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Anno Pannonis 56: Cold War Transformers
The planet Pannonis and its twin moons Magor and Hunos, ever since the great Pannonis War 2 in AP 39-45, began with the Triaxis military mobilization and the joint invasion of Pannos with the then-newborn East Concordium, both partners in crime, and ended with the West Union launching the first-ever two neonuclear strikes on Teppon, present day NiuTeppon, as the infamous Operation: Judgement Day, has felt its coldest winter in the Cold War in pannonii history by AP 56.
By this year, tensions between the blue, democratic West Union and the red, communist East Concordium were so tight, both superstates were at the edge of breaking from paranoia, at the edge pushing the button to launch all neonuclear weapons - silos, killsats, lunar silos - and bringing about the death of Pannonis itself and the pannonii race as well.
At the edge of a possible Pannonis War 3.
The Cold War has been so intense, the occasional urban battle, fought on land with levtanks, powersuits, combots and gravline battletrains, on air with linear interceptors and flying wings, on sea with seaforts, carriersubs and strikesubs, and even on space with orbital platforms, orbital warships and orbital combots, plus secret space corps, erupted in flames here and there, the typical view of an urban battlefield reminding a pannonii of 1956 "Hungary", the most war-torn era of this nation on "Earth", a planet mostly mentioned only in our folklore.
This is where the Hexagon comes in - an independent space station built after PW2 by all the superstates known. The Hexagon and its armed forces, the Hexagon Peacemakers, has one mission: to keep and make the peace on Pannonis and prevent any side from ever pushing the button to Pannonis' mutually assured destruction (MAD)... no matter what. But as of recently, the Hexagon hasn't been themselves - the mere sight of Peacemakers waging war on peaceful, neutral nations out of insanity or for reasons unknown has become more and more frequent and gut-wrenching every day. We have come to believe a "power elite" might be the puppeteers controlling the Hexagon's actions for their pleasure... and the evidence is starting to mount.
Worst still, we have been intercepting transmissions of unknown origin from Magor, confirming our worst fears of any Triaxis remnants' existence, as well as the nightmare of their return - Magor has secretly been the HQ for the Luna Triaxis, who have been developing technology decades-- no, centuries... make that lightyears beyond currently existing tech available on- and offworld. Basically, they have been building a hi-tech lunar army to reap their vengeance upon us.
And just when the global picture was bad enough... enter, one snowy winter night, an alien race of mechanical beings we have classified X-TFs and they themselves call the "Transformers".
When the entire planet was fast asleep in dreamless, fitful sleeps, two percieved alien starships were spotted planetfalling into Pannonis - one crashing in the Union on X-TF Crashsite Alpha and the other in the Concordium on X-TF Crashsite Omega - and one more was seen smashing into Magor, on X-TF Crashsite Luna. Pannonis as a whole did not expect this that night.
Come the next sunrise, history as we pannonii knew it... was history.
Pannos, both Union West and Concordium East, woke up to a day that will go down in infamy as the day the X-TFs, split into Unitec and Concoroid factions - no doubt the X-TFs are in civil war, first fought their appearantly generations-old war here on Pannonis, the leaders being respectively "General MAX" and "Polaris". X-TF technology is so advanced, it allowed them to transform into any scanned vehicle and put even our most advanced main battle combots available - and the Concordium's own - to utter shame, as demonstrated by combot wreckage strewn on the urban battlezone during what the Unitecs called "Mission 1".
After the battle on Pannonis ended with the Unitecs winning, General MAX told some of our forces rescued in the battle their story and their mission. The Unitec mission is of benign intent. Of Pannonis' complete disarmanent of all known weapons systems, primarily neonuclear weapons, in their mission of mercy to lift the wraith of MAD from our world.
The Concoroid mission, on the other hand, was of simple, malign intent: an all-out armed intervention campaign aimed to bring our race a few steps closer - or, if needed, cast entirely - into the freshly open grave of neonuclear extinction, by all means available, at all costs acceptable.
Operation: False Gods was one such Unitec mission in the time the Union's Gemini killsat system and the Concordium's prototype Ikon were hacked by Haywire into launching all-out, decisive neonuclear strikes... against the very superstates that created, launched and activated them, all while disabling the point defense satellites to avoid retaliation. The false gods in question? The Killsats themselves. Thank Pregenitor the Unitec flyers and our flyboys, and the heavy hitters on ground, sent the killsats a long way down, blasted to pieces and without the neonuke warheads primed... although not without encountering heavy Concoroid resistance.
As the war raged on, we learned that the X-TFs come in different flavors. There's the X-TF Commandoes, one mech armies that can dish out and soak in a lot of punishment, and there are the X-TF SpecOps, the aces-in-the-hole mechs, specializing in SeALS - Sea, Air, Land, Space warfare. And each are like the Pannonis snowflakes: no two are ever alike.
After Operation: False Gods, there were many PW3 close calls we have prevented and ultimately smashed: brainwashed Hexagon hostage takeovers, Red infiltration on the battletrains, flying wing squadrons taking wrong turns, occasional new recruit training mishaps... even that SAR (Search and Rescue) mission at Pannos that turned ugly the moment the Reds and Hexes showed up. Time and again have the Reds plotted to plunge us to Doomsday... time and again have the few-and-almighty used Hexagon to turn us into a prison world... and time and again have we taught 'em a lesson in humiliation.
But knowing the Lunar Triaxis, one can't keep up saving the Union - and Pannonis as a whole - from MAD forever, much less cheat Death itself. And it was only a matter of time before, one night, the techno-facsists on Magor made themselves known by launching an all-out orbital blitzkrieg that caught us with our "panzers" down.
And guess what: the Triaxis has X-TFs too... led by what we know as "Charon".
The invasion, called the "Triaxis Nacht" by our boys and, by the Triaxis slimeballs, "Operation: Erwachen", was the most furious and devastating of them all, with Unitec VS Triaxis, Concoroid VS Triaxis... and even Triaxis VS Triaxis battles flaring up here and there, from the Union to the Concordium, from the Independent Alliance (InAl) to even between Hunos, the Hexagon and Magor... basically, Pannonis has become one Inferno of a fireworks show. Too many cities have become total urban battlezones, too many blood and oil was spillt, and much, much more displays of raw firepower than you can shake a lineargun at. Bullets were flying all around the planet and the moons.
Our joint mission was to break and end the Lunar Triaxis invasion through full-scale strategy, tactical guerilla maneuvers, and the good ol' military ultra-violence. All this with X-TFs. Not an easy mission, considering how nasty and hi-tech the invaders were and the unholy alliance we have to make with the Reds. Nothing worthwhile ever is. But guess what - we kicked serious Triaxis keister, and thanks to us, the invasion flew to pieces like a 3D puzzle.
With Operation: Erwachen ending a complete disaster, General MAX and we decided to bring the war directly to the doorstep of the Lunar Triaxis' home turf... and for that purpose was born the assault starshuttle GEMINI and tomorrow's Experimental Stealth Team "Nightghosts", hailing from a possible future of AP 96. Of course, the Reds want payback too for the Nacht - which explains IKON and the "Chernos", also hailing from the possible future.
After a day's thought, agreement and preparation (although we would've used the Hunos neonuke silos on the Magor base... but let's save the best for last), the West Union and the East Concordium - and General MAX and Polaris - launch a joint assault mission to the moons on Magor.
Operation: Luna's Ghosts.
Our mission to make the Triaxis devil Charon and his shock-troopers pay dearly for that night was well underway. Not without some... "detours", however.
AP 72: Concordium Invasion
AP 84-91: Pannonis War 3
AP 96: The Visitor Invasion
AP 96-99: Alien GENESIS
AP 99: End of an Era