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Malosian timeline

10 344 SGT The Malosians are encountered by the Interstellar Federation for the first time. They appeared to
emanate from a region in space bordering the Arillian Nebula. This region was largely unexplored and what
colonies existed there were mostly decimated in the Ankaragian War (the Robot War) which ended 31 stellar
cycles earlier. The Malosians are immediately hostile and annihilate the Federation colonists on
RDS789_alpha_three. A shuttle of reinforcements, consisting of troopers of the 726nd Startrooper Brigade
arrive too late to save the colonists but engage the Malosians in a fierce battle lasting several days, but are
forced to retreat despite out-numbering the enemy three to one. The Malosians are dubbed the ‘Robonauts’ by
the startroopers due to their robot-like appearance resulting from their heavy armour and fearless fighting.

10 345 – 10 348 SGT The Federation continues to fight the Malosians on a number of colonies as the two
powers vie for control of the Seros Sector. The Federation wins the majority of these planets only by sheer
weight of numbers, frequently requiring numerical odds of five to one or greater to ensure victory. The Malosian
troopers prove formidable in battle, with their tremendous speed and accuracy and with their advanced battle
tactics, and importantly their sophisticated body armour which reduces Federation weapons to one-tenth of
their normal effectiveness. The speed with which the Malosians have spread into this region of space is
surprising, and fears arise that this may simply be the spearhead of a massive invasion fleet. The location of
the Malosian central command is still unknown.

10 349 SGT Rumours spread that explorers claim to have discovered the Malosian homeworld (Malos) as a
desolate barren world. It is claimed that the Malosians were once aquatic creatures but adapted by genetic
engineering as their oceans evaporated when their star entered its terminal stages of evolution. Their
homeworld became the scene of a prolonged civil war between the Malosians and a genetically engineered off-
shoot resembling ‘terrestrial jellyfish’ with remarkable survivability and the explorers make contact with the last
of these creatures who eventually sacrifice themselves as they irradiate their planet with intense muon beams,
in order to destroy the Malosian bases there and protect other worlds from their adversary. However, it later
emerges that some of these creatures survive, as creatures called Cephalodomes, but as Malosian allies,
apparently after the Malosians reprogrammed their genetic code with a virus, ensuring their loyalty to the
Malosian Empire. This appeared a better solution than attempting to eradicate this tenacious enemy.

10 350 SGT It becomes established that the Malosians do indeed originate from a world in the Arillian Sector,
which means that they colonised space with astonishing speed in the 42 years since the end of the Ankaragian
War. However, their numbers are comparatively few but this is compensated for by the supremacy of their
military technology and their ceaseless industry. The Malosians are experts in genetic engineering and
produce  a type of ‘organic warship’ – a type of gigantic protoplasmic creature capable of travelling through
space, feeding off worlds and multiplying. These creatures are programmed to annihilate all technological life-
forms and soon become a menace. However, the Federation counters them with its own genetically engineered
parasite that ensures the destruction of these creatures. However, the conflict has drained Federation
resources, buying the Malosians time. Despite this major incident, hope abounds that the Malosians will not turn
out to be another Arcturan-type menace, and it is hoped that peace can be established. However, it appears
that the Malosians have no emotions and fear rises that they may have been genetically re-programmed to
become incapable of peace. However, they are pragmatic rather than completely fanatical, as they do on
occasion form temporary alliances to overcome more imminent dangers. It is hoped that their hostility to other
races is a simply the result of their own ‘paranoia’ and insecurity. Artefacts retrieved, allegedly from Malos,
show that the Malosians were once a greatly artistic people, but appear to be yet another civilisation lead

10 352 SGT The Kyrisaf Incident – Federation government officials are implicated in the mass-extermination of
unarmed civilians on the planet Kyrisaf. This forces a revolutionary change of government as top officials flee
into exile. However, it is now known that the existing government was set-up and the new government establish
a tyrannical regimen. For the next 14 years, the federation enters a dark period, in which power-games
preoccupy its affairs and although the occasional skirmish with the Malosians occurs, they too appear
preoccupied with other matters. In the coming years, unhappy with the oppressive totalitarian ideology of the
new government, the Erfavlins gradually withdraw their support.

10 366 SGT Out of the depths of space a vast Malosian war-fleet enters in the midst of Federation space
through a newly constructed wormhole, a technology that they were thought not to possess (wormhole
technology is largely an Erfavlin speciality). Unable to gather their forces in time, the federation crumples
beneath this assault and more than 30% of its territory falls into Malosian hands in a matter of months. The
Federation recalls all of its warships from across its vast territories, but many will take many more months to

10 367 SGT When a Federation war-fleet is finally assembled it engages the Malosians in the Battle of
Strangestar but is decimated despite outnumbering the enemy two to one. It appears that over the past decade
the Malosians have developed highly sophisticated weapons systems and their fire control and gunnery skills
are out-standing. Panic sweeps across the Federation. Should they have waited for reinforcements before
engaging, whilst all the time the enemy advanced? Within months, almost half of Federation space falls into
Malosian hands.

Eventually a second Federation fleet masses and again they outnumber the enemy two to one – not good odds
by past accounts, but hoping to sap the Malosian invasion fleet of momentum they engage the enemy in the
Battle of Minos’ Eye Nebula. Again the Federation fleet is annihilated, but heroically the final ships fight on,
inflicting maximum damage to the invaders. Never before in Federation history have so many ships hold their
ground until the end. Their efforts are not in vain, as although victorious the Malosian assault force is now too
diminished to push any further and they turn instead to consolidate their gains.

10 368 SGT The final Federation reinforcements are assembled, but with their total strength reduced to some
30% and with the federation’s industrial capacity severely diminished they are incapable of counter-attacking
without leaving the Federation completely undefended. To make matters worse many planets dissatisfied with
federation rule rebel in the Federation’s hour of weakness. A large rebellion is organised by Spinalanx warriors
of the Order of Xeraxus. The Malosians portray a benevolent façade to their conquered worlds, encouraging
certain corporations to ally with the Malosians to protect their business interests, and to supply the Malosians
with warships. In short, the Malosians grow stronger as the Federation weakens. However, the Federation
intelligence has not been idle, a fleet of automated probes sent across the galaxy has located the main
Malosian power bases and reports conclude that a second invasion force is assembling, one which would finish
the Federation totally, but which would leave the Malosian Empire weakly defended. The Federation assembles
its entire fleet within strike range of the Malosian home systems and threatens the Malosians with mutual
destruction should they invade with a second fleet (in other words if the federation is invaded by a second
Malosian fleet, then rather than defending its own territories – a futile task – it will strike and destroy the
Malosian power base, bringing both empires to the point of collapse). The gamble works and the Malosians
hold back their warships and consolidate rather than invading any further – they have the upper hand and the
stronger industrial base, so they can afford to wait several years and computers predict that the Malosians will
have sufficient forces to be able to invade and defend their home systems within two years. The Federation has
bought itself time, but it still appears doomed.

Realising that should the Federation fall then the galaxy would be at the mercy of the Malosians, the Erfavlins
strike. They attack the heart of the Malosian Empire in a brave and totally unexpected heavy assault. They take
advantage of the relocation of Malosian warships to attack their largest starship construction centre, which is
momentarily only moderately defended. In the largest Erfavlin fleet action since the Ankaragian War, the
Erfavlins, despite sustaining heavy casualties, annihilate a substantial fraction of the Malosian industrial base
and in a show of strength they use automated fighters to punch a hole through heavy planetary defences
enabling specially trained and equipped mercenaries to make planet-fall and successfully assassinate the
Malosian Emperor (with some difficulty, since the Emperor employed a mind-control device against his
assassins!). The Erfavlins retreat as rapidly as they struck, before Malosian reinforcements arrive. It will take
the Erfavlins some considerable time to recover their strength after this daring raid, but they succeed in almost
balancing the equation – computers now predict Malosian conquest by 10 388, but still their ultimate victory
seems unavoidable.

10 369 SGT The Federation government is forcefully ousted in a military coup as an alliance of planets rebel
against years of oppressive rule. Only a few planets remain loyal to the Federation. Capitalising on the
situation, and in an effort to avoid chaos and maintain a sufficient force to resist the Malosians, the Erfavlins
use their recent victory to assume the central stage in galactic politics once more (for the first time since 10317)
and to muster support from numerous worlds and they manage to hold things together and form a new United
Galactic Alliance (UGA). The new allies more than outweigh the loss of those worlds loyal to the old Federation.
Battle computers now predict a postponement of Malosian conquest of the known galaxy until 10418. The
Erfavlins hope to use this time to seek new allies and to find weaknesses in the Malosian Empire. The Galaxy is
held in a state of precarious tension but hope strengthens.

Only weeks later the Galaxy’s saviours arrive on the scene! The Tserax-Yin launch an invasion of Malosian
space, after their temporal-scopes revealed their own future destruction by the Malosians if they do not avert
this possible future. Fortune has smiled upon the UGA, for the Tserax-Yin were feared destroyed by the
Ankaragi in 10285 in the Battle of Mira’s star. Nothing could be further from the truth, the Tserax-Yin arrive by
the tens of billions as they invade planet after planet and within months they bring the Malosian Empire to the
brink of destruction. The Malosians send probes into the wormholes used by the Tserax-Yin (the Tserax-Yin
are even more expert in spacetime engineering than the Erfavlins and their master of this art appears
unrivalled) to locate their generators, where their troopers are cloned by the billion every hour and where their
spacetime engineering devices tunnel wormholes to the Malosian worlds to deliver these troops. Against such
odds the Malosians have to muster every starship they can, including most of their support ships (tankers and
freighters etc.) laden with troops and they launch a desperate attack on the Tzerax-Yin. If the attack failed then
the Malosian Empire would have been annihilated within a year, this is their only hope of survival. This is a real
clash of powers. The Malosians succeed in devastating the Tzerax-Yin generators and collapsing their primary
stargate, but as anticipated not a single ship returns. The Malosian Empire has only a handful of starships left
to defend it! The UGA capitalise on this and send a huge invasion fleet to finish off the Malosian Empire.

10 370 SGT The UGA fleet makes rapid progress, but Malosian space is vast, comprising some one thousand
star systems and initially the Malosians have much of their industrial base intact and seem unprepared to
surrender. The UGA systematically dismantles the Malosian power base and invades many worlds crippled by
the Tzerax-Yin and many smaller colonies in the largest planet-based campaign in the history of the Galaxy –
warbots and troopers cannot be delivered to the frontline fast enough. Every Malosian World fights to the last
individual! However, the Malosians are not completely defeated. In the several months it takes the UGA fleets to
sweep across their space, they construct the most powerful battleship the galaxy has ever seen – the
Gammaburst class Dreadnought, MBS Novatar (codenamed Omega) and a flotilla of other warships to
accompany it. They also mine their systems heavily and construct non-mobile space platforms carrying
powerful laser cannons – a defence that is easy to construct and which slows the advance of the UGA fleets.

With almost all Malosian battle-stations destroyed, the UGA converge on the final line of Malosian star systems,
but find them to be very heavily defended by a concentration of all the remaining force the enemy could muster.
The Malosians deploy warships purchased from the Mutautech Corporation.

The UGA fleet is repulsed at the Battle of Useryian Cloud, by the MBS Novatar and its flotilla of Blackfire class
battle-cruisers. The Novatar proves to be formidable, inflicting massive damage at long range and destroying
two light cruisers at 700 000 km range in under ten minutes! It is, however, damaged in the conflict. The UGA
withdraw, though computer simulations predicted victory odds of 2:1 if the attack pressed ahead but at terrible
cost and the UGA fleet commander already short of resources and personnel broke off the engagement rather
than risk total fleet destruction at such unpredictable odds. The Malosians had once again beaten off a strong
opponent and given themselves time to recouperate their strength. However, the UGA fleet continues to confine
the Novatar to a handful of star systems as the Malosians have insufficient ships to split their fleet between
more than two stations and they are currently under blockade.

10 371 SGT The UGA continue to operate deep in Malosian space, besieging planet after planet behind the
front line. The Erfavlins are keen to ascertain the number of lesser civilisations that are still resisting the
Malosians on the edges of their empire and to link up with these peoples. The Malosians pose no imminent
threat but they remain a potential future danger and so peace negotiations are under way to obtain a long-term
solution. However, history shows that the Malosians are untrustworthy allies, former alliances only when it suites
their needs and promptly breaking them once they gain the superior position. It is hoped that a deeper
understanding of their mysterious psychology may help in the peace process. The UGA is currently developing
the Blazar class of battleship, which is designed to stand up to the Novatar when supported by other ships
should a further assault be launched. Until the Blazar class is operational, there is no question of engaging the
Malosians in a full fleet action unless the Novatar can be isolated from its support ships. The UGA is using the
reprieve to replace its diminished starfleets and to strengthen the fragile union between it and some of its
frontier worlds. The Mutautech Corp remains a thorny issue, they are far outside the jurisdiction of the UGA
(and that of the old Federation) and a sizeable power in their own right.

This timeline will be extended as more developments occur or as further details are declassified.
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