Archie McCarron was surprised when three CCAF senior colonels visited him on Menke in May of 3039, and all but stunned when they suggested he undertake an operation of such magnitude into the Federated Suns. But as he looked over the intelligence reports that they had brought with them, McCarron was quickly won over. This was by no means a full-fledged invasion, however; the CCAF was still far too weak to even consider such a possibility.
In fact, more than anything, this was designed to be more of a morale-building exercise. The CCAF had just recently driven the Canopians from their nation, but that victory was tempered by the fact that it took five years of military action to do so. What the CCAF needed was a true victory, one that was unmistakable and could proclaim to the entire Human Sphere that the Confederation was once again a military power, and who better to target than the mighty Federated Suns.
In striking Monhegan, Archie McCarron missed out on the supply cache the Fifth Syrtis Fusiliers undoubtedly left behind when they left the world of Cammal half a year earlier to take up position on the Draconis border world of David. On the other hand, when he planned the operation and chose the targets, Colonel McCarron made sure that none of his regiments would be more than one jump away from the assistance of at least two other MAC units, and Cammal was outside of that range.
So while there was little of strategic value on this second world that McCarron targeted, Monhegan was on the way to Kathil. McCarron assigned this world to his third regiment, the Wild Ones, who proceeded to crush the Monhegan Militia in just three days of fighting. That left four more days for the regiment to pillage and steal what they could.
Whilst finding little in the way of practical military supplies, prior to departing the world on 31 July, the Wild Ones did manage to loot almost two thousand barrels of fine aged wines and other alcohols from Spraacher, a mountain city that had centuries earlier made a name for itself because of the outstanding vineyards and distilleries that occupied the surrounding hills and valleys.
McCarron gifted several hundred barrels of wines and spirits to the Chancellor and members of the Strategios, and had several hundred more sold; the rest, just less than half of the take, remained within the unit and basically lasted the Big Mac less than four years, though the wine cellar that Archie himself formed after the operation still continues to supply his successor today.
 During the FedCom Civil War, the Capellan Confederation sponsored several uprisings on the Capellan March world of Monhegan. Only several swift police actions by the Federated Freemen – a mercenary unit in the employ of Duke Hasek – prevented the uprisings from escalating further.
- System Name: Monhegan
- Coordinates: 117.10, -185.69
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