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    THE MOON’S MINER’s

Mare Vaporum had long served as the heart of Helium-3 extraction on Luna, the small and scattered deposits acting as the main source of the precious resource. However, this led to the issue of having to chase down new deposits when one dried out, which increasingly ran the risk of overextending the operational range of both the L1-EVA Suit and the rover. This left ANSA having to launch new habitation bases, or ‘cabins’, to allow for increasingly longer expeditions which was an increasingly tedious and expensive thing to do. A temporary fix had been found in 2079, which involved strapping a drill to a modified LEM to have it serve as a mobile drill and transport, but the He-3 capacity was miserable.

Following the announcement of planned expansion of operations, ANSA saw a decently sized boost in funding, and their director, Simo Ević, intended to see the agency use it to the fullest. Project стридер had been on the drawing board since 1998, when ANSA first finished a copy of the Buran. Of course the old shuttle had received hundreds of miscellaneous updates since then, from complete reworks of the wing structure to the replacement of the engines, but it had always retained its Soviet-esc design. Nothing about the style during Project стридер, but instead of being stuck doing LEO and HEO runs, the entire fleet would be upgraded to serve as the new lunar ‘taxi’. The Star Kolica program had been in operation for far too long, and the aging equipment made it feel less like a state of the art lunar transport, and more like an Apollo CSM with two more seats. There was only one issue with Project стридер: It’s propulsion system.

Most of the Adriatic Space Corps used the MkII Fusion Engine, void the Dreadnought’s central warp engine, but they were big bulky things, and even the smaller MkI’s were still overkill for the deltawing airframe of the Mećava shuttle. An entirely new engine would have to be sourced or built in house, and one of those options would delay operations by several years, and that was in the words of President Mihaljević, “completely out of the question. If we fall any further back, it won’t just be the death of the Republic, but the death of ANSA.” With that in mind, there was only one option. It couldn’t be sourced from the Leithanians, that relationship was already strained, and the Iberians, well, the Republic hadn’t exactly called them paradise either. This left the French who had just gotten out of a messy war, or the British, and one of those options made just a little more sense.

Unified Empiricus

The Unified American Federation wrote:Business As Usual

With the return of the American Homefleet from the alien incursion in the highly secretive Washington System, President Yagi earlier today notified that business as usual would resume with the American Federation Military and that operations would be conducted in Southern France to aid in the rebuilding of the country during it's war with Iberia. Along with this, ATLAS contractors and military factories were reactivated today after a long drawn out trial after the FTC v ATLAS case made it's way to the supreme court and in a Unanimous 15-0 Decision, the ATLAS corporation would be assimilated into the American Federations Military as the Sole Private Military contractor for the country whilst it's subsidiaries would be merged into Templin Keppe.

In other news The Secretary of Defense, Dirk Valentine, flew to Reykjavik earlier this morning aboard Air Force Two with Vice President Hubert Delroy as both have begun talks with the Nordic Republic on talks regarding admission into the Organization of Free Nations. The Defensive pact only consists of the French and American Federations as it's sole and founding members, though with the Indochinese Confederation being a close Ally, talks may begin to see American forces leaning towards a new expansion of American Influence. Sticking within the Eastern Hemisphere, The Secretary of State also announced that the American Federation now recognizes the Australian Commonwealth Government as the legitimate Successor State of Australia. This would not change or alter relations with Unovia as it only changed it's standing with recognizing the Australian Government from a Government in Exile to a proper Successor State.

Unified Empiricus
The Free Northern Republic

Prime Minister Alma Eriksen sitting in a room aboard her private jet is accompanied by Minister of Defense, Matti Anderson. Watching the news over the backlash they are receiving. "They'll take any chance to criticize you." the Minister of Defense said, eyes on the TV, shoulders to the Prime Minister. "The Iberians are saying were mad that we didn't get to shed blood. After nearly 60 years of peace, are they serious?" she sighed as she turned off the TV. "Well we have better things to do then go to war. This pact could finally put us at the table with the big guys, and you never know when we could get attacked." the Minister of Defense paused before murmuring under his breath, "I don't trust the Germans anyway". The Prime Minister rolled her eyes and looked out the window. "Looks like were about to arrive why don't you go sit down, we'll discuss this later."

Roughly 30 minutes later, they had arrived to the embassy in their limousine with the flag of the Scandinavian Federation attached to the front. The Prime Minister and Minister of Defense stepped out of the car and was greeted by their American counterparts. She shook their hand, "Thank You for giving the Scandinavian people this opportunity, I look forward to discussing with you. I truly believe this pact will be beneficial for our countries" she said, waiting for a response

The Unified American Federation

TheHelghast
Kandosii
The Unified American Federation

You all have relic worlds near you if any of you are interested, just quote this ig.

Free Jovian Republic wrote:TheHelghast
Kandosii
The Unified American Federation

You all have relic worlds near you if any of you are interested, just quote this ig.

This is going to start a event chain isn't. Well might as well get to it.

Kandosii wrote:This is going to start a event chain isn't. Well might as well get to it.

Possibly.

Free Jovian Republic wrote:TheHelghast
Kandosii
The Unified American Federation

You all have relic worlds near you if any of you are interested, just quote this ig.

Relic worlds why do I have a feeling this will move in tandem with what DC is looking into.

Kandosii wrote:This is going to start a event chain isn't. Well might as well get to it.

Maybe the Mandalorians come across an artifact of sorts in Mandalore space that talks of an ancient, powerful weapon and said Mandalorians go looking for it.

TheHelghast wrote:Relic worlds why do I have a feeling this will move in tandem with what DC is looking into.

Because said Relic Worlds are from the same people, granted you may luck out and find one of the worlds that didn't wither away.

TheHelghast wrote:Relic worlds why do I have a feeling this will move in tandem with what DC is looking into.

Actually, the closest one to you is a Gateway. Should prove interesting.

        EINLADUNG
        INVITATION
        SEPTEMBER, 2083

       

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      Xotrayjan wrote:Johan bowed his head slightly to each Royal that was introduced, minus the aide who received no attention from Johan at all. He tapped his finger against the glass he held in his hand, half full of champagne.
      "Well, space warfare was off the limits since the start. We didn't want to destroy Europe after all.", he went on to say before letting out a slight chuckle at the mention of the Adriatic Coast, looking over to the Adriatic VP who was not far away.
      "Well Slavs are a lesser people, tending not to know what they're talking about. The only thing they seem to do is commit ethnic cleansing when things get rough."

      He gave a smile to each of the royals before speaking again.
      "Well with your presence here I'm sure we can forget our former hostilities and enter the future not as foes but potential comrades, though I don't you intend to want to talk completely about the lower people's of Europe and politics, it's a ball after all.", he'd say before looking to the princess.
      "Your Highness, would you like to dance?", he'd ask, not exactly wanting her to be left out of the festivities.

      Across the ballroom the Emperor was sat on a throne behind a table, guarded by several men in ornate golden powered armour, folded wings on their backs.
      It seemed odd, for such a joyous event, the man who orchestrated it was barely participating.

      MADRID — Rita simply nodded at the sentiment, "I agree, though it's unfortunate that they have the nerve to show up here after what they've said." The Aide simply continued to look around the room, seeming to keep tabs on everything going on. Whoever they were, they seemed to be incredibly paranoid, something not unusual for the Leithanians.

      Amelia stood in a rather traditional, colorful Greater Leithanian dress, albeit tailored differently to be more appropriate in Iberia. The dress still had its semi-transparent fabric that covered the shoulders and sides of the torso, however the dress had a second, opaque crimson layer of fabric underneath to keep from showing anything. Additionally, a semi-transparent veil remained over her head, partially covering the Nunitian's face.

      Amelia wasn't exactly quick to answer, pausing for several moments before finally nodding in agreement to his gesture and holding her gloved right hand out.

Unified Empiricus wrote:
    MADRID —
    ARRIVAL of the DUKE of KENT

When the invitation reached Buckingham Palace and was read aloud to the Royal Family in their private sitting room, it was almost snatched from the footman by the Queen Mother and thrown in the bin. However, the contriving Duke of Kent skillfully talked her out of it. In the process, he negotiated his way to Madrid with the King reluctantly signing off on it, the reason being he was aware that the British Government was not at all pleased with the situation in Europe and the escalation to war with a country such as France by an upstart regime in Iberia - and the King agreed. The Duke was able to convince the rest of the family that sending a Royal that wasn't as "close" to the Palace could ensure representation without compromising the British position.

Eventually, George the Duke of Kent - who was also a Prince of the United Kingdom by the lineage of one of King George V's sons - arrived in Madrid via motorcade. His car, a cobalt black Jaguar displaying the flag of the United Kingdom and his personal Ducal standard was flanked back to front by two black armoured Range Rovers each with a team of men more than capable of protecting and/or extracting the Duke in the unlikely scenario his life was in danger. As he stepped out, he had on full show his red Royal colonels uniform and blue sash, bearing the insignia of the Royal Navy, as well as an extensive array of medals from his service in the Gem War, medals that far outnumbered his ceremonial medals. He prepared to be greeted and escorted by the Iberian staff as his own protectors remained with the vehicles.

A guard walked over and began directing the vehicles away from the front doors, specifically outside the gates of the Plaza de la Armeria, under heavy guard by the household Cuirassiers on horseback.

When George stood before the two guards, one like a dog and the other human, they took his invitation and looked it over before gesturing for him to follow them. They quickly took him to the doors of the ballroom where the herald standing outside proceeded to open the doors.

"ATTENTION! Introducing, his grace George the Duke of Kent!"

The doors then closed behind George, the lively room full of dancing, food and servants before him. At the other end of the room Emperor Radigis sat on a throne, a table in front of him with chairs for his family on either side of him.
There was many notables including the marshals, Fernando de Solaris, Francisco Serrano, and Marshal Vargas.-
"Hello.", a voice spoke, coming from a man in his late 20s, wearing a green army uniform full of ceremonial medals and others from combat and so on. The stranger extended his hand for a lil shake.
"Rodrigo, Duke of Sicily and Prince of the Astraclades.", he'd then give a smirk.
"You honour us with your presence. I suppose it's true the old nobility of Europe can mingle with the new hm?"

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