Neuostland Crisis

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The Crisis

On September 7, 2367 The Russian Third Extrasolar Fleet arrived via FTL on the border of Neuostland's cislunar space. This unprecedented use of a wormhole for planetary assault meant that planetary defences based on Neuostland’s moon Arminius were less significant a threat to the Russian battlegroup. The sheer speed with which the fleet appeared sparked debate about the existence of Russian Stationary Assault Generators near Pluto.

The Russian Dropship Maxim Gorky began deploying for what looked to be a large scale invasion of the planet's surface, while the remainder of the Russian fleet in two battlegroups centered around the Stalin and the Alexander Nevsky moved to engage the Arminius base and its significant defences.

Before the Gorky could complete the ground deployment, it was engaged by an SS taskforce that appeared to have been stationed on the planet itself. Russian intelligence was unaware the taskforce was even in-system, so the German counter attack came as a surprise. With the Russian forces split between engaging the moon base and fighting the SS taskforce, their numerical superiority was of little use. The invasion was suspended, managing only to capture two of the nine distribution centres on the surface, but successfully conducting strategic bombing of several major rail lines.

Russian Admiral Petrova ordered her fleet to rally out beyond Arminius, an order which stranded a significant number of ground troops on Neuostland’s surface. The SS taskforce was unwilling to engage the combined Russian fleet and instead moved to orbit around the Arminius base.

In the Russian fleet, the Gorky sustained the most damage, although few ships survived completely unscathed. On the German side, the SS taskforce was relatively damage free, but the Arminius base had suffered significant damage to its defensive infrastructure.

The Neuostland Crisis created a nightmarish diplomatic situation - 45,000 invading troops on the planet's surface and the three largest ships outside Sol in the planet's cislunar space. After a military impasse was reached, a diplomatic conference was hurriedly arranged by the British, and a number of diplomatic personnel flown out to the moon of Arminius to negiotiate a lasting settlement of the dispute.

The Arminius Conference


This was the "Agenda for the formal negotiations between the Grossdeutchland and the Russian Federation over the disposition of the Chimera System" that was used as the basis of the negotiations on Arminius. Etienne Molyneaux was the presiding diplomat of the conference.

  1. Agreement to a continued temporary cessation of hostilities for 72 hours (a temporary measure to give diplomacy a chance)
  2. Control of the Chimera system – both sides to recognise the sovereign right to any location that is agreed to in the treaty
    1. establishment of firm borders in the system
    2. Definition of German borders on the Neuostland land mass
    3. Definition of German borders on the Neuostland moon Arminus
  3. Reparations regarding damage to both fleets
    1. Loss of personnel
    2. Loss of munitions and small arms
    3. Loss/Damage of larger infrastructure
  4. Official public statements from both sides regarding the incident
    1. German statement
    2. Russian statement
  5. Limitations of weapons, ships, troop numbers, inter-planetary missiles
    1. Limits on intra-solar ship numbers
    2. Limits on orbital defence installations, particularly inter-planetary missiles
    3. Limit on troop numbers
  6. Establish permanent diplomatic relations in the Chimera system
    1. Location of respective embassies
    2. Diplomatic rights and responsibilities
  7. Agreement to a lasting cessation of hostilities in the Chimera system
  8. Joint defence of the Chimera system from external threats

The Treaty of Neuostland

Negotiated by Makgraf Gustav von Paulus (Grossdeutschland), and Special Commissar Konstantin Sovietyevich Andropov (USSR), the Treaty of Neuostland was an attempt to restore a balance of power in the Chimera system as well as safeguard the human rights of its occupants.

Media Coverage

Juliana Santiago, a freelance American journalist who was at the conference, wrote an exclusive article that was published in The Sun, and widely distributed amongst many planets. It generated a great deal of interest in the Neuostland Crisis, and attracted wide attention to the planet.


On hearing the news of the arrival of the Arthur in the Griffin system, the Russian Third Extrasolar Fleet immediately evacuated troops from the planet's surface and tunnelled into the Griffin System.

Distracted as they were by this new development, nevertheless the quiet departure from the system of the ageing British Frigate the HMSS Lloyd George did not go unnoticed by the major powers.

Tedesceau, curious leader of the Neuostland Rebellion, was never heard of again and is presumed dead.

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