BATTLEZONE

Fight the enemy and secure the sector for your faction!

We are not here to stare at the stars Captain, we are here to fight a War and win it! As you can see from the map Captain there are 10 sectors in the solar system where both factions seem to have concentrated their efforts and resources. Some say in these areas most of the Rare Solar Elements are located, others say it is where the Pathfinder relics can be found but what we do know is that there are repeated operations in these sectors and the fighting never stops!

battlezone solar sectorsAll Captains willing to fight the good cause are assigned to a sector based on their experience and previous BattleZone results but overall the further you are from the sun, the toughest it gets, so be prepared! You can see the overall progress of your sector when you go into the BattleZone details. Sometimes it feels the tide is against you but don’t give up hope, plenty of times a handful of brave Captains have turned the tide with their dedication and fighting!

BattleZone Sector MapEvery time you beat an opponent Captain your faction gains points towards winning that phase of the War and personally you get some spoils as well, especially if you manage to win some victories in a row or your faction manages to take control of the sector you’re fighting and who knows, if you do well you can get promoted and move to another sector with more lucrative rewards! 

Let’s have a more detailed look at each sector now…

PHOBOS (Moon of Mars)

Orbiting Mars at a distance of 6000 kilometres from the Martian surface, Phobos is the larger of the Red Planet’s two moons. First colonized in the 2280s, Phobos proved to be a surprisingly rich source of mineral wealth for a moon of its small size, and even yielded up some priceless RSE and Pathfinder artefact finds.

Now though, its main value has been as a raiding base for launching attacks on the many settlements across the surface of Mars, or as a forward strong-point for defending those same surface sites from attack from space.

Because of this strategic value, Phobos has changed hands several times in the war, and is seen as vital to overall control of Mars. Notable engagements fought over it include the First, Second, Third and Fourth Battles of Phobos, and the devastating Pasternak Raid.

DEIMOS (Moon of Mars)

The second moon of Mars, far smaller than its brother moon Phobos. Like its larger brother, Deimos’s main role in the Gaia Unity-HFA War has been as a base from which to either defend or harass the surface settlements and cavern-cities of Mars.

However, the far wider orbit of Deimos – it circles its parent planet at an average distance of 23,000 kilometres – has made it more suitable for use as a forward defence point, giving early warning of imminent attacks on Mars from space, and from where regular orbital patrols can be launched.

Deimos’s most famous moment in the war is the Deimos Raid incident, when HFA forces attempted to knock the tiny moon out of orbit and send it hurtling toward the Gaia Unity ship-building facilities in Mars’s southern hemisphere, an impact that would have had planet-wide, catastrophic consequences.   Fortunately, the plan was foiled at great cost by Gaia Unity defence forces.

EUROPA (Moon of Jupiter)

The fourth largest of Jupiter’s many moons. As scientists long suspected, Europa’s frozen ice surface hid liquid oceans beneath, and the abundant presence of water made Europa a major target for early space colonisation. From bases on Europa’s surface, mining operations are coordinated in the moon’s oceans, among the dozens of other smaller satellites orbiting Jupiter or even gas-collecting expeditions into the turbulent upper atmosphere of Jupiter itself.

Home to several large colonies and the center of mining operations throughout the Jupiter sub-system, control of Europa has been vital to both sides in the war, and the moon has been the location of several major engagements, most notably the so-called ‘Scouring of Europa’ major campaign launched by Gaia Unity forces.

One interesting development in the ongoing war for Europa is the use by both sides of craft and Mechas designed for underwater military use. I the oceans deep beneath the Europan ice, men and machines fight to determine the future of the human race.

GANYMEDE (Moon of Jupiter)

Jupiter’s largest moon, and the biggest moon in the solar system, larger even than the planet Mercury. Its dense, rocky crusty is rich with ores and minerals, while its thin atmosphere, sub-surface oceans and deep-buried strata of thermal energy have made it the subject of successful but limited terraforming experiments.

Uniquely among the solar colonies, several of the settlements on Ganymede declared their allegiance remained with Earth when the Gaia Unity-HFA conflict finally erupted into open war. Their defiant stance made these colonies a target for various swift and brutal reprisal attacks from HFA forces, forcing Gaia Unity to divert military resources from elsewhere to defend these Earth Loyalist allies.

While not strategically vital, Ganymede has become politically and symbolically important to both sides, and the ‘Ganymeden Civil War,’ as it’s been called, between its pro-Earth and anti-Earth colonies continues to be the cause of constant battles on and around the moon.

IO (Moon of Jupiter)

Life on Jupiter’s sixth largest moon has never been easy. With its mountainous surface studded with over four hundred active volcanoes, any human colonisation on Io is hazardous in the extreme. Even orbital operations are not without hazard, as some of  Io’s erupting volcanoes are capable of hurling super-heated plumes of sulfur and sulfur dioxide up to 500 kilometers into space. 

These violently dangerous  environmental conditions, mixed with the moon’s sparse mineral wealth, traditionally made Io a poor choice for colonisation and subsequent exploration and exploitation, but that soon changed with the discovery of Pathfinder alien artefacts there.

The subsequent goldrush saw thousands flocking to Io in search of priceless ancient alien technology. Most left, disappointed and impoverished. Many others never left at all, victims of the moon’s violent nature. Some prospectors clung on, though, quickly establishing a reputation as among the toughest of the tough, and to be  ‘lo-born’ is a badge of pride among the ranks of the HFA.

Rare but priceless finds of Pathfinder technology still being made there, ensuring that Io remains in the front line of the Gaia Unity-HFA war.

TITAN (Moon of Saturn)

Saturn’s largest moon, and – at 150% the size of the Earth’s own Moon – the second-largest moon in the solar system. In the earliest days of space colonisation, Titan was used as a penal colony, with prisoners from Earth transported there to work in its mining colonies and terraforming facilities.  Many of Titan’s current colonist population are direct descendent of these penal colony prisoners, and bear no love for the planet that condemned their ancestors to a lifetime of hard labour 1.4 billion kilometres from home.

No-one hates an old Earther like someone Titan-born” is a well-known saying among HFA forces.

With its nitrogen-rich atmosphere, Titan was the subject of early terraforming experiments, and its atmosphere and surface have changed radically since the first explorers set foot on it centuries ago. Its terraforming history makes it if intense interest to Gaia Unity, who want closely study these effects in order to be able to apply any lessons learned from it to the future terraforming of Earth.

SATURN’S RINGS

The most extensive ring system of any planet orbiting the Sun, and extending out into space as much as 80,000 kilometres distance from Saturn. Although composed mainly of ice particles, there are valuable mineral and ore deposits in the rings, and rich RSA deposits are also regularly found, ensuring that, up until the start of the war, the ring system was a hive of commercial mining activity.

That activity still happens, but only under constant threat of military attack.  Both sides maintain various military bases in the rings, some of them hidden in the sensor-baffling dead zone spots caused by interference from the ring structures, and are constantly attacking enemy mining operations, enemy convoys and searching for each others’ own hidden bases among the rings.

With so many different spacecraft travelling in or near the Saturn system, going to or from any of Saturn’s colonised moons or mining among the rings or the upper reaches of Saturn’s atmosphere itself, there’s always that element of doubt about whether a new contact on the sensor screen will turn out to be a passing friend or a rapidly approaching foe.

TITANIA (Moon of Uranus)

Largest of the five major moons of Uranus, the solar system’s seventh furthest planet from the Sun. Although mining operations on the cold and rocky surface of Titania have yielded some success, the moon’s main use is as a base for exploration and gas-mining operations on the gas giant Uranus, a mere 1500 kilometres distant. 

Ever since it was discovered that the gaseous atmosphere of Uranus contained trace elements of Rare Solar Elements, gas-mining ships have been prospecting in the planet’s upper atmosphere, scooping up many tons of hydrogen and helium every voyage and then transporting their cargo back to refineries on Titania where any RSA elements it contains can be extracted and collected. 

This is hazardous and grinding work, being carried out far from the safety and security of any other colonies or bases among the planets closer to the Sun.  Unsurprisingly, with a potentially vast new source of RSEs at stake, both sides fight for control of Titania and the access it grants to those RSEs that are so vital to each side’s plan.

GALATEA (Moon of Neptune)

A 180 kilometer-long irregularly-shaped rock orbiting Neptune, with little to distinguish it from the dozens of other similar minor satellites orbiting the solar system’s gas giant planets. Except for one thing:  the strange radio signals emanating from somewhere deep inside it.

There’s something buried inside Galatea; something emitting radio signals that analysis has determined to be non-human in origin, and both sides are determined to find it and claim it for themselves.  This search for what is now called ‘The Galatean Anomaly’ has only been spurred on by the discovery of caches of priceless Pathfinder artefacts on or around Galatea, and it is generally assumed that the signal marks the hidden location of a significant mother lode of alien technology.

Both sides want to find the Anomaly. Neither side is willing to allow the other to claim it instead.  Numerous costly battles have been fought for possession of Galatea, but so far neither side has been able to fully dislodge the other from the site, nor to continue uninterrupted their mining excavations into the moon’s interior.  Meanwhile, the battles continue and the cloud of debris from destroyed spacecraft in orbit around Galatea continues to grow.

CHARON (Moon of Pluto)

The largest of the moons of the dwarf planet Pluto, and a site deliberately chosen by HFA Command for its isolation and bleak remoteness.  At almost six billion kilometers from the Sun, Pluto and its moons are the the furthest point from Earth and the Gaia Unity strongholds centered around it. 

On the edge of the solar system, staring out into the empty void of true interstellar space, Charon is home to the HFA’s interstellar travel base.  Here, much of the Pathfinder technology and RSEs gathered by the Alliance are being used to build the first spacecraft capable of travelling  to other stars, and testing the faster-than-light drives that will take them there.  For the Alliance, it’s the most important location in human history.   For the Gaians, it is the greatest threat imaginable; if the HFA complete their plan, then all the RSEs will be used up in powering these star drives, and the Earth will be doomed.

For the HFA, Charon must be defended at all costs. For Gaia Unity, it must be destroyed and its priceless Pathfinder technology and RSEs recovered and put to use healing the dying home world.