|350 star systems|
|45th Union, Assyrian Star Empire|
The Hodgpodgian force, is one to be reckoned with. Possesing powerful interstellar craft, these vehicles have seen many a battle, and their scarred hides mix matched plating, hull painting, and smorgasbord of weapons show this. Their Civilization was based out of a lost colony ship, sent to find new deposites of ABS in the far reaches of the Bloody eye nebula. Upon reaching the nebula they promptly lost communication with the ISNCA (Interstellar space navigation and communication array). Continuing deeper into the nebula the started to run afoul of huge conglomerations of material the scanners came back, confirming rich fields of ABS. Upon coming upon the nearest debri field, mining crews were dispatched but what they found whas not huge ABS ore ladent asteroids, or dust fields but ancient wrecks, after years of investigation, and gathering it was concluded by the fleets science officers that these where no odd affect of congruent gravity waves washing up chance debri. This was a an entire galactic sector that had seen much fighting. After a few more years the fleet finally found a suitable planet to settle the more permanent sites needed for a large scale salvage operation. Little did they know that peoples still inhabited the nebula that had not yet known the word peace. Out of the sky on large planetary landers and assault shuttles, came the forces of the VOL and the 45th Union. Many battles have ensued since, turning the exploration fleet into conquerors. though in the rush to get the most fighting units to the field the Hodgepodgians build in a maner emphasizing utility, carrying capacity, and compactness. It was here the the Flagship Hodgepodge was developed, and Here that the swarmer was developed, having large amounts of forces to draw on if not the refined and battle ready troops of other forces.
Weapons and tactics, by in large Hodgepodgian forces, come to battle with a large array of weapons, usually based around tactical needs, and wants. The forces are highly segregated, first in base by thier pants color, black for star-faring forces, brown for the officer core, green for the assassins, gray for the snipers, tan for the techs, and white for the laborers and civilians (including mercs) Most Hodgepodgian combat forces have a light body armor, while others have uniforms based on needs. Of note are sergeants, sergeants can regularly picked out by their sunglasses, and usually dual wield pistols, and sometimes carbines. Officers are kitted out in a vast array of differing weapons, but in general have some sort of flamethrower attachment to their weapons.
As for tactics, a blitzkrieg tactics are usually the want of the naval forces. Many of the ships Including the Kirkolkand and the Hodgepodge have many but relatively short ranged weapons. Though there are some ships with beam type weapons, though by in large they are experimental or were built using unshielded power core couplings running directly to a lance/beam array (as is the case with the Scrag class gunboat). Also this tactic emphasizes the Stranians use of their fighters to develop a worrying fight far from their larger ships allowing them to go mostly unscathed into a brawling match that they are ideal for, primarily due to the hordes of shorter range weaponry that will dot a ships hull, also the ships have relatively large crews concerned with the operations of vital systems, weapons shield drive's, they use almost a Victorian like use of man power in that they pack large amounts of personnel. On the ground however the Stranians are a different matter all together. Relatively under equipped compared to rivaling star forces of the 45th Union and Vol they usually take a more cautious stance though they are known for the disorienting tactic of using cavalry to destroy tanks. Also their ground forces put a primary importance on mobility, only their light tanks do not posses an expanded ability to hold even a small grouping or infantry about while their large ground transports can carry up to 12. As with their star forces fighters, their ground transports and fighting machines are usually built with compression in mind. As yet a planetary lander has yet to be sighted though the hodgepodge is known to transport small forces consisting of the so dubbed Strana van and a light tank. Though it is believed that a planetary lander is under development. For defense of their home planet they are known to employ a force of large mecha referred to as Wobblies, two legged mechs lacking arms but none the less carrying heavy armament able to destroy tanks and crush ground formations in single all encompassing attacks.
The grand leader of the Hodgepodgians is the great Salmagond, one of the rare farce users and wielder of two blades, he is always accompanied by a set of redshirts, armed with axe and IABS (instant astro binding substance) to help prevent damage to thier lord, the IABS comes in a can and can make a small wall or used with several cans a small structure, akin to a bunker. Also accompanying the grand leader, is Two bodyguards, marked with the 'x'. These loyal henchmen are experts at either CC, or long range sniping.
In more recent developments it is believed that the Hodgepodgians have developed a luck generator, or perhaps they somehow mine this elusive substance, so far details are sketchy but in any case the results are proven quite affective.