To avert the ever-present danger of having its vessels impressed into the military "for the duration of the war," Free Flight signed an agreement in perpetuity with Captain-General Philippa Marik to carry military personnel or cargoes on a priority basis whenever or wherever the need arose. This basic agreement has been affirmed, with minor modifications, by all but two of the Captains-General appointed since, and is still in force today.
Free Flight currently maintains a fleet of seven JumpShips (including two Star Lord class ships) and over 15 DropShips (including a rare Overlord class vessel). As part of its current agreement with Janos Marik, the company permanently stations two of its JumpShips on Atreus and Marik to serve the Captain-General's needs. Three other vessels run regularly scheduled transport routes across the League, while the remaining two vessels are available on a contract, pay-as-you-go basis (arranged through one of the company's four dispatch centers at Fletcher, Holt, Atreus, and Maxwell) to anyone able to afford the company's rates. Some of the more experienced commanders in the fleet are said to still indulge in a bit of speculative trading whenever they have excess cargo space available, especially when their contracts take them beyond the boundaries of the League.
All Free Flight JumpShips and DropShips carry a full complement of marines (largely drawn from the retired ranks of the League's own marine force) to operate their ship's guns and act as round security when the ship is on land. Nonetheless, the company still relies heavily on spaceport and local garrison forces to protect its investments from harm. Three years ago, Free Flight lost a JumpShip to pirates operating along the League's Periphery border. Security forces and on-board gunnery of vessels plying that route have been increased.
Best known for its manufacture of the Flame Tech K-213 incendiary projector (usually just called a "flamer"), Flame Tech produces a wide variety of other weapons and support equipment for BattleMechs and AeroSpace fighters. It has benefited greatly from the ongoing combat of the Succession Wars, as there is a constant need for its products.
In 3019, Flame Tech received a government contact to supply the Free Worlds Guards with replacement weapons and spare parts. The contract was large enough to permit the company to open a new production facility at Fletcher and to expand its small research facility. Unfortunately for the Guards, the rate of supply has dropped off in recent months, which has been blamed on "logistical problems" and "shipment errors", but which (it is widely suspected) is due to much of the government funds disappearing into the pockets of CEO Kenneth Schmidt and his cronies on the corporation's board of directors.
 When Thomas Marik ascended to the Captain-Generalcy, he discovered that Flame Tech had indeed been pocketing government payments for weapons ordered by the Free Worlds League Guards, without delivering the goods. He cleaned house by disbanding the board of directors, selling the Campbelton laser plant to the Fusigon Corporation, and appointing loyal followers to the Fletcher complex. Production and delivery is now satisfactory.
- System Name: Fletcher
- Coordinates: -68.33, -211.77
- Star Type: G2IV
- Position in System: 2
- Time to Jump Point: 9.12 days
- Recharging Station: None
- ComStar Facility Class: B
- Population: 550
- Percentage and Level of Native Life: Birds
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|2569-08-15||Terran Hegemony/Capellan Confederation/Free Worlds League|
|2920-12-31||Free Worlds League|
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