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Re: BattleTech FanFiction Tribble Emporium 2.0: expanded premises!
« Reply #60 on: 08 January 2021, 16:46:03 »
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"What do YOU want?"  The visitor asked the heads of each House and each Periphery nation, until he got an answer his sponsors wanted.

Then, his shadowy allies provided a poisoned gift.  The year, is 3049, the year the Shadows came for us all.

So who´s going to give them Vir Cotto´s answer this time?

The only one I can see with that sort of wisdom, given his experiences, is Anastasius Focht.
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« Reply #61 on: 08 January 2021, 17:44:12 »
Bringing the Shadows to the Battletech universe? What about the Vorlons?

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« Reply #62 on: 08 January 2021, 19:02:08 »
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"What do YOU want?"  The visitor asked the heads of each House and each Periphery nation, until he got an answer his sponsors wanted.

Then, his shadowy allies provided a poisoned gift.  The year, is 3049, the year the Shadows came for us all.
Babylon 5 crossover?
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« Reply #63 on: 08 January 2021, 19:09:40 »
So who´s going to give them Vir Cotto´s answer this time?

The only one I can see with that sort of wisdom, given his experiences, is Anastasius Focht.

Vir wasn't really the wise, experienced character.  He was the everyman, the nebbish, the microscopic cog in the catastrophic plan, Londo's Jiminy Cricket.  That was what made his occasional moments of badassery so effective in the narrative - he was a regular guy who got pushed around until he couldn't take it any more, then pushed back hard.  The Battletech equivalent is a minor character, not a faction leader.  The first guy who comes to mind in the Battletech universe who has the subordinate position and moral authority to deliver that line is Michi Noketsuna before Misery.
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« Reply #64 on: 09 January 2021, 05:06:15 »
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Precentor Martial Victor Steiner-Davion: "The Second Star League was our last best hope for peace. It failed. But in the year of the Shadow War, it became something greater, our last best hope for victory. The year is 3060, the place Solaris VII."
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« Reply #65 on: 09 January 2021, 17:08:49 »
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Precentor Martial Victor Steiner-Davion: "The Second Star League was our last best hope for peace. It failed. But in the year of the Shadow War, it became something greater, our last best hope for victory. The year is 3060, the place Solaris VII."
I'm beginning to see a pattern here.

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« Reply #66 on: 22 January 2021, 06:01:02 »
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In 2990, Maximilian Liao contemplates a coup against his father, Chancellor Tormax Liao. After careful consideration he decides the necessary quick transfer of power to avoid an internal conflict long enough to let the FWLM and AFFS take advantage aren't quite good enough. He will defer action until his position is slightly better.

Less than a year later, in 2991, Tormax Liao judges the developing political balance... and decides that patriotism trumps personal pride. The Chancellor formally abdicates in favour of his son, much to Maximilian's surprise. The younger Liao never expected his father to take such a step and is left wondering if this was pragmatism, cowardice... or familial love... a virtue that in that case he himself lacked.

In this period of uncertainty comes news that Captain-General Stephan Marik has died and Janos Marik now leads the Free Worlds League. The comparatively new Great Lord proclaims a period of consolidation and recovery, as well as preparations to celebrate the coming millennium with great celebrations.

Maximilian cautiously offers Janos a ceasefire until said celebrations, reasoning that the Capellans will probably benefit more than the comparatively stronger League. It's hardly unprecedented - the Liaos and Davions managed decades of truce during the early Third Succession War. While Janos has trouble selling it to the Halas and Humphreys, ultimately he has the prestige of the start of his realm and it's hard not to see that a period of recovery benefits them.

The two heads of state meet to conclude the pact and... to everyone's surprise they get along quite well. It's agreed that they will meet again in 3000 during the millenial year celebrations, with Maximilian ordering similar festivals in his realm. In 2994, Maximilian sends his regrets to Janos on the death of the latter's wife Hilda... and less than three years later, he receives a heartfelt message from Janos when Maximilian himself loses his wife. Correspondence becomes regular... while they clearly have divergent interests and can't afford to fully trust each other, they are... peers. Something that neither has otherwise.

(Anton Marik hates this development).

On 3000, Maximilian visits the Free Worlds League to join celebrations on a border world. Janos then returns with him to attend celebrations on Styk. The two leaders speak extensively and in private, content unfamiliar.

And in January 3001 Janos meets Parliament while Maximilian meets with the House of Scions. The two present figures showing the great benefits the ceasefire has led to, as well as showing crowds cheering and celebrating this period of detente between their realms. They each remind their governments that the Star League was founded by an agreement brokered by Ian Cameron but between House Liao and House Marik to cease their apparently endless warring.

"Are you," they are asked, "Proposing peace with the enemy."

"Peace is the result when one's neighbour is no longer an enemy," they answer word for word the same. And then they present a treaty that would, at a stroke, transform both realms by engaging Candace Liao to Martin Marik, uniting the two dynasties and merging the realms into the Free Worlds Confederation - a treaty with a new constitution drawing from both government models, and with a combined military that can withstand the rapacious Steiners and Davions.

It takes about 48 hours for Anton Marik to rally a rebellion against his brother, which is quick and decisive... in Janos' favour - it might have worked if Anton had been less impatient, for Janos was still riding the wave of popularity of the celebrations, and there was just enough benefits for the major provincial leaders in the proposed treaty (repeal of the Camlann precedent, their assured places on the 'upper house' of the bicameral legislative, etc.) that none of them backed Anton.
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« Reply #67 on: 22 January 2021, 07:20:39 »
Well now, on one hand I wonder how the other Great Houses would react to this and if given the case that the canon FedCom would still be established how they'd in turn react to the FedCom being created ... and the Dragon is standing outside looking into 4 Houses having turned into 2 big ones and wondering who and what his equivalent would've been...  :o 8)

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« Reply #68 on: 22 January 2021, 14:44:35 »
Well, things just got a bit more interesting.

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« Reply #69 on: 22 January 2021, 17:30:47 »
Without the rest of the Kapteyn troika, Kurita would become very hard pressed very quickly.  Instead of Liao taking the beating in the 4SW,  it would be Dieron...  Probably the whole prefecture!

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« Reply #70 on: 24 January 2021, 17:28:44 »
I'm not sure it will be the same level of defeat as the CC saw, because neither power can pull enough troops to take a big bite of it, and leave their backsides open.

DC only friend becomes Comstar, even more then in the canon timeline

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« Reply #71 on: 24 January 2021, 17:40:23 »
If the Dragoons are the distraction they were in the OTL, then I think Dieron is toast...

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« Reply #72 on: 24 January 2021, 17:55:57 »
The FWC can afford to entertain Katrina's peace offer because they rival the LyrCom industrially.  If they think that given peace on both borders they can restore their infrastructure faster than the LyrCom and FedSuns can integrate worlds taken from the Combine peace might actually break out. 

Unless I'm mis-remembering when Katrina's peace proposal was. 

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« Reply #73 on: 28 January 2021, 17:09:14 »
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As humanity continued to expand outward over the centuries and wage continued war against one another for various reasons, they had no idea that Terra was going to face a new enemy entirely.

In the year 3067, just as the FedCom Civil War came to an end, an event no one saw coming occurred within the Pacific Ocean. A strange portal which would later be known as "the Breach" opened up and unleashed a monstrous creature the likes of which none had ever seen before. This monster, dubbed "Trespasser", made landfall in San Francisco and began to devastate the region. Word of Blake forces launched everything they had at the creature. Tanks, Battlemechs, Aerospace fighters, even Battle Armor went up against it; but by the time they finally managed to kill it, San Francisco was completely destroyed, along with San Diego, and part of Los Angeles. The entire Inner Sphere were stunned that such a creature existed and the citizens of Terra were thankful that it was dead.

But it didn't end there; another one of these "kaiju" appeared in Manilla six months later. Rather than waste their military assets, the Word of Blake used an orbital bombardment to kill the creature from their warships. Despite killing the creature, the bombardment destroyed Manilla and almost the entire island of Luzon. The public outcry was enormous, despite everything the Word of Blake had done against the previous Kaiju. It was a victory, albeit a pyrrhic one.

However, to the shock of the entire Inner Sphere, another Kaiju attacked; but this time, it made landfall on New Avalon. Then others attacked other worlds around the Inner Sphere. By the time these Kaiju were dealt with, it was clear to everyone, even the Clans...that these attacks were not going to stop. More breaches were discovered; but on some of these worlds, an invasion of non-human aliens came through and devastated the human population with their Kaiju monsters.

It was for the first time, since the Amaris Civil War, that all of humanity had come together to discuss how they were going to deal with this new threat. Breaches had also appeared in the Clan homeworlds and the Clans themselves were forced (against their better judgement) to make contact with the Eridani forces on Huntress to meet with the new Star League in a surprising manner.

While 'Mechs were powerful in their own right; the first Kaiju attack had made it clear that even a single 'Mech by itself was no match for one of these Kaiju. So the scientists of humanity decided to built a new kind of 'Mech. One designed to fight off the Kaiju wherever they may appear. Thus, the Jaeger program was born.
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« Reply #74 on: 28 January 2021, 19:11:26 »
Disavowing any relation to the JaegerMech, of course!  :D

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« Reply #75 on: 06 February 2021, 14:49:04 »
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The Terran Hegemony constitution does not allow for an under-age Director-General and thus after Simon Cameron's death, his three children are not eligible as successors. A hotly contested election between the two most senior branches provides no clear winner between two candidates - one from Terra but with poor credentials compared to Simon's half-sister who had married into a minor branch of House Davion. Both sides claim fraud over the results, with recounts strongly suggesting that both factions (if not the leaders) have been guilty.

The Star League Council and the SLDF watch in disbelief as the quarrelling breaks into violence and the entire Terran Hegemony seems to be falling into Civil War. Eager to keep the Davions from sending forces to support their candidate (and viewing a weakened Terran Hegemony as beneficial to them), the other lords agree that the SLDF should enforce a blockade against any outside involvement - as far as they can when significant elements of the SLDF are being tempted to interfere on one side or the other.

The SLDF might well have imposed one ruler had the Commanding General been willing to. But Aleksandr Kerensky's tragic flaw was that he had no desire to rule or impose a ruler. And besides that, the Periphery lords saw this great opportunity to regain their freedoms while the Star League was distracted, something pinning down much of the SLDF (those who don't feel defection to join the fighting for the Hegemony is better than suppressing the Territorial states).

And the other Council Lords begin to consider if they can elect a new First Lord from outside House Cameron...
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« Reply #76 on: 06 February 2021, 15:33:02 »
Now THAT is maximum chaos at the end of the Star League!  :o

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« Reply #77 on: 06 February 2021, 15:50:34 »
That would be a more ample reason for Kerensky to leave with the Star League and take the Cameron's with him.

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« Reply #78 on: 06 February 2021, 15:51:45 »
It also moves the needle closer to zero... that scenario makes it even less clear who's in the right...

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« Reply #79 on: 06 February 2021, 16:01:48 »
That would make a break-up of the SLDF along that existing Royal-/Non-Royal fracture/faction line very probable and at the same time Civil War may very happen within the (Royal) SLDF units.

A veritable free-for-all conflict looms - and that is just the SLDF.

RWA is still home in the Rim Worlds and Amaris is not factor to consider at that point in time. Nor will the Periphery Uprising happen as in canon.

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« Reply #80 on: 06 February 2021, 16:19:37 »
It won't happen as in canon, but it will DEFINITELY happen, as Drakensis outlined...

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« Reply #81 on: 07 February 2021, 09:57:22 »
Yeah, it is more like a reset back to the Age of War period, though, enhanced by a free-for-all in Hegemony space and at the same time in the Periphery.

Only thing is (if iirc) that the Periphery Uprising preparations can simply not be as far advanced as if what they were at one generation later in canon.

A lot of the canon Periphery Uprising resources were provided by Amaris in preparation of the Coup and the Amaris Coup is a non-entity ITL.

If drakensis follows through with this it provides him vast leeway as to the Periphery in general and any Uprisings thereof in particular ITL.

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« Reply #82 on: 16 February 2021, 21:58:56 »
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After the Interdict during the 4th SW Hanse orders plans drawn up to use Black Boxes to replace HPG's in the FS in case C* ever does this again. After OPERATION: SCORPION they are dusted off, updated, and the equipment required to implement them is manufactured and distributed. During the Jihad they are activated because of the Whiteout, allowing the FS to better combat the WoB, and any problems in the system are ironed out. Then the Blackout comes along.

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« Reply #83 on: 16 February 2021, 22:05:06 »
The Black Boxes still work, right?  ???

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« Reply #84 on: 16 February 2021, 23:11:20 »
Yeah, Black Boxes work on a version of 'Hyperspace' that aligns with universes like Star Wars, it a parallel dimension where you can travel faster then light, K-F Drives and HPG's use the mathematical version, which can be viewed a a matrix transformation/translation or a method call to the universe to set your co-ordinates, traveling without moving, but Black Boxes signal most definitely do move.

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« Reply #85 on: 17 February 2021, 05:12:53 »
Cool...  8)

 

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