THE GREAT WAR


The seesmic event that torn out the 48th century

"The Tonite war demonstrates that whatever form it takes, the foul beast is still alive..."
Soluten Dehra, grand master of the pillars of knowledge, 22,507 of the ancient era


Deep Causes: Ton's rise

The principal causes of the conflict are, of course, to be sought in Thyself. Some talked about a new Carthage, as its dominant position in commerce and its privileged position was obvious, but many see it as the "Rome" of modern times. The main reason for this is that this "Babylon", the city of cities, hence its name (or "Ton", simply "the city"), was a gigacity spread over the surface of a whole planet, fascinating and Motley like any planetary city, excessive. Overpopulation was the product of many factors, the first of which was the impossibility of colonizing its nearest neighbors, within a ZCH yet very generous, and multipolar activity of the most flourishing. (See "tone" for details).

This fact resulted in a long-lasting and incomprehensible frustration for centuries and generated a powerful resentment of the federation of systems. This was one of the main reasons for independence and then for war. But we must also look for its causes in the quasi-diabolical cynicism of its authorities and in particular of a person whose name will remain opprobrious forever, like Adolf Hitler in his time on Earth, or Tanath Melkyn on Berlryod, All the "lords of war" of the second era: Mell Doncha.

It is the development of piracy that is the main cause of the events that will lead to war. Ton is located in an area rich in stars: the stellar cluster of Orion, the heart of the Orion arm, the first zone of human influence in the galaxy. Here are stars with intense radiation, young, surrounded by worlds in formation. As a result, the planets concerned can not be colonized, unless they are artificially cooled by bombarding them with ice from the confines of these systems, a vast undertaking which began in 4900 after the Tonite War.

It is ideally located in the Moghjang system, between the old expansionist systems and the new promising area of ​​the Orion cluster. In addition, the Moghjang system has no less than 23 main planets, including the fourth telluric system, with a limited radius (7890 km). The latter is particularly rich in rare strategic materials, and soon becomes a major steel center. Unfortunately, the terraforming which takes place at the same time ends up suffering, to the point of becoming impossible: The pollution generated by the industries made it vain. But the situation is accepted without choice by the population, servilely employed by the large groups that control this world. The latter have enough influence to keep the major media out of the federation and avoid scandal. But soon the neighboring planets, larger, warmer, and which would lend themselves wonderfully to a terraforming to become agricultural worlds, are sanctuarized by the Colcom *.

As a result, it quickly becomes overpopulated, and economic immigrants flock to many systems. The activities are diversifying, and one becomes the first producer of vessels, endowed with an immense orbital complex (hosted around its moon, Sotteri) made of arenas and yards. As a potential exporter, it is rich and sufficiently spiteful to corrupt many members of the federal assembly, in order to obtain advantages, particularly customs, in its favor. But in spite of all her efforts, she will never get rid of her neighbors' sanctuaries. On the side of the Procyonite Parliament, certain elites of the Marso-Alpho-Procyonite alliance, for once accorded with those of Sol (Terran and Venereans), openly criticize Ton's control of the federation's industry, Press, politics, and their monopolies on commercial traffic (especially their recent ownership of the main operating companies of the hyperlite doors). For its part, it is ridiculous of this "old guard" entangled in its own affairs of corruption and its poor economic health. Already, in 4840, some began to consider a withdrawal from the federation or more autonomy. There is a growing criticism of the rampant protectionism of old systems. Others speak of Ton as the "cash cow" of the federation.

In 4845, for the first time, an openly nationalist independence movement, the "Tonacon" became an important member of the parliament (34% of the seats) during the elections. At its head, Bay Athimande, who does not hesitate to criticize the government of Tyrall for its softness, is still relatively little listened to. But in the shadow, his second, a young wolf by the name of Mell Doncha awaits his hour ...

*Colonization Commission/Commitee, the ethics organ of the federal assembly of systems, responsible for deciding on the inviolability of certain planets (most of them hosting a native and developed extraterrestrial life).

Piracy as a spark

Athimande's objective was to at least obtain the relative majority by rallying the autonomists of the center, who are also desirous of greater independence from the federation, but democratically having a regime of political and economic autonomy Within the federation. They do not want to leave. Mell Doncha for his part to good informants and knows that they are loyal "clients" of the biggest Tonites trading groups. Only one thing could exceed them enough to make them decide to harden their position and to ally themselves with Tonacon: Piracy that poisons the Tonites trade routes. Exports of vast quantities of refined materials and machine tools, cargo vessels, vessels of all kinds, station modules, tanks and orbital refineries are being exported, and these convoys are regularly ransomed by pirates on the outside System: Their bases abound in the asteroids and planoids of this poorly controlled and poorly known area.

However, this piracy, once the marginalized outlaws (instead of capital punishment or imprisonment), has become a powerful multiform organization also affecting gambling, prostitution and banditry, as well as illegal trafficking Of all kinds. This underworld is the result of the war of the functionaries (3707-3800), which led to a marginalization of the exfuns, out of their servile condition but suffering from endemic overpopulation and lack of available positions.

Independence: Federation to empire, and war

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Operations

The offensive on Sirius.

After the mock battle of Kansen, the Imperial General Staff decided to strike at the heart of the federal forces: Within the arsenals of Sirius, especially Tangan and Sogori. There were gathered since 4786 the bulk of the federal forces, for modernization and return to service and to unique standards. Text being archived.

The offensive on the Tonite Sanctuaries.

Within the empire itself, the three sanctuaries so long coveted are assailed almost simultaneously by three pertites fleets composed of a destroyer and some frigates. The Concolles intervene immediately, decelerating very close to the planet, and after summons of use, act on the Tonite ships. They deprive them of energy. They will have to be towed by themselves, then by the alerted Tonites. The scenario is repeated; (Text being archived)

The offensive on Altair

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Dispersion

Since 4790, the "rebellion" tried to resume the system of Jaarn; But most of the Tonite forces are engaged in the onslaught of sanctuaries. Great offensive on a single planet. failure. News offensive sumiltanée on the 52 sanctuaries of the empire. Failure. Decision to send forces search the concolle base in the periphery. Fear of an offensive concolle to Ton itself and fleets kept in reserve. Local governors complain: not enough means to fight rabellion. Take a system, then others, and reconquer large centers. Text being archived.

The rebel reconquest

The latter take over the great industrial centers of Tonites and are preparing to consolidate their position for a new gradual offensive. Text being archived

The counter-offensive:

The imperial authorities decided to suspend the offensive against the sanctuaries and to re-mobilize their forces against rebellion. The Rebels did not manage to contact the concolles. The counter-offensive is victorious, the Tonites resume their main industrial systems, and the situation turns to the rout for the rebels who flee from system to system and retreat to Solsys. Conducting the counter-offensive with an iron hand, the Tonites who take over the systems behave brutally. In trying to force a sanctuary, the Rebels made contact with the concolles, the latter had decided to sanctuarize the earth, so they were ready to help them. Text being archived

The last great battle: Solsys.

The battle of solsys is of all the most violent: In coordination, the concols that protect the earth annihilate rather than immobilize the tonite fleet, taken by reverse by the rebels. It was a complete victory. The rebels resumed the offensive and many systems revolted. This vast counter-offensive led them gradually to the very end and an Armistice. As a side effect, Ton which was a bit like a carthage of its days is heavily pounded financially with war reparations amounted to billions od billions for a century and the dismembered empire was back to a federation under strict control. This had a positive side effect through, the spendings being used to finance extra stargates.