Buster's Uncle

February 2010 Game of the Month: "What would Pravin do?"

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Peace In Our Time - U.N. Succession

 

Datalinks: Aphelion Meet (redirected from 10-10-10 attacks)

 

1. Diplomatic context: Initial projections assumed a period of four to five decades before a full Council could meet. These projections came from calculations based on limited faction motility, helial radiation disturbances, and the slow adoption of ionosphere broadcasting tech. However, the projections failed to account for the presence of Unity resupply pods littering Chiron's surface, many containing data key to sending/receiving commlinks. After establishing face-to-face contact with Believer and Spartan factions, the U.N. communications directorate pieced together enough data from recovered data files in Unity pods and inter-faction transmissions to reestablish ties with all existent factions. The final official "first contact" brought the Hive into U.N. communications in MY 2108.

 

The quick pace of interfactional contact allowed for global scrutiny over any border disputes, forestalling the worst-case scenario of internecine conflict. An uneasy truce governed the standard year between full contact and first summit. In MY2110, delegates of all council member factions met under U.N. auspices at the Neutral Zone to address the Commissioner's proposed New Charter. The summit drew its name from the Aphelion of Chiron from Hercules B, considered an auspicious timeframe due to reduced native life activity.

 

2. Aims of the Aphelion Meet: The U.N. agenda planned for the meeting included the following unresolved binding goals: establishment of multiilateral military communications; clear demarcation of border and territorial claims; an up-down vote on adoption of the Unity Charter. The agenda included the following unresolved aspirational goals: opening round of talks to set a cross-border trade regimen; initial outlines of a human rights code; discussions on a universal energy standard; and humanitarian technology-sharing for research vital to Chironside survival.

 

Gaian agenda: The only other faction to submit a full agenda was the Gaian leader Deirdre Skye, whose agenda mirrored U.N. interests in key concerns, but introduced several measures of binding multilateral limitations to avert the heavy man-made environmental concerns of Earthside industrial development through history. Skye also emerged as a strong supporter of native biomorph research, nominally outlawed under the U.N.'s interim preservation doctrines.

 

3. Diplomatic results: The meeting successfully achieved several key goals: establishing a common commlink protocol; affirming the Charter's central tenets while leaving key provisions open for revocation at a later date; and the re-establishment of Earthside "energy credit" currencies for uniform economic liquidity.

 

Surviving records show that the meeting was due to begin a second schedule of talks addressing military cooperation and resolving territorial disputes. The Meet participants were unable to reach consensus before the 10-10-10 Attacks, which claimed the lives of all faction leaders and Meet staff.

 

4. Terrorist attack: The 10-10-10 Attacks comprised a series of coordinated attacks on the Neutral Zone complexes. Together, they eliminated all seven faction members and resulted in the death by exposure of more than five hundred identified victims. Piecemeal records suggest that the initial attack occurred inside the Meet Hall, with an intentional fire or chemical alarm. This caused automated and manned systems to seal, and to activate oxygenation. Chemical tests from the site show traces of isotopes, likely pumped into the air supply from points inside the security perimeter. The initial contamination gave a lethal dosage of radiation to more than half the Meet staff. Adding to the confusion, many of those lethally affected from outset were key personnel, and thus received a disproportionate amount of first aid and support systems when no remedial effects were possible.

 

By 2110-10-11, a small remnant of staff were suited against the atmosphere, attempting to overcome the failsafes and possibly dealing with armed aggression. In the evening of the second day, vehicle fire directed by people or persons unknown destroyed the central hall and dormitories. The last eyewitness account recovered comes from U.N. Security Detail Pvt. Nova Sudiwikarmi, who recorded that men in his squad had attempted to exit the compound and come under fire from vehicles commanded by unconfirmed, and seemingly contradictory, factions. Sudiwikarmi surmised that the confusion after the terrorist attack caused many legitimate security personnel to use force in self-defense, at which point distinguishing terrorist from soldier became impossible. Sudiwikarmi's last transmission in the evening of 2110-10-11 describes an attempt to regroup and take control of one of the few mining rovers present as perimeter defense. Sudiwikarmi's body was recovered along with several civilians approximately 13 km from the Meet: each had signs of death by nitrogen asphyxiation save one, U.N. Minister of Education Simi Rosan, who died of a firearm injury and blood loss.

 

5. Aftermath and global condemnation: U.N. patrols were the first to arrive onsite, owing to border proximity, but were slow to respond to other factions' demands for information. By 2110-10-13, Acting Secretary Sarita assumed ministerial powers in accordance with U.N. succession directives. Sarita released full decedent lists to all factions, but held details of the attack confidential. She also initiated a full-scale review of security measures and numerous depositions to determine terrorist complicity within the U.N. These measures, though justified under the Police Powers act, brought U.N. internal functions to a standstill, further delaying the release of key facts to other faction representatives.

 

Factual findings of the U.N. investigation were made public 2110-10-15, along with a call for unity in condemnation of the perpetrators of the attack and in resolution to bring them to justice. Sarita relinquished her position after the Electorate ratified Prashanti Lal, sister to predecessor Pravin Lal, as Interim Commissioner. Her first act was the repeal of the Police Powers and the normalization of citizens' personal freedoms. Less than two days later, the interim Spartan military command officially revoked the state of truce between their faction and the U.N., and advised that U.N. personnel encountered on Spartan claims would be subject to imprisonment without trial. One week later, forces under Believer command attacked and overran a U.N. border depot, seizing sensor technology and materiel. Local reports indicated that the depot now broadcast the religious agenda of Reverend Manuel Godwinson. Despite these hostilities, Interim Commissioner Prashanti Lal on 2110-10-33 formally declared her intention to preserve civilian freedoms, even as she passed the bill mobilizing unprecedented forces to defend U.N. borders.

 

The Gaians under Ailean Skye communicated a statement of mutual bereavement and regret on 2110-10-18, indicating a continuation of formal truce status. No official contacts have been reported from the University, Hive, or Morganites. The state of relations with these factions, and their leadership successions - if any - remain undefined.

 

* ~ * ~ *

 

"Sister Lal?" Sarita's soft words brought Prashanti back from her thoughts. "Secretary-General, the meeting is in 20 minutes."

 

Prashanti turned from the sunset out the window. "Thank you, Sarita. Show them in when it’s time."

 

It felt strange occupying Pravin's office, being addressed as Secretary-General in his place. Prashanti was no stranger to command; since Planetfall, as Pravin's sister and most trusted lieutenant, she'd issued orders in his name, been his closest counselor.

 

But with him gone...

 

Tears began to well again, red in the sunset. The week since the explosion at the face-to-face Planetary Council meeting had been a hectic one. The simultaneous loss of leaders had thrown Chiron into chaos. "Oh Pravi," she thought, desolately.

 

The task of guiding humanity towards reunification had seemed endless even with Pravin’s resolute hand at the helm, and now... Prashanti wiped tears and opened the dossier on the other new faction leaders.

 

The faces were all new. Many were taken from furtive angles, or strange lighting, as if the photos were illicit artifacts. Far too little was known for sure - this dark cabinet of humanity's new leaders. Lord Ailean Skye was believed more detached than his late wife; the philosopher of the Gaians. Here was the new University Provost, Iskra Vadima, whose name turned up no results at all in the academic publication archives. Smiling out from the page, the broad face of CEO Chinwemma Morgan seemed oddly out of place, given the solemnity of her rise to power. The Spartan leader, Colonel Sosimo Fernan, seemed oddly friendly for a military man, beaming out from the distance like a jolly uncle, in stark contrast to Manuel Godwinson, whose fiery oratory was already the stuff of legend. And finally, rounding out the seven, the enigmatic mouthpiece of the Hive: Speaker Liren Yang, whose clockwork-regular broadcasts assured the Hive workers - and indeed any other humans inclined to believe her - of the certainty that everything was proceeding to her plan.

 

Already, these faces were making their presence known in the U.N. corridors of power. Within days, the Spartans and Believers had begun pushing their troops towards Peacekeeper territory, in clear violation of the border agreements. Days when Peacekeepers watched their new leader and wondered if she really had what it took to lead.

 

Prashanti smiled to herself, despite it all. Turns out, she did. In a democratic civilian government with strong institutions, all you needed to lead in times of war was a damn good general. And Daoud al-Bahraini had been just the damn good general she'd needed. They'd mobilized in mere hours and held the line until the crisis passed.

 

And people on the holopodes were cheering in the streets, clasping each other and shouting with joy. And chanting. Prashanti brought her hand to her eyes again, but for tears of humbled happiness, not bereavement. They'd been chanting her name.

 

She smiled and dried her eyes properly. This was no time to be getting soft-headed with pride, or a time to be weeping with despair. Her people were still in peril; they needed her to be strong, sure, and above all, wise.

 

And as she had promised at the ceremony, she would lead them out of the darkness.

 

"What," she wondered as always, "would Pravin do?"

 

 

 

 

 

Directions

1) download the zip file and place it into your main game directory. usually this is: C:\Program Files\Firaxis Games\Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

2) unzip it.

3) start up SMAX, then select "Scenario", "Play Scenario", and then go to the subdirectory "GotM1002" and choose the scenario.

4) choose the difficulty level and the game will automatically load with the Peacekeepers.

4) if you liked the introductory story, please enjoy the other files in the .zip- they tell the story of how each of the other factions handled the transition. Feedback would be appreciated. They might help suggest creative directions for your AARs, too.

 

 

 

Changelog:

 

Carrier Deck special ability moved to Doctrine:Air Power.

 

 

FACTIONS

 

This scenario (and the associated stories) was built around the Alternate Gender Leader Project custom factions- which have all been specially modified to fit a realistic sudden power-vacuum situation, not the simple “same persons with their genders switched” that they began as.

 

#Objectives:

 

The PKs must conquer six objective bases in order to capture and interrogate the respective governors.

The six cities are:

- Great Conclave

- Judgement Seat

- Penal Colony

- Spartan Citadel

- Manufacturing Warrens

- Sparta Command

There's no need to achieve a standard victory condition in order to be eligible for the GotM Competition.

The scenario can be played at any difficulty level and even though it doesn't have a time limit, you should be able to finish it in less than 100 turns.

 

POINTS SYSTEM

 

The standings will be based on the number of turns needed for completion and of course, the difficulty level.

If we have a tie, then the Alpha Centauri score will be the tie-breaker.

However, the games played on lesser difficulty level won't be able to beat a superior level even if finished in less turns.

 

Example:

let's say we have 4 submissions:

player #1 victory in 2194 as citizen,

player #2 victory in 2196 as thinker,

player #3 victory in 2175 as transcend

player #4 victory in 2195 as transcend.

the standings will look like this:

No code has to be inserted here.

 

Have fun reading and playing! :)

 

Edit: have updated the .zip to reflect some minor proofreading and author bylines added to the stories. (For tracking purposes, the previous showed three downloads.)

1002.zip

Edited by bdanv

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You know that, whassername, Adastra Cumlaude lawyer girly I'm sweet on? It turns out that she really is a scary-good writer. Do have a look at the stories, and make her feel (even more) loved by commenting.

 

(Drives her nuts when you really lay it on thick... :doitnow!: :DD)

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I'm starting to see why you guys ascribe superhuman powers to her.

 

The writing is superb, especially the Believers, Gaians and the University background stories really left a strong impression with me. I also thoroughly enjoyed the rendering of the Morganite faction, I don't think I've ever really taken the time to really imagine the workings of my favorite faction.

 

You guys rock for bringing the game to life like this

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The Gaian story made me cry out loud. I'm not fronting. Ailean and :deirdre: had the hotness going between them, and it was so sad for him to loose her.

 

Tell me more about what you thought of the Believer story...

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EDIT: removed spoiler

 

Weird that the file shows 0 views, I just downloaded it...

Edited by DrazharLn

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bdanv (w/mod powers) edited the OP to add the attachment at 5:53 am EST. There were technical difficulties when I started the thread, and I had to fall back on linking to the posting of the file in the Downloads Section, where it's gotten 7 downloads last I checked.

 

Oddly though, I don't see any views for the attachment, either.

 

 

-Dolg and the two others who downloaded right away last night: I led off with the wrong version of the .zip; if it's displaying the Uni Leader as still Zakharov in diplomacy and comm, you're not going to get an ending when you win. You need to re-download. Sorry.

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The writing is superb, especially the Believers

 

That's all BU's doing, there. He was the one who chose to tackle a potentially-explosive theme (of religious fundamentalism), and he was the one who finessed a subtle, complex, believable personality from it.

 

:b:

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Hun, you know all I had to begin with was a monster, and everything turned on that lovely passage of characterization you wrote for him that led off the story.

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EDIT: removed spoiler

 

That's all BU's doing, there. He was the one who chose to tackle a potentially-explosive theme (of religious fundamentalism), and he was the one who finessed a subtle, complex, believable personality from it.

 

:b:

 

This was my spoiler, I thought BU might want unbiased feedback. I will be reading these backstories soon, even if I don't play the actual scenario :)

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What? You'd figured it out? Was I that obvious?

 

I'm mostly engaging in false modesty. Who exactly did what isn't that important, and I know my contributions made Ali's stuff better. Hers certainly made mine a lot better. I already know that my story is good. We're a powerful team.

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Say Ali- speaking of that, I didn't add bylines to the stories when I made the files. I feel like that's really a pretty serious oversight.

 

What do you think?

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We can add it to the top post of this thread. Something like: "written by X with input from Y" if you're interested.

 

The PKs and Believers stories were almost entirely your brainchildren - I basically only did proofreading. (And I've just read all seven factions' stories again. I have found a missing verb in the Uni sentence about "mindworms and chiropractors" and a misspellt name in the Gaian text "Felspar/Feldspar". So much for my proofreading. >__<)

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You wrote more of the PK story in the end than I did- I'd say that's a -By Ali & Uncle- credit. I'd accept an input credit for Gaians, Uni & Morgan- primary credit for Believers- and Hive & Spartans are all you, to the extent we can untangle it, unless we just acknowledge that we influenced each other in everything. I mean, it was my concept in the first place, so I can see it either way on those two.

 

[shrug] I'm easy. I think I ought to make those proofing changes you mention to the files and update the .zip. I'll wait until we've worked it out about the byline credits.

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What? You'd figured it out? Was I that obvious?

 

I'm mostly engaging in false modesty. Who exactly did what isn't that important' date=' and I know my contributions made Ali's stuff better. Hers certainly made mine a lot better. I already know that my story is good. We're a powerful team.[/quote']

 

My power is maximum.

 

If you want, I'll do my best at a proper review of the writing. I would be impartial, however, so I won't pull any punches (to use a cliché).

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Yes :b: please.

 

Where I suck, I trust you to be clinical, or at least diplomatic.

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Will do, alas, this is a busy time for me. Therefore: don't expect anything too quickly :p

 

(see me experimenting, moving out of my sentence structure rut.)

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I just spotted a typo in the PK story in the OP- "Thank you, Sarita. Show them in them when it’s time." It's in my file of the story, too, which I've corrected. Maybe we need to give it a few days to shake out the typpos before I post an update...

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You wrote more of the PK story in the end than I did- I'd say that's a -By Ali & Uncle- credit. I'd accept an input credit for Gaians' date=' Uni & Morgan- primary credit for Believers- and Hive & Spartans are all you, to the extent we can untangle it, unless we just acknowledge that we influenced each other in everything. I mean, it was my concept in the first place, so I can see it either way on those two.

 

[shrug'] I'm easy. I think I ought to make those proofing changes you mention to the files and update the .zip. I'll wait until we've worked it out about the byline credits.

 

So the byline output seems to be:

 

PK: AC & BU

Gaians, Uni, Morgan: AC, with help from BU

Believers: BU

Hive and Spartan: AC

 

I'd be fine with that. I literally did nothing else for this GOTM apart from the idea of the assassination and the fiction input.

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Is it possible for a mod to remove the comma from the thread title? (Old newspaper editors die hard.)

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Agreed. I caught that too late- see the heading on the OP- and it bugs me.

 

 

The credit breakdown sounds good to me.

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In the image, my name is written as "Alinestra Covalia".

 

This is a very minor typo and not one that I think needs to be changed, but I would point out that it then makes it impossible to form anagrams like "VAIN CLITORAL EASE" from my name.

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I suspect it will be changed very soon.

 

Whether it will be changed to "Vain Clitoral Ease, bdanv and Buster's Uncle" remains to be seen :)

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impossible to form anagrams like "VAIN CLITORAL EASE" from my name.
We can't have that.

 

(At least I didn't spell it Covelina again. Or Cumlaude. Or Myfutureexwife.)

 

I may not have the strength of will to let the error stand for long.

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I love the names of the stories. Puns are my friends.

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