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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.

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

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 - the CMA - would suffice to administer to these less important activities. 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 CE, 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.

Split AllegiancesEdit

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 Demise and End of the CMAEdit

In 2494 CE, 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.[1]

In 2497, the CMA's involvement with the rebels went public.[1] 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.[2] 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."[2]

NAVCOM/UNICOM ControlEdit

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

Known CMA membersEdit

CMA NavyEdit

Table caption
Name Rank Ship Years active
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

Colonial MilitiaEdit

Table caption
Name Rank Unit Years active
Burdick Private Alpha squad, 2nd Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Andersen Corporal Bravo squad, 2nd Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Nolan Byrne (On loan from UNSC) Staff/Platoon Sergeant 2nd Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Critchley Corporal Bravo squad, 2nd Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Dass Corporal Alpha squad, 1st Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Forsell Private Alpha squad, 1st Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Habel Corporal Charlie squad, 2nd Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Wallace A. Jenkins Private Alpha squad, 1st Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Jepsen Charlie squad, 2nd Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Avery Junior Johnson (On loan from UNSC) Staff Sergeant 1st Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Osmo Private Alpha squad, 1st Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
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
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Vallen Charlie squad, 2nd Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Wick Private Charlie squad, 1st Platoon
Harvest Militia
2524–2525
Gage Yevgenny Eridanus II Militia 2524–2525

TriviaEdit

SourcesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Halo Encyclopedia, page 34
  2. 2.0 2.1 Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, Dirt, page 109
  3. Halo Encyclopedia, page 80-81
  4. Halo: The Flood


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