The Spanish Armada…in SPACE

12 Apr

Thinking about the Spanish Armada

One thing I like about reading history is that it is easy to pick out areas of history that can serve as templates for writing novels. The Spanish Armada is certainly a fascinating story in its own right, one where a ponderous fleet created by Spain (and launched by a deluded King who thought that God would rescue him from the consequences of his own stupidity) was defeated by superior English ships and seamanship. But can it be used for interstellar war?

On a small scale, what about a settled solar system without any real extra-solar expansion. Maybe there are settlements on Mars, the Asteroids…Jupiter’s moons, while Earth falls under the grip of a corporate tyranny. Perhaps a form of transnational-progressivism could serve as a counterpart for the Catholic Church. This might be cool, but it doesn’t really give grounds for a counterpart of Francis Drake. Or maybe it does.

Here – in 2025-2100, Earth starts a move into space. Some military bases on the moon, settlements on Mars and a few asteroids, maybe Titan and the other icy gas giant moon. Then there is a major economic shock and the colonies get cut off from Earth for decades, while Earth (or at least Western society) falls under the control of the Unity Party – in reality, a fascist party dressed up as a socialist party. Much of the economic shock is blamed on the space program, which is largely nonsense, but people are stupid. But as access to space-based resources is necessary for continued survival, the Party rewrites history and declares that the wrong people got control – and therefore the Party needs to take space back from the capitalist heathens.

Larger scale, perhaps Earth has a relatively ‘slow’ form of FTL, but has settled a dozen colonies or so. One of those colonies declares independence (which may be meaningless if there are months between sending a message and receiving it) and builds an improved FTL drive that allows them some measure of superiority over Earth (which has a vastly greater space fleet).

Even bigger, maybe aliens playing the role of ‘Spain’ give Earth their slow FTL drive by accident, perhaps attempting to impose limited rule over us. Humanity starts building improved ships and starts raiding their shipping. Eventually they realise what’s happening and launch a fleet at Earth intending to put a stop to it.



5 Responses to “The Spanish Armada…in SPACE”

  1. The Deposed King April 13, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    Your idea keeps on growing and growing.

    Have you read the Doom Star series by John Heppner?

    You could have the Socialist Fasicts embrace some sort of Gaia Worshiping one with the universe policy. And that humans were meant to stay on earth and succor her wounded exterior. Not go into space and start lobbing around rocks that could destroy her.

    A back to basics fundamentalist, return to earth philosophy. Where everyone units under the One Party System.

    The Deposed King

    • chrishanger April 13, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      That’s not a bad idea. Maybe link unity and gaia together, then have the bad guys decide that they need space for their own reasons (and survival.)


  2. The Deposed King April 14, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Well of course. Don’t you know that only those people whose hearts are pure and who’s training is advanced enough (read proberly indoctrinated) can be trusted not to betray the mother earth once they are no longer within her all loving embrase. I.E. outside of the all comsuming control of big brother.

    The Leaders of the Unity have to compromise their principles, first to send the Sons of Earth out to stop the offworlders, and then later they are forced to maintian the Lunar colony and then Mars or belt posessions for years at a time. The potentially corrupting influences have to be over looked and suppressed until such a time as Mother earth no longer needs the recourses to ‘help her’ read prop up the Unity Government.

    You could even have the Luna Heresy. The Lunatics as they’ve been branded by the government, believe that since the moon is formed out of the same two planetary bodies, which in prehistory colided and then the original one took most of the mass and the second one shrunk to the size of the moon, and also since in addition to being formed from teh same material that the moon has been the close companion of the earth from time immemoriable that there are no corrupting influences from living on the moon versus earth. Thus they don’t want to be discriminated against. The moon is the earth’s little sister, not some rogue foreign body like mars.

    Then you can get into your little religious heresies from the spanish armada period. Just fleshing them out with an extra planetary bent.

    The Deposed King

    • chrishanger April 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Great ideas. I have the beginnings of a structure worked out for them already.


  3. The Deposed King April 15, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Happy to be of assistance!

    The Deposed King

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