MISSION YEAR 2209
We have finally made contact with Santiago and her people. Of course she began yammering about her ideology. In her vision of society she has emphasized the buildup of military strength over everything else.
Yes, firepower is necessary for driving off the mindworms but it doesn’t grow food or extract minerals. It doesn’t discover knowledge, and it certainly doesn’t have a positive impact on the overall quality of human life.
In my view she is clearly following the wrong path.
Santiago also wanted to exchange her current world map for the technology of synthetic fossil fuels. Is she serious? Really serious?
Look. I’m as curious as the next guy about the geography of the planet. But the technology she asked for allows the construction of missile weapons and may allow the revival of aviation on this planet.
The answer was simply no.
The result of our discussions is that we established diplomatic relations, but let’s look at the big picture. Her people only have 3 bases and we have 11. How pathetic is that? And that is simply on material terms, we are moving forward in art and science. They are still stuck on an idea of simply surviving.
It is not enough to simply survive, ultimately humanity as a species must thrive.
In other news we have established New Unity Base. It is located south of Santiago’s Bunker 118 Base.
Seriously, what kind of name is Bunker 118? Was it named for something? I actually did a search on the term in our database and found literally nothing.
MISSION YEAR 2210
We just reinvented aviation, at least in theory. You should have heard Santiago go on and on about the military value of air power. This is clearly not a technology that we will ever give or trade to her.
There has been some questioning as to why we don’t go to war and wipe out the lot.
She is leaving us alone and we are also building the forces necessary to contain her if she does something stupid. And it will take time to build the force necessary to defeat her if that were necessary.
And perhaps in she time she, or more likely her followers, will see that our approach to the problems of living on this planet are in fact correct and adopt them.
Until then we can play nice doggy with her.
MISSION YEAR 2211
A rover team found a scout chopper in a Unity pod. So what? What good could it do for us? We ended up breaking it up for scrap to something useful. In this case a missile rover.
MISSION YEAR 2213
Even though we have established diplomatic and trade relations with the Spartans there is no actual commerce between them and us.
Santiago, by establishing an essentially barracks society based on ancient Sparta on Earth has chosen an invalid model. This was an unproductive social order that was historically shown to be a failure.
Santiago is, unfortunately for her followers, a walking brain death case with plucked eyebrows. She doesn’t understand that force only can function at the direction of the rational mind.
MISSION YEAR 2214
Another new base for us, named Tsiolkovski Institute.
MISSION YEAR 2215
The prototype aircraft has been tested and subsequently updated with a missile launcher system.
Some of the younger people, including Kat, are referring to the planet Chiron as simply Planet.
MISSION YEAR 2216
Something really weird happened. The rover driven by Pro disappeared at one location and reappeared at another. He described the event as effectively dropping through a dimensional gate.
MISSION YEAR 2219
We founded the Planetary Archives base.
MISSION YEAR 2220
We lost the transport foil to a sea swarm.
Founded Lab Point base and finished the Hab Complex at Primary Base.
MISSION YEAR 2221
Mind worm swarm appeared near Second Base. Used the Missile armed aircraft to kill it.
MISSION YEAR 2222
A rover patrol met a Spartan foot patrol at out mutual border. The Spartans have learned to make plasma steel armor. Our other rover, driven by Pro, dropped through another dimensional gate. He came out near what appears to be the souther tip of out continent. He named it Cape Storm.
MISSION YEAR 2223
We started work on The Command Nexus project at Primary Base.
MISSION YEAR 2224
The missile armed flyer unit killed another sea swarm.
Pro drove his rover to investigate another Unity pod beacon. The pod was apparently home to four mindworms swarms. The unit subsequently went off the air.
Katerina was devastated. Although we have other sons and daughters Pro was her first and favorite. I haven’t seen her like this since her father died.
I don’t know what else to say.
MISSION YEAR 2236
We built the Academy Park base in the Western Jungle Zone.
MISSION YEAR 2229
The boffins have designed a cruiser hulled maritime unit. We will begin construction of the prototype at Seventh Base next year. We will also being construction on the Maritime Control Center project at Fourth Base as well.
MISSION YEAR 2231
Multiple mindworm swarms have attacked Planetary Archives. All were destroyed.
MISSION YEAR 2232
The Spartans have built their 4th functional base, Defiance Freehold, just east of Bunker 118. (Seriously, they really do need to rename that base.)
MISSION YEAR 2233
Another mindworm swarm hit Planetary Archives.
MISSION YEAR 2236
South Park (Those bastards) along with Third Base and Ayn Rand College have launched transport hydrofoils. It’s not only the Unity pods that we are searching for. We’re seeking answer to an important question. Where are the other survivors? Our records show that 7 of the 8 landing pods successfully separated from the Unity. Where are the other surviving human communities?
MISSION YEAR 2237
Built New World Lab base. Katerina had suggested Mir Lab as a name. Overruling her may have been a mistake.
MISSION YEAR 2238
Built Pavlov Biolab base. Again the name was Katerina’s suggestion. When I accepted it this time she made the first real smile in the years since Pro died.
MISSION YEAR 2240
Built Relativity School base.
MISSION YEAR 2241
We finished the Command Nexus project. This is expected to improve the training and field performance of military units.
For a bunch of rabid (I had to explain that concept) militarists the Spartans are certainly being left behind.
A foil brought in an alien artifact to Planetary Archives.
Another foil found a human community. Unfortunately they are being led by the former psychologist-chaplain of the Unity, Miriam Godwinson. She has adopted the titles of Sister and Voice of the Believers.
She started the electronic meeting by mentioning her “virtually invincible” impact gun equipped infantry units. And then after issuing the implied threat she declares that our republic is in violation of some BS (I also had to explain that concept) doctrine called the Conclave Oral Law and demanded that we pay a fine. In effect she made up some BS to rule her subjects and now she’s using it as an excuse to demand a blackmail payment. Of course I refused to comply.
She then declares that she, “will derive great pleasure from having me executed.”
BS! Godwinson is clearly nothing more than a predatory animal who has fully renounced reason. The only thing that can be done is to kill her, and that will not be a source of pleasure for anyone.
We will need more information about her faction and the area they settled in before we can take action against her. In the meantime we are beginning to build up air and ground forces.
MISSION YEAR 2242
We have commissioned a probe team. This is clearly not a nice thing to do. The team should be able to infiltrate the Believer information network and extract useable data.
Also we are starting to have issues with pollution. As this would have an actual effect on human life we will maintain a watch on the issue.
MISSION YEAR 2243
A base we named Hope Base founded. At this point we have 18 bases to Santiago’s 4, why does she bother to continue?
MISSION YEAR 2244
We have finished the Maritime Control Center project at Fourth Base. The movement performance of our units at sea has clearly improved.
MISSION YEAR 2245
We lost a another transport foil to a sea swarm.
MISSION YEAR 2246
The air forces are proving to be very effective at destroying mindworm swarms.
MISSION YEAR 2250
The probe team has infiltrated the Believer network and returned. In addition to being at war with us Godwinson has apparently picked fights with two other factions, led by Deirdre Skye and Nwabudike Morgan respectively. Skye was in charge of life support on the Unity and Morgan financed the mission and thus bought his own ticket.
Godwinson appears to be at peace with another faction led by a South Asian U.N. bureaucrat named Lal.
I’ll reserve judgement on the others until I have more information.
MISSION YEAR 2253
Back at home the boffins have developed silksteel. A substance as strong as spider silk from Earth. They believe this will be the basis of a more effective form of armor.
We have also built Cosmograd base and the Spartans have built Blast Rifle Crag.
MISSION YEAR 2257
Built Library of Planet base.
MISSION YEAR 2258
We have contacted the faction under the command of Yang, the former Executive Officer of the Unity. He now calls himself the Chairman of The Hive. (Does he rape little girls like Chairman Mao did back on Earth?) He is clearly on a power trip as was his norm on the Unity. We should have spaced him back on the Unity. Who knows? Perhaps we would have been better off as a result.
Being the thug that he is Yang just had to open the virtual meeting by mentioning his impact squads. We don’t even use that weapons system anymore. Then he made an extortion demand. It was when I refused to comply that he finally calmed down and made a proper deal for diplomatic and trade relations.
Given that Godwinson is physically closer and is currently in active conflict with us, dealing with her has the higher priority. For now we are in the Nice Doggie mode with respect to Yang.
At Primary Base we accelerated work on the Supercollider project.
And then we held a policy meeting on our war with the Believers. For some reason the AV records of the meeting were lost and the transcript of the minutes have somehow become unreadable.
MISSION YEAR 2259
We founded Climatic Research base. There was a Spartan unit within the new boundary. When we contacted Santiago to get them to withdraw she briefly threatened us with the mention of a new missile artillery unit. When she failed to intimidate us she withdrew her unit.
MISSION YEAR 2262
Another alien artifact was brought into Planetary Archives.
The signals section is saying that Morgan has been eliminated by The Believers.
MISSION YEAR 2264
With a bit of extra effort the Citizens Defense Force project has been completed. We are now better able to defend our bases with fewer military resources.
Science Center base has been established.
We taken Belly Of The Whale base from The Believers. We will use this as a forward operations base for aviation units.
MISSION YEAR 2265
A rover team landed from a transport foil to investigate a Unity pod on the shoreline. This triggered a massive earthquake and destroyed the foil. The rover appears to be on a small continent or a major island. They will continue to explore.
MISSION YEAR 2267
The Exploration and Defense Forces have published a new doctrine on police operations. This should help us on the drone riot problem.
MISSION LOG PART 4