The year is 2050; earth is united under a loose confederation. Think of the European Union though on a global scale. More or less at peace, there are no major wars, no major economic problems. Though it’s strenuous. Small problems arise and are given temporary solutions. Like putting band-aids on a leaking dam. The people are dissatisfied with the current regime, the situation unravels. The dam breaks and all hell breaks loose. Countless civil wars erupt, violence reigns world wide. World leaders are killed or forced into exile. The end is nigh, plagues, famine, pestilence, and war. The four horsemen have arrived and anarchy reigns supreme. This rages for 10 long years, and the population of earth is severely diminished.
2060, enter Piglet. He arrives on the scene with a message of peace and love. After a decade of war this is exactly what everyone wants to hear. He wanders the earth resolving conflicts and gaining praise from the people. He is seen as a messiah. He convinces all warring powers to ceasefire. By popular demand Piglet is universally accepted as the new leader of earth. The weapons of war are destroyed and converted into tools of transportation and agriculture. Weapon production is banned. Though not everyone forgets the ways of war as Piglet wants them to. Manuals, schematics, blueprints, of weapons tactics are kept in secret by those want to be safe rather than sorry. The lines on the map of the world are redrawn, new sates arise and old ones are dissolved. Peace favors several small nations drawn up by ethnic lines. Notable nations like Russia, China, and the United states are split up into smaller nations.
2080, Piglets reign of 20 years has done well for earth. Society is rebuilt; the worldwide economy is fluid and flexible. Intensive research has gone into medicine and agriculture. Average life spans have increased world wide, disease and sickness is rare. Everyone has enough to eat. Man sets foot into space, for mining and faster trade. Mining facilities are established on Mars and in the asteroid belt. Because of this a new fuel source is found in the minerals of the asteroids. It’s clean, efficient, and produces little waste. Fossil fuels are no longer needed, pollution disappears. The earth’s population rebounds. Though now that people are content and well off, greed begins to seep back into society. Competition among industries increases, especially so among the new mining companies in the asteroid belt. Old disputes resurface, religious conflicts, border disputes, resource rights sow the seeds of chaos. Piglet is distraught, try as he might; he simply cannot please everyone at once. He accused of favoring some parties over others.
2082, seeing conflict on the horizon, the nations of the earth take precautions. The space trading and mining organizations arm their ships. Militarism and nationalism resurge. Those that kept the forbidden military secrets have the advantage; the others must start all over again using fuzzy memories and history records. No violence is at hand yet the tension is thick. Factories churn out tanks, aircraft and artillery, armies are raised and trained. The militarized nations eye each other warily.
2083, a large asteroid, nearly half the size of the earth is discovered. Containing a seemingly limitless supply of precious minerals two of the largest and most successful mining industries lay claim to it. Fierce debates rage over ownership of the rock. Piglet pleads with them to share but their greed is too strong. The fleets of mining ships orbit the asteroid, weapons trained on each other. Attempting to force the issue one ship decides to go down the surface and begin drilling, the opposing ships, enraged open fire. It is the first shot fired in anger in 23 years. A clumsy space battle ensues, as war in space has just been born. The battle sets off a chain reaction. War has arrived. Nations that stayed loyal to Piglet by refusing to build weapons and raise armies are almost instantly swept away and snapped up by the larger powers. Piglet vainly tries to preserve the peace by demanding an immediate ceasefire, but no one listens to him now. After a month of battle one nation arises above the rest. Enter Cheeseinator, having chosen not to forget the ways of warfare he had the advantage from the start. The spearhead of his forces the 855th gains a reputation for maximum effectiveness and minimal casualties. Led by Commander Loony, a battle scarred veteran of the 10 Years War, his officers are composed of those who served under him in that same war are totally loyal and effective. One by one, neighboring nations fall to Cheeseinator, they sue for peace and become vassal states. He allows the defeated rulers to remain in rule, yet within a few months all of them die in strange and mysterious ways. Cheeseinator then assumes control over that nation and it is assimilated into his rapidly expanding empire.
2085, other still autonomous nations realize what Cheeseinator is up to. Knowing that they must untie or fall one by one, but as they war amongst each other they need a common banner. They ask Piglet, who has been giving aid to those in need and constantly calling for a ceasefire, to be their figurehead. Piglet knows that their aims are not true, accepts hoping to do anything he can to establish peace. By now the world is divided up into two camps, one under Piglet, and one under Cheeseinator. The war rages with new intensity. The difference between the factions are apparent. Cheesinator has total control over his faction. While Piglet, being a figure head can only watch as the leaders of his faction bicker with each other on how things ought to be done. One by one the nations under Piglet’s alliance drop out and sue for peace against the onslaught of Cheeseinator’s more effective forces.
2088, the war comes to end. Total control of earth belongs to Cheeseinator. Piglet, proclaimed an enemy of the Empire is forced into hiding. Yet hiding is something that piglet is good at. Having been the target for countless assassination attempts piglet is adept at subterfuge. He is only found when he wants to be. Now earth is kicked into high gear. Total control over earth’s resources and economy by the state fuels this furnace. Massive mining fleets are constructed and for the first time spacecraft that are actually designed as combat vessels are produced. During the war some people took their ships and flew out into space beyond earth’s reach attempting to flee the violence. It was considered a dangerous and risky business going into the beyond. Contact has been lost with them and fleets are being constructed to search for them. On earth Piglet realizes that he can no longer use words bring back peace, he must fight fire with fire. An underground resistance is established, and small low intensity conflicts flare up around the world every now and then. This is where our story begins….
September 1st 2089 – Anniversary of the end of the War of Conquest. Celebration ceremony held in Utrecht. Emperor Alasdair (Cheeseinator) addresses the world on the evils of the rebels, the prowess of the Imperial military, and the stability of the Empire’s infrastructure. Commander Loony is promoted to supreme commander of all imperial forces. In his honor he has been given command of a newly constructed fleet equipped with the latest cutting edge technology, his new flagship The DoomHammer is the largest vessel yet to orbit the earth.
September 2089 – Consolidation of the Empire is nearly complete; all that remains is the artificial island-nation of Triancia. Emissaries are dispatched to Triancia’s self proclaimed Emperor known as Substance. Substance submits to the empire and drops the title of “emperor”. However Substance is keen on resisting the Empire. Under his direction The Sword of the Wind is organized. A clandestine special operations unit intended to supply the rebellion with weapons, supplies, and training in addition to fighting Imperial forces. It is a risky business, for if Imperial forces find a connection between The Sword of the Wind and Triancia…
September 2089 – The Imperial High Command meets together to discuss suppression of the rebellion. So far conventional means result in small indecisive skirmishes. Finding a new method for fighting insurgents is agreed upon. A number of solutions are suggested but the one that everyone agreed upon was developing genetically enhanced soldiers to hunt down insurgents. The High Command turned to Dr. Greg Artin (Pyroninja) leading scientists in biological engineering. Formerly a scientist of the Harper Corporation in the days before the Empire, he was dismissed for some “questionable” experiments and forbidden from ever practicing science again. With the rise of the Empire he found employment working for the soon to be Emperor in developing biologic military technology. He participated in several successful projects that developed stimulants and other temporary physiologic enhancements for soldiers. Now charged with this new endeavor codenamed Project Syosar Dr. Artin feverishly begins working using prisoners, and volunteers consisting mainly of decommissioned soldiers because of their debilitating wounds. Throughout the course of his work he sees a chance to carve his own notch in the new world order…
October 2089 Small scale uprisings flare up in Pakistan and central Africa. The rebellious zones are quickly occupied and put down in a swift and brutal manner. Although all major resistance has been crushed small independent rebel bands are still at large in their respective regions executing swift yet unorganized strikes against Imperial outposts and government establishments.
On October 3rd Rebel bodies recovered form the areas of conflict reveal weapons that are strikingly similar to that of the Zaire Arms Organization (ZAO) one of the Empire’s producers of small arms. ZAO specializes in making durable small arms resistant to environmental hazards. Immediately the Imperial Intelligence Network (INN) is contacted.
October 4th, INN agents are immediately dispatched to ZAO factories and headquarters under the guise of Imperial industry inspectors. ZAO’s CEO Kabaka Obote assures that all of his weapons go directly to Imperial stockpiles and that none of his weapons could find their way into rebel hands. The agents complete their inspection, thank Obote for his time and leave.
The next week on October 10th INN undercover commandos infiltrate ZAO headquarters in the dead of night and using technology unknown to the public, hack into Obote’s personal business records. It is discovered that Obote has been selling his arms to rebel forces for 5 months. Obote at his residence is alerted by his fail-safe systems that his records have been breached.
Suspecting the worst he contacts one of his prominent customers in the region, a local leader of one of the rebel bands Liboke Bangala. Bangala agrees to take Obote and his family into hiding and find them a safe haven within the rebellion. Moments after Bangala’s men escort Obote and his family out, Imperial Special Forces units immediately converge on Obote’s residence and search the house.
On the following morning on October 11th ZAO is under lock down and Obote on the Empire’s most wanted list. Having only barely escaped Obote sends his family ahead of him to a secure location where other families of prominent rebels stay safe. Obote’s trail is still warm and Imperial forces comb the jungles of Zaire looking for him. Obote still in hiding with Bangala’s men wishes to meet with Piglet and offer himself to the rebellion’s cause. Bangala will escort him to Nairobi in Kenya, where the regional rebel authority of the African continent resides. En route to Nairobi Bangala’s men narrowly avoid detection from Imperial forces and pass through checkpoints at ease.
October 12th. They arrive in Nairobi safely and proceed to an old abandoned warehouse, the rendezvous point. Upon entering the building they find the Regional Rebel authority of Africa and his men…. dead. They’ve walked straight into a trap. Several of Bengala’s men drop to the ground with a shower of blood. Canadian Idiot and his special forces descend on the confused rebels. In the confusion Obote, Bangala and his men escape into their vehicles. In a dramatic street chase across the city of Nairobi Bangala’s men are killed one by one and Obote is captured alive. Bangala alone escapes with all his men dead and no rebel forces within miles he is completely alone. Obote was taken to Canadian Idiot’s headquarters. October 13th, Obote is taken off the Empire’s most wanted list. His fate remains unknown.
November 2nd 2089. In an unknown location Rebel leaders meet together to discuss the survival of the rebellion, the discussion is led by Piglet the leader, the rebel military leader known as The Fourth (StickDeath), and CLUE the rebel intelligence head along with several other influential rebel leaders. The council comes with 3 major needs for the continued survival of the rebellion: Men, money, and weapons. Piglet wishes to initiate an underground propaganda campaign, other members disagree, arguing that such a venture could compromise the rebellion’s more important members, however such a venture could bring many more men into the rebellion’s cause. As for money, it is agreed that a high output yet easy to control and oversee. It is agreed that the rebellion will tap into the booming industry of interstellar mining. As with Obote, a mutually beneficial business venture with a mining corporation is the new target for the rebellion. Though after what happened to Obote, the rebellion must choose its partners carefully. Finally the most promising situation is the weapon supplies. Most rebel forces are equipped with dated weapons from the 10 years war that survived destruction. The newly acquired aid from The Sword of the Wind is a godsend. They provide the rebel forces with weapons capable of matching Imperial arms. Unfortunately The Sword of the Wind can only provide a limited supply of weapons as more could compromise them. Now that Obote’s weapon supply has dried up the rebels now need access to weapons that can be mass produced. However in a militarized world weapons are easy to come by, one way or another…
April 22nd 2090
A rebel raid on an Imperial training outpost near Chachimbo, Brazil resulted in the capture of a member of the Sword of the Wind, an elite Triancian based order committed to training and leading rebel guerilla forces. The individual whose name remains classified was promptly sent to the House of Silence for interrogation. The interrogation provided information that confirmed what many of the Imperial High Command already suspected. Triancia was actively aiding rebel groups. Within hours of the interrogation the Imperial war machine mobilizes on the Emperor’s orders. Triancia is to be invaded and occupied, all native Triancian leaders are to be captured especially Substance, the satrap of Triancia. Substance is to be taken alive at all costs, later Substance will be made to confess his sin of aiding the rebels publically and will then be executed. Imperial officials already in Triancia are to be discreet in preparation for the occupation.
When the unnamed Sword of the Wind member was captured and the situation was reported to the Grand Master of the Sword of the Wind, Evania. Immediately she contacted Substance and reported that the SotW was compromised and the Empire would likely move on Triancia. Substance then contacted Piglet and the other leaders of the Rebellion and quickly formulated a plan. Substance had been long prepared for what he saw as an eventual Imperial invasion. Beneath Trincia in several underground caverns lay the Triancian fleet. These vessels were unique in that they could travel between three mediums, underwater, atmosphere, and outer space. Triancian engineers make the final preparations and secretly the populace of Triancia and much of Triancia’s secret weapons are loaded onto the ships. The Imperial officials on Triancia are rounded up and killed, and outside communications are severed.
April 25th. The Imperial forces arrived to find a deserted island. The bodies of Imperial officials and personnel are piled in the streets. In frustration the Imperial forces comb the streets of Triancia looking for any indication of what happened to the Triancians. Casualties are taken as Imperial forces discover IEDs under vehicles, behind doors, and other places. Two days later on April 27th the vast underground docks are discovered.Searching began immediately, the Imperial fleet is put on high alert and they comb the seas searching for the submerged Triancian fleet, which unknown to the Imperial Navy, hides in the many undersea trenches in the Pacific.
A week later on May 4th the unthinkable happens. Two bulk freighters, massive vessels designed to carry as much asteroid raw material as possible, en route from Mars to the Asteroid Belt are seized by rebel forces. From the last communications from the vessels it is assumed that the ships’ crews were overpowered by undercover rebel agents. The freighters then disappeared. The High Command was deeply concerned by this development and it was said that the Emperor was furious. This event meant that the rebels now had their own hyperdrives and could go anywhere they wanted beyond earth. The Imperial Extra Orbital Fleet (IEON) conducts sweeps of the space lanes between Earth, Mars, and the Asteroid Belt.
Two days later on May 6th a technical error caused by rebel saboteurs in the Imperial Defense Network (IDN) creates a blind spot and a window in the orbital defense system. The Triancian fleet, which had been waiting for this event, surfaces a short ways south of Saipan and prepares to launch. The fleet is spotted almost immediately and all Imperial forces nearby converge on the waters south of Saipan. In what became known as the Battle over Saipan, the Triancian ships lifted from the water and rocketed toward the skies, fighting a running battle with the Imperial Navy and Air Force. Losses on both sides were light in the aerial battle. The Empire lost 15 fighters and Triancia lost only 11 fighter craft. The Triancian fleet escaped into orbit and went untouched by the offline orbital defenses. Father out into space the Triancian fleet met up with the two captured freighters, hastily modified by rebel engineers the freighters had been converted into carriers. The Triancian ships, without hyperdrives docked within the carriers. IEON ships, scattered throughout the space lanes, did not arrive in time and the two carriers vanished into hyperspace.
The Emperor was furious. In a cold fury several officers throughout the Imperial armed forces are sacked and replaced. Training programs within the Imperial armed forces were reformed and made to be more vigorous than ever. Officers that score too low on tests cannot rise beyond the rank of lieutenant. These reformations of the Imperial forces ensured that in the future only the most competent men and women would in command.
However the events of May 6th were not entirely disastrous for the Empire. The 11 downed Triancian craft are thoroughly examined by the top Imperial scientists and engineers. New designs and schematics ensure that the next generation of Imperial ships will be able to sufficiently meet Triancian ships in future engagements. The eight surviving Triancian pilots are ruthlessly interrogated giving more insight into Triancian tactics, maneuvers, and the craft themselves. As well as information about the Triancian fleet.
The events of May 6th were also greatly beneficial to the rebellion. The success of the Triancian escape as well as the Imperial forces failure to prevent these events gives new heart to the underground rebel movements. Dissatisfied and disillusioned citizens flock to the rebel cause and rebel guerilla bands flourish and grow bolder and more efficient in their low intensity war against the Empire. The Sword of the Wind, that had remained behind on earth oversees the organization and training of the guerilla forces. Their operating base is in a Triancian ship that was purposely left behind to serve as a link between the space bound rebel forces and the resistance on earth. The ship is commanded by one of Substances most able submarine officers, known only by his code name Kakatios. With the Sword of the Wind council aboard his ship they travel the seas overseeing the resistance across the world. Exasperated by the ever increasing numbers of rebel terrorist attacks the High Command begins to despair.
It is on June 1st of 2090 that Dr. Greg Artin, one of the leading Imperial scientists appears a savior. Project Syosar is finished and is ready for deployment. The Syosar, genetically enhanced soldiers are a terrible force to behold. Early test subjects consisted of drunks, homeless, and cripples picked of the streets. Through extreme genetic tampering, the dregs of societies across the world are transformed into bestial warriors. Incapable of oral speech, the Syosar communicate with each other telepathically. They are physically superior to human bodies, being faster, stronger, with lightning reflexes, keen senses, and animal instincts. The Syosar are the ultimate hunters, the very appearance of them suggests creatures from nightmares, dark bronze skins, protruding canine teeth, and the guttural noises they make alone induce rebel soldiers to surrender. The Syosar are deployed in small squads each commanded by a specially trained human squad leader, equipped with a special headset that allows him to communicate telepathically with the Syosar warriors.
The Syosar are deployed on June 10th. The next five months see almost complete success. Rebel bands are hunted down and ruthlessly killed or captured by the fierce Syosar warriors, Imperial POW camps overflow with captured rebels. The House of Silence has a field day with the rebel prisoners, though they don’t know anything worth interrogating they provide perfect opportunities for Canadian and his minions to develop new torture techniques.
Through communications with Kakatios the Rebel and Triancian command are horrified to learn that several members of the Sword of the Wind have already been captured or killed by the brutally effective Syosar warriors. The success of the Syosar warriors jeopardizes the rebellion’s plans. Bickering among the rebel leaders is unhelpful. A solution to countering the Syosar seems impossible. That is, until November 15th of 2090 the Rebel command learns through Kakatios that an Imperial scientist, Dr. Artin is interested in the rebel cause…
Part 3 (unfinished)
November 20, 2090. Five days of careful preparation establishes a secure transmission between CLUE and Dr. Artin. Dr. Artin proposes to aid the rebellion by turning the Syosar on their masters and create chaos within the Empire, chaos that would provided the Rebellion a golden opportunity. CLUE agrees and will contact him in the future at the appropriate moment. The Rebel leaders discuss this important development, Dr. Artin’s proposal is a golden opportunity. But for what? A quick analysis of the past events in the rebellion’s struggle provides the answer, the Empire’s most effective weapon against the rebel insurgents is in it’s intelligence. The Rebel command decides that the House of Silence and it’s leader Bane must be eliminated at all costs before the rebellion can make progress against the Empire. An extremely convoluted plan is formed and Blazeij, the Triancian Leader agrees to play the dangerous role as bait. The date for the Operation is set for the new year, January 1st of 2091. The date and other information is kept secret only the Rebel high command know of the plan. Nevertheless Trinacian engineers work overtime to strengthen the fledgling Triancian fleet.
December 1st 2090. Before turning the Syosar loose on the Imperial forces. Dr. Artin must first make sure that he won’t be around to be executed for treason. On December 1st after communicating with Kakatios for an arranged rendezvous, he fakes his own death. Early in the morning at 4:43 Dr. Artin’s facility explodes. Emergency response teams find only one survivor, one of Dr. Artin’s assistants a young woman by name of Rachel Nunziata. Dr. Artin’s body was found, having no surviving family or friends Dr. Artin’s body was deposited on the mass grave used in the 10 Years War and in the Conquest for unknown soldiers and unidentified bodies. Floras Island, off the Azores where bodies are dumped and left to rot and the bones left to bleach in the sun. So many bodies have accumulated from the devastating war that the surface of the island is buried meters deep beneath the skeletons of the slain. Dr. Artin’s body was dumped there on December 2nd. The following night Dr. Artin awoke, using a chemical compound to render his breathing and heart beat barely perceptible, as well as another chemical means to temporarily deform his skin to appear as burned. It was there, that Dr. Artin discovered a young girl completely mute but possessing a remarkable means of telepathic communication, the girl makes herself understood by flashing images and thoughts into Dr. Artin’s mind. Dr. Artin learns that the girl’s name is Melinda, she has no idea who she is, nor where she came from. But retains fragments of disturbing and frightening memories. Dr Artin fascinated takes Melinda with him when Kakatios’ submarine comes to collect him.
January 1st 2091. Preparations are complete, Operation Bodkin is launched. A large probe containing Blazeij, four of his closest companions, and their prototype experimental mechs is launched towards earth. The probe’s cloaking abilities enable it to evade detection by the IDN until out of danger of the defense satellites. The probe lands in Victory Square, located in the province of Limburg of the southern Netherlands. Already response teams, alerted by the IDN converge on the position. Blazeij and his companions deploy and set about destroying the Palace of Victory. The first Imperial forces to arrive are a squadron of Lancaster gunships, a brief engagement ensues in which the mechs are brought down with the loss of only two Lancasters, Blazeij is taken prisoner, recognized as the former leader of Triancia, Blazeij is conveyed to the House of Silence with the utmost speed. The Emperor, contacts Bane to inform him that he shall come to personally witness the interrogation of Blazeij.
Meanwhile the combined Rebel and Triancian fleets lie just out of sensor range of Earth’s orbit waiting for the word. CLUE tracking the progress of Blazeij’s body through the means of an internally hidden tracking device, pinpoints the location of the House Of Silence as one of the many featureless orbital Imperial military stations. Blazeij’s location is confirmed and then the rest of Operation Bodkin proceeds. The Fleet jumps to the far side of planet and engages elements of the Imperial Fleet, already on high alert after the probe penetrated the IDN. Commander Slain, aboard his flagship the Doomhammer directs the Imperial Fleet. Dr. Artin then triggers his remote device, causing the Syosar warriors to go berserk, across the planet the Syosar turn on their Imperial masters, killing men, destroying equipment and sabotaging military installations. CLUE and his force, consisting of four cloaked assault shuttles arrive at the House of Silence, grappling onto the surface of the station and insert a force of forty rebel commandos led by CLUE into the station. The strike force’s objectives are to rescue Blazeij, rescue any other prisoners, kill or capture Bane and other Order members, and destroy the House of Silence. The Order’s staff are quickly eliminated, by the commandos with minimal losses. Bane and his eleven companions are hard pressed to survive and prevent Blazeij from falling into the commandos’ hands. The stations’ communications are jammed by the commandos and unable to call for assistance or fight their way to the hangar, the Order prepares to sell their lives dearly. The Emperor’s personal shuttle arrives, aware of the outside events and suspecting a strike on the House of Silence, the Emperor arrives with a contingent of the Imperial Guard as well as his personal body guards. This force of twenty of the Empire’s elite secure the hangar and fight their way though the commandos to the embattled Order members. The Emperor and his guard reach Bane just as Bane defeats CLUE in personal combat. At that moment the power of the House of Silence cuts of, auxiliary power maintaining only artificial gravity and basic life support systems. A desperate close quarters firefight ensues in the darkness. The rebel strike force, repulsed by the arrival of the Imperial guard, cut their losses and withdraw taking Blazeij and one captive Order member with them and prepare to detonate the charges within the station. The Imperial Guard and the remaining Order members, suspecting that the commandos intend to destroy the House of Silence, likewise evacuate, taking with them CLUE captive. The rebel strike team, now under Sgt. Pepper’s orders board two of their assault shuttles, take off and trigger the remote detonation. Some of the charges detonate, causing structural damage to the House of Silence, but the majority fail due to the haste in which they were set.
Both sides withdraw, the raid was costly for the rebels. Twenty of the forty commandos were killed, with another dozen wounded. But most disastrously of all was the loss of CLUE. It is unknown the rebels whether he was taken captive or among the dead left in the House. The Imperial didn’t come off much better. Eight of the Imperial Guard were confirmed dead with another six seriously wounded. Most of the Order’s staff were killed, only a dozen wounded were evacuated from the House. Of the twelve Order members themselves, one confirmed dead, and one missing in action, either a captive of the rebels or among the dead still in the House.
Sgt. Pepper contacts the Triancian fleet commander with the confirmation that the operation is complete. The Emperor and those on his shuttle go to the Doomhammer to join Commander Slain. The rebel fleet, encircled by the Imperial fleet, manages to punch through but not without sustaining significant losses, and escapes into the depths of space. The Imperial fleet, battered but better off than their opponents, has not time to lick their wounds. For the Syosar revolt on earth is proving more serious than initial reports led them to belive.
Empire of Earth
Cheeseinator - Emperor
Commander Loony - Supreme Commander
Canadian Idiot - Head of intelligence and spy/assassin
gufu - Borisov Dmitry - General
Piglet - Leader
StickDeath - Military Commander - "The Fourth"
Clue - Intelligence
Ghostly Substance - Leader
Pyroninja - Dr. Greg Artin - Scientist - Syosar
Konan - Cull Warriors
At the moment the space outside of earth has 2 main uses, Mining and trade. Mining for the most part is conducted on Mars and in closer sections of the asteroid belt. In earth's orbit lie space-stations, shipyards, and military defense platforms.
Space stations are the the centers of the trade and mining. Rather than shipping hundreds of tons of material over land and over seas to opposite ends of the globe it was found that it much more efficient to send cargo to the many space stations orbiting earth. From there they would be loaded into large freighter vessels which would travel in earth's orbit to the space station of the corresponding destination. The cargo would be offloaded into the space stations and then shuttled down to the surface. In addition to shipping centers space stations also provide living quarters for shuttle pilots, freighter pilots, workers, and workers from the shipyards. They also support the families of the workers and pilots which basically makes them into orbital cities capable of sustaining life for an indefininte period of time. They are not entirely self sufficient however. The vast majority of food and other goods still have to be shipped from the earth's surface to support these orbital populations.
The Shipyards are all owned by the state except for a few independent large mining industries. Shipyards build ships, repair, and refit vessels of any shape and size. Military shipyards are seperate from the other's and contain R&D facilities. Civilians other than workers are not allowed in under normal circumstances.
The defense platforms serve as outposts for all spacefaring Imperial forces. Light cruisers constantly patrol the trade lanes waiting to put down any trouble and assist craft that may experience technical difficulties. The garrisons for the space marines also dwell in these outposts and using large boarding vessels, have the right under the law to seize and search any vessel at their leisure for illegal cargo.
Once the rich mineral content from asteroids is extracted it must be processed in a refinery. Imperial law dictates that no refineries are to be in earth's orbit at any time, as they may have negative effects on earth's atmosphere. So the center of the mining industry lies upon mars. All the major mining industries own enormous refineries both on the surface and in orbit of mars. The planet itself provides some valuable minerals but nearly as much as the minerals found in the asteroid belt. Refineries are not built within the asteroid belt simply because it would much too expensive and risky to maintain such large facilities in an unpredictable orbit. As such, small refinery freighters with their complement of mining ships patrol the belt filling their freighters with the precious minerals. Once full the freighter then makes the journey back to mars for the material to be processed in full. Once processed into usable material, the ore is then shipped back to earth for a plethora of uses.
I shall be coming up with the overall plot. Based on that those of you in it can write your own "chapters" from your character's point of view.
] For the sake of the story you can come up with an alternative name for your character, as some of our screen names (like mine) sound ridiculous in the context.
For those of you who are in this for sure, post a description and personal history of your character based on the prologue and some details of your faction.
Everyone can join in on this fun. I can allow for one more independent faction, we already have three. After that you must sign up under either my all powerful Empire, Piglet's rebellion, and Ghostly's secretive movement, that is if the faction leader will allow you to join.
Also any illustrations are welcome. Should wish to draw up maps, ships, weapons, etc feel free to share them with us.
Edited by Cheeseinator, 15 July 2009 - 02:47 PM.