In the Garden of Noshos

Nostrae Hospitium, or Noshos, is the fourth planet from the star Wanderer and is most notable for its native population of intelligent life, the Sapient Novae (commonly referred to as the mantis).

The first sighting of Noshos was noted by the spacecraft Arial, dispatched for the Foreman Program in 2055. Though the Foreman Program was experimenting with wormhole travel at the time, Arial encountered unidentified radio waves and investigated the area for a possible source. Led to Noshos, the spacecraft did not attempt to make any contact. The Foreman Rift was opened in 2076 and a new fleet of diplomatic vehicles would later be dispatched to establish contact on the planet.

By 2120, mantis and human contact was well established and settlement of Noshos had begun. Peaceful diplomatic relations were made possible by the similar vocal ranges of the two species and a mutual dependence on spoken language to communicate. Though the mantis had a larger vocal range than humans, rendering mantis phonetics unspeakable (but intelligible) by humans, the mantis were able to speak in human languages. The languages of English, Greek, Russian, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese were brought to Noshos and studied by the local population. Peaceful cohabitation was also aided by the relative scientific inexperience of the mantis. The technological competence of the mantis was similar to that of the human Colonial Period. As such, humanity was able to bear scientific gifts to the new found race.

Benefiting greatly from modern knowledge of biology, scientific methods, astronomy, vehicles, firearms and communications technologies, the mantis experienced an economic boom unlike any experienced in human history. By the year 2200, the mantis and humans were very comparable in terms of technological advancement, though humanity retained a significant edge.

The mantis took a heavy liking to to the institution of democracy and the idea of nation states. Though the mantis had sophisticated governmental systems, the mantis divided themselves based on families (, rather than nations, which bore similarities to human tribal systems. Surprisingly, these tribal systems seemed to be almost planet-wide, with very few families using different systems of authority. With the advent of nation states and divided land, the mantis were able to regulate their families with greater ease. The institution of democracy coincided with their general appreciation for equality. In return for these gifts, the mantis gave the humans Domus, a large nation state about the size of Brazil, which encompassed all of the humans’ preexisting settlements.

For a very significant period of time, known to the mantis as the Pax Humana, human historical records and experience with discrepancies between nation states were able to guide the mantis to peaceful solutions for every major conflict which occurred on Noshos. Peaceful cohabitation continued into the 24th century as the humans on Noshos became self-reliant, no longer depending on Earth for food or supplies. However, the Decade of Unrest, occurring between 2312 and 2322, was a significant turning point in mantis-human relations. The mantis nation of Adrian engaged in a five year war with a neighbouring nation state, Forheles. This war was the first of its kind upon Noshos. The Adrian-Forhan Land Dispute, however, was fought between the two largest and powerful families and was not able to be solved diplomatically. The disagreement thus erupted into a nationalistic war, with both sides intending to completely obliterate the other. Engaged in total war for five years, the mantis casualties were upward of 50,000,000. The Adrian mantis population engaged a genocide after the war which resulted in a further 12,000,000 deaths and the reduction of the Forhan mantis to a mere 8% of its original population. The humans, now separated from earth, lacked the military might to stop the conflict. Other mantis families, inexperienced with war and genocide, were unsure of how to respond and had lost trust in the humans’ advice to intervene. Though the remaining Forhan population was offered refuge in Domus, the mantis were not pleased with the humans’ influence to their world and cultures. The following five years were met with dissent toward human presence.

The annexation of Forheles was reasonably understood as a great threat to national security across all of Noshos, and the militarization of the nation states began. Human ambassadors tried desperately to intervene, citing numerous events in human history wherein unmediated militarism had led to Earthly disaster on scales even larger than the Adrian-Forhan war. These pleas were to no avail, however, as the destruction caused indirectly by the advent of nation states and human technologies were enough to lose the mantis trust. As the humans had expected, the mantis, unused to war, overproduced their military equipment, which led to the Great Mantis Ration which resulted in further issues for the mantis quality of life across Noshos. Domus also participated in the planetary militarization, having found their attempts at avoiding war to be futile and aware of the impending catastrophe.

In 2319, a beacon was sent to the Foreman Rift en route for Earth, requesting military reinforcements, given the severity of the situation. The estimated year that the message is to reach earth is about 2339.

Following the Decade of Unrest, the inevitable declaration of interspecies war came about. The mantis invaded Domus in 2320. Outnumbered significantly, the human border settlements were evacuated as the humans fell back to Kaiser’s Ridge, a more defensible barrier. The initial invasion, a cooperative campaign among several nations, was swift. Domus, once the fourth largest state on Noshos, was reduced to a size of about 20,000 km2.  The invasion was, however, stopped at Kaiser’s ridge. With the previous capital captured and destroyed, the city of Esperanza became the economic and political centre of Domus.  Overlooking Kaiser’s Ridge, the city is very defensible as vehicles are unable to climb the steep 4,000 foot canyon. Kaiser’s Ridge roughly encircles the eastern and southern sides of Domus, opening into the Sea of Florence. The natural stronghold only requires a manmade border to the north, facing the wealthy but not particularly militarized nation of Dowry. This northern border remains easily defended by the humans due to the immediate abandonment of border settlements, allowing a significant portion of the population to have survived and be combat-ready in what remains of the nation. The pre-emptive retreat also resulted in the preservation of almost all of the human military technology. Though significantly more populous, the mantis armies cannot overcome the technological gap which prevents them from eradicating what remains of the human population.

The situation remains perilous for humanity. While an uneasy calm befalls the war, the nation of Domus remains overpopulated. Though the geographical location of Domus is easily defensible, the area is not hospitable. Domus’ remaining area is perched atop the Creedence Desert. Trade embargoes further complicate the matter by preventing Domus from receiving food or supplies from surrounding nations. Reinforcements from Earth are not expected to arrive before 2350, prompting the Domian government to hire groups of mercenaries from Esperanza to run raiding missions in Dowry. These mercenaries, self-proclaimed “bandits” who receive specific military special operative training, are crucial for the survival of humanity upon Noshos, and face increasing resistance from Dowry and surrounding nations.

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