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The Golden Horde
Warriors of Chingis Khan
From Eternity to Eternity

Unfolding the Mysteries of the Golden Horde
Published By Critical Hit Publications Incorporated
Written and Compiled By Jason "Little Yellow Bird" Takahara

Table of Contents

  1. The Golden Horde's MPBT History
    1. The Formation of the Horde
    2. Ranks
    3. Organization
  2. The Golden Horde's Battletech Background
    1. Basic Horde Background
    2. Descriptions of Four Prominent Clans
    3. The Triad
  3. Notes On The Text
  4. Acknowledgements

The Golden Horde's MPBT History

The Golden Horde was first scene in battle on MPBT during the second running of Crash Marik's 3026 simulation.  It was there that the Golden Horde won its first victory.  The Golden Horde was sent to Gallatin with a medium Battlemech package.  Awaiting them was a Marik unit that had an Assault Battlemech package.   Severely outweighed, the Golden Horde made a valiant stand against the superior Marik force.  It came down to the last battle after brutal fighting.  The Marik unit was down to its last three assault Battlemechs while the Golden Horde still had four Medium Battlemechs and one Light Battlemech.  In the end, three Golden Horde medium Battlemechs stood battered and bloodied, but unbowed, over the remains of the Marik assault unit.

The Golden Horde was not seen again until two weeks later.

The Golden Horde was formed by Ex-Steiner MechWarriors, many officers, who were fed up with the fake politika and maneuvering that was taking place within the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces.  These warriors decided to form a unit that would have few ranks and would be run by a council of members.  Knowing of other units who tried the same thing in the past, the two co-founders of the Golden Horde worked out a parliamentary system for their council.

    The next decision made was to create an "elite" unit of MechWarriors.  The two co-founders decided to promote a relaxed recruiting style that would maintain a smaller but more efficient unit as well as implementing a field test for those who wished to join.  It was then that the three basic ranks were created:

  1. Hordling  -  This is a "probationary" rank for warriors who barely pass the test or manage to get themselves in trouble.  Once a warrior is promoted/demoted to Hordling he must stay there for the time of one month.  At the end of that month, the Horde Council, known as the Quriltay, will vote on the status of the warrior.  If he is new the vote is usually on whether he should be allowed to enter the Horde as a full member or whether he should stay another month at Hordling.   If he was being punished, the vote can be on whether he should be expelled from the Horde, whether his former status should be re-issued, or whether he should have another month as a Hordling.
  2. Nokur  -  A Nokur is a Warrior.  The name is taken from ancient Mongolian and is the lowest level a warrior can be.  In ancient Mongolian culture, a Nokur was a freeman who owned land and was required to fight for his clan's leader (or Khan).   A Nokur has a vote in the Quriltay, the Horde council, and is considered a full member.  The majority of Hordesmen are Nokur.
  3. Bagadur  -  A Bagadur is a knight or officer.  The name is taken from ancient Mongolian.  A Bagadur was a warrior who distinguished himself in some way in the military forces of his clan.  Bagadurs were often used as officers in Mongolian armed forces and were considered the best warriors in their units.  In the Golden Horde, the Bagadur is divided into sub-ranks.  These ranks are KaBagadur, IlBagadur, and Bagadur.  Bagadur is your basic officer.  And IlBagadur has a wide range of responsibilities.  Because of this, the IlBagadur rank is even further sub-divided.   The differences in an IlBagadur's position from another IlBagadur is denoted by the pronunciation of the title.*  A KaBagadur is the highest rank a warrior within the Horde can reach, save for GurKhan**.  In the Golden Horde, a Bagadur has a veto vote within the Quriltay.  On top of this, Bagadur warriors meet occasionally in a Grand Quriltay to discuss major issues involving the Horde.
  4. A unique organization system was also created for the Golden Horde.   Instead of using the normal regimental organizational structure, the Golden Horde is organized along lines of the ancient Mongolian armies.  The Mongolian armies organized themselves into units that could act independently down to an eleven man unit called an Arban.  An actual Horde was a large Mongolian army and was rarely seen.  In fact, the name Horde was probably given by westerners to the Mongolian units after the word the Mongolians used for their military camps: Ordu.

    Because of the limits in MPBT for the size of units able to drop together, the basic Golden Horde unit is still four Battlemechs.  However, the name for this unit is borrowed from the the Mongolian army's smallest military unit, the Arban.

    Five Arbans form a Jagun.  A Jagun is the Golden Horde's battalion sized unit.  Although smaller than a Regimental Battalion of thirty-six Battemechs, the twenty Battlemech strong Jagun allows for greater flexibility in larger formations.

    Six Jaguns form a Mingan.  A Mingan is roughly equivalent to a normal regiment.  Where a normal regiment is around one-hundred and twenty-four Battlemechs, a Mingan is one-hundred and twenty.   A Mingan is the main strategic level unit of the Golden Horde.

    Two Mingans form a Tumen.  A Tumen has its own headquarters and supply depot.  From there, Golden Horde supply personnel divide and send out supplies to units.  Tumens are usually used as a unit during planetary assaults or other campaigns requiring a high concentration of equipment and personnel.

    The last organizational tier in the Golden Horde military is that of the Horde.  A Horde is formed from three Tumens.  In Golden Horde background fiction, there are actually three "Hordes".  The Golden Horde, the White Horde, and the Everlasting Horde.  These are the three most powerful of the eight Clans and the only ones able to field the three Tumens worth of equipment to be considered a Horde.***

    The Golden Horde's Battletech Background

    The Golden Horde has many pages worth of detailed background history.   The history begins with the formation of the Golden Horde on the steps of Russia by Jochi Khan, through the Second Soviet Civil War, through the fall of the Star League, and up to the year 3025.  Post-3025 background has also been created by boardgame players who use the group.

    The Golden Horde is actually not the only Horde unit.  As stated within the military section, there are three other Hordes.  These are the White Horde, the Golden Horde, and the Everlasting Horde.  Each of these Horde's are formed from the militaries of the three major clans who occupy the Triad, the three homeworlds of the Horde.  There are actually eight clans in the Horde society, but the smaller clans primarily only play support roles to the other, larger clans.  Each clan is subdivided into yasun, or sub-clans, as well.  These sub-clans are formed from extended families and villages.

    The White Horde was formed by the Chagan Obuk, or White Clan.  The White Clan was the first clan to organize itself and unite all of its yasun into one.   Because of this, the White Clan has always been considered one of the strongest clans.  The White Clan has the highest level of technology of the eight clans as well as the fiercest sense of individuality.  The White Clan has always been a thorn in the of the other clans because of its frequent independent actions.  The White Horde is descended from Orda, first Khan of the White Horde sometime in the 1200s AD.

    The Golden Horde was formed by the Sira Obuk , or Yellow Clan.   This is where the names of the Horde's begin to get tricky.  The Sira Obuk are descendants of Jochi's son Batu.  Jochi was the father of the Golden Horde on the steppes of Russia, but his son Batu was the first real Khan of the Horde.  TheWhite Horde is descended from another son of Jochi who ruled Western Siberia and North Central Asia.  When the Yellow Clan formed its first Horde, it took the name of their ancient descendant's kingdom.

    The Everlasting Horde was formed by the Altan Obuk, or Golden Clan.   Although it would appear logical that the Golden Clan would be the one to form the Golden Horde, that is not the case.  The Golden Clan are direct descendants of Chingis Khan.  Because of this, the Golden Clan has always been respected and revered by the other Clans.  The Golden Clan chose the name of their first Horde after the chief deity of the Horde society, the Everlasting Blue Sky.  In Mongolian, the Everlasting Blue Sky is written as Mongke Tengri.  Mongke was also the name of one of the last "Khan of Khans" of the Mongolian Empire and a grandson of Chingis Khan.

    The only other clan of importance to note is that of the Yam Obuk, or Messenger Clan.  The Messenger Clan is a mysterious clan who, as far as any Hordesman can remember, have always been united.  The Messenger Clan controls the operation of the Hyperpulse Generator network and all of the JumpShips and DropShips of the Horde Society.  For years, the Messenger Clan has protected the Horde Society from outsiders by stopping and destroying any visiting starships to the worlds of the Triad.   The Messenger Clan is a quiet clan and rarely involves itself in the intrigues and politics of the Grand Quriltay.

    The Triad is a group of three star systems one jump away from each other that belonged to the Terran Hegemony before the Amaris Civil War.  The White Desert, home of the White Clan, is an arctic planet.  The Land That Is To Come, the home of the Golden Clan, is a lush jungle planet.  The New Land, the home the Yellow Clan, is a desert planet.  The Horde also maintains outposts and small colonies on a few other planets.

    Notes On the Text

    * IlBagadurs
    [Excerpted From About The Golden Horde by Richard Moriotti, Phantom Printers, Whittington, 3021]

    "The next few ranks are hard to distinguish from each other. They are all called ilBagadur, but perform vastly different duties. These range from military assistance to Jagun through Tumen leaders, to commanding up to a Mingan. The differences are distinguished, so it is said, by inflections in the voice during pronunciation. On of our agents investigating this society was almost killed because he used the wrong inflection, denoting a lower rank for the ilBagadur.

    **  GurKhans
    [Excerpted From About The Golden Horde by Richard Moriotti, Phantom Printers, Whittington, 3021]

    The final rank is that of the GurKhan, or war leader. He commands a Horde, and commands respect from all warriors under his command.  GurKhan's are chosen per campaign by a Quriltay of the warriors participating.

    ***  Hordes

    The Horde Military is not greatly endowed with Battlemechs.  In fact, the vast majority of units within the Horde society are armored vehicles.  This is because of the original unit composition of the Horde during the Second Soviet Civil War and the fact that a vehicle factory was built on all three of the Triad planets.   The Horde Society has developed efficient vehicle designs in keeping with that tradition.  Every town has a armored unit manned by the members of that community.   The Horde Society also kept the Horse-Mounted warrior as well.  Armor vehicles and horse-mounted infantry form the bulk of all of the Clan's military.


    The Author would like to thank the Golden Horde Public Relations Department for their cooperation.
    The Author Would Also like to thank Trey Kirk for allowing this paper to be published.
    Finally, the Author would like to thank his wonderful Anda in the Golden Horde for being the great guys they are!