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The Erviadus Galaxy RMB

WA Delegate (non-executive): The Imperio Estratocrata of Alkarzia (elected )

Founder: The Ka'lu'umil of The An Xileel

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Most Nations: 244th Largest Information Technology Sector: 263rd Most Scientifically Advanced: 270th+32
Largest Black Market: 301st Most Advanced Defense Forces: 304th Highest Average Incomes: 465th Largest Manufacturing Sector: 480th Largest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 484th Highest Wealthy Incomes: 553rd Most Subsidized Industry: 606th Most Corrupt Governments: 640th Most Avoided: 668th Most World Assembly Endorsements: 692nd Largest Governments: 698th Highest Poor Incomes: 752nd Smartest Citizens: 754th Largest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 908th Highest Economic Output: 929th Largest Mining Sector: 995th Lowest Crime Rates: 999th Most Advanced Public Education: 1,069th Most Secular: 1,093rd Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,172nd Highest Unexpected Death Rate: 1,240th Most Advanced Public Transport: 1,255th Most Developed: 1,347th Largest Retail Industry: 1,471st Rudest Citizens: 1,527th Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 1,766th Healthiest Citizens: 1,812th Most Cultured: 1,829th Highest Disposable Incomes: 1,875th Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector: 1,924th Fattest Citizens: 2,006th Most Efficient Economies: 2,070th
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We are a roleplaying-centred region, with a great amount of deep characters and stories set in a completely alien universe. Experienced and beginner roleplayers are both welcome. We value quality over quantity, and appreciate deep and diverse backgrounds.

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Embassies: The Illuminati, Eladen, Atonement of Harmony, Realm of Unrestricted Science, The Local Cluster, The Milky Way Galaxy, United Federation of Planets, The Great Chili, Micromantics, Winterfell, Icarus, The Council of The Multiverse, Galactic Imperium, Tanabiku Galaxy, Yerushalem VI, Imperium of the Wolf, and 52 others.Kylden, POLATION, Arconian Empire, Federation of Planets Headquarters, Grand Alliance, Grand New Earth, The Doctor Who Universe, Cyberius Confederation, The Universal Order of Nations, The Rose Garden, Historia Novorum, Yarnia, Melhorian Sea, Pax Britannia, The World of Remnant, Axiom Supercluster, The Pale Blue Region, Homelands, The Embassy, International Debating Area, Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri, The Great Universe, Madhouse Productions, Lunar Alliance, SECFanatics, Worldly Debate Region, Union of Nationalists, Combine Galaxy, The Dank Meme Alliance, Elcor, The Savage Garden, Lardyland, The Haven Of Calebia, Imperial Fatherland, Andromeda Galaxy Coalition, Existence, The Bar on the corner of every region, Hollow Point, Solar Alliance, Hoshizora, Zero Zero Zero Zero, Dauiland, MentosLand, Everscant, The Kuthian Galaxy, HALO UNIVERSE, Monarchist and Democratic Alliance, The High Wilderness, The Larry Pact, Celestian Prosperity Sphere, Montrandecs Neighbours, and The future world union.

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Regional Power: Moderate

The Erviadus Galaxy contains 56 nations, the 244th most in the world.

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The Most Developed in The Erviadus Galaxy

The World Census compiles a "Human Development Index" by measuring citizens' average life expectancy, education, and income.

As a region, The Erviadus Galaxy is ranked 1,347th in the world for Most Developed.

NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The People's Republic of United Asians Association of AsiansDemocratic Socialists Ordinary Caring Intelligent World Citizens“You'll Never Walk Alone”
2.The Ka'lu'umil of The An XileelInoffensive Centrist Democracy Fascists“AE HERMA MORA ALTADOON PADHOME”
3.The Serene Kingdom of Esonian empireLeft-wing Utopia Utopia“We shall endure”
4.The Imperio Estratocrata of AlkarziaDemocratic Socialists Ordinary Caring Intelligent World Citizens“Siempre Hacia Adelante”
5.The Monarchical Republic of CeltanisCorrupt Dictatorship Well-Meaning Dictatorship“Simplicitas Iustorum Diriget Eos.”
6.The Athrugadhi Empire of AriilythFather Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy“The Flame of the Phoenix Burns Eternal”
7.The Noidocratic Jonesorship of TectonFather Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy“Long Live Ions!”
8.The Nyrian Kaiserreich of Vault 8Democratic Socialists Ordinary Caring Intelligent World Citizens“Gott Mit Uns”
9.The Ka'lu'umil of PalaavaFather Knows Best State Suspiciously Conservative Democracy“AE HERMA MORA ALTADOON PADHOME”
10.The Federated Republics of United States of the UniverseInoffensive Centrist Democracy Fascists“By the people, for the people.”
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Technocracy of Vermell wrote:Elana looked around the market. While her sunglasses, needed to protect her eye from the bright blue sun of New Sakoor, stunted her vision she could still see the bright colors of the market. Exotic fruits, plants of all colors, pots, necklaces, lamps, even swords and knives, were being sold in every corner. She saw something that caught her eye, a necklace of the symbol of the 9. "What is this?" she asked.

"Ah, that is a necklace of the Nine, the Pantheon of Sakooran Deities." Terros responds, quite fascinated. "Most of the planets in Nova Archia are named after them, as a matter of fact."

Ariilyth wrote:Galti remained calm and composed in his defence. His shield absorbed the beast's magic frost, successfully. It took off again into the sky, and arched about, building for a carpet stream. Meanwhile, the dragon Karzûn mantled reared about with pain and defiance to its fate, giving Karzûn no opportunity to leap off. Galti, his back now exposed, felt wind sting behind him. He spun around, leftward riding the augmented momentum of his raised shield, and bashed it upwards, only for his shield to find the third dragon's bottom jaw, thrashing its head upward and right in recoil, giving Karzûn, if he could balance himself, the opportunity to leap onto his next victim.

The cyborg drives his swords deeper into the dragon’s head one last time, then as he grips the embedded blades tightly, he stands up and propels himself towards the other dragon using the momentum of his body pushing off from the head of the third dragon, pulling out his swords to reveal a gaping wound.

Vordanian Warriors wrote:The cyborg drives his swords deeper into the dragon’s head one last time, then as he grips the embedded blades tightly, he stands up and propels himself towards the other dragon using the momentum of his body pushing off from the head of the third dragon, pulling out his swords to reveal a gaping wound.

Galti turned his eye to the sky and switched blade and shield for a rifle. The remaining dragon seared down though beyond reach and sprayed a blitz of frost below on its own brother, catching Karzun mid leap and freezing up his joints. The freezing Kauv'ok fell from his balance at a great height and crashed below the ice once more, leaving Galti alone with two angry dragons.

Ariilyth wrote:Galti turned his eye to the sky and switched blade and shield for a rifle. The remaining dragon seared down though beyond reach and sprayed a blitz of frost below on its own brother, catching Karzûn mid leap and freezing up his joints. The freezing Kauv'ok fell from his balance at a great height and crashed below the ice once more, leaving Galti alone with two angry dragons.

Damn not this again...

Karzûn growls in frustration as he falls victim to the frost once more, unable to move his frozen joints. But as he plummets into the icy depths, he refuses to accept a fate that he’s narrowly escaped too many times already. Karzûn struggles to move and shatter the ice that immobilizes his joints, but out of desperation he will do anything he can in order to break free.

Ariilyth wrote:In Tuak, Y'shool's agents have slipped through the cracks, in totality, using foul blackmail of debauchery, and enticing lures of cleared debts, among other things, some more truthful than others. The unenthusiastic senators of Yamo's upstart, stagnant Federation are thus swayed into impeaching Yamo in a vote of no confidence.

~Tuak, Yamo Family Estate~

Yamo poured the sugar into his cup of tea, stopping after pouring just enough. He looked up for half a second as clearly exhausted uniformed man cam rushing towards him.

"Ah, Edward, a pleasure to see you again. Please, sit you look absolutely exhausted." Yamo motioned to the chair directly next to his small table where his tea sat. Pouring Edward some as well and placing the sugar besides it. Edward looked at the tea as the self-proclaimed Speaker of the Senate in bemusement.

"Sir there isn't time for this. Haven't you heard the news? High Lord Admiral Leyton has suddenly amassed a group of Senators together and has forced a vote of no confidence through the Senate. They say your lack of response to the 'Union' and your inability to secure the core has proven you lack the capability to lead us through this crisis." Edward looked at the man as he, much to his surprise smiled and sipped from his tea. Chuckling Yamo placed the tea cup down and jovially arose.

"I'm very much aware of Leyton lack of loyalty lately Edwards. This no-confidence vote is meaningless, but one I can't ignore. Which is why I've sent my personal guard unit to end this, as we speak my guards are stripping Leyton of command and placing a much more capable commander in charge." Yamo approached Edwards, and grasped his shoulders.

"You. I should've done this years ago Edwards, you've been nothing but a loyal and capable commander. Leyton is as much to blame for our current situation as any, I after all am no Admiral." He flashes a toothy smile as Edwards holotool and his own begin to beep rapidly.

"It's the emergency communique sir." Edward stammers, opening his holotool to see a it's High Lord Admiral Leyton with a row of Marines behind him as well as six battered and bruised soldiers being held at gunpoint behind him; Yamos Guard Unit. Yamo looks at his holotool in disbelief, especially when he realizes this isn't just for him, but it's a live broadcast going out across the Systems Federation. Yamo lowers his arm, not listening to whatever Leyton has to say, knowing full well he truly hasn't grasped the nature of this situation.

"People of the Federation, for five long years we've toiled to try and salvage what was left of our great United Republic. Five years we've allowed our self-titled savior play the role of a petty Emperor as he waged failed campaign after failed campaign to push into the core. Five years and we've nothing to show for it but a near bankrupt 'government', collapsing moral, and the same territory which we've just barely held onto for five years. Now we've pretenders marching towards us from the south, a cyborg who we should've killed years ago massacring our fellow citizens, and terrorists playing the role of nation-builders. The Council of Allied Worlds has made us loyal citizens of the United Republic an offer, join forces and put an end to all those who would see our dream of a perfect union dead, or perish under the rule of an incompetent loud mouth who has no idea what it means to rule. I ask you to join me now, do not let the dream of a United Republic die with Yamo."

As Yamo looked in the distance a dark silhouette enveloped the surrounding landscape, he looked upwards slightly as he saw in the clouds a Star Conqueror hovering above. As suddenly as it had arrived a hand was yanking Yamo inside, attempting to pull him to safety.

"Sir we need to get you out of here." Edwards pressed a panel on the wall when they'd entered, a holographic display lighting up.

"Identifying Micheal Edwards, hello again captain, would you like me to summon the mistress?" A feminine VI voice asked politely.

"Not today, initiate Failsafe Violet. Copy all files we have on the database to my holotool and prepare the shuttle for departure to the Steadfast." Edwards looked as Yamo steadied himself on a couch in the living room.

"Sir..." He approached him, placing his hand on the old mans shoulder.

"Y'shool has played his hand against me too Edwards..." Yamo looked at the man, wide-eyed. Y'shool? Edwards thought, not entirely sure how to respond.

"Sir we must leave, come." Pulling him once more they entered the estates basement and rushed towards the small hangar bay where a small sports shuttle sat. Quickly activating the craft the doors opened and Edwards rushed inside Yamo looked at the craft, taking in a deep breath he entered.

Moments later is was shooting out of the hangar. As it left the estate imploded, and as it did the shuttle activated its cloak. As the shuttle quickly sped away Yamo looked on at his destroyed family estate, one that had been in his familys possession for centuries and where he had grown up.

"The Steadfast is near by sir. The crew is still loyal to you, we can try and salvage this and get into contact with some officers I know. Maybe we can fight this thing out."

"No." Yamo stated silently, Edwards shot a glance back at him.

"No? What else are we to do sir? With the resources of the Federation, the Alliance can dominate the north and likely control the core unopposed. We cannot allow this to go unpunished!" Edwards shouted in bemusement.

"And we won't... get us to the Steadfast Edwards. When we arrive I will explain."

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"The Union!?" First Officer Bowman shouted, causing several crewmen in the command bay to jump in surprise.

"You want us to approach those blasted traitors and ask for asylum when we've just lost our nation again!?" His frustration and anger was understandable, but truth be told the odds of successfully contesting not only the Federations forces but undoubtedly the Alliances' was unlikely. And Bowman knew this.

"We've no other choice." Edwards explained.

"I've already tried to convince other captains and Admirals to join us, they all flatly rejected. We're on our own here. Unless you think one Defensoris Frigate can hope to match two of the largest Armadas in the United Republic." Edwards sighed and leaned against the holotable separating them.

"No I- I think this is for the best. I hate it just as much as you Bowman but... but it's better than dying out here. The Union is our best chance and for the first time in five years I've never seen him more committed." He was referring to Yamo, he gave a half glance backwards as Yamo appeared to be reading his holotool intently in the background.

"The Union has been granting amnesty to warlords left and right, Bowman, even recommissioning some of them. Who knows what may happen, but, I think the old man has something up his sleeve." Edwards finished, and for the moment at least it looked as if Bowmans rage had subsided.

"I'll set a course immediately." He shot a look at Yamo.

"His plan better work. I am not rotting in some Union prison cell."

The United Republic of Luke wrote:Havyard took a sip from his tea, his face rather perplexed. Not as good as any tea from the homeland, but delicious nonetheless

Placing his teacup down, he placed his left arm on the table and his right on his leg before assembling a reply to a rather honest question.

"What does the student seek from the teacher?" He allows the question to linger for a moment before responding to his own question with sincerity.

"Knowledge. We seek only to understand your society, to perhaps in turn understand our own. Your suspicions are not unfounded, if you would like us to depart, we will leave without protest. If not, we would very much like to continue these discussions."

Clanaka looked back over his shoulder, his eyes falling upon his officer. He brought himself back to face Havyard. He wanted more than anything in the moment to see these xenos dead, or sent away at the very least. Negotiating with xenos, he thought to himself, wrinkling up his face in disgust at himself, how could I possibly stoop so low?

I could kill him right here, right now. He knew he was not to have such urges on this occasion, yet he made no effort to stop the idea from crossing his mind.

“Captain, if you wish to learn about Arcanstotska - its glory and purity - you may not like what you find. That is all I can say on that manner.”

Two-Oh-Two wrote:(This post contains the some of most definite lore on the Aartrisan Civilization. Previous posts
that may contradict what is posted here are to be disregarded in favor of this post.)
Although some had managed to escape during the space battle, the thousand plus Aartrisans
that resented the leadership of the Aartrisan civilization were taken into custody.
They would initially separate themselves by nation but as conversation erupted larger groups
would form. Listening in to the conversations, the Aartrisans were divided by awareness of the
former CAS’s activities. The largest group by far were nations ignorant to the supposed events
that justified the invasion. The second largest group was made up of nations who’s
governments had some suspicion to secret CAS activities but were unaware of the sheer scale
of it. This included the Assemblymen that had pointed out CAS’s exorbitant venirul spending
from the broadcast that sparked the invasion.

The fourth and quietest group were nations “in the loop”; nations that directly contributed
material and manpower to fight CAS’s shadow wars in the Coreward Territories. It included the
great powers of the Aartris System in aspects of military strength, industrial might, and
population. The Ticityko Union, HVM, and Boreas were such examples along with a few others.

While the interned leadership formed groups based on nationality, they were further separated based on how aware their nation was of the CAS’ activities. Those whose nation appeared unaware of the activities remained in the internment building in comfortable accommodation. They were allowed access to entertainment so as not to be bored. They were also able to communicate regularly with the outside world and their Aartrisian homes. This communication was, however, never in real time. It was subject to Conchordate oversight and potential censorship, but for this group the Conchordate simply monitored the communications for incriminating messages or messages undermining or suggesting others to undermine occupation governance. All these messages were recorded. Leaders of this group were only very rarely interviewed from this point on.

The second group, those whose nation were somewhat aware of the CAS’ activities were more actively monitored and their communication outside of the building more rare. The section of the building they were housed inside used recording devices to physically monitor these leaders.

The group whose nations were ‘in the know’ were housed in a special section of the building This section was filled with recording devices. These leaders had very limited access to entertainment and outside communication, unlike the other two groups. They were interviewed very frequently, often repeated interviews (asking the exact same questions each interview). This was intended to use constant low-level stress and testing to wear down the resistance of these leaders and learn about as many details both about the investigation into the genocide, as well as details on how the CAS conducted war against the Triumvirate (to advantage the Conchordate in a likely Conchordate-Triumvirate conflict).

Two-Oh-Two wrote:
There was a fifth group composed of nations independent to CAS. These netural parties were
only of note due to isolation, possessing some special industry, or leaders of space habitats.
All the leaders possessed something in common, old age. The average age for leaders at the
time of the occupation was 75 with many older. Medical technology notwithstanding, culturally
the eldest of Aartrisans were given much respect. This respect came with political power as
Aartrisans valued seniority over more practical aspects.
With the upper echelons of their governments gone, junior civil servants would be the first to
attempt for the vacated positions. Moon and space-based nations would quickly fill this void
while the Aqmore would encounter difficulties with the more politically apathetic peoples that
lived on Aatris. (those that live on Aatris are called Aatrisans) Most of the governments on
Aatris could barely be called nations. They were oversized, corrupt bureaucracies that existed
solely to provide basic public services and the interests of corporations.

The Aqmore, also an elder-favoring race, respected the Aartrisians’ seniority respect, and fostored a continuation of this culture.

The Conchordate was hesitant to allow junior civil servants to fill the vacated high-level positions, due to these servants coming from the culture of the previous administration. However, they would still allow about half of the positions to be taken by junior servants if they were determined to hold the ‘cultural values’ desired by the Conchordate. The other half would be filled with political outsiders meeting the Conchordate’s requirements. As to the bureaucracy, Conchordate occupation likely could be beneficial for everyday life, as the Conchordate desired to reduce corruption and increase government transparency. If the CAS had significant state-owned firms, they would be privatized.

For now the Conchordate organized an occupation government, the Greater AartrisianMandate Organization (GAMO). They were, however, laying the bedwork for an AartrisianFederation as a successor state to the old CAS. This AartrisianFederation would be an actual nation polity unlike the CAS, though it would still be a relatively decentralized federation and would likely have autonomous provinces.

Two-Oh-Two wrote:
Boreas was an industrial powerhouse to the core for centuries, it’s people knew it, the rest of
the civilization recognized it. For it’s century long tenure as the sole masters of Boreas, Atomic
made them embrace it. Underneath that pride, however, the occupiers discovered the abysmal
state of Aartrisan shipbuilding, much to their dismay. Although the Boreans had taken great
lengths to preserve their shipbuilding capacity.

Aartrisans had achieved interplanetary space flight for centuries. But in those centuries the
civilization had suffered a societal and technological decline. As the civilization dwindled in the
Aartris System, processes and methodologies were lost to time. Shipyards were soon
incapable of building vessels any larger than 400 meters. Many of the ships larger than this
were centuries old, painstakingly maintained by their crews. Mysticism would surround the
largest ships and stations, particularly the Command Ships, which were held up as symbols for
cooperation and fair trade.

The Command Ships, at least the ships still intact, were among the warships distributed among the victors. However, the Conchordate did begin a project to build Command Ship look-alikes as civilian trade stations in the orbital positions of the old Command Ships.

Heavy regulations on ship-building were implemented by the GAMO. These would make AF shipbuilding industries very difficult to be competitive in many ship-building markets, though they still were able to hold out in the small-ship private market and some niche markets. These markets would not be large enough to be a major industry for the AF, and only a secondary industry on Boreas itself.

Two-Oh-Two wrote:
Analysis of the Coreward Fleet would reveal heavy dependence on foreign technology. Their
actual construction relied on a contract with the Ventillains who provided most the shipbuilding
technology. (The Ventillains petitioned the return of their assets that were unable to be
removed before the occupation.)

Ventillian assets began to be returned not long after GAMO was established, as the Conchordate was pleased with the Ventillians for complying with Conchordate requests. After learning of Ventilian hostility due to the emergence of Ru, however, the return of Ventillian assets remaining was paused and the assets interned in warehouses pending any decision on their fate.

Two-Oh-Two wrote:
A major aspect of the shipyards, the superstructure of a space station Morrills Station No. 1
would be an immense undertaking to tear down. That is if the Aqmore wanted to keep the
willing compliance of the Boreans. The Station was an icon, a testament to a time of a more
successful Aartrisan culture long past and still serving as an influence to achieve the
Impossible.

Whlie Boreas’ orbital infrastructure was modified and retooled, Boreas’ occupation government, the Borean Reorganization Council (BRC), established a project to strip Morrills Station no.1 of industrial infrastructure, retaining just the shell of a station. The station would be converted into a residential and commercial space.

Two-Oh-Two wrote:
In all, Boreans were grateful for the more democratic minded rulers ordered to govern Boreas.
Many though, were skeptical on the economic decisions made by the Aqmore, wanting to keep
their industrial heritage.
How the Aqmore planned to manage the numerous space habitats alluded the Aartrisans that
lived on them.

Residential and commercial space habitats did not see significant changes under the BRC. The BRC was mainly concerned with heavy industry. The BRC was clear, however, with Boreas not remaining a heavy industrial world. The BRC attempted to promote this reorganization as economic diversification that would reduce Boreas’ economic vulnerability. The Conchordate did not have such a concentrated heavy industry (Mamorea, the Conchordate’s most industrial-concentrated shipbuilding economy was still fairly diverse, with major industries including software development, analytics, electronics fabrication, FTL drive fabrication, and shipbuilding. And while Mamorea produces many of the Conchordate’s large ships, Antillea still produces more tonnage, and other significant shipyards exist in other solar systems).

Two-Oh-Two wrote:
For Aatris itself, the population largely complied with Aqmore demands and resistance was
minimal. The first real resistance to Aqmore’s pacifistic desires was the Ticityko Union. The
Union maintained a strong military tradition spanning centuries. The Union were not
warmongers however and only used military force when it was determined that it was the only
option.

Even after the removal of senior government officials, the younger generations refused the
possibility of a disarmament. In so they took every measure to preserve their military tradition.
They aggressively pushed to crew as many of the 145 Corvettes the civilization had mustered.
Every time the Aqmore occupational forces entered the Union, they were greeted by parade
formations of grey and black armored soldiers. They all carried their arms proudly and were
desperate to see that the 300,000 strong Union Armed Forces be left intact as the Aqmore
imposed stiff military reductions to the rest of the Aartrisans.

When it came to the Ticityko Union, the Conchordate knew it would be in it for the long-haul. It was likely that occupation of the Ticityko Union could last even after other sections of the occupation would be released. The Conchordate was very slow to fill positions, and would rely on Aqmore and Aqmore AI occupation personnel.

The Union was allowed to retain a slightly disproportionate share of the occupation’s 200 corvettes. The Union’s armed forces were to be reduced to 40,000 strong, with the Conchordate controlling the force reduction to inhibit the Union’s ability to retain talent during the reduction. This was more generous than with most former CAS nations, which saw more significant armed forces reductions.

Two-Oh-Two wrote:
The Corporations were of uttermost compliance, knowing it wouldn’t take much for their
subsidy propped up businesses to collapse. The employees of the bought out companies were
concerned for their future job security and the executives were worried about what the Aqmore
planned for them.

Further hostile corporate buyouts ceased, as the Conchordate accepted corporate compliance. Bought out companies had a significant section of their executive leadership switched out for Aqmore executives, but most employees continued to hold their jobs. These companies mostly continued operations as before.

Two-Oh-Two wrote:
The loss of local FTL production was troubling, but not overtly severe. Those that could afford
to purchase FTL drives had done so. The supply Venriul was unusually small in the resource
rich Aartris System. In fact it was commonly believed that the venriul deposits had been mined
out thousands of years ago when the system was apart of an interstellar empire.
CAS depended heavily imports for it’s venriul supply. The Coreward Fleet had consumed
massive quantities of the FTL fuel during its operations; purchasing from any available supplier.
Never less, domestic consumption was still quite high compared to other nations and debt was
setting in. How the Aqmore would handle this was not yet known.

The Conchordate recommended imports of verinul from the nearby Celtanis and Saevia, however, consumption of verinul with the former CAS would be monitored, with transparency laws requiring extensive documentation on verinul purchase and consumption.

Unless the debt appeared to be a critical danger for the economy, the GAMO and BRC were unlikely to ease the debt burden, though they would attempt to raise progressive taxes and enact monetary and fiscal policies to manage the debt and maintain a net-zero deficit. The successor states would inherit the debt.

Two-Oh-Two wrote:
Most of the population were unaware of CAS’s actions in the Coreward territories. Anti-alien
sentiment was prevalent among some masses but mostly for political reasons. The TCCCP
being the most despised with many secretly or outright cheering the terrorist actions taken
against them.

The GAMO and BRC would attempt to improve the perception of the TCCCP by exposing the population to the sympathetic plight of Soviets affected by this terrorism, as well as Soviets suffering from other sources, such as the Uchubian attack on Soviet AI citizens. However, this propaganda is careful to discourage Soviet-style militarism

Two-Oh-Two wrote:
As for the moons of Gaol, there were 27 inhabited by Aartrisans. Many had been extensively
terraformed to suit Aartrisans but there were two exceptions. The largest moon, Duam, had a
significant non-Aartrisan population of tall sentients known as Gunduam. The origins of the
species were unknown but had lived uneasily with Aartrisan colonists. Often there would be
open warfare against the HVM government. The last large resistance was squashed under a
joint Finislandian-HVM operation.

The second moon was Jerdac. The moon was unusual due to lush plant growth, (think Ego’s
Planet from Guardians of the Galaxy 2)had an atmosphere breathable to to most of the galaxy’s
species, and was solely inhabited by an order of monks. A former unit of stealth operatives,
Special Unit J, they had developed the ability to psychically manipulate their surroundings.
Though by now, the unit had adopted a philosophy of peace and balance. They practiced their
martial arts and acted as caretakers for the flora and fauna of the moon.

Most of the Gaolan moons were organized under the Gaol Occupation Authority (GAO). GAO was beginning to be organized in a manner that was largely independent of GAMO, but still in close cooperation. GAO was being organized as a federal entity. Duam was organized independently, however, as the Duam Reorganization Authority (DRA). Aartrisian colonists on Duam would be resettled into the GOA, with the Gunduam taking control over the moon. Duam was allowed a slightly disproportionate armed forces and planetary defense force due to being surrounded by Aartrisians. The independence of Duam and its civilian successor government would be guaranteed by the Haban Conchordate.

Two-Oh-Two wrote:
The location of Satomi was given to Aqmuller, at the time there was a minimal military presence
garrisoned on the planet. The quarantine had smashed the hopes of companies wanting
colonization but had attracted a sizable scholarly attention to the planet. Civilian scientist were
currently on the planet documenting the Virus and the culture it had destroyed.
Military operations against the Virus were carried out in 1247 and ended the next year.
Quarantine was then instituted and remained in place despite lobbying efforts.

Of note to Aqmuller and his investigation, nearly 20,000 survivors of the Satomi’s native
sentients were living in orbit of Boreas on the alien derelict turned space habitat, Omhaven
Station. The 4km warships had been wrestled from the ground of Satomi was was initially
planned to be used for it’s military capacity. The Aartrisans encountered major difficulties in
returning it to it’s full capabilities and so began converting it to a space station. As survivors
were discovered by CAS forces, they were transferred to live on the station as CAS conducted
a massive bombardment campaign against the infected. Should Aqmuller desire to interview
them, they would be available.

An Aqmore passenger vessel was moved into Borean orbit and would serve as a base for Aqmuller to conduct his investigation of Satomi and its survivors. A significant Conchordate military presence was established in Satomi orbit to protect the planet from interference from anyone wishing to muddle the investigation. Conchordate scientific vessels were dispatched to investigate the state of the planet and its infection.

Two-Oh-Two wrote:
As Aqmuller interviewed Aartrisan explorers and military leaders, he would learn the sheer
scale of CAS operations in the Coreward territories.

In the war against the Triumvirate, the Coreward Fleet charted hundreds of thousands of
systems, discovered 486 possible colony targets, faced and defeated the piracy-ingrained
Squa’izzi, started peaceful relations with a species of reptilians, and fought in hundreds of
engagements against the Triumvirate but yet unable to find a single one of their planets.

During the occupation, colonization efforts by Aartrisians was banned. This was to ease the administrative burden of the occupying authorities. This ban was temporary. The Conchordate attempted to establish contact with the Squa’izzi and the reptilians. The Conchordate also began salvage operations at the locations of these engagements to acquire Triumvirate technology. This was to learn the capabilities of the Triumvirate, how to fight them, and to give them identifying spectra and information to identify Triumvirate assets and help track down Triumvirate industrial operations.

Most of the Conchordate’s military assets in the occupied territories were oriented against Triumvirate attacks. The Conchordate also began establishing logistical networks, supply lines back up the AK route to the Conchordate, supply bases, and hangars from which they could prosecute war against the Triumvirate. Conchordate small-ships took up positions orbiting former CAS frontier worlds to protect the Aartrisians it was now responsible for protecting. The Conchordate used Aartrisian charts to find candidate ice worlds/moons that it could use as fortified bases. For now, unless the Triumvirate began attacks, these were merely preparations.

The Conchordate Expeditionary Fleet was not disbanded. It was moved to a neighboring star system (so as not to loom over the Aartrisian worlds) as a deterrence against the Triumvirate. It was augmented with significant numbers of Mardau refit class gunships.

Both Aqmore battleships from the Conchordate fleet were returned to the Mamorea shipyards for repairs. The damage they had suffered was extensive, and the Conchordate determined that it was not worth the cost of a full repair. They would be retained with limited combat capability as Antillean garrison craft, unlikely to ever leave the Ornea solar system ever again. The Balmer class fleet battleship program was fully cancelled, the ships still in production would be scrapped in-dock and their resources and dock space used to construct Lura class carriers. This would have a significant effect on ongoing Aqmore naval doctrine, eschewing the use of fleet battleships and large-ship fleets in general in favor of fleets mainly consisting of carriers and destroyers. Even the use of cruisers would be disfavored, mainly used in the role of the Ira as point defense units.

Two-Oh-Two wrote:Even with the rapidly expanding Aqmore censorship machine clamping down on this announcement by the revolutionaries in the Aartris System. The news spread like wildfire among the Aartrisans. Anger reverberated across the civilization at the apparent hypocrisy of the Aqmore.

The first large scale protests to the Aqmore occupation sprung up in the following days after the announcement. Whether these would evolve to guerrilla armies had yet to be determined

Burgjano wrote:Due to the sensitivity of the situation, Diktor had to react carefully. She used the Conchordate’s power over Aartrisian corporations to ‘shadow censure’ social media, to ‘downweigh’ communications they disliked. Meanwhile, the occupation’s Department of Ideology attempted to use the event as an opportunity to imprint a greater desire for government transparency in the Aartrisian population. Diktor continued to portray Ru as a violent revolutionary Warlord making up lies and exaggerations to demonize the Conchordate. She did not attempt to disrupt peaceful protests, but did order Director Yundil to attempt to infiltrate protesters with AI intelligence operators to monitor organizational level and radicality.

They also released footage of the Revolutionaries’ violence, including the recent armed assault on a Conchordate political prison by radical insurgents, chanting the very same death chants.

With the existence of the political prisons revealed, the Conchordate released the locations of the prisons. They once again claimed that all those in the prisons were violating Conchordate law and threatened Antillean society. They are treated “reasonably according to their crimes, without any danger to their being”, the government claimed. They did not release a comprehensive list of those in the prisons, claiming that doing so would “put both the inmates’ and civilians’ safety at significant risk”. The international humiliation of the Conchordate by Ru would significantly weaken Diktor’s ability to use suppression to maintain a lid over Antillean unrest. Simultaneously, the recognition of the Aqmore revolutionaries would allow them to grow much easier. Protests began to take place in the cities of Antillea, beyond the control of Diktor for the first time and growing quickly.

Unbeknownst to the Conchordate, however, government suppression was the primary factor maintaining control over underground Aqmore malcontents, gradually radicalizing over the last century of authoritarian control. Releasing this containment was rapidly pulling the deepest levels of Aqmore society beyond the point of no return.

In addition to the above, the Conchordate began mandating the installation of transponders in Aartrisian FTL-capable ships. These transponders not only were used to identify ships, but also used low-power QEC transmitters to monitor the state of the FTL drives there are installed into and transmit this information at regular intervals to Conchordate government authorities. This information included the location of the FTL drive. This location monitoring was kept secret. The Conchordate focused themselves in using shadow-censorship on Aartrisian social media to minimize Aartrisian backlash to this action. The Conchordate justified these transponders as a ‘normal anti-piracy’ and ‘anti-terrorism’ measure. Conchordate civilian vessels already require the installation of transponders for identification purposes.

Endless Trouble in the Space-Balkans

Achaian Peloponnese wrote:The governments of the Techno-Union, Celtanis, Athrugadh, the Ka’lu’umil, and of course the Haban Conchordate received a somewhat later personal message from Anassa Omonoia herself. Her request was centered on her self-professed ignorance: She did not know the true state of affairs in the Aartis System since the allegations put forward against Composer Diktor and the government of the Conchordate, and rumors of failing control had come to her only through unreliable sources. The League considered the occupation of the Aartis System to be a priority, and while the Anassa was distrustful of any unsubstantiated rumors, the fact remained that she could not rest easy without knowing for sure that the Aartis System would never trouble her or the galaxy again. As the League had been only one of several nations responsible for reducing Aartis to its occupied status, Omonoia desired not only to inform her erstwhile partners in the alliance over Aartis of her intentions, but also to solicit their input on the matter. Of course the Aqmore in particular could provide the most information about Aartis’s current state, and Anassa Omonoia was eager to learn as much as she could about the changing political landscape of Aartis in the aftermath of ‘Emperor’ Ru’s allegations. Furthermore, Omonoia was certain that the Conchordate and its governors in the Aartis System would be greatly interested in learning of the ambitions and vague threats put forward by the Ventillians, of all people, in their attempt to wrest control of Aartis away from the Aqmore entirely.

(Burgjano, Soviet Socialist Republic, Celtanis, The An Xileel, Ariilyth)

The Conchordate provided information to Omonoia, with Aqmore occupation leadership briefing relevant Achaian officials over QEC. This included the mandated installation of secret location trackers into Aartrisian FTL drives, though it was presented as classified information that the Conchordate wanted to keep secret. They Aqmore explained that they hoped to let the protests run their course and perhaps distract them, hoping to not accidentally create an unfavorable situation by more heavy-handed methods, but that they were prepared to take more heavy-handed action if the protests appeared to become dangerous. The Conchordate suggested a policy of regular briefings by Aqmore occupation leadership for the victors. Diktor was also receptive to participating in a meeting by the victors on the occupation.

As to the Ventillians’ actions, it was clear that the Conchordate was outraged, and almost appeared to seem betrayed, believing the Ventillians to be within their sphere of influence. The Conchordate viewed this Ventillian ambition as an act of opportune hostility against the Conchordate. It was clear that the Conchordate would search for means to diplomatically or economically retaliate. It was also clear that the Conchordate was hostile to letting the Ventillians participate in Aartrisian occupation, due to the Ventillians presenting themselves as a threat to the Conchordate. The Conchordate did, however, stress that the Ventillians were perfectly positioned to cut the supply lines connecting the Conchordate with their occupation if conditions deteriorate.

Four dangers present themselves. Ru is one, though certain to have no real military capability and by far the weakest of the four. His threat is mainly diplomatic, by tarnishing the Conchordate’s reputation. The second are the Aartrisians. They were mostly disarmed, though Aartrisian insurgency could disrupt Aqmore supply networks. The Conchordate is considering disarming the Aartrisians of their remaining corvettes, though are worried that this might create the very insurgency they are trying to avoid. The third are the Triumvirate, whom the Conchordate is currently positioning itself against. The Conchordate believes such a conflict is likely over the next [few years]. The fourth is the ambitions of the Ventillians, whom the Conchordate is most vulnerable to. While the Conchordate believes itself capable of defending against these threats individually, if the threats coordinate together they could seriously jeopardize Aqmore occupation and possibly the Conchordate itself. What Diktor is most afraid of is Ventillian military intervention, accompanied by opportunistic Triumvirate invasion defeating the substantial naval forces in the occupied territories in detail. This has the potential of wiping out a significant amount of the Conchordate’s naval force. It is clear that Diktor views this as a very serious threat to the Conchordate, and that it must be avoided. The Conchordate will establish supply depots and fortified military harbors in occupied territory to try and make its logistics more resilient, but a diplomatic containment of Ventillian ambitions would likely be the most effective at protecting against their jeopardizing the Aartrisian occupation.

Burgjano wrote:(Counters to Entomophobia in Aqmore Society: A Collective Effort)

The information provided by the Conchordate officials to Anassa Omonoia and her advisors did, at least, assure them that Composer Diktor’s government took the threat of a restive Aartisian society seriously, and was prepared to counter any overt acts of violence against the occupation with force. In response, the Anassa again personally contacted the offices of Composer Diktor to express the League’s viewpoint of the work that had been done, and had yet to be done, to maintain peace in the Aartis System.

While Omonoia admired the detailed bureaucratic development inherent in the Aqmore’s occupational philosophy, the Anassa easily admitted that she was far more focused on finding the quickest, easiest, and most effective method of silencing the Aartisians forever. In that sense, learning that the Aqmore planned to let them continue their protests, and had gone so far as to cater to the militaristic desires of the Ticityko Union in giving them the greatest share of allowed Aartisian warships despite that nation being the first to violate the Coalition of the Aartis System’s declaration of surrender, prompted a harsh rebuke from the Anassa:

“You have angered me, Composer. Your rush to engage in this war brought me great joy, but, as I once cautioned against, you have squandered your opportunity to free this galaxy of an otherwise-unending torment at the hands of this scum from Aartis, and have contrived to do so with my Void Fleets’ support. It pains me to know that the Achaian people’s righteous fury has come to the Aartis System twice in so little time, and has yet to accomplish the vengeance that it exists to mete out.”

Nonetheless, Omonoia’s frustration with the Aqmore’s policies in Aartis did not prevent her from acknowledging the diligent work that Diktor’s agents had accomplished in mitigating the threat to the rest of the galaxy posed by dissidents, potential terrorists, and general riffraff infesting the system. The Anassa again called for a general meeting of the nations that had enforced the occupation in the first place in order to determine if a better way forward could be found, but Omonoia acknowledged that the present order was far preferable to the Coalition of the Aartis System: “I despise half-measures, but they are measures of some kind regardless, and they are infinitely better than what came before. For that reason alone, your efforts in Aartis currently enjoy my support and the backing of the Achaian League. That will change only if the collective wisdom of our alliance discovers a better and surer way forward.

“Any nation outside of the alliance that seeks to undermine the Aqmore’s occupational authority over Aartis and its people must stand against the alliance as a whole,” Omonoia added. “It is for the nations of the alliance collectively, and those nations alone, to determine Aartis’s fate. Outside factions that seek to interfere must therefore be treated as allies of the Coalition of the Aartis System, and thus explicit enemies of our alliance.”

Mere hours after Composer Diktor’s government received Anassa Omonoia’s firm opinion on matters as they stood, those nations whose fleets had congregated in battle over Aartis once again received the Megaron’s appeal for a general meeting, either in person or via QEC depending on the preference of the attending nations. Speaking on behalf of the Anassa, her representative, Zinovios Mesolongias, humbly requested that the governments of the Ka’lu’umil, the Athrugadhi Empire, the Techno-Union, Celtanis, and the Haban Conchordate make a prompt response to the Megaron’s request, so that they could formally back the existing Aqmore plans for the Aartisian occupation (or otherwise develop better ones), and could furthermore lay down their defiance against any opportunism on the part of the Ventillians or the Triumvirate, and establish their plans to defend the occupation against these outsiders’ possible military aggression.

(The An Xileel, Ariilyth, Soviet Socialist Republic, Celtanis)

Burgjano wrote:Endless Trouble in the Space-Balkans
The Conchordate provided information to Omonoia, with Aqmore occupation leadership briefing relevant Achaian officials over QEC. This included the mandated installation of secret location trackers into Aartrisian FTL drives, though it was presented as classified information that the Conchordate wanted to keep secret. They Aqmore explained that they hoped to let the protests run their course and perhaps distract them, hoping to not accidentally create an unfavorable situation by more heavy-handed methods, but that they were prepared to take more heavy-handed action if the protests appeared to become dangerous. The Conchordate suggested a policy of regular briefings by Aqmore occupation leadership for the victors. Diktor was also receptive to participating in a meeting by the victors on the occupation.

As to the Ventillians’ actions, it was clear that the Conchordate was outraged, and almost appeared to seem betrayed, believing the Ventillians to be within their sphere of influence. The Conchordate viewed this Ventillian ambition as an act of opportune hostility against the Conchordate. It was clear that the Conchordate would search for means to diplomatically or economically retaliate. It was also clear that the Conchordate was hostile to letting the Ventillians participate in Aartrisian occupation, due to the Ventillians presenting themselves as a threat to the Conchordate. The Conchordate did, however, stress that the Ventillians were perfectly positioned to cut the supply lines connecting the Conchordate with their occupation if conditions deteriorate.

Four dangers present themselves. Ru is one, though certain to have no real military capability and by far the weakest of the four. His threat is mainly diplomatic, by tarnishing the Conchordate’s reputation. The second are the Aartrisians. They were mostly disarmed, though Aartrisian insurgency could disrupt Aqmore supply networks. The Conchordate is considering disarming the Aartrisians of their remaining corvettes, though are worried that this might create the very insurgency they are trying to avoid. The third are the Triumvirate, whom the Conchordate is currently positioning itself against. The Conchordate believes such a conflict is likely over the next [few years]. The fourth is the ambitions of the Ventillians, whom the Conchordate is most vulnerable to. While the Conchordate believes itself capable of defending against these threats individually, if the threats coordinate together they could seriously jeopardize Aqmore occupation and possibly the Conchordate itself. What Diktor is most afraid of is Ventillian military intervention, accompanied by opportunistic Triumvirate invasion defeating the substantial naval forces in the occupied territories in detail. This has the potential of wiping out a significant amount of the Conchordate’s naval force. It is clear that Diktor views this as a very serious threat to the Conchordate, and that it must be avoided. The Conchordate will establish supply depots and fortified military harbors in occupied territory to try and make its logistics more resilient, but a diplomatic containment of Ventillian ambitions would likely be the most effective at protecting against their jeopardizing the Aartrisian occupation.

Achaian Peloponnese wrote:The information provided by the Conchordate officials to Anassa Omonoia and her advisors did, at least, assure them that Composer Diktor’s government took the threat of a restive Aartisian society seriously, and was prepared to counter any overt acts of violence against the occupation with force. In response, the Anassa again personally contacted the offices of Composer Diktor to express the League’s viewpoint of the work that had been done, and had yet to be done, to maintain peace in the Aartis System.

While Omonoia admired the detailed bureaucratic development inherent in the Aqmore’s occupational philosophy, the Anassa easily admitted that she was far more focused on finding the quickest, easiest, and most effective method of silencing the Aartisians forever. In that sense, learning that the Aqmore planned to let them continue their protests, and had gone so far as to cater to the militaristic desires of the Ticityko Union in giving them the greatest share of allowed Aartisian warships despite that nation being the first to violate the Coalition of the Aartis System’s declaration of surrender, prompted a harsh rebuke from the Anassa:

“You have angered me, Composer. Your rush to engage in this war brought me great joy, but, as I once cautioned against, you have squandered your opportunity to free this galaxy of an otherwise-unending torment at the hands of this scum from Aartis, and have contrived to do so with my Void Fleets’ support. It pains me to know that the Achaian people’s righteous fury has come to the Aartis System twice in so little time, and has yet to accomplish the vengeance that it exists to mete out.”

Nonetheless, Omonoia’s frustration with the Aqmore’s policies in Aartis did not prevent her from acknowledging the diligent work that Diktor’s agents had accomplished in mitigating the threat to the rest of the galaxy posed by dissidents, potential terrorists, and general riffraff infesting the system. The Anassa again called for a general meeting of the nations that had enforced the occupation in the first place in order to determine if a better way forward could be found, but Omonoia acknowledged that the present order was far preferable to the Coalition of the Aartis System: “I despise half-measures, but they are measures of some kind regardless, and they are infinitely better than what came before. For that reason alone, your efforts in Aartis currently enjoy my support and the backing of the Achaian League. That will change only if the collective wisdom of our alliance discovers a better and surer way forward.

“Any nation outside of the alliance that seeks to undermine the Aqmore’s occupational authority over Aartis and its people must stand against the alliance as a whole,” Omonoia added. “It is for the nations of the alliance collectively, and those nations alone, to determine Aartis’s fate. Outside factions that seek to interfere must therefore be treated as allies of the Coalition of the Aartis System, and thus explicit enemies of our alliance.”

Mere hours after Composer Diktor’s government received Anassa Omonoia’s firm opinion on matters as they stood, those nations whose fleets had congregated in battle over Aartis once again received the Megaron’s appeal for a general meeting, either in person or via QEC depending on the preference of the attending nations. Speaking on behalf of the Anassa, her representative, Zinovios Mesolongias, humbly requested that the governments of the Ka’lu’umil, the Athrugadhi Empire, the Techno-Union, Celtanis, and the Haban Conchordate make a prompt response to the Megaron’s request, so that they could formally back the existing Aqmore plans for the Aartisian occupation (or otherwise develop better ones), and could furthermore lay down their defiance against any opportunism on the part of the Ventillians or the Triumvirate, and establish their plans to defend the occupation against these outsiders’ possible military aggression.

(The An Xileel, Ariilyth, Soviet Socialist Republic)

Breana's Office, Capitol Complex, Celtania

A note to the Aqmore was sent in an attempt to provide Celtanisian assistance, though it was an offer and not a declaration as to what they would be doing. Firstly, Celtanis offered back up supply lines to the Aartisians where the Aqmore could supply their interim government in Aartis should the Ventillians become more hostile towards the Aqmore occupation. A second offer, more idea than reality, of Celtanisian military support in any possible insurgence was made known. Breana had no intent of letting the Aartisians throw off an occupation this easily, and thus she made sure to note that should the Aqmore ask, Celtanis was willing to give.

Another issue on Breana's desk this morning was that of the Ministry of Information and the Ministry of Finance brought their report to her, their findings alarming. Though all assessments of their financial records of the noble families seemed to prove that their funds were legally gained, the speed and methods at which they grabbed the cash proved some of her doubts to be true: they were seeking power. What power it was, whether a return of their titles or simple dominion over the private industries of Celtanis, she did not know and neither did any of the Ministries or their advisers. In an attempt to see reasonable requests made by both sides, the Queen directed Parliament to order them to a hearing, which was made clear in the statement that it was not intended to punish or accuse but rather to put intentions on the table.

Once the Achaians had sent their message desiring a meeting however, Breana consulted her husband and other Foreign Affairs Ministry officials on the Celtanisian response. It was determined that it wouldn't hurt to attend, and they sent a statement along the lines of "We'll attend if a meeting occurs." She did not want to force others to a table, nor attend when nobody else was there. For now, she directed the Defense Ministry and Foreign Affairs to handle the matter while she dealt with the 'nobility' on the rise.

Estate Demares, Tinura, Marceljis

Jesse Demares had been reading over the statement he had been given by Parliament, brow furrowed and concern in his eyes. He was interrupted by his wife who had read it earlier. "She wants us to hand her our ideas on a silver platter so she can judge them." Felicia's tone was aggravated, but it was not enough to get Jesse to look up from the statement. He simply acknowledged her, "I know that Felicia, my concern is how am I supposed to not offend her while also maintaining our agreement with everyone else. Erana's been slightly anxious, considering she's demanding our presence in the capital in a week. Everyone else is trying to determine what our course of action is." He read over the last few lines and looked up, and saw his wife with her face in her hand.

"What do you want me to do about it Lisa? Not go and get arrested? Go and have her loyal subjects steal our money again when we displease her? We've already gone this far and are probably right up to or already past the line of treason. There's no turning back for Demares, nor for any other family we've agreed to take her on with." He stood up as he said this, while putting a sarcastic tone over the words loyal subjects while the rest was in a somewhat accusatory tone. Felicia took an equally aggressive tone as well, "We should have just taken their advice, got our money back and sat down while we were there. Think of how much easier it would have been to do that! Jesse, this time she's not going to only take our money, we'd never recover. Our kids would never recover, our family disgraced and left to die out while the Muoliera dynasty continued uninterrupted."

Felicia and Jesse looked at each other and almost simultaneously had their faces changed to ones of remorse. They apologized for taking such aggression out on each other, and simply both sat down and contemplated their next move forward.

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