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  Notes: Kinescope of Time
May 31, 2019 2:17:06 AM    View the profile of Riqimo 
Let’s start with establishing some new canon introduction, while honoring our own special blend of canon created by ourselves. 

Here is a Linear Canon Guide:

The First Order (commonly referred to the Order) was a hermit state that emerged approximately 30 years after the fall of the galactic empire in 6 ABY.  At least that’s when we see the height of power in the Disney films.

They have a similar history as us to a degree.  A remnant faction of the Galactic Empire, existing essentially as a subfaction of political power and its own sphere of influence.  They disappeared into the Unknown Regions similar to us, only far deeper.

We have different histories, with the Vast Empire being essentially a border faction of the Imperials that had the most dealing with the New Republic and cultural exchanges.  We are more diverse than the other factions.

Thrawn was a nemesis of ours for a long time too, fostering distrust of Chiss amongst many of our ranks.  We are still in the midst of that cultural thing, story-wise because of the role.  He was also an Imperial warlord faction.

And it turns out as we go into what I can new VE canon (for simplicity's sake).  Thrawn turns out to be the expeditionary force of the First Order, a pawn in the grand scheme of the First Order's plans.  Thinking that he is carving a spot at the head of the table for the Chiss at the rebuilt Empire.

And naturally being a diverse subfaction of the Empire, we are considered the weakest link.  A meat shield between them and the New Republic.

And more than that... we are also fighting with the New Republic because of some crimes against sentients that they are performing due to events found in stories of the past.  Unethical experiments.  Etc.  Their propaganda turns us, the Imperials into the bad guys, despite being a subfaction that does not subscribe to the old Empire diversity stance.

Two fronts, we actually have success against the NR.  Until Thrawn starts hitting harder on our homefront from behind.

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If we merge in Disney canon (at least by picking and choosing), we can argue that even if it started similarly as in "THE NEW DISNEY CANON" as one may call it, it changed drastically in how it approaches the scale with us being a player.

At one point, Rey tells Luke that they’ll have control of the galaxy within weeks during these films. This is done quickly because there is no unified military power that can challenge them.  The Republic’s military was nuked with the Hosnian System.  It is now the resistance attempting to put together a fight now.

We changed the galactic stage with our chapter pushes forward to coreward worlds.  So thus, in our canon, these things happen in a much faster timeline because of our existence.

We were making huge coreward strikes in chapters 8 and onwards trying to expand our domain. Here is a map of where we stood at 12 ABY, this comes from Fury’s story work:

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The bulk of our defending on the homefront occurs in 17 ABY through 19 ABY.  Shattered Glass occurs at 20 ABY during a unified push to reclaim our systems of the factions remaining.

We succeed. And reclaim control of our space once more.  We turn to rebuilding. Our success led to a false sense of security and yet also hypervigilence as a culture of prevention of this happening again.

Prime Executive Order directives were made during the recovery process as a contingency method.  Order Zero-Niner was one of them.

Three months after shattered glass, we see a hostile sudden attack.  A massive Thrawnist fleet launches a suprise attack on the Lotaith system and reintroduces total warfare with an experimental prototype test of the First Order's Starkiller system.

High Command immediately executes the precoded emergency order of Zero Niner.

For context:

OOC:

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Restricted to High Ranking Command Officers of Clearance Access 9837290 Rotating Encryption Code and Members of the Divisional DJO Clearance Transference

Order Zero-Niner


Every military presence must muster together and establish itself as an independent unit within its region and wait for an encrypted message from High Command to merge on a hidden stronghold shipyard creating our very own Eclipse-class SSD in deep space far from any traveled route. Scheduled to be completed in 23 ABY.  If executed earlier than completion, she will be quickly rigged for emergency launch protocols.


The coordinates never came.

Lotaith, the capital planet of the Vast Empire was already under siege when the message went out.  Thrawn laid down a master stroke of crippling our empire.  He blew the system’s sun by careful placement of the gravity well generators on his vessels.

There were very few survivors, only those fighting on the edge of the system and had the reflexes to quickly enter hyperspace and lucky enough to survive a random destination hyperspace burst.

The Vast Empire is caught between both the Republic and First Order War, our systems become a no-man’s land of war-torn ruins.

All that survived of the coordinates was something heavily encrypted that Riqimo had managed to pull out of the Dominion's databank (Army High Command star destroyer).

Bit by bit, he has been drifting trying to find various old officer codes to help break the encryption. He has found enough to be close, but needs to call out for the remnant factions still listening for for the call on their old encrypted VE channels.

That is where we begin now. 23 ABY after Shattered Glass.  Chapter 11 - Zero Niner.

The current story is here to give us a creative space to stretch the writing muscles.  You can write however you want during the entire time space of the three years.  You can write with whichever members you want.

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Also of import:

For purposes of this story, I suggest anyone anyone who would normally be below a squad leader role into a squad leader role for the story on the Army side.  I talked with Drac and Slasher and they like to give their equivalent a shot for this story on the Navy side as well.  You are Elite troopers and pilots and whathave you.  Working independently to support a greater whole.

In a time of decentralized command, you take charge of the grunts with less training and experience.  You are thrust into command of people less experienced than you.  You might even be protecting refugees and civilians.  Or maybe you're alone with a pocket of civilians.

Or maybe you take a deep dark cover operation to insert into the First Order forces for intelligence.

Or come up with your own possibilities.

Essentially, we fragment into different pockets of resistance with some command officers acting as runners between the pockets, protecting critical and sensitive information.  (Gee, sounds vaguely familiar)

Empire’s Edge is considered canon for those that choose to have their characters in there.  They can determine their own fitting into the ABY timeline as they see best.

Bringing the First Order into our canon early actually makes very good logic for our club.  It gives something for the new generation of fans to relate to, but we still get to be the cool Imperials and “good guys” of the galaxy.

This new story arc provides us with continuing our spirit of writing in our own blend of canon in the universe, treating the galaxy as a playbox where things from official canon exist, but we determine how they interact with each other and create new stories of our own making.

Speaking of stories of our own making...

This story provides a plethora of plot hooks for you to build upon yourself and develop.  The overarcing theme we are contributing to is a 3 year spanning deep cover resistance operation trying to crack the encryption of the coordinates... upon which we will work to start a Chapter 11 from the operations as a backstory if we wish to continue writing.
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  RE: Notes: Kinescope of Time
May 31, 2019 2:57:42 PM    View the profile of Trick 
Thanks for all your work Doc.  And Slash and Drac too.  What a nice set of posts to wake up to this morning.

For anyone wondering about the EE canon/timeline, I've been noodling around with what to keep from those years of writing.  So many members of our VE community collaborated on the EE; it was a solid year of fun, work, and wonderful stories.  I want to honor that by preserving as much as possible.  But I also want to streamline and simplify, so as to more easily fit into the new rebooted VE canon.

To help me organize my thoughts, I've been writing a sort of in-universe overview.  Like a biased, almost-propaganda history book covering the Empire's Edge.  It started as an exercise for myself, but now I think it might be useful for anyone wondering about the EE.  I always have trouble with brevity, but hopefully anyone who is interested enough to read it will glean the important details of that spin-off canon.

I'll be posting these history book fragments on the ComNet today at some point.  I'm going to make them their own thread to keep things organized.  But I'll probably post a link to that thread here, for ease of navigation and cross-referencing.

EDIT: And here it is: https://comnet.imperialnetwork.com/topic/17205/
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  RE: Notes: Kinescope of Time
May 31, 2019 7:22:06 PM    View the profile of Amacuse 
And if anyone was worried about things being referenced in regards to Shattered Glass, and don’t feel like reading 71 posts (I read it five times already), I have a summary of the events that happened in that story here https://www.vastempire.com/wiki/VENA:_Through_the_Shattered_Glass
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  RE: Notes: Kinescope of Time
June 1, 2019 2:44:40 AM    View the profile of Riqimo 
Thanks to both Amacuse and Trick for giving me some support in the background information we have to work with here.

If anyone wants to flesh out more, by all means! I am using the writing channel on our discord server to try and keep our story discussions in a mostly central place.

If you're stuck on where to write, or simply want some suggestions on where to go, ask on Discord, or right here on comnet. Let's get those writing muscles going.
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  RE: Notes: Kinescope of Time
June 1, 2019 10:53:59 PM    View the profile of Gurlanin 
This is awesome, thanks for writing this all out.

Are we considering the "Guess who's back?" post canon, or are we putting that down to a warm up exercise?

Also, if Empire's Edge is canon, but our character did not transfer over there but we did and ranked up with a new character (who likely isn't coming back), would we apply the new EE rank to our VE character?
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  RE: Notes: Kinescope of Time
June 2, 2019 12:05:11 AM    View the profile of Trick 
Hiya Gur.  I'm not sure about the Guess Who's Back? thread.  I'm treating it like a way to get back into the swing of things, but I'm gonna try to keep up with the New Canon discussions and fit my posts in as much as I can.

As for out-of-story ranks?  I'm not sure a decision has been made yet really, and it's not mine to make.  I seem to be the most senior EE person around, and my instinct is that any IC content folks wrote over at the EE forum (all character development, NPCs, or plotlines) are fair game to transfer over, but that the VE is a separate thing as far as shinies, ranks, and certainly positions are concerned.  Although it was a spin-off, the EE was a separate club on a separate forum.

I also vaguely remember that this question was addressed the last time we tried a VE revival, but I don't remember the details of what we settled on. 
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  RE: Notes: Kinescope of Time
June 7, 2019 9:28:48 AM    View the profile of Riqimo 
I'll likely be trying to throw a couple mission type stories out in the next few days. (if you want to post on what's currently running, by all means don't let me stop you!)

I'm likely going to post them as independent threads, then copy paste the first post of each into the Kinescope thread (with OoC links to the actual story thread in question), making the main thread somewhat of a central link for all the stories.

Each one will essentially be a key objective mission in the grand scheme of things, you don't have to be in all of them, of course. Just the ones you want.
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  RE: Notes: Kinescope of Time
June 12, 2019 3:17:00 AM    View the profile of Riqimo 
I put together a good plot hook document for folks to use and try to collaborate on stories they want to write (with whomever they want to write with).  No official squad structure for these stories, just what you folks work out together to write a mutually-driven plot trying into our overarcing story.

Naturally, you can write your own personal char dev too outside of these hooks.  These are just meant to be ideas for you to work for to support the larger "VE Resistance" operations and write with others on them.

Here's a link.

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Thanks to Trick digging up some old maps, we have this to reference where the NR/FO occupation lines would look like through the time span.

Shykar System (Lopen) - Unoccupied.  It's a system that most need knowledge of to reach. Or appropriate Force sensitivity to sense.  It's possible to run into enemies here, but it's unlikely unless we lead them there.  [There is a plot hook of a possible traitor to the NR in the DJO at the time of our fall]

Sian System (Tadath) - First Order Held about fall of Lotaith to mid 21 ABY at which point it becomes a no-man's back and forth battle system.  Falls to NR control about mid 22 ABY and back in First Order hands by start of 23 ABY.

Vectra System (Abrae) - Largely NR held until the last few months of 23 ABY when a large First Order push occurs.  This is where the New Republic Navy parks their flagships, having re-purposed the VE Naval Yards to support their defensive fleet operations against the First Order.  (We have a complicated relationship of operations in this system of wanting to reclaim our resources and infrastructure, but also keep the NR at enough of a power level to hold back the First Order from fully overrunning the area and pushing all of VE space into their control)  [We are more likely to hit their supply runs coming out and going in from this system in ambushes rather than assault directly]

The entire Lipsec run will likely be First Order occupied the whole timespan.

Koba spur will be NR defensive line holding back the FO aggressors.

Here is a quick edit of the 12 ABY map to show the general occupation zones.

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Yellow is NR / Pinkish FO

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Thrawn's expeditionary aggression fleet of the First Order moves to the Endor-Bakura front around the middle of 21 ABY.  We will likely reintroduce him in 23 ABY when we start chapter 11 itself rather reprising a role during some prelude writings.

Our intel analysts believe the First Order will likely fully control our space by the start of 23 ABY with aggressive tactics against the NR and strategic victories.  Especially with Thrawn leading on the Endor Front at that time, the NR will likely fall to resistance levels by 26 ABY if we opt to do nothing to hamper or influence the chain of events.
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  RE: Notes: Kinescope of Time
June 12, 2019 8:21:45 AM    View the profile of Riqimo 
Some of you may find this useful for tracking the timeline across stories:

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LINK HERE


Have fun with it. I'll be trying to keep it up to date to show how we interweb our stories here.

Speaking of dates, the format prior to story names is [Year-Month].  Assuming a 12 month standard VE calendar (which I'll likely have a wiki page created for us later), each month is represented by 1 through 12 (for the respective order of the months).
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  RE: Notes: Kinescope of Time
June 13, 2019 3:28:49 AM    View the profile of Riqimo 
For Legends May Fall, Tadath has part of the Navy's First Defensive Fleet on hand to defend (namely their Besh grouping which is assigned to the system defense) [Note, several of these will likely be lost very quickly but gives you some names for ships to throw around].


Task Force Besh - Under naval command, technically.  Operating under the command of Rear Admiral Illyria Dallas independently of Riqimo's command.  They are focusing on engaging the larger fleet forces of the First Order/Thrawn push.

That gives a good place for people who want to jump into this story on the Navy side if they wish to be in the Tadath system at the point of time Lotaith is destroyed.


Also of note is the Army's task force assignment that falls under their hierarchy meant to support Stormtrooper Operations.

Task Force Senth - Responding to Riqimo's orders as this fleet falls under Army High Command hierarchy and Riqimo has assumed Prefect status in the decentralization.  Captain Elith Fortin upon the Dominion is currently engaging in counter boarding actions.
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  RE: Notes: Kinescope of Time
June 15, 2019 12:41:37 AM    View the profile of Riqimo 
Got a post up on Kinescope, re-introduces the VEEC's (yes, engineering corps) ISD II.  It largely holds combat engineering components,as well as heavy construction machinery within its massive cargo holds. It's not particularly combat effective, preferring to rely upon shielding and an escorts force.

Several cargo holds have been repurposed into a supercomputer-like network to try and break encryption codes that we no longer have access codes for. Such as the zero-inner coordibates.

Also, yes. It really is called the Damage Force Plus.
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