The Frontier Militia represents a territorial defense pact between the systems of the Frontier. They are a loosely governed mishmash of homesteaders, criminals, bandits, mercenaries, terrorists and pirates all rising up as 'citizen soldiers' when the need arises. Many homesteaders have taken on a "can't beat 'em, join 'em" attitude regarding working alongside different criminal groups. Naturally the people in this melting pot don't always see eye to eye on how to deal with the IMC's exploitation of the Frontier, but they are unified in fighting against it.
After the era of IMC-funded expeditions and colonization into space ended, public interest waned and IMC support for Frontier development went into decline. Soon afterwards, a number of major conflicts in the Core Systems became a top priority for the IMC, and the corporation effectively abandoned all investments in the Frontier.
For several generations, life on the Frontier continued undisturbed.
When the IMC returned to the Frontier, the colonists had flourished and had access to plentiful resources. Struggling to meet consumer demands in the Core Systems, the IMC declared their ownership of the resources in the Frontier and reestablished their political, economic, and military presence, citing their investments dating back to the colonization era. After years of failed diplomacy, the colonists banded together and formed the Frontier Militia to challenge the IMC and defend their ownership of the Frontier.
The Titan Wars were a series of conflicts, likely brought about as a result of Militia-IMC tensions in the decades since the return of IMC on the Frontier. The details of these wars are unknown, but the IMC's ruthless attitude towards treatment of Frontier citizens ultimately led to the mutiny of James MacAllan, aboard IMS Odyssey. The IMC likely won this war nonetheless, leading to their continued presence on the Frontier.
Full article: Frontier War
In the years following the Titan Wars, the IMC would crack down on Militia operations across the Frontier, ultimately culminating in a multi-month pursuit of the 1st Militia Fleet by Vice Admiral Marcus Graves. Low on fuel and supplies, the fleet would attempt to strike at Site M41 on the Planet Victor, before escaping into the unexplored Sector Bravo-217. Here, they would intercept SOS signals from Colony G21 on the planet Troy, sent by MacAllan in response to an IMC massacre of his people. The Militia would engage the IMC, successfully recruiting the former officer to their cause. Over the following month, the Militia would use MacAllan's tactical and strategic knowledge to knock out several IMC assets, eventually striking at Demeter. The battle would end in a Militia victory, cutting off IMC reinforcements from the Core Systems for many years to come. However, the victory would also result in the death of MacAllan.
Following the Battle of Demeter, the Militia has become more organised and unified than ever before. The organisation has restructured to more resemble a professional fighting force, helped in part by IMC defectors such as now-Field Commander Marcus Graves. The Militia would proceed to strike at several IMC bases and robotics factories to halt the corporation's near-endless supply of automated infantry, eventually re-taking a quarter of Frontier space within the five years following Demeter.
Organisation and Structure
As a non-professional organisation, the Militia's structure has traditionally been loose and divided into units as large as entire fleets or as small as individual terrorist cells. In the wake of the Battle of Demeter, the Militia has since restructured to more resemble a professional, organised fighting force.
Before the Militia's restructuring, following their success at Demeter, the Militia primarily divided their forces into unit referred as a "Brigade", a collection of all of the Militia forces assigned to a certain region of Frontier space (not to be confused with the real-world Brigade military unit). For example, the Freeport Brigade was a collection of assets assigned to patrolling the Freeport System. A Brigade can vary in size from small cells and groups of operatives to massive organisations consisting of several fleets or battalions of infantry. Although some brigades are little more than vast pirate organizations, the Militia has enough resources to be a real obstacle to the IMC's ambitions on the Frontier. It is likely a Brigade is similar in function to a real-world Army Group.
A Corps is a unit within the Militia's structure, containing unknown amounts of personnel including Pilots and Riflemen. One such example of a Corps is the Marauder Corps, assigned to the 1st Militia Fleet. A Corps is a sub-unit as part of a larger Brigade. The 1st Militia Fleet was led by General Anderson aboard the flagship Redeye, before his death shortly before the Fracture Operation, whereupon command was transferred to Sarah Briggs and Bish.
Due to the Militia relying on older, salvaged warships and converted civilian vessels, it is likely that a fleet does not have a standard makeup due to the Militia having no set industrial base to work from.
Many Militia cells (or at least, those criminals who claim to fight under the Militia's banner) have been known to employ many tactics considered terrorism to the IMC, such as plainclothes insurgents, assassination and raiding of IMC garrisons.
Following the Battle of Demeter, the Militia has been largely reorganised to more effectively combat the IMC. While it is currently unknown if the Brigade model of deployment is still in effect, the Militia now operates several branches, with functional equivalents to more traditional branches such as the Army, Navy and Air Force. One of these branches is the newly-formed Special Recon Squadron, a branch tasked with the Militia's special assignments and missions. The SRS has numerous sub-units, including its elite Pilots and their supporting elements within the Marauder Corps. SRS Pilots are responsible for the operation of Vanguard-class Titans, and always hold Officer ranks.
The MCOR itself has been restructured, now as a "Corps" within the SRS. This Corps holds a number of "Regular" Pilots who operate regular Titans such as Tone or Ion, alongside divisions of regular infantry such as the 41st Militia Rifle Battalion and the companies within it such as the 3rd Militia Grenadiers and 2nd Militia Fusiliers.
The Militia also operate at least one fleet, the 9th Militia Fleet, constructed from the Militia's new MacAllan-Class Carriers. They were responsible for ferrying the 41st Rifle Battalion to the IMC planet Typhon, before its ambush and destruction in the Battle of Typhon. It is currently unknown how the 9th Fleet fits within the overall structure of the Militia as a whole.
The Militia largely rely on stolen and scavenged technology to make ends meet; many warships are, for example, simply civilian vessels with ad-hoc modifications to suit military needs. For example, the Annapolis is a converted tanker vessel.
However, more recent technological innovations have placed the Miltiia as an innovator rather than an imitator. The Militia now produces at least one classification of warship; the MacAllan-class Carrier, and its own Titan chassis; the Vanguard-class. Notably, the Vanguard is the first Titan design known not to be designed by Hammond Robotics, and was succesful enough that it was eventually reverse-engineered by the IMC contractor Vinson Dynamics to create the Monarch.
Known Members & Affiliates
- Sarah Briggs - Suffered as a child at the hands of the IMC and served as a field commander of the Marauder Corps.
- James MacAllan (KIA) - Served as a highly decorated Pilot of the Titan Wars alongside squadmate and friend Robert "Barker" Taube before serving as the leader of the 1st Militia Fleet. He eventually sacrifices himself and all ground forces by overloading the reactor at Demeter and effectively isolating the IMC from the Frontier.
- Cheng "Bish" Lorck - Trained by the IMC as an electrical engineer and served as a Combat Intel Specialist of the Militia.
- Robert "Barker" Taube - Served as a Pilot of the Titan Wars alongside squadmate and friend James MacAllan before being recruited by MacAllan into the Militia. Currently the Commander of the Angel City Elites, or A.C.E's.
- Captain Dunnam - Commanding officer of a rifle squadron of the who appears in the campaign mission "The Refueling Raid".
- Pilot Jack Cooper - A former rifleman and skilled Titan Pilot, currently assigned to the Marauder Corps.
- Captain Cole - Commanding officer of the 9th Militia Grenadiers.
- Captain Tai Lastimosa (KIA) - Veteran SRS Pilot and Jack Cooper's mentor, killed on Typhon by Apex Predators.
- Major Anderson (KIA) - A veteran SRS Pilot and commander of Special Operation 217, torn in half due to injuries sustained during time displacement.
- Bear - An elite pilot and squad leader with the 6-4, a freelance unit of pilots.
- Captain Gates - A former IMC officer and Pilot now serving as a section commander of the 6-4.
- Davis - An elite pilot assigned to the 6-4.
- Captain Droz - A Militia officer and an elite pilot currently assigned to the 6-4.
- Marcus Graves - Former Vice Admiral of the IMC Forces in the Frontier, Graves defected to the Militia following the Battle of Demeter and is currently the commander of all the Militia fleets.
- Steve Fukuda on Reddit: "SRS represents an elite branch that exists parallel to the other major branches of the new Militia structure, alongside the equivalent concepts of say, what one might call the Army, Navy, etc."
- Steve Fukuda on Reddit: "Pilot-grade confers elevated responsibilities, like a Vanguard-class Titan if you're SRS. (Note: Pilots in SRS all hold various officer ranks.)"
- Steve Fukuda on Reddit: "Part of the evolution of the Militia at this juncture resulted in restructuring of the paramilitary apparatus. Marauder Corps was restructured as one of several sub-units (Corps) within the newly formed SRS (Special Recon Squadron)."
- A number of dead Pilots next to non-Vanguard Titans can be found in Titanfall 2's campaign. Notably, Lieutenant Freeborn and Lieutenant Shaver operate Tone-class Titans.