Brief History

A Brief History of the Rebel Squadrons

originally by Admiral Castor Efrata-Landis
extended by Fleet Admiral Dave Trebonious-Astoris
revisions by Commander Rekstar Rukilian, Major General Max Cal, Fleet Admiral Licah Fox, Fleet Admiral Super

The Rebel Squadrons was originally formed sometime in 1994, with activity centered around American Online message boards and file libraries. It lasted for about a year, and then was disbanded due to lack of activity. At that time, all activity was fairly restricted to America Online, where it had its own dedicated message board. Later in 1995, a few of the original members decided to make another go at it. In August of 1995, TIE Boy (aka Byteman58) became the first leader of the reconstituted RS. TIE Boy would resign in November of 1995, and leadership passed to MATEO 15. MATEO 15 eventually proved to be ineffective, and in a club-wide referendum {VA} Super was elected to be the next leader of the Rebel Squadrons in March of 1996.

Super laid the foundations of what we know as the modern RS. He created the office of Fleet Commander and became the first FC of the club. He organized the first High Command, although at that time the relationship between High Command and Fleet Commander was quite different. He also developed the concept of the Interactive Tour of Duty. As a tool for the continued life of the Rebel Squadrons, the ITOD was perhaps the single most important change ever made in the RS, making the club what it is today. Super was also responsible for the formation of Redemption Fleet, using it at that time as the FC's personal fleet.

At the end of November 1996, Super disappeared. Dialathos was elected as FC. Dialathos assumed command of the RS in December of 1996, at which time our continued existence looked pretty bleak. Problems were more numerous than it seemed could be solved. Among the many significant changes Dialathos made to help solve those problems was, first and foremost, the institution of the Rebel Squadrons Academy under future FC Castor Efrata-Landis. He felt that an all-encompassing center for learning would help to answer all the questions that members had - like "What am I supposed to do?" This question was asked not only by members of squadrons, but by the Squadron Leaders themselves. Hence many of the problems facing us.

Dialathos was replaced by Mike "MacMan" McEwen in June of 1997, an extremely industrious individual whose recruiting activities and presence throughout the club and its access to the world had helped to advance the RS in many areas. But due to some major computer problems, and then real life concerns, MacMan's reign was cut unfortunately short.

That was when Castor was asked to take the position of Fleet Commander - at the end of 1997. Shortly before, he had been elected to replace the RS Executive Officer, who had come into some real life time conflicts of his own. Castor was responsible for, among other things, the birth of the RS domain, the cost of which he fronted himself. After the creation of the concept of the ITOD, the creation of the RS domain is undoubtedly the most significant event in the history of the RS. As FC, Castor also oversaw the birth of the first web-based message board in RS history, a move which lead to the eventual abandonment of AOL altogether. Castor's reign saw the celebrated Minos Cluster Conflict, an online melee conflict with the Emperor's Hammer come to full blossom. Lucas "Ironman" Benoit-Stark was hailed as the greatest X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter pilot in the RS, and after a long and brutal weekly conflict, the RS came out on top and won the right to claim the Minos System as its territory. In more mundane matters, the final evolution of the relationship between Fleet Commander and High Command really occurred during this time frame.

Castor sat in the FC's chair for a long time, but took a two-month leave in July of 1999. His XO, Admiral Dave Trebonious-Astoris, took over the reigns. In September of 1999, Castor announced his resignation due to political strife in the highest echelons of the RS itself: the High Command. In the subsequent election for a new FC, Castor was re-elected in an overwhelming show of support from the High Command. But the rapprochement was not to be. In late October 1999, Castor resigned again, amid contention and accusations of ill-use of the recently-founded office of the Ministry of Justice.

As his replacement, High Command elected Brigadier General Jack Stewart to the FC chair. Jack's reign in the FC chair witnessed the continued evolution of the Bylaws of the RS, and another chat with the famous author Michael Stackpole. During Jack's time in the FC chair, the infamous "Ironman" resigned his position as Renegade Fleet Commanding Officer, a loss which was keenly felt. Jack resigned in June of 2000 in preparation for his entry into the (real life) Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

As Jack's successor, High Command acclaimed Dew, formerly a high-ranking RS member named TL661 who had retired before and rejoined. Dew's reign was cut short by personal tragedy in his real life, and he took a leave in July of 2000 from which he never returned. He announced his official resignation in early August of 2000.

In August of 2000 Dew's old RS XO, Fleet Admiral Dave Trebonious-Astoris was elected Fleet Commander, to the glorious refrain of the Internet Officer draping a pair of boxers over his head. August also saw the release at last of the RS Roster Database system, which revolutionized the way the RS uses its domain, and continues to be used in much the same form today. Dave's reign as FC in his own right also saw the creation of an RS Order of Battle and RS Flagship, the creation of elite squadrons to participate in Melees, multiple Bylaw updates, the introduction of monthly reports by the Fleet CO's, the introduction of a new RS website which harmonized with the Roster Database system. The year 2000 also witnessed the introduction of individualized club uniforms for every member, a dream long cherished by former Fleet Commanders.

October of 2000 saw the creation of the Outer Rim War, a large-scale Melee night which included participants such as the Emperor's Hammer, Star Vipers, New Republic Fifth Fleet, and of course the RS itself. The ORW lasted 35 weeks and filled a role which had been empty since the ending of the Minos Cluster Conflict.

Dave succumbed to real life pressures in his turn, and resigned in September of 2001. In that same month, his old RS XO, Rear Admiral Rahj Tharen, was elected Fleet Commander in his place, marking the second time in a row that RS XO had directly succeeded his FC. Rahj has presided over important events such as the improvement of the Database, the second major overhaul of the Bylaws, the automation of uniform production, the creation of a template page that all Fleets can use, and the creation of an Interclub Melee to fill the time before a new ORW conflict could be prepared.

Only two years after the First Outer Rim War, the RS saw the sparks of a second Outer Rim War. This second phase of the war bolstered the strength of the RS and once again proved the RS itself as the dominant force in the Cadrel Expanse. In the months following the war, the fleet experienced a lagging membership. This event was experienced largely by the Allegiance Battle Group and the Retribution Fleet, both of which lost fleet status due to a reduction in fleet membership and continue to remain so. Several months later, RA Matt "Stallion" Williams proposed that the RS Academy be broken up into its respective fleets and be put under their command. In its place, the Training Office would be established to sort out cadets applying into the RS. A unanimous High Command went ahead and approved Stallion's plan.

In August 2003, Rahj announced his plans to resign from the Office of FC on September 15, the same date Dave resigned two years earlier. Following this announcement, High Command began the process of considering applications for FC. A week before Rahj resigned, Rear Admiral Gavin Cantorph Kravis was chosen the next person to head the Rebel Squadrons. Upon induction, Gavin organized the Executive Staff under one position: the Chief of Staff, headed by General Lamin Zykara.

Following Gavin's induction as FC, the RS began a restructuring and revitalization of the fleet that had not occured in months. Vanguard Wing, the RS division in Star Wars: Galaxies, graduated from the Redemption Fleet in November 2003, boasting more than 60 members. In December, the RS site was awarded Galactic Voyage's Site of the Month award. The month also saw Dave's resignation from all command positions within the RS after years of dedicated service.

As the first year of Gavin being in the FC chair comes to a close, he oversaw the beginning of Celestial Fury, a campaign began in May 2004 that involved the New Republic Fifth Fleet, United Pilots Alliance, Star Vipers, Dark Jedi Brotherhood, and the RS itself. The second Undernet chat with Aaron Allston also occured the following month. After months of inactivity, Lieutenant Commander Max Cal and Capt. Rekstar Rukilian took it upon themselves to update this timeline in June of 2004. In the second half of 2004 and early 2005, several new things were implemented into the RS. The RS domain was moved from its old host to a new host by the Internet Office, led by Generals Snappleguy and Licah Fox. Subdomains were finally implemented into the website to streamline appearance and site organization sorted by fleets and offices. Several new projects were introduced, especially plans made for Outer Rim War III and a fleet-wide Rebel Squadrons Tour of Duty to combat inactivity. FC Kravis also set up a committee to study the idea of "superfleets," which would merge many similar fleets into larger ones. Talk of the superfleets waxed and waned, then resurged again, only to be buried once more. In the middle of all these talks, FC Kravis resigned due to the fact that his real life commitments now included a wife. The HC elected long-time PBFCO, then Rear Admiral Tyrell "Spokes" Borran, as RSFC and promoted him to the rank of Vice Admiral.

In the course of all this, Retribution began to really sag in membership, almost the point of eliminating it entirely from the RS. However, with the removal of Bethan Leitbur as Wing CO, Retribution was leaderless and headed to the trash-heap when Major General Leonard Cable, the newly appointed RFCO, appointed then Commander Max Cal to the position of R2WCO. The Commander quickly got his wing back into shape.

At present, there are talks (initiated by Col. Max Cal, BGN Josh Hawkins, and MGN Himm El-Syna) that there will be fleet-mergers. The PBF and the R2W are to be the first penguins off the ice ledge, with the rest of the "flying fleets" following.

This brings the history of the Rebel Squadrons up to date, and we must leave the story here for other generations to pick up...

Last updated Feb 1, 2009, by FA Super. More updates to follow.