History Franchise / BattleTechExpandedUniverse

7th May '18 6:39:09 AM MadCat221
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** Also a very "star-crossed lovers" example in Victor Steiner-Davion and Omi Kurita. They fall in love with each other at just about first sight when meeting on Outreach, but he's the heir to the Federated Commonwealth and she's the daughter of the Coordinator of the Draconis Combine and they're both too conscientious to just shirk their responsibilities in the name of romance... [[spoiler:They do get together in the end, although eventually an assassin sees to it that it doesn't last forever. One legacy of their romance remains: their son [[MeaningfulName Kitsune]] [[LukeYouAreMyFather Kurita]].]]

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** Also a very "star-crossed lovers" example in Victor Steiner-Davion and Omi Kurita. They fall in love with each other at just about first sight when meeting on Outreach, but he's the heir to the Federated Commonwealth and she's the daughter of the Coordinator of the Draconis Combine and they're both too conscientious to just shirk their responsibilities in the name of romance... [[spoiler:They do get together in the end, although eventually an assassin sees to it that it doesn't last forever. One legacy of their romance remains: their son [[MeaningfulName Kitsune]] [[LukeYouAreMyFather Kurita]].]]]][[note]]Kitsune is japanese for "Fox"; he was named after his paternal grandfather Hanse Davion's moniker "[[MagnificentBastard The Fox]]"[[/note]]
7th May '18 6:35:25 AM MadCat221
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: How the Draconis Combine won the battle of Wolcott. After pondering ways to [[CombatPragmatist exploit]] the straightforward way that the Clans declare battle, Theodore Kurita and his son Hohiro executed a plan to declare new units of green troops were defending the world, making the Jaguars underbid. In fact, the units were simply re-labeled elite Genyosha regiments, which predictably shredded the unexpecting Smoke Jaguar mechwarriors in the predominantly marshy landscape of the world.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: How the Draconis Combine won the battle of Wolcott. After pondering ways to [[CombatPragmatist exploit]] the straightforward way that the Clans declare battle, Theodore Kurita and his son Hohiro executed a plan to declare new units of green troops were defending the world, world when the Jaguars issued their batchall, making the Jaguars underbid. In fact, the units were simply re-labeled elite Genyosha regiments, which predictably shredded the unexpecting Smoke Jaguar mechwarriors in the predominantly marshy landscape of the world.
6th May '18 11:43:35 PM MadCat221
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: How the Draconis Combine won the battle of Wolcott. After pondering ways to [[CombatPragmatist exploit]] the straightforward way that the Clans declare battle, Theodore Kurita and his son Hohiro executed a plan to declare new units of green troops were defending the world, making the Jaguars underbid. In fact, the units were simply re-labeled elite Genyosha regiments, which predictably shredded the unexpecting Smoke Jaguar mechwarriors.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: How the Draconis Combine won the battle of Wolcott. After pondering ways to [[CombatPragmatist exploit]] the straightforward way that the Clans declare battle, Theodore Kurita and his son Hohiro executed a plan to declare new units of green troops were defending the world, making the Jaguars underbid. In fact, the units were simply re-labeled elite Genyosha regiments, which predictably shredded the unexpecting Smoke Jaguar mechwarriors.mechwarriors in the predominantly marshy landscape of the world.
6th May '18 11:43:03 PM MadCat221
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: How the Draconis Combine won the battle of Wolcott. After pondering ways to [[CombatPragmatist exploit]] the straightforward way that the Clans declare battle, Theodore Kurita and his son Hohiro executed a plan to declare new units of green troops were defending the world, making them underbid. In fact, the units were simply re-labeled elite Genyosha regiments, which predictably shredded the unexpecting Smoke Jaguar mechwarriors.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: How the Draconis Combine won the battle of Wolcott. After pondering ways to [[CombatPragmatist exploit]] the straightforward way that the Clans declare battle, Theodore Kurita and his son Hohiro executed a plan to declare new units of green troops were defending the world, making them the Jaguars underbid. In fact, the units were simply re-labeled elite Genyosha regiments, which predictably shredded the unexpecting Smoke Jaguar mechwarriors.
6th May '18 11:42:31 PM MadCat221
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: How the Draconis Combine won the battle of Wolcott. After pondering ways to [[CombatPragmatist exploit]] the straightforward way that the Clans declare battle, Theodore Kurita and his son Hohiro executed a plan to declare new units of green troops were defending the world, making them underbid. In fact, the units were simply re-labeled elite Genyosha regiments, which predictably shredded the unexpecting Smoke Jaguar mechwarriors.
30th Apr '18 5:54:59 AM VampireBuddha
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On top of all of this, 1994 saw the release of the AnimatedAdaptation, [[NamesTheSame also called]] ''[=BattleTech=]''. Set during the war against the Clans, it focused on a military unit led by Adam Steiner. It was later {{RetCon}}ned as being a [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis propaganda account of events that actually happened]], with Adam Steiner and at least one other character showing up in the novels.

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On top of all of this, 1994 saw the release of the AnimatedAdaptation, [[NamesTheSame also called]] ''[=BattleTech=]''.''Westernanimation/BattleTech''. Set during the war against the Clans, it focused on a military unit led by Adam Steiner. It was later {{RetCon}}ned as being a [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis propaganda account of events that actually happened]], with Adam Steiner and at least one other character showing up in the novels.
25th Apr '18 5:16:12 PM SpaceDrake
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* The ''Crescent Hawk'' series



* ''[[http://mwtactics.com MechWarrior Tactics]]'' -- the first ''commercial'' implementation of the boardgame rules

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* ''[[http://mwtactics.com MechWarrior Tactics]]'' Harebrained Schemes' ''VideoGame/BattleTech'' -- the first modern ''commercial'' game to come close to full implementation of the boardgame tabletop game rules



* AbsentAliens: A few novels (most notably ''Far Country'') actually do have aliens. The rest? None.
** For ''Far Country'', the aliens in question live in a system that's only been accessed by humans twice, both in jumpship mishaps that leave the humans stranded there. So they exist, but they can't interact with the rest of the TabletopGame/BattleTech universe.

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* AbsentAliens: A few novels (most notably ''Far Country'') actually do have aliens. The rest? None.
None. [[CanonDiscontinuity And the other novels and sourcebooks tend to ignore these.]]
** For ''Far Country'', the aliens in question live in a system that's only been accessed by humans twice, both in jumpship mishaps that leave the humans stranded there. So they exist, but they can't interact with the rest of the TabletopGame/BattleTech universe. So not quite CanonDiscontinuity, so much as an in-universe justification for being {{CanonForeigner}}s.



** Also from the game itself: "No Guts, No Galaxy"

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** Also from the game itself: "No Guts, No Galaxy"Galaxy!"



* TheChessmaster: Subhash Indrahar, head of the Kuritas SecretPolice for ''60'' years.

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* TheChessmaster: Subhash Indrahar, head of the Kuritas Kurita's SecretPolice for ''60'' years.



* EntertaininglyWrong: When Anastasius Focht first receives the recordings of Phelan Kell's first battle with the Clans, he dismisses the popular (and correct) hypothesis that they are Aleksandr Kerensky's Star League Defense Force returning to the Inner Sphere, since their 'Mech designs bear no resemblance to Star League-era 'Mechs. Instead, he believes them to be aliens that can assimilate genetic material and self-evolve, first absorbing humans (the SLDF) then improving on the human form to better handle the rigors of 'Mech piloting. He believes that the aliens are invading because in assimilating humanity they have become human, and the Inner Sphere has the best worlds for supporting human life. . . or that they have come to harvest humanity for more raw genetic material to absorb. Some of his conclusions are actually fairly spot-on, though (see RightForTheWrongReasons, below).

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* EntertaininglyWrong: When Anastasius Focht first receives the recordings of Phelan Kell's first battle with the Clans, he dismisses the popular (and correct) hypothesis that they are Aleksandr Kerensky's Star League Defense Force returning to the Inner Sphere, since their 'Mech designs bear no resemblance to Star League-era 'Mechs. Instead, he believes them to be aliens that can assimilate genetic material and self-evolve, first absorbing humans (the SLDF) then improving on the human form to better handle the rigors of 'Mech piloting. He believes that the aliens are invading because in assimilating humanity they have become human, and the Inner Sphere has the best worlds for supporting human life. . .life... or that they have come to harvest humanity for more raw genetic material to absorb. Some of his conclusions are actually fairly spot-on, though (see RightForTheWrongReasons, below).



* ExactWords: When Hanse Davion and Theodore Kurita make an impromptu but very honorable promise to work together against the Clans. Neither one will send their force into the other's territory so long as the Clans remain a threat. [[spoiler: When the Smoke Jaguars and Nova Cats team up to try and take Luthien, the Draconis Combine homeworld, Hanse has visions of attacking the Combine from his border and finally taking down his nation's most hated enemy. But he promised he wouldn't send his troops into the Combine. On the eve of the attack, the three best mercenary companies in the Inner Sphere arrive at Luthien to shore up their defenses, paid for by Hanse Davion. He still didn't send ''his'' troops into Theodore's territory. . .]]

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* ExactWords: When Hanse Davion and Theodore Kurita make an impromptu but very honorable promise to work together against the Clans. Neither one will send their force into the other's territory so long as the Clans remain a threat. [[spoiler: When the Smoke Jaguars and Nova Cats team up to try and take Luthien, the Draconis Combine homeworld, Hanse has visions of attacking the Combine from his border and finally taking down his nation's most hated enemy. But he promised he wouldn't send his troops into the Combine. On the eve of the attack, the three best mercenary companies in the Inner Sphere arrive at Luthien to shore up their defenses, paid for by Hanse Davion. He still didn't send ''his'' troops into Theodore's territory. . .territory...]]
11th Jan '18 3:32:29 PM AFP
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* RefugeInAudacity: In ''Ghost War'', Sam Donnelly [[spoiler: secretly a mole working for the government]] convinces a terror group he has joined to engage in what he calls Low Intensity Terrorism, a series of attacks on various high-visibility targets which embarass the local government while also sparing civilian lives. Among other things, this allows him to send one of the more obnoxious members of the group to blow up a sewage plant.
2nd Dec '17 2:38:35 PM glasswalker
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* The ''Fed-Com Civil War'' trilogy (Coleman)
** Blaine Lee Pardoe's ''Archer's Avengers'' trilogy serves as a subseries to that.
26th Oct '17 8:16:29 AM starofjusticev21
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* CripplingOverspecialization: In the animated series one of Adam Steiner's mottos is that being a JackOfAllTrades is desirable in a soldier so they can adapt if stuck outside their area of expertise. He butts heads with his second in command with it in the first episode but not a lot's actually done with it, perhaps due to the show being intended to last multiple seasons but being cancelled after just one. Franklin Sakamoto is [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands basically good at whatever a scene calls for]] be it 'mech pilot, fighter pilot, ninja, etc., but these are all skills he mastered before ever meeting the rest of the unit.
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