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Herschel's Star
« on: September 04, 2018, 04:36:15 PM »
During  Herschel's star survey of 1797 he discovers an unexpected comet, further checks show that the comet is not on a ballistic trajectory but is under power, it will reach Earth in early 1798 somewhere in the Atlantic. The giant metal object is met by a squadron of the Royal Navy under the command of Admiral Sir John Jarvis , and nothing happens the metal globe settles onto the sea and seems to do nothing, close inspection reveals that several holes in the upper surface have been caused by collisions with asteroids. Vast chambers stand empty with some remains of shatterred glass cylinders which once filled them but unfortunately the contents seem to have been lost to space, despite its size the object seems to be nearly weightless and the fleet is able to tow it to St Helena where study by the Royal Society commences.
Other nations are curious but are able to gain no information from the British as to their investigations, finally amidst the fighting of the Napoleonic wars the Franco-Spanish fleet under Villeneuve is sent to attack St Helena and is destroyed by a Royal Navy squadron under the command of Lord Nelson in 1805. Despite his victory Lord Nelson does not return to London and it is noted that Lady Hamilton moves to St Helena.
The first sign that the British have had results occures in 1812. The French are marching on Moscow, American troops have somewhat incompetently invaded Canada and Lord Nelson returns commanding the experimantal Landship squadron of the Royal Navy. Napoleons Advance on Moscow ends in 2 hours of fire and death, France surrenders a few weeks later, the Americans surrender months later when the first of the landships emerges from the Potomac and places the city of Washington DC under it's guns.

It seems that by the time of the Battle of St Helena the British had made some progress with the object which had been determined to be a colony ship of a race called the Breen. In fact contact had been made with a thinking machine inside the ship which had been shocked to discover all of its colonists had died in an accident , it had provided medical aid to the British following the battle and many British, French and Spanish sailors who would have died had been saved. Finally the Thinking machine had agreed to uplift the human race and as the Breen had been a monarchial race it was happy to help unify the world under the British crown.
By 1820 treaties , marriage and the deployment of the invincible Land ships had brought the world under a single national rule and the work of educating the population and producing the Breen technology had begun. Many parts of the colony package were automatic and so some mines , and shipyards had been deployed while the limited manufacturing base worked on uplifting humanity

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1 billion population
Several shipyards and 200 automatic mines, alien ruins on Earth and a conventional start with no conventional military but a small contingent of TN Ground forces
 
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Re: Herschel's Star
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2018, 12:36:15 PM »
Progress is slow, although the world is united it takes time to leap forward from Steam and Sail to Nuclear power. While initially there is some dissent it the rapid rise of living standards of everyone on Earth overcomes most of this. Lifespans increase and within five years electrical power and modern transport has spread across the world.
Work continues on the wreck of the Breen colony ship , slowly the Royal society starts to recover usable artifacts from it initially these mainly boost the industrialization of Earth , but from the engineering sections a vast amount is learned about the engines and how to make them, meanwhile the automated systems of the colony ship have constructed vast shipyards in the heavens. Finally in 1835 3 Herschel class sloops are laid down powered by engines taken from the wreck and intended to explore the Solar system the second ship of the class William takes William Herschel and his sister Caroline out to see the Comet Henske and the Georgius Siderius the planet beyond Saturn he discovered before the arrival of Breen technology.
 
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