Quest Deep Periphery Quest (Battletech Sandbox Empire Builder)

Reluctant rise to power... a beginning

LordSunhawk

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Location: Griffin's Roost. 2 months journey Rimward and Anti-Spinward of McEvedy’s Folly.


The fires had mostly been extinguished, although tendrils of smoke still curled lazily into the tauntingly blue sky of what should have been a truly lovely day in Griffsport, the capital city of the planet Griffin's Roost. The crackle of gunfire as the last remnants of the defeated raid were dealt with, the howl of emergency sirens, and incongruously the typical morning chorus of tropical birds mingled together.


You had awakened in the rooms once occupied by your parents, wishing desperately that the last several days had never happened. That you hadn’t been thrust into a role you had never really trained for.


That you weren’t suddenly Queen. That your parents weren’t dead, that your brothers and sisters weren’t dead, that your little nephew who bounced on your knee and called you Auntie Jack wasn’t dead. That the emergency bunker they’d been in hadn’t taken a direct hit from a crashing dropship and obliterated.


You had done well in school as a child, your parents insisting on sending their children to the same schools as the regular citizens rather than insisting on special treatment. And after you’d graduated you’d -


-[] Joined the Military
--[] as an ASF pilot
--[] as a tank commander
--[] as an infantry officer
--[] as a logistics officer
--[] as an intelligence officer
--[] as an MP
-[] Pursued an advanced degree
--[] Economics
--[] Political Science
--[] Journalism
--[] Law
--[] Medical School
--[] Science
---[] Physics
---[] Chemistry
---[] Archaeology
---[] Astronomy
---[] Computer Science
--[] Engineering
---[] Mechanical Engineering
---[] Chemical Engineering
---[] Electrical Engineering
---[] Computer Engineering
---[] Civil Enginering

You’d been proud of your accomplishments! You’d felt qualified, you’d earned your success, not had it given to you on a silver platter. And now… now you had to rule, you had to rebuild a shattered government, bind up the wounds of an angry and injured planet, and lead them into the future.

You grit your teeth and forced yourself to face the day. To face the future. You had no choice, it was all on your shoulders. Everything your parents had done to consolidate their rule over a divided and fractious planet, everything your grandfather had done to crush the last remnants of warlordism and banditry, everything your great-grandfather had done defending civilization from the madness of apocalyptic cults that sought to bring about annihilation for all. It all came down to you. Would you stand? Or would you fall…

At least you’d have advisors to assist, you knew that at least. Most of the administration was more or less intact, even if the capital building and the bunker concealed beneath it that housed the senior leadership of the state was destroyed. So you had your pick of advisors, some perhaps a little too eager to serve, some willing to serve out of a sense of patriotic obligation, some just as grimly determined as the rest of your people to see this out, and win.

-[] Military
--[] Frederick Wolf
--[] Carrie Hampton
--[] Leah Goodwin
--[] Don Stanley
--[] Mack Hogan
--[] Wilson Russel
-[] Interior
--[] Tyler Lee
--[] Deborah Ryan
--[] Jeannie Butler
--[] Nick Richardson
--[] Harry Norton
--[] Robin Wheeler
-[] Diplomatic
--[] Miranda Young
--[] Rafael Brady
--[] Terry Harper
--[] Molly Ball
--[] Danielle Becker
--[] Dwayne Guerroro
-[] Political
--[] Keith Aguilar
--[] Kelli Prat
--[] Eleanor Chapman
--[] Josh Baldwin
--[] Silvia Murray
--[] Jean Newman
-[] Research
--[] Grace Palmer
--[] Donald Pearson
--[] Cynthia Moss
--[] Sue Morton
--[] Antonio Mcdaniel
--[] Hugh Horton
-[] Intelligence
--[] Juanita Bailey
--[] John Rodgers
--[] Sarah Moreno
--[] Craig Castillo
--[] Nicolas Ortega
--[] Suzanne Sims
-[] Justice
--[] Bradford Santos
--[] Janet Chambers
--[] Suzanne Robertson
--[] Charles Austin
--[] Pedro Ray
--[] Delia Greene

You realize that you also should plan on giving a planetary address, to calm the fears of the people and raise their spirits. For all the losses, the unknown enemies who’d attacked out of the blackness of space had failed, they’d been defeated… and your… yours now… subjects deserved to know about what you intended.

-[] Write in a description of the speech

Quest details, rules, and everything else related to the quest are located HERE.

Voting will be open until Monday, June 15th noon Arizona time.
 
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Arlos

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[X]Only the best.
-[X] Joined the Military
--[X] as an infantry officer
-[X] Economics
-[X] Frederick Wolf
-[X] Tyler Lee
-[X] Miranda Young
-[X] Eleanor Chapman
-[X] Grace Palmer
-[X] Juanita Bailey
-[X] Janet Chambers
-[X] Make a passionate speech, promising that never again will you allow such a tragedy to befall your people, never again will you be caught unprepared, not only will you ramp military spending, but you vow to do your utmost to find out where those people came from and what exactly is the situation outside of your nation.

is that Ok?
Who need Stability when you have competences in spade anyways? :p
 
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Bear Ribs

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And after you’d graduated you’d -

[X]First we get the Money, then we get the 'Mechs
-[X] Pursued an advanced degree
--[X] Economics

-[X] Military
--[X] Wilson Russel
-[X] Interior
--[X] Deborah Ryan
-[X] Diplomatic
--[X] Miranda Young
-[X] Political
--[X] Jean Newman
-[X] Research
--[X] Antonio McDaniel
-[X] Intelligence
--[X] Suzanne Sims
-[X] Justice
--[X] Bradford Santos

-[X] Write in a description of the speech
Emphasize unity and preparedness. Avoid talking about vengeance so as not to give talking points to political enemies if we never find the specific raiders involved. Instead stress that the government is going to take action to make sure it never happens again and that all of us need to pull together to make sure of it.

Edited: For the list of advisors do we have any information on their personalities or anything like that? Or are we just voting for their names at this point?
 
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LordSunhawk

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The full descriptions are in the available advisors tab of the quest details google sheet. Gives the associated bonuses/maluses as well as a short blurb of their personality.
 

kelgar04

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[X]Only the best.
-[X] Joined the Military
--[X] as an infantry officer
-[X] Economics
-[X] Frederick Wolf
-[X] Tyler Lee
-[X] Miranda Young
-[X] Grace Palmer
-[X] Juanita Bailey
-[X] Janet Chambers
-[X] Make a passionate speech, promising that never again will you allow such a tragedy to befall your people, never again will you be caught unprepared, not only will you ramp military spending, but you vow to do your utmost to find out where those people came from and what exactly is the situation outside of your nation.
 
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And after you’d graduated you’d -

[X]Recovery and resurgence
--[X] Medical School
--[x] Carrie Hampton (ASF are the first line of defense against the attackers from the void)
--[x] Deborah Ryan (is she also Batman?)
--[x] Rafael Brady (seems safe choice)
--[x] Josh Baldwin (does he have a Scottish accent and swears a lot?)
--[x] Grace Palmer (seems to be a balanced choice)
--[x] Nicolas Ortega (somebody needs to prickle the press)
--[x] Delia Greene (got to bust the corruption)
-[X] You emphasize the loss that you and the world suffer, how the worldview of the people has been upended by this sudden and savage attack. Then reiterate the determination to lead the nation through the crisis and protect the people from the dangers, just like your ancestors did.

And an idea I just had, perhaps Jacqie was designated survivor because she was doing some work some distance from the capital.
 
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[X] Steady as the Ship of State Goes - Calm, Deliberate Action.
-[X] Joined the Military
--[X] as an intelligence officer
-[X] Pursued an advanced degree
--[X] Economics
-[X] Military
--[X] Don Stanley
-[X] Interior
--[X] Deborah Ryan
-[X] Diplomatic
--[X] Molly Ball
-[X] Political
--[X] Josh Baldwin
-[X] Research
--[X] Donald Pearson
-[X] Intelligence
--[X] Juanita Bailey
-[X] Justice
--[X] Bradford Santos

-[X] Speech contents will be the usual, how we all share in the sorrow of those lost to this dastardly attack, how we must come together in this time of trial. We are one world, one people, we will survive, rebuild, and find those who did this to us. But for now, let us bind our wounds, rebuild and make us a better world. Deemphasize vengeance, simply because it's not possible right now. Emphasize unity, shared history, and the potential of our world.
 
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LordSunhawk

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Just a reminder to remember the format for plan submissions.

[] Plan Name
-[] Entries

Arlos got it right, if the others could edit their plans to that format it would be great.
 
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Jarow

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[X]Only the best with political advice
-[X] Joined the Military
--[X] as an infantry officer
-[X] Economics
-[X] Frederick Wolf
-[X] Tyler Lee
-[X] Miranda Young
-[X] Eleanor Chapman
-[X] Grace Palmer
-[X] Juanita Bailey
-[X] Janet Chambers
-[X] Make a passionate speech, promising that never again will you allow such a tragedy to befall your people, never again will you be caught unprepared, not only will you ramp military spending, but you vow to do your utmost to find out where those people came from and what exactly is the situation outside of your nation.

I liked the "only the best" plan, but it had no political advisor. So here's my slight variation that does have one
 

Arlos

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[X]Only the best with political advice
-[X] Joined the Military
--[X] as an infantry officer
-[X] Economics
-[X] Frederick Wolf
-[X] Tyler Lee
-[X] Miranda Young
-[X] Eleanor Chapman
-[X] Grace Palmer
-[X] Juanita Bailey
-[X] Janet Chambers
-[X] Make a passionate speech, promising that never again will you allow such a tragedy to befall your people, never again will you be caught unprepared, not only will you ramp military spending, but you vow to do your utmost to find out where those people came from and what exactly is the situation outside of your nation.

I liked the "only the best" plan, but it had no political advisor. So here's my slight variation that does have one
Ah, sorry about that, I modified my vote now to include it.
@kelgar04
 

kelgar04

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[X]Only the best.
-[X] Joined the Military
--[X] as an infantry officer
-[X] Economics
-[X] Frederick Wolf
-[X] Tyler Lee
-[X] Miranda Young
-[X] Eleanor Chapman
-[X] Grace Palmer
-[X] Juanita Bailey
-[X] Janet Chambers
-[X] Make a passionate speech, promising that never again will you allow such a tragedy to befall your people, never again will you be caught unprepared, not only will you ramp military spending, but you vow to do your utmost to find out where those people came from and what exactly is the situation outside of your nation.
 

Jarow

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[X]Only the best.

Changing vote to consolidate two now identical plans
 

ShadowArxxy

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Uh, guys? I'd like to point out that the advisor slate for "Only the Best" totals an upkeep of +2300, which is high enough to bankrupt the country in about five turns. With the economy currently at a standstill, I'd argue we *really* need to conserve money when it comes to the bureaucracy as opposed to blowing it all on star advisors.
 

Bear Ribs

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Uh, guys? I'd like to point out that the advisor slate for "Only the Best" totals an upkeep of +2300, which is high enough to bankrupt the country in about five turns. With the economy currently at a standstill, I'd argue we *really* need to conserve money when it comes to the bureaucracy as opposed to blowing it all on star advisors.
I noticed, but I figured there had to be more to it than that. You can't actually get by with little for advisors, the lowest I was able to come up with was around a thousand a turn, my own "First we get the money" plan is about 1500 because I figured rerolling a failed economic event was worth the extra (the others I picked for who boosts economy the most). But if we don't massively boost economy the cost of all the advisors will bankrupt us no matter what.
 
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