The Russo-Japanese War…IN SPACE

21 Feb

I was glancing at books about the Russo-Japanese War today and it gave me an idea for a future setting…

One version would be humanity playing the role of the Japanese, perhaps as a follow-up to Their Darkest Hour. Humanity would use new weapons and tactics to hammer an overconfident alien empire (one of several) that thought that Earth’s tiny empire would be ripe for the plucking. Depending on how Earth was opened up to the galaxy, there might be a semi-unified Earth, perhaps under a reformed UN. Maybe something not unlike the Earth Alliance of Babylon 5, but without the habit of biting off much more than it can chew.

An alternate version would be humanity playing the role of the Russians, with the main characters forced to watch as the over-mighty empire takes on more than it can chew and end up revolting against the corrupt leadership…

(I might have that as part of the Pompey In Space universe…)

Chris

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3 Responses to “The Russo-Japanese War…IN SPACE”

  1. The Deposed King February 21, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    Well the Japanese were eventually conquered at the end of the war. On the other hand they had lots of high powered Admirals and a fearsome special forces group. And a number of highly fortified islands that were tough nuts to crack. So it could be a very interesting thing.

    I really don’t like the russian thing. Although it would probably make a better book for us european cultural desendents. Unlike the oriental we don’t groove on rising against impossible odds only to be annihilated.

    I’d have to know more. But I think there’s a lot of potential for some fun.

    Having a military shogunate essentially calling the shots and a relatively powerless Emperor until close to the end. A very fitting simily for the UN president and the various military powers of earth hmm?

    The Deposed King

  2. chrishanger February 22, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    I meant the 1904-5 war between Japan and Russia, not World War Two…with Earth cast in the role of Japan.

    Chris

  3. The Deposed King February 22, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    cool I’m not familiar with that war. so it’d be new to me anyway.

    The Deposed King

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