OOC: I started this on the 8th and never bothered to finish it until just now...Federal Office
Dominion of Linden
Feb 8, 821
Jan Davis, a new aide to the Aelir, was visibly nervous as he paced around the room. He had just woken up the most powerful man in the Duxburian Union at 4 in the morning. Aelir Dehn had a reputation as a night owl and absolutely hated
being up before dawn. But, there was an urgent message from Lamington: "The ants are out of the hill".
Luckily for Jan's job, Dehn was too tired and distracted to actually get angry at him. The moment Dehn heard the code, his mind focused on the armies he knew were finally assembled and ready to move. Fort Lamington Command Center
Dominion of Linden
Feb 8, Jan 20, 821
The cities of Lamington and Dairghazbury were dark and motionless at this hour, but deep below the surface at the border of the cities, Fort Lamington was lit up and bustling with activity. The Aelir arrived and hurried into the Situation Room for a briefing with top military leaders, led by Alec Naddare, Officer of War.
"Good morning Aelir Dehn, I would like to report on the status of our HEMP attack."
Naddare brought up a map on a projector.
"General Bradley from T8 Mobile reports all 3 missiles survived to their destinations and detonated with an accuracy radius of less than 50 meters. Lamington detected 9 intercepter launches, but no interceptions were observed by missile control, and no signatures appeared at altitude, indicating that Dromund Kaas interceptors lack the capability to operate at our height of detonation, as expected.
The map shows the area of effect for each EMP. Areas in the center of the country that were subjected to more than one pulse got rocked harder. Unfortunately, the limitation of strategic EMPs is that we could not use them to blow out border defenses. Satellites indicate that most border defenses remain operational, albeit only about 60% of them are actually drawing power. By waiting and giving our armies ample time to mobilize, we have forced them to make a choice between keeping the population alive and keeping the borders defended.
Out in the Caspian Sea, our satellites have observed warships being pulled by fishing craft and test fires of torpedoes and deck guns. This indicates that surface ships of the enemy navy have been relying too heavily on electronics, even for navigation. Only purely mechanical armaments are functional, except on submarines. While enemy subs remain dangerous, SSK range for DK classes is limited to about a month. They must return to port to refuel and that's when our allies in Gun Toting Animals have them vulnerable. GTA fleets should be able to easily deal with the crippled surface ships and move in to destroy enemy port facilities. With nowhere to fuel, subs will become less of a threat as they try desperate means to obtain fuel."
"Thank you, Alec. We are developing a new EMP weapon that does not rely on nuclear technology. If we ever have to launch such a weapon again, we will be able to fire much lower and use tactical EMP strength levels to hit border defenses. With error radii on our DF systems so low, I am confident that our targeting crews can calculate pulse radii that allow us to disable entire border zones, while leaving our allies' nearby defenses completely untouched. With future guidance systems and higher stockpiles, we could even selectively target military installations, leaving civilian infrastructure largely intact."
Liam Kol, Warmaster of the army spoke up next,
"Aelir Dehn, the Eastern Grand Army has been fully assembled and is ready to move upon your command.
The Southern Grand Army has also been called up to occupy Alveran as a reserve. Our other armies are holding in their normal deployments and not expected to play an active role in the war. With the Eastern Grand Army in combat ready formation, it may be moved rapidly through Angleter to its northern border with Dromund Kaas. If highways and airports are shut down to civilian traffic, we can complete our deployment plan within about 5-8 days. The army is currently spread into 3 wings across northern Alveran, allowing for faster deployment speed. Significant artillery and short range rocket forces will accompany the Eastern Grand Army to bombard the enemy border defenses. Additional long range and medium range, conventionally armed missile stations are holding in Anglebury."
"Thank you, Warmaster. Our counterparts in Angleter have pre-approved the border deployment, so you may begin to move. ID 1, 13, and 18 will be cleared and closed to non-military traffic before commuters wake up. Once in initial deployments, please turn over strategic command to your Angleteric counterparts. You may remain in tactical control of the Eastern Grand Army. But, they have requested strategic control of armed forces while in their territory and we must honor this."
Dani'l Nero, Skymaster of the air force, spoke up next.
"Aelir Dehn, the Immortal Thunder plans to mirror the deployment of the Eastern Grand Army and cover them initially. We will wage the air superiority war over border territory and bring in the bombers once we have secured Dromund Kaas airspace. The first phase should actually be very easy, given the destruction of electronic systems aboard most enemy planes. They still have enough functional airfields outside of the EMP zones to present a threat, so we will move in as many squadrons as we can fit on Angleteric bases and in airports. We can also utilize closed Duxburian superpikes in the Dominion of Alveran as landing strips for long range sorties.
Initially, we will move in 15 squadrons of fighters, attack helicopters, and fighter-bombers to the Angleteric northwest border. If room is ample, we will move more. In deeper stages of the war, we will move bombers and tankers to the border."
"Thank you, Skymaster. You may proceed with this deployment plan. Note that the Southern Grand Army will need to use the superpikes until it is in reserve position. Also, the same strategic command arrangement that applies to the army applies to the air force. You must delegate strategic control to Angleter once all the planes are deployed at Angleteric airfields."
Aelir Dehn looked into an adjacent room and then continued, "Unfortunately, there is no sea access for us to use our naval power. I have instructed the Seamaster to move the fleets out in defensive cover positions, but there is not much they can do. Dromund Kaas is highly unlikely to attempt an attack at such range given its internal situation. However, we have additional assets at our disposal for the war effort."
A man walked in from another room on cue, drawing plenty of stares because he looked familiar...
"I would like you to meet a special colleague, this is Brandon Lir Devoy am Harrison. You might recognize the name, as his brother is the Speaker of the European Council and our national representative. His existence comes with A level classification. Normally, you wouldn't encounter him outside of the DIO, but he is here to provide you with some…new toys…"
Brandon Devoy addressed the military leaders,
"My division of the DIO is all about cyber warfare. I would like to meet with each one of you after this briefing in order to give you our newest releases. These tools and programs have been designed for use with specific branches of the military and should help make your time on the battlefield easier when confronting enemy defenses. Tactical EMPs? How boring. When I'm through with you, you'll know how to deploy microwave weapons! It's not all about fighting, either. I've also designed the most realistic mission training simulators to date, specialized to the various roles used in each branch.
Meanwhile, my division will begin attacking the systems in Dromund Kaas that still work or were hardened against EMPs. While some military systems will be difficult to crack, you can kiss those remnant power plants in the unaffected sectors goodbye. We have "objects" on every grid in the European Union, along with viruses hidden in hibernation mode scattered across networks, military and civilian alike. We may not carry guns or ride in IFVs, but we can deal significant damage to the enemy and wreck havoc upon their defenses. The Devoy family has spent decades turning DIO-CWD into the most advanced virtual fighting force in the world. Nothing is too far-fetched to develop if it will help our military."
"Thank you, Mr. Devoy. It is nice being able to count on the DIO to contribute to the war. While we cannot acknowledge it officially, know that any measure that saves Duxburian lives on the front is greatly appreciated."
Dehn then adjourned the meeting.