The War for Liang

The War for Liang, renamed 'Tai Pan' by the victors, was a struggle for both planetary supremacy and survival between the locals of the planet and the newly arrived Taianese in 2969 GSC. Its major participants include native elves alongside various other natives and colonists from The Interstellar Alliance against the aforementioned Taianese. Though the Taianese themselves ultimately emerged victorious, the war was brutally genocidal in nature; it served as a major turning point in history, marking the end of an era on Liang, and a dawn of a new age that unleashed the militant Empire of Tai Pan into the universe. Because of this, many consider the War for Liang as the very foundation for the current political climate and the situation that many are finding themselves in.

For millennia, the Second Children - later dubbed 'Elves' - resided on the world, presided over and managed by both Angels and Yazata, the latter being referred to as 'Demons', 'Devils' or 'Succubi' depending on their appearance. Despite evidence indicating that none of the three were native, the three maintained a stable relationship where the Angels and Demons had a culturally ordained joint-venture where one played as a 'good' influence, and the other a 'bad' one in order to maintain balance, with the two coordinating their efforts to positively influence the Second Children. This arrangement maintained its integrity despite the arrival of Human colonists from The Interstsellar Alliance in 2881 GSC. Secular in nature, the humans deduced this relationship between the three native species, but maintained the status quo in order to avoid further cultural contamination. These four were able to cohabit with relative peace.

Meanwhile, the Taianese had become space faring nomads since fleeing earth. Their culture was still developing, with the bulk of their population having gone into cryosleep while their minds deliberated over what they would become over their VR connections. However, as their primary colony ship was breaking down beyond their ability to easily repair in space, they made planetfall on Liang out of necessity in 2958 GSC. At this time, the Taianese were pacifistic in nature, with their more militant members being shunned and kept in stasis. As a result, initial relations were amicable. However, as the Taianese settled in and began expanding, various problems began to arise.

Their expansion encroached on territory that traditionally belonged to the elves, but the way the Taianese were affecting the economy was of much greater impact. Highly advanced and fully industrialized, they could make goods faster and of a higher quality than even the small Alliance populace and their matter synthesizers. This flood of cheap, high quality goods ended up initially saturating the local market, and even after being reigned back by the Taianese following negotiations, still out-competed with local artisans and craftsmen. With their way of life threatened, relations began to fray, and more extreme groups began to surface.

Though the Taianese attempted to curb their production in order to attempt a compromise, they did not do so to a sufficient extent. In truth, they put priority on their timetables regarding the repairs of the colony ship and improving their territory, due to a focus on the long term goal of returning to space, to the detriment of more short term problems. As a result, the discontent grew more vocal and violent, forcing the Taianese to hire mercenaries to guard them as they refused to fight themselves. This however, only further exacerbated relations, as mercenary quality could vary greatly.

The Taianese were both naive in thinking that the mercenaries were competent, and willingly ignored their improper behavior with the belief that short term problems were irrelevant due to their eventual planned departure.

Though hostilities were rising throughout the years, with impoverished and fed-up locals becoming more and more brazen, events finally came to a head in the spring of 2969 GSC. With winter's thaw, the inhabitants of the planet became more active again, and this time, rioted on a scale far larger than before after years of building resentment and civil unrest. Taianese businesses were smashed, and their factories were destroyed, however, what made matters far worse was their abandonment by the mercenaries hired to protect them, and their subsequent reaction. Finding that the Taianese were utterly pacifistic, the riot was only incensed, resulting in the looting and destruction of Xīwàng(希望)

OOC Notes

When the Taianese arrived on Liang, it was not by choice. Their culture was still developing, with the inhabitants having gone into cryosleep to deliberate over what they would become over their VR connections. However, as the ship itself was breaking down beyond their ability to easily repair in space, they were forced to make planetfall on the nearest planet of convenience. This turned out to be Liang, a planet already occupied with both locals such as Elves, Angels, Demons, and some Alliance Colonists. Initially, relationships between all the peoples were amicable, however, as the Taianese settled in and began expanding, various problems began to arise.

Expansion itself encroached on territory that traditionally belonged to other peoples, but more importantly, was how the Taianese were affecting the economy. Highly advanced and fully industrialized, they could make goods faster and of a higher quality than even the small Alliance populace and their matter synthesizers. This flood of cheap, high quality goods ended up initially saturating the market, and even after being reigned back by the Taianese, still out-competed with local artisans and craftsmen. With their way of life threatened, relations began to fray, and more extreme groups began to surface.

Though the Taianese attempted to curb their production in order to attempt a compromise, they did not do so to a sufficient extent. In truth, they put priority on their timetables regarding the repairs of the colony ship and improving their territory, due to a focus on the long term goal of returning to space, to the detriment of more short term problems. As a result, the discontent grew more vocal and violent, forcing the Taianese to hire mercenaries to guard them as they were pacifists themselves. This however, only further exacerbated the problem, as mercenary quality could vary greatly. The Taianese were both naive in thinking that the mercenaries were competent, and willingly ignored their improper behavior with the belief that short term problems were irrelevant due to their eventual planned departure.

With their declining reputation due to the careless use of mercenaries, the more reputable groups refused to work with the Taianese. This left them with those that were less scrupulous, further accelerating civil unrest with their neighbors. This came to a head - in a yet to be named event - where a mercenary group was paid off, allowing an extremist group to destroy factories, with the pacifistic Taianese being easy pickings for retaliation. Realizing the Taianese vulnerability due to their pacifism, these extremist groups were further emboldened instead of being placated, producing large swaths of crime and various bandit groups that profited on the periphery of the Taianese. This was, in turn, something that the neighboring nations learned, and coming together, decided to have a Final Solution regarding their space-borne neighbors, with Anti-Taianese/Aug/Synth rhetoric from the Alliance Colonists further inflaming the situation.

The local nations were initially hugely successful in their genocide campaign, as the mercenaries were either paid off, fled of their own accord, or were easily defeated. Realizing that they were being systematically wiped out, the Taianese gave up on their pacifism and defrosted/decanted their own extremist groups. These individuals were militants which had already augmented their bodies for warfare well ahead of time, and having equipped themselves with Earth vintage armor and weapons, fought back. Despite making numerous mistakes and learning as they went, they were successful through the use of sheer brute force, vehicles, air and orbital supremacy, later becoming the Tiger Caste. The war eventually came to a crecendo, with the last Elvish nations and their Alliance Colonial allies retreating to the planet's magical node, a fortified holy site which regulated the planet's magic.

Instead of initiating an offensive, the Taianese simply destroyed it from orbit, creating deadly tectonic and weather conditions as well as instigating both a 'heaven fall' and 'hell rise' as the pocket dimensions haphazardly disgorged themselves and their occupants.

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