Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Causes Of Conflicts
The Merseians are aggressive imperialists and the decadent Terran Empire stands in their way. The Merseians learn that a rogue planet will hit Saxo, causing it to nova and destroy its planets. One such planet, Starkad, is inhabited by two intelligent species, land-dwellers and sea-dwellers, who are natural enemies like men and wolves. The Merseians begin to help the sea-dwellers, thus ensuring that the Terrans will help the land-dwellers. They carefully and gradually escalate the conflict while stalling peace negotiations. They hope to manipulate the Terrans into massing their fleet around Saxo at just the right time. The nova will vaporize the fleet and the Merseians will invade Earth. Enter Dominic Flandry.
Assessment: a plausible account of an interstellar Cold War scenario - granted the implausible premise of an FTL drive.
Jerry Pournelle and SM Stirling
The CoDominium regularly dumps involuntary colonists from Welfare slums onto the terraformed planet, Sparta, while a Senator, for his own imperialist reasons, covertly funds Spartan insurrection.
Assessment: A less plausible scenario? But carefully designed to enable its authors to describe land combat in a terrestroid environment.