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Old May 26th, 2006, 09:48 AM
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During a recent private discussion with Daryen, I had an idea about the controversial Aslan invasions of the Domain of Deneb during the Rebellion. (Even after 15 years of discussion I can still get a new idea once in a while -- amazing ).

It's not a cure-all. There are lots of the inconsistent stuff that it doesn't explain (like the various invasions of high-population worlds). At most, it's a nudge in the right direction. But at least it's in the right direction.

It's this: Norris wants ihatei settlers. A certain type of ihatei settlers, that is.

Norris is facing a long, drawn-out war against the Zhodani (actually, he's facing a swift defeat, but he has to plan for the possibility that the Zhodani mess up and his side gets lucky over and over again). If he does manage to stall the attack, he'll need all the reinforcements he can get. Aslans are loyal and dependable (as long as you keep an eye on them and don't tempt them too far). They are industrious and pay their taxes. They have a tradition of military service. Some of them bring along their own cruisers (obsolescent cruisers, true, but they'll be useful for fending of other ihatei [img]smile.gif[/img] ).

So Norris' deputy (Tranathief?) is going to have secret orders to help the right kind of ihatei set up shop. The kind that is willing to swear fealthy to the Imperium and is numerous enough and well enough equipped to be an asset right off the bat. Take, for instance, a fleet composed of three of those typical ihatei squadrons described in Rebellion Sourcebook. Plunk them down somewhere and you'll have 60,000 model citizens. They're carrying 90,000 dT of colony equipment, which means that they can be productive in very short order. And they're accompanied by 6 light cruisers. Not bad, provided you can get them.

However, Norris can't allow the member worlds to know the truth, because the land he is planning to give away doesn't actually belong to him, it belongs to the border worlds. And for five centuries the border worlds have had a policy of keeping the Aslans at bay. So he has to pretend that these new citizens invaded on their own initiative.

Of course, it won't just be the desirable (friendly) ihatei that Norris' invitation will attract. Others will show up without an invitation. Most of them will be fended off, but there will be some that manages to grab some land and hold on to it. The various canonical atrocities will be due to this category.

[I]"It also has to make sense."[/I]
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