Five years after the sudden shutdown of the Boez-Maus company, the seven missing KR-14 prototypes had yet to be found by the UEPC. Though the Prime Minister of the United States assured the United Earth Government that an investigation was completely underway, there were no leads on the whereabouts of the missing units or the technicians who designed them. Even spies operating in the American southwest reported no sightings.
The UEPC had no inkling of the whereabouts of these units until the armed riots in Siberia, Turkey, The Philippines, and the northern reaches of Canada. A new model of Axel was spotted that suspiciously conformed to the KR-14 shape, but was much better tuned in performance. Only when several of these downed units were investigated by the UEPC's technical branch was the shocking truth revealed: The KR-14S had been put into production.
It is thought that as many as five Pirate Axel factories had been tooled to produce this new unit, and ship them to high-profile resistance groups around the globe. Sporting a brown paint scheme and a common logo, this appeared to be the first organized resistance against the United Earth government on the planet since the Last Stand of the Americas.
In combat they are proven to be superior to the KR-14As, and as the KR-14S model had been produced with off-the-shelf components, it is thought they are not much more expensive either. Although they are not the most common pirate axel operated by the various paramilitary organizations on Earth, it is feared that it someday might be. As the UEPC feels it cannot afford to have its plans for lunar conquest upset, priority has been given to locating the plants manufacturing the KR-14-P7 and destroying them. Operations with this goal have been observed deploying KR-19s, but as of yet there has been no record of the two units fighting one another.
To fix and prepare my portfolio for employment, one of my instructors asked me to take my best "Character design" and push the limits on how pretty I could make it. The KR-14S is not only one of my favorite designs, but it seems the mecha is becoming a mascot of mine. So I took it and worked with it, producing a variant in the meantime. I might revist some of the other Axels for fixing as well, since I had some fun polishing the 14S.