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Old Families (through their ability to participate and influence Confederate affairs)
Tarsonis and its colonies
February/March 2500 (as various Confederate splinter factions and holdouts)
March 2500 (officially upon formation of the Terran Dominion)
The Confederacy was founded by Tarsonis and its colonies in 2323. In theory each Confederate planet had its own senators, but in every meaningful way, the Confederacy was ruled from Tarsonis City. It began extending its influence to other worlds.
The Confederacy's most potent defenses were over Tarsonis. Three primary orbital platforms served as staging areas for the Confederate fleet. The central platform was defended by Omega and Delta Squadron troops. The primary defensive weapon was the Ion Cannon. Over time, these defenses were engaged in over thirty major battles.
The Confederate government was determined to establish a foothold on New Folsom, even though three attempts to establish a mining colony there met with disaster. It conscripted a team of experts, materials specialists, and terraforming engineers for this task. The team spent long months designing a platform system that would flex and shift with New Folsom's volatile crust while providing a habitat that was "minimally survivable" for a human workforce. The New Folsom Confederate Mine was constructed on one of the stabler lava lakes. Soon, it was producing the materials necessary for the Confederacy to begin building a new fleet of battlecruisers. The catalytic elements required to forge neosteel were discovered in the Sara system not long afterward, but Confederate financial analysts were unwilling to let such an expensive investment sit unused for long, so the mine was easily transformed into New Folsom Prison.
The Guild WarsEdit
Char was settled to exploit its fantastically rich reserves of heavy metals to fuel the rapidly growing Confederate economy. Although Char earned a place among the thirteen core worlds of the Confederacy, it became a source of friction between the Confederacy and independent mining guilds operating out of Moria.
By 2478 the Confederacy routinely stole Kel-Morian-associated mining claims such as the Paladino Belt and Sonyan, frequently claiming the mines were illegal or one of the miners was a criminal before moving their troops in. To make matters worse, rebellions and riots were becoming increasingly common, Korhal serving as a prime example. The Confederacy was rotting from the inside and its leaders were willing to do whatever it took to keep themselves in power.
The Confederacy relied heavily on Shiloh's agricultural output during the wars, and there were hard times when the government was slow in remunerating the overtaxed farmers. These conditions were eased somewhat by the Farm Aid program, but they created lingering resentment among the settlers.
The Guild Wars ended in 2489 with a skewed peace treaty whereby the Confederacy appropriated almost all of the mining guilds affiliated with the Kel-Morian Combine. In the final analysis, the wars assured the Confederacy's supremacy in the Koprulu sector, which would be unchallenged for the next decade. The might of the Confederacy continued to grow as its prospectors claimed world after world with their reckless expansionism.
It was rumored that the Confederacy was supplied with fuels and resources by the Kel-Morian Combine. The Confederate forces were banned from prosecuting the Combine for any potentially criminal action.
The Confederacy entered an economic boom as the result of the war. As the Old Families built their personal fortunes and vied for more power, they became more avaricious and corrupt. Discontent and outright insurgency built up as the divide between rich and poor became ever wider. The Old Families responded with increasingly violent measures to keep the colonies in line. Confederate enforcement agencies abused their citizenry, causing many rebel groups, such as the Colonial Liberation Army, to rise up against the Confederates. These groups were rarely any match for the Confederate forces.
The Rebellion of KorhalEdit
- Main article: Rebellion of Korhal
When the citizenry of Korhal instigated numerous riots against the local Confederate militia, the Confederates responded by declaring martial law throughout Korhal, but it only agitated the populace even more. Fearing that their most treasured and pampered colony turning against them might instigate other colonies to revolt, the Confederates decided to end the crisis on Korhal by any means necessary.
All of the Confederate outposts on Korhal were captured by Senator Angus Mengsk. Seeking to contain the situation, the Confederates pulled their forces from Korhal and withdrew their fleet from its skies before sending Sarah Kerrigan and two other ghosts to Korhal. They infiltrated Mengsk's towering, fortress-like headquarters and assassinated him along with his wife and young daughter, taking his head with them.
A crippling guerrilla war was subsequently waged against the Confederacy by Arcturus Mengsk, whose group struck at various Confederate bases and installations, costing the Confederacy billions of credits in men, machines and equipment.
Two years later, rumors reached the Confederate government that Mengsk had formed an alliance with the Umojan Protectorate. They responded by obliterating Korhal with a salvo of one thousand Apocalypse-class nuclear missiles.
In the Sara system, Lieutenant Colonel Horace Warfield called in his resignation the very minute he heard of the attack. The Iron Justice cut off all contact with the surrounding military network and went silent. Confederate forces labeled Warfield a deserter and hunted him throughout the Sara system and beyond.
Graven Hill and Remy Harris provided mercenaries to both sides of the conflict. This came to an end after Confederate forces captured a group of mercenary-backed rebels and discovered their source. The Confederates then raided their business headquarters.
The Confederacy used the Universal News Network to portray Mengsk as a terrorist and a madman. However, Confederate enforcement agencies were continually confounded by the Sons of Korhal, who won countless victories over the Confederacy.
During his raids, he discovered a ghost, Sarah Kerrigan, and some unidentified creatures (known as xenomorphs) at Vyctor 5, where experiments were being conducted with ghosts and the xenomorphs. At the time, these xenomorphs seemed insignificant to him. However, the Confederates had discovered them five years previously and had wiped out the Fringe World colonies they had infested with a disease they claimed was cholera.
His forces were largely ignored by the Confederate-controlled media until he launched a daring attack against the Confederate Ghost Academy on Tarsonis. After this incident, the Confederates declared the Sons of Korhal to be outlaws and relentlessly hunted them down. Rebellious colonies, however, often secretly allied with them.
Confederate experiments with the xenomorphs continued, often getting out of control. A piece of technology devised by the Confederates, the psi emitter, was used to lure the xenomorphs to several worlds. In addition, more than a year before the outbreak of war, the Confederacy had quietly increased its troop strength through kidnapping of civilians, inflicting neural resocialization on them.
- Main article: StarCraft: Precursor
One test area was Chau Sara, an important colony and headquarters of Alpha Squadron. The Squadron was recalled when the Sons of Korhal invaded the world, and were posing too much of a threat to the local militia. Alpha Squadron defeated the Sons of Korhal, but encountered the xenomorphs and the mysterious Confederate military/scientific organization, Cerberus Recon Squad, during the battle.
The creatures were the subject of high-level research, but had taken over the Flannum Installation where they were being studied and had surrounded it. Cerberus Recon Squad and Alpha Squadron defeated the xenomorphs and entered the facility. Inside, they discovered evidence that the xenomorphs may have been more intelligent than previously believed (they were holding the scientists prisoner). Nonetheless, the xenomorphs were defeated.
The xenomorphs besieged Chau Sara's capital city of Los Andares, forcing Alpha Squadron to come to the rescue. Once again the xenomorphs were defeated. The Colonial Magistrate believed that establishing a tight perimeter around the city would further protect it, but Cerberus Recon Squad preferred to attack their primary Hive Clusters instead, and, taking over the colony's government, forced Alpha Squadron to cooperate with them. After defeating the xenomorphs, Cerberus Recon Squad instituted a class 7 seal, ordered all witnesses to the battles not to inform anyone else of what had happened. Alpha Squadron and Cerberus Recon Squad left the planet, believing that the threat was dealt with. This occurred approximately one month before the destruction of Chau Sara..
Chau Sara, Brontes and Dylar IV were infested by the zerg in 2499. On December 8, Chau Sara was incinerated from orbit by the Koprulu Expeditionary Force. The Confederacy launched a clumsy counterattack against the protoss fleet as it made its way towards Mar Sara, but Executor Tassadar withdrew without engaging the Confederate fleet. The Confederacy was struck by an economic downturn due to fear of terrorist and alien attacks.
Confederate traffic increased substantially within the Sara system in the four days after the incineration of Chau Sara. The Confederacy quarantined Mar Sara. Forty-eight hours before they were to proceed with the lock-down, General Edmund Duke told the new Magistrate to relocate the core colonists to the Wasteland.
The Confederacy deliberately sacrificed Mar Sara in order to test the psi emitter. Confederate headquarters was alerted when Backwater Station came under attack by the zerg, but Duke arrested Marshal Jim Raynor and the local militia forces on the pretext of violating standing colonial law by destroying a vital Confederate installation.
Soon, sixteen outland stations reported sightings of the zerg, but the Confederates continued to avoid action against them. The Confederates were interested to learn about, but not fight, the zerg on Mar Sara. The Confederates deployed assets to observe and hide their activities, and used a marine platoon was used to secure and destroy of a classified piece of equipment, a psi-emitter, when they withdrew.
The Sons of Korhal liberated Raynor and his men from the Confederate prison ship. Three hours after colonial evacuation, the Confederacy was abandoning Mar Sara. The chaos of their evacuation allowed Raynor to raid the Jacobs Installation, access the Confederate network and steal secret information on data discs.
The Antigan RevoltEdit
"Trust me, I have a nose for these things.
"It's increasingly likely the Sons of Korhal will end up the new powers-that-be in the Koprulu Sector."
With the Confederacy's grip on the fringe worlds weakened, Antiga Prime was ready to begin open revolt against them. Aware of this, the Confederates stationed a large detachment of Alpha Squadron troops there. Duke's officer in the Antigan command center was killed by Kerrigan, stirring up a full-scale revolt that sent the Confederates into a state of panic.
The Norad II crash-landed on Antiga Prime when it was attacked by the zerg. Duke transmitted a priority one distress call to Confederate headquarters, but he was saved by Raynor and convinced to join forces with Mengsk.
The Confederacy discovered the Sons of Korhal position and sent a large strike force to establish a base camp within their defensive perimeter. They hoped the trapped rebels and zerg would destroy each other, allowing the Confederacy to mop up and retake Antiga. Kerrigan planted a psi emitter in their base camp, causing the zerg descended upon the unsuspecting Confederates and annihilate them.
The Confederate government and military could not defeat the forces arrayed against it, and resorted to desperate and heavy-handed media manipulation to control its citizens and swell the ranks of its military in order to fend off the aliens.
The Fall of TarsonisEdit
Alpha Squadron assaulted the central platform above Tarsonis. Duke planted psi emitters there. Adjutant 23-46 intercepted a transmission of Mengsk revealing to Kerrigan and Raynor that he authorized the use of psi emitters.
The protoss fleet arrived, once again, to sterilize a world. However, there were still Confederates alive on the surface, including several members of the Old Families, and if the protoss succeeded in destroying the zerg, the Confederate leadership could escape and rally their forces for a counterattack. However, Kerrigan stopped Tassadar's interference.
Calling itself the Confederate Resistance Forces, a small commando squad under Lieutenant Samir Duran became the first colonial conscripts of the United Earth Directorate during the Brood War, assisting them in taking control of Boralis and also attempting to assassinate Arcturus Mengsk while he was visiting Umoja. The attempt was a failure.
More Confederates were observed researching zerg, protoss and advanced technology by the Kimeran Pirates. The technology, however, was often too far-fetched or dangerous to actually be useful. They appeared to be working with the formerly deceased United Earth Directorate Vice Admiral Alexei Stukov, who was obviously infested. The facility was destroyed by Stukov's forces, however.
The Confederate government consisted of a Senate based out of Nagglfar Hall (which was elected) and a Council. The Senate was generally viewed as corrupt, but so was the Council. The latter is noted for having no mandate from the people. The Old Families also wielded a large degree of political influence.
The Confederacy maintained control over colonial economies by employing their workers and gaining wealth from them, while allowing local industries to wither. The Old Families would often drive colonial competitors out of business.
Science and TechnologyEdit
One program dispatched science and exploration vessels to locate extant intelligent life. Only disputed evidence of previous civilizations were discovered.
- Antiga System
- Brontes System
- Char System
- Jaandara System
- Koprulu System
- Korhal System
- Sara System
- Tarsonis System
- Tyrador System
- Main article: Terran Confederacy worlds
Main Article: Confederate Armed Forces
- Councilor Shannon
- Senator Elliot Canon (assassinated)
- Senator Westyn MacMasters
- Senator Angus Mengsk (later rebelled)
- General Ledbetter (senior armed forces commander)
- General Edmund Duke (commander of Alpha Squadron, defected to the Sons of Korhal)
- Major-General Brantigan Fole (deceased)
- Director Ilsa Killiany (head of the Ghost Program)
- Errol Bennet (Bennet Family patriarch)
- Arturro Calabas (Calabas Family patriarch)
- Constantino Terra (Terra Family patriarch)
- Andrea Tygore (Tygore Family matriarch)
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