Balance Mod Game Story - Rise of the Xiati Empire
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|Forager G||250kT Frigate||Ship (Scout)||5|
|Raptor I||400kT Destroyer||Ship (Attack S)||14|
|Phantom G||400kT Destroyer||Ship (Seeker S)||24|
|Protector E||400kT Destroyer||Ship (Point-Defense)||15|
|Dauntless G||570kT Light Cruiser||Ship (Defense S)||23|
|Striker F||570kT Light Cruiser||Ship (Seeker M)||8|
|Defiant E||870kT Cruiser||Ship (Defense M)||16|
|Ravager||1,040kT Battleship||Ship (Attack L)||5|
|Charger F||400kT Destroyer||Ship (Boarding)||6|
|Fixer C||500kT Small Freighter||Ship (Repair)||11|
|Prickler A||500kT Small Freighter||Ship (Mine Layer)||4|
|Sweeper A||500kT Small Freighter||Ship (Mine Sweeper)||11|
|Palantir B||500kT Small Freighter||Ship (Satellite Layer)||7|
|Invader C||500kT Small Freighter||Transport (Troop)||2|
|Transporter||500kT Small Freighter||Transport (Cargo)||3|
|Aggregator||1,000kT Medium Freighter||Ship (Remote Mining)||18|
|Extractor||1,000kT Medium Freighter||Ship (Remote Refining)||12|
|Space Yard D||700kT Small Base||Base (Space Yard)||9|
|Neutralizer||700kT Small Base||Base (Defense S)||1|
The stunning capture of the EEE's homeworld and moon was quickly followed up with the capture of the EEE colony on Fwandrei II in 2419.2. The orbital phase of the battle went quickly and over 225 Pillager troops were dropped on the surface. The ground battle was fierce and the EEE troops, even though they were outnumbered 5 to 1, cut through the Xiati troops with their superior firepower. In the end, only 13 Xiati troops remained after the last EEE troop vehicle was destroyed. With the capture, the Xiati had another 2.5B EEE under their control and a host of mostly intact Research and Intelligence facilities.
Most of the Xiati effort since then has been to quickly build up the defenses of the Fwandrei colonies (in case the Ukra-Tal attack) and continue to drop additional troops on the planets to ensure compliance of the former EEE citizens. The EEE still have their colony on Fwandrei IIIa, their last outpost in their former home system, but Emperor Tax'renath has been reluctant to attack the tiny moon as it is heavily armed with multiple weapon platforms and a defense base in orbit and has little resource value.
The former Utekra Defense Fleet, now the Fwandrei Defense Fleet, continues to hold the Fwandrei-Lylat warp point. So far, no attempts have been made by the EEE to breach the warp point. With the loss of half their population and over 100 ships in the last three years, the EEE may settle for a period of re-building. The Ukra-Tal on the other hand have continued to send fighter sorties to harrass the fleet and with their 3 Fwandrei colonies cut off, it can be expected they will try and liberate them with a push through the warp point in the near future.
The Norak appear to have identified the Xiati as the biggest threat to their safety as they've quickly become the most aggressive combatant with the Xiati after the EEE's fall in Fwandrei. Operating primarily out of the Drax system, the Norak have taken advantage of the undefended Eskirk-Drax warp point to send several fleets into the Eskirk system. A fleet of 18 ships (4xDEs,5xLCs,1xCR,4xBB,1xCXF,65xFighters,1xMF,2xLF) entered the system in 2419.4 and appeared to approach Eskirk III at first, but instead were heading for the Xiati home system of Xiria. The Xiati's Lacerta Defense Fleet had been in transit to Eskrik and held at the Xiria-Eskirk warp point. With a month to spare, the Eskirk Defense Fleet was sent ahead of the Norak fleet into Xiria along with a pair of Palantir satellite layers, which dropped 20 Dart and Ray satellites. The Xiati's combined forces at the warp point were 15xDEs, 6xLCs, 1xCR, 2xBB and 20xSats. Even at a tactical disadvantage, the Norak ships were powerful, and while their fleet was destroyed they managed to inflict significant losses on the Xiati, who lost all satellites along with 6 destroyers and 6 light cruisers in the battle.
A second Norak fleet of 14 ships (6xDEs,7xLCs,1xCXF,41xFighters) moved into the Eskirk system on a direct course for Eskirk III in 2419.6. The remaining ships of the combined Lacerta/Eskirk fleets were sent to Eskirk III for repair and resupply. In addition to the 12 Xiati ships (9xDEs,1xCR,2xBBs), Eskirk had 30 satellites a squadron of 105 Stinger fighters. During the battle, the Xiati fleet was held in orbit of Eskirk III while the fighters engaged the Norak fleet at a distance. A number of the smaller Norak ships were heavily damaged at this time. However, the Norak fighters were formidable and dispatched most of the smaller Xiati fighters easily. As the fleet approached Eskirk III, the Xiati fired multiple waves of ABMs which took out most of the Norak ships before they could get into weapons range. The Norak were using primarily short and medium range high-energy discharge weapons, Ripper Beams (RBs) and Incinerator Beams (IBs). In close quarters, the weapons were devastating (as they were in the battle of Xiria-Eskirk WP) but when held at long range, the Xiati had the tactical advantage. The Xiati managed not to lose a ship or satellite in the battle, but did lose 89 Stinger fighters.
The Jraenar continue to remain passive and have not attempted a direct attack against the Xiati for almost 2 years. However, they continue to maintain control of the Eskirk-Drax warp point, which in turn has provided their more aggressive Norak allies to continue to raid the Eskirk and Xiria systems. At this point in time, the Xiati lack the available ships in the north to tackle the Jraenar in an offensive engagement.
Although the Ukra-Tal maintained modest relations with the Xiati Empire for a long time, the rapid destruction of the EEE's fleets and colonies in Fwandrei quickly changed their demeanor towards the Xiati and led to Imperator Weshra-Tal dissolving the non-aggression treaty. With 3 colonies in the Fwandrei system and a colony in Reticulum, the Ukra-Tal have responded by launching multiple fighter sorties against soft Xiati targets, such as the Watcher satellite network in reticulum. In response, the Xiati attacked Fwandrei I, a key resource producing colony, and landed troops there in 2419.9. The initial ground attack stalled when the remaining Xiati troops could not destroy the intact weapon platforms on the surface. Their formidable organic armor regenerates too quickly for the small Xiati troops to damage. Further bombardment of the surface will be required before the Xiati can take the planet.
The Cue Cappa continue to avoid Xiati territory, preferring instead to push their way further into Sergetti territory. Intelligence to date suggests they have been rather successful in their attacks, either wiping out or capturing Sergetti colonies in the Sirius and Deneb systems. Emperor Tax'renath has considered dispatching the Fezzran Defense Fleet eastward to aid the Sergetti, or more precisely to prevent Cue Cappa expansion, but the new Norak threat from the north has probably put those plans on hold.
The Phong Confederation dissolved their treaty with the Xiati in the late 2418s and have been moving ships into the Bespin and Firaxis systems, which are adjacent to the Xiati systems of Ventrux and Fornax. A small fleet of 11 Phong ships recently swept the minefield at Ventrux-Bespin warp point in 2419.9 and is holding that position. Emperor Tax'renath is displeased but also concerned as the Xiati only have a small fleet stationed at Ventrux II (12 ships) and the even smaller Fornax Defense Fleet (down to 7 ships) is still enroute from the Obotron system after its role in the Fwandrei invasion was completed. The Phong have a massive industrial base and if they bring the majority of their fleet to bear, the Xiati will not have the ability to stop them at this time.
The Xiati Empire occupies, almost exclusively, most of the quadrant's central systems. To the southeast, the Cue Cappa and EEE have co-inhabit many of the systems with the Ukra-Tal holding a few colonies within that area. The Ukra-Tal's main base is southwest, where they continue to squeeze the Terran Confederation back into their home system in one of the quadrant's only wars that doesn't involve the Xiati. The Phong have a strong presence in the west, but their friendly demeanor and keen mercantile ways have allowed them to colonize many planets in the north amongst Jraenar and Norak territory. The Jraenar are mostly in the northwest but now share most of their systems with other races. The Norak are concentrated across the north from east to west and are looking to move southward. Lastly, the quickly fading Sergetti Empire only occupies a small area in the extreme northeast.
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