In the chaos following Earth’s disappearance, many prime worlds and their colonies declared independence from the Commonwealth and formed new alliances. The grand marshals of the Terran Commonwealth fought to avoid further dissolution, and as they recovered, were able to reclaim control of their clusters.
Unlike the Old Commonwealth, the military arm of the current Terran Commonwealth is now firmly in control, with Grand Marshal Owusu recognized as their unofficial leader. The civilian government is maintained for the purpose of managing day-to-day business and bureaucracy.
Claims of espionage and rumored fleet buildups along the Nirvana-Olympus gate led to the Terran Commonwealth invading the Callistonian Empire at Nirvana and Avaris. Simultaneously, they launched an attack against the independent worlds of Arcadia and Mu. This sudden aggression caught the Callistonians and independent worlds off-guard, but the Commonwealth’s initial success has met increasing resistance.
Terran Commonwealth fighter tactics rely on numbers and direct firepower, particularly use of mass drivers. While few of their designs are innovative, they are reliable, easily maintained, and capable of performing multiple roles. Medium and heavy fighters, such as the fearsome Trebuchet make up the bulk of their squadrons, but a few light fighters stand out, such as the Bolt and Slingshot.
The AB-494-T Trebuchet is the Terran Commonwealth’s hardest hitting fighter. Two shredder cannons make short work of any close range enemies, and two penetrator cannons are used for longer range targeting. The Trebuchet’s main role is anti-ship bomber, but it also fills the role of ground-support very well.
“We thought the colony’s shield barrier would keep us safe. Then we saw the two enemy Trebuchets circling on an attack run. They opened up with their penetrators at long range, testing our shield for weaknesses. As they closed we could see the vapor trails from their shredder cannon projectiles. We knew the barrier had failed when we heard the sound of those same projectiles, the buildings and ground exploding around us. Twenty seconds later — an eternity of hellfire – our own air support showed up to drive them off. After that, there was almost nothing left but silence; well, silence of a sort, if you ignored the screams of the injured and dying.”