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|Kingdom of Torch|
|Form of Government||Monarchy|
|Head of State||Monarch|
|Head of Government||Prime Minister|
|Military||Royal Torch Navy|
|Founded||late 1919 PD|
Star Geography Edit
The Kingdom encompassed the Congo System, which lay between Erewhon, the Solarian League, and the Republic of Haven. The nearby Congo Wormhole Junction was believed to have no fewer than three termini. (CS1)
In 1921 PD the junction was surveyed by Dr. Jordin Kare and Dr. Richard Wix and their team aboard the Manticoran survey vessel Harvest Joy. The survey mission located the terminus and determined that it was a wormhole bridge. (CS2)
After 8000 slaves aboard the Mesan slaver Felicia III were able to seize control of the vessel with the help of Manticoran, Solarian, and Havenite agents, they joined with the Audubon Ballroom and conducted Operation Spartacus, a military strike against the planet Verdant Vista, taking control of its orbital defences and, later, the entire world. They were aided by the Manticoran cruiser HMS Gauntlet as well as a Solarian fleet of eighteen destroyers and a Solarian Marine Company under the command of Major Thandi Palane. Officially, the Marines were volunteers and her command, a combination of volunteers and members of the Audubon Ballroom, was the Torch Liberation Army.
All major powers in the interstellar neighborhood, save the star nation of Mesa, recognized Torch as a sovereign star nation. The Kingdom was officially organized with the coronation of Queen Berry in the presence of delegates from Manticore, Erewhon, Haven, the Solarian League, and the Andermani Empire. W.E.B. Du Havel became the first Prime Minister and Jeremy X was the first Minister of War. Its first act as a star nation was a formal Declaration of War against Mesa.
The slaves of Felicia III settled on Torch while all surviving Mesans were allowed to leave the planet, if they chose to, without further acts of revenge by their former property. Some Mesan employees, mostly scientists, even chose to stay and become subjects of the Kingdom of Torch. (CS1)
Senior officials Edit
- Berry Zilwicki – Queen of Torch
- W.E.B. Du Havel – Prime Minister
- Jeremy X – Minister of War (Torch)
- Thandi Palane – Military Commander in Chief