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For House & Dominion: Building Better Worlds (10)

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You are Sonia Reynard, Viscount of Rioja and a member of House Jerik-Dremine!

It is late March 4042 and Shallan space has finally been liberated. Defeating two massive enemy offensives in 4040 served to finally turn the tide of the war. The Factions are gearing up for an invasion of the Neeran Empire set to begin within weeks or months. Late last year you attended meetings in the Dominion's capital where all the Houses of the Dominion pledged support to various invasion waves.

Your House is in the middle of moving a third of its total fleet assets to forward staging areas. More have either already arrived or are waiting their turn to depart the homeworlds. Preparations to move the fleets are straining logistics not just for Jerik-Dremine but for all the factions. Lack of cargo transport craft has caused a temporary downturn in the economy. Fortunately the shipyards are expected to catch up in a few more months time. For now people will have to make do.

Fighting is rumored to have already started in the Neeran held cluster closest to Shallan space. Reconnaissance in force as well as raider and autonomous operations units are believed to be in the process of softening up or evaluating targets ahead of the real invasion.

Or that's the story. Some in House intel are beginning to suspect that the invasion has already started just at a smaller scale. With some of the best South Reach mercenaries like Şivan Berwari currently on contract to the Alliance it's certainly possible they're opening the way while the rest of the fleets act as reinforcements.

You're making plans of your own deployment. The Rioja fleet along with support from the Emperor will be investigating a builder facility deep within enemy territory. This means you wont be able to help secure enemy SP weapon development sites, or salvage any of the weapons for your House. On the other hand there could be untold riches hidden at your destination. There had better be. It's unlikely to be undefended and intel shows Neeran client state colonies in the systems its expected to be located in.

Your mission is to be part of the second invasion wave after the Alliance has established its beachheads and staging areas. For better or for worse the Alliance intends to break the Empire into it's constituent parts. Alliance intel has been working for some time to sow dissent between the many minor client states and their masters. The cracks are already showing.
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Interrupted by calls when I'm nearly done second post edition.
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For House and Dominion!
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The last few weeks have been spent touring several terraforming projects in Terran space that your orbital correction company helped make possible. Some are well on their way to making good progress. Others not so much. While there you tried to make sure to invest roughly 100 million in each of the 5 colonies that were under development. There was a 6th but it's lagging much farther behind the others. Even the planet currently without an atmosphere might be farther along.

Public Relations teams have tried to use each of the visits to good effect raising foreign and domestic opinion of you. In time it may be possible to hire some some of the crews for a few of these worlds to work for one of the terraforming companies you own or have shares in. Their experience may be needed when settling Rioja's second habitable planet.

A joint J-D and Talos sponsored trade mission is nearly finished its deployment to Norune space. They were hoping to show off the Talos E or Expanded Type Heavy Carrier along with your upgraded Nexus Heavy Cruiser. Given the Norune's general lack of Heavy Warship production they could be a good source of revenue both during the war and after.

From reports it seems that the Talos E has performed well and the Norune are impressed with its support capability. High performance attack cruisers that make up a majority of their conventional fleets have plenty of space to dock for repairs. The central bay also has enough room for 2 of their medium cruisers or carriers. While they dont like how sluggish the Talos E is, there are few fast heavy carriers that would meet their demands.

The Nexus was not as well received unfortunately. They liked its firepower, both the main guns and its many plasma canons. Armor and protection was considered adequate, though they did not approve of the heavy torpedo racks, seeing them as compromising the ships structural integrity. This hadn't previously been seen as a problem by any other customer.
Engines were seen as the biggest fault. While the Norune were willing to tolerate lower speeds from a support ship they were not as forgiving of a direct combatant. It's engine capability is adequate by most factions standards, but the Norune are not like most Factions. Current design of the drive section would be a major hindrance of its overall acceptance.

In talking with one of the company engineers that were sent along they've submitted a proposal for a redesign. An expensive looking one considering the Nexus just completed conversion to Talos engine blocks. It would further widen the drive section increasing output by 50% and adding AM Afterburner installation options.

>Would you be willing to consider these design changes or other modifications for the Norune market?
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>>2926693
>>Would you be willing to consider these design changes or other modifications for the Norune market?
yes
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>>2926693
Sure. Also, why not so what the dominion did with their new fast medium cruiser and glue winga with additional engines to the sides of the ship?
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For those who dont keep up with these things there were reports out semi recently about how red dwarf stars produce more UV radiation than previously thought. This means that it may not be possible to live on a planet in what would otherwise be considered the habitable zone around one.
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FOR HOUSE AND DOMINION!

Just got out of night-shift, and my only goal is to get to bed and sleep. But just wanted to chime in and thank you Slow for the amazing quest. Will read in the morning. Keep up the great quest!
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Sorry that took awhile. Went full autismo and wanted the "right" engine blocks from the Talos.

Any of these look good? Or want to make some other design changes while we're at it?
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>>2926893
I like the design on the right
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>>2926893
The one on the right looks neat. Although you can probably put additional ld cannons on there if they don't like the torpedo racks.
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>>2926953
In addition to that: maybe have a look at the terran medium that looks similar to learn some tricks their engineers used to make the ship better?
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>>2926958
If you mean the Endeavour that ship is fairly light weight. The original has structural strength similar to the Lance class and those routinely get cut in half.
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>>2926978
I remember fox ramming stuff in his endeavour.
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>>2926984
Yes, and Sonia thought for sure he was going to beak the ship in half in the process iirc.
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>>2926693
No, it seems like a lot of investment and we might be getting into a Bradley situation.
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At any rate you have the engineers let the Norune know the company intends to consider their proposed engine power increase. Design studies would take a few months. Towards that end RTS welcomes them to share any other suggestions they might have. Hopefully this wont turn out to be a mistake. You dont want the biggest ship produced by your yards turned inside out with crazy alien design suggestions. Trying to get one ship to fill every role tends ot end badly.


Your last investment before departing Terran space was to determine where an arcology you purchased was to end up. This is been installed in one of the empty slots in the city of Hilo on Kanehekili. It hasn't taken long for people to begin moving in.

Within a week of your return to Rioja the manager of the local holding company in Hilo contacts your people. A Terran multimedia firm has arrived with a recent group of refugees. They've already started to sell titles to the newly opened holoplex. The manager believes these are survivors of a firm from one of the distant relays that have done work on award winning movies, if minor ones.

Did you want to see about hiring them?
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>>2927044
have the person who is in charge of our holoplex chain talk to the multimedia guys
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>>2927044
>Did you want to see about hiring them?

Sure
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>>2927044
>Did you want to see about hiring them?
Poaching skilled workers is our specialty.
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>>2927057
>>2927128
They've sent an offer for continued work with the holoplex chain.


Due to increased cloning operations for the war effort there continue to be shortages of certain medical supplies. A few civilian aid agencies are now looking for handouts to deal with rising costs or at least to help acquire better synthetic and cybernetic alternatives.

The J-D military remains largely untouched by the shortages thanks to careful management. Some of your fellow Knights have even invested in additional production over the years. The military comes first though, and the focus has been on maintaining the House strategic stockpile.

You could probably set up additional production of cybernetics if you wanted, but with charities and civilian hospitals looking for them you wouldn't exactly be making money from it.

Did you want to donate any money towards civilian aid?
Or even set up additional production of cybernetics?
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>>2927146
>Did you want to donate any money towards civilian aid?
>Or even set up additional production of cybernetics?

both

min of like 10 mil donation
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>>2927146
>Did you want to donate any money towards civilian aid?
>Or even set up additional production of cybernetics?
Yes
Yes

Sonia Reynard Cybernetics Fund for the underprivileged. Sonia has used cybernetics for years and it would be cool if we could market robot arms based on our own.
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>>2927149
>>2927164
How much production are we looking at? Unless otherwise stated this will be added to the "loyal Knights city" in the north which is currently under construction.

Small Factory 1 to 1.25 million
Mid sized factory 2.5m
Large Factory complex 10-12m
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>>2927184
>Large Factory complex 10-12m
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>>2927184
>Large Factory complex 10-12m
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>>2927190
>>2927199
Will probably end up being 11 million because of the surrounding area being new development.

Which brings up an item I'd not previously considered. With that Reynard loyal Knights city being built by your own private sea, etc was there any thought to how you wanted it to look? Giving the city a theme and architecture of sorts to help it stand out from the others on Rioja? Or just keep using the current mass produced buildings since that would be cheaper?
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>>2927251

Cheaper easier to produce buildings, but if the knights want to splurge on a particular design for their city they should start planning on footing the bill.
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>>2927251
>Giving the city a theme and architecture of sorts to help it stand out from the others on Rioja?
I would honestly like to leave that up to the Knights, as long as it's not Linda-castle type outlandishness.
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>>2927265
>but if the knights want to splurge on a particular design for their city they should start planning on footing the bill.
Some of them may.

>>2927491
That is a good point.

Was mostly trying to decide if it should stick to the arcology(ies) surrounded by lots of little buildings or skip the big structure entirely. Then it occurred to me some players might want to customise a city more.


With the acquisition of the new super heavy tank stand-ins the army is getting a workout. General Rna is trying to press upon the army that the big enemy vehicles should be respected not feared. To adapt to their appearance on the field and quickly find ways to counter them. Not always easy, especially if one manages to bring their main guns to bear.

HAG crews are training for a variety of scenarios, from having to respond when out of position, to there being too many allied aircraft. With guns that powerful friendly fire incidents need to be avoided at all cost. Having expanded your HAG forces to ensure the clone troops have similar levels of support and protection there is a very real chance that aircraft might get in the way of each other. Especially during the initial drop where ground forces are far more concentrated.

What sort of scenarios would you like the fleet to focus its training on?
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>>2927584
>Baserunner
>Top speed 350 kmh
Wait what? I did not realise they were that fast.
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>>2927584
>What sort of scenarios would you like the fleet to focus its training on?
Full spectrum fighting/combined ground/air/space operations.
Limited orbital coverage support battles
Fighting unsupported stuck behind enemy lines with space supremacy having been destroyed.
Massed unit conflict.
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>>2927584

>Fleet Scenario's

If we have any data on the Neeran Super Weapons deployed in their last invasion. Get some drills on avoiding that. Also rapid boarding and control for heavy and super sized targets, as well as counter boarding proceedures. Schedule time with our Allies in the Run to do combat drills of our fleets working together and against each other from skirmishes to eventual large scale battles like we saw with the Alliance v the Neeran armada.

Also other thought. Defense of ground positions with gradual removal of support to get to the minimum of ships needed to effectively protect a world or ground position of value.

Continued 'hit and fade' tactics training, and escort/ protection of ships carrying valuable materials. Rapid response and deployment.
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At the next meeting with your Wing Commander, Admiral and General you lay out your plans to put the troops and crews through the wringer. The fleet will be operating with minimal support when it deploys, just what is with you. They need to be prepared for every eventuality. Since there is time for it you intend to make the best of it.

A good one to start on immediately is realistic training for units cut off behind enemy lines. It will require extended deployments and everyone will have to make do what what little they have. Their opposition will be rotated out on a regular basis to better simulate pursuit or harassment by numerically superior enemies.

Admiral Tama suggests that an escort carrier be set up as a special monitoring ship to keep tabs on each of these operations.
"Many of the younger pilots that have been trained since the civil war haven't been stuck behind enemy lines for the lengths you're used to. Lengthy deployments with constant stress, no backup and and minimal rest could become a problem. We don't want them to crack and endanger themselves and expensive cutting edge vehicles."

[ ] Use monitoring ship to secretly track bio readouts
[ ] Assign NCO's to each ship to keep an eye on things
[ ] They passed their training, don't bother
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>>2927886
>[ ] Assign NCO's to each ship to keep an eye on things
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>>2927886

Put some NCOs on the ships with the pilots. Though we should make it a note to appear before our pilots and tell them we are going to be putting them through some of the most rigorous and stressful situations that they have not experinced and only a handful of veterans have likely experinced. The NCO's are there not to work against them, but to work with them and ensure that they, the pilots do not harm themselves and their crews. Then give a message to the commanders of the wings and NCOs that there will be a monitor ship close by ready to come to assist on a moments notice, should they need it.

It may end up being that we never need to have our units stuck behind enemy lines for years or months at a time like we have been. But they should get used to such deployments now while we have a controled environment.

Also, get input from the the commanders after each "deployment" on how to improve and make sure our pilots get the most trainning while also put under the most stressful conditions. So that the next group gets either a more difficult or but improved situation. And our NCO's and monitor ships know when to step in and help the pilots.
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>>2927886
>[ ] Assign NCO's to each ship to keep an eye on things
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>>2927886
>[ ] Assign NCO's to each ship to keep an eye on things
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You decide to assign NCO's to each ship to keep an eye on things. Squadron commanders are told to warn their people the training will be a grueling experience. The NCO's are there to help if necessary.

Fairly small groups will be conducting training like this. Not much more than a wing or two at a time, rotating out while the bulk of the fleet trains in other areas.

Everyone is familiarized with known enemy and allied Super weapons. Siege and Schorcher arrays. That repulsor weapon that tore two ACS Standards apart like they were made of cardboard. Solar weapons use by the Norune or potentially the Neeran if they deduce how it worked. Veckron torpedoes, gravity well generators on suicide runs. Everything you and intel can think of. Lastly Alliance intel suggests familiarizing crews with countering SP Torpedoes.

That's not the most encouraging suggestion.

Engineering crews are kept busy transferring the available point defense mass drivers and interceptor missiles between ships for drills. Many of the guns have been requisitioned for use by the other fleets or have been transferred to HAGs, Frigates and Assault transports. Production can keep up but most are being sent to the front. The Rioja fleet is slated to get more in a few months time.

Ship crews dont have much in the way of access to holobooths right now. Those available on or near bases on Rioja are largely in use by the Marines. If another Super needs to be boarded they intend to be ready for it, regardless of what type.

The military is known to make use of your holoplex chain on Rioja during off peak hours, if they can get reservations. Given their popularity these days most chains are open day and night. A few marine officers are wondering if you would close each holoplex to civilians during certain hours to guarantee more available booths. Generally overnight during what would be curfew hours if Rioja bothered to have one.

>Approve Y/N?
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I'll be back on tomorrow afternoon.
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>>2928271
[x] Approve War Hours
Set up a small fund that commanders can use for emergency training situations they can use to buy civilian holoplex time.
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>>2928271

Time to start reserving time for out own troops then. If we haven't already, put in the paper work to get such a holo booth setup in Mons Abyla for marines and pilots and another on the fleet base in the moon for starship pilots.

Work with general RNA to get times reserved for marines until those booths are setup on bases. And with our store managers for periods of time when they are the least busy and having marines coming in wont hurt their bottom line to much. Have our aides do the heavy lifting of course, but pretty much, get a time schedule set for when the marines can come in during down times for these places and not upset to many people. If people with reservations get uppity about their reservations offer to refund them or buy out their reservation and give them another more opportune reservation time and date.

And as >>2928281 suggested, Set up a small fund that commanders can use for emergency training situations they can use to buy civilian holoplex time.
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>>2928271
>Y
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>>2928271
>If another Super needs to be boarded they intend to be ready for it, regardless of what type.
If we get the chance and go for a Scorcher, we're going to need to be fast since they've self destructed every one that's been boarded right? We should simulate a lowest-possible-time to capture scenario.
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>>2926893
I like the right one over the middle and left. Maybe we could get a second Heavy yard to produce the type B Nexus while the first yard produce the original type A Nexus? It's a major investment but if it becomes popular with the Norune then we can make up for it with producion liscenes.

>>2928271
Y
Everything should be focused towards the invasion at this point so that we can ensure maximum success. Besides people should be asleep late at night in any case!

On something completely unrelated. I've been thinking about ways to make more money. My understanding is that there are three primary ways to make money out of land. Rent, minerals and agriculture. Food is, after all, always going to be in demand. Now the problem with agricultre is that it's limited to crops and vegtables. What I suggest is a new meat industry. Using meatcells from good animal stock we mass produce lab grown meat .
With todays technology and understanding of biology we should be able to fairly quickly grow meat that holds a high quality. Since we control the entire process of growing from start to finish we should be able to balance nutritional value, taste and fat spread with in the meat. Or in other words. Make the best mass produced Kobe beef known to man.
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>>2928271
Sure. Maybe build a dedicated extra holoplex for military use.

I'd also like to buy one or two dedicated hospital ships.

>>2927584
Evacuating a station or planet.
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>>2928281
>War Hours
This is now being used by PR.
Additional funds will be set aside so that the military can make use of other civilian training facilities if necessary.

>>2928320
>>2929208
>build a dedicated extra holoplex for military use.
Most of the stations and Mons Abyla do have booths intended for military use, there are simply not enough of them.

3 more should be enough to take up the worst of the slack if they were dedicated completely to military use. They can always be repurposed for civilian use at a later time.

Did you want to invest 12 million in 3 new holoplexes? Or more than that?

[ ] 12m for 3
[ ] 16m for 4
[ ] 20m for 5
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>>2930391
>[ ] 20m for 5
We could offer the other j-d worlds to ship some of their troops over for training. Maybe even the other houses in the run alliance if we have free capacities.
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>>2930391
>[ ] 16m for 4
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4 for sure. We'll see if there are any more votes.

>>2928853
>Maybe we could get a second Heavy yard to produce the type B Nexus while the first yard produce the original type A Nexus? It's a major investment but if it becomes popular with the Norune then we can make up for it with producion liscenes.
If you're going that far you might want to consider just building the new yard in Norune space.

The Surakeh Heavy Cruiser yard responsible for building the Nexus have been slowly improved over time. With each completed ship a bit more machinery on site was built up to provide the necessary parts and equipment. Much of those needed for the engines were changed over once the Talos drives were added causing production delays. The yard is just getting back to full speed now.

Doing all of that from scratch will cost at least a billion, probably more. Especially if you want to build a sturdy yard. Start up costs for the ship itself could probably be covered by loans as usual.

Is there any interest in building a second shipyard?
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>>2930624
>Is there any interest in building a second shipyard?
I'm not disinterested but I'd prefer to see what other things we have to take care of before the invasion before we commit that kind of money. However, if we still have a significant amount left at the end, we might also want to look into upgrading the surakeh heavy yard.
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Big ticket items.

A security/insurance deposit of 1 billion is expected to be returned as soon as the Talos E and the Nexus get back from their trade mission. So that's good.
Once returned you'll have a bit over 14.3 billion S available.

Last year you invested 1.4 billion in the J-D Reserve Ship stockpile being built up in the Pandora Cluster.
In additional 1.7 Billion was diverted into a special savings account to fund future Rioja fleet deployments.

Did you want to make any further investments to these or other major projects?
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>>2930783
600 and 800 million each, so we end up with nice round numbers? We'd then have 2 billion in the ship reserve, and 2.5 billion in savings.

>from their trade mission
Did the Norune like the Veritas designs?
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>>2930796
>Did the Norune like the Veritas designs?
They found it intriguing, comparing them to enemy corvettes. The Cooperative have started asking questions about producing a cheaper version as unmanned weapon platforms or short range drones.
House Veritas is considering the request, though they're still less familiar with newer drone techs.
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Albeit a bit late two new shield generators intended for use by ground forces are now available for purchase. With the imminent invasion they've been rushed into mass production.

>Palisade defense shield
The Palisade is a type of shield meant for use at ground level to repel weapons fire from vehicles and infantry. They require a network of projectors around the perimeter of sites being defended and have a limited maximum height. These are intended to protect landing zones and ground side transports while they're unloading.

Optional upgrades allow them to repel even slow moving objects which normal shields have difficulty with. The cheaper of these are simply additional repulsors to keep things out. The more expensive upgrade induces a small plasma reaction with the nearby atmosphere which will destroy most slow moving objects that might come into contact with it.
Essentially the C&C Firestorm shield.

Palisade shields only operate outwards leaving the projectors vulnerable to fire from inside the defensive perimeter. It is possible to double layer Palisade systems, though understandably these are more expensive.


>Citadel defense shields
The Citadel is a more conventional bubble shield that has been optimised for use within atmosphere, further hardening it against plasma weaponry. They are intended either for use in fixed defensive positions like forward bases, or mobile platforms like larger ground vehicles.

The Dominion has previously made use of shields similar to this on some of their Heavy Walkers. Those usually require dedicating most of the onboard space and power systems to the shield, leaving little left over for weapons. This was treated as an acceptable trade off and usually 1 dedicated shield walker would be assigned to a squadron.

New Citadel shields are more compact allowing mobile platforms greater options. There do remain some drawbacks to their operation. It's often necessary for mobile vehicles carrying them to remain grounded due to occasional need to discharge the generator, especially while under fire. Because of this heavy walkers or wheeled vehicles are preferred for when these shields are going to be active while on the move.

Both of these systems are fairly expensive with Palisade requiring more setup time.
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>>2930391
>[ ] 16m for 4

>>2931095
>The more expensive upgrade induces a small plasma reaction
If you were to pack all of it into a turret, how effective would it be as a PD weapon?
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>>2931217
>If you were to pack all of it into a turret, how effective would it be as a PD weapon?
Not terribly? It only generates a thin layer of plasma to help destroy anything moving too slow for a normal shield to intercept. Vehicles, grenades, people. It might have trouble with an Adamant heavy tank but it would certainly damage it badly.

It's not terribly effective against faster objects like torpedoes or nuclear warheads. The shield portion will try to take the hit from those. Try being the optimal word.
In a PD system it might be able to deal with smaller missiles though.
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>>2930796
I'll support these investment numbers too. Maybe another 50m for the Veritas superweapon fund this year as well?
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The order goes out for additional holoplex facilities to be constructed with emphasis on them being for military use. They can be converted to civilian facilities later.

Marines have been enthusiastic about training to board enemy Supers and are trying to get the time down needed to secure the ship. They're all painfully aware that the enemy might self destruct the ship or its power systems to prevent capture. Scorchers especially are dangerous in this case since so much of the ship is made up of those same systems. Destroying the array even accidentally will take out most of the ship.

While pilots, command crews and gunners are practicing in the dedicated simulators, other crew members are being drilled in counter boarding tactics. As some of the marines are still waiting for additional holobooths they're being used as opposition forces. Ship crews are predictably not happy with this arrangement but they rarely are.
Fighting people drawn from the top 10% of the army is going to feel a bit lopsided.

Regarding the new shields General Rna believes the Army has spent enough on new equipment of late and is reluctant to ask for more. Citadel shields might be useful to reinforce the defenses of garrison buildings. They dont work as well with the Army's mobile spearhead tactics which are reliant upon repulsor vehicles.

Tama suggests acquiring some Palisade shields to further reinforce the approaches to Mons Abyla base, but those are considered a low priority.
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>>2931388
>Tama suggests acquiring some Palisade shields to further reinforce the approaches to Mons Abyla base, but those are considered a low priority.
Maybe it's worth buying more than we need now, then when there's a demand for them during the invasion, we can price gouge some unlucky customers?
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>>2930796
>>2931384
Fleet investment updated.

>>2931647
Could be worth it.
How much did you want to spend on it?
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>>2931095
I wonder if it would be possible to make cheap single shot shield generators that would be designed to last just long enough to contain the explosion of a torpedo or missile, for breaking through heavy armor by forcing the full energy of the shockwave to travel through it. Ideally shattering it or passing the shockwave through it to warp the frame or destroy subsystems.
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>>2931662
I don't believe Faction shields are ideal for making a more powerful nuclear shaped charge. Neeran shields might be so hang onto that idea.
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>>2931660
>How much did you want to spend on it?
20 million?
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>>2931733
I will support this. Its not much money after all and we can use it as a test bed if nothing else.
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With the occasional assistance from your special forces over the past few years Drake has managed to get her shit together enough that she should be able to deploy her fleet. She's made a number of agreements with groups of nobles while you were in Terran space and this has helped cut back on violent incidents.

None of the old nobles from the previous House on Kalino had been stupid enough to implicate themselves in the ongoing resistance efforts. At least not after one was killed during orbital strikes on rebel munitions depots. With the invasion coming up Drake negotiated a few minor concessions ending most of troubles that had plagued her Barony. There are still incidents of course but they're far more sporadic and well within the capability of the PDF to handle in her absence.

In a final effort to deal with the least cooperative citizens one of the old nobles actually volunteered to lead a force joining the first wave units. They'll be helping to bulk up some of the former Aries supporters hoping to earn a chance at leading new Houses.

That taken care of means Drake will be among the last of the J-D Barons to deploy to the front. 8 of the 14 Barons from the House will be taking part in the opening wave. The others will be keeping an eye on the home front, preparing for subsequent waves or acting as reserves. You, having a special assignment, wont be counted among the regular forces the House is expected to field.

Daska has announced her intention to purchase that Nexus class you'd sent out on the trade mission. Winifred took the older one she's been hanging onto since the Civil War leaving South Reach a bit under defended. Avun and her carrier group will remain at home, well positioned in the Run to help respond to any problems. Saputo will assume temporary command of the home guard with Alex as next in command.

With Majestic out of action the home fleet is much reduced. Construction on the new Talos E is progressing but it may not be finished this year. House crews learned a great deal about operation of the larger carrier and minor design changes are being made. Fortunately the Qlippoth you and Jor'ron captured last year is nearing completion of its refit. Depending on how things go it should be finished its shakedown in 3-4 months.

Should things drag on at the front the House should be in a good position to rotate out 5 of the Heavies.
From what you'd heard Archivald requested permission to command the entire J-D expeditionary force. It seems he's still determined to redeem himself after the heavy losses suffered back in the Civil War. He's commanded fleets against the Neeran since then and done well.

Any last minute well wishing or gifts for the fleet before they embark upon the Great Crusade?
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Resuming tomorrow.
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>>2931714
We have shaped shield tech no?
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>>2932067
Give every crew member a tiny piece of a Dyson sphere to put together to make a bigass model sphere?
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>>2932067

Who all is going to be part of the first wave?

So far I am understanding there is Archivald and Alex, Drake and Daska, if I read into it right. Are going to be part of the first wave?

Is there a list of Barons going out as part of the first wave? As for gifts. Give each a personal stasis field. And go out on a bit of a splurge and get them something that will prove useful to them. I don't remember what each of them use best.
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>>2932115
Yes, though it's not ideal because the shield would absorb a lot of the blast energy.
Torpedoes are already designed to deliver as much of its energy into the target as possible. Heavy torpedoes are not nearly as efficient though and might be large enough to actually a mount a shield like you're suggesting.

>>2932123
And they're missing a few pieces when they get back?
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>>2932134
>Who all is going to be part of the first wave?
>Is there a list of Barons going out as part of the first wave?

>>2932067
>J-D Expeditionary Fleet.gif
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>>2932154

>feelingofdumbassery

Right then, still not sure on the best gifts so here are some suggestions.
>Drake
Lightning Guns

>Dremine
SP-Torps

>Nel'odym
Monetary support

>Archivald
Drinks/ combined gift from us and Troy

>Kharbos
Monetary support

>Nilium
Shaped shields, if the Hecaton doesn't already have some. And monetary support.

>Jor'ron
Monetary support/ Lightning cannons

>Winifred
Drinks
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>>2932152
A) The shields could be tuned to reflect the force of the torpedoes, a known quantity, no? Make a fragile "hard" shield, in paradox to the Neeran "soft" shields? Besides it would still narrow the blast surface so I assume the basic square/cube law would apply to result in more energy being focused on a single point.

After all, armor with holes in it isn't very structurally sound, especially if you could detonate multiple torpedoes at the same time on the armor causing resonant vibrations to further stress the armor. Additionally, the goal isn't really to wreck the armor at all but to fuck up the equipment and people hiding behind it.

B) That's what clones are for
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>>2931095
>Palisade defense shield
Would handelheld plasma weapons with SP plasma be useful to deal if these if/when the Neeran capture some of them or against other factions?
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>>2932067
>Any last minute well wishing or gifts for the fleet before they embark upon the Great Crusade?
Has our teleporter projected resulted in anything useful yet?
Send a few point defense HAGs along for each of the capital ships that don't have them yet?

Aside from that, is the the upsized dominion battleship medium ready for production yet?
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>>2932067
>Any last minute well wishing or gifts for the fleet before they embark upon the Great Crusade?
Two damage control teams worth of engineering power cell armor for each baron would make a useful gift, in my opnion. And we should expand production for these anyway, they're super useful.

It's somewhat unrelated but are things like jetpack and power armor training offered to students as after school activities? It seems like something that would be interesting for the children while also offering a potential benefit to our army when their recruits enlist already trained in these areas. Especially the jetpacks seem like a relatively cheap way to offer training that's useful for the military to a large amount of students and an entertaining way to spend their spare time on top of that.
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>>2932366
Yes it might reflect some of the blast but you'd lose a lot in the process. The shield is going to absorb some of that energy no matter how you tune them. The question is how much would be reflected before the generator overloaded?

This would require expensive testing and R&D. Your House has been trying to take on a minimum of new R&D projects to divert resources to fleet support. R&D is again approaching the point of being over stretched. Especially with the Talos E construction and modifications.

>>2932570
>Would handelheld plasma weapons with SP plasma be useful to deal if these if/when the Neeran capture some of them or against other factions?
Potentially. You'd have to take out several emitters to create a large enough gap. That might take a fair amount of ammo.

>>2932664
>Has our teleporter projected resulted in anything useful yet?
It's making progress. They claim that they should see (unspecified) results soon™.
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>>2932664
>is the the upsized dominion battleship medium ready for production yet?
A Prototype of the Earl class has been completed this year. It is currently undergoing testing.

>>2932911
>jetpack and power armor training offered to students as after school activities?
There are holobooth training sims available, which is enough for the flight packs. The House does not generally permit civilian access to training on the neural interface used by power armor. They don't want some rando stealing power armor worth more than some starships.
Nobles of course can generally get around this by having family members willing to train them. Like you getting Ethan training on them.

>Two damage control teams worth of engineering power cell armor for each baron
Added to the list.

>And we should expand production for these anyway
Did you want to have one of the RSS Salvage crew power cell armor factories converted for damage control suits? They're already very similar and RSS already has more than enough suits for current operations.

[ ] Convert Factory (minimal cost)
[ ] New Factory (12m)
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>>2933168
New factory.
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>>2933168
>[ ] New Factory (12m)
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>>2933168
> [ ] New Factory (12m)

We need more expensive things to invest our money in.
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>>2932221
Also are there any objections to this list?

I was thinking 50m in cash minimum for each plus equipment listed, or additional funding.
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>>2933203
Yes to all.
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>>2933203
Yes. There are definitely worse ways to spend ~500 million.
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>>2933203
Yes to New factory and yes to that. We got money to spare after all. I am mostly craving that second heavy yard
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There are a couple suggestions that should probably be look at in more detailed.

>>2932221
>Dremine
>SP-Torps
You have a very limited stockpile of your own at present and the fleets will be provided with torpedoes from the Alliance before the attack. Probably no point in this but still possible.

1A) Skip SP's, send other munitions (Shield breakers, etc)
1B) Send some of your very limited stockpile of SP Torps
1C) Pay for acquiring some off the black market (@ 2.5m S for 1 Good quality SP)

>Drake
>Lightning Guns
PPCDG Lightning guns can be acquired for only 20 million each right now. The Republic has made the far more powerful Storm cannons available for sale to front line fleet for 100 million each. This is better than the 150m price you paid for yours off the black market.

2A) PPCDG Lightning guns (40m)
2B) Storm Cannons (200m)
2C) Send her Sonia's Storm Cannons (Removed from Rioja inventory)
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>>2930624
>If you're going that far you might want to consider just building the new yard in Norune space.
>>2933290
>I am mostly craving that second heavy yard
Why not a mobile shipyard?

>>2933300
>1A) Skip SP's, send other munitions (Shield breakers, etc)
Don't forget the sp decoys.
>2B) Storm Cannons (200m)
Make that a loan, though. I'd like these for the Rioja fleet if they make it through the deployment in one piece.

>>2930863
>House Veritas is considering the request, though they're still less familiar with newer drone techs.
We could help them get in contact with Nirium. After all, they were the RH that helped and allowed House Veritas to come into existence and they designed the most advanced indigenous drone fighter in the Dominion. If the deal works out, it might also help our flagging diplomatic relations with Nirium.
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>>2933300

>1A) Skip SP's, send other munitions (Shield breakers, etc)

>2B) Storm Cannons (200m) (For Drake to Own)
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>>2933300
1A) Skip SP's, send other munitions (Shield breakers, etc)

2B) Storm Cannons (200m)
They are real nice
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>>2933300
>1A) Skip SP's, send other munitions (Shield breakers, SP torp decoys)
>2B) Storm Cannons (200m)
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>>2933315
>Why not a mobile shipyard?
Because it's unlikely that tech will be permitted outside the Dominion's borders.

More than 40 million is spent on a new Damage Control power cell armor production factory, as well as purchasing more of said suits for delivery to the fleets. For the ships that actually large enough to need DC crews the extra suits will help out quite a bit. Repair drones are a thing but many are still wary of employing too many of them aboard ship. At least on the larger ones. Assault corvettes dont have much choice with most designs having a 3 man crew these days.

Each of the Barons are sent gifts, some personalized by you and Troy. For others there is equipment munitions and additional funding for anything they might be running low on. With the addition of Drake's storm cannons her gift manages to push the total expenditure over the Billion S mark.

It's several days before you get any response from the Barons about the gifts. Apparently the Alliance has ordered the filtering of nonessential coms to and from the first wave fleets. The Barons all express their gratitude. Drake is overjoyed. Archivald and Winifred send their compliments for the additional drink that will probably be needed.
Everyone is also glad for the extra point defense ships for those Heavies that had previously lacked them.
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>>2926893
>>2930624

With the Nexus class ship and engineers having returned from Norune space they go through what would be necessary to upgrade the ship. Addition of the extra engines would require some structural work and wont be as easy as just slapping them on the sides. Figures.

The expanded engine block will increase overall production cost by more than 600 million before factoring in the potential for additional weapon systems. It's suggested that extra weapon mounts could be customized per customer request. Refitting the Surakeh yard for the faster design will once again result in a drop in production speed. Once they get rolling they're able to pump out a heavy cruiser in 8 months rather than 12.

Did you want to build a new heavy yard in Norune space for the new design? Build such a yard within J-D space or expand the existing one? Upgrade the Surakeh yard despite the delays? Or would you rather stick with the current design, likely passing up Norune contracts in the process?

[ ] New Heavy shipyard, Norune space ( More than 1b S)
[ ] New Heavy shipyard, J-D space / Expand Surakeh Yard (Varies, >1b S)
[ ] Upgrade Surakeh yard for new design
[ ] Stick with current design & yard
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>>2933522
>[ ] New Heavy shipyard, Norune space ( More than 1b S)
Would we get any subsidies from the local government?
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>>2933522
>[ ] New Heavy shipyard, Norune space ( More than 1b S)
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>>2933522
[ ] New Heavy shipyard, J-D space
Would rather keep it close at hand since then it would provide jobs for Dominion citizens and help our own economy as opposed to the Norune economy. Sure we will have to ship the ship to them once done but that's hardly a bad thing.
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>>2933522
>[ ] New Heavy shipyard, Norune space ( More than 1b S)

Also, working something with the Norune representatives that we can start working on selling the yard to the Norune after the war is over. We still retain the Nexus class, but they can keep the yard after the war. So we don't have to worry about an additional heavy yard in another factions space.
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>>2933540
>Would we get any subsidies from the local government?
Probably for the start up loans.

>>2933547
>working something with the Norune representatives that we can start working on selling the yard to the Norune after the war is over.
Could probably be done.
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>>2933569
>Probably for the start up loans.
That's fair. Norune seem like people who won't give us much trouble with the yard, and having some assets as far away from the centri cluster as possible while still being in civilized space does certainly have some appeal. Buy a local law firm along with the yard, like we did in Terrans space. Just to make sure.
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>>2933522
>[ ] Upgrade Surakeh yard for new design
Let's be practical.
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>>2933522
>The expanded engine block will increase overall production cost by more than 600 million
If we're making a massive engine upgrade to the ship, can we look at adopting other newer technologies that weren't available when we started building it, to bring the cost down? If we stripped some of the cooling system and replace it with cooling lasers, maybe more efficient shields and reactors?
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>>2933639
That will increase the efficiency and overall capability of the ship, but it wont exactly make it cheaper. The newer techs still tend to cost a bit more than the older gear.
In the case of the main guns though it might work out as a cost savings.
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>>2933547
I do not fancy selling of a yard just like that when it could provide a steady source of money instead.
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>>2933675

Will we be able to afford to have two heavy yards running in the future? Sure there will still be a need for warships for a short time after the war is over. But there will be a gradual decline in their need. Better to sell the thing off to an ally and make profit off it when it is clear that things are going to calm to the point having more then one heavy yard might prove more of a drain.
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>>2933689
>But there will be a gradual decline in their need.
Considering the Norune have currently no heavy warships to speak of, they should also have no or very few facilities to produce and service heavy ships in their territory. Even if their demand drops off once we have provided enough heavy ships the yard should still remain busy with repairs and refits for the Nexus or the Talos ships.
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>>2933689
Immediate money concern will be solved with sales. Since the price of goods is dependent on the cost of labor to make them. So that's not an issue. Besides the Norune have no Heavy Cruisers. If they like this it will be the only model in their arsenal that needs to be filled out.

As for after that war.... To be honest I do not think the need for warships will be over. The Dominion will go back to House vs House fighting in almost any case and the risk for war against the Terrans is a constant concern since they obviously do not like the Dominion growing this strong again. I mean the Dominion has not been this strong in centuries and after the Neeran Campaign we should hold a number of tech advantages, some that they themselves do not have. No. I think a new Dominion / Terran war is coming. Regardless of what we do.

Assuming peace reigns with in the Factions and between the House? Yards can switch production over to transport, mining (Both gas and metal) and building ships. All which will be needed as planet moving becomes more common in the Dominion and all the fresh virgin territory that comes with it. After that? Then there is the new territory in the then former Empire that will need new infrastructure. Not to mention the possibility of new territory during what I suspect will be a new age of discovery and exploration.
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>>2933675
Selling it would require a vote at the very least.


3 for a shipyard in Norune space, 2 for different options in J-D space.

London has the station construction company do an estimate. Complete setup of the yard and equipment would cost 1.2 Billion. He'd prefer to make sure there was a mining barge and other RLS support infrastructure to reduce operating costs adding another 200 million.

Then there is the issue of defense. While the Norune are likely to defend an installation of such value they're not known for having the greatest morale. If a defense fleet should cut and run it might be a good idea to have solid defenses. Enough to hold off a medium cruiser or two, or at least buy time to evacuate might be wise.
The Smuggler's Run medium Defense platform costs 150 million each. Defenses from two of these could be integrated into the yard with the addition of more powerful shield and other upgrades for a similar cost. 300 million.
An RTS detachment could be stationed there for 60 million.

1A) Add support infrastructure
1B) Skip it for now

2A) Basic defenses
2B) Added defenses (150m)
2C) Upgraded defenses (300m)

3) RTS detachment (60m)
>Y/N?
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>>2933759
If we are doing this then we should do it right. We got money to blow after all

1A) Add support infrastructure
Expand Logistics

2C) Upgraded defenses (300m)
Add some pew pews

3) RTS detachment (60m)
Put some boots on it.
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>>2933759
Ask the Norune for a guarantee to keep the yard from harm as long as we're providing services for their military. If the yard gets destroyed or damaged by enemy action while in their service, they'll have to pay reparations.

>1A)
>2C)
>3Y)
The RTS units could provide some additional training to the locals, if they're interested.
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>>2933759

>1A) Add support infrastructure
>2C) Upgraded defenses (300m)
>3) RTS detachment (60m) (Y)

And >>2933777 suggestion of RTS units providing training to locals. We all benefit when we work together.
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>>2933759
>1A) Add support infrastructure
>2B) Added defenses (150m)
>3) RTS detachment (60m)
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The Norune government are glad you are willing to accommodate on design modifications. With your company constructing the shipyard they're willing to provide advance funding for the first ship to be built there. An agreement for additional orders is drawn up though there are conditions that the design may need to be tweaked slightly based on field performance.
London makes sure that there are limits to the sort of changes they can demand within the framework of the contract so they cant just screw over the company later.

One of the Kilos will head out to Norune space loaded down with equipment and industrial modules. A supporting construction ship, a mining barge and ore transports will accompany them. One additional RTS detachment will be sent along with the escort and stationed there on a permanant basis.
The company will also hire the local branch of Exodus to help speed up construction of the defenses. Better than having to send even more ships all the way from South Reach or the Centri Cluster.

All of those expenses put a noticeable dent in your wallet but you still have more than enough for any other projects you have planned this year.
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It isn't much longer before all nonessential coms and messages to the fleets are cut. Speculation at first is that the invasion has started or that the Alliance just wants to maintain operational security.

Nearly a week into the com blackout messages from the fleet start to be allowed through, but they're just text messages with a limited number of letters and characters. Your father is doing fine. Things are busy but he's managing. It looks like he'll be at his current post for awhile. Which is preferable to going elsewhere.

Mom remains a bit worried even though Dad won't be anywhere near the action.
"He thought he would be fine taking that post in the Pandora cluster years ago. Look how that turned out."
"That was when the Neeran were still launching offensives." you assure her.

"What if they try to attack the bases before the Alliance attacks? They probably want to prevent this offensive from starting."

>What would you like to say to calm her down?
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>>2934005
"Attack? With that navy? We gave them such a hard trashing in the last battle that they where shooting each others ships out of the way to get out of Shallan space. If anything they are trying to restore order and discipline in time to be a able to properly fight off the coming invasion. If they can that is. They have no offensive power anymore what so ever. Now assume they could magic up enough fleet power to launch where would they go? Through the Crystal sea? Not bloody likely. Into Shallan space and into the waiting arms of millions of bloodthirsty Shallans just itching for a fight? Hah! Nah. He is safe where he is. Trust me on that. Not as a extremely successful Navy Commander, but as your daughter."
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"I doubt anybody in the house would risk upsetting either Troy or me by getting dad killed just because they put him in a bad spot. In addition to that, ff they were actually able to attack before the invasion starts, they'd also be running into all those fleets currently parked in the region. If Neeran could still take these on offensively, we wouldn't be preparing for an invasion right now."
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>>2934005
"Attacking the Pandora Cluster would be a suicide mission for them, it'd be tantamount to throwing their forces into hell for very little gain."

I wouldn't doubt it though, that's the kind of crazy shit they'd try this late-game.
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"Attack? With that navy? We gave them such a hard trashing in the last battle that they where shooting each others ships out of the way to get out of Shallan space. Attacking Shallan space again, let alone the Pandora Cluster would be a suicide mission for them. It'd be tantamount to throwing their forces into hell for very little gain."
"Like that movie your father watches? Battle of the bulge?"

Oh great.
"It'd be worse for them than that. If anything they're trying to restore order and discipline in time to be a able to properly fight off the coming invasion. If they can that is."

You dont mention the presence of Alliance forces already in enemy territory near the planned beachhead. No reason to say that on a relatively unsecured channel.

"If they were actually able to attack before the invasion starts, they'd also be running into all those fleets currently parked in the region. If Neeran could still take these on offensively we wouldn't be preparing an invasion right now. Dad is safe where he is."

"You're sure?"
"Mom trust me, not just because I know a thing or two about this, but as your daughter."

Your mother sighs. "I suppose I'll just have to hope for the best."

"Also whoever assigned him there had to know I'd get really angry if Dad were put in any danger."
Mom is not amused by this comment.
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Okay I guess it was my ISP giving me trouble since my ID changed.
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>>2933300
> 2B) Storm Cannons (400m)

Let's get some for ourselves too.
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Price updated using my heavy carrier cost calculator formula.

BC Carrier [Bonrah] (192 berths) = 1.7b
BCB Carrier [Bonrah](240 berths)= 2.043b
BCE [Ceres] (256 berths)= 1.99b Highest corvette capacity
BCW [Ceres] (192 berths)= 2.07b Best logistics capacity, can repair Frigates & some light cruisers

Ceres has not been able to produce them as cheaply as Bonrah, but theirs are less likely to suffer severe structural failures. Bonrah may have thrown together the original BC Carriers for a little as 800 million and it showed. Few of the first gen are still operational.

All of the available current designs can be further upgraded with better repair systems.
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>>2934541
>can repair Frigates & some light cruisers
Would that include the attack cruisers Sonia's fleet is using or are they too large? Going by the images on the wiki, I'd guess the kavarian ones should fit because they're not especially wide? The Dusk maybe not?

The repair pads are roughly 550m wide and 750m long?
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Actually they could repair quite a bit. Not really big enough for a fast battleship, but enough to help.

530x750 meters
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>>2934618
That's pretty impressive.
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Talking to intel the next day you find out that there have been problems in Shallan space. Fortunately its not a direct threat to the Alliance forward bases just yet. Two State fleets were ordered to subdue a rebelling planet via orbital bombardment. The larger fleet instead broke off communications with the State and crippled the other fleet before they could complete their orbital strikes.
They've declared themselves an autonomous federal republic and accused the State of warcrimes. Commanders of the rogue fleet have provided the Alliance with evidence of State leadership ordering bombardment of Shallan civilian population centers and other atrocities. The Alliance in turn have passed this data on to the other Factions intelligence agencies.

The Alliance is not pleased that this is happening right now. Steps of the "or else" variety are being taken in hopes to force a cease fire between the State and rebel elements.

"Hold on, what kind of steps?" you ask Vanderwal

"From what I can gather? Declaring the Nai homeworld an independent state and giving them a five thousand light year buffer zone would be the first one. Taking temporary administrative control of the colonies the fleets are basing out of right now is also a possibility. If they really want to play hardball cutting the State off from reconstruction funds would be a serious blow. That last one is a step they wouldn't be able to survive."

For now it looks like logistics to the fleet staging bases wont be affected. It's a straight shot from the Nav station across to most of the bases and the Alliance has too large of a presence for the state to threaten either of them. Even if reconstruction funds didn't enter the equation at this point the State needs to stay on the Alliance's good side to secure new territory in Neeran space.

"What do you think they'll do?" you ask.

The old spymaster shrugs. "They'll have to make a deal, but may try to hold out on one for a few weeks to see if they can crush the rebels first. Unless they think that might blow up in their faces. The fleet that turned was supposed to be loyal."

Did you want to make preparations for different contingencies, or adopt a wait and see approach?
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>>2934746
Let's talk to the higher ranking Shallans in our government and fleet about this.
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>>2934761
>Let's talk to the higher ranking Shallans in our government and fleet about this.

Tamoren Balle is of the opinion that whoever tried to follow the order to bombard a planet deserves a trip out an airlock.
"If the State is smart they'll ask the people who gave the order to resign then negotiate a return to the Federation's elected government. I don't expect that to happen. The military will want warcrimes charges dropped before they'll agree to a return of civilian government. I doubt the civilians would accept that provision."

Mezan is with mercenary groups on the far right flank and cant be contacted right now. More than a few Shallan personnel in the House military are of the opinion that this could be an opportunity to reestablish the Shallan Federation one way or another. Some are prepared to fight, though they would continue to carry out their duties to the House until released from them. Many want the issue resolved peacefully, or if force is needed, after the conflict with the Neeran is over.

News of this rebellion has not yet reached Shallan civilian leaders in Dominion space. Did you wish to discuss it with them?
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>>2934857
>News of this rebellion has not yet reached Shallan civilian leaders in Dominion space. Did you wish to discuss it with them?

Is this considered Secret level material? If yes, don't say a thing to them yet. The Shallan in our military are already riled up. No need to get the civilians riled up as well.
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>>2934857
>Did you wish to discuss it with them?
No. If the RH would want the informed, they would have done so themselves.

>The military will want warcrimes charges dropped before they'll agree to a return of civilian government. I doubt the civilians would accept that provision.
I think we did that with those assholes who had the planet bombed with biological weapons in return for handing over the planet peacefully. It's a shit deal but if it can help resolve things without further bloodshed, it should be considered. Does Ber'helum have an (un)official opinion on this?
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>>2934885
>Is this considered Secret level material?
Classified to an extent. It's being contained at the moment within the major governments and intel organisations. Those you've spoken to about it will keep quiet for now.

>>2934889
>Does Ber'helum have an (un)official opinion on this?
Not yet.
"They do know that having a civil war isn't a prerequisite to rebuilding their economy as quickly as ours?" -EmpBer
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>>2934912
I'd like to make a personal appeal to them to place the long term survival of the Shallan people over temporary political gain.
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>>2934938
To the government in exile or the State? Or both?
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>>2934912
It's simply a matter of making the tallest Shallan their leader
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>>2934966
Somehow that's both better and worse at the same time. Does this mean they would get that the title of "the biggest little Shallan alive"?

>>2934912
The Shallan government does need a Washington like figure to see them trough at this point.
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>>2934966
How can we make this happen?
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>>2935008
Simply refer to the chart.
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>>2934966
Urkon rules? Or American?
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>>2935022
Time for the Shallans to become Irkens then.
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>>2935022
> that chart tho
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>>2935075
Aw man, it's like when I stopped looking at Tau fapbait and saw the actual models.

Now I'm thinking of Shallans as *creepy* blue skinned space elves and not sexy short fuckmuppets.

One can't deny the described features of the Fae apply to Irkens. Large luminous eyes, long thin limbs, narrow waists, overly expressive faces, minimal hair.

Just gotta palette swap to blue.
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Anyways, what are you plans?
Hold off and wait to see how this develops? Prepare forces in case a military intervention is called for? Get ready to take in more Shallan refugees? Send messages of support to the Count or Emperor for a particular course of action?
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>>2935073
Yep.

It's headcanon now.
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I was not previously aware of the "Almighty Tallest" having only watched maybe 3 episodes of Zim, and those being on youtube.
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>>2935086
I'd say better to prepare for more refugees and our forces whatever happens in the near future.
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>>2935086

>Shallan Plans

Don't say anything to the civilian governement in exile just yet. I'm sure they'll learn eventually. In the mean time, have our stations ready for additional refugee's from Shallan space should the Military Government decide they'd rather go out in a blaze of glory.

I believe we've already told the count once in the past we would support their decision. Not sure if we should send B'H a message. I think our actions would speak loudly for us in this instance. We're ready to respond and to help. But unless the Shalan Military Government starts opening fire on Dominion forces. The Alliance has to deal with that mess.
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>>2935086
Suggest to the alliance to post observer ships at shallan colonies. Even if the state has a 1000 worlds under their control, the factions should easily be able the field that many obsolete vessels with minimal crews.

We're already preparing our fleet for a deployment, so I doubt we'd have to reactivate forces for an intervention separately.

And yes, prepare for more refugess. See if we can buy an additional arcology or two. Maybe some of these floating cities, Rioja does have oceans we aren't really using atm.
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>>2935104
>>2935131
Preparations begin should it be necessary to handle a new wave of Shallan refugees. Rioja is one of the few places that could handle more, even if it might knock the intended House population demographics off course for a few years.
With 4 new cities being built just on your property, each able to handle 25 million people, a couple million Shallans each shouldn't hurt too much. If necessary there are other city sites that were under consideration.

You make sure to reiterate to Balle that you dont want word of this getting out to the government in exile. Not yet. They'll learn of it on their own.

With the fleet conducting regular exercises they're as ready for deployment as ever. A good sized force could be launched in a day or two if needed. No special preparations will be made on that front.

With RSS having diverted much of its ships from salvage to cargo transport duties in Shallan space RTS should have a few escort ships to spare. You offer to make them available to the Alliance as observers to keep an eye on Shallan colonies.
The low ranking Alliance officers you initially talk to aren't certain they'll be needed. They become a bit more enthusiastic once you imply that shit may be about to hit the fan in that area. Neutral ships with Alliance officers aboard could keep an eye on things and ensure the State doesn't start a cluster wide purge.

As for additional locations for settlements on Rioja, there are still 7 prospected city locations on your land. Some nobles are also looking at founding another city to the west of Garzweile in the southern hemisphere. They're looking for additional investors in the 20-50 million range.

Did you want to invest in more cities on Rioja or wait until the current ones under development have been finished?
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>>2935277
We should be fine with the 50 million investment in addition to what we already have.
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>>2935277

>Rioja cities

Will us helping to fund the additional cities before the other are completed affect the governors projections any?

I'd like to have the population spread out more, but without effecting the current output of factories and businesses to negatively. And having more space for any future Shallan refugees ready now would be great.

Just lets see if getting any more of these cities up and running will have a negative impact or not.
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>>2935310
>Will us helping to fund the additional cities before the other are completed affect the governors projections any?
So long as there are only a few extra. The Governor doesn't want more cities rushed to completion ahead of those currently under development.
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>>2935322

Then lets help fund the city to the west of Garzweile.
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>>2935330
Let's do this then.
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>>2935277
Let's build a big, beautiful city. It's going to be so nice, just perfect. It will be Dominion only, but we can let in Dominion converts and they'll love it.
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You invest 50 million to help along the nobles in the south with their city construction.

The next week sees frantic diplomatic coms traffic between Shallan space and the other Factions, all of which is heavily encrypted. Contact is temporarily lost with one of ships you'd provided to the Alliance observers. When they're able to use coms again they inform you they were relieved by an Alliance Battleship. They're contractually obligated to keep quiet about what they saw while deployed.

RSS units that were not on contract to the Alliance have reported that the number of Shallan military deserters coming through the Nav station are way up. Enough that the State have pulled troops from the station. Most Shallan fleet personnel now on the station aren't even bothering to hide the fact that they've left their units. Some warships from deserting units have been impounded under orders of the Alliance.

Current rumors are that a second fleet defected to the rebels and that they've managed to take several worlds including bases with repair yards. They're staying far from the Alliance staging bases at the moment. State units taking part in the invasion are stationed at or near most of those.

Eventually you get word of an actual cease fire being called. There is very little information available at first but more is released over time. It seems that some of the State leadership have been dealt with in one way or another. Not all of them though. A good sized block of them remain in control and have agreed to terms with the Alliance. Certain troublesome worlds will be permitted to apply to the Alliance for temporary protectorate status. This status will expire 10 years after the conclusion of hostilities with the Neeran.

Alliance observers will be maintained on numerous Shallan worlds to keep watch for potential war crimes. The State will no longer block emigration from its worlds or transfers from their military to the Alliance.
The Rebel fleet must disarm completely. All warships and armaments will be returned to the State by way of the Alliance. Those who refuse to disarm by an appointed date will be flagged as pirates or enemy combatants. You doubt the Alliance will put bounties on these people right away but the State fleets will have nothing stopping them from hunting the remainders down.

"They're awfully vague about what constitutes troublesome worlds." you state when looking over the reports.

>Cont.
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Balle is certain that the rebels, especially the civilians on those worlds, will accept the deal if it gets them Alliance protection. It will buy time if anything. Time to work out a better compromise or end the State. She's not certain about the fleet though.

Hera Boosalis is of the opinion that the Rebel fleet commanders are going to try and make a break for it. A few of them with larger ships at least.
Verilis Rah'ne isn't as certain. "If someone makes them a better deal along with ships they could hang onto after the war I think they might be convinced to lay down their arms."

"I'm not made of money, I'm just swimming in it occasionally." you point out, causing Verilis to facepalm.

"Get them hired by the South Reach League or a House with good mercenary connections. Someone that can provide them ships if they want to resume their fight with the State in another decade."

That is a good point. Even with Berwari and Foss out of the picture at present there others in the SRL that could make it work. House Medel is kept afloat by mercenaries. There are also your PCCG contacts.

Avun who is attending by hologram makes another suggestion.
"Maybe we don't want them to hand over all of their arms."

"The State is assisting with the invasion." you point out.

"I'm aware, but if someone were to get their heavier assets out of Shallan space safely they could join Mezan's unit."

[ ] I'm listening
[ ] This is a bad idea
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>>2935642
>[ ] I'm listening
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>>2935642
This is a terrible idea!

>[ ] I'm listening
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>>2935642
>[ ] I'm listening
I wouldn't normally vote to interfere in Shallan politics this much, but the military government did order civilian bombardment.
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Coherent sentences are not forming so I'll be resuming tomorrow.
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>>2935642
Shallan Bullying
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>>2935098
Citizenship in exchange for military service?

>>2935642
What happened to sending rebels to the Alliance? Worked for the Dominion. Second them to our attack fleet.
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>>2935998
>Citizenship in exchange for military service?
Offer them the same deal the Erid baron got? They help with the invasion and get to form their own house in return. They'd even be free to do their silly democracy thing.
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>>2936307
Hook them up with Veritas, through Medel?
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>>2936500
>"Were you going to risk sending your Anchorage to Shallan space while Neeran ships were still present?"
"Maybe?"
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>>2935998
>What happened to sending rebels to the Alliance?
That's probably what the State would prefer. That's why they re-approved transfers from their military to the Alliance. It gets them out of the State while still counting towards their contribution to the Alliance.

>>2935658
>>2935670
>>2935680
At length you eventually reply. "I'm listening?"

"The Warlords have super heavy cruisers deployed in platform construction duties." Avun explains. "They're not generally part of the larger fleets and sell their services to individual planetary governments. One of the Warlords can send one of those to a rendezvous point in Shallan space after dropping off station components and haul out the Rebel ships."

"And the State wouldn't stop them?" you have to ask.

"Not if the ships were hidden by holographic camouflage. Like the kind a couple warlords use to disguise unauthorized salvage operations."

What what?
"That could work, but why am I just hearing about this now?!"

Avun shrugs.
"Were you going to risk sending your Anchorage to Shallan space while Neeran ships were still present?"
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>>2936517
"Good point."
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"Maybe?" You reply, then reluctantly grumble; "Fine, it's a good point."

The next question is do you get involved, or leave it alone to avoid potentially being implicated later? Hera seems certain some of the Rebels will try to hang onto their ships, which means being hunted down as they run for the border.

Assisting with mercenary contracts might not let them keep their ships but their new employers will probably be glad to help them out in that department.
Or take the biggest risk and try to smuggle some of their ships out of Shallan space under the cover of Warlord assistance.

[ ] Leave the situation alone
[ ] Help get them PCCG Mercenary contracts
[ ] Help get them SRL Mercenary contracts
[ ] Get them House Medel Mercenary contracts
[ ] Contact Warlords to smuggle out ships
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>>2936556
[ ] Contact Warlords to smuggle out ships
The days of the military government is numbered in any case. Let's go for big!
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>>2936556
>[ ] Get them House Medel Mercenary contracts
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>>2936556
[ ] Get them House Medel Mercenary contracts
[ ] Contact Warlords to smuggle out ships
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>>2936578
If they get their ships smuggled out they'll probably want to join up with an established pro-federation group like Mezan's. So unfortunately getting smuggled out doesn't go as well with the other options.
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>>2936556
>[ ] Get them House Medel Mercenary contracts
>[ ] Contact Warlords to smuggle out ships
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>>2936556
>pccg mercs
Deleted my post and now captcha won't let me post but only in this thread. Thanks google.
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>>2936578
>>2936603
Please select 1.
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>>2936578
>>2936603
Or are you suggesting paying Medel to pay the warlords to smuggle the ships out?
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>>2936614
I voted for both since there might be circumstances where we can't get all of the ships out without warlord help but let's focus on House Medel.
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Looks like you'll see about hiring on some of the Rebels with Medel. Eshik Medel is always glad to bring on more mercenaries. Especially ones with professional experience. As always though he remains a bit strapped for cash.

Would you be willing to provide Medel with financial assistance either for more ships or to help support the new mercs? If so how much cash are you willing to put up?
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>>2936650
Sure, 500m very low interest loan.
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>>2936586
I think it would be good to offer the SRL option to crews who are going to run for the border otherwise.

>>2936650
A minimum interest loan of... 300 million?

>>2936607
>At least it only took 30 minutes to reset.
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>>2936689
>I think it would be good to offer the SRL option to crews who are going to run for the border otherwise.
I suppose that's fair.

>>2936659
>>2936689
400 million low interest loan?
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>>2936708
>400 million low interest loan?
I'd be okay with that.
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>>2936708
400 sounds good.
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Medel is glad for the low interest loan of 400 Million. It'll help purchase new ships for the Shallan mercs. You're likely to make a good portion of that money back just through the Dusk II production you own half of. They wont be able to grab any Eclipse II's on their own but it might be possible to acquire a couple Katar class mediums.

Some pro Federation groups from among the exiles are now trying to find ways of preventing the Rebel fleet from surrendering the ships to the Alliance. They dont have the resources or connections to prevent it though.

With a bit of assistance Medel is able to make contact with the Rebel forces and present his offer. Hire on as Dominion mercenaries and in time they'll be provided with ships for their cause. While Medel may not have the most resources to offer compared to others he is seen as a sympathetic choice. Someone who identifies with their plight, even if they may not entirely share the same values.

Arrangements are made to have ships under Dominion protection transport the crews out of Shallan space once the treaty is ratified.

As word of events in Shallan space becomes public and spreads so to does some of the impact on the military government. Half the previous State leadership is gone, having been arrested for war crimes or killed while attempting to escape. State forces are working to consolidate their hold on most of Shallan space, especially their home galaxy before it becomes necessary to release worlds into Alliance protectorate status.

Fighting has been reported in a few areas between elements of State forces unrelated to the rebellion. Not all of those leaders accused of war crimes went quietly. Despite this the military is maintaining its grip on well over half of Shallan space. The State isn't going away any time soon.
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The next few days are spent observing mass unit exercises. Several fleets from throughout the Relay are participating and its good practice for how chaotic events tend to get. One of the Dominion Enhanced Capital Ships takes part following a refit at the Forbearance yards. They figured they might as well participate during their shakedown. Just as well as they do have a few problems and need to briefly disengage.

"Do we stop the exercise?" asks Maybourne?
"No. Ships get damaged in battle and need to break off. Better their side learns how to handle it."

The Super does return to the fight a short while later evening the odds once again and causing their side to rally. Things continue to go well until a ship suffers a malfunction and find their phase cannons operating in live fire mode. That brings a temporary halt to events while both sides try to prevent an incident.

In the next few days Planetary assault exercises are held at Tabernas. Simulated bombardments of the planetary shield by the fleet take place and the assault drops are contested heavily by the local PDF and the army. Rioja's army has trouble during the drop operation and nearly has to abort until HAG's and LST's with special forces manage to deal with the ground based defenses.

Rob Ecord reports that his troops secured the defense guns intact increasing the army's overall score. The planet could be held much more easily from a counterattack.

"How did things go down there?"
"We had trouble getting in at first but once we were through the commandos made short work of things. I walked into the defense gun control room and shouted "Bang you're dead!" scaring the hell out of them all. I dont think they realised we'd made it inside the structure."
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At one of the morning briefings Vanderwall makes an announcement.
"The invasion has started."
"It's about time." comments Verilis.
"Any word on how bad things are?" asks Tama.

"No major reports yet, just that it's started and when it started. The fleets had already left their bases before the entire blowup with the Shallans happened. The Faction and Shallan fleets that were still reading as near to where the rebels were fighting were all decoys."

As it turns out the State had attempted to pull some of those fleet units from the invasion to help deal with the Rebels. Those orders were refused, supposedly due to previous agreements to help attack Neeran space. The State were never aware that the ships simply weren't there. Mind you the Rebels didn't know either or they might have pressed their advance closer to the bases in those regions.

With little else to go on you have no choice but to carry on with the day to day. The fleet and army are given the task of defending against enemy counterattacks with progressively less orbital support. They're not given the change to get used to any one particular place either. Operation areas are shifted around planets or to other ones entirely.

As Ecord tells the troops when they get to defend the planetary defense gun on Tabernas. "Have fun, this is going to be the easy one."

It turns out to be anything but easy, with Nirium troops determined to retake the gun. They manage it but not for lack of effort on anyone's part. General Rna being diplomatic congratulates the opposition forces on a job well done.
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The Terran media firm hired on Kanehekili is taking steps to expand their business to Rioja, seeing it as a good market since they're already doing work for you. It isn't long after they've set up local offices that a deal is made to produce a few movies to feel out the audience in the region.

Towards that end they'd like to do a movie based on the fall of Rioja's larger moon from orbit. Warlord attacks knocking it out of orbit resulted in the creation of Mons Abyla and the entire planet being rendered uninhabitable for more than 30 years. It could be a touchy subject, but then few people living on Rioja today are former House Posat citizens.
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>>2936980
Did you want to give approval?
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>>2936980
Fund it! Ending credits with a speeded up timeframe of Mons Abyla from the point of impact, to the desolation of the planet, to recolonization, being built upon and with the final frames of green grass growing upon it's slopes as life returns to the planet!

But yeah, make sure the script aint a B-script. We need some more high quality stuff.
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>>2936980
We could do a limited release on Rioja and focus on the rest of our House as a market instead.
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>>2936988
>Ending credits with a speeded up timeframe of Mons Abyla from the point of impact, to the desolation of the planet, to recolonization, being built upon and with the final frames of green grass growing upon it's slopes as life returns to the planet!
They agree to using a timelapse view of the plateau for the credits.

>But yeah, make sure the script aint a B-script. We need some more high quality stuff.
Their response is that they usually try for S Rank but will settle for A- if there is a lack of time.

Do you require a spoiler of the ending for them to proceed?
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>>2937025
>Do you require a spoiler of the ending for them to proceed?
Nah, they're creative types and those usually get pissy if you exert any kind of oversight or pressure on them.
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>>2937025
Do you require a spoiler of the ending for them to proceed?
Nah. We good.
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>Do you require a spoiler of the ending for them to proceed?
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Movie approved and you've sent them a couple million in additional funding. If necessary they'll be able to get access to old archives.

Several days into the limited orbital coverage support battles you get word that there has been an incident on Dremine. The prison holding protest leaders arrested earlier this year has been bombed leading to the escape of most inmates. Almost immediately there have been incidents of civil disobedience reported across the planet.

By the next day protests have broken out again in several major cities and worse the usual media blackouts on these sort of things has failed. Things don't stop there. Someone has released numerous incriminating files from the Planetary Governor's office.

Fadila considers the situation to be not good.
"Even the few leaked files that we got wind of here would be enough to call for the Governor's resignation."

"What sort of files?"
"The bulk of them are the usual low level corruption. Favoritism for particular companies or family businesses for development contracts. That sort of thing isn't unusual, but Lord Veos has been Governor of Dremine for a long time so by that alone it seems much worse.
There have been other more serious incidents. Like sending political dissidents to Gesaur where House Kharbos experimented on them. There were also a few assassinations listed."

Not great but sounds like business as usual for a planet as populated as Dremine. Especially considering the planet has been under the same governor this entire century.

"So count Jerik will ask Lord Veos to step down right?" you ask.
Troy indicates that the Count may have to exile the governor or place them under house arrest.

Fadila isn't so certain.
"Normally the populace doesn't know about all of these things going on behind the scenes."

"So... things could get bad until order is restored?"
"Yes."

Right. Priorities time. You look to Vanderwal and Rufaro. "Are my family members in danger?"
The older man shakes his head. "Not immediately. None of the protests are in their city, but they are on the shortest route between those cities and the capital."

>Your orders?
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>>2937174
Who is still on the planet? Sonia's mom and Ethan?
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>>2937183
Yes.
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>>2937174
didn't we get contacted by some nobles hat wanted to get rid of Dremine's governor a while ago? maybe try to find out if it's the same people
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>>2937174
Take the family out to our lodge and have them under RTS guard. Put some RTS personal in and around their apartment in the city so it seems like they are there. Should the rioters desire to loot moms crib then they will find it not such a easy task with armed guards around.

Otherwise we just follow the Counts lead.
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>>2936621
Yeah. We've been kind of heat with the Shallans lately. I would have preferred an intermediary use them.

Sorry I was flying.
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>>2937198
>>2937174
This sounds good.

Make sure we have a cryo set up for our mum in case they gotta leave the planet.
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>>2937194
They may have given Dremine's Governor as an example yes.
>maybe try to find out if it's the same people
Fadila will try to get hold of them.

>>2937198
>Take the family out to our lodge and have them under RTS guard. Put some RTS personal in and around their apartment in the city so it seems like they are there.
>>2937218
Looks like we're doing this?

Ethan is doing some last minute classes which will be another few days. Rufaro thinks they can get him out of there on short notice but would rather not chance it.

[ ] Get them out, he can retake the class later
[ ] Increase guard, try not to interrupt his schedule
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>>2937226
>[ ] Get them out, he can retake the class later
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>>2937226
>[ ] Increase guard, try not to interrupt his schedule
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>>2937226
[ ] Get them out, he can retake the class later
Nigga we'll take your teacher to if it's that important. If he risks failing we can just apply bribes until that is no longer the case.
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>>2937226
>[ ] Increase guard, try not to interrupt his schedule

>Fadila will try to get hold of them.
This wasn't intended as contacting them, but Vanderwal trying to figure that out
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Waiting on a tie breaker it would seem.

>>2937294
>maybe try to find out if it's the same people
>but Vanderwal trying to figure that out
Right.
He promises to get on it but that could require considerable resources. He'd like temporary access to all of your private intelligence assets on Dremine, as well as a memo sent to Count Jerik stating his intention to not cause trouble.

"If I start digging too deeply while the Governor is under attack people might get the wrong idea."

[ ] Approve request for resources
[ ] Just get in touch with House intel efforts
[ ] Restrict search to threats to DRH 1
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>>2937226
Increase guards, have an extraction team and shuttle on standby, get mom some training with power cell armor just in case.

>>2937339
Don't get involved, offer our help and wait for the count to make a decision.
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>>2937339
>[ ] Approve request for resources
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>>2937339
>[ ] Just get in touch with House intel efforts
http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2638980/#p2648857
>Shanta Filippi
The stuff happeing on Dremine right now sounds alot like what she wanted our support for
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>>2937339

[X] no rules Vanderbud go nuts

Let's see what he finds.
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Reading through our investment page, did the 250m Plasma Corvette R&D investment in 4035 produce any results?
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Protection of mom and your brother are greatly increased and the Reynard guard are under orders to get them both out to the lodge at the first sign of trouble. Rufaro orders a shuttle stationed nearby Ethan's position.

The crew of the Bittenfeld are told to warm up the ship and get it prepared to assist with extraction if necessary. They have a stasis unit to use on mom should she need to be moved off the planet. Probably best if she doesn't know that though.

>>2937516
Soon™ Was trying to figure out when they would become available earlier today actually.

>>2937492
Counting this as approve request for resources

You send off a memo to Count Jerik advising him your intelligence forces are going to be looking into a potential source of the current trouble on Dremine. You don't know for certain if they're involved and want to be sure before before pointing House intel towards someone.

"If you find out someone is involved send me the data immediately." The Count tells you. "I dont want intel to waste an hour or two verifying it before telling me."
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>>2937621
"If we were to mount shield generators on superheavy platforms and keep them mobile, would that help?"
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>>2937621
"That's perfectly okay, I'm terrible when it comes to using starfighters effectively for example. Just make sure you have somebody you can rely on to perform well in that kind of situation."
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While Vanderwal begins his investigation you continue to monitor the training operations as well as the situation on Dremine. Rioja's army is faced with even more difficult defensive scenarios. They win some of them but there are limits to what they can do with diminishing orbital support.

General Rna eventually contacts you. While reluctant before they now think more backup shield generators are needed to defend ground positions. Citadel shields to be used as mobile backups for the garrison base shields and larger planetary shield generators. Rna admits to not being the best when keeping their forces purely on the defensive.
"I am more accustomed advancing constantly at great speed, rather than fortifying positions."

>What say?
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>>2937621
How many does he feel the army would comfortably need?
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>>2937629

"Hopefully we don't need to hold positions for extended periods of time. I'd rather be on the attack as well, but with all the unknowns. Isn't it best to get our troops this familiarized now while we can? Either way, the troops are doing an amazing job, despite difficulties, which can only be attributed to their general. With what you and your commanders have gone through now, do you think you can come back with an accurate estimation on the minimum number of troops we would need to hold?"
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Sorry for the delete.

>>2937625
>>2937626
"That's perfectly okay, I'm terrible when it comes to using starfighters effectively for example. Just make sure you have somebody you can rely on to perform well in that kind of situation. Hopefully we don't need to hold positions for extended periods of time. I'd rather be on the attack as well, but with all the unknowns. Isn't it best to get our troops this familiarized now while we can?"

Rna promises to search for suitable support officers. This is the time to work out those problems, especially if you end up sticj behind enemy lines later.

"If we were to mount shield generators on superheavy platforms and keep them mobile, would that help?"
"We're already deploying mobile shields by using sets of trucks which then link together the generator gear at a location. Citadel shields that stay active while in motion need heavy walkers which are too slow, or those Neeran Super heavy tanks that are too big for most operations."

"What if we take that new super tank and stripped it down to the size of a heavy walker, just with a shield? Or could we put wheels on the heavy walker?"
"That might be possible. Especially if it were only acting in a support role. It will have to be tested."

"Get the engineers on it. For now the troops are doing an amazing job, despite difficulties, which can only be attributed to their general. How many shields do you feel the army would comfortably need to hold ground positions like we've been testing?"

"A dozen to start with? More as backups. Perhaps 20 million S worth of shield gear. The engineers should have enough in their remaining vehicle budget to test the wheeled modifications. "

"With what you and your commanders have gone through now, do you think you can come back with an accurate estimation on the minimum number of troops we would need to hold?"

"A hard point defense against massed assault? 150,000 dismounted troops with adequate time to prepare could potentially hold off four times their number in Neeran. Not an unusual figure with experienced troops. Sudden upsets could always change those numbers as could the arrival of more enemy support options. Super heavy tanks, planetary assault frigates and so on."

The Neeran do have assault craft that were somewhere between the HAG and assault frigate in terms of capabilities they had just started fielding. Worse those things could air drop two super heavy tanks. There is one way to deal with those.

The big planetary defense guns are 10 million each including dedicated power systems and shields. They're very specialized but dont cause the sort of atmospheric damage a phase cannon would. Setting up one would take days and carefully tearing it down again longer.

1) 20m Citadel shields Y/N?

2) Acquire planetary defense guns?
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>>2937763

>1) 20m Citadel shields Y/N? (Y)

>2) Acquire planetary defense guns? (N)
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>>2937763
>1) 20m Citadel shields Y/N? Y
>2) Acquire planetary defense guns? Y
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>>2937763
>1) 20m Citadel shields Y
>2) Acquire planetary defense guns
Can we put one of these guns on a heavy walker or a superheavy tank to keep it mobile?
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>>2937829
>Can we put one of these guns on a heavy walker or a superheavy tank to keep it mobile?
Absolutely not. They're an installation intended to engage landing starships.
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>>2937763

Yes

Yes, however many Rna thinks would be optimal.
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>>2937840
Then what would it take to make them mobile or is it not realistically possible?
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>>2937863
The closest thing would be to equip a Frigate with dedicated atmospheric use beam weaponry. This would involve ripping out most of the existing phase cannons and use up additional interior space. So you'd probably go from 5 phase cannon turrets down to 2 less powerful weapons tuned to operate in atmosphere.

The much cheaper route would be to use the Rovinar E-beams intended for use on HAGs and simply use more of them.
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Shields and guns acquired. 2 planetary defense guns for testing purposes. If one breaks down they'll have a spare.

The army engineers will begin testing alternate means of deploying the new shields in training exercises. For now the Rioja forces are called on to spend the next week in the offensive role allowing your allies to put through similar figurative meat grinder. This finally gives Rna the chance to play with the Neeran tank stand ins, which have largely been under the command or allies performing opposition forces roles.

Their first day's skirmishes dont go as well as you'd expected. A few people suggest the General was having too much fun playing with the new toys. Fortunately there is a marked improvement subsequent days while trying out various Neeran tactics. Having seen a few of these in action the previous week both sides are trying to find better methods of countering defense and offense.

Troy takes his unit out on one of the larger exercises, his jetbikes posing as low flying starfighters. Once engaged they drop to surface level, using ground cover to evade starfighters and enemy defenses. Smaller and more agile than the larger fighters are used to dealing with the bikes are able to duck behind rocks and cliffs, or even use forested terrain for cover if ECM support is able to jam sensors.
Their harassment tactics are enough to pull away multiple tank and IFV squadrons to try and deal with them, or at the very least drive them off. In one exercise Rna is able to use this to flank a unit that has been pulled out of position, effectively destroying most of a battalion.
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The situation on Dremine is worsening. Protests and riots have spread to several other cities. Organised groups are getting advance warning from someone whenever the PDF move in to cordon off areas.
Vanderwal has confirmed that members of the "Young Upstarts" group are tied to this uprising at some level.

Ethan has finished he remaining classes and security is preparing to move him and your mother out to the lodge.

Although it wasn't asked of her Fadila has located Shanta Filippi who is currently with the fleet training operations.

1) Send the information to the Count as asked?
>Y/N?

2) Family Matters
2A) Move family to Lodge
2B) Get them off planet
2C) Alternate plan?

3) What do you want done with the young Knight?
3A) Arrest Shanta Filippi
3B) Bring her in to talk
3C) Place under surveillance
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>>2938027

1) Send it with another note. "While some of these members are likely guilty of these riots. Not all of them. Give me a week to talk with one of them that I know and I'll give you a more accurate list of who is responsible. And you can excise them."

2 Move the family to the lodge now with security up and running.

3 Bring Knight Filippi in and have a talk. Make it clear we are not supporting either the established or new nobles. We're acting in the best interest of the house. While the governors actions are criminal, what members of her group are doing is going to ruin the rest of their groups reputation. Making the established nobility less likely to want to work with or trust new upcoming nobles without good reason. Present her a list of names of those who are responsible, and giver two options. She can narrow it down to those who are for certain are doing this. It'll be a black mark on her groups record. But better this then to be seen as causing the house to be weakened while we're at war with an enemy. And making our rivals within the Dominion think house J-D is weak. Or the other option her group is is brought down and disbanded given jail time and fines at best and at worst being labeled terrorist during war times.
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>>2938027
>1) Y
I thought they'd try to play things subtly until the war concluded, but they really picked the best/worst time.

>2) 2A) Move family to the Lodge

>3) 3B) Bring her in to talk
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>>2938027
1)Y

2)A

3)B then C, see who she goes and talks to, then A "Protective Custody" where we thank her publicly for her cooperation while simultaneously hitting what leaders we know about.

We've had prior dialogue with her, might as well set her up to completely turn against the Young Upstarts by making it look like she was feeding us info.
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Your first order is to secure family members.
"Rufaro! Move my family out to the lodge."
"Got it!"
"Someone bring in Filippi to talk. Don't arrest her yet. I'll talk to Count Jerik."

You immediately open a priority channel to Dremine. Thankfully it doesn't take long to get a direct line through to the Count.
"Reynard? You're sooner than I thought. Go ahead."
"My people have linked the uprising to a group of reformers the nobility refer to as the Young Upstarts."
"I've heard of them. How much involvement do they have? Is their entire group contributing to this or a few hotheads?"

You shake your head.
"I dont know for certain. Not all of them seem to be acting. I'd like time to talk to one of them that are here, try and get answers out of them. Maybe even a list of who is responsible."

"Time is rarely in abundance in these situations Viscount. Do what you can from your end, I'll prepare some of my personal guard for surgical strikes against these people in case it should be needed. Good luck."

To make things easier Filippi and her unit are recalled to the lunar base then sent planet side. If anything happens and she decides to try something she'll be cut from her ship and crew. The Knight is nearly to the capital when Vanderwal rushes in.
"They switched the army unit!"

"Wait, what? What army unit?" you demand.
"The last army group still on Dremine. They switched out most of them with their supporters. They also have all the extra phase rifles we shipped to them."

>Your orders?
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Resuming tomorrow afternoon!
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>>2938171

In a calm cold voice. "Vanderwall, you have my express permission to alert the Count now, I don't care what or how you do it. Prevent a massacre from happening and being pinned to me. I have a meeting with a person who is either going to be cooperative or is going to earn a hole in their chest from a plasma pistol." Then go talk to Fillipi in the most calm mama Sonia voice and get the answers we need.
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>>2938171
Call the count, call somebody from his guard if we know any of them. If it makes sense also try to call the council.
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>>2938171
>The last army group still on Dremine.
"What? Are they planning a coup?! We need to get Filippi here now, this is going to be a disaster. Let the Count know too, his guard need to be on alert."

Good grief, the old guard try to frame us and the new blood try to take over. Maybe it's time to start our own political faction, the middling moderates?
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>>2938171
Welp, guess we should tell the executor to prepare his axe. Warn the count immediately
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Are we back for real? I tried posting a half hour ago and it still wouldn't let me.
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>>2938488
I tried to post my vote to twitter lol
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>>2938171 Issue orders to the Traitor Guard to stand down, claiming we don't want to escalate the situation. Then call in the Space Marines and sacrifice them all to Khorne . . . Er . . . Heeeeey there, I meant make them die for their God as well as our Manperor of Mankind?

But seriously let's play along as if we haven't caught on yet to both make ourselves look conciliatory while also obstructing the from moving out. At the very least it will make them look like the instigators, instead of "Soldiers refuse to fire on civilians, join revolutionaries
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Getting Vanderwal to contact the Count is a go.

>>2938573
>But seriously let's play along as if we haven't caught on yet to both make ourselves look conciliatory while also obstructing the from moving out.
Do you mean in your conversation with Filippi?

>Issue orders to the Traitor Guard to stand down
You're 13 million light years away. You are not in a position to directly order them to stand down. Unless you intend to have the message sent to Dremine and broadcast on all military channels for the army to stand down/stay in their bases.

Baron Saputo is currently in command of the Home Fleet so he would be the one expected to broadcast such an order. Have Vanderwal send him this information as well?
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>>2938616

>Baron Saputo is currently in command of the Home Fleet so he would be the one expected to broadcast such an order. Have Vanderwal send him this information as well?

Just the Count.
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"Alert the Count now, I don't care what or how you do it." You order Vanderwal, then turn to Fadila and Rufaro.
"Get Filippi here now, this is going to be a disaster."

Both of them do what they can to rush the Knight to the capital more quickly, though it will still take at least 10 minutes.

Your spymaster curses.
"It's no good, the lines read as busy, I cant get through to the Palace. I'll try to warn the council. Maybe one of them can get hold of him."

Valeri points out there is another last ditch way of getting some one to the Count.
"The recovery shuttles aboard the Bittenfeld. One of them could head to the surface."

Risky as a direct descent towards the center of government could be seen as threatening.

[ ] Send the shuttle
[ ] This is getting out of hand, contact Saputo or Alex
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>>2938730
>[ ] This is getting out of hand, contact Saputo or Alex

Well shit, how the hell did we get through to him so quickly before? I thought we had some secret backdoor conference room call thing. Where we could talk to him at any time in an emergency.

Get Saputo, Aex, anyone over there who we're allied to alerted to what's going on/ about to happen and to get troops mobilized and prepared for either traitors or protesters dressed as military or protestors with military grade weapons.

Claim it's meant to be military drills as to why troops are being deployed from the fleet without warning and into the city.
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>>2938730
Missed one.

[ ] Wait until you've talked to Filippi
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>>2938730
>[ ] This is getting out of hand, contact Saputo or Alex
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>>2938758
>Well shit, how the hell did we get through to him so quickly before? I thought we had some secret backdoor conference room call thing. Where we could talk to him at any time in an emergency.
There's the secure high priority /diplomatic line reserved for communications between the Count and the Governors/Barons. It would be difficult to block this without cutting communications to the planet, unless it was done at the source. Like via Palace communications array.
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>>2938730
And of course this is a situation of "Damned if you do, damned if you don't."

Where they could pin the massacre on us for supplying the weapons and the current administration for firing on protestors with military grade weapons.

And if we do respond they claim we opened fire on protestors and loyal soldiers who were there to protect them from abuse.

Once this mess is over with. And these upstarts who are messing with a good thing are in custody. Can we have a good execution where we feed them to the 'Great Devourers' Main cannon as targets on an asteroid during target practice.
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"This is getting out of hand. Contact Saputo and Alex. One of them will have to deal with this."

It takes considerably longer to get hold of Baron Fredric Saputo than you ordinarily would have expected. When you get through the connection is a bit patchy, occasionally cutting out.

"Reynard, this isn't the best time." Saputo informs you.

"I know, the situation on Dremine is worse than the Count knows. The army isn't loyal. You need to get ships and troops there."

"Reynard I can barely read you. I'm having difficu-ties here on Torun. Some of th- PDF have locked out the de-ense platfor-s and planetary shield-. Supposedly th-y're holding the Governor hostage, but I t-ink he's turned. My fleet is mob-lising but I -ant get to them. I'm stuck on the ground."

"What about Alex?"

"He's - exercises in allied sp-ce. Recall his fleet for me. - can't be c-rtain my communications are get-ing through."

No point in debating it. You locate Alex and find out he's conducting planetary assault exercises similar to your own in the House Binil home territories. You don't even give him the chance to finish saying "hi Sonia" before cutting him off.

"Alex, you need to get back to Alaior ASAP. The riots taking place on Dremine may be cover for a coup attempt. I cant raise the Count and Baron Suputo is trapped on Torun by the PDF and orbital defenses."

"What? Sonia, uh, slow down. I'm going to need at least 48 hours for my army to stage a return back to House space. No, that's probably too long... I'll be back at Alaior with most of my fleet in six to ten hours."

Seeing that Shanta Filippi has arrived in the hall outside you have to cut the call short.
"It'll have to do. Keep my updated." you tell him.

The slightly shorter Knight is shown in, looking perhaps a bit winded but otherwise fine.
"The guards rushed me here as quickly as they could sir. I hope everything's alright?"

>What say?
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>>2938948
"You need to start talking. Are you currently, or presently involved in organising the protests on Dremine, the leaking of files implicating the governor in numerous unscrupulous activities, and the rigging of the PDF to allow for the current insurrection?"
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>>2938990
*Are you currently, or previously were involved"
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>>2938948
"Have a seat. We have a lot to talk about and not a lot of time in which to do it."

"It would seem the company you keep or associate yourself or had associated yourself with, have been quite busy as of late. I would ask what your group intends to do, but right now I have a potentntial massacare to avert."

"I have with me evidence to indicate your group the Young Upstarts in the current riots and protests on Dremine. Now, I know it is not likely all of your group who are responsible. But likely only a few of them. But I need to know names now."

"As it stands, it stands either all of your group are branded traitors and terrorists to House Jerik-Dremin. Or only a select handful of you are and the rest earn a black mark in your reputation for being associated with them."

"I am willing to protect you and those in my employ who are not responsible for what is happening on Dreminie. But I need names and I need to know what your groups plan is. Because as far as I or anyone else can tell. This is an attempt at a coupe. And I will not stand by and watch this House be destroyed because one group thought now would be the perfect time to strike."
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>>2939011
>Have a seat
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>>2939015
Was the first thing that popped into my mind.

Stopping a bit earlier tonight. Headaches plus I'm trying to get used to waking up earlier for the new job next week. Will run tomorrow until I need to leave for work.
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>>2938948
This
>>2939011

Along with a reminder that we and other associates are a powerful enough block to cripple JD simply by leaving, let alone joining the Old Guard. And that while we're a respectable member of Government *now*, that our reputation of our youth is NOT exaggerated.
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It's gotta be said their leaking of files WAS a good idea that would have been a long term play, they just had to ruin it with this army and protest thing
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>>2939015
Any idea why part of the military on at least two of our homeworlds is trying to stage a coup right now?
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>>2939810
Easily the best time to do so. Majority of the military is unable to respond, and we're on the offensive in a protracted war so our allies are unlikely to pull back to respond either.
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>>2939863
>>2939810
I would say "plus dissent from war exhaustion" but we aren't pussies like the Terrans.
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>>2939810
In any case heads are going to roll. Mostly from these young upstarts
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"Knight Filippi, have a seat, we have a lot to talk about and not a lot of time in which to do it."

"How can I help?" the younger woman asks.

"You can start by telling me if you currently, or were you previously involved in any of the following. Organising mass protests on Dremine, the leaking of files implicating the governor in numerous unscrupulous activities, and the rigging of the PDF to allow for the current insurrection?"

Filippi looks equal parts alarmed and confused by your questions.
"Insurrection? Sir I don't understand, what's going on? I've been deployed with the fleet on exercises for weeks."

"It would seem the company you keep or associate yourself with have been quite busy as of late. I have evidence that implicates your group -the Young Upstarts- in the current riots and protests on Dremine. I want to know what your group intends to do, because right now I have a potential massacre to avert.
It's not likely all of your group are responsible for this, only a few of them. But I need to know names and I need them now."

"Young upstarts... the Reformist Coalition? I talked to them after our meeting. I passed on what you said and suggested waiting until the war was over. They agreed to talk about it. To my knowledge that's as far as it went. They were going to keep pushing for reforms through channels and having lawyers push back on the corruption front.
That was the last I'd heard about it Viscount, I swear."

"Knight Filippi as it stands you and your people have only one of two options. Either all of your group are branded as terrorists and traitors to House Jerik-Dremine... Or only a select handful of you are and the rest earn a black mark on your reputation for being associated with them. What's it going to be?"

Filippi stops and thinks it over for a short while before replying.
"Sir, without knowing what is happening on Dremine I have to consider this an attempt to force me to incriminate myself. I'd like to speak to legal counsel, be offered immunity from prosecution in exchange for anything I might say, or at least know what's going on."

Vanderwal sends a text your HUD.
"If she finds out the situation on Dremine and it looks like her side is winning she may not cooperate."

[ ] Lock her up, let her speak to a lawyer
[ ] Offer immunity if she cooperates
[ ] Show her what's going on
[ ] Plasma pistol (intimidation)
[ ] Other?
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>>2939934
>[ ] Show her what's going on
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>>2939934
>[ ] Plasma pistol (intimidation)

"Did I mention that my family is on Dremine? Right now, you have the chance to earn my personal gratitude for helping me out . . . Or my very personal animosity from putting my family at risk. Tell me, did you happen to research my background before approaching me before? I try, I try very hard to be good to the people I'm responsible for. I try to find compromises, resolutions that help everyone move forward. To do what's best for the House, and for the Dominion. Let me give you my personal assurance that as far as you personally are concerned, right now how you deal with me is going to be far more important in determining your fate *regardless of who wins*. If you insist on seeing a lawyer, I don't care. But if your delays or recalcitrance results in harm to my family, then there will be nowhere in this universe where you will be safe from me. This isn't just politics, this is personal, and I'm not at all an idealist where my family is concerned."
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>>2939934

Knight Filippi, what I am going to show you is highly confidential. I trust that this information does not pass beyond you and me.I trust you because you are one of my own and have done good by me and the House.

The situation in which the House finds itself in right now is a dire one. After this meeting you may talk to your lawyers if you want and I understand why. And I am willing to offer you and your comrades under my command and are not responsible for what is happening on Dremine immunity.

But I need names Knight Filippi."

Also, if it helps we could also bring up what she said, that she and those knights in our fleet were deployed. So they would not have been able to take part or assist in anyway with what is happening on Dremine.
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>>2939934
>>2939951
Oh yes. Do this while offering immunity and showing her what's going on.
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>>2939934
>[x] Offer immunity if she cooperates
With the exception of murder or conspiring with people outside our House.
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>>2939953
I'm counting this as a vote towards
>Show her what's going on

>>2939951
>>2939954
Plasma pistol (intimidation) is a point of no return for Sonia. If you go with it, you're no longer willing to offer complete immunity.
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>>2939973
>Plasma pistol (intimidation) is a point of no return for Sonia. If you go with it, you're no longer willing to offer complete immunity.
I'd rather not.
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>>2939934
>[ ] Show her what's going on
Probably better to show her then. May God have mercy on us if we fuck up badly.
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>>2939973
Tch.

I meant it to say that she has a choice here, but that a lawyer won't be protection from us if shit goes south. Prison would at least be survivable.
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"Show her what's going on." you finally reply.

The holographics in the room light up showing a display of Dremine. Red markers begin to appear indicating which cities protests and riots are taking place in. A grey and white marker appears above the capital with a leader off it reading "No Data."

Several muted civilian media feeds pop up on the side showing protestors. In a few cities they're clashing with riot troops outside local government buildings. In others they're fleeing the arrival of PDF who have begun to fire weapons on stun into crowds. In the majority of cities though thre PDF seem increasingly reluctant to get involved.

Eventually you spot one the things you'd been dreading most. Vehicles with army markings appear on the streets of a few cities. A few officers and Knights are standing on top of the IFV's waving flags as they advance toward lines of PDF personnel, seemingly in support of the crowds.

When you hear Filippi curse you turn to her.
"Have you seen enough?"

"I recognise two of them that are members of the Reformist Coalition. Latha Dun'eth and Keegan Fox. They're, well ah, young idiots I'll say?"
"Upstarts?"
"Fine, upstarts. They're among the more outspoken members of the coalition. I knew they were against waiting but I didn't think they'd do anything like this."

"Can you give us the names of those within their faction?" Vanderwal asks.

"I can try. If I also get you the names of those probably not directly involved can you do anything to keep them from being executed?"

[ ] I only promise your protection
[ ] Protection for you and those in this relay
[ ] Only if they didn't take part
[ ] Only if my family isn't harmed by this uprising
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>>2940050
>[ ] Protection for you and those in this relay
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>>2940050
> [ ] Only if they didn't take part

Her concerns should be with the victims.
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>>2940050
>[x] Only if they didn't take part
I'd hate to lose decent people simply by association.

>Keegan Fox
A relative of asshat Fox?

>>2940058
If we're lucky there haven't been any so far.
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>>2940050
>[ ] Only if they didn't take part

"I can make no promises for those who willfully committed to this farce. For those of you who where not aware or did not participate I can and will be more lenient. But to determine that I still need names lest I bundle everyone up together."

So uh, full scale mobilization?
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>>2940050
>[ ] Protection for you and those in this relay
>[ ] Only if my family isn't harmed by this uprising
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>>2940050

>[ ] Protection for you and those in this relay

"I can protect you and those in this relay. Immediate immunity if they are not part of or responsible for this mess.

As for those outside it.

[ ] Only if they didn't take part

I will only stand up to bat for them if they did not take any part in what is unfolding."
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>>2940075
We should assign them to clean up crews. Make them work with the people they hurt in the rioting.

>>2940065
Riots aren't known for their lack of casualties.
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>Riots aren't known for their lack of casualties.
You are correct but I think that it's important to take into account that this is the future with 100% nonlethal stun guns, stun bombs, and medical stasis fields that are probably scattered across cities much like public defibrillators are these days.

I'd say there's a much better chance to have nobody killed or severely injured unless things really escalate.
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>>2940150
This is also the Dominion. Remember the Surakhe riots with the nobles being killed off by the Governor? The rioters had RPGs.
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>>2940050
>[ ] Only if they didn't take part
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"I'll offer protection only to those that don't take part. Provide us their names and I'll try to get our forces in the homeworlds to put them in protective custody. The sooner you identify them the better the chances of them surviving.
In all this confusion it will be much easier guarantee the safety of you those in this Relay."

For now you order Vanderwal to have his people focus on rounding up those in DRH 1. Once that is underway the names of those in the homeworlds are collected and sent to Alex using an alternate encryption scheme that hopefully the rebels wont be able to crack.

"Have your intelligence people grab all of these suspects at once if they can. We dont want them getting word out and sparking rebellions on other worlds."

Once Filippi has provided as many names as possible of those likely not involved she switches over to likely instigators. Latha Dun'eth and Keegan Fox are right at the top.

"A relative of asshat Fox?"
"Matyáš Fox is his father. He wants his father arrested and tried along with other corrupt members of the nobility."

That's an interesting development.
"Valeri where is Fox right now?"
"He was reassigned to Saputo's fleet. If he's not aboard his ship then he may be trapped on the surface of Torun."
>Anything else to say on that matter?
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>>2940227
Ask her to stay and provide info on where they have property, etc?

We could totally work with Fox's kid, but they could also be bait. Have his kid pretend to publicly against him to draw out enemies?

Far easier to just make sure he goes to jail.
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>>2940227
Use this information to ruin Fox. His own son is leading a insurrection against the House and directly attacking the Count. Surely Matyas can no longer be trusted at all! Ofcourse once this is settled. He gonna die in either case. Revolt can not go unpunished after all.
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>>2940227
If anything happens to Saputo, be he maimed, injured or killed, I want Fox's head on a platter.

Get in touch with his fleet whoever he has in charge over there that we can trust. Have them ready or send a message to Saputo that we have an important message for him and to get in touch with us after setting up a new secure line.

As for Fox's kid, the sins of the father shouldn't be counted towards the son. But he still tried to mess up House J-D so he gets to bear the brunt of his decisions.

Inform Filippi that if she still wants to she is allowed to talk to her lawyer. But to stay within the city so we can protect her should someone come for her. If anyone ask, we're grilling her on her recent deployment. I'm sure there is some minor thing that happened we can use to blow out of proportion to cover up, right?
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>>2940227
>Anything else to say on that matter?
"Ouch." Try not to be too smug. fail
Anyway, dibs on Fox's son. If the count doesn't insist he gets executed. The guy does obviously have the heart in the right place, it's just unfortunate that he seems to have inherited his father's poor decision making skills.
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>>2940264
"Ouch." You try not to smirk at the though of your long time enemy trapped and potentially surrounded by enemies that may be lead against him by his own son.
Nope, couldn't manage it.
Hopefully if he is trapped on Torun Baron Saputo can use him as a human shield.

>>2940243
>provide info on where they have property, etc
That's easily looked up through House records. Filippi doesn't know many among the suspected rebels well enough to have been invited to secret holdings.

>>2940249
You suggest to Valeri that this would be a good time to collect as much information as possible to use against the senior member of the Fox family. Just in case he survives the entire mess.
"On it."

>>2940261
You inform Filippi that while events are ongoing she's confined to the capital arcology and her movements will need to be tracked. If she wishes to meet with a lawyer she can do so.

"Have we restored communications to Torun? Or at least its fleet?"
Coms to the planet are still rough and it looks like only a few ships are in orbit. From the few sensors logs intel can access from here there may have been weapons fire earlier. Alex relays a message to you that the Torun fleet has broadcast an emergency tactical update. They've gone to silent running status to evade hostile forces.

"If I'm right about their procedures they'll head for the old outer colony border stations and then to Alaior. I'll be back in home territory in less than an hour. No signs of disturbance reported on my planet so far."


It doesn't take long to locate each of the people in the DRH 1 Relay that Filippi pointed you towards. None of them are informed what's going on, just that they're being placed in protective custody on your orders. One of them, a younger officer, is stupid enough to resist and gets stunned by the members of your guard sent to bring him in.

Going through the people on the list it looks like a majority of them should be in the J-D homeworlds. Very few are in your relay or South Reach. Then again, those territories have many Knights of your generation or younger. Knights more likely to consider reforms like what the coalition was proposing. When you were initially approached they seemed fine if you were to remain neutral.
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Media reports from Dremine are clearly being filtered by people there. They tend to show the army forces advancing with the support of the crowds. Occasionally you'll see scenes of the PDF defecting to the rebels.

Alex reaches Alaior without incident reporting that the planet is secure. He's able to make contact with Baron Xisoth who reports that a lot of the old Erid nobility are getting nervous. For now he intends to use his forces to ensure J-D maintains control over the former Erid territories. With the news from Dremine a few spontaneous protests have started up on Edanis but they've been quickly crushed.

Avun contacts you. She's been told something is going on in the homeworlds but not specifics yet as she's been busy helping with the fleet exercises.

"Do you want me to recall the J-D forces back to Rioja and Kaptlyn?"

Breaking off exercises will be an annoyance to your allied Houses but that's all. The sooner the fleet and army are recalled the sooner you might be able to make use of them.

1) Recall the fleet?
Y/N?

2) Prepare logistics for possible deployment to the homeworlds
Y/N?
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>>2940391
>homeworlds
How long would it take for the fleet to get there?
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>>2940391
>1) Recall the fleet?
N
>2) Prepare logistics for possible deployment to the homeworlds
Y
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>>2940398
It takes 10 days to get from Rioja to Dremine if there are no delays. Fast ships can do it in less.
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>>2940391

1) Recall Rioja Forces, have the Kaptlyn forces continue to perform exercises but be prepared for redeployment. Reasoning, we don't need to rip all our forces away from what they were doing. Also if we pull in all our forces it tips our hand to our allies and rivals that something is going on with J-D internal politics. If it is just the Rioja fleet then they assume it's crazy paranoid Sonia with another crazy thing going on. And if we really need to pull in both the Rioja and Kaptlyn fleets then something bigger then upstarts is happening.

Coordinate with Alex. Have him go releave/ assist Saputo at Torun to get the Home Fleet back in action. While we prepare to deploy to Dremine with the Rioja Fleet.

2) Yes, prepare logistics to get the fleet ready to deploy. Pray to god we don't need to, but yes, definitely prepare the logistics for a deployment to Dreminie to help any forces there that are loyal to the Count.
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>>2940391
Y
Y
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>>2940391
1) N
Recall the two wasp carriers we bought on our last deployment and send them to Rioja with an adequate escort. That shouldn't impact the exercises will still providing some presence in the homeworlds.
2) Y

>>2940411
Thanks.
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>>2940391

Also, if Mike is still on Rioja. Have him and his unit of fast ships head to Dremini now and start telling us what is happening.
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>>2940391
>y
>y
we can't risk them getting away with al lthis shit on the home planet
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As we're sort of tied on recalling the fleet and this vote is something of a middle ground it would seem like a reasonable compromise.

>>2940422
>Recall Rioja Forces, have the Kaptlyn forces continue to perform exercises but be prepared for redeployment.

Objections?
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>>2940523
>Objections?
None here.

Just to reassure Sonia's paranoia, is Rioja looking relatively secure?
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>>2940547
>is Rioja looking relatively secure?
Yes. Even with the constant problems the Terrans get up to, or perhaps because of it, Rioja is fine. The populace are certain that you and the Governor are looking out for them. The only people that might have it out for you are scheming business owners that try to cheat the system. Which the people are more than happy to see you upend every so often.

With so many ships passing through Rioja from so many places the planet hasn't been hit as hard as others by the drop in available transport craft. As long as times are good its unlikely the people will turn against you.
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Leaving for work. Not sure what time I'll be resuming tomorrow.
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>>2940575

Really excited about recent developments, you are a great storyteller sir thanks for running
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>>2940575
Congratulations on gainful employment! Is this job better?
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>>2941961
Training date got pushed back and forth a few times. Starting on the 9th.

Keep getting called in at my old job since I haven't technically left yet. Won't have much time today because of that. Things going on tomorrow, family stuff Saturday, a long shift on Sunday.

This week was supposed to be not a lot of stuff going on!
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>>2942352
Sounds like money!
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>>2940523
>Objections?
Seems like a decent compromise.

Aside from that, maybe seend some of our stealth ships with special forces ahead?
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>>2942352
Sounds like they're sucking you dry.
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After filling her in you recall the Rioja fleet. It's not unusual for you to rush off to deal with some special project or another. Taking your entire fleet is a bit odd but whatever. You were at the capital and fought the Kythera, not everyone was.
Of course that's only a temporary solution. Word is going to reach your allies eventually, it's just a matter of how long. The intel apparatus of nearby Houses are probably aware by now that there are issues within J-D.

Logistics gets to work on preparing for a potential deployment while the fleet begins the task of returning to base.

If it becomes necessary to send help to the homeworlds you need someone you can trust acting as an advance force. Contacting Mike you update him on the situation.

"Well that's just great. This couldn't have happened before the fleets left?"
"They were probably waiting until they were too busy to return. Take your fastest ships and jump to the edge of the Centri cluster. I'll probably have a cloaked ship support you."

Mike is glad he was able to acquire a Rovinar built ship. His usual choices dont have the high FTL speeds required and he doesn't want to train on an EC-K.

Vanderwal isn't certain how useful the list Filippi provided will be. Many of them are more vocal members of the reformers or friends with them. The few who dont fit this profile are those in this relay.
"They may have partially compartmentalized their organisation."

Two of the local names that came up are of particular concern. They're members of the J-D Commando forces. Recruited and trained by the special forces branch of House Intel, everyone who completes commando training receives enhancements to their reflexes. Possibly even other improvements like strengthening their bones with tritanium.

All of the Commandos are quite young. Generally in the age range the Upstarts recruit from. Rob Ecord is standing by to bring them in if necessary. How did you want to handle this?

[ ] Separate the two in question from their unit
[ ] Confine unit to barracks
[ ] Special assignment where unit will be out of contact
[ ] Confine all commando teams to barracks
[ ] Assemble all Commandos so you can talk to them
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>>2942507
>[ ] Confine unit to barracks
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>>2942507
>[ ] Confine unit to barracks

Unless someone has better reasoning for the other options.
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>>2942507
>[ ] Special assignment where unit will be out of contact
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>>2942507
>[x] Assemble all Commandos so you can talk to them
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You order the unit the two are assigned to confined to barracks for the time being. There's always time later to think of another plan.

Fadila draws your attention to a concentration of suspects your turncoat isn't entirely certain about. They're supposed to be located on Issyk where L'ak Tenni is Baron.

"Tenni should still have her full fleet and army at home." says Tama.
She also has a local problem with rebels last you checked.

"Is her fleet still online?" you ask.
"Her Fleet was reading green at last check but their status updates are routed through Dremine."
Intel reports probably would be too which make them suspect.

Do you want to contact the Baron directly or hold off for now?
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>>2942686
It seems the problems have remained focused on older j-d worlds so far. Do they have any reason to be upset with Tenni?
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>>2942686

Get in touch with the Baron. Ask them for a status update and whether they are ready to deploy.
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>>2942686
>Do you want to contact the Baron directly
Yes
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>>2942686
>contact the Baron directly
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>>2942695
>Do they have any reason to be upset with Tenni?
Tenni should be related to old J-D nobility.

Her planet was conquered from another House during the civil war much like Drake's. That makes it a naturally unstable environment.

"Get me a line to the Baron of Issyk."

It doesn't take long to place the call but the results are a bit disappointing. One of her aids claims that the Baron is currently in the middle of negotiations with local nobility and does not wish to be disturbed.

"I need to discuss the condition of the Baron's military forces with her as soon as possible."

"Viscount, if you wish for more information on the Barons forces I would suggest discussing the matter with Baron Saputo. Issyk does fall under the purview of the home fleets."

>Select 1
[ ] "Baron Saputo cannot be reached due to a potential coup."
[ ] Demand that the aid interrupt Tenni's meeting. No specifics.
[ ] "Tell the Baron to contact me directly as soon as possible."
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>>2942727
>[x] "Tell the Baron to contact me directly as soon as possible."
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>>2942727
>[ ] "Tell the Baron to contact me directly as soon as possible."
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>>2942727
>[ ] "Tell the Baron to contact me directly as soon as possible."
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"Tell the Baron to contact me directly as soon as possible."

"Very well Viscount. Thank you for your call."

You resume monitoring status reports. The Rebels continue to advance towards the capital making good time. The army forces only slow down in cities to rally support among the civilians. Rebel officers continue to shout out to the crowds from the tops of the vehicles or wave House flags. Some of them shout out messages of support and solidarity to the people.

Fox seems to be one of the more vocal ones. Talking about controls on various offices like that of the governor and letting the people have a say in their appointment. Also how the J-D Council could or should be expanded.

While the convoys are still on the way to the capital it looks as though some of their number may already control it. Communications have started to be restored, though there has been no contact with the Count or other members of the government.

Eventually you do catch a break. Lorraine Day has managed to escape Dremine with one of the council members aboard her ship. Others are believed to have been captured. Of the Count there is no sign. The Palace was captured by local rebel forces who must have had help from inside to disarm the defenses. If he managed to escape the palace then there have been no obvious signs.

Day warns that the rebels have control of EBON which is locking down Dremine's orbital space. They may have already seized the Bittenfeld if it was still in dock, she's not sure. She left via the opposite side of the planet and jumped as soon as she was clear.

What are your orders to RTS and RSS ships currently in the homeworlds? The Francis Alfonso is currently at Loran where it has been assisting with station production and upgrades. The crews have begun preparing to cease operations and jump out of the system.
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Headed to work! Back when I can.
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>>2942818
>What are your orders to RTS and RSS ships currently in the homeworlds?
Retreat from systems currently experiencing large scale protests. If possible try to link up with other civilian ships before jumping out. Head to Alex's planet.
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>>2942818

Have all RSS and RTS assets begin locking down and going on high alert to leave affect systems. Be alert for rebel forces in J-D military. Begin operations to have them either head to Alex or further out and away from the home worlds offering allies at cost repairs for letting them dock.

Get the fleet ready to head in to Dremine orbital space. Inform Alex that we're heading out and will expecting him and Saputo as backup if Dremine is fully in the hands of these traitors. Time to perform Inquisition style executions with plasma pistol to the chest.
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>>2942818
Okay. We REALLY can not afford to wait while the Count may have been murdered for all we know and the rebels are gaining more traction. We should deploy in near full force to the homeworlds and crush this resistance with overwhelming force at once if Saputo and Alex can not solve it by the time we get there.

Have RTS lock down and digs in to weather out the riots in the safety of our buildings. Mobile assets should bail and head to Alex world if possible like anon suggested.

This is sure turning into a real fucking shitshow. My urge to perform public executions is rising dramatically. The count better not be dead.
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>>2942873

>This is sure turning into a real fucking shitshow. My urge to perform public executions is rising dramatically. The count better not be dead.

I for one think each of these rebellious traitors should be dealt with by way of plasma pistol to head/ chest or starship grade plasma cannon with them strapped to a rock.

If the Count is dead, then no breath should be wasted on a trial and these traitors should be dealt with on the spot. I expect this kind of crap from Terrans! Not bloody knights of the Dominion.

If any of them get the brilliant idea to hold Sonia's family hostage. All bets are off.
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>>2942818
I wish we had a way to get Sonia there, fast.

In any case, put all RTS/S forces on alert and have them ready to defend themselves.
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What I don't really get is why the people on the core worlds are seemingly joining this uprising so readily. J-D's current leadership has guided the house through several decades of economic and military success that hasn't been rivalled since the foundation of the Jerik-Dremine.

So either they have done a poor job locally and simply covered it up or what we've seen in the transmissions is nothing but propaganda.
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>>2943247
Read >>2937174

Part of it is the upstarts leaked documents of the Governor showing clear signs of favoritism and corruption. Which on their own would be no surprise. But due to him being a long time Governor of the planet it pissed off a lot of people. And these idiots saw an opportunity to take the capital of J-D and took it. Nevermind that the rest of the house is going to come down on them HARD when they finish dealing with their shitty upstarts in their systems. No Baron is going to listen to a few knights telling them what to do. Not unless they are being told to at gun point. So when Alex gets to Saputo and the home fleet is back under control We could also tell Avun to redeploy to Dremine with us if we feel it serious enough, exercises be damned. These upstarts are beyond fucked.
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I wonder if the Terrans somehow found out about our meeting with Emperor and the handover of the SP module scan? We're not actively manufacturing or pursuing them, so there's nothing for them to target like in previous cases, but they want some form of revenge or to set up a state where all the houses that benefit the most from SP weapons end up destabilised.

From what I remember the Terrans operate black-ops off the book units for these sort of interdictions, so they might not even be directly involved. Maybe it's worth contacting Nikomedes and the other participants to see if they're also experiencing similar trouble.
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>>2943895
So they'd rather fuck up the house that's been giving a huge amount of help to them and would rather have more homeless Terrans being assholes across the stars? I can see it, seems incredibly shortsighted, but I can see it.
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>>2943898
From what I remember when TSTG talked about it, the speculation is that the Terrans operate off the books 'cells' who's only mandate is to deal with SP technology. It's likely they don't care about political ramifications or the longer effects, they're just going to make it difficult for you to get SP.
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>>2944400
But we don't have it any more, and we're deeply involved positively with Terran ventures, and this is aimed at our House which didn't have jack to do with the SP stuff.

We kept that on lockdown.
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>>2944400
It seems a pretty inefficient way to deal with our House, especially as Sonia is in relatively good standing with both sides of the uprising. I don't think the Terrans are directly involved in this, unless they use it as a distraction to take Sonia out.
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>>2944712

>It seems a pretty inefficient way to deal with our House

What better way to destroy a house than to make it fight among itself and destroy itself from the inside out? Don't even need to fire a single round. Just provide a little bit of backing push a few propaganda here. Make sure this person has access to the right files there. And watch a house destroy itself. It just seems odd they went with backing a 'small' group and not a larger group, unless they are hoping to control whatever leadership is left over after the dust settles if the upstarts win. Which then just sounds like an Areis plot.
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>>2944793
>What better way to destroy a house than to make it fight among itself and destroy itself from the inside out?
Seems way too small scale for that.
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>>2944712
Much as I enjoy blaming the Terrans for shit I do not think they are involved in this. Terran black ops MO is blow shit up. Not cause a civil war in a minor house for unclear reasons. They have suspected for some time that Sonia has info on SP tech but have never acted on it. we've done nothing to blow that cover. If the Terran knew about the DOminion SP project we would not be the target for it in any case. Ber'Helum would be.

At most I could buy another House influencing things to cause JD instability. Most likely this is all from with in the house.
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>>2944798

If they got control of the home fleet and any of the other Barons and worlds under their control. It could grow, and as rivals see an opportunity to grab land.

>>2944804
We are also one of the biggest supporters who pushed for B'H to be the next ruling house. Outside of Helios. So if we suddenly experienced an internal conflict and suddenly split into two or dissolved that could be used to destabilize B'H's reign.

But at this crucial point where the Factions and the Alliance are invading Neeran space and all forces are needed. It wouldn't make sense to start destabilizing B'H's reign just yet.
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>>2942873
Completely agree. We need deploy with the full fleet and army ASAP.

Have RTS get Mum and Ethan off-world and en route to Rioja now.

We should also contanct Baron Winifred and assses the situation in the South Reach.

I assume that all local media outlets have censored these reports, but one of our first priorities need to be ensuring that any news from Dremine is censored for the rest of the House - it’s very destabilising.
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>>2945529

Rioja Fleet is already on way back and being prepped for redeployment to Dremine.

Orbital space around Dremine is under lock down due to the upstarts gaining control of the planetary defense grid and the Bittenfield is likely been commandeered by the upstarts.

Winifred is deployed at the moment, but Daska is still there.

I would hope we're censoring news from Dremine about these upstarts having taken the capital or very nearly having it under their control.
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>>2945554
We should get Daska on the line then - along with all other senior Barons who are not deployed and discuss our response.

Let’s double check that all news and messages from the homeworlds are being censored too.

If we’re taking all of our military, we can’t really afford local trouble.
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>>2945603

Most of our comms to barons on other worlds are directed through Dremine. The only one we would be able to talk to reliably without issue is Daska. Everyone else is either indisposed dealing with surprise uprisings (Saputo) trapped in a "meeting" (Tenni) trying to contain/ calm down nobles of former rival territory (Xisioth) returning to homeworlds, hopefully to help Saputo get the home fleet up and running (Alex) and out in exercises to hold apperances ready to redeploy if we feel that we need their assistance (Avun). Daska and Avun are probably the only ones we could reliably contact and coordinate with. Though it would take longer for Daska to reach the homeworlds and right now it might be a good idea for her to stay there and hold down South Reach area. Personally I'm hoping Alex can free Saputo from whatever mess he finds himself in and bring his and the home fleet to Dremine to help crush these upstarts.
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>>2945635
Hmm, dam.

What we do need to do is make a rousing speech to our army / fleet before we deploy.

We can’t have soldiers refusing orders - they need to know that the fate of our House hangs in the balance and that we can’t let these traitors backed by foreign forces win!
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>>2950316

Dude don't jinx it just yet. We need to see a body first.
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Damn TSTG I started reading the quest YEARS ago and I still haven't found the time to catch up. Thank you and all participants for the countless hours of entertainment
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>>2943247
>why the people on the core worlds are seemingly joining this uprising so readily.

>J-D Revolt risk
Strong economy -5%
United leadership -5%
State media/censorship -5%
Prestigious Fleet -5%


Base Dominion unrest +5%
Corrupt Nobles +5%
Overextension +5% (ends 4050)
War exhaustion +5%
Recession +5% (ends Sept 4042)


>Additional modifiers (Dremine)
"Corruption exposed" event: Capital Revolt risk +10%
Subverted media (Loses state media bonus)
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>Rioja revolt risk (In addition to J-D global modifiers)
Benevolent dictator -5%
Trade hub -5%
Local apathy for Terran instigators -4%

Those Damn Terrans +5%
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>>2950826

Ooooo look at those colors.

Got any stats for Rioja? I like this system
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>>2950840
>>2950834

Spoke too soon
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>>2950826


I'm no math person. But even with those modifiers that seems like an awfully low chance for revolt. Or does having a large part of the standing military and the baron away also count as large modifiers towards a revolt?
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>>2950848
I always found myself constantly fighting rebels with anything over 7% in eu3. Especially with larger land empires.
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With the situation in the J-D homeworlds continuing to deteriorate you order all RSS mobile assets to head for safer territory. The Anchorage and most other ships will be moved to Alaior to assist Alex in any way possible. Personnel based on Dremine or other worlds having difficulties are told to retreat to company buildings and to wait it out. Rioters and protesters have only attacked a few government buildings and those owned by the Governor.

A few company transports at Loran are currently evacuating personnel with the intention of heading into Feron space. There are rumors of unrest on Loran and people there are becoming nervous. They'd rather not be trapped on the ground like those on Dremine or Torun.

The Francis Alfonso and most larger cargo ships should be safely away inside the hour and expect to arrive at Alaior later in the day.

A captain in charge of an RTS squadron escorting the Alfonso reports that dock workers at Loran have locked down the Qlippoth heavy carrier currently under refit. It could probably be jumped out in its current state, or the refit rushed to completion within a week or so. The captain is worried that if the rebels move on Loran they might add a Heavy Carrier to their arsenal. They're asking permission to do something about it.

Crippling it would ensure the rebels couldn't make use of the ship for weeks or even months. It would also be a blow to the House fleet and lengthen recovery efforts after this rebellion is sorted out.

RTS lacks sufficient troops to board the ship and secure it. The same probably cant be said for the Harmen family. If the Governor could be convinced to send his most loyal troops to assist, the ship could probably be secured and evacuated from the system. This might also leave Loran vulnerable to any rebel forces already on the surface.

[ ] Cover withdrawal of Francis Alfonso
[ ] Cripple the carrier in dock so the rebels cant use it
[ ] Assault the docks, capture the ship and jump it out
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>>2950956
>[ ] Assault the docks, capture the ship and jump it out

Offer to pay as well as a favor to the governor the cost to send troops up to secure and move the carrier. That way it and the Alfonso can cover each other and leave the system before rebel forces can make a concentrated effort to take either one.

Then make sure RTS and Harmen units are available to help secure and move both vessels out of the system.
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>>2950956

[X] Assault the docks, capture the ship and jump it out
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>>2950956
>[ ] Assault the docks, capture the ship and jump it out
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>>2950956
> [ ] Assault the docks, capture the ship and jump it out

Don't we have an abnormally high number of special forces?
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>>2950956
>[ ] Assault the docks, capture the ship and jump it out
Speed rush with the Nxesi relic armor.
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>>2950956
>>2951660
Ships don't need troops to fly, no? Why don't we have them go back to the planet afterwards to wipe out any remaining rebels.
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>>2950826
>>2950834
Is it even possible to run a regular Dominion House without getting the 'corrupt nobles' modifier? I'd imagine Veritas won't have that problem but regular Houses?

>>2950956
>[x] Cover withdrawal of Francis Alfonso
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>>2951368
>Don't we have an abnormally high number of special forces?
Rioja does. RTS does not. Most of your best mercenary troops are protecting the Crate and Pallet which are in South Reach and DRH 1 respectively.

>>2951660
>Speed rush with the Nxesi relic armor.
It will take 7 days to get Sonia or someone with that suit to Loran. All RSS forces at Loran are in the process of withdrawing. They can either make use of local assets in the next few hours, or they can cover withdrawal of Francis Alfonso.

>>2951766
An attempt could be made to return the Loran troops to their world after the Carrier is secure and safely out of the system.

>>2951967
Theoretically? Yes.
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With Rioja's fleet returning Troy has returned to the capital as soon as he could. You call ahead and tell him that he needs to contact his parents immediately. RTS is going to try and put that carrier where the Rebels cant capture it. That means they need troops to take control of it.

An RTS squadron loops back to the docks once the Alfonso is clear of the gravity well and begins its run up to jump.

Lord Harmen is not exactly thrilled to be diverting troops from the protection of valuable surface assets. At the same time he has few options in that regard. There are only so many units available that he trusts which have no connections to Dremine. His personal guard disable a section of the planetary shields so that there are no incidents while the shuttles and LSTs climb into orbit.

Five thousand troops board the carrier and begin clearing out workers. Some of them are armed, but too few to actually hold the ship against a serious assault. Just enough that RTS could never have cleared it on their own.

Troy's father contacts you once the lat of his troops have boarded the ship.
"My people estimate it's going to take more than an hour to clear out the dock workers and start the engines. Troy, a number of factories just went on strike. We're evacuating family members to point sigma."

"You should leave on the Carrier." Troy urges.
"I an not abandoning my planet, and with Archivald gone it is my planet to worry about. Viscount Reyard, I'll forward as much intelligence as I can about the situation here and on Dremine."

"Thank you." you tell him. "I'm readying the Rioja fleet and I've sent small advance force, but it's going to be a week and a half before I can get troops there."
"I know. We'll find a way to hold out. Good luck to both of you. Harmen out."

Over the past hour rebel army troops from a few of the outlying cities have completed their advance to the House capital. More are still on the way or are moving to secure other cities held by the PDF. Fadila has been monitoring the situation closely and it seems that the army and officers are meeting with heads of local activist groups and representatives of industrial workers.

Keegan Fox and Latha Dun'eth continue their efforts to proselytize to the crowds of civilian protestors and the militias that have formed. Fox is quickly proving to be one of the more charismatic rebel leaders. One sniper from the PDF has already tried and failed to kill him, which has not helped the situation.

Fox is making a point of not saying anything negative about the Barons, the army or the fleet, just the Governors and House leadership.

>cont.
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Fadila draws your attention to some of the newer broadcasts that have started since reaching the capital city. "This is a new problem. More and more land holding nobles are now publicly voicing support for the rebels. I cant believe this many would turn so quickly."

Vaderwal speaks up. "That's because they're taking their relatives hostage. Two of the larger officer academies were surrounded by the army."

"What about the one my brother was at?" you ask.
"That was a secondary specialist facility. Most of those students were already gone before the rebels took it."

Fadila looks between you and the spy. "If they control the officer academies that is a double threat. Not just hostages but a chance they might recruit heirs to the rebels side."

"Is there anything we can do about it?"
Fadila shakes her head. "Not directly."

"What about indirectly?" wonders Troy.
All eyes turn to him.
"Your brother has to know many of the students at those academies. He could broadcast a message using the communications array at your lodge."

"Then everyone would know where they are! It would bring the Rebels down on them in minutes." you protest.

"So they evacuate before transmitting the broadcast."

[ ] Absolutely not
[ ] Evacuate and broadcast
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>>2952157
>[ ] Evacuate and broadcast
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>>2952157
>[x] Absolutely not
Doesn't seem worth it.
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>>2952157

Is their chance of evacuation and safety guaranteed? If not, then fuck Troy's idea. Only worth losing the lodge if we know it won't endanger our family.
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>>2952178
It could be set to broadcast after they leave. The problem then is just finding another safe house.
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>>2952181
>The problem then is just finding another safe house.
The extensive modifactions and additions we had installed would also stop being a secret once the rebels start poking around.
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>>2952157
I can't decide at this point, I'm just going to roll for it. Though by the end of this I hope the instigators and their families get exiled to the Terran front lines at the minimum for the shit they've done. Especially the Fox family at this point, they done fucked the house up twice now I'd rather not have it become a third time.

Sonia for new Count of J-D when?
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

>>2952217
And I'm fucking retarded. Here's the roll.
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>>2952157
>[ ] Evacuate and broadcast
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I already started writing for the absolutely not option.
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>>2952228
AH okay not going to sweat it
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>>2952157
>[ ] Absolutely not
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You've decided against risking the lives of your family members just yet. Where would they even evacuate to? Broadcasting would also give away the presence of the bunker and its powerful equipment, like the shield generator that would make anything short of orbital bombardment with starship grade weapons useless. No need to hand the rebels more equipment they can use.

More and more of Rioja's fleet returns to their bases and begin the process of refueling and taking on supplies. Logistics estimates it will take another 30 hours to have all ships prepared for a possible fleet deployment. The army will take a little longer but not by much.

Alex updates the status of his army forces. They'll be back at Alaior within 24 hours. Roughly half of the Torun fleet have arrived in the outer colony border zone and made contact with him. Admiral Graham reports that a few of the ships defected and others were damaged when they tried to breach the planetary shields to recover Baron Saputo.
Matyáš Fox and the medium cruiser Comet split off from them, acting as a rear guard to allow most of the Torun fleet to escape. According to long range sensors he was continuing to draw their attention, jumping between systems closer to Dreminth as though he intended to attack it.

"What's the rebel fleet strength?"

"At least one Shukhant, an upgraded Monitor and an Iratar built medium carrier. That's all we know for certain they have from the Torun fleet. EBON was undergoing a refit at the Dremine main station."
"Why wasn't it done at Loran?"
"A few people wanted to expand our medium cruiser refit capacity."

They don't have a huge number of operational ships. If the long range sensor reports are right the rebels have also picked up additional battleships. With the senior Fox keeping them occupied that looks like it should buy enough time for crews to finish evacuating the incomplete Qlippoth Heavy.

Once the Carrier is clear of its berth and accelerating out of the gravity well RTS reports a trio of Battleships attempting to intercept them. Two are Athena class with House markings with the third being a heavily modified old Expanded Battleship. The Carrier and your mercenaries refuse to back down when told to surrender or be fired upon. Turning back to delay the rebels, two of the RTS ships are destroyed and two others crippled covering the carriers escape.

Only four ships from the RTS squadron manage to jump out.
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>>2952309
I see. They killed our people. So we will kill all of them. All who participate in this will be put against the wall to face the firing squad.
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>>2952309
>two of the RTS ships are destroyed and two others crippled covering the carriers escape.
These crew will get a hero's burial.
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>>2952309

>Matyáš Fox and the medium cruiser Comet split off from them, acting as a rear guard to allow most of the Torun fleet to escape. According to long range sensors he was continuing to draw their attention, jumping between systems closer to Dreminth as though he intended to attack it.

Well I will be impressed if he lives through this. There is a reason the Count kept the guy around rather then having him dealt with in the same manor as the other nobles when we were framed. Still hope he gets blown up though.

>Only four ships from the RTS squadron manage to jump out.

Blood has been spilt. Traitors must pay. What is there fleet looking like again? A few ships smaller then Medium? I say we demand they surrender and power down their weapons. All officers and knights will be handed over while their crews spared. Anyone who continues to fight will be blown out of the stars. For this mess, I think I would not mind footing the bill to blow these idiots away and replace the lost vessels.
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>>2952309
>Matyáš Fox and the medium cruiser Comet split off from them, acting as a rear guard to allow most of the Torun fleet to escape. According to long range sensors he was continuing to draw their attention
Well, he is one of the House's most skilled medium cruiser commanders. Good thing nobody was upset enough to have him killed in recent years.

>>2952309
>Turning back to delay the rebels, two of the RTS ships are destroyed and two others crippled covering the carriers escape.
Do we know how many of them survived? Either by teleporting out or classic escape pods?
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>>2952462
Unknown at this time. The battleships began attempting to jam communications to and from Loran after the fighting.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdS9iq9-Kps [Abaddon's Gate]

Over the next five hours the remaining RTS ships along with the Alfonso and the Qlippoth manage to reach the Erid territories. The more damaged ships from the Torun fleet help escort them Alaior. Matyáš has managed to keep the rebel fleet tied up long enough for everyone to escape. He's pursued to the border by a trio of South Reach Fast Battleships. While approaching the old border station a fourth battleship decloaks and dumps heavy shield breaker rounds into two of the pursuers forcing them to break off.

Knight Sylvan turns out to be the one commanding the 4th ship. He reports that most -though not all- of his school has defected as has much of Dayton's training unit. He believes Dayton may be dead or captured, having covered the retreat of loyalists from the school using his old cruiser. Fortunately it had been given the Squire upgrade so it wouldn't have had many crew aboard.

Before much can be done with this new information you're informed that a message is going out on all J-D channels from the homeworlds. It seems the rebels are making an announcement. Intel is able to block it from reaching the civilians channels on Rioja, Kaptlyn and Magdanena. Eventually though it's going to slip through the cracks and that wont take long. Most nobles will be aware of it within the hour.

"Bring it up on the main screen." you order. "Let's see what they're saying and try to get ahead of it."

Keegan Fox appears on screen flanked by a Dro'all Knight and a human noble you can't identify.

>Cont.
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"People of House Jerik-Dremine, today we have seen revolution in the streets of our capital. The people of this world have called for the resignation of the corrupt officials that have long strangled any any voice of dissent. Crushed opposition and executed any who might consider standing up against them. The people of this world have had enough. Their voices will heard and they demand a chance to choose who their leaders will be.

Those of us who stand here with them today have heard their pleas for help. Working together we have removed Governor Veos from office and placed them under arrest. Those complicit in the state's corruption have also been placed in custody. They will not be lined up and shot, thrown into space or sent away to be experimented upon simply because the accusation has been made. That would make us no better than them. They will be tried for their crimes.

We now have the opportunity to attempt reforms that will strengthen our House and our people. In the days ahead Dreminth will choose its first elected officials. It will not be alone in that regard. Nor will it be the only change. The Dremine council will be expanded to include representatives from each world, not just the old House Dremine families.

When the Barons return from the wars we hope to welcome them back with open arms. They have long been the protectors of our House and will continue to be needed. We have not fought to remove them and we will continue to support their efforts to end the war once and for all. When our siblings, parents, or children return from freeing worlds from Neeran oppression they will return to worlds we hope they can be proud of."

Fox pauses to scroll through notes taking on a more somber tone.
"It is to my great regret that Count Jerik was not willing to see such a day. Having uncovered evidence that he was complicit in the assassination and execution of citizens and nobles on nearly every world in this House, officers were sent to bring him into custody. Rather than place himself at the mercy of those he has long claimed to serve he instead attacked them and was killed when the officers were forced to defend themselves.

Earl and then Count Jerik did much to allow our House to survive until this point. While he clearly compromised too much, we might not be here today were it not for his leadership. He may have turned his back on his people by refusing to submit to their will but we will not turn our back on him. The remains of the late Count Gernot Sigurd Jerik will lie in state until after the elections.

I urge those nobles still resisting to turn yourselves in. Any who surrender will not be harmed. To the Barons of the other colonies we ask for your help in ensuring this is a peaceful transition. We would welcome your input on ways to make that possible."
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>>2952620

>The Count is dead.

I am sorry, who turned the climate control down to "hell has frozen over"? Because I feel a need to to shoot people in the head with a plasma pistol.
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>>2952620
>Rather than place himself at the mercy of those he has long claimed to serve he instead attacked them and was killed when the officers were forced to defend themselves.
>he instead attacked them and was killed when the officers were forced to defend themselves
Yeah, that's a really great excuse in a universe with reliable stun guns and knockout grenades. They just had to go out an ruin it, right?

Do our advisors or Troy think this might be a ruse the count managed to pull off? He must have been prepared for this kind of worst case scenario.

Is it possible and would it make sense to get Ber'helum involved?
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>>2952620
Hey, we're the highest ranked in the House now.
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>>2952637
>I feel a need to to shoot people in the head with a plasma pistol.
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>>2952620
The arrogance. The fucking GALL of this fucking little shit of an pathetic excuse of a person. Kill them. ALL of them. Their families too. I want them drawn up and quartered for days and days as we personally execuse every last one of these fucking traitors and spineless coward who think so highly of themselves.

>To the Barons of the other colonies we ask for your help in ensuring this is a peaceful transition.
OH there will be a peaceful transition once we're down kicking down your cold dead corpse.

I have never felt this murderous and the very idea that we might once have felt any sort of sympathy with their plight disgusts me. Democracy is dead, and they killed it.

Send them a simple message. They are dead.

>>2952646
You shut your whore mouth.
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>>2952646

I will not believe his death until I see his body. That said.
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>>2952620
Looks like it's time to pull in Winifred and pull out of J-D.

Join the Pirate Warlord house while denouncing Keegan as an assassin, as a seditious traitor taking advantage of the war to backstab the man that kept things together?
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>>2952681

I think everything in this post is extreme and OOC.


That being said, there is something suspicious going on with the story of the Count's death. Fox is already showing his willingness and ability to lie to and manipulate the masses, he's gotta go but we can't martyr him.

>>2952620

This is a pretty crazy situation, nice writing. Fox claims he wants the input of the barons, but he's already attacked and/or stolen property from most of them by now. There is no possibility of a peaceful transition. They murdered our head of state, staged a multi-world military coup, and committed public acts of war against the Barons and civilians working for them.

These people are craaaaaazy thinking this is going to work. The only possible chance they have would be the overwhelming popular support that was engineered via propaganda and demagoguery. I think our immediate goals should be to uncover the truth about the Count and to decide with the other Barons how to regain the trust of the people.
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It doesn't take long for Daska to contact you confirming that numerous family members of hers have either been arrested or are being held hostage. Not a big surprise considering one of her relatives were responsible for the disaster on Surakeh. That places the General of your army in a similar situation.

Alex's parents who worked for Governor Veos are under house arrest and one of his siblings has announced that they are running for the elected position of Governor. Apparently his younger sister has already started making speeches about having seen the corruption in the system and the ways she plans to counter it.
"One of my brothers is probably helping her. The two of them always do things together. I'm willing to bet those leaks to the media from the Governor's office are their fault."

You hope Alex is prepared to subdue family members because it will probably be necessary.

Fox has been named temporary chairman of the Jerik-Dremine emergency council. Supposedly a position he will vacate after elections have been held for new councilors from each world. That could be some time if not every world in the House decides to submit.

It isn't long before the J-D emergency council tries to contact you. Fadila points out that you can take your time before responding. In fact it might be a good idea to wait just in case you might do something impulsive?

"The most pressing issues to decide on are, 1) if we are going to attempt a peaceful resolution with the rebels and 2) what are we telling the people of Rioja?
News is going to leak soon, especially news this big. The sooner you have a statement for the people of Rioja the more likely they're going to listen to you over Fox."

Which will you do first?
[ ] Talk to J-D emergency council
[ ] Prepare speech to Rioja populace
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>>2952762
>[ ] Prepare speech to Rioja populace
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>>2952762

My hate filled opinionated speech. If someone else can think of something better and PR friendly then by all means I want these peoples heads.

>[ ] Prepare speech to Rioja populace

These people have committed Regicide as far as I am concerned. If they want to turn the people of Rioja against us. Lets put it to the people. And fuck the Terrans. These are violent revolutionaries. If they wanted a peaceful transition they would not have killed the Count. We have technology to take people in alive, be they stunned or in stasis. They are using family members as hostages and coercing people threw threats of harm to family members. If anyone wants to align themselves with cowards who would rely on tactics like this. Then they are part of the problem and not the solution. As it stands these are state terrorists. These are people who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. Things may not always be fair or right. But no one is pointing a gun at people and telling them to change. These people are. No one is pointing a gun at family members telling their loved ones to support them or watch their family suffer. If people really want to support these animals. Then I hope to whatever god they pray to or believe in, has mercy on them. Because these people are animals that need to be put down.
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>>2952762
>[ ] Prepare speech to Rioja populace

Point out that we came from the middle class. Point out that they've taken hostage members of the nobilities family. Point out that we've been not only approached by them to join them, but that we also were personally persecuted by the Old Guard.

What about all our Young Knights that we started grooming at the Hunting Lodge? Can we get THEM to join us?

Point out the destruction caused to the Dominion in these times.

Point out the massive trade deals we have introduced between different houses.

Point out that we have large populations of Terrans, and alliances with House Veritas, a personal relationship with the RH, and that we have been *personally and actively* involved in taking down a corrupt Baron before.

We aren't mad at the rebels, we're disappointed. There has long been a better way, and we've been pursuing it.

Instead, their rash power grab has immeasurably weakened a House just recently returned to prominence - significantly on our dollar as can be seen by how many of them are using new equipment developed by us. It's cost not just us personally friends, and put our family in danger, but it's cost the lives of good people who worked tirelessly to put their lives on the line against the Neeran, during the Civil War, and against Pirate predation.

The only way they will be able to have the support of the returning military is if they keep hostages. What kind of Government could claim moral obligation while doing so? Do they want us to end up like the Shallans, almost a protectorate now of allied forces?

They've struck a near mortal blow to the house. Let alone our allies, our enemies will be sure to quickly capitalize on this.

We need a quick resolution to move past this with as few losses as possible. That means involving the nobility AFTER freeing their families. Negotiations made under duress cannot be honest. And they can't be planning to hold the hostages forever.

We should be pretty popular, no? Would it work for us to offer a guaranteed neutral safe zone for the two sides to work things out, since we have significant military force?

We could call in the RH to be present even, to replace our fleet that's on the front, since anyone fucking around then would be picking a fight with the RH.
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>>2952869

This sounds more reasonable.

Though I don't think we should include B'H in this mess. This is a J-D issue and it should be resolved by J-D or else we end up looking weaker because of it. The Emperor did say he liked how we took things upon ourselves to find solutions. Unless I remember incorrectly. Getting the Emperor involved may as well be a signal that we don't think we can confidently dispose of these animals.
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>>2952762
>if we are going to attempt a peaceful resolution with the rebels
While their goals are admirable, the way they went about it was complete shit and will cause trouble for hours for years if not decades to come. I'm in favor of resolving this peacefully, although the rebels will most likely not like the terms I would want to dictate. We can at least hear them out.

>[x] Prepare speech to Rioja populace
"Citizens of House Jerik-Dremine, people of Rioja,
after almost two decades of success and prosperity unrivalled in the history of our House, disaster has finally struck.
Well-meaning but misguided in their methods, a group of individuals calling themselves the Reformist Coalition has staged a coup on Dreminth and several other worlds in the home territories of our house. Unhappy with the current leadership, these young knights and nobles grew impatient with slow reform and have used the deployment of the vast majority of our fleet to strike at the existing government. At the moment the fate of many officials is unclear but in several cases what little could be confirmed by impartial sources has lead us to fear the worst.
To avert any further damage to House Jerik Dremine, we will have to react quickly. What this reaction will we is going to depend entirely on the further conduct of the people who are currently occupying Dreminth.
I am not going to accept any verdicts handed down by these people who complain about illicit killings but on the other hand seem to have little qualms about removing anybody who resists their new order. If any further deaths, either by sentence or mysterious circumstances, should happen by for proper order is restored I will seek to have these people declared traitors to the Dominion in times of war."
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>>2952762

This is difficult because the people we're about to argue against support good ideas like increased representation and anti corruption. We need to focus not on the supposed goals that Fox has stated (which seem noble), but on the facts of what this group has actually done thus far (Attempted to steal HC, killed RTS civilians, holding entire planets and cities hostage, murdered the Count etc.).

Try to convey to the people of Rioja that while they talk a nice game, these rebels have already shown the kinds of radical steps they're willing to take to accomplish their goals. No matter their intentions, this is not how lasting change is made and it is not how you initiate a peaceful transition of power.

Ensure our people that they remain under our protection as always and that we will do what we can to stabilize things to guarantee a future for everyone.

What a wild situation this is
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>>2952869
>Would it work for us to offer a guaranteed neutral safe zone for the two sides to work things out, since we have significant military force?
I agree with all of your points / speech up until this point.

We cannot enter into negotiations yet - we’re in a position of weakness. We need to sally forth with our fleet immediately.

As the highest ranking person in the House now, we need to claim temporary leadership and announce this to the people.

After which, we need to call back all expeditionary forces - and ask the RH to fill in the gap for us while we deal with this internal matter.

We do not support despots or corrupt officials, and our long history has shown this. The murder of the Count was nothing more that a coup cloaked in the language of revolution and moral superiority. He was a great man who sheparded JD through hard times and into a new golden age - until he was betrayed.
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>>2952869

This is all pretty sensible.
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>>2952924
Exactly this.

We cannot be shown to be sympathetic to their goals in public, we should only focus on their actions - which have been of a power-hungry canal of young nobles who have usurped the established order and have threatened the great progress made by our house in recent years.
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>>2952928
>After which, we need to call back all expeditionary forces - and ask the RH to fill in the gap for us while we deal with this internal matter.
I don't think that's possible. It will take them weeks to arrive and that would threaten parts of the entire invasion considering how influental our highly trained fleets can be. I'd imagine getting Ber'helum to reroute a squadron of heavy cruisers or one of the fast super heavies through J-D territory to help out our fleets as heavy fire support would be easier to accomplish and more realistic.
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>>2952949
While it would be easier - the optics would be poor.

It would appear as if we’re using outside help to stamp our authority on the House - instead of the patriotic Barons refusing to join the power-hungry rebels.
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>>2952964
>the optics would be poor
Pulling away from FA operations (again 'cause Dominion) will look even worse.
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>>2952949

After we get this mess settled. And the Expeditionary Fleet returns. If we still have issues deciding a new leader of the house, then I think we should ask B'H to appoint a new count of the house, whoever they think best.
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>>2952977

It also occurred to me, B'H has a stance of not interfering with internal affairs of allied houses. So they would be reluctant to help us unless we give them good cause. It's the same reason they don't crack down on houses with slavery.
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>>2952869
>We could call in the RH to be present even, to replace our fleet that's on the front, since anyone fucking around then would be picking a fight with the RH.

You ask your advisors about the idea of approaching the Ruling House for assistance.

Fadila shrugs. "You asked for protection for the House. I believe that was intended to be protection from other Houses. Potentially even other Factions. As for solving an internal dispute you would have to ask."

"I wouldn't bet on much." says Vanderwal. "The Emperor doesn't want to get involved in the internal affairs of Houses if it can be helped remember?"

>Would it work for us to offer a guaranteed neutral safe zone for the two sides to work things out, since we have significant military force?
Couldn't hurt.

>>2952928
>we need to call back all expeditionary forces
Not going to happen. You may be able to get a message to them but there is no way they're returning from Neeran territory until they've completed their assignments.

The best you could hope for is to make use of the ship reserve you and Alex have been building, along with any reserve troops still in Shallan space.

>>2952944
>a power-hungry canal
cabal?
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And I need to head out for dinner. Will try to get the speech figured out when I get back.
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>>2952993
>along with any reserve troops still in Shallan space.
Let’s send a message to them then.

And yes, cabal was correct.

>>2952977
Them in consultation with the new J-D Council sounds like a good idea.

We need to adopt the BH method for dealing with traitors, strap them to a PDC and incinerate.
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>>2953026
>We need to adopt the BH method for dealing with traitors, strap them to a PDC and incinerate.

That was quite the site. It's a shame we don't have a bigger PDC that can core a Mega from front to back in order to do it.
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>>2953026
In addition to calling our reserves, we should also call any members of the Council who managed to escape.

They should head to Rioja and set up shop. It will increase our legitimacy to the loyalist House forces if we have their backing.
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>Kill Fox Jr
>Replace him with NotEldal
>Surrender the rebels
>NotFox Jr disappears
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>>2952762
We should probably record a version of our speech without the Rioja-specific elements and then communicate that to all J-D worlds / military forces.

It would cement us as the leader of the loyalist forces working to subdue the rebellion.
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>>2952924
>Try to convey to the people of Rioja that while they talk a nice game, these rebels have already shown the kinds of radical steps they're willing to take to accomplish their goals. No matter their intentions, this is not how lasting change is made and it is not how you initiate a peaceful transition of power.
That seems like a good thing to say, no matter what else we decide to do.
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>>2952910
Or it's seeking out a "guaranteed" neutral 3rd party that neither side can mess around with.

They want the veneer of law? Well we can give it to them in spades more than they expected.

And we do have the excuse that it wouldn't even have been necessary if they hadn't picked a time when our house was vulnerable due to the war effort. Any shame for it being necessary is on them.

Finally, it wouldn't be JD doing it. It would be US using our personal connections to have a few "observers" along. Heavily armed observers.

That way we can pressure them to keep any agreements made, while assuring them that any violations by the other side would reflect poorly on their relationship with the RH.

I'm setting us up to be a true neutral party, one that can't be offended, so that we can have the best if both worlds.

Not only do we get the chance to make some reforms, but we fizzle any chance of these fucks profiting other than idealistically. After all, with the Viscount dead and most of the Nobles away at war, who can truly claim legitimacy of any decisions made here? Another failing on the part of the rebels.

Like I said, the key point is that the RH is here to support us personally, not JD.
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>>2952928
That's why I said make the offer as part of a pronouncement.

If they refuse it in negotiations, we can "officially" withdraw and request the return of our family. Because of course they wouldn't keep hostages, right?

Then we can insist on the return of other people's families. They said that they were only interested in criminals, so they can't hold people who haven't committed any crimes.

The goal is to scuttle any sense of legitimacy of their coup attempt, either they give up the veneer of legal legitimacy or they give up their threat of violence towards hostages.

Quite frankly, publically offering neutral space for negotiations is something they lose by accepting or refusing.

As for the RH, we can surprise them by having observers there. We can explain it by the recent civil war being triggered by AI, or Neeran 5th columnists, or Aries, and that they're simply there to make sure that this actually IS just an internal dispute.

There's a war going on, you know. And we ARE kind of in it deep with the RH regarding the upcoming offensive.

Which by having their authority present, but not involved, can mean we can guarantee holding up our obligations towards the offensive.
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>>2953166

B'H isn't going to get involved. The Emperor is against getting involved in interhouse politics of other houses. Better luck of asking other allied houses.
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>>2953166
>There's a war going on, you know. And we ARE kind of in it deep with the RH regarding the upcoming offensive.
Yeah, imagine Sonia being unable to help with the mission to explore the caretaker facility because of internal unrest or worse, Sonia being dead because some shitty rebel managed to blow her up. The RH can't really afford to stay completely out of this if it goes on for more than a couple of weeks.
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>>2953166
>>2953151
>>2952993

See these. The RH wouldn't be involved in the negotiations, just "working security" as well as being witnesses to the agreement.

Honestly they could just send some lawyers as well as be available for arbitration if necessary.

As a personal favour to us, as well as an opportunity to show some non-violent leadership with the issues of lesser houses. After all, the previous dudes sleeping on this sort of thing was part of their decay.

We could also always muse about just leaving to join the Pirate house that started up.

Run_Panic.exe
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>>2953174
It's not internal if it fucks up the war effort.

Really all they need to do is be present so that people don't get caught up in forgetting that our House isn't the Dominion at large.

What about our trade deals? If we get a new Government, will those still be valid? What about the Viscounts line of succession? What about all the hostages? What about our vassal houses we picked up so long ago? Let alone our commitments to defending and developing our territories. Which many of were taken from other houses recently and might see this as reason to return to them.

What about people like us, and Winifred, who are more established in farther reaches and might prefer to have our own secession instead of joining the new Government.

What about our Trade Run Alliance, which has been shown to be a strategic position that needs stability for the good of the Dominion?

These dumb fucks didn't just make some illegal moves, they smashed the fucking game board.

There's no real legitimacy left for their courts, either. Who is going to believe their verdicts after they killed the Viscount?

This isn't like a Democracy, there's damned good reason you don't just kill the nobles.

Honestly this could easily spark another mini civil war given how relevant our house had been in stabilizing the Run. As other houses seize the opportunity to snipe us, it could escalate again.

Like the Balkans.

So the RH would be present to ensure that doesn't happen, but wouldn't be involved in negotiations unless approached by both sides to arbitrate.
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>>2953211

They already killed the Count and anyone else who is taking to their side is clearly an opportunist. These people will roll over and die the moment a rival house threatens them.

These are terrorist and traitors plain and simple. The only judiciary rights they deserve is a long walk off a short plank. Their supporters likewise deserve similar treatment. If they prove to useful then we hand them over to B'H to be made into knights or executed. Because their usefulness to J-D is over since they'd rather destroy everything we have all built. Then work to bettering J-D.

No quarter asked for, no quarter given.

They are animals and deserve to be put down or handed over to B'H to serve the Dominion else where in another capacity. Like on the front lines being shot at by Neeran.
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>>2953174
TL;DR They fucked up with killing the Viscount, because with so many nobles absent and the remaining nobles under duress from hostages, there's no real legitimate authority left to act.

It's like if America lost half their Congressmen while all the Senators were unable to be contacted, and the President got shot and the rebels had the Vice President imprisoned.

So in this case, they were probably hoping to have the Governors act as a Fait Accompli authority and be able to present a united front to the returning nobles by the time the campaign was over.

We can spoil that by pointing out that none of them have the authority to act in a ruling capacity, and that so long as they hold hostages neither do the other nobles here since they're under duress.

So in order to ensure that both sides act in good faith, we'll recuse ourselves from any of the politics in order to provide a neutral ground to come up with a reasonable temporary agreement until the nobles on campaign can return, and we can ensure that there aren't any hostages being used to coerce anyone.

The RH would be here since our forces are depleted and we have to make sure that this period isn't being taken advantage of by other houses, or god forbid non-Dominion interests.

Also there's the issue that the RH can't be sure we didn't leave anything about Diamond Mines where rebels could stumble over it.
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>>2953247
Yeah, I agree, but we gotta figure out a way to fight them without tearing the entire fucking house apart.

And doing that may mean *compromising*, a concept foreign to many Anons in political matters.

Remember how we had to let Fox Senior go? Because that was the right choice, even though it wasn't *fair*?

If that's what you want, mob justice in the Dominion, you might as well just post with your Terran trip.
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>>2953247
Also remember that they have military supremacy over key areas, hostages, etc.

Not to mention actually valid casus belli to act with evidence by Dominion standards. So what we need to do is prove that they have exceeded their mandate granted to them by their original cause and that now, FOR THE GOOD OF THE HOUSE, we have to resolve the issue.

Personally, we have to do it without making them look like heroes or competent. Especially without them holding any trials on their own - actually it would be best to wait for them to execute someone, but that's rather morally gray.
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>>2953270
>actually it would be best to wait for them to execute someone
If the count is actually dead, then they've already fucked up in that area.
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>>2952993
Also,

> What is going on with the Young Knights we were grooming?

What do people think about the Knights Errant then, instead of the RH?

They owe us a LOT.
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>>2953283
Point.

But they claimed he killed himself. It's different from us stepping in because their Courts aren't legitimate, and murder can't be undone.
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>>2953249
>>2953258
>>2953270


The only concession I'm willing to give them, is if BH makes them into a knight order and puts them to use elsewhere. Since they've shown they are impatient or unwilling to wait and work towards a better goal.

They had a good thing when they exposed the corruption of the Governor. They went to far when they began a coup against the established J-D hierarchy and killed the count and started using hostages to force a change in government.

Giving them any legitimacy is not right and a disservice to the civilian families and nobles whose lives have been irrevocably changed because of their actions.

There are people already, lining up claiming to support them who are just opportunists that need to be shut down before they gain more legitimacy or traction then they already have.

I would equate this to a radicial political power suddenly gainning hold of Washington DC and then Cali and NY and declaring themselves the new order of the US.
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>>2953292
>But they claimed he killed himself
No, they admit it was their troops who killed him.
>>2952613
>he instead attacked them and was killed when the officers were forced to defend themselves
In a setting with stun guns and stun grenades that's a pretty weak excuse unless they were either sending incompetents or dedicated kill squads.
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>>2953298
Well, that's one vote. I'm sure many nobles in-game would vote that way too.

Sonia has a good deal of history being more flexible about these things.

Personally, I would say press them into military service, then spread the survivors out among the House.

The political snubbing they're going to get, and the surveillance, and the in-the-dark account settling should take care of the worst of them.

Otherwise, Nobles are a valuable human resource, especially in a house as strapped for manpower as we are.

So, you know, focus on the actual responsibilities Sonia has instead of your gut emotional reaction.

>>2953299
> "It is to my great regret that Count Jerik was not willing to see such a day. Having uncovered evidence that he was complicit in the assassination and execution of citizens and nobles on nearly every world in this House, officers were sent to bring him into custody. Rather than place himself at the mercy of those he has long claimed to serve he instead attacked them and was killed when the officers were forced to defend themselves.

Eh, suicide by Cop. Different from them ordering an execution.

I agree, though, it should be sufficient for our purposes of claiming that no legitimate resolution can be made during this time so long as they hold hostages, nor while our Military is committed to a major offense on the Front.

Then all we have to do is wait for them to lose support among the uncertainty of the people and the inevitable economic consequences making life difficult for the average person.

That is MY main goal for the negotiations. Stall them until they lose momentum, then come in and clean up or seize power with a coalition of other nobles.
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>>2953357

I like the content of this post, but I don't think you should be so quick to discount the possibility of what Fox said about the Count being complete bullshit. They might have him in stasis, it might've been a straight up execution, there's no way to know right now what the truth is.
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>>2953374
It might also have been a body double or a clone and these guys simply don't have the right people available or access to the right tech to make sure they killed the original.
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>>2953357
I am still firmly in the camp of not letting BH in on this until it is over. This is a JD issue that should be dealt with by JD. If after the dust settles the prisoners demand a fair trial, then we hand them over to BH for trial. From there it is up to BH what to do with these traitors during war time.

They're building a sham government built on death, coercion and opportunist leeches. Their 'allies' will soon abandon and betray them the moment they think they can do away with them. Any claims that they or any of their officials makes at this point in the name of JD are false and hold no bearing on JD. Any legitimacy they have is based on threatening nobles and their familes and playing on the fears and desires of others. They killed the count for god sake. Sure it may have been an 'accident' but they know what they did.

I refuse to give their movement any legititmacy beyond their recognition as a terrorist faction. Who has preyed upon house JD in a moment where our forces were gone.

You want concessions and fairness for them? To show we can be forgiving, even to traitors who prey on the weak and the scared? Sorry if I mistake what your true intentions are.

The only one I will give is a trial via BH, if they surrdener or we take them as prisoners. Otherwise they are marked as enemies of JD.

Fox got a pass because at the time it would have been difficult to deal with him and his political backing as well as whatever protection he had from the Count.

I am sorry anon, but I will not give mercy until they and their conspirators are gathered and their sham of a government deposed. Once they and their sham government are removed from any form of power, then I would be willing to hand them over to BH for trial.
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>>2953374
>>2953384

Yeah, but for our purposes it works for the Count to be dead. If he does mysteriously "return", there would still be the tedious process of proving he WASN'T a clone (which is the same, legally, as being dead) or a body double or under duress before he could be an arbitrating authority.

Especially since the Rebels claimed to have been sent to take him into custody, implying that they wouldn't accept his authority anyways.

The question then becomes, if they don't accept the Viscounts authority, *whose authority DO they accept, other than their own?*

That's part of why I wanted the RH there, as opposed to the Knights. There's no excuse for a House going rogue, and casting aside the political system of the Dominion entirely.

We should act swifty perhaps to request House Veritas denounce their actions, while praising their motives. Veritas allegiance can be more toxic than their opposition in the Dominion, after all, and we could use them to scare the other Nobles into thinking this might be a push for Democracy (Boo, Hiss).
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>>2953390
>You want concessions and fairness for them?

I specifically pointed out that fairness wasn't a consideration, unless you were insisting on punishing them at all costs.

The term "Cut off you nose to spite your face" applies here I believe.

Ironically, you want BH to be actually INVOLVED by giving them a trial, whereas I want BH to be present as the Ruling House to ensure that nobody accepts the outcome, but that the stasis is enforced until we can let their movement run out of steam.

Let them have to continue to justify holding hostages, while people who lost friends and family nurse their grudges and have time to bring them out against them, and while the homeworld suffers economic impact of uncertainty and their popular support wanes.

The Knights Errant would be a secondary, acceptable stop-gap for actual involvement at our request to keep the peace and prevent further death until the lawyers and representatives can work out a deal that is both acceptable in legitimacy as well as in terms for both sides.

The goal is to protect the house, not punish the traitors. If we can punish them, great, but we can't destroy the house to do so.

> Fox gets a pass

HAHA Fuck no. We're nailing his ass to the wall as part of the agreement. Gonna have to do some house cleaning on both sides. Hell, I feel we should push for him AND his son to be stripped of their titles of Nobility and have their lands be repatriated to the Viscounts Heirs as compensation.
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>>2953397
Keep in mind that your plan would involve a long and bloody siege of the Homeworld, plus dealing with what further insurrections occur throughout JD.

Nobody wants to take a shot at the RH though, so having them merely present at negotiations as observers would prevent any decapitation betrayal attempts.

Whereas we could have the Knights Errant act to pacify disputed areas and maintain the rule of law without handing it over to the Rebels and their "Courts", without starting violent conflict again.

Best of all, we would be at the center since BH would be present as the Ruling House as a favour to us, replacing not JDs forces but merely ours that are already committed to the Offensive.

Same with the Knights Errant, who are known as an impartial force in the Dominion.

In fact, they could also press to recruit the other Young Upstarts who weren't part of the rebellion, getting them out of our hair immediately as well as providing them an excuse for not facing repercussions.

But ultimately, a military solution right now would be terrible. We're facing the fact that they are already entrenched, they have hostages, they have MORE FORCES present, and that they have 5th columnists and sympathizers behind our lines to worry about.

If we can get out of this without actually having a war, that would be fab. Wars are terrible for local real estate values.

And once again, they have actual fucking proof of the corruption and crimes they acted on. They can't be painted as simply traitors and usurpers, that won't fly publicly.
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>>2953408
>Fox
>I feel we should push for him AND his son to be stripped of their titles
He actually contributes on our side and if people started implementing kin punishment in the dominion the entire system would fall apart. So please stop being silly.
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Jesus, where to even start with writing this speech?

>>2953289
>What do people think about the Knights Errant then, instead of the RH?
The ones that are dedicated to fighting threats to the Dominion? They are probably out fighting the Neeran.
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>>2953408

Fox Jr is dead to me. He can join the special club in hell. Fox Sr, fuck him, if he doesn't die then he servers as useful medium cruiser commander if he decides to stay. If he asks to be sent elsewhere to another house or a knight station, let him.

I would rather do private executions. But I'm trying to decide how I can fit my desire to see these guys burn at the stake. With what I assume is, your idea of being lenient to them in some capacity, which again I am likely reading wrong. My approach is more ham fisted I will say.

Burn them and all they stand for to the ground. And survivors/ prisoners we get we hand off to BH to let someone else deal with the traitors.

Also I'd rather not have it be said we could not deal with usurpers on our own, if we ever want to seriously consider being the next head of JD.
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>>2953430

Good luck haha you always crush moments like these.
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>>2953430

Good luck, I do not want to be in your shoes writing all our arguments into something coherent for the masses to put them on our side. That said you always seem to make the best out of these tougher spots in writing.
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HOUSE REYNARD
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>>2953462
Dear god, no.
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>>2953426
He was revealed to have been engaged in corrupt and illegal activities.

Why does everyone keep forgetting that they actually do have a valid case to bring against specific nobles.

>>2953436
> With what I assume is, your idea of being lenient to them in some capacity, which again I am likely reading wrong.

Well, if this putsch fails their political careers are kaput.

Not only that, but there's also the revenge of the nobles. Assassin style revenge. Economic ostracization revenge. Social snubbing revenge.

Nobles who have committed crimes can't be excused just because their crimes were brought to light in an ill advised and improper fashion, however. That would make us just as bad as the Terrans. Personal accountability is a core Dominion value.

Our best bet right now is to counter any claim towards legitimacy the Young Upstarts make, blaming them entirely for the lack of stability that now threatens EVERYONE, and insist on waiting for the Offensive campaign to be over to prevent a second round of the infighting. After all, if they're convinced of the rightousness of their cause, surely they have nothing to fear from waiting for their return. Especially with all the praise they heaped on them.

Meanwhile in that time we can campaign against them. Honestly, probably doing nothing at all would be enough since they've fucked up the Government so bad.

And then when everyone is sick of them, we can hand out legal, legitimate rulings against both the Nobles whose crimes were exposed as well as against the Rebels who crossed the line into being Traitors to the House who put their own ideals above the safety and prosperity of the House and all its citizens.
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>>2953462
Nah, we should join up with Bewari and crank out those little pirate factories Alex came up with.

Or jump ship to BH. Wanna bet we could make one of our kids Emperor?
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>>2953477
>He was revealed to have been engaged in corrupt and illegal activities.
So? Sonia has done that as well.
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>>2953493
But we haven't been caught, an important distinction.

This isn't about fairness or morality, it's gotten too big for that. It's politics.

I keep using the word legitimate for a reason. In order for the Government to have legitimacy going forward, and in order for people to accept censure and punishment of the Rebels, they will have to punish the most egregious criminals exposed by the rebels.

Fox and Son are too high profile to NOT punish. They're central to the issue. So they should both lose their titles as the Son is a good Citizen, but failed his duty as a Noble to maintain the peace and prosperity of the people in his selfish wanton destruction of the Government. Whereas Fox acted appropriately to his duty, but in addition to his crimes he is responsible for failing to properly manage his household and his Heir, which is a key point among Nobles. Either could be forgiven, but both leave him with a case of locking the barn doors after the horses escaped.

Allowing them both to live as wealthy middle class citizens, excluded from politics and having lost their claims to owned land but keeping their other assets, and retaining the hope of winning their way back to nobility among their descendants should be a reasonable compromise of punishment officially.

Unofficially, well, I'm sure they've both made significant enemies who will keep them busy if they are able to stay in the Dominon at all, much less JD territory.

The important thing here is that we appear to truly be neutral and working to establish a secure succession and resumption of normal life, without exacerbating the political aspect of things and excessively punishing anyone and being accused of merely leading a witch hunt.

The corrupt Nobles hurt the House in one way, the Young Upstarts in another. Both in ways either too personal, or too removed, for the people involved at large to be neutral towards.

Regardless, these are just opening positions. This could change during negotiations, and we could get everything we want.

But if we over play our hand, then we'll be much more limited in what our options are.

Right now we're in a good position to leverage our personal position and connections into the heart of whatever resolution occurs.

That's why I'm focused on delaying tactics until we can weaken the Young Upstarts position by reasonable obstructionsism. Right now they have more control than the remaining civil Nobility.

We have to hammer on their position of having legitimate claims giving them moral obligation to act as they have "in the best interests of the House" and turn that against them to paralyze them.

Or they choose violence and we retain the moral high ground now of acting against them in order to prevent further harm.

Then we can lay any suffering at their door and claim they forced us into this by being unreasonable and simply using the crimes as an excuse for a power grab.
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First things first. You're not talking to the emergency bullshit council until you've let the people of Rioja know what's going on. The last thing you need is for the other side to get their message across first.

Focus. Their side has legitimate grievances but you need to draw attention to what they've actually done in their attempts to deal with it.

"This is Viscount Sonia Bethany Reynard addressing the people of Rioja and the rest of House Jerik-Dremine. Over the past two decades our House has seen success and prosperity unrivaled in its history. We have grown from a small cluster of star systems struggling and barely surviving to avoid one calamity after another.
Our House has saved entire worlds from the depredations of pirates and slavers. Aided our allies in the face of betrayal. Driven back threats that might have otherwise rendered entire species extinct. We've gained respect in the eyes of our peers. Territory, wealth, technology along with the resources and will to defend it. Where once we were barely worth a glance, even the greatest of Houses now know of us and know we should not be discounted.

The skill and leadership of a select few have helped make this possible. One of them was Count Gernot Sigurd Jerik. His experience and ability to balance the needs of the House with that of individual worlds and leaders has allowed all of our worlds to flourish. In another's hands they might have withered and perished.

Today Count Jerik was killed by a group of individuals calling themselves the Reformist Coalition, who have staged a coup on Dreminth and several other worlds in the home territories. These young knights and nobles have grown impatient with slow reform and have used the absence of our fleets and armies to strike at the existing government. In the middle of a war where entire worlds are being laid to waste to, they've chosen now to force the issue at the point of a gun.

Our House is not without problems. I have tried to strike out corruption where I can without endangering the populace of worlds or destabilizing our economy.
What I have not done is place the public in danger by engineering riots and mass protests with leaked data. I have not gone and killed civilians from our worlds because it was more expedient than forcing a ship to surrender. I have not held hundreds of students hostage in the hopes of swaying their parents to my political ideology.

These rebels have already shown the kinds of radical steps they're willing to take to accomplish their goals. No matter their intentions, this is not how lasting change is made and it is not how you initiate a peaceful transition of power. They may disguise their acts with titles and justifications like those in the Dominion has always done, but it doesn't change who or what they are."

>cont.
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>>2953612
>Closing statements (Keep write-ins short)
[ ] Accuse them of treason (actions unspecific)
[ ] Promise to unseat them
[ ] Promise to do something about them (unspecific)
[ ] Talk before more bloodshed
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>>2953614
"Despite their good intentions, the group's actions resulted directly in the death of the Count. The people responsible must be forced to take responsibility for their choices."
I think
>[x] Promise to do something about them (unspecific)
would be closest to that.
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>>2953614
[X] Promise to do something about them (unspecific)
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>>2953614

They are guilty of treason. Beyond a shadow of a doubt.

I hope anon is right. If they really want the best for the house then they will talk.

If not then they deserve every last bad thing coming to them and then some.

>[ ] Talk before more bloodshed

If they truly want the best for House J-D. Then they and their allies will cease their attempts at a coup. And begin dialogue with the barons of J-D and cease all hostilities until the Expeditionary Fleet returns. If they do attempt something, then they deserve, every last ounce of the furry of those hurt by their actions.
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>>2953614

Came out great!

>[X] Promise to do something about them (unspecific)

Maybe throw in something about how negotiations will begin soon, we and the other Barons will try to ensure the House doesn't collapse, and stand by for more info I guess. We are usually open to new ideas, just not when they involve so much intra-House death and destabilization.
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>>2953614
>[ ] Accuse them of treason (actions unspecific)
I mean, it doesn't get more treasonous than overthrowing your Count and then starting /democratic elections/

That's practically Terran.
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>>2953656
>They are guilty of treason. Beyond a shadow of a doubt.
>>2953683
>I mean, it doesn't get more treasonous than overthrowing your Count and then starting /democratic elections/

I'm not asking for Sonia's personal belief, but what she's telling the public. As this is a public broadcast depending on what you say it may make negotiations with the rebels more difficult.
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>>2953694

Sorry I can't think of anything speechy. That doesn't involve demanding blood for blood.
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>>2953612
> [ ] Talk before more bloodshed

> [ ] Promise to unseat them


"While their intentions may have been good, they acted without consideration on the larger ramifications of their actions. Additionally, they have created a crises of leadership at a time when it is unable to be resolved with adequate involvement by the Nobles away at war - and at a time when such unrest could easily spark a conflagration of disorder and chaos when troops who KNOW whose orders to obey are rare."

"I, and hopefully others, will step in only to see that order is restored, and that nothing more is done until we can be assured that the actions of the Nobles and the decisions thereof bring no more harm to our House, nor to it's people."

"I hope that the rebels, if they truly do wish to have a minimum of loss, will comply with releasing their hostages and surrendering to the legitimate forces we have left. As well, I will ensure that their evidence and accusations as well as their crimes are dealt with fairly and openly, in truly neutral courts once our House is able to come together to convene them. "
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>>2953730
>>2953694

See here. A promise to protect them and see to their concerns if they come in peacefully, as well as a declaration that we will not come to their side and that there will be accountability.

Additionally, a declaration that accountability will be decided by the House, not by just us alone in case anyone accuses us of just trying to seize power ourselves.

They want an iron rule of law? Well, we won't exempt them from it in that case.
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>>2953730

I support the middle paragraph here
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>>2953733
Well, that IS the core of what I want to say.

I would like to add the gibe that if they want a rule of law, they have to be willing to submit to it themselves as well.
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>>2953730

This sounds like a pr speech.
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"They can't hide what they've done to get here and they can't simply undo it. It may fall to the Barons to step in and see that order is restored. To make sure that nothing more is done to bring harm to our House, or to it's people."

You hope you've given the impression that you're actively doing something about this without actually saying what you're going to do.
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>Meanwhile on Dremine...

You are Duncan Idaho, former Marine intrusion specialist. That was a long time ago. These days you're usually busy finding the best hacking scripts and combining them into gear for the special forces to use when capturing ships. Or testing the J-D network defenses to see how they hold up against the most exotic forms of digital assault you can find.

In simulations of course. Can't go around breaking the planetary networks twice a month, as funny as that can be at times.

Not the most glamorous work of course. Hardly anyone knew who he was anymore or what he did. Only five knew that he'd saved the capital from a car bomb attack that would have killed a few hundred people. That's less people than what knew about the SP Torpedo data. Mind you that had happened in another galaxy so it was rather necessary to include a couple more to get the data back and hidden.

Speaking of which, a quick check showed that the prized set of models in the glass case on the wall were still intact. One Recon suit specialist made of glass while multiple other regular figures of marines are armed with a variety of weapons. Each detailed and showing name and rank insignia on the model base.

Getting to work and deciding to multitask yet again you throw on a newer holographic camo system and tell the room's security system to begin a camo scan test. You duck around cabinets while tinkering with the inner bits of a hacking module. The entire time the active scanners try to ping you without ramping up to dangerous levels of sensor output. Nothing high enough that it couldn't be used in a government building constantly.

"Test failed to penetrate camo system." announces the computer after a few minutes.

"Switch to the new sensor suite from House whatever their name is. The ones the hate the guys with the really good camo."
A short beep sounds in response. "Please specify."

Sighing you call up a display. "Test sensor suite model 4038, beta 14."

Still trying to finish the current module you try to ignore the pinging of one secure terminal with the exterior hardline access. A quick glance at the screen confirms you've been ignoring it for awhile.
An alert on it displays the words: You have 6483 messages with 23 flagged as urgent.

Yeah, way too early to deal with that. Going to need some coffee first, then finish the hacking module, then deal with it.

Dropping one of the module components you lean down to pick it up again and notice what should be a very secure very locked door silently swing open. Then a pair of flashbangs come sailing through and bounce off the opposite wall before detonating.

Everything goes white.
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When your vision and hearing begins to return you can distantly make out the computer announcing the scanning system has detected an unauthorised intruder. Getting back to your feet you spot the outline of a suit of power armor illuminated as the scanners attempt to overload its camo. They're searching the lab apparently unaware you're here.

You camo is still active. The security system is still treating you as a friendly. You only have a pistol on you. A custom built x-ray laser pistol, but a pistol all the same. You cant realistically take on someone with power armor with it.

Glancing over you see the model display which remains untouched by the explosions. Your model, the out of the way one with the phase rifle, has a chip hidden in it. The SP Torpedo data.

[ ] The Ruling House has the copied data. Burn it
[ ] It's a model with a phase rifle. They'll ignore it.
[ ] You're invisible, grab the model and book it
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Will hopefully be able to post briefly tomorrow evening. Depends how tired I am from new job.
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>>2953804
>[ ] You're invisible, grab the model and book it
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>>2953804
>[ ] You're invisible, grab the model and book it
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>>2953804
> [ ] You're invisible, grab the model and book it

Make sure our invisibility hides the model.
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>>2953804
It occurs to me that if these ARE rebels, we could let them have the data and just tell the Terrans about it.
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>>2953612
Great speech TSTG, really captured what we wanted to say.

>>2953802
>[ ] You're invisible, grab the model and book it
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>>2953738
That was a PR speech.
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>>2953804
>[ ] You're invisible, grab the model and book it
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Oh god what the fuck is happening
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>>2953802

WE DUNCAN NOW
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>>2953804
>[x] The Ruling House has the copied data. Burn it
As it seems a different choice will win: Make sure to do this very carefully. Until the statue is covered by the stealth field, any movement will probably trigger the power armor's motion tracker.
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>>2953804
>he Ruling House has the copied data. Burn it

Can not risk the data leaking out to someone else. This may be terran Black ops
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>>2954318
>>2954308
Just saying, we can always burn it later too.
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If in doubt, it's always the Terrans.
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>>2953804
>[ ] The Ruling House has the copied data. Burn it
Panic?
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Quietly, carefully you get to your feet and sneak over to the model case, getting as close as possible before opening it. If the camo field isn't covering the front of the case the enemy infiltrator might see it opening.

Gently grasping the small model it takes a few seconds to place it securely in a pocket. Seconds that seem to drag by while you try to make as little noise as possible. Even simple breathing seems to be far too loud for your comfort.

Heading to the door you realise there is only one good way out. There was an emergency escape route but it's squarely on the other side of the person scanning down the room. No way to get to it, which means leaving the way the enemy entered. Especially if you don't want to test your camo's effectiveness against close scrutiny from that sensor.

Your camo may be able to cover the doorway, but you don't have a suit with sound dampening systems to mask the noise it will make. Once through the door it'll only be a short distance to the lift. Voice commands should still work which would let you open the doors to the lift before you reach it, though that doesn't mean a car will be waiting.

Bursting through and sprinting would be the fastest but you'd be racing someone in power armor. You could slam the lab door behind you and trigger a lab lockdown, that might buy you time to escape.

[ ] Try to sneak through door anyways
[ ] Burst through the door, full sprint for the lift
[ ] Trigger lab lockdown to cover escape
[ ] Play keep away until emergency exit it clear
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>>2955253
>[x] Play keep away until emergency exit it clear
Staying unnoticed should be what Duncan is best at.
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>>2955253
>[ ] Play keep away until emergency exit it clear
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>>2955253


[X] Trigger lab lockdown to cover escape

I don't see a better option. A map would make this decision easier to make, but without that, putting as many inches of steel as possible between us and that PA seems like the best idea.
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>>2955265
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I suppose you could also try the old, make a noise and sprint for the emergency exit.
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>>2955281
Huh, that makes things more complicated. Could we set off some noisy alarm to cover the sound of our movement?
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>>2955325
Voice command or physically activating an alarm, either of which would be loud enough to give away your position to a Recon Suit.
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>>2955253
>[ ] Play keep away until emergency exit it clear

We can still trigger lab lockdown afterwards.
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>>2955282
Yes lets.

Throw something out the door to make a noise, then hit the emergency escape.

If only we had a real weapon to hit the recon suit with.
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>>2955331
That's not too useful, I think. The layout of the room really works against duncan. Can he crawl under the table or is that space taken up by stuff?
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>>2955366
>Can he crawl under the table or is that space taken up by stuff?
The one central block is a big piece of machinery. There isn't much space to hide under the cabinets and desks surrounding the edges of the room either.
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>>2955372
>central block
Okay, I thought that might be a table or workbench.
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Play keep away until you have a straight shot at the emergency exit isn't going to be easy. The enemy continues to scan down the room, floor to ceiling with a powerful sensor system. It's strong enough that you can make out red points of light as it sweeps across.

Scanning towards the washroom at first, they then change direction, eventually noticing the presence of a false wall. One well placed kick punches through the wall panel and crumples it. Reaching in the soldier rips the piece of metal from its housing and tosses it behind them, nearly hitting you. A quick scan of the tunnel later they resume their search, proceeding counter clockwise.

[ ] Sneak behind them while they're searching the north wall
[ ] Use the broken panel to cause a distraction
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>>2955386


[X] Sneak behind them while they're searching the north wall

I'm basically picking at random here, I have no idea how these options might play out.
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>>2955386
>[ ] Sneak behind them while they're searching the north wall
Hiding in an area where they've already scanned seems sensible.
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>>2955395
That's fine. Duncan may think of himself as sneaky but really he has no professional experience or formal training performing recon suit missions. He has used disguises far more than Sonia though.
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>>2955386
>[ ] Sneak behind them while they're searching the north wall
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>>2955395
>>2955414
>>2955427
Roll 2d20 for silent movement.
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Rolled 3, 6 = 9 (2d20)

>>2955443
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Rolled 14, 20 = 34 (2d20)

>>2955443
How was the new job?
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Rolled 11, 20 = 31 (2d20)

>>2955443
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>>2955452
Training finished a bit early. Was mostly just classroom studying and safety briefings today. Boring shit.
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Fading out. I'll try to post in the morning.
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I've been wondering, would the larger asteroids in the avoubic system qualify for protection under the factions treaty if we install atmospheric containment fields and weather control devices on the surface? The factions treaty page on the wiki mentions a world with a habitable atmosphere as a requirement for protection. They should qualify for a habitable atmosphere with these upgrades but I'm not sure if a habitable surface is enough to qualify as a world.
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>>2955521

Fund it
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>>2955521
Probably so long as it didn't have engines/weapons so it couldn't be declared a ship or a station.
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>>2950834
>>2950826

If you add all the modifiers, Rioja has a -4% revolt chance. This being the same as the Local Apathy for Terrans modifier, I think it's safe to say that a healthy hatred/distrust of terrans is Rioja's saving grace in our House's darkest hour.
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Didn't have internet this morning for some reason.

Knowing you only have a limited window you take a deep breath and move for the emergency escape. Balancing quickness with quietness has never been a more needed skill. If only you'd spent more of the past two decades practicing it! Or at the very least acquire a personal sound dampening system to help out.

You're not as quiet as you could have been. One of your shoes scrape the floor slightly before you've even made it halfway. The infiltrator immediately swings their scanner around towards the spot you've just vacated, sweeping it back and forth as you bolt for the exit.

With the need for speed now winning out you duck through the entrance way. Snapping the folding seat down into place you grab one of the restraints and slam yourself down into it as quick as you can. Red light of a scanner sweeps over you just as you hit the eject button.

Hanging on for dear life the chair accelerates upwards but only briefly. Soon it's slowing down for the exit at the other end. It isn't a smooth stop. An impact from below nearly hurls you out of the seat. It doesn't take long to figure out what's causing it. A projectile bursts through the seat, taking a centimeter of flesh from the inside of your thigh in the process.

"SHITFUCKOPENTHEDOOR!"

Scrambling forward before the escape system has come to a halt you pry open the retractable doors at the top with your bare hands. Probably. Maybe they were set to open quickly? Either way you're pulling yourself through them as another large caliber round punches through the seat you've vacated.

Once through you find yourself emerging into a privacy booth. These are normally used for secure calls and access to higher bandwidth hardlines in the more upscale areas of cities.

"Never really saw the use for them before." you mutter, as you bolt through and out the opposite door. One quick turn to the left and you're out into the streets near the entrance of an upper class shopping mall.

The streets are not as empty as you might have expected. There are people everywhere. Many of them are carrying signs, flags, banners. Is this a protest? Hopefully there isn't anything major going on that recent unchecked messages might have mentioned.

The distant sound of tearing metal from the other side of the store entrance way snaps you out of it. You're not out of danger yet. The streets are packed but it might be possible to follow some of the sidewalks without bumping into people.

Or you could ditch the camo system and take cover in the crowd.

[ ] Ghost along the sidewalks
[ ] Hide in plain sight
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>>2957055
Are we wearing stuff that would allow us to blend in with these people?
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>>2957055
>[ ] Ghost along the sidewalks
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>>2957055
>[ ] Hide in plain sight
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>>2957065
>Current loadout

Disheveled House J-D duty uniform with intel patches
X-ray laser pistol
Boot knife
various miscellaneous electronics repair tools
Pocket full of heavy coins (improvised projectile weapon)

Unkempt hair
"It's WHAT AM and I haven't had coffee?!" look

You could probably pass for a deserter. Then again maybe these people are protesting against the House being too lenient in dealing with deserters?
>Duncan has not had time to read any of the signs yet or ask what's being protested.
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>>2957055

If we have an undershirt discard the top part of the uniform. Lose the intel patches, they'll likely give us away if anyone knows what they mean and are looking for us. Then hide in plain sight and get out of town or away from this place in general.

If we cant lose the patches with ease ghost around the crowd and find a way out of this place. It's likely the security is looking for anything out of place and the longer we stay here the more chances they'll detect us ghosting around.
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>>2957085
Are we seeing any other people in uniform?
>Disheveled House J-D duty uniform with intel patches
Can we get rid of the patches easily?
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>>2957097
>Can we get rid of the patches easily?
Unfortunately no. Though civilians might confuse the markings for one of the other special operations branches. Certain starship operations officers have a similar patch with minor differences.
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>>2957108
Hmm, okay. I'm kinda worried about leaving a trail of blood if we don't manage to get some people between us and the commando. Any chance Duncan has seen what is on the flags and banners the demonstrators are carrying?
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>>2957123
See:
>>2957085
>Duncan has not had time to read any of the signs yet or ask what's being protested.
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>>2957095
>If we have an undershirt discard the top part of the uniform.
Also, this can be done.
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>>2957140
Or use it to stanch the bleeding.

>>2957134
Thanks. Going with hide in plain side in that case.
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>>2957055

>[X] Ghost along the sidewalks

We ghost dunk now
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Spotting a nearby planter with a decorative shrub you deactivate your camo system and discard it into the bush. No reason to carry along an expensive piece of nonstandard equipment that might give you away. Once past the plants you wade into the crowds on the street.

Not wanting to draw attention from the civilians you shuck the wrinkled duty uniform jacket and turn it inside out.

"What's this protest about?" you ask a nearby woman.
"Where have you been the past two days?"
"Uh, I was working." you half mumble.
This draws a few derisive comments from a couple of people who overheard you. Fortunately more turn out to be helpful.

"We're protesting against the Governor."
"Down with the Governor!"
"Off with his head!"

"Oh." OH. Maybe a rebellion or something. This is serious and probably not a good place to be when the PDF finally cracks down hard on these people.

"Hey your leg is bleeding, you've been shot!"

Wanting to keep from getting the attention of too many people you tie the uniform jacket around your leg. It's a minor wound. You saw people nearly bleeding out or with limbs blown off while with the Marines.

Looking around you read a few of the banners while going along with the others. Some call for the arrest of different government figures, the dissolution of the Dremine council, others want justice for executed civilians and rights advocates. A more vocal man with a sign is screaming about outdated imperialist dogma perpetuating the economic and social differences in society.

A few blocks later it's hard to tell if you've been followed. Impossible really since your pursuers is probably invisible. Towards the more central and important areas of the city you begin to spot soldiers from the Dremine Army. They're quick to break up fights but otherwise stay out of the way of the protesters.

With them you occasionally see PDF troops, though all of them are wearing arm bands with House colours. Once you notice the arm bands it doesn't take long to begin spotting them on armed civilians. People wearing ordinary clothes but equipped with older phase rifles.

From what you can see most protesters are being fairly peaceful. Occasionally there is a trouble maker trying to cause property damage but they're quickly subdued by militia. Soldiers from the army are being exceedingly careful not to be seen attacking civilians. They'll help zip tie people for arrest but otherwise remain hands off.

An older looking woman with her face obscured by a bandana sees the tourniquet on your leg and suggests you head for one of the aid stations that the army has set up.

[ ] Probably a good idea
[ ] You've had worse. Try to find a way out of the city
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>>2957365
>[x] You've had worse. Try to find a way out of the city
Surely Duncan has a not-known-to-anyone safehouse somewhere?
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>>2957365

>[X] You've had worse. Try to find a way out of the city

This is the real safety first option. Slight bleeding that is already field treated is fine compared to getting caught by our pursuer who probably knows we're bleeding from the blood stains on the escape seat and in the street.

Who does Duncan know that he can use as a resource to get off the planet?
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>>2957365
>[ ] You've had worse. Try to find a way out of the city

And what >>2957404 suggested surely he aught to know of some safe houses. Maybe he can make it to Sonia's pad if he's in the same city?
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>>2957404
>>2957365


If he has a safehouse closer than an escape ship I would support this
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59UWF2t5CjQ [ Morning Run - Bourne Supremacy ]

You've had worse than this. Best to try to find a way out of the city now while you have some cover. With the blood trail probably being left earlier it might be a good idea to get off the grid and then to a safehouse. Both of those could be a tall order.

Fortunately it turns out some of the public transportation systems are still operational, they're just overtaxed. Probably a bad idea to use them if someone is now looking for you but the revolutionaries might make that a little easier. It doesn't take much to buy a bandana to partially obscure your features and acquire a spare com as it's best not to use your own. Just in case you disable the old intel com's wireless access and tracking options. No reason to ditch it just yet with the amount of useful data still on it.

You hardly get a glance from the others on the subway. It takes the better part of two hours to reach a repulsor train to one of the outlying population centers and after that just minutes for the actual trip.

Mission accomplished, out of the city. Now to figure out the location of the local safehouse. There should be one within a few klicks from here. Probably best to find a way off the planet after this though. If that enemy recovered any data from the system in the lab then some of your House intel contacts might be compromised. Too risky to visit them.

The Reynards and their properties are right out. Can't risk taking the SP weapon data anywhere near them. The same cant be said for some of their friends who might have passage off world. Mike Serth should be on the other side of the planet. No, right, he transfered at the end of last year. Maybe Lorraine Day?

Leaving the station there is a bit of a lineup. A soldier and a few people from the militia are recruiting it looks like. Glancing around you spot at least two in the crowd that are fairly obvious deserters from the PDF. Doesn't look like they're outright forcing anyone to join up. Too few to risk running a press gang but you'd rather avoid any chance of that if possible. Searching maps this is one of the few ways out of this station that wouldn't draw excessive attention.

"Hey there Soldier." The easy going army corporal addresses you. "The Jerik-Dremine emergency council is looking for anyone willing to reenlist. We could use all the help we can get in maintaining law and order, especially in time for the upcoming elections.
If your service was, you know, interrupted as a result of the uprising I hear they're willing to carry over your previous service record as though nothing happened. It's a good deal if you're trying to finish out your twenty."

>What say?
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>>2957551
"Sorry, I'm taking this opportunity to retire."
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>>2957554

"Sorry friend, but I'm just looking to find old acquaintances. Make sure they didn't get themselves hurt doing something stupid."
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I don't know what's going on tomorrow. Supposedly no training tomorrow so will see.
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>>2957556
>>2957563

Either of these are clever enough I think. Hope he doesn't see our leg, idk what we'd say about it.
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>>2957554
Additionally, maybe we can buy their silence if anyone comes asking after us?
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>>2957617

I don't think Duncan has Sonia money. And he is also trying to avoid using his own money to avoid being tracked.
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>>2957626
We have a bunch of coins. If we make it seem like we're fleeing military types maybe they'll be sympathetic?
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>>2957554
>Mike Serth should be on the other side of the planet.
If Duncan knows about them, MIke's family should be able to provide a safe hideout and maybe even a low profile way off planet.

>What say?
"I appreciate the offer but first I'll go and check in on my friends and family. After a nice shower and a good cup of coffee we'll decide where to go from here."
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>>2957554
> I actually did retire, no subtext. But if the military can help ME, I can probably return with more aid in thanks than you would expect. I need to talk with someone who can both be trusted and can get me in contact with my old Commander. They have interests on this planet that they will want very much to protect.
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>>2957593
https://youtu.be/PBhvPmXoPpU
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"Sorry, I'm just going to check in on my friends and family. Make sure they didn't get themselves hurt in all of this. After that I'll decide where to go from here."

"Well good luck to you, we'll still be here. Don't forget to vote!"

Waving back to them you head out into the streets of the smaller city. By the time you reach the safe house your leg is really starting to bother you. Nothing important was hit but some proper medical attention might be a good idea.

Opening the door you find yourself facing the business end of a phase pistol. That brings you to a sudden halt with a quick exclamation of "Woah."
On the plus side it's a dominion model weapon, but that's about the only thing in your favour.

"Who are you and how do you have the access codes to this place?" asks the person on the other side of the gun. Some random but well dressed human.

"This is a safe house for J-D Intel. I'm in intel and it's best if I get off the streets." you explain.

"What division of intel are you in?" demands the one holding the gun.
"Who's your boss?" Asks a second person who has just appeared in the hall.

[ ] I work for Bogdanić (Truth)
[ ] I work for Viscount Reynard
[ ] I work for Baron Winifred
[ ] Give me your name Lordling and I shall give yea mine
[ ] I don't have to tell you shit.
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>>2958557
>[ ] I work for Bogdanić (Truth)
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>>2958557
>[ ] Give me your name Lordling and I shall give yea mine
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>>2958557
That's a hard decision. If they're rebels, a local boss is probably a bad idea. Reynard could make us a priority hostage, depending on how things will go. If they're Terrans, we're fucked anyway.

Where does Winifred stand in this political clusterfuck?
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>>2958630
>Where does Winifred stand in this political clusterfuck?
Probably close to neutral. Since she's away and can't be reached to make statements either way regarding the rebellion, either side might consider her as backing them.
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>>2958630

Supposedly they hold the Barons who are deployed in high regard. I call that bullshit. As they will just claim said barons are to old and stuck in their ways to accept the new J-D and should be ostracized if not considered enemies for not complying to new ways.

As for Sonia well, they could hold him hostage and what he has secret and she knows he likely has. If leaked could destroy her and the house. I think we ask their name first.

"It's been a confusing day. I've only just learned there's been infighting going on and I'm not sure who to trust. You give me your name, I'll tell you my boss."

If it is someone Duncan knows he can trust, then tell them Bogdanic if it's someone he doesn't know or trust. Say Winifred, cant go wrong with naming someone who isn't there.
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>>2958557

My choice >>2958649
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>>2958638
Thanks.

>>2958557
"I need a medkit and to get off the streets." Give them our name and our division because that can be easily discerned from our uniform jacket, even if they decide to stun or kill us.
>[ ] Give me your name Lordling and I shall give yea mine
Is probably closest to that.
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"Give me your name Lordling and I shall give yea mine."

"Little shit! You think you can just say whatever you want to nobles just because a few hot heads start waving guns around?! HUH?" He jabs at you with the business end of his weapon for emphasis.

The second man rolls his eyes and gently puts his hand on the first's firearm, lowering it.
"That's enough Theodore. My name is William. We're connected individuals that have had business dealings with various people in the government. They gave us the address of this safe house in the hopes we might ride out this current hostile environment. Now, you?"

"My name's Duncan, I work for Lady Bogdanić." This gets a wince from one and a grimace from the other. Clearly they've heard of her.
"I just need a medkit and to get off the streets for a few hours."

Theodore throws his arms up in the air and shouts; "Fine I guess!" before stomping away angrily.

William closes the door behind you and escorts you to the washroom, handing over a first aid kit.

"If it's all the same we'd rather not have anything to do with Black ops." He explains. "So I hope you'll understand if we want you gone sooner not later."

"That's fine." you reply.
Cracking open the kit you get to work treating your injury. This place is well stocked. Closing up the wound might be a little messy but other than that it's good as new by the time you're finished. Using the new com you picked up, you try to get a call through to Lorraine Day but it seems like she's unavailable or of planet.

It seems you're beginning to run out of safe options for places to go.

>Your orders?
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>>2958762
>Your orders?
Ask these guys what is happening? Get something to eat and some sleep. I think Duncan still hasn't managed to get his coffee. Figure out where to go next.

>This place is well stocked.
Would it be possible to get a new set of clothes? Preferably something nondescript middle class.

>It seems you're beginning to run out of safe options for places to go.
Well, if Duncan knows about them, Mike's family should be an option. They should be low class enough to not care about the promises the revolutionaries throw around this time.
Or does this safehouse have enough supplies to allow us to go off grid in the wilderness for a couple of weeks?
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>>2958762
What if we went back to the Duncan Bunker? They're probably out looking for us, would they expect someone to go back? Maybe, but there's very few people we can turn to at this point. Maybe break into and crash at Linda's castle?

Alternatively we could just walk into a forest somewhere and live rustic for a few weeks.
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Helping yourself to a badly needed coffee you decide to pester the two nobles about current events.
"I have literally been underground for days. What the hell is happening on this planet? People at the transit stations are talking about elections for shit's sake!"

Theodore frowns and turns on a news station.
"Some cowardly idiots in the army decided to stay behind while the rest of the armed forces left to fight the Neeran."
"They've overthrown the government, arrested the Governor and killed Count Jerik." Concludes Will.

"Count Jerik is dead?" you ask in disbelief.
Both nod. They're not making it up.

"Shiiiit."
The Terrans are the ones after you, they have to be. The government has become unstable and they're taking the opportunity to hunt for any SP weapon data the House might have acquired over the years. They can just blame damage and casualties on the rebels now. There's no way you can go back to an intel facility with the data on you.

>does this safehouse have enough supplies to allow us to go off grid in the wilderness for a couple of weeks?
Not really. Or they're the wrong kind of supplies.

>Mike's family
Possible. It will take some work to get transportation that far but can be done.
>Maybe break into and crash at Linda's castle?
Another possibility. It isn't really that far from here.

There's also the Expeditionary Fleet Social Club. Might be able to hide out there for awhile and they should be stocked for supplies. It's not too far to the west of Linda's place if you're right. Less than 50km.

Any of those seem like better options than going to work for this new army. Though you do have technical skills that could be of value to them.

[ ] Go and see Mike's family
[ ] Visit Linda's castle
[ ] Expeditionary Fleet Social Club
[ ] Acquire supplies to hide out in the wilderness
[ ] J-D Emergency Council Army?
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>>2958901
If the fleet social club is relatively close, we should check if it's been taken over by the rebels or not.
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>>2958901
> [ ] Expeditionary Fleet Social Club

Why don't we just offer to trade the data back to the Terrans in exchange for their help with the rebellion?
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>>2958901
>[ ] Expeditionary Fleet Social Club

Hopefully some of them are loyal to established nobility, like Sonia.
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>>2958901
>[ ] Visit Linda's castle
>[ ] Expeditionary Fleet Social Club

Castle first, check the state of it along the way to the Social Club
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Next plan of action is to head to the Expeditionary Fleet Social Club. Best case scenario there might be some friendly faces there. More likely it will be deserted in which case you can loot the food and drink on hand. People frequently practice etiquette from what you understand so that the new Knights can handle themselves in formal situations. That means food.

Before setting out you grab some nondescript civilian clothes left by intel for people needing to disguise themselves. There's even a set of contact lenses that will fool retinal scanners. Anything not considered vital is disposed of. Even your old com, though that just means removing the memory for later access.

Thanking the two nobles for their hospitality you provide them with the address of another safe house in case they need to vacate this one because of your visit.

Public transport in this particular city is back to normal or close to it. A few vehicles are temporarily being manned by volunteers. Not wanting to take the repulsor train you manage to look up a bus service that runs along the coastal highways.

The bus trip is overnight, stopping every few hundred kilometers. It's a good chance to rest. Most of the passengers keep to themselves. A few look fairly rough like they've fallen on hard times. Others must have come from the protests in the larger cities. Only one checkpoint requires the vehicle to stop and the militia does a quick checks of ID's before waving you on.

It isn't until the bus is moving again that you notice a message left behind by the one who scanned your ID. They suggest you get the registry on your sidearm updated or scrubbed to avoid trouble.

Worried that you might show up in a database now you get off one stop early and hike the rest of the way to your destination. It's mid morning by the time you get there. Sun is shining, a few imported palm trees can be see scattered throughout the area. Definitely the right place.

The surrounding neighbourhood seem little different from the last time you were here. As you approach the building it looks undamaged, with no signs of vehicles present. There's been an expansion added to the club house building since the last visit, adding a second and third floor on the north west side. They managed to do a good job of blending it in with the existing structure.

>Cont.
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Figuring to start with the front door you find it locked but in the shade to the side there is a buzzer. Might as well, you figure.

Hitting the button you're greeted by a cheerful automated voice.
"Welcome to the club! What expeditionary fleet or campaign did you serve in?"

"Warlords campaign, 4023 to 4024." you reply as the machine starts to ask if you're looking for a friend here instead.

The door unlocks allowing you inside. It looks like the place is deserted. There is food, though less than you might have expected. Probably a result of so many House fleets being gone on campaign. More useful is the communications system that has contact information for people who may be in the region to help out. A notice pops up informing you that off world coms are currently restricted and may be monitored due to a current state of emergency.

Hang on, there are a few messages. One is from Lorraine Day urging anyone with access to a ship to help evacuate upper government officials from the planet before it's too late. Another is from Sarah Reynard.

"If anyone gets this message please tell Viscount Sonia Reynard that we've evacuated her property. It's too dangerous here and it's only a matter of time until they raid her holdings. We'll make contact once all of this has blown over."

Okay, Sonia is going to want that information sooner rather than later. Of course sending it from here would just compromise your position.

Anything you plant to do about this at the moment?
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>>2959366
>"If anyone gets this message please tell Viscount Sonia Reynard that we've evacuated her property. It's too dangerous here and it's only a matter of time until they raid her holdings. We'll make contact once all of this has blown over."

Ah, the good ol 'lets hold her family hostage and force the good Viscount to do as we want her too'. NOPE. Yeah, these guys deserve public execution.

>Orders

Lay low for now and try to keep the place looking as vacant as possible. Wait for someone to come liberate Dreminie from these fucking bastards. If someone does come send out a tight beam message shouting out that the 'revolutionaries' are attempting to kidnap Sonia's family and make sure it is a programmed message to go off when we're far away.
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>>2959366
>Anything you plant to do about this at the moment?
Honestly I want to keep on the move, but assuming the building has decent connection to the communications network can we try any backdoor connections Duncan knows? If we can get in contact with anyone off-planet and raise the alarm hopefully that will scare off the Terrans. Once we've done/attempted any computer interaction though I think staying on the move would be a good idea, even if it's just boarding random buses and public transport to different safe houses.
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>>2959420
>If someone does come send out a tight beam message shouting out that the 'revolutionaries' are attempting to kidnap Sonia's family and make sure it is a programmed message to go off when we're far away.
That can be done. There's no guarantee that it will get through but the attempt can certainly be made.

>>2959465
>can we try any backdoor connections Duncan knows?
Potentially. But off world communications is a different matter from placing calls around the planet.

>get in contact with anyone off-planet and raise the alarm hopefully that will scare off the Terrans.
What did you have in mind? And how/why would it scare the Terrans off?
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>>2959520
>What did you have in mind? And how/why would it scare the Terrans off?
I'm assuming the Terrans are somehow monitoring the various networks, so if Sonia/Mike/Baron were alerted to their presence and started making moves to try and capture a black-ops team, they'd evacuate, not wanting to be caught.

Maybe it's time to go on the offensive though? Find some rebel forces, sign up and start getting the lay of the land and using them as protection from the Terrans.
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Will try to resume tomorrow.
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>>2959366
>Okay, Sonia is going to want that information sooner rather than later.
Aside from them having already left the lodge, I'm sure Sonia has already figured out that her family will do avoid their best to avoid capture.

>Anything you plant to do about this at the moment?
Is there a Ber'helum embassy on the planet? They should be able to contact her and keep Duncan relatively safe from the Terrans.
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>>2960843
>Is there a Ber'helum embassy on the planet? They should be able to contact her and keep Duncan relatively safe from the Terrans.
Yes, there's one in the capital. It might be easier to get to a local consulate though. There should be one in the next major population center a few hundred km to the south.
Keep in mind local nobles may have had similar ideas about seeking refuge at the embassies of other Houses.

[ ] Lay low for now
[ ] Keep on the move
[ ] Seek refuge at Ber'helum consulate
[ ] Sign up with the Rebels to spy on them
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>>2960896
>[ ] Lay low for now

Lay low and keep a record of comms traffic passing across the world. Something is bound to come in or over the comms that someone shouldn't say. And that's going to be info needed in helping to face these revolutionaries later. No need to transmit, just passively receive and ready to send all the collected data to whatever Baron comes to free Dremine from these revolutionaries.
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>>2960896
>Keep in mind local nobles may have had similar ideas about seeking refuge at the embassies of other Houses.
It's probably already bursting with nobles buying their way in at this point. We are a couple of days late to the revolution, if I remember correctly.

>[ ] Lay low for now
Sort through the information in the local computers, check if there is any useful equipment in the complex, and make a plan what to do if the situation gets worse. Getting away from any of the major population centers for a couple of week still seems like a decent plan. I doubt many nobles will bother policing their hunting grounds at the moment.
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>>2960896
>[ ] Lay low for now
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Best to lay low for now rather than running around and risking being caught by terrans or arrested. That doesn't mean you cant keep an eye out for things on the planetary networks. Gathering information that could be valuable for whatever House fleet attempts to retake the planet.

While archiving data you stumble upon a viral video supposedly showing Count Jerik's death. In it a noble in power armor with a Jerik family crest carves their way through several officers trying to force his surrender. When phase weapons on stun prove useless a Knight and three others cut him in half with fire from shallan fusion pistols.

"Better add it to the archive." you mutter.

A few minutes later you're working away absent-mindedly when you hear the sound of what has to be an energy weapon powering up behind you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBpsiuTdS9o

"Hands up!" orders a voice.

Doing as instructed you raise your hands while glancing over your shoulder. Behind you is a purple haired maid with an odd rifle sized weapon you're not familiar with. Which is surprising since you've seen a lot of different firearms over the years.

"Who are you and what are you doing here!" she demands.

[ ] You're with intel and need to lay low
[ ] You used to work for one of the knights from here
[ ] You work for Mike Serth
[ ] I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you
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>>2960991
>[x] You used to work for one of the knights from here
Not a lie.
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>>2960991
>[ ] You used to work for one of the knights from here
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>>2960991
>[ ] You used to work for one of the knights from here

Records even prove it.
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>>2960991
[ ] You used to work for one of the knights from here

[ ] I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you
Duncan is the best.
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>>2960991

>[X] You used to work for one of the knights from here

Purple hair seems kinda familiar
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>>2961075
It's popular among the lower classes on this side of the planet. Bekka's friend Velsa Risan used to similarly dye her hair.
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"I used to work for one of the knights from here!" You reply.

"Names!" she shouts, poking you with the weapon.
"Duncan. I shouldn't tell you any more than that, but records will prove it."

The woman frowns at that.
"Then why did our door security system not have you in our database?"
"Oh right, I'm wearing contacts to mask my identity. Let me take them out, just dont check my ID against the planetary database or it could cause people to start looking for me."

"First things first."
She directs you to stand, hands still raised, then disarms you of your pistol. Satisfied you're less of a threat she allows you to remove the contact lenses and check your ID against the building database.

The screen reads: INDENTITY CONFIRMED - Club Associate member.

"Really? I'm just an associate?" you complain, and after everything you've done for these people!

"You're not a Knight or in consideration to become one." the maid points out.
She intorduces herself as Hiromi. She's employed by Baron Jehtot Kharbos to look after the place while everyone is away due to the war.

You explain that you're trying to lay low while the planet is tearing itself apart. If possible it would be good if you could get in contact with a Knight that could get you off planet.

"I don't have any love for the rebels but if even half of what they're saying on the news is real then maybe it's a good thing that they're cleaning out some of the old nobles?"

From what you've seen of the news feeds and your years reading intelligence reports maybe more than half of those accusations are true. Probably best not to tell the civvie that though.

"What kind of gun is that?" You ask, noting Hiromi's weapon is hooked to a small backpack.

"Huh? Oh, this is just a cleaning tool." She hefts the device and places her hand in front of it, before activating it. "It would probably give you a sunburn if I pointed it at you long enough."

"You're telling me I surrendered to a maid armed with a dust buster."
"Yes. But it does make a scary noise! PKER-CHING! Hah!"
This is not something your fellow intelligence officers are going to let you live down if the story gets out. The question now is where to hide the body?

Hiromi informs you that you can stay on for awhile as long as you help out occasionally. You'll also need to contribute some money towards the supplies. Reasonable enough terms.

Is everyone fine with this arrangement?
>Y/N?
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>>2961103
> Y.

Well that was awesome.
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As long as he does not expect us to cook. Headcanon has Duncan as a terrible cook who only eats takeout.
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