Welcome Back Ladies and Gentlemen i'm Max Stevenson and here with us tonight is George Englebart Confed Military Historian. Now if you missed the beginning and your joining us now we are discussing on tonights show the Confed's history and how it expanded into the superpower it is today. Now George what exactly happened when the Arceans Received the Hyperdrive Plans?
Well Max no one exactly is sure, see the Arceans are a militant secret race and no first contact has actually taken place between them and us. See the Arceans live on the other side of the Galaxy supposedly only the Drengin Empire has had contact with them. We can only vaguely guess their location by listening in on radio transmissions coming from the other side of the Drengin Empire. Now what is known is that the Arceans distributed the Hyperdrive plans to other races and that led to the era as we know today as the Colony Rush which lasted from 2226 to 2232. Now when the Confed began construction on the colony ships and explorer ships to begin expansion into space the Bradley Administration founded the Confed Space Navy which was divided into three branches. First is the Colonization Fleet, Second is the Confed Space Navy, And Third is the Confed Merchant Navy. Now the Colonization Fleet began expanding Confed's Borders in Feb of 2226. The Confed Navy discovered Dozens of Star Systems with habitable planets to our relative Northwest on a Galactic Map and a few scazttered systems capable of supporting life to our south. No one knew were the nearest alien empire resided but no one cared. See the main focus of the Confed was to Colonize, Colonize, Colonize and above all Colonize. By March of 2226 2 Star Systems had been colonized and this allowed Bradley to win a Second Term as president of the Confed, but he won with 66 electoral votes as the Confed's spending was leading to a defecit of 22 billion credits but the government did not pay mind to that as revenue was generated in massive amounts from the mining bases on the Solar Asteriod belt and other asteroid belts in nearby systems. By Mid 2226 the Britanion, Aldra, Kievi and the Hyadea Systems had been colonized.
Wow now had any Alien species been encountered yet george?
Well no but Confed Intelligence was picking up heavy communication west of the Chebychev System which was next to be colonized. The Confederate Navy which was under the command of Fleet Admiral Helena "Stinger" Cain a Veteran of the 6th World War ordered the construction of multiple Starbases like Border Post 4 and 6 to monitor the area. In the Opening week of November 2226 the Confederate Fleet Flagship the TCS Bonaventure made contact with a Thalanese Scout Ship. This was first contact between the Terrans and another race, the Thalanese were kind and were given a tour of Earth but they acted very awkward. Records show that one of them said they were keeping an eye on us, See nobody know from where in the galaxy they came from and how they got here. Apparently they operate under a hive mind like bee's. Before they left the Thalan Empire gave the Terrans a map of their territory marking Thalan Space and space that the Confed could Colonize. Now the Confed and Thalans were the only two races expanding into the Gamma Quadrant and tensions quickly rose as the borders met and Colonies were established rather close to each other. In the following weeks of november the Slepur and Vitellius Systems were colonized all less than 2 sectors away from the Thalan Border. The rising Tensions put pressure on President Bradley to strengthen the Confed Military. Admiral Cain is stated as saying "If we don 't hurry the bugs will infest the space surrounding us and we'll be trapped." With those words Bradley ordered 300BC to be spent on Warships for the security of the Confed but the move came late as in the 2227 May Elections Bradley Lost to his Federalist Counterpart Laura Roslin.
Now this was a historic event was it not?
Yes Max it was because the Roslin Administartion although a bit focused on military brought many reforms that helped the Confed. One of those such moves was the Colonization Act of 2227 which gave colonies the right to govern themselves while still under Confederation Rule and allowed them to vote in senate elections.
Ineed it did, and it's something that we cherish still today
Yes, now as i was saying after the first confed warships were completed which were about 20 Defender class warships were all deployed to the south as a deterrent to Thalan Expansionism. In May 3 Star Systems were colonized and these star systems. Those Being the Dilthi, Altros, and Brindle which are known as the Industrial Heart of the Confederacy. It was in the Brindle System also when the colony ship landed a Torian Scientific Team was found exploring the planet. This was the second encounter with another aline race and this one proved beter. The Torians were very friendly and gave us a tour of their home planet Toria. Confed-Torian relations quickly blossomed and a friendship was established leading to the Treaty of Toria which shows the Galaxy that the Torian Confederation and the Terran Confederation are military allies.
Now this seems to have a profound effect on the people right?
Oh yes people start touring Torian Planets and Torians start migrating and touring the Confed and this worked Both ways. I mean look at mars. Mars has a population which 25% is Torian who want to start new and help both powers prosper and the Human Cities on Toria V which is a mixed culture planet.
Well this sure seems to be a critical time in our Confed's history, now we'll keep discussing this after a word from our sponsors.
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Cool. Any reasons why Arcean ships are so slow?
thanks and what exactly do you mean?