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« Reply #240 on: 03 July 2020, 14:47:08 »
he is a duke or whatever plus biggest manufacturer and married to
another realms leader, he is super connected, which means his next day off
is sometime in a month after he dies
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« Reply #241 on: 08 July 2020, 17:41:54 »
We never knew what happened. Much of what we know was obtained from extracts from various HPGs and interrogations from various Comstar adepts.
On March 27th, 3041, a series of contradictory orders was issued from the HPG on Earth and after that all went silent for quite some time.
From the First Circuit orders were issued for a general Interdiction to be carried out by all HPGs without exception, and without explanation.
In the Concordat, emergency plans were activated and the TDF advanced to take control of the HPGs who refused to resume activity. As had been expected, several were damaged, although two weeks after the crisis started, all operational HPGs in Concordat were in “our” hands.
While said HPGs were armored and protected by elements of the ComGuards and ROM agents, the superior number the TDF could deploy had prevailed. For example, in the Concordat, only the Taurus HPG had more than one lance of ‘Mechs protecting it, most of the others barely had a lance or only infantry. Against these defenses, the TDF brought their Royal level ’Mechs together with Jacks battle-armors and several support units.
HPGs were well defended locations, but no fortress, nor designed to survive fire from ‘Mech units. In some, like the Taurus one, the defenders survived long enough for the Adepts inside to utterly damage beyond any hope of repair the HPG itself. In New Vandenberg, on the contrary and much to the amazement of the TDF when they arrived, the ComGuards had taken control of the compound and maintained it operational, but informed the Taurians that any tentative of taking its control would result in the defending forces destroying the unit. For a time, the TDF restrained to invade, while both sides waited for clarification orders.
By mid April, of the Comstar HPGs in the Concordat, one, the HPG of Pinard, was captured intact. 60% were captured but had been damaged beyond the possibility of repair with the spares available, 20% were operational and in ComGuards hands 15% were in ComGuards hands but not operational at the moment and the rest was completely destroyed. Taurian technicians swarmed the HPG on Pinard to analyze in microscopic details how it worked and the differences with the ones of the Concordat. A couple of things were made evident really fast: first, each station had very few spares and almost none in several key areas, being all dependent from deliveries from Earth, second even if the core of the HPGs was similar, the control boards were very different from those built following the blueprints of the Star League and third, not all the installations shared the same internal design.
In Coromodir, we were more or less taken by surprise by the shutdown of the HPG. Sure, I had the reunion with Thomas with talks and plans  about that, but I really never believed that Comstar would be so bold as to implement a full wide Interdiction. Contingency plans, like in the Concordat had been made, and soon Aurigan forces moved against the HPG. At 4AM, while a company of ’Mechs was moving slowly to get all the attention of the defenders, every single Jacks available, 6 in total, after taking painful care to arrive near the walls without being detected, stormed the compound jumping over the walls and immediately engaging the defenders, while the single lance of ComStar ‘Mechs, all light and regular models, were caught between the fighting inside and the ‘Mechs outside that at same time accelerated to launched their attack. From another side, a company of Jump Infantry from the Revenants also jumped the walls and proceeded at maximum speed towards the inside, ignoring the defenders if possible, trying to capture the control room before any sabotage orders were sent. Unfortunately, the control room that they stormed was a decoy one, the real being deeper inside and the Adept in the post did its job and the core unit was completely useless by the time the Aurigan and the Revenants forces had taken the compound. The only option now was to send a JumpShip to Taurus to inform them of the failure and wait for a HPG unit from the Taurian factories when one would become available.
In all the Aurigan Reach, only the HPGs of Mechdur and Detroit were working at the end of April, both in the hands of the ComGuards.

JumpShips arriving from other nations told us that in the Magistracy, Federated Commonwealth and even in the Capellan Confederation, the Interdiction order had been issued as as well.
The situation was creating an immense mess as all areas, from diplomacy to business, to intelligence, was being affected by it.
In the Reach, of the 26 systems, only 14 have HPGs, right now only two of these are operational. In the Concordat 21 systems didn’t have one and in the Federated Commonwealth, several systems in the Davion Outback and others in the ex-Rim Ward Republic were also without HPGs. The situation was more or less the same in all nations as the HPG network while very wide never, not even in the Star League time was deployed in all systems.

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« Reply #242 on: 08 July 2020, 18:07:06 »
Well, that was unexpected!  :o

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« Reply #243 on: 08 July 2020, 18:10:13 »
Well, that was unexpected!  :o
You think?
Myndo is not the person to take pacifically that other nations start to use alternative HPGs, so is normal that she reacts. But, C* is not a monolithic organization, that is proved in OTL in 3052.

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« Reply #244 on: 08 July 2020, 19:27:37 »
Well, time for the Pony Express to set up or expand existing routes.
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« Reply #245 on: 08 July 2020, 19:55:46 »
Com* manual assure destruction is only a deterrent if you do not blast your load.

Send a Jump ship to Terra, open broadcast to the entire system “X gives Com* 30 days to begin restoring coms, or else Terra and Com* have no worth and will be considered  at war with every house.(and 6 months to restore 50% of stations).

Ensure the JS has nuke scuttling charges on board, if the JS does not return to launch system in x time then launch pacification of Terra operations into outer systems and start  nudging rocks onto Terra aiming for Hilton Head and Cairo.
 
   Com* only has one system publicly not a bright move to declare war on every neighbor.
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« Reply #246 on: 08 July 2020, 20:33:16 »
That's if there is anyone in Sol left alive, and not already part of the Fallout.
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« Reply #247 on: 09 July 2020, 08:25:03 »
Just start creating redundant nodes of black boxes, say several hundred of them in each solar system. That will work fine for in system FTL. That have them up link to the HPGs that comstar does not control. You basically have the early version of the space internet. As more HPGs come online in private hands, just require that they upload for the black box network. And watch Comstar fade into irrelevancy.

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« Reply #248 on: 09 July 2020, 18:07:45 »
a note on Comstar's presence in the region. this is an excerpt from the House Arono Handbook

Aea

Aea is a wet, lush, tropical world with
an atmosphere dense in foul-smelling
sulfurous volcanic outgasses. ComStar
maintains a large presence at Aea’s HPG
facility, but why the Star League thought the
world warranted the expensive and difficult
enterprise of installing an HPG—and why
ComStar continues to man it—is a mystery.
However, support of that facility is the only
reason the system still boasts a population.

While Sarna says this little blurb.

As of ca. 3026 it was noted that the only reason why Aea still had any population was support for its HPG station; ComStar was said to maintained a large presence there


What makes Aea so important to Comstar ? ( is it a Super-HPG by any chance ?)

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« Reply #249 on: 09 July 2020, 18:54:00 »
Good catch, I need to do something about that :).

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« Reply #250 on: 09 July 2020, 19:21:00 »
also i beleive Hellespont is the HQ for Explorer Corps in the region

as a note the explorer Corps is much more secular than the main stream comstar (less often to be nuts)

its also possible the super- HPG is used to contact any HPG Equipt Magellan class Jumships (one-way of course)

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« Reply #251 on: 09 July 2020, 20:08:11 »
You're right about Hellespont, but I believe the Explorer Corps had its share of defectors to the WoB too...

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« Reply #252 on: 10 July 2020, 07:11:01 »
also i beleive Hellespont is the HQ for Explorer Corps in the region

as a note the explorer Corps is much more secular than the main stream comstar (less often to be nuts)

its also possible the super- HPG is used to contact any HPG Equipt Magellan class Jumships (one-way of course)

My google fu says (via sarna) that Hellespont is colonized OTL in 304x by the Concordat. ITTL, that don't happens, so that system is empty.

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« Reply #253 on: 10 July 2020, 07:15:52 »
i beleive u'll find the info in the explorer corps sourcebook

also look at the bibliography reference at bottom in sarna for these regerence

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« Reply #254 on: 10 July 2020, 07:45:48 »
The Explorer Corps was founded in 2959, so I think Hellespont was their sector HQ for somewhat before 3040...

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« Reply #255 on: 10 July 2020, 08:08:32 »
I moved the Hellespont Explorer Corps HQ to Aea ITTL. That fixes the planet not yet colonized and justifies the big presence of C* in that system. Stay tuned for the next chapter...

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« Reply #256 on: 10 July 2020, 08:53:40 »
Works for me... Looking forward to the next chapter!  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #257 on: 12 July 2020, 02:40:52 »
Interrogation of the captured Adepts and consultation of the Logs, demonstrated that  the orders for the Interdiction issued on the 27th of March had the seal of the First Circuit. These orders indicated that subsequent instructions for ROM agents would follow and that the ComGuards should help ROM as much as possible. About 40 minutes later, a message sent by the Precentor Martial instead gave orders for the ComGuards to take control of the facilities, place all ROM agents in custody and resume communications. So, the supreme commander of the ComGuards was in the opposing side of the First Circuit, good to known that ComStar was suffering a kind of Civil War. No instructions for ROM could be found – there were two options, or they were not sent, which was considered doubtful, or they were destroyed immediately and the records erased.
As far as the TDF / TMI was able to find out, no communications from Earth HPG reached the Concordat after the one of the Precentor Martial.

In the Taurus HPG compound, after the technicians made sure it  that the ‘core’ HPG was operational, a replacement of the ComStar control boards and software with Concordat equivalent was tested. To the surprise of some and to everyone liking, the HPG accepted the new hardware and software and was able to send a message to Bolthole and receive one, confirming the suspicions that the HPG 'core' was the same, or at least compatible,  and that ComStar had 'just' exchanged the software and control boards. This was great news, because in most captured HPGs the core system was intact, leaving 'only' to produce the respective control boards. It would take months if not years for every HPG in the Concordat and the Reach to be operational but it would  still be a lot faster (and cheaper) than to build complete HPGs from scratch.
However, the lack of communications was causing delays and increased costs because of the need to use an unusual number of JumpShips to transmit  messages, like the Pony Express. Fortunately, since it wasn't the first time Comstar used an Interdiction, most if not all nations activated the contingency plans that existed in case they would be targeted by it, most plans resolving around a kinf of Pony Express service.
What no one had planned or anticipated was a total Interdiction. In contrast, the interrogations showed that Comstar didn’t have, or only had very basic plans to counter one or more nations taking over the HPGs. Perhaps because, until recently, they were the only ones capable of producing and understanding then enough to operate them. But, in the Concordat – and the Reach by association – and in the Federated Commonwealth, this was no longer true.
With the 'war' against Comstar 'declared' and the fact that the production of native HPGs had become a top priority, the controller board designs needed to convert the ex-Comstar HPGs to our standard HPGs and put them in operation under new management as soon as possible, effectively ending the Interdiction, were transmitted to all companies in the Concordat with the technical capability to produce them. O-P Computer Electronics and Pinard-Dicolais Electronics with the help of other companies and generous emergency government funds were planning to start limited production of the first series in early 3042. 
During April, 3041, a series of high tech companies were attacked or sabotaged by unknown forces, that everybody suspected were ROM teams, and at the same time some important or well placed people were killed around the Concordat. Well, not all the Concordat, more specifically, in worlds that had Comstar HPGs…
One of these attacks was against the V4RU department of VMI, targeting the advanced ex-Argo machinery. While in the end, thanks to the surprise and advanced technology, specially in the stealth department, they succeeding in destroying or damaging much of the present equipment, the attackers were all eliminated, thanks to the numerous defenses, that included security ’Mechs, Jacks, military grade defensive turrets and the company security team, even if our forces suffered more  casualties than had been expected.
And the mystery of the attackers deepened, when their equipment was inspected as it was an unknown type of PA(L) armor, with more than decent protection and exceptional stealth capabilities. When the results of said inspection was send to me in Coromodir, I identified it as a Tornado PA(L), used by ROM  elite strike / infiltration / assassination teams. I immediately sent orders, with the dammit delay that we had in this troubled time, to send these to the R&D teams for further and deeper analyzes and to try to replicate these advanced suits. I only had to hope that VMI research teams would be up to the task.
While they caused a lot of damage, by the end of July,  these ‘terrorists’ groups inside the Concordat were all terminated or gone in hiding.
The ComStar compounds inside the Concordat and Reach that were in the hands of the ComGuards but not operational, were soon also captured by TDF forces. In a few, the ComGuards presented little resistance, but in most of them they fought to the bitter end, against forces much superior in numbers. One particular system got more attention. From the beginning me and Kamea found it strange  the disproportionate number of personnel in the Aea ComStar compound.. While its HPG had been sabotaged like so many others, the computers and data files were captured intact. And we hit jackpot in that system. This was the HQ of the Rimward Operations Area of the Explorer Corps, with plenty of data on systems that nobody other than ComStar knew about. Unfortunately, the locations of the DRUM network Skyward HPG relays in the area were not in the files we got our hands on.

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« Reply #258 on: 12 July 2020, 05:28:53 »
Interesting!  Sounds like the ComGuard didn't quite roll over and play dead.

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« Reply #259 on: 12 July 2020, 12:05:47 »
Interesting!  Sounds like the ComGuard didn't quite roll over and play dead.
What is the fun of that? >:D

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« Reply #260 on: 13 July 2020, 11:44:54 »
any chance of getting a TRO for the Jacks ?

also wondering if the concordat is designing their own Minotaur version?  :P

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« Reply #261 on: 13 July 2020, 11:50:24 »
The Jack is heavily based on the same name BA from Davion & Davion (deceased).
I don't remember where I get the tech readout from that fabulous fanfic from Drakensis.
If you have it, is on page 19.

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« Reply #262 on: 13 July 2020, 11:53:27 »
Here's a link to Drakensis' original thread: https://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php?topic=21243.0

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« Reply #263 on: 14 July 2020, 02:20:20 »
But I don't see tro info
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« Reply #264 on: 14 July 2020, 12:11:16 »
Hmmm... digging for most of the day so far, all I've found is the more recent posting of Drakensis' story: https://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php?topic=59371.0

I've seen several mentions of the design in that thread, and a dead link to a TRO, but no actual stats... sorry!

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« Reply #265 on: 14 July 2020, 12:47:46 »
Jack
Technology Base: Inner Sphere
Weight: 965 kg
Body Type: Humanoid
Chassis: 175 kg
Ground Movement: 1 0 kg
Jump Movement: 3 150 kg
Manipulators:
Armoured Glove 0 kg RA
Armoured Glove 0 kg LA
Magnetic Clamps 30 kg BDY
Armor: 8 Standard 400 kg
Machinegun 100 kg RA
Space Operations Adapt. 100 kg BDY
Cutting Torch 5 kg LA
Searchlight 5 kg BDY
Overview:
Faced with the immense losses being taken by infantry during the storming of Castles Brian in the Terran Hegemony, First Prince John Davion decided to explore the possibility of powered armour suits similar to but more formidable than the Nighthawk suits used by SLDF special forces.
Because the SLDF was historically very sensitive to attempts at reverse-engineering their Nighthawks, the new suits were developed under immense secrecy by scientists and engineers employed directly by the AFFS. Perhaps because of these complications, the suits weren’t ready for field testing until well after the liberation of Terra.
Nonetheless development continued and the AFFS carried out final trials and began production around the start of 2779 – the same year they would first see action.
Capabilities:
The Jack – the name is either a reference to Prince John, to a Jack-in-the-Box or to Jack the Giantslayer – was scaled down from industrial exo-skeleton designs. The initial specifications asked for a back-pack missile launcher but this proved to be too heavy along with the other requested capabilities and the AFFS accepted this compromise.
Fully sealed and fit for space operations such as boarding hostile warships, the Jack’s powerful jump-jets make it fully capable of deployment from orbit or aircraft. Transporting several soldiers massing almost a ton each was a problem that was raised quite late in the design process. As an interim measure four magnetic clamps on the knees and shoulders allow the suit to cling to ‘Mechs and combat vehicles so that they can be carried into battle.
The sole armament of the Jack is a machinegun mounted on the right arm. In the absence of missiles it was decided that this would be a suitable compromise to allow combat against both infantry and armoured targets. In addition, troopers can use the augmented strength of the suit and their armoured gauntlets to cause considerable damage to weak spots on a ‘Mech. The effect on infantry, even those wearing Nighthawk suits, is nightmarish.
The armouring of the Jack is impressive – barring excellent aim or good luck, most anti-personnel weapons are ineffective. Even light ‘Mech weapons aren’t typically effective and only a heavy autocannon or a PPC will reliably drop a Jack with a single hit. Use of cover remains recommended as sustained fire will eventually lead to a fatal penetration for the user.
Deployment:
At this time the Jack remains exclusive to the Federated Suns with battalion-sized units serving with a number of frontline divisions. In deployment the Jack is currently deployed in squads of seven with three squads to a platoon. As this has caused some transport issues, some trials are underway with dividing squads into two four-man fire teams.
Variants:
At this time the only variant of the Jack is a left-handed model that switches the arms.

My version change the MG with a scaled-up pulse laser from the Mauser 960.

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« Reply #266 on: 18 July 2020, 02:28:32 »
thank you
Bigger then I expected
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« Reply #267 on: 26 July 2020, 03:29:02 »
Aurigan Reach, Coromodir, Cordia City, Arano Palace, High Lady Accommodations
'From what I can conclude from the data obtained, the Magistracy, the Capellans, and the Leaguers are not taking control of the HPGs, regarding the Outworlds Alliance and Rasalhague, we don’t have any information. On the other side, we, the Concordat and the Federated Commonwealth are at war with ComStar and regarding Kurita, the information is contradictory to say the least' was my summary regarding the current crisis.
'It's a good thing that in the last decade the Concordat has been producing Invaders, or the situation would be much worse,' Kamea said, not contesting my conclusions 'even if it has been at a huge cost to the Reach’.
'I detected something strange in the communications with Davion - anything commercial or sent and received by us, takes the right time if you know what JumpShips they're using for mail, but the FedRat ambassador gets his orders from New Avalon and Tharkad clearly faster than they should be, compared to the other messages' Kamea said, looking at me, 'do you know something?’
‘Well Kammy , for starters, that ambassador is sloppy, to reveal that piece of information so easily, but  there are rumors that they have an alternative messaging system since the end of the latest Succession War, slower than HPGs and with very limited traffic. That could be it', was my answer. ‘After all, the researchers that both we and the Concordat have studying at NAIS have noted that several Davion and Steiner top researchers in the field of communications rarely appear at NAIS, the intelligence services here and in Taurus think that they are probably involved in another program.’
'A program that officially does not exist, but is active and allows limited communications and alternatives to the HPG network?' asked Kamea, to clarify, and after I agreed, 'of which so far there are only rumors, but the speed of diplomatic messages seems to confirm its existence. As far as I know the Reach has nothing to negotiate for an entry into that program, and the Concordat?’ asked Kamea.’So, Professor, ’she has the guts to wink at me,’ in your extensive databases that you like so much to look, is there anything at all that could give us some help negotiating with the FedRats?’
‘Not that I know of either, but maybe there's something the Federated Commonwealth is interested in.’ Kamea without speaking, raised an eyebrow, inviting me to continue 'on the list of secret SLDF bases, which the Argus database contained, there was one that I never investigated because of its location, but as far as I could tell, it was never discovered after Kerensky left. The reason I never visited it was that, unlike the others that were all in the Periphery, this one wad deep inside the Lyran Commonwealth, relatively close to Tharkad, and very far away from our borders'.
‘And do you think that such base will have something of interest to our 'friends'?" asked Kamea with an interested look.
'I have no way of knowing, of course, the database only has the location and type of base. But what I did find was that this base or another in that area, one that I never found anything about, has been used to repair WarShips by Kerensky during the Amaris Crisis, and it never appeared in any report or any history book or study on SLDF after that, at least none that I could get my hands on. Everything indicates that whatever was there must still be there.’
After thinking for a while Kamea turned to me again and decided 'Pass that information to Thomas, let him decide. The last time we took initiatives of this size the results were not pleasant to say the least, and he was furious with us'.
But all of this suddenly moved to second place when a Comstar JumpShip arrived at Taurus system with a diplomatic team.

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« Reply #268 on: 20 August 2020, 15:39:40 »
12 Mars 3042, Taurus, Taurian Concordat
The meeting with Comstar representatives was a surprise from the start.
First, they didn’t have the usual robes, but rather expensive business suits. Secondly, they informed us that they were representing the Terran Government, not the extinct (!) ComStar. Apparently Earth was now governed by a Joan Stark, someone that nobody in the Taurian side had ever heard about.

However, their technological advance was still there; the Terran delegation had a permanent HPG contact with Earth, an impressive feat since many of the HPGs in the line of communication were damaged or in the Taurian or FedCom hands, which made this network an unlikely mix of Magellan JumpShips and comsats from the DRUM network, with a few operable HPGs (mostly inside the Capellan Confederation) but one that was still efficient. From what we understood, similar contacts were being established at the same time with the leaders of all the Great Houses. The Concordat was the only Periphery Realm contacted because of their mastery of their “own” HPG network.
Apparently the dispute between the religious / ROM fanatics and the secular / ComGuards had been won by the ComGuard - with a little help from the Comstar Navy, a fact only known later. With the WarShips and a large portion of the military DropShips lined up on one side, the religious fanatics and ROM had stood little chance as soon as ComGuard was able to concentrate its forces.
During the conflict ,both leaders were killed and the emerging faction in control, instead of continuing business as usual,  decided in collaboration with other big corporations, and the different factions that formed the Earth government under Comstar, to take a new direction. Under the leadership of Joan Stark, they assumed the control of the Sol system and after a small interregnum to put the house in order, started to contact the other nations.
Initially, they pushed for a return to the old status quo, ie that the Concordat would return control of the stations it had captured so that the HPG service could resume under their control. Obviously, the Concordat representatives responded in more courteous and diplomatic language, hell no.
Honestly, that is what the Terran representatives expected, so they changed the negotiations, to their true objective, ie to try to negotiate inter-state communication protocols and fees, extract as many of the ex-Comstar people (and hardware) that might want to come to Earth and obtain rights for they massive civilian JumpShip fleet to operate inside the Concordat while trying to obtain a trade agreement for several civilian products that Earth apparently was going to start producing.

With my arrival at Taurus, almost at the beginning of negotiations with Earth, the information that Davion had an alternative FTL communications system had an interesting effect.
Claiming he had to confer with Kamea, which gave him the opportunity to delay negotiations whenever he wanted, since there was no working HPG link between Taurus and Coromodir, Thomas discreetly called the ambassador of the Federated Commonwealth, and after informing him that Concordat already knew about his alternative communications system, proposed a joint negotiation of both nations, which would obviously bring advantages to both. And by the way, he gave them all the information that the Commonwealth had about the new Director-General (yes, she had returned to the Cameron era title), Joan Stark, which was close to none.
Ten days later, the ambassador returned with an answer , that was not as good as Thomas expected. It was divided in four relevant parts - a) He informed Thomas that the FC didn’t have any data on the new Earth leader, b) that the FC JumpShips had detected no less than 12 WarShips in orbit around Earth, at least 2 of them being Battle Cruisers or larger,  c) he recognized that the Federated Commonwealth was indeed in negotiations with Earth, not including any details and finally d)  that obviously if such a strategic technology existed, details for a potential alternative FTL comm system would not be shared with anyone.
When pressed to give a date on their estimation for resuming normal communication activities, and after speaking with Earth, the representatives of the new Terran Government recognized that unfortunately during the fight, the industrial complex that produce HPGs (and parts) had been severely damaged, and that on top of that the few (their words) “fanatics” that had escaped taking with them a considerable part of the existing stock of spares. This meant that the repair of the HPG network was going to take time and would probably not be concluded before the end of 3045 or even later. Since the estimates of the Concordat were that by that time, it would have already repaired its network, no further collaboration was offered from both sides on that particular area.
In a gesture of good will, the Earth representatives informed us that the ex First Circuit had gifted about five hundred ’Mechs of SLDF origin to the CCAF, thankfully none of them (unless handling errors) Royal. So far, Romano Liao had used these forces to bolster his defenses which needed this help and hadn’t not (yet) entered in new adventures.  During this time, a deep analysis of the control boards, and software, of captured Comstar's HPGs revealed that they had hidden codes that allowed messages to be sent without registration or even knowledge of the station operators. Another interesting piece of data was that also it was possible to send messages to some addresses, that didn’t exist in the official database of HPGs, and messages send to these ‘hidden’ address were automatically treated without registration also. Comstar secret bases ? So secret that only a small core would know of their existence? So far the mechanism that let the HPGs ‘know’ where to send these messages had not been found.

Because the FedRats had not proposed to share info / use of they alternative FTL comm system, no information on the possible SLDF base near Tharkad, nor the findings of the secret codes in the HPG network was shared and it was decided that a later mission lead by TMI to the location was to be planned.

Over the next years, the ex-Comstar, renamed Earth Communications, ECOM for short, for now operated in all the nations outside of the Taurian+Reach and the Federated Commonwealth. It was observed that the people that had believed in the religious side of the organization had disappeared in great numbers, destination unknown. Several of the ComGuards – now also renamed Earth Defense Force, deserted the organization, but in their case, they mostly turned mercenary, or applied to the armed forces of their former nations.
Earth started to offer high tech products on the market taking advantage of their big and modern industrial capability and commercial fleet, taking a not small share of the most profitable area of the Concordat exports and of mine.
Because of the need for many JumpShips to operate as replacement for HPGs during the crisis, and because a complete change in the production planing of several industries was need to prioritize the replacement / production of parts for the new Taurian HPGs, several new and expansion industrial complexes were delayed in the Concordat + Reach. Including on that list were the shipyard on Mechdur that was delayed by two years at minimum, the new lines of DropShips in Illiushin,  the new high tech factories in Coromodir V and several military and civilian production lines all around both nations.
If the objective of Earth was to maintain the control of the HPG network outside of the Taurian Concordat and Federated Commonwealth for a long time, they failed miserably.
By mid 3043 it was known that the fanatics had moved to the Free Worlds League and had been welcomed by Thomas with open arms. The reasons became know very soon, when in early 3045, the League took control of its HPG network and also used several WarShips – all ex-SLDF Navy designs.
By late 3044, the covert mission led by TMI to Odessa had discovered that indeed a repair / mothballed base indeed had existed in the system, but had been emptied recently…
By mid 3046 the Draconis Combine went dark for two full months. When communications were resumed, the HPG network was fully in the Combine hands.
By the end of 3046, this let only the Capellan Confederation, that was too poor and under the reign of Romano Liao, not stable or lucky enough to embark in such long term and expensive research program or to get it from spies and the other Periphery Realms using the Earth HPG network.
It was later discovered that Romano had decided to invest more in rebuilding the nation shipyards, and constructing a new one, capable of producing WarShips in the Sian system, instead on put money and resources in developing they independent HPG network.
So far, all nations had agreed to use ECOM protocols and to talk with each other, but how long this was going to last was anybody guess.
By late 3045, the construction of the Concordat class Frigate had started in Bolthole.

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Re: An SI in the Concordat - GhostRider's Revenants Rev.2
« Reply #269 on: 23 August 2020, 00:06:18 »
Nice story update!  The schism happened earlier and ECom is selling other products to broaden its income.  So the DCMS destroyed/killed/captures all those former Comstar/ECom personnel!  I wonder how many are actually in Black Dragon society hands?