In a move widely described by military analysts as “unexpected” today, the Soviet government announced that it will immediately begin sending military forces to the New Weimar Republic to protect the system from “unwarranted German aggression”. While the first vanguard of ships to arrive in the Vega System are comprised of smaller planetary defence corvettes and frigates, the possibility has not been ruled out that larger ships may be redeployed as well.
The deployment of military vessels to the Vega system puts the Soviet Union in direct conflict with the Sol Doctrine, an agreement written nearly 200 years ago when humanity first began colonizing new worlds. However, the Doctrine has been criticized as being hopelessly out of date.
“The Sol Doctrine was signed at a time when the Democratic Federation, Greater German Reich, Empire of Japan, and Soviet Union were the only real interstellar powers. Now we have the Brazilian Unitary, New Weimar Republic, and dozens of smaller factions which have settled on the planets covered by the treaty,” says Nathan Pike, a professor of history at the University of Atlantica in the Oceanic Federation. “While the Sol Doctrine was instrumental in preventing the superpowers from settling too close to Earth, in modern times the only thing it has done is allow a rampant spread of piracy in the Solar Sector. Indeed, ship losses to pirates in the region are second only to the lawless Luktopia Confederacy, which was recently categorized as a failed state.”
Still, while the Sol Doctrine is behind the times, many are still wary of the Soviet interest in Vega. “A Soviet fleet in the Solar Sector, no matter how small, threatens to destabilize the entire region. What can we hope to do if they send in a Moscow or Odessa class warship?” commented Peter Campbell, planetary Governor of Alpha Centauri.
While the Soviet Union has assured Solar Sector governments they have no plans to divert capital ships from the German border, for some that isn’t enough. For the BBC, I’m Jane Perry, reporting from Vega.
And in some out of universe updates today, the second part of our three part look into the Dawn of Victory Storyline has been released. So check it out below.
The first part of our storyline trailers can be found here or on our ModDB video page.