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Galaxy maps are available on request. Just private message me your email address. I highly recommend it as the description of the Star Wars territory is hard to visualize. Unfortunately no Stargate galaxy map exists.
A Reminder of the ranks
Military: Ensign, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lt. Colonel, Colonel, Commander, Commandant, Admiral/General, Warmaster
Astarii: Apprentice/Lieutenant, Padawan/Major, Knight/Colonel, Master/Commandant, Council Master/Admiral/General, Grand Master/Warmaster
Italics are thoughts.
"Bold italics with speech marks are a symbiote speaking."
Bold italics with no speech marks is a symbiote thinking.
Hyperspace = stargate + star wars hyperspace
Jumpspace = Babylon 5 hyperspace
Confederate Nations of Earth
CNE Members: USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, Canada, Australia, Japan
Main CNE Facilities: SGC (USA), Ice Station R&D (Canada), Gov. Contract Manufacturing (Germany) Gov. Contract Supply (France), Planetary Defence Network Command (Japan), Military Power Generation Facilities (China), Planetary Defence Fighter Squadrons (Russia), Eden Spaceport (Australia), Capitol Building + Political heart (Great Britain)
Chapter 32: Endings and Beginnings
"In a shocking turn of events Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats all voted today on one of the most controversial proposals of the European Union. By 537 to 113 Parliament has chosen to accept the creation of a European Army."
"As most of Europe knows Great Britain has been the most powerful sceptic within the Union with many feeling that we should leave entirely. Since the Second Falkland's War however attitudes have shifted dramatically with many willing to cede even more powers to Brussels if it means that the government can more effectively kick the Americans in the balls."
"With the major roadblock to further integration removed the European Union is expected to have a joint military command based in Brussels within two months, the First European Army, Navy and Airforce will be established one month after that. For now they will be made up of troops and equipment from Great Britain, France and Germany though talks are reportedly ongoing with the other member nations."
"The leaders of Europe continue in their mad quest to completely obliterate their own countries and form a single superstate. Today it has been announced that Great Britain, France and Germany are officially releasing all of their classified military technology and provide it at cost to other member nations as they place their militaries under the new European Military Command in Brussels."
"The Pentagon has declared that they will no longer sell any military advances to Europe or issue contracts to any US company that does so. The New York Stock Exchange has closed down 34 points and unemployment in states that depend on the arms industry is expected to rise sharply."
"In a matter of great national pride the British Challenger tank has been named the main armour unit of the new European Army along with the new Queen Elizabeth class carries being named as the standard for the new European Navy. The Eurofighter Typhoon is to set the standard for the new European Airforce."
"Today it was announced that in return for being able to buy the new standard equipment at cost levels Spain, Italy and Poland will completely update their militaries and place them at the disposal of the European Military Command. For now the new countries armed forces are to form the reserve army and will be integrated with the main army as their training and equipment is improved over the next year. The Three Great Powers are reportedly taking the new military very seriously and will make sure that any new member militaries are equipped and trained to the highest standards."
"The London Stock Exchange closed another 16 points up today and shares in BAE systems and other European arms manufacturers continued to rise due to the US embargo on military technology to Europe. BAE has announced that it is opening an new arms factory in Birmingham that is expected to significantly reduce unemployment in the city."
"BAE Systems has had all of its American subsidiary companies confiscated today in a move that many members of congress feel is overdue. The sentiment is going to give little comfort to the workers of the affected companies who now have to wait to see who will buy them. The provision of compensation to BAE systems has caused outrage in some quarters but with the deteriorating diplomatic situation many see it as necessary. Whether it will stop the entire situation ploughing into the ground remains to be seen."
"Breaking news! Today the power of Europe increased dramatically with the appointment of the first President of the European Council and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. With Britain's withdrawal from the euro skeptics integration is galloping ahead faster than the horses at the grand national."
"With her recent narrow election defeat the still widely respected former German Chancellor Angela Merkel was tipped to be the first president. However with the occupation of the Third Reich still within living memory for much of continental Europe former chancellor Merkel herself refused the post stating that the purpose of the post was to bring the people of Europe together not tear them apart by opening wounds that have not quite healed."
"Due to the praiseworthy self sacrifice of former Chancellor Merkel it has been decided by unanimous vote of the member nations that the President of the European Council will be Harriet Jones. Currently the British Minister of Defence Miss Jones is expected to tenure her resignation later today and take up her new post on Monday. In recognition for her actions it was decided by unanimous vote that Angela Merkel will be the first EU High Representative for Foreign affairs."
In unrelated news the outsider Inglorious Bastards won the grand national today at odds of 45:1 The bookies are said to have lost an estimated £27 million.
"Betrayal! Today the new EU High Representative Angela Merkel met President Bartlett in Washington to pass on a message from President Jones. At the end of the month all EU member nations are withdrawing their troops from Afghanistan. President Jones is reported to have said that the nations of Europe are no longer willing to feed their men into the meat grinder in support of an American war when America is not prepared to do the same."
"In addition the American bases in Germany, in place since the end of the second world war are to be removed by the end of the month or a siege will be enacted against them stopping all supplies except water from entering the complex's. Britain and France have supported Germany's demand and Britain is expected to issue a similar demand shortly and a proposal to make membership of the EU and membership of NATO mutually exclusive is currently before the European Parliament."
"If anyone was in any doubt that the old world order had ended today should leave them in no doubt. BAE systems has today won a massive Chinese military contract worth several billion pounds, contracts for several other European arms firms are expected to follow over the next few weeks."
"The European Army announced today that it would participate in full scale war games with the armed forces of the Russian Federation in the spring in a show of international solidarity. Critics state that its more of a show of force to show the former soviet state that despite the withdrawal of all EU member states from NATO the EU is more than capable of defending itself conventionally.
"Britain and France's combined nuclear capability of 485 warheads though far below that of the US 9,400 is deduced to be more than sufficient to serve as the EU's nuclear deterrent as it is more than double the size of China's."
As the dust begins to settle the new world order looks increasingly fragile. The great powers of Russia, China and the vastly more integrated EU are now if not openly hostile to the US at least very wary of any US lead foreign policy. Many Americans who until now paid little to no attention to world affairs are suddenly thrust into the position of standing alone on the world stage having driven away all of our allies at least for now.
One thing is for certain, this will be a major factor at the mid term elections next month, at the moment political commentators are saying that it is looking increasingly unlikely that the democratic party can maintain control of the House. A democratic spokesperson replied that the republicans policies would have lead to open war not just isolation. What direction the US takes next will be decided next month.
NOTE: This is the hight of the America bashing as the UK emotions are still running high in the story. They will settle down now though.
In real life Hillary Clinton has said that in this day and age it is unimaginable that Britain claims islands thousands of miles away as theirs. Has she ever heard of Hawaii?
Number of British troops in Afganistan - 10,000 Number of Argentinian troops in Afganistan - 0
Country the US is supporting over the Falkland Islands dispute? - Argentina. THANKS FOR LEAVING US HIGH AND DRY!
This is the end of Republic: Into the Fire. The sequel Republic: Enemy at the Gates will be up as soon as I get the time.
Let me know what you thought and any suggestions you may have!