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Offline Hazard

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Re: What's going on in your empire/planet/battlefield?
« Reply #2025 on: July 27, 2019, 10:39:22 AM »
Small.

Right.

Exactly how big is that military of yours?
 

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Re: What's going on in your empire/planet/battlefield?
« Reply #2026 on: July 27, 2019, 11:51:29 AM »
Been playing for 65 years now and its getting slow...

Ohhh, some 56 Armored. mechanized, marines and garrison divisions, 34 Engineer divisions and 15 independent brigades, mostly garrison....

250 combat vessels from BB down to FACs (150ish) and a lot of fighters (around 700 , but only about 200 of latest design) 190 Forrest class of terraformers, some 200 cargo and colony haulers... 55 Trooptransport and 6 assault Transports, around 600 PDC and other space station/bases...

Need quasar4x  ;D

Latest annextion gave 187 Ground Force training centers, so I probobly doubled my production of ground troops...
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Re: What's going on in your empire/planet/battlefield?
« Reply #2027 on: September 04, 2019, 08:26:52 AM »
The Aikhibba Imperium and the Valletta Commonwealth share a planet orbiting the secondary star of the Nullarbor system, directly adjacent to Sol.
Diplomatic overtures were made and we granted trade access to both, but only the Imperium reciprocated. Eventually, the Commonwealth turned hostile and destroyed several of our merchant vessels.

Since our offensive capabilities were missile-based and we had insufficient ammunition for a prolonged war, the high council voted to resolve the matter with a single overwhelming display of force. A convenient Lagrange Point allowed an intra-system jump that almost brought us into missile range, and since our missiles were considerably faster (30000km/s vs 12000km/s) we would be able to withdraw unengaged after making our displeasure known. Our battlefleet expended most of its ordnance in a volley of 252 missiles against Valletta population centers, overwhelming the surprisingly capable point defence and causing an immediate surrender.

The dispersed enemy forces appeared unlikely to overwhelm the newly acquired 5 Orbital Beam Bases with their combined 140 twin laser turrets, so the Missile Bases and AMM-armed escort vessels in orbit were used offensively against approaching ships, with breaks to thin out occasionally large volleys over 50 missiles (highest encountered: around 80). All in all, thousands of seized Valletta missiles were fired.
Some hostiles managed to close the distance to as little as 80k, but our new subjects held the line without coming under beam or point-blank missile fire. The immediate vicinity of the planet is clear, and while skirmishes will continue for a while, complete victory seems inevitable.

Planetary casualties are unknown, but we have acquired 790 million new subjects who will need to be pacified and cared for. Emergency housing and infrastructure projects are underway, as the nuclear winter with temperatures below -34°C is currently expected to result in millions of new deaths each month. This has to be balanced against the need for maintenance facilities, as the acquired orbital defences are in a woeful state of disrepair. Fortunately, the nation exhibits a high degree of industrial development - without the current disruption its industrial output would be higher than Earth's, with large mineral stockpiles and several times the shipyard capacity. Curiously, there is almost no educational or financial infrastructure.

The Aikhibba Imperium so far showed remarkable restraint, we haven't received as much as a protest note. Hopefully there will be no cause for further unpleasantness, the history books will likely be unkind to us as it is.
 
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Re: What's going on in your empire/planet/battlefield?
« Reply #2028 on: September 06, 2019, 01:33:32 PM »
Our 20 Luna-class corvettes (4800t) departed Valaik to secure the system, accompanied by all spaceworthy Valletta ships that fell into our hands: 6 escort cruisers (newly designated "Valiant", 16000t) and 5 escort destroyers ("Valkyrie", 8000t), all exclusively armed with AMMs of dubious quality. Assurances of faithful service were given, in return for our dedication to a rebuilding and relief program. The terraforming fleet is underway in an attempt to stabilise the climate, as are freighters with all the infrastructure we can spare.
What we did not receive was information about size and capabilities of the resistance fleet, apparently that would be an unthinkable betrayal in Valletta culture.

Several lone resistance vessels were run down and destroyed with beam fire, their crew taken aboard. The 30cm carronades of the 2 "Deimos" variants usually finished the job before we closed to railgun range. On the way to a group of 3 immobile 40000t vessels and several sensor signatures that did not yet show up on actives, our anti-missile sensors suddenly picked up a group of 249 200t fighters at a distance of 15 million km, with a comfortable speed advantage over our ships. With a grand total of 32 missiles left and one beam fire control each, our corvettes were in no way equipped to deal with them.
Our vassals, with their run-down ships, undisciplined crews and substandard missile weaponry, rose to the occasion magnificently. From 4m km, they fired seven salvos before the enemy opened the range to a point where we could not be certain of obtaining any hits. Shortly thereafter, they thinned out the volley of 249 size-3 missiles to the point where our railguns almost dealt with the remainder. No ship took serious damage, and 42 enemy fighters were shot down.

Had our Vallettan auxiliaries not acted with honour and competence, this could have been a major setback. Appropriate recognition is suggested. Fleet command also encourages R&D into more capable AMMs and vessels that can handle such a threat without outside assistance. Apart from the political implications, relying on Vallettan designs would be burdensome because of their atrocious fuel efficiency.
 

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Re: What's going on in your empire/planet/battlefield?
« Reply #2029 on: September 09, 2019, 10:13:54 AM »
Skirmishes with missile fighters and FACs continued, but none came close to overwhelming our defences and the Vallettan resistance ran out of craft before the colonial fleet ran out of ammunition. With no more known hostiles in the system, our own warships left for earth. The war bounties were to follow as soon as planet-bound defences were in place, built by fighter factories so heavy industry could focus on the relief effort. Withdrawing our fleet was meant to show our continued peaceful intentions towards the Aikhibba.

They struck 3 days later. Without warning, Valletta colony ships in orbit were hit by small missiles and what later turned out to be Gauss weapons. After the initial confusion, our laser bases cleared the orbit before rendering what defence they could, while the AMM forces commenced planetary bombardment. The Aikhibba responded in kind, splitting their fire between Valletta population centers and civilian ships . There was no maneuvering, no finesse, no heroism. Just killing. The artless slaughter ended in an Aikhibba surrender within minutes, but the dust and the ashes will not settle for years.
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