Rise and Fall of
The New Roman Empire
The first thing we should have taken note of
was that the machines stopped attacking the Ungal system for
some time. The second thing we missed is that many of the
systems that used to be occupied and controlled by NP-125-QYYB
are no longer occupied at all. They are all lifeless systems.
Finally and most disturbingly of all, a fleet of over two
hundred and fifty warships are sitting in the last Meklar
system that happened to border Ungal. To our astonishment,
this one single fleet is larger than the combined battle fleets
of our entire empire!!!
Immediately Admiral Toranaga pulls the newest and most powerful
ships from our reserves and places them in the Ungal system
to help buttress their defenses bringing them up to sixty
warships, including ten system ships. Knowing that these sixty
ships would not be enough he quickly orders the battle fleet
that had been hunting down and exterminating the Harvester
menace, one hundred and nine ships total, to Ungal’s
defense. Every ship in our empire that is not assigned to
pirate suppression is immediately sent to address this new
threat. Given their distance from Ungal, even using a worm
hole as a short cut it will take our main battle fleet nine
years to arrive. We are not at war yet. We can only hope that
this remains true long enough to build our defenses!
As fate would have it, time was not our friend. Three years
before our main fleet arrived at Ungal, the gas bag empire
of Ralianuey declared war on us. One year later a combined
fleet of Ralianuey and another crystal race calling themselves
the Glghacha attacked our forces at Ungal. Seventy enemy ships
attacked out system where, with my ally the Riptezew we had
eighty-five ships in defense. The battle was fierce. We took
some losses, half of our system defense ships were destroyed
along with a number of ships from two of our carrier armadas.
But in the end the day was ours! We successfully repelled
the first assault and we are heartened that in only two years
we will have significant reinforcements.
Two years later, our reinforcements arrive just in time
for a new assault, this time the attacking ships are exclusively
commanded by the gas bags. Once again there is a fierce fight
with ninety attacking ships against my one hundred and ninety
ships (not all of which can fight due to the number of task
forces my and my allies ships are divided into). This time
the last of my system ships are destroyed and my allies system
ships take some serious losses. The battle is very devastating,
but our firepower wins the day and we repulse the second attack!
The enemy had over two hundred and seventy five ships in
his fleet prior to the siege of Ungal. According to field
reports, he has reinforced his invasion fleet, but his total
force is down to one hundred and eighty ships. Given the one
hundred and sixty we already destroyed, that means they had
over three hundred and twenty warships in that one fleet!
We are down to one hundred and fifty ships in our only battle
fleet. The odds are improving as we whittle his fleet down,
but the bulk of his force has yet to engage.
Two more years go by, we are able to pull one more armada
from reserve to increase our defenses, if the war continues
with our losses being this high, things look bleak. We have
increased our budgetary policy to holy war but military production
is not as high as it needs to be if we are to be victorious
in a prolonged war of this nature. Our reserves are almost
completely depleted. We do not have enough ships of any one
class to form even a single armada. Then the third wave of
the assault comes in. Seeing that there are only seventy ships
in this wave we feel some relief. There is another brisk battle
and what was left of Riptezew’s fleet defending Ungal
has been pulverized.
This set of attacking ships appears to have been more developed
than previous waves. Noting with concern that our technology
may be behind our enemy, Admiral Toranaga advises that we
immediately redesign all of our ship types in order to maximize
the benefit of our technical achievements thus far. Looking
at the battle damage assessments and the estimated strength
of the remaining gas bag fleet Toranaga can see all too well
what the result of this war will be if we lose this system.
The galactic map is turning white from the progress of their
fleet. If we lose this battle there is no reason to believe
they will be more generous to us. If only we would have noticed
this threat earlier!
Maybe if we had paid more attention to what was happening
elsewhere in the galaxy then we could have made a preemptive
strike against the gas bags before they could become this
much of a threat. Perhaps we could have come to the aid of
the machines and used their forces to help us stop this menace.
Then again, maybe we would have seen the threat and sat still
hoping that it deal with our enemy and then pass us by.
The next year, the fateful day arrives. A massive fleet of
gasbag ships from the Ralianuey empire appear above the skies
of Ungal. Toranaga immediately orders his fleet to launch
all of its missiles and fighters. (I selected watch, defend
planet. Hoping that the comp would help give me an edge by
launching my missiles immediately and allowing me get in the
first lick of the fight.)
Sitting in the command deck of his Battle Cruiser Toranaga
watches with savage glee as the first wave of his missiles
impact on the advance armada. Suddenly his glee turns to dread.
The missile wave did a great deal of damage sure, but this
armada is obviously the more advanced version seen in the
last battle. Although a number of ships are destroyed the
strike did not have the impact he had hoped. Then more dire
news. Wave after wave of enemy missiles and fighters are inbound
from their main fleet. While he still holds hope that he can
win the battle, Toranaga can see that his fleet is going to
pay a very dear price even in victory.
With a thunderous flash the first wave of enemy missiles
impact on his forward armadas and disaster! In mere moments
the entire armada is destroyed. Then as more and more waves
of missiles and fighters come into play, the battle is no
longer in doubt. Humanity has lost the battle for Ungal. Our
last best hope for keeping the enemy hordes at the gate has
failed and the only thing that will stand between them and
our destruction are small groups of system ships defending
our inner systems.
The battle is over. Our fleet is gone and the colony of Ungal
III has been bombed out of existence. Defending against pirates
is no longer a priority and all of our outdated task forces
are recalled from pirate duty for one last desperate attempt
to recapture Ungal. As Toranaga is forced to wait for his
force of old outdated and smaller warships to gather for the
attack the aliens move on to attack the Saak and Khumba system.
The Saak system falls and its worlds are quickly scortched,
but the Khumba systems’ defenders are able to repulse
the first attack. However their victory is to no avail as
the second attack destroys the remaining defenders and opens
yet more of our empire to their deprivations.
Next, the Bungala system is sacked. Then the last insult.
Like sharks smelling blood in the water every one of our neighbors,
save our trusted ally who is suffering similar losses as our
own, begin to launch attacks on what were once peaceful fronts.
Everything is collapsing. Our people are dying and our civilization
is collapsing. Even if our attempt to recapture Ungal is successful
our empire will remain greatly diminished for quite some time
to come. Then the moment arrives! Drawing out every ship in
reserves, every single starship, no matter how old or outdated
is put together and in the year 392 we launch the attack that
will either save us all or spell the final end of the Roman
Empire. In 394 the battle is fought, and the age of the bulk
of our fleet is painfully telling. The battle is lost and
the enemy suffers barely a third of the losses that we take.
Realizing that all is lost and hoping to both save our people
and spite our enemies, we begin to gift our worlds to the
New Orions. They were once a dread enemy, but they never sought
to exterminate us as these gas bags seem intent on doing.
The war is over. Now we only need time to save as many people
as possible. Time the gas bags are working hard at denying
Well, the game is over and I lost. The patch seemed to do
wonders for the computer. I had fun and am looking forward
to playing again. Have a good day.