Category: The History of the United Colonies

The Opponents

August 2, 2184— Industrial Platform (Low Orbit) 380A/X— continued Commander Jeanette Wheeler, until recently a captain in Warren Armstrong’s Offworld Force and CO of its Sixth Company (assigned to Nova Colony), kept her eyes on her screens as her troops…

Attack

August 2, 2184: Industrial Platform (Low Orbit) 380A/X [Reg. EarthArc Shipping, Inc.] Ed Wallace kept his eyes on the screens as the Transport made its final approach to docking. It had slowed to an almost imperceptible crawl: final docking would…

Rumors

August 2, 2184 “I’m telling you, Boss, my brother-in-law says he saw the pictures himself. They are prepping missiles for launch.” “Marty, the Terrans are not going to nuke the Colonies.”  Edgar Wallace, senior supervisor of Industrial Platform (Low Orbit)…

First Strategy

July 21, 2184 Noburo Ishikawa leaned forward, his elbows on the table in front of him, his fingers laced together. He spoke with careful, textbook correctness: Terran was his second language. His colony, New Tokyo, had Japanese as its native…

Provisional Government

July 21, 2184 Charles Safreth, Interim President of the newborn United Offworld Colonies, watched the agenda items scroll across his handscreen and tried not to let his uneasiness show. It was a terrible disappointment to feel this way. During that…

Independence

May 12-22, 2184 “We’ve gone to a popular vote to endorse each step, right back to the Continental Referendum two years ago.” Safreth paced his office, too agitated to settle down behind his desk. “I don’t want to break that…

May 10, 2184

Historians recognize Monday, May 10, 2184 as the beginning of the Independence War between the Offworld Colonies and the Terran Federation. It came at the end of a week of tension and uncertainty following the expiration of President Monroe’s second…

Thoughts

From the private journal of Warren Armstrong, March 10, 2184 “Authorized and required to use any force necessary.” In military orders, that phrase has no ambiguity. A civilian might think it leaves it to my judgment to decide what sort…

On The Brink

January-March, 2184 The early months of 2184 saw a period of suspenseful uncertainty. The issue of evacuating the offworld colonies hovered at an impasse, and no one had any idea how it would break— or if it would. Commander Warren…

First Meeting

December 16, 2183 (continued) “Hello Warren,” Safreth said. “Welcome home. If I’m not mistaken, you haven’t been back since you graduated from high school.” He straightened, stepping away from the tree. “I gather we need to talk.” Armstrong came to…