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PostSubject: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:35 am

Captain Stephen Vandhalt looked out the mirror all he saw was the vast emptiness of space. In his entire career as a captain the closest thing to excitement was a group of pirates attacking a cargo ship. There never seemed to be many voices in the vast galaxy, they were the only nation that they actually knew of.

"Sir, you have been staring at the window for an hour, I think it is time to come back to the bridge." Lt. Vu the Katmota officer said to him seeming somewhat concerned about the sanity of his captain.

"Right." Stephen said quickly snapping back into reality. He walked across the metal halls to the bridge where his officers sat drinking coffee and eating donuts thinking this was going to be another average day.

As he sat down he started ordering. "Ensign, take us to warp. We are going to find something if it kills me." The captain was ordered to patrol the space outside the border but he went extending that order.

The F.P.S. Seer warped to unknown space south of their solar system. Its bulky ironclad looked like a massive warship but really it was a standard patrol ship. The navy loved to make large doomsday ships that could take a billion hits. It was about to see if this design was actually functional.
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:57 am

“Why am I getting out of bed right now?” asked Commodore Allison Mengsk (SW), the patrol flotilla’s commander.

“Unidentified vessel has been detected.  Unknown ship design, unrecognized transponder signal.”

“Well, at least that has the virtue of being interesting.  Report our position relative to the frontier?”

“Report position relative to the frontier, aye.  Position is two-three-zero lightseconds beyond the frontier.”

“Very well, TAC.  COMM, all ships to action stations, then record message.”

“All ships to action stations, then record mission, aye.”

“Unidentified vessel.  I am Commodore Mengsk of the Heraklean State Navy.  We request you cease acceleration towards the Heraklean frontier and identify yourselves.”
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:12 am

The bridge was completely silent, you could actually hear one of the officers lose his grip before his coffee hit the floor before a loud roar of cheering and celebration invaded the bridge.

Stephen collected himself but could not stop grinning as he recorded his response.

"This is Captain Stephen Vandhalt of the F.P.S. Seer, of the Free Planet Navy. Forgive the excitement here on the bridge but you are the first actual civilized contact we have found."

Lt. Vu ran and sent a message to command not even he could contain his excitement.

"We come in peace Commodore, it would be my pleasure for you and I to have a conversation."

The Seer halted all speed and sat there waiting for a response. Docking was set to permitted however security did arm themselves just encase.
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:23 am

“Well, this promises to be a bit different,” commented Commodore Mengsk.  “TAC, have my barge1 prepped.  COMM, record another message.”

“Captain Vandhalt, it would be an honor to conduct first contact between our civilizations.  If you are prepared to receive me, I and several members of my staff are prepared to join you on your ship.”

“Ma'am are you sure that's wise?” questioned the Mengsk's flag captain and second-in-command.  “We won't be in a position to guarantee your safety if you're over there.”

“Won't be able to guarantee my safety?” retorted the commodore.  “You can guarantee my safety just fine from right here.  If they kill us, just turned them into so much space trash.”

1An “admiral's barge” is a small-boat that is specifically set aside for the use of a flag officer.
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:53 pm

The Captain waited at the docking area with an armed guard at his sides.

"Sure, are you sure this is a good idea?" One of the security officers inquired.

"Well, without a little adventure we will always just be stuck to our planet." Replied the excited Stephen.

As the barge docked Captain Stephen attempted to contain his excitement.

"Welcome to the Seer Commodore, it is a pleasure to have you."
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:56 pm

“Thank you for your welcome, Captain.  Permission to come aboard?”

* * * * *

“Your ship is quite impressive, Captain,” said Commodore Mengsk.  “A very rugged design.  Clearly intended more for battle than exploration.  That may be something of a common factor for our two civilizations.  Few societies can truly claim to be 'battle-born' as we are.  Was conflict a major part of your societies growth?”
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:11 pm

"Sadly more with ourselves than others. Our history can be summed up in being abandoned and fighting like children until someone made us get along. Even so we are still a pretty loose collective of settlements." Stephen shrugged

Vu added to Stephen "Our only real structured groups are the navy and the rangers, freedom is a important idea for our people."

Stephen nodded his head as they sat down in the conference room.

"As for the ships themselves, when we went space born we discovered that we were in the middle of pirate territory."
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:56 pm

“What I wouldn't give to be over there right now.”

“Oh? Is watch that boring?”

“Of course it is. But I wish I could be over there so I could be a witness. I mean, how many times are we going to contact another civilization for the first time?”

“It's a big galaxy. I'm sure there will be more.”

“Yeah well- new contacts! Reading signatures... signatures read as Cortane liners!”

“Son of a bitch. Someone better get the captain.”

* * * * *

“We've had something of a similar history. We eventually had order forced upon us by Baron Kirrin when he succeeded in subjugating the other warlords. Our glorious state and great society came into existence because of his vision. He revered almost as a god by our people.” At that moment, Commodore Mengsk's com chirped. “One moment please.” She thumbed the device. “Commodore Mengsk. Hm. Very well, COMM. Issue a summons to them to surrender. If they refuse, destroy one as an example.” She thumbed her com again. “I'm sorry captain, but I'm afraid a more pressing issue may have just arisen.”
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:36 pm

"I understand, I should go back to my world and file a report on this." Stepehn said as he walked the Commodore back to her barge.

"Good luck fighting whoever you are fighting."
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:58 pm

“So,” said Commodore Mengsk said as she joined her flag captain, “tell me about the Cortane ships.”

“We're probably looking at a collection of Cortane fleeing the occupation, most likely with important former members of the government.”

“Are the ships armed?”

“No ma'am.”

“Have they responded to our hails?”

“No ma'am, but they have started trying to out run us. Pitiful really.”

“Have you selected one to make an example of?”

“Yes ma'am, it has already been targeted.”

“Good. Kill it.”

* * * * *

The HNS Dacia (BC 137) launched a singly conventional ship killing missile. It hadn't been outside the battlecruiser for more than two seconds when its own spatial distortion FTL drives kicked in, propelling it at ridiculous speed. Thirty-two seconds later, the missile intercepted one of the fleeing Cortane ships and detonated its nuclear payload. The ship was torn apart by the savage explosion, killing everyone on board.
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:22 pm

The Seer sent another message to the Commodore.

"We noticed that these ships are not military ships what so ever and are being targeted by your fleet. These ships have crossed into our border and are now our problem, we will intercept them and you may bring a diplomat to the tower to discuss these refugees."

Captain Vandhalt turned off the com and sighed, "First contact and we might have a political crisis on our hands, however I can't let innocent people die without even a fair trial." it seemed that things could get messy.

Another message was sent to the fleeing ships. "This is Captain Stephen Vandhalt of the F.P.S. Seer, you are entering our territory and now in our jurisdiction. Warp into the next system and prepare to be intercepted, do not fear we have no connection to your pursuers."
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:37 pm

“FPS Seer, this is Commodore Mengsk.  Those ships are carrying criminals.  They have violated a legal no-fly zone and resisted arrest, among other crimes against the State of Heraklea and the Transitional Authority of Corta.  We are well within our rights to use force to compel their surrender.  I urge you not to offer them asylum or interfere with us bringing them to heel.”  With the broadcast completed, Commodore Mengsk ordered the flotilla to pursue the Cortane vessels.


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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:41 pm

"That is understood however they are now in our territory, pursuing them would be an act of war. We request that you withdraw or we will open fire on you. They will be taken into captivity and meet with an official. You are advised to send a diplomat to Christana to discuss this. This is your final warning."

(OOC: Also can you link me to where I may learn about these people I'm saving?)
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:03 am

“As you will, captain.”

* * * * *

Several days passed before the Herakleans arrived in Christana.  The HDS Madrid stood at the center of the Heraklean taskforce.  Around her was a full squadron of battlecruisers, supported by two squadrons of heavy cruisers and a squadron each of light cruisers and destroyers.

“This is the HDS Madrid, carrying an ambassador from the Chief of the State of Heraklea the Christana head of state.  Additionally, Taskforce 6-131 is here to take custody of the Cortane criminals.”

(OOC: my that is heavy handed of me)

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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:01 am

A single small frigate came out to greet the fleet. A small ship detached from the frigate and docked to the HDS Madrid. The ship opened at the dock revealing a tall man and his body guard. "I am James Davanto, I am here on behalf of the Christana government. I do believe it is time to discuss the future of the refugees."

Meanwhile on the other side of the planet a large armada was forming. The fleet was composed of a titan flag ship, 2 dreadnoughts, 6 battlecrusider squadrons, 10 squads of frigates and a super carrier. 2 smaller fleets waited at the other planets in the solar system. auxiliary ships were kept on the planet ready to launch just in chase.

(OOC: Overkill? Maybe but this is my home planet so there would be a large force.)
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:30 am

Refugees? though Commodore Pershing.  Oh, I expected I'd have deal with idiots in my life, but this is just...  She quickly stomped down on her emotions.  “Mr. Davanto, I am Commodore Faith Pershing of the Heraklean Diplomatic Service.  My mission here is to establish formal diplomatic relations between our governments as well as oversee the safe transfer of the criminals to Heraklean custody for eventual return to the Cortane Authority’s custody.

“Those people are, I will remind you, wanted criminals in Corta.  I believe your government was warned not to grant them asylum.  So please, explain to me why you are calling them refugees?”
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:49 am

"We searched all the ships, no weapons were found on them, only former minister of agriculture and families. Multiple woman, children and elderly were on the ships, they were escaping war and foreign occupation."

The diplomat sighed. "These people are accusing your government of multiple atrocities, perhaps we will give over the minister but any other being will be kept here until we are able to research the ins and outs of the occupation."
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:34 am

(OOC: If you guys want an extra nation involved let me know. I have free time for the next three weeks or so)
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:28 am

“Women? That is your proof that they are refugees? What is this, Medieval Earth? Does Christana really subscribe to such arcane gender role prejudices? Are women actually allowed to participate in your society, or is their place the kitchen or the bedroom?” Commodore Pershing paused to calm herself.

“Whatever atrocities these criminals claim we have committed I can assure you are complete fabrications. They are merely trying to earn sympathy so you will not extradite them to face justice. Further, we believe many of them have close ties to terrorist who continue to attack law-abiding Cortane, Heraklean and other civilians both in Corta and deep space.

“Now then, will you hand over these criminals?”

(OOC: If you can figure out how the OrdenReich knows about what's going on here, I have no particular problem with it. Make sure you check with Christana first though. I'm letting he/she/it pretty much run the show since this is his/her/its first contact scenario introducing the state to the galaxy.)
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:31 am

"I hardly believe that toddlers are international terrorists and even if they are I doubt they did it on their own. Some of these people our government refuses to give." He stomped his foot in anger trying to make his point clear

(OOC: I have to warn you I will not be able to post nearly as much as I do now after the 17th but you are invited in. I'm sure you could have a scout ship hear wahts going on or something when we actually start killing each other.)
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:22 pm

”Often times all it takes to start a war
is for someone to do something stupid.”
-Baroness Olivia Kirrin

Commodore Pershing narrowly succeeded at keeping her eyes from rolling as the Christanan acted like a petulant child.

“The Cortane Authority is more than capable of caring for children, mister Davanto.  Those children are citizens of Corta, and if a representative of their government they would most certainly be demanding the immediate repatriation of these children.  Further, their presence on board these ships also constitutes human trafficking violations which must also be examined.  I really must insist on you handing custody of the Cortane over to us at once."

* * * * *

At the periphery of Heraklean task force, Christanan ship drifted a tad too close.  Immediately, the nearest light cruiser painted the vessel with its targeting computer and issued a stern order to move away.
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:48 pm

"We've be targeted sir." Said the frigate Captain said panicked at the situation.

"Move in! Move in!" Admiral Hatch shouted. In about a minute from the right and left the fleet came in with shields raised.

"Dreadnoughts move in." Ordered Hatch. The Dreadnoughts stool side by side the frigate with power to shields and weapons targeting the ships on the outskirts.


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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:15 pm

“So, Mr Davanto. This is Christana. Your people would harbor fugitives and threaten Heraklea. You truly are models for the galaxy. Stand down your warships, Mr Davanto, and do not think threaten us again.”

* * * * *

As the dreadnaughts revealed themselves, the entire Heraklean task force went to high alert. The entirety of the command central network went into action, estimating the most effective salvo and targeting fire plans and reevaluating the estimates.

This has the potential for an ugly ending, thought the task force's commander.
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:18 pm

"With all do respect I find it quite funny that we are threatening you. You are the ones who brought a fleet to our doorstep demanding the refuges. I suggest you leave before this becomes a bloody war."

Meanwhile....

The whole fleet was now in place in front of the invaders. Hatch was at edge not sure if he should give the command to fire. He was in his fortress of a ship the FPS Christ a titan class ship capable of fighting a small fleet on its own.

"Sir they aren't backing down." One of the ensigns reported.

Admiral Hatch sighed, "Very well, all ships fire."

In a matter of seconds a quiet if not tense area of space blew up into a deadly light show. The whole fleet starting firing on the enemy holding no restraint.
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PostSubject: Re: When Opposites Collide    Sun Aug 11, 2013 6:20 pm

“We brought a task force to guarantee our ability to control the criminals once they were transferred to our custody and ensure that their terrorist affiliates did not somehow free them.  And I suggest-”

“EVASIVE MANUVERS!  BRACE FOR SHOCK!” came the announcement over the loud speakers.  Only years of experiencing such sudden movements beyond the capacity of inertial dampeners kept Commodore Pershing on her feet.  She thumbed her com.

“Someone tell me what's happening!”

* * * * *

The first energy signature of the Christanan ion canons instantly triggered the Heraklean retaliation.  Tachyon beams from the main cannons fired into the Christanan fleet.  Fractal missile launches cycled at their maximum capacity, unleashing a storm on the Christanan.  Point defense cannons began spewing flak to intercept the ion blasts.

Of course, the Heraklean ships were still outnumbered and outmassed.  Ion blasts quickly broke through layers of flack and shielding to hit the hulls of the ships.  Each ship in turn died or was disabled.  Only the HDS Madrid escaped with minimal damage.

But the Herakleans gave as good as they got.  Tachyon beams from dieing ships and tachyon pumping missiles borrowed holes into the Christanan ship, and nuclear warhead tipped 'ship-killers' impacted and detonated.

* * * * *

“Now we know about Christanan hospitality,” said Commodore Pershing.  She turned to face the Christanan in front of her.  “It's time for us to introduce you the Heraklean hospitality, Mr. Davanto.  Take him to the brig.”

* * * * *

Word passed quickly throughout Heraklean systems upon the return of the Madrid.  The response was immediate.  Heraklea was on a wartime footing before the day was done.  Plans for an invasion were drafted and approved.  For the first time in generations, the entirety of Heraklea was supporting a war effort.

* * * * *

SECRET
OPERATION BIELSKI

COMMANDER: FLEET ADMIRAL ZELENKA, FAKHRIYYA
OBJECTIVE: CAPTURE OF CHRISTANAN SUSTEM
ORDER OF BATTLE: 4TH EXPADITIONARY FLEET, 7TH EXPADITIONARY FLEET, 1ST MARINE DIVISION
AREA OF OPERATIONS: CHRISTANAN SYSTEM
SUBMITTED: FLEET ADMIRAL MAC NAOIMHIN, SEHRAZAT

APPROVED: GRAND ADMIRAL KIRRIX, ADELEI
RECOMMENDED: HIGH ADMIRAL HEIDENDALE, HENRY
RECOMMENDED: HIGH ADMIRAL BURKE, ATHEA
RECOMMENDED: HIGH ADMIRAL IDA, MEAGAN
RECOMMENDED: HIGH ADMIRAL DORIA, ALEKSANTERI
RECOMMENDED: FLEET ADMIRAL ALBANO, CHIBUZO

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