October 2020: The Somoa Citizenship by Investment Programme has caught the attention of the media. The Programme has grown in popularity due to instability around the world. CNN and NBC have reported that wealthy individuals around the world have purchased citizenship permanent residency via the program as a hedge against growing global instability. Some people that work with the Samoan Government are concerned that the money being invested in the program came from illegal or embezzled sources. Unlike regular citizens, Samoans are not considered full Timmy Citizens and only have the right to permanent residency with restrctions and have to naturalize as full Timmy citizens.
The Somoa Citizenship by Investment Programme offers citizenship for $150,000 which is cheaper than other citizenship by investment programs at $1,500,000.
As the Redlight forces continue their massive attack against the LPCN Calleux Line and the PDSS Grand Redoubt, the activation of the PDSS FTL Jammer grids beyond the Redoubt, has resulted in catastrophic consequences for the Orson Federation.
Unlike many other nations involved in the LPCN and the PDSS, the Orson Federation does not have a direct border with the Red Wastes, and has been located relatively far away from the main action of the various "Redlight crusades". The fact that Redlight armies have to either move through Cybusian space force or the space of other nearby nations before even coming close to the Federation has proven to be very beneficial to the Orsonians, and Drakul outbreaks and Redlight infestations are rare occurrences in Federation space as a result. This was even adapted into the strategy of Federation for dealing with a Redlight invasion: allow Elizabeth's forces to exhaust themselves fighting through other nations, and then strike when they were at their weakest. While the Federal Military continued to study the nature of Elizabeth and Redlight, the people of the Federation have remained relatively ignorant of the true dangers of Redlight, with the Federation largely experiencing internal peace and prosperity at the local level while the Redlight wars occurred, and the military nevertheless remained focused on its goals for political dominance over the Senate and Orson. Additionally, the Sterkians are still considered to be the main threat to the Federation after having fought two wars with them, with a substantial amount of military assets remaining near the Sterkian-Federation DMZ.
However, the status quo has changed drastically in light of the most recent surge in Redlight activity, and the Federation's strategies are now working against them. Rather than make a stand at the Redoubt, where the Redlight forces would likely be ground down in brutal fighting against the combined LPCN and PDSS forces (as well as the cooperation of some of the most powerful magic users in the universe in Oceara and Cybus), a substantial amount of Redlight bioships coming out of the Red Wastes have gone around the FTL Jammer grids, taking long routes through interstellar and intergalactic space in hopes of finding easier prey and an easier staging ground for further attacks. Unfortunately, these routes have taken them directly into the outskirts of Federation space.
First, one bioship was spotted in the Aicury Sector, wrecking havoc on several mining outposts and teleporting Redlight forms directly onboard dozens of civilian ships in the area; having never encountered anything like it before, the local security forces were quickly overwhelmed. Following this single bioship were twenty more, which quickly spread across the sector and repeated the same carnage the initial mining outposts suffered. The Aicury Sector was a civilian sector and not under the direct control of Federal High Command, and the military had relatively few assets stationed within the sector. As such, it was up to the local planetary and stellar security forces to hold the line until a Federal Navy force could respond. As these security forces desperately tried to fend off the Redlight incursion in a battle for survival, tens of millions of civilians would be infected, either turned into Drakul or various other Redlight forms (including some of the first Silencers), while Redlight biomass began to overrun and grow over entire settlements. Advanced AI systems were captured and corrupted into Technopaths. Sensors throughout several star systems were jammed, and it would be days before substantial Federal Navy assets arrived over the world of Aicury, the capital and namesake of the sector; by this time however, it was far too late. Following the first twenty bioships were dozens more, and eventually hundreds as they stormed not only the Aicury Sector, but the nearby Klandul Sector as well, breaching deep into inner Federation space in the Milky Way Galaxy and coming within spitting distance of major Federation core worlds. Communications from much of the Aicury Sector have ceased, having been jammed by the bioships, and the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor of the Federation (who were attending a summit in one of the systems in the Aicury Sector) have gone missing, with the Federal Military forced to pull back and unable to perform a search for them.
Federal High Command has activated the Rapid Response Protocol, and has ordered the mobilization of the entire Federal Military, with billions of personnel being brought out of the reserve forces and thousands of currently mothballed warships being brought into service once more; additionally, forces are being relocated from the Sterkian DMZ and towards the opposite side of the galaxy, where the Aicury and Klandul Sectors are located. An emergency session of the Senate is being held at the capital on Zion.
Elizabeth was surprised at the ease with which the Orsonians has been taken by surprise. She had thought the species which had killed her lover would have been a formidable foe indeed, but now, she thought, they are just as malleable as any other biomass. An easier target too, because they had such little experience. A total of 700 bioships had been deployed, and, as Redlight spread exponentially across the sectors worlds, more were being grown. Her Silencers had feasted well, and she discreetly ordered the oldest among them to be brought back, deep into the security of The Red Wastes. She had plans for them, but the newer ones needed to continue killing and absorbing psionics for now. She knew magic presented a unique threat to her and her Children.
For now, she began to reinforce the sectors, starting to develop a few Hives from which lethal Hive Guardians would be created, and where Runners could “incubate” and develop before being sent to infiltrate uninfected populations as “refugees”.
Every ship in the sector capable of FTL that had not already fled, was being converted for a special mission. She would fill them with biomass and would attempt to infect other worlds, sending them through FTL to random worlds, where they would crash and begin spreading the infection. Finally, she decided the world of Aicury, capital of the sector, would make a good place for her to manifest herself. She would take advantage of the inexperience of the Orsonians and spread her gift far and wide throughout their borders. Something occurred to her, and it thrilled her. If she infected every Orsonian, she could present them as a gift to Alexander. She felt that he would appreciate such a gift. He had always enjoyed being given species of slaves in the past, after all.
The Redlight covered ground shifted as The Red Queen appeared in our reality, every Redlight infected organism in the sector receiving a jolt of energy, Her mere presence made them faster, stronger, hardier, and smarter. Her presence drove weaker-willed psionics across reality mad, sending them into murderous rampages or into rambling fits of madness and hallucinations. Almost anyone capable of sending magical signatures would instantly know that her avatar had been created anew. She waited, patient as a lawyer, for the response she was sure would come. She made preparations, summoning five Hive Guardians and two Silencers. Her magic would not work while they were around her, but her physical abilities could easily match or overpower any mortal foe.
The world of Aicury, population 500,000,000, was the jewel in the crown of the Aicury Sector, and among the fastest-growing worlds in the entire Federation. The world, and the sector as a whole were located on the frontier of Federation space, and relatively isolated from the politics of Zion or the other core worlds. The frontier attracted millions of people on a yearly basis who sought to start a new life for themselves, taking advantage of the immense untapped resources and potential wealth that could be earned in the Aicury Sector, as well as an escape from the increasing corruption and decadence of the inner Federation systems. The "boom world" of Aicury now had dozens of major cities sprawled across its surface, as well as hundreds of smaller settlements in rural area, while there were five civilian space stations in orbit and other smaller orbital defense platforms. Aicury's moon, known as Aisa, was inhabited by 10,000,000 people who mainly lived in artificial domes on the surface or in sprawling cities constructed inside ancient lava tubes, and the moon was the center of the region's high tech industry and scientific research facilities. Life in the frontier was far less cozy than on a Federation core world, but nevertheless rewarding if one was willing to put in the work.
Now, both worlds were being overrun by Redlight, and were being used as a staging ground for further Redlight incursions into Orsonian space. The initial invasion and panic had begun when the Aicury territorial government noticed that communications had been cut off from other systems close to Aicury, while thousands upon thousands of refugees flooded into the capital, bringing with them horror stories of what had occurred on their own worlds or outposts. Aicury's planetary government was overwhelmed, and immediately began contact with the Senate and the Federal Military for further aid. However, within days of the initial incursion into the sector, Aicury and Aisa were stormed as dozens of Redlight bioships entered the system. A fleet of Federal Navy ships stationed in orbit around Aicury suffered catastrophic losses after standing their ground and fighting the Redlight forces for hours, and were forced to retreat. All law and order across the entire star system quickly broke down, with members of the planetary and sector governments either going into hiding or attempting to flee deeper into Federation space; it was every man for himself. The Redlight forces established themselves in every major city with a population above 50,000 on Aicury, while Aisa's biodome communities were penetrated and rapidly overrun, with survivors heading underground on the moon. Chaos and insanity gripped both worlds as people attempted to flee or hide wherever they could, only to be hunted down and meet a gruesome fate. Redlight biomass rapidly spread, and a few Hives had already begun development, while countless Redlight forms were created as millions were infected and became servants of Elizabeth. Hordes of Drakul were also created as the Drakul virus was unleashed upon the civilian population. On Aicury, cities rapidly became no-go zones, with survivors fleeing into the countryside and taking refuge in various safehouses that were being established throughout rural areas. Armories were raided and weapons given out to any able-bodied citizen who could shoot a gun, and the remnants of the planetary security force established numerous militias to continue the fight.
However, the Federation had not come close to giving in- this was only the beginning. Detecting the presence of an enemy force in orbit, installations of the Federation's Interstellar Assault System (IAS) on Aisa would automatically activate and begin seeking out targets to destroy. Originally used against the Sterkians during the Alexandrian War, the IAS was a classified military program that allowed targets many light-years away to be struck and destroyed without having to deploy a single warship in battle, greatly increasing the power projection of the Federation. The main armament of all IAS installations was the hyper missile, a type of warp missile that was equipped with teleport modules (developed from similar Ocearan technology) that allowed these missiles to strike across distances of many millions of light-years at an extremely high-rate of speed. While it would certainly cause immense destruction at the speeds at which it impacts, the missile primarily destroyed its targets by creating a singularity, with this technology developed from Ocearan point repulsion technology and Orsonian graviton beam technology; the blast is capable of ripping fortifications and warships apart within a radius of several hundred thousand kilometers at maximum potential, and several dozen of these missiles were theoretically capable of ripping a planet apart. Dozens of Redlight bioships would immediately be targeted and struck by these installations.
The emergency meeting of the Senate on Zion nearly ended in bloodshed as some senators had to be physically restrained to keep them from coming to blows with each other. With reports coming in of the Redlight surge towards the inner Federation core worlds, and the deployment of new Redlight forms never seen before, the majority of the Senate was beyond terrified of the possibly of Elizabeth and her "children" conquering the heart of the Federation, and were willing to do whatever it took to end the war. The Chancellor and Vice Chancellor were still missing, and with reports of Aicury being entirely overrun by Redlight, they were presumed dead, leaving the Federation leaderless. As such, a controversial vote and decision was made, undoubtedly with heavy influence from Federal High Command: High Admiral Kenth Dash of the Federal Navy would be appointed as "acting Chancellor" until the Redlight invasion had been dealt with, and the Federal Military would be granted the power to use "all means necessary" to save the Federation from utter destruction. As to be expected, a number of senators who were against the military's influence in the government reacted harshly to this ruling, resulting in Dash's first act as acting Chancellor announcing the end of this session of the Senate, and the High Admiral ordering the senators to return to their home systems and prepare their constituents for war.
Dash's second act would be enacting martial law over the entirety of the Federation, with the orders of Federal High Command overruling that of the planetary and sector governments, and the ruling of any governor or senator. The Federation was to enter a state of total war, with numerous industries ordered to prioritize the construction of war material over civilian goods, conscription activated for every man and woman between 16 and 60 years of age, and merchant ships impressed into the service of the Federal Navy. Thousands of star systems, including those in every sector located on the frontier, were transferred from the control of the Senate to that of the Federal Military and transformed into marches; the amount of Federation space under the control of the military increased from 35% to 50% practically overnight. Finally, Dash ordered thousands of warships to begin massing in orbit around Jupiter in the Sol System, preparing for a campaign into the Aicury and Klandul Sectors, while Dash boarded his personal dreadnought, the Winged Fury, and took command of his own fleet.
Before heading to Jupiter, Dash made a stop on Earth to visit the island of Tasmania, having urgent business with the Tasmanian Office.
Elizabeth was perplexed when a dozen Bioships abruptly vanished. She sent a command to the Hivemind, figure out what happened. Four solutions were offered up, after a brief debate by the countless minds that made up the Hivemind; the ships had been destroyed by uninfected vessels within the system (discounted as impossible, as there were no warships in the area and Redlight could detect uninfected organisms even if they were in a stealth ship), the ships had been destroyed by a psionic attack (all psionics in the system had already been converted into Witches or devoured by Silencers, and a long range attack was something Elizabeth would have detected), or the ships had been destroyed by an FTL attack. This seemed the most likley, because in the time it took to debate, ten more ships had been destroyed. Elizabeth was perplexed and annoyed. The countless scientests, engineers, and AI absorbed into the Hivemind had managed to create a viable biological means of FTL, but had not developed any sort of FTL inhibition field. She immediately ordered them to begin work, but she knew it would take time. She ordered the bioships remaining within the system to vacate the system and go a few systems over, where Redlight had already infected every form of life, depriving them of the spotters Elizabeth believed they were working with.
Meanwhile, deep within The Red Wastes, the first bioships containing the oldest Silencers were touching down on highly secure worlds, far from prying eyes. They slowly filed into pools of chemicals and tendrils, and were devoured without mercy, the immense psionic energy they had collected being stored for special projects, construction of which began, but would not end for some time. One of them was to be a vast tower, emitting a constant psionic signal that would draw in uninfected organisms from across reality, using various means to trick them into coming to be infected. Several of the projects vaugley resembled massive brains, and would serve as coordinators and planners for Redlight, taking some of the pressure off of Elizabeth, and ensuring that the destruction of her Avatar did not render all of Redlight feral and stupid. Finally, two of the projects were strange fields, looking almost like a nervous system, converging onto a field of concentric circles with an immense, towering Hive in the center. Psionic readings were phenonomal. Elizabeth's goal for it was simple, use it as a long range psionic weapon. The majority of said attacks would be focused on dominating the minds of mortals within a targeted star system, effectively incorporating them into the Hivemind without having to infect them. This would prove ideal for dealing with heavily fortified worlds.
But all of those projects would come later, as they were in the early stages of 'construction'. Elizabeth was alerted to something by the Hivemind; the chancellor of Orson had been infected. She smiled, and began to rifle through his mind, looking through all that he knew.
The Orson Empire
Amie would use her cascade, stealing energy from living beings from across the known space to empower herself (but not enough to render them unconscious) as Alejandro would cast a spell with the Soul Lens to funnel ambient magic from all of the worlds the Lens is attuned to, to be transferred to Klein.
Amie would start bending reality itself to banish redlight forms while Klein would himself fight forms with the cover of Amie's Reality distortions to kill forms on his path as the Order would be given for the PDSS Crusade fleet to follow the two into the Wastes to deliver a killing blow. (Although the true mission is to force Elizabeth to have no choice but to leave Orsonian Space to face the assault force) The Sheer power of the Big three super-titans would easily cast aside bioships with their relativistic weapons and use of time-dilation to allow them to turn their guns and retarget near-instantaneously despite the gargantuan cannons of the Chronos taking normally up to twenty minutes to turn.
Elizabeth hissed to herself, and began creating and deploying new Silencers to deal with Amie and the Soul Mages, which she had created Silencers as a direct response to, hoping their anti-psionic fields would prove effective. The strange light emitted by a Silencer destroyed the soul of the target, leaving nothing behind to be resurrected, and completely destroying the soul or fragment thereof in whatever was being exposed. The magical and psionic abilities were preserved however (soul mages being the exception, as their abilities involved weaponizing the very thing being destroyed), to be devoured by the Silencer. Hive Guardians were let loose from Hives to hunt down Klein in all three of their forms. Elizabeth sent further orders to the Hivemind, ordering the creation of enhanced psionic shields to protect planets in the path of the crusade, while Redlight-infected warships, including 2 Alliance Class Battleships, the primary vessel of the Technate and Ascendancy, armed with two deadly Tachyon Arrows and a massive Rad Cannon, were deployed to attempt to catch a Super-Titan in a crossfire between the two infected Alliances, infected planetary defense guns, and massive bio-plasma orbital defense cannons. Worlds deeper within the Red Wastes began to produce more and more bioships, massive and with huge biomass reserves, armed with batteries of infector pods, which would smash open and begin spreading tendrils over whatever they hit. Elizabeth was clearly hoping to, if her plan to destroy the ships did not work, to infect them, regardless of the effort required to do so.
She sent another message through the Hivemind, ordering a very special infected ship, thought to have been destroyed by Torchwood during the first incursion, to stand by for further orders. She was tempted to do the same thing the Ocearans had done to her by ordering the Runners dispersed across reality to begin infecting behind the lines, diverting resources and causing chaos, but she decided she it would not do to reveal all her cards yet.
Habitat 0118, Aisa
As Elizabeth and the Redlight armies continued their feeding frenzy across the Aicury system, the Federation finally struck back, but not in the way the enemy would expect.
Tens of thousands of bright lights would suddenly appear over the various domed settlements of Aisa as they teleported into the system, but they were not warships. All across the world, large impact craters would be created as countless of the objects landed with tremendous force outside of several main landing zones, having slowed their descent from hypersonic speeds upon entering orbit. After a moment of reprieve, the "objects" raised themselves from the ground, revealing their true nature. They were all highly advanced mechanical battlesuits (or simply "mechs" as they have been commonly called for centuries in the Federation), manned by members of the elite Federal Commandos and under the command of the Tasmanian Office.
Of the 100,000 troops that had arrived on the surface of the moon, just 5,000 of them were members of the Tasmanian Office, with each psionist armored in a Hercules-Pattern Megasuit, the most advanced type of mech available to the Federation. Developed from the original Agamemnon Battlesuit that entered production in 2212, the Hercules mech stood 15 meters in height, and boasted starship-grade armor and energy shielding, was powered by a miniaturized fusion reactor, contained an Ocearan-grade teleport module and a graviton module (allowing for seamless and lightning-fast movement on the field), a nanobot-based autorepair system, possessed self-contained environment gear and life support systems (allowing operation in space, underwater, and practically every type of planetary environment, and protection from irradiating attacks), and various other subsystems. Hercules mechs were fairly modular, allowing each psionists to customize their mechs with various weaponry and additional subsystems however they saw fit; typical weaponry included miniaturized plasma lances, micro-warp missile launchers, mounted plasma and laser cannons, radiation emitters, and heavy railguns. However, the suit's most esteemed ability was that it aided the psionists in concentrating their psychic powers on the battlefield, enabling them to dish out massive psychic attacks against their opponents. Additionally, every Tasmanian agent carried their personal psionic superweapon into battle, constructed from the ancient techniques the Orsonians learned from the void entities in the Rebellion era. Like their Rebellion-era counterparts, these weapons were utterly devastating in combat, channeling an unspeakable amount of psychic energy through and capable of performing god-like feats on the field; they were typically shaped like a traditional melee weapon such as a sword, lance, or axe, but agents were free to use their creativity when designing their superweapon.
As the soldiers worked to secure their objectives across the moon, a special mission was reserved for a certain dome settlement, officially known as Habitat 0118. 3,000 Commandos and 100 agents were assigned to storm this particular settlement, as well as secure the facilities buried underground it. Leading this regiment-strength strike force was the most senior officer on the entire moon, Luca Kinoll. Kinoll was a member of the Office's Board of Directors, and had been assigned by the Board to assume command of the liberation of Aisa. Upon landing outside of 0118, he raised his Hercules mech up from its kneeling position and began rapidly covering ground, linking up with nearby Commandos as they prepared their own battlesuits for combat. While armored in variants such as the Odysseus-Pattern Battlesuit that were less advanced and smaller than the Hercules, the Commandos more than made up for it with their extreme training and iron discipline, their experience and culture having carried over from the days of the old Imperial Commandos during Turner's reign; even if they did not possess psychic powers, they were still the most elite troops in the entire Federal Military.
As the strike forces linked up with each other and began the trek towards 1108, Kinoll came down with a migraine that gradually increased in intensity. Kinoll looked to the other agents in his command, who all looked back and simply nodded, all of them having the same, unanimous though. Elizabeth was here, in the Aicury system, and every agent could sense her immense psionic might. Their minds were strong enough to remain independent, but it was known that Elizabeth's powers caused madness; they would all have to tread carefully. Kinoll looked down at his war axe, containing a single shard of the Sword of Tritus which gave the weapon its power; as a member of the Board, Kinoll was allowed unlimited access to such heavily restricted artifacts, and this was as best of an occasion as any to dust off the shards for combat.
As the large dome of 1108 became visible on the horizon, the Commandos activated their Rage Instigators, sending them into a controlled rage state that would greatly enhance their performance in combat. Kinoll could see that the dome's outer wall had been penetrated, and Redlight was practically oozing out onto the moon's surface. He sighed, preparing for the worst.
The Chronos showed it's sheer power when it's shields went down to the weapons instead of being destroyed -- the shields went back up almost immediately, although that was thanks to it's sister ships kick-starting the shield generators for it. The Three super-titans would quickly unleash their gravity slings en masse and push on.
Klein disappeared before the light was sent out. Killed by his own Mage so that he can be resurrected elsewhere to dodge making use of the Time Dilation to protect Klein even though he would be fighting outside of the dilation fields Alejandro and Mobius are inside the Dilation Fields and are able to cast spells upon Klein before even Klein knows hes in danger.
A few minutes later, The Founder would try and contact Alex with a proposal of combining the M.A.D. capabilities of both of their empires against the Redlight to break their back and render Elizabeth the only dangerous piece left on the board and allow the combination of Amie, The Soul Legions, and Alex himself to hit her all at the same time.
Novo! I'm happy your still alive!
Let's see... There have been some interesting revisions to Orsonian history indeed!
The 7/7 Coup:
Oceara drafted a law mandating gun owners to come to the defense of the nation if need be, by making them part of the reserves:
Orson also launched a space program in 2046, a point venture between the Federalists and Third Imperium, which Forge has ordered Torchwood to infiltrate and sabotage.
Orson made a fantastic post about The Rebellion:
Dana finally uses her abilities:
Ocearan rifle designed to eliminate rage-state Orsonians:
Ocearan sattelite-guided torpedo system (nifty idea!)
Federalist military modernizes:
Anna Lesova, the more conservative of the two cultural and literary figures you suggested I make:
Edward Mordrake, hedonistic reporter and Anna Lesova's main competition:
Wow, quite the dossier :)
I'm glad to see so much creative work; I've been lacking in comparison. Though I have completed my side project of fleshing out all the international destinations serviced by PDC Wagondia. Suffice to say, there are a lot- as our flag carrier, PDC is generously subsidized and is expected to attract considerable tourism and business investment to the Empire.
Ah! Interesting. Is that in a factbook somewhere?
I'm sure it's frequently used by Cybusian tourists on Earth. Airships are slow, and not everyone can afford to spend a few days or a week aloft, and I while there are non-airship routes connecting our nations that are operated by Cybusians, many would use PDC. The tech might be less advanced, but it's probably a cheaper flight, which would be an attractive quality for ordinary citizens.
In a logical but unprecedented action, The Didactian Council has passed a law taxing Ryan Industries products. This directly contravenes the Treaty of Rapture, which makes Andrew Ryan the head of The Free Economic Zone of Rapture, guarantees Cybusian assistance in the defense of said zone, and allows products from within Rapture (not just Ryan Industries products) to be sold in the Empire without being taxed (otherwise Ryan wouldn’t sell a single thing), while also requiring Ryan to allow citizens of the Empire and of Rapture to freely come and go between Rapture and the Empire as they see fit and to allow Imperial businesses to conduct business unhindered.
The taxation is occurring because Ryan Industries products have exploded onto the greater Imperial market, Plasmids and Gene Tonics becoming popular with those genetically incapable of magic, while the L-71 Ember series of adaptable laser weapon is proving popular with civilians and planetary defense forces. Ryan Security has become one of the most renowned PMCs in Imperial history due to their reputation for efficiency and professionalism. Finally, Neuromods are slowly becoming more popular (their rather difficult installation process makes people wary of them, though the ability to instantly learn a skill, language, or ability is proving tempting, despite the extremely high prices Ryan charges for them). The Operator series of droid, while never quite surpassing similar RobCo droids, are becoming more popular as well, particularly on the frontier. Justifiably, the Council believes the Empire is missing out on many trillions of dollars in taxes from the sale of Ryan Industries assets and services.
Ryan, obviously, is furious, citing the Treaty of Rapture, and calling the Council members ‘a bunch of thieving parasites who clamor after ‘their share’ of a man’s own profits. I have no doubt the money will be spent on some parasite relief program. This will not stand, and is in direct contravention of The Treaty of Rapture. This targeted tariff will not stand in a court of law, nor in the court of public opinion. I will consider the official policy of Ryan Industries in response to this outrageous tariff and make it known to the public at a later date."
Objectivists across the Empire are standing in support of Ryan, including prominent reporter Edward Mordrake, Cybusian-Wagain business magnate and playboy Francisco D’Anconia, and RobCo founder and CEO, Robert House. D’Anconia, perhaps Ryan’s closest ally outside of Rapture, has warned that “Andrew Ryan is not the sort of man to let go of an issue such as this one without a fight. The Didactian Council may be full of stubborn fools, but Andrew is a far more stubborn man than all of them put together.” He has planned a meeting with shareholders of D’Anconia Holdings, his company, to discuss the idea of providing a discount to any sales to Ryan Industries, which purchases large quantities of the raw materials sold by the Wagain company. Robert House has already declared a 20 percent discount on all sales with Ryan Industries.
Rapture newspapers are calling the new taxes ‘a blatant attack on our city and our Free Economic Zone’. Sander Cohen had remained oddly silent on the subject, suggesting he is planning something elaborate and extensive.
(This occurs before Ryan decides to run for a position within the Didactian Council, which I am considering retconning.)
"I've never known a hegemonic empire to stick around for long after starting to look weak. Capitulating to a single city and some corporations will certainly make them look too weak to maintain their empire. The math doesn't add up, Ryan will have to accept defeat or he will die on his hill -- either figuratively but also possibly literally depending on if he makes a really huge mistake." - Supreme Commander Valentina.
(The Cybusian Empire is simply too big to maintain it's territory with military maneuvers alone, the political appearance of authority and strength is required to hold onto that much territory and maintain stability in lightly-occupied or completely unoccupied worlds.)
The Rapture Central Council, while largely in agreement with Ryan, have concurred with this view, pointing out that, as rich and successful as he may be, Ryan is still a civilian, and that Ryan Industries, while one of the fastest growing companies in the Cybusian market, is not essential to the Empire's economy. He has been urged to try to negotiate and find some sort of middle group. The board of directors of Ryan Industries have urged this as well, and have hinted that they may go behind his back if he does not at least speak to a representative. He has, grudgingly, agreed to go to Arcadia.
Upon sensing uninfected life, huge hordes of infected, that used to be the population of the dome, began pouring out. Most of them were simple Warriors, armed with biomass blades, 'rifles' that fired bundles of tendrils, and speed, while others were more dangerous, several dozen Hunters, which were optimized to rip apart tanks and armored vehicles. There were only two Witches, the rest of the psionically active population having been devoured by Silencers so their magical abilities could be used for Elizabeth's special projects. There were two Technopaths, responsible for much of the chaos that had crippled efforts at evacuating. Redlight was slowly making its way down into the facilities beneath the dome city. Elizabeth herself was nowhere to be found, though she was obviously still on the planet somewhere.
A trio of Hive Guardians, having been sent to investigate the facilities under the dome, quickly responded to the attack, each in a different form. One was in it's Lancer form, acting as a high-powered marksman, bio-plasma bolts tracking their targets with unerring accurary. Another was deployed in its Rook form, a bulky and heavily armed organism, it's huge bio-plasma cannon intended to destroy tanks and armored vehicles. Finally, advancing toward the Tasmanians so fast it was almost a blur, was a Knight form, it's custom biomass blade capable of cutting apart armor, the other arm a mass of tendrils capable of quickly snaring and trapping an opponent to be infected.
Elizabeth decided to reveal her trump card. At once, a message was sent, not to the Redlight forces fighting, but behind the fortifications. On worlds across known space, Redlight outbreaks seemed to occur from thin air. Forge, coordinating Kill-Teams and Prowler strikes to keep the Calleux Line intact, was horrified to receive reports of outbreaks on worlds far from the Line, and far from any known infected. The Imperial Marines would be deployed in force, operating alongside Torchwood squads to cull these mysterious infections. All non-military space travel was suspended, violaters to be destroyed by planetary defense weapons.
There was even an outbreak on Arcadia itself, but Dana and the Ravenelki quickly destroyed it before much could be accomplished.
Sokolov proposed summoning Nyarlathotep to assist in the destruction of Elizabeth's avatar, given their mutual hatred, but was ignored.
On Petrichor, MODUS rebooted himself, swiftly gathering the data collected by the 'localized' fragments of itself. He began collecting reports sent from Ekon and hypnotized infiltrators, and from AI unknowningly embedded with code which caused them to regularly send reports to MODUS, then erase any knowledge of such actions. The situation was not a good one. Strange and terrifying new Redlight forms, biological ships, psionic-hunting creatures, and, corrupted AI. The former ZAX unit was disturbed.
"Members...all Redlight on Petrichor has been confirmed destroyed. I am collecting information on the status of the known universe, and things do not look good. Those of us here on Petrichor, must stay here. I am unable to make contact with several members, including an Ancient. This does not bode well for us. On the bright side, we have plenty of blood to sustain you all, and all hope is not lost...yet."
For anybody interested in viewing the PDC Wagondia international route map, I'll attach a link below. There are quite a few routes, and you may want to de-select that layer so the map isn't as cluttered. Search any destination in the upper search bar and you should find a list of all connections we offer.
Thank you! And the map in reference to my internal canon, which is blind to other states (it's what I use for most personal creative work). That's why you see some small changes from EOA canon, which is what I use with y'all). For instance, Tierra del Fuego belongs to Wagondia and there are flights into the Orsonian Empire (which wouldn't ICly happen until the Federation came to power). Accepting some small alterations, that map can be used as a point of reference for any roleplay within the region :)
Ah. Very well!
Indeed, I'm amazed at Oceara's work as a mapmaker. It is very accurate to what I've envisioned in my head for years.
It is also much easier to see that the Monarchists, while defeated in 2026, are not nearly as weak as they might seem, still controlling a substantial amount of what was a unified Orson (including half of Australia). Despite all of his faults, Turner's genius and skill as an administrator and governor ensured that the Empire would be a tough nut to crack; even in the face of a unified Ocearan-Mamaran front and an ongoing civil war against the Unified Front, the Monarchists survived for several more decades, and had the potential of defeating the Federation in open combat once the Federalist-Monarchist War began in 2050. It took the assistance of the Ocearans, the Mamarans, and I believe your nation (if that is still canon) to finally defeat the Monarchists, and even then it took six years before the Third Imperium finally capitulated.
Hell, were it not for foreign support (such as your nation providing shelter to Jerick Pallas and other Federalist leaders, the Ocearans providing military aid, etc.), the Federalist movement would have been crushed in the early 2020's; it was already coming close to that point by 2019, with Turner and the Inquisition tightening the noose around the remaining Federalist cells in Orson, and Jerick Pallas forced to go into hiding to avoid being assassinated by Imperial agents in Wagondia. The Federalists narrowly escaped extermination because the war broke out in 2020.
This also shows just how terrifying Turner was- Pallas would be remembered as one of the greatest politicians in Orsonian history, and became a living legend in the Federation, someone that every federal politician aspired to be. Yet, even Pallas was outmaneuvered by Turner; in interviews Pallas did later in his life, Pallas would often remark how Turner seemed to be "two steps ahead of everyone", and that Turner's skill as a mass manipulator was beyond even Pallas's comprehension.