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The Colonial Military Administration or CMA was created by the Unified Earth Government in the early 2300s. Its original mission was to serve as the controlling body for UNSC ships and ground forces reassigned to colonial protective operations. However, over the years its role gradually became usurped by the UNSC.
Colonial duty was essentially a ceremonial function, primarily intended to placate the colonists' fears of pirates and marauders, so the UNSC felt a separate command would suffice to administer to these less important activities. Thus, the Colonial Military Administration was founded in 2310. In 2321, the ORION Project was launched. However, poor test results and low financial support caused ONI to scrap the project.
At the time, NAVCOM and UNICOM believed that their own resources were better spent on activities within the Sol system. As the colonies spread and became more vital, NAVCOM and UNICOM tried to disband the CMA and usurp its role on a number of occasions, but the colonial command was adamant in protecting their turf, and their charter (approved by the UNSC) left little room for external maneuvering. Even so, by 2400, NAVCOM and UNICOM were operating the Inner colonies alongside the CMA.
CMA and the Outer ColoniesEdit
In response to the two encroaching commands, the CMA made the Outer Colonies their province, and tended to assign most of their forces to the periphery of the border worlds. They drew most of their recruits from the colonies and their soldiers often thought of themselves as frontiersmen, more bold and adventurous than their UNICOM counterparts. As Humanity spread, the CMA was at the forefront, helping colonists to tame worlds and protecting citizens from lawlessness in sparsely populated areas.
In the late 2400s, as brushfire wars began to crop up across the various colonies, tensions began to develop within the military hierarchy. Some soldiers of the CMA tended to sympathize with the plight of the colonists, while the soldiers of UNICOM held more allegiance to Earth.
The Fall of the CMAEdit
In 2494, secessionists within the Eridanus system began a campaign of violence against their Earth-sponsored government, using equipment supplied by traitors within the military, believed by many to be members of the CMA. The colony petitioned the UNSC for aid, and HIGHCOM dispatched a battle group that crushed the rebellion, though not so conclusively as to avoid continued dissent.
In 2496, after the first success of the ORION soldiers, they would then participate in the critical Operation: VERITAS. This Operation would lead to the securing of a non-official cover list of Secessionist Union double agents within the higher offices of the CMA.
In 2497, the CMA's involvement with the rebels went public. This was considered the beginning of the end for the colonial military. Over the next few decades, citing security concerns, the UNSC gradually shifted the resources of the CMA to NAVCOM or UNICOM control, relegating the CMA to patrolling the most distant colonies and providing logistical support to remote stations.
By 2525, the CMA had been sidelined to the point of redundancy; its budgets had been slashed and as such it was reduced to using obsolete and worn out vehicles, equipment, and uniforms. Unlike the UNSC, CMA boot camp lasted just two weeks, which in the words of CMA veteran Gage Yevgenny was "enough to teach you how to use your weapon, salute, march, and drive a Warthog before they booted you right on out there."
After contact was lost with Harvest, the CMA sent the CMA Argo to investigate. It was also a CMA battlegroup that followed the Argo when it failed to report back. However, once the Covenant message was received, all CMA combat forces were placed under NAVCOM or UNICOM control "for the duration of the crisis". This reassignment essentially became permanent as the Human-Covenant war dragged on, and by 2552 CE, the Colonial Military Administration was little more than a fleet of navigational buoy tenders and remote fuel depots manned by wounded veterans and those too unfit for combat service.
Known CMA organizations and propertyEdit
- Colonial Militia
- Harvest Militia
- Reach Militia
- Eridanus II Militia
Known CMA membersEdit
|Preston Cole||Crewman Apprentice||CMA Season of Plenty||2489|
|W. Handford||Ensign||CMA Season of Plenty||2489|
|Alexis Indara||Ensign||CMA Season of Plenty||2489|
|Nevel||Lieutenant Commander||CMA Season of Plenty||2489|
|Otto Seinmann||Ensign||CMA Season of Plenty||2489|
|Maribeau Veredi||Captain||CMA Heracles||2525–2526|
|Burdick||Private|| Alpha squad, 2nd Platoon|
|Andersen||Corporal|| Bravo squad, 2nd Platoon|
|Nolan Byrne (On loan from UNSC)||Staff/Platoon Sergeant|| 2nd Platoon|
|Critchley||Corporal|| Bravo squad, 2nd Platoon|
|Dass||Corporal||Alpha squad, 1st Platoon|
|Forsell||Private||Alpha squad, 1st Platoon|
|Habel||Corporal||Charlie squad, 2nd Platoon|
|Wallace Jenkins||Private||Alpha squad, 1st Platoon|
|Jepsen||Charlie squad, 2nd Platoon|
|Avery Johnson (On loan from UNSC)||Staff Sergeant||1st Platoon|
|Osmo||Private||Alpha squad, 1st Platoon|
|Felicia Sanderson||Eridanus II Militia||2524–2525|
|Eric Santiago||Eridanus II Militia||2524–2525|
|Allison Stark||Eridanus II Militia||2525|
|Stisen||Corporal|| Alpha squad, 2nd Platoon|
|Vallen|| Charlie squad, 2nd Platoon|
|Wick||Private|| Charlie squad, 1st Platoon|
|Gage Yevgenny||Eridanus II Militia||2524–2525|
- ↑ Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 228
- ↑ Halo Encyclopedia, page 80-81
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Halo Waypoint: Universe - Factions - Spartans
- ↑ say_please Axon
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Halo Encyclopedia, page 34
- ↑ Halo Encyclopedia, page 81
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, Dirt, page 109