Sunday, July 17, 2005

Second Contact

July 17th, 2005

in 590, the Christian infidels of Espagne gathered in force and attempted to oust their betters from the land. Allah was with the faithful that day, because the faithless were routed and driven north, and Islam expanded yet again, as Allah wills.

in 1635, the inhabitants of Lalande 25372 detect the transmissions of a civilization living in a star system they call Rope, which is 351 light years from them. It is the second alien civilization they have heard from since developing radio technology in 1530, and much closer than the one they refer to as the Hunters. They begin work on translating the Rope language.

in 1821, Spain ceded the Florida territory to the North American Confederation. This was their last possession in the Americas, as revolution and negotiations had slowly eaten away all of their colonies on the 2 continents. Since Africa was no longer open to them, owing to the power of the native governments there, their importance in world affairs was negligible. This created a heavy anti-Mlosh sentiment in the streets, and the Mlosh of Spain were persecuted as much as the Jews had been during the Inquisition.

in 1890, the vulcanologists of Bandai, Japan descend on Papua in the South Pacific as an undersea earthquake begins. Though their technology is able to quell it, they look very concerned and hurriedly fly back to Bandai. Many governmental officials start inquiring what the school is finding out.

in 4601, Yueh Chan Juan lands on the moon and begins directing the building of the Imperial Colony there. She is a far cry from her younger days as the first woman in space, but she is more than up to this task. Many of the life-long colonists, who lived under several Imperial Administrators, felt that Yueh was the best administrator they ever had. When she died in 4618, her body was flown back to the moon from China, and buried with full Imperial honors.

in 1946, fascist Nationalist forces under Chang Kai-Shek smashed into the Communist army of Mao Tse-Tung on the Yangtze River. Reeling from the ferocity of the attack, the Communists pulled back, and never recovered. They were eventually forced onto the island of Formosa before the Soviet States of America announced that they would come to Comrade Mao’s aid if he asked it. An uneasy cold war then began between the tiny People’s Republic of Formosa and the mainland Republic of China.

in 1968, neo-Nazis spirit Palestinian physicist Faisal Yassin into Argentina to meet with Wilhelm Schoemann. Together, they begin work on designing the time machine that their new employers need built. Yassin had been working from Schoemann’s designs for 5 years, and was the main reason the neo-Nazis brought Schoemann into the project.

in 1996, the Courtney expedition uncovers the entrance into the object they have discovered in the Chimanimani National Park in Zimbabwe. They are unsure how to open it; the material it is made of has resisted all their efforts to cut it, so far. Dr. Courtney instructs his team to just keep working on unburying the entire object, and they will find a way in eventually.

in 2000, well away from New York, Mikhail von Heflin and Velma Porter hijack the truck carrying the creature from beyond this world for the Huff institute and head towards the coast, instead. The Baron cannot resist using the truck’s radio to send back a message to Huff – “You want this thing back, Huff? Come to Canada to find it.” They are heading to New York’s Atlantic coast; they will test how well Huff’s scientists are able to track them.


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