by Max Barry

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HOMEDEN (High Oscillation Microwave Emitting Defense Emergency Network)

The HOMEDEN is the first defense network implemented in Venmere. It uses a series of microwave emitters that bounce the waves back and forth at high frequencies, and then release them in a narrow beam.

While not incredibly destructive, the waves are capable of cutting through most metals if given enough time, and most industrial metals, such as iron and steel, are melted fairly quickly by it. Besides this, the microwave beam fries electronics in devices and interrupts their use, sometimes destroying them completely, but in more advanced electronics simply renders them unusable until the beam ceases to be pointed at the target. The beam also causes overheating problems in engines and turbines.

There are 41 of these stations placed around Venmere, at crucial military areas, in major cities, and other key locations. There are also 12 each in all of Venmere's territories, and two are being prepared to be launched to Venmere's space territories. These defense systems will protect Venmere against an invasion as a last resort.

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