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1 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The firefight between the Texas State Guard and “certain undisclosed elements of the United States Armed Forces” in Dallas, Texas broke the Supreme Court of the United States of America. The new President had stuffed it with friendly justices, and the Stuffed Supreme Court voted to uphold his actions while vacating those of Texas. But the still-serving justices of the previous Supreme Court did not agree, and their Last Dissent burned through the networks like a brushfire. Those demanding justice for the “Dallas Massacre” dueled with others standing up for the “Last Legitimate Supreme Court,” and many who simply enjoyed stirring the pot. Honest debates and shouting matches alike ruled the networks. The House soon voted to Impeach the dissenting justices, the Lame Duck Senate approved them without further review, and the United States Capitol Police physically removed them from the Supreme Court Building. That did not calm the networks down.
2 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The firefight between the Texas State Guard and “certain undisclosed elements of the United States Armed Forces” in Dallas, Texas resulted in the outgoing governor of Texas ordering the Texas State Guard to lockdown all Federal Department of Justice facilities in Texas. Their tanks soon rolled up to the facilities in question, their commanders popped the hatches to wave in a friendly manner, and the Feds on the inside proved to be most expeditious in their willingness to avoid any further firefights. The new President was not so quick to decide that he did not wish to mess with Texas. He ordered the Army and Marine units based in Texas to deal with the situation. Again. They failed to receive his orders due to a communications error. Again. The President persisted sending his orders, with ever more explicit demands pertaining to what exactly they were supposed to do to the previous President (Impeached) and his allies, until someone leaked the orders to the media. At which point, the commander of Fort Hood was quick to announce at a news conference that military intelligence was looking into whoever had fabricated those obviously false orders meant to defame the President. It was unconstitutional for the military to deploy against American citizens, after all.
3 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The firefight between the Texas State Guard and “certain undisclosed elements of the United States Armed Forces” in Dallas, Texas severely impacted the loyalty of federal troops all throughout America. It was especially disastrous for those stationed in Texas. It was a matter of faith with the troops that they could not and should not ever be deployed against American citizens, and the orders to do exactly that shook their faith in the government to a bone-deep level. So when their commanders chose not to follow those orders, there were very few dissenters. There were some. There will always be some, and they would cause a great deal of heartache. And there were many who simply walked away. But at every military base in Texas, there was a core of troops who remained loyal to their commanders. Some of those bases chose to join Texas in time. Some remained American bases, though worked with Texas. No major military base fought Texas. Some minor ones did, and they would also cause a great deal of heartache. But the most important thing to understand is that the vast majority of the American military could not and did not break faith with their oaths. And that, in the end, is why most historians never named this period the Second Civil War.
4 - Medron - Masks - TLDR Version: Wear them. They are effective, if properly sterilized.
Full Version: There are many thoughts on masks out there. Some say that anything less than a full N95 is useless. Others swear by them. Some swear at them. I live in a medical town, where masks have been a common sight long before now. We see them, we stock them, and we are prepared to use them.
In these “interesting times” as the Chinese curse put it, any mask is better than no mask if it is properly disinfected, used, and cared for. If not, they can actually cause you to get sick.
To put it simply, the standard surgical masks, homemade cloth masks, or bandannas wrapped around your face are not proof against the Wuhan Virus. Paint masks, sport masks with carbon filters, and other similar masks are also not full protection.
For full protection, you need something that is officially classed as a respirator, which the N95 is. Even then, full protection is a misnomer, as many things from fit to simple misuse can cause them to be less useful.
Surgeons do not wear surgical masks to protect them from their patient’s germs. They wear the masks to keep any of their germs from infecting the patient. An infected person will breathe the virus out when they exhale, and a surgical mask will mostly stop that. Now they do offer protection against the Wuhan Virus touching the mouth or nose, but they are not as good as a full respirator.
Cloth masks, whether homemade or professional, are not as good as surgical masks in either operation. But with surgical masks and respirators being limited to medical personnel, they may be the only option the public has. They are in no way proof against the virus. But they are better than nothing since they can stop the particulates the virus rides from touching you. As long as they are washed and sanitized between uses. Note that single layer masks are not as good as double or triple layer. And those designed to slip filters in them are better yet.
In the end, much like the concept of herd immunity, the more people who wear masks, the more effective they are. They act as a barrier to slow the virus’ ability to spread. Wearing masks is something we can do as people to show others that we are doing our part to fight the virus. They suggest we are being careful, washing our hands, and doing all the other little things it takes to fight this unseen enemy. They are a uniform of sorts, uniting us against the common enemy of us all.
I wear a mask every day at work.
5 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Had the standoff between the State of Texas and the American President stopped at a few shots fired and less than fifty dead Texans, the citizens of Texas would not now be inclined to call the Second Great Depression the Second Civil War. Unfortunately for us all, the standoff did not end there. When the majority of major American military units declined to follow his orders to deploy against Texas civilians, he sent more clandestine units into Texas with the mission of sowing chaos to bring the State government to its knees. Much of the gang violence and drug wars that raged through the Texan cities can be tied to the specific actions of clandestine federal agents, as can the various organizational, communications, and supply problems suffered by numerous Texas law enforcement agencies. Chaos and violence overwhelmed the local governmental security forces in city after city, and burned many parts of them to the ground. The President offered to help Texas with their raging criminal problem, but when proof that federal agents were instigating the violence was leaked to the public, it destroyed what little credibility he had left in Texan eyes.
6 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The commander of Fort Hood did not follow the orders the new President sent down to deploy against the civilian Texas government. And he would later admit that he leaked the repeatedly explicit orders to the media before the already scheduled press conference about another, unrelated issue. Questions about the orders came up of course, and he was quick to say that they could not possibly have come from the President, since any orders like that would be unconstitutional. And he threw out the red herring of looking for the perpetrators who had faked the orders to allow the federal government to back down gracefully. The new President as it happened did not know how to back down gracefully, and attempted to have him cashiered. The military promised to get on that and then proceeded to slow roll the proceedings against Fort Hood's commander. Unhappy with their pacing, the President's last budget passed by his Congress before the new Senate came into office completely defunded Fort Hood in favor of far more important social programs.
7 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Fort Hood had been running on an insufficient budget for years when the Second Great Depression began to wash over the American economy. The political issues with the Impeachments and the questionable election results simply made those budgetary problems more direct. The new President wanted a full rotation of all base commanders throughout America, and he demanded that many base commanders be cashiered and replaced with more politically reliable officers at the same time. The Pentagon took a great deal of time conducting feasibility studies on the transfers, and bureaucratic red tape snarled the line headed towards the numerous courts martial and discharges. Which left the commander of Fort Hood still fully in charge when the Austin police line fell to the rapidly expanding gang, drug, and racial violence that tore the Texas’ capital apart. Loss of security around the State Capitol forced the Texas government to move to a more secure location, and there were few locations in America more secure than Fort Hood.
8 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Incoming Texas Governor, and former American President (Impeached), Lopez moved his transition team to Fort Hood as Austin’s police collapsed under the assault of gangs fighting for turf, drug cartels fighting for market share, and racial mobs burning down one neighborhood after another. The outgoing government would soon follow his lead as the violence spread to most other major Texas cities by the end of the year. The official transition of power, when it finally happened, was a short ceremony, with little pomp and circumstance, performed on one of Fort Hood’s practice yards. Many blamed the outgoing Governor for the violence spreading throughout the State, though Texas would later obtain proof that it was federal agents spawning much of the chaos. Incoming Governor Lopez had suspicions on the matter and did nothing to suggest he blamed the outgoing Governor, but did promise to do everything he could to quell the violence. He started by authorizing the forces at Fort Hood to help deal with the drug cartel problem. The Army could not act as law enforcement inside America due to the Posse Comitatus Act, but it just so happened that Mexico was outside the American borders at the time.
9 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Texas had been supplementing Fort Hood’s operating budget for decades under the guise of renting the use of their facilities for Texas State Guard training. Fort Hood’s tanks and mechs were extremely expensive to keep operating, and when the President cut all funding to the fort, Texas expanded their rental operations on base lands to keep as many of them running as possible. When the new American President ordered Fort Hood to arrest Governor Lopez and his entire incoming government, as well as the outgoing Governor during the official transition of power, he found that he had no more sway with the base. Fort Hood declined to follow the Impeacher in Chief’s orders. More and more of the American military followed their example and slipped through the President’s fingers as the months went by. Many simply deserted and went home, but a generous portion of them found that States like Texas were far more worthy of their loyalty.
10 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Fort Hood had long been a concentration of American armored cavalry warfare that could take on entire nations by itself if unleashed. The budget issues and desertions hampered their ability to live up to that reputation during the Second Great Depression, but they mobilized what they could safely deploy with their reduced personnel. That was more than enough to make them the heart of the Texas armored cavalry that crossed the old border into Mexico to deal with the drug cartels. They were not a good occupation force, as armored units rarely are, but Texas did not send them to Mexico to occupy terrain. Their tanks, mechs, and choppers had the singular mission of bringing maximum destruction to any Drug Lord compound, caravan, or other targets of interest related to them. They excelled at that mission, and many historians credit their involvement as one of the reasons the Drug Wars came to such a swift and successful conclusion. And the fact that they left, rather than attempting to occupy Mexican towns and cities, greatly improved relations between Texas and their southern neighbors. That would be important in the coming years.
11 - Medron - Jack of Harts - I'm tired of talking about which governors are idiots arresting people for parking in church parking lots, shutting down gun stores, or demanding that the common folk respect their authority and not protest when they decry what the little people will be allowed to do.
So…on to better subjects. I just gone done with principle writing on another short story, which takes up unresolved plot points introduced in Forge of War and Angel Flight and ties them up in a pretty little bow. Well, pretty may be an over exaggeration. And tied up can have multiple meanings.
Let's just say that a certain little green friend Stephen Huda ginned up for me for another story that is awaiting publication will make another showing here. And there will be great fanfare at the little friend's arrival. If by fanfare you understand that I'm talking about gunfire, explosions, and destruction.
And that's before the girls get involved. Or after. Or during. Time is a relative thing you understand, but Captain Jack of Hart Squadron would not know what to do if certain girls did not show up from time to time. Or more often. More often is certainly good. You may say that he is devoted on the subject. Maybe even preoccupied.
Anyways, here is a very short preview showing Jack's frame of mind upon waking up on this fine day…
Jack awoke to a sense of doom ringing between his temples and a ravening hunger filling his belly. Crash landings sucked. Getting shot sucked. Hi-gee maneuvers with cracked bones, healing muscles, and aching ligaments sucked. Being saved by two girls who had no business risking themselves in his life sucked. His life over the last few days had become the one unending succession of suck his drill instructor had promised him his life would be after he volunteered to help kick the Shang’s alien asses to the other side of the galaxy.
12 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - San Antonio was the oldest city in Texas, having been founded by the Spanish Empire itself, and Greater San Antonio boasted millions of residents when the Second Great Depression began. It was home to the Alamo, Fort Sam Houston, the Tower of the Americas, SeaWorld, one of the largest rodeos in the world, major sports franchises, multiple Fortune 500 companies, and the largest medical research center in South Texas. You could do anything in San Antonio, from high-class museums, to backroom bars. It was one of the largest cities in America, and had led us out of one recession after another for decades. It was one of the greatest economic engines in America, and the Second Great Depression nearly destroyed it.
13 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The civil unrest in San Antonio surpassed that seen in most cities during the Second Great Depression. South Texas had far more in common with Mexico than the rest of the State, and the Mexican drug cartels were more firmly embedded than elsewhere. So when the drug king pins that history, and Dixie, would call the Drug Lords moved on Texas, they had many foot soldiers to call upon. The San Antonio police were not prepared for the onslaught of drug cartel and gang violence that spawned from that move, and vast swaths of the city and the surrounding environs soon fell into complete anarchy.
14 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The American military had relearned a great deal about securing their bases due to the rash of random shooters and other anti-military violence that grabbed headlines in the decades before the Second Great Depression. So when the drug cartels overran San Antonio, they ran into Fort Sam Houston and the rest of the Joint Base San Antonio. The series of military reservations were fully capable of patrolling and defending their borders. Or they would have been, without the general desertions that affected all federal American military units at the time. The drug cartels, and the general gang and racial violence stirred up around them, managed to overrun parts of the sprawling base, but the military kept it mostly secure during the opening rounds of violence.
15 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The key thing to understand about Joint Base San Antonio is that it was a sprawling complex. Fort Sam Houston was inside San Antonio, while the air bases and camps were spread out all around the city. The reservations were many miles distant from each other. Yes. Miles. Miles were the dominant measurement of the time, and in fact the Republic of Texas still uses them to this day for ground purposes. They claim that is because replacing all of their mile markers would be too expensive, but I contend it is their latent rebellious streak against changes they did not pioneer. The point is that Joint Base San Antonio is not now and was not then a large contiguous range of bases. There were entire miles of houses and factories and parks and roads between the sprawling parts of the base. Roads that they did not use to travel back and forth. Joint Base San Antonio was entirely connected via a spiderweb of underground tunnels specifically built to bring the base together and stop any foe from separating any single part of the base from support from any of the others. That would prove important in the months and years that followed.
16 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Fort Sam Houston served as the headquarters of the Fifth and Sixth United States Armies, the Army Medical Command, and a Criminal Investigation Command when the Second Great Depression began. They had the best military police, the best doctors, and commanded units deployed all over the Homeland and throughout the rest of the Americas. When Fort Sam stopped following the new President’s orders, it had a profound effect on military units throughout the Western Hemisphere. And though it suffered from the same desertions as other military bases did, it managed to maintain an operational core for all of its missions. The military police were especially effective, with most of their personnel refusing to go home, and the hulking major in charge of their special investigations group led an investigation that eventually uncovered the federal influence behind the gang, race, and drug cartel violence that washed over San Antonio. That news would have a profound effect on the future of Fort Sam and all of Texas.
17 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Lackland and Randolph Air Force Bases served as the American Air Force’s primary training centers in the decades leading up to the Second Great Depression. They performed various support missions, including aerial medical detachments, and hosted the primary cyberspace warfare installation in the United States Air Force. When they stopped following the new President’s orders, they changed the shape of how war would forever be fought in America. The cyberspace warfare division suffered the fewest number of desertions of any military unit in the entire American Armed Forces. All they wanted to do was play in cyberspace, and they had access to all the best toys to do that right where they were. So they stayed, and when the Cybernetic Wars began, they fought. Without them and everything they contributed to those wars, humanity very well may have lost.
18 - Medron - The Deal - The deal was simple. Stay home for two weeks to flatten the curve of the Wuhan Virus so the hospitals would not be overloaded. That has been achieved.
And yet time has gone on. Two months now, though some States are opening back up. That is considerably longer than the two weeks the American public agreed to. And some States are seeking to further alter the deal, with conditions like a vaccine or zero deaths or things like that, because some of them don’t think it is a deal at all. Some believe that they can simply order Americans to stay home, and they will give up their businesses and homes without seeking redress. That they can release criminals from their jails and jail common people who have broken no law and expect all to respect their authority. But the more tightly they grasp their citizens, the more will slip through their fingers and refuse to comply.
Respect the deal we made. We can walk and chew bubblegum at the same time. We can stay back, keep clean, and open up at the same time. Though there are other options when bubblegum is involved. Especially if we run out of it due to a horrible supply chain brought down by these government shutdowns.
19 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Fort Sam’s military police helped bring San Antonio back under control in the end. It was a long, hard fight, and they served the sheriffs and civilian police in an advisory basis. The law did not allow them to be deputized after all, but they helped up to the very edge of the letter of the law, and some would say beyond that letter. They had the help of some of the best cyberneers on the planet, and many of the bad guys they tracked were not American citizens. Many of them were on the Mexican side of the border, which opened up other opportunities. They helped turn the tide in San Antonio and beyond. They found the information that proved the federal government was behind much of the death and destruction. And in the end, it was the military police who tracked down and fought one of the federal government’s special warfare teams that was liaising with the drug cartels. They won and dragged the surrendered survivors out to show the Texas government what the feds had been doing to them all for months. It did not improve the good will that Texas did not have for the new President and his cohorts.
20 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - One must never underestimate the Fort Sam Houston military police. Their hulking commander was far smarter than he looked, and he had forged his men and women into a smart and calculating team well suited to dealing with the rather rambunctious servicemen who filled Fort Sam. They trained every day, whether standard exercises, or unarmed combat training, target ranges, the physical close combat courses, and the virtual training aids on a rotating daily basis. He believed that his people needed to be harder, faster, and better than the servicemen they would need to arrest when they did bad things, and he trained his people to be exactly that. To be sure, not all of the military police on Fort Sam met his rigorous requirements. They received less strenuous duties. But he threw his best and brightest against the most dangerous people he needed to bring in. That is why they were ready to act when they found the federal special warfare team liaising with the drug cartels.
21 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - The Fort Sam Houston military police had a number of extremely bright and capable investigators and soldiers in their ranks. They sought to find out where the reinvigorated drug cartels were getting their supplies and intelligence from, and tracked it down to an American federal special warfare team liaising with them. They also learned who the leader of the team was, which was where the head of Fort Sam’s military police came in. He had gone through basic training together with the leader of the team, and used his knowledge of the man to plan their attack. The military police stormed the safe house at High Noon, when most of the team was asleep, and their massive leader subdued his opposite number less than a minute later. It took little time to convince the man to order his people to surrender rather than fight to the last man. Which is why there were survivors to show to the Texas government. That is how Texas learned the entirety of the team’s mission. That is why they knew where to look for other similar missions they believed the new President may have sent against other States. That proved to be important in the years that followed.
22 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Fort Polk was one of the larger United States Army bases when the Second Great Depression began. Situated in the middle of western Louisiana, not far from the Old Texas border, it trained and sustained over ten thousand soldiers, though widespread desertions greatly reduced that number. They still had enough men to secure the area, and as Louisiana fell into more and more chaos, the western parishes looked to the neighboring Texas counties for mutual support and cooperation. Fort Polk did not initially follow their lead, but as the new President’s orders became more and more divorced from reality, they would eventually break from the chain of command and turn their support to what would in time become West Louisiana.
23 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Fort Polk was home to a joint service training center, two major infantry formations, and a major support hospital when the Second Great Depression struck. The desertions that became a daily occurrence in the federal military greatly reduced their manpower, and cost them many supplies, but United States Army bases boasted impressive amounts of material in those days. They were designed to survive Acts of God and the end of Civilization as we knew it. So when New Orleans fell into chaos, the parishes of western Louisiana looked to Fort Polk for aid. Fort Polk was quick to answer, and helped the areas around them as best they could. Which was a great deal as it happened.
24 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Fort Polk helped to forge the West Louisiana we know it today. When the Second Great Depression shattered New Orleans and the drug cartels ravaged Texas, Fort Polk aided those parishes that needed help and supported the National Guard forces that helped hold law and order together during the crazy times. And considering this was Louisiana, things could get very crazy indeed. Soldiers from Fork Polk joined Texas to attack the drug cartels in Mexico, and they sent their own representatives to stand with Texas during the Convention of States that assembled after the Drug Wars came to an end. West Louisiana became a recognized State soon thereafter, and shortly joined the Republic of Texas as a full Member State. Most historians credit this relatively easy path for West Louisiana to the direct influence of Fort Polk and the thousands of soldiers that stayed with her during the Second Great Depression.
25 - Medron - The Show Must Go On - We’ve built the greatest show on Earth.
Now we’ve had our two weeks of staying at home to blunt the curve of this virus and keep our hospitals from being overloaded.
We’ve had a couple more months of rather draconian lock down orders from some of the State governors that have crippled large parts of our show. The price of meat has nearly doubled because the packers can’t get what they have to market, while the farmers are taking a loss selling their cows to the packers. Dairy farmers are dumping milk and eggs because they can’t sell them to the dairies, but milk and eggs are rationed at the store because the distribution chain is reeling. Hospitals are laying off their staff because nobody is coming for life-saving treatments.
We’ve built the greatest show on Earth, and we’ve fed billions of people on this planet with it. And right now, certain elements in the government seem determined to shut it down, while others are only worried about what they can loot out of it while they have the chance.
I get it. We have a virus flying around right now that will kill you given the right situation. The elderly. Those with other life-threatening conditions. We’ve got some anti-viral drugs that seem to help based on what doctors say, but certain people say we shouldn’t use them. Now here’s the thing. Whether or not we use those anti-virals against this virus or not, the key is to protect those who are most vulnerable to this virus. Keep it away from them. We shouldn’t be sending patients with it to hang out at old folks homes where they can pass it off to others and kill tens of thousands of our most vulnerable.
And people wonder why I don’t trust the government.
Now we’ve been harried by this virus for six months, give or take a month or two depending on which timeline you look at. We’ve learned a LOT about it since the Chinese and WHO misinformation campaign got well and truly ignored by everybody with a brain. We know what kills it. We know how to keep others from getting it. We’ll learn more as time goes on, but I trust the majority of my fellow citizens to know what to do to minimize the chances of further transfer.
Winter is coming, and if we don’t get our harvest well and truly harvested, if we don’t get our meat and our poultry and our dairy flowing again, people will starve. If we don’t get our hospitals working again, people will die of utterly preventable diseases.
We’ve built the greatest show on Earth.
Now the show must go on.
Or millions will live, or perhaps die, to regret it in the months to come.
26 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Dyess Air Force Base was a pure Air Force Base when the Second Great Depression came upon us all. It had not been transferred to the Space Force as some bases had, and though some of its aircraft certainly did brush the edges of atmosphere at times, their mission was purely terrestrial, and as such it was still an Air Force Base at the time. Its primary duties were twofold. The first was airlifting cargo and troops all around the world with the century-old C-130 Hercules aircraft that still performed the job better than every attempted replacement. The second was bombing America’s enemies into the stone age all over the world with the newest and most expensive B-21 Raider stealth bombers. Though the half-century old B-1B Lancers had outlasted all estimates of their service life and continued to serve at Dyess AFB. Both of those ancient airframes would prove to be an important and decisive advantage for America in the months and years of the Second Great Depression and the other difficulties that surrounded it.
27 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Dyess Air Force Base suffered from the same desertions that most other federal military bases did when the federal government began to fracture around the new President. His final budget slashed the funding Dyess AFB received, and without pay many of the personnel chose to simply go home and take what they could with them. That did not include large assets like aircraft, but many small arms and supplies disappeared before Dyess AFB managed to secure itself from internal dissent. Their commanding officer chose to side with Texas, and that caused more people who did not wish to betray their country to leave. A majority of the pilots remained on base, as did nearly all of the local support structure, but many of their highly-qualified technicians chose to go home for good and never come back. That would greatly reduce the number of aircraft Dyess AFB could maintain in flying condition, no matter how much money Texas sent them to recoup the lost federal funding.
28 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Dyess Air Force Base’s B-21 Raiders did not fare well during the Second Great Depression. The hi-tech bombers could not maintain flight potential without constant maintenance by the very best technicians on the planet. They depleted their spare parts inventories within weeks, and could obtain none to replenish them, leaving Dyess AFB without its primary global strike ability. Fortunately for both Texas and America, one of their bomber squadrons had never been upgraded to the expensive Raider. They still operated the ancient but more dependable B-1B Lancer that had seen service in every major conflict of the Twenty First Century, and most of their crews remained. They were generational crews, working in their parents’ or grandparents’ craft, and they would never leave their plane to anybody else. When Texas looked for a first strike option for use against the drug cartels, Dyess AFB sent the Lancers in to clear a path for the ground forces. To say they were devastating would be to underutilize a perfectly good adjective.
29 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Dyess Air Force Base’s C-130 Hercules transport aircraft were some of the oldest airframes in the Air Force inventory when the Second Great Depression hit. Most historians dismiss the idea that any of them were truly a century old, surmising instead that most of the craft were the Super Hercules subclass that was half that age. There is some question as to whether or not they were refits or new construction, but whatever the case, they were ancient by the standards of the day. There is no question at all that many of the crews and support personnel descended from men who had worked aboard various versions of the Hercules as far back as the Vietnam War. They were generational craft and crews, and the Air Force had long since embraced the concept of keeping men united with their family craft. Many of them had been stationed at Dyess AFB for five, ten, fifteen, or even twenty years or more, working to keep their grand old craft flying as one planned replacement after another worked its way through the development pipeline and kept on failing to match the performance of their birds. When Dyess AFB stopped listening to the new President and aligned itself with Texas, most of the crews smiled and went back to work keeping their birds flying.
30 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - Dyess Air Force Base helped fight the various drug cartels attacks that came into Texas during the Second Great Depression. The Hercules squadrons moved soldiers all around Texas and the surrounding States in quick reaction to strike after strike. They became a welcome sight everywhere, proof that Texas was strong even as the federal government reeled from one scandal to the next. And the paratroopers who jumped out of those craft became the paladins of a new age, storming down from the sky with weapons blazing to kill evil drug cartel enforcers wherever they could be found. And yes, they did often help Dixie and her merry little band of misfits in their unrelenting war with the cartels. That simply added to their reputation. Dyess AFB’s fame hit a new high when it was featured on Dixie’s show, and it became one of the preferred shooting locations for both documentaries and fictional shows for years to come. That would ensure that the citizens of Texas would never forget Dyess.
31 - Charles - The Republic of Texas - When Texas finally decided to go on the offensive and deal with the drug cartels on Mexican soil, Dyess Air Force Base joined them. Their B-1B Lancer bombers and C-130 Hercules transports quickly became the tip of the spear that drove into the heart of the cartels. The Lancers struck first, disrupting local defensive positions through the simple expedient of heavy explosives. “Shock and Awe” a previous generation had called it, and the Lancers rained it down with abandon. The Hercules squadrons carried entire platoons of men into the firestorms they left behind, often flanked by other Hercules modified for cybernetic warfare, direct ground attack, and numerous other missions. They overwhelmed one drug cartel after another, before moving onto the next targets as others secured the areas they had neutralized. Dyess AFB was the tip of the spear, and they struck deep into the underbelly of the drug cartels. Texas never forgot that, and when it came time to return to space, Dyess Spacebase was one of the Republic’s primary launching points.