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November 2204

Postby procyon on Mon 18 Jul 2011 04:00

November 2204 part 1

November 4th 0800 hours/Queen Victoria, Earth orbit

Admiral Brenna Muldoon tapped aimlessly at her keypad. She had come to enjoy the quiet time after the morning briefings. She could spend time in her quarters on the 'Vic' alone. No pressure. No decisions. Just a chance to rest.
Other than ship reassignments there was little new. The Red October had been cleared for duty and was spending her time with the US Interceptors near Earth. The two US ships couldn't even keep up a decent general quarters rotation by themselves. Their speed was a waste in a stationary assignment here in Earth orbit, so it just seemed natural to pair the high speed US ships with the Red October and assign them to near Earth patrols. Their high maximum speeds would allow them to engage or break off as the situation warranted. With three ships in the group they could efficiently rotate eight hour general quarters shifts without over taxing the crews.
The four Attack Escorts of 3rd Battle Group had been folded into the 4th BG for the moment. Between the Queen Vic and eight Attack Escorts the 4th BG should have as good a chance as any against alien incursions. The Chinese warships were still absent, but their civilian lines seemed to be running at a normal pace. Having the extra firepower of the Chinese ships would be handy if the aliens showed up, but the tension their presence created made it a mixed blessing at best.
Brenna looked over the progress reports from the Pan Euro Space Station. The ground crews and equipment that had been shipped up were starting on the task of repairing the damage to the station. It would take many months, but with the Earth Station representing the only space borne construction assets left to the Euro, the station would have to be repaired. The slipway that was still operational was beginning work on another Royalty Class Destroyer. When it was completed she would become the lead ship for the 3rd BG. The new ship was projected to enter service sometime in early 2205. Until then the 3rd and 4th BG's would operate as a single group.
Brenna turned off her monitor and leaned back. For twenty more minutes she could relax and think about whatever she wanted to. After that the pressures of command would return. She would have to resume her station on the bridge and deal with the thousand and one issues that would need her attention today.
But that was twenty minutes away.


November 7th 1215 hours/Elders' Chambers, New Home 1

The Supreme Elder waited quietly near the edge of the chamber. The Elders had assembled to review recent events. They would discuss and debate what needed to occur to improve the situation in respect with the native race. The war was not going well. The native race had suffered setbacks, but so had the New Homes. Efforts were underway to strengthen the New Homes' position. The refugees of New Home 3 were already being settled onto New Home 4. Additional industrial and manufacturing assets were already being constructed on New Home 4.
The Assault Vessel was being refitted with a pair of the new torpedo defense systems, while Patrol Vessels would receive one. It would take a few months to implement all of the refits, but they would be completed as rapidly as existing assets would allow. Armed Colony Vessel 2 was also undergoing refits to add more magnetic field generators and a defense installation as well. Two more of the Colony Vessels were being reactivated and refitted to strengthen current fleet levels. These things were all well and necessary. They would all improve the current situation. And they would occupy the Elders for the duration of this gathering. But they would not solve one fundamental problem. A problem that if not addressed would spell the doom of the New Homes.
No Combat Group had yet to engage the enemy's Assault Vessels and defeat them without being destroyed in the process. It was clear the enemy had at least two Assault Vessels left, accompanied by several of their Heavy Patrol Vessels. The fact the native race's ships were superior was a subject that the Elders avoided. The thought that another race could be superior was taboo. Unthinkable, let alone open for discussion. But the fact remained. The enemy Combat Groups were superior and current designs and tactics would not be able to defeat them. And it would take an Elder who could not be questioned or reproached to address this.
The Supreme Elder quietly monitored the gathering, and struggled with the question that would decide their fate.
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Re: November 2204

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November 2204 part 2

November 12th 0710 hours/Washington DC, Earth

"Members of the Defense Committee, at this point I will open the floor to questions." Admiral Bradley Walters turned from the presentation screen and looked over the two dozen people in the room. 'Being stuck on Earth is bad enough. Having to be at these peoples' beck and call while I'm here makes it even worse. At least when I was on the space station they were willing to tele-conference most of the time.'
A woman spoke up. "Admiral, you say that we have only two Interceptors here at Earth while the Euro maintains a fleet of ten ships near the planet? And that the Euro has as many ships at Mars as we do? And that the ships here at Earth aren't even close to the planet most of the time? Isn't this inherently dangerous? Why do we not have more of our fleet deployed here at Earth?"
Bradley knew these questions were coming, and they were not the important part of what had been presented. There was always someone who felt they had a better idea of where the fleet needed to be, and it was always wherever they were. "Honorable member or the Committee, I will answer this in two parts, although I feel it was already addressed in the briefing. The relations between the Euro and ourselves are very stable and the presence of their ships is a sign of their commitment to our joint operations to destroy this alien menace. The fact that they field more ships than us is simply the consequence of war. We have lost a number of ships defending the inner system and in offensive actions out system. Euro losses have also been substantial, but they have fewer off world populations and assets to defend at this point." Bradley hoped he didn't have to tell her the Euro didn't have to guard Mercury now that its colony and shipyards were gone, but that the US had kept Mars and its shipyards reasonably well protected. And that had cost the US, dearly in one case. "We have two new ships coming into service. As I mentioned earlier they are the Defiant and Resolute. They will start their maiden voyage to Neptune soon. When they reach Triton they will be joined by the Vigilance and Steadfast, plus the Interceptor Yari. They will land supplies on Triton and then extract all of the US troops from that location. The five ships will then return to Earth. At that point the Earth will have seven combat vessels stationed here."
'But I don't have to tell you that they won't always stay here to guard your precious little selves.'
"For the second part, the two Interceptors here at Earth are stationed farther out to improve our sensor range. Ground based sensor arrays can see significantly farther than the ship mounted sets, but if the aliens chose to approach the planet with their protective fields turned off, we still can't see them beyond nine light seconds. As the alien weapons have a range of over five light seconds, this only gives Earth based defenses less than two minutes warning before the aliens will reach a range where they can fire on ground targets. Two minutes after that and their high speed bombers would be in the atmosphere." Bradley waited as what he had said sank in. Looking around the room, he could see that several of the members were shifting uncomfortably in their chairs. Others were more composed, if slightly paler. Most had probably never realized that four minutes was all that separated them from oblivions. "With the two Interceptors patrolling at fourteen light seconds, we hope to increase our warning time by nearly two more minutes. The high speed of the Interceptors will allow them to return to Earth rapidly in the event of alien contact."
The Committee Chairperson, Harland Meyers cut in. "We have confidence in your current deployments and operations. I want to hear more of the data involved in Lieutenant Commander Ryan's work."
Bradley turned to face the chair. This had been the real heart of the mornings briefing, but it was also the part that he had the least understanding of. This committee didn't want to know that. In fact, he was sure they wanted to feel the exact opposite. 'That I am in control of this and it will be key in our victory over the aliens. Hell, Megan's out on a limb here trying to figure this out and I can't make heads or tails of her work.'
"Lieutenant Commander Ryan seems to have figured out how the aliens communicate, although actual two way communication has proven difficult. Several linguistic specialists accompanied her to Triton, along with several electronics experts. They are all currently pooling their talents to come up with a reliable method of communicating with this species." Bradley paused. He wasn't sure if that 'species' was the correct word as it almost implied a common origin with the life of Earth, which the aliens seemed to lack completely. "They are also in regular contact with specialists here on Earth who assist them. It is hoped that at some time we will be able to communicate with them fluently, but it is unclear if that is even possible. As Lieutenant Commander Ryan put it, 'We are still just imitating bird calls and hoping we get the right one.' "
Bradley could feel the auto stabilizers activate to maintain his posture as he prepared to address the next subject. He wasn't very comfortable with it, but it had been necessary. "Our data on this is also available to the other nations of Earth. With the FSC in command of the operations at Triton, and the Euro and Chinese troops providing the bulk of the combat forces there, they also have need of this information. The Euro has given us strong reassurances that any information this data allows them to ascertain from the salvaged portions of the Alpha they were able to capture will be shared with the US government freely. It is hoped that either the surviving alien population of Triton or the systems of the damaged Alpha will give us more information on the location of any other colonies they may have in the Solar System, or beyond it." Bradley remembered the briefings where they had focused on where the aliens had come from and how widespread they might be in the galaxy at large. Thinking about it had been hard enough. Actually coming face to face with the fact that this could be just the tip of an immense galactic presence was enough to give anyone a cold chill.
"Is there a projected time frame for this operation, Admiral?"
He had to know the answer, but it had to be asked all the same. "No Honorable Chairperson. This particular operation has no precedent to guide it. We haven't even managed to establish fluent communications with another form of life here on Earth. We have no way of knowing if this project is even possible. That Lieutenant Commander Ryan managed to discern how they communicated at all is nothing short of a miracle. We may never be able to understand them more than we can a sparrow." 'This is a form of life based on chemicals our best scientists are still trying to figure out, and who seem to communicate and even perceive in ways we can't even sense.' Bradley thought. 'We're damned lucky we got this far.'
He knew that wasn't what they wanted to hear. They were hoping for one miracle after another. The fact that humanity had come face to face with an advanced alien race and managed to survive this long was a miracle. Learning how some of their technology operated and how they communicated was nothing short of another. Hoping for more than that was probably a pipe dream.
"Thank you Admiral Walters. That will be all for now."


November 15th 2210 hours/Beijing, China

Minister Po pulled the piece of paper across the desk and looked at it one more time. He had left it for last, intentionally avoiding it. He had hoped that time would give him another option. Another answer. But there was none.
Paper was never a good thing for those involved. It meant the subject was considered too sensitive for electronic storage. It would be used and then destroyed, with no trail for anyone to reclaim afterwards.
The students who had published the research concerning applications of the alien technology had been identified. Not detained yet, that would be too obvious. They had managed to penetrate the government’s electronic security measures. Done it without being discovered. And then they had used the data to come up with their own findings and designs. Technically, they were incredible. Politically they were inept. And that would kill them.
China could not allow this to endure. They were a danger. They could be valuable, but allowing them to live would expose China to the danger that others might discover what they had done. They may also engage in the same activity in the future, with far more damaging consequences. They would have to die. Die in ways that appeared to have nothing to do with the government.
An accident for one, infection for another. The third would suffer health problems. None of them would survive. What a waste. So much talent.
Funds were already being allocated for the development of the designs the group had come up with. This technology could be very useful, and to allow the other powers to get ahead on ‘research’ that had originated here would be damaging for the morale of the people. Morale had already dropped related to the FSC’s return of Chinese troops to Earth, and the publicity they had created for the occasion. China would suffer no more doubt of its government and the decisions it made. They must know that they were destined to rule, and that no one else was fit to do so.
Po signed the paper.
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Re: November 2204

Postby procyon on Wed 20 Jul 2011 02:37

November 2204 part 3

November 19th 1640 hours/Queensland Research Facility, Australia

Chairman Mukata sat in the small office. The monitor in front of him had long ago shut down from disuse, and his tea was cold. None of this concerned him. The presentation had finished two hours before, but he intended to sit there as long as it took to decide what needed to be done. And it was obvious that things needed to be done.
The presentation had been all he had hoped for and more. The frame and designs were complete, and a prototype was even under construction. A timeframe for completion and initial testing had not been available, but most estimates expected to see production of the first units to begin within six months. All this was very good news. It had complications though.
Projected costs to put the new system into production would strain the FSC. The FSC had never been able to maintain over three armed vessels in its fleet prior to this, and two were in service currently. To put this system into service would require even greater costs as no current design would be able to properly utilize it. But it would need to go into production. Funding would have to be made available. How that would be done was the question.
Mukata stared at the monitor. It was a question he would have to answer before he returned to present this information to the boardmembers. And he would not leave this office until he had that answer.


November 21st 1700 hours/Surface of Titan

Li Xue could feel her heart pounding as her chest heaved, trying to get more air. 'How did I ever let Mae talk me into this?' she wondered. Grabbing her towel from the bench she wiped the sweat from her face and sat down heavily. Looking up through the large glass pane she could see Mae suddenly vault from the floor to a wall and then brace herself on the ceiling as she hammered a vicious backhand that sent the small ball hurtling toward the far wall.
Li settled back against the wall. It was cold and made her back cramp a little, but still felt good. 'What was I thinking? Racketball has always looked a little like an organized way to get yourself hurt. In this low gravity with every wall and ceiling in play, it looks more like organized suicide. And somehow Mae still makes it look easy.'
Li looked at her arms and legs. They were showing more of their old tone again. The workouts were helping. Then she looked at the young man sitting beside her. 'I know the pills I take in the morning are to help me keep from losing bone and muscle mass on this moon, but he definitely is getting way more than a maintenance dose.' The man beside her was covered in thick muscles, and she was sure he was physically powerful even without his military suit on. He wasn't watching his friend or Mae play out their match. He was just staring. Li looked at the young man.
'He's not on this moon. He's still on another one. When they shipped the soldiers that came back from Triton here, they were just trying to aviod any incidents that the other nations' media could exploit. But they didn't do them any favors.' Li elbowed the young man and he startled slightly. "Looks like your friend just lost another round to Mae."
The young man looked down at the court. Li looked down also to see Mae smiling and talking to the young man's friend. Another soldier. 'The little flirt. Well, while your young.' Li heard the young man beside her talk. "Your friend is pretty good. For a girl." Li turned back to see the young man looking down at the pair with the slightest hint of a smile. But this hint disappeared quickly. 'What happened to you?' Li thought as she looked at him.
"Unless you are a whole lot better than your friend, your about to lose to a woman." Li elbowed him harder as she stood up and picked up her racket. She wasn't sure she could really back up her words, but she was going to give it her best shot. She started to walk for the stairway down to the court.
"That's what you think." Li looked at the glass and could see the young man standing up and following her. Watching her walk.
'He's on this moon now.' she thought.
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Re: November 2204

Postby procyon on Wed 20 Jul 2011 02:37

November 2204 part 4

November 26th 1850 hours/Patrol Vessel 17, dark side of asteroid belt

The Commander of Patrol Vessel 17 waited impatiently as the testing of the new system progressed. Both Patrol Vessels 13 and 17 had been refitted with the new defensive system and initial testing was underway. Both vessels had moved to the edge of the debris field and were in the process of calibrating the mass drivers with the onboard fire controls. Initial tests had been frustrating with the system. The mounting had proven to be capable of rapid adjustment which was good, but precision had been lacking. Harmonics with the ships inherent magnetic field produced excessive dispersion of the projectiles. Recent adjustments to the systems' cyclic rate were improving the mass drivers' ability to concentrate fire. Adequate saturation of an engagement zone was now possible and impacts on stationary targets had been achieved. This in itself was progress.
Now integrating the Patrol Vessels' sensor arrays with the mass drivers' targeting system was underway. The system had been designed with substantial integral tracking and fire control equipment to allow it to engage targets without taxing the ship's fire control equipment, but it would still need to be tied in adequately so that it would coordinate its fire with the Patrol Vessels' drives. If it were to attempt to engage a target while the drive was active it would destroy the system. It could possibly destroy the entire vessel if the mounting was to fail. Unfortunately, the systems' inherent fire control had never been designed for this and it was proving difficult to achieve. Manual control of the system's operation was still necessary to ensure proper employment. The crew had assured the Commander that the system would be fully integrated, but a time frame had yet to be established. Until then no further operations could be conducted against the native race.
Most frustrating was that the adjustments to the operating system were affecting the whole vessel. Fire control of the torpedoes, drive manipulation, and a host of other systems were currently degraded due to the necessity of integrating the defensive system with the rest of those on the Patrol Vessels. The Patrol Group would be almost helpless in combat in its current state. This was unacceptable.
Time to calibrate these systems was not a luxury they could afford. The native race had been dealt a severe blow but would recover if given time. If this war was to be won, the native race could not be afforded these opportunities. Victories would not only need to be achieved, but built upon.
One success had been achieved unlooked for. The maneuvers that the native race had devised to thwart and evade the torpedoes had been analyzed. It was not possible to improve the current torpedoes to be able to overcome this obstacle, but future weapons should be able to do so. More importantly, programs had been devised that would allow the warships to employ this maneuver. With both a defensive system and the evasive maneuvers, the native race would find it much more difficult to make successful intercepts.
Hopefully, they would find it impossible.

November 29th 0630 hours/US Interceptor MkIII Yari, orbit of Triton

Rear Admiral Jack Ryan stared at the monitor in front of him. The visual feed of Triton would just be a dark circle against the background of stars, but the optical systems of the Yari gave a clear view of the moon. Visible were the marks of combat across the surface. Dark patches where lasers had scorched the surface. Blackened scars where missile drive detonations had evaporated the volatile ices and charred the substrate. Hundreds of scars. No, thousands.
The second convoy had completed its work. Supplies had been landed on the surface and the last of the US 2nd Armored Division was now on board the Q Ships and ready for transport home. The remaining Pan Euro, FSC, and Chinese troops would continue to consolidate the gains that had been made. Combat on the surface had almost ceased with only sporadic resistance from the aliens. Megan's work seemed to have stopped the alien resistance. There was even talk of open communication with the creatures.
And for that reason, she would stay behind.
The ships wouldn't though. They would leave in half an hour.
The Q Ships would relieve the Pan Euro 3rd Light Battle Group at Mars when they returned. The Euro ships were helping US Task Force 1 to guard Mars Station and her valuable shipyards. With most of the Euro and US space based construction facilities in ruins the few left were invaluable. So security for Triton would be reduced while the convoy moved back to the inner system. Triton would have no ships defending her until mid way through January. The shipyards were the priority. They would have to be guarded.
Not Megan.
And if the aliens returned, again, she would die.
Jack turned off the visual feed. Displayed on the monitor was a resignation. His resignation. It would let him go down to the surface with his little girl. She had already gone through too much alone. He had spent too much time away from her. And if she was to die out here, he would rather spend what time they had left together.
It wouldn't work. Jack knew it. They would never accept his resignation. If he traveled down to the surface a message would be sent to have him retrieved. Security Teams would 'escort' him back to the ship. Drag him home. All he would do is cause his little girl more pain. Cost the convoy time. Put more lives at risk.
Jack tapped on the armrest and watched the resignation disappear. There was only one thing left to do before the convoy left. Jack keyed the override for the comm system and patched through to the ground relay station. Moments later the screen picked up another visual feed.
"Hi daddy, I wondered when you'd call."
"Hi Megan, I just needed to tell you good bye for now and that I love you."
Jack, for the first time, was glad that a cyborg's faceplate couldn't show tears.
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Re: November 2204

Postby procyon on Wed 20 Jul 2011 02:38

November 2204 part 5

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Overview

This month saw a great deal of work done on paper, but no real action. Everyone was doing their best to avoid conflict while they prepared their fleets. Other than necessary movements, the players even cut back on patrols to look for the Nemotians. Guarding of infrastructure, construction, research, and saving for the next batch of ships was the main activity of the players this month.
But for all of their mutual support earlier in the game, only the Euro did not spend this turn worrying about the other players.

For the Pan Euro,
This month started with a great deal of hand wringing and doubts. The damaged SS shipyard at Earth needed repaired. If she used the other SY on the station, it would tie up all of her space based construction assets. The cost of new ships would be increased by 50% for the next 6 months if she did this. If she used ground assets to repair the station, she would be able to continue some warship construction at normal costs, but the station's repairs would cost an extra 50% - which she would have to come up with all at once. With her research on SL3 & R and colonization/IU eating up huge amounts of her income, she would have to make a choice.
In the end, she backed off the investment in IU and paid the cost to use ground industry for the SS repairs. She decided that she would face more expenses with increased warship costs over 6 months that she would for the repairs. To make good on that, she started a new DD just to take advantage of the cost savings.
She ended up with a real stroke of luck though, and happened to make a first month success on her EL research roll. She was quite tickled that the jump to EL3 would increase her income significantly for December and open the chance to research D - which the players had asked about incessantly as we debated the threat response research rules of Ultra. The fact that her only SA was tied down already and not available to undertake verifying the breakthrough for D bothered her a bit when she realized it.

For China,
This month was all about spending his accumulated savings. With two light cruisers, 6 frigates, and the SS defense modules guarding Venus, work on a new heavy cruiser was begun. He also piled money into research on Ta. He had read that Cp tractors could pull 100HS for each engine, and understood that meant even a small ship could tow a huge (for our game anyway) BS or AF. Those big defenses would be far cheaper to maintain than a mobile fleet and the extra weapon range would give him an advantage. He knew his assets on Earth were vulnerable, but doubted the other players would try anything. He also began colonization at a rate 50% higher than any other player at the time to try and make up for lost ground. When Titan had turned out to be an mT*, he had decided that it would become a priority for him. He shipped some Qv to help protect against alien small craft, but understood that it would do little good. Until the CA was done though, Titan would still be the second priority.
He also managed to finally get his roll for EL2, which would take his already substantial income and give it a boost. It would also allow another round of IU construction on Earth.
China was looking like it could become the dominant power if something didn't happen to shift the balance. Tech-wise he was behind. His ability to project force was still unmatched though.

For the US,
The US spent the month continuing its investment in IU and colonization. He was able to get his fleet of Q ships up to 4 this month, giving his dwindling fleet some flexibility. He was worried that the US was about to become nothing more than the Euro's lackey if nothing changed. With an income only 80% of the Euro's, and his entire fleet of warships amounting to little more than an understrength Euro battle group, he felt he was occupying a position that was becoming more and more like the FSC. With Euro ships at both Earth and Mars, he could make no move that wasn't monitored.
So began the plan to relieve the Euro ships at Mars and assume a position somewhat like China. He would guard his off world assets and relegate the defense of Earth to the Euro, secure in the fact that as allies the Euro would protect him, not attack. He would then be able to build up troops and ships for an invasion of Sedna without the other players monitoring the whole situation.

For the FSC,
This month saw more quiet plans advanced. She managed several successes on research, and started a hidden PDC with some armor and a leftover laser. If discovered, she intended to explain it as a defense against alien bombers, which it was. With no missiles it did not violate the Pax Terra treaty so there was little the other players could complain about. The limited range of the laser made it little threat to the other players’ warships. But the PDC and her two hidden missile silos would help to blunt any ground invasion by another player. She knew China would like to make good on its initial attempt to take her out, and was fairly sure that either the US or Euro would be willing to try the same thing to level the playing field with China by adding her populations to theirs.
The real reason behind it was that she had no off world construction sites. She couldn't build anything that the other players weren't going to scan from the very first moment she began construction, and she had no intention of giving away the research she had poured so many resources into. So the 'Defensive' installation was actually the beginning of an underground construction facility. She hoped to have it finished before construction of her new class of ship entered service.

For the Nemotians,
I spent most of this turn trying to consolidate what holdings the aliens had, upgrading their ships, putting more ships into service that would be effective against the players designs, while somehow balancing the cost against the Nemotian's dwindling resources. This turn only spent 400MC more than they made, which was much closer to a balanced budget than most of the preceding turns. It also got most of the fleet refitted. This would still mean that the Nemotians would not be ready for an offensive until February of 2205. This was going to give the players a lot of time to make up for the losses they had taken in the last attacks. Most would actually be stronger. The Nemotians really needed something to set the players back on their heels or the war would be over before the start of 2206.
My biggest problem was what I talked about in Nov part 1. I had yet to face China's cruisers and win. Any attack would eventually have to face them. They might be tied down to Venus for a while, but they would eventually return to the fight. And the Nemotians needed a way to face them. With the two Chinese Cruiser Groups throwing 12 to 15 missiles in a volley while the entire Nemotian fleet could only scrape together 9 Pta's, the balance of power in an engagement was not on my side.
December would see the plan I came up with set into motion. My answer to the Chinese Cruiser Groups.

Thanks again for reading.

Ok, somehow this little bit got missed by me earlier in the story. To set the stage…

All of the players knew the habitability of the various planets/moons in the solar system at the start of the game. This way they wouldn’t have to guess which dwarf planet/moon was colonizable or not. It also gave them a hint as to what it was. We said it was from prior, cursory surveys of the solar system.

Titan was on the list, and was known to be ‘Desolate’.

So all the players assumed it was an O2 moon. No big deal. Only Callisto was listed as Hostile – giving a big tip off that it was an mT and setting the stage for the battles over the Jovian orbit.

They didn’t know that I had decided that Titan was also an mT, but would require Desolate colonization costs. It would still have the mT population limit. Which could make it VERY valuable as it was also going to get the ‘ringed planet’ bonus I found in the random system tables, making the moon very rich for its REI. Callisto was only normal REI.

So yes, when the players thought they were giving China the shaft as Titan was the only colonizable body at Saturn, they didn’t realize that they had given away one of the jewels of the system.

As this info is only on the system sheet and not the turn notes, I managed to miss it and forget to write about it in the story. Oops.
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