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How Did You Die?
And though you be done to the death, what then: If you battled the best you could, If you played your part in the world of men, Why, the Critic will call it good. Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce, And whether he's slow or spry, It isn't the fact that you're dead that counts, But only how did you die? Here's to my arch-rival Awe, who I'm sure beat the socks off of me with his entry...
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The allied fleet assembled over Tarsis; a mighty armada that threatened to darken the stars themselves. Massive formations of ships that varied from landing craft to the great battle cruisers and battleships that bristled with a vast array of devastating weaponry. What was left of the once proud Coalition Fleet made one last, futile attempt to break the formation, but only caused light damage before being destroyed by enfilading fire from all sides. The COP Fleet Air Forces were decimated by the combined air forces of the TPC and UNE.


--The fleet battle was commanded from the CCV (Command and Control Vessel) Illustrious. Red is COP and blue is allied. Light blue is units in peril or near defeat.

Inter-atmospheric carriers of the TPC bore ground attack aircraft into the planetís orbit and unleashed them. Relentless pounding of targets took place for nearly three hours across the planetís equator and prime meridian as part of the plan to divide the planet into sections. Over 1,000,000 sorties took place in just 45 minutes by approximately 600,000 aircraft. Larger missions were carried out by as many as 1.5 million aircraft in total.




Transports flooded from the carriers in the second wave of the attack, bound for hazardous destinations throughout the planet, from the frozen south to the deserts at Hades-like temperatures. These were the elite of the elite, the cream of the crop for the allies, the AWPs and the SCPs. Landing in Ďhotzonesí all across the rapidly expanding front, these gleaming soldiers lived up to their titles, paving the way for others to follow.


Regular infantry units now landed, relieving the elites and capitalizing on their progress, spearheaded by TPC rapidly-deploying infantry and UNE drop-troopers who plugged gaps, exploited breakthroughs, and blunted counter-attacks. Only in one sector did the offensive halt almost completely. That was in the desert region where the deep, soft sand made travel nearly impossible. Transports came to the rescue, and constant air attacks prevented a meaningful COP counterattack while the situation stabilized.


--The Battle of Bloody River was the single bloodiest battle of the opening engagements. Over 500,000 men fought for less than three square kilometers of territory.

As the invasion forces came to a gradual halt and formed defensive lines at the front in order to gain a respite from the constant fighting; they had in most cases advanced over or close to 100 miles. Resupply and rest were both urgently needed. In some areas, units had completely exhausted their available ammunition and had held out with bayonets and hand weapons for a couple hours. Fresh troops were brought up to reinforce front-line units, and several air wings were on standby to thwart any attempts at a counter-attack.

As successful as the initial invasion was, never in universal history has an operation of such magnitude occurred. It would be another two full years before Tarsis was declared secure. During those years, one hundred million allied fighting men paid with their lives for every inch of COP soil. COP colonies had many times marshaled forces to attack from the outside in a vain attempt to relieve their mother world. Throughout the two years, the campaign required every scrap of resources the allies could produce, but it was well worth the effort. The official and unconditional surrender of the Coalition of Planets took place exactly 25 months and a day since the opening operations began. Like a falling tower, the surrenders of her colonies followed, with little further fighting.


--Flag raising in capital city. While fighting continued nearly a week after the incident, it marked the closing hours of the campaign.

Thus ended the Great Galactic War. The allies began issuing in a new era of peace and prosperity. The citizens of the former Coalition had much rebuilding to do, and the foundations of democracy were laid there, the people realizing that it was totalitarianism had lead to their demise.

Not one of the UNEís allies was without great loss, but they had the will to carry on.

Honor roll of the dead:
UNE 45.9 million
TPC (18th) 34.1 million
Galactic Formation of Unity 10 million
Alcodin Empire 8.2 million
GAMAA 1.1 million
LRF 0.7 million



Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With craven soul and fearful?
Oh, trouble's a ton, or a trouble's an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it,
And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?

You are beaten to earth?
Well, well, what's that?
Come up with a smiling face.
It's nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there--that's disgrace.
The harder you're thrown, why the higher you'll bounce;
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn't the fact that you're licked that counts,
It's how did you fight--and why?

And though you be done to the death, what then:
If you battled the best you could,
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or comes with a pounce,
And whether he's slow or spry,
It isn't the fact that you're dead that counts,
But only how did you die?

--Edmund Cooke

More pictures:







Left to right: Supereme Commander Ultra (TPC), General Storvens (UNE), Supreme Commander Blake (Death Guard), General Whitston (TPC, special forces), and Commander in Chief Jarman (LRF).



Comments

 I made it 
  July 2, 2010
Quoting Will Jarman Can I do one? i've just cleaned up and re-sorted all my Lego and found some awesome pieces, so I want to give it a go....
Not sure what you mean, but as far as I am concerned that sounds fine. I think the contest is over, but the group would appreciate it.
  July 2, 2010
Can I do one? i've just cleaned up and re-sorted all my Lego and found some awesome pieces, so I want to give it a go....
 I like it 
  June 24, 2010
HAHAHAHA! it's me! Commander in Chief Jarman of the LRF. Nice work! I might upload a moc (i probably will because i have three weeks of holidays now! :D) ha ha, Commander in CHief Jarman, i love my face.
Ultramarine .
Spaztastic the Diabolical
  June 23, 2010
And thank you for including us. I really need to jump-start that group. Again.
Ultramarine .
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Spaztastic the Diabolical
  June 23, 2010
Well done, friend. Little bit o' nitpicking here: I highly doubt that the Alcodin Empire only suffered 8 million losses. I know you didn't bother researching us, and that's fine. But I like there to be lots and lots of pain for the People under Alcodi IV. Just 'cos it'd be more tragic that way.
 I made it 
  June 23, 2010
Quoting Awesome-o-saurus The Not-So-Great I really wish I wasn't stuck in Utah until Saturday-Sunday-Monday, I really want to work on my entry... /rage.
I do look forward to seeing your entry, and how delusioned you are about the fall of the TPC. I'll even brake all the rules and put a link of it up in my group, how's that?
 I made it 
  June 23, 2010
Quoting Spaztastic the Diabolical I highly doubt that the Alcodin Empire only suffered 8 million losses.
Ok, fine. How's this: 1.2 Trillion losses? lol No, I tried to keep the number accurately proportionate to the commitment, and I didn't think the Alcodin Empire was anywhere close to the UNE/TPC commitments which were relatively equal.
 I like it 
  June 23, 2010
Very nice, but after the COP and the Tarsin colonies fall (unlikely, as Vogelia is the secondary capital and just as heavily defended), you still have to deal with the Autonomous Regions, such as the Kingdom of Thyrenda (Aemowes's planet) or the Kstrk Hive (social hive arthropods). Beyond the COP is a very brutal world of relativistic weaponry and daily a daily slaughter of everything, just waiting for the COP's bulwark to fall. Otherwise, you did a very nice job on this. I really wish I wasn't stuck in Utah until Saturday-Sunday-Monday, I really want to work on my entry... /rage.
 I like it 
  June 17, 2010
Excellent moc! This is about how I imagined the fall of the C.O.P. would be like. The raising the flag on the capitol reminds me aswell when the Russians raised the Soviet flag over the Reichstag during the Battle of Berlin.
 I like it 
  June 17, 2010
A masterpiece, both in teh MOCs detail and the literature's.
  June 16, 2010
Reconed so!
 I made it 
  June 16, 2010
Quoting Finn C-Q Battle of Belin inspired?
Slightly
 I like it 
  June 16, 2010
Battle of Belin inspired?
 I made it 
  June 16, 2010
Quoting John Moffatt Excellent work, though I was unaware they still had plants on Tarsis
Why wouldn't they? You know, I scanned topic after topic to find details on Tarsis, but was sadly unable. I was even hoping I'd spelled it correctly...
 I like it 
  June 16, 2010
Excellent work, though I was unaware they still had plants on Tarsis
 
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