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A Sickness (Ngoverse/FGC'62-91 tie-in)
« on: 29 February 2012, 05:59:37 »
[Note: part of my long absence, was a continuation of the FGC game on another server.  That game's currently on a "delay" while the rules are being revamped.  I did a lot of specific info and backgrounds for my own corner of it, some of the material is, imho, quite a bit of fun.  Some of it you may be familiar with from either the old Ngoverse stories, or the old Fancouncil games when they were still hosted on the CBT servers on the old boards.  I'll be starting this wind-up with a few dry entries from that 'verse, including planetary background written for that game's wiki, then we'll segue into detailing and fleshing out some events from that game that were glossed over due to time constraints.  Y'all will get to meet some old Ngoverse characters, and some new ones from the FGC'verse, and there will be some different perspectives thanks to events and differences within that 'verse over-all.  For those of you who've been wanting "New" Ngoverse stuff, more 'loonies, and attendant joyous jazz, well...this is a placeholder while I gets my notes in order.  Commentary is welcome, as always on a Cannonshop fic.]

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Re: A Sickness (Ngoverse/FGC'62-91 tie-in)
« Reply #1 on: 29 February 2012, 06:19:31 »
Prologue: Government House, Kowloon, 3067/05/13/05:35

"...open request for medical relief on Arluna-looks like their annual flu-bug's worse than normal.  With the Clans moving in, Alliance Medical Corps has asked for our assistance."  Commodore Alicia Li of the Kowloon Coast Guard Militia paused.

Duchess Elizabeth Ngo looked over the report-a move of theatre, really, she'd read the off-prints last night.  "They're our neighbours, Li, we'll send help." she said, "what's our defensive status like at home?"

Li grimaced. "Between Adam Steiner's renewed offensive and that ****** at Somerset?  the LAAF is calling out the reserves-expect to see most of the heavy ground assets we have being pulled to fill out losses in CMM units-assuming Peter can find the shipping tonnage to move them."

"If Peter calls...we'll answer, but I will not recognize Daffy Daphne's authority, that asnine bill they rammed through the Estates..." and Elizabeth's scowl deepened,  "I don't care if Arthur Luvon swears on a stack of bibles that it's a legal realignment, the primary reason we joined the Lyrans was to NOT be part of a reanimated Rim Worlds Republic, even if it IS supposed to be only a name for a province..."

"Aye aye.  Your lips to god's ears." Li replied.

"Get a full medical team on-ship and en route to Arluna." the Duchess ordered, "I've got to draft a few messages-one to our esteemed Archon, reminding him of the promise his ancestors made to mine."
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Re: A Sickness (Ngoverse/FGC'62-91 tie-in)
« Reply #2 on: 29 February 2012, 07:11:53 »
Good to see you back at it Cannonshop!

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Re: A Sickness (Ngoverse/FGC'62-91 tie-in)
« Reply #3 on: 29 February 2012, 07:29:23 »
MacAulliffe Farm, 50KM outside Grantsville, Arluna...

It wasn't fair, the letters had come in over a week ago to the HPG compound in Los Diamantes, and Debbie had to drive all the way there...  she stirred the pot of Soup while her mother's hacking coughs echoed in the house. 
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To: MacAulliffe, Debra
From: LAAF Academic Board Coventry, Coventry Military Academy

RE: Your Application

3067/02/11
We regret to inform you that, in spite of testing in the upper 98th Percentile of eligibility,  due to recommendations your application has been rejected.   If you feel this is in error, you may appeal to the Academic Board in Thirty Days from receipt of this notice.

Thank you for your interest in Coventry Military Academy...


this was the kindest of the rejection letters, and tactfully avoided mentioning terms like 'politically unreliable'-terms related to her father's ongoing disagreement with Duke Desoto's regime.

I did everything I was supposed to do....  Deb knew it-she'd done all the right things, checked all the right boxes, and in the end, it was her father-still, as far as she knew, locked up in Grantsville waiting for trial...

Her mother's coughing subsided again, and the babbling began.  Deb put the soup spoon on the counter, and went up to the bedroom.  time to change the cold-packs... when the babbling began, it meant the fever was raging again.  Damn stupid doctors, the antibiotics aren't working!

Tonight, however...  she was half up the stairs, when the babbling just...ceased.

"Mumma?" Debbie called, "mumma, y'there??"  her feet carried her up the stairs faster, there was no rattling noises...

Her mother lay half-in-the-bed, throat swollen three times the size it should've been, the stink of shit and urine hanging in the room, mixed with vomit and lingering sickness.  she reached down, numbly, and...

cold. her mother's flesh was like lukewarm clay, losing its heat.  The life was already gone.

daddy had the sniffles when they took him...mom got sick after he left...  the dark, rational part in the back of her mind ran down the time.   

Deb was alone in the house.

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Re: A Sickness (Ngoverse/FGC'62-91 tie-in)
« Reply #4 on: 29 February 2012, 07:41:25 »
Oxford, Everglades Continent, Arluna, 3067/05/14, 0400 Hours Local time

"...violating curfew, an illegal demonstration at Vine and Sandhurst, There's an EMT unit on-scene, they're trapped..."  Officer Laura Shenks reached down, and keyed the mic, "Unit seven-oh-five, en-route." she said.  Today, most of the city's police had called in sick, the Militia units holding the area around the central police station weren't in much better shape.  she banked the chopper hard north, and accellerated between the buildings.  "Tony, you okay back there?" she asked.  Her partner sneezed again, and blew a big yellow nobbin into an overstressed hanky, then adjusted his tactical gear, "I'm okay for this, I think." he told her, "what's the mission?"

"Got an ambulance trapped in a riot on Sandhurst, we're gonna pull 'em out." Laura told him, "You okay on this?"

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« Reply #5 on: 29 February 2012, 09:05:18 »
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« Reply #6 on: 29 February 2012, 09:15:41 »
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« Reply #7 on: 29 February 2012, 14:36:22 »
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« Reply #8 on: 29 February 2012, 15:12:20 »
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« Reply #9 on: 29 February 2012, 18:00:13 »
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« Reply #10 on: 29 February 2012, 19:39:06 »
  I've read about the aftermath of these events over on the intelser.org FGC boards, so I'll be fascinated to see what happened at-the-time, 'live'.  Of course, there's a strong element of horror to that fascination, but hey, what's a Cannonshop fic without an appalling body-count?  :D
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« Reply #11 on: 29 February 2012, 20:05:46 »
MacAulliffe Farm, 50KM outside Grantsville, Arluna...
Her mother lay half-in-the-bed, throat swollen three times the size it should've been, the stink of shit and urine hanging in the room, mixed with vomit and lingering sickness.  she reached down, numbly, and...

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« Reply #15 on: 01 March 2012, 04:47:26 »
Coast Guard Ship Tan Son Nhut, Invader Class, Nadir Jump Point, Kowloon system, 3067/05/14 12:00 GMT

"Medical Dropship Lianh Tranh, you're cleared to dock."  Capt. Chie Cu'ong watched as the somewhat battered, converted Seeker fastened to the secondary docking ring.   

"Running light this trip."  her engineer, David Pham, observed.  A pair of Mules dangled off the other two collars, loaded with "Package Freight".

"Have to-the orders were cut-we bring in the initial team and their equipment, make a circuit out to Inarcs and back again doing mail-packet duty."  She said quietly, "Most of the civvie lines're going on D-checks this year-the Coast Guard's been tapped by the Alliance Logistical Command to pull mail-packet duty locally."

"This must come from all that magical free-time we've got between antipiracy patrols, search and rescue, and mercy missions like Arluna, Right?" he asked.

"Don't bag on the government too hard, Dave.  Someone's got to keep it running while the Archon's cousin burns up what's left of the fleet." she said caustically.

"Board's green, relief ship's docked." 

"Arm for jump..."


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« Reply #16 on: 01 March 2012, 05:41:47 »
Dry, Technical stat data...[/i]
"SLDF development programme 21B dated 2729/09/21 under SLDF Domestic Pacification directive 219, so ordered by the First Lord Simon Cameron.

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Programme 21B is a non-lethal or "Nullwep" system intended for broad-scale deployment to restive areas of the Territorial States where Rebellion has been a persisting problem that affects the stability of the Star League and/or its member states, in particular zones which are considered to be constant sources of difficulty in the stable administration of the realm.  Development begins with the introduction of a mild carrier virus..."
So was the intent, anyway.

The truth of what was developed by the SLDF bioweapons experts was less...sanguine.

"...By my authority as Protector of the Star League and Regent, I hereby order all work on the 21B virus suspended indefinitely. This weapon is not what was intended, and efforts to develop a stable cure have failed. God help us if this virus is ever released..." Aleksandr Kerensky, 2760/11/22

The virus was developed by the SLDF as a mass-grade 'pacification' agent intended to suppress repeated civil unrest in the Territorial States, at the request of House Amaris to House Cameron. The development took longer than most bioweapon development at the time, due to both legal constraints on Bioweapons, and the constraints of the original letter of intent-the virus was intended to Pacify, not exterminate, a population by suppressing the aggression centres in the animal hind-brain.

With more than a decade of work, what was produced, however, was a virulently lethal virus, one whose intended curative (as all bioweapons of any use would have) turned out to be somewhat less effective than expected. After literally trillions of Star League Dollars and decades of work, the 21B was a failure as a pacification agent.

Commanding General Aleksandr Kerensky in 2760 ordered all relevant materials archived and a cease-work was issued on development of the 21B virus-except for work on the counter-agent, which was permitted to continue under tight budget requirements at the Star League Infectious Disease centre on Luna.

In spite of this, production of the re-entry and dispersal modules went ahead at Bangor Aerospace on Terra in 3061, and the Markings for 21B dispersal units were included in the 2753 through 2766 Warbook Files of the SLDF Royal Regiments.

The Aberdovey Find: 3066

A Lostech Prospector working along the Lyran Periphery bordering the former Rim Worlds Republic found a cache of Star League era capital missiles on the moon 'Aberdovey' in an unclaimed former Rim Worlds System. The markings on the missiles were complete, but because existing Warbook listings were Incomplete, the buyer who obtained them (Rowe McClaren Corporation's Weapons division had access to Warbook Files up to 2746) misidentified the markings and assumed it was a special guided munition. The sale was completed and the located missiles were shipped to a reverse-engineering lab on the world of Arluna.

Release: February, 3067 Because of the Hazard warnings, it was presumed at the time that these were a variant of the Santa Anna nuclear-tipped antishipping missile. The aerosol dispersant and retro-rockets on the warhead casing seemed, at first examination, to be enhanced guidance and/or sensor ports, possibly intended to make the missile more accurate in a Warship-Grade ECM environment. Nuclear hazard preparations were implemented at the laboratory.

This set the stage for an accident. Workers opened the warhead-casing, and released a quantity of aerosolized 21B virus. The missile itself DID have an enhanced targeting capacity-in atmosphere, intended to prevent the warhead from landing too far outside of population centres. Work reverse-engineering the guidance package continued with the staff unaware of their sickness. They went home, spread the disease to their families, friends, and people they came into contact with.

The first symptoms began to manifest more than a month after the virus was released-just in time for the relatively regular 'local flu cycle' on Arluna. People passed the disease back and forth, spreading it for weeks before symptoms began to appear in the original patients.

By June of 3067, Millions of Arlunans were sick with a Flu that just would not abate. By July, sickness was turning to deaths-first in the thousands, then, the hundereds of thousands, then, into the millions. The Flu was now a "Pandemic" and Lyran Medical Authorities ordered a suspension of shipping to the Arluna system. Coincidentally, this was ignored by the nearby world of Kowloon, which sent a team of medical specialists to assist the Arlunan government in dealing with waves of sickness that were consuming their world.

Symptoms and Spread


The 21B virus is an airborne virus similar in configuration to the standard Influenza A. It is notable for having a uniquely long period where a patient is asymptomatic (up to three weeks) while being infectious.

As the disease progresses in the human body, it begins to inflict enough damage that its presence is visible as ordinary, cold-like symptoms, including mild fever, sneezing and runny nose, headaches, body aches and frequent bouts of vertigo or dizziness, and nausea.

In the terminal phase, the patient's fever climbs, and hallucination, difficulty breathing, and blurred vision, along with stimulation of the Adrenal Gland and areas of the brain linked to fight-or-flight response have been noted. Terminal Phase patients generally last about seventy two to ninety-six hours before death, and have been observed lashing out with violence during this time frame, as well as exhibiting wild emotional swings. Patients who survive to reach Terminal Phase tend to die, but an estimated one out of 1,000 survive this phase, after which, the fever breaks and the body's natural immune responses kick in, evicting the Virus and restoring somewhat normal control assuming the host has suffered no damage from other, opportunistic, infections in the critical three to six week recovery period.

In other words, 99.9% of those infected, die of the Flu.  Out of the remaining 'survivors' there is a better than 25% chance of opportunistic infections, death by other causes, etc.

Further, the Flu Spread from Arluna in the months between February of 3067, and June of that year...

Spread in the early stages of the Plague Year...

The flu passed to worlds near Arluna along the Dixie-Moray shipping routes, and by June of 3067, thousands were growing violently and often fatally ill along those routes. Distribution was uneven at first-worlds with more traffic, were hit harder. Inarcs lost much of its capital city to the Flu in August of 3067, the world of Winter was devastated, as was the world of Anembo, and Millerton, and Miquelon. The world of Australia also suffered extensive damage, but cases were identified as far into the Lyran interior as Guataveta.

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« Reply #17 on: 01 March 2012, 06:01:49 »
Spaceport Baggage Claim, Paradiso, Inarcs, 3067/05/25/1300 Local Time...

"Jesus, Mick, I think we hit the jackpot."  Sonny Laird scooped up the protected casing.   
"Who're we stealing it from?" Mick Teise asked, looking at the cracked open case. 
"Some bigwig from Arluna, one of the Desotos."  Sonny answered, "quick, the super's on his way down..."

Mick scooped out the small bag of gems, and with it, several billion little microscopic entities that had migrated there as the son of the Duke of Arluna had stuffed valuables into the case.  He didn't know it yet, but he and his partner, in addition to violating their employment contracts, and committing a felony crime, were going to be circulating something else in the pawnshops, fences, gambling houses, bars, and tenements of the low-rent end of Inarcs' capital city.

"What the hell are you two doing?" Supervisor Joe Ginns demanded.  The two baggage handlers hurried to look as innocent as possible...

"We found this one cracked, I swear the machine ate it." Sonny insisted, "We were just putting the stuff back, Honest."

Joe Ginns might've spared his family, but instead, he insisted on helping the two junior handlers reassemble the contents of the case (minus the goods they'd managed to palm).  "I'll ******' file a work order on that sorting machine, then...second time in a week..." he muttered.

Arturo Desoto, upstairs, coming out of terminal 14, felt rather lousy.  On his way to the baggage claim, he passed gifts-without meaning to-to numerous spaceport personnel, a frazzled looking woman on her way to a job interview, the skycap he tipped (with money crawling in virus),  a Troop of Junior Alliance Rangers on their way to a concert (Courtesy of Rowe McClaren's "See a new world!" sweepstakes), and an airport medical clearance doctor who, wisely, ordered the Duke of Arluna into observation/quarantine after he hocked a great yellow loogie at the customs station.  (oh, and he passed it along to the customs agents as well.)

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« Reply #18 on: 01 March 2012, 06:18:55 »
Tharkad, Office of the Alliance Medical Corps, Mt. Asgard...

"...showing a much more virulent side, but we can't afford to panic the public."  General (and Doctor) Hans Josef Meider was saying.  "For now, we need to isolate the region-but we can't, not with the Star Adders moving along the Periphery border in that direction."

"If we quarantine now, they'll skip it, or they'll push into the heartland." General Fuchs of the War Plans group reminded everyone, "We can't muster the forces in the Coventry theatre to hold them, especially if jumpship travel's locked down by a general Quarantine...hell, we don't know that the bloody damned Clanners didn't turn this loose just to make it easier."

"I can't get hot-zone teams up there without escort." Meider insisted, "I need troops to escort the specialists in."

"How bad could it be, Meider, seriously, it's the ****** flu, sure, it's spreading faster than normal, but mankind's lived with flu for centuries." Fuchs insisted.

"Do something passive, then-reroute jump traffic, use priority orders, isolate Arluna that way, and order a general tightening of entry-exit procedures on neighbouring systems-we can do THAT without a general panic, right?"  Ceasar STeiner, acting Marshall of the Armies, asked.

"We can do that, sure...hell, we can do better than that-a general call-up of all Merchie traffic, pull them back to 'safe' areas can lock it up."  Fuchs recommended.

"what if it's worse?" Meider asked, "What if it's already out?"

"We have time-your reports show that people get sick fast and they haven't been dying at a scary rate..."
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« Reply #19 on: 01 March 2012, 06:40:00 »
Grantville Canton Jail, isolation cells...

Richard "Hobgoblin" MacAulliffe was sick.  Too sick for a show trial, which was bad for the people holding him-or would be, if most of the DeSoto loyalists in the Canton weren't also sick.

He coughed and stabbing pain shot through him as broken ribs ground against each other.  "oww ******... ****** bastards...turn the damn heat back on!!" he bawled. 

On some level, he knew it wasn't the temp controls in his cell that were malfunctioning.   He made his way to the stainless-steel head.  his guts were cramping bad and his hands were like numbed mittens.  "Sue!! I think the furnace is busted!!!" he shouted, "SUE!!! DEBBIE!!!"

there was no answer.

In the corridor outside, officer Jans Schmidt nursed a bottle of cold medicine, bundled up and feeling miserable.  The only prisoner he had to watch, was bellowing again...where is my relief? he wondered, looking up at the clock,  a rumbling in his guts told him he had to take a dump-like...right now.

He made his way to the guard's head, sat down on it, and doubled over, coughing up yellow-green-and-brown streaks while it felt for all the world like his insides were liquefying and coming out the other end at high pressure.

the moaning from the prisoner was dying down.  Jans' own moans-of pain, misery, and discomfort, echoed in the hall.

I'm going to go see a doctor...
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[More dry info...]
Arluna is a temperate, earthlike world circling a G2V class star. The Arluna system contains 8 planet-sized bodies, laid out in a fairly normal "Habitable system" pattern similar, in many ways, to the Sol system.

Arluna itself orbits in the third position in this system, and has two small moons (Joia and Lucy) in successive orbit around the main planetary mass.

Gravity on Arluna is 1.015 Earth Gravitation, making it somewhat of a 'heavy world' with low mountains and broad plains.

Arluna is tectonically active, and has vigorous tides.

Settlement

Arluna was first settled during the second-wave expansion period immediately prior to the Age of War. The initial colonization groups included large proportions of Donegallers and Hispanics from Buena, as well as Terrans from the South American zone, particularly the Bolivian and Peruvian regions, these settlers found Arluna's soil to be unusually fertile, and the world's first exports were high-density grains.

Grain is, sad to say, not a particularly profitable export, requiring high-bulk carriers for transport, and commanding a relatively low price. Secondary exports included several plant species useful for the production of Pharmaceuticals. During the Age of War, the Hacienda Del Toro continent led Arlunan exports with the production and sale of Coca leaves to the Interstellar Black Market, processed into the drug known as Cocaine. This was often packed with the OTHER profitable export from that region, Coffee.

After the consolidation of power that created the Star League, the Cocaine Trade fell off, and Arluna became a major producer of Coffee and Tea, with high-density grain agriculture following closely behind, rendering this world one of the Lyran Commonwealth's poorest.

Because of the rampant, generational poverty, poor performance of export trade, and associated issues, Arlunans enlisted in the LCAF and SLDF in unusually (compared to other worlds) high numbers throughout this period, and on to near the present day.

Star League Era

Under the Star League, new commercial and economic activities began to take root on Arluna. These began with the discovery of Gold deposits near the village of Grantsville on the Montgomery continent. Diamond deposits were also uncovered, and as a result, for the first time since the planet was founded, it had something to sell that potential customers did not already have in excessive abundance. Under Star League era control, Arluna experienced a 'golden age', attracting metals processing and mining companies, as well as secondary industries such as electronics assembly and datachip manufacturing.

The Amaris war put an end to much of this, and the subsequent succession wars dried up the largely civilian firms that fed the planetary economy.


Post Star League Era

As customers burned in the succession wars, and successive governors looted the existing economic structure, Arluna, like many worlds in the region, tumbled back into abject poverty, falling again back to a trickle of agricultural exports and occasional small, specialty-work shops serving an economically depressed region of the Lyran Commonwealth. The Drug Trade again rose in importance, this time with the export and sale of the synthetic narcotic Pan Haxl Neuroin and the medical drug Morphine (grown in the southern, "Everglades" continent primarily). Unlike the old days, the buyers were the Military-who needed strong and effective pain-killing medication to treat wounded soldiers, or controllable narcotics to pacify densely urbanized, but otherwise useless, civilian "Welfare Island" populations on worlds that had lost their industrial base to the sledge of unrestricted war.


Katrina Steiner

The fall of Alessandro STeiner from power on Tharkad ended Arluna's largest market for addictive narcotics. Archon Katrina Steiner initiated several plans to reduce Arlunan dependence on the drug trade, including investment incentives to Military contractors such as Rowe McClaren and Coventry Metal Works, the reopening of the mines outside Grantsville, and the re-establishment of secondary 'supplier' industries long sapped from the area. By the time the Federated Commonwealth was established and Katrina was succeeded by Melissa Steiner as Archon, Arluna's drug-trade was, once again, a black-market-only operation feeding a dwindling market of addicts, many of whom had been cashiered from the LCAF. Recruitment on Arluna remained, however, high for LCAF forces, and many conventional troops were raised to feed the new, united national military.


FedCom Era and the Clan War

Katrina's reforms continued to increase Arlunan prosperity, and in 3038 the population census broke 3 billion for the first time since the Amaris Coup, with an average income among the civilian populace of 13,250 Kroner/year. Casualties from the war of 3039 were relatively light-and confined to the upper classes of Arlunan society, due to the limited availability of training slots at FedCom certified military academies and the relative lack of 'suitable' candidates for off-world Academy training (as determined by Duke Geraldo Jiminez DeSoto and the DeSoto family-the primary land-holders on Arluna at the time.) Notably, Arluna retained the "Mechwarrior Nobility" longer and in a more entrenched form than any other Lyran World, with many 'mechwarriors and their staff maintaining a standard of living that would not be unusual in the Federated Suns, but ARE unusual in the Lyran half of the realm, while much of the population continued to endure a serf-like existence to support these 'mechwarriors. A handfull of veterans who'd returned to their homeworld after the Truce of Tukayyid realized this was not a stable situation. Chief among them being Kommandant Richard MacAulliffe, a 'mechwarrior who'd served with distinction in the war of 3039 and again on the Clan Front.


Katherine Steiner Davion

Often Katherine Steiner Davion is reviled for her repressive policies, vanity, and disruptive actions. It is interesting to note, however, that Katherine's administration actually attempted to rectify many of the social-class inequalities on Arluna, including sending Military officers to audit and review the 'mechwarrior Nobility, sociologists and economic/commercial experts to adjust the economy, and forcing the DeSoto family to initiate land-reforms and end certain illegal practices. Duke DeSoto was forced, among other things, to thin the ranks of his personal guard to Lyran legal standards, the excess were given the option of joining the LCAF's regular forces, or leaving the realm as mercenaries. Notably, former Kommandant Richard MacAulliffe received much support from Katherine's Tharkad, and served as a recruiter during this period, which lasted from 3057 to 3062, when Katherine was assassinated and Peter took power.


Peter's Reign

Perhaps as a reaction to Katherine's other policies, Archon Peter Steiner Davion did not provide the same level of LIC support to reforms on Arluna, indeed, he chose instead to support the rule of the DeSoto family, and reversed many of the reforms that were, at the time, under way. This policy may have been influenced by the DeSoto family's recently-forged connections to the Rowe-McClaren corporation, and that entity's influence with the Peter-era Court on Tharkad. As a practical matter what happened in this time period was inevitable-a power struggle between MacAulliffe and DeSoto, influenced by Rowe-McClaren on one hand, and Nashan Enterprises and Ngo Industries on the other. By 3065, much of the economic progress of the previous forty five years was undone, and factory sectors were once again sitting idle with workers sitting on lay-off notices and pink-slips as a clash between local leaders served as a proxy conflict between Corporate Giants far separated from Arluna's day to day reality.

on the practical level, MacAulliffe's influence locally tightened to the "Hill zones"-areas in the mostly-rural outlying regions, while DeSoto's forces concentrated on keeping the urban sectors under control and continuing to show a good face to the Court on Tharkad. A civil war would seem inevitable in these conditions, and minor rumblings were beginning when disaster struck.


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Re: A Sickness (Ngoverse/FGC'62-91 tie-in)
« Reply #21 on: 01 March 2012, 07:14:42 »
Old Rock Road, en route to Grantsville, 3067/05/30/1500 Local time...

The main road was barricaded in the outskirts, and martial law had been declared.  In spite of this, Debbie was driving into town. 

The truck wasn't new, and she down-shifted as she approached the rockpond bridge on the edge of the Ferguson's place.  a flash of colour, and she hit the brakes, as Terry Sue Ferguson stepped out into the middle of the road.

"WHATCHALL THIN' y'DOIN!!?" Debbie shouted out the window.

"Daddy's sick, we can't get him to the hospital-mommy can't drive."  Terry said breathless, standing on the running board.

"She sick too?" Debbie asked.

"yassm." Terry said, "So's Lee an' Davie.  You gotta help us."  the girl insisted.

"Git in." Debbie said, "Y'gate's op'n, Raht?"

"yassm."  she turned up the dooryard into the Ferguson's and drove up to the main house.

"How'bout tony, he sick too?" Debbie asked, carefully trying to press down her hard-edge accent for the Ferguson girl.

"The other kids're...some of 'em's sick, some ain't." Terry Sue told her.

good thing I didn't take the hand-benches out of the back... she pulled to a stop in front of the big, main porch.  "Fahn' three o' fo' who ain't too sick, Ah can' lift y' daddy bah m'self." Debbie told her, "Y'ma, kin' she walk?"

"I think so..." Terry sue said, after mentally decoding Deb's accent-the Fergusons were new to Arluna, and NOT hill people.

"C'mon then...work t'be done." Deb said quietly.

The house smelled like her mother's bedroom.  Big John Ferguson, late of Donegal and on a land-grant given to him by a grateful FedCom after heroic actions on Tamar, was coughing and honking and bubbling in the master bedroom.  His wife Clara was stone-drunk in the kitchen, and wheezing through congested lungs.

"Y'all theah, Mr. Ferguson?" Debbie asked.

"Here enough...you're Richard's kid, right?" John asked, blowing a brown-and-green stream out of his nose into the sheets, already crusted and fouled.

"Y'ser." Debbie said, "Ah'm gon' take y' to th' Clinic in town, get y' an' th' kids looked aftah, kin you walk out to th' truck?"

"I can try." he said.

"bes' we kin hop foah." Debbie said.

Getting John and Sadie Ferguson into the truck took more than an hour, and included potty-breaks and half-way-there-delays.  The children only took twenty minutes after that, but it was getting dark by the time Debbie got onto the road again...

Note: Debra's accent is VERY thick-thick enough that her father worried she'd blow the verbal interview.  In one sense, she was spared that embarassment by being rejected over her family's political activities from entry into the closer nearby Military Academies off-world...
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Re: A Sickness (Ngoverse/FGC'62-91 tie-in)
« Reply #22 on: 01 March 2012, 16:08:17 »
Zenith Point, Kowloon system, 3067/06/01...

The MS Linda, an Explorer class jumpship belonging to the Ngo Industries consortium jumped out, bound for Coventry, then Tharkad.

Immediately, a large task-force, including one Warship, arrived.  the markings were not Lyran.  These ships belonged to Clan Star Adder.

It wouldn't be hard to imagine a worse time for the Clans to show up on Kowloon's doorstep-Elizabeth Ngo was well on her way to demanding answers for the drop in traffic caused by emergency measures from Tharkad, the "Provincial Authorities" on Apollo were under siege by combined Clan forces including the Adders, Falcons, Ice Hellions, the Fire Mandrills were invading Melissia, and the losses at Somerset (which the Adders were now calling "addergrad") had included MOST of the LCAF fleet coreward of Furillo.


Spider Moon Coast Guard station...

"Bí đại tiện Phật Thích ca trên một cái Gậy!."  Alicia Li spat, as the telescope images resolved.  "Relay that to the ground forces, and get me the three biggest combines in the Belt, we need to have a plan."

"What do you want them for?  What can Rockjack miners do?" her LCAF Liason, Carter Fischer, asked, "That's a bloody Congress class."

"We keep the main traffic quiet until they show their hand." Li told him, "If they're following normal Clanner doctrine, they'll put that battlewagon into Kowloon's orbit."

"Which means?" he asked.

"Ever play pool, Kommandant?" Li asked,  "We wrap some rocks in carbon-fibre blankets, an' slingshot them when they're in a stable orbit with mass-drivers from the belt...asssuming that is, they actually intend to stay."
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Re: A Sickness (Ngoverse/FGC'62-91 tie-in)
« Reply #23 on: 02 March 2012, 00:38:26 »
Ah, playing pool with asteroids.  Good story so far, and I'll be watching this for later.

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Re: A Sickness (Ngoverse/FGC'62-91 tie-in)
« Reply #24 on: 02 March 2012, 04:01:55 »
Playing pool with a Congress.
That would be fun.
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Re: A Sickness (Ngoverse/FGC'62-91 tie-in)
« Reply #25 on: 02 March 2012, 04:05:45 »
Grantsville, Arluna...

The Militia manning the roadblocks were too sick to stop traffic-those that remained at their posts, anyway.  Debbie passed a station-wagon on the way in, the bodywork on the sides were swiss-cheesed by machine-gun fire, and the interior was burned out.  She carefully did NOT look at what might have been inside, but Mister Ferguson did.

"sweet jesus." he whispered.

"Don' look none." Debbie told him, "Jes look 'head, an' watch f' shootahs."  The pickup bumped over something semi-soft, hard tyres crunching.  A blue helmet bounded to the right.  Her bumper took the side of a speedbag barrier off, and they were on the street.

Grantville's streets were crowded with stalled vehicles, and little movement.

Some of the stores on main were burned, and a few of the big commercial buildings were missing glass panels.

Debbie sighed, as Mr. Ferguson moaned again, this time a despairing sound.  "If there's anyone in control, it'll be neah th' Hosp'tal." she said carefully, "Jes focus on thet." 

At the first corner with a blue "H" sign, the traffic went from 'kind of dense with a few wrecks' to packed-some cars even parked on sidewalks.

"I thin' theah's a Lahn." Debbie said, looking to the sides, she spotted a yard that angled up from the street in a nice ramp next to a well-kept single-story town-house.

The truck handled the grade easy enough, and the fence covering the back-yard was no obstacle at all. 

"You knew" Ferguson said.

"Ah Guessed when they 'nounced a curfew, week 'go on th' radio, then when KWPS wen' off th' aiah." she replied, "Bout a day or so 'fore momma died."

"Why?" he asked, "Why were you coming here?"

She stopped the truck next to someone's oak tree, overlooking the packed, yet vacant faced municipal hospital.  "Because Mah Daddy maht be 'live, an' if he is, Ah doubt it'll be tough gettin him out of holding, what with ever'one all sick an' stuff."

"and if he wasn't?" Ferguson asked.

"Need supplies, need news.  Needed t' KNOW." She told him, "Mah guess is, we need a doctah, maht fahnd one in Los Degas, 'bout sixty mahls east, ovah th' mountains, but mah daddy's in Grantsville, and alive oah dead, Ah aim t'get him home."
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« Reply #26 on: 02 March 2012, 04:18:10 »
Kowloon...

"...they want...what?" Charles Vanh re-read the translated demand from the Star Adders, and passed it to Kowloon's recently-promoted ground forces commander, Evelyn Mosovich.

Mosovich scanned the offprint, and hit 'play', repeating the Star Adders' demand.

Then, she shook silently-her vox-box being unable (perhaps due to programming or flaws in design) to translate laughter.  "Chuck, We have that worm in holding." she said after a minute, "Use a coded sideband to have Li hold off-we might be able to get rid of them with minimal casualties...by giving them EXACTLY what they're demanding-the only 'Rim Worlds Official' presently on Kowloon, and alive...and I know where to have them make the meet."

Chuck looked at her,  Evelyn's face had been flayed away by a 'filtered' laser blast back in '52, and the reconstruction done by Fedcom Medics under emergency boost conditions hadn't really given her a look that could be considered...human-at least, LIVING human.  "What are you thinking, Colonel?" he asked.

"Tell 'em we'll meet 'em at Dinh Diep to discuss the bid." she told him, "Tell 'em the coordinates for where the Archaeologists say Downtown was, before it was buried by decontamination crews.  Area's lousy with residual radiation, meanwhile, all militia are to dig in, and rig the old Governor's palace in Hue for immediate, command demolition using phoo-gas, just in case they feel a desperate need to pick a fight with us anyhow...and I need a mule, the 'provincial' flag they tried to force on us, and our boy...and let 'em know they're dealin' with the 171st Volunteer Brigade Commander-I'll bet a shiny new Kroner that's going to set off all kinds of bells on their warbooks."

"You're just going to hand him over?" Vanh asked, "I'm not sure I'm good with that..."

"Better if we have to fight a full Galaxy using kids, old men and insurgency tactics?" she asked, "My way uses a lot fewer people, nobody dies if we do it right, and they won't want to stay...besides, I'm saving the taxpayers the price of both court appeals, and rope."

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« Reply #27 on: 02 March 2012, 04:27:55 »
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Star Type: G2(V) Yellow Sun

Planets in system:

5 "Rocky" worlds, 1 World in the Habitable Zone
2 Gas Giants with moon systems (1 Inhabited moon-Spider Moon, Pop. 10,000) 2 Asteroid Belts (Both loosely inhabited, est. 40,000 full-time "Rockjack" inhabitants) 1 Oort Cloud (Loosely inhabited, Est. 2000 full time residents)

Kowloon is the 3rd planet from its star.


Population: 2.1 Billion Dominant Language: Vietnamese

Dominant Industries: Manufacturing/Military, Trade, Transport Repair, Mining (Boojum Belt and Oort Cloud regions)

Self-Sufficiency Rating: Full Self-Sufficiency

Economy Type: Free Market Capitalist

Government: Constitutionally limited Monarchy (Parliamentary Democracy)

Ruling Noble House: House Ngo

History

Kowloon was first colonized early in the 22nd Century during the mass exodus from Earth. The initial colony groups included a large community of "anticommunists" of Southeast ASian descent, including H'mong survivors, Montagnards, Viet and Khmer cultural groups, leavened at the time with a large group of escapees from the Arab-Controlled TA Administrative district formerly known as Israel. The former Israelis were escapees from the Germanium Fields north of the Sinai Peninsula, these forced-labour camps were ignored by TA officials so long as they continued to produce the now-critical mineral at sufficient prices to fuel Terran Alliance member funded missions off-world.

The colony group listed them as "Arabic" to avoid transit restrictions and scrutiny. The escape went as planned, and the colony ships (Six of them) "Misjumped" Deliberately-making for a destination barely surveyed by automated deep-probes.

In the first year of the Colony, the addition of the Israelis proved critical to the survival of the rest of the colonists when their transported foodstuffs went bad. As the colony was "Hiding", there was no chance to call back to Terra, or (worse) return. Israeli "Dry Farming" techniques, along with the "Kosher" foodstocks brought along (that did not go bad) became the core of the Kowloonese diet, and remains so to this day. (though the Kowloonese DO like their Hot Peppers!)

For the first 200 years, the Kowloonese lived in relative isolation, going without off-world contact for such a long period of time, languages changed and as they changed, so did the local culture. Re-Discovery by the Rim Worlds Republic and Protectorate of Donegal in the late 24th Century shattered this relative peaceful isolation period, and forced the Kowloonese to confront a universe where their old Persecutors may have faded away, but new ones were on the rise...

Rim Worlds Conquest

At the time of its discovery, the world of Kowloon was just reaching back into space after more than a century of isolation. The patterns and designs of late 21st Century weapons that the locals could build, and the local use of Thermonuclear power-plants throughout their economy, led to an...unfortunate...choice of defensive measures. Faced with Fusion-powered tanks armed with Autocannons, Lasers, and Particle Beam weapons, and Fusion-powered aerospace craft capable of trans-orbital flight, the Kowloonese rushed back into the Nuclear age, digging missile silos and stringing primitive detection networks willy-nilly across their homeworld and their moon. As a threat, it was sufficient to buy the young world nearly twenty years to prepare for the onslaught of conquest that was coming.

Twenty Years was not enough time to do more, than make it take the Rim Worlds Republic over a Decade to destroy organized resistance in a campaign that ground on endlessly until the fall of Chu'Hoa and Xiao Loc-the primary defense bases on-world at the time.

Arms dealers from the Protectorate of Donegal sold the KDF much of the weapons it used during this fifteen year war, often from stocks of obselete or discarded systems. The result of all this determined resistance, was what one might expect from a bitter and contested conquest-the Rim Worlds, having achieved victory on the battlefield, attempted to erase the local culture...


Rim Worlds Occupation

One passive method the Kowloonese used to battle the occupation, was a refusal to use English-the primary langauge of the Rim Worlds Republic. The RWR (House Amaris) chose to combat this by the use of official terror tactics, and outlawing the speaking of Viet, H'mong, or Hebrew in public places. Many of the techniques that would later draw such horror when associated with Stephan Amaris, were first used on the Kowloonese-with poor results. After the first five years, Kowloon became a constant zone of simmering resentment punctuated by periods of anti-occupation violence-many of the techniques of that violence, humourously enough, being rote copies of anti-Israeli violence in the 20th Century, or the operations and methods of the Viet Minh and Viet Cong during the mid 20th century on Terra. The tighter the Rim World governors clamped down, the larger and deeper the insurgency grew.

the Rim Worlds took a new tack in 2574, and began importing settlers from other troubled worlds with offers of land, armed protection, and social status. Largely by trying to 'breed out' the natives, they reasoned, a peace could eventually be imposed that would not require multiple divisions to maintain.

This seemed to largely work out-in the short run. Violence dropped in volume and frequency year after year to a low-point in 2697 (only 44 major incidents that year). HOwever, the Natives insisted on clinging to their language and customs-and a new Rim Worlds Governor (Brigadier David Rowe) suspended the Language Laws and began permitting native-born Kowloonese to again own businesses, land, and attend their chosen religious services. Rowe's retirement to Apollo in 2717 placed an Amaris Cousin, Jean Claude st. Germaine Amaris, as governor. The Governor's forces celebrated this by reinstituting most of the measures Rowe had suspended, and initiating a new round of purges.

This...needless to say, did not go well.


Dinh Diep

In 2729, resentment at new impositions by the Rim Worlds Government, and the reciept of covert aid from the Lyran Commonwealth (equipment was produced by the Free Worlds League) combined to turn a nascent powderkeg explosive. It began with, according to legend, the assassination of a Rim Worlds soldier by a Nationalist hooker, this triggered a series of reprisals that culminated in the rape and murder of a fourteen year old girl named Anh Li Ngo, the daughter of a former SLDF soldier who had retired to his troubled homeworld. By mid-week, on the 3rd of July, 2729, the city of Dinh Diep was in full-blown revolt, and many of the "Sabras" brought in by the Rim Worlds over the decades were joined to the Natives in an outpouring of rage that overwhelmed two Rim Worlds Heavy divisions and was spreading like wildfire across the planet.

Attempts to arrange talks with the "Revolutionary Council" failed in August, and the Rim Worlds Republic called for Star League Assistance. The 336th Battlemech Division under General John Charles Chivington was completing exercises on the nearby world of Arluna, and was dispatched with their naval support, the SLS Belleau Wood, to quell the spreading insurrection-which by this time had sparked uprisings in the Ia Drang, Nha Tranh, New Saigon, and Tel-Aviv regions of the planet.

Chivington's initial landing was opposed-this time, unlike during the war of conquest, the Kowloonese were well-prepared to meet even a Star League Division's landing craft, and the initial landing was costly. Operations inside the city itself soon bogged down as methods considered "Terran Exclusive" were employed to hamper and in many cases outright destroy battlemechs, their tank support, and to kill infantry.

On September 1, 2729, Chivington made a judgement call, and withdrew the bulk of his ground forces from the city, then, he ordered an orbital strike at what his intelligence analysts assumed was the 'command centre' of the uprising. The shots...missed, instead striking the Municipal Power Station, a large scale fission-reactor. The detonation and fall-out terminated the city and rendered the valley where the first Colonists had built their first community a dangerously radioactive fall-out zone, and to provide the 'gift that keeps on giving' in the form of radioactive fallout carried world-wide to poison the lives of hundereds of millions on the planet.

HOwever, it did manage to 'break' the rebellion temporarily and to erase most of the high-level conspirators. The Rim Worlds were able to 'restore order' shortly after, and the SLDF withdrew. Calls for investigation into the use of orbital firepower on an inhabited city were ignored by the Kerensky Regency and later, by Richard Cameron at the urging of his friend Stephan Amaris.


Brief Freedom!

In 2766, Stephan AMaris drew most of the Rim Worlds Military into the Terran Hegemony, stripping garrisons from many of his own worlds-including Kowloon, whereupon he assassinated Richard Cameron and declared himself First Lord. General Aleksandr Kerensky's refusal to bow to Amaris and declaration of war was the opportunity that literally GENERATIONS of Kowloonese had waited for-an opportunity to throw the Rim-Worlds yoke off, and achieve Independence (and Revenge). In 2767, a new round of uprisings began-these were considered minor after Dinh Diep, and Rim Worlds analysts presumed that on-station forces could deal with the problem. The Kowloonese during this time, were preparing... in January of 2769, forty years after their founding city had been blown apart by orbital bombardment, the Kowloonese rose as a people. The campaign was violent, aggressive, and merciless. It is estimated that of 240,000 Rim Worlds sympathizers, officials, and military personnel, less than 400 survived to be dubiously rescued when Kerensky's SLDF arrived in the system in February of 2770 to 'liberate and occupy' it.

General McEvedy of the 331st Royal Battlemech Division (North American) estimated that occupation of Kowloon would require three divisions, and that the conditions there indicated no need for an SLDF presence-the locals had literally thrown-off Rim Worlds domination and had no loyalty to Amaris. This assessment was concurred by General Aaron DeChevalier, Kerensky's chief of staff. Surveys of the population showed large numbers of armed men who wanted nothing so much as a chance to kill more "Rimjobs".

In June of 2771, General Aleksandr Kerensky authorized the formation of the 171st Volunteer Auxiliary Division, nominally an infantry division intended for occupation duty, psyche analysis of potential recruits, and the need for 'shock troops' re-tasked this primarily infantry formation. The primary result being that, at least over the duration of the war, Kowloon was a recognized independent world allied to the Star League Defense Force. During the ten years following, the 171st Volunteers served first against their former masters at the world of Eagle Claw, then the campaign against Amaris himself. The 171st was tasked outside the Lyran theatre due to operational needs, and was sent to assist SLDF units in the liberation of a relatively minor world called Elbar.

Elbar may have been the event that altered forever the Kowloonese relationship with Aleksandr Kerensky. The 171st was assigned to assist in the recapture of a Brian Fortress called "Running Deer Mountain." it was at Running Deer, that they found out what Amaris and his collaborators had been doing to millions of Jews on that world. The result of this discovery was an orgy of violent reprisals against Rim Worlds POW's and their Terran-born collaborators, including the infamous first use of the "Elbar Toothpick" (the crucifiction by impalement of 47 Rim Worlds Republican officers.) To quote Colonel Tranh Truk Ngo (leader of the 171st at Elbar) "...and what about the MILLIONS of people they murdered? the ones they parted out like used cars? the WAREHOUSES full of people, chopped into discrete parts to fuel the Amaris War Effort? Sixty THOUSAND put to permanent attention would not be enough!"

The Kowloonese would not be used again until 2779 and the assault on Terra itself, where they fought without mercy or concern for their own casualties in both North America, and the Palestine/Sinai regions, as well as serving translation duty with SLDF MI in southeast asia.

in 2782, Aleksandr Kerensky ordered the disbandment and return of all member-personnel of the 171st Volunteers. Shortly after this order, the unit was stripped of arms and shipped back to their homeworld as civilians, including 27 Officers and 200 enlisted convicted of violations of the Laws of War for their conduct at Running Deer Mountain on Elbar.

Unknown to General Kerensky at the time, several thousand tonnes of captured Rim Worlds war materiel were shipped back with the 171st by order of the 90th Heavy Assault division's commander, whom had also been at Elbar and seen the atrocity sites there.

With Kerensky's decision to 'return' Kowloon to the Rim Worlds, the Kowloonese turned to the Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth. (they REALLY did not want to re-join the RWR...even with Amaris dead) under generous terms of annexation under the leadership of President Marjorie Ngo. the final signing waited seven years-until Tranh Truk Ngo, leader of the 2769 uprising and nominal head-of-state, died from complications of Cholmann's syndrome.

Kowloon's independence began in 2769, and ended with a peaceful annexation to the Lyran Commonwealth in 2788-just in time for much of their hoarded military goods to be turned back into service fighting the Succession Wars.

Succession Wars

During their period of Lyran domination, the Kowloonese maintained a higher-than-average military qualification and enlistment rate, serving on most of the fronts of that many-sided war under Lyran Colours. Unlike many who join the LCAF, the 'Loonies did their five, and returned HOME...even if it meant returning as ashes in a funerary jar. In Lyran Service, Kowloonese mostly entered infantry MOS groupings, or served as ships' crew on Jump and Drop ships, or in Aviation, where the typically small Kowloonese seemed right at home. Because of the "Five and Out" attitude, few rose to significant rank in the LCAF, those who did, tended to gravitate to Senior NCO positions or specialist roles that lack a certain amount of glamour-about the most glamourous being aviation or Dropship crew.


Fedcom Era

War of 3039: The war of 3039 saw the highest number of pre-Clan-Invasion Kowloonese reaching officer ranks, Primarily in the Transport Command (Dropships) and Aerospace Fighter fields.

The Clan Invasion of 3049 to 3050 claimed the Duke of Kowloon (Colonel David Ngo) as well as both of the Duke's male heirs (Kommandant Patrick Ngo-lost on Tamar, and Cadet Henry Ngo, one of the few lethal casualties among the Cadet Corps at Blackjack), leaving sickly Elizabeth Ngo to survive her own mother's assassination attempt and assume the Ducal seat.

During David's Ducal Reign, he chose to spend all of his time as duke in the service of the AFFC as a line officer, leaving Kowloon to the governance of an appointed Regent chosen from the FedSuns half of the Federated Commonwealth. Regent James Condit was probably the poorest choice the Archon-Prince could have approved, and soon proved to be both tyrannical, and corrupt. This came to a head in 3055 and sparked the first violent uprising on Kowloon since the 2769 rising.

Duchess Elizabeth, barely in her teens, returned home to take command of the Uprising after spending two years at Outreach Military Training Centre's Academy programme (having been rejected by other accredited schools due to a confirmed diagnosis of Cholmann's Syndrome, which made her technically unfit to service in ANY military due to an incurable, fatal, degenerative condition.)

Duchess Ngo brought with her several classmates forced to leave OMTC after Alpin's Coup. This cadre of Mercenaries (paid out of Elizabeth's rather ample funds as one of the Commonwealth's most wealthy citizens), along with the substantial number of native Veterans, made short work of the Regent's Militia-a force that had been pared away and stripped of capital equipment to pay for the Regent's lavish lifestyle.

After defeating the Regent's Militia and capturing him, she brought him into an office, reviewed the books with him, discussed things in a cool, and calm manner, and then shot him in the head on live television-with the shooting rebroadcast planet and system wide for the next three days.
Elizabeth The Cruel

The reign of Elizabeth Ngo is marked as something of a 'rebirth' by Kowloonese. During the FedCom split, she carefully avoided the appearance of partisanship, focusing her energies on rebuilding her homeworld's economic infrastructure and militia defenses, instituted improved education, and laid out large amounts of raw cash to rebuild her world's economy. By 3064, the standard of living on Kowloon had risen to near-core-world levels in terms of average income. At the same time, she repealed many existing restrictions imposed to satisfy Lyran officials, including repeals of certain environmental and social welfare statutes, industrial regulations, and land-use regulations...but her administration was also marked by cruel, often excessive, punishments for criminal acts. In 3063, for instance, her revitalized planetary militia captured a company of Bandits in service to Hopper Morrison. She sent one Bandit back with the heads of his colleagues neatly packed in duffle bags along with tapes of their death-by-crucifiction as a message. Bandit activity along that border decreased significantly as a result, however it was sufficiently bizarre that she WAS censured by the Estates General for the action.


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Re: A Sickness (Ngoverse/FGC'62-91 tie-in)
« Reply #28 on: 02 March 2012, 05:10:30 »
CSAS Cedric Murphy, formerly SLS Cedric Murphy, Congress class (SLDF), in orbit over Kowloon...

"...we have an answer." Khan Stanislav N'Buta stated when the comms tech turned from her board. 
"Aff, my Khan...it is in text." she said.

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To: Khan Stanislav N'Buta, Clan Star Adder
From: Evelyn Mosovich, Colonel, 171st Volunteer Brigade, Kowloon

RE: Rimjobs.

Why would we fight to keep trash?  If you want him, come to the following coordinates, and we will give him to you, along with some information that you might find appealing.  Be aware that your arrival has saved a guilty man from the noose.  Once in your hands, we do not much care what you do with him-so long as you do it elsewhere.  It may have been three hundered years ago, but the traditions of the 171st, and our motivation, remain intact, staying here will not benefit you, your Clan, or your mission.  Taking the Rimjobs away, and leaving us be, will aid you in all three.  If you need a refresher, please consult Aleksandr Kerensky's war-diary from the Amaris conflict, as well as reviewing Aaron DeChevalier's testimony at the Elbar hearings. 

I look forward to you collecting your prize, please be prompt.

Evelyn Mosovich.

Stanislav mused for a moment, "elbar..?" he looked to his Intelligence Adjutant, "What do we know about Kowloon, Elbar and the 171st Volunteer Brigade?"

Finding the answers, in a Clan that values GOOD information as much as Clan Star Adder, did not take long.

Stan reviewed the condensed version, and frowned.  The holos of Running Deer mountain, and the evaluations by SLDF during the era were WELL preserved.

"I did not strive to bring us here, to bog down or commit Atrocities." he finally said, "We will take our prisoner, and leave them be, it is not the Clan or Crusader way to be a mass-murderer...and these are not people who will submit without..."  He sighed, as his eyes brushed back over the summary on the coordinates...Dinh Diep.

"You are backing away from an easy conquest?" Galaxy Commander Dante Truscott asked skeptically, "They have NOTHING to fight us with!"

"Read the summary again." Stanislav told him, "They had nothing to fight the Rim Worlds for three centuries, yet they fought them-every day-for three hundered years, and when our ancestors were focused on trying to save the Star League from Amaris, they only joined up to kill him and his men...and after Elbar, they even had Moral grounds for it."  He folded his arms, "To 'pacify' them would require killing so many that we would put ourselves on a level with amaris, or worse, and I will NOT have that kind of stain on this Clan-we can kill them, but history shows that we very likely will only be able to kill them...besides, you remember, do you not, which Sphereoids we faced at Addergrad, whom did NOT surrender?  Which Lyrans fought and resisted beyond all reason, sanity...Adjutant?"

"Mostly Infantry, drawn from this region-so far, since Operation Revival began, only ONE Kowloonese native has not Bondsref'ed as soon as he or she was physically able to move."

Stan nodded, "I am not giving up entirely on bringing them to the light Kerensky's vision, however-merely I acknowledge that the timing is not now, and the method is not this-we must win them over...and the first step, is to take this...'trash' prisoner off of their hands."  he said with an ironic smirk, "Without repeating the mistakes of the past."

"What makes them different?" the Star Colonel demanded.

"They fear Surrender, not death." Stanislav said, "their history...their folklore, who they are, they fear that every enemy is an Amaris, and they believe it."


[out of story; This is very compressed from the actual FGC roleplay, mainly because that archive is either buried, or gone, and the Star Adder player at the time (Graegor) has GAFIATED and so I'm pulling this from memory and adding little fleshing-out details.  N'Buta in this time-period was a "Philosophical" Crusader-he truly believed in the vision of Kerensky, but he was also willing to use more than two brain cells to accomplish it.]

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Re: A Sickness (Ngoverse/FGC'62-91 tie-in)
« Reply #29 on: 02 March 2012, 05:31:51 »
N'Buta in this time-period was a "Philosophical" Crusader-he truly believed in the vision of Kerensky, but he was also willing to use more than two brain cells to accomplish it.]

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