Chapter 50 Caesar Manius Sertorius Caelius 2543 AUC / 1778 AD - 2550 AUC / 1797 AD
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    Gnaeus Furius Rubro passed away one winter night in 2043 AUC (1778 AD). He was soon succeeded by who would become known as Manius Sertorius Caelius. Manius Sertorius was born in a noble family Villa west of Augusta Elysium. His father was a large estate owner and former military officer; his mother was the well-educated daughter of a high-ranking government official. Later the family would move to Lenape where he would spend his childhood in an urban environment. Later, he would become a business tycoon who would build his wealth in railroads and shipping. Manius would work his way up to leadership positions in maritime trade and the fast-growing rail industry, effectively transforming the Empire's geography. At the same time he greatly improved and expanded the nation's transportation infrastructure while embracing new technologies and new forms of business organization, forming the first company to use the word Corporatium. Later he would rise in politics and be a favorite among the senators, being elected the new Emperor.

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    The new emperor began his rule as the first emperor to visit the Japanese Empire and Maratha. The visit in Japan was received by the Shogun Oda Nobusada who accompanied him to the Imperial Palace where he was received by the Tenno Kōkaku who was a child according to Roman standards in 1782 (he was only 11 years old). The Emperors spent several days together where they made gifts to each other, to later speak with the Shogun Nobusada, the conversations with the Shogun revolved around an expansion of both Empires and better trade. In the middle of those conversations, the Hawaii issue came up. Hawaii was divided into different kings who ruled each island as their individual fief but recently, England had taken an interest in it, especially after the death of James Cook after an attempted kidnapping that resulted in his being torn to pieces.

    Japan saw the advantages of having Hawaii but Elysium also wanted it as a key position in the strategic landscape. Japan had several targets: Taiwan, Kamchatka, and finally Manchuria with Siberia. In exchange for not interfering with the Conquest and Assimilation Expansions, Japan would receive more direct and friendly attention from the Elysian Empire. This was accepted although some radicals from Elysium Augusta argued to take the islands without bothering the opinion of these "flat-faced barbarians". Caesar's response was simple: "These flat-faced barbarians are one of the greatest warrior peoples in history, comparable to the Spartans of Greece. They are our friends, and although we are superior to them in science, we are an older brother to them." it must educate them while the other kingdoms and empires would treat them as serfs or slaves without rights " That speech did nothing but motivate and increase the rate of Japo-Elysian marriages or an explosive growth of births.

    The Maratha Empire, on the other hand, was a different matter, beginning as a commercial enterprise of some adventurers, the support of the veteran Legionnaires in the Unification of the subcontinent under the Bhagwa Dhwaj dominated the Elysium-Maratha relationship. The Maratha experienced a revolution in military organization as part of the accelerated modernization of the Indian nation as the Maratha Military-Industrial Complex opened factories around Agra and other cities. Where they manufactured and brought out their firearms (Elysian clones) by the tens of thousands, which were used by the Imperial Maratha Army. A detail that marked the meeting between rulers was sexuality itself, since the Chhatrapati (Emperor) was accompanied by beautiful women, all married to him, which contrasted with the sexual attitude in Elysium, which was less liberal than in India. The Roman religion promoted sexuality as an aspect of the prosperity of the state.

    Even prostitution was legal, public and widespread while it was common to find "pornographic" paintings and later photographs among the art collections of respectable upper-class households. Although there was some discrimination towards that male Elysian citizen who assumed the passive role in the same sexual act, being accepted and promoted to the man who enjoyed sexual acts with women or with men of inferior status, as long as their behaviors did not reveal weaknesses or excesses. It was even considered natural and common for men to feel sexually attracted to adolescents of both sexes and pederasty was tolerated as long as the youngest male partner was not a free Roman and was already over the age of majority (15 years) although it was common that did not exceed fifteen years of difference

    The Maratha Empire and the culture of the Indian Subcontinent itself favored that sex was considered a mutual duty between a married couple, where husband and wife pleasured each other equally while polygamy was allowed to be in practice, this seems to have been practiced only by rulers, and the common people maintained a monogamous marriage. It is common for a ruling class to practice both polyandry and polygamy as a way of preserving dynastic succession. Such a mentality caused Emperor Manius and his courtiers to end up taking copies of the Kama Sutra to Elysium, originally known as Vatsyayana Kamasutram, which would eventually lead to a certain Indiaphilia as well as a Niponophilia. Indirectly this would affect a greater proliferation of social clubs of a sexual nature that did nothing more than promote a light sexual subculture centered on BDSM. This did nothing more than encourage a birth explosion in all segments of society.

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    The Hawaii campaign was perhaps one of the shortest in Elysian naval history. Hawaii was a rich paradise in the middle of the sea full of tribals who didn't know how to make firearms, which was too tempting not to take. The Hawaiians were fierce hand-to-hand fighters but lacked the numbers to deal with bolt-action rifles and Polybolum. It only took six months to take over the islands, which would be modernized, many vacation villas built for wealthy Patricians and Equites, while sugar cane plantations gained a new injection of capital investment while Hawaii became the world capital. pineapple and pineapple production became its second largest industry. One of the most prominent events that took place in Hawaii was race relations. Mixed marriages were sought after. Many native women married Elysian men, which would encourage more effective Romanization.

    As Hawaii was modernized, it also became a strategic military asset within the Classis, as they built a military presence in Hawaii and established several key shipyards and bases. By 1790, the entire island of Oahu had been fortified on the shores with the construction of a "Ring of Steel," a series of cannon batteries mounted on steel coastal walls. But on April 17, 1790, Japan launched its invasion of Taiwan. Japan was a fairly compact nation, however it was very densely populated and had a decent military-industrial complex, all things considered. Things the Qing underestimated when the ancient Chinese arrogance returned believing they would defeat the "Japanese pirates" However, things quickly turned ugly for the Chinese. Not only was Taiwan less fortified than thought possible, but the Japanese had several modern Samurai and Ashigaru Legions ready to hit the shores.

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    While Taiwan had some slightly outdated but still effective infantry units that would last six months thanks to native collaboration. The main thing that bogged down the Imperial Japanese forces was the region's extremely rugged terrain, which was predominantly made up of thick jungle and forests. The sight of Japanese soldiers hanging and dismembered from trees was common in the wild and mountainous regions but the worst was during famines when entire centuries disappeared for weeks later a group of natives armed with Japanese weaponry appeared only to discover that these disappearances and supplies , was because the centuries were captured, looted and later eaten as food by the villages. The idea of reviving the Joseon strategy was debated but in the end a more diplomatic approach was chosen where it would negotiate with the tribes. China finally gave in and Japan made its first conquest against the Chinese. Taiwan was rebuilt as a copy of Hokkaido.

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    But while these events were taking place, an Elysian inventor named Publius Scipion Minor began seriously pursuing his project in airship development. Scipio described a large, rigid-framed outer envelope containing several separate gas pockets. At first the idea was dismissed but through contacts he gained the support of the Techneum and the Legion, convinced of the potential importance of aviation which eventually secured government funding for his project. It took ten years of work for it to finally undergo a detailed examination by experts and a field test. The project had the interest of the German army, but a condition for the purchase of an airship was a 24-hour endurance test. Several months later, he passed the test. He even made a gift to the Emperor.

    By 1795, Manius Sertorius received the cognomen Caelius which meant Heaven. But while this was happening, Francisco José de Lacerda e Almeida led an expedition from Mozambique to Angola, through Zimbabwe and Zambia, crossing southern Africa from coast to coast for the first time. This new region, called Capitania General de Gran Rio. The most important factor in the economy of the colony was huge deposits of copper in the region that later became known as the copper belt, which transformed the Capitania General de Gran Rio from a possible colonization land in a copper exporter. At the same time, the Austrian Colony of Südwestafrika expanded motivated by the discovery of diamonds while colonists were encouraged to expropriate the land of the natives and forced-slave labor was used. The natives put up fierce resistance to the Austrian occupation but the deployment of regular troops soon crushed the resistance with extreme prejudice. Later they reached the Land of the Tswana where the discovery of gold and diamonds caused a Germanic gold rush.​
     
    Chapter 51 Caesar Marcus Sertorius Magnus 2550 AUC / 1797 AD - 2580 AUC / 1827 AD
  • Imperator Augustus Caesar Manius Sertorius Magnus
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    Manius's successor was his son: Marcus Sertorius Magnus. Marcus was the third son of Manius, therefore he was not expected to ascend the throne. Like many sons of Patricians and Equites, he was sent to the Bellica Academy in Civis Lenape, where he would be taught. In his memoir, Marcus would write: "I learned to ride and shoot as long as I learned to read or write; almost before I could walk and talk, in fact." At the academy he would receive the gold medal for "study and conduct". Marcus would be deployed during the Conquest of Hawaii, where he would be ambushed by a pair of bandits or native guerrillas; Marcus would kill them both with his personal pistol. Later he would do politics becoming a Senator although his brothers would die during a plague that broke out but claimed several thousand victims. Later, one of the most notable events would be to modernize the educational system, expanding the concept of the military character to include poise, leadership, efficiency and athletic performance within the subjects.

    Marcus tried to combat "hazing" in educational centers even with the formation of the so-called Centurias Discipulas Securitas (Student Security Centuries). The process was comparable to establishing a police in the schools. Although he was seen as having the possibility of the "Discipulum Securitas" abusing his position of authority, he decided to put a non-student Dux (Leader) to lead the groups. This Dux would make sure that the security code was not broken. Later, modernization would reach the curriculum adding courses in art, government and economics while in Military Art classes, the study of the campaigns of the Roman Empire was replaced with the study of the campaigns of the Elysian Empire. He allowed upper class students to leave the premises and authorized one student newspaper per school. Perhaps most revolutionary was a monthly allowance of 5 Denarius to students above certain grades, all with the aim of fostering competition.

    By 1797, Marcus ascended the throne as his father's successor. But while this was happening, France suffered the worst possible fate: The Civil War. The French civil war or also called Revolution, came due to social and economic inequality between the nobility and the peasantry together with the rapid growth of the population and the inability to adequately finance the public debt caused economic depression, unemployment and high food prices. But one of the biggest thoughts was towards the great military losses during the war against England, when it landed and devastated the North of France. During this chaotic period, there were frequent riots, protests, and strikes. Apart from the fact that the Catholic population was in displeasure with the nobility that showed little respect towards religion and the Church.

    On May 5, 1797, a mob formed to attack the Bastille, a royal fortress with large caches of arms and ammunition. The King ordered the mobilization of the Garde Nationale to crush this uprising, which quickly turned into an urban war fought from house to house. Until a flag began to wave on top of Notredame. A white and yellow flag stained with blood. This flag symbolized a France under the power of God and the Church. The church was the largest single landowner in France, controlling nearly 10% of all property and collecting tithes, effectively a 10% tax on income, collected from peasants in the form of crops. But after Italian Unification, the King of France dissolved religious orders and monasteries in France, while monks and nuns were encouraged to return to private life. The Pope and many French Catholics opposed this as it denied the Pope's authority over the French Christian nation.

    The result was state-led persecution of "refractory clergy," many of whom were forced into exile, deported, or executed, bringing the civilian population closer to the clergy. The flag in the center of Paris, ran like lit gunpowder until it reached Rome and by the end of August. The worst nightmare dreamed by a French king since 1300, came true: The Templars returned. Supported by regiments that turned against their royalist officers, a scant 10,000 Templars, grouped in a Division, advanced against any kind of opposition but with every victory or mile advanced, it was an increased army. Until finally Paris was reached. Louis XVI prisoner of terror, surrendered. And the French people decided to end the French Monarchy, the new leader of France would be the Church itself.

    The considered "papal annexation" of France, was viewed with total terror by England and the Protestant countries. England began a campaign to finance the French Protestant and Royalist forces within the same continent with money and weapons while they landed and occupied the Dutch Republic peacefully. The anti-papal revolts were in a barely perceived state of disarray; old soldiers of the Ancien Régime fought side by side with raw volunteers. The Catholic nations for the most part tried not to interfere, although the trade and supply of weapons were not denied. In the midst of this panorama, one of the greatest events occurred, when an artillery general of Corsican origin who would later become important, decided to allow the first use of chemical weapons in the form of gas. The general's response was used to justify chemical warfare against the heretical and Protestant enemy against opponents of this weapon.

    "It is considered a legitimate mode of warfare to fill projectiles with molten metal which spreads among the enemy and produces the most gruesome forms of death. It is incomprehensible why a poisonous vapor that would kill men without suffering would be considered an illegitimate war. War it is destruction, and the more destructive it can be done with the least human suffering, the sooner that barbaric method will be done away with." The first chemical weapons bombardment was made near Neuve-Chapelle when Napoleon Bonaparte attacked Royalist, English and Protestant troops with chlorine gas released from boats and blown into enemy trenches. The effects were so brutally effective that when the Papal-French troops advanced they were met by emaciated soldiers, coats thrown or open wide, scarves ripped off, running like mad, directionless, screaming for water, spitting blood, some even rolling on the ground making desperate efforts to breathe.

    Only a few managed to survive because they were protected by oxygen breathing apparatus for miners. The Papal army advanced when the yellow-green clouds with a characteristic smell, similar to pineapple and pepper, moved towards the allied trenches. The English officers, assuming at first that the Papist infantry were advancing behind a smokescreen, alerted the troops. As the gas reached the fortifications and lines, soldiers began to complain of chest pains and a burning sensation in their throats. The soldiers realized that they were being gassed and many ran as fast as they could. After the first German chlorine gas attacks, Allied troops were given urine-soaked cotton masks; the urea in the pad had been found to neutralize chlorine. The pads were kept on the face until the gas dispersed.

    Other soldiers preferred to wear a flannel bandana, sock, or sash, moistened with a baking soda solution and tied over the mouth and nose, until the gas passed. Soldiers found it difficult to fight like this, and attempts were made to develop better means of protection against gas attacks. The Elysian observers soon saw the military application of the gases and sent a report to Castra Tartaros. Castra Tartaros was founded during the Conquest of Yucatan. Only the military high command of Elysium knew of its existence as it was the largest and most sophisticated biological weapons (BW) production facility known. Emperor Lanius would be one of the most favorable Emperors for this type of facility to the point that he authorized test subjects to be selected to gather a broad cross-section of the population, mostly slaves and criminals, including several dozen abandoned babies. The development of gas weapons would be devastating to the enemies of Elysium.

    On the other hand, the Technaum began researching a more effective variant of the relatively small and fast naval ship designed to carry self-propelled torpedoes created to counter both the Testuda Maris threat and other slow, heavily armed ships through the use of speed torpedoes. , agile and powerful, and the staggering cost of building a similar number of capital ships to counter the enemy. The ship would receive the name of "torpedo boat destroyers" (and later simply "Vestator" which meant Destroyer.) At the same time, the idea of a large caliber Testuda Maris. The designers of the battleships sought to provide the greatest possible protection, speed, and firepower in a ship of realistic size and cost. These would receive the name of Perditior but the rest of the nations would call it as Dreadnought.

    One of the newest inventions was an improvement of the Telegraph made by the Maratha Empire. With the collaboration of the Techneum and the Societas Imperialis de Scientiae, a useful communication system was finally invented that could function over long distances. The Elysians called it Radio. It took twenty years for it to go from applying spark transmissions to audio. An Elysian Entrepreneur decided to create a radio news and entertainment program, all financed by the Empire and that in a matter of a few years huge signal towers transmitting radio waves, were erected throughout the Empire, and in an act of business They decided to share radio technology to the world at a cost. Now a man could talk to his family while he was in Alyaska as in Magna Sarmatia. Technology that was soon used by the army to coordinate military operations or even issue speeches like the weekly ones issued by the Pope from Rome.

    By 1815, the armed forces of Elysium had as its youngest branch the Volatilis Auxilia (Flying Auxilia), the Volatilis Auxilia had in its inventory aerial beasts that received the name of the naval ships of antiquity based on the number of engines they had. . The bireme was an aircraft that served as a scout and messenger. The Trireme was considered an assault ship, equipped with nests of Polybolum that would harass enemies from the sky. But the real beasts were the Quadrireme which served as air transport and could act to deploy supplies and troops of a size of 200 men while the Quinquereme would be the deathbringer. Hardened against ground attacks by light weapons requiring a direct hit from an explosive shell behind the armor layer, it was armed with dozens of Polybolum and several simple systems, an Iria launch rail frame fitted with rockets. This weapon would have the reputation of destroying the morale of undisciplined or weakened troops even in the worst case scenario, deploying gaseous chemical weapons.

    A fairly notable Airship class would be the Hexarema. Designed with the objective of carrying bombs that could be "dropped" on enemy positions or even cities or industry. Logically, it had an explosive load capacity considered light but that would be what we consider a light Bomber. His older brothers like the Septireme, Octeros, Enneres. They would stand out for having a higher load. In the middle of this creation the question arose. "And if there is an accident and the ship has to be evacuated?" It did not take too long to find the solution through the discovery of the parachute, which developed greater security measures.​
     
    Chapter 52 Caesar Tiberius Sertorius Dives 2580 AUC / 1827 AD - 2612 AUC / 1858 AD
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    Imperator Augustus Caesar Tiberius Sertorius Dives
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    Marcus Sertoriu's successor was Tiberius Sertorius Dives, a member of an ancient and highly respected Patrician family from Elysium Augusta. Dives would stand out for being a politician who would stand out for the enormous sum of money he produced from his Corporatium: Neronia Petroleum. An oil corporation noted for having innovative ways of organizing to effectively manage its rapidly growing corporation by combining disparate Collegiums, spread across dozens of Provinces, under a single set of trustees. The ascension to the imperial throne by Tiberius had a beginning where Neronia Petroleum itself financed dozens of parties in the provincial capitals, in such parties the first public use of Cocaine, Opium and Marijuana was even carried out together. In the middle of these festivities, a drink that the slaves drank to work more became famous, this drink was a version of the coca wine that some equite and patrician circles drank.

    A chemist and businessman named Titus Cornelius invented Coca-Cola, so called because of the combination of cola nuts and Cocaine. Coca-Cola soon became popular when the Emperor appeared drinking it in a session of the Senate. On the other hand, the Emperor opened the Imperial food markets to export food to other nations. The first buyers of food came from England and the Iberian Kingdom together with the Papal States. Although the purchase of "pagan meat" was frowned upon by Catholic countries, in England it would help as some shipments were unloaded in Ireland, which helped prevent major famines. Such trade did nothing but increase the Imperial coffers which were destined to modernize the Imperial economy into a Keynesian economic policy.

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    But while these events were taking place, Australia and the Oceania region was overshadowed by the colonial conflict between the Habsburg Monarchy and the Iberian Empire. All due to the colony that emerged in 1800, at the hands of Salomon Mayer von Rothschild, a banker born in the city of Frankfurt am Main in the Austrian Empire. The Rothschilds were the holder of the largest private fortune in Europe, developing a network of agents, carriers and couriers to transport money using their railway lines, being innovators in the use of armored trains armed with Polhammers. Salomon Mayer von Rothschild, unlike the rest of his brothers, would have an adventurous streak and would explore the region of Oceania, already explored by the Iberians. Salomon would disembark in the bay of Warrane (OTL: Sydney) seeing an optimal land and according to Salomon's words: "being without exception the best Port in the World [...] Here you can sail Thousand Line Sails with the most perfect Security."

    Salomon would return to Austria where he would advertise using an altered photograph showing a river full of gold, when in fact it was a river in Iberian Africa that had been filled with bronze. Salomon would get his family to sponsor the expedition, achieving a fleet of 12 ships and around 1558 people (1000 Colonists, 17 children, 211 mercenary-guards, 30 women and around 300 officers and others). Salomon would name the settlement after his hometown as Neu-Frankfurt. (OTL: Sydney) The settlement was built following the models of Iberian colonial cities, but soon, a port began to be built from which to disembark a greater tonnage. Unfortunately or fortunately, between 1800-1810, 10,000 people would arrive annually, all motivated by the Rothschilds who would send qualified personnel to the colony while the Monarchy would send convicts and women convicts. This would only damage relations with the natives who would be enslaved.

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    Australia, psychologically, was "far enough to be romantic and wild and uncivilized enough to be accessible to anyone." Mass journalism at the time hyped the event and the human interest stories behind it. Hundreds of seekers arrived each month on different ships mostly from Europe although an estimated 60 to 80 percent majority were Germans or recent immigrants to Austria. These searchers anchored in Neu-Frankfurt, which grew to face the wave of settlers. All directed by the Gouverneur for Australia Salomon Mayer von Rothschild who transferred the title to relatives. Indirectly, the Rothschilds would essentially rule the region through their puppet Gouverneur, owning over five hundred thousand aboriginal slaves. The mercenaries who would later serve as the Schutztruppen—colonial protectorate troops—would gain an infamous reputation for their brutal behavior against the local population.

    Australia would industrialize based on aboriginal slave labor while the rest of the northern islands were colonized by the Iberian Kingdom. By 1815, Australia would have a population of 150,000 white Europeans and three times as many slaves, which was declining due to inhumane methods of slavery and labor in harsh living conditions. But a notable feature was the enormous amount of Jewish population that produced what was called the Aliyah to a land where the Jews were not persecuted or imprisoned in Ghettos. The Rothschilds as an Ashkenazi Jewish family would use their connection to Judaism to further propel the immigration of entire Jewish clans to the very point that Australia was indirectly called "New Jerusalem" or "Neu-Judäa" by German-speakers. The arrival of Jewish settlers only increased tensions between the settlers and natives until Salomon Mayer von Rothschild would make the Jericho proclamation where he would authorize the enslavement of the aborigines without reprisals.

    This fact did nothing but give rise to a dark period that was strongly hidden by the Rothschild agents. But the wealth of Australia would not pass for the eyes of Iberia. Iberia had as a stronghold in Asia the Philippine archipelago. Which had trade networks that linked Japan, China, India, Oceania with the rest of the Iberian Kingdom. Networks that were maintained by the Royal Philippine Company, promoted mainly by Basque businessmen who had a monopoly on the trade industry by royal decree. Since the conquest of the Philippines, numerous cities and urban centers were founded in the archipelago, much infrastructure was created, various crops and livestock were introduced. Trade flourished. The missionaries Christianized the majority of the population and founded schools, universities and hospitals throughout the islands. The Philippines contributed to the Iberian Empire in personnel for naval infantry and sailors although massive numbers of slaves from Bengal and South India were imported by native nobles, Iberian administrators and Chinese entrepreneurs.

    Clashes between Austrian-Australians and Iberians occurred in 1827 when an Iberian named Jaime Esquiva refused to pay a tax illegally inflated by Austrian officials. Government officials seized his ship and attempted to auction it to pay the tax, but a hundred armed Iberians interrupted the auction, and recovered the ship after looting the port. The first shots of the war were fired as this group fought against Rothschild mercenary troops that were sent after them. The news of the conflict reached Madrid a week later, who demanded answers from Vienna, who claimed to have no information except that an Iberian had refused to pay port customs and had attacked several colonial officials and looted the port's warehouses. Such a response made the King of Spain, Ferdinand VII, decide to seize the colony from Australia and Neuseeland. Due to this, he sent Field Marshal Nazario Eguía y Sáez de Buruaga and Admiral Cosme Damián Churruca y Elorza with a fleet and army.

    When the Iberian fleet approached Australia, it quickly took the ports of Neu-Frankfurt, Neu-Stuttgart (OTL: Perth), Neu-Graz (OTL: Adalaida), Neu-Soizbuag (OTL: Melbourne), Neu-München (OTL :Brisbane), landing several Divisions making a total of 40,000 troops including several battalions of Huntsmen and cavalry. The effectiveness of the landings came about as the Australians retreated into the interior of the country to the town of Rothschild (OTL:Alice Springs), a remote settlement that was built as a retreat for the Rothschild family in Australia that had become a last bastion or redoubt when the threat of invasion arose. As a possible stronghold, Rothschild had a number of advantages: it is situated roughly in the geographical center of Australia, The surrounding region is known as Central Australia, or the Red Centre, an arid environment consisting of several deserts. Temperatures in Rothschild can vary, with an average summer high of 96.1 °F (35.6 °C) and an average winter low of 41.2 °F (5.1 °C).

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    It was fortified with artillery positions equipped with 145mm cannons as well as trenches with machine gun bunkers as well as interconnecting railway lines connecting the trenches to the city. Apart from having an armored train made up of armored cars, protected by embedded metal plates. The roofs of the cars were mounted by mobile turrets armed with heavy machine guns. The walls were reinforced with bricks and cement; with gaps allowing men to repel enemy attacks, apart from having as armament 8 machine guns, a mounted 40 mm cannon, a mounted 20 mm cannon, grenade launchers and two 60 and 81 mm mortars. Rothschild became the almost mythological headquarters of the Australians, being a vital objective for the Iberians.

    The evacuation of the coast attracted a large number of civilians, including officials and many of the territory's government records. Rothschild became the Austrian capital of Australia during the war. Apart from that, a large number of military personnel and their heavy equipment were quickly transferred to Rothschild. The Iberian invasion of Australia took on religious significance to the point of comparing
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    the invasion of Australia with the Crusader invasion of Jerusalem. The Iberians, who had far fewer men than the Australians, had superior military power, undoubtedly favored by Spanish training, tactics and organization while their proximity to the Philippines provided them with supplies. The Australian Partisans, nicknamed Aussies, fought against the Iberian invader with a tenacity worthy of admiration, but also with an appalling cruelty. And the horror, apart from being atrocious in itself, was also fearsome. Horrible was the slaughter of Iberian soldiers in the desert at the hands of Guerrillas.

    The ability of the Aussies to adapt and become first-rate gunners proved them to be a versatile adversary for the Iberian Army, while in preparation for hostilities, Rothschild had acquired over a hundred field guns from Krupp Works, all fired by horses and scattered among the various combat groups and several Polhammers mounted on heavy armored wagons that could form Wagenburg (wagon fort/fortress). This tactic was vital when an Iberian regiment of a thousand soldiers was decimated by a hundred fighters who with the power of fire and with their wagons in fort formation and some effective tactics, the Australians fought against the Iberians. The war lasted three years until finally the Rothschild family intervened through a campaign of piracy that made the war too costly and peace was signed with Austria and the Rothschild family of Austria received the hereditary title of "Freiherr" (Baron) from Australia.

    Emperor Dives's reign was marked by the birth of a political movement that became popular with a minority of politicians. This movement received the name of Aurea Reparatio Imperii Romanorum (Golden Restoration of the Empire of the Romans) and focused on the desire to restore the Roman Empire through the reconquest of Europe. The Restitutionists claimed that Elysium was the heir to ancient Rome and the legacy of it and thus had a duty to restore the empire. At the same time they promoted a cultural identity of Romanitas ("Roman-ness"). Which together with the development of lengths of celluloid photographic film and the invention of motion picture cameras, which could photograph a rapid sequence of images with a single lens, made it possible to capture and store the action on a single compact reel of film. that the Aurea Reparatio Imperii Romanorum movement financed the creation of different cinematographic societies within the Empire dedicated to propaganda, his greatest film during the reign of Dives would be "Cincinnatus".

    The feeling of restoring the Roman Empire was an omnipresent feeling in Elysium, it was similar to the Empire of Charlemagne in France or the Byzantine Empire for the Orthodox Christian Greek minorities, even Al-Andalus for the Muslim Moroccans in the Viceroyalty of Morocco. For this reason the Emperor did not oppose the idea of censoring "Roman nationalism" but warned the Restitutionists that any attempt to break imperial stability or even foment war through trickery or deception would meet with his wrath. In view of the possibility of groups fighting against the Imperial authority, the Emperor authorized the creation of a body in order to investigate and control political and ideological groups that could alter public order, this body was called Arcanus and was in inside the Praetorian Guard.

    The film industry had as its main bases Mons Regius (OTL: Montreal), Faventia (OTL: Los Angeles), Colonia Fabia (OTL: La Havanna), Polis Sarmatiae (OTL: Rio de Janeiro) and finally Civis Argentius (OTL: Buenos Aires). Each "Headquarter" was controlled by one of the five major cinematographic companies collectively called "Quinque Magnum" (the big five): Imperialis Image , Primus Image , Warner Frater., Canis Infans Image , and Argentius Image . The location of each of these "studios" was as follows:
    • Imperialis Image (Mons Regius)​
    • Primus Image (Faventia)​
    • Snivellus Frater Societas (Colonia Fabia)​
    • Canis Infans Image (Polis Sarmatiae)​
    • Argentius Image (Civis Argentius)​

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    But while the cinema was emerging, a new ethnic class was also emerging in the Empire. Of the slaves abandoned by the Iberians in their retreat, thousands would be Imperial citizens who would obtain an almost forgotten badge: Aethiopian. A vague term for dark-skinned populations from the time of Homer. The ancient Romans, who had large tracts of land under their control, certainly had to deal with the black population on a daily basis. Interestingly, the ratio of white to black race was not always beneficial only to the former. Blacks were not slaves and servants in the Roman world. Some of them became writers, chiefs and philosophers, even the emperor Septimius Severus had dark skin, although he was not close to sub-Saharan black mainly because he was of Berber origin born in Libya. Many Romans of African descent could reach the highest levels of their military career and be stationed far from their hometowns. Many officers and soldiers served, at Hadrian's Wall.

    The liberated slaves (liberi) of Ethiopian origin, ended up owning large farmlands dedicated to sugar. From there the Sarmatiae Saccharum Corporatium was born, a company dedicated to the production, sale and distribution of everything related to sugar, it would soon come to control vast territories and transport networks in the Empire, being the first of the so-called Megacorporatium, to the point that it would have its own mercenary military and naval force, to the point that they would compete with the Maratha Empire in the sugar trade.

    One of the greatest innovations in the military field would be the Testuda Industria program. The Testuda Industria military program was created with the aim of modernizing the testudos by equipping them with several elements: An electrical transmission system that will be connected to a twelve-cylinder piston engine common among motorized racing boats popular in the Amazon, while this V12 engine would be water cooled that provided 400 hp. A light artillery piece in the front and rear, as well as several polybolum, and reach a maximum speed of at least 12 kilometers per hour along with a minimum of 15 mm of armor. The project to design and build the first Testuda Industria was under the direction of Appius Bruttius Farus, one of Elysium's foremost autocinetum designers. Unfortunately, the Emperor would not live to see his project completed nor the Testuda Industria deployed in combat.​
     
    Interlude: State of the World 1860.
  • Although from the outside, it seemed that Elysium possessed a superior industrial capacity compared to Europe and the rest of the Euraphrasia supercontinent. The truth is that they had not stood idly by watching Elysium improve and increase its power. Most of the powers such as Scandinavia, Iberia, Ottomans and Russia together with England focused on trying to copy the technologies of Elysium, be it the smuggling of material to learn its use until the purchase of even high-priced material. Japan and the Maratha Empire of India lead this race thanks to their relationship with Elysium to the point that many young people manage to travel to the Empire to learn and later use the knowledge in a rapid industrialization and modernization. Furthermore, industrialization and modernization went hand in hand with the development of a national rail system and communications. Europe for example, seeing how countries considered technologically backward, modernized at such speed, applied the same.

    Top priority was given to the growth of a self-sufficient economy and modernization, which produced economic growth that at the same time improved the standard of living, which expanded educational opportunities. Workers with higher education were absorbed into the rapidly growing industrial and commercial sectors, and the urban population increased. However, despite immense economic growth, the standard of living for the city's workers and farmers remained low. Workers worked at low wages to increase price competitiveness among industrialists even as governments tried to improve the quality of rural life, modernize rural and urban societies. Although the aristocratic nobility and the Church continued to exercise some control in countries like Iberia, the German states, the Ottoman Empire and especially in Imperial Russia who in a hybrid, the nobles controlled the industry.

    Despite industrialization and modernization, the difference in armies was notable: the Ottoman and Russian military organization was still inferior to that of the armies of other European states despite Elysium's logistical support. The officer corps was poorly organized or incompetent and corrupt, and almost all recruits were illiterate and even relied on recruiting mercenary and irregular units, notorious for their indiscipline and more interested in looting than fighting. The superior officers, of aristocratic origin, had little regard for this army of peasants, and did not hesitate to sacrifice entire regiments for a victory that would bring them promotion. Corporal punishment was common as a penalty for the slightest infraction, and even colonels could be humiliated in front of the regiment. Even more so than in the English Army, there was a big difference between the luxurious life of senior officers, paid for by rampant corruption, and that of rank-and-file soldiers, who often waited unsuccessfully for months at a time.

    Common corporal punishment impressed the Elysian merchants, accustomed to a greater social mix within the Armed Forces; a veteran merchant who served as a Centurion commented that the British system reminded him of that of the Republic during the Punic Wars, and "that in England a soldier is but a slave to the nobility". The most common weaponry in countries such as Scandinavia, England, France even Russia and the Ottoman Empire was mostly rifled muskets or rifles while weapons such as repeating rifles and rapid fire weapons were issued to "elite" units such as the Imperial Guard. Russian, Ottoman Janissaries, Grenadiers. While Hand cranked machine guns such as the Scandinavian Polhammers or English Gardner guns even the Papal machine guns MAS Canon-Mitrailleur, a version of the Polhammer was common among veteran artillery units.

    China, on the other hand, ruled by the Qing Dynasty, had been involved in a political movement called the Self-Strengthening Movement, a series of radical institutional reforms resulting from the resentment of the defeat in Taiwan against the Japanese. Local Han Chinese officials, supported by the Daoguang Emperor, established Westernized armies to wage war against the rebels while also initiating efforts to import Western military technology and translate Western scientific knowledge. Establishing successful arsenals, schools and ammunition factories, shipping lines, telegraph and railways. Qing China made substantial progress in promoting the creation of government-supervised commercial enterprises that gave way to industrial projects from a huge diversity of fields in which they embarked, involving coal and iron mining, steel production, textile manufacturing, telegraphy, steamships, railways, and modern banking.

    The Daoguang Emperor managed to get up to 40 Divisions of 12,500 men each in 1840, making a total of 500,000 soldiers, making this army the best military forces that the Qing dynasty could deploy. Divisions were organized into infantry, artillery, cavalry, and auxiliary troops, plus maintenance and engineering, while Army training instructors were mostly Elysian and Maratha. Daoguang oversaw the reform of Qing military institutions, founding the Baoding Military Academy, along with several other military schools and officer training academies, and creating the Commission for the Reorganization of the Army. The Peking Field Army became the model upon which the military forces of other Imperial provinces should be standardized. The view of foreign observers was that the Army loyal to the Emperor was the largest, best-equipped, and best-trained military force in China at the time.​
     
    Chapter 53 Caesar Agrippa Cornelius Barbatus 2612 AUC / 1858 AD - 2626 AUC / 1872 AD
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    By the time Tiberius Sertorius Dives passed away peacefully at his Imperial Villa on the Eleutheriae Insula in the year 2612 AUC (1858 AD), Elysium. The Empire was in what was called a PAX ELYSIUM. A period of stability that the Empire experienced, characterized both by its internal calm and its external security, which allowed it to reach its maximum economic development while the administration and legal system pacified the regions that had previously suffered disputes between tribes or enemy ethnic groups. It was a period of relative calm, during which there were no wars of the caliber of those of the 10th century AD, nor major conflicts with foreign powers. The trade was favored by the increasingly secure communication routes, which motivated the imperial economic well-being. This prosperity was reflected in the cities, which were embellished and established as centers of Romanization and culture.

    Perhaps one of the most outstanding symbols of this was the statue of Mars Pater that had a height of 40 meters on a pedestal of 8 meters located 700 meters above sea level in view of Polis Sarmatiae (OTL: Rio de Janeiro) The construction of reinforced concrete, of more than 1000 tons, combines engineering, architecture and sculpture; and one of its achievements is the fact that nobody died in an accident during the works, something that was not normal at the time and less so with projects of this dimension. Due to the difficult construction conditions, which included working on a base where the scaffolding almost did not fit, withstanding strong winds and developing the great structure of the statue, the work was described as "Herculean". This was one of the many monumental works that began to plague the Empire and that attracted national tourism to different provinces, which allowed greater use of the transcontinental Imperial Railway network and the Auto-Vías that were traveled by Autocinetum of different types.

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    But while the Lex Romana that ruled Elysium was almost as sacrosanct as it cursed three times the very idea of the word Rex Romanum (Roman King), a voice familiar to any Elysian cried out for improvements in their society: Women. These only had access to public positions in the religious sphere, being vestal virgin priestesses of the goddess of the home: Vestal. The Vestals had the duty to safeguard the flame of Rome, in this case Elysium Augusta, which was not allowed to extinguish, essential for the continuity and security of the capital city. The Vestals by luck or misfortune were freed from the usual social obligations of marriage and childbearing and forced to take a 30-year vow of chastity to devote themselves to study and the correct observance of state rituals that were forbidden to colleges of male priests. . An act that in some cases was comparable to becoming a Christian nun.

    Most of Elysium had an obsession with the purity of the free Elysian woman and her role as faithful wife and dutiful mother in the family. The laws targeted both men and women between the ages of 20 and 55, who were rewarded for having "healthy" relationships and punished if they were unmarried and childless. Therefore, what a woman's body and relationships were was a public matter that could be regulated by even applying punishments to adulterous wives and banished from the city or province. But this same obsession gave rise to Patrician women who served as standard bearers of a feminist movement with simple objectives: Access to political positions, Access to jobs within the army even if they are as servants, access to more specialized medical positions and, for the most part, access to a even greater access that was normally only achieved due to relationship to certain people whether through family or marriage. But it would be a woman close to the new one who would be the greatest ally of this movement.

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    The new emperor would be Agrippa Cornelius Barbatus. Barbatus, who would have the cognomen of him due to his customary beard, was a patrician born Nova Carthago who rose to prominence as governor of Nova Venetia. Under his rule, Venetia began to profit from the oil of Lake Carthago while starting a fight against corruption, anti-poverty programs along with the welfare of the Plebs. This fame made him manage to enter the Senate and relate to the political class of Augusta Elysium. In his time in the Senate, he also served as ambassador to London, Madrid, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, and Istanbul, although the Elysians still called it Constantinople. Barbatus returned and by the time he ascended the Imperial throne at the age of 41, he was known to most European and some Asian monarchs. This fact only improved relations with the Empire to the point that Barbatus decided to encourage immigration, although at the insistence of certain anti-Christian conservative members, immigration quotas were imposed.

    But in Europe, a situation was developing. After reaching its apogee, the Polish Commonwealth entered a phase of decline for which it was dubbed the "sick man of Europe". Due to his religious conservatism and rejection of foreign influences, he had not been able to assimilate the ideas and technology that emerged in Western Europe; their trade, moreover, was weakened by feudalism and industrial stagnation. Corruption was endemic and local authorities enjoyed wide autonomy, which they took advantage of to enrich themselves at the expense of the central government. the European powers in an aspired time of forty-sixty years. With frequent conflicts with the south, that is, the Ottoman Empire, to the east with the Russian Empire and to the north with the Swedish Empire. Of course, there were also internal conflicts such as riots.

    But Poland was genuinely afraid of its Russian neighbor. After freeing itself from Tatar overlordship at the end of the 15th century, the Moscow Principality unified the Slavic states of ancient Rus' and became first a Tsardom (in 1547) and then an Empire (in 1721). This political expansion led him to soon collide with the Ottoman Empire and Poland. For this reason, a colonization program was launched in the Ukraine and the eastern Polish territories that led to the foundation of new cities such as Sevastopol, while Poland encouraged the settlement of Christians from Germany (Germans from the Black Sea), Poland and Serbia to develop this hitherto sparsely populated region. The settlers were wary of the 300,000 Crimean Tatars, Muslims who had long maintained an intense slave trade, captured in frequent raids across the Ukrainian steppe, and had some autonomy in the Ukraine region.

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    The Russians tried to expel the Tatars by various methods: land confiscation, forced labor, and the use of Cossacks to intimidate them. The rapid Russian expansion and its military power, which was evident in the successive Russo-Ottoman Wars, worried the other European powers, the Catholic nations saw Russia as the New Byzantine Empire, while the Protestants saw Russia as a nation of autocracy and absolutism. Perhaps one of the biggest supporters of Poland would be Albion. Poland had become home to numerous English companies that used Polish resources for their benefit, the same companies that had sympathizers within Parliament. But the brutal campaigns of Aleksei Yermolov in the 1810s and 1820s and then Mikhail Vorontsov in the 1840s and 1850s in Siberia and the Caucasus caused the Poles to beg the English and the Papists for help. All those prayers were fulfilled in 1860 when Russia used an attack by Polish Tartars to attack Russian citizens and burn down an Orthodox Church.

    Nicholas sent Adjudant-General and Admiral Aleksandr Menshikov to the Polish capital a month after the event. The Russians demanded the signing of a new treaty that would allow them to intervene in Poland to protect Russian Orthodox Christians; in practice, this would have made the Polish provinces inhabited by Russian settlers a Russian protectorate, and thus a vassal of Russia. If it was already unlikely that the Poles would accept the conditions demanded by the Russians, Menshikov's disrespectful behavior eliminated any possibility of agreement, thus perhaps achieving the goal desired by the Tsar. Menshikov would leave the Republic of Poland after sending a telegram from Warsaw to Saint Petersburg. As the number of Russian troops concentrated on the border continued to increase, the Poles, worried, requested help from the Papal States, Austrians and British. Rome answered by sending fifty thousand Papal soldiers, while Austria thirty thousand and England fifteen thousand.

    The Imperial Russian Army had a greater deployment and movement capacity per tonnage thanks to its larger rail network which was capable of moving dozens of Divisions from Siberia to the border, in a matter of days when it would take months. Even so, many Russian aristocratic officers continued to use old-fashioned tactics even emphasizing the use of the bayonet en masse to the point that the Russian war cry of "Urrah" was joked with "Fix Bayonets". By the time the declaration of war reached Warsaw, 150,000 Russian soldiers and 40,000 cavalry, a good part of that Cossack, crossed the border, engaging Polish militia while groups of Russian settlers acted as a fifth column harassing Polish loyalists who organized themselves into columns of partisans and regular Polish and allied forces.

    The Austrians were the first to arrive and face the Russian bear in full charge, hundreds of Austrian soldiers were swept away like a broom when Cossacks emerged from the plains riding under the Tsar's Standard. The Cossacks were considered the Czar's prey dogs, in the Ukraine the Russian dogs faced the Polish-Ottoman mestizo dogs that were the Tartars in clashes where gunpowder and arrows were mixed to such an extent that warnings were given that in case that a Polish allied unit was close to such a situation, kept its distance and let its colors be seen well. The Austrians in a respectable feat managed to form a line of fortifications along the Dnieper River that managed to stop the Russian advance, but between the currently deployed thirty thousand Austrians and one hundred thousand Poles, more numbers were needed. The Russians could replace their casualties with their larger population, while the Poles fought at home and the Austrians suffered from being overrun by the Ottomans.
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    That's when help came when on trains through Austria, fifty thousand Polish soldiers arrived under the command of Field Marshal Giuseppe Garibaldi "The Red". The arrival of the Catholic Soldiers of the Papal States was celebrated by the Poles at a level that was unofficially called the Ninth Crusade, while Garibaldi assumed full military command as he began to establish mounted infantry units to serve as military forces. Quick reaction to support positions that are under attack. As a modernist image of the Mongols in the invasion of Hungary, the Tartara cavalry together with the allied infantry far superior in number and quality of weapons compared to the Russians, created static defenses and fought battles that in the end were successive waves of bayonet charges and with cavalry lances that served as feasts for wolves and scavengers. But in early 1862, British reinforcements would arrive just as the Russians had been occupying the Crimea for three months.

    The Royal Marines managed to secure the peninsula after a night battle that culminated in the destruction of the Russian fleet anchored there and the landing of fifteen thousand British soldiers under the command of General William Thomas Sherman (OTL: William Tecumseh Sherman), born in the colonies. The Russians soon began trying to invade Crimea to recapture it and Sherman ended up earning the newspaper nickname of The English Crusader of Crimea. landed under the command of Hiram Ulysses Grant, fifty thousand soldiers and several dozen pieces of modern artillery. One of the greatest disasters due to the British ignorance of the rules of Tartar-Cossack engagements, would occur in Balaclava, a short distance from Sevastopol, when there was a disastrous British cavalry charge, led by Lord Cardigan in the course of the battle. of the town, when due to a mix-up in the communication of orders, the brigade attacked the wrong enemy position and lost almost half of its troops (between dead, wounded and prisoners) at the hands of the Russians.

    As a consequence of this action, as brave as it was inappropriate, the Light Brigade, made up of five regiments of Light Dragoons, Lancers and Hussars, was almost totally destroyed. At the same time the Russians managed to severely weaken the British forcing them to adopt a defensive position on the peninsula the rest of the war.

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    Although the war involved a massive use of kilometers of trenches and fortification along with chemical weapons. The situation was a test of the logistical capacity of both sides. In the allies: the Papals and Austrians got through it with difficulty, while the British suspended it completely; the Papal and Austrian soldiers had been given warmer clothing before leaving for the campaign than was available to the British; their tents and shelters were better insulated and better designed. In addition, they had canteens that allowed them to be well fed despite having lower rations than the British who, however, had to prepare their own meals. In addition to the fact that British logistics were poor and allowed supplies and material to accumulate in the port and food to rot at times, the British soldiers were mostly urban and poor and lacked the knowledge and skills of the others, mainly peasants. , to transform almost any object into food.

    British problems were not limited to logistics. While the soldiers lived in the mud and cold, the officers enjoyed considerable comfort: Lord Cardigan slept on his private yacht, and some of his colleagues were able to spend the winter in Constantinople. This contrasted sharply with the situation of the Papals, whose officers generally shared the living conditions of the troops to the point that having spent the night outside without authorization could constitute a quasi-crime of desertion. All this accentuated the Catholic disdain for their British allies, who were unable to adapt to the combat conditions imposed by the terrain and climate. The harsh conditions in which the soldiers lived soon caused thousands of casualties among the allies, due to hunger, cold and disease. Which worsened during the so-called death trains full of wounded transported in cattle cars to more peaceful territories.

    The situation of the Russians was at first better than that of the allies, since they enjoyed more direct and reliable supply lines. Even so, on his arrival the military surgeon Nikolai Pirogov was astonished by the incompetence of the doctors who operated without concern for hygiene and by the habitual abandonment of the wounded. As a result, he immediately implemented a classification system for patients, increased the use of anesthesia, enforced hygiene standards, and invented new amputation methods that were faster and less dangerous for the patient. These improvements increased the number of patients who recovered; for those who suffered amputation of the leg at the level of the thigh, the percentage of survivors rose to 25%, almost three times higher than that of the enemy, who used much less anesthesia in operations. Such achievements served for the future of medicine.
    But in 1864, a phrase would travel Europe. "The Vikings are back."​

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    Russia traded with Scandinavia, its entry into the war using as points, a Russian help in the Scandinavian economy who, despite having a greater industrialization than Russia, lacked the volume of people while a good degree of food production. Scandinavia at the same time, faced with England the so-called dominium maris septentrionalis (Northern Seas dominion), an issue that pitted the British Royal Navy against the Scandinavian Kungliga flottan from the coast of Greenland in the west to the Jutland peninsula in the southeast. and the North Cape of Norway in the northeast. thus including the respective parts of the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Arctic. This did nothing but strike terror into the hearts of the English as the so-called Nordics had been significantly modernizing and expanding their navy by building armored steamships, producing numerous technologies new to Europe such as naval artillery designed to fire explosive shells including the first submarine of the world propelled by mechanical energy.

    The entrance to the war of the Scandinavians, occurred when one hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand cavalry together with twenty thousand Hakkapeliitta (well-trained Finnish light cavalrymen who excelled in skirmishing, raiding and reconnaissance) went through what a hot knife in butter, the northern border posts of Poland while the Scandinavian Kungliga flottan led by the Carolus Rex, the flagship steam battleship, attacked the English ports at Den Helder, Amsterdam, Vlissingen and Texel in the English Netherlands and an attack on Royal Naval Dockyard Rosyth in Scotland , while there were clashes between the fleets. Due to the more direct threat to England from the Scandinavian Navy, budgets and supplies were directed to the Royal Navy rather than the British Army, which contributed more to what would later happen in the Crimea.

    The Swedish forces, organized in three groups of armies, the first led by Gustaf Adolf II Montgomery, the second by Charles Bergenstråhle and the third by Prince Charles, fourth in the line of succession from Scandinavia. The Invasion was intended to serve as a flanking attack to weaken Polish positions along the Dnieper Line, which was achieved when within two and a half weeks, Poznan and Warsaw were under siege by Scandinavians or already had their troops parading through their streets. streets while Wilno surrendered to the first artillery fire that destroyed the tallest Catholic churches. Although the Norsemen did not have many troops, they were among the five most industrialized nations in Europe and brought with them two hundred high-quality rifled breech-loading artillery pieces. With a high rate of fire, triple the range of Polish smoothbore guns and much greater accuracy they proved devastating for Polish fortifications.

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    The so-called Vikings achieved almost total surprise and to the point that when the news came through, the pro-Polish officials were stunned. The Hakkapeliitta proved to be comparable to the Mongols when they burned Catholic churches with Polish inhabitants inside after looting them and raping women deemed attractive by their standards. While the Carolean infantry, they fired with even greater precision than a hundred years ago, although they continued to bayonet charges to the cry of Hurrah, which inflicted some fear on the defending Polish and allied troops.

    By the time Scandinavia entered the conflict, Russia had almost nine hundred thousand soldiers deployed on a front that stretched from the Black Sea to the Scandinavian Baltic territories that encompassed Prussia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Pomerania. While the Papal States had increased the troops to two hundred-seventy thousand troops, Austria one hundred-ten thousand soldiers and the British fifty thousand. At the same time that Poland mobilized part of its population of three million. Which concluded with one million ten thousand Russian and Scandinavian soldiers fighting against an average of five hundred thousand Poles and four hundred and thirty thousand allies. The combined war capacity of Scandinavia and Russia was not only superior, but overwhelming. The Polish defense soon collapsed. Most of the conscript soldiers surrendered, pale and trembling, after hours of Nordic artillery bombardment and the subsequent charge led by Russians followed by Scandinavians who acted with impressive aggressiveness and fanaticism.

    The following weeks showed that the Russo-Nordic armies were actually advancing at a fast pace with each seeming to outnumber the other in numbers of enemies defeated, villages occupied and cities conquered. The small Polish army did not have the slightest chance of being victorious and the limited British support led to another bitter dispute between the British and the Poles, who were at odds over the decision of the British High Command to focus more importance on their territories in the continent than in helping Poland to the point that many Polish officers took it as yet another act of treason on the part of England. The Russians and Scandinavians advanced under the cry of "fire, sword and noble fury". Still, Giuseppe Garibaldi managed to mount a series of effective counterattacks that resulted in heavy casualties for the Russians who blindly advanced into combat.

    Either way, the Allies and Poland could never imagine the extent of the horrors that lay ahead. The most widespread fate of every woman and girl, regardless of her age, was to be a victim of gang rape. Russian soldiers do not believe in "individual briefing" when it comes to Polish women. Nine, ten or eleven men could collectively rape a woman who could be as old as someone's daughter and even look like a grandmother. Even many Polish women preferred to offer themselves, in a desperate attempt to get protection to the Scandinavian troops who after the war, due to stigma or ostracism, ended up marching with the regiment where their "protector-rapist" was. The initial advances of the Russian armies were so fast that the Polish authorities even sent several trains of refugees unaware that the destination had been captured by some Cossack army. For the Cossacks, this type of transport was an ideal combination of women and loot that went directly into their hands.

    The Russian and Scandinavian armies advanced in endless broad columns in which the modern mixed with the medieval. In them could be seen Swedish soldiers in blue uniforms accompanied by Panzers (Swedish-german Testuda Invictas) making the earth shake as they fell and rose with the terrain; Cossacks on their shaggy mounts with their loot strapped to the saddle, steam tractors pulling large howitzers. These marching armies sometimes had conflicts due to treatment with women. One of the most influential factors was drinking (of all kinds, including dangerous chemicals seized from laboratories and workshops). In fact, compulsive ingestion seriously diminished the fighting capacity of the Russian Army. The situation reached such extremes that the STAVKA had to inform St. Petersburg of "mass intoxications due to alcohol seized in the occupied Polish territory".

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    The occupation of Poland except Crimea by Scandinavia and Russia was already complete by 1865, so the Austrian Empire decided to start peace negotiations to end the conflict. The Vienna Treaty of 1865 ended the Polish War, in which Russia and Sweden fought against the Austrian Empire, England, Poland and the Papal states. The treaty meant the division of Poland between Scandinavia, Russia and the Austrian Empire although the Crimea region was ceded to England in exchange for peace and the end of hostilities with Russia and Scandinavia.

    Crimea would become a key base for the Royal Navy, being described as one of the imperial fortresses while its strategic value increased with the opening of the Suez Canal, since it was close to the maritime route between the United Kingdom and the colonial possessions. in east africa. Large investments were made to improve the fortifications and the port. In the year 1870, in the Khedivate of Egypt, which emerged after the defeat and expulsion of the Ottoman forces from Libya, a conflict would break out between the natives and British merchants, which would end with the landing of a British expeditionary force that would end up taking control of the country under the quality of a protectorate although unofficially it would be a British colony. In the same time, the Suez Canal gonna start building.

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    In Elysium, Barbatus would begin his government with greater financing in the civil sectors while his Airliners and Ocean liners plan allowed private companies such as the Elysium Dirigible Iter Corporatium (EDIC) or the Societas Generalis Transoceanus (SGT) to start a business greater with Europe, Africa and Asia and greater immigration. But one of his greatest actions was in women who asked for better conditions, obtaining equal rights while promoting the idea that they could be mothers and be employees. These feminist reforms theoretically made women more equal to men. Although these reforms had more effect in the cities rather than in rural areas. The reforms had the effect of giving the possibility of work to innumerable women who ran a high risk of becoming impoverished by being widowed and lacking children who could support them. Women in cities could work from textile or sewing factories to as waitresses and cooks in restaurants.

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    But it was Barbatus's mother, Cornelia, who would cause the first female doctors and even military women to emerge, using as an example women in Japan such as the fierce Japanese Onna-bugeisha (Samurai woman). Women began to work mainly in administrative (secretary), medical and auxiliary functions. Although it was decided not to allow their access to combat units online due to the rigors of combat and that the vision of the political class was contrary to see their wives and daughters fighting even defending the Empire. It would be years before that was liberalized, although the first female aeronautical pilots would begin to emerge at the time that the first women with their own Tria nominate, such as Claudia Julia Major, although the most famous would be the Emperor's daughter: Victoria Cornelia Augusta , who would be an actress who could be considered a superstar in the film industry. Even so, that did not prevent sexual abuse perpetrated by officers on women from emerging.

    Barbatus on the other hand, stood out for the creation of grandiose constructions in their territories. Perhaps the largest was the Great Amazon Dam, which stood out for providing electricity to the entire eastern coast of the South Cassiopeia territories. The dam was a true feat of engineering, made of concrete and steel, measured over two and a half kilometers along more than two hundred meters in height. The project used 30 million m3 of concrete, 500,000 tons of steel and almost two hundred million cubic meters of earth. Other than that a unique method of moving ships was used: the ships would enter locks located at the lower or upper ends of the dam and then cranes would move the ships from one lock to the next. A series of "elevator locks" would be created that would allow the level of the water to be uneven or filled, allowing boats to move through the dam.

    To aid construction, millions of hectares of jungle were felled to provide space for machinery and housing, in what was considered the largest deforestation in human history at the time. Thanks to these efforts, electrification accelerated, and rural neighborhoods were transformed into new industrial centers powered by TWhs of electricity that came out of the Great Dam feeding the many factories and urban centers. But the positive sides ended here. The project was a huge bloodbath in terms of animals and slaves: Thousands of slave workers lost their lives due to the multitude of diseases in the Amazon, some completely unknown to medical science. At the same time thousands of Amazon river dolphins and giant otters, alligators, anacondas and more were hunted or in some cases eaten due to the need for food. While dozens of as-yet-unknown tribes faced the unpleasant process of engaging the Elysians armed with Polybolum and bolt-action rifles.

     
    Chapter 54 Caesar Appius Cornelius Lentulus 2626 AUC / 1872 AD- 2654 AUC / 1900 AD
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    Imperator Augustus Caesar Appius Cornelius Lentulus
    Barbatus's successor would be his son Appius Cornelius Lentulus who was called Lentulus (Slow) by his brothers. Which I stand out as Governor of the Province of California, whose government was marked by economic growth and massive industrialization in California and the centralization of legal policies along with dealing with a growing wave of forest fires that devastated most of Northern California. Although he was implicated in several cases where several women publicly accused Lentulus of sexual misconduct with Roman women, including sexual harassment and assault. Although this was hidden by the Imperial House apparatus that censored any company that disclosed related information. Yet Lentulus would stand out for his personal charisma and campaign oriented public perception which were a major factor in his high public approval ratings among the Patricians and Equites. Yet Lentulus' sexual life was scrutinized more than his career achievements early in his Imperial reign.

    Lentulus began his rule on a Monday that would be called lunae obscurum when an economic crisis would hit the country as hard as the worst of slave masters against a disobedient slave. The financial crisis occurred due to the construction of docks, factories and auxiliary facilities along kilometers of railway at the same time that several banks were unable to market several million in bonds, which triggered a chain reaction of bank failures and temporarily closed the Civis Lenape Stock Exchange, financial center of the country. As factories began to lay off workers as the Empire fell into depression. The effects of the panic were quickly felt in Civis Lenape, at the same time that the world market that had begun to enter Elysium commercially, was infected by the crisis like a virus of rapid contagion. Panic and depression would affect all industrial nations.

    The Romanist Ultranationalist Movement Aurea Reparatio Imperii Romanorum (Golden Restoration of the Empire of the Romans) would stand out for raising its popularity levels thanks to Senator Lucius Caninius Rebilus who promoted young students. Some of these would end up being true inventors who would invent the Biplane, the Television (equivalent to 1940) even portable radios. These new inventions would soon end up being applied in civil and military life when the Communist Rebellions began to emerge in Southern Cassiopeia, motivated by European followers of the words of Karl Marx who would end up fleeing to Scandinavia. These Rebellions would end up being especially brutal and large in Nova Macedonia and Fluvius Argentius which created the Communist Roman Republics of Nova Macedonia and Fluvius Argentius, Republics that stood out for creating the first Communist Terror when thousands of Equites and hundreds of Patricians were wounded or killed while fleeing. while the garrisons and Legions quartered in the territories, were overwhelmed.

    The Communist Wars that engulfed the world were an immense movement that had a greater impact on countries or nations that stood out for their high rate of workers. Communism was instigated by the German philosopher and sociologist Karl Marx, who lived in England after fleeing from the authorities of the Kingdom of Scandinavia in the German territories, where he was considered a political threat due to his thoughts and theories of class struggles. . As a result, various organizations sprang up throughout Europe. In France, attempts were made to establish a government known as the Paris Commune after the death of Napoleon III in 1871, but they were soon overthrown and many of their members executed by order of Napoleon IV, Prince of France. In Scandinavia, the Communist Party emerged, which was soon banned by order of the Scandinavian government, who considered it a political threat due to its revolutionary nature and the growing number of supporters who had to be arrested by the Governor of Germany, Otto Von Bismarck. .

    In Russia and England, Communism did not get as much attention due to the tight control and the poor literacy of the worker who barely had time to think about politics. In Elysium, on the other hand, Communism gained wide acceptance among members of the slaves who listened to extensive speeches by young intellectuals who went to Elysium where they translated and summarized socialist and Marxist ideas. However, this happened on a small scale and had no immediate impact until Lunae obscurum began, where the situation would escalate. Where you would see revolts made up of commoners and slaves confronting the government in Nova Macedonia and Fluvius Argentius which was supported by soldiers from the local Legions, Auxiliarum Militiarum as well as armed civilians. The Communist Armies used troops made up of bandits, to fight against the Empire as it advanced.

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    Due to the crisis affecting the Empire, Augusta Elysium was slow to deploy troops and this caused the Legions deployed in the conflict zones to be outnumbered, outgunned and low on supply. There were only four Legions between Nova Macedonia and Fluvius Argentius. Each one composed of six thousand two hundred Legionnaires. What started as a slave revolt turned horrific when the slaves paid for years of abuse and mistreatment. A phrase became common among intellectuals: "Spartacus has revived..." In the industrial areas conquered by the Communists, factories dedicated to manufacturing weapons and vehicles were established, creating the first motorized combat vehicles. The vast majority of the refugees were women and children, since almost all the remaining men had enlisted against the communists. The means of transport used ranged from pushcarts and prams, for those on foot, to all kinds of farm carts, pony carts.

    At night the columns made their way to wayside villages, where they were often allowed to spend the night in stables and barns. The owners gladly welcomed the Equites or Patricians who fled from the conflict zones, as if they were guests joining a hunting party. Just to tell stories, like the Rape of Nova Corduba where slaves, looters, criminals and the worst kind that could be tempted by Communism drank and raped mercilessly while from the lampposts hung men including teenagers with beards but disemboweled leaving their intestines hanging, while in the insulas and domus, women under the age of eighteen and the elderly were gang raped. A testimony was given by Antonia Vipsania Alba when the communist front-line combat troops entered the city and took her prisoner, the slaves took turns raping her in groups of twelve, while others did the same to my neighbors. Some to the point of being mutilated when slaves, unable to complete the act of rape, used the bottle as a substitute, with horrible results for the innocent.

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    In the middle of these combats, the appearance of the imperial aviation must be mentioned, who stood out for the use of Caelus dualae (Biplane) and Caelus tercialae (Triplane) that served as fighters against the rebel airships, highlighting the air battle over Civis Argentarius where the Renamed Airship Hexarema "Karl Marx" it was destroyed when a Caelus tercialae sacrificed itself to destroy it.

    The Imperial Army took until 1875 to be ready to go on the offensive. At that time, the Communist Roman Republics of Nova Macedonia and Fluvius Argentarius developed a unified chain of command and logistics made up mostly of a conglomerate of warlords who acted with ad-hoc units made up of slaves, deserters from some military force or even bandits as was the case with Bandit King Marcus Aemilius Lepidus who had a force of 50,000 bandits behind him and stationed in a fortress in the Andes. The Slaves in industrial sectors were organized under Industrial warlords who from their factories manufactured rifles, machine guns, ammunition, barbed wire and armored cars to the point that they sometimes even sold material or plans to representatives of countries such as Iberia, England or Austria to obtain foreign financing. Although that changed when Operation Neptune was applied and a blockade was established.

    Operation Neptuno stood out for beginning with the reconquest of the Malvinas Islands, which would serve as a Naval Station to resupply the ships that would apply the blockade. The blockade was unusually restrictive in that even food was considered "contraband of war". Because of this, the Imperial government issued a warning that any non-Imperial ships detected exceeding or within the exclusion area would be sunk. This generated a lot of controversy to the point that several governments protested energetically but it fulfilled the objective of cutting off the flow of arms and material. Although there would be adventurers who would try to bypass the blockade, they would be faced with an unpleasant surprise: The Castrum Maris. The Castrum Maris were artificial naval installations similar in some ways to the first "fixed" offshore oil platforms. They consisted of reinforced concrete superstructures and two hollow towers armed with two naval artillery batteries.

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    The Castrum Maris represented a new military concept while allowing research into the use of military radio and radar technology. The War allowed the economic sectors to grow because manufacturing and agricultural production doubled. At the same time, the Imperial Production Board coordinated production capacities so that national priorities were met. Consumer products plants were converted to fill military orders. Automakers built tanks and armored cars. In an effort to prevent rising national income and scarce consumer goods from causing inflation, the newly created Price Administration rationed and fixed the prices of consumer items ranging from sugar to meat to clothing to gasoline. , while managing price increases. It also fixed the rent of houses either Insulas (apartments) or Domus.

    At the same time that millions of women held jobs in manufacturing and production; most were temporary jobs. Some were replacing men who joined the Legions. The number of Legions saw the need to rise from fifty to two hundred (200) Legions, equivalent to one million two hundred and forty thousand (1,240,000) Legionnaires, with each legion having six thousand two hundred (6,200) legionnaires. At the same time the Polybolum got an upgrade with the Polybolum being the PB-29 (OTL: MG-08) which was easier to carry compared to earlier models. Apart of development weapons like the Contra-Testuda Coclius (OTL: Anti-Tank Rifle).

    Perhaps, one of the most innovative inventions in terms of naval vehicles would be the Navis Subaquanea (OTL: Submarines), these would support the mission of the Vastator (Destroyer) and Perditior (Dreadnought) to block the coasts of the rebel territories. But these in mid-1875, tried to evacuate with thirty Ocean liners 500,000 free slaves to flee to Africa. Unfortunately, they were detected by a Falklands maritime reconnaissance flight and in less than twelve hours, the Ocean liners were sinking and hundreds of lifeboats surrounded them, only for vengeful Elysians to use chemical weapons such as mustard gas that was sprayed from airplanes as if they were fumigating the sea. No one survived as "Sacrifice to the Sea God Neptune."

    At the beginning of 1876, the Strategic Offensive Operation "Vindicta" began. Vindicta was designed with the goal of breaking through communist lines by forcing them to retreat or destroying them if they chose to stand and fight. But a groundbreaking invention was the use of airborne landing of Legionnaires through the use of parachutes. They would attack and disrupt enemy headquarters, artillery units, and supply depots in the rear areas, as well as quickly occupy territory until relief arrives. The offensive began at the same time by breaking up several communist towns that were barely able to prepare themselves as their militias were made up of a motley mix of militiamen made up of former rustic, domestic slaves and even women, while wearing steel helmets; others, kepis, and others, a cap with a visor. Many had nothing but their home uniforms highlighted by a red ribbon.

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    These militias were extremely proud of their work, despite the fact that there were not a few who could not even lift a box full of ammunition from the ground and were barely able to hold their rifles against their shoulders properly, since they lacked training. military comparison with his enemies. From the first assault, the Imperial sharpshooters were taking them down with accurate aim while some prisoners were subjected to physical and psychological torture to obtain information and in some cases were raped by an entire Century before being executed due to the "No prisoners" order. . In some cases, Testuda Industrias appeared carrying infantry units on top to dismount to fight on foot. These tactics were commonly called Mounted Infantry. In the Atacama Desert, highlight the innovative use of motorcycles as cavalry that served when hunting columns of troops or cavalry.

    It cannot be denied that the Strategic Offensive Operation "Vindicta" was a military event comparable to the Bellum Appalachia that conquered as far as Hispania Maritimae (OTL:Florida) or the Magnum Bellum Barbarum that conquered almost all of North Cassiopeia or other Imperial campaigns where the Dominarch of the moment, he had total authority and showed why he had that rank of importance. Although the Legions and the Classis had been affected initially by peacetime, which had depleted combat-proven military personnel. That didn't prevent a Legionnaire from still having his 5 years of military training out of a 20 year tour of duty. Something superior to the rebel communist combatant who, depending on the Commander assigned or who followed, gave him a training of several hours or a month. But Elysium did not fight because a slave rebellion had broken out. They fought because this rebellion was guided by thoughts that would endanger the very Empire that for fifteen hundred years had battled in Cassiopeia.

    The Imperials knew that Operation "Vindicta" would be met with fierce resistance, not only had the rebels manufactured weapons and supplies for two years in preparation for such an eventuality, but fanaticism spread to the populace, with the line between soldiers and civilians being murky at best and non-existent at worst. The use of chemical weapons would become common against urban centers inhabited by determined and entrenched enemies to the point that the so-called clean-ups of cities became common where thousands of corpses were burned in piles so large that trucks were necessary to transport bodies. The war would not end until 1880 when the last rebel leaders were hunted down and executed by impalement at Civis Argentarius and Nova Pella.

    The End of the Communist Wars came with a great depopulation of slaves throughout the southern continent and empire. But that gave space for the military to withdraw, to have land. The idea of the abolition of slavery was raised in a session of the Senate, but was quickly scrapped due to the need for slaves to run the Empire. The 200 Legions remained due to the need for a strong army as the Techneum and Academia Bellica began designing new weapons and Testuda Industria models. The Imperial Army strove for massive investment along with modernization by motorizing its infantry and upgrading its Testuda Industria. At the same time, fields of military technology such as rocketry began to be investigated, to the point that they developed by 1895, the first long-range guided ballistic missiles in the world, which would work to attack cities or fortresses, even static targets.

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    On the other hand, the Testuda Invicta were upgraded from serving as infantry support to being able to act without the need for infantry even adding the use of a full 360° rotating turret originally equipped with two machine guns in the case of the Testuda. Invicta II (OTL:pzKpfw I), ideal for infantry or cavalry suppression. The Testuda Invicta was abbreviated as TI from then on. The TI-III (OTL: PzKpfw II) was equipped with a 20 mm anti-tank gun along with a PB-90 (OTL: MG 34). Although serving as lightly armored cavalry units, the Dominarch was looking for a vehicle that was fast and could fight other armored fighting vehicles. The answer was TI-IV (OTL: PzKpfw III) and TI-V (OTL: PzKpfw IV). The TI-V was designed for infantry support, while the similar TI-IV was for fighting armored fighting vehicles. The TI-V had more development potential, with a larger turret ring to mount more powerful guns, so it could swap roles with the TI-IV.

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    In weaponry, the Legions saw the need for a weapon that combined a PolyManuBallistula: PMB (OTL: Submachine gun) with a Coclius lubrico (OTL: Bolt-Action Rifle), the result being the PolyCoclius (OTL: Automatic Rifle) abbreviated as PC, the Polycoclius proved to be a valuable weapon, particularly on the Eastern Front, where it was first deployed. A properly trained soldier with the PC-I had a wide tactical repertoire. It could hit targets farther away than a PMB-4 (OTL:MP40), but was more useful than the CL-IV (OTL:K43) at close range during urban combat, as well as providing light machine gun fire. Besides, it was added with a firing selector that allowed to switch between fully automatic or semi-automatic mode, so it could be used as a single-shot precision rifle, or as an efficient assault machine gun with great precision, damage and speed.

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    Aviation evolved, relegating airships to transportation duties as the first Caelus unicae (OTL: Monoplane) and Caelus deliquia (OTL: Plane Bomber) were created. The first pilots of these aircraft were veterans who flew Caelus tercialae and Caelus dualae during the Communist Wars. Theorists of the newly created Caelum Legion (Air Force) continued to develop strategic theories, but emphasis was placed on supporting the army, as it was expected to face ground operations after any outbreak of hostilities. Air leadership was primarily concerned with tactical and operational methods where air units would join specific army formations and act as close air support and ensure the protection of specific areas. In the midst of this, interest arose in reaching space while the military saw the possible application in intercontinental ballistic missiles.

    For the rest of the world, the communist wars did not have the same impact as on Elysium. Although, like Elysium, progress was made in the use of tanks and aviation, which were put into practice in wars against tribes in Africa or confrontations against foreign nations, such as Russia and the Ottomans and their well-known Caucasian Wars. England, for example, expanded its domains into southern Arabia, which profited from the discovery of oil wells in the Persian Gulf and almost caused a clash between the English and the Ottomans when the English expressed interest in expanding into Arabia, but a combination between Mechanized Ottoman forces and indigenous Arab cavalry held off a thirty thousand strong English army under Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, 1st Baronet in 1879. The war saw the loss of 5,000 British troops and 10,000 African colonial troops along with several dozen machine guns. and field guns, and an increase in the English and Ottoman military career.​
     
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    Personally, I see the German style closer to the Romano-Elysium since the Germans have a I-Don't-Know-What that gives it a very perfect militaristic air.

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    Chapter 55 Caesar Lucius Caninius Rebilus 2654 AUC / 1900 AD - 2674 AUC / 1920 AD
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    Imperator Augustus Caesar Lucius Caninius Rebilus
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    Lentulus passed away without a testified successor despite having several legitimate children but several more illegitimate ones that were not confirmed. His successor was the Lucius Caninius Rebilus. Lucius Caninius Rebilus came from a patrician family of landowners established in Neronia for several generations. He studied at the Academia Bellica where he became a convinced Militarist, while also sympathizing with the Aurea Reparatio Imperii Romanorum political party while serving for several years in the Praetorian Guard before turning to politics as a Senator. His time as a senator stood out as a patriot who fought the thousands of orphans who lived on the streets by creating Orphanage Colonies that had facilities such as a nursery, kindergarten, elementary school, hospital and gym. At the time he went so far as to adopt 10 orphan boys and 5 orphan girls. Lucius came to be accused of being a pedophile due to his stance on having so many children but he quickly defeated the offender.

    The rise to power of Lucius Caninius Rebilus, put the Aurea Reparatio Imperii Romanorum in power while all the alarms of a possible Reconquest of the Old World sounded as loud as church bells when the Mongols invaded Europe. Even so, an invasion plan was necessary. Hence the Africanus Plan, Claudius Plan and Augustus arose. The Africanus Plan consisted of an accumulation of naval forces and troops that from Civis Natalis (OTL: Natal, Brazil) would advance to Cape Verde and then Dakar to establish a bridgehead that would allow them to advance towards the north and Europe. The Claudius Plan consisted of a series of amphibious invasions of Greenland, Iceland, and finally the British Isles that would secure them a beachhead in Europe. The last plan would be Augustus, which would consist of landings on the islands of Azores, Canary Islands and Madeira, which would allow these islands to be used as jump bases for the continental invasion.

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    At that time the Officium Barbarorum expanded and proved to be efficient to the point that hundreds of Elysian women with pleasant features were recruited with the aim of infiltrating as "diplomats" and obtaining information by any means. The phrase "Women wanted" or "We don't care what you have done, we care who you are" caused dozens of women to end up going to Europe to the point that by 1905, 40% of the Officium Barbarorum were women who at the same time they were trained to gather information as in neutralizing a man. Even so, the Dominarch and part of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, saw the need for a vessel that would allow air power to be projected over great distances without having to depend on local bases to organize aircraft operations. Previously, large barges had been built that served as balloon carriers but lacked armor, weapons or even space for an air unit to be effective.

    The first attempts at Aircraft Carriers were through the use of a catapult that would propel the aircraft, but they were not optimal for the latest aviation models that were heavier than expected. But in 1906, the Techneum, would finalize the design of a ship to operate aircraft at sea, with a flat flight deck, an island superstructure, deck elevators and a hangar. Several experimental flights were made to prove the concept. Publius Acilius Torquatus was the first pilot to take off from a stationary ship in November 1907. He took off from a fixed structure on the Oceanliner Freighter "Apollo", and landed after about five minutes in the air. He also became the first pilot to land on a stationary boat that had a makeshift braking system of sandbags and ropes leading directly to the arrester hook and cables described below. Then his plane turned around and he was able to take off again effectively. The first Elysium class of aircraft carriers was the Aquila class.

    On the other hand, Rebilus, recognizing the importance of radio in disseminating news and messages, approved a plan whereby millions of affordable radio sets for the general public were subsidized by the government. Early radios were readily available at a price equivalent to two weeks' average wages, or a cheaper one-week model that was even sold on an installment plan. These radios at the same time provided a front for radio stations such as Radio Augustus, Vox Populi and various provincial stations that gave music and news. A similar plan was applied for Televisions, allowing half of commoner households and all equites and patricians to have one, while Patricians would have color televisions which would be a premium feature for many years to come.

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    Finally on December 9, 1909, Operation Augustus began. Operation Augustus had preparations that naval bases and ports were built everywhere facing the Atlantic to the point that the Bahamas was transformed into a military territory that saw a massive accumulation of all kinds of naval elements from submarines to aircraft carriers of the massive and modern Classis. From the Aquila-class aircraft carriers, the Vastator (Destroyer) and the improved Perditior (Battleship-Cruiser) that fulfilled battleship and cruiser functions through the innovative use of the Tormentillis (Flying Bomb). At the time of buildup, Classis Caelum (Naval aviation) pilots were trained, equipment was fitted, and intelligence was collected. The offensive had several important objectives. First, it was intended to destroy important units of the Iberian fleet, which controlled the islands of Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde. These four islands or archipelagos were important Iberian supply bases due to their location between Iberian sub-Saharan Africa and the Iberian metropolis.

    To achieve the goals, talks were made with the Empire of Japan, which at the same time had developed its own versions of aircraft carriers and naval vessels and aircraft, including a long-range carrier-based fighter aircraft called the Reisen (zero fighter). The deal was simple: interrupt the Iberian war effort for as long as possible at any cost while also allowing the capture of the Philippines. For the beginning of the Augustus operation, the number of Classis ships consisted of the following roles and numbers:
    • Battleships 40 (all types)​
    • Fleet Carrier 20​
    • Escort Carrier 80​
    • Cruiser 100 (all types)​
    • Destroyer 500 (all types)​
    • submarine 300​
    • Amphibious Warfare 4,000 (including small craft)​

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    On the morning of December 9, 1909, the Iberica radar station on ilha das Flores (Azores) detected the Imperial force, but the alert was mistaken for the expected arrival of reconnaissance planes and was dismissed. Numerous airborne sea patrols were shot down as the attack approached; at least several of them radioed a somewhat incoherent alert while other alerts were still being processed or awaiting confirmation when the invasion began. The invasion officially began at 08:00 am Azores and Cape Verde time zone and 09:00 Western European time zone and Madeira islands together with the Canary Islands. That is to say 10:00 Madrid time. The general strategy was a massive bombardment with available planes against enemy military positions: fortifications, radar stations, military bases, shipyards, fuel depots and even places of importance such as castles. For the use of bombing in urban centers, the use of gelatinous gasoline was put into practice, already put into practice during the Communist War.

    News of the attack was slow to reach Madrid mainly due to the destruction of the communications stations. So the news took 24 hours to reach Madrid and with it the decision-making. The invasion of the islands began when Imperial landing craft were detected landing on the islands' beaches. The Imperial troops invaded under cover of air support while the Iberian air force barely had time to get airborne before the carrier-based fighters and dive bombers attacked the airfields, destroying slow-moving aircraft and deploying napalm bombs against the bomb shelters. The Azores and Cape Verde would fall within 48 hours of being attacked and invaded, while the Canary Islands and Madeiras became fierce battlefields. The Iberians would end up facing the training and equipment of the imperial troops.


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    While the invasion in the Atlantic was taking place, Japan did the same in the Philippines. Landing in Luzon and Davao, in the first days of hostilities with a force of 60,000 troops that surpassed the superior Iberian garrison composed of 200,000 troops that included elements of the Civil Guard (a militarized police force), naval infantry and irregular militias . Due to the superiority of Japanese weapons and equipment, the Iberians were forced to use guerrilla tactics, such as booby traps, trenches, even suicide bombs, and faking death. Iberian tactics wreaked havoc on the Japanese forces but the Japanese decided to opt for the use of propaganda and divisions between native Filipinos and European Iberians. General Kamio Mitsuomi of the IJA First Division, would stand out for his good treatment with the Prisoners of War but unlike the Filipinos, the Iberians were only given half of the ration and jobs.

    Finally by March 1910, the Iberians would end up surrendering mainly due to the malaria and dysentery that would plague the jungle as opposed to the occupied cities. The Japanese Empire would create in the Philippines, the United Autonomous Government of the Philippines, a puppet state at the same time that the Philippine National Army was created, a native army made up of Philippine troops with Japanese officers, whose main unofficial mission was, in principle, to serve as auxiliaries to the Japanese Army as well as serving as a local security force intended to violently repress the seditious population, as well as persecute anti-Japanese guerrilla activities. It was organized as a mobile force of light infantry to perform with little support from heavy artillery and air support from triplanes and biplanes. One notable gesture was the banning of comfort women in the Philippines, popular in Korea and Taiwan for the military. Unfortunately, Iberia would end up getting China to declare war on Japan.

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    Meanwhile in Europe. The Elysian offensives took the target islands, all in the first months of the war. Many of the Iberian military high command thought that a direct attack on the Peninsula would mean the end of the empire. Therefore, in April 1910, for the first time, the tides of war turned in favor of Iberia. The Royal Iberian Navy managed to win the amazing Battle of Trafalgar in March where the ICN flagship aircraft carrier (Imperialis Classis Navis) Agricola was sunk. However, even after such impressive victories, Elysium retained the industrial edge it had held for years, with the adjoining continent still untouched by the inferno of fire and death that raged across the sea to the East. Imperial ships were continually leaving ports, faster and faster, until a ship could be made in a matter of months. The Iberians could not continue to win the numbers game, in the brutal naval war.

    The leadership of Elysium decided to adopt a defense strategy, trying to hold the islands, fortifying them and avoiding any pitched battle until the conditions for it almost guaranteed absolute victory. This moment had finally come during the Battle of Fuerteventura in October 1910, when the Imperial military leadership decided that this was the turning point they were looking for. Over the next 90 days, a stubborn defense of the Gnaeus Aurelius Agricola Legacy forced the Iberias to overcommit their forces, which were subsequently exploited by the Classis in a brilliant maneuver. The Iberian fleet in West Africa was decimated and all forces engaged in the theater of the Islands were annihilated to the last man or forced to surrender. While Imperial casualties were enormous (twenty legions or 124,000 legionnaires), they managed to secure dominance in the islands after the battle.

    But Elysium knew that Europe would not give up solely on the loss of Ships, Soldiers and Tons of equipment. If they wanted to cause true terror that would make them consider suing for peace, they needed a weapon so powerful that the Vulcan himself feared it would be used. Hence the Vulcanus Project was born in 1900. Elysium had not abandoned its race for knowledge to the point where amazing discoveries were being made simultaneously. Sextius Niger had won a Prize for his work on neutrons and uranium. Doctors Aurelius Opilius, Antonius Albus, Gnaeus Acerronius, Acilius Strabo, and the Catus brothers were at the forefront of the investigation and were leading the charge. More than thirty years earlier, he measured atomic energy in the abstract of his theory of relativity. Gaius Asinius observed that a body in motion has a greater mass than a body at rest, the difference being defined by the speed of light.

    The Elysian Scientists argued about fascinated, amazed, scared and disagreed with each other about what it all meant: One said that fission could not produce an explosion.
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    Another, arguing with a colleague, ticked off five persuasive reasons why such a device could never be built. But soon they were contacted by the Government for the creation of an explosive device of remarkable power. At first they investigated the well-known atom, which turned out to give almost 200 million electron volts of electricity when divided. If uranium could be harnessed, it would theoretically be twenty million times more powerful than Trinitrotoluene called TNT, but after several years of research. Finally in 1909, in the California desert, several kilometers from Castrum Tartaro, with good visibility, low humidity, light low-altitude winds and high-altitude westerly winds, Volcanus exploded with an energy equivalent to 20 kilotons of TNT.

    The roar of the shock wave took 40 seconds to reach observers. It was felt more than 100 miles (160 km) away, and the mushroom cloud reached 7.5 miles (12.1 km) high. The slaves who served as human test subjects described the explosion as follows: "I was looking straight ahead with my eyes staying open and covered by special goggles. fungus. After a few seconds, I lowered my goggles and watched the light go up. The intensity of the light dropped quickly, so it didn't blind my eyes like it did with others that didn't cover up, but it was still incredibly bright. It turned yellow, then red, then beautiful purple." Slave collection teams went to collect samples of the desert sand, much of it made of silica, which melted and turned into a slightly radioactive light green glass. The explosion created a crater approximately 1.4 meters deep and 80 meters wide. The first Pyrobola Atomos born.


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    The arms race motivated by Rebilus brought a number of scientific advances never before expected; automatic weapons, Mittere Fistulara Pyrobola (Rocket-propelled grenade), Testuda Industria models with numerous utilities including previous Melista models (Helicopters) that would be used in the final stages of the conflict. But one of his most outstanding inventions would be the Sifocaelus (Jet Aircraft): An aerial vehicle powered by jet engines, which allowed him to reach speeds close to or even higher than the speed of sound. The first operational jet fighter aircraft was the Tullia Caelum Machinamentum Corporatium also called the G-01 "Hastati" (G: Gladiator), the G-01 was faster and more heavily armed than any Iberian fighter that relied on propellers. Later the G-01 and later models were developed to fulfill multiple tasks, serving as escort bombers, fighter-bombers, day fighters, night fighters, ground-attack aircraft and reconnaissance aircraft.

    That was when April 21, 1911, a date that marked the 2664th anniversary of Rome. The Coriolanus operation was launched and two Planes took off from Gran Canarias. The first, called Equus Jupiter, was heading to the city of Agadir, in the Viceroyalty of Morocco, while the second, called Furia, was heading to Faro, Portugal. Iberian air defense radars detected the bomber air formations and several fighter wings were fired to intercept the attackers but the G-01s surprised the Iberians, decimating their fighter wings thanks to their superior speed. Finally, at 08:15 (Agadir time), the Mars Ultor Primus fell on the city of Agadir, a city that served as a waiting base for the Iberian forces that were going to attack the Canary Islands. Crewmen reported a bright flash of light, followed by a loud rumbling sound.

    Some 300,000 people were killed by the explosion and resulting firestorm, and another 100,000 were injured. Around 350,000 soldiers were killed. While in Faro, it had been one of the largest seaports in the south of Portugal, and was of great importance due to its extensive port activity, to the point that it served as a waiting port for some naval elements. On the day of the bombardment, it is estimated that around 300,000 people were in Faro, including almost 50,000 Iberian sailors. Mars Ultor Secundus was dropped at 10:02 am from Portugal. The explosion wiped out the vast majority of the population while in the days and months following the explosion, more people died from their injuries and radiation poisoning. A week after the bombardment, Elysium gave the terms of peace.
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    The remains of the powerful Iberian Fleet and Army, stationed in Agadir and Faros, were annihilated and Iberia knew that the war was lost. A wave of atomic terror reverberated in Iberia and the Kingdom was forced to resign itself to a humiliating defeat. The Treaty of Traianus was signed aboard the Elysian aircraft carrier of the same name. They accepted Elysium hegemony over the Atlantic. The bombing had a double effect, shocking both Catholics and Protestants, triggering a massive arms race and causing massive cultural change in Catholic countries. The Islands conquered by Elysium were formalized as territories of Elysium.

    The Elysian-Iberian War was a shock to the world. The Papal States, seeing that Elysium was taking the first steps towards its return to Europe as the political party Aurea Reparatio Imperii Romanorum had been announcing for decades, decided to take the initiative in creating alliances with Iberia and Austria and even dealt with Great Britain but this rejected any kind of rapprochement due to hostilities with the Papacy. Because of that, Roma looked at her younger sister, Moscow. Russia had by far the largest manpower reserves of the other European powers, but was also the most economically backward. Austria controlled part of the Balkans and Germany. While Iberia had much of the control of Africa, competed for Austria and England. This coalition was called The Holy Alliance. Who would soon be followed by England and Scandinavia who would create the Oslo Pact consisting of England and Scandinavia.

    The 1910s would be a decade marked by the period of geopolitical tension between the Holy Alliance and the Oslo Pact as well as the development of the nuclear arsenal and conventional military deployment in Africa and Europe along the nearby seas. In Europe, the Steel Wall would be born. A political border that would divide Europe into two separate areas: Holy Alliance and Oslo Pact, the Wall would stand out as one of the most militarized political borders seen in Europe, the sight of barbed wire fences and guard posts being common Manned military together with artillery and anti-aircraft bases ready to open fire against any unauthorized aircraft that crosses the airspace or attempts to attack. While in the English Channel, Royal Navy fleets would patrol with impunity while the Imperial Russian Navy and its ships in the Baltic would fortify to unexpected limits the Gulf of Finland.

    China, on the other hand, would be another matter.

    The Qing Imperial Army, was an army that in the last almost fifty years had spent its existence sharpening its Jians in military campaigns, natural disasters, famines, revolts and civil wars. In 1901, the Imperial Qing Army under the command of the Yuan Shikai, called "The Tiger Marshal" by his men, was a fighting force to be reckoned with. The Qing had an army, with which they had dealt with internal threats and domestic challenges. But the humiliation of the defeat of Korea and Taiwan was a bitter pill to swallow even among the militarists and even for the arrogant and depraved imperial eunuch bureaucrats of the Imperial City. But when the Iberian ambassadors requested military aid from China, the Jian swords were drawn and a phrase resounded from the throne. "Swords are being ostentatiously sharpened on the steps of the Japanese embassy," a phrase as true as dozens of army officers including Zaitao; the Guangxu Emperor's half-brother, Yinchang; nation's first Minister of War, Duan Qirui; commander of the Second Army Corps.

    Finally on February 17, 1910, the Chinese Empire declared war on Japan.

    The Qing Imperial Army in 1910 was organized into ten Army Corps of 50,000 making a total of 500,000 soldiers. Along with a fleet composed of four Ironclad battleships, eight Armored cruisers, eight Protected cruisers, twenty Cruisers, fifty Coastal warships, an aircraft carrier along with numerous gunboats and chartered merchant ships While the IJN quadrupled the navy and the IJA had a force available of 120,000 troops. The first Chinese troop movements were an airborne attack on the mountains near the Yalu River as cavalry divisions advanced accompanied by infantry. While the Navy landed in Taiwan. The Chinese landing in Taiwan was done using mostly wooden boats with mounted machine guns. The Chinese amphibious forces would find themselves attacked by artillery and machine gun nests, at the same time that Napalm would be deployed with terrifying effects for the Chinese.

    The vision of the Chinese soldier invading Taiwan would be comparable to storming the gates of hell: Chinese planes crashing left and right shot down by Japanese AA Guns, ships sinking and bursting into flames, thousands of corpses from transport ships Destroyed Chinese would flood the beaches as thousands of Chinese advanced over bunkers, trenches, barbed wire, anti-tank hedgehogs, minefields spewing bullets, fire or explosions as brutal hand-to-hand combat was waged against the Japanese. Taiwan's beaches would eventually be littered with Chinese corpses as the invading troops could not hold the front line against continuous enemy fire, unable to establish a bridgehead and hold off the attackers, the invasion of Taiwan was deemed a disaster. While in Korea the situation would be different. Well, for centuries, Korea was a "model colony" for Japan that with great effort had applied an improved economy of the island, public works, industry, cultural Japaneseization.

    Japan had enforced a Japanese identity among the population to the point of forcing locals to speak the Japanese language, wear Japanese clothes, live in Japanese-style houses, "modernize" burial practices by observing "Japanese-style" funerals, adopt Japanese names and convert to Shintoism. The ultimate example of the efforts was the high rates of Koreans volunteering for the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, one of whom would be a young Kim Hyong-jik. The Koreans had seen how the Japanese were good masters although brutal enemies and still demonized the figure of Oda Nobunaga even almost three hundred years later, but that did not prevent the high presence of Korean-Japanese with the adoptive name of Nobunaga, within the Imperial Japanese Army . Although most Koreans were mostly destined for Ashigaru.

    The Chinese invasion of Korea began with an airborne attack but quickly faced problems such as the dangerous Amur tiger, groups of Kiheitai (irregular volunteer militia) and the terrain. Chinese ground troops crossed the frozen Yalu River accompanied by light tanks and poor compared to the Japanese. A surprising fact was that the soldier assigned to the invasion of Korea was reasonably well dressed and warm for the weather but they had no air power and were armed only with rifles, machine guns, hand grenades and mortars apart from the fact that all the Chinese soldiers were starving mass and diseases due to the lack of a competent logistics system, which forced them to loot the towns they reached if they were intact. The Japanese troops found it easy to expel the Chinese troops to the point that almost one hundred thousand Chinese soldiers ended up captured or killed and a good part of Northeast China under Japanese occupation until at the end of 1910, China sued for peace and ended up handing over part of Northeast China.

    But in the Ottoman Empire, the crisis that followed the loss of Egypt caused a domino effect that led to the birth of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party led by exiled Russian Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov and field marshal and revolutionary Kemal Atatürk. The Communist Red Revolution caused a series of communist uprisings to break out in the Ottoman Empire in 1913 as Turkey became an Ottoman Federative Socialist Republic (O.F.S.R) which in its moment of weakness was almost invaded by Russia and England from the north and south respectively. but in Arabia, the Communists managed to repel the British while in the Caucasus mountains, troops under Kemal Atatürk expelled Russian troops with the support of a young Georgian rebel commander named Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili nicknamed "Soso", a diminutive of "Ioseb".​
     
    Chapter 56 Caesar Decimus Bellicius Cornicen 2674 AUC / 1920 AD - 2708 AUC / 1954 AD
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    The next Emperor would be the Dominarch Decimus Bellicius Cornicen. Cornicen was born into a large commoner family, growing up in Castoria. He oversaw the invasions of the Gran Canarias and Azores and organized Operation Coriolanus. Following Rebilus's death due to congestive heart failure in Civis Aztecus. Cornicen had the most name recognition in a crowded field of candidates and he had never been publicly prominent outside of military affairs, but his military achievements ensured that he immediately made national and international news. Cornicen would be one of the most progressive Elysium leaders ever seen, allowing the inclusion of women on the battlefield using examples seen in the Atlantic islands (Azores, Cape Verde and Canary Islands), even so a good part of the militarists and their friends ended up voting for Cornicen as the new Emperor of Elysium. Nothing else, coming to power, Cornicen would visit Kyoto (Japan Capital ) and Pune (Maratha India Capital ).

    In Europe, Iberia was ruled by King Alfonso XIII and Prime Minister Miguel Primo de Rivera y Orbaneja, 2nd Marquis of Estella. The Iberian defeat together with the destruction of Faros, caused that in the following weeks, many Peninsular Iberians suffered the effects of acute radiation syndrome (ARS), all in approximately 20 to 30 days. At the time, doctors had no idea what the cause was and were unable to effectively treat the affliction, a result of radiation poisoning or, as many called it, "atomic bomb disease." Apart from the fact that hundreds of cancer cases arose after five years and two in the case of leukemia, after the bombing. Another problem was the birth of young Iberians with birth defects, which led to the creation of aid programs supported by the state and the Church. Victims in the bombed areas suffered from fear-based stigmatization, which affected them when it came to finding work or a partner due to public ignorance about the consequences of radiation sickness.
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    Iberian Guardia Civil during a visit in Angola of King Alfonso XIII

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    Iberia, motivated by the loss of the Atlantic and Asia, chose to focus on Africa. The vision of cargo convoys and long railways would be common on the dusty roads of the Viceroyalty of Morocco while Sub-Saharan Africa would suffer an equal fate, when the Soldiers of the Iberian Tercios, a professional combat force to fight in colonial campaigns They entered the sub-Saharan jungles to bring civilization with a bible in one hand and a submachine gun in the other. Indirectly, Iberia would become the colonial industrial engine of the Holy Alliance, by bringing an exorbitant amount of resources from Africa, be it rubber, minerals, workers and oil, along with gold and diamonds. But the prize would be Katanga. Katanga would be key to the point that it would become one of the most militarized Iberian Provinces of the Iberian Kingdom due to its value for nuclear research.

    The Papal States in their African territory of Libya, would face a religious-communist uprising in 1921 against the Papal Government and its religious policies where they discriminated against Muslims. The Revolt quickly spread mainly due to the presence of modern military grade weaponry and even columns of Egyptian-British volunteers with military training. The situation was such that the light infantry regiments called Zouaves, made up mostly of volunteers of North African origin, took up arms. The Zouaves had the status of an elite unit within the Pontifical army, that included better weapons and equipment than
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    regular units. These Zouavas rebels would soon face the Iberian expeditionary troops that would come to the aid of the Papacy with several motorized and armored divisions. The following months would be marked by an Iberian-Pontifical advance where various methods used to 'pacify' the population were applied including intelligence gathering through torture, summary executions, forced labor, rape and the sadistic murder of military prisoners.

    The situation continued until 1923, when the last insurgent groups were hunted down or fled to Egypt. Even so, it was known that the Rebellion was provoked indirectly by English agents, this was a sign of the existing cold war. The Papacy would stand out as a research and development center where scientists such as Marie Salomea Skłodowska-Curie would stand out, who would investigate the application of nuclear weapons with the aim of protecting Rome from a foreign attack. General Henri Philippe Benoni Omer Pétain would stand out for being a broad promoter of the same even once commenting on its use to attack London or even Elysium Augusta, if they had a suitable transport for it. Which, unlike Elysium, they still lacked, while Elysium had Missiles in the making.

    The Austrian Empire would stand out for being governed by Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his Prime Ministers-president Heinrich Lammasch who would have much of the work of guarding the border with the Oslo Pact. But his army would be one of the most advanced, with young promises like Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel, a young tank commander, and Herman Goering, son of the governor of Austrian Africa and an air ace. Austria would be avant-garde in the development of weapons and vehicles along with other technologies including information technology, while creating the V2 missiles that would use a guidance and radar system capable of guiding them from a distance, which would facilitate surgical attacks or bombing without the need to send aircraft .

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    Meanwhile, Russia would grapple with attempted nationalist rebellions, instigated by a series of British, Austrian, or even Ottoman-backed leaders during the 1920s. The largest rebel groups would be People's Republic of Ukraine, People's Republic of Transcaucasian, People's Republic of Far Eastern, People's Republic of Bukharan, People's Republic of Khorezm and the most dangerous was the People's Republic of Siberia. Tsar Nicolas II, seeing the high rate of uprisings, decided to found the Ministerstvo Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (Ministry of State Security) or MGB, one intelligence and counterintelligence agency whose job was to monitor the prisons, run the Katorga system, put down rebellions and riots, and mutinies in the Imperial Army. The first Director of the Ministry would be Piotr Nikolayevich Wrangel, who, to support the work of the Ministry, would create the Internal Security Forces, a paramilitary gendarmerie-like force that would stand out for its black uniforms.

    Russia managed to crush the communist rebellions thanks to the fact that the troops of the rebellious Communist Republics did not have competent officers due to the fact that the overwhelming majority of professional officers in the Russian army were from the nobility. Apart from the fact that Russian minorities such as the Cossacks or the Wild Division formed by Native Cavalry of the Caucasus and led by Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, brother of the Tsar, were favored. Russia would stand out for making a deal with the devil. It would authorize the secret sale of prisoners of war and political dissidents to Elysium in exchange for industrial and economic machinery and weapons. The effects of such deals were almost immediate, allowing the development of a heavy industrial base. Russia would stand out for the creation of the Promyshlennyy Gorod in the Urals. These Promyshlennyy Gorod were industrial macro-complexes dedicated to the manufacture of weapons, planes, explosives, tanks, and even gave rise to underground cities that Russia would build to protect itself in the event of a Nuclear War.

    Scandinavia would stand out as a home of development and innovation while entering a cultural era called the Roaring Twenties that saw large-scale development and use of automobiles, telephones, movies, radios, and home appliances in the lives of millions of people around the world. At the same time The quality of housing improved, with houses offering better protection against the cold. Floor space per occupant increased. Sanitation improved considerably through the construction of water supply and sewage systems, in addition to the treatment of drinking water by filtration and chlorination. Switching to internal combustion got horses off the streets and eliminated horse manure and urine and the flies they attracted. Infant mortality decreased, which produced a Baby Boom in Scandinavia, especially in Norway, while the middle class increased, as did GDP and productivity, in the Kingdom of Scandinavia and its puppet states, a road network emerged that expanded transportation. by truck, while the cost of shipping and travel fell sharply, encouraging tourism.
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    The Scandinavian Army would stand out for a great relationship with England that included shared intelligence, shared military technology and shared acquisitions. One of Scandinavia's largest deployments would be during Operation Blue Bat at Suez, which prevented open warfare between the Ottoman Federative Socialist Republic and the British Empire in Egypt by deploying a thousand Marines who fortified both sides of the Channel. At the same time, I would highlight the aviation created by the company Junkers Aircraft and Motor Works in the form of the first jet aircraft, the first being the Junker F-30 (OTL: P-80 Shooting Star) at the same time that Heinkel Flugzeugwerke would develop better bombers in form of the K-28 (OTL: Convair B-36 Peacemaker)

    Meanwhile in England, a colonial expansion began with the aim of uniting British East Africa with Egypt. Sick and starving Ethiopia stood no chance against the British Army, and their combat tactics turned out to be quite brutal. In fact, more than half of the population of Ethiopia was the victim of some kind of mistreatment by the British relegating them to being third-class citizens, being surpassed by the British of the islands and the Colonial British descendants of Europeans but born in Africa. While in Sudan, its vast desert regions were near famine, chaos and bloodshed between the Arab Islamic factions in the north and the black Christian and tribal factions in the south. When the British invaded, they managed to crush all three sides in a record time of one year. After crushing all opposition, England established a new label for that territory: Dominion of British East Africa.

    What followed was the reconstruction of the territories. Prime Minister Warren G. Harding decided to focus on construction, agriculture, and irrigation. He also begins to implement a plan to educate the (white) population soon, every white family had food and clean water on their tables, his educational and construction reforms gave rise to undreamed-of prosperity. But a process of separateness began to be established at all levels, be it medical, work, educational, even sports and public transport. In England, increased literacy, wealth, ease of travel, even a film industry were installed, at the same time that the Royal Navy would begin to increase in number, in clear unspoken fear of an Elysium invasion, prompting posters of military propaganda with ancestral motives such as the Failed Roman Invasion of Julius Caesar or even Boudica's rebellion.

    The new Elysian Emperor would stand out for promoting a rapid Romanization in the new Atlantic territories. He rebuilding or in some cases, building cities while giving them more Roman names. One of his greatest innovations was the creation of the first all-electronic single-tube color television system. This new system stood out for using two electron guns directed at each side of a thin, semi-transparent mica sheet. One side was covered in cyan phosphor and the other red-orange, producing a limited color range, but well suited to showing skin tones. This revolutionized the film industry at the time that new
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    movies were released that allowed new challenges, one of these was the 4-hour movie: Gaius Julius Caesar, which explains the life of Julius Caesar, from his childhood until his death betrayed by the conspiring senators which included his friend Marcus Junius Brutus.

    At the same time, a new Polycoclium was issued that would eventually become such a popular weapon that it would even be common to see it even in civilian hands. the PC-02 (OTL:AK-47) passed extensive and stringent testing that came to surprise the board due to its reliability in harsh conditions, low production cost, availability in virtually all geographic regions, and ease of use. The PC-02 was designed to be a cheap, simple and easy to manufacture rifle, matching perfectly with the Elysian military doctrine that treats equipment and weapons as disposable items. On the other hand, the Manus Tenuit Polybolum MTPB-01 (OTL: RPD) was also created, which was designed to be used both as a section light machine gun and for larger tasks, while it was a very accurate weapon due to its rifled barrel, together with the novel Mittere Fistulara Pyrobola (MFP) (OTL: Rocket-propelled grenade). Elysian weapons would stand out for being designed to be reliable and at the same time able to deliver and withstand punishment.
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    On the other hand, the emergence of aerial transport vehicles would bring the Melista (OTL: Helicopter). The M-01 (OTL:Mil Mi-6) would be a heavy transport helicopter with a capacity of 65 armed soldiers and, alternatively, can transport 41 stretcher patients (litter) and two assistants, or a wide range of bulky loads, including vehicles, loaded through clamshell rear doors as well as large radars and heavy artillery. The success of such vehicles was surpassed when the Emperor inaugurated the Portus Spatialis (Space Port) Neronia, located a short distance from Colonia Canina Apache (OTL: Albuquerque.) The Portus Spatialis would stand out for having a city of support around the facilities for provide housing, schools and infrastructure for workers, two multipurpose airports on site, serving both personnel transportation and logistics needs along the largest industrial railway in the Empire.

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    On May 15, 1936, Portus Spatialis Neronia took off, the Satelles Primus, a 58 cm (23 in) diameter polished metal sphere with four external radio antennas propelled by a Mittere Ballistarium InterContinental (OTL: Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) . The Satelles Primus was the research project of almost twenty years of development that put a new emphasis on science and technology while at the same time inspiring a generation of engineers and scientists, while planting the seeds for the development of the modern satellite navigation. Other countries and political factions, such as the Oslo Pact or the Holy Alliance, saw such an event with terror and soon began an era called the Shadow War; Totally focused on espionage and information theft on a scale only seen in China or the Roman Empire. The Holy Alliance would soon follow Elysium in its race through space.

    But while Elysium managed to reach beyond the sky with the Stella Primus. The Maratha Empire, which was beginning to be called India due to its territorial control after a period of conflicts of unification or diplomacy with results of peaceful assimilation, began to expand throughout Southeast Asia. The Maratha Empire as well as Japan profited from a great friendship with Elysium that included the discount sale of military equipment. Even Japan and the Maratha were noted for providing support to the Elysium space program and even computer science. One of the newest inventions would be a series of electrical tattoos that would have a function comparable to a barcode popular in markets for goods or food. These electrical tattoos would have utility as the ability to identify escaped slaves and in the future, obtain a Legionnaire's information from his rank and name to his ID number, blood type even his designated unit.

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    But in 1939, Cornicen gave a speech. A speech that did not make Europe tremble with terror. A terror as cold as that experienced by Roman cities when Hannibal Barqa crossed the Alps. In less than twelve hours, England received a declaration of war from the Imperial Embassy in Elysium. The diplomatic corps of the embassy is forced to be smuggled out of the country to prevent them from being torn apart by angry mobs after the Emperor's speech, while numerous European businesses end up fleeing. A domino effect takes place in Europe, when the English begin to persecute the Elysium ambassadors who are not caught thanks to an aerial evacuation by Melites that transports the embassy personnel to the aircraft carrier Claudius. But when the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force set off to wage war against Elysium, their ships are immediately attacked by Elysian and Sifocaelus G-03 (OTL: MiG-15) submarines launched from several aircraft carriers. Meanwhile in Greenland and Iceland, light infantry airborne landings were made that paved the way for heavy units accompanied by Testuda Industria's new models the TI-X (OTL:T-54/T-55). The Operation Claudius Start.

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    The airborne units that landed in Iceland faced a scenario where groups of militiamen, civilians and young people armed with all kinds of weapons, from police or military weapons to hunting weapons, even hand-to-hand combat. These parachute units had a simple order: secure the port of Reykjavik. The capture was achieved at the cost of thousands of people who were killed when they tried to confront the paratroop units. With Reykjavik captured, transport ships from the Classis landed Legions with hundreds of Legionnaires and tanks that soon secured dominance of the volcanic island. The English Royal Navy began with the Scandinavian Royal Navy, in collaboration with the Oslo Pact to patrol the North Seas while engaging in what was called by military analysts: "The North Atlantic Campaign." But the worst thing was that Elysium's control of the Atlantic prevented any kind of material from the colonies from reaching England.

    The British High Command knew that in the long run they had no hope. They devised a plan to push the Grecis (High Fleet) Atlanticus into a decisive battle, the outcome of which could mark the conflict. Therefore, half of the Royal Navy left Scapa Flow after serious preparations for Civis Lenape. When the submarines discovered the fleet, they reported their course and within hours, the High Command informed the Dominarch of the situation. In the Bahama Islands, the Royal Navy led by Admiral William Frederick "Bull" Halsey Jr. would collide with the Classis. During the Battle of the Bahamas Islands, the disproportion between the number of planes used by both sides, their quality, as well as
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    the lack of experienced naval pilots on the English side, had a decisive influence on the outcome of the battle. However, for Elysium it was not a victory or a total defeat, since despite the Elysian superiority, a part of the English fleet managed to return to a safe port.

    The Battle of the Bahamas symbolized a major blow to the English conscience who had great respect and pride in the Royal Navy. It was in that moment of terror that the Oslo Pact finally began talking to the Holy Alliance for military help in case Elysium invaded, a deal some considered unholy, but it was simple. But on April 3, 1940, the invasion of Caledonia and Hibernia began. A fleet of 350 Warships and 500 Transports, carrying 155,000 soldiers with armored vehicles and aircraft in 25 legions spread across Ireland and Scotland. During the first few hours, Scottish and Irish militia and British military units would clash against the Elysians. Elysian troops would be noted for rapid advancement due to their innovative use of helicopters to deploy Centuries, armored vehicles, or teams directly to the front lines. In urban combat, RPGs would excel at turning English Crusader tanks into fiery slag or even breaking down walls.

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    The English government would ask the Holy Alliance for help, be it food, weapons, oil, even soldiers. For the Vatican, it was quite expensive, but not for Russia and Iberia. In exchange for the enormous oil resources coming from Russia, England would give Crimea to Russia. The first supply convoys sailed from the ports of Normandy direct to England carrying canned meat and spare parts. Iberia and her navy would provide escort to the point that a fleet of Iberian submarines would patrol the English Channel protecting cargoes. In the first shipment of oil, England will receive up to 10,000,000 tons of oil. The first expeditionary force would be 100,000 Iberian soldiers, 50,000 Papist soldiers, 50,000 Austrians and up to 200,000 Russians, making a total of 400,000 Volunteers, which would increase with the II, III, IV, V Expeditionary Force.

    In the air, F-86 Sabres, Dassault Mirage IIIs, Hispano HA-300s, and Saab 29 Tunnans countered the G-03s in the skies, though they encountered tougher opposition against the G-04 (OTL: MiG-17). , but they still managed to withstand the waves of planes, even with the Elysian buildup of planes, fuel, and pilots. This would not last, as the range the Caelum Legio had to fly was greatly reduced with the acquisition of English airfields as the campaign progressed, while airfields further afield were mercilessly bombed out of service, cutting the range and availability of Allied aircraft considerably. By the winter of 1940-41, long columns of retreating troops and vehicles would be seen across the
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    front lines. The captured regiments would be treated brutally, many being tortured, executed, used for forced labor or enslaved depending on the situation. Such a situation, although it was ignored by Elysium due to media control, was frowned upon and motivated greater resistance from the Europeans.

    By early 1941, the front had stalled at the so-called Northumberland Line, an area stretching from the Solway Coast to Holy Island from west to east and from Falstone to Hawick from south to north. That entire region was riddled with network tunnels and deep bunkers built with concrete mixers and bulldozers, artillery fire bases, minefields, the use of mile-long barbed wire, even the extensive use of chemical weapons like Sarin. Hundreds of thousands had died between military and civilian casualties, because of this, the governments of Europe ended up asking Elysium for peace. Elysium knew that its ability to deploy military was limited. The basic training time of a soldier from any of the European countries, was around ten weeks, which was 2 months and 10 days, that greatly exceeded the five years of training of the Elysian Legionnaire.

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    Flooding the enemy with legionnaires was a policy that came to be considered, like all strategies, including the so-called "Internecionem" (Annihilation), proposed to "clean" Europe by the most radical analysts. But still he was rejected. Finally, after a long negotiation. The European Armistice Agreement was signed, which caused a complete cessation of hostilities between the European countries and Elysium. However, the armistice is only a ceasefire between the military forces, rather than an agreement between governments to normalize relations. Unfortunately for England, Elysium took the occupied territory as its own under the names of Caledonia and Hibernia, the same provinces were soon uninhabited on the initiative of the native population that emigrated to the colonies of Goldcoast and Dominion of British East Africa. The new provinces were soon subjected to a strong process of colonization and militarization.

    Post-war England was a breeding ground for student-motivated communist and socialist movements. But Prime Minister Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill stood up to such developments, taking further steps to consolidate control of the country, by arresting students, protesters and anti-government groups. The militarist faction led by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and Douglas MacArthur advocated continuing the war, albeit allowing the use of colonial regiments made up of black troops led by white officers. Even so, the plan was not carried out, although they contributed well to the nuclear development of England, in the program known as Tube Alloys, which managed to create the Grapple 1 in 1945 that detonated in the Sudan desert. The explosion of Grapple 1 was followed by Genesis 1 by the Vatican in 1946 and Iberia 1 the same year and Austria's Jericho 1 in 1947 which detonated in central Australia from Rothschild.

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    Between 1936 and 1945, the Elysium Cursus Spatialis (Space Course) was "motivated by the dream of space travel". The first test subjects were dogs. Dogs were the preferred animal for the experiments because the scientists felt that dogs were well suited to enduring long periods of inactivity. To avoid becoming fond of dogs, stray dogs were chosen instead of animals used to living in a house. The first dog to reach space was Dentetis, a mongrel who died five to seven hours after the flight from stress and overheating. Dentetis would be a precursor to future space missions where the dogs would be recovered. Of 60 tests, another four dogs died on Soviet space missions: Two of them died when their rocket exploded shortly after launch or due to some technical failure, but most survived and would go on to live the lives of heroes, some even becoming pets of the Emperor.

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    After those tests, Elysium began preparations for human spaceflight, the possible candidates were qualified Air Force pilots, arguing that they would have relevant skills such as exposure to higher g-forces, apart from the fact that they had to be intelligent, comfortable in situations of high stress and physically fit. The tests consisted mostly of a daily fitness regimen and they were given classes on topics such as space rocket systems, navigation, geophysics and astronomy and up to 900 hours of flight time before even agreeing to enter the launch vehicle. Project Jupiter fulfilled the ultimate goal of putting an astronaut into orbit around the Earth and returning him safely. The lucky one was Marcus Antonius Astranus, a pilot born in Nova Macedonia. A doctor evaluated his personality as follows:

    Modest; he gets embarrassed when his mood gets a little too racy; high degree of evident intellectual development; fantastic memory; he is distinguished from his colleagues by his acute and distant sense of attention to the environment around him; a well-developed imagination; fast reactions; persevering, he thoroughly prepares for his activities and training exercises, handles celestial mechanics and mathematical formulas with ease, as well as excels in higher mathematics; does not feel limited when he has to defend his point of view if he considers himself correct; he seems like he understands life better than a lot of his friends.

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    Astranus' flight was a triumph for the Elysian space program and he became an Imperial hero as well as a world celebrity. Newspapers around the world published his biography and details of his flight, but in an interview, Astranus would say a series of words that would come true: "It's only a matter of time that just like we did leaving Italy and then Europe, the Empire colonize other planets." Plans to reach the moon began after Project Jupiter. The name of this project was Luna (Moon in Latin). The initial missions to land on the moon went hand in hand with the development of the first radio-controlled automatons, although Iberia, Scandinavia and Austria together with Russia would also be entering the world of robotics. Although he would also enter the world of the Powered exoskeleton. The first models were created with the aim of helping in the rehabilitation of paraplegics and war veterans who could not or had difficulty walking or even standing. Later in 1950, a team of researchers from the Techneum proposed an exoskeleton that would function as a powered armor for infantrymen. The design was focused on increasing the speed, strength, and endurance of soldiers in combat environments, while also being self-powered, controllable, and portable. The design was approved under the name Lorica Bellator.

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    In view of the Space Situation and the terror that would cause Elysium to develop and place weapons and military technology in outer space from lasers that disable satellites, kamikaze satellites that are launched from Earth orbit to damage targets on the ground, including nuclear launch platforms that it would practically "drop" the nuclear warheads that would fall without practically opposition on a target, be it armies, fortifications or even urban centers. The other countries formed their own space agencies and in some cases would form them in coalition such as the Holy Alliance Space Agency (HASA) or the Oslo Pact Aerospace Exploration Agency (OPAE). HASA would launch its first satellite into space in 1948 and its first man in 1953, while OPAE in 1948 too but its first man was in 1952, although the man suffered injuries that left him paralyzed from the waist down during landing.
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    Chapter 57 Caesar Titus Aurelius Fulvus 2708 AUC / 1954 AD - 2738 AUC / 1984 AD
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    The newly elected Emperor would be Titus Aurelius Fulvus. Born on a farm in Neropolis, Neronia, to a local Patrician family, Aurelius worked as a teacher at Universitas and a Senator before winning the election for the new Emperor. Aurelius's domestic policy was aimed at expanding the Elysian way of life, public broadcasting, more developed health care, aid to education and the arts, urban and rural development, and public services. In addition, he sought to create better living conditions for the Freedmen, although at the same time, he centered part of the national budget to the newly created Collegium Caelum Elysium (Elysium Space Agency) responsible for the civil space program, aeronautical research and space research, at the same time. It facilities for training various procedures necessary for space travel. Titus Aurelius Fulvus would be considered one of the fathers of Elysium space colonialism.

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    y early 2709 AUC / 1955 AD, Elysium boasted an overwhelming 40,000 Pyrobola atoms with at least twice as many ICBMs capable of carrying it and the same number of Purobola Atomos in MIRV-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles. In a stroke of genius, in 1960, the Techneum designed a space plane that could carry out a series of military missions in orbit: from a long-range reconnaissance vehicle, to a space interceptor to sabotage enemy satellites, to even an orbital bomber that would leave the planet. and would re-enter when approaching the target area to release the projectile and then flee. All with the speed of an intercontinental ballistic missile and piloted by a human pilot who could land the aircraft at the same time. The project was approved giving rise to the first Caelus Aetherium (Combat Spaceship) that would have the designation CA-01

    The interest in space exploration caused numerous entertainments: Novels, theaters, movies, series, even the first video games that caused a furor among young people. In 1960 AD, the best-selling video games were Roma Ad Astra (space combat arcade game) and Astra Exodus (Adventure Game). At the same time, versions of portable Ordinatrum (Computers) were being made that were considerably lighter than the first models created in 1930, but still needed to be plugged into an electrical source. Although the imperial government and military would have access to the UltraOrdinatrum (Supercomputer), a computer with a high level of performance compared to a general-purpose computer, it even had its own liquid cooling by means of an electronic coolant that was pumped through the supercomputer architecture. These UltraOrdinatrum would help at the time of the technological improvement of Elysium, to the point that several UltraOrdinatrum would support when the "Glacis Sepultus" project was carried out.

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    The "Glacis Sepultus" project was a secret program, which aimed to build a network of nuclear missile launch sites under the Greenland ice sheet. The ultimate goal of placing medium-range ballistic missiles under the ice was to have range to attack targets within Europe. The Glacis Sepultus project included a 52,000 square mile (130,000 km2) tunnel system, used to deploy up to 1,000 nuclear missiles. The launch complex floors would be 28 feet (8.5 m) below the surface, with missile launchers even deeper, and clusters of missile launch centers would be spaced 4 miles (6.4 km) apart. ) away. They were supposed to be changed periodically. Although the Project was secret, many Legionnaires and even logistics workers clearly saw the teams of nuclear weapons maintenance workers in the cities and facilities near the facilities. The facilities included a hospital, a general store, a theater/cinema, and a general temple. Besides the electricity supply was provided by means of a portable nuclear reactor.

    One of the main highlights of the Fulvius Era was the achievement of Project Luna in 1960, with the landing of Astronaut Astranus and two Astronauts including a woman: Appia Claudia Caela. Astranus was noted for saying upon landing: "This is one small step for Elysium, but one giant leap for Mankind." The Luna Primus exploration team carried out several operations that included sampling lunar soil that was described as "very fine" and "almost like a powder", rocks that were extracted with the help of a pickaxe, and finally planting a kit containing a flag of Elysium designed to be erected on the Moon. The Primus Luna Mission also saw the deployment of the first remote-controlled roving robots to land on an alien body. Designed to support radio-controlled human lunar missions and collect images of the lunar surface, examine ambient light levels to determine the feasibility of astronomical observations from the Moon, conduct laser ranging experiments from Earth, observe X-rays solar cells, measure local magnetic fields, and study the mechanical properties of lunar surface material. The vehicles were powered by batteries that were recharged during the lunar day by a set of solar cells mounted on the underside of the lid. During lunar nights, the lid was closed and a polonium-210 heat source kept the internal components at operating temperature.

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    The investigations succeeded in discovering the existence of water deposits scattered throughout the broken surface and, potentially, in blocks or layers of ice in depth. In 1965, the Astra Luna Colony Project was started, the formation of the first lunar base was started by using the huge number of MIRVS that the Empire possessed and its reserve of missiles. By sending and assembling pre-constructed habitat modules, the Astra Luna Primus Colony was created, which consisted of several modules that included a Command and Control Module, a lunar research laboratory, a botanical garden to obtain oxygen, an infirmary- clinic, a dining room, a warehouse and a garage for lunar terrestrial vehicles. Power for the base was provided by solar batteries and a nuclear reactor also highlight a solar panel farm a kilometer wide and long.

    Perhaps one of the greatest innovations created by Elysium would be the Litobolos (Mass Driver) which would be created by modular sections. A mass driver is an electromagnetic catapult that functions as a rocketless space launch method that would use a linear motor to accelerate and catapult payloads to high speeds. Litobolos would use coils of wire energized by electricity to make electromagnets. Sequential firing of a row of electromagnets accelerates the payload along a path. After leaving the path, the payload continues to move due to momentum. This modular Lithobolos would be used to catapult materials from the Moon to Earth using the scant lunar gravity. At the same time, mining using solar and nuclear energy would begin at the same time as water harvesting would begin and of greater importance. Helium-3. Unlike most nuclear fusion reactions, the fusion of helium-3 atoms releases large amounts of energy without the surrounding material becoming radioactive.

    Perhaps one of the greatest innovations created by Elysium would be the Litobolos (Mass Driver) which would be created by modular sections. A mass driver is an electromagnetic catapult that functions as a rocketless space launch method that would use a linear motor to accelerate and catapult payloads to high speeds. Litobolos would use coils of wire energized by electricity to make electromagnets. Sequential firing of a row of electromagnets accelerates the payload along a path. After leaving the path, the payload continues to move due to momentum. This modular Lithobolos would be used to catapult materials from the Moon to Earth using the scant lunar gravity. At the same time, mining using solar and nuclear energy would begin at the same time as water harvesting would begin and of greater importance. Helium-3. Unlike most nuclear fusion reactions, the fusion of helium-3 atoms releases large amounts of energy without the surrounding material becoming radioactive.

    On the other hand, in 1960, it was possible to implant cybernetic technology on a human body for the first time, for practical and medical purposes. The lucky one was Publius Fabius Mexicus, a military veteran who lost his legs due to an artillery barrage in Northumbria. As a result, the development of cybernetic software increased significantly, with many of its owners being soldiers who returned home seriously injured. Medical body cybernetics became more sophisticated and widespread as technology advanced, Elysium, Iberia, Scandinavia, and Japan would be at the forefront of development and research as medicine evolved. However, despite the amazing innovations in the field of medicine and how pervasive body cybernetics was becoming, it was still expensive. The first prosthetic arm had no fingers, but was a heavy coarse, which needed antibiotics to prevent rejections.

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    On the other hand, Elysium installed the Telaoria Network. This efficient satellite telecommunications system would provide global coverage in high-frequency bandwidths to handle all of the Empire's satellite communications. On the other hand, the Red Castra Astra (English: Network Sky Fortress) was installed, a series of orbital installations designed for long-term human habitation for military intelligence purposes. Each Castra Astra is capable of receiving and transmitting an incredible amount of information at any one time and, thanks to its on-board computer, processing this information at an even more impressive rate. This gives the Elysians army the most extensive information network of all civilizations at the time. As the station had a near real-time connection to the command on the ground, the Elysians could easily outmaneuver any enemy and surprise attacks against the Legion were virtually impossible at the time. Despite the original Castra's military role, it was not equipped with any kind of weapon.

    In 1960, the Maratha-Chinese War broke out, also called the First Mainland Southeast Asia War. To expand the Maratha territories, a series of processes were started where the Maratha Empire imposed through military interventions with false flag operations or supporting pro-Maratha rebellions. In the midst of these interventions, the Qing Empire was entered, which had been the object of a military modernization program that improved the military organization, doctrine, education and training of Chinese soldiers and officers within the Army, Navy and Air Force. . China was supported using weapons of European origin while the Maratha as well as Japan used Elysium-based versions. While certainly Maratha or Chinese military units were deployed, these were in support of the allies of Thailand and Cambodia. While China supported the Kingdom of Laos and Empire of Vietnam. Laos and Vietnam served Chinese interests while Thailand and Cambodia served the Maratha.

    Even so, the war would be a series of campaigns indirectly confronting the Chinese and the Marathas. Vietnam would be the target of a guerrilla warfare campaign that would pit the thirteenth and current emperor of Vietnam, of the Nguyen dynasty: Bao Dai against the rebel guerrilla leader Ho Chi Minh who had almost control in the south with his capital in Saigon. In Laos, the pro-Maratha prince Souvanna Phouma clashed with his pro-Chinese half-brother, Prince Souphanouvong. Both wars would be quite a brutal confrontation where chemical and biological warfare and even widespread genocide were used to achieve victory. Souphanouvong would be nicknamed the Red Prince for the alleged blood spilled by his troops, though loyalists say it's because of the color identifiers. On the other hand, to ensure victory in their proxy war, China and the Maratha would even compete in the space race.
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    Even China caused the disaster at the Satish Dhawan Space Center when the space shuttle Chandrayaan-1 was destroyed by a Chinese saboteur who was captured by special Maratha teams who took him to the facility known as Naraka. The Maratha would respond by financing the Xinjiang Uyghurs who had long suffered from abuses by the imperial government, to the point that they were suspected of implementing a possible Final Solution similar to the one exerted on the Dzungar tribe in 1755–1758. Soon the Empire would begin to suffer armed uprisings with Maratha weapons, even the word Jihad would begin to be used among the combatants, the fiercest would be the Mujahideen: Groups of guerrilla fighters who would use religion and Jihad as a spiritual guide and motivation. The fiercest would be groups that would go into combat singing funeral songs and wearing enemy blood-stained clothing, which would give an almost Dantesque image that, combined with their brutality, would cause amazing effects.

    One of the most outstanding military movements would be the annexation of the Maratha Empire of the Kingdom of Nepal when China would try to annex the country in the same way that it did with Tibet, but the government requested help from India while the Gurkha military units kept at bay to the pro-Chinese supporters who tried to seize power. The Failure in the Nepali Intervention caused China to begin to develop a feeling of republicanism that began to have fame among the younger military circles. On the other hand Japan would continue a policy of annexation in Southeast Asia, which unlike China, was shared with the Maratha Empire who assumed control of Sumatra. Unfortunately for the Maratha, the Ottoman Socialist Republic would have managed to annex the Imperial State of Persia in its Socialist Union, which saw the emergence of a new Socialist Republic.

    In 1960, at the same time, Iberia built the "Tunel del Estrecho", a modern tunnel under the Strait of Gibraltar. Iberia first proposed a modern tunnel under the Strait of Gibraltar in 1930. A major problem arose when contract engineers discovered that the material under the Strait was extremely hard rock, making tunneling impossible with available technology. The depth of the strait extends to 900 meters (3,000 ft) on the shortest route, although it is only about 300 meters deep a little further west, in a region known as the Alféizar de Camarinal; the European and African tectonic plates meet around this area. Finally, a shorter route was chosen, between west of Tarifa and east of Tangier of about 40 kilometers (25 miles) in total. This tunnel would handle automotive and rail traffic and would be 900 meters (3,000 feet) below sea level. This tunnel would serve as a starting point for other megaprojects.
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    On the other hand, in Japan, the construction of the Megablocks would begin, a plan devised by Elysium engineers with the objective of using space and vertical construction. Each Megablock is an arcology with the objective of granting houses. The Megablocks individually contain shopping centers, parks, food courts and other amenities that residents may need, later tunnels, pedestrian bridges and monorails were included that allowed them to go from one point of the city to another without even going outside. This use made Japan begin to experiment with vertical farming systems that allowed greater agricultural growth. Soon, the system would be copied in the Maratha Empire, Elysium, China, England, Scandinavia, and the rest of the world. On the other hand, Japan would stand out for beginning the development of the first ground vehicles, vertical take-off, hover and navigate using jet propulsion as well as the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). This vehicles gonna have the name of Aerodyne Vehicle commonly abbreviated as AV.

    Unfortunately for some, Elysium would have developed in 1965 the Pyrobolum Atoma Martius Magnus Ultor (Great Avenger), a hydrogen bomb with an explosive capacity of 58 megatons of TNT (240 PJ). The nuclear test was carried out in an area called Ikahuak, the fireball had a size of 113.31 km2 (43.75 mi2), a shock wave of 893.65 km2 (345.04 mi2) and a heat distance of 8289.25 km2 (3200.49 mi2). The effects were so brutal that Russia and Scandinavia along with other powers were alerted by activating their reserves of nuclear missiles while using spy planes and satellites to discover the reason. The explosion is one of the cleanest in the history of atmospheric nuclear tests per unit of power, since more than 97% of the explosion power was provided by a thermonuclear fusion reaction, which generates practically no radioactive contamination, although in itself provided a large amount of radioactive fallout; however, Martius Magnus Ultor was actually relatively clean.
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    By 1970, the Chinese Civil War would break out. That would face the forces loyal to the Imperial Qing government and the Xuantong Emperor, separatist factions throughout China and especially the recently created Republic of China led by commanders Chang Hsueh-liang and Sun Li-jen. As the riots spiraled out of control and the government faced unrest in Pekin, several Imperial Army commanders staged a coup on July 11, 1970. However, the Republicans faced opposition within the army, mainly Manchu-origin military units. and close to territories that had shown Imperial favor. The situation worsened when many soldiers returned home not only to find their villages being ravaged by fighting between republicans and imperialists, while control of the country was divided between former military cliques in the more "frontier" areas.

    Among these movements would be the Turkic Islamic Republic of East Turkestan in the Xinjiang Uyghur region. The Chinese People Republic based in Yan'an. China would become a state consumed by war and India and Japan would watch with avidity to the point that they would use the excuse of "Peacekeeping Interventions" to test military equipment. All with support from Elysium who would use it to test their new weapons systems. One of the most notable facts was the massive increase in slavery and its sale. The armies of these warlords used to rape or take many women into sexual slavery and to obtain financing, be it monetary or equipment, sell them in the so-called International Ports that were under the occupation of Japan and elements of its army.

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    In the middle of that situation, Elysium Special Forces began in support with Japanese units deploying prototype exoskeletons to the field to assist with long range foot patrols and combat engineering duties. While they were successful, no attempt was made to significantly armor them for combat roles, at that moment. Reports of Legionaries using exoskeletons to fire heavy machine guns from the hip began to influence the image of these exoskeletons and his support for the project in process. In 1973, during the Battle of Qingdao, the Centurias Legionary deployed to aid Japanese army units to defend one choke point. After losing one of their combat engineers, one soldier fitted himself with his exoskeleton and armored himself with an EOD suit, wielding a Polybolum to provide suppressing fire from several buildings. The incident was reported to the Bellum Ministorium, where it gained a popular following among several ranking officers. By 1990, the first Elysium-made Exoskeleton was deployed in some units. Apart deployed for help in the building of structures in the Moon.

    At the same time, the installation of new railway transports that worked by using a large number of magnets for support and propulsion based on magnetic levitation began. This method has the advantage of being faster, quieter and smoother than conventional wheeled public transport systems. At the same time it has the potential to exceed 6,440 km/h (4,000 mph) if done in a vacuum tunnel. When a vacuum tunnel is not used, the energy consumption required for levitation does not usually represent a large part of the total, since most of the energy consumption is used to overcome air resistance, as with any other train Of high speed. This Magnetic System stood out because its motors do not need physical contact between the vehicle and the track. One drawback is the very high cost of the necessary infrastructure for the road and the electrical system, and another no less relevant is the high energy consumption.

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    By 1980, the firm vision of extending the empire to the stars led to the creation of Selenepolis. Building a lunar launch pad using an electromagnetic catapult to propel the vehicles back to Earth would mean that the cost of each return trip would be essentially nothing. With costs reduced to a fraction of their previous size, the number of annual expeditions to the Moon increased. Unlike previous designs, the new models did not require disposable fuel tanks or rockets. They were a completely self-reliant ship and would cost only as much as fuel and repairs to launch. Although at the current level of technology on Elysium this was impossible, it was done thanks to a refueling satellite placed on the Earth-Moon A3 Punctum Agravitas (OTL L4 Lagrangian Point). The ship would simply dock with the station, refuel, and then be propelled electromagnetically by the station in the direction of the Moon. This method allowed easy transportation to outer space, giving a huge population boost to the thriving colony that by 1980, would have a population of 5,000.
     
    Chapter 58 Caesar Gaius Antonius Avitus Britannicus 2738 AUC / 1984 AD - 2764 AUC / 2010 AD

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    For the Decade of the 80s, Elysium stood out for the Megapolis, metropolitan areas formed by conurbations of large cities whose populations exceed 10 million inhabitants. These Megapolis were notable for being the first on Elysium to be fitted with an experimental multi-layer laser-based air and missile defense system designed to destroy missiles, artillery shells and mortar shells at a maximum height of 7 kilometers. This Experimental System called "Quirinus" uses an advanced high-power fiber optic laser, cheaper and less harmful to the environment than a chemical laser, to intercept and destroy targets in flight within 4 to 5 seconds of being "fired" , once the threat has been registered by detection and surveillance systems, and monitored by systems located at key points. It is intended to intercept threats at heights of up to 10 kilometers. Target interception and destruction occur once two simultaneously fired condensed laser beams contact the target at once. The system engages the target by means of a thermal sensor and destroys it in one of two ways: either by activating the explosive of the intercepted device itself (in the case of missiles and projectiles) —result of the intense heat concentrated at this point—, causing its explosion , or by destroying elements of the target that neutralize it (especially in the case of aircraft, particularly drones). The system would offer two versions: a static one, deployed at strategic points and a mobile one, installed on armored combat vehicles. The main Megapolises were.

    • Megapolis Imperial : Union between Augusta Elysium and Mons Regius
    • Megapolis Ferrum: Lower Irocois Peninsula to Civis Chicagou and Nova Toletum Emerita.
    • Megapolis Atlanticus Superior: Union between Septimia Severus to Civis Mohawk.
    • Megapolis Hispania: All lower peninsula of Hispania Maritimae.
    • Megapolis Neronia: Union between Castrum Dentatus, Neropolis and Colonia Taurica Maritimae.
    • Megapolis Arapaho: Union of Civis Cheienne to Colonia Hohokamus.
    • Megapolis California: Junction between Cives Cosoy to Aureum Ostium including Faventia.
    • Megapolis Pacifica: Union between Diocletianopolis and Colonia Silva Acernus.
    • Megapolis Mexico: Formed around Civis Aztecus and surrounding cities.
    • Megapolis Nova Carthago: Built around Nova Carthago and the Lacus Carthago.
    • Megapolis Sarmatiae: Built around Polis Sarmatiae and the coastline.
    • Megapolis Inca: Built around Incapolis
    • Megapolis Argentius: Built around Civis Argentius and the Rio Argentius.

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    The decade was a time of great prosperity on Elysium, largely due to the unexpected explosion of the technology industries that produced Informaticum Nexus commonly called InfoNex (OTL:Internet). Economies experienced a period of economic expansion. At the same time, personal income doubled compared to other years, and there was higher productivity in general. Individual ownership of personal computers increased from 35% to 70% at the same time that they became more accessible with even greater capabilities. At the same time, the creation of a novel transport system began. This system is commonly called MagLev (Magnetica Leviticus). The MagLev System allows the train to travel along a guide of magnets that control the stability and speed of the train. The magnet guide consists of two sets of magnets: one to repel and push the train off the track, and another set to move the elevated train forward, taking advantage of the lack of friction. Two types of intercity systems were made. A high speed system (more than 400 kilometers per hour (250 mph)) and another of low speed urban systems (80 kilometers per hour (50 mph) to 200 kilometers per hour (120 mph). Thanks to the immense amount of energy production centers (hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants and wind-solar farms) could afford the high energy consumption On the other hand, in the field of medicine it was possible to clone a living being for the first time, a dog called "Primus " of Cane Corso breed.

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    The cell used as a donor for the cloning of Primus was taken from a mammary gland, and the production of a healthy clone therefore demonstrated that a cell taken from a specific part of the body could recreate an individual During the process, three "mothers" were needed: one provided the ovule, another the DNA, and a third carried the cloned embryo to term. She was created using the somatic cell nuclear transfer technique, where the cell nucleus of an adult cell is transferred into an unfertilized oocyte (developing egg) that has had its cell nucleus removed. The hybrid cell is stimulated to divide by an electrical discharge, and when it becomes a blastocyst it implants itself into a surrogate mother. The success gained a lot of attention in the media and more tests were produced. With such an achievement, it was hoped to combat the extinction of certain animals.

    At the same time that cloning was taking its first steps as a crawling baby would, so would genetic modification, which had been applied for millennia in matters such as the development of agriculture and the selective breeding of farm animals, even in human slavery. All with the aim of satisfying human needs, whether it be a greater number of crops, larger animals that provide more fur, meat, even have greater resistance and strength. Therefore, Maratha and Japanese scientists in collaboration with Elysium ended up investigating the use of genetically modified crops that allowed genes to be added or deleted using genetic engineering techniques. The main modification in crops added resistance to herbicides, insects. The main hope of these genetic modifications was increased yield, decreased use of land, less use of fertilizers and reduced use of farm machinery. On the other hand, one of the main modified crops would be Tobacco together with the Coca plant.

    On the other hand, the companies or Collegiums were regulated by the government through a national standard for the property of the Collegium. Each Collegium had to declare the value of its capital and from there the market forces established an effective price for the guild. This total price could be subdivided into proportional parts representing partial ownership in the guild: Partes (commercial shares). As a result of this, the Forum Pars (Stock Exchange) were founded, an efficient way of regulating property while establishing a forum for the exchange of shares. The main Forum Pars were Forum Pars Elysium, Forum Pars Lenape, Forum Pars Cheienne, Forum Pars California, Forum Pars Aztecus, Forum Pars Inca, and Forum Pars Argentium. Japan, the Maratha and various states were quick to copy this economic system as an efficient way of regulating property.

    The Emperor of Elysium as of 2738 AUC (1984 AD) was Gaius Antonius Avitus. Avitus would stand out as the son of a successful businessman who spent his first ten years of life in the province of Hibernia that made his company listed in the Lenape Forum Pars. His childhood was always marked in a mixed environment between the military: given the geographical position of Hibernia and the more than constant presence of a minimum of ten Legions in the Emerald Isle. And the aristocratic: given Ireland's popularity as a tabula rasa for business and farming that was enhanced by the vast majority of his friends being sons of prominent local or provincial political figures. He studied at the Universitas de Glasgow before being sent to the Bellica Academy. In the time between college and Bellica Academy, he worked at the 40,000-acre "Villa" on the outskirts of Dublin, owned by his future father-in-law. At the age of 21, he married Appia Flavia Corvina, daughter of a Senate.

    Throughout his life he held the titles of Governor of Hibernia, Caledonia and Hispania Maritimae. Until at the age of 42 he managed to be elected as the new emperor after the death of the previous one. One of the new measures that Avitus imposed was greater action training in the legal security forces. This led to the formation of the Vigiles Inmunes. The Vigiles Inmunes were simply Vigiles (policemen) with more specialized roles. The Vigiles Immune roles were:

    • Vigiles Inmunes Infans: personnel specialized in working with minor offenders.
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    • Vigiles Inmunes Canis: Personnel specialized in working with dogs.
    • Vigiles Inmunes Equites: Personnel specialized in horse patrol and crowd control.
    • Vigiles Inmunes Limitanei: Personnel specialized in border control at airports and ports.
    • Vigiles Inmunes Caelus: Personnel specialized in using aircraft for traffic control, ground support, search and rescue, high-speed car chases, observation, air patrol, and control of large-scale public events and / or public order incidents.
    • Vigiles Inmunes Pyrabolum: Personnel specialized in the elimination of chemical, biological, incendiary, radiological ("dirty bombs") and nuclear bombs and explosive devices.
    • Vigiles Immune Comitatenses: Personnel specialized in using military equipment, uniforms and training to serve as a militarized force of rapid reaction and rapid insertion available and serve in operations against organized crime and the fight against terrorism.
    • Vigiles Inmunes Latrones: Personnel specialized in the fight against organized crime.
    • Vigiles Inmunes Cybernetica : Personnel specialized in the fight to stop cybercrime.

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    In 1989, the Dartmoor Ministry of Supply facility under the code name "Baskerville" developed several designer pests, targeting coca, opium and narcotic plants. In an operation under the code name HOUND, they released the virus and in a short time the Coca plant was almost wiped off the face of the earth. Given the victory within their reach, the British government confirmed its responsibility for the release of the virus. Such an act almost ensures the complete destruction of the companies dedicated to drug cultivation. In retaliation for the near eradication of narcotics crops, groups of Bucellari (Mercenaries) financed by Elysian businessmen began a campaign against the English. To the point that an explosion almost destroyed London Bridge. The effect of the campaign was devastating. This series of events starts a domino effect that spreads throughout the world. Within days, the entire world is plunged into crisis as the virus hits India and China.

    In the territories of South Cassiopeia, the economy is reeling and almost collapsing. But the development of genetically modified drugs allows for a rebound, the new drugs had longer lasting effects, less damaging, more adaptable even higher production. Like Hydra, the Elysians struck back like a kick in the scrotum to the English, but like any blow, the English demanded the arrest of the majority of pharmaceutical entrepreneurs of Elysian origin on English soil. This led to a black legend that Elysium businessmen are actually "drug lords" who legally sell medicine but behind the scenes supply drugs to crime families. Motivated by this, the government gave the green light for police SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) units to break into the main regional offices and homes of companies or entrepreneurs of Elysium origin who work in the pharmaceutical sector.

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    The arrest of the Elysium businessmen soon came with the attack on the companies by English citizens who went so far as to attack the workers, whether English or Elysium, to the point that several workers ended up being killed after serious injuries that included group beatings and stabbings. Such aggressions did nothing but anger an Elysium that demanded the release of its citizens and the arrest of those responsible for the violence. The English government refused and that provoked a response in the form of a declaration of war. With twenty Legions (124,000) in the British Isles, Elysium began the invasion of England in 1990. The Elysiums had a clear military and technological advantage. Cybernetics had become a reality, and advances in cyber technology are widely accepted. Aerial vehicles called Aerodynes allowed for superior deployment capabilities. The British Armed Forces had unprecedented support on English soil although the rest of Europe abandoned them due to the secondary effects of the HOUND virus against his own crops.

    In the first few weeks, the Aerodynes proved much more effective in this war as well, their superior maneuverability, armor, and stability, allowing them far more access to the battlefield than helicopters. Cybernetics allowed soldiers to stay in the fight longer and even acquire more speed, physical strength or monitoring systems from headquarters. The first motorized armours, huge units reminiscent of faster, more heavily armored EOD suits, were first deployed here. England, due to the situation, deployed the Penal Corps for the first time, with entire prison populations being selected for military service in exchange for reduced sentences. Penal troops must fight alongside standard military units, which makes many in the military nervous. Armed and convicted murderers, rapists and other violent criminals who are sent to war and have the whole world looking on with suspicion. Enlistment standards were drastically lowered, making the whole situation more tense by the minute.

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    By 1992, England was fighting a desperate battle against the Legions. The main English commander was General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., a Colonial-born Commander who possessed a reputation as a commander who preferred to lead from the front, even willing to risk his own life for his subordinates. His leadership style emphasized preparation, discipline, and rigorous training. The situation, however, was brutal and the Elysium advance faced air attacks throughout the English soil due to the Air Bases in Hibernia or the Isle of Man that was taken in the first weeks of combat. The English Penal battalions soon proved to be a serious mistake because in the worst battles, the penal soldiers ended up facing and killing enemies, allies and civilians alike while raiding and looting the surroundings. Reports of the atrocities committed by the rogue prisoners were so horrific that they were ordered executed. Around 600,000 prisoners were used in the most brutal combat as either cannon fodder or expendable troops.

    The Welsh Front was described as a guerrilla war where the Imperial forces fought against a force of irregular enemies who rarely stood and fought, and who blended into the surrounding civilian population and mountains like ghosts. The use of AV variant gunships armed with heavy weaponry ranging from Heavy Machine Guns to rocket launchers with heat-seeking, anti-tank, cluster missiles and more provided an advantage against Welsh guerrillas. Scandinavia, under the Oslo Pact treaty, provided military support to England but the deployment of Castra Navis (Sea forts) that were capable of serving as anti-ship and anti-aircraft platforms, was a strong impediment. To survive in this increasingly deadly air defense zone, Scandinavia had to adopt newer, more specialized tactics. approach targets at higher altitudes (to avoid anti-aircraft fire) and become prey for SAMs, or fly lower to avoid missiles and become the target of anti-aircraft batteries.

    The English Royal Family was evacuated from London, after the bombing of London where London bridges were destroyed with cruise missiles, unfortunately the Prince of Wales, Charles was killed when the royal transport codenamed "Prydwen" was the object of an air attack that ended the life of the Prince who ended up sinking in the waters of the Canal. The news of Charles's death only escalated the war to the point that Elysium prisoners were executed and exposed as an example of the fate of any invader. Unfortunately, the invasion of Cornwall and the near conquest of Wales in 1993 was a brutal blow that began to abandon the islands. The sight of abandoned trucks and tanks in landing zones became common and even more so when these same vehicles were used by partisan groups who would continue the fight. England ended up being abandoned by the royal family and in El Cairo, Queen Elizabeth II ended up dying of her own disgust at losing her homeland.

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    The new king of England was eleven-year-old William, Duke of Cambridge, but the royal regent was his grandfather Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who would rule until he came of age. Although most countries considered the British Isles lost, that did not prevent military units from ending up not reporting to the high command and becoming a kind of military alliance of groups made up of militias and military units that refused to withdraw. Mainly in the South East, Midlands and London regions, they were plagued by riots that quickly became much more violent as they organized and waged a brutal urban guerrilla war against the Elysiums, resulting in gun battles that consumed the streets, buildings and city blocks of Greater London, due to the proximity of these guerrilla groups and the supplies left behind by the retreating British army, they were able to mount a more effective guerrilla war than any other British force in other parts of the country.

    By 1995, the City of London had been subjected to years of bombing that had left no structures standing, and most of the civilian population had fled by boat. Still, the rebels held the city through guerrilla warfare and spending most of their time in heavily fortified fortifications. The Elysium troops were responsible for a series of human rights abuses and crimes against humanity ranging from the suppression of basic freedoms to acts of genocide. During the conflict, many units rounded up rebels in concentration camps to hold them prisoner or use as slave labor. The worst situation was the Christian clergy where around 5,000 clergymen were crucified on the banks of the Temesis River. The province of Britannia was created but due to the unstable situation, it became necessary to maintain a minimum number of ten Legions to secure the region.

    In the early 90s, Japan would end up surprising the world with the Ultra Gerulius Caeli (supercarrier) "Hiryu". The Aircraft Carrier was a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that had five take-off and landing runways. This new aircraft carrier soon set a new standard in the military by providing an aircraft carrier that is capable of serving as naval mobile air bases. In China, Japan would end up intervening and occupying North China including Mongolia in 1990. The occupation of Manchuria and Mongolia came with the establishment of the Autonomous Governments of Manchukuo and Mengjiang. Both Autonomous Governments were in themselves, vassals of the Empire of Japan and as such the main purpose of their armies was to support any possible Japanese operation in their area of operations, and to act as a local security force, with the local police forces. In general, the new territories experienced rapid economic growth and progress in their social systems. The Zaibatsu took it upon themselves to build or rebuild the railway system making it efficient and impressive, while most of the Zaibatsu owned large stakes in many industrial projects throughout the region. Most puppet governments featured a very heavily state-led economy to achieve their goal of vastly increasing industrial production.

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    On the other hand, Japan would surprise the world by inventing the first fusion-powered rocket capable of providing efficient and sustained acceleration in space without the need to carry a large supply of fuel. Using Helium-3 as fuel, Japan soon managed to reach the orbit of Mars and Mercury in two separate missions. The colonization of the Moon soon saw Selenepolis being transformed into a huge complex where the only exposed parts were launch and landing facilities and the Litobolos "Selene". But below, stretched a vast underground network of tunnel networks connecting artificial subterranean biospheres. In a completely unexpected political move, the Elysian government declared that while the security and administration of Selenepolis would be handled by the Elysian forces, any nation would be able to land on the colony and use it for any civilian task. But the colonization of the moon saw cave-cities dug under the frozen deserts of Moon. The lunar underworld quickly became populated with tunnels and caverns. Where once there was only darkness, now light shone from either tunnels with MagLev trains or pedestrians. The miners dug deep and their tools glowed white-hot but as in the age of exploration and sails, space piracy soon emerged in the form of ships with weapon systems in the form of torpedoes/missiles: self-propelled guided weapon systems compatible with a series of of warheads, later the Ballista electrika (Railgun Artillery) were issued: Mass drivers designed for military purposes and capable of accelerating tungsten slugs to high speeds. Often a Railgun projectile will pass cleanly through its target, dealing deadly damage depending on the area affected given its piercing power. Later there are the Punctual Defense Systems or PDS in the form of adjustable cannons with rapid firing and high precision given their range that goes from one kilometer to five hundred meters, capable of acting as a CIWS system.

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    The development of weapons as a result of the so-called "Space Front" caused the development of the first Coclius electrika nicknamed "electroclius" (OTL: Gauss Rifle), the Coclius electrika used a capacitor charging system capable of accelerating any acceptable ferromagnetic projectile. Soon the effectiveness of such weapons led to the investigation of automatic models, although due to the cost, it was decided to equip them only for space warfare. In the year 2000, the greatest space traffic ever seen would begin. Fleets from the Russian Empire, the newly named Indian Empire that in view of a plan to implement Indian nationalism in the Maratha Empire had changed its name, Scandinavia and Iberia even Austrians. Each nation had a dream, a particular vision of a perfect world, an ideal to which all its citizens aspired. Each one fought to achieve that ideal in the territories of the Solar System. The proud settlers of mighty Japan set foot on the soil of Mars, and painstakingly began to build Akagishi (Red Future City). The committed Indian settlers would excavate their cities in underground domes beneath the burning sands of Mercury's deserts. Mercury's subsoil would quickly become populated while the Indian overpopulation that threatened the subcontinent was combated by a space diaspora.

    Hundreds of methods would be investigated and put into practice to survive and colonize abroad. In the midst of these processes a new stage of body modifications would begin. Body cybernetics would include a new class that would be focused on improving human anatomy and physiology rather than connecting it to electronics or mechanics. From skin tissue that has damage resistance similar to light armor (think Kevlar) to bioengineered (all-organic) antibodies, designed to be more efficient than natural antibodies intended to increase resistance to disease, at the same time as vat-grown organic muscle that could, in a matter of a few days or weeks, make a person have the physical strength of a bodybuilder. Cybernetic technology did not stop there, for at the same time, space exploration helped speed up the miniaturization process. Reinforced spines and joints were first designed for workers, grafted upper airway air filters for those working in hazardous environments.

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    In Russia, in the early 2000s, the Russian Civil War would break out after a long period of political turmoil that degenerated into conflict. In this period of turmoil, Istanbul began funding and training various dissident groups in Russia, creating a campaign of terrorism that fueled public animosity toward Russian political institutions and deepened divisions within the military. The Tsar of Russia at that time was Nikolai Alekséyevich Romanov, son of Alexios II of Russia. Soon, the disturbances increased to the point that in the Caucasus region and the South Urals they declared a rebellion that made it necessary to mobilize several Guards Infantry Division. In the midst of the rebellions, Kazakhstan, a large oil-producing region, was affected. Due to the need to recover the vast oil fields, military trials and punishments were authorized against the rebels, which led to a swift and savage campaign of repression. The harsh repression brought about by Ottoman Agents managed to assist by giving military training and equipment to the rebel regions. Ottoman weapons and training in rebel hands allowed for the use of guerrilla warfare involving a massive counterattack that brought down a Russian military division. Because of this, the Russian STAVKA authorized a heavy bombing campaign that weakened supply routes, while destroying roads, bridges and electrical infrastructure. While few civilians were killed in these attacks, the psychological impact was powerful. The war saw the deployment of troops used with cybernetics, including the use of combat drugs that caused massacres, but on October 12, 2003, the Tsar and his family, except for his son Theodore Nikolayevich Romanov, were the object of a terrorist attack that saw the Imperial Russian Air Transport, being shot down when an explosive in the cargo compartment detonated causing the plane to crash a short distance from Moscow, the only survivor was Theodore Nikolayevich Romanov who was injured and paraplegic.

    The new Tsar was soon subjected to a hatred of Muslim minorities when a Caucasic rebel cell claimed responsibility for the attack. Soon, waves of anti-Muslim radicalism spread to the point that faith and nationalism motivated the troops and the rebel territories were not only retaken. Russia entered the conflict as a fractured and fragile Imperial Monarchy and re-emerged as a strongly religious imperialist state.
     
    Chapter 59 Caesar Marcus Porcius Aquilinus 2764 AUC / 2010 AD - 2785 AUC / 2031 AD
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    Imperator Augustus Caesar Marcus Porcius Aquilinus
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    The annexation of the British Isles, was the propulsion for restorationist nationalist politicians while a greater number of supporters who advocated restoring the Empire. The Elysium Empire even began to use the propaganda industry with the battle. They used terms like "Fronts", "Campaigns" and "Advancements", to motivate the workers to work harder than ever and calling them "Civilian Legionnaires". Posters and flyers were used to promote and publicize militarism. One of the biggest supporters of this was Appalachian-born politician Marcus Porcius Aquilinus who introduced bold new political and economic initiatives. Aquilinius would stand out for giving a speech in the rebuilt but heavily militarized Londinium due to the political instability of the situation due to the presence of rebel groups such as Her Majesty's Most Loyal Resistance (abbreviated HMMLR) who used effective deception and concealment tactics and carried out terrorist attacks. Although Marcus Porcius Aquilinus would win the love of the Elysium people, he would also win the hatred of the British Empire that had been exiled to Africa. The British Empire in Africa would see an increase in the development of the country at the levels of infrastructure, industry, technology and individual wealth, although it would also see an increase in crime by depriving native populations of good land to build all kinds of buildings, whether industrial to residential that would later be occupied by people of European descent. In Egypt, the situation would see a situation that would end up leading to disturbances, requiring the deployment of the army to quell the revolts. Such a situation would be mainly motivated by the lack of understanding between the British and Egyptian populations and even the elimination of Egyptian as an administrative language being replaced by English.

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    Unfortunately, an event would shake Europe. The Australian War of Independence. Since the Austrian-Iberian War that saw the Iberian invasion of Australia, the nation had been embarked on a military buildup that increased every decade. By 2010 AD, the Australian Army was among the best fighting units in the world and was considered a powerful and professional army. Unfortunately in 2011, the Austrian government uncovered a scandal that involved the Rothschild family to the point that the Rothschilds had to leave Austria. The Governor of Australia, Solomon Eugène Von Rothschild refused to give in on the grounds that "Australia was built by the Rothschilds and the Jews". The argument had a lasting effect on the tight-knit Australian community to the point that the military in Australia was divided between officers of Austrian and Australian origin. Within days, Australian mobile rapid reaction units took control of the country while the Austrians fled to New Zealand. Over several months, Australia saw a transformation that was likened to a snake changing its skin. Austrian flags were burned at the same time as Jewish flags were made. Apart from that Australia was one of the first nations to allow women to enlist in the army, serving in combat units. The Battle of Tasmania would be its baptism of fire when 1,000 Australian soldiers landed in Tasmania and seized the joint air-naval military base. The battle at the same time demonstrated to the Austrian command the sophistication, organization and modern weapons of Australia, and the quality of the training. Due to the situation of chaos that was developing, the Vatican decided to intervene by giving the speech "The Union of Christianity against the Pagans and Infidels", such a speech would only make the Holy Alliance unify in the Holy Empire of Europe.

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    This Holy Empire meant the unification of Iberia, Pontificate and Austria together with England, in an elective monarchical confederation where the sovereign would rule from Rome in clear similarity to Christian Rome. Such an event would end up developing a feeling of friction with Elysium. The unification of Iberia, the Vatican, Austria and England led to the formation of the European Space Agency. ESA took almost two years to organize itself as a space agency that brought together four countries that had their own agencies. Due to unification, ESA obtained the Mass Driver Kilimanjaro, built on the same mountain. Using this, ESA quickly rose to prominence with almost weekly launches when they began construction of a toroidal space station called Eden in 2015. At the same time, the Holy European Empire poured billions of dollars of R&D into robotics building their First Automated General Infantry Units. (A.G.I.U. pronounced AGI-U). AGIUs stand out as the first functional humanoid robots. These early androids were slow and physically similar to skeletons that lacked the strength to carry anything other than their primary weapon, commonly a submachine gun or assault rifle and a box of ammunition. They had limited combat effectiveness and were easily defeated by armored infantry. The Sahara would be the first territory to deploy large robotic infantry units, mainly to guard the inhospitable territory. Shortly thereafter, Elysium began ramping up production of its own robotic units after 2019, and had 100,000 in the field by 2020. Unlike their European counterparts, these units were intended not only to police territory, but also to augment supporting the average soldier. Some versions might be able to operate vehicles, though not to the degree of humans. Elysium acquired the first neural imprinting technology to quickly update android infantry with the combat experience of humans and other android units, while machine learning systems allowed them to adapt and improve their combat effectiveness. Like most androids of this era, its durability was limited in order to keep costs low and prioritize versatility.

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    At the same time, in 2020 the Lorica Bellator Mark I was deployed, which had been 70 years in the making and design. The Bellator Mark I encompassed more than just armor, but a pioneering effort aimed at breaking down technological barriers. The Bellator served as a sealed system, capable of time-limited extravehicular activity or operations in a toxic atmosphere as well as being hardened against EMP and radiation. At the same time, the first Neural Interfaces were designed, to be implanted at the base of the skull through sophisticated surgery that allowed the Lorica Bellator to be used more effectively. These Neural Interfaces were not long in reaching the civilian sector. Neural Interfaces in general opened a new sector for people to acquire skills that previously only physical effort or long and expensive treatments allowed. These abilities included military variants such as: combat muscle memory; that allows a person to be gifted in martial arts or in fighting in general that his muscles seem to have memorized the movements even without ever having fought, Military Grade Neurachemy; which means enhanced reflexes, Regeneration; an implant that enhances the body's own natural regenerative functions, being able to heal bullet holes and stab wounds, however it is ineffective in treating major trauma, Leadership; a uniquely coded military grade implant. Specifically designed for soldiers to follow orders from their officers and friendly fire incidents can never occur. While the civil models included cybernetic enhancements that allow interaction with any technology or system in the immediate environment or codified seduction through bioengineering that allows the deployment of pheromones in saliva, sweat and clitoris reaching the point of attracting men and women to sleep with the bearer. This modification was popular in prostitution.

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    Another model of cybernetic implant was a mini computer that is installed in a person's eye, which allows a person to connect with their electronic devices, make and receive calls, make or send videos, etc. In 2020, at the same time, Alexandria-based Hilton Hotels Corporation reached the surface of the asteroid Ceres, the largest known asteroid and the only dwarf planet in the inner Solar System. Then began the construction of what became known as the Palace of Demeter at a high material, financial and human cost, because in 2023, there was an attempt to seize the space station by a group of space pirates, but it failed thanks to the intervention of the mercenary paramilitary group Albion - Security Operations Group, which acted as head of the security services of the Palace of Demeter. The fact that a private company managed to colonize a space body, caused the synonym Space Colonialism to begin to emerge and dozens of commercial companies had the objective of colonizing space. Venus began to be colonized by Europe in 2025 at the same time as the foundations of a network of high-atmosphere floating cloud cities were unfolding on Venus due to a cooperation between the ten largest corporations of the Holy European Empire. At the same time, Scandinavia and Russia were not far behind. Scandinavia planted its flag on Jupiter's moons: Europa, Ganymede, Callisto along with other moons. While Scandinavia did the same in the eighty-three moons of Saturn. The space race at the same time was accompanied by new classes of space ships, where before there were ships that seemed like space equivalents to Improvised fighting vehicles, now they were authentic warships. From the Russian Ivan-class Grozny Battleship to the Elysium Africanus-class Super-Dreadnought, including the Japanese Yamato-class Carrier and the European Crusader-class Dreadnought and the Indian Rajput-class Fast battleship.


    1. A couple of days ago I saw Dune 1984 and the new one and personally, I felt a certain pleasure because the old one followed the books in a certain quality while the new one gave a certain logic to the military scenes. The Atreides armor, for example, seemed to me to be a good model of Lorica Bellator, unlike the typical Power Armors that almost looked like armored gorillas.

    2. With the technological advances that are being developed, it is not surprising that in the end a biological-cybernetic interface is developed that ends up interacting with the brain or the body itself.​
     
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    Chapter 60 Caesar Marcus Porcius Aquilinus Minor 2785 AUC / 2031 AD - 2825 AUC / 2071 AD
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    Imperator Augustus Caesar Marcus Porcius Aquilinus Minor
    By early 2030, the Classis Imperialis (Elysium Imperial Navy) was composed of Five Grecis (High Fleets). Each Grecis equipped with eight Aircraft Carriers making a total of forty Aircraft Carriers at the service of the Imperial Classis, the Grecis were divided into Atlanticus Borealis, Europa Borealis, Atlanticus Antarticus, Pacificus Borealis and Pacificus Antarticus: North Atlantic, Northern Europe, South Atlantic, North Pacific and South Pacific, respectively. In terms of naval power projection, Elysium held the top spot, followed by Europe, Japan, Scandinavia, India, China, and Russia. Elysium was in competition with Europe who fought in all spheres: economic, military, technological and diplomatic. Still, while Elysium lacked close enemies on its continent, Europe saw increased hostilities with the Ottoman Socialist Federal Republics, which experienced increased militarization while presenting a greater image of danger to Europe. For reasons such as the proximity of Elysium to Europe and the O.S.F.R., Europe had one of the largest armies in the world, which had the best equipment, training, and vehicles possible, including their own models of Lorica Bellator which were called Powered Exoskeletons, the first model It was called "Crusader", which had strong inspiration from Bellator. The first deployments of the Crusaders were ironically in the territories of British Arabia, which saw a strong focus of religious-social insurrection. While the communist leaders of Istanbul supplied weapons to groups in British Arabia. In the Balkans, the Austrian Empire began a campaign of religious-social agitation to start a process of rebellions that would allow an advance that would culminate in the restoration of the ancient Christian kingdoms of Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and others. The Austrians supplied the Hajduk with supplies, weapons, and military advisers.

    While these events were occurring, the new Emperor of Elysium was Marcus Porcius Aquilinus Minor, son of the previous Emperor. Aquilinus Minor was an influential Conservative senator. His conservative principles focused on the preservation of what he saw as ancient Roman values, respect for traditions, even scrupulous honesty, these facts earned him the son, being considered a remarkable speaker to the point that in his youth he stood out for being an actor. who gave him more fame than other politicians. His political influence was closely related to his moralistic principles, his embodiment of Roman traditions that appealed to both the senators and the Elysian populace, conservative in nature, along with his reputation for closeness to the people. Aquilinius Minor was a promoter in the automation and improvement of the quality of life of the Elysian citizen. But perhaps the biggest controversy was the act of Manumission of slaves, although the fact generated strong controversy in the rural sectors, the advantages of automation made the rural landowners silence their complaints, managing to implement the absolute freedom of the slaves. Even so in many places the masters refused to let the slaves go peacefully, but the deployment of professional military forces ensured that the "reluctants" ended up freeing them while the Masters were rewarded with monetary bonuses. But while Aquilinius was publicly seen as a liberator who protected slaves and advocated a civilization that abandoned slavery, he actually feared the threat of global annihilation. This concern was shared by the top leaders of the Empire. In preparation for the possible destruction of the planet, Elysium began construction of a facility on Mons Olympus (OTL: Mount Elbert). Key members of the Empire: politicians, military, scientists, artists, and celebrities would be relocated to Olympus during a global catastrophe to protect the most valuable members and to rebuild with the sharpest minds. Because of this, the bunker was designed as a luxurious resort, with the latest technology available.

    On the other hand, in Scandinavia, an anonymous group of people working within the government emerged consisting of pragmatic politicians who believed in solving problems without regard for ethical or moral intervention. Due to the resources at their disposal, they were able to perform various tasks without the King's authorization or knowledge. The group had the Scandinavian state in its best interest, but believed that moralism prohibited true progress and achievement, even to the point of being significantly involved in political and military affairs. One of these affairs was the Einherjar project, a military project in which a group of orphaned babies would be selected at birth and raised as highly disciplined soldiers understanding nothing more than military routine. While they would be trained to be obedient and ruthless soldiers, and all those deemed physically or mentally unworthy would be executed. The expected results would have the survivors considered impassive and dedicated fighting machines with no exposure to or understanding of the outside world. These methods included the observation of violent fights between animals, be they trained dogs against boars or other beasts, including a series of endurance tests where any child left behind by breaking formation is executed on the spot. This training was mostly conducted at the "Valhalla" Military Research Center, officially built as Karoliner Base on the Varanger Peninsula, while to the public, the base was the subject of light weapons or robotics testing. Which ensured that people would stay away in case of any encounters with the Einherjar during training runs. This project came would not be demonstrated until years later.

    But the incident that would cause the greatest repercussion would be in 2037 AD, at the Castra Nautica (Naval Base) on the Isle of Mann, when a explosive exploded destroying five capital ships, while killing or wounding countless sailors, soldiers and soldiers. other staff on the island. The perpetrators of the attack were Her Majesty's Most Loyal Resistance, who were supported by agents from the European Empire. This attack served as an opportunity for the OFSR to gain the support of Elysium to wage war against Europe. Unfortunately for Europe, the brutal bloodshed was something Elysium craved. On April 21, 2038, the coasts of France and Iberia were suddenly surprised by the arrival of Elysian troops while Austria and England were surprised by the invasion of the OFSR. Although the British expected an attack at some point, they did not expect a mechanized offensive of such magnitude and by the week of the start of combat operations, Arabia was considered an area under Ottoman occupation with British elements such as the Desert Rats and the Devil's Brigade. as guerrilla rearguard forces.

    On April 21, when a coastguard on the Spanish coast detected the immense fleet that was approaching, he quickly communicated the discovery and in half a minute, the Armed Forces of Europe were moving to face an invasion of Elysium. The Elysian legions were a well-oiled machine. Despite valiant efforts, the Elysian legions flooded the shores of Normandy and Portugal. Bombers flew over Lisbon and Paris, and within four days the Eiffel Tower suffered severe structural damage from cruise missiles. On April 27, the tower collapsed, collapsing over the city. On a road paved with roads littered with charred vehicles and fleeing refugees, legions of mechanized infantry and heavy support vehicles advanced in brutal combat against the Europeans, including two legions of Orbital Shock Commando who landed in the vicinity of Seville and they advanced under heavy fire towards the city. As they advanced, homeless citizens wept in the streets as tanks from both sides were destroyed in the streets, burning and sending plumes of black smoke into the skies as soldiers fought from house to house with no show or show of quarter. The waters near Rouen and Seville became literally red with blood, and the smell was horrible beyond words.

    As soon as news of the landings broke, the Empire began preparing to strike back. The Holy Emperor began preparations to field an army of 1,000,000 men. He had to hit hard and fast and overwhelm his Elysium enemies. For in the Balkans and Africa, the Ottomans had begun to attack and invade the Austrian and British possessions respectively. Thousands of European soldiers marched to France and Spain while several squadrons of aircraft began to be sent to provide air support. The Elysian forces advanced, but Europe made them pay for every inch they advanced. Europa applied scorched earth tactics to negate the strategic positions, stretching their thin lines and slowing down the Elysium advance as much as possible. The impact of the orbital attack on the outskirts of Cordoba, the desperate fight for Ruan and the meat grinder of the Battle of Toledo that dragged on for two months.

    Despite these conflicts, Space actually saw relatively little action during most of the war, with only a few locations engaging in open combat, and the war was divided into two separate regions that had little to do with each other: The Moon and The Orbit. More than 200,000 European soldiers stormed the Elysium facility on the Moon in one of the bloodiest campaigns of the war. About 50,000 Elysium soldiers fought back mercilessly. Huge nests of automated armored machine guns created zones of death and destruction on the lunar surface, while orbiting dropships unleashed company after company of soldiers on the Moon. Therefore, the Europeans had to fight the Elysians by engaging in brutal hand-to-hand combat all the way, under heavy machine gun fire, and facing off against hordes of robots that did not have the same handicaps as humans in the vacuum of space. Entire defensive installations were blown up remotely when they fell into enemy hands. But on December 17, a computer virus called "RED_FLAG" penetrated Europe's communications and control network. Within minutes, the European combat robots switched their IFFs and almost automatically viciously turned their weapons on their allies. Thousands of European soldiers began to be massacred by robots when this virus began to penetrate their code. Although the invasion of the Moon supposed an initial blockade of lunar goods to the Earth and Elysium. For by depriving Elysium of its most immediate source of helium-3, the Elysium war machine would be severely hampered. Luna's forces were only able to limit Elysium but with the deployment of RED_FLAG, the European fleet lost almost 80% of the invasion force. The European Fleet was decimated when it came under a daring attack at the hands of Lunar Space Defense Force elements in the form of starfighters and bombers. The situation in Orbita remained with little fighting. The European and Elysian space battlegroups fought each other until a middle ground was reached. The fighting included assaults on orbital defenses and the destruction of space fleets. The war saw the destruction of 2 attack groups on both sides.

    After Elysium relayed the news of their invasion to the Ottomans, they began an invasion of the northern Balkans. This invasion required only a few hours to prepare, given the heightened state of alert in place. OFSR launched a simultaneous attack on Imperial European Air Force Austria and Command and Control centers, destroying all but 2% of military air assets in Austria and other Balkan territories. During the Turkish invasion, the Empire launched a massive counterattack against the Ottomans by amphibious invasion of the largely undefended shores of Durrës. The defenders were outnumbered more than six to one by the Imperial troops. The battle ended a series of crushing Communist victories. Despite this setback, OFSR continued its advance towards Vienna, launching a campaign through Romania into Hungary. The remaining Imperial forces attempted to hold Hungary, but were forced to withdraw after the fall of Budapest. As the Turkish forces advanced into Austria, Imperial air forces from the Italian Peninsula launched a massive air counterattack against the Ottomans, suffering heavy material losses. After the Imperial counterattack, and their advance slowed by Austrian guerrilla tactics, the Ottomans began conducting orbital bombing campaigns against strategic military centers in Italy in an effort to destroy the Imperial war industry and terrorize the population. While few hundred civilians were killed in these attacks, the psychological impact of orbital weapons striking urban centers was powerful. But the most brutal effect was the use of small nuclear explosive devices colloquially known as nuclear landmines or atomic demolition munitions (ADM), used on the Sinai Front by the Ottomans in scorched earth tactics to deny strategic positions.

    However it would be in 2045, after seven years of war, the conditions in Imperial Europe had become unbearable, the government faced food shortages and uprisings throughout the territory, but the Imperial European army never relented. But due to the uprisings, the Holy European Empire was forced to accept the terms of surrender imposed by Elysium where France and the Iberian Peninsula, territories under complete Elysian occupation ended up being ceded to Elysium. Iberia and France renamed after their Roman territories: Hispania and Gallia, were in an almost anarchic state. The Elysium robots were doing most of the actual police work to keep the peace and put down any kind of rebellion or partisan activity.

    In 2046, the Holy European Empire was facing a period of political instability in which civil unrest escalated into succession movements and civil wars. Iberia saw its capital change to the city of New Madrid (OTL: Johannesburg) but at the same time, it faced several armed conflicts between tribes such as the Tuareg, Berbers and other African groups. This at the same time was fueled by the supply of advisers and military weaponry from Elysium under the guise of abandoned weaponry from the war. During this time, the Mars colony had successfully started Japan's most ambitious project: the terraforming program. From the first landing, the colonies began spreading a cocktail of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) across the planet via disposable drones. These organisms, little more than bacteria, spread across the planet's surface by processing toxic dust into a usable soil base and extracting greenhouse gases from the soil. When a certain condition of these organisms were met (O3 levels increased to a certain point, the selenium content of the soil, etc.), a security mechanism in their genome would trigger their disappearance, depositing more vitamins in the new soil base. . Meanwhile, orbital mirrors, built with next-generation nanoprinters, were deployed on the moon to heat the planet's surface. Additionally, the new spaceport allowed asteroid mining companies to head out into the asteroid belt and start peppering Mars with asteroids to generate more heat and, by 2050, even expand the size of Mars' moons by moving several large asteroids into the martian orbit. From this continual addition of heat and a thicker atmosphere to contain it all, Mars rapidly developed oceans over the next several decades. The red planet now had a base from which to develop a biosphere, and although it would take decades, Mars was now well on its way to habitability.

    At the same time, India's colonies on Mercury at the south pole grew to house a population of 6 million people who controlled and maintained a fleet of tens of millions of drones, all dedicated to stripping Mercury's surface of usable materials. with the ultimate goal of building a solar power system that would become a Dyson Swarm. By the time the true purpose was revealed, India had successfully deployed enough solar power satellites to double the total power of Elysium. At the same time, India used permanent space colonies as heavily armed military installations to build and maintain a larger and more agile space force. While on Saturn's Titan Moon, Asgard's nanodome was the largest in the solar system, covering the entirety of the mountain and extending to the floor of the Methane Sea over a kilometer from its shore. The shoreline of the Methane Sea was drained and exposed due to the construction of the elevator. Nitrogen from the massive dome was drained and pumped into space where it froze into a solid block. What nitrogen remained was used as 70% of the colony atmosphere to serve as a buffer. Fusion reactors and small solar mirrors heated the interior of the colony to a balmy 19 degrees C, melting the water ice that served as a surface for much of the planet. The same nanotech industry was crucial to building tents. of Titan to begin paraterraforming and secure the nitrogen atmosphere, and establish successive generations of colonies. Most of these early colonies were built at the foot of space elevators and had to constantly work to keep their interiors warm enough due to the extreme cold of Titan's surface. The Titans' methane and nitrogen economy supported the creation of orbitals near Saturn and the Saturnian shipbuilding industry.​
     
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    The victory in Europe was such a triumphant success for Elysium that it decided to drop its name. Rebaptizing itself as the Roman Empire, under the pretext that as a colony of the Empire that never declared itself independent or rose in rebellion against it, it continued to be part of it. And since the officials of Elysium were at the same time officials of the Roman Empire, that towards the Emperor was the Emperor of Rome himself. The Triumph of Elysium-Rome meant an awakening in the ancient beliefs such as the Nordic religion Ásatrú and other pagan religions that were eliminated by the Christians. This uprising already led to religious clashes in Germany, the Baltic along with Scandinavia. The Italian Peninsula due to its position threatened by the "new" Roman Empire, saw an increase in military fortification. The European Imperial Army as well as Elysium saw at the same time a production capable of producing different types of Armor equipped to function as flamethrower infantry, mobile rocket artillery and armored combat engineers, including mine clearance and underwater sabotage. The war in space also saw the creation by Europe of space-rated ground armor variants for combat in lunar and Earth orbit that would not require lunar landing vehicles for offensive operations. The traditional three factors that determined the effectiveness of a suit's ability are its firepower, protection, and mobility. Firepower is the ability of an armored soldier to identify, engage, and destroy enemy targets using their primary weapon in conjunction with secondary weapons. Protection is the degree to which actual armor, profile, and camouflage allow the armored soldier to evade detection, ward off enemy fire, and retain functionality during and after combat. Mobility includes how well the armored soldier can be transported by land, sea, air, or space to the operational staging area; from the assembly area by road or over ground towards the enemy; and the tactical movement of the soldier over the battlefield during combat, including the passage of obstacles and rough terrain.​
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    Even so, the fear of an invasion and the extermination of the seat of clerical power caused the Vatican to begin preparing a plan for continuity. This plan, called Exodus, would focus on the evacuation of the Pope and the agencies of the Roman Vatican Curia to Madagascar. Island that in 2073 would be bought and subjected to a modernization process in a monetary investment of thousands of millions of Euros, the currency of the European Empire. By 2081, Madagascar was one of the most Catholic regions due to the great investment made by the Church. The children went to schools run by clerics, every Sunday the churches were filled with parishioners, delinquency was going down because the secrecy of confession in the confessionals acted as an informative goat on even minor crimes. Such an act was a wave that was growing. However, in the Roman Empire, he did not sit still. Augusta Elysium chose the new Emperor from her. Gnaeus Avitus Macro was the middle child of three brothers, born in Civis Aztecus. Macro's father became the richest person in the city, and became a prosperous real estate agent after an opportunity opened up after the conquest of Gaul and Hispania. Despite pressure from his older (and later younger) brother who volunteered to fight in the so-called War of Reconquest, Macro decided to spend his time trying to pursue a political career rather than a military career. Macro attended the Universitas de Elysium Augusta before graduating with high honors and a Master of Laws. A year later, he moved to his homeland to start his political career. Macro began his political career with the Patrician party. Macro believed in active government, high tariffs on goods from foreign countries, and the reinforcement of Roman identity on immigrants, yet his political career was hampered when he spoke out and favored views on Japan. This caused the senate to almost force him to accept a job as an ambassador. His time in Japan was relatively uneventful, which he would later state in a later Imperium interview that he "was constantly homesick". However, his time in Japan helped relations between Rome and Japan, leading to crucial Japanese involvement in Rome's terraforming of other planets. During the first few years in Japan, Macro met his future wife who made his time in Japan much more bearable. Macro's character for meritorious service was considered unblemished, and several Senators lent their full weight to his candidacy. Achieving victory. As Emperor, he often clashed with more traditional elements who were displeased with his Niponophilia.
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    Typical Pro-Japanese poster.
    Macro's problems were heightened by the increasing violence in the streets as anti-Roman rebel cells attacked Roman settlers on Elysium. Macro sent troops to try to keep the peace in the new Provinces, which provoked a backlash when units in Lorica Bellator armed with machine guns and automatic grenade launchers were seen attacking civilians armed with shotguns and hunting rifles, which had received harsh criticism from the media. Macro's efforts to keep the peace alienated foreigners except in Japan and India. However, by 2077, it became clear that the rebellion had more military support than previously believed. In a maneuver worthy of the history books of cyber warfare. The Intelligence Interforze Center (CII Joint Intelligence Center) was hacked in what could be considered a total computer offensive that ended up stealing and destroying national and Rome data. Among the data was evidence of a possible European attack on the Roman military command structure and the main Roman command and control centers in Europe, attacks that were carried out even though they only killed 10% of the officers of the Legions thanks to the warning. On October 23, 2077, the Roma launched a daring attack on the capital of Europe. detonating a nuclear flare over the city and invading in force from covert assault ships in orbit. With only minutes to prepare for the attack once the invasion was launched, the Capital suffered heavy losses at the start of the Battle. The flare cleared the skies of drones and the EMP disabled most civil communications and services, while the fireball damaged/destroyed a number of other historical landmarks. The main blast radius did not deteriorate significantly to residential areas. but despite this, more than 85,000 people showed up because of the initial explosion. Emperor Gregory Van der Miklas, while in the hardened bunker along with the General Staff and members of the cabinet and staff who could flee to the safety of the hardened bunker, ordered all available European forces and armed personnel to defend the city. , calling in domestic security forces from as far away as Sicily to come to the aid of the Capital. The few forces that were in the immediate area were outside the blast radius and surrounded Leonardo Da Vinzi Airport, where Roman orbital shock commandos were setting up a forward emplacement. Initially, the European Emperor left command of the battlefield to the high-ranking officers in the field, who garrisoned St. Peter's Basilisk, Camidoglio, Colosseum in Rome before moving on to establish additional emplacements in the main squares. Roman forces quickly overwhelmed the hastily established garrisons at Esposizione Universale Roma and Università degli Studi Roma Tre-Ingegneria, and turned their attention to St. Peter's Basilisk, while additional forces routed European forces coming from the south, blocking any potential reinforcement.
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    Left: Fight near the Colosseum Center: The Swiss Guard fighting in the Piazza San Pietro Right: European Airships evacuates casualties near the Castel Sant'Angelo

    House-to-house fighting and entrenched positions near the ruins of centuries-old monuments slowed the Roman advance, but with field commanders dead to decapitation attacks and only a handful of captains and lieutenants trying to coordinate a unified defense, the Emperor Gregory Van der Miklas took the field to directly supervise the defense of Europe's capital, the first European Emperor to enter the field of battle. Gregory Van Der Miklas coordinated the forces in Rome from the ruins of Castel Sant Angelo, which became a Forward Operating Base. The Battle of Rome would be the bloodiest in the last hundred years, with house-to-house fighting and open-field warfare resulting in thousands of casualties. For 36 hours the Roman and European forces fought like wild dogs fighting over a bone full of meat. The Space Forces engaged their enemies in orbit, invading European orbitals and destroying dedicated military platforms in a matter of minutes. Where the European military platforms were quickly destroyed, the Orbitals' invasion lasted five hours. On October 24, the first wave of Roman ground forces moved into Rome to assist the Roman forces fighting the Europeans, while an orbital bombardment with telephone pole-sized kinetic projectiles made of tungsten was carried out on the main urban and industrial centers of European Africa.
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    Hell falls on the Congo River.

    The orbital bombardment in Africa caused chaos for certain regions such as South Africa, or British Africa. Roman operatives began to encourage political detente between the wealthier factions of the Creoles (of European descent and born in colonial territory). However, when the Creoles rose up, they started a rebellion throughout South and Central Africa. The front in Europe was weakened by these events and the few nearby European forces available to fight the rebels were unable to stop the spread of the rebellion on the colonial mainland, while more and more rebel groups began to emerge in response to the refusal. of the government to surrender. In the ensuing battles, rebel forces extensively used combat vehicles known as Technicals alongside stolen military equipment. Parallel 15 south
    It was the dividing line between European and rebel territories until hostilities ended in 2080 with the signing of the Tripoli Treaty, which guaranteed the expulsion of the European Empire from its European possessions while the return of European troops guaranteed a greater number of troops to the south front. In the 4 year rebellion, billions died due to the use of chemical weapons and orbital bombardments while European armies combining aircraft, ships, infantry and armor had broken away and become mercenary armies, operating as marauding raiders. well armed or directing their own mini-kingdoms such as the Kingdom of the Congo or Lesotho. Perhaps one of the biggest innovations that would help instigate combat would be the Armored Bipedal Vehicles which are more efficiently described as human exoskeletons (ie due to the fact that they require and interact with the human nervous system). They were giants on the battlefield with a height of 8 to 14 meters and a typical mass of 20 to 100 tons.
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    Armored Bipedal Vehicles during the first operations.

    In general, ABVs proved superior to conventional combat vehicles, being faster, better armed and better protected, creating a firepower-to-manpower ratio that also gives them a logistical advantage. ABVs were capable of replicating many of the movements that humans are capable of, including avoiding, deflecting, or lessening the impact of weapons. Their downside is the incredible expense associated with ABV production and maintenance, even the cheapest ABV can cost millions of Euros or Denarii, ensuring that the cheapest combat vehicles continue their role in the war. The first battle with ANV pitted Colonel Antonio Rizzo, pilot of the machine, against four rebel Conquistador heavy tanks and a company of heavy infantry in the Namib Desert and completely destroyed them without taking any damage. A new style of warfare arose at that time as ABVs could be deployed for off-road operations be it Lunar, land, sea or even air landings.​
     
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