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The Xahian Crusade

Driven by the philosophy of the The Sevenfold Path, the Federation of Xah spread out from its home system of Xah in a crusade that allowed for no negotiation, and only complete surrender of all of humanity under its unifying philosophy. This crusade saw a lengthy stalemate, brought about by the unexpected tenacity of the Northup Alliance and the near-suicidal threat from the League of Unaligned Systems.   In the early 400's, the invention of the FourDrive saw a renewal of the Crusade, with the defeat of the League of Unaligned Systems and a failed attempt to remove the Northup Alliance which had reverse engineered the FourDrive and began to expand rapidly. The Crusade then shifted from a purely military conflict, into a race to colonise as many worlds as possible expanding the philosophy of the Federation. In this, the Xahians had more success, as their artificial breeding programs were able to increase their population much faster than the Alliance's more natural means.   By the seventeenth century, expansion was still going on, and the Federation was in an uneasy Cold War with its rival, all the while having to put down rebellion and insurgency within its own systems. The unexpected encounter with the advanced but inscrutable Ghalimi aliens has now complicated matters, as the Federation of Xah examines its priorities in the face of this new faction.

The Conflict

Prelude

From the beginning of the formation of the The Sevenfold Path, Xahian leaders knew war would be inevitable and that humanity would 1ever surrender its freedoms voluntarily. The Warrior caste was, as well as being an integral part of the Path, essential for the upcoming conflicts. It took several decades of careful genetic selection, but ultimately the Leaders felt the Xahians were ready and the Crusade began.

Deployment

At the forefront of the Federation of Xah's expansion was the Warrior Caste, genetically engineered and bred to be superlative fighters, and far superior to anything that non-selected humanity had to offer. Whilst at the start, the Warrior Caste relied upon technology similar to that from before the Amnesiac Virus event, the first few systems annexed by the Xahians revealed a trove of advanced technologies, and enabled the Technical Caste to significantly improve the tool available.   Within twenty years of the start of the Crusade, the now familiar and ubiqitous Xahian Power Armour was a common sight on the battlefield, and the Rhincodon Class Crusier became the herald for Xahian intentions.   At the start of the crusade, there were approximately 800 million front-line Soldiers available to the Warrior caste, but after a number of intense conflicts with high-tech worlds that resisted annexation, the Leaders authorised a large up-scale in the production of Warriors, and by the time the Crusade came to its first pause, there were 16.5 billion Soldiers fighting for the cause.   With the massive expansion of human settlements into the galaxy, numbers have increased exponentially, and the Federation of Xah can call upon close to 5 quintillion members of the Warrior caste to defend itself.
Conflict Type
Military Campaign
Start Date
1 XC
Ending Date
245 XC

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    Beginning of Crusade
    Military action

    With its home system fully under the The Sevenfold Path, the Leader Caste finally allows for the beginning of the Crusade. Thousands of ships, billions of Warriors and many more from supporting Castes passes through the Keyhole to GJ 1054 B

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    GJ 1054 B
    Military action

    GJ 1054 B was a lightly inhabited system that had survived the Amnesiac Virus, with a technocratic religion that ensured maintenance of the vital systems. Careful negotiation by Xah's Leader caste meant takeover of the orbital was quick, and largely non-violent. It was discovered soon after that a primary focus of the colony was clandestine weapon research and the wealth of technologies found on the site allowed Xah to build their first specialised combat vessels.

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    Hip 20968
    Military action

    Despite being a small colony, the religious extremists of Hip 20968 proved difficult to suppress and the Leader caste sanctioned the orbital destruction of the colony after four months of heavy fighting.

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    BD-21°1051
    Military action

    BD-21°1051, or Nauter as it is known to the locals, was the first system encountered by the Federation of Xah that retained a relatively high level of technology, and even had an old weapon testing facility orbiting its companion star.   This was the first real test of the Warrior caste against a strong opponent and saw the development of the Xahian Power Armour during the conflict. Eventually the world was brought into compliance after nine and half years of war that saw just over 50 billion civilian deaths, most of whom were killed in an initial orbital bombardment of the main world in an unsuccessful attempt by Xah to shock the population into surrender.

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    Viðrjǫrð
    Military action

    Viðrjǫrð, or NN 3325, was the largest occupied system that the Federation of Xah had encountered, with almost 560 billion inhabitants. It's Norse inspired, high tech, but warlike culture let to a protracted war with the Xahians that lasted almost 15 and half years and saw 168 billion deaths, mainly Viðrjǫrð civilians who fought to the last breath to earn their place in Valhalla.   Compliance was eventually obtained after the destruction of several Viðrjǫrð cities by orbital bombardment, destroying the centre of their religion. The strong fighting spirit of the population saw a detailed examination of the Viðrjǫrð genome and a number of improvements to the Warrior caste.

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    GL 190
    Military action

    Gliese 190, known locally as just '190', was another high tech civilisation in close proximity to Viðrjǫrð, and the two systems had limited contact. With the devastating war with Viðrjǫrð over, the Federation of Xah paused for five years to rebuild its strength before moving onto 190.   The conquest of 190 was far less destructive, but still saw almost 50 billion deaths from an original population of over 200 billion. Eventually, the leaders of 190 sued for peace and accepted an unconditional surrender, although partisan rebellions continued for decades afterwards.

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    Gotrek
    Military action

    The Federation of Xah had high hopes that the largely peaceful society in the BD-03°1123 system, centered on the planet Gotrek, would surrender without the kind of losses seen around Viðrjǫrð and 190. Hopes were dashed when the outward peaceful nature of the system was due to the strong militaristic nature of the system's authorities.   The conflict was the longest yet, and it took the Xahians 17 years to bring the system into a state of compliance, and with casualties of over 180 billion, it was the bloodiest so far. Gotrek had boasted a number of space elevators, and a dozen orbital habitats, all of which were destroyed in the fighting.

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    Accueil
    Military action

    The invasion of Accueil was the last battle in the Homelands Alliance Conflict, and the end of the last significantly organised faction the Federation of Xah encountered before the Northup Alliance. It was also the bloodiest conflict in the whole crusade, with the Warrior caste losing 8 and half billion, and the Accueilians suffering 230 billion military and civilian casualties in the 9 and half years of the war.

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    Candenus
    Military action

    Gliese 680, also known as Candenus, was the last large-scale battle until the current pause in open hostilities. A high-tech civilisation that had only recently re-started interplanetary travel, it had evidently received word of the crusade's approach in advance and had fortified the system as best as it could. It's modest armed forces retreated into a guerrilla warfare that took the Federation of Xah over 21 years to finally root out. Over 74 billion Candenusians had died in the conflict, and it was the greatest loss of Warrior lives since the conflict around Zeta Tucanae three years prior.

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    Beginning of the Xahian Crusade
    Military action

    The Federation of Xah begins its crusade to unify all human worlds under the The Sevenfold Path. This is the date from which the Federation starts its calendar from.

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