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The Free Navy Conflict was an interstellar conflict between the extremist Free Navy faction under Marco Inaros against the nations of the Inner Planets, the United Nations and Martian Congressional Republic, and the Outer Planets Alliance.
- 1 Background and prelude
- 2 Bombardment of Earth
- 3 MCR Parliament bombing
- 4 Tycho station Coup
- 5 Free Navy announcement
- 6 Razorback spots Marco's fleet
- 7 Rocinante engages Zmeya
- 8 Free Navy engages Matar Kubileya
- 9 UNN strike on Pallas
- 10 Engagement near Patroclus
- 11 Free Navy engages Rocinante
- 12 Battle for the Sol gate
- 13 References
Background and prelude[edit | edit source]
With decades of Belters feeling oppressed by the Inners, and the opening of the Ring gates making their place in the system become less valuable, an extremist element of the OPA prepared to seize the Belt and system from the grip of the Inner Planets' nations over years.
Mariner Valley shipyard bombing[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Mariner Valley shipyard bombing
After trading for various military materials including stealth technology on the Mars black market, the Belters led by Filip Inaros decided to assassinate the Martians supplying them. The Martians were led to a final high paying deal in order to be killed. However, Bobbie Draper, early on involved in the activities, suspected the ambush and stopped the assassins. Two of the Belters escaped, but had a bomb device planted that denonated, destroying the Mariner Valley shipyard and most of the potential evidence with it.
Boarding Marco Inaros' ship[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Boarding Marco Inaros' ship
The crew of the OPA Navy ship Tynan and its captain Klaes Ashford attempted to kill Marco Inaros before he could cause more trouble with his activities. The Tynan disabled Marco's ship before its crew launched a boarding mission. The operation turned out to end desastrous however, and all members of the boarding party, including Ashford, were killed. Before being spaced in an airlock and killed, Ashford was able to extract information from Inaros about his plans which he was able to covertly record and store. Inaros left the stripped Tynan as a reminder for his enemies. The ship was retrieved by Camina Drummer and the secret recording discovered by her, which she then sent Fred Johnson.
Destruction of the UNS Hasami[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Destruction of the Hasami
When one of the stealth asteroids launched by Inaros came too close to the Sol star and broke up it was spotted by the UNS Hasami as a rogue debris field. With the risk of them discovering the true intention of the rock a Free Navy ship under Filip Inaros attacked the ship, killing its crew and stealing the data logs before missiles destroyed the ship and covering-up their activities.
Bombardment of Earth[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Bombardment of Earth (TV)
With nine asteroids coated in stealth technology launched at Earth as part of Inaros' grand plan, they were undetectable to UN Sentinel asteroid spotters. While efforts have been made by Chrisjen Avasarala and Admiral Felix Delgado to expose the operation and prove their speculation of an impending attack to Nancy Gao, the acting Secretary-General, and her government, the asteroids were able to remain undetected.
Before Avasarala could provide solid evidence to Gao in the form of Ashford's recording provided by Johnson, the first asteroid hit Earth off the coast of Dakar, West Africa, completely obliterating the entire area. The triggered tsunami swept across the Atlantic Ocean and devastated New York City's flood barriers, flooding the city. When the second asteroid impacted on mainland North America, the UN government was able to understand that it in fact had been attacked. Gao and her principal government and military staff, currently in South Asia, were evacuated with the UN One and briefed on the global situation. Avasarala was able to contact Gao and persuade her to use the stealth-penetrating sensors of the Watchtower satellites to detect any incoming asteroids, before the UN One was critically hit by the shockwave of a close third asteroid impact in the Gulf of Bengal, killing all on board. A fourth asteroid inbound for the western Pacific was successfully destroyed by planetary defences using the Watchtowers. A fifth and sixth asteroid were also averted as well.
MCR Parliament bombing[edit | edit source]
- Main article: MCR Parliament bombing
Simultaneously to the bombardment of Earth, presumed Free Navy operatives planted and detonated a bomb at the Parliament of the Martian Congressional Republic. Neither the extent of the damage nor the amount of casualties are known thus far.
Tycho station Coup[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Tycho station Coup (TV)
After reporter Monica Stuart had been kidnapped by unidentified individuals seemingly wanting her information on the location of the last Protomolecule sample being researched on under the supervision of Fred Johnson and Anderson Dawes and subsequently rescued by James Holden and Tycho security officer "Bull", Fred was made aware of the potential danger of a hostile takeover of the Protomolecule. This hunch was further supported by the kidnapping of Paolo Cortázar, the last remaining Protogen scientist, by an unknown Belter strike force on Ceres.
After following potential clues that might have revealed the group's identity ultimately turning out to led nowhere, Johnson discovered that an incoming Belter ship, the Zmeya, was supposed to pick up the container in which Stuart was held in. Suspecting them to think she is still in there, Holden and Johnson prepare a boarding party led by "Bull" hidden inside the container to board the Zmeya and simultaneously trap it inside Tycho Station's logistics port, hoping to uncover the true identity of the group. However, the plan backfired dramatically, as the Zmeya engaged in hostile fire and part of the station's and OPA staff defect to assist the group. Tycho chief engineer Sakai betrayed Johnson and shot him in the back, and concurrently a mech robot successfully stole the last Protomolecule sample. While the breaching pod successfully returned to the Zmeya before leaving Tycho, Sakai was captured by Holdon and Stuart and most of the defected staff killed. However, Johnson later succumbed to his fatal wounds.
In response to the coup and in possession of the knowledge on the flight path of the Zmeya, Holden and a provisional crew embarked on a flight with the Rocinante to hunt down the ship and the sample.
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Subsequently, the Free Navy claimed responsibility for the attacks and stated its demands to Earth and Mars, requiring them to abandon claims on any colony world accessible to the Ring and any claims on the Ring itself, respect the full independence of the Belt and submit to the political authority of the Belt beyond the planets' respective atmospheres. Otherwise, both planets might be faced with the exposure to the last remaining Protomolecule sample. In return, the Free Navy and the Belt would respect the UN and MCR as independent nations, albeit significantly reduced in military, political and economic influence.
The announcement led to riots and insurrections of Belters in opposition to the Inners on numerous stations in the Belt, most notably Pallas and Ceres. The UN and MCR also redeployed its fleets from the outer planets to the inner Solar System in order to safeguard their homeworlds.
Razorback spots Marco's fleet[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Razorback spots Marco's fleet
Following the MCRN Barkeith (suspecting it was sending stolen MCRN supplies), the Razorback crewed by Alex Kamal and Bobbie Draper spotted a fleet of the Free Navy and MCRN ships at the Hungaria asteroid cluster. Upon being spotted themselves the Razorback fled at high-g, but was targeted by a torpedo. Having no other alternative but to dump core thus knocking out the torpedo, the ship was then left adrift. The Belter ship then attempted to board them, but was taken out by a sabotaged drive cone.
Rocinante engages Zmeya[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Rocinante engages Zmeya
After leaving Tycho Station the Rocinante hunted for the Zmeya using sensors from Tycho station to search ships along its flight line. Upon identifying the Zmeya the Rocinante engaged. In response, the Zmeya launched multiple torpedoes, which were intercepted by two torpedoes and the PDCs of the Rocinante. A railgun round crippled the Zmeya's drive cone, and before the Rocinante was able to board the ship, the Zmeya's reactor core overloaded, destroying the ship and presumably the Protomolecule sample entirely.
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- Main article: Free Navy engages Matar Kubileya
The Matar Kubileya after refusing to join Marco's Free Navy and left in peace. They later hijacked two skiffs out of Ceres which the Free Navy had claimed as under their protection. Two Martian built ships from Marco's Free Navy command fleet chased and attacked three Matar Kulibeya ships destroying them. Later ships of the Drummer faction operating as part of the Free Navy fleet scavenged the wrecks for parts and munitions.
UNN strike on Pallas[edit | edit source]
- Main article: UNN strike on Pallas
As tactical and symbolic retaliation of the Bombardment of Earth, acting Secretary-General David Paster ordered the destruction of Pallas Station mainly for its importance as the largest fuel refinery of the Belt, the origin place of Marco Inaros, and its radically inclined Belter population. While opposed by civilian members of the UN Security Council, including Chrisjen Avasarala, Paster ordered the execution behind their backs.
The habitation ring of Pallas Station was destroyed by the United Nations Navy, and an unknown number of civilians were killed. In response to the news reaching Earth and Luna, Avasarala, Dahane, Cebotari and Yilmaz all resigned from Paster's government in protest. Without a functioning government, a vote of no-confidence was held by the UN Parliament, deposing Paster as acting Secretary-General and Chrisjen Avasarala being inaugurated as his successor, despite no snap elections being held.
Engagement near Patroclus[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Engagement near Patroclus
As part of the battles of the Free Navy conflict, an engagement between two UNN cruisers and one MCRN heavy frigate against five Golden Bough raiders took place near Patroclus. One UNN cruiser was destroyed, the other withdrew, and the MCRN heavy frigate was reported lost.
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- Main article: Free Navy engages Rocinante
A small Free Navy fleet of five ships composed of two Martian-built warships, the Serrio Mal and the Koto, alongside three Belter ships of Drummer's faction, the Dewalt, the Mowteng and the Tynan, moved to destroy the Rocinante before it could reach the Chetzemoka. Before the Free Navy fleet could engage the Rocinante, however, Drummer seized control of the Tynan, betraying Karal and the rest of the Free Navy loyal to Inaros. TheTynan fired a single torpedo at the Dewalt in a surprise attack to disable its drive and subsequently ordered the Mowteng to disengage. TheTynan and the Dewalt then fired torpedoes at the Koto and the Serrio Mal. The Rocinante attacked at the same time, disabling the Koto and destroying the Serrio Mal with its railgun. All ships of Drummer's faction proceeded to disengage and Drummer identified herself to Holden.
Battle for the Sol gate[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Battle for the Sol gate
The Free Navy command fleet moved to the Sol gate to try and capture it. In defense of the ring gate was the EMC ring fleet of three battleships, the UNN Tripoli, UNN Montenegro and MCRN Sagarmatha prepared for any large engagement. As their first move, the EMC fleet ships were attacked by a swarm of micro-meteors, potentially stealth-coated, to extensively damage their hulls and weaponry.
Then, the Free Navy engaged the damaged battleships with their torpedoes and PDCs, when a MCRN fleet arrived near the battle, only to defect from the MCR and side with Inaros' fleet. Additional fire as torpedoes launched from Medina Station behind the EMC fleet overwhelmed the MCRN Sagarmatha, destroying it completely. The Tripoli and Montenegro were then swarmed by torpedoes of the rogue MCRN fleet and obliterated. With the entrance to the Sol gate now open, the Free Navy and defected MCRN fleet advanced into the Ring Space; the latter approached the gate leading to the Laconia system.