7th Fleet Lost
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Chapter 1, All Quite on the Eastern Front
Galactic East, border of Forth Expanse, TFS DD-136 Fremont, Bridge [November 19, 2336]
Lt. Commander Edmond Tromblay commander of the TFS DD-136 Fremont, Third Destroyer Flotilla, of the 7th Fleet, sat in the captain's chair going over the latest news from the Arachnid Empire front. Ever since his command had been put on the Forth Front he had gotten a lot of time to kill so he tried to keep up with the other fronts to keep from going mad. Today the news brought word of a major success as the 5th fleet had managed to clear the Relmock system of all Bug forces by use of the new Bug Spray and were moving onto the next. "I wonder how long till the bugs develop an immunity to this one?" He mentally asked the universe, knowing it would probably be in about 4 months
"Sir the Corvette Chauvin is requesting permission to dock." Edmond's helmsmen Lieutenant Junior Grade Tatiana Smirnov a 5'4, brown haired, Russian said from her station. William used his touched pad to check over the reports to make sure the Chauvin was scheduled to dock today. They were in fact and he was taking on a new Mobile Infantry squad today.
"Tell Chauvin they have permission to dock on the port side." He said absentmindedly as he looked over who was boarding his ship and frowned as he saw the word "neo dogs". Edmond was not a fan of neo dog squads. Not to say that he was not a fan of the idea of neo dogs. To raise man's best friend up and give them intelligence that was great, but almost every time he talked to a neo dog trooper he swore their neo dog would use their psychic communication to tell jokes. How did he know this? He didn't, but when most neo dog trooper had to stifle a laugh in the middle of a conversation you start to get suspicious.
Sighing he looked out the window and looked at his current mission. The 7th fleet had been ordered to patrol the border of the Forth expanse as a deterrent against anymore Forth Dreadnoughts and their experiments they ran on human colonist in this region. So the Admiral had broken the fleets into 3 Battle Fleets so they could respond to problems faster. Then the battle fleet he was part of had been split into Task forces and strung along the border to increase the chances of finding any enemy ships. His Flotilla was running defensive screen for the TFS DR-50 Teddy Roosevelt one of the many Dreadnoughts assigned to this region of space. It had been rather uneventful but that was to be expected. This portion of the 7th fleet consisted of around 70 war ships, no sane man would attack that.
Galactic East, border of Forth Expanse, TFS DD-136 Fremont, port side docking port
William Lee was the last trooper to step off the walkway from the Chauvin onto the Fremont; he was followed by his golden retriever neo dog Elizabeth. After which the walkway closed and it retracted into the Corvette. Looking around at the grey interior walls of the destroyer Elizabeth asked mentally, "So this is our new home?" Nodding William said, "yeah until we get reassigned again."
Sergeant Lee and Elizabeth were part of Neo dog unit Wolf R-15 which had recently been resupplied and reassigned to the 7th Fleet to help investigate the unexplored planets in this region. Looking around for the officer in charge of their room assignments, he found a Fleet girl. She was about 5'6" tall, blond, and an Ensign by the marking of her uniform; waiting in the hallway looking at her computer pad. Walking over he saluted to her and said, "Sergeants William Lee and Elizabeth Lee, Wolf R-15 squad 3 reporting for duty."
Looking up from her pad at the 8 troopers and dogs. "Welcome aboard the Fremont Sergeant, you and your troopers were assigned quarters on deck 4 section C." She said leading the way to the elevators. "Your rooms have been prepared to house two troopers and two dogs and we have already taken on a stock of dog food."
William nodded as Elizabeth chimed in though her artificial voice box. "Thank you for being prepared for arrival ensign…?" she said fishing for a name.
Jumping a little the ensign was obviously surprised by Elizabeth. William spoke up. "I take it you never dealt with a mark four neo dog?" This elicited a nod. "Don't worry you get used to them." He Said with a grin.
"Yeah I believe you but I never thought they would ever sound so… so human." The ensign said. This was no surprised to William, it had only been one dog generations since neo dogs had been given there artificial voice box so most people thought they would continue to have those robotic voices. But someone at R&D had been on the ball and now the Dogs could fool anyone into thinking they were talking to another human if they didn't have a line of site which in itself was a useful talent.
Now the elevators arrived the ensign remembered her manners. "Oh… my name is Ensign Amelia Ironside I will be in charge of your room and board while on board the Fremont." She said as they boarded the elevators.
When the doors closed William asked. "Ensign Ironside, a ship of this size usually carries about 3 to 5 squads correct?" She nodded. "May I ask what other units are aboard?"
Amelia touched her pad. "We have 2 squads of Mobile infantry, Zebra T-5 and G-33, as well as Fleet Engineer unit U-98." She said Looking up her pad as the elevator came to a stop and opened. "This way." She said leading the way to their new lodging.
Galactic East, border of Forth Expanse, TFS DR-50 Roosevelt, Captain's cabin
Vice Admiral Peter Kirk sat in a chair going over the day's reports looking for a signs of any trouble. Since he had been assigned to this front Kirk had been trying to figure out the best way to keep the Forth off balance and maybe gain some ground they had lost to the Forth. So far he hadn't done much to that end but when the task force he was in reached its destination, he would have. The forth border was at best a squiggly line and he hoped that by taking a force across two of the larger hills in that line, he could establish a solid line into the forth expanse. Sure it was a small thing but they needed some kind of victory on this front to keep the force here from rebelling like what happened in the Galactic North West a few years before.
As Peter got up to stretch his legs he noticed that several files from Military Intelligence were at the bottom of the stack of paperwork. Picking them he found that he was going to be picking up some ships today, returning from long trips into the expense and that he should be on the lookout for any odd sensor data. Apparently the other task forces throughout the 7th fleet had been picking up readings that did not correspond with anything that should be on this front. Interested in what it could be he continued reading as he went over to lay down in bed.
Galactic East, border of Forth Expanse, TFS DD-136 Fremont, deck 9
Master Chief Petty Officer Jake Silva Commander of U-98 was looking over the schematics for the duel high density Beam turret on board the Destroyer class. He was always inquisitive about the weapons and machines used in war, so whenever he wasn't drinking, he was up here looking over anything he could get his hands on.
Most days he just memorized stuff for later use but today he was looking over the turret with interest. He thought he might have found a way to improve their design that would make the beam stronger while using less power. If this was true, what he found might get him promoted and off the Forth Front and back into the thick of the bug war to get some revenge for the friends he lost on Big K. Taking a sip of his drink, he sat back in his chair relaxing. The only problem was he really didn't want the promotion that would come with revealing this discovery. In fact he wanted to be demoted. But if it would help him get back at the bugs again… he would have to think about it.
It wasn't that Silva couldn't handle the command, he just didn't like every move he made being scrutinized by the higher ups. He just wanted to kill bugs, drink, and get laid. Was that too much to ask? Apparently yes because his behavior had gotten him and his squad sent as far away from Fed Net cameras as possible. Well he should have known this would happen when he showed up to an interview with other survivors of big K drunk. Then he apparently tried to pick up the anchor women while saying shit about a former Sky Marshal who had left him and his friends trapped there. "Here's to being an embarrassment to the Fleet." He muttered before downing his drink, getting up and heading for the nearest elevator.
Galactic East, border of Forth Expanse, TFS DR-50 Roosevelt, highway, aft section
Third Lieutenant Lokia Tremble walked along the side of the "road" that made up the central pathway from the bow to stern of the ship thinking deeply. She had really screwed up to end up on the forth front and there was no way around admitting the truth. Two months back, just after she got out of training, she had been talking with a friend back on Earth and let slip that she was going to be posted to the skinnie front and was going to be working with a new program. The goal of the program was trying to find a way to use the Skinnie cable among Mobile Infantry. The idea alone was awesome because if it worked, that meant troopers would be able to do what Arachnid Empire had been always capable of, the ability to work together at a thought. It was already something that could be done with neo dogs and there troopers but if they could figure out the Skinnie method, they wouldn't have to worry about the instability that resulted to the other party upon the death of either dog or trooper. But of course she fucked it up. Someone had apparently been reading her mail and she lost that opportunity and been sent out here, the wasteland of the universe. Damn it, her life sucked!
Galactic East, border of Forth Expanse, TFS DD-136 Fremont, Bridge
Edmond was about to call it a night when suddenly the alarms went off. "Miss Smirnov what is going on?" He asked in a commanding tone.
"Sir we have a Forth dreadnought coming out of Subspace on are port side… they are deploying drones!"
Edmond smacked his fist down. "Damnation! Tell the Walker and Cindy Lin to redeploy to this position and ready all gun batteries, were in for a fight!"
"Sir, the drones are headed for the Roosevelt." Smirnov said her hands moving in a flash to send the order throughout the squadron.
William looked out the window. The Roosevelt was on the port side. The forth ship had managed to come out of subspace right between them and his own Fremont. "Get those guns firing now!" As if on cue, the four turrets fired their Crimson Beams into the Forth ships shields.
Galactic East, border of Forth Expanse, Space
Drone 00214d was moving though the enemy fire with ease, avoiding the fire from the human dreadnought was easy with the other drones protecting it. Soon the other human Destroyers would be able to fire on it though but it would be too late. Turning to the left Drone 00214d smashed into the human dreadnought where the Captain's cabin was located, and the moment this happen the Forth dreadnought sped away into subspace.
Galactic East, border of Forth Expanse, TFS DD-136 Fremont, Bridge
"The battle has only started and now their already retreating?" Edmond asked as the Forth vanished as quickly as they came. "Miss Smirnov what just happen?"
Smirnov looking confused answered. "I don't know sir but the Roosevelt reporting only minor damag..." In that moment a Green singularity formed on the hull of the Roosevelt ripped the ship in two and pulling it in.
"Dear god helm get us out of range NOW!" Edmond yelled in horror as the singularity grew larger. He felt his ship turn and start to move away from the singularity, but then it stopped and went in reverse heading for the eye of the storm.
"Sir were being pulled in Walker and Cindy Lin reporting the same as well as several other ships." Smirnov said. "The George Washington is trying use the singularity to open a wormhole'"
Edmond watched as several ships attempted to jump away but were pulled into the singularity at the last moment. "Damnation…give me ship wide." He said knowing they were most likely about to die. "Gentlemen it has been and honor..." The singularity expanded engulfing the 3 destroyers and two nearby corvettes.
To be continued
Federation News Network
Right off the bat I have to address the universe in which these Starship Troopers (SST) elements come from. As you are no doubt aware there in the Book, the TV show and the film franchise, but there is one more you may not be aware of the mongoose publishing SST universe (MPSSTU or MPU). The MPU used elements from the book, movie 1 and 2, and the television show, and their own imagination to produce a miniature game, comics, and a Role-playing game that did very well in its first years. Then movie 3 came out and it died, I don't know if the events were related but the movie was not that good (under statement I know). Anyway in addition to the MPU I will be using elements from movie 4 as I feel that it has more in common with MPU then the film franchise.
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The Milky Way
Using Andromeda as the North Star for the galaxy it was first divided in to four quitrents. The North area, closest to Andromeda, is known to host the Coven Expeditionary Forces and the remains of Sprange Rebellion. The East area is now known to at least host the Forth The True Democracy as a major power. The West is the area that the home Worlds of the Terran Federation, Coven Republics, and the Arachnid Empire exist in. The Southern area is ruled by the barbaric Skinnie Hegemony. It was then expanded to include the Core as its own area (since ships have to go around for ease of travel) and the lower and higher plains that surround the Milky way. In all the Milky Way is thought to be 100,000Ly in diameter.
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Russo-Anglo-American Alliance-Chinese Hegemony War
February 21, 2041 – The Russo-Anglo-American Alliance and the Chinese Hegemony go to war, touching off the Disorders. The combatants being the European Alliance (1970), Russian Union (formed 1946), and the North American Republic (formed 1959) on one side in the RAA Alliance. With the Chinese Hegemony(formed 1950) which had grown to control most of Southern Asia all the way to the Middle East. During the war no nuclear weapons, or weapons of mass destruction were used as both sides did not believe the war to have ever reached the stage where their use was considered necessary. But this war was not a pleasant affair, tens of millions died, more than any previous war, and lasted for over half a century .
November 1, 2125 to April 17, 2126 – The Revolt of the Scientists. The Intellectual elite in multiple nations attempt to seize control of the government in a non violent coup.
July 21, 2130 – The Treaty of New Delhi is signed. Its afterthought approach to the problem of prisoners of war enrages veterans worldwide. It has since been later amended multiple times.
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Rise of the Terran Federation
August 14, 2132 – The newly-formed Aberdeen militia agitates for Emergency Measures.
October 19, 2132 – The Aberdeen militia succeeds in overthrowing the gangs and criminals in Aberdeen, Scotland. Now celebrated as Federation Day.
December 26, 2132 – Declaring the Aberdeen militia a dangerous and unlawful vigilante force, the government of the European Alliance begins military action against the militia. Debate still ensues about the lawfulness of their decree.
April 19, 2133 – After several months under assault and riots by its own enraged population, the European Alliance ceases to exist as previously concealed splinters in the alliance form into rifts.
May 4, 2133 – The Federation hastily forms from the ashes of the old European Alliance. It is marked as a day of immense panic and worry world wide from both the people of Europe and the other nations across the globe.
August 30, 2134 – The RAA Alliance officially becomes part of the new Federation.
February 11, 2145 – The Pu Yi Massacre, a crackdown against democratization riots in Beijing, finally spurs the long politically and ethnically splintered population of the Chinese Hegemony to unite to rise up against their government. It is noted many parts of the military revolt, primarily being a conscript army fighting its own people.
June 7, 2146 – The government of the Chinese Hegemony is overthrown, bringing the last of the great powers beneath the umbrella of the Federation.
April 7, 2147 – In order to communicate effectively with its population, the Federation launches FedNet, a worldwide computer and broadcast network to disseminate information to the people. Anyone may use it to upload information and spread their voice, for good and ill.
January 1, 2150 – The Federation, with the introduction of sovereign franchise, renames itself the Terran Federation.
January 5, 2150 – The Federal Council announces ambitious plans to provide for the housing, health, education, safety, and freedom of all its people. After more than half a century of war, some regions even longer, many nations had remained war torn without even basic utilities.
March 11, 2169 – The Federal Council reconstitutes the space programs of the pre-Disorders Superpowers beneath the Federal Stellar Authority.
October 7, 2178 – The FSA launches the Galileo.
April 3, 2182 – Luna Base, the first Federation installation outside Earth, goes online. The world marvels as they see a bright light upon the moon.
November 20, 2190 – Olympus Base, the first Federation colony on Mars, goes online.
December 2, 2191 – FSA explorers discover primitive plant life on Europa.
January 1, 2196 – The Jovian resource stations of Io and Europa simultaneously go online.
March 10, 2199 – A small Secessionists sect on Jupiter's moon of Io seize control of Io complex.
April 21, 2199 – Despite attempts to reach a peaceful solution, the secessionists overload the station's reactor core, destroying the station and killing nearly one million innocent colonists after the majority of the colonists attempt to force their way into the complex. Conspiracy theories posit the Federation actually destroyed the facility on purpose.
June 2, 2199 – In the wake of the Io incident, the Federal Council extends nationhood to all off world colonies in the new colonial charter.
January 1, 2200 – A young civilian named Jon Forrest is proven to be a psychic, the first documented, verifiable instance of a human with psionic abilities.
May 31, 2204 – The Special Services are established to monitor and govern the psychic resources of the Terran Federation.
March 4, 2216 – Pavel Cherenkov, an FSA scientist working at the Kazakhstan Space Facility, creates a revolutionary new engine that will allow a spaceship to travel faster than light. It is named the Cherenkov Drive. This is the culmination of decades of controversial research.
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The Colonization period
March 9, 2216 – With the Federation's psychic program increasing in strength, Special Services relationship with Military Intelligence is strengthened as these two agencies become largely integrated.
May 7, 2229 – Utilizing the new Cherenkov drive, the FSA dispatches the Magellan, a survey ship, to the Alpha Centauri system.
August 20, 2229 – The Magellan reaches the Alpha Centauri system.
July 17, 2238 – The new colony on Hesperus, the TF's first stellar colony, receives its first colonists. This opens up an era of Colonization.
May 14, 2240 – An alien vessel from an unknown race enters Alpha Centauri space and destroys the FSA Cruiser Sun Tzu before crippling and boarding the Corvette Reynolds. The crew of the Reynolds destroys their ship, bringing the alien vessel down with them. This marks humanity's first contact with an intelligent alien species.
December 20, 2240 – In the aftermath of the disaster at Hesperus, the Terran Federation rolls the Military Intelligence, the army, and the FSA into a single entity, thus creating the Strategically Integrated Coalition of Nations (SICON).
November 29, 2248 – The Mobile infantry is formed and at the forefront of this new military is the Cap Troopers, the most advanced solders ever produced. They are equipped with early power suits and Exosuit armor. They are deployed to clear planets of alien non sentient life forms for colonization.
October 13, 2287 – The TFS Ozymandius survey mission to the Beta Cygni system in the north of earth discovers evidence of intelligent life on a planet dubbed Scylla. However on closer inspection all traces of alien inhabitants appeared to have been swept away in one of the planet's numerous and violent storms.
September 3, 2300 – A spate of raids and attacks plague southern colonies. These raids have subsequently been attributed to the enigmatic race, colloquially and widely known as the Skinnies. But formally known as the Petolemaic Hegemony.
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The First Bug war
February 20, 2317 – Arachnids are discovered on Pluto and are initially thought to be an indigenous race that had been in hibernation beneath the surface of the planet.
February 28, 2317 – Cap Troopers are sent to Pluto to exterminate the hostile Arachnid presence.
December 7, 2319 – SICON announces that the extermination of the Arachnid threat on Pluto has been a success.
December 8, 2319 – The SICON observation post on Charon reports anomalous readings, seemingly departing Pluto in the wake of SICON's departure from the planet. These reports are met with widespread skepticism.
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Second Bug war
December 24, 2319 – The SICON observation post on Charon again reports anomalous readings, this time heading towards the heart of the Sol system. Fourteen hours later, before Charon's reports can reach Earth, Buenos Aires is destroyed by a mile wide meteor, killing over ten million people, and reducing the historic city to rubble.
January 21, 2320 – SICON Cap troopers return to Pluto to destroy the bugs that have reappeared there and investigate what's going on.
July 17, 2320 – Razak's Roughnecks, a Cap Trooper platoon, finds evidence of the Bugs not being native to Pluto, when they detect a Bug ship escaping the planetoid.
November 29, 2320 – Exploration of the space to the galactic west of Federation territory begins to find bug colonies on other planets and discover remnants of buildings from other civilizations. This leads to a belief that the bugs are a plague that is spread by civilizations that did not realize the threat and that the bugs have only recently developed space travel. The area of space that has a heavier bug population is declared a quarantine zone and prevents any colonization in the region in order to not provoke the bugs.
September 2, 2320 – The western edge of Skinnie Territory is discovered in the galactic southwest of Earth at Tophet, and after some brief and confused fighting, several Skinnie worlds are cleared of bug influence and infestation. In gratitude, colonists from the Federation and SICON forces are allowed to move in by the local population in return for future protection and chance at citizenship.
January 15, 2321 – The Skinnies, now known as the Petolemaic Hegemony are revealed to be the raiders that were attacking Earth colonies. The fate of those who had been taken from the Federation was revealed as well. They had been taken as slaves for blood sport, hard labor, and servants. Previously cohabiting planets faced tensions, but have recently been eliminated.
September 28, 2321 – The TFS Cortez returns from a deep space mission into the Quarantine Zone, though she had taken fire from bug plasma fire, she returned with the location of the Arachnid Homeworld, Klendathu.
December 5, 2321– In preparation for a strike on Klendathu, SICON develops a new type of Soldier to deal with bug numbers. The light infantry platoon. Not only can they field more soldiers than a standard power suit platoon by more than double the usual complement, but can be trained in half the time by skipping the extensive and thoroughly exhaustive powersuit training in favor of physical exercise to accommodate the troopers with their more primitive "Light armor". This results in tripling their manpower for the operation. Some military Theorist speculate the mass quantity approach for training and lighter armor will hinder soldier effectiveness.
February 6, 2322 – The Mobile Infantry launches an invasion of Klendathu and fails, partially because the majority of the Mobile Infantry units deployed are not up to power suit level of equipment that most field commanders are used to, having commanders misusing their new soldiers in actions they are not suited for or at a severe disadvantage in. But mostly because the Mobile Infantry have never dealt with what would later be called a level five bug colony. Many soldiers are left behind on Klendathu, most that are, are never rescued. The Second and third fleets is formed solely to attack bug planets in the quarantine zone, while the First Fleet would be used to protect earth and her colonies from bug aggression.
October 7, 2322 – The Gobicahn system on the border of the Quarantine Zone is attacked by a wave of bugs. Gobicahn being rather remote is left to the 18th Battalion "Mad Dogs", a light infantry unit. The reserve platoons of "White's Khans", a powersuits unit, are ordered to hold three planets by themselves. It takes 2 months for the 1st fleet to arrive and provide support for evacuation of the planets and a victory over the bug foe. It is the first major success over the bugs since Klendathu, though it comes at a cost as the Gobicahn colonies never fully recover and are eventually abandoned by the colonist themselves fearing another attack.
April 5, 2323 – The western edge of the Skinnie hegemony declare their independence from the rest of Hegemony, and the Fourth and fifth fleets is created to protect those worlds and attack the East Hegemony.
May 7, 2323 – The sixth fleet is assembled to map and explore the Northern frontier while the 5th is reorganized to map, explore, and safeguard the Federation on the eastern frontier.
July 8,2324 – after years of protecting them from the bug threat and now having to deal with the Eastern Hegemony, the Western edge Skinnie Hegemony is officially annexed into the federation. While done democratically by the populations on the planets, this decision is met with some resistance, as some skinnies and humans do not wish for their independence to be lost, but fear of becoming slaves of the Eastern Hegemony, or the arachnids again, keeps the peace. What military the skinnie planets had is folded into the Mobile Infantry.
September 20, 2325 – 7 planets in the galactic north west of Federation territory rise up in an event that would be called The Sprange Rebellion. Though there had been rebellions before, they had usually been put down quickly or only been across one planet by a minority. This Rebellion led by General Sprange, a veteran of Klendathu, was different, as his entire army, the garrisoning force upon the world's, went rogue with a majority of the planets. The reasons for the rebellion were many, from political ideology and religion, to taxes. But it was believed that it was Sprange himself who caused the rebellion, by not addressing the concerns of the people with the Federation Council. The 5th fleet moved to put down the rebellion and a bloody war that lasted three months broke out. It finally ended when pathfinder units killed off most of the command staff of the rebel army and when Kellerman's Kodiaks Exosuit Division wiped out forces stationed on four of the planets in Rebellion. The remaining forces either surrendered or fled out of Federation territory. Most of, if not all of the forces that escaped have been accounted for one way or another.
October 10, 2326 – the first experimental Powered Armor defense system, known by the code name Marauder 10 or X, is field tested on Hesperus when the planet is invaded by bug forces once more. It is also the first field test of trying to control bugs to fight bugs, this ends badly with a queen the federation had genetically altered taking command of the Bug forces and nearly destroying the Mobile Infantry deployed there. Thankfully for the Marauder X program and the planet, a soldier code named Spooky armed with his power armor led a Light Infantry force to assassinate the bug leader and saves the planet. The armor is approved for full battlefield use soon thereafter.
November 25, 2326 – The Point Singularity Drive is created using captured Skinnie ship technology, allowing troops and ships to be moved to the fronts faster. The 7th fleet is created to map Galactic East for colonization as that region in now within reach of their ships.
April 3, 2327 – The first brain bug is captured by former drill instructor Charles Zim attached to "Blackie's Blackguards" on planet P.
September 12, 2328 - The fourth planet of the Saddarka system in the galactic north east, a mining operation is attacked by an unknown alien force in massive ships and bearing large armies of mechs. The aliens savagely attack all humans on the planet until they are all killed. Investigation reveals that the planet is considered territory of an ancient race of short grey aliens with snake like tails that have been watching the humans for a long time. Their math skewed, says that humans would not last as a galactic power, but in their time they would cause the extinction of their race if they do not do something to stem their power. SICON names this race the Fourth. The Fourth takes the name and calls themselves, Fourth: The True Democracy, since every Fourth has access to almost all information gathered. Their military begins preparing to create an ironclad border to prevent Federation expansion into their territory, but one member of their race calling himself a Prophet of War rallies a small independent army and launches a campaign of terror on the north eastern colonies to stop their advance and push them back from the area now called the Fourth Expanse. Officially the Prophet is declared a heretic of the Fourth and all ties are "officially" cut.
July 24, 2330 – After their less than great success against the Forth, the 7th fleet becomes the dumping grounds for all the other Fleets. The place where they send less than perfect soldiers and officers that have been known to causes trouble or go against the order of the higher ups.
November 8, 2331 – Second invasion of Klendathu is undertaken, and the destruction of the most of the Command structure is believed accomplished as well as most of the planet surface do to the liberal use of nukes by ground forces. The Second bug war is called to end.
Third Bug war
May 8, 2332 - An invasion of Earth in undertaken by the bugs through the use of several Colony ships and a captured TF Federation dreadnought, John A. Warden. Several more brain bugs are captured and Military Intelligence Psychics are allowed to probe them and in the process learn that Bugs have a name, the Arachnid Empire, and will not stop till all human life is gone. The nature of the war has changed for both sides.
August 5, 2332 – Tarthis, a jungle planet, is taken from bug control after years of bloody jungle warfare. The final victory is credited to "Merrill's Marauders" who dove deep into the bug tunnels, destroying the queen. And to the Battle cruiser Erwin Rommel, who destroyed over half the planet's jungles in bombardment.
May 30, 2334 – An unknown race is seen using planets in the galactic north to attack the Arachnid Empire. After research into where they seem to be coming from, Federation Sky Marshal Keats personally leads a large contingent of the 4th fleet to investigate it. They find a battleship on the surface of the planet Venos VII. In curiosity he takes a sizable force down to the planet to meet the aliens. The aliens mistake this for an invasion and fight the troopers deployed to the planet. In the action that followed The Sky Marshal and his guards the Elite Guard Pathfinders, "Sacroix's Spears" are killed in the attack as well as most of the troopers. The fleet takes the survivors on board and begins to fire on the planet but the ship vanishes like it was never there. When the Military intelligence go over the reports they find three things of interest, one: the unknown aliens looked like human with black hair and blue skin, two: they had incredible psychic powers and were even able to deflect bullets and able to unleash nightmares from deep within a soldier's mind, manifesting into the real world, three: they were all women or had features that made them most likely women. This leads to the name, The Coven, when referring to them.
June 15, 2334 – A Coven force attacks and takes nine Federation colonies, with minimal loss of life on both sides. It was unknown why the Coven did not murder the human population at first, leading to one scientist formerly theorizing that the Coven had a male deficit and were coming to enslave the men of the Human race. While widely panned, the physical visual similarities could not be denied. It was not until a few weeks later a member of the military Intelligence connected the dots and noticed seven of the worlds were part of the Sprange rebellion and the other two were contested worlds during that time frame. Using the idea that both could be related as his working theory, he checked over the reports and found several soldiers and ships that were involved in the fighting reported seeing humans fighting alongside Coven forces. This led to the theory that either the aliens had somehow been involved, or possibly behind, the rebellion (an idea that was beloved by Fed Net conspiracy theorists everywhere), or that the aliens had allied themselves with the remnants of the rebellion.
January 3, 2335 – A cease Fire with Coven forces is achieved when a Coven ship bearing a message appears near Federation territory, in the message they reveal that they are an Expeditionary force from the other side of bug territory sent to open up another front with the bugs. It also reveals that their last leader believed humans to have been a lost tribe of their kind, and decided to help out a band of them they found beyond Federation borders take back their home from what they thought to be a foreign dictatorship. Upon examination and investigation, the leader stepped down and the new Coven commander called for peace.
November 19, 2336 – A large patrol of the 7th fleet is hit by a Forth super weapon, over half the ships are lost. It is Unclear if the Forth will use the weapon again though, as the Forth ship responsible for the attack appears to have lost power and was destroyed by the surviving Dreadnought TF Asgard. It is hoped taking the secret of the weapon to its grave.
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