Name: United Fleets of Nexus
Government type: Constitutional Monarchy, feudalistic
Current Head: 'King' Leonard Kazmierz, Helen Kazmierz (Nexus Governor)
Capitol: Nexus station, Hope system
Classification: Pirate organization
-Region of activity mostly galactic south, few sporadic raids in east and west.
Inquitistorial Classification: Xeno heriticus, Chaos heriticus (revoked 400.M40)
The United Fleets of Nexus is a pirate 'kingdom' seated in the Hope system. The system was and all known planets, approximately 7, were destroyed by unknown means around the end of the golden age. The Nexus station is a series of interconnected planetary debris. The station is surrounded by a very dense cloud of asteroids making gaining access by those without the constantly updated route charts is suicidal at best. While the Kazmierz family has absolute authority over the central Nexus station and in times when the Nexus station comes under attack from outside or within the majority of the governing of the UFN is done by the Committee of Admirals, composed of one representative from each of the fleets, and the Union of Factions, composed of a representative from each recognized faction in the UFN, such as the Tau, the Kroot Black Beak clan, and the United Raiders Union.
The UFN was founded by the Kazmierz family, a long existing rogue trader. The family was one of the first rogue trader families being able to lay claim to receiving their Charter of Trade from the Emperor himself. Unfortunately their downfall also has it's root in the first few centuries after their beginning. During the Horus Heresy the Kazmierz family rushed to the aid of Terra along with the relief fleet leaving many of their trade routes abandoned. After the end of the Heresy they returned to their routes to discover that many have been taken over by a previously small Trader family known as Dragnov.
For millennia the Kazmierz family and Dragnov family both competed on the market and in many instances came to blows. This trend continued until 300.M40 when after a particularly devastating war between the families left several star systems in either economic collapse or famine. It was Cardinal Frydryk of one one of the devastated systems that came up with the idea that the heir of the Kazmierz family, most frequently the aggressors, would marry the first daughter of the Dragnov's head both sides agreed grudgingly. The only problem was that the Dragnov did not have a daughter. After the agreement was made the families entered a golden era making records profits. However the first shadow of what would cause the downfall of the Kazmierz family arose when the Head of the Dragnov families wife gave birth to their first girl in 315.M40.
On 334.M40 the main branch of the Kazmierz arrives in orbit around Schatten, for the wedding between the Kazmierz heir and Dragnov's daughter. All but Eric Kazmierz went to the wedding, do to the fact he was still recovering from the loss of both his legs to parasites from the newly discovered death world of Mecz, named by his oldest brother. While Eric was on the bridge of the Judgment of Terra a sudden burst of vox chatter sent the crew into a frenzy as reports came in of a blood bath at the wedding location and at the starport the Kazmierz shuttle coming under heavy fire by unmarked storm troopers. As Eric was ordering a strike team to be dispatched to the Cathedral to pull the family members attending the wedding out, he received a all channels vox with only one sentence "The Kazmierz Family shall hence forth be known as heritics so decrees Lord Inquisitor Drako Dragnov".
The address was hear by every ship in orbit around Schatten. This caused mass chaos as many unaffiliated ships fled and others open fired upon others in the hope of proving they were not on the side of the heretics, believing the fleeing ships were those the Inquisitor was referring to. During this chaos Eric was able to rally the Kazmierz fleet which having returned to the Imperium after an expedition to expand it's boarders was under supplied but still had a fully ready armed force. In the starting minutes many of the Kazmierz ships that had been docked with the main space station where able to mobilize their forces and create choke points with the expeditions armor units, creating mass killing zones with Russes and mass armored blockades with their Chimeras. While the Kazmierz were securing the planets orbit they were not faring so well on the planet it's self the Cathedral communications had died out completely and at the starport the ships crew and security team had been forced into the shuttle and was fighting a losing battle corridor by corridor. In the next few hours the Kazmierz forces were able to capture the main stations around the bulk of the fleet, however whether or not the could withstand an attack from the approaching Dragnov and Inquisition fleet was unknown.
As the combined fleets approached the Kazmierz fleet clustered around the space station the guns of the station opened fire while the guns were powerful they were meant to fend off attacks from pirates not an armada and dealt only a few mortal blows. As the Dragnov fleet approached many of the lightly armored and armed captured ships, mostly freighters, shuttles, and cargo haulers, made a speedy approach towards the Dragnov fleets initially Adam Dragnov, the heir to the dynasty, ordered the escort ships to engage in boarding hoping to spare ammo and possibly gain a few new ships for the trading fleets. However as the ships got ever closer and did not slow down and the few boardings reported the ships operating on either no crew or a skeleton crew, it became apparent what the ships were. The order to open fire came to late for many of the vanguard ships as the small shuttles and larger freighters crashed into a few of the ships. At the last second the ships exploded whether it was the plasma reactors set to go critical or munitions rigged to blow the forward section of the Dragnov fleet was reduced to debris or crippled and vox and auspex systems reduced to static.
While the auspex where still down the Kazmierz fleet launched their attack, a pincer move from below and above the bulk of the fleet with a feint to the left. When the static cleared the majority of the Dragnov fleet was either captured, routed, or set adrift. Among the ships captured was the flagship of the Dragnov family, which held the family's most holy of artifacts, the charter of trade. With space secured Eric was able to send out search party to the planet below, however after fighting their way to the Cathedral they found the corpses of the entire Kazmierz party. With the lost of his family he ordered the orbital bombardment of every single major city on Schatten and set course for the unexplored areas near the Damocles gulf.
Kazmierz Fleet (Tau):
Flagship: Judgement of Terra
King Leonard Kazmierz (Battlesuit commander/fireblade, not stated/finished):
Helen Kazmierz (Etherial, planning stage):
2nd Winged Hussars (Battle Suits):
1st Penal Repentant Squad (Stealth Suits (3/6):
Raiders (12/24 Fire Warriors 1/2 Devil Fish):
The backbone of every UFN fleet raiders come in a variety of species, human, kroot, tau, etc. Every fleet equips their raiders differently, most notably in one extreme the Scourge Claw Fleet which every member of the fleet is expected to equip themselves though every member is given a knife. On the other spectrum most raiders of the Kazmierz Fleet are equipped with the most recent top of the line armor and most cost effective weapon, currently a backwards engineered tau 'firewarrior' design armor and pulse rifle. The Raiders main source of income tends to be approved loot items, digiweapons, jewelry, cogitators, weapons, and generally anything that one can either stuff into a bag/pocket or strap to an APC, after fighting ends. While most raiders are either born on Nexus or in one of the UFN fleets it is not uncommon for new recruits ("New Blood") to be taken from either 'protected' worlds or slaves.
1st Hussars (0/3 Broadside, 1 not started 2 no parts):