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|Author: James J Martin||Updated: Jan 19 2005||Views/Reads: 3217/2203||Part vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
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INCOMING HISTORY: In the far reaches of the known galaxy, three giant planets revolve around an enormous sun. These three planets, each with four moons, peacefully co-exist with each other. The three planets being the only habitable planets in that system. They have been settled by a race known as the Broder. The Broder are a human like race, bipedal and upright, looking much like a human, in fact indistinguishable from the human race. Once they developed space flight in their fourth century of technological advancement, they reached out and established colonies on the other planets. Soon, these colonies flourished and became known for their exports and rich mineral deposits. A thriving shipping system grew from a fledgling meager fleet of experimental cargo lifters and upper atmospheric lifting bodies to the interstellar conglomerate it is now. The capital planet, Broder Prime, the largest of the three, and most heavily populated, contained the regal senate and the executive leadership. This planet, diverse in environments, mostly agrarian, also housed the military academies and the majority of the armed forces. Each of the planets had an equal number of representatives in the senate and all decisions were made in a democratic forum, with the executive leader making the final decision. The military advisors to the senate were all highly decorated; combat experienced general officers that took their work very seriously. They knew that any decision to deploy their forces, no matter how small or what type of deployment, required thorough examination. Broder Prime was also the preferred retirement planet for former soldiers as they would be given a suitable tract of land, a position in one of the many academies, teaching or instructing, or gainfully employed in one of the numerous military development companies. On Broder Gamma, this world was home to all the high tech academies, colleges, trade schools and manufacturing facilities for the nano technology that permeated the planets. All computerization and robotics are done on this world. Not as heavily populated as the capital planet, yet still rich in resources, whereas most citizens are scientists, professors, engineers or factory workers. On Haven's Folly, named after the founding astronaut who thought of the idea of mining and exporting the rich mineral deposits, the population is smaller and mostly miners, bioremediation specialists and geo-engineers. Sparsely populated, it is mostly rocky and in some places, still volcanic. Broder Gamma has a facility there that is developing a new robotic mining system, although still in the test stage. They have only just recently sent probes to the vast asteroid and debris belt on the edge of their system which forms a natural barrier. The small military presence on Broder Gamma has been upgraded, due to the increasing problems that have occurred. The source of these problems is a band of unknown raiders that have attacked several cargo haulers and then retreat to the relative safety of the belt. Broder forces have patrolled the area, but cannot find this outpost. Broder patrol ships and heavy cruisers sweep the area looking for any sign. What has been recovered from the raids, points to another system and older technology. The Broder senate has agreed to send four Dreadnought class heavy cruisers with six Puma class frigates in support and a complement of four troop transports, each containing fifty thousand soldiers to the edge of that system. Traveling with this flotilla is a diplomatic envoy to officially convey greetings, solicit a closure to the raids and, a possible trade agreement. CHAPTER ONE The Archangel, flagship of the Broderian expeditionary flotilla, a Dreadnought class heavy cruiser, in position at the center of the formation, began sending coded transmissions to one of the forward frigates, the McAfee. The radio and sensor operators turned their units to maximum and began sweeping the approaching asteroid and debris field. The remainder of the fleet slowed to half and spread out in a skirmish line, the other frigates moving into blocking positions, protecting the cruisers. "Sir. Long range scan shows a path has been cleared through the field." The senior detection officer announced. The captain and the admiral both turned from their conversation and walked over to the sensor station. "See, sir, right here. Along this axis here, it appears to be cleared." Click here to read the rest of this story (1724 more lines)
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