The Peoples Republic
[Historic report: The Peoples Republic, GC 208
to GC 270]
During this period of galactic history, the Republic experienced
a golden age of growth. Its true that border expansion was
not possible due to the close presence of the Psilons and
Trilarians to the galactic west and the Sakkra and Silicoids
to the galactic south. However, internal growth was possible
and the government of the Peoples Republic pushed that expansion
with all its available resources.
Great scientific strides were made by the Republic with the
discovery of advanced energy fields allowing Class III shielding.
Advances in hull materials made the construction of the first
true battleships possible as well. A generous Trilarian offer
to trade the techniques of mounting large beam weapons along
a ships keel were well received by the Republican navy. This
allowed the Battleships of the Peoples Republican Navy (PRN)
to be armed with deadly long range Hard Beams and Hellfire
The PRN went through a complete upgrade during this time
of peace. New ships were designed based on the latest technologies,
and a solid core of assault battleships and battle carriers
were built. These ships were escorted by cruisers with formidable
arrays of point defense Hellfire cannons and electronic warfare
ships built around the battle proven destroyer hull. Its fortunate
that the PRN made such an investment in naval hardware. Soon,
its use would prove pivotal to the survival of the Peoples
[GC 270: The Silicoid War]
During GC 270, Lord General Rexanus III, supreme leader of
the Peoples Republic began to worry that the rapid expansion
of the Trilarians to the west would leave the Republic unable
to complete its goal of re-uniting the galaxy under a new
Pax Humanica. This was an intolerable situation for General
Rexanus. Something needed to be done and quickly. For well
over 6 standard months, the General and his command staff
pondered how to contain the Trilarians or at least match their
expansion. The Trilarians were by far the most powerful race
in the north west arm of the galaxy. They controlled over
30 systems and were fielding a fleet of well over 200 ships.
Intelligence agents were unable to ascertain the size and
capabilities of this fleet but they were able to glean some
valuable information on the Trilarian’s technical abilities.
The Trilarians were far more advanced than the Peoples Republic.
Direct conflict was out of the question. Another plan needed
to be devised. Perhaps the annexation of another nearby civilization
could propel the Republic into some semblance of parity with
the Trilarians. The Psilon empire lay between the Republic
and the Trilarians. However, diplomatic relations with the
Psilons were good, and the people enjoyed a warm relationship
with the feeble humanoids. Also, the Trilarians had a mutual
defense pact with the Psilons making them a poor target for
expansion by the PRN. The Sakkra on the southern border also
enjoyed a peaceful and warm relationship with the Republic.
The Sakkra also stood as the 4th most powerfull race in the
sector while the Republic was widely regarded as only 8th
in ranking. That left only the Silicoids just beyond the Sakkra
empire. Intelligence reports indicated that they had no strong
alliances to support them. They were also reported as being
the least powerful race in the known galaxy, ranking 14th.
Having no strong allies would prove to be the Siliciods undoing.
The decision was made. The Siliciods would become the newest
‘citizens’ of the Peoples Republic.
Over the next 15 cycles, the PRN would mobilize from the reserves
and assemble around Urkab. The fleet was one hundred ships
strong with over 30 Battleships at the core. Transports were
mobilized to follow the fleet. Their target was the Hircus
system, gateway to the Silicoid empire…
<… to be continued>