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Royal Terran Hegemony - An Aurora AAR

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Jarhead0331:
Not sure where this will end up going, as I tend to get to a certain point in Aurora games and after learning new tips, tricks and concepts, restart. This is such a complex game with so much nuance and new ideas to learn that restarts happen fairly regularly.

Still, I've been playing in my current game for almost a century (in game time  O0) and I've been trying some new things.  It's a pretty nice galactic set-up so far and some interesting events have transpired. So, I figured I'd just write a little bit about it with the hope that putting my thoughts, plans and strategies on paper will help me stay focused, and might be of interest to one or two of you in the process.

First, some background.

My race is human and the current ruling order is known as the Royal Terran Hegemony. The date is presently the 7th day of June, in the 2101st year of our Lord.



We are, of course, located in the Sol System ("Home Sector"), on the planet Earth. The Royal Navy completed the near galactic survey of all geological bodies and gravitational locations of note within the solar system many decades ago. There are two standard jump points located in proximity. One is approximately 2.09 billion kilometers from Earth and leads to Alpha Centauri, where the Hegemony has established two colonies. The other is approximately 6.35 billion kilometers from Earth and leads to WISE 0350-5658, a system devoid of anything of meaningful value. Within Home Sector, the Hegemony possesses two developed and stable colonies. One on Luna and the other on Mars. Both colonies performed nominal mining of Duranium, Neutronium and Corundium, and while Mars still sends the bulk of these raw mineral resources back to Earth via mass driver, all mineral resources have been exhausted on Luna. It is worth noting that most of Earth's natural mineral resources have been stripped and although stockpiles are stable, the Hegemony is in the process of relocating Earth's mining industries to new systems for fresh exploitation.

Here is Earth and it's immediate surroundings. Several vessels of various class, including freighters, tankers, tugs and Defense Monitors, are docked in Earth orbit.



Despite having trans-newtonian technology for more than 75 years, our empire is still very much what I would describe as "fledgling". We have populated three (3) systems, in addition to Sol and possess a very small navy useful for little but providing local orbital security and peace of mind to colonists. The backbone of our Royal Navy is the Antium Class Orbital Defense Monitor. She is admittedly obsolete, having served as our empire's sole form of local space security for decades. As shown below, she is has a tonnage of 5,418, is quick, with a maximum speed of 3,461 KM/S and is armed with six (6) 30 cm C3 Plasma Carronades manufactured by Bourbeau Weapons Systems. She has a crew of 149 and is equipped to operate for 24 months without requiring shore leave and resupply. Her hulls are laid down by the Warnell Systems Naval Shipyard Complex.
 


Antium ODMs are also responsible for patrolling holdings established in Core Colonial Territory ("Core Sectors").  Core Sectors are those sectors nearest to the Home Sector, and which will be defended, as if part of the home territory. They also happen to be mineral rich with developing industry, and are, as a result, extremely valuable territory.

The Royal Navy, although small, conducts a variety of operations in addition to maintaining stability and security. Some of these missions include transportation of colonists, transportation of minerals, installations and infrastructure, Salvage and towing operations, Jump Point Stability, Refueling, Sorium harvesting and tanker responsibilities. Finally, the Royal Navy is also responsible for intelligence, reconnaissance and survey operations. This display shows our current Naval Organization and various administrative commands.



Here is a chart of the known systems, displaying the Home Sector, Core Sectors, and other discovered systems of varying strategic value.  Also displayed on this chart at a glance are unexplored jump points, populated systems, systems with Naval Headquarters, as well as refueling and resupply capability.



With respect to Core Sectors and populated colonies, the Hegemony has established bastions as follows:

Lalande 21185
 - Reach Colony with a population of 58.27 million souls

Alpha Centauri
 - A II with a population of 16.85 million souls
 - AIV with a population of 15.52 million souls

Barnard's Star
 - A II with a population of 11.71 million souls

In addition to Royal holdings, commercial enterprises span throughout the Hegemony, representing mostly mining interests and transportation, both cargo and passenger lines.  These civilian enterprises are granted wide latitude and independence, but are taxed accordingly on profits. In exchange for granting rights to mine planets, moons, asteroids and comets, civilian enterprises must be prepared to contribute mineral wealth when necessary and provide logistical capability for Royal Naval operations on request.

This window displays Royal and civilian holdings, as well as a detailed summary for the present state of Earth.



On or about 19 May 2081, a Hawkeye Class survey vessel discovered a deserted intact alien city located on the surface of the mineral rich world, Lalande 21185 A II. This terrestrial Planet consists mostly of cold desert, contains 5% water and an atmosphere of nitrogen, oxygen and water vapor.  Temperature is just outside of preferred habitable levels at -12.5C, but both gravity and pressure are acceptable. Vast quantities of duranium, neutronium, corbomite, titanium, mercassium, vendarite, sorium, uridium, corundium and gallicite are present and for the most part, easily accessible.  Given the presence of structures of alien origin, as well as the natural mineral wealth, high priority was set on establishing a colonial operation, which by now, is both mature and stable.

Here is a detail of the status of our occupation on Reach.



In order to research the alien structures, as well as to decipher their language and script, the 1st and 2nd Xenoarcheology Companies, as well as 1st Geosurvey Company, were assembled and dropped onto the planet. Rapid progress was made and it was learned that the aliens were known as the "Franklin", at least, that is the closest approximation in the prevailing tongue of the Hegemony. 

By way of example, a Xenoarcheology Company consists of medium vehicles with sensitive xenoarcheology equipment, a platoon of light infantry for security, logistics personnel and an HQ component so that officers may be attached. Here, we see that the current commander of the 1st Xenoarch Company is Major Dennis Callan.



Once our scientists were successful in unlocking the alien language, we were able to deploy construction companies to reclaim the alien structures, facilities, wealth and technology. We have recovered ordnance factories, research labs, fighter factories, command modules, infrastructure, maintenance supplies and millions of liters of fuel. We have also recovered advanced engines, survey equipment and weapons.

While these discoveries have been exhilarating, the existence of advanced alien artifacts has also sent shockwaves through the Hegemony, confirming to us that we are most likely not alone.  Therefore, the Royal Colonial Marine Corps was established and although we are still in the process of establishing the order of battle and table of distributions and allowances, the building blocks of the CMC company has been created.



The CMC is to be a light, highly mobile strike force, capable of deploying rapidly in emergencies. Soon, we will begin the framework for creating armies with various specialties and capabilities, including those with specialized training, enhanced capabilities through genetic modification and power armor.



Our plans for the immediate future include developing the Royal military, both the ground forces and the Navy. These forces will be needed as we expand beyond the Core Sectors and these concepts, ideas and strategies will be shared in future posts. Presently, our most important Colonial Sector is Barnard's Star with a rapidly developing colony on the planet designated as BS A II. This world holds vast mineral wealth and has an already robust construction, mining and and commercial shipping industry.



Also, our immediate plans will consist of expanding our operations beyond the Core Sector of Lalande 21185 into the newly surveyed system of EZ Aquarii. This is a trinary star system with two worlds of extraordinary mineral wealth orbiting the second star. Unfortunately, these worlds are extremely inhospitable to human life. One of the worlds could support life, but at extreme costs. I believe the most cost effective means of mining these worlds will be through the use of orbital habitats and forced labor mines. Workers will reside in orbit and be forced to work on the surface. For the greater Hegemony!



To be continued.

By the way, please let me know if this is of any interest...




W8taminute:
Very nice and detailed AAR.  I prefer this documentary style of AAR vs. the standard personal story of some character in the midst of gameplay AAR.

Aurora reminds me in some ways of Space Empires IV only much more deep and complex.  I might have to pick up this game if the price is right. 

Definitely interested in seeing more AAR of this game.   :bd:

Jarhead0331:

--- Quote from: W8taminute on December 08, 2020, 08:58:31 AM ---Very nice and detailed AAR.  I prefer this documentary style of AAR vs. the standard personal story of some character in the midst of gameplay AAR.

Aurora reminds me in some ways of Space Empires IV only much more deep and complex.  I might have to pick up this game if the price is right. 

Definitely interested in seeing more AAR of this game.   :bd:

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LoL...Aurora is FREE!

Thanks for posting...I was beginning to think that my effort and interest was all for naught.

Pete Dero:

--- Quote from: Jarhead0331 on December 08, 2020, 09:48:53 AM ---
--- Quote from: W8taminute on December 08, 2020, 08:58:31 AM ---Very nice and detailed AAR.  I prefer this documentary style of AAR vs. the standard personal story of some character in the midst of gameplay AAR.

Aurora reminds me in some ways of Space Empires IV only much more deep and complex.  I might have to pick up this game if the price is right. 

Definitely interested in seeing more AAR of this game.   :bd:

--- End quote ---

LoL...Aurora is FREE!

Thanks for posting...I was beginning to think that my effort and interest was all for naught.

--- End quote ---

I was getting just text in Firefox but then I loaded the page in Edge and there are pictures !

Something must be wrong on my side (are the pictures linked to something on Facebook ?).


The first time I played Aurora I spend more time on line looking for answers than actually playing the game ...

I look forward to the sequels.   I quit back then after many hours when the micromanagement got the better of me (and I still hadn't encountered any combat).

Jarhead0331:

--- Quote from: Pete Dero on December 08, 2020, 10:01:43 AM ---
--- Quote from: Jarhead0331 on December 08, 2020, 09:48:53 AM ---
--- Quote from: W8taminute on December 08, 2020, 08:58:31 AM ---Very nice and detailed AAR.  I prefer this documentary style of AAR vs. the standard personal story of some character in the midst of gameplay AAR.

Aurora reminds me in some ways of Space Empires IV only much more deep and complex.  I might have to pick up this game if the price is right. 

Definitely interested in seeing more AAR of this game.   :bd:

--- End quote ---

LoL...Aurora is FREE!

Thanks for posting...I was beginning to think that my effort and interest was all for naught.

--- End quote ---

I was getting just text in Firefox but then I loaded the page in Edge and there are pictures !

Something must be wrong on my side (are the pictures linked to something on Facebook ?).


The first time I played Aurora I spend more time on line looking for answers than actually playing the game ...

I look forward to the sequels.   I quit back then after many hours when the micromanagement got the better of me (and I still hadn't encountered any combat).

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Yes. images are on facebook. I'm on firefox too though and they are embedded for me.

If you get back into Aurora again and have any questions, please don't hesitate to post and ask away. I've also made a handful of conventional start videos that are on youtube. I can repost links if interested. I think Aurora can be a boring game to watch someone else play though, and is actually more engrossing to read about.

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