Humanity has left Earth due to uncontrollable environmental and population instability. In an attempt to save humanity, the world nations established the first international ceasefire to develop mass immigration technology capable of sustaining life for multiple generations of transit. Nations banded together in the first Coalition for space development, working with an almost unbelievable force of unity. Upon passing the first warp-point, the Coalition finds itself already in front of the target planet of immigration and breaks apart.
Lieutenant Kaisu Welkin now finds himself struggling to have the unstable remnants of the Coalition forces settle in a new world. He will soon find out that this new world operates on different systems than his… Systems of magic.
“Just stop! … Fuckers, just stop!”
Alarms sounded throughout the monitoring bays, lights screamed attention to hundreds of deviations, and a frantic scramble of technicians yelled in to their respective headsets. The Lieutenant slammed furiously at his dashboard as he argued to the emotionless figure on his display coldly addressed him.
“Lieutenant Welkin, we appreciate your efforts. Unfortunately, the situation requires us to descend immediately.”
“You descend now… You fucking descend now, and it will be the end of The United Coalition! You render the concept of nations and organizations meaningless if you do this! We agreed-”
“We agreed, Lieutenant, to remain as a coalition until we reached a habitable planetary system… It seems that this happened far earlier than anyone imagined, and the Sfaizurs have decided to take the lead. The other nations will be following suit, and we can not let the Representational Governments of Immunia fall behind.”
“I’m telling you! You do this and there will be no Immunia or Sfaizur! This is just the Second Period of Nationalism all over again…. Dammit, that’s not including the readings of sentient civilization we’re getting. It’s not going to stop there, it’s going to be genocide… It’s going to be a purge!”
“We’re sorry Lieutenant, the United Coalition only had jurisdiction up to this scenario. We shall discuss this further upon settlement.”
The Immunian officer disconnected before Kaisu Welkin could post an additional argument, leaving with a black screen that reflected Kaisu’s pained face staring back at him. He angerly cleared his monitoring desk with a vehement sideways stroke, and grabbed his hair as if to retain the remains of his sanity as it slipped away.
“Oh god… Oh God… What have we done…. Why. Why?!”
Alarms continued to echo off the metal walls and floors, but the panicked chatter had fallen to a murmur. Kaisu looked up to his team of technicians and liason officers, and their eyes drilled in to him with a pleading hopelessness. One by one, they were left disconnected from the chaos that was happening outside Aeternus to stare at their respective black screen. A black screen that left the prompt [DISCONNECTED] in the center in bold LED red, a fitting allegory to the mess the entire former’s Earth population now found themselves in.
“…Turn the alarms off. Bring up the bow and keel sensors.” Kaisu sighed as he rubbed the bridge of his nose.
A loud click sounded to signal the end of the alarms, and the strobing amber lights returned to a steady incandescent white. The main central screen displayed a colored visual which stunned Kaisu and his team with awe and a stomach-churning fear. In the void of space, a blue and green gem floated innocently in front of them unaware of the anarchy that was to descend upon it’s inhabitants. Hundreds of thousands of now-former coalition ships approached the planet, dotting the spacescape like starving ants towards honey. In that swarm, thousands of explosions of red would pulse intermittently and then be replaced with a haze of white from the escaped atmosphere and ship debris. Kaisu could hear himself gulp in horror, realizing this silent light-show would yield millions of lost human lives by the end of the hour. Husbands, wives, children, and hopeful Earth refugees who left on this final immigration for a new frontier would never see the dreams they were preached to about for the last decade.
“What’s the SolQ status?” Kaisu managed to vocalize in order to force his mind working. To whom he did not care, just anything to distract himself from one of humanity’s worst mistake.
“Q1 and Q4 are clear, sir.” A young female voice sounded to his right. Kaisu forced his eyes away from the screen and turned his head steadily over, trying with all his might to represent the senior officer that he was, and probably failing horribly. He mused to himself that he wasn’t the only one, as it was clear that the addressing Ensign was lightly shaking with bewilderment. “Q2 and Q3 are… currently engaged in action. It appears that Immunia and Sfaizur forces are in battle between themselves and among themselves. Factions have separated from their origins and are either trying to flee the quadrants or move ahead onto the target planet.”
“What is this mass that’s moving away from the target planet?” The Lieutenant gestured toward the hologlobe of the solar system.
“Notably, the PangZu Republic forces are headed towards one of the two moons of the target planet and have stayed clear away from the fighting. Other unaffiliated forces have decided to assimilate themselves with that PZR, most of them which could not afford to embark on Operation Ascendance with military ships.”
“Designate the moon that the PZR is headed to as Mike-1, and the other one as Mike-2. Do we still have control of our Coalition escorts?”
Kaisu sighed deeply, overcome with a fatigue that exponentially out-weighted the excited anticipation he had just hours before. With the Coalition ships, they at least had science community and pro-cooperation faction safe from the death dash in front of them. Almost all of the international science community had enrolled in to Coalition departments to work on Operation Ascendance, a plan of cooperation to save Humanity from environmental catastrophe and overpopulation. Well, that plan now seemed more of a dream at the moment.
“We’re also picking up signals and emissions from the target planet that, well… don’t follow any physical properties that we’ve ever seen before.”
“We’ll have to look in to that later, though it doesn’t make me anymore at peace with the current situation.” The Lieutenant looked down on his console and entered in the keys on to the public communications channel. The Coalition bridge Lieutenants appeared on the main display screen, and the Aeternus PA system clicked to signal a public broadcast.
“Ladies and Gentlemen. This is the Coalition Organization Lieutenant Kaisu Welkin of the Aeternus. I am calling Fallen Down. I say again, this is not a drill.” Kaisu held back his tears which suddenly welled up. “Operation Ascendance is Fallen Down”