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Brother Augustus Grim, Lead Anchor: In the interest of sharing and preserving knowledge as taught by Holy Blake, we bring you a special report on a little-reported conflict between two states who were formerly partners in the Trinity Alliance - the Capellan Confederation and the Taurian Concordat. The third member of the Trinity Alliance, the Magistracy of Canopus, has not formally repudiated the treaty but has also not taken sides in the fighting. Here to shed light on these events are two of our most respected experts, Retired Comguard General Anders Storn and Aiko Suzue, Visiting Scholar of Interstellar Relations at Trinity University of Tharkad.

General Anders Storn (retired), Comguard            Aiko Suzue, Trinity University of Tharkad


General Anders Storn (retired), Comguard: Thank you for having me on Brother Grim and all due praise to Blake. Miss Suzue would you like to share what we were discussing before the program?

Aiko Suzue, Trinity University of Tharkad: Yes, thank you General Storn and thank you as well Brother Grim! What we were discussing is that while we have all seen the many headlines about the Draconis Combine retaking Alshain, heavy fighting along the Cappellan-FedSuns border, battles in the Chaos March and of course JarnFolk and mercenary engagements all over the Inner Spehere we have heard next to nothing about possibly the most brutal military campaign in human space. I am referring to the recent eruption of all-out War between the Capellan Confederation and the Taurian Concordat.



General Anders Storn (retired), Comguard: That's right Miss Suzue. Reports indicate that some of the most bitter fighting seen since the Fourth Succession War has broken out between House Liao and the Taurians. Since September there has been no less than nine major battles between the these factions, including no less than three major Sector Assaults. Casualties in first-line Battlemechs are already estimated at over 150 machines on each side and could be even higher. Although we have not heard reports of any intentional atrocities, the lives of citizens on both sides of the border in the Zanzibar, Menke, Borden, Pinard and Victoria Sectors have certainly suffered major disruptions.

As you can see on the map the Capellans, shown in green, have launched raids and major assaults on Concordat space. Meanwhile the Taurian Concordat forces, shown in red, have fought back hard and launched their own large-scale invasion into the Capellan's Zanzibar Sector. The fighting there continues right now and early reports indicates that the sides are deadlocked in desperate battles.


Brother Augustus Grim, Lead Anchor: It was only a few years ago that Sun-Tzu Liao of the CapCon, Protector Jeffrey Calderon of the Taurian Concordat and Magestrix Emma Centrella of the MoC agreed to form the Trinity Alliance. And for centuries the Taurians have warred with the Federated Suns but now they seem to have cast aside the Trinity Alliance and there are even reports that they have entered into serious negotiations for a partnership  with House Davion. How could the Capellans and Taurians go from firm allies to full-scale war so quickly?

Aiko Suzue, Trinity University of Tharkad: Brother Grim, there is a good reason for this sudden reversal in the Taurian's relationship with House Liao. Sources inside the Taurian Concordat indicate that House Liao was behind last year's terrorist attack on Detroit that resulted in the death of Protector Jeffrey Calderon. In the chaos following the Protector's death, Grover Shraplen took over leadership of the Concordat.  But just months ago Marshal Cham Kithrong and the Taurian Defense Forces deposed Shraplen and published what they believe is proof that he was an agent of the Capellan Confederation. For now the TDF is firmly in charge of the Taurian Concordat and all reports indicate that the citizens of the Concordat support Marshal Kithrong and wish to see House Liao punished for their interference in Taurian affairs. 

Jeffrey Calderon, Protector of the Taurian Concordat 3055-3061

Brother Augustus Grim, Lead Anchor: That certainly explains the sudden reversal of Taurian-Capellan relations and provides some context into why the fighting between these two powers has been so intense. General Storn, do you believe that the Taurians stand a chance against the Capellan Confederation?

General Anders Storn (retired), Comguard: Time will tell, but so far by all accounts the Taurians have been inflicting just as much punishment on the CCAF as they the Capellans have inflicted on the TDF. And with the Capellan Confederation locked in a series of battles with the Federated Suns around Tikonov, it may be that they cannot spare enough of their strength to deal with the Taurians.

Brother Augustus Grim, Lead Anchor: As always, I would to thank our esteemed guests for their commentary. Now, we will share a recent interview granted by a spokesman for the the Taurian Defense Forces, Marshal Igor Kozyrev:



Question from the Editors: Some of our viewers may not understand the events that led to your war with the Capellans. Can you explain?

Marshal Igor Kozyrev: The comprehensive answer to that question has been given in this press release: http://www.nbt-mwo.com/forum/index.php/topic,1358.0.html 

But to quickly summarize, we discovered that House Liao was behind death of our leader and planted a puppet leader to use our resources for their benefit. We discovered it in time and turned against the treacherous bastards.


Question from the Editors: Did you decide to abandon the Trinity Alliance with the Capellans and MoC?

Marshal Igor Kozyrev: We have no ill will towards the MoC's current standings with CapCon, but we obviously made a 180 turn with House Liao. More to that, we've decided to put aside age long turmoil with FedSuns to be able to act against CapCon without need to worry about our flanks. Enemy of my enemy and such…

Question from the Editors:What have been the most critical battles of your war with the CapCon so far?

Marshal Igor Kozyrev:Critical battles are yet to be fought. First few engagements were prepared in haste and thus turned out surprisingly difficult, but we adapted quickly and now make steady progress. I'm not allowed to say that, but with the help of "allies" (and I'm not saying whose allies they are - UPTO's or Iron Oath's), we are now in possesion of extremely valuable information and we have a clear plan of actions which doesn't leave Liao any chance of winning. They might not understand that yet, but soon they will.



Brother Augustus Grim, Lead Anchor: Many thanks to Marshal Kozyrev for agreeing to an interview. Our requests to the Capellan Confederation for a similar interview have not yet been fulfilled. In the Name of Blake, good night.
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General Anders Storn (retired), Comguard: Good evening and all due praise to Blake. I am retired General Anders Storn, formely of Comguard. Brother Grim is away from the studios and in his absence I have the honor of bringing you updates on the titanic struggle between the Capellan Confederation and the Taurian Concordat in the Menke Sector.

Menke Sector, scene of the struggle

General Anders Storn (retired), Comguard: Running battles continue to rage between the House Liao Defenders and attacking forces of the Taurian Concordat on almost every planet of the sector. According to reports, two battles in particular have had tragic consequences for local populations. On the airless world of Decatur, home to specialized industrial facilities, a major environmental dome was breached, resulting in an unknown number of civilians suffocating due to lost air pressure. It is unknown whether the breach was intentional, but there was a major engagement between units of the Tikonov Commonality Armed Forces and the Taurian Military in the area where the breach occurred.   


Breached environmental dome on Decatur

General Anders Storn (retired), Comguard: Meanwhile, in the capital city of the planet Madras battlemech forces from both sides used flamers, resulting in fires that rapidly spread. Heavy winds caused the conflagration to grow into a firestorm that swept across five square miles of the densely-populated area leaving devastation in it's wake. Both sides in the fighting blame the other for the firestorm.

Madras city, devastated by a firestorm that erupted during a major battle

General Anders Storn (retired), Comguard: For now, these rival powers appear to be locked in a stalemate in the Menke Sector. It pains all of us here at Comstar to think about the tragic loss of life that has happened and we hope that civilian casualties will be minimized throughout the rest of the campaign. Once the battle finally swings to one side or the other, we will be here to bring you updates. In the Name of Blake, good night.



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