
|Taurian Nobility: |
Taurian nobility is bestowed on those individuals who render special service to the state (i.e., the Taurian people rather than the government). Many nobility's are hereditary, while some nobles have achieved recognition in the areas of education and administration. All titles reflect the notion that aristocrats must serve the people they command.
Nobles have few material advantages compared to their Inner Sphere counterparts, a condition unique to the Concordat social structure. This mirrors the Taurian social concept that an enlightened aristocracy provides the greatest good to the greatest number. Specific titles are similar to those used in the Successor States.
|Strengths and Weaknesses: |
The Taurian Concordat has a strong central government backed by a service-oriented nobility concerned with the welfare of its citizens. Viewed as a servant of the Concordat citizenry, each branch of the government operates with a well-defined sense of mutual obligation. The greatest strength of the Concordat may be the dedication its government has shown to ensuring individual rights. In doing so, it has eschewed the short-term benefits of the police state (law and order, simplified governmental structure) in favor of the greater creativity and productivity of people allowed to follow their own inclinations. Indeed, this may be the greatest single reason that the Concordat continues to be a growing, healthy entity despite the depredations of the Succession Wars. In light of this, the uneasiness many Taurians feel about the growing power of the Concordat Constabulary is understandable.
The Concordat government has taken on problems that it might have avoided, however. The other side of the exploration issue, for example, is that it is a gamble. Though the potential of new colonies may eventually bring in greater wealth for the Taurian people and greater power to the government, the Concordat may be overextending itself, creating indefensible borders and expending enormous sums on colonies that may never pay off.
All in all, the Taurians are playing a dangerous game. Their continued growth could one day make them a new superpower, but it also makes them a more tempting target in the here and now.
|Religion and Philosophy: |
All forms of religious and philosophical expression are tolerated within the Taurian Concordat, reflecting centuries of tradition and popular precedent. Unique to the Concordat, however, is official support of a state religion, Deism (in keeping with many of the social trappings of the Terran Age of Reason that the Taurians have adopted). Though no citizen is forced to belong to the Taurian Deist Church, and indeed many question the point of even having a Deist "church" at all, this institution receives government support and can boast the largest following of any religious persuasion in the Concordat.
In the last century, two philosophical creeds, the Far Lookers and the Inheritors, have gained prominence in the Concordat. Both owe their growth to the Calderon family, and both seek to establish a pragmatic approach to daily life in the Periphery.
The creed of the Far Lookers suggests that life in the Periphery should not be as static as it has been. Just as the original founders of the Periphery states settled the Taurian Concordat, so, too, the Far Lookers insist, should contemporary Taurians explore new worlds at the edge of the known galaxy. They argue that expanding the boundaries of the state is necessary to keep it vital and strong. As one of the few Periphery states with the resources and a sufficiently integrated economy to do so, the Taurian Concordat is more likely than any other to move in the direction the Far Lookers suggest.
The Inheritors accept the philosophical premises of the Far Lookers, but they go one step farther. The Inheritors posit that the age of the Inner Sphere is over, and that Humanity is on the verge of a galaxy-wide cataclysm. When this happens, the Inheritors predict that the enlightened peoples of the Periphery will pick up the pieces, resettling and repopulating the Inner Sphere to bring about a new and more vibrant social order.
|Military Forces: |
The well-organized and well-trained Taurian Defense Force (TDF) is arranged along the principles of 19th-century Napoleonic armies. A total of twelve BattleMech regiments are grouped into four separate operations corps: The First, Second, Third, and Taurian Guard Corps. Naval elements are attached directly to Corps Commanders, with each fleet divided further into two demi-squadrons each. There is also the Concordat Constabulary, a paramilitary force normally used for internal security purposes, but which can be mobilized in time of war. Overall, the TDF is a highly motivated force of professional soldiery supported by a variety of heavy industries.
The traditional dress uniform of the Concordat military is a red tunic with silver buttons (gold for officers), black trousers, and black lapels. Distinctions between branches are denoted by the colors of oversized berets or field caps: dark green for infantry light green for armor, brown for BattleMech, sky blue for navy, and light gray for all support services. In the field, troops wear a standard dull-red or burgundy fatigue uniform with rank insignia on their uniform lapels. Designs for personal gear such as neurohelmets and flight gear have been borrowed from Liao and Davion models, with slight modifications from unit to unit.
Dress uniforms within the TDF correspond to standard uniform styles, with silver sashes and white gloves for all enlisted ranks and gold sashes and white gloves for officers. Marshals of the Concordat are further denoted by gold lanyards on both shoulders.
|Structure of the TDF: |
The following is a brief description of the major divisions of the Taurian Defense Force.
The Concordat Army consists of twelve BattleMech regiments (30 battalions). Nine are line units, and three are mercenary regiments with long-term contracts. Oriented toward lances of light-to-medium BattleMechs, Taurian units are similar in composition to their counterparts in the Successor States. Units are routinely trained as Special Task Groups. In the first days of an invasion, battalions not engaged with enemy forces would be earmarked for special STG strike missions, as local counterattack teams or as deep-space raiders directed at vulnerable communication and supply points. The flexibility of this military response remains to be seen, especially as more and more Taurian units are being committed to permanent garrisons each year.
The Concordat Navy currently consists of 117 DropShips and JumpShips divided into four fleets, each fleet being assigned to a corps front commander. Taurian naval personnel are typically long-term volunteers, with officers serving from about four to seven years. In time of war, the Navy is expected to serve as the first line of defense against any aggressor. In a departure from Reunification War doctrine, all four fleet components, including that of the Taurian Guard Corps, are expected to engage the enemy as far forward as possible, sacrificing themselves to blunt the enemy's invasion as far from the Hyades Cluster as possible. Few vessels would be retained to defend the Taurian homeworlds.
Though staffed, like its naval counterpart, with long-term professionals, the AeroSpace Arm remains the weakest of three principal military branches. A general lack of equipment and experience against modern combat tactics leaves this organization at a distinct disadvantage against its Inner Sphere counterparts. As a result, the AeroSpace Arm concentrates on ground-support roles. In recent years, the Concordat has brought in advisors from the Outworlds Alliance to help modernize the arm, though it may be years before the Taurians are on par with their potential opponents.
The Medical Division is concerned with the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded personnel in the field. At present, the medical service available to the average Concordat soldier is comparable to that of the Inner Sphere. Emphasis is placed on the quick retrieval of wounded personnel close to the forward edge of battle, and the division is fully capable of deploying emergency medical and surgical support stations via support craft at a moment's notice.
Transport and Service Division
The Transport and Services Division is responsible for the transportation of men and materiel to battle areas. In addition, it can provide recovery and repair of battle-damaged craft and machines, as well as transport reserves capable of maintaining the integrity of units in the field. Except for those vessels directly assigned to specific regiments, military DropShips and JumpShips are under the control of this division.
The Administrative Corps is responsible for all matters pertaining to personnel and administrative functions in the armed forces, including disbursement of funds, record keeping, promotion review boards, and the acquisition and management of mercenary units.
With the task of maintaining good morale within the armed services, the Propaganda Division is an independent arm of government that disseminates information regarding the positive aspects of Concordat life and discounts rumors instigated by enemy agents.
The following summarizes the three wings of TDF Special Forces: the Concordat Constabulary, the Taurian ASF, and the Noble Family Regiments.
The Concordat Constabulary is a dual-function local defense force, charged with intelligence-gathering and internal security operations. It is also a source of conventionally armed troops in time of war, when each Taurian planetary system reverts to martial law under the control of the Constabulary. The military potential of the Constabulary is two to six battalions of conventional troops (600 men each) available for active duty on each Taurian world.
In addition, the Constabulary retains the services of a special Engineer Company (125 men) on each planet outside the Hyades Cluster. These individuals are charged with maintaining planetary defenses and fortifications. All Constabulary units also maintain at least one company of armor in the capital of each inhabited world.
The Taurian Special Asteroid Support Force is a body of five thousand soldiers and naval personnel trained on zero-g defense platforms throughout the Hyades Cluster asteroid belt, from which they can attack invading forces. As the survival potential of forces in combat is low, the Taurian SASF is a voluntary force of individuals motivated by the highest degree of patriotism.
Noble Family Regiments
In the event of war, the Taurian aristocracy is expected to raise and equip local defense regiments at their own expense. The number and quality of these "Home Guards" cannot be estimated at this time, but their strength in the Reunification War suggests the possibility of from one to two dozen such units, ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 conventional troops.
|Taurian Military Academies: |
Alone of all the Periphery states, the Taurian Concordat maintains large military training academies. At present, there is one academy for each major combat branch: the Army, Navy, and AeroSpace Arms. The army training academy is the Taurian Ecole Militaire, located on Taurus. The Taurian Naval Institute and the Concordat AeroSpace Flight School are located on New Vandenberg and Samantha, respectively. Each has well-developed training programs for both NCOs and officers and can accommodate upward of five hundred personnel.
|Military Strengths and Weaknesses: |
On the whole, the Taurian military consists of highly trained and well-motivated individuals. It nevertheless suffers from several debilitating factors. The shrunken size of the Concordat, in comparison with its original holdings in the 2500s, means that in any full-scale war, the Taurians will be unable to trade space for time as they did in the Reunification War. Within the first few months of fighting, the Taurians can expect to lose several key planetary systems, after which they will be forced into either a desperate counterattack or a withdrawal into the Hyades Cluster. Many of the Taurians' key industrial centers are located outside the Hyades zone, making them prime targets of occupation. The protection of these manufacturing centers forces the Taurians to commit most of their battalions to a relatively static role.
|Culture and Arts: |
The Taurian Concordat has retained the highest literacy rate in the Periphery. Indeed, the Taurian educational system has served as a model for other states, including those of the Inner Sphere. The Concordat government has traditionally given the educational system a high priority. During the Reunification War, many of the Taurians' largest educational institutions were lost when the Star League forces overran planets where the schools were located. In the years of the Concordat's Territorial status, the Star League attempted unsuccessfully to modify the educational structure to emphasize the benefits of membership in the Star League. Since regaining their independence, the Taurians have rebuilt their schools to pre-Star League levels. They can now boast no fewer than six universities. These universities, located on Taurus, Samantha, Pinard, New Vandenberg, MacLeod's Land, and Euschelus, graduate an average of over forty thousand students annually.
Viewing itself largely as a servant of the people, the Taurian government has traditionally refrained from censoring its media, even in time of war. Throughout the Concordat, individuals retain the right to free expression without the threat of government intervention, as long as such expression cannot be proven libelous. The average Taurian can expect free medical care, old age pensions, and a living allowance. There are also guaranteed death benefits to surviving family members at the government's expense.
Like most free societies throughout history, the Taurian Concordat has been inconsistent about producing major artists. One generation may see a flowering of great visual artists, followed by a generation of great writers. Currently, there is a renaissance of novelists producing exceptional work. Unlike most such artistic trends, the Taurian novelists are not part of a single movement, but have divided themselves into two camps, the Realists and the Futurists. The Realists advocate essentially the same principles as other such movements in the past, whereas the Futurists tend more toward symbolic representations of realistic situations, some of which are almost hallucinogenic in their intensity. Debate surrounding these two schools of writing have spread to literati as far away as New Avalon, Atreus, and the Outworlds Alliance.
The Taurian government has traditionally maintained a laissez-faire approach to monetary policies. Though government-sponsored institutions such as the Bank of Taurus, the Concordat Mint, and the Taurian Treasury Reserve, do exist within Taurian space, they serve only to maintain the stability of the Taurian monetary system. The government intervenes only when unusual circumstances threaten runaway inflation or economic recession.
Much of the Concordat's private sector operates on the profit motive, but with curious limitations. Though trade is encouraged with Periphery neighbors, the Taurians have drastically curtailed their trade with the Successor States, viewing such trade as politically undesirable. Consequently, the Taurians often suffer from a lack of venture capital for investment in local industries. Despite this, renewed colonization along the edge of the Periphery by government and private concerns may yield enough new raw materials to stimulate the economy.
|3050 Update: |
[Prepared by Major C.G. Toho, Periphery expert for Wolfnet, Military Intelligence Division. Seventh Kommando]
Thomas Calderon, Protector of the Concordat, has become increasingly paranoid about the safety of his realm. Most observers point to the death of his eldest son, Edward Calderon, in a DropShip accident in 3034 as the reason for his mental decline. Though Thomas Calderon always considered the Federated Suns to be the major threat to his realm, the unification of House Davion and House Steiner thoroughly terrifies him, as did the Canopus-Andurien alliance.
His fears have led to even greater tensions with his neighbors, especially the Federated Suns. In 3042, a commercial freighter registered in the Federated Suns made a misjump into the Landmark star system. Aeropilots from the Red Chasseurs of the Taurian Defense Forces overreacted and destroyed the ship before it could identify itself. In 3045, the now-defunct mercenary company Dedrickson's Devils raided the Concordat world of Pinard. Though the Devils were under contract to House Davion, they had gone renegade over a pay dispute, a fact later verified by a ComStar Board of Inquiry. Thomas Calderon, however, considered it an attack by the AFFS.
In December 3049, he ordered the Taurian Defense Forces on alert. He was certain that the Federated Commonwealth was using the Future Victor 49 military exercises being held near Lindsay and Brockway on the Concordat border as cover for an invasion of the Concordat. The TDF has been on alert ever since.
Marshal Hadji Doru is Calderon's chief political opponent. A handsome man and an eloquent speaker, he has been using his position as commander of the Taurian Guard to gain support. The Marshal believes in the wisdom of military preparedness, but he believes an even better defense against the Federated Commonwealth would be to make the Concordat a major economic and trading interest of that great state.
Protector Thomas Calderon has yet to move against Marshal Doru, but a confrontation seems inevitable.
|3056 Update: |
[Prepared by Precentor Eliza Phereson, Research Team-chi, ComStar Archives]
Widespread opposition to Thomas Calderon's actions in response to the Federated Commonwealth's "Victor 49" exercises intensified in the opening months of 3050, when rumors of an invasion on the other side of the Inner Sphere began filtering into the Concordat. The abrupt departure of the Victor 49 units gave credence to the rumors, and made a mockery of Thomas's insistence that disaster lay just around the corner.
The Clan invasion did nothing to alter Thomas's conviction that the Federated Commonwealth intended to attack his realm. The Protector dismissed Taurian intelligence reports of underdefended Davion border worlds as a ruse intended to make the Concordat let down his guard. As the months passed, Thomas became convinced that the rumors of the Clans were an elaborate trick devised by Hanse Davion. He expounded on this theory to anyone who would listen, including the Capellan ambassador to the Concordat. Hoping to persuade Thomas into an eventual alliance with the Capellan Confederation against the Federated Commonwealth, Chancellor Romano Liao and her son Sun-Tzu sent him frequent messages allegedly proving that the Clan invasion was a plot to fool the Concordat.
Beginning in 3051, opposition to the Protector's policies found its most eloquent voice in Marshal Hadji Doru, commander of the Taurian Guard. A brilliant speaker, Marshal Doru revealed Thomas's policies for the madness they were, and prompted widespread doubt among many who had once been the Protector's staunch supporters. Factions in Taurian society who had long since opposed the Protector looked to Marshal Doru as a potential savior; they believed he would soon take concrete action to stop Thomas, and assumed he would also willingly replace Jeffrey Calderon should the heir-apparent prove to be a chip off the old block. Throughout the early 3050s Marshal Doru gained his greatest support among the Taurian Defense Force, many of whom had grown tired of the constant vigilance against a war that never came. Thomas, completely paranoid by this time, refused to answer the marshal's accusations; the only thing preventing him from clapping Doru in prison for treason was his inability to decide whom to trust with the task. Katherine and Janice Calderon pleaded for calm, but their words fell on deaf ears. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Calderon stayed out of the dispute and quietly pursued his own agenda for the Concordat.
Throughout 3053 and 3054, Jeffrey Calderon engaged in secret negotiations with Emma Centrella, the Magestrix of the Magistracy of Canopus. Knowing that it was only a matter of time before intense political opposition forced his father from power, Jeffrey was determined to lay the groundwork for the Concordat's future prosperity. He believed that the Concordat's interests could best be served by a formal alliance with the Magistracy of Canopus, which he hoped would counteract the insidious power plays of the Capellan Confederation. Unlike Thomas, Jeffrey saw Capellan interference rather than Federated Commonwealth military power as the greatest threat to the Concordat's freedom. Emma Centrella welcomed the prospect of alliance with another large and relatively stable state, for she saw the advantage of creating a united front large enough to dissuade foreign invasion and understood the potential for economic improvements.
In early 3055, members of the Ministry of Trade and Colonization stormed a meeting of the Protector's advisory Privy Council. They demanded that the Protector end civilian conscription for planetary-defense construction; order the Taurian Defense Force to stand down from alert status and ease trade restrictions that had been passed to fill military coffers; and redirect a significant portion of the over-inflated military budget toward colonization. Outraged, Thomas refused. The ministers then threatened to appeal to the Court of Judicial Review, charging the Protector with unacceptable violations of civil liberties.
After the ministers' departure, Thomas ordered Marshal Doru to send the Taurian Guard to arrest them. Marshal Doru refused. Before the startled Protector could take any action against him, Doru informed his troops of the incident and declared the Protector no longer fit to govern. Accompanied by select members of the Taurian Guards' Second Battalion, Marshal Doru took Thomas into protective custody. He then went alone to the Calderon family residence and reported his actions to Katherine, Janice, and Jeffrey. The marshal ended his account with an impassioned plea for Jeffrey to assume the throne before Thomas's various opponents could take advantage of the situation. With a little additional persuasion from Janice, who was far too ill to cope with the stresses of ruling, Jeffrey agreed.
Some days later, the day after his twenty-ninth birthday, Jeffrey Calderon announced his accession to the Concordat at large. Janice was at his side, making a rare public appearance. In an emotional address, Janice admitted that her condition made it impossible to carry out the tasks of governing an interstellar nation. She asked that all Taurians give their loyalty and support to Jeffrey, whom she would serve as an advisor. This speech, plus widespread disillusion with Thomas, ensured the peaceful transition of power to the new Protector. In his first official act, he appointed Janice Calderon as his senior advisor. Privately, he also offered to make Marshal Doru Minister of Defense. The Marshal refused the appointment, however, saying that he had no wish to become a potential magnet for the political opposition or wild conspiracy theories that might threaten the stability of the realm.
Marshal Doru resigned his commission and left the Concordat not long after Jeffrey's accession. He has since been seen on Indicass in the St. Ives Compact, where he reportedly boarded a trading vessel scheduled to stop in the Federated Commonwealth and Capellan Confederation. What he plans to do and where he plans to go remain unknown.
As for Thomas Calderon, reliable reports indicate that he suffered a massive strike within weeks of being taken into protective custody. He lingered, bedridden and unable to speak, for eight months before dying in his sleep in early 3056.
|Taurian Concordat 3058 Update: |
[Prepared by Precentor Eliza Phereson, Research Team-chi, ComStar Archives]
In January of 3056, Jeffrey Calderon publicly announced several sweeping changes he had planned for the Concordat. He formally repealed civilian conscription of builders, various taxes enacted to beef up the military budget, and all restrictions on colonization that Thomas had imposed since the end of the Fourth Succession War. He also announced measures intended to enhance trade both within and outside the Concordat, and to promote terraforming efforts on certain of the colonies that had been founded since 3035. In a move that greatly pleased BattleMech manufacturers, Jeffrey authorized increased production of BattleMechs for the TDF to meet the demand of the new colonies. Funding for the new 'Mechs would come from a reorganization and streamlining of the defense budget rather than from any new taxes. Jeffrey wound up his proclamation with a bombshell; revealing that he had been conducting negotiations with the Magistracy of Canopus for nearly four years, he announced that the two realms were close to signing a treaty that would greatly benefit the Concordat.
Though the notion of a treaty with another Periphery realm startled many people, actual opposition to closer ties with the Magistracy was minimal and disorganized. The text of the treaty, swiftly made public by the Protector, added to positive public perceptions of Jeffrey's bold move. The prospect of lowered trade barriers between the two nations was a further inducement to support the treaty; colonial expansion had already begun to increase job opportunities, and greater trade with a prosperous neighbor seemed likely to further enhance the Taurian economy.
On the last day of March, 3056, the Magestrix of Canopus and an accompanying delegation arrived in the Taurian capital to sign the Treaty of Taurus. The Concordat and the Magistracy remained two separate sovereign realms, but agreed to work toward common goals and help to strengthen each other against any threat from the Inner Sphere or Clan invaders. The few opponents of the treaty claimed it was the first step in a Magistracy plot to absorb the Concordat, but this theory found few takers.
Because the Concordat government has traditionally given the educational system a high priority, the Taurian Concordat has retained the highest consistent literacy rate in the Periphery from its founding to the present. Indeed, the Taurian educational system has served as a model for other states, including several in the Inner Sphere. During the Reunification War, many of the Taurians' largest educational institutions were lost when the Star League forces overran planets where the schools were located. In the years of the Concordat's Territorial status, the Star League attempted unsuccessfully to modify the educational structure to emphasize the benefits of membership in the Star League. Since regaining their independence, the Taurians have rebuilt their schools to pre-Star League levels and standards. The realm now boasts six universities, located on Taurus, Samantha, Pinard, New Vandenberg, MacLeod's Land, and Euschelus. These institutes of higher learning graduate an average of more than forty thousand students annually.
|Domestic and Foreign Policy: |
The huge influx of valuable raw materials from the colonies, the prospect of even more colonization in cooperation with the Magistracy of Canopus, and increasingly open trade relations with its new ally have placed the Concordat on the brink of immense economic expansion. Concordat traders are finding eager markets for their goods and raw materials in the Magistracy, the Capellan Confederation, certain duchies in the Free Worlds League, and even with the cash-strapped Outworlds Alliance. Colonial expansion alone has created incredible wealth for many Taurians, especially those who ply the stars for a living. Among the proposals recently backed by the Protector are exploratory missions into the Pirates' Haven star cluster, long rumored to contain treasure troves of lostech from Star League bases and even lost ships. This mass of stars is also known as the home of pirate bands and renegades who regularly plague the Concordat and other states, and the Taurian Defense Force is eager for the chance to hunt the renegades down.
The Taurian black market has also grown, as many traders seeking more and more buyers are turning to clients with whom Concordat law has forbidden them to do business. Certain black marketeers are suspected of selling to pirate bands and even some terrorist factions based in the Federated Commonwealth. According to ROM operatives in the Concordat, several traders are selling raw materials to Fuchida's Fusiliers, the new Tortuga pirates, and the Citizens for Davion Purity on the backwater world of Malarn. The Protector has stepped up law enforcement efforts somewhat, but for the moment is more concerned with expanding political and economic ties across the Periphery and Inner Sphere.
|Chaos March: |
The Marik-Liao invasion of the Sarna March has proved a blessing in disguise for the Concordat, at least for the present. The thought of an allied force of Marik-Liao troops on the Concordat's or Magistracy's doorstep initially unnerved Jeffrey, but this potential problem currently is less serious than it appears - though it may become more so. The Capellan Confederation has bogged down in its attempt to reconquer its lost territory, and the collapse of authority in the so-called Chaos March has focused all of Chancellor Sun-Tzu's attention on that region. Sun-Tzu's military and political troubles are likely to keep him too busy to bother the Concordat for the foreseeable future, allowing the Concordat and Magistracy time to consolidate their forces against the threat of an eventual Liao invasion.
The sudden dissolution of the Federated Commonwealth has left Jeffrey Calderon unsure of whether or not to continue his cautious efforts to open trade with the giant Successor State. He appears to be biding his time, waiting to see how the Lyran secession and resultant turmoil works out. Fortunately for the Protector, Victor Steiner-Davion has more than enough trouble keeping his realm together, and so House Davion is unlikely to pose a military threat to the Concordat any time soon.
|Interstellar Relations: |
Jeffrey Calderon's accession to the position of Protector has wrought significant changes in the Concordat's relations with other nations. No longer hobbled by Thomas Calderon's pathological mistrust, the Concordat government has established embassies on the capital worlds of the Outworlds Alliance and the Mica Majority, and opened a consulate in the St. Ives Compact. The Protector even sent diplomatic representatives to New Avalon and Tharkad just prior to the Lyran secession. Diplomatic activity in the Magistracy of Canopus has been stepped up with the signing of the Treaty of Taurus, and representatives of various Taurian and Canopian businesses are discussing cooperative efforts and possible joint ventures to be launched once the trade barriers are lowered. The only neighboring realm in which diplomacy has stalled is the Capellan Confederation; the Concordat maintains its embassy on Sian, but Jeffrey Calderon has significantly reduced substantive contacts between the two states.
|Successor States: |
The Concordat has recently opened limited trade with the Federated Commonwealth, but a combination of domestic opposition in the Concordat and instability in the Commonwealth has left expansion of trade relations in limbo. The disruption may pose problems for the Protector, as it gives domestic opposition time to organize and gather force. The Federated Commonwealth government has expressed wholehearted support for the Taurian-Canopian alliance, but these assertions have done little to calm anti-Davion hard-liners. As yet, most of the hard-liners who hold government offices are supportive of their Protector in other areas, but their unease over the Davion issue eventually may prompt more widespread opposition unless the Protector can convince them to change their minds. The leading voice of the opposition, Lord Grover Shraplen of MacLeod's Land, argues that the Federated Commonwealth has designs on Concordat planets to replace those lost to the Clans, the Lyran Alliance, and the Marik-Liao invasion of the Sarna March. Lord Shraplen has raised some support on nearby border worlds, but has yet to amass any real power.
Trade with the Capellan Confederation remains relatively strong despite political frostiness; Taurian merchants see no reason to turn away from the lucrative Capellan market simply because high-level political relations have cooled.
The Free Worlds League has given Taurian diplomats a chilly reception on many matters, including trade relations. Captain-General Thomas Marik has sharply criticized the Treaty of Taurus, warning both the Concordat and the Magistracy that the League will meet any aggressive action on the part of the alliance with equal force. According to ROM operatives, the Captain-General fears that the Magestrix will enlist Taurian support in efforts to take back long-disputed planets awarded to the Free Worlds League after the Reunification War. Some of our agents speculate that the Word of Blake is also influencing Marik against the Concordat; they distrust the Protector because he appears to favor ComStar over the Word of Blake.
Jeffrey Calderon has also opened diplomatic relations with the St. Ives Compact, possibly as a potential ally against the Capellan Confederation should Sun-Tzu Liao make any moves against the Concordat. The Protector and Duchess Candace Liao communicate often, and political rumor mills are rife with talk that the Duchess, the Protector, and Magestrix Emma Centrella will hold a summit sometime soon.
|Periphery States: |
In addition to allying with the Magistracy of Canopus, the Concordat is also expanding relations with the Outworlds Alliance. Mitchell Avellar's poor nation is eager to widen its circle of friends among Periphery states, and the Concordat considers the Alliance a good investment. Jeffrey Calderon has authorized a limited economic aid package for the Alliance, and is actively encouraging Taurian industries to open factories and branch offices on Alliance planets. According to his closest advisors, the Protector's benevolence stems in part from his recognition of the debt the Concordat owes the Alliance for its help in improving the TDF's aerospace arm.
The Protector cut off all relations with the Marian Hegemony after that realm conquered the tiny Lothian League. Though the League was an independent nation, it was founded by Taurians and had maintained a special relationship with the Concordat ever since its inception. The Protector has publicly labeled the Marian Hegemony as "a pariah state with no regard for basic human rights," and makes no secret of his contempt for Caesar Sean O'Reilly.
|ComStar and the Word of Blake: |
ComStar has retained control of all HPG facilities that existed in the Concordat at the time of the schism. Former Primus Waterly's misguided machinations fortunately did not extend to the Periphery states, and so ComStar's reformation occurred gradually and peacefully in most Periphery realms. Our Order has remained on reasonable terms with the Calderon government, and most of the citizens are at least tolerant toward ComStar personnel. A lingering distrust of anything smacking of the Inner Sphere remains, but ComStar's establishment of schools and training programs over the past three centuries have done much to lay such unfounded suspicion to rest.
Knowing that easy and swift communication with the Concordat's colonies is vital to their survival, the Protector asked ComStar to build HPG stations on recently settled worlds. Most of the newest HPGs are solidly in our control, though the Word of Blake has made inroads on some of the outlying colony worlds within the past year. Strangely enough, some colonial populations appear to regard the Word of Blake as the "real" ComStar precisely because they cling to the ritual and mysticism to which Periphery citizens have long been accustomed. There is no evidence, however, of widespread support for the Word of Blake's political agenda among the colonists.
|Colonial Marshals: |
Among the major provisions of the Treaty of Taurus was the Lewis and Clark Project, an arrangement for the joining colonization of new worlds by the Taurian Concordat and the Magistracy of Canopus. By pooling their financial and technological resources, the two Periphery states hoped to build thriving colonies on more planets than either realm could accomplish alone.
A major problem to be solved in the establishment of viable new colonies was maintaining planetary defenses and internal law and order. New colonies often become easy targets for pirates, and the joining of peoples from two different cultures posed potential social problems that the leaders of both Periphery nations were eager to avoid. In order to minimize the potential for friction between Taurian and Canopian colonists, the Magestrix and Protector created a new police force known as the Colonial Marshals.
Much like the Federal marshals of the Old West on ancient Terra, the Colonial Marshals are the lawmen who help keep a colony together and defend it against external threats. The Marshals are trained in the Magistracy at the newly established Canopian Institute of War and use BattleMechs provided by the Taurian Concordat. Both realms provide equal funding to the Marshals and citizens from either state may enlist.
In existence for barely a year, the Colonial Marshals are already beginning to achieve heroic status among citizens of both states. The men and women of this elite MechWarrior cadre have come to symbolize the spirit of cooperation between the Marshals' parent realms.