Army Men: A New War
Prologue: The Cataclysm
It was a good time to be a toy soldier. Although the war still raged, the newly discovered portals had changed everything. They had opened a path to a new unexplored world, full of amazing technologies, the like not even guessed at by plastic scientists. The original inhabitants of this world, a large "flesh" being had mysteriously disappeared long before the arrival of plastic-kind. Scientists were already reverse engineering the "humans' " technology and creating incredible scientific advances. Life span increased, new comfort machines and entertainment became available. The disease "plastrification," a rare side affect of living too long in the new world, had been discovered and treated. Colonists came from every side of the globe, of every color and nationality to make a new life in the "portal world" or, as it came to be named, "New Plastica". Intelligent life was even discovered; in large quantity and surprisingly diverse. None were as powerful as the toy soldiers, or as numerous, but many were advanced and acutely knowledgeable of the planet. The most highly developed were a race called the "Micro Machines". They were very diminutive and not large in number but they possessed things like hover cars, energy weapons and the makings of what would eventually become interplanetary starships. Other notable beings were the "Legos", a race of dwarves that used plastic building materials to be able to colonize almost anywhere. And the "Action Figures", a fairly advanced and warlike race that were also very solitary and territorial. However, plastic life was not all there was to be found: there was large, though unintelligent, flesh life that thrived in this world and could also be potentially lethal to a toy soldier. There were giant plastic eating "ants," as the human books referred to them. There were "dogs" and "birds" and many other things that would sooner eat a toy soldier as look at him.
Into this varied world the toy soldiers brought their armies, their colonists and their war. Both sides used many new things in New Plastica to further their goals and destroy their enemy. Terrifying weapons were invented. Mass destruction became a well known term. Huge arcologies, known as "Houses" became the battlegrounds for fierce clashes of the two sides. Colonists lived in perpetual fear of being massacred by an invading army. Many of the other intelligent races eventually became caught up in the conflict, suffering as collateral damage, and began attacking any toy soldiers, regardless of color. Some toy soldiers deserted their country and escaped into the wilderness to form their own nations or simply to leave the violent war behind them. They became nomadic groups, trying to survive and destroying anything that hampered that goal, or simply disappeared, never to be heard from again.
One day, several years after the initial discovery of New Plastica, a strange saucer shaped craft crashed onto Tan held land. Its passengers were Orange plastic aliens who claimed to be from the Orange Empire, a nation spanning several planets. The Tan commander, General Plastro, negotiated an alliance with these beings and renewed an offensive on the Greens using the superior technology of the Oranges. However, unbeknownst to Plastro, the Oranges were in a war of their own against a group of light blue, technologically advanced toy soldiers called the Galactic Alliance. The Greens were able to secure a treaty with the Galactic troopers and, with their aid, succeeded in destroying the Orange Empire. Soon thereafter a temporary cease-fire was negotiated with the Tans and an unsteady peace settled throughout the war-torn planets.
It appeared as if a golden age was about to begin. Trade with the Galactic Alliance allowed great technological leaps to be made. All plastic life was benefiting from the discovery of the new world. Soon more planets were encountered via the mysterious network of portals. Exploration teams came back with strange and wonderful stories; the universe, it seemed was open for the taking.
Then, without warning, or apparent reason, all the portals, everywhere, disappeared.
The portals, the mysterious blue gateways that linked New Plastica with Plastica, the old world, as well as many other similar planets, indeed, the entire reason New Plastica had been discovered in the first place, simply ceased to exist. The pulsing blue energy that powered them vanished. Quite suddenly covert deep strike teams were left without means of escape, communication and trade with the Galactic Alliance ended and, the most serious thing for the toy soldiers, the doorway back to their home was closed. The chaos that followed the disappearance of the portals was unmatched before or since.
New nations formed in the new world, it was decided that if they were stuck there, they'd be stuck there on their own terms.