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Offline Darius

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I've been intrigued as to how the construction of the Icanus came about, and the possible reasons that convinced the EA government that, despite limited resources, an overstretched economy and a total upheaval of government, the Icanus Project was authorised. I'm drafting up some semi-canonical fiction about how the controversial project went through, but I need some extra details about the universe so that I can get details accurate.

From reading earlier posts, I gathered that the Icanus began construction before the Nemesis, and that the Nemesis was designed to engage Lucifers. Could both concepts be proposed simultaneously, but for some reason construction of the Nemesis be delayed?

Also, how long after the events of FS1's "Good Luck" did the revolution take place?

What is the EA's form of government? Do they have a security council, a senate, congress, parliament etc? What is the hierarchy of command?

Also, I know people from various regions on Earth still refer to themselves as coming from old 'nation' concepts. You have those people who consider themselves Scottish, Tanzanian, etc. Do we have any idea which countries exist, or is it ok to come up with my own regional names?

If information like this spoils the campaign for R2, then that's ok :) I can do a Sol: A History and present one view of how events went.
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From reading earlier posts, I gathered that the Icanus began construction before the Nemesis, and that the Nemesis was designed to engage Lucifers. Could both concepts be proposed simultaneously, but for some reason construction of the Nemesis be delayed?

The Punisher cannon was designed first and was originally designed for planetary defense and was before the formation of the EA. (Punisher is the Icanus super beam weapon)
I can't really say any more than that right now. The Nemesis was designed after the proposal of Punisher.

Also, how long after the events of FS1's "Good Luck" did the revolution take place?
Can't say right now, will depend on what ship classes I would want to use in a campaign of it.

What is the EA's form of government? Do they have a security council, a senate, congress, parliament etc? What is the hierarchy of command?
It would be similar to the old GTA, but with more of a military presence, though not a dictatorship.

Also, I know people from various regions on Earth still refer to themselves as coming from old 'nation' concepts. You have those people who consider themselves Scottish, Tanzanian, etc. Do we have any idea which countries exist, or is it ok to come up with my own regional names?
Probably would be what planet they are from such as 'Earthers', 'Martians' etc since Earth is united as one whole and not individual countries.

 

Offline Darius

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Thanks Woomeister. I'll make use of that info soon.

This is the first part of the piece, really just an introduction to the main character (Professor Martin Mandho, the project leader for the design of the Icanus) and his feelings about the ship now that it has been completed.

It's...a bit darker than usual.

Part 1: Ubuntu

There is no irony quite so poignant as when an instrument of horror and destruction becomes the saviour of mankind, reflected Professor Martin Mandho. Floating one thousand kilometres above the surface of Mars, he looked out upon the dream which had taken most of his life to realise. He could not feel elation. He saw not beauty in the silver lines, but death. He could not reassure himself that his original intentions were pure, motivated by both a desire to defend humanity and a fierce, fierce pride of his people. The Earth Alliance, strength through unity. Compassion for fellow humans.

Humanity had almost turned this weapon against fellow humans!

I did not take leadership of this project for selfish reasons, thought Professor Mandho, yet, I cannot escape my conscience. I am a hero to my people. But I am damned at the same time.

Today was the launch of the second-largest artificial structure ever constructed by humanity. She was second only to the cage which bound her.

Professor Mandho had been invited to the hastily-prepared launch ceremony on the observation deck. He declined the invitation, citing ill health. In reality, he did not wish to celebrate the commissioning of the ship. He wished only peace in the solitude of his quarters.

Yes, he was a party to humanity's most astonishing accomplishment. But at what price was this achievement bought? Blood, thought Mandho. Some of it mine, some of it innocent lives. Now that the project had achieved fruition, he wanted nothing more to do with the ship.

"Professor Mandho." Rear Admiral Carey had looked up at him with grey, steel-flecked eyes. The younger man had aged to such an extent in the past few days that age lines now traced their way across his haggard face. "What I am about to reveal to you is classified information. Unauthorised dissemination of this information is punishable by law. Am I clear on this?"

"Yes, Admiral."

"Good." Carey took a deep breath. "Very good. I received a communique from the Security Council this morning. Our defensive line has been unsuccessful in halting the advance of the Gigas-class warship. As of 0335 hours, the Shivan vessel is en route to this system and is expected to enter Sol space within the next few days. I've been informed by GTVA command that they are unable to commit any further assets to the defence of this system." Admiral Carey, one of the most powerful officers in the EA fleet, looked at Professor Mandho with a haunted, defeated expression. Mandho understood. The objectives given to the Ships of the Line were clear: draw the line, give no ground. If they had failed, Admiral Wright could only be asking one thing.

"Admiral, I have already given you my report. The Icanus is not ready for combat operations. The weapons systems have not been tested, we've barely finished our tactical simulations, and she is still crewed by only one fifth of her complement. If you send the ship out there, it's suicide!"

"I've read your report Professor, but, frankly, we've all run out of options. In a few days every man, woman and child in this system will be dead unless we can stop the Shivans from reaching Earth. I'm authorising the launch of the Icanus at 0600 hours, tomorrow. Your ship has become humanity's only remaining hope."

When the dark news had hit the station, there was a storm of activity. Civilians well aware of the tactical significance of their orbiting home immediately booked seats on departure shuttles. The destination wasn't important: Mars, Io, Titan, anywhere else but Earth or the station on which they were based. The last shuttle left with barely 30 percent of the total population having evacuated. Military personnel were stretched thin between keeping the remainder of the station's inhabitants in order and making launch preparations. Professor Mandho, despite his misgivings, had done his part to ensure that the launch was to go as smoothly as possible. With the completion of everything that had to be done, he had retired to his quarters to brood.

Maybe I'm just an old, old man, he reflected. An old man weary of fighting, and who has lost hope. Maybe, maybe if the Icanus managed to save humanity from extinction, his dream would be vindicated. His conscience would be put to rest. His life's work would mean something other than death.

The mighty engines flared up, died, flared up again. Docking tubes detached from the ship with a hiss of escaping air. With a wrenching groan from the hull that was felt rather than heard, the Icanus edged forward. Unlike the launch of the EASD Nemesis, there was no ceremony to this. There were no flights of ships taking escort, no fireworks, no camera crews. There was just the silence of space, and the stillness of an entire race holding its breath in anticipation.

Mandho closed the blinds of his window and walked over to his private liquor cabinet. He opened a bottle of Scotch whiskey which he had been saving for this occasion. He did not see the ship clear the dockyard, nor did he see the 20 kilometre-long behemoth leap forward and melt into a dazzling circle of blue and white light. He did not hear the sudden cries of jubilation that would have come from the observation deck and echoed throughout the station. He heard instead the sobs of a people so tormented by nightmares thought long vanquished, that it was on the verge of breakdown.

He raised his glass to an imaginary audience. "Ladies and gentlemen," he intoned. "I give you the Icanus."

 
Wow... nice beginning  :yes:
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Offline mr.WHO

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Very good writing, I hope there will be a part two.

BTW you said that Punisher was designed for planetary defence, does EA have some beam sentry guns (with firepower of few Mjolnirs?) ? What is the firepower of those? Screenshot?

 
The EA has something cooler than beam sentries for planetary defence, implementation pending. :D

Oh, and I like the prose, BTW. :yes:

 

Offline mr.WHO

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Another question: Does Icanus and it's shipyard are orbiting close to Mars (500-800km over surface) or deep space (I mean still orbiting Mars but far away)?
I'm asking because 2-3 km asteroid can do a planet wide genocide, I can't imagine what could to the crash of 30km warship that have anti-few dozens milions deree beams armor  :eek:.

It would be an impresive view of orbiting SY and Icanus (propably it would looks like a moon) but if I would be a Martian I would move out to Earth or Titan (Saturn over whole sky ) :D.

 

Offline Darius

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Glad you liked the writing. ;)  Part 2 will be up soon.

For some reason I had an image in my mind of the shipyard in close orbit of Mars. It must be an influence from Homeworld or something...yes, at night, I expect it would be an impressive view. I'm coming up with a feasible reason why it's in orbit of Mars and incorporating it into the next part of the story.

Oh, one more question: where does the name Icanus come from? Is it from the Roman general Afi-Icanus?

 

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I probably chose the name at random from the big text file of different words I have.

 

Offline Wanderer

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2 - 3 km asteroid can do planet devastating damage but not only because it has large mass... it also has immense speed, some 10 to 20 km/s or more. Object falling from the orbit, especially from low orbit, has very low 'falling velocity' would first encounter the atmosphere and start heating and slowing down due friction so it would have even lower velocity and mass when it finally impacts to the surface (if it even impacts and just doesnt burn like NASAs shuttle). So it wouldnt do catastropic continent wide damage.
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now will the EA join the GTVA after they lost the war, and since the shivans has return again.....and i know i've try playing solar wars...that campaign lost me good....and the the Icanus waxs the hell of the gigas will it goes against the shivans or back against the gtva or i had to wait for the next release and find out??

 

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now will the EA join the GTVA after they lost the war, and since the shivans has return again.....and i know i've try playing solar wars...that campaign lost me good....and the the Icanus waxs the hell of the gigas will it goes against the shivans or back against the gtva or i had to wait for the next release and find out??
:wtf:

 
never mind...stupid question...

 

Offline aldo_14

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I probably chose the name at random from the big text file of different words I have.

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/i/icaunus.html

 

Offline Woomeister

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Well the name wasn't in my big text file so I don't remember how it was chosen.

 

Offline aldo_14

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Well the name wasn't in my big text file so I don't remember how it was chosen.

I chose it; original mesh was made for Reci, 'member?  Same line as the Segomo/Rosmerta ships, etc.

 

Offline Woomeister

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Ah right, thought it may of been renamed since I got it from your modeldump.

 
I probably chose the name at random from the big text file of different words I have.

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/i/icaunus.html

On the other hand, icanus in greek or IKANOΣ means able. Icanus to me seems able enough, especially in the scenes where it shreads luci
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Offline aldo_14

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I probably chose the name at random from the big text file of different words I have.

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/i/icaunus.html

On the other hand, icanus in greek or IKANOΣ means able. Icanus to me seems able enough, especially in the scenes where it shreads luci

Believe me, it's definately the Gaulish/Celtic one.  For one thing, I don't speak Greek.

 

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Thought I'd post this in here:

Heavily modified mesh from Raas modeldump. 2770 polygons and around 36km long.

I think this will make a great replacement for the old R1 station we had.