The Peoples Republic
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[GC 0 to circa GC 100]
During the early cycles of expansion, the Republic found that
its home system, Gomaki, was situated at the apex of a triangular
linking of three systems. Gomaki – Onnahee – Zaurak.
These three systems contained 4 Classification Green planets
and 3 Classification Yellow planets besides the Republics
homeworld. These three systems make up the “Tri Star
Cluster” that is the industrial backbone of the Republic.
The additional two warp lines leading out from Gomaki led
to the galactic east and west. The western line was discovered
to branch south and west one system from Gomaki. Exploration
of the southern branch led to the discovery of a Classification
Green planet in the Tsukiyomi system and first contact with
the Sakkra empire. Exploration of the western branch was terminated
three jumps beyond Gomaki with the discovery of the Fieras
Guardian directly beyond the Sahu system. Sahu contained an
additional Classification Green planet as well. The eastern
warp line from Gomaki contains 4 star systems, all of which
have Classification Red planets except for Albrreo-A which
contains a single Classification yellow world. Just beyond
Subra-A, first contact with the Psilon empire occurred. Subra-A
was immediately marked for colonization as it would make an
excellent gateway world to defend the Tri-Star Cluster from
[GC 100 to circa GC200]
During this period, the Peoples republic established colonies
in all of its territorial systems. Many were Classification
Red. These worlds were colonized for their mineral richness
to feed the growing industrial needs of the Tri-Star Cluster.
Formal diplomatic channels were opened with the Psilon and
Sakkra empires and many valuable trade treaties were signed.
Eventually, relations with the Psilon empire grew to include
a mutual defense pact. On the southern border, relations with
the Sakkra were also moving along quite nicely. A mutual defense
pack was signed with the Sakkra circa GC 200. This left the
People Republic little room to expand beyond its current 12
star systems. However, this was not considered a drawback
at the current time. Internal expansion and buildup was the
focus of the Republic for the time being.
[circa GC 160: The Urkab Incident]
Approximately GC 160, an ancient civilization of Elerians
was discovered to inhabit the Urkab system. Urkab was two
jumps beyond Tsukiyomi and well into Sakkra territory. However,
the Sakkra had not seen fit to colonize the system. It was
apparent that none of the planets suited their species. The
Peoples Republic decided that the Elerian world would make
a good addition to the Republic. The Elerians preference for
hot house worlds would expand the Republics ability to utilize
its 12 star systems more effectively. With this in mind, a
colony expedition was sent to Urkab. Apon arrival however,
it was discovered that some Silicoid settlers had beat the
Republic to the system. This did NOT sit well with the Lord
General of the Republic. In the mean time, the colony expedition
choose to colonize another planet in the system.. a Classification
Yellow world of little value. This provide the Republic with
diplomatic contact with the Silicoids.
Over the next 30 cycles, diplomatic efforts to convince the
Silicoids to relinquish their claim on Urkab II were unsuccessful.
Relations with the Silicoid empire were deteriorating rapidly.
During this time, small detachment of destroyers was dispatched
to guard the Urkab V colony and blockade Urkab II. Meanwhile,
the Tri-Star Cluster ramped up its industry to produce the
starships necessary to fill out a full Armada of long range
Destroyers armed with Quark beams and Fusion cannons. Also,
the 1st Mobile Corps was commissioned and embarked on transports
to forcibly remove the Silicoids from Urkab II if necessary.
By the time the Armada arrived at Urkab II with transports
in tow, the Silicoids had managed to complete a vast network
of planetary guns, missile batteries, and fighter launch facilities
on the planet. The ensuing battle was fierce, with the Silicoid
ground commander ordering the missile and fighter assets of
the planet to attack the transports carry the Peoples Army.
It was a fortunate that the commander of the Peoples Navy
had assigned two Point Defense Destroyer Escorts to the transport
flotilla. As it was, one destroyer and one transport were
lost in the opening salvos of the conflict. Still, the remaining
transport had the bulk of the 1st Mobile Corps and only 5
battalions were lost on the second transport. One salvo was
all the planet managed before the Long Range attack Destroyers
of the 1st LR Armada closed to firing range. The medium turreted
Quark cannons made short work of the ground based facilities
with minimal losses to the fleet.
It should be noted that data on the technical capabilities
of the Peoples Republic at this time indicate that knowledge
of spinal mount weaponry was unknown. It would appear that
non turret mounted weaponry was never considered by the naval
designers of the Peoples republic.
The ground battle was fairly uneventful. The Silicoids put
up little resistance with only 2 militia units available to
them. Liberation of the Elerians was at hand. Unfortunately,
the Silicoids had worked the poor Elerians to death in their
slave mines for fewer than 8 million Elerians remained on
the planet. (slightly less than 0.8 standard Orion population
units) While the oppressive Silicoid population was nearly
3 times the remaining Elerian population (about 2.8 standard
Orion population units.) This was not to be the tragedy that
the Republic first considered it to be. In later years, the
conquered Silicoid population would prove to make very hardy
and useful Slaves on the less than hospitable planets of the
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