Operation Icos 15 Oct 2227-1 Apr 2228
The plan is to destroy the ships above Iconia before they developed space weaponry. Then once I have researched Planetary Invasion technology I will invade. If that is successful then I will try to take Iconia V in the same attack and wipe out the Yor for good (literally).
I send the TAS Spitfire (fast in name only) to destroy the ships in orbit of Iconia while I finish researching planetary invasion. I meanwhile acquire Trade and Scatter Blaster II technology from the Iconians and Alterians.
On 15 Oct 2227 the TAS Spitfire emerged above Iconia. It fires the first shot of the war. Both Yor ships are destroyed.
The operation works perfectly except for the problem that Planetary Invasion is still 6 weeks away from being perfected. The Iconians already have a fighter and it won’t be long before the Yor do to. The TAS Spitfire stays in orbit of Iconia and shoots down everything launched from the surface.
Finally after weeks of research and production the TAS Warhammer sets of from Earth with 2 billion troops bound for Iconia.
We don’t have enough logistics to escort the TAS Warhammer, so it was vulnerable to enemy attack. But on 15 Jan 2228, after three weeks of worry the first marine pods launched. I chose information warfare because we could get anywhere from 1-2 billion extra troops. Meanwhile back on earth the TAS Cleansweep left space dock with another 2 billion troops to reinforce the Iconia campaign.
The first invasion of Iconia can only be described as a complete disaster. The information warfare didn’t work well, and we landed in between several major Yor positions. It was a disaster, but luckily the TAS Cleansweep is coming and will arrive in three weeks. Until then the TAS Spitfire is on its own. Also the Yor are putting agents on earth and bogging down production of Transports. It has really saved their neck because the one factory they have sabotaged was the difference between a Transport every two weeks and one every three. I still hope that the TAS Cleansweep will arrive before the Yor get weapons. But wars never go as planned.
I order the attack.
It is the first battle where both ships have weapons. The TAS Spitfire easily wins this engagement. Now both the Drengin and the Torians have battleships. Now all hope in this operation’s success is getting the TAS Cleansweep to Iconia, and then winning the invasion. The Yor have another fighter on Iconia V and I am assigning the TAS Valiant to clear it out.
The TAS Cleansweep first fires gas at the planet that is supposed to dissolve Yor drones. All hopes ride on this invasion. We are outnumbered more that 4 to 1. Will our 2 billion troops be enough?
The answer: no.
We landed farther away from the main Yor force, but they still won. The one bright side is that the TAS Hugo is ready on earth and there are only about a billion Yor left on Iconia. I am altering the operation plan. Since the Yor now have weaponry I am going to switch back to H-Wings until the space in the Icos system is under my complete control.
I also designed the Y-Wing for surgical strikes.
The TAS Spitfire attacks the new Yor ship in orbit of Iconia while the TAS Hugo moves in. Also the TAS Valiant is redirected to Iconia instead of Iconia V.
However there isn’t enough time for repairs from previous engagements and I lose the TAS Spitfire.
A bad defeat, but the TAS Spear is on its way there and the TAS Valiant is in orbit already.
On 22 Feb 2228 the TAS Valiant comes in and finishes the job while the TAS Hugo prepares its invasion attempt. Due to the last invasion attempt the Yor are down to 1.7 billion troops, could now be the time of Yor defeat? That is the question as the TAS Hugo sprays gas onto Iconia.
The Marines land far away from the Yor army and using rocked attacks destroy them. Iconia is mine with over a billion troops left. There is the problem of the Yor fleet over Iconia V, but I have yet to see a transport. It is a wonderful day for the Terran Alliance. Meanwhile the TAS Sword and the TAS Spear set off for Iconia V.
The Yor don’t seem to be mounting a counterattack on Iconia. Also reports are coming in that the Yor colony of Iconia V might rebel. I think I will destroy the orbiting ships and leave the colony to rebel on its own accord.
As the 1st and 2nd fleets move in on the last Yor world I begin to prepare for my next operation.
The first fleet moved in and took out both of the Yor fighters.
The operation will be officially closed next week when I destroy the 3 non combat vessels in orbit of Iconia V.
However Iconia V rebels on the planned closing day of Operation Icos. Operation Icos is over on 1 Apr 2228. We only lost one ship and 5 billion troops, but the point of the operation was to quickly conquer the Icos system in about 3 months. It took 7 for the Yor to be defeated. That’s four months that I could have been worrying about the rest of the galaxy.
The Torians have a large military and they are right on Earths doorstep. The Drath aren’t much of a problem but are still a nuisance. The Torians will be my next priority and they will be dealt with in several Y-Wing lightning raids in Operation Sudden Death…