Balance Mod Game Story - Rise of the Xiati Empire
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|Forager I||250kT Frigate||Ship (Scout)||9|
|Raptor P||400kT Destroyer||Ship (Attack S)||11|
|Phantom M||400kT Destroyer||Ship (Seeker S)||5|
|Protector J||400kT Destroyer||Ship (Point-Defense)||6|
|Dauntless N||600kT Light Cruiser||Ship (Defense S)||26|
|Striker M||600kT Light Cruiser||Ship (Seeker M)||18|
|Razor E||600kT Light Cruiser||Ship (Attack M)||52|
|Defiant M||900kT Cruiser||Ship (Defense M)||49|
|Ravager H||1,200kT Battleship||Ship (Attack L)||30|
|Vengeance||1,800kT Dreadnought||Ship (Defense L)||14|
|Charger J||400kT Destroyer||Ship (Boarding)||5|
|Fixer E||500kT Small Freighter||Ship (Repair)||25|
|Caretaker||1,000kT Medium Freighter||Ship (Space Yard)||7|
|Dropper C||500kT Small Freighter||Ship (Mine Layer)||2|
|Sweeper F||500kT Small Freighter||Ship (Mine Sweeper)||25|
|Palantir E||500kT Small Freighter||Ship (Satellite Layer)||8|
|Invader H||500kT Small Freighter||Transport (Troop)||10|
|Transporter C||500kT Small Freighter||Transport (Cargo)||6|
|Aggregator B||1,000kT Medium Freighter||Ship (Remote Mining)||25|
|Extractor B||1,000kT Medium Freighter||Ship (Remote Refining)||32|
|Harvester||1,000kT Medium Freighter||Ship (Remote Farming)||16|
|Space Yard E||700kT Small Base||Base (Space Yard)||8|
|Neutralizer E||1,000kT Small Base||Base (Defense S)||35|
The capture of Equandul III from the Phong in 2434.5 finalized the Xiati's conquest of the former Sergetti territory. The capture of the planet itself ended up suprisingly difficult as the Phong resisted the first troop drop necessitating a second larger Xiati invasion force. The Xiati colonies in the Sergetti branch are resource rich, although difficulties with managing the native populations has hampered overall production. With the three systems (Equandul, Spirador, Arakang) of the branch under complete control, the Arakang Defense Fleet is enroute to the Butkuret Nebula in conjunction with the Bebblebrox Patrol Fleet blocking off access to the Corneria system. This will effectively close the northern east-west corridor and isolate the northern colonies of the EEE and Cue Cappa from the rest of the quadrant.
In 2439.9, a Ukra-Tal fleet breached the Fezzran-Falcor WP destroying all the defensive installations that were in place. That fleet was destroyed shortly after attempting to bombard Fezzran III, a short distance from the warp point. Although new defensive satellites were dropped, just a few months later in 2434.3, another Ukra-Tal fleet broke through and was destroyed in an attempt to bombard Fezzran II in 2434.7. Very rapidly a new defensive screen of satellites and mines has been built up at the Fezzran-Falcor WP to stem the flow of Ukra-Tal ships for now.
With the completion of the Lylat system conquest in the late 2433, the Xiati have faced several significant counter-attacks against the Gweebik-Lylat WP by all 3 of the system's former tenants - the EEE in 2434.0, Cue Cappa in 2434.5 and Ukra-Tal most recently in 2434.8. The Lylat Attack Fleet held the warp point each time with minimal losses where it still maintains a defensive posture in the face of a half dozen antaganistic Gweebik colonies.
The Xiati Fornax and Ventrux systems have held frontier status for many years, unlike some of the eastern systems where the frontier has continued to move outwards. For the most part, the Xiati have held fast with only the occassional breech into either system. Most of the attacks have been perpetrated by the Phong, Norak or Ukra-Tal - the major players in the west. However in 2434.5, a remote EEE fleet (9xDEs,3xLCs,2xCRs,1xBB,1xDN,2xMFs,5xLFs) attempted to break the Fornax-Firaxis warp point. The Fornax Defense Fleet and the static defenses at the warp point obliterated the EEE with minor losses. It was suspected the EEE had become trapped in the western half of the quadrant as the Xiati closed off most of the routes to the east.
Unlike the rapid consolidation of the Sergetti Arm star systems, the Xiati have been unable to complete the conquest of the Drax system as it has proven impossible to isolate the system from enemy reinforcements while also providing sufficient ship support to take the three remaining enemy colonies in the system (Jraenar, Phong and EEE) which are all heavily fortified. In 2434.6, a Jraenar Fleet (2xFGs,7xDEs,2xLCs,2xLCX,14xCRs,1xCX,1xBB,6xDNs,3xMFs,1xLF,28xLFtr,6xSFtr) was spotted crossing the Praxis black hole by a lone Forager class scout. On course for the Praxis-Drax WP, the Xiati's Drax Defense Fleet was withdrawn back to Drax IV rather than engage the larger Jraenar fleet at the warp point. The Jraenar made light of the defensive satellite group at the warp point and has held position there for the last few months. At this point, no formal plan has been put together to engage the Jraenar fleet, so the stalemate will stand.
The Xiati have almost managed to bisect the quadrant with near complete control of the core systems. The only reliable southern route to travel East-West for the enemies of the Xiati is through the Prot system, while the northern route through the Mveolem system remains open, it will likely be choked off as the Xiati's Arakang Fleet will take up an active defense role in the Butukret Nebula. With the Sirius system now also well protected, the Cue Cappa and EEE have had their northern colonies cut off from the bulk of their empires. Despite their isolation, it's unlikely much will change quickly as the Xiati do not have sufficient forces to attack the fortified colonies and so a policy of containment is likely for some time.
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