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Its been stated that the UNE is barely clinging for life against the vast, powerful empire that is the Coalition.

It has also been said that the COP's empty shell of a former republic is struggling to hold its borders against the highly barbaric, yet well organized, Earth.


Truth is, both are true; or at least, partially true.

The Coalition of Planets started when Tarsis began standing up to a largely unorganized galaxy and eventually controlled nearly all of the galaxy. Sadly the main source of communication for the galaxy crashed and the COP along with it. Many Warlords saw the opportunity and took power. Only one was able to gain enough status to claim himself Emperor. And so, the heavy task of reclaiming the galaxy began.
The easiest way to do this was to fly to a planet, nuke it a couple times, then tell the natives that they're now COP. Seeing as the galaxy was still in chaos from the collapse of the Coalition of Old, this worked for a time.
But then the UNE was encountered. Earth had somehow been skipped over in the Old Coalition, so they remained unaffected by the collapse. They had organized their own nation and when the Coalition-gone-Empire encountered the UNE, the demanded they surrendered to the will of the Emperor. When they refused the offer, the Coalition fleets began bombing their outer colonies and only then did they realize that the UNE was actually a much larger state than a few stray planets.
When the UNE was identified as a threat, the COP had to use all resources available to keep the Earthlings from realizing that the Coalition is a mere shell of what it once was.


The United Nations of Earth Alliance started in the mist of near-war when Canada shocked the world by sending a manned mission the the closest star to Earth. (Proxima of the Centuari system) Soon, the world was nearly completely united and a new civilization was discovered; the Tri-Planet Coalition. (Living around stars A and B of the Centuari system.) The TPC was -in most ways- more advanced than Earth and many technological advances were made. The UNE prospered in peace for a little over 5 decades and spread over a couple thousand light-years in size.
But that would all change when one of our ships was shot down for refusing to surrender to a slightly more advanced empire called the Coalition of Planets. The planets on the outer borders of the UNE were then bombed and Earth was forced to begin developing war technology after 50 years of peace.



So, in other words; the UNE struggled at first to defend themselves from what they thought was a huge and powerful empire while the COP had underestimated the UNE. The UNE later learned that the COP was just an empty colonial nation while the COP learned that they no longer could rely on intimidation and had to develop newer tactics. (Hence, the new COP ship style.)
Thats it in a nutshell. Any questions?
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| March 4, 2011, 12:04 am
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Quoting Matt The Backward One
So, in other words; the UNE struggled at first to defend themselves from what they thought was a huge and powerful empire while the COP had underestimated the UNE. The UNE later learned that the COP was just an empty colonial nation while the COP learned that they no longer could rely on intimidation and had to develop newer tactics. (Hence, the new COP ship style.)
Thats it in a nutshell. Any questions?


Not quite. How would the UNE know about the state of the COP? It's not like there's a shared language, or the UNE can afford to go off scouting a completely blank region of the map...

But you're right on all other accounts. It's a closer fight than the UNE realizes (what with the COP being like 1850s continental America), but the UNE still isn't in any position to launch an offensive campaign.
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| March 4, 2011, 12:35 am
Indeed. I'd also like to point out that, though AoS has said that Earth wouldn't be wiped out if they lost, this isn't generally known amongst the public of the UNE. I need to work our why the politicians would want to keep the fighting going.
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| March 4, 2011, 12:40 am
Some sort of capitalist profit-mongering, I suppose.
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| March 4, 2011, 12:40 am
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Quoting John Moffatt
Some sort of capitalist profit-mongering, I suppose.


I've always imagined the UNE is ruled by shady corporations who keep the war going to keep making money, John Moffatt is just top dawg among them.
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| March 4, 2011, 1:47 am
Pretty much. You didn't think those war bonds you bought went to building tanks, did you?
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| March 4, 2011, 4:06 am
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Pretty much. So much was lost in the crashing of the communication systems, that we are now only a quarter as powerful as we once were (we used to rule over the whole Galaxy, and now we can only call a quarter of it ours). The old style COP ships were indeed used mainly to intimidate foes, and when that failed, we'd ram the opposing ship with the enormous plow at the front of our ships, or blast them with fairly slow-moving but incredibly destructive projectiles.

The new style I created was intended to match the nimble-ness, speed, and practicality of the newly emerging UNE ships, which it turned out were not so intimidated by the old super-cathedrals COP ships.

These new ships have lower (harder to hit) bridges, and are lower altogether in general, they are also intended to be longer and thinner instead of rotund and chunky.
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| March 4, 2011, 4:36 am
Its my opinion that the UNE was able to grow technologically at such speeds because the TPC (Who were, long ago, part of the Old Coalition) shared their tech.
And I think that the UNE was able to ally with other nations so quickly because Earthlings and the TPC peoples were humans and thus the nations thought of them as being the last remnants of the Old Coalition. ...that and the TPC/UNE had grown in tech by then.
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| March 4, 2011, 9:17 am
Quoting Awesome-o-saurus The Not-So-Great How would the UNE know about the state of the COP?
Key word is 'later.' Exactly how late into the war will probably be decided in 23CU.
Quoting Danny Morgan The new style I created was intended to match the nimble-ness, speed, and practicality of the newly emerging UNE ships, which it turned out were not so intimidated by the old super-cathedral COP ships.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Quoting Awesome-o-saurus The Not-So-Great
Hey, I've read an article recently about the movement of stars.
If the COP is still using star-maps that were left over from the Coalition of Old, then they're probably out-dated and slightly inaccurate.
But then again, I'm sure the Old Coalition would have some self-updating calculation device of some-sort. Though, that probably went down with the GOD Machine.
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| March 4, 2011, 9:30 am
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Quoting Matt The Backward One
Key word is 'later.' Exactly how late into the war will probably be decided in 23CU. <

Hey, I've read an article recently about the movement of stars.
If the COP is still using star-maps that were left over from the Coalition of Old, then they're probably out-dated and slightly inaccurate.
But then again, I'm sure the Old Coalition would have some self-updating calculation device of some-sort. Though, that probably went down with the GOD Machine.


Later? Then I guess eventually someone learns Tarsin, sees the Empire, and gets all the way back to Earth unharmed at a later date.

And I too have read about the movement of the stars. The Old Coalition surely included provisions for that kind of thing, and some files were recovered from the older ships. There are, of course, massive blank areas further away from Tarsis, and some stars are no longer there, while there are some few new additions. The GOD Machine was a code-breaker and relay device, it didn't have any maps in it.
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| March 4, 2011, 6:33 pm
Quoting Awesome-o-saurus The Not-So-Great Then I guess eventually someone learns Tarsin, sees the Empire, and gets all the way back to Earth unharmed at a later date.
No, 'later' as in a fleet of UNE ships breeching COP lines only to discover that theres not much colonization after the war zone and setting up a small territory. (Sector 15)
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| March 4, 2011, 7:25 pm
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Quoting Matt The Backward One
No, 'later' as in a fleet of UNE ships breeching COP lines only to discover that theres not much colonization after the war zone and setting up a small territory. (Sector 15)


Then it must have been early enough for them to escape the fighting and slip through COP lines.
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| March 4, 2011, 7:32 pm
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