Elric: The final push

The situation

After the Triffid-offensive the frontline was very strangly shaped. It was clear that such a frontline never could withstand a solid attack. But the main goal was reach. The Gobi empire was cut off from the eastern empires.

The Map


Planets divided to my knowledge and guessing.

* = Zargon planets
@ = Avalon planets
# = Daernyithi planets
! = Gobi planets
? = minor empire planets
$ = Triffids planets
% = Nebbish planets
& = Chodish planets
D = Dust planets
E = Eudaimons planets


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       @	 @		 %     %
				     %				    %	       %
 @			   @			 %    %
					     %
	 *						 EE	    E
			    @			 %    E
	 *						E
	  *			@			      	     E
					    &	       E      	 E     E
   *	 *		      *@					      E
		     *
		        *		&& 
		 	   *		       &	  D
								       D
		     			        		   D
					   &				   D
		     	*			  &	    D	  D    D
    *		    							       D
		 *				&
	      		           &
				 
		    	    	 *(3)	    &
		        	    !	     &&
	       #				    &
       #     #	 #     !!         !		   &		 D
		    *(2)	   !	       &	 P
      # 		   !!		  &
					     &
    #	 #      	  !   ! 			   P	     P
#		 #     !			?
    #	#	    !		    !(1)
	   #					      ?
						       ?     P	 P
	 #				 $		?	    P	 P
						     ?
	     !
     !	  !    ?				     ?
  ?   ? 	       !	       $
	 ?					    ?	     P		P
	  ?					      ?
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0,120									 120,120

(1) = This was the planet which was captured by Gobi under the eyes of the Zargon strike force. In principle were the Zargons on that planet much stronger so this planet could also being seen as a Standoff planet.

Therefore it's clear that Gobi's position was very weak, Zargon positions were taken at (1), (2) and (3), creating a perfect triangle from which any important Gobi planet could be reached.


The Gobi-offensive

It was clear that it was just a matter of time until the eastern empire's would ally and attack. Gobi would most likely join this alliance so a quick offensive was neccesary.
Gobi had made the mistake by letting Daernyithi placing his drones all over Gobi planets, at this stage Daernyithi was closely allied with the Zargon and the Republic of Avalon.

The preperations

The positions of the Gobi forces were known, Gobi forces were concentrated on two positions (1) and (2). Alltough Gobi was a strong in P/I numbers their planets were not fully developed. Most of the time it's better to develope the planets one by one so that the planets will become effective faster.
Gobi occupied a large area but hadn't got the forces to keep it.
In the meantime a tension was created between Zargon and Gobi about planet (3). Large Zargon forces were send to this planet to annoy Gobi.
In the end Gobi demanded that the Zargon forces would leave planet (3). Zargon agreed and retreated the forces.... but not really..... in fact I was hoping to bound as many as possible Gobi forces in the planet (3) region. The Zargon force was send to planet (4) from which the attack was planned.

At the start of the offensive the forces were divided as follows;

Daernyithi forces would strike from their home-planets south and at the Gobi-stronghold (2).

Zargon forces:
The ZEF-Corps was enforced and occupied planet (4). The Backfire-ShockDivision arrived from planet (3) at (4). The (in)famous 2nd-ShockStarDivision occupied planet (5). The new Alpheus-ShockDivision was kept in reserve at planet (5) and at a planet behind the frontlines. The two strike fleets at (4) and (5) were enforced with a large number of light support ships, e.g.

Foxbat	      1.0   1	2.0   1.0   0

These ships (together with light Deflector support) were strong enough to capture the lightly defended Gobi planets.

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		    	    	 *(5)	    &
		        	    !	     &&
	       #				    &
       #     #	 #     !!         !		   &		 D
		    *(4)	   !	       &	 P
      # 		   !!		  &
					     &
    #	 #      	  !   ! 			   P	     P
#		 #     !(2)			?
    #	#	    !		    !(3)
	   #					      ?
						       ?     P	 P
	 #				 $		?	    P	 P
						     ?
	 (5) !
     !	  !    ?				     ?
  ?   ? 	       !(1)	       $
	 ?					    ?	     P		P
	  ?					      ?
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0,120									 120,120

The Gobi-attack starts

Allready after the first turn of the attack the Gobi defence was shattered. Stronghold (2) was captured together with all the planets in the north. Only the southern offensive arm of Daernyithi (5) was stranded.
The complete ZEF-Corps was therefore sended to the (5) region to solve the situation there. Daernyithi was attacking and captured stronghold (1). In three turns the offensive was ended.


The Grande finale

After the Gobi offensive everybody prepared themselves for the final battle.

The Map

* = Zargon planets
@ = Avalon planets
# = Daernyithi planets
! = Gobi planets
? = minor empire planets
$ = Triffids planets
% = Nebbish planets
& = Chodish planets
D = Dust planets
E = Eudaimons planets
o = empty planets

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       @	 @		 %  (7)%
				     %				    %	       %
 @			   @			 %    %
					     %
	 *						 EE	    E
			    @			 %    E
	 *		     ^				E
	  *		     |	@----			      	     E
	(6)		     |	     \	    &	       E      	 E     E
   *	 *		     |*@      ------				      E
		     *  (5)  |		    \ (10)
		        *    <========= && \---> --------\
		 	   *		       &	  D \
							     \ (13)  D
		     			        	      ----> D
			(4)		   &				   D
		     	*		(9)	  &	    D	  D    D
    *		    			<==================== D * & /-->
	      		           &                    /
				 (3)   (11)       ------
		    	    	 *---------->&   /
		        	    o	     && /
	       #			       /    &
       #     #	 #     oo         o	  (12)/	   &		 D
		    *   	   o	------  &	 P
      # 		   oo		  &
				(2)   <======& # # o o>	   P	     P
#		 #     o		   (8)	?
    #	#	    o		    *
	   #					      ?
						       ?     P	 P
	 #				 $		?	    P	 P
						     ?
	     o
     o	  o    ?				     ?
  ?   ? (1)	       o	       $
	 ?					    ?	     P		P
	  ?					      ?
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0,120									 120,120

Prelude

In the (1) region combined Daernyithi and the Zargon ZEF-Corps was cleansing the area of hostile elements.
The (2) region was occupied and controlled by the Backfire-ShockDivision , the Alpheus-ShockDivision and..... TAM TAM TAM... again the 2nd-ShockStarDivision.
Planet (3) was a ideal standoff planet for any offensive against the eastern empires, most likely this planet would be subject of any attack. This planet was defended by the Zionaea-Division.
Planet (4) was a important key-planet regarding the operational ZOC's of the Frontline-armies. It was in fact the connection between the Northern Zargon empire and the southern part. This planet was indirectly defended by the northern ZOC (OrionBelt) and/or southern ZOC (Zionaea).
Because the Zargon forces were so largly spread throughout the Galaxy region (5) was very lightly defended, only by the 1st-ShockStarDivision which was not that strong as the crack 2nd-ShockStarDivision. Region (5) depended mostly on defences of Avalon.
In Verdana of crisis region (5),(4) and the western (4) region, could be enforced with forces from region (6), the core-planets.

The Republic of Avalon at that time performed a quick assault on the Nebbish region (7), this quick action elimimated the Nebbish as threat.

The fall of a legend

There where some negotiations going on between the Chodish empire and the Zargon empire. We were still uncertain what exactly the Chodish would do. In the meantime the Zargon designed a plan to solve the possible Dust problem. Dust was the empire in the outmost eastern part of the Galaxy, at that time they were expanding southwards and there were plans to take planets of the Nebbish. Therefore a plan was neccesary to stop the Dust expansion towards the south, and at the same time threatening the Chodish empire from the south. Therefore the Zargon forces were planning to attack (8) just a little bit south of the Chodish.
The attack should be performed by the Alpheus-Division as main force, the frontrunner was....... yep.... the 2nd-ShockStarDivision. This division was until now engaged in every major battle, someVerdana badly hurt but everytime it was reinforced, but it's main elements (MG) Badger and ADG (Hind) were always intact and still on their old tech-levels.
At the time of the attack the 2-SSD was enforced with a TG ship, but it's role as main body of an attack was sadly over.
In the early morning of the attack the 2-SSD set course towards the southern Chodish planets followed by the Alpheus-Division which was a newer division equiped with some new Brigade-MG's;

Shipwreck    16.0   1  26.0   5.0   0

(These ships are very usefull against planets which are defended by ships without the support of ADG ships.)
Anyway, while the fleets were on their way, Chodish declared war. Totally unexpected two Chodish spearheads started to emerge out of their ZOC's. The southern spearhead clashed with the advancing 2nd-ShockStarDivision , this was too much for the division and as a result it was destroyed. The northern attack spearhead was aimed at the (2) region and clashed with the Zargon ill-fated 1st-ShockStarDivision, and this division was also destroyed. And so two divisions of the early hours of the game where destroyed.

The Chodish attack

The Chodish attack did cause some panic in the Zargon HQ, because the Zargon weren't prepared yet for such an offensive. The ZEF-Corps was still in the (1) region and was quickly called back. At the same time the complete Triffid battlefleet was send to planet (4). Quickly the Avalon HQ and Zargon HQ talked about the situation and a couple of decisions were made; The (5) region was not going to be defended, in fact we were hoped that the Chodish and Dust (Dust was allied with Chodish) forces were going for this region. In the (6) region Zargon forces prepared a stopline. The Republic of Avalon was creating the plans for the counterattack.

The Wolf strikes

For some strange reason the northern Chodish strikefleet was send to the northern planets owned by Avalon. At that place an Avalon fleet was waiting for the Chodish fleet. The southern strikefleet was not breaking through the frontlines. Recce-actions showed that the Chodish and Dust forces were sending their fleets (9) through the center of the front towards planet (3). In fact there was no flank-protection at all. Also the Dust divisions were not operating as combined divisions.

The northern wing

This was a largely Avalonish action, first the Chodish fleet was destroyed. And then the central threat was countered by a pincer movement. The northern arm (10) was assembled out of Avalon divisions and the Zargon OrionBelt-Division. The Zargon forces were mainly for flank-protection reasons. The Avalon division stroke hard and deep into the Chodish heart, the attack was continued with a strike into the heart of the Dust empire (13). Because the Avalon strike was so quickly performed the Dust divisions were captured off-guard. In fact the main divisions were in the 'sack'.

The southern wing

On the southern front the positions were quickly enforced with divisions from the operational reserve. First the Zionaea division performed an attack (11) to from a hard shoulder for the southern offensive. Quickly the divisions were regrouped and the ZEF-Corps was taking over the (2) region and so freed the ZOC's forces for offensive operations. Quickly a strike force was created to act as the southern attack spearhead. Soon the whole southern region was filled with all sorts divisions taken each other planets. Some planets changed several Verdana from owner. But the Zormos-Division broke through the defense (12) and join up with the Avalon forces.

The sack

This all created the Chodish/Dust sack..... the battle was won and the remain Chodish/Dust forces were destroyed. The main reason of success was the decision of attacking from the flanks while the Chodish/Dust alliance concentrated their forces in the centre, while no shoulders were build.

The End

With the removal of the Chodish and Dust empires victory was certain. Avalon forces destroyed the Piggies empire. Zargon forces attacked the Nebbish and Eudaimons and Daernyithi cleaned the whole southern Galaxy.

VICTORY

VP were divided as follows;

Daernyithi	= 9 VP
Avalon		= 10 VP
Zargon		= 10 VP
		Bulletins for Galaxy Game Elric Turn 53


NOTES

The End Game is HERE!!!!  Yes, after many years of long toil a group
of valiant races have finally concquered in game Elric!  If anyone
should oppose the end of game Elric, plase speak now!  Or forever
lose your place in the Galaxy Hall of Fame!  And, for those players
in game Elric, please send Email listing the members of the winning
alliance.  The game will run for one last turn (this turn) and, if no
dissenting opinion arises, will be declared over!  Congratulations
to the victors!!!

             Status of Players

N                     D     W      S     C         P         I   #    R
Triffids            1.20  3.12	1.86  1.00      0.00	  0.00	 0  War
Chodish             1.92  1.90	2.09  1.14      0.00	  0.00	 0  War
Daernyithi          9.44  6.11	5.53  1.00  13783.49  11058.56	21  Peace
Nebbish             2.51  1.85	2.00  1.00   1000.00   1000.00	 1  War
Piggies             2.63  2.37	6.85  1.00    137.37	 16.67	 1  War
Republic_Of_Avalon  7.53  7.07	4.80  1.00   9886.79   8546.26	14  Peace
Humans              2.79  1.00	2.00  1.00	0.00	  0.00	 0  War
Zargons             4.90  4.66	4.97  1.00  10382.19   8144.04	23
Eudaimons           1.62  2.90	3.84  1.01   2000.00   2000.00	 2  War
Dust                2.30  2.26	2.71  1.00     12.93	  3.32	 1  War
Gobi                3.27  2.11	1.00  1.00      0.00	  0.00	 0  Peace

             Your Ship Types

N		D   A	  W	S   C
Albatros     55.0   1	4.0  29.0  10
Citadel       0.0   1  25.0  74.0   0
Tromp	     13.7   1	3.0   8.0   0
Tranx	     65.0   1	2.0  12.0  20
Sunburst      1.0   1	1.0   0.0   0
YAL_Tonner   25.0   0	0.0   2.0   6
Echo	      1.0   0	0.0   0.0   0
Brander       3.0   0	0.0   1.0   0
Flanker       1.0   1	1.0   2.0   0
Thor	     55.0   0	0.0   0.0  39
Backfire     25.0   3  15.0  22.0   0
Bezem	     27.0   4  12.0  20.0   0
Aurora	     78.0   1	1.0   2.0  13
Foxbat	      1.0   1	2.0   1.0   0
Fishbed       1.0   0	0.0   1.0   0
Blackjack    12.0   1	9.0  12.0   0
Bear	     12.2   1	3.9   9.5   0
Hokum	     17.0  17	2.0  12.0   0
Tiger	     29.0   1	2.0  68.0   0
Java_B	     43.5   1  35.0  15.5   0
Flogger       1.2   1	1.0   1.0   0
Blue_Baret    3.0   0	0.0   0.0   1
Fencer	      1.2   2	1.0   1.0   0
Foxbat_B      1.2   1	1.5   1.0   0
Shipwreck    16.0   1  26.0   5.0   0
Hind_B	     38.0  40	2.0  20.0   0
Blinder      38.0   4  17.0  18.5   0
Frogfoot      9.0   4	4.0   4.5   0
Styx	      4.0   6	1.0   3.0   0
Hokum_B      38.0  19	5.0  11.0   0
Java_C	     38.0   2  32.0  13.0   0
Foxbat_C      2.0   1	2.5   1.0   0
Fishbed_B     1.0   0	0.0   1.5   0
Fishbed_B2    1.0   0	0.0   1.5   0
Blaze	     38.0   2  26.0  22.0   0
Backfire_B   36.5   3  15.0  28.0   0
Hoax	     15.5  49	1.0   9.0   0
Sagger	      0.0   0	0.0   1.0   0
Java_Sp      38.0   1  50.0  11.0   0
Sitter	      0.0   1	1.0   0.0   0
Scud	     90.0   1  70.0  38.0   0
Hayak	     90.0  34	4.0  38.0   0
Fulcrum       1.0   0	0.0   1.2   0
Flanker_Sp    1.7   1	1.0   1.0   0
Blackjack_B  11.0   1	7.0   7.0   0
Big_Boy      83.0   1  85.0  30.0   0


             Your Planets

N		  X	  Y	   S	    P	     I	    R  P	    $	  M	  C
Zionaea       50.29   64.43  1000.00  1000.00  1000.00	10.00  Shields	 8.96  0.02   29.00
Neccoro       70.85   76.31  1000.00  1000.00	188.08	10.00  CAP	 0.00  0.00   93.01
Zalpheus      26.37   56.51  1000.00  1000.00  1000.00	10.00  Shields	 0.00  0.12   10.00
Zaffron       14.69   28.39  1000.00  1000.00  1000.00	10.00  Weapons	19.98  9.06   10.00
Zormos	       6.33   52.63  1000.00  1000.00  1000.00	10.00  Weapons	 0.00  0.48   90.00
Pud	      73.48   55.78   877.28	15.08	  5.38	 2.70  CAP	 0.00  0.00    0.00
Zorm	      36.91   50.73   528.03   528.03	528.03	 2.57  Shields	 0.00  3.30   36.96
ZEF	      30.53   76.67    42.41	42.41	 11.03	 4.23  CAP	 0.00  0.00    0.24
Zonder	      40.75   38.49   828.23   460.99	  0.19	 0.15  Weapons	 0.00  0.00    0.00
Zuiderkruis   45.08   27.22   385.36   385.36	366.46	 1.72  Shields	 0.00  0.00   40.09
Zool	      36.47   34.77    48.35	48.35	  2.02	 0.25  Echo	 0.00  0.00   10.79
Woody	      52.67   58.93   480.43   480.43	333.45	 2.07  CAP	 0.00  0.00   31.82
54	      67.66   81.20   111.14	 9.50	  0.15	 0.11  CAP	 0.00  0.00    0.00
Pecker	      66.69   64.95   430.85   163.10	  0.23	 0.22  CAP	 0.00  0.00    0.00
Wilderness    69.28   67.30   929.48	11.09	  0.25	 0.26  Drive	 0.00  0.00    0.00
Zoom	      16.31   22.09   972.71   972.71	972.08	 3.79  Drive	 0.00  1.24  123.63
Zise	       5.60   27.22   281.24   281.24	263.86	 2.73  Weapons	 0.00  2.21   85.63
Dong	      68.99   66.17   672.07   672.07	236.84	 2.67  CAP	 0.00  0.00   48.68
Zew_Zivehome  62.41  100.15   154.05	37.98	  6.78	 1.27  CAP	 0.00  0.00    0.00
ZDSB	      51.66   73.08    87.26	32.56	  1.53	 1.19  Drive	 0.00  0.00    0.00
Zandokan      14.05   12.23   146.41   146.41	146.41	 8.86  Shields	22.47  1.41   39.18
Zorro	      32.87   30.81   308.71   308.71	295.10	 1.11  Drive	 0.00  2.30   69.14
Zaxxon	      14.65   20.31   786.17   786.17	786.17	 9.42  Shields	 0.00  2.04  105.10