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Re: Aurora - A political story - Federalist Whispers
« Reply #30 on: November 15, 2020, 05:20:43 PM »
2155/6 – Federalist Whispers

The election of 2155 landed right in the middle of a democratic crisis. With the Militarist Party growing and the impatience shown by the Industrialist due to the lack of much needed military contracts, the balance of power was again in dispute after another few decades of Democrats Hegemony.




Independent Media Service Poll 2155



As Engela Prinsloo retired from the political scene, the Federalists decided to seize the moment putting back in leadership a representative from the Army. The maneuver was a clear attempt to rally some sympathies among the military and score a few more extra votes.

Furthermore, the choice of General Pulcheria Hinc was also a clear attempt to mend relationships with the Scientific Faction. The General, in fact, spent most of her career teaching on Earth’s Academy and she was one of the few people with xenoarchaeology experience, such in high demand these days.

The Federalist managed then to have a federalist candidate not only able to mingle with the military and the scientific community but also to face with experience the alien affair.




Pulcheria Hinc Profile



With such strong candidates against, the Democrats started to campaign very hardly on Earth. The pacifists needed a lot of their votes back and to keep the democracy in place the only way was to have more seats than the Industrialists party, ready to support a Federalist Government if required.

With few votes left to count, both Democrat and Federalist candidates were cruising hand to hand to the finish line. It was clear already that we were witnessing a close election.

As final results arrived, Natasha  Hancock, leader of the Democrats, resulted in the winner for only 1.5% of the votes. With more than 3% of spoilt votes, mostly coming from Earth, and with the stain of a rigged election already on their head, the Democrat win was being questioned by all parties and media.

With the situation in the street getting out of hand and over 24,000,000 people protesting everywhere, a solution had to be found right away.




Presidential Elections 2155



The new Parliament was composed of a total of 938 seats. 211 seats went to the new majority of the Federalists, 182 to the Pacifists, 169 to the Mercantile and Industrialists, 124 to the Scientists, 117 to the Nationalists, and 135 to the Militarist Party.

The new composition did not allow the Democrats to decide on any policy, with all the matters of the state in need of a parliamentary resolution and vote. Such a situation was perhaps never faced by any President so far.

With a majority set at 470 seats, the Federalists could potentially govern through their seats plus the military and the scientists. Considering that it would have been easy to get support from at least a third of the Industrialists' seats, Admiral Hinc requested the parliament a mandate to govern as she did not have conceded to Natasha Hancock yet.

Without having the number but with the firm intention of respecting the popular vote, President Hancock was forced to sit with her adversary and sign a shared program.

The Federalists would have obtained the chance to discuss all military and scientific projects that they advertised during the electoral campaign and the Democrats would have to save the appearance and ensured no constitutional changes would have been presented during the next mandate.




Elected seats of the 2155 Election



The negotiations were going on all night and the day after before everything was ready to be presented in parliament. The massive agreement was called the Restructure Protection Plan (RPP) and included: Formation of a professional army to replace the current militia organization, Modernization of the Navy, Development of new Weapons Researches, and expansion of shipyards capability, both military and commercial.

When the first part of the RPP hit the parliament it was composed of 18 Resolutions, mostly regarding the army and the expansion of the shipyard. Out of 18, 14 got approved. All the new tanks and the new range of active sensors were rejected by the parliament as more time was needed for the commissions to analyze the benefits. The Federalists didn’t take well this first opposition, however, as President Hancock reminded them, it was her prerogative to ensure all resolutions would have been thoroughly analyzed first prior approval in parliament.

Natasha was the first president to ever served 3 mandates and even if this last one was more a concession than a real appointment, she did know how to handle the bureaucracy and how to write and pass resolutions. Her experience and connections would have been helpful in time and so the Federalist decided to drop the complaints and get back to work.

The Sirus Military Outpost was more than complete and installations were being transported steadily. Currently, it would have been possible to handle more than 100k of ships there but more fuel and spare parts would have been needed if that was to become the main hub in our resistance against the aliens.

Unfortunately, with not much fuel left to spare on Earth and the HH Andromedae mission just started, the only excess would have been on Spare Parts, however, a trip just for them would have been only a further excess of fuel consumption.

On the 14th of August 2155, parliament received amended resolutions for the rejected RPP plans. After more resistance in the parliament was found, the Federalists threatened the President with a motion of no confidence if discussions would have gone further than necessary. President Hancock managed to get all the tanks for the army approved with the utility of the sensors grav strength still at bay due to the reluctance of multiple parliamentarians both in the majority and opposition sides.

As further work was required, the federalist leaders advised that if the next attempt would have been unsuccessful a new leadership would have been required to ensure their interests were looked after as they should and as it was agreed. So, when on the 16th of March 2156 the resolution was rejected again and the No-confidence motion landed in Parliament the situation was the following: all Federalist and Militarists were in favor of removing the President (346 seats) and Nationalists and Pacifists were in favor of the status quo (299 seats).

With a majority of 470 votes needed and 293 in play, everything was possible. However, a more accurate count was produced by the President’s advisors. From this more in-depth analysis emerged that the scientists were split (minimum 13 max 62 seats) and the Industrialists could count on at least 1/3 of their members to go for the no-confidence (minimum 56 max 84 seats). With these numbers at least 415 votes would go to replace Natasha Hancock as president and then only 77 votes were in play. The president needed to swing only 23 of them to keep the presidency, 70% chances.

The odds were in her favor but the parliament is always unpredictable.

As the voting count was about to be completed it appeared that the President managed to convince only 20% of her detractors ending the count at 451 versus 487 in keeping her as President.
With the resolution UNER00266, the president was forced to resign and leaving her position in favor of the Federalist candidate Pulcheria Hinc. As the transition was never approved by a formal election the Federalists were banned from any attempt to changing the constitution during the rest of their mandate which would have ended as per the original one on 31st December of 2159.
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Re: Aurora - A political story
« Reply #31 on: November 15, 2020, 06:34:51 PM »
This update has everything one could ever want, by which I mean of course political drama and tanks!

What, this is supposed to be a game about spaceships? Nonsense...  ;D

Interesting play here by the Federalist side. I wonder about the implications, not only on the remainder of the mandate in terms of parliamentary interaction but also how the voters will respond to their elected choice being ousted by political machinations. We might see a push-back against the Federalists that will mark this as a premature move by their party - I doubt most voters will be swayed to recognize the wisdom of the Federalist tactics by the apparent necessity to improve sensor technology.

On the other hand General Hinc has some time to make a mark, if she can accomplish major projects and reforms she may gain popularity and prestige to win an elected term as well.
 

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Re: Aurora - A political story
« Reply #32 on: November 15, 2020, 07:09:55 PM »
This update has everything one could ever want, by which I mean of course political drama and tanks!

What, this is supposed to be a game about spaceships? Nonsense...  ;D

Interesting play here by the Federalist side. I wonder about the implications, not only on the remainder of the mandate in terms of parliamentary interaction but also how the voters will respond to their elected choice being ousted by political machinations. We might see a push-back against the Federalists that will mark this as a premature move by their party - I doubt most voters will be swayed to recognize the wisdom of the Federalist tactics by the apparent necessity to improve sensor technology.

On the other hand General Hinc has some time to make a mark, if she can accomplish major projects and reforms she may gain popularity and prestige to win an elected term as well.

I can partially answer to this with the attached...

Funny thing, I wasn't expecting this outcome either as the chances were very low not only for the motions to be rejected 3 times in a raw (base value is currently 51/49) but also Natasha rolled a 2 out 10, again hitting the 30% .

For Mathematicians nerds you looking at: 49% 3 times in a raw + 30% on the 4th attempt for the no-confidence

0.493 x 0.31 = 0.0352947 Basically 3%

EDIT: What happened just made re evaluate Zorlu's presidency. She was the only one that managed to survive so many pressures and rejected resolutions during her first mandate. If we add the impressive amount of ribbons and public offices held, we truly are looking at one of the most important human figures of the last 50 years and possibly the whole century.
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Re: Aurora - A political story - The Hinc Federalist Democracy
« Reply #33 on: November 16, 2020, 02:35:44 AM »
2156/9 – The Hinc Federalist Democracy



With a new Federalist President leading, the strategy was clear. Every resolution would have been voted until approved even if it would have been necessary to vote for the same resolution every voting cycle (5 days).

The intent was to weary every resistance until election time. The Federalists knew that this behaviour would have cost them some votes but they also knew that the Democrats would have paid the fact that for the first time in modern history a government wasn’t able to govern till the end of their mandate, demonstrating weakness and general disorganization within their ranks.

Obviously, the no-confidence motion signed the end of the political career of former president Hancock as well with a new candidate that should have been found by the Democrats would have hopefully also resulted in some other loss in votes.

Eventually, with the end of Hancock presidency, even the RPP was scrapped in favour a strong militaristic imprint of all resolutions.

Thanks to the efforts of the new commander in chief Hinc there was finally enough fuel and spare parts ready on Earth to be delivered to the Sirium Military Outpost. The Sirius-I 001 was tasked for collection as soon as the news reached Navy HQ and was due to come back by November 2157. This operation, once completed, would have granted enough basic means to service a considerately large fleet. With the maintenance capabilities now reached 176,000 tons and the availability of fighter factories on the ground, humanity had finally managed to secure one of its borders.

Furthermore, the establishment of a mining colony on one of the moon orbiting the outpost would have facilitated the mineral collection and usage to an extent that the government decided to buy such minerals and get them all delivered by mass drivers.

Obviously, without knowing what was waiting on the other side of the remaining 3 branches, it was still early to feel fully secure but the confidence that if required the government could have reacted to alien threats was received with pleasure by the population resulting in an increase in popularity of the Federalists actions and its representatives, President included.

With the line Earth Sirius finally safe, a new project was proposed. Using the researches done in the past on the permanent stabilization of Jump Points, the government decided to produce a ship able to perform such a task.



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UNEC Osiris-I class Construction Ship      45,000 tons       154 Crew       1,030.8 BP       TCS 900    TH 1,350    EM 0
1500 km/s      Armour 1-112       Shields 0-0       HTK 72      Sensors 6/6/0/0      DCR 1      PPV 0
MSP 14    Max Repair 600 MSP
Lieutenant Commander    Control Rating 1   BRG   
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months   
Jump Point Stabilisation: 360 days

Commercial Ion Drive MK2 (Medium) (9)    Power 1350    Fuel Use 1.73%    Signature 150    Explosion 3%
Fuel Capacity 820,000 Litres    Range 190.1 billion km (1466 days at full power)

Commercial GPS (1)     GPS 1000     Range 18.5m km    Resolution 100
Commercial EM (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km
Commercial TH (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes



This would have allowed civilian traffic in the system and the easy transit of all military ships produced on  Earth. Even if it was noted that the jump point would have then been possible to be used also by our enemies the advantages were far too many to be ignored. It was the time that Earth and the Sol system would have been more connected to the rest of the sector controlled by the Humans.

With elections approaching fast it was time to lay down projects for the future. With the government busy in releasing and investing only on theoretical researches, people were asking to see actually something rather than read fine studies on scientific magazines. The more the government released advancement on any given field, the fewer the people were actually believing that this money and efforts were actually being really invested into something concrete.

On the 24th of July 2159, the government announced then that if the Federalist would have won again elections, they would have pushed for a less theoretical scientific effort and a more practical one. The announcement was well received by the industrialists' party which along with the military and the scientists would have most likely formed a very powerful ally for President Hinc.

The subtle lie that it was the pacifist line to forbid the government to act swiftly towards a more practical science, was easy to be swallowed by the people which in many years have seen the pacifist deny any military or industrial project of a certain size hitting, even more, their already fragile reputation.




Government Resolutions



As Ravati Sidhu retired on 2157, the new Republican candidate and replacement as Grand Admiral was Igor Fomin, a conservative and weak history buff with a decent military career behind. It looked like the Militarists wanted to make sure Pulcheria Hinc to win another mandate presenting possibly the weakest opponent possible.




Igor Fomin Profile



The Democrats choice fell over the shoulders of Logistic Professor Tyler Cunningham: a very odd choice obviously aimed to win some sympathies in the Scientific community and contain the haemorrhage of votes started a few years back now. However, considering the weak and intolerant character of the young scientist it would have been entirely possible to obtain the reverse effect with this choice.




Tyler Cunningham Profile



Immediately before the elections, in November 2159, a Sorium shortage crisis hit Earth with millions of people remained without a job and the consequential shut of all refining operations. Again, the government managed to pin the current crisis on the stale pacifist government rule, incapable over the last 50 years to find a suitable source of Sorium due to their limited views on expansion and technological advancement.

As the popularity of the Party was already increasing due to the strong populistic propaganda on every Democratic World the result was a massive surge in preferences on the upcoming pollings.




Independent Media Service Poll 2159
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Re: Aurora - A political story
« Reply #34 on: November 16, 2020, 03:43:07 PM »
This new strategy of ramming failed resolutions through is a bold one, given what happened to the last President, but it seems to have worked out very well here. The Federalists have successfully leveraged their "illegitimate" term into strong action while shifting blame for humanity's problems onto the previous administration. It will be interesting to see if they can win the next election with a dominant fraction of the votes and potentially begin thinking not only about military expansion but also constitutional amendments.
 
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Re: Aurora - A political story - The historical elections of 2160
« Reply #35 on: November 17, 2020, 06:08:40 PM »
2160 – The start of the first official Hinc Federalist Democracy

After the oppositions restructure, president Hinc could capitalize not only in a successful political message but also on an aura that would make people think she could achieve anything.

Seeing the democracy progressing so fast was thrilling, especially for the younger voters. After a long period of time, humanity was starting to think again in a great and larger scale.




Prestige Levels 2159


With election pretty much in the bag, the real deal was to get as much power as possible to avoid compromises and alliances that would have hurt not only the party but the whole operations. The critical points, as usual, would have been the seats on Earth which are usually driven by pacifist and democratic ideals.

On the 1st of January 2160 and the first results started to come in the number across the board were astonishing. Hinc was polling over 50% pretty much everywhere but Earth. As votes stopped count, the re-elected president Hinc cashed in almost 48% of the preferences. No candidate ever got even close to these numbers. Federalists managed to elect along with their loyal allies militarist 500 parliamentarians. With a majority set at 520 seats to govern would have been a walk in the park.




Presidential Elections 2159



The new Parliament was composed by a total of 1037 seats. 367 seats went to the Federalists, 148 to the Pacifists, 110 to Mercantile and Industrialists, 67 to the Scientists, 212 to the Nationalists and 133 to the Militarist Party.

The main opposition would have been composed by the Pacifist and the Nationalists which were strongly opposed and concerned by this Federalist drift. Fortunately, together they could reach together only 360 seats.

As soon as the numbers were formalized interviews started to see where the new government was standing regarding policies and motions.

It was with great pleasure that President Hinc realized that there was enough support for all the policies the government was willing to push through as long as it was opened for discussion.




Elected seats of the 2159 Election




Parliament seats distribution after 2159 Election



A final analysis was done on the constitutional strength of democracy and the possibility of changing a few things as already attempted without success in the past.

Most of the conversation held with the most influential parliamentarians and group leaders showed that there was extended consensus in changing the old democratic and bureaucratic system in favour of a faster and slimmer one. Which one this system would have been should have been discussed further over the next 5 years.




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Re: Aurora - A political story - The Hinc Federalist Democracy
« Reply #36 on: November 18, 2020, 08:03:34 PM »
2160/4 – The Hinc Federalist Democracy

As conversations deepened between all parties it was agreed to revert the constitutional changes on the free press. As much as the people were enjoying the amount of liberty and information they were getting from the media it was as clear as daylight that few crises could have been averted or handled better without having to put them into the spotlight.

Surely the Federalists were the ones that have been benefitting the most out of the current situation, however, after further reflections, the leadership decided that everything was much better when the old system was in place.

The constitutional changes were then translated into a constitutional reform and voted by more than 80% of the parliament becoming the law of the state on the 5th of January 2160.

As the constitution still did not allow the government to directly control the media the best way to ensure the government would still have a little say on the editor’s press line.

With 117,540 wealth credits in the bank (1 credit value could have been roughly compared to $10,000 US dollars pre-world war 3), the government decided to invest 100,000 of them to buy back the Independent Media Service from the national stock by acquiring the majority of the shares, liquidating the board and finally reinstating the National Media Service as it was: an independent press agency with governmental participation.




Stock Payment



With the training completion of the first professional armies on Earth, by the end of 2160, it was finally time for the new government to unveil the projects in which it was decided to invest. A plan, the Technical Scientific Advancement Plan (TSAP) was draft.

The TSAP included: new active sensors to extend the range of detection and potentially missile fire control, new Missiles designs to compete against alien technology, new engines, and Military Jump Drives. New lasers would have needed to be produced but not much research was done there, resulting in only an improvement of on the fire controls. The Government released a statement declaring that it would have invested in that and other projects after the first batch of new components would have been ready for production.

The goal was to have a bigger caliber on laser weapons and at least another kind of laser light, more powerful than the current one. Eventually, a plan for ships to produce some sort of force fields (shields) to help absorbing damages was also under study.

On the 11th of October 2160, the resolutions were put to vote for approval in parliament. The impressive document contained 19 motions, 17 of which approved at first reading and 2 approved on the second read a week later and with the new missiles approved only by 1 vote. It was clear that the opposition was working hard behind the scenes to block the government in the attempt of gaining the voters' favor again.

Some of these new techs would have also been used for the new generation of Survey Ships which were due to an update for a while now.




Army Organization




Infantry Army Brigade OOB



Meanwhile, on the desk of the President, was still present the file on the Struve Abandoned Outpost. As understanding the enemy was considered a priority, the General decided to call in the war council to approve the invasion and officially take control of the planet. The operation was called Cai Wen in honor of the commander that lost his life along with the ones of 105 crewmen in the first lethal encounter with the aliens.

The plan was to move the tender on the Earth Sirius Jump Point to the one on the Luhman 16 Struve 2398 as soon as a gate would have been built connecting permanently Sol with Luhman 16 system. Once done, a series of troop transport would have landed on the planet leaving all involved personnel around the alien outpost while the army would have taken control of the perimeter.

As the plan was marked as urgent, a new Osiris was ordered to ensure operation could go contemporary with the ones on the Sirius Jump Point. It was in fact noted that it would have taken roughly a year for each point to be stabilized and the government did not have 3+ years on hand just for the operation to start, they needed a victory before the new election.

With all plans drafted, resolution UNER00304 landed in parliament under the name OPERATION CAI WEN which was approved with 577 votes in favor against 460 against. 2160 would be then remembered as the year when the first military operation in space of Humanity was approved.

The other concern over the head of President Hinc was on the Navy intel we could collect so far on the aliens which were less than satisfactory, to use a euphemism. The only good information was on the speed of their vessels which was around 5,000kms. Based on that it would have been absolutely necessary to match or even better surpass such a mark.

A new scout would have been required to be produced and designed. Once done we should have organized a series of spy missions in the Altair system. Another plan was then drafted with this aim in mind. The operation was called RUSSIAN ROULETTE as it was acknowledged that the chances to come back from such a mission were extremely low. Because of that, all crew would have been selected only by volunteers. Due to its nature, it was hard for the President to get the motion approved in parliament, and only after some tight negotiations she managed to pass the resolution by only 18 votes.

The compromise that the President was forced to make implied the use of long-range probes which would have been launched from a safe distance. The probes would have most likely been shot down not before having provided some extra information on the number of forces in Altair and most likely on the enemy weapon capabilities.

With the discovery of a new jump point in Alpha Centauri and with the gravitational survey of the system almost completed, the President ordered the scout UNEN Abel Tasman to move into the system and explore it. Once the mission would have been completed the scout was ordered to wait for the survey to be completed prior to reporting back to Earth and to continue its exploring mission in the eventuality of new findings.

As no other jump points were found at its return the scout reported having ended up in the Luyten 726-8 Binary System where a total of 10 Planets, 83 Moons, and 150 Asteroids were waiting to be surveyed. The system was over 7 LY away from Alpha Centauri and more than 12 from Sol and it was marked as the farthest place ever visited by men. Despite having few level 2 worlds, none of them was actually worth notice due to the few inhabitants they would have been able to hold.




Known Space 2162 and Military Plans



In February 2162, the president called in a representative of the scientist party for a private meeting. As factories on Earth were idle due to a shortage of workers and also a lack of important projects to complete, Admiral Hinc proposed to extend the amount of Research Facilities on Earth in exchange for further support to the Federalist resolutions and constitutional changes. Thrilled by the idea of extending their influence on Earth, the party accepted the offer. 10 New laboratories would have been built then and few other operations would have been moved off-world to release the necessary workers to man the stations.

With the deal signed, the Federalists proposed a restructure of the Police Corps which, due to the new Army Units, were called to less active roles in the defense of the Democracy and more into the security of the people. As courts were full of sues from citizens over the police operate, the government decided to let an internal independent commission to handle such cases in the attempt of clearing the judges' desks and fill them with more important crimes to pursue.

The institution of an internal affairs department would have also given the police more power over certain matters making possible certain hard measures against few problematic fringes of the population to be carried easily and with the blessing of the government. The motion was a success with 940 votes in favor and only 97 against. The constitution was now more similar to one of a Federalist Democracy and for this reason on the 1st of January 2164, a government form change was proposed to switch directly to a Federation model.

The proposal defined The Federation as a political organization characterized by the union of planets, groups, or parties, which would have been self-governed in internal affairs and united under the central government on Earth. The division of power among the states and the central governing body would have also been constitutionally entrenched.

The reform entailed that after the elections the number of seats would have been determined by the number of people entitled to vote with a cap of 250 representatives per planet of the Federation, currently Earth, Mars, Mercury, Luna, and Sirius Outpost. This system would have ensured that each planet would have had the same weight in the political decisions avoiding malcontent.

Once the representatives would have been elected they would have joined one of the Senate coalitions based on the population preferences. The coalitions with the majority of members would have been leading the government policies with motions approved through a classic 50%+1 majority of the votes. The same would have applied to eventually reform the constitution.

Furthermore, it was proposed to extend the length of the government from 5 to 6 years and to remove the figure of the President.

Overall, the changes proposed weren’t totally unacceptable and a certain level of Democracy was still maintained. From a perspective, elections would have looked after more the territory than the general coalition as it was under the current model so it could have been said that the proposed model was indeed more "democratic".

As the proposal landed in parliament and being evident that many wanted a true change, a positive outcome was already known and expected. The 788 votes in favor against 249 was only the confirmation of what was already in the air in the past 8 years. The Democracy as we knew it was officially dead, leaving space for a more dynamic Federation of Planets.

The government set the 31st of December 2164 as the final term of the current legislature and after the new election on the 1st of January 2165, the Federation would have officially stepped in and begun their rule.




Elected seats of the 2164 Election




Parliament seats distribution after 2164 Election
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Re: Aurora - A political story - The Early Years of the Federation
« Reply #37 on: November 21, 2020, 02:32:01 AM »
2165/70 – The Early Years of the Federation

With the establishment of the first Senate in 2165, a first coalition should have found the numbers to govern. With a stalemate in place, everything had to be rearranged as none of the classic coalitions could have to governed alone, forcing the formation of 2 major alliances: the Hawks and the Doves. The Hawks, more inclined to expansion and militarism found themselves short of several votes against the Doves, a more pacific coalition aimed at expansion by trade and colonization.

As few military operations were already approved and financed, the new Enlighten Federation decided to allow them to happen as planned but they would have been the exception rather than the rule. 3 Raven-I, the new Troop Transport vessel, broke Earth’s orbit direction Struve 2398 carrying 1 Army Infantry Brigade, 4 Archaeological Digging Stations, and 2 Ruins Recovery Stations, effectively starting the Operation Cai Wen.



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UNEC Raven-I class Troop Transport      64,500 tons       302 Crew       1,498.6 BP       TCS 1,290    TH 1,250    EM 0
969 km/s      Armour 1-143       Shields 0-0       HTK 163      Sensors 6/6/0/0      DCR 1      PPV 0
MSP 14    Max Repair 80 MSP
Troop Capacity 50,000 tons     Cargo Shuttle Multiplier 8   
Lieutenant Commander    Control Rating 1   BRG   
Intended Deployment Time: 3 months   

Commercial Ion Drive (Low Fuel) ( 8 )    Power 1250.0    Fuel Use 7.83%    Signature 156.25    Explosion 5%
Fuel Capacity 914,000 Litres    Range 32.6 billion km (389 days at full power)

Commercial GPS (1)     GPS 1000     Range 18.5m km    Resolution 100
Commercial EM (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km
Commercial TH (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km

This design is classed as a Commercial Vessel for maintenance purposes



Even if more pacific in its view, the new government recognized the need for completing the previous administration plan of modernization of the Navy and expansion of the military capabilities.

With that in mind, several ships were refitted into newer models and the fleet was going to be expanded to better reflect the status of the Federation in the galaxy.

The most important decision was to upgrade the survey fleet. Both the Promise and Twilight class were remodelled to a better and faster survey capability plus an extended range able to cover even the most distant stars.



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Promise-IJ class Geological Survey Vessel      6,500 tons       100 Crew       583.2 BP       TCS 130    TH 188    EM 0
1442 km/s    JR 1-25(C)      Armour 1-31       Shields 0-0       HTK 34      Sensors 6/6/0/3      DCR 7      PPV 0
Maint Life 14.72 Years     MSP 1,192    AFR 48%    IFR 0.7%    1YR 10    5YR 154    Max Repair 100 MSP
Commander    Control Rating 1   BRG   
Intended Deployment Time: 60 months    Morale Check Required   

Commercial Jump Drive (7k)     Max Ship Size 7000 tons    Distance 25k km     Squadron Size 1

Commercial Ion Drive MK2 (Small) (2)    Power 187.5    Fuel Use 2.18%    Signature 93.75    Explosion 3%
Fuel Capacity 511,000 Litres    Range 648.3 billion km (5203 days at full power)

Commercial GPS (1)     GPS 1600     Range 25.7m km    Resolution 100
Commercial TH (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km
Commercial EM (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km
Geological Survey Sensors (3)   3 Survey Points Per Hour

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes



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Twilight-IJ class Gravitational Survey Vessel     6,500 tons       100 Crew       583.2 BP       TCS 130    TH 188    EM 0
1442 km/s    JR 1-25(C)      Armour 1-31       Shields 0-0       HTK 34      Sensors 6/6/3/0      DCR 7      PPV 0
Maint Life 14.72 Years     MSP 1,192    AFR 48%    IFR 0.7%    1YR 10    5YR 154    Max Repair 100 MSP
Commander    Control Rating 1   BRG   
Intended Deployment Time: 60 months    Morale Check Required   

Commercial Jump Drive (7k)     Max Ship Size 7000 tons    Distance 25k km     Squadron Size 1

Commercial Ion Drive MK2 (Small) (2)    Power 187.5    Fuel Use 2.18%    Signature 93.75    Explosion 3%
Fuel Capacity 511,000 Litres    Range 648.3 billion km (5203 days at full power)

Commercial GPS (1)     GPS 1600     Range 25.7m km    Resolution 100
Commercial EM (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km
Commercial TH (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km
Gravitational Survey Sensors (3)   3 Survey Points Per Hour

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes



The government not only refitted the whole fleet but expanded it with 8 extra Twilight-I bringing the total at 12.

As it wasn’t still possible to refit the warships, the government decided to start refitting all the fighters. The operation would have taken ages, therefore, another naval shipyard was ordered along with the expansion of an extra slipway on the 1,000 tons displacement Santoro & Sons Ltd. Once completed operations would have been carried faster and more efficiently. In the meantime, the 4 slots were already active refitting the first 4 fighters stationed on Earth.



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UNENF-B1LS-I class Fighter-Scout      500 tons       11 Crew       79.9 BP       TCS 10    TH 28    EM 0
2752 km/s      Armour 1-5       Shields 0-0       HTK 6      Sensors 6/6/0/0      DCR 0      PPV 2.7
Maint Life 7.23 Years     MSP 29    AFR 20%    IFR 0.3%    1YR 1    5YR 15    Max Repair 16 MSP
Magazine 18   
Lieutenant Commander    Control Rating 1   
Intended Deployment Time: 15 days    Morale Check Required   

Ion Drive (Fighter) (2)    Power 27.5    Fuel Use 280.92%    Signature 13.75    Explosion 11%
Fuel Capacity 7,000 Litres    Range 0.9 billion km (3 days at full power)

Sting Box Launcher (3)     Missile Size: 6    Hangar Reload 122 minutes    MF Reload 20 hours
Fighter Missile Fire Control FC12-R50 (1)     Range 12.9m km    Resolution 50
Sting Anti-Ship Missile MK2 (3)    Speed: 24,433 km/s    End: 10.6m     Range: 15.5m km    WH: 3    Size: 6    TH: 105/63/31

Commercial GPS (1)     GPS 1600     Range 25.7m km    Resolution 100
Anti-Missile Search Sensor AS5-R1 (1)     GPS 16     Range 5.5m km    MCR 497.5k km    Resolution 1
Commercial EM (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km
Commercial TH (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km

Missile to hit chances are vs targets moving at 3000 km/s, 5000 km/s and 10,000 km/s

This design is classed as a Fighter for production, combat and planetary interaction



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UNENF-B1-I class Fighter-bomber      500 tons       3 Crew       51.2 BP       TCS 10    TH 28    EM 0
2752 km/s      Armour 1-5       Shields 0-0       HTK 2      Sensors 0/0/0/0      DCR 0      PPV 6.3
Maint Life 9.02 Years     MSP 26    AFR 20%    IFR 0.3%    1YR 1    5YR 9    Max Repair 8 MSP
Magazine 42   
Lieutenant Commander    Control Rating 1   
Intended Deployment Time: 15 days    Morale Check Required   

Ion Drive (Fighter) (2)    Power 27.5    Fuel Use 280.92%    Signature 13.75    Explosion 11%
Fuel Capacity 33,000 Litres    Range 4.2 billion km (17 days at full power)

Sting Box Launcher (7)     Missile Size: 6    Hangar Reload 122 minutes    MF Reload 20 hours
Fighter Missile Fire Control FC12-R50 (1)     Range 12.9m km    Resolution 50
Sting Anti-Ship Missile MK2 (7)    Speed: 24,433 km/s    End: 10.6m     Range: 15.5m km    WH: 3    Size: 6    TH: 105/63/31

Missile to hit chances are vs targets moving at 3000 km/s, 5000 km/s and 10,000 km/s

This design is classed as a Fighter for production, combat and planetary interaction



The fighters were also carrying the new Sting Missiles and had increased their firepower. The new Sting was increased in speed by 400%, was 150% more powerful and had a 45% more range. In the end, the study of the enemy 30,000kms missiles did benefit our project and design abilities. The first batch of 150 units was ordered for the refit to be completed and later a new stock order will be added and kept on both Earth and Sirius Outpost. Our Analyst calculated that ideally, we should have between 594 and 990 missiles in stock. Alternatively, a minimum amount of 198 per ordnance centre could have also served its purpose.

With the operation Cai Wen ongoing, Grand Admiral Igor Fomin ordered all gravitational ships to survey the Struve 2398 system in the attempt of finding a link with the Altair system. On the 7th of April 2165, one jump point was found by the UNEN David Brewster. As to understand what was beyond enemy lines was considered paramount by the Admiral, the scout UNEN Adrien de Gerlache was tasked to explore the new finding immediately.

Not even the time to depart that another Jump point was discovered in the Struve system. Orders to explore both jump points were then sent to the departing scout.

Once back, the David Brewster reported that the first jump point was leading back to the WISE 0855-0714 System, probably a parent of the already discovered WISE 1506+7027 System. The new WISE was empty except for a couple of random comets. The second jump led to the Kapteyns Star System, 7.5 LY away from Sol and 2.4 from Struve 2398. A first scan did not reveal any alien activity and with only 5 Planets, 19 Moons, and 2 Comets the system was marked as uninteresting.

Meanwhile, on the 22nd of May 2165, Human Troops landed and secured the Alien Ruined Outpost on the Planet Struve 2398-B III. Translation and Xenoarchaeology operations started immediately after.

By November the system was fully surveyed revealing the 2 already explored jump points to be the only ones present besides the one leading to the Luhman 16 System and the new WISE System revealed to do not have any other jump point besides the one leading back to Struve 2398.

On the 15th of April 2166, the Archaeology team finally identified and translated the alien language on the Struve System. Apparently, such race was identified as the Collingwood and they appeared to not be related to the aliens found in Altair. The news was welcomed but it was also concerning. It looked like space was less empty than Human Scientists originally thought.

The Struve system was then marked as within the Federation territory and the 13 installations found on the planet’s surface would have been inspected in the attempt of recovering them.

The Operation Cai Wen was declared successful and all the participants were awarded the operation ribbon.




Known Space 2166



In August 2166 the full recovery of the assets in Struve included: 1 Automated Mine, 1 Fighter Factory, 480 Infrastructure, 2 Mines, 1 Research Facility, and 1 Sector Command. The presence of the latter would have probably meant that this may have been the capital world of the Collingwood and considering the small findings, we were probably looking at a race hundreds of thousands if not millions of years older than the Humans.

In the findings, there were also 2 weapons, unknown at our Scientists which were identified as a sort of Particle Beams. Further exploration of the surface revealed hidden warehouses with stockpiles of 9,600 tons of Duranium, 6,202 tons of Corbomite, 4,600 Maintenance Supplies, and 7,600,000 litres of refined Sorium Fuel.

During all 2166 and 67, our new exploration fleet started to push boundaries of the Human Federation further and further. Apparently, after the systems beyond Struve, there was only empty space. The exploration was then diverted on the Centauri Systems and the other branch of the WISE Systems.

Meanwhile, Mercury was fully terraformed and a new plan for the Terraforming Stations had to be found. The first idea was to Open the Sirius outpost to civilians and expand the colony making it the second Hub of mining and production. The colony was easy to be terraformed and the project could have been completed fast. Unfortunately, there were two concerns. The first was on the aliens which were just next door but, considering their behaviour, we could have assumed that the colony would have been relatively safe from invasion as no enemy ships have ever crossed the borders since their discovery. The second was on the relative distance between Sol and Sirius which would have made either one only a redundant colony.

Eyes were then on the second option, more ambitious and of a better strategic value. The Luyten 826-8 System just passed Alpha Centauri had an easy terraforming candidate with water, not too extreme temperature and a base atmosphere of Nitrogen and Oxigen. The Tidal Lock of the world wouldn't have allowed more than 800 million people to live on the surface; however, as an outpost for further exploration would have served its purpose well.

The systems were also rich in minerals that could have been shipped to the planet.

The plan was then put on hold waiting to the gravitation survey to be completed and ensure the nearby systems were as well safe and ready to be colonized and explored.

On the 21st of October 2167, the government was finally ready to unveil the new Navy design. As technology advanced and Aliens have discovered it was necessary to refurbish some concepts and also change some of the roles of the old ships. A new doctrine was established for many of the ships. The most important novelty was the adoption of the single turret doctrine. Being currently impossible to match aliens speed it was necessary to install all lasers on turrets able to track the fast enemy ships. Along with that, a new powerful turret was needed to shoot down the 30,000kms missiles of the enemy. Eventually, the fleet was also reassembled and the number of ships per fleet was increased.



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Patriot-I BS class Corvette      9,000 tons       297 Crew       1,394.3 BP       TCS 180    TH 647    EM 0
3593 km/s      Armour 4-38       Shields 0-0       HTK 70      Sensors 30/30/0/0      DCR 14      PPV 46.2
Maint Life 3.81 Years     MSP 787    AFR 162%    IFR 2.2%    1YR 85    5YR 1,280    Max Repair 107.81 MSP
Commander    Control Rating 1   BRG   
Intended Deployment Time: 1 months    Morale Check Required   

Ion Drive (Ship) (3)    Power 646.9    Fuel Use 81.06%    Signature 215.62    Explosion 11%
Fuel Capacity 751,000 Litres    Range 18.5 billion km (59 days at full power)

Single 10cm C3 Near Ultraviolet Laser Turret (11x1)    Range 90,000km     TS: 5000 km/s     Power 3-3     RM 30,000 km    ROF 5       
Beam Fire Control R192-TS8000 (2)     Max Range: 192,000 km   TS: 8,000 km/s     95 90 84 79 74 69 64 58 53 48
Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (Medium) (3)     Total Power Output 59.4    Exp 5%

Anti-Missile Search Sensor AS5-R1 (1)     GPS 16     Range 5.5m km    MCR 497.5k km    Resolution 1
Area Search Sensor AS57-R100 (1)     GPS 8000     Range 57.4m km    Resolution 100
Short Range EM Sensor EM5-30 (1)     Sensitivity 30     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  43.3m km
Short Range TH Sensor TH5-30 (1)     Sensitivity 30     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  43.3m km

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes



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Patriot-I PD class Corvette      9,000 tons       217 Crew       1,285.2 BP       TCS 180    TH 647    EM 0
3593 km/s      Armour 4-38       Shields 0-0       HTK 71      Sensors 6/6/0/0      DCR 14      PPV 71.82
Maint Life 2.69 Years     MSP 757    AFR 162%    IFR 2.2%    1YR 149    5YR 2,240    Max Repair 129.12 MSP
Commander    Control Rating 1   BRG   
Intended Deployment Time: 1 months    Morale Check Required   

Ion Drive (Ship) (3)    Power 646.9    Fuel Use 81.06%    Signature 215.62    Explosion 11%
Fuel Capacity 700,000 Litres    Range 17.3 billion km (55 days at full power)

Quad 10cm C3 Near Ultraviolet Laser Turret (3x4)    Range 90,000km     TS: 30000 km/s     Power 12-12     RM 30,000 km    ROF 5       
Beam Fire Control R96-TS5000 (2)     Max Range: 96,000 km   TS: 5,000 km/s     90 79 69 58 48 38 27 17 6 0
Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (Medium) (3)     Total Power Output 59.4    Exp 5%

Anti-Missile Search Sensor AS5-R1 (1)     GPS 16     Range 5.5m km    MCR 497.5k km    Resolution 1
Commercial GPS (1)     GPS 1600     Range 25.7m km    Resolution 100
Commercial TH (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km
Commercial EM (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes



With the Flag Bridge moved onto the May class, the Patriot classes were divided into 2 main roles: detection and point defence. The main role of the small Corvettes would have then been to protect and support the main attacking fleet.



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Danilov-I B class Heavy Frigate      12,000 tons       382 Crew       1,750.5 BP       TCS 240    TH 862    EM 0
3593 km/s      Armour 6-46       Shields 0-0       HTK 101      Sensors 6/6/0/0      DCR 18      PPV 77.14
Maint Life 5.02 Years     MSP 1,129    AFR 144%    IFR 2.0%    1YR 75    5YR 1,120    Max Repair 107.81 MSP
Commander    Control Rating 1   BRG   
Intended Deployment Time: 1 months    Morale Check Required   

Ion Drive (Ship) (4)    Power 862.5    Fuel Use 81.06%    Signature 215.62    Explosion 11%
Fuel Capacity 907,000 Litres    Range 16.8 billion km (54 days at full power)

Single 12cm C3 Near Ultraviolet Laser Turret (14x1)    Range 120,000km     TS: 5000 km/s     Power 4-3     RM 30,000 km    ROF 10       
Beam Fire Control R192-TS8000 (2)     Max Range: 192,000 km   TS: 8,000 km/s     95 90 84 79 74 69 64 58 53 48
Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (Medium) (4)     Total Power Output 79.2    Exp 5%

Commercial GPS (1)     GPS 1600     Range 25.7m km    Resolution 100
Commercial EM (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km
Commercial TH (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes



The Danilov class was strengthened to accommodate a better armour passing from a Frigate classification to the more suitable Heavy Frigate one.



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May-I BL class Destroyer Leader      15,000 tons       506 Crew       2,220 BP       TCS 300    TH 1,078    EM 0
3593 km/s      Armour 6-54       Shields 0-0       HTK 117      Sensors 6/6/0/0      DCR 20      PPV 108.96
Maint Life 4.62 Years     MSP 1,325    AFR 180%    IFR 2.5%    1YR 101    5YR 1,515    Max Repair 125 MSP
Commodore    Control Rating 2   BRG   FLG   
Intended Deployment Time: 1 months    Morale Check Required   

Ion Drive (Ship) (5)    Power 1078.1    Fuel Use 81.06%    Signature 215.62    Explosion 11%
Fuel Capacity 810,000 Litres    Range 12 billion km (38 days at full power)

Single 15.0cm C3 Near Ultraviolet Laser Turret (16x1)    Range 180,000km     TS: 5000 km/s     Power 6-3     RM 30,000 km    ROF 10       
Beam Fire Control R192-TS8000 (2)     Max Range: 192,000 km   TS: 8,000 km/s     95 90 84 79 74 69 64 58 53 48
Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (Medium) (4)     Total Power Output 79.2    Exp 5%

Commercial GPS (1)     GPS 1600     Range 25.7m km    Resolution 100
Commercial TH (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km
Commercial EM (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes



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May-I B class Destroyer      15,000 tons       429 Crew       2,100.3 BP       TCS 300    TH 1,078    EM 0
3593 km/s      Armour 6-54       Shields 0-0       HTK 114      Sensors 6/6/0/0      DCR 20      PPV 115.98
Maint Life 4.04 Years     MSP 1,275    AFR 180%    IFR 2.5%    1YR 125    5YR 1,875    Max Repair 129.12 MSP
Captain    Control Rating 1   BRG   
Intended Deployment Time: 1 months    Morale Check Required   

Ion Drive (Ship) (5)    Power 1078.1    Fuel Use 81.06%    Signature 215.62    Explosion 11%
Fuel Capacity 1,014,000 Litres    Range 15 billion km (48 days at full power)

Single 15.0cm C3 Near Ultraviolet Laser Turret (10x1)    Range 180,000km     TS: 5000 km/s     Power 6-3     RM 30,000 km    ROF 10       
Quad 10cm C3 Near Ultraviolet Laser Turret (2x4)    Range 90,000km     TS: 30000 km/s     Power 12-12     RM 30,000 km    ROF 5       
Beam Fire Control R192-TS8000 (1)     Max Range: 192,000 km   TS: 8,000 km/s     95 90 84 79 74 69 64 58 53 48
Beam Fire Control R96-TS5000 (1)     Max Range: 96,000 km   TS: 5,000 km/s     90 79 69 58 48 38 27 17 6 0
Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (Medium) (4)     Total Power Output 79.2    Exp 5%

Commercial GPS (1)     GPS 1600     Range 25.7m km    Resolution 100
Anti-Missile Search Sensor AS5-R1 (1)     GPS 16     Range 5.5m km    MCR 497.5k km    Resolution 1
Commercial TH (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km
Commercial EM (1)     Sensitivity 6     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  19.4m km

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes



The May class was refurbished to serve as Leader of the fleet and strengthened with thicker armour.

Production of new Ships and Refit of the old ones started immediately after the presentation. Along with that, a new Intelligence ship was designed and as planned by Admiral Hinc, it would have been tasked to carry the Russian Roulette Operation as soon as ready.



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Vigilant-IJS class Intelligence Ship      7,000 tons       129 Crew       626.9 BP       TCS 140    TH 188    EM 0
1339 km/s    JR 1-25(C)      Armour 1-32       Shields 0-0       HTK 38      Sensors 30/30/0/0      DCR 10      PPV 5.4
Maint Life 16.02 Years     MSP 1,359    AFR 39%    IFR 0.5%    1YR 10    5YR 149    Max Repair 160 MSP
Magazine 36   
Commander    Control Rating 1   BRG   
Intended Deployment Time: 60 months    Morale Check Required   

Commercial Jump Drive (7k)     Max Ship Size 7000 tons    Distance 25k km     Squadron Size 1

Commercial Ion Drive MK2 (Small) (2)    Power 187.5    Fuel Use 2.18%    Signature 93.75    Explosion 3%
Fuel Capacity 111,000 Litres    Range 130.8 billion km (1130 days at full power)

Sting Box Launcher (6)     Missile Size: 6    Hangar Reload 122 minutes    MF Reload 20 hours
Fighter Missile Fire Control FC12-R50 (1)     Range 12.9m km    Resolution 50
Spy 6 (6)    Speed: 2,033 km/s    End: 1.7d     Range: 300m km    WH: 0    Size: 6    TH: 6/4/2

Area Search Sensor AS57-R100 (1)     GPS 8000     Range 57.4m km    Resolution 100
Area Search Sensor AS86-R120 (1)     GPS 19200     Range 86.2m km    Resolution 120
Short Range TH Sensor TH5-30 (1)     Sensitivity 30     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  43.3m km
Short Range EM Sensor EM5-30 (1)     Sensitivity 30     Detect Sig Strength 1000:  43.3m km

Missile to hit chances are vs targets moving at 3000 km/s, 5000 km/s and 10,000 km/s

This design is classed as a Military Vessel for maintenance purposes



The new Spy 6 missile was designed to meet government requirements of spying on the enemy from far in the attempt to preserve the crew safety.

On the 5th of May 2168, the Centauri Arm proved to be a dead-end at Luyten 726-8 limiting the expansion plans of the Federation to the only way still unexplored beyond the HH Andromedae System. The good news was that these dead ends would have provided a Safe Harbour for the Mining and Civilian operations. The Luyten 726-8 System was then renamed Ultima Centauri as a reminder.

It was October 2168 when the Vigilant-IJS UNEN Tsotha-Ianti captained by Commander Philippine Barbier left Earth to start Operation Russian Roulette. The ship reached the Altair System on the 2nd of December 2168.




OPERATION RUSSIAN ROULETTE Phase 1



2 Waypoints were set, 1 at the range of the Spy 6 missiles and one on the Altair IV Planet which supposed to be the location of the Alien base. Launching Station was reached at 10:02 am on the 7th of January 2169 and the first of the 6 Spy 6 Missiles was launched.




OPERATION RUSSIAN ROULETTE Phase 2



As our probe approached the readings identified several classes on the Planet’s orbit, somewhere already known while some others were entirely new. A total of 33 Signature were identified ranging from 8,346 tons to 25,170 tons.




OPERATION RUSSIAN ROULETTE Phase 3



With results back, Commander Philippine Barbier had the order to go back to Earth immediately to report. As soon as her ship docked into Earth Shipyard the whole Navy Command was waiting to debrief her along with some representative of the government which would have reported in the Senate shortly after.

Thanks to the mission now we knew: the size of the enemy’s navy, the displacement of the ships or stations, the speed of their ships and missiles. Furthermore, we knew that the aliens could not pick up and detect a 7,000 tons ship at 225 Million Kilometers from their base. The tactical value of the mission was invaluable and the Commander was awarded not only with the mission ribbon but also with the Medal of Honor for the courage in volunteering for such risky operation.




Philippine Barbier Profile



Eventually, the commander also provided some interesting insights. Based on her observations and analysis, Philippine theorized that we were facing a sort of sentient species tasked with the protection of someone or something on the planet. In fact, it seemed like unless “activated” the alien ships would not move and or display any activity. Furthermore, as some signal could be traced back to the ones already known by the Federation, it seemed like all ships, once completed their mission, would just go back to their original position.

The martial order displayed made them more similar to machines than actual life forms.

Meanwhile, space exploration continued expedited. The most remarkable find was the Epsilon Indi System which displayed the impressive amount of 8 Jump Points leading into some very interesting systems. The good news was that none of them seemed to host life forms of any kind or to display any sort of hostility.

The strategic value of the system imposed consideration. Unfortunately with only 3 planets, there wasn’t much choice in terms of creating a working colony unless some remarkable mineral findings would have been shown by any of the 3 bodies. Before making any decision then the government ordered the survey of the system as a priority and reminded any decision to a later date.

If the system could not have supported an outpost in any way the strategy would have been to close access to Sol by controlling the WISE 1506+7027 System. On the 2nd of June 2169, reports indicated that there weren’t any TN mineral in any of the planets of Epsilon Indi, leaving then the command with no much choice than to go for the plan B.

On the other side of the galaxy, our scouts were encountering only empty systems to an extent that the sector was named as the Andromeda Void. Not many would have been comfortable in exploring in these areas which were more similar to what we thought space would have looked like a century ago.




Known Space 2169
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Re: Aurora - A political story
« Reply #38 on: November 21, 2020, 08:02:58 PM »
Just a note - it looks like you posted the Promise-IJ class twice where you meant to post the Promise and Twilight refits.

During all 2166 and 67, our new exploration fleet started to push boundaries of the Human Federation further and further. Apparently, after the systems beyond Struve, there was only empty space. The exploration was then diverted on the Centauri Systems and the other branch of the WISE Systems.

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On the 5th of May 2168, the Centauri Arm proved to be a dead-end at Luyten 726-8 limiting the expansion plans of the Federation to the only way still unexplored beyond the HH Andromedae System.

You seem to be getting quite unlucky on these dead ends. I can't even seem to get one dead end lately, and here you're closing off two whole branches in one update!

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If the system could not have supported an outpost in any way the strategy would have been to close access to Sol by controlling the WISE 1506+7027 System. On the 2nd of June 2169, reports indicated that there weren’t any TN mineral in any of the planets of Epsilon Indi, leaving then the command with no much choice than to go for the plan B.

Seems like a hasty decision by the government. If there's good deposits in some of the moons or even asteroids, the strategic importance of that system would still justify placing a base on a suitable planet there and supporting it with resources from the outlying bodies. That's just a massive transport hub there to risk leaving open to alien occupation.

There's a lot of potentially important issues in this one, which could have a significant impact on the government dynamics. I say "could" but I fully expect the politicians to punt these questions down to the next mandate as the election cycle starts up again.
 
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Re: Aurora - A political story
« Reply #39 on: November 21, 2020, 08:46:22 PM »
I had to actually change the designs as I had to use new active sensors and engines so accidentally pasted and copied the same I guess, thanks for that I will amend the post.

Unfortunately the system had literally only 3 planets, that's it. No moons or asteroids or comets...

New election is going to be on 2 main factions: those who seek war and those who do not, hard to know who will prevail now that there are no ruins and mineral crisis to impact the formulas.
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Re: Aurora - A political story - The Election of 2171
« Reply #40 on: Yesterday at 04:08:15 AM »
The Election of 2171

As parties prepared for the first Election under full Federation rules, it was evident how there were 2 main blocks with different ideas. The first one, led by the Nationalists, wanted to invest in several new colonies to better cover the new expansion happened in the last decade. The plan was to secure the WISE 1506+7027 system and massively explore its connections. The Nationalists had the backing of the pacifist movement which sought the opportunity to go back in power through a popular ally.

On the other side, there were the Federalists and the Militarists which were pushing for a call to arms by the Federation against the Aliens in Altair. The main reasons were 2. The first was a strategic one. Humanity was able to explore space in great lengths everywhere but on the Sirius branch. The presence of Aliens did stop all the efforts in the sector and forced our survey vessels to find alternative routes to the systems beyond that point.

The second one was purely military. The Navy thought that we had the advantage of knowing more on them than the Aliens did on us. Our new military researches and technologies were modelled around the alien menace and all the Senior officers seriously thought of being able of defeating the enemy.

The biggest concern was on the speed as the enemy vessels which were still faster than our counterparts and this would have called for some ingenious tactics to be studied prior to attacking them.

As votes around the planets are counted and councillors are elected, the new Senate is sworn in.




Senate seats distribution after 2171 Election



Its new composition revealed that Democrats and Republican sentiment were still present, however, the majority was split between an Industrialist Federation which would have adopted the Militaristic line and a more Nationalist Federation which would have preferred the Pacifist line.

As the shadow of war hovered on the Federation, all parties but the Scientists started to plot on how to get the best out of the situation. The Scientists, in fact, could have favoured one line or the other without too much to lose considering that with or without their votes a majority would have been still possible.

The Militarists had more seats than the Pacifists and their strategy was to promise industrial and Scientific output thanks to the war keeping both these parties on their side. But this would have led some sympathies between the Nationalists as well thanks to the rise in employment and wealth pro capita rates.

The Nationalists knew that they would have still been an important part of the government and they needed just to get the best deal possible and that was identified in the one the Pacifists have offered.

All the Pacifists wanted was to go back in power and work to bring Democracy back. With 675 votes that would have been possible only if there weren't other majorities stronger than their claim; being not the case then the main goal was set into avoiding war at all costs. They offered full backing to the Nationalists in exchange of the opening of the Sirius outpost which would have led to a partial demilitarization of the Sirius System and a consequential civilian growth.

This strategy was very inclusive as the demilitarization of Sirius would have made happy all parties but the Military one. The Federalist would have obtained a brand new Colony and the industrialists a new civilian hub. Considering that, as said, the Scientists were out of the game and the Nationalists would have obtained the leadership it was easy to see why it succeeded.




Possible Coalitions 2171



On the 1st of January 2171 then a new Nationalists Federation Government took power effective immediate, scrapping all military plans and starting the demilitarization of the Sirius System.
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