The Miners’ Union has long been a force in planetary politics, but recent political changes have demanded a more active role for the union, to safeguard the livelihoods of the planet’s citizens, and to enure a living wage for all miners. To that end, Union officials have authorised an enforcement wing of the Union, to combat union-busting and strike-breaking tactics by government forces, to safeguard striking miners, and to police Union-held territories.
Heavily modified mining suits, such as this Mark 1 Robinson, form the backbone of the force. This suit has been equipped with twin rotary cannons. The mineral scanning suite can be turned to enemy detection and communication.
This Robinson suit is equipped with more traditional mining gear. The arm-mounted detonation tool cuts through hardened armour as effectively as rock.
Others are equipped with scavenged or traded military equipment. This rocket pod is a standard armament on many military units.
The Mark 2 Robinson, affectionately known as the “Robby” to most miners, is also suited to a combat role. While less sturdy than the Mark 1, is still built to withstand micro-metor strikes, and can absorb significant damage. This one is equipped with two assault cannons, an early version of the current military standard. It also sports a back-mounted lift-pack, more commonly seen on orbital mining equipment.
The lift-pack doesn’t allow for sustained flight in planetary gravity, but it enables short jumps which provide added mobility on the battlefield.
Even some of the oldest mining technology has been pressed into service. This Karlsberg “Stomper” Mining Suit would be at home in a museum, but its hardened steel chassis makes it suitable for combat purposes, and it can tote a gun as well as any modern suit. Here it is seen with a jury-rigged cannon for launching detonation charges.
All those suits require fuel, and that’s provided by this Armstrong Tanker-Crawler. Hardened for operation in low atmosphere, it keeps those suits running, whether they’re mining minerals, or defending miners and their families.