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Since the last battle at Baham the Unbidden have halted their activities in the Vurxac border with Wessari space somewhat, however the signal and intelligence stations still receiving alarming number of Unbidden ship reports. The Unbidden strength is estimated at 100 fleets which has fleet power of 90k each. Although they are separated and there might be hope in defeating them in detail, it would be foolish to pin hope there as they all form part of the whole. A static war seem to have resulted with Unbidden giving the Wessari some space and concentrating on the weaker neighbours of Vurxac and Korinth.
The Wessari nation itself is difficult to mobilise as 60 billion Wessaris are hedonists, not caring much beyond their pleasure domes. Approximately 1 billion disliked the single-minded pursuit for pleasure and seek to do something else with their infinitismal lives. Although that is plenty to recruit warriors from, it showed a general apathy towards the war. This would change as their border world of Bardegan is getting invaded by bold Unbidden forces.
The Wessari battlefleet required prodigious amount of energy to maintain, and they had fortunately maintained powerplants from their glory days - the tremendous class-4 singularity generators. Opening portal to various dimensions and worlds, the singularity generators are capable of creating massive amount of energy, without pollution or side effects. They also created dark dimensional portals that fetched Dark Matter and Energy, to use on their massive warships. As Precursor artefacts, those facilities did not require personnel to man them. The Hyperion shipyards once activated, started to gather resources and assembled warships automatically. The economy is not infinite, however, and the Empire had to watch the upkeep of those fleets.
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On a side note, the inhabitants of Cradle had passed a motion to create more parks and outdoor spaces, believing any war would be a short one
 

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Ser J'Khanna stayed for several days in Oppidum, conversing amongst the humans the Wessari brought to the Preserve over the last few thousand years. He'd enjoyed the simple life very much, and hoped to become a Preserver when he retired from the Imperial Navy. He would have to commence offensive against the Unbidden soon, but first he must go somewhere else. The ancient archives of Photar, located in the broken world of Sister in Tallasus.

The world became broken in the Great Sorrow, and in it stored the secret weapons of war that was deemed too dangerous to let loose. He never thought he would have to use them again.
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The planet reeked of death, he thought.
On the icy world that reminded the world of Wessari destruction, he found the data archive containing construction plans of their largest spacefaring vessel - the Rakshasa class Fleet
Carrier. It is time to ignite the hyperforges and prepare for attack.
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2110, J12356 Galaxy, Matrioshka Brain – controller’s centre

“This memory fragment seems interesting, “ said the auditor Fenix. He was tasked to look at a portion of the Stukov memory crystals, and was going through years 1940-1950.

February 1st, 1946

Kremlin Senate, Moscow

Stukov presided over a meeting with his Politburo members. The meeting was held under tight security and the conversations strictly classified. To ensure no word gets out, he borrowed some Alari marines guarding the building and its rooms. Being psionic warriors if anyone ever thought about double crossing him, well… the gulag always has a spot. He abhorred Stalin’s lavish banquets and wine and only arranged for light refreshments. The attendees were warned that the meeting could take a long time and toilet breaks would be frowned upon.

After several years in power, the Politburo got used to Stukov’s style. Voicing different opinions are not capital offences; however, in the end, all plan has to funnel down to two ideas, and Stukov would make a decision on which choice to take. The Politburo would then align to that single idea. If anyone objects after the decision have been made… well, he’d better have a damn good reason. In any case, this hasn’t happened yet, his orders were strictly followed. Stalin despised incompetence and Stukov inherited that habit, and not subtlely mentioned that plenty of the nomenclature will line up for the position of a minister if one was to retire…

And recorders, damn those recorders. Being obsessive about being above board, Stukov had recordings of all of the meetings, no doubt for posterity purposes. Drunkenness and profanity are not allowed anymore. And it's just too hard to weasel out of something that they’ve said and they had to be careful. This meeting, however, is going to be top secret for 100 years, and who knew if the tapes are even in working condition by then. They would be dismayed to learn of things like memory crystals, then.

At 10.am the meeting started, and all of the Politburo including Ivan sat at a handcrafted table made of sequoia wood, a gift from the US President Roosevelt. Well, he supplied the timber, the skilled craftsman of Siberia with the laser tools did the cutting. It was a surprising product of USA-USSR cooperation. Stukov motioned the interior minister, Kosygin to speak. It would become a custom that the General Secretary would not speak first in Soviet meetings, besides usual perfunctory greetings.

“Our industrial production has rising prodigiously, steel output grew by 500%, iron ore mined grew by 800%, and we are the largest producer of crude oil, bar none.”

“As part of the industrial committee I would like to acknowledge the General Secretary’s work during the Great Patriotic War, it was truly without equals.”

Bootlicker, someone in the meeting snorted. A critic, thought Stukov.

“We are actively prospecting natural gas in the Siberian basins if we find another giant field it would be tremendous, “ continued Kosygin.

“And how are the plastics and electronics industries that I requested last time?” Stukov asked

“In progress, Comrade Stukov. We’re trying to poach all the physics /chemistry grads from the US universities, this could take a while.”

Right. He knew how crucial telecommunications would be in the future, but there are just not enough educated men in the Union, which is a source of frustration.

“Have you tried looking in Pennsylvania?” He asked. His spies told him that the USA was about to unveil its first computer. In Upenn.

“We have infiltrated their university, we’ll bring the design of their computer to the Union, I…”

Stukov waved for the next person to speak, this time, the Agricultural & Health Minister

“Food production has recovered to pre-30s levels, we have also insured ourselves by buying a massive amount of potatoes from overseas, mainly the US. We have rationed the cereals and curtailed alcohol production from grains.

“However, Liberated European nations are still facing a shortage, we have tried to source more food from our neighbours, but it looks like we need to use strategic reserves.

“Canada and Australia have a surplus of food; however they are likely to charge us through the nose for it.”

Stukov thought about this for a second. Looks like he needs to move his own ‘strategic reserves’. Hydroponics is a thing in the galactic civilisation, maybe he could just ask them for help on this one.

The US will not be aiding war-torn Europe, maybe because they’ve all gone red.

“Leave it to me, I’ll fix it”. Stukov said, again handwaving the Ag Minister away. The Politburo trembled, for the last time Stukov did the dismissive wave, lots of people ended up in a place called Kamchatka.

He gestured towards Molotov, motioning him to speak.

“At the behest of our General Secretary I have prepared a plan of aid to our European satellites, tying them closer to us. Here is the budget” He passed several papers around the desk.

“100 billion rubles? Have you gone insane?” said one of the attendees

Stukov made a shushing motion. “How much is the ruble exchange rate right now? to the dollar, please”. He asked plainly.

Molotov gave everyone a look. “Currently, our official ratio is 1:1.3” pause. “That means 1.3 rubles buy one American dollar.”

“And the black market?” Stukov pursued.

“It’s sitting at 1: 0.7.”

Gasp around the desk. The exchange rate reflects that ruble is much more desirable than the US dollar at this point.

“We will not be paying them in species but in kind. We have the industrial capacity to make all the goods they need and then some. Not to mention this will be a massive boon to our own economy…”

Stukov remained silent, having such a large amount of funds would mean the Far East factories need expansion, which means the reconstruction of the war-torn states, good.

Molotov continued “Because of our factories’ unexpected efficiencies (cough cough), 100 billion over 10 years is eminently doable. We will have France, Italy and Germany added to our sphere of influence. Think of the possibilities.”

After several more rounds of other discussions, Stukov dropped another bomb

“About our health care system, I think we need a big overhaul,” said Stukov. No longer was he willing to put up with substandard care, when he had the galaxy’s advanced tech at his disposal.

“Universal care, for our repatriated soldiers. We need more doctors and nurses, to be able to fulfil the universal care pledge. Its currently in shambles.” He continued.

“Socialised medicine should be available for everyone in the Union, I say we embark on this plan, sooner than later. The capitalists dare not attack us now that we have the Atlantic wall and the A-bomb.”

The rest of the meeting is spent carving up the world into work projects, in order of timeframe. The folder marked ‘soon’ has a map of Asia in it.

Thus was the Soviet Health Service reborn.



Memory fragment two
Later on the same day. 1946

Kremlin office 351, the Alarians are having a meeting with Stukov using holographic technology

“What? We will not be giving out MedBay facilities to everyone in the Union! That is directly interfering with your species evolution, might I say that it would have adverse effects!” The Historian huffed.

“And yet you call yourselves the Enlightened species…. What if a child is dying in front of you, would you still refuse to help?” said Stukov. He was getting good with a flexipad and called some images up.

“Have a look at these children… infectious diseases, parasites, congenital anomalies unfixable using current human technology. Would you just let them die?”

We need a way to cure people from the nanoparticle level, thought Stukov.

The ethics issues seem to be a quagmire, the Historian thought. They’d be opening a can of worms no matter what they do.

“I agree with Stukov. It is unbecoming of our civilisation to stand by, and let the suffering continue,” Hephaniara added.

“Are we considering our resources? If we were to aid the health efforts of the Union our own departure time could be considerably lengthened, up to 2013.” The Historian said.

“Besides having a MedBay facility would be painting a large target on ourselves, no way can this be explained away by mysterious factory efficiency increases!”

“I think we already exposed ourselves… the war machines we used, the amount of industry we output, and the swiftness of the takeover… the capitalists are not stupid, they can sniff this one out” Stukov answered.

“Our personnel are safe from detection, “ the Radical said. “Any contact would have their memories cleared, they cannot sight us.” The Scout would agree, he thought.

“True but it doesn’t prevent them from coming up with conspiracy theories,” Stukov answered. I have an entire department dedicated to feeding the US fake news, he thought, they better be good.

“Pardon me, if we can pare down the existing MedBays to focus on human physiology only, we should be able to construct several machines a month, “ the Engineer also chimed in. “However this will delay the departure time as someone said before.”

“Which means you have to hold the capitalists at bay for longer.” The Historian said. He is not liking this at all.

“If it means having a health system or not, I’d rather contend with the capitalists", answered Stukov.

The committee ended up granting Stukov’s request of medical aid and established academies that would have holographic teachers in them. The health services greatly expanded in the Union.
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The Wessari Empire has 8 systems, and each world has a hyper forge. Thus 8 assault carriers are commissioned, with the battlecruisers holding the Unbidden at bay. It would take several months before the larger ships are ready for combat. Ser J'Khanna received his mission from the Emperor himself : first find their dimensional portal, then close it for good.
The border forces have joined him in removing the Unbidden fleets, while the main fleet jumped towards the epicentre of darkness : the Quiet Dark system

The main fleet had to make a stop midway in the Dongar system.
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The Unbidden fleets have withdrawn from contested space to defend their wormhole
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The Wessari wasted no time in fortifying the systems around themselves

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The final showdown between the extradimensional terrors and the Awoken Empire:

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