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Incoming (standard:science fiction, 15493 words) [1/6] show all parts
Author: James J MartinUpdated: Jan 19 2005Views/Reads: 3440/2347Part vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
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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. 


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 

"See, sir, right here. Along this axis here, it appears to be cleared."

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