1990-2000 Series of treaties between the United States and the Soviet union creates the CoDominium. Military research and development outlawed.
1995 Nationalist movements intensify
1996 French Foreign Legion forms the basic element of the CoDominium Armed Services.
1998 The Church of New Universal Harmony founded.
2004 Charles Castell is born.
2010-2100 CoDominium Intelligence Services engage in serious effort to suppress all research into technologies with military applications. They are aided by zero-growth organizations.
2010 Habitable planets discovered in other star systems. Commercial exploitation of new worlds begins.
2020 First interstellar colonies are founded. The CoDominium Space Navy and Marines are created, absorbing the original CoDominium Armed Services.
2020 Great Exodus period of colonization begins. First colonists are dissidents, malcontents and voluntary adventurers.
2028 Creation of the Humanity League. Sponsored by the ACLU, Sierra Club and Zero Population groups.
2032 Haven is discovered.
2040 CoDominium Population Control under the aegis of the Bureau of Relocation and Bureau of Corrections begins mass out-system shipments of involuntary colonists.
2041 Edwin Hamilton discovers the first shimmer stones on Haven.
2042 Hamilton sells the location to Dover Mineral Development and is paid a fortune to keep secret the location of their planet of origin.
2043 John Christian Falkenberg, III is born in Rome.
2043 The 26th Marines, Company C, Third Battalion is dispatched to Haven to stop criminal gangs from taking over the colony.
2052 The Shimmer Stone Rush. When the location of shimmer stones becomes public knowledge, it leads to a "rush" of shimmer stones miners.
2055 The ConDominium Bureau of Intelligence orchestrates a revolt by a band of imported criminals, which ends in disaster when their attack on Jamesport fails and their leader, Jumo, is killed.
From Stephen Ulrich's An Informal History of the CoDominium Marines: the Good, the Bad and the Unbelievable. New Washington Press, 2088.
26th CoDominium Marine Regiment
In the early CoDominium the Marines were an integral part of the CoDominium Armed Services (CAS). They played an important role in keeping peace both on Earth and off-world. The Marines owed their allegiance not to the CoDominium, a vague political entity on distant Terra, but to their Regiment and band of brothers. The CD Marines were the linchpin, along with the CD Navy in keeping the peace on far-flung worlds, as well as at home. For the Line Marines the predominant organization is the regiment, while for the Garrison Marines it's the battalion. "The Fleet is our Fatherland" and "No politics in the Fleet" are the mottoes of the Line Marines.
At the top rung of the CoDominium Marine Corps are the Fleet Marines. Next come the Line Marines and under them the Garrison Marines. The latter come in descending flavors including pure constabulary or police units such as are kept in reserve for use on Earth. However the bottom rung are the Provisional Regiments also known as Transport Units. The nomenclature comes from the French. An ad hoc unit was called a unit du marche. In theory they were supposed to be groupings of recruits and replacements formed into temporary units to shepherd them to the front. During war time, higher command would often grab these provisional units as units to meet some pressing emergency. Such units existed for months or at most a few years. Some would find themselves permanently on the order of battle (OOB).
The 26th Marine Regiment took its color and unit's lineage from one such famous French example5Régiment de marche du Thad (RMT, "Ad hoc Regiment of Chad"). It was a proud regiment with a noble history. The same could not be said of the 26th. Regimental HQ is a few aging officers and senior NCO's getting the last few years for their pension on Luna Base. They do the personnel and accounting work for the scattered companies.
The company for the world Haven was formed by this process. The 26th was tasked by Fleet HQ to provide a garrison for Haven. As was usual this was done in response to political pressure with no prior planning and no addition to the Fleet budget for the expense. Sufficient cadre was found by the usual expedients. First officers and NCO's of the appropriate ranks were culled from men between assignments, to minimize transport costs these were men either already on Luna or at Wayforth Station.
Major Lassitre was at the station in transit to a court martial on Luna. The conduct unbecoming charge was silly on its face. Even if he had done everything his commander accused him of it at worst merited administrative punishment. However service politics had no way of protecting a mere major without higher ranking patrons from a colonel's wrath. A company was too small a command for a major in a service with as few officer billets as the Marines but then Lassitre was scarcely in a position to turn it down.