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Circa 2800

The Period Overview

Tetrahedron War (Second Slip War)

In 2800, after a hundred years without contact from the two major powers, Earth and Tetraton, every colony became highly self-sufficient. Each planet developed a unique culture and society to deal with their problems. Once, FTL travel became possible once again, many rejoined the larger powers but with more autonomy. Communication links were rebuilt and economies boomed. It was thought to usher in a new era of prosperity.

However, the new age began with conflict and turmoil rather than peace. The Tetrahedron Empire rebuilt itself almost a decade before Earth re-established FTL travel. In the time it gained, the Tetrahedrons built a massive military fleet and prepared it for war against Earth. Technological advances also allowed the Tetrahedrons to develop the long sought after technology known as Pandoran explosives.

Early in the new age, the Tetrahedrons sent in an elite combat squad against a former Alliance world, Talon.[1] The frontier colony of several million was caught unprepared by the attack. Imperial infantry broke deep into the capital city and detonated a Pandoran bomb. The resulting shockwave produced enough heat and force to demolish a quarter of the planet's surface. Dust filled the skies and left the planet completely uninhabitable. There were over seven million dead in seconds.

Seconds after the explosion occurred, Earth received word from an FTL courier and promptly declared war on the Tetrahedron Empire. Drawing on old relations of former Alliance members, Earth established the Federation. It was a joint military organization to defend itself from the aggression of the Tetrahedrons.

As the war ensued, the main Tetrahedron strategy involved sending its single massive military fleet directly against Earth. Hundreds of ships, including the flagship Phoenix's Resurrection, raced toward humanity's cradle. Earth strategists knew that the fleet carried a Pandoran bomb with them. They also knew it was incredibly expensive to construct the explosive and through quick subterfuge found the Tetrahedron planet of Dayi-a-Tess responsible for the construction of the only two Pandoran bombs in existence.[2]

Pharaoh Som'pa'ta'kack of the Tetrahedrons knew that a protracted war of attrition with Earth would ultimately fail. Earth carried the population of over eight billion which was practically the rest of the colonies combined and more. He planned to use the Pandoran bomb to destroy Earth. Such a move would cripple the newly formed Federation and gain a decisive victory.

The Tetrahedron fleet pushed through Federation systems with little resistance. The combined might of the thousands of ships crushed the meagre militia fleets that were held at each planet. Hope and despair filled the Federation as they saw system after system fall. First Illian system was crushed, then Dalam system was taken and it proceeded to Hamil system and finally Nouveau Terra.

By this time, Earth managed to mobilize a fleet of several thousand military and volunteer systems to defend Sol system. The elite military forces were sent to New Madras to prepare a sneak attack into the relatively undefended Tetrahedron space.

Once Nouveau Terra was completely overrun, the Tetrahedron force entered Sol system. Short skirmishes erupted at the edge of the system before a full fledged battle engulfed the region. Fighter craft fought from the asteroid belt to Mars and the Moon. Battleships manoeuvred against one another. Troop ships boarded both vessels and Federation ground stations.

The Phoenix's Resurrection was held back by a trio of battleships. However, mid-way into the battle, the flagship destroyed the Federation vessels and moved itself into orbit of Earth. In a last ditch attempt to save the world, a captain of a destroyer ordered his vessel to ram the Tetrahedron flagship. The sudden impact weakened the Imperial vessel and allowed time for Earth marine forces to send up over sixteen thousand boarders into the ship. The troops ultimately failed in taking control of the spacecraft but instead detonated nuclear explosives that destroyed the ship.[3] Only a handful of marines lived through the disaster.

As the debris from the Phoenix's Resurrection filled the orbit of Earth, both sides regrouped their forces and the fighting subsided. Each side called it a stalemate for the time being.

At the Federation-Tetrahedron border, several hundred elite Federation vessels broke through a weak array of Tetrahedron defences. They immediately attacked the colony of Dayi-a-Tess. In orbit, Federation vessels fired a dozen newly developed anti-matter bombs. Soon, firestorms raged across the entire surface of the planet killing over ten million people.

With the failure to destroy Earth, and the Pandoran bomb lost, the Tetrahedrons agreed to a ceasefire with the Federation. Each side retracted its space forces although relations remained tense. The Federation was born, and the Tetrahedron Empire reasserted its independence of Earth.

Auxillary Information

Exploration Accords:

After the ceasefire was signed, long negotiations proceeded after the war. Finally, the "Exploration Accords" were made to finish a deal for a final peace treaty. The Federation and the Tetrahedrons were considered to preside in the 4th quadrant of the galaxy. In the Exploration Accords, the Federation would explore toward the 3rd quadrant, while the Tetrahedrons were to explore toward the 1st quadrant. Any colonies in their respective exploration zones were of their property.

Hyperspace FTL Travel:

Hyperspace travel depended on the distortion of space-time in order to achieve impossible speeds of travel. In actuality, the FTL drives do not move the ship at all but rather alters the characteristics of space around it. Conventional engines would push ships to speeds well above tens of thousands metres per second. Anti-inertia mechanisms would keep objects within a ship from being crushed instantaneously from the massive speed shifts experienced in space travel. As such, in order for a ship to travel at high speeds, its engines must function properly, its anti-inertia mechanism must operate correctly and its FTL drives must be undamaged. If any single one of the components has been damaged beyond repair, the ship cannot move.

[1] Early in the development of hyperspace drives, a single Tetrahedron transport bird landed on a former Human Alliance world, Talon. It transported a single strike team onto the planet. They pushed deep into the capital city before the local military could react and planted a Pandoran explosive. Upon detonation, the explosion was so powerful that the heat and shockwave devastated a quarter of the world's surface and enough dust filled the air to make the world uninhabitable. War was declared started seconds later.

[2] The Pandoran bomb relied on zero point energy storage. Basically, using new found anti-matter/matter reactions to create energy, the released portions could be stored as waves. The amount of wave energy that could be stored in a very small area was enormous based on zero point energy theories. A single bomb could devastate an entire world.

[3] The Phoenix Run was an infamous military manoeuvre that was a result of the poor planning before the defence of Earth was established. Hours into the Battle of Sol System, military commanders finally began to assemble ground forces for enemy incursions as well as for ship boarding operations. Roughly sixteen thousand marines, mostly from Canada and some from the United States, gathered on the Newfoundland Launch Pads. Originally designed to deploy commercial satellites, the space elevator was taken offline and the pads used for space-capable APCs.

When the Tetrahedron flagship, Phoenix’s Resurrection, was disabled for several minutes in orbit, the troops were dispatched with orders to capture the ship. They were also equipped with zero radiation nuclear explosives should they fail their task. Due to poor planning, incorrect platoons were sent into the assault as well as a general lack of proper equipment. The marines were ill prepared to deal with the elite Phoenix Guard infantry defending the flagship. Within minutes the entire boarding force was being decimated. In a short battle span, the casualty rate had reached almost ninety percent. At the last moments of the battle, the infantry retreated off the ship and detonated the nuclear explosives, disabling the flagship.

In hindsight, it was obvious that a light nuclear barrage using the no-radiation defensive nuclear warheads from the silos that line the eastern seaboard of the United States would have done the task and without the cost of life. Many still question the use of the marines, or the logic in attempting to capture enemy technology in such a situation.

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