Rise and Fall of
The New Roman Empire
Race: Stock Human
Galaxy: Large 2 arm spiral
We begin the story of the New Roman empire in
our home system of Unuk. Looking around at the worlds in our
home system we immediately find a green 2, a magnate civilization
and a sweet spot world in our system!
Seeing such a wealth of resources within the boundaries of
our own system, we immediately begin exploring our part of
the galaxy with the expectation of finding more resources
to help build and expand our civilization. In honor of the
founding of our new empire we have designated this as year
1. (turn 1) In our early explorations we find no one at all
and although we have heard rumors of a new Orion Senate, we
have not seen any indication that those rumors are true and
we have very little evidence at all that there are other advanced
civilizations in the galaxy at all!
Then around year thirty-five we encounter the lead elements
of the Riptezew empire. The Riptezew are a race of intelligent
and as it turns out friendly insectoids. While their appearance
is somewhat intimidating to us, we immediately set to work
establishing relations with them. They call their race the
Tachidi and the feelings of interest and curiosity blossom
and almost immediately we begin trading and establishing good
and mutually beneficial relations with them.
In the year fifty-seven we encountered our second civilization,
the Nevaxim. Unlike the Tachidi, this species is very quiet
and their fleets are belligerent but not overtly hostile even
at first contact. We were busy expanding our empire to the
east, towards the Nevaxim empire, and before long our eyes
were opened to the true horror of the Nevaxim Hive. As we
learned to our horror, this race is a race of sentient parasites
living off of the living flesh of human bodies!
Seeing this and immediately realizing the threat, our military
advisors immediately call for higher fleet production and
parliament unanimously approved a shift in budgetary policy
from Peace through Strength to Limited War in an effort to
quickly expand our military. A few years later when a Nevaxim
outpost is discovered in one of our core systems we quickly
increased military spending to Total War!
With our industries working hard to produce a significant
military machine, we were soon in a position to begin fielding
a battle fleet. The first flotilla of our fleet was immediately
dispatched to destroy a harvester colony in the Ungal system.
Ungal is strategically located at a celestial crossroads of
star lanes, perfectly positioned to protect our inner systems
from outside forces. It was our belief that if we were to
secure this system then we could fortify it and use it as
a base to both defend our inner worlds and as a staging point
for future expansion.
At first our war with the harvesters went well. Over a period
of years we bombed the harvesters out of the Ungal and Kumba
systems. Then soon after eradicating the infestation in these
systems, we advanced into and then beyond the Arakis system.
Soon thereafter we found ourselves involved in another new
It should be noted that during the harvester war we were
able to encounter another friendly species, the Argro Federation
(a species calling themselves the Raas). We established friendly
relations with this race including military alliances in an
effort to help secure our position in the galaxy. We also
encountered the New Orions, who just happened to have their
home world only two jumps from the strategic system of Ungal.
Finally we were talking to and trading with a crystalline
race from the Vrungar consortium. This is the time that we
came across our new enemy, a mechanical race of technically
evolved cybernetic machines calling themselves the Mechlars.
The NP-125-QYYB Confederation.
We are not sure why NP-125-QYYB declared war on us, perhaps
they were actually friends with the Harvesters. We were soundly
trouncing the harvesters with the help of our Riptezew allies
when war was declared so many believe this could have been
their justification. Immediately after declaring war the machines
attacked. With a force of over thirty ships they attacked
the Ungal system and proceeded to bomb our two fledgling colonies
We had been caught by surprise. Our defenses in Ungal were
immature having only a small handful of system ships assigned
the duty of suppressing pirate activity there. When the attack
came, our battle fleet was busy fighting the Harvesters and
unless we were willing to surrender a great deal of what we
had already won our fleet could not turn around at this time.
For this reason Fleet Admiral Toranaga fell back on the Kumba
system and immediately began building a second battle fleet.
This process took several years due to the fact that our reserves
were never allowed to get too full before we fielded a new
wave or armada of ships for combat on the harvester front.
Looking back now, we may have been better served to keep a
few more ships in reserve for emergencies such as this.
While waiting for the new fleet to form devastating news
that the colony of Ungal II had been exterminated arrived
at Toranaga’s headquarters. Hearing the news, there
was a great cry from our people screaming for the military
to do something about this menace of the machines! Sure, the
harvesters were a frightening buch, but they had yet to destroy
a single colony. Surely, many pundits argued, the military
could see that the machines were a greater threat? As luck
would have it, Toranaga finally did had enough new ships in
reserve to form a fleet to retake the Ungal system.
When the fleet arrived we had nearly forty ships of the line
to engage the enemy. With the help of our ally we had a good
idea of how strong the machines in Ungal were because the
Riptezew had already attempted to liberate the system twice!
While they were able to whittle the defenders down some they
did not have enough force available to them to liberate the
system and their fleets were destroyed.
The battle with the machines was fierce and they not willing
to give up their hard won conquest so easily. However in the
end we were victorious having twenty-five ships survive the
battle to defend what we have now formally defined as our
premier fortress system. Having solidified this front, together
with our allies we quickly move in to augment our defenses
and repelled a quick and powerful counter attack with very
With the threat from the machines dealt with for now and
our flank secured by the fortress system of Ungal we once
again turn our attention on the Harvesters in the year one
hundred forty four. As the years pass the harvester war is
beginning to feel like an eternal war. We attack them in system
after system and then proceed to purge each planet in those
systems that have been infested by their ilk. After we cleansed
the final world controlled by the harvesters and finally end
the harvester war, we notice something that we should have