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Amderesta: The 4th Republic #5. Operation Retribution


Daniel Zazitski

Chapter One

Over at the Executive Building’s Level 2 Landing Platform, President-elect Williams, and Deputy President-elect Williamson looked out at the crowd of Amderestans that gathered in the street for their inaguration.

Chief Judge Abran came out onto the platform with his electronic Bible, and he approached President-elect Williams, who put his left hand on the Bible, and raised his right hand.

“I, Jack Williams, do solemnly swear.” Chief Judge Abran said.

“I, Jack Williams, do solemnly swear.” President-elect Williams repeated.

“That I’ll execute the office of President of the 4th Amderestan Republic.” Chief Judge Abran said.

“That, I’ll execute the office of President of the 4th Amderestan Republic.” President-elect Williams repeated.

“And to the best of my ability, perserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the 4th Amderestan Republic against all enemies foreign and domestic, so help me, God.” Chief Judge Abran said.

“And to the best of my ability, perserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the 4th Amderestan Republic against all enemies foreign and domestic, so help me, God.” President Jack Williams answered.

Chief Judge Abran then repeated the oath of office to Deputy President Williamson.

Two hours later, in the Amderestan Senate’s Legislative Room, the newly elected Amderestan Republican, and Amderestan Conservative Senators took the oath of office, and took their seats.

Meanwhile on the Ranchanian galaxy’s 50,000 by 100 light-year southern edge, the 390 Amderestan Defense Force Combat Assault Groups launched assaults against RDF bases, spacedocks, weapon platform stations, and RDF Combat Assault Groups in 2 million ten planet systems over the next six days.

Over the nine days, the RDF bases, scanner installations, communication installations, landing platforms, weapon's factories, storage facilities, and anti-grav planetary transport platforms in 7 billion metropolitan cities came under aerial attack from ADF Aerial Assault Groups. During that time, ADF Infantry Assault Groups landed on the 20 million planets, and began to launch attacks against RDF forces.

Meanwhile on Amderesta 1 ASC-1737-K, Commander Jonathan Lencon seated in the bridge command chair, looked out of the plasma window, that approached the 11th ASCCAF's position.

At the weapon control console, Brigadier General Cronis activated the laser turrets and fired several shots at the three destroyers, which went out of control and exploded.

“Sir, you have a priority transmission from the CAD Commander.” Colonel Ansign said from the communication console.

“Open a secure channel, Ansign.” Commander Jonathan Lencon replied.

Colonel Todd Ansign activated the Video-Audio Comunication Screen, cycled through the list of ADF transponder frequencies and opened a secure channel. An image of CAD Commander Brinkson appeared on the bridge VACS.

“Your orders are to enter the wormhole junction hub in the Calise Sectors, take the north-directing wormholes 300 light-years to the Zencun system. Once there your objective is to destroy the weapon platform stations, and rejoin the CAD.” Commander Brinkson said.

“Aye sir.” Commander Jonathan Lencon replied.

Brigadier General Williams activated Amderesta 1 ASC-1737-K's port thruster, and took the ship to hyperlight 19. At the scanner control console, Admiral Johnny Lencon activated the long range scanners and conducted scans of the area for Ranchanian Defense Force vessels.

Three hours later, Brigadier Greneral Williams took Amderesta 1 ASC-1737-K out of hyperlight speed, and he flew the ship into a wormhole junction hub inside the Calise Sectors.

“Jonathan, you should see this.” Admiral Johnny Lencon told his oldest brother, who got up from the command chair and walked over to scanner control. “My scans have detected a RDF Combat Assault Division in the westerly-directing wormholes.”

“Damn, this is looking like the first offensive against the SSAAR.” Commander Jonathan Lencon commented in a concerned tone.

“I concure with you.” Admiral Johnny Lencon said as he monitered the RDFCAD.

After two hours, Brigadier General Williams flew Amderesta 1 ASC-1737-K out of the wormhole junction hub 300 light-years north of the Calise Sectors, and approached the 12 planet Zencun system.

Brigadier General Williams activated the missile and torpedeo launchers, loaded the transphasic missiles and torpedeos, and he launched several volleys at 300 RDF weapon platform stations near the 12 planets, which ripped through the weapon plaform statoions and destroyed them.

Meanwhile in the 3,000 by 497 light-year Chrisan Sectors, an area that had seven thousand 10 planet systems defended by 25 RDF Combat Assault Groups, came under attack by 10 Amdrestan Defense Force Combat Assault Divisions. Over the next 96 hours, the 10 ADFCADs launched a number of attacks against the RDFCAGs near the 70,000 planets. Thirteen Ranchanian Defense Force Combat Assault Groups were destroyed in the attack, while eight RDFCAGs were severely damaged. The four remaining Ranchanian Defense Force Combat Assault Groups retreated towards the 70,000 planets and were captured.

The ten Amderestan Defense Force Combat Assault Groups separated into Amderestan Defense Force Combat Assault Fleets and they conducted attacks against numerous RDF bases, weapon's platforms, landing platfroms, anti-grav planetary transport platforms, ISBM and IGBM launchers over the next three days.

On January 16, 90, 020, 110 Amderestan Defense Force Infanty Assault Groups landed on the 70,000 planets, and began an intense surface-to-surface missile attacks against the major metropolitan cities. Over the next twelve hours, the 110 ADFIAGs launched an assault against the RDFIAGs in the major cities which caused severe damage to surrounding buildings as the two sides fought street-to-street engagements. During the next two days, the ADFIAGs supported by ADFAAGs launched an assault on a number of RDF controlled buildings in 20 billion metropolitan cities, and they fought an intense fire fight for control of the buildings. After five days of attacks, the Ranchanian Defense Force Infantry Assault Groups on the 70,000 planets surrendered to the ADF Occupational Forces. They imposed a State of Emergency on the planets, established ADF checkpoints, and a night time curfew was established for Ranchanian nationals. A number of ADF Infantry personnel with blaster rifles established searches for Ranchanians involved in the development of Bytoris.

Over in the nearby Sillisan Sectors, the 21 ADF Combat Assault Groups launched an assault against 10,000 planets in the area. A number of Ranchanian Defense Force scanner and communication installations near several million cities were targeted by missiles launched from ADF vessels in orbit. The missiles entered each planet's atmosphere, spilt into MIRVs which had multiple transphasic warheads in them, and they destroyed the scanner and communication facilities. Afterward, a number of ADF Aerial Assault Groups launched from the orbital CAFs conducted an attack against the Ranchanian Defense Force landing platforms, most of which had RDF troop transports on them and destroyed them.

Meanwhile on the Yenturian Territory-Ranchanian Federation border, Commander Taseen, the Field Commander for the Yenturian Territory came onto the bridge of the Lisksia ASC-97111-J, and the bridge officers snapped to attention.

“Do we cross the border, sir.” Colonel Altman inquired from flight control.

“We not going to attack, Colonel.” Field Commander Taseen responded, “Our orders are to contain them.”

“It looks like the Williams Administration wants to prolong the war.” Admiral John Tasis, the bridge communication officer commented.

“Ex-President Tenlon's the one who gave the order.” Field Commander Taseen told Admiral Tasis.

“Tenlon had influence from those in the AUO, mainly Santurian Weapons when he proposed Operation Retribution.” Admiral Tasis said, “The operative word here is money.”

“What about the Blackanian Civil War, is the AUO involved?” Captain Tisslas inquired.

“That's AGAIC's involvement.” Admiral Tasis answered, “Back in 89,978, Jonathan Lencon was sent to Blavckania to meet with High Council Seltan concerning the establishment of moderate resistance cells over the next four months. Soon after, the seven radical members of the Blackanian High Council met in a special session, and they voted Seltan off the council. Jonathan received a communique from another operative a month later concerning an assassination plot against Seltan, and he organized a swap with Seltan's twin brother. Seltan's brother was sent to the Council meeting with ID card and the list of moderates on the council. Lencon joined the group as a council security officer when Seltan was assassinated. Seltan gave him a datapad that contained a list of four moderates on the council.”

“How do you know this?” Captain Tisslao asked, “Wasn't that assignment classified?”

“I had an assignment with ASCIS on Blackania back then.” Admiral Tasis replied, “I happened to come across a transmission concerning an assassination plot against former High Council Seltan who was involved with AGAIC.”

Meanwhile on Crescent, President Williams, Deputy President Williamson, Defense Minister Tenian, State Minister Winters, ADFCOSC Commander Lonainson, ASCCOS Commander Silas, AACOS Commander Jarvis, AGFCOS Commander Traven, ASFCOS Commander Arenlin, ABGCOS Commander Slivan, AIA Director Craven, and their deputies sat around a conference table in the executive building's level 20 briefing room, which had a tactical display of the Ranchanian galaxy projected above the table. The ADF occupied area along the 50,000 light-year southern galactic edge was indicated by a green color, while the Ranchanian controlled areas had a red color.

Over on the Sillsan Sectors, the 47 Amderestan Defense Force Infantry Assault Groups landed on the 10,000 planets with speeders and missile launcher, and they fought an extensive street-to-street engagement in a few million cities. During the next two weeks, the Amderestan Defense Force Infanty Assault Groups, and Amderesta Defense Force Aerial Assault Groups launched daily attacks on RDF Infantry Assault Groups that braced themselves in a number of small towns.

A number of Mechanized Infantry Assault Groups launched an extensive missile barrage at the towns, which damaged a number of RDF Barracks, and other buildings throughout the area. The Ranchanian Defensive Force Infantry Assault Groups were driven out of the towns into the surrounding forested area, and surrounded by heavily-armed Amderestan Defense Force Infantry Assault Groups.

On Febuary 4, 90,020, the 911th, 784th, 597th, 9721st, 3401st, and 7849th Amderestan Defense Force Combat Assault Groups entered the Sillen Sectors, an 4000 by 700 light-year area with 9,000 ten planet systems, and they launched a series of blitzkrieg attacks againsts 16 RDFCADs spread out to the south. The 911th and 784th ADFCAGs launched an attack against the four RDFCADs in the center, which created a break in formation. The 3401st and 7849th ADFCAGs launched an assault on the RDFCADs port and starboard flank, which destroyed five RDFCADs and damaged two. The remainder of the RDFCADs retreated towards the 90,000 planets and were destroyed by the ADFCAGs.

During the next five days, the ADFCAGs positioned near the 90,000 planets launched an orbital assault against RDF scanner and communication facilities, factories, landing platforms, anti-grav planetary transport platforms, and weapon's caches.

Over the next 48 hours, 10 Amderestan Defense Force Infantry Assault Groups landed on the 90,000 planets, seperated into Combat Assault Patrols with high magnitude blaster rifles, SAM launchers, and ADF speeders with blaster cannons on them. They conducted a series of attacks on a few million Ranchanian Defense Force Infantry Assault Bases with the support of Aerial Assault Patrols that flew over the major cities. A large number of ADFAAPs launched a number of air-to-ground attacks on Ranchanian Defense Force Infantry Assault Personnel that dug themselves into the major cities, and fought an intense urban campaign against the ADF forces for two months.

In the 9,000 by 711 light-year Disenn-Taldin Sectors, fifteen Amderestan Defense Force Combat Assault Groups seperated into Amderestan Defense Force Combat Assault Fleets, and they launched an attack on RDF bases, scanner installations, communication installations, weapon's factories, RDF landing platfrorms, and anti-grav planetary transport platforms on 17,000 planets, as 14 Amderestan Defense Force Infantry Assault Groups landed on the planets, and fought an intense street-to-street, and building-to-building engagement against 13 RDFIAGs in 9 million metropolitan cities. After a fierce eleven day attack, the overwhelmed Ranchanian Defense Force Infantry Assault Groups surrendered to the ADF Occupation Forces. In the major cities, ADF Security personnel set up a number of checkpoints at various major intersections throughout the planets, and imposed a curfew and Ranchanian nationals. The RDFIAGs captured by the ADF Occupation Forces were taken to a number of POW camps where they were processed by the ADF Personnel.

On May 19, 90,020, President Jack Williams sat in the executive building's level 20 apartment with wife, Andrea, and daughter, Alice who was immersed in a holo-game, and he read over various reports from the ADFCOS on Operation Retribution.

“You look worried.” Andrea Williams said to her husband, who tuned the Video Reception Screen to an ALBA game between Alazenia and Chorane One, which would decide the southwest divisional championship.

“We have to place the Ranchanian Government personnel in protective custody to insure no vigilante plays executioner.” President Jack Williams repiled, “I'm aware they'll most likely be found guilty and executed by firing sqaud. “

“Mom has a point.” Alice Williams commented to her father.

Meanwhile on Blackania, three moderate BDF Infantry Assault Patrols went along the main subterrian transport tunnel used by the Radical BDF to transport personnel, and they placed a series of timed charges along the anti-grav generation system for 6,000 miles in the government district of Blackania City, and they went to a control room beneath the BRNN building,. After a few minutes, the Moderate BDF Infantry Assault Patrols detonated the charges, which destroyed nine subterrian transports in the main line.

In the industrial district, six BULA Infantry Assault Patrols launched a number of sabotage attacks against various cryithium refineries in a 12 sqaure block area, and detonated it. The area went up in a series of explosions that sent debris throughout the area, which caused a number of surrounding factories to catch fire.

Meanwhile in the Ranchanian galaxy, 35 Amderestan Defense Force Combat Assault Groups supported by a anti-matter, and cargo vessels entered the Colsoan-Bergan Sectors, a 70,000 square light-year area with 300,000 ten planet systems. The 35 ADFCAGSs seperated into Combat Assault Fleets, and they launched an orbital attack on numerous RDF Bases, Spacedocks, Weapon's Platform Stations in orbit of the three million planets over the next three weeks.

During the next four weeks, the 35 Amderestan Defense Force Combat Assault Groups launched attacks against RDF Infantry Bases, weapon's factories, scanner installations, communication installations, landing platforms, and anti-grav planetary transport platforms from orbit, as Infantry Assault Groups landed on the 3,000,000 planets and they fought an intense street-to-street enagement with RDF Infantry Assault Groups for control of the metropolitan cities.

After an intense engagement, the RDF Infantry Assault Groups surrendered to the Amderestan Defense Force Occupation Forces in the major cities, who set up nemerous checkpoints throughout the cities. The RDF Prisoners Of War were rounded up by the ADF Occupation Forces, loaded onto prison transports and taken to thousands of ADF Prisoner Of War camps.

On August 7, 90,020, the ADF Chiefs of Staff, Yenturian Territory Field Commander, Compassian Territory Field Commander, and ADF-Antarian Allied Field Commander held a meeting via the Amderestan Video-Audio Communication Service to discuss the situation in the Ranchanian Federation. NDEG Territory Field Commander Bradley Lencon joined the AVACS meeting from his office.

“It looks like we're very close to Ranchania.” Compassian Territory Field Commander Timothy Teense said, “We could have the area under control by December.”

“Don't be to sure, Teense.” Commander Bradley Lencon commented, “The Ranchanian Defense Force has been lacking in response to our intelliegence concerning the number of CAGs.

Four hours later, at the Amderestan Bank's Crescent branch, the 12 member board of directors sat in a conference room to discuss various loans to the manufacturing industry. The goal being an increase in civilian production.

At the Amderestan Labor Ministry, the Labor Minister, Deputy Labor Minister and their aides might with various CEOs to discuss the hiring of nationalized Amderestan citzens from the Yenturian, Orisian, Rechini, and Compassian Territories to fill their shortcoming due to the effects from the recent Bytoris attack.

Over at the ADF Barracks, Ensign Sydney Forrester sat on the couch in her apartment with her Santurian DA-973-A Datapad connected to the Amderestan Data And Information Service, and she read several articles from a Tarozenian electronic paper, which was concerned with various retalitory Moderate Blackanian Defense Force, and Tarozenian Resistance attacks on thousands of Radical Blackanian Defense Force Occupational Installations. The next few articles she read detailed a series of hit-and-run attacks on the Sellis-Tees Sectors by Blackanian Underground Liberation Army Infantry Assault Patrols against Radical BDF Installations on the 150,000 planets.

In the Ranchanian Galaxy, 17 Amderestan Defense Force Combat Assault Groups entered the 9,000 by 7,000 light-years Dillsca-Nesen Sectors, which had four million planetary systems defended by several thousand Ranchanian Defense Force Bases, and they launched an intense four week attack on the bases. During the next eight weeks, the 17 Amderestan Defense Force Combat Assault Groups launched orbit assaults on RDF scanner installations, communication installations, landing platforms, factories, storage facilities, and anti-grav planetary transport platforms in few million cities on each planet, as Amderestan Defense Force Infantry Assault Groups fought an intense urban engagements against RDF Infantry Assault Groups. A number of buildings received damage from the exchange of missiles between the two sides, as the ADF advanced through each city.

Four days later, the Ranchanian Defense Force Infantry Assault Groups on the 40 million planets were captured by the ADF Occupation Forces, and took them to ADF Prisoner Of War camps in the Orisian Territory.

On November 4, 90,020, the Amderestan State Minister sat with his aides at the Amderestan State Ministry to discuss the refugee status of moderate Blackanians, who were threatened with torture for opposition to the Radical BDF.

“Several billion moderate Blackanians are requesting asylum from the radicals.” State Minister Wilden told his aides. “This is due to increased searches for moderates, and collaberators on millions of planets.”

“How do you intend for them to get here?” An Aide inquired of Wilden. “The Radical BDF Forces occupy the surrounding area.”

“If we sit on our hands, it will be like the Yenturian genocide, only worse.' Ambassador Reesan responded, as he walked in the conference room, and found an empty chair to sit in. “The Radical Blackanians have begun to search for moderate colaberators, and they have already rounded up several hundred million moderate Blackanians from the 4th District, a few billion from the 2nd District, 8th District, and the 6th District. AGAIC operatives have noticed construction of conceration camps in the Sellias Sectors, some of which are reported to have incinerators.”

“What for?” An Aide inquired of the report.

“For pete's sake, they are using them to dispose of the bodies!” Ambassador Reesan answered, “The Radical Blackanian Defense Force in the Lenchini Republic, and Tarozenian Republic has been targeting civilians who they suspect of collberating with Resistance cells.”

Meanwhile on Compassia, Territorial Governor James Tivlans sat in the Governor's Residence with Field Commander Solan, and Commander Sevenas who had intelligence reports which pertained to the deployment of Eastern Alliance Federation Defense Force Combat Assault Groups on the southern edge.

A CATS situated on the coffee table displayed an image of the border between the Eastern Alliance Federation and Compassian Territory that had red and green triangles on it to indentify ADF and EAF Defense Force vessels on the border.

“ADFCI has been monitering a number of EAFDF Combat Assault Groups that have been conducting combat exercises over the last four months.” Commander Sevenas said, “We've also monitered delivery of Inter-Stellar Ballistic Missiles to EAF Defense Force Bases in the Zenculin and Atorsia galaxies over the past three weeks.”

“You think they are going to attack, Sevenas?” Territorial Governor James Tivlans asked after he listened to his debrief on the situation with the EAF Defense Force.

On the Compassian Territory's southern galactic edge, 49 Amderestan Defense Force Combat Assault Groups, which had been deployed to the area as part of Operation Clansen, flew along the 10,000 square light-year border area, and conducted a series of combat exercises.

During the next two weeks, twelve ADF Combat Assault Groups entered the Tisla Sectors in a 3,000 square light-year area that boarded the Ranchanian Captial District, and they launched an intense attack on thousands of RDF installations positioned throughout the area.

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