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tribution point for military equipment with origins from the old Sarna March, the Lyran Alliance and other points within a hundred light-year radius of Terra.

Marshal Terlecki was a long-serving officer, a man whose father had likewise commanded the Deneb Light Cavalry and whose son was a senior officer within the Fourth DLC, but he refused to give outright aid to Field Marshal Sortek. At the same time, however, he also did not prevent Sortek from contacting those under his command, and did give indirect aid to the Held Marshal in gathering enough support to take the world of Addicks.

Already on the world were the Sixth FedCom RCT and the Addicks DMM, both of which had already professed support of Archon Katherine, in addition to a number of free regiments of all kinds. Field Marshal Sortek built a task force to take the world around the Davion Assault Guards RCT and the First NAIS Cadre. The two staunchly pro-Davlon units met at the Zenith jump point in the Tybalt system before jumping in to Addicks.

Initially sending only three JumpShips and a dozen DropShips, the task force was easily lost in all the traffic going to and from the world. Before bringing in the rest of the task force, they quietly secured the system's two recharge stations and the three listening posts that directly observed the pirate points that they wanted to use. On 12 March, the main body of the task force jumped in, loosing dozens of DropShips. While a number of JumpShips quickly recharged and jumped back out to retrieve the rest of the task force, the main body burned in to Addicks. Marshal Stephen Cooper, commanding both the task force and the Assault Guards, grounded his units at secondary military bases on the continents of Tauken and Silesia, each having already been secured by Allied conventional forces.

Even though his ultimate goal was the DQ complex on the continent of Loknar, defended by the Sixth FedCom RCT, Marshal Cooper chose to concentrate first on Leftenant General Nancy Bannson and her DMM. Not only did Bannson hold the military HQ on the world, but she was relatively neutral where Hauptmann General James McConnel and his Sixth TedCom were outspoken supporters of the Archon. By first securing Tauken and Silesia, the home to most of Addicks' population, he hoped to gain pop ular support and force the Sixth FedCom at the very least back into neutrality.

As soon as she recognized the task force for what it was, Leftenant General Bannson dispatched an order recalling the DMM's remote commands back to Addicks and called upon the world's militia to assist in the defense. Further, she asked both Marshal Terlecki and the High Command for reinforcements.

Unfortunately for Bannson and her DMM, she added only a few scattered militia infantry and light armor battalions to her unit. Addicks' Adjutant General, Paul Rodgers, activated the militia, but assigned them only to defensive duties within the world's cities. Likewise, General McConnel refused to deploy his Sixth FedCom to protect the DMM, citing the need to garrison the DQ complex.

On the 23rd of March, Marshal Cooper attacked, hitting the DMM with the equivalent of three heavy brigades of armor, spear headed by his own assault BattleMech regiment. The battle lasted all of two days around Fort Lucien. Cooper's heavy regiments easily weathered the heavy artillery barrages that Bannson's troops laid down and traversed their minefields with ease. When the DMM broke into a rout in the early morning of the 24th, they ran headlong into General Rodgers' planetary militia, arrayed outside of the capital, Johnson City. When the DMM attempted to retreat into the city, the militia opened fire, pushing the DMM right back into the path of the Assault Guards. The battle ended soon afterward, with a few scattered battalions surrendering to General Rodgers, who summarily turned them over to Marshal Cooper. A day later, Marshal Cooper entered the city and took charge of the few remaining AFFS military installations in Jofinson City.

From there, Marshal Cooper turned his attention to the continent of Silesia, where a few DMM commands still stood guard. The First NAIS Cadre had been keeping the DMM bottled up, but before he could mount an offensive, the DMM units that had been stationed offworld began to trickle in. He tasked his aerospace and marine forces to take them before they could land, but still was forced to hunt down some of the stragglers. He spent the better part of April securing the world before he finally moved his command to the continent of Loknar.

Once there, he surrounded the massive logistics center—a complex that covered several thousand square kilometers and actually had significant underground storage space. Marshal Cooper attempted to negotiate with General McConnel, and was making progress toward a peaceful solution, when the Fifth Lyran Guards RCT jumped into system.

Originally deployed to Shedar to either cow or destroy the First NAIS Cadre, the Fifth Lyran followed the Cadre's trail to Addicks. As soon as she received a briefing from General McConnel, Hauptmann General Louise Kopper burned in at full speed, blowing past Marshal Cooper's aerospace blockade and grounding at the logistics complex, though not without loss. Marshal Cooper's fighters and assault DropShips accounted for three troop ships, while the 73rd Marine Assault Battalion actually took charge of two others. Nevertheless, Kopper grounded with most of her 'Mech regiment and six other supporting regiments.

Now faced with two RCTs in a defensive position, Cooper had no choice but to attack. Supported by several of General Rodgers' militia units, the brigade of free Regular Army troops he had gained on-world and his own task force, Cooper gave the order to charge while Kopper's DropShips were still landing. Several Allied officers locked down almost half of the DQ complex when Cooper's troops charged, somewhat limiting McConnel and his RCT, quickly turning the battle bloody. Under the cover of his own massive artillery barrage and heavy fighter blanket, Cooper's troops made significant gains in the first hours of the battle, pushing forward to two of Kopper's five LZs. While McConnel and Kopper fought to defend the complex, Allied agents and saboteurs did everything they could to lock the rest of the complex down.

That battle started on the 27th of April and lasted sixteen days before both sides agreed to a short ceasefire. McConnel and Kopper had complete control of a quarter of the complex, but faced with the elite Davion Assault Guards, they had suffered severe casualties just holding on to what they had. The ceasefire allowed them two days of rest while they evacuated their most seriously wounded. Unfortunately for them, they did not take the opportunity to dispatch an HPG message asking for reinforcements. Fearing that ComStar would redirect or not even send the message, they tightbeamed messages to several of their JumpShips still in the system. While the JumpShips did jump away with the messages, they would not be able to deliver them in time.

Indeed, while the cease-fire gave the surviving members of the Sixth FedCom and the Fifth Lyran a much-needed rest, it gave Cooper's task force the time it needed to not only refit everything from the center's stores, but also reopen part of the complex. Cooper resumed the attack on the 15th of May and simply continued to push until the combined RCT burst.

By 5 July, the two Loyalist RCTs had boon reduced to five mere combat commands and were holed up within a storage complex that was half above ground and half below. With no options left, the surviving officers and men field a vote, Half voted to make a run for it in their last remaining DropShips while the rest chose surrender. In the early morning hours of the 6th of July, four DropShips launched from an underground hangar and burned out at their maximum acceleration rate, heading for a Monolithclass JumpShip that had just jumped into a nearby pirate point. Three made it past the blockade, docking with the ship which immediately jumped out. The rest of the Loyalist troops, numbering some three thousand, including support personnel, surrendered to Marshal Cooper, marking the first major Allied victory of the war. It would, of course, soon be marred by the events which transpired on New Avalon.

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