Mass mobilisation for World War Three?

Mass mobilisation for a world war level conflict would need the country to repeat what it did for WW1 & WW2. Discussion I’ve read on twitter amongst those interested and knowledgable about defence (a mixture of serving officers, military historians and political observers) suggests that Britain has a real problem with the level of defence…

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No Bombing Syria – it only helps ISIS

The UK Parliament has a vote this evening about bombing Syria. I’ve said before (On Syria, 2013) that I believe that bombing Syria would be a mistake. Here’s a summary of why it doesn’t help: No matter how careful we will kill civilians that we should be protecting It will cement the view that the West…

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East End Explosions

I’ve been exploring the world of Perfects with some friends by running a roleplaying session with the Full Moon games group playing the senior officers of a police counter-terrorism group. More details on Operation Hawkeye. I couldn’t resist writing some press stories as a result of the session. East Ended! Brave cops foil GM terror group…

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Five Reasons for Establishing a Colony

In looking through my notes from previous story and game design ideas I came across one about the reasons why colonies might be set up. This was primarily for a set of scenarios for science fiction games set in Jim Wallman’s Universe that a group of us having been playing around the Full Moon each…

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Megagame: Invasion from Mars – the end

Dateline 3127.160 General Buck’s HQ, BRADLEY It’s all over bar the talking. Army Group West is now all back on the East Continent. With due pomp and ceremony (we got a band in) the Mech Brigade left by sea and then my HQ flew out. I was the last member of the DRC forces to…

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Megagame: Invasion from Mars 11

Dateline 3127.150-154 General Buck’s advanced HQ, FAREAST The political negotiations continue, there is much discussion of setting up a supra-national bode to co-ordinate trade, although I do not believe that our government is terribly keen on this idea unless there are appropriate safeguards in place. I have done another deal and persuaded the New Cydonia…

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Megagame: Invasion from Mars 10

Dateline 317.145-149 General Buck’s advanced HQ, FAREAST, West Continent, Cydonia Having brokered a deal via the Earther Military Attaché the Infantry Brigade near ENSEMBLE is flown to BRADLEY (the DRC capital city) by the shuttles of the North Continental Company. This happily bolsters the defences in the capital just in case there is any unpleasantness…

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Megagame: Invasion from Mars 09

Dateline 3127.140-144 General Buck’s Advanced HQ on West Continent, Cydonia The cease-fire holds and the politicals keep on talking, apparently the discussions have been focussed on the acts of terrorism against the DRC and that this was a legitimate casus belli. The NCC and DMC have been taken to task over their refusal (so far)…

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Megagame: Invasion from Mars 08

Dateline 3127.135-140 General Buck’s advanced HQ on West Continent, Cydonia The politicians have agreed the cease-fire. The terms are that we need to evacuate the West Continent and the Martians will occupy behind us. A political conference has started on MITLAND island to come to a negotiated end to the war (although this is expected…

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Megagame: Invasion from Mars 07

Dateline 3127.130-134 General Buck’s advanced HQ on West Continent, Cydonia It is looking increasingly likely that there will be a cease-fire to allow political negotiations, but this is not yet fully agreed. More negotiations with local commanders about the evacuation of the Infantry Brigade near ENSEMBLE. The MAFC General still cannot give assurances. I order…

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