Democracy World Arc, Part IIMorris staggered through the grand hall of DSS headquarters. To his sides were paintings and dioramas of the Coalition’s victories. There were some even of battles fought before the Collapse. Morris stared at a painting of an old republic general crossing a river, using the bakeglass cover as a makeshift mirror. He was suffering from extreme drivelag, having been defrosted a mere five hours ago. The pale, unshaven face with bloodshot eyes made him look like a Formosan flu victim. Feeling nauseous, the DSS captain then ran for the nearest trash can, throwing up his hastily-eaten lunch.
As he looked for his room, Morris struggled to keep his eyes open, the memories of the nightmares he had while traveling to trueline still fresh on his mind. For reasons modern science has yet to explain, traveling through “the Vacuity” necessitated unconsciousness. And yet, disturbing images still manage to fill the minds of every sapient being unlucky enough to travel through it. Th
Democracy World Arc, Part ILangston Morris marched down the pockmarked asphalt road, taking care to not to trip while keeping eye contact with the line of Persian prisoners of war on the sidewalk. A rainstorm had just passed by the city only a few hours before, so the road was slick and full of small puddles. Slipping would not do Morris’ image any good. Six feet and five inches tall, the Directorate of State Security captain was an intimidating man even in peacetime. Each crash of his jackboots on the pavement made the kneeling prisoners wince. Every now and then, he would pause in front of a prisoner, take a drag from the cigarette and blow the smoke in the helpless man’s face. He would then put the cigarette out in the prisoner’s eye before lighting another one. Morris loved the smell of tobacco smoke, as it masked the smell of rotting and burning flesh prevalent on the battlefield.
As he glimpsed the crumbling minarets, bombed-out skyscrapers and smoldering mosques around him, the world Mor
Coalition Marine ArmorM2 Saint Light Tank
Users: Coalition Marine Corps, Directorate of State Security, Bureau of Special Scientific Affairs, Springfield Pact, United Technocracies, minor Coalition allies
Armament: 2 75mm autocannons (absent from ambulance and mortar variants, 103 rounds), 5 M19 sonnematerial volley guns (4 hull mounted, 1 pintle mounted, 8570 rounds)
Wars: Tenth Crusade, Perseus Campaign, Centauri Skirmishes, Solar Campaign, Gusano Campaign, Galactic War
Like the Shiloh, the Saint was designed with OrbitSurface Battle in mind. It was designed for the Coalition Army as a quick fire support vehicle, replacing their older IFVs. In Army service, it was known for being reliable, if too lightly-armored for frontline service. After the Army replaced their Saints with the more robust Templar design, the Marines inherited the Saint and used it to replace their aging halftracks. The Saint chassis has eventually been used as mounts for mortar launchers, troop carriers and heavier weapo
Solanumese Armed ForcesThe Solanum States serve a key role in the Springfield Pact: stopping the Conseil Systems from taking Sol. Because the Conseil military outnumbers the Solanumese by a factor of six hundred, the Solanumese military has focused on defensive warfare. Unlike most Coalition allies, the Solanumese produce most of their own weaponry locally. Despite the Solanum States being only slightly more modernized than the Conseil Systems, these weapons tend to be only a generation behind the Coalition’s in quality. Solanumese soldiers tend to be issued rifle-mounted grenades with their coilguns and grenade launchers as sidearms. Solanumese artillery and heavy volley guns are some of the best in the galaxy, necessary for keeping away the Conseil hordes. Heavy infantry, armed with rotary autocannons and incased in powered armor, are a Solanum staple that are rare in other militaries. The Solanumese military itself is a hodgepodge of different ethnicities escaping post-Collapse Earth, and even xenos
Coalition of Western Republics NavyThe Coalition Navy is the space warfare branch of the Coalition armed forces. Numbering at over five million vessels, it is the largest navy in existence. It is the focal point of Coalition military doctrine, consequently being assigned 85% of the Coalition’s military budget. The cylindrical, but angular, jet black ships of the Navy have become an iconic symbol of the Coalition’s military and industrial might.
The Navy was founded from the remnants of the United States Navy, United States Air Force and United States Missile Command during the Endless War. Infighting and a fear of rebellion in the ranks encouraged Coalition politicians to put what they felt were the most important branches of the military under one command structure, where individuals could be more easily observed. The newly-formed Navy tried to absorb the United States Marines, but this was shot down under the reasoning that the Navy should not command enough forces to be able to act independently of the Ar
Modern Naval Warfare: The Myths and the RealityModern Naval Warfare: The Myths and the Reality
By Ensign Irene Courville, CWRS Wilhelm II, Battlefleet Tripoli
Despite what the latest action holos say, space combat is very different from the wet naval battles of centuries past. There are no trench runs, no dogfights between the champions of liberty and the faceless red horde, and most ships definitely do not get close enough to one another to let action star Johnnie Dutch to float from one ship to another, through only several feet of debris-strewn space, to plant his boot in a Conseil admiral’s family jewels. But the holo filmers can be excused for these inaccuracies, as naval warfare in the 28th century revolves around what are possibly the most boring activities in the universe: math and waiting.
One particularly common misconception, one that the Coalition Navy devotes an entire semester of training to debunk, is that of the space fighter. While the navies of the galaxy have ready supplies of manpower, they d
Conseil Red ArmyThe Conseil Red Army is by far the largest military force in galactic history. Numbering at just under thirty billion men, women and xenos, the Red Army outnumbers its rival Coalition Army three to one. The main factor keeping the Coalition from being overwhelmed is its superior navy and superior industrial base. Fanatical and massive, the Red Army is feared by all.
Because of the Conseil Systems’ high population but poor industrial base, Red Army doctrine revolves around the idea of using large amounts of infantry to overwhelm the Conseil’s foes. This basic idea is inherited from the Soviet Union, which both before and after the Collapse regularly overwhelmed its enemies through aggressive, overwhelming attacks. Casualties were not a problem, as the massive manpower pool made replacing troops a nonissue. The idea of individuals sacrificing themselves for the state appealed to the more radical communists in the Conseil leadership, and as the ideology of “divine social
United Technocracies ArmyThe military of the United Technocracies can be seen as a mix of Coalition and Conseil influences, fitting its history of flirting with both powers. The Technocracy Army is equipped with a hodgepodge of homemade materiel and exports from the other two superpowers. On its own, the Technocracies are not seen as a threat, but both superpowers fear the day the second most populous state in the galaxy joins forces with their mortal enemy.
The Technocracy Army deviates from both Coalition and Conseil doctrine in that it is defense-oriented. Given its history of invasion, its relatively insular interests compared to the other two superpowers and its lack of fervent hatred for any one state, the Technocracies focuses itself more on defending from attack rather than launching preemptive strikes. Being only slightly less populous than the Conseil Systems, Technocracy infantry bases itself on Conseil doctrine: mass conscription. However, the technological and industrial disadvantages caused by th