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What are Factions?

BTU has a very complex, distinct, and unique faction & ranking system. In fact, I have yet to find another Battletech-related forum that comes close to matching the dynamic system we have in place! Registered members can request to join a Battletech faction. Now to clarify the word for you, faction in this case refers to any organized unit, team, society, or civilization in Battletech. Clan Ghost Bear is as much of a faction as the Draconis Combine or the Marian Hegemony. The Gray Death Legion or Kell Hounds, mercenary units, are also factions. We allow any organized unit that has been created within the Battletech Universe to be a faction.

Each faction has its own ranking system of course. When you choose a given faction, you are automatically a part of their ranking heirarchy. If you are a brand new member, you will start at ground zero. If you've been here a while and have posted, you may be assigned a rank a few steps up the food chain. Basically, your rank is determined by your post count. The more you post, the higher you increase in rank. But its not easy. Some factions, like the Lyran Commonwealth, have a LOT of individual levels of command. To reach the highest level in the LC, Archon, it takes 2500 posts. In most cases, each rank in each faction is spaced evenly apart as much as could be done. Some factions have much less individual ranks than others. The Clans, for example, have usually only half as many ranks as LC does.

Gaining rank is different for each faction (though some may be identical). 25 posts may be all it takes to get you to the next level. Sometimes 100 or more is required. In most of the senior ranks, it can take several hundred posts to reach the next rank. Just like the real world, making rank aint always easy! For any given faction, despite the number of ranks it contains, it will take anywhere from 1500 to 2500 posts to reach the most senior rank. This helps make it fun so that everyone doesn't "max out" their ranks after the first month.


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