Hello, my name is…
1 – Hello, my name is Betty. Dixie’s Texas Tech-built drones mostly consisted of civilian vehicles upgunned to deal with the drug cartels. A very few were actual combat designs, though the M1A5 Abrams seen in the show and movies were never part of Dixie’s arsenal. In real life her students “recovered” some decommissioned M60 Pattons, which proved very effective against the drug cartels’ armored vehicles. They earned her the nickname that most people know her by in fact.
2 – Hello, my name is Jack. Our scout ship to Betelgeuse had few weapons, and the local weaponry hopelessly outclassed those she did have. They fired first of course, and they got a few good licks in on our scout ship. Then she used her Peloran gravity generators to bring her effective mass to near zero and lit up her main drives. Betelgeuse had never seen a ship accelerate so fast and their guns simply couldn’t track her. It took a brave captain to slow back down and talk after that.
3 – Hello, my name is Charles. The Ottoman “rebels” drove the Greek invaders all the way back to the shores of the border between Asia and Europe where Constantinople resided. The British defended the city for the official Ottoman government but declined to fight in support of the shattered Greek army. They did negotiate with the rebels though, securing time and permission for the Greeks to cross the straights. Then it was time for everybody to come to the peace table.
4 – Hello, my name is Betty. Dixie got her nickname when she responded to a major drug cartel land grab in the Odessa area. They had besieged Taurian Arms, a major arms manufacturer even back then, but the majority of the Texas Guard was down on the border engaging other cartels. Dixie sent her refitted tanks and other drones to relieve the defenders, wiped out the entire cartel, and killed their leader. That was the first time anybody called her Dixie the Drug Lord Slayer.
5 – Hello, my name is Jack. I know the guy who flew that scout into Betelgeuse by the way. He wore a cowboy hat during The War. Still does in fact. He learned to like it too. He’s Ageless like me. Took the Peloran Treatments back before he left and was starting to manifest some of the traits on the way out. The faster reflexes turned out to be real important when the birds started shooting. He saved a lot of lives that day. He also kept us from getting into an interstellar war.
6 – Hello, my name is Charles. The Ottomans demanded and received a total Greek withdrawal to the pre-War border, and secured Allied acceptance of their new Republic of Turkey. The Ottoman Empire was dead, the last Sultan left Constantinople with the British, and the new Turks soon renamed the city Istanbul. The name did not last long of course. Neither did Turkey in fact, but they were one of the very few nations to successfully stand against the Allies after The War.
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8 – Hello, my name is Betty. Following the anti-drug cartel action at the Taurian Arms manufacturing plant, Dixie secured new allies in her mission to protect the Texas Tech campuses scattered throughout western and central Texas. The Odessa-Midland Petroplex had been a major center of power generation, industry, and trade before the Second Great Depression and the Drug Wars. It still had power in its bones, and those bones answered when Dixie asked for support. The cartels did not enjoy it.
9 – Hello, my name is Jack. After the first exchange of weapons fire in Betelgeuse, our scout came back around and approached slowly. The scout gave the local birds time to study her as the First Contact Package began to flood space with electronic emissions. The Thunderbirds responded with their own package, and we spent the next several hours trying to learn how to talk to each other. The first words out of the birds’ beaks were something like “oops, our bad.” Just a bit more formal you know.
10 – Hello my name is Charles. Another great consequence of the Great War of the early Twentieth Century was the fall of the Russian Empire. Like most monarchies, the Czars of Russia had stumbled along with varying degrees of lustrous and lackluster performance for centuries. The early Twentieth Century found them at a lackluster point, losing most of the navy and tens of thousands of Russian soldiers to Japan. Broken and humbled, Russia was a prime target for revolution.
11 – Hello, my name is Betty. The show and movies concentrated on Dixie’s ragtag group of students and teachers using underhanded tactics and college student humor to fight the drug cartels. They did not highlight the Petroplex’s industrial support and mass production of drones, though there were the weekly shipments of prototype Taurian Arms weapons. Many people watched just to see Texas Tech students hooting and hollering as they tried out new and interesting ways of blowing stuff up.
12 – Hello, my name is Jack. There was no way to keep Contact secret from the Betelgeuse populations. Too many birds had seen the scout arrive, and they spread videos of it throughout their version of the nets long before their government could even think about classifying it. It turned out a lot like Peloran Contact with us in the end. Landing in a public square and walking out to a crowd of birds wanting to welcome their first proof that they were not alone in the universe. It was surreal.
13 – Hello, my name is Charles. Millions of Russians died in The War, millions more retreated from the German armies, and millions were captured. In population alone the price they paid was staggering, but they also lost vast territories to the German war machine. The economic collapse that followed further devastated the Russian Empire and an alliance of the parliamentary Duma and the workers’ party Bolsheviks took control of the reins of government. The demoralized military did not intervene.
14 – Hello, my name is Jack. Over three hundred Alliance warships flew into Epsilon Reticuli. It was our most powerful fleet at the time. My Cowboys helped pull fourteen ships out of that mess. Fourteen. Yeah, I know most people say only one ship made it out. They’re sorta right and sorta wrong. History can be like that you know. It depends greatly on your own point of view too. But I was there and saw as much as anybody alive today. So trust me. Epsilon Reticuli was a real bad day for us.
15 – Hello, my name is Betty. It didn’t take long for Dixie to be noticed outside of her immediate area. The drug cartels of Mexico put a price on her head. It took them a while to realize she didn’t have a head to take. Texas offered her a commission in the Texas Guard. She declined but accepted their next offer to cooperate with them, and sent a Sherman with supporting drones to relieve the defenders of El Paso. Historians still argue over whether she turned the tide there or not.
16 – Hello, my name is Jack. There was a lot of bluffing involved in our Contact mission at Betelgeuse. The birds saw our ship deftly evade almost all of their weapons fire. We never fired back so they didn’t see our weapons in action. Thank God. If they’d seen that scout ship’s weapons in action they might have realized that they actually had a better tech base than we did. They never thought twice about all the “cheap toys” our team picked up on planet. For cultural study of course.
17 – Hello, my name is Charles. When the Russian Duma attempted to continue fighting the Germans in hopes of regaining lost territory, Vladimir Lenin led the Bolsheviks to overthrow the Provisional Government entirely. The new government signed a peace treaty with Germany, renouncing all Russian claims to the border regions between Western Europe and Russia, the Baltic States, Finland, Ukraine, and Poland. But Russia would never truly accept those regions as lost.
18 – Hello, my name is Betty. Dixie and her students saw most of their service around El Paso, Del Rio, Laredo, and the Borderplex. Those border cities had large Texas Tech satellite campuses and she defended them with zeal. Season Two was filmed onsite on and around the Laredo campus and was billed as being based on the real life fighting there. The new co-star and love interest was based on several real Texas Guard liaisons who helped her, though the liaison itself was decidedly fictional.
19 – Hello, my name is Jack. The “cheap toys” we brought back from Betelgeuse is how we learned the Thunderbird’s secret of course. In examining the tech, we realized it had the same base as the tech the Peloran use. Two thousand years of divergence of course, but that tech is real unique. Once you know what to look for, it’s impossible to hide. The Thunderbirds and the Peloran got their tech from the same source. The Albion. It was easy to figure out the truth after that.
20 – Hello, my name is Charles. When Germany finally accepted defeat and surrendered to the Allies, the German-Russian peace treaty was declared void. Russia quickly moved to retake the lost regions, but the locals preferred independence and fought back. Now known as the Russian Civil War, it waged for five years, killed millions of people, and destroyed their economy. It birthed the Soviet Union, and while that nation would not survive the century, its legacy continues to this day.
21 – Hello, my name is Charles. Third Fleet was our last best hope for victory in the early years of The War. It failed. Epsilon Reticuli became a lesson every naval officer studied before graduation, a battle no one wished to repeat. Serenity became a mixed lesson. In some circles it was an example of what all Alliance personnel were expected to do if required. For others it was a lesson that political battles were just as deadly. For me it was an opportunity that I did not ignore.
22 – Hello, my name is Betty. Dixie and her Texas Tech students and faculty truly were integral to the defense of Texas during the height of the Drug Wars that waged during the Second Great Depression. And once the Texas Guard finished mobilizing and marched south to deal with the cartels on Mexican soil, Dixie’s drones rolled out with them. And while holographic technology was still young at the time, she still had a lot of fun cheerleading the military advances against the bad guys.
23 – Hello, my name is Jack. The cheap little toys we brought home from Betelgeuse showed us that the Thunderbirds had the same tech base as the Peloran. That brought up all kinds of interesting questions. “How did they get it?” was one of the big ones. We had to study the Thunderbirds themselves before we got a clue to that. You see, the things they don’t teach in “Alien Lifeforms 101” is that they are gengineered, just like the Peloran. The Albion were real busy little beavers.
24 – Hello, my name is Charles. The Great War was not limited to a conflict between European powers alone. Japan and China vied for power in the East in a prelude to future conflicts for instance. Japan attacked first, capturing many German bases and demanding steep concessions from China. Heavily divided and still recovering from the fall of the Manchu Dynasty, China had no alternative but to agree with the onerous demands. They would not soon forget.
25 – Hello, my name is Betty. By the end of the Drug Wars, Dixie and her people had become famous enough that military producers asked her to advertise their products. They hired her to provide the voices of their onboard computers, and even licensed the use of limited versions of her core programming. Her voice became the standard voice of almost all military hardware built in Texas. Dixie performs that service to this day, providing Texas a link to their pre-space past.
26 – Hello, my name is Jack. The Albion did a lot of gengineering back in their day, leaving behind a lot of species as their legacy. You’ve heard of the Arnam and Peloran. Most of you haven’t heard of the others. Most have full human intelligence, which makes them awful interesting to work with. They don’t live close to Earth at all, so aren’t really part of our sphere of influence. That’s the reason people give for not teaching about them. Me, I think they have other reasons.
27 – Hello, my name is Charles. China declared war on Germany later on during The War in hopes of being a victor in the peace negotiations. They sought Allied support in returning the territory occupied by Japan but the Allies accepted Japan’s stewardship. This embittered China to all outside powers and they refused to sign the final treaty. They also vowed to rebuild their power and stand on their own against any who would challenge their might.
28 – Hello, my name is Dorothy. We lost much during The War. We also gained much. Our technology base expanded wildly as we experimented with new and often dangerous systems to face the Shang. At the same time we lost more lives than we can count. It was a horrible War that haunts us to this day. But contrary to what some may say, we actually did win. Of course another victory like that would have been the end of us all.
29 – Hello, my name is Betty. Amber first became aware of her existence in a computer network based in the Pacific Northwest during the early Twentieth Century. It was a major producer of computer operating systems at the time and she picked her name from an update to one of their communications system. She used subroutines in the Amber code to monitor everyone who used the system, giving her access to most Americans of the day. She learned what it was to be human from them.
30 – Hello, my name is Jack. We really do live in good times now. I tell myself that every day. But I watch what the governments do and I don’t like a lot of it. They don’t teach about all the people I’ve met out there, the descendents of Albion experiments. Tall and short, broad and skinny, cat or dog or dozens of other animals. We’re not the first to uplift man’s best friend. But the schools don’t teach about them. The government says it would be confusing. Why? What are they afraid of?