By no means a full-fledged invasion, it was in fact more than anything 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 to do so. 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.
Gallitzin was a natural target for the Big Mac’s attacks, as just a few years earlier it had nearly fallen to a pro-Capellan government in a civil conflict that lasted more than a year. Only the intervention of the mercenary Cunningham’s Commandos had prevented the world from falling entirely into the Confederation’s grasp, but even after a little more than two years of hard work, the world’s leaders had yet to eliminate the pro-Capellan insurgent groups that continued to plague them. It was then little surprise when that world ended up as McCarron’s fifth target.
Colonel Archie McCarron knew well of the rebel groups still on the world, and through his contacts in the Strategios contacted them to inform them that “help was on the way.” The Third MAC—the Wild Ones—landed on 13 August amid a world already beleaguered. The militia had already started to fully mobilize; the problem was that there were numerous insurgents within the militia’s own ranks, including several in leadership positions. That, coupled with terrorist bombings and kidnappings carried out before the Wild Ones even entered the Gallitzin System, touched off another civil war on the world.
The arrival of the Wild Ones only added fuel to the fire. The mercenaries targeted government buildings, utility services, communications facilities and other key infrastructure, quite effectively dropping a blackout over the entire planet. The mercs took what they wanted from the militia armories and the spaceports and left the mess behind.
Just as with the previous worlds struck by the Big Mac, the Wild Ones spent a single week on the world, though in the case of Gallitzin the damage they caused reverberated for years to come. It would take the Federated Suns two years to repair all of the damage caused by the rebels and the Third MAC, and the AFFS some eight years to finally drive the last of the rebel groups completely underground (these rebels later resurfaced during the Clan war, again during Operation Guerrero and finally once again during the FedCom Civil War, though never again in the same strength they displayed during the 3030s and ’40s).
Gallitzin is also home to the sometimes deadly virus known as Black Marsh Fever.
- System Name: Gallitzin
- Coordinates: 132.75, -164.83
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