We will not suffer treason. These terrorists are gambling with the lives of Jovian citizens. We must respond, and we cannot respond with half-measures.
It is time to face our foes. The Jovians outnumber us. For each one of us there's a hundred of them. They are trained soldiers, talented soldiers. But this is our home. No-one knows Ganymede like we do, we know the depths and the dark heart of our Moon. From Dardanus to the Ghost Sea of Menefer, Ganymede will protect us.
We wanted this war least of all. It is Ganymedean blood that is being shed. We tried to win our freedom in the fields of diplomacy. Backhanded Jovian tactics forced us to the battlefield.
Negotiations and Aftermath
Keeping Hostages or Peace?
Lo and behold, this once great Senate now stoops to appeasing indignant moons. The people of Jupiter, and perhaps more importantly, the dignity of Jupiter cast to the wayside.
Damn, this is some incredible stuff!!! And I admire your ability for succinct explanations, an article I'm currently writing is showing that that is something I lack. Good stuff, and I like how you developed this fascinating conflict!
Thank you so much! This article was cowritten with Skye, and went through several rounds of line edits. It helps to be two people to get things succinct.
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
"Peacekeeping force", eh? XD Really great overview of the conflict, and I really like the quotes that bring life to the different stages. I also love the glimpses that each moon isn't just an ***genous entity, but has factions and different nations and everything. Really great job. :)
What do you mean, peace and force are oxymorons? :) Thank you! What you just highlighted was also very much what I was going for. I'm glad it came across! I totally understand why traditional space operas go for the single biomes and simplifies things, but I want work my way towards some really crunchy political complexity. I thought showing a moon with multiple nations on it would have an stronger impact than describing the same thing on a planet, and I hope that using the kind of political mess that can come from that as an instigating moment makes it stick out more than simply bringing it up in passing.
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
Yeeees, I love it! <3
I like what you did with the quotes and columns, very stylish, kept me hooked through the entire read :]
Glad to hear it! Articles like this can get a bit dense, so I'm glad to hear it helped you!
FASCINATING. I'm obsessed with all the layers and how well you present everything. I don't know what else to say other than I love it.
Thank you so much!
This was an incredible piece to read, and it sparked many positive and negative emotions. The entirety of the conflict looks like it went through a lot of phases. With 16 months and the events here, I can only imagine how intense it must've been to the Ganimedeans, how they sought a chance to get around the blockade and the dramatic outcomes of individual battles and strifes. And the cost of independence for the civilians... And even now that the conflict has ended it still feels like it's smouldering underground, ready to start unexpectedly in the upcoming future. Great piece of work. It makes me curious to think about how those particular events impacted the future. Thank you for a fantastic read.
No, thank you! I'm very glad the article captured some of the complexity of extended conflicts like this, and that it has you intrigued for what the future of Solaris holds.