By the year 485 one thing has become painfully
obvious. The gas bags REALLY WANT the Archird system back.
Every ship the can bypass Ruchba is and they are all headed
for Archird. Right now they have nearly 1,000 ships in the
Archird system waiting to attack. Hoping that our enemy begins
treating Archird much like they did Joseki, that is sit with
a large force but not fight, Admiral Greer decides to intercept
and destroy as many enemy ships passing through Ruchba as
possible. He gets yet another chance to have his fleet hurt
the enemy this year as ten more enemy armadas with 160 ships
engage the defenders of Ruchba. Once again our forces are
victorious, but the increasing strength of the enemy fleets
tells very dramatically in this fight as they destroy 87 of
our ships in the battle!
In 486 Greer pulls two new armadas to Ruchba hoping to bring
them back up to fighting strength and luckily there is no
battle here this year. Not only that, there are no battles
at all this year and he feels a bit of hope that a period
of at leas a semi peace might be beginning. This idea/hope
is shattered in 487 when, even after placing his newest and
most powerful carrier armada in Archird, the massive fleet
there attacks our defenders destroying over 150 of our ships
and smashing our entire fleet with few losses of their own!
Our colony of Archird II is lost to enemy bombardment.
With this the worst and most devastating defeat in the history
of the fleet Admiral Greer is forced to abandon the defense
of Ruchba in order to consolidate his defenses at Tefnut.
If Tefnut falls, then the next target will be our home system.
The two armadas at Archird that did not fight in the battle
of 487 are ordered to abandon the Archird system and head
towards Tefnut for a final defense. Hoping against hope to
find a way to bring th eInaro into the war on our side, Ambassador
Williams offers Archird III as a gift to them. Given that
we have had to abandon this system, the worst that will happen
with this gift is that we lose the world one year early. Ambassador
Williams tries desperately to find either a lasting peace
with the gas bags, or aid from the other empires in the galaxy.
With our fleet crumbling and defenses failing, peace may be
our only remaining hope.
Because Tefnut no longer has a mobilization center, reinforcements
are forced to be diverted to the Pavone system. Two years
later it appears as if the Auarhciniala are pulling back as
we gather more and more forces for the defense of Tefnut.
Looking over his tactical and strategic situations, Admiral
Greer can only pray that this apparent relenting is true.
Sadly, just months after believing that the final war may
have been averted, a large enemy fleet arrives over Tefnut.
Hoping they might just be passing through being that Tefnut
connects two separate portions of the gas bag empire, Geer
elects to keep his forces deep inside the system hoping to
avoid a fight. Sadly though the enemy fleet is intent on attack
our colony here. The resulting battle is yet one more major
victory for our fleet as 149 enemy ships are destroyed and
our losses are held to a mere 20 ships. Considering losses
lately, what was considered terrible losses in men and material
is now considered quite a success.
The next year the fight for Tefnut continues as another 10
armadas engage our forces and we destroy another 159 enemy
ships losing but 17 of our own this time. Now, in 492 two
new armadas, 1 missile and 1 carrier are brought to Pavone
and Admiral Greer checks the relative strength of our two
fleets. This yields yet more sad and disturbing news. Our
enemy, the Auarhciniala have a total of 2,338 ships, nearly
the same as the last time we checked, while we are down to
a mere 202, a better than 33% reduction from previous levels!
Worse yet, between their fleets at Archird and Tefnut, they
have 2,061 ships, nearly their entire fleet with more armadas
still coming in from our frontier!
Later in 492 there is yet another fight for the control of
Tefnut where we destroy another 115 enemy ships losing an
irreplaceable 45 of our own! We also learn that the Ruchba
system is bombed to death. Their fleets are obviously grouping
around our last remaining fortress system protecting the core.
Fighting has been a little less intense, but our losses are
such that fighting at all will be questionable before too
Curiously in 493 they send a mere 11 ships to attack Tefnut,
we obligingly destroy them without loss, and at the same time
hope that this will signal the end of fighting for a while.
Then one year later, pulling two new armadas from reserve,
Greer prepares for the day he hopes will never come. Then,
like many years before yet another battle forms. However,
this time our forces meet with disaster. Every enemy armadas
in this fight is filled with the stronger more powerful classes
of enemy warship and our entire fleet is destroyed! We lose
168 warships to their 87 and once again our survivors are
forced to retreat. This time, they have cut us nearly in half.
They can now attack our near core worlds or come straight
after our home system.
By 495 everything is feeling hopeless. Greer orders two more
armadas from reserve, 1 missile and 1 Carrier to Awenn, but
even with this addition, we do not have a full fleet. Even
at this rate, it will take a few more years to build another
full fleet to fight their horde. When news that Tefnut II
is bombed to death, President Winters is forced to consider
the unimaginable. She contacts Ambassador Williams and orders
him to do what he can, one last time to get us some help.
In 496 with one more carrier armada assigned to Awenn and
Tefnut I being bombed, Alicine Winters decides all is lost
militarily and orders Ambassador Williams to start gifting
our worlds to our allies. Planetary governors are orders to
cooperate with the transfer in authority, and the fleet is
ordered to hold Awenn as long as possible until all of our
remaining worlds (80+) can be safely transferred to the stewardships
of our friends. With this last act our president hopes to
spare as many lives as possible. For her, her generals, and
the government, everything is lost. For the billions of lives
lost in the frontier and other world, fleets and armies lost
during the war, all is lost. The war is over. Their world
and dreams have come to an end.
For those who hope to seek vengeance, there is always that
hope that their new leaders will allow them to continue the
fight against the gas bags simply wearing new uniforms. Based
on promises from the alien ambassadors, those among us who
desire revenge will have their opportunity!
So, I lost this one. For a while, I thought I might pull
it through, but his fleets were just too large and his obvious
industrial capacity was too great for us to overcome. I have
not added it up, but I am quite sure we destroyed over 2,000
gas bag ships. However, with these tremendous victories we
were still not able to degrade his fleets noticeably at all.
I hope you enjoyed the AAR, and at least for some games,
I think this proves that the AI has the ability to really
put it to ya.