Alex Cazerne

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Rear Admiral Cazerne (798 UC (489 IC / 3598 CE))
Gender: Male
Affiliation: Free Planets Alliance
Rank: Vice admiral
Spouse(s): Hortense Cazerne
Children: Charlotte Phyllis Cazerne,
unnamed daughter
Played by: Keaton Yamada

Alex Cazerne (Japanese: アレックス・キャゼルヌ) was an Alliance vice admiral of logistics who served as a staff officer and close friend of Fleet Admiral Yang Wen-li. Regarded as being an efficient bureaucrat, he was an expert in administrative and logistical work, essentially being the chief of logistics for the Yang Fleet and Iserlohn Fortress.

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Early career

Cazerne with Lt Commander Yang Wen-li (788 UC (479 IC / 3588 CE))

Not much is known about Alex Cazerne's early career besides the fact that in 788 UC (479 IC / 3588 CE) he held the rank of commander and was the superior of the young officer Yang Wen-li. That year, he assigned Yang — who recently gained the status as the Hero of El Facil — to research and investigate the Tuesday Correspondence, a series of letters mailed to the Alliance military over a number of months that claimed that the famous war hero Bruce Ashbey had been murdered instead of dying in battle, as was commonly thought. Yang was later transferred to a prisoner of war camp on Econia, where he met with some veterans and learned more about Ashbey's last battle, the Second Battle of Tiamat. Cazerne later arranged Yang's transfer back to Heinessen where Yang shared his results with his superior and their friend, fellow officer Dusty Attenborough. (SL: 'The Hero's New Assignment', 'The Hero of Econia', 'The End of One Journey', 'The Journey in Search of the Exit')

Cazerne fell in love with and married Hortense Milbelle, the daughter of an Alliance soldeir who had been Cazerne's superior, in February 789 UC (480 IC / 3589 CE). They went on to have two daughters. It was also Cazerne who arranged for Julian Mintz, an orphan, to be assigned to Yang as his adopted son. He apparently planned with Yang to get Julian to marry his daughter, Charlotte Phyllis Cazerne, in the future. (LOGH: 'New Trends', 'One Narrow Thread', 'The Arrow Is Released'; SL: 'The End of One Journey', 'The Journey in Search of the Exit')

Several years later, by the spring of 796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE), Cazerne was a flag officer and assisted Yang Wen-li, commander of the new 13th Fleet formed after the recent Battle of Astarte, in acquiring the Rosen Ritter elite infantry unit for his planned capture of Iserlohn Fortress. After the success of the Seventh Battle of Iserlohn in May of that year, Cazerne was assigned as the chief rear staff officer for the expeditionary force created for the invasion of the Imperial Territory that was decided on by the Alliance government. As such, he was in charge of supplies, having a reputation for being a skilled administrator. But the invasion force ultimately fell for Reinhard von Lohengramm's ploy of using a scorched earth policy to cause a supply shortage and later ambushing the Alliance supply fleet. The Alliance fleets were defeated and suffered more than twenty million casualties, making the invasion a disaster. As the supply chief Cazerne took the blame for the supply shortage and was reassigned to a base on the frontier, though newly promoted Admiral Yang vowed to get him transferred to his post at Iserlohn Fortress as its main administrator. (LOGH: 'Birth of the 13th Fleet', 'The Rosen Ritter', 'Invasion of the Imperial Territory', 'Liberation of the Frontier Zone', 'New Trends')

Iserlohn

In early 797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE) Cazerne had been transferred to Iserlohn Fortress as chief administrator and became part of Yang's command staff. When Admiral Yang and the Iserlohn Garrison Fleet departed to put down rebellions at the outbreak of the Alliance Civil War in March and April of that year, Cazerne was appointed in Yang's place as interim fortress commander in his absence. In the fall of 797 UC (488 IC / 3597 CE) it was Cazerne who greeted and accepted the defection of Imperial High Admiral Joachim Willibald von Merkatz in the conclusion of the Imperial Civil War (which had been happening around the same time). Upon Yang's return Cazerne returned to his original duties. (LOGH: 'The Yang Fleet Goes Out', 'Victory for Whose Sake?', 'First Battle')

The Cazerne family held a dinner to celebrate Yang's ward Julian Mintz getting promoted in early 798 UC (489 IC / 3598 CE). While they were there, Rear Admiral Cazerne expressed his concern for Yang's safety and the political ability of Job Trunicht, Supreme Council Chairman, to survive failures. Cazerne believed that Trunicht should have fallen after the Battle of Amritsar or the civil war, but instead his control over the government had grown. He also thought that Trunicht hated Yang and wanted to get rid of him but could not do so as long as the Empire remained a powerful threat to the Alliance. His young commander brushed off the concerns, however, so Cazerne asked Julian Mintz to look after his guardian's safety. As the logistics chief had feared, in March 798 UC (489 IC / 3598 CE) the Alliance government issued a summons for Admiral Yang to appear on Heinessen for an inquiry. Having no choice the young admiral departed for the capital aboard a cruiser. Unbeknownst to them, in the Empire, Geiersburg Fortress had been successfully mobilized using warp engines and prepared to enter the Iserlohn Corridor to attack. Cazerne again was appointed in command while Yang was absent. (LOGH: 'One Narrow Thread', 'Lost Things', 'The Inquiry Committee')

Geiersburg entered the Corridor on April 10. In strategy meetings of the fortress command staff at Iserlohn, Cazerne and the others decided that the best policy was to buy time while Yang was away by having a defensive strategy. Walter von Schönkopf later convinced Cazerne to adopt more aggressive measures in response to the attacks coming from Geiersburg and the Imperial fleet that had been brought aboard the smaller fortress. Ultimately they were able to hold out until Yang returned from the inquiry on Heinessen and implemented a plan that destroyed Geiersburg and most of its escorting fleet, saving the Alliance from a potential Imperial invasion in the spring of 798 UC (489 IC / 3598 CE). (LOGH: 'The Inquiry Committee', 'War Without Weapons', 'Fortress vs Fortress', 'The Return')

When the Iserlohn garrison received word of the kidnapping of the young Emperor Erwin Josef II and his defection to the Alliance, as well as the formation of the exiled "Galactic Empire Legitimate Government," Cazerne and the others reacted negatively to the development. When Duke Reinhard von Lohengramm's government in the Empire declared war on the Alliance in response, the supply chief accompanied the Yang Fleet when it abandoned Iserlohn Fortress, being in charge of organizing the evacuation of not only military personnel but the several million civilian family members that were also living there. He was frustrated when Dusty Attenborough implemented a plan against the besieging Imperial Fleet that resulted in the destruction of several hundred transport vessels. In the aftermath Cazerne accompanied Yang during his guerilla campaign against the invading Imperial forces in the Alliance territory, having no official position since departing Iserlohn, and later was present at the historic Battle of Vermillion. (LOGH: 'The Arrow Is Released', 'A Departure', 'Invitation to a Requiem', 'Admiral Yang's Ark Fleet', 'The Darkness Before Dawn', 'Battle After Battle', 'The Battle of Vermilion (Part One)', 'The Battle of Vermilion (Part Two)')

Postwar government

With the fall of the Alliance to the Empire after Vermillion and the resignation of Job Trunicht, Alex Cazerne was among those of Yang's subordinates who chose to remain in the Alliance Fleet in spite of it becoming a client state of Kaiser Reinhard's Empire. Cazerne did take part in the planning of allowing several fighters to escape and to establish a resistance movement that could preserve the Alliance's military strength for future battles, ironically under Admiral Merkatz. He himself held the post of acting secretary of logistics at the joint operations headquarters, although much of the Alliance Fleet had been decommissioned and only the skeletal administrative structure remained. While Yang lived in retirement, the Cazerne family remained in contact with him, living not very far away. (LOGH: 'Sudden Change', 'Long Live the Emperor!', 'After the Ceremony, the Curtain Rises Again...', 'Past, Present, and Future')

When the Lennenkampf affair in the summer of 799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE) resulted in Yang fleeing from Heinessen after escaping from imprisonment by the Alliance authorities, Cazerne abandoned the government of Chairman João Rebelo. Although Admiral Rockwell, joint operations headquarters chief, tried to get Cazerne to stay by promising to remove "acting" from his title of secretary of supply and logistics, he did nothing more than scoff in response and joined Yang's loyalists. (LOGH: 'Blood Running Down the Stairs: Cascade')

El Facil and Iserlohn again

Following Yang and his subordinates' evacuation from Heinessen, they proceeded to Admiral Merkatz's base that they had established in secret after the defeat of the Alliance. This was further complicated by the declaration of independence from the Alliance by the planet El Facil on 13 August 799 UC (1 NIC / 490 IC / 3599 CE). In the end, they decided to not go to El Facil right away because Yang believed they did not possess enough military strength to protect the planet from attack. (LOGH: 'Holiday's End', 'Against All Flags')

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