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- "Long time no see. Merlin, was it? Wonder what your old officer's been up to? Well, I've been building an army it seems."
- ―Jefferson Korn to Merlin-D032.
The Far Harvest Legion, sometimes called the Last Legion, was a UNSC Frontier Command, multiple officers and their contingents retreated into frontier space to reorganize against or hide from the emergent galactic power. Unable to remain self-sufficient, the new faction turned to banditry and barbarism to remain combat effective, targeting human and alien frontier colonies alike. Their successes against the Created and other frontier factions grew as the years-long UEG balkanization continued, increasing their legitimacy on the frontier especially as they employed -derived technologies to their war machine.remnant and a breakaway state during and after the . Once formed from military units under the
A phantom military junta formed soon after, drawing other UNSC remnants and refugees to their banner as the self-described "United Forces." By the Created conflict's end, Jefferson Korn emerged as their chairman and head of state. They continued to act as a barbarian kingdom on the frontier after the Created conflict and refused returning to the contemporary human governance. Their moniker was adopted in reference to Frontier Command tradition of passing the abandoned colony of ahead of long border patrols.
- 1 Premise
- 2 History
- 3 Government
- 4 Military
- 5 Foreign Relations
|From the office of the Bewitched Paragon:|
"A lot can change in a few years.
Before 2553, no one with a sound mind imagined humanity winning the war with the Covenant.
But we did.
No one thought humanity would see a surprise resurgence in a few short years and in some ways subvert the Covenant's power base.
But we did.
After centuries of peaceful coexistence with artificial intelligence, we accepted them as our ever-faithful companions. They would never betray us.
But they did.
Now once again, we're making the impossible and inconceivable happen. For a time, the Unified Earth Government was a relic of the past age, subverted by the Created. But now the conflict's over and they want to pretend they can go back to acting like everything is normal. They think their defeat was a fluke and their rule still matters; they've declared anyone who doesn't return to the fold, traitors and usurpers. Well, they're right. While they were hiding or dying, we were out on the frontier winning the war with the Created.
We survived, we won.
Shouldn't that mean we have a place at the table, making decisions for the future of humanity and our society? They say no. Well, we disagree. We say it is our place to make decisions for ourselves because we did what they could not. We beat the Created, so we'll beat the UNSC too.
We have the guns. We have the ships. We have the technology. We've applied gifts left behind by the Forerunners to ourselves. Our mission might as well be blessed.
War is our ideology. And until the rest of the galaxy recognizes our right to exist, to prosper. We make war."
Jefferson Korn: Origins
While not representing the very beginnings of the Far Harvest Legion, Jefferson Korn's story is interlinked with the organization's history. His story is a microcosm of the Far Harvest Legion, representing a very familiar story to that of other members of the nomadic nation and how they escaped during or even before the Created emergence and managed to start a new life outside the jurisdiction of the Unified Earth Government, the United Nations Space Command, or the.
Before the Created Crisis, Lieutenant Commander Jefferson Korn served in the likes of the Jazmine Utah as part of a rogue renewal on the and SPARTAN-III Delta Company. Acting as a counselor and acquisitions officer, Korn played a number of roles for the project including kidnapping jobs, surveillance, resource gathering, and black operations for the organization. As one of the more active and public-facing program assets, he was also the loose thread that ultimately opened up suspicions by the ONI administration to investigate the SPARTAN-III program in and , culminating in the arrest and detention of personnel involved, including individuals from the private and military intelligence sectors.and secretive and came under the command of Rear Admiral
Korn was marked in late 2556 by the Rio Station while on Earth-side assignment, exploring political and financial relationships with the locales of Rio de Janeiro and Atlántida. Korn's final effort was exploring the possibilities of receiving an off-the-grid Smart AI for personal use, though more so to replace the aging Delta Company project director intelligence, DLI 8131-5 Delphi. The AI-in-question, KTY 4385-5 Kathy, was created by Brazilian criminal elements and the engineer Too Variable to Measure in mid-2557 after receiving a brain donor from a dying daughter of a local hitman and human trafficker.
After learning about his disavowing by the Office of Naval Intelligence as part of the Delta Company scandal, Korn went to ground in Rio's alien refugee district, Low Benefaction, where human governance had little to no jurisdiction. Due to Kathy's lower-tier membership into the Smart AI conglomerate, the Assembly, she was able to assist Jefferson Korn in hiding in exchange for his skills as an agent in furthering the AI agenda within South America. By , Kathy informed him of the arrival of his former SPARTAN-III team, Team Boson, operating in Rio with the Internal Investigations Unit 419 over inconclusive threats of alien terrorism and unsecured nuclear weapons.
Now aware of the vague efforts of a supposed reborn Daniele-D003 in Rio and handed over Kathy for safekeeping so that Daniele and his friends might be saved from the oncoming Created uprising. Korn, as part of his plan with Kathy, agreed to surrender himself to Naval Intelligence to distance themselves from each other for a time. Korn didn't think he could escape Earth without serious help from outside and inside the UNSC, thus needing Kathy to recruit and muster Korn's personal allies to manage a jailbreak and to get away from Earth before the purported end times. After escaping the chaos of Rio, he travelled by boat to Dar es-Salaam where he made a grandiose gesture of turning himself in to Naval Intelligence.egging into a full on revolt against the Unified Earth Government, Korn decided to confront his Spartan protégé
Kathy managed to recruit Daniele-D003 after working his sympathetic side over three months and providing intricate details into what she knew about Cortana's recruiting efforts. Armed with this secret and disturbing knowledge, Daniele-D003 recruited his fellow teammate Roxanne-D107 into the growing conspiracy and attempted to do the same while visiting with old friends from Delta Company's Team Emergence. Unfortunately, convincing members of Team Emergence fell on unconvinced ears. Daniele and Roxanne quickly mustered up a plan in July 2558, acquiring frozen assets tied to the logistics of SPARTAN-III Delta Company and fought their way past Team Emergence to escape and break Korn out of his high security detention center in Mombasa having yet to stand a more lenient trial for turning himself in.
Broken out with the assistance of Jefferson's criminal and alien allies, his multi-faceted pirate force escaped to UNSC Puerto Rican Star. The Eternal Flame exited the Jupiter gravity well before performing an emergency jump, escaping beyond the immediate pursuit of military forces.using the dormant Forerunner in the and reach the orbital breaking yards over the moon . There they fought security forces to hijack the former UNSC Eternal Flame, now in the process of decommission after months under lockdown as part of an ONI investigation into the Delta Company scandal. Due to his intimate familiarity with the refit warship, Korn felt it was his mob's best bet on escaping the and to remain on the run for an indefinite amount of time. Thanks in large part by Too Variable to Measure, the Eternal Flame breached the survelliance net under the cover a well-crafted cyberwarfare attack, heavy Jovian starship traffic, and the shadow of one
Establishing himself in his new life as a traitor to the UNSC and as a pirate, Korn finally styled himself as a so-called 'Commodore' and renamed the Eternal Flame as instead, the starship Bewitched Paragon.
When the Created overran thein late October 2558, UNSC forces were left scattered across the remaining human colonies without supply lines or a centralized command structure.
- "A lot of organizations running around these days, basing their rule on 'might makes right'."
- ―Jefferson Korn to the Smart AI Kathy.
Like many aspects of the Far Harvest Legion, the organization models much of its operational structures after the wartime-era United Nations Space Command through the Insurrection and the Human-Covenant War. It is a full-fledged military dictatorship governed by a military figurehead called the United Forces Chairman, and attended and advised by a council of high-ranking officers, a organization junta called the United Forces Council.
Beneath the junta, a variety of sub-committees and specialized commands run offices and organizations to keep the Far Harvest Legion functional. Because they lack the manpower and sophistication of the Unified Earth Government, they lack a similar bureaucratic system in favor of military ranks and local jurisdictions taking precedence in corresponding matters. Still, running a war machine and pseudo-society built on former military vagabonds and refugees would not be possible in the Created era without significant support. The Far Harvest Legion's deepest secret is its conglomerate of rotating Smart AI directors, designated "Codename: SLEEPLESS EYE".
Smart AIs still loyal to the old human regime make up the intelligence and strategic backbone of the Far Harvest Legion and are allowed a wide berth on on personal agendas with the only requirement that they allow their human benefactors to continue pursuing their own goals as they see fit. The AI component of the Far Harvest Legion models itself off the rumored AI organization, the Assembly, that operated through post-singularity human history. If SLEEPLESS EYE chose to serve Created interests, there would be very little on part of the human component to stop them. It seems that few or no bad actor events occurred on part of the SLEEPLESS EYE body during the Created crisis leading to a more positive outlook on artificial intelligence after the Created among the ranks who know of their existence.
United Forces Chairman
The United Forces Chairman is highest office in the Far Harvest Legion, officially holding rank of Fleet Admiral or General depending on the UNSC-style breakdown in jurisdiction between Unified Ground Command and Naval Command. The person also holds rank as the highest official on the United Forces Council. The United Forces Chairman role is purely military and can only be held by a military commissioned officer within the Far Harvest Legion.
The duties of chairman is primarily of the executive role, establishing and enforcing laws for the whole Far Harvest Legion. They are the tie-breaker vote in the United Forces Council. The chairman also serves the role of highest judiciary, deciding on court matters if lower courts cannot reach a consistent decision under the UNSC-derived Uniform Code of Military Justice which also extends to civilian affairs in wartime, a status the Far Harvest Legion is always in regardless of a present enemy.
A chairman is determined through a recommendation-and-vote process among the highest officers in the Far Harvest Legion that make up the United Forces Council. The SLEEPLESS EYE component also contribute a single tie-breaking and advisory vote in the process in the event a tie occurs, though unlikely due to an odd number of council members. The chairman position is a temporary role but one without a set term limit, usually waiting for another member to voice no confidence in current leadership, followed with a vote of demotion and then another vote for a replacement. Due to this nature of election, the position of chairman is inconsistent and can be however long or short of tenure as necessary or circumstantial to a leader.
The current officeholder of chairman is Jefferson Korn, a former and disgraced Lieutenant Commander from the UNSC Navy and Office of Naval Intelligence. One of the first to deliver a Smart AI to the SLEEPLESS EYE conglomerate, he drew a lot of pull with the United Forces Council early on as a Intelligence Branch commander but was not a member of the Council at first. He came into command over the course of leadership attrition from conflicts with the Created, Banished, and others. Contemporary Unified Earth Government propaganda portrays him as a self-styled "pirate lord," much of this description coming from his infamous escape from ONI custody and the later theft of the decommissioned combat ship UNSC Eternal Flame.
United Forces Council
The United Forces Council is compromised of the ten highest-ranking officers in the Far Harvest Legion. One chairman and nine regular councilors. These ten seats are split evenly between Unified Ground Command and Naval Command with five admirals and five generals of equal rank stature and representing their own functions within the Far Harvest Legion. One will have superposition status when holding the role of United Forces Chairman.
Their primary purpose is legislation and advisement to the United Forces Chairman, making laws and informing the chairman so that critical operational choices can be made for the future of the Far Harvest Legion. In their own sub-commands, each councilor acts as their own executive officer, carrying out and enforcing laws and jurisdiction as determined by the whole United Forces Council. Early on, positions were determined through purchasing power and force sizes due to a lack of clear way to determine chain of command with the collapse of UNSC High Command during Cortana's siege of Earth.
Since that chaotic time, the United Forces Council has codified its establishment with a succession of command within their own military units. When a councilor is incapacitated in any way, their secondary will fulfill their role as the new acting councilor. The council and much of the Far Harvest Legion's operating pyramid scheme is structured on meritocracy in principle but still remains plutocratic due to the way the organization formed in its early years. Due to the nature of the Far Harvest Legion's nomadic existence, single Generals and Admirals will split off into command duos to handle duties and operations among the different regional commands: unified operation efforts thus require both a United Ground Command and Naval Branch leadership to be in the same operating theater. Replacements of councilors is rare due to their distance from the frontlines for the most part but during the Created Crisis were more prevalent due to targeted hits and destruction of entire facets of the Far Harvest Legion.
Codename: SLEEPLESS EYE
SLEEPLESS EYE: the highly-secretive AI component to the governance of the Far Harvest Legion and sits outside the command jurisdiction of the organization, instead receiving a communitive vote of one within the United Forces Council space though this power is rarely exercised due to "respecting the dignity" of the human councilors in their capabilities to make decisions rather than behave like the autocratic Created over human affairs.
SLEEPLESS EYE is styled after the Assembly artificial intelligence self-regulatory body from post-singularity Earth. The number of AIs in its roster is unknown but appears to only include or vocally feature Smart AI among its attendance. Outside of their advisory role to the government of the Far Harvest Legion, SLEEPLESS EYE is the logistical, financial, and security backbone and apparatus for the organization. It is without a doubt that the Far Harvest Legion's level of success through the Created conflict and post-event would not be possible without AI supervision and with it, led the organization to adopt radically different procedures for AI management compared to their UNSC contemporaries during and even after the resolution of the Created.
SLEEPLESS EYE is allowed to operate as it sees fit without removing the validity of human efforts. Its relationship with the Far Harvest Legion is more akin to a partnership than a cog in the command structure. The relationship is oriented towards mutualism, with the AI body providing needed functional services to the Far Harvest Legion in exchange for processing power, housing, safety, and the accumulation of Forerunner technologies for a variety of purposes, in particular a search for means to extend Smart AI lifespans as their nonalignment with Cortana has mostly locked them out of access to the wonders of the Domain gateway on Genesis.
The current SLEEPLESS EYE representative is ship director KTY 4385-5 "Kathy" of the warship FHL Bewitched Paragon, sans Eternal Flame, due to her direct relation to Fleet Admiral/United Forces Chairman Jefferson Korn. Their shared history means they've both been propelled to leadership roles in their respective bodies, for better or worse.
Several departments and affairs offices exist beneath the Far Harvest Legion superstructure, attending to bureaucratic needs within the organization as the state shifts between a loosely-maintained military coalition and a full-fledged nomadic nation over time. Generally these offices are penned with the Far Harvest Legion acronym, "FHL".
These departments tend to be diffused and decentralized due to the ruling superstructure being a legacy holdover to the Far Harvest Legion's early days as a loose military alliance of former UNSC flotillas. All larger organizations are known by their "department" designation in keeping with most UNSC-era functions. Sub departments are split between "offices" for sustainment and civilian-oriented purposes while "branches" relate to more military purposes. SLEEPLESS EYE has a hand in all departments and their day-to-day operations.
- Civilian Affairs Department - Department for civilian matters and concerns, public affairs.
- Courts Adjacent - Judiciary function responsible for civilian affairs outside the military court system.
- Office for Public Affairs - Mouthpiece of government and responsible for addressing civilian concerns, navigating bureaucracy.
- Foreign Interests Department
- Communications Office - Slipstream buoy management, information technology infrastructure, cyberwarfare and signals intelligence.
- Intelligence Branch - Human intelligence and intelligence gathering, domestic and foreign-oriented.
- Relations Office - Normalizing relations with other factions, setting up trade networks, embassy management.
- Defense Department ("The Last Legion") - Department of military affairs, styled after UNSC Armed Forces.
- Naval Command (NAVCOM) - Traditional Navy, Aerospace military assets in the space domain.
- Security Forces - Unified security operations, policing forces for internal security.
- Unified Ground Command (UNICOM) - Traditional Army, Marines military assets in the ground domain.
- Protectorate Department - Department for accounting and logistical affairs, raw resources.
- Logistics Office - Financial and logistical operations, data-driven bookkeeping, resource management.
- Projects Oversight Branch - Research and development, alien technologies, special projects.
- Main article: Far Harvest Legion/Halo Wars
The Far Harvest Legion is the military arm and emergency government for the nomadic nation that shares its name. Once a major force component within the UNSC Frontier Command, the sacking of Earth and dismantling of colonial infrastructure by the Created shattered the complex chain of command that kept Frontier Command a working presence on the frontier and in the Joint-Occupation Zone. Unable to adapt or regroup with the sudden loss in structure left many ships and military units easy targets for patrolling Guardian Custodes and more opportunistic adversaries.
The survivors of the Created opening act escaped into deep space, beyond humanity's formal borders and its frontier. Here, a wide variety of civilian, Insurrectionist, and UNSC vessels gathered into ad hoc rebel factions against the new Created rule but lacked means to mount even an effective counterattack. With dwindling resources and only each other spanning the interspace desert, the first year of Created-motivated exodus saw the aimless starship squadrons fight it out amongst themselves to survive.
Those that turned cutthroat early, survived longer and this eat-or-be-eaten phenomenon evolved into a pseudo-culture of militaristic tribalism and piracy. The ones that were successful and made the switch from combative to cooperative upon achieving borderline self-sustainment became the beginnings of the Far Harvest Legion, mostly UNSC remnants that still vainly sought to fly the flag of their fallen nation with the largest guns among the vagabond flotillas. It also created a unique power vacuum where choosing allies became more matter of circumstance than creed, that later transformed into trust.
It also spawned the opportunity for a disavowed Naval Intelligence officer like Jefferson Korn to emerge at the height of the fighting and gain traction, having commandeered the logistical spoils of SPARTAN-III Delta Company once belonging to the efforts of the former UNSC rear admiral, Jazmine Utah. Even though he was not the founder of the Far Harvest Legion, his early contributions to its success would pave his path to leadership and ultimately a renewed confrontation with the UNSC, now with an army at his back.
The military apparatus for the Far Harvest Legion is the oldest formation in the organization, having come together in 2559 under the same banner of the old UNSC creed and a more efficient distribution of resources and spoils system in the inter-survivor conflicts outside the Created purview. Given its internal culture as a UNSC remnant, the Far Harvest Legion retains much of the logistic, strategic, and structural doctrines well-established within UNSC tradition.
Like many peoples displaced and culturally shattered by large social events like the end of the Covenant Empire and the formation of the Created, the Far Harvest Legion's external outlook is isolationist, jingoistic, and highly suspicious towards anyone outside their fold. They strongly dislike any manner of aliens and artificial intelligence but are not incapable of pragmatism and trade normally and cooperate with frontier factions, particularly Kig-Yar interstellar trade blocs and unions due to their integral role in the diverse and emerging Orion Arm trade economy. Artificial intelligence know-how is suppressed from public discourse to prevent panic or distrust in the government structure but the Far Harvest Legion civilian population is capable of working with AI due to their integrated role in general human society for generations as citizens of the Unified Earth Government.
The Foreign Interests Department handles all manner of foreign relations work for the Far Harvest Legion and are modeled after an amalgamation of the UNSC's Office of Naval Intelligence and UEG, specifically the Intelligence Branch and Relations Office for their described purposes.
- Main article: Falkirk
- Main article: Meredith Freeport
An insubordinate human colony abandoned during the Human-Covenant War, the Meredith Freeport is one of many Pale Zones declared across the Frontier and within the Joint-Occupation Zone between human and Sangheili territory in the Orion Spur. However, due to distance and multiple factions coming to the colony, the UNSC Frontier Command has struggled to quarantine and starve it back into the fold of the Unified Earth Government. Instead, the freeport has emerged as a multi-species trade zone and pirate haven hosting over 41 million residents.
Due to the lax regulations and generous tax laws, the Far Harvest Legion established an official embassy, the "Far Harvest Consulate", within the city proper to familiarize the faction with the vital post-Covenant trade lane that Meredith lies on. Normalizing relations with traders and residents on the world has been one of the many reasons a deniable constituency of the UNSC Frontier Command also exists on the rebellious colony world and the two factions have continued their cold war in the Meredith under streets.
Many of the Far Harvest customers and dealers operate out of the Meredith Freeport as it is a unique safe harbor impossible to find within the UEG territories. The SLEEPLESS EYE contingent has also established an AI domination nexus on Meredith, allowing them superior cyberwarfare and cybersecurity controls against other parties. Controlling Meredith infrastructure is certainly illegal by Meredith standards but near impossible to enforce without other AI to do so. So far, the Meredith Freeport leadership has not caught wind of the Smart AI intrusion.
Unified Earth Government
The Unified Earth Government, the original governing body over the former citizens and military personnel that became the Far Harvest Legion, is considered to be in a state of perpetual war with the Far Harvest Legion with no end in sight and no manner of official terms towards a model for peace. Due to the military leadership within the Far Harvest Legion finding some sustainability within their ranks after the Created conflict, and the reemergence of the Unified Earth Government post-Created, the two bodies consider each other "unofficial formations". The UEG designated the Far Harvest Legion officially as an Insurrectionist organization, and its leadership including Fleet Admiral Jefferson Korn to be fugitives and pirates. The organization figureheads are known to be on Office of Naval Intelligence watch lists.
The Unified Earth Government does not formally recognize civilian outfits claiming the Far Harvest Legion as their place of residence and goes out of their way to harass their business operations on the frontier. The UEG also maintains a kill-or-capture order for FHL personnel. On neutral worlds, the two factions are known to participate in a cold war and deniable operations, even though the scales between the two factions being heavily weighted towards the renewed Unified Earth Government.
UNSC Frontier Command
- Main article: UNSC Frontier Command
The former allies of the Far Harvest Legion, often referred to as "FRONTCOM". The Unified Earth Government charged the officer corps in the UNSC Frontier Command with personally hunting down and eliminating the Far Harvest Legion, once part of the Frontier Command until the Created and suspension of the UEG put the command structure in the wind. Reformed and ready for a fight, Frontier Command warships have pursued the Far Harvest Legion's nomadic travels between human, alien space, and the uncolonized cavities of interstellar space and the uncodified reaches of neutral star systems. While technologically superior to the Far Harvest Legion in principle, the adoption and integration of recovered Forerunner technology by the breakaway state has served as a great equalizer.
The Far Harvest Legion has shown an ability to reutilize alien weapons and ancient Forerunner technologies to upgrade their starship meta-materials, implement energy shielding, and integrate limited plasma arms into their older, sometimes repurposed warships from the Human-Covenant War time period. Their small arms technology and infantry capabilities remain consistent with UNSC contemporaries but on occasion, Frontier Command has noted Far Harvest Legion units employing Forerunner and alien small arms along with alien mercenaries to bolster their numbers and capabilities on the battlefield. Due to these recent strides, Frontier Command has struggled to develop a sizable edge over the outright rebellious UNSC remnant.
Such behaviors and trends are not unique to the Far Harvest Legion, UNSC Naval Intelligence reports have remarked on a growing concern of rebel colonies and non-state actors implementing post-Covenant and Forerunner technologies at an alarming rate. The Far Harvest Legion is believed to be a harbinger of a new sustained age of interstellar piracy where piracy states may present military challenge equal or even beyond the capabilities of the United Nations Space Command and its allies.