The Five Families: Fevre, Hoffman, Sharpwood, De Soto, and Travis
Mayor: Caedance Fevre
Sheriff: Rufus Sharpwood
Ranger: Art Pickett
Fort Hood, Texas.
Areas of Control:
Texas Star home territory covers the southeastern third of the old state of Texas. They have affiliated settlements running south into old Mexico and east into old Louisiana.
Texas Star are entrenched in the single longest-running conflict of the modern era. In the decades before the Impact, several Steppe Tribe uprisings were put down by elements of the pre-Fall organizations that eventually became the Star. Brutal acts perpetrated by both sides during the chaos of the After Fall period launched an unending cycle of wars, raids, and retributions. Struggles over useable land, oil fields, and travel routes have come to ensure that there are always new sources of dispute.
Desert Rats are a chaotic and unpredictable lot. Their communities are a world apart from the well-organized and conservatively principled Star holdings. Although raiding and banditry is not an official policy of the Rats, it is common enough among them, and it has turned them into a target of Texas Star Rangers.
Although the Patriot way of doing things is perhaps too centrally organized for the typical Star citizen’s liking, both groups tend to share a similar outlooks toward strong internal development and a culture of freedom, justice, and order. Trade disputes and the Texans’ engagement with the Confed has made them into enemies, however.
For Texas Star, the Free Land Confederation were initially little more than distant trading partners and a source of military hardware to use in the wars against the Steppe Tribes. As Star leadership discovered the utterly authoritarian nature of the Confed society, they began to debate ending the alliance. In 32 AF, a Star trade caravan en route to a Confed town was destroyed by a Patriot strike force, leaving no survivors. The slaughter brought the Texas Star and the Patriots to the brink of war and cemented the Confed alliance.
Freedom Fighters of the west coast share a similar focus on families and justice in their founding principles with the Star. They are far more interventionist than the Texas Star, however. They launch missions to depose warlords and strike down bandits far beyond the reach of their own settlements. It is the Fighters’ battle against several prominent Desert Rat bandit lords that prompted the alliance with the Star, providing Freedom Fighter expeditions a place to resupply, share intel, and collaborate on anti-bandit activities.
“By the light of the homesteads, we live through eternity.”
“Don’t mess with Texas.”
Texas Star was founded in Odessa, Texas in the wake of society’s collapse after the Fall. Five families with strong ties to military and law enforcement organized the first Texas Star Ranger militia after the Fall brought about the collapse of society. Their immediate friends and family served as the core membership and they soon grew into a regional power. After a disastrous defeat at the hands of the resurgent Steppe Tribes, the defense of Odessa became untenable. They eventually cleared a group of bandits from the Fort Hood area and relocated there, but the loss of Odessa would never be forgotten.
The Chiefs of the Steppe Tribes turned their attention elsewhere, under the assumption that Texas Star had been routed and scattered. This post-Odessa era led the Star to initially lay low, which would begin the strong inward focus the faction is known for. They have since become masters of defensive warfare, fortifying and developing their homesteads and settlements to avoid a repeat of their catastrophic loss.
As Texas Star has re-emerged as a regional power, Fort Hood has swelled in size. Those seeking their protection are put to work improving the city in some way, with the most trusted and capable joining the ranks of the Rangers. Affiliated homesteads and towns serve as tributaries to Fort Hood. They swear fealty to the Mayor, providing supplies, information, and militiamen, as needed. In exchange, Rangers of the Star patrol and safeguard the surrounding lands. The tributaries are free to continue their internal affairs as they see fit, so long as they do not engage in acts deemed “illegal,” notably banditry, slavery, or trade with Steppe Tribes.