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So guessing a small nuke or someone is refocusing the skyband.

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Well, of course it's the microsats. Somebody is planning to give everybody a third-degree suntan.

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Advance towards the sound of Chekov's gun!


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Well, whether by nuke, antimatter or conversion bomb, or (most likely) the microsat array, Dom Atlantis (or a part of it anyway) has clearly been lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree. Only with more heat.

Somehow I doubt the Toughs will be the target, or be anywhere near said target this time, which means the Neoafa and Breya are probably safe as well. The only questions are who is the target and who's targeting them?

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Pro'ly either the Plutariment, as the meant-to-be target of all the discontent, or something the plutariment or sympathisers could theoretically hate enough to melt from orbit, like the proletariment, so that it escalates.

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which raises the question, what is the difference between "proletariament office complex" (which is being torched)
"Plut plaza" (where all of our meetings have been taking place) and "plutorliament annex" (where breya works)

I THINK this means that someone just torched the ELECTED parliamentary offices, NOT the wealthy ones... maybe to FRAME the wealthy 'purchasers' of senate seats?


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The Speaker AND Breya, then.

As for the coup planning, I'm sure whoever is behind it could technically have shut down Mirrorgeddon but while also that while the coup runner would have liked to have anger and chaos already flying around before this move they're also not going to stop the coup merely because it is not being facilitated as well as they would have liked. They probably figure it's just going to require a little more out and our force and a bit less willingness on the part of the general public. These are people or beings willing to overthrow a government and turn orbital mirrors into weapons of mass destruction against civilians, they clearly have the ruthlessness to go for Plan Jackboot To The Face if Plan Trick The People Into Supporting The First Stage Of The Coup doesn't work.


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On the other gripping appendage, as a species of pacifists they may not have as many preconceptions on what is and is not a weapon. And as they assume humans are all violent, all the time, they may have been attempting to see things as they imagine humans do, and assuming everything is a weapon until proven otherwise. The fact that it's a large expensive human-built project that could be done in other, less expensive, more reliable ways may have predisposed them to see it as a weapon, as there is no way humans would have built something like that without a hidden weapon function.

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Hmmm.

It wasn't dark before the attack, was it? This suggests something more sinister than simply the mirror attack has ceased. And the ring does not have enough coverage to deflect light away from Earth and create an artificial eclipse.


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Couldn't the arcology have a sufficiently powerful annie-plant to manage a shield? And, as the weapon is light in the visible spectrum, the shield would perforce have to block that range. Therefore, someone turned the sky off.

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When Schlock was asking about the ring being used as a weapon, one of the counterpoints made was that the cities had annie plants. So yeah, I think someone finally figured out they were being attacked and turned the shields on.


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Oooh! I hadn't considered that. I just assumed that it was dark because the ring had been turned off and was no longer projecting sunlight into the night sky.

Shields make more sense. We already know they're strong enough to block out light, so that'd explain the blackout far, far better.

If that's the case, then the question is "why the heck didn't the shields get turned on sooner?" Presumably there's an AI managing that system that would be able to react almost as quickly as the attack began. Either that sort of automated defense doesn't exist there (or was, for whatever reason, slow to respond), or the system has been suborned.

Actually... if the Plutes have control of the shield systems, they might get accused of "letting the shots in".


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