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"Bloody 9th"

Battle Honors: Gobi Desert 2622, Tibet 2717.

2619: Formed from North American volunteers as the 9th Division TDF towards the end of the first Earthsiege.

2622: Fought with distinction in the Gobi Desert. Its masterful defence against a Cybrid counterattack helped seal the fate of Prometheus.

2624-2627: Assigned to Alpha sector during the second Earthsiege.

2652: Empire Day. Reorganized and renamed the 9th Imperial Legion.

2691: Assigned to New Samarkand, Greater China. Involved in several minor disputes.

2715: Fighting again breaks out in Greater China, this time in Tibet. Imperial government buildings are burned and looted. The 9th Legion is brought in to quell the revolt. Bitter fighting ensues as the well-funded rebels fight a guerrilla war. The revolt ends in 2717 with the surrender of the rebels.

2774: Following the Emperor's Fortification Proclamation, the 9th is sent to Mars to help ease the transition of the Martian economy. The arrival of military does nothing to calm the situation however, and soldiers become targets for terrorist violence.

2813: Assigned to New Kiev. The arrival of the 9th Legion increases tensions in an already tense region.

2820: After the Turkhazakistan debacle, the emperor snubs the Imperial Knights. Instead of using a force of Knights, the 9th Legion is called upon to spearhead a large punitive force against the Turkhazak rebels. The rebellion is ruthlessly put down. Entire towns are eradicated from the map.

2829: First Legion unit to land on Mars. Takes part in fighting at Ophir Station, and lives up to its brutal reputation. Forms the rear guard of the hasty withdrawal from Mars.

By the time of the Starsiege, the 9th Legion is known as 'The Bloody Ninth'. On Mars, the Legion is particularly hated, and soldiers of the 9th Legion have a particular distaste for Martian colonists, whom they regard as disloyal. Although it has spent many years stationed in China and Europe, the 9th still retains its North American heritage. Its members are still recruited and trained in the North American Prefecture.