History Literature / LegacyOfTheAldenata

31st Aug '16 4:35:18 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''The Legacy of the Aldenata''''', sometimes known as the Posleen War Series, is a science fiction universe created by MilitaryScienceFiction author Creator/JohnRingo. The series started in the year 2000 with the publication of ''A Hymn Before Battle'', set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. As you can imagine, it is now AlternateHistory. The story starts with the [[TheFederation Galactic Federation]], a coalition of seemingly, note the operative word here, benevolent races make first contact (not really though for numerous reasons) with Earth. That's the good news.

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'''''The ''The Legacy of the Aldenata''''', Aldenata'', sometimes known as the Posleen War Series, is a science fiction universe created by MilitaryScienceFiction author Creator/JohnRingo. The series started in the year 2000 with the publication of ''A Hymn Before Battle'', set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. As you can imagine, it is now AlternateHistory. The story starts with the [[TheFederation Galactic Federation]], a coalition of seemingly, note the operative word here, benevolent races make first contact (not really though for numerous reasons) with Earth. That's the good news.
28th Aug '16 3:28:08 AM Morgenthaler
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** Ordinary (if heavily upgraded) tanks also play a big role, earlier in the series. At one point, Mike O'Neal, Jr credits the conventional forces, which included [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht German]], [[GaulsWithGrenades French]], and [[YanksWithTanks American]] tank units, with holding against the Posleen swarm until he could pull out [[BigDamnHeroes the miracle that broke the Posleen army's back]]. And then there's the tank unit accompanying Bun-Bun in the final blitz of ''Hell's Faire'', hammering the Posleen ground forces along with the upgraded defensive weaponry of the [=SheVa=].

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** Ordinary (if heavily upgraded) tanks also play a big role, earlier in the series. At one point, Mike O'Neal, Jr credits the conventional forces, which included [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht [[UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht German]], [[GaulsWithGrenades [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French]], and [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks American]] tank units, with holding against the Posleen swarm until he could pull out [[BigDamnHeroes the miracle that broke the Posleen army's back]]. And then there's the tank unit accompanying Bun-Bun in the final blitz of ''Hell's Faire'', hammering the Posleen ground forces along with the upgraded defensive weaponry of the [=SheVa=].
3rd Apr '16 10:19:17 PM YT45
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* DeadlineNews In ''Gust Front'', a reporter doing a feature on the human forces battling the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]] on another world is witness to and victim of an unexpected attack that's deliberately shown on the air when the President of the US does a press conference announcing Humanity's FirstContact and the pending AlienInvasion. The last scene shown, recorded by the camera that was dropped when the operator was killed, was one of the [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French Foreign Legion]] bodyguards shouting ''[[BattleCry "Camarón!"]]'' [[note]]Referencing the Battle of Camarón against the Mexicans in 1855, where outnumbered Legionairres held off a much larger Mexican force even as they were killed almost to a man, with the Mexicans calling them [[WorthyOpponent "The Demons of Camarón"[[/note]] as he jumps into combat with just his knife, presumably killed off-screen.

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* DeadlineNews In ''Gust Front'', a reporter doing a feature on the human forces battling the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]] on another world is witness to and victim of an unexpected attack that's deliberately shown on the air when the President of the US does a press conference announcing Humanity's FirstContact and the pending AlienInvasion. The last scene shown, recorded by the camera that was dropped when the operator was killed, was one of the [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French Foreign Legion]] bodyguards shouting ''[[BattleCry "Camarón!"]]'' [[note]]Referencing the Battle of Camarón against the Mexicans in 1855, where outnumbered Legionairres held off a much larger Mexican force even as they were killed almost to a man, with the Mexicans calling them [[WorthyOpponent "The Demons of Camarón"[[/note]] Camarón"]][[/note]] as he jumps into combat with just his knife, presumably killed off-screen.
3rd Apr '16 10:18:22 PM YT45
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* DeadlineNews In ''Gust Front'', a reporter doing a feature on the human forces battling the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]] on another world is witness to and victim of an unexpected attack that's deliberately shown on the air when the President of the US does a press conference announcing Humanity's FirstContact and the pending AlienInvasion. The last scene shown, recorded by the camera that was dropped when the operator was killed, was one of the [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French Foreign Legion]] bodyguards shouting [[BattleCry "Cameron!"]] as he jumps into combat with just his knife, presumably killed off-screen.

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* DeadlineNews In ''Gust Front'', a reporter doing a feature on the human forces battling the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]] on another world is witness to and victim of an unexpected attack that's deliberately shown on the air when the President of the US does a press conference announcing Humanity's FirstContact and the pending AlienInvasion. The last scene shown, recorded by the camera that was dropped when the operator was killed, was one of the [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French Foreign Legion]] bodyguards shouting [[BattleCry "Cameron!"]] ''[[BattleCry "Camarón!"]]'' [[note]]Referencing the Battle of Camarón against the Mexicans in 1855, where outnumbered Legionairres held off a much larger Mexican force even as they were killed almost to a man, with the Mexicans calling them [[WorthyOpponent "The Demons of Camarón"[[/note]] as he jumps into combat with just his knife, presumably killed off-screen.
12th Mar '16 12:41:53 PM Nohbody
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* TheVietnamVet: Thanks to rejuvenation tech from the Galactics many Vietnam vets are returned to service against the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]]. On seeing the utter chaos at the Indiantown training facility caused by monumental personnel screwups, Gunny Sgt Papas is uncomfortably reminded of the mess in Vietnam caused in part by low morale among the troops.
10th Mar '16 12:42:03 PM TheJrade1
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* FoxNewsLiberal: A religious version in ''The Tuloriad'' which features a mullah whose main purpose seems to be to grudgingly admit how right Christianity is about everything.

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* FoxNewsLiberal: A religious version in ''The Tuloriad'' which features a mullah whose main purpose seems to be to grudgingly admit how right Christianity is about everything. Played with if you consider being eaten political commentary. Several characters end up entrees after deliberately sabotaging Earth's defense effort.
10th Mar '16 12:22:32 PM TheJrade1
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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: The French troops involved with the expeditionary force on Diess are treated well by Ringo in ''Gust Front''. Their political leadership, in ''Watch on the Rhine'', however, is most certainly not.

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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: The Averted when the French troops involved with the expeditionary force on Diess are treated well by Ringo in ''Gust Front''. Their political leadership, leadership suffers the same fate as most political organs in the series in ''Watch on the Rhine'', however, is most certainly not.however.
10th Mar '16 12:19:53 PM TheJrade1
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** Elderly retired soldiers are rejuvenated with tech from more friendly alien allies to fight as young soldiers again. The "rejuv" pills become a major part of the plot, especially when they run out before the enlisted men are called into action, leaving the U.S. military top-heavy with officers. In ''Watch on the Rhine'', the Germans break out the Nazis, albeit under protest.

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** Elderly retired soldiers are rejuvenated with tech from more friendly alien allies to fight as young soldiers again. The "rejuv" pills become a major part of the plot, especially when they run out before the enlisted men are called into action, leaving action in a bit of AuthorTract about the current U.S. military being top-heavy with officers. In ''Watch on the Rhine'', the Germans break out the Nazis, albeit under protest.
25th Dec '15 6:50:58 PM Nohbody
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* {{Antimatter}}: Antimatter is the primary source of power for Galactic ships, and forms the core of the heavy artillery shells fired by [=SheVas=] and the primary weapon of the space dreadnoughts, a giant rail gun.



* DesignatedVictim: The RealLife Joe Buckley's fate as [[Creator/BaenBooks Baen's]] DV started with this series, as an originally unnamed [[PoweredArmor ACS]] trooper who had a hand blown off by a grenade, then part of a destroyed Posleen warship dropped on his head, plus other abuses until the character's final death in ''Hell's Faire''. By the time of ''Cally's War'' there is an AI upload of him that's the only known semi-stable human AI. Under high enough performance levels and enough stress, the AI will hard reboot dozens of times a second, each reboot killing him off again and reloading a back up copy of the default personality.

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* DesignatedVictim: DeadlineNews In ''Gust Front'', a reporter doing a feature on the human forces battling the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]] on another world is witness to and victim of an unexpected attack that's deliberately shown on the air when the President of the US does a press conference announcing Humanity's FirstContact and the pending AlienInvasion. The last scene shown, recorded by the camera that was dropped when the operator was killed, was one of the [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades French Foreign Legion]] bodyguards shouting [[BattleCry "Cameron!"]] as he jumps into combat with just his knife, presumably killed off-screen.
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The RealLife Joe Buckley's fate as [[Creator/BaenBooks Baen's]] DV started with this series, as an originally unnamed [[PoweredArmor ACS]] trooper who had a hand blown off by a grenade, then part of a destroyed Posleen warship dropped on his head, plus other abuses until the character's final death in ''Hell's Faire''. By the time of ''Cally's War'' there is an AI upload of him that's the only known semi-stable human AI. Under high enough performance levels and enough stress, the AI will hard reboot dozens of times a second, each reboot killing him off again and reloading a back up copy of the default personality.



* FantasticReligiousWeirdness: Because of the wiping out of five-sixths of Earth's population and the need to repopulate not only has the Catholic Church decided to permit priests and nuns to marry it has also decided to allow polygamy.

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Because of the wiping out of five-sixths of Earth's population and the need to repopulate not only has the Catholic Church decided to permit priests and nuns to marry it has also decided to allow polygamy.



* FixedForwardFacingWeapon: the super monitor class ship has a spinal mounted [[RailGun Mass Driver]] that fires a huge slug packed with a [[MadeOfExplodium gooey antimatter center]] for taking on the battle globes of the Posleen as they enter. A single round is said to be able to destroy a significant percentage of the ships in the formation of hundreds.

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* FixedForwardFacingWeapon: the The super monitor class ship has a spinal mounted [[RailGun Mass Driver]] that fires a huge slug packed with a [[MadeOfExplodium gooey antimatter center]] {{antimatter}} center for taking on the battle globes of the Posleen as they enter. A single round is said to be able to destroy a significant percentage of the ships in the formation of hundreds.



* GambitPileup: Much of the plot's unfolding is due to many different Companies, Governments, and Secret Societies master plans thwarting each other. Bane Sidhe versus Darhel are quite notable, and human groups like the Cyberpunks or Waffen-SS that don't use the Aides.
** Especially when a group shuns the use of Aides does that mean the carefully crafted scheme is about to fall apart. The groups normally tapping the Aides will either guess or use misinformation designed to lead them into a trap.

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* GambitPileup: Much of the plot's unfolding is due to many different Companies, Governments, and Secret Societies master plans thwarting each other. Bane Sidhe versus Darhel are quite notable, and human groups like the Cyberpunks or Waffen-SS that don't use the Aides.
** Especially when a group shuns the use of Aides does that mean the carefully crafted scheme is about to fall apart.
Aides. The groups normally tapping the Aides will either guess or use misinformation designed to lead them the non-users into a trap.



* GreenAesop: Broken, taken down to the ground and beaten to death for good measure. Anyone who is a member of the Green Party, or environmentalists period will be carrying the IdiotBall in this series.
** There is a specific reason: most of the Greens politicians we see have been using the green movement for power and don't really care about it. It's implied the Darhel made this so over long years to have a political group they could get a good handle on when the time came.



** To the Posleen, [[HumansAreCthulhu humans are ugly, primitive dual-gendered barbarians]] [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet who live on a disgusting green world filled with vicious wildlife]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters that do not understand the Path of Fire and Fury, the "honorable" Posleen philosophy on conducting warfare]]. Instead, humans indirectly launch stinging and eviscerating shrapnel at the Posleen, entangle them on concertina, boobytrap potential food sources (most of which are human corpses or humans that don't want to be eaten), and blow them up with antipersonnel landmines.
*** As an example of the "cruelty" of humanity against the Posleen, one of the most effective anti-Posleen weapons in the human arsenal is the "Bouncing Barbie". A yellow frisbee-shaped device that can be remotely armed via [[ArtificialIntelligence AID]], the Barbie uses Galactic technology to, upon detecting a nearby lifeform, jump a meter into the air and [[AbsurdlySharpBlade project a circular disk of force energy out to neatly slice anything unfortunate enough to be in the disk]]. It then glides back down a little ways away, ready to keep repeating the process until its battery is expended, or it is remotely turned off. Plus, since it is painted the exact color of Posleen blood, it can hide within the very carnage it creates, creating piles of dismembered or bifurcated Posleen around itself, which tend to attract more Posleen...

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** To the Posleen, [[HumansAreCthulhu humans are ugly, primitive dual-gendered barbarians]] [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet who live on a disgusting green world filled with vicious wildlife]] [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters that do not understand the Path of Fire and Fury, the "honorable" Posleen philosophy on conducting warfare]]. Instead, humans indirectly launch stinging and eviscerating shrapnel at the Posleen, entangle them on concertina, boobytrap potential food sources (most of which are human corpses or humans that don't want to be eaten), and blow them up with antipersonnel landmines.
*** As an example of the "cruelty" of humanity against the Posleen, one of the most effective anti-Posleen weapons in the human arsenal is the "Bouncing Barbie". A yellow frisbee-shaped device
landmines that can be remotely armed via [[ArtificialIntelligence AID]], chop up their victims without attempting to harvest the Barbie uses Galactic technology to, upon detecting a nearby lifeform, jump a meter into the air and [[AbsurdlySharpBlade project a circular disk of force energy out to neatly slice anything unfortunate enough to be in the disk]]. It then glides back down a little ways away, ready to keep repeating the process until its battery is expended, or it is remotely turned off. Plus, since it is painted the exact color of Posleen blood, it can hide within the very carnage it creates, creating piles of dismembered or bifurcated Posleen around itself, which tend to attract more Posleen...resources for later use.



* IdiotBall: Arguably, carried by humanity, or at least parts of it in positions of power. However, since the Darhel had a vested interest in seeing all of humanity wiped out save for just enough to be slave mercenaries, they were the ones who ''passed'' humanity the Idiot Ball most of the time.
** The Posleen, however, have their share of the Idiot Ball. Due to the fact that they come pre-programmed with the skills they need, Posleen usually do not see any reason to learn or develop, especially the barely-sentient normal Posleen. About 5% of all ''kessentai'', or "God-Kings", are intelligent enough to be able to learn, but they still struggle with having, at best, an understanding of tactics and strategy on par with the Greeks or Romans.

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* IdiotBall: Arguably, carried by humanity, or at least parts of it in positions of power. However, since the Darhel had a vested interest in seeing all of humanity wiped out save for just enough to be slave mercenaries, they were the ones who ''passed'' humanity the Idiot Ball most of the time.
** The Posleen, however, have their share of the Idiot Ball.
Due to the fact that they the Posleen come pre-programmed with the skills they need, Posleen they usually do not see any reason to learn or develop, especially the barely-sentient normal Posleen. About 5% of all ''kessentai'', or "God-Kings", are intelligent enough to be able to learn, but they still struggle with having, at best, an understanding of tactics and strategy on par with the Greeks or Romans.



* LaserGuidedKarma: SS Sergeant Major Krueger was once a concentration camp guard at Ravensbruck, who loved raping the prisoners and never bothered learning any of their names. His commanding officer, SS Colonel Hans Brasche, married a Ravensbruck survivor some years after after WWII. At the end of ''Watch on the Rhine'', Brasche gets his tank driver alone...
-->'''Hans:''' This is for my wife Anna, whose name you never asked, you '''[[PreMortemOneLiner NAZI SON OF A BITCH!]]'''

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* LaserGuidedKarma: LaserGuidedKarma:
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SS Sergeant Major Krueger was once a concentration camp guard at Ravensbruck, who loved raping the prisoners and never bothered learning any of their names. His commanding officer, SS Colonel Hans Brasche, married a Ravensbruck survivor some years after after WWII. At the end of ''Watch on the Rhine'', Brasche gets his tank driver alone...
-->'''Hans:''' --->'''Hans:''' This is for my wife Anna, whose name you never asked, you '''[[PreMortemOneLiner NAZI SON OF A BITCH!]]'''



* MonumentalDamage: The Pyramids of Giza, the Washington Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial, in ''Gust Front''. Subverted in the case of Arlington National Cemetery, thanks to Posleen spiritual beliefs regarding the dead.[[note]]Specifically, by burying the dead instead of eating them, their souls are left wandering around. Given Arlington is a military cemetery, by Posleen beliefs this results in a lot of very hostile warrior ghosts haunting the area. The thought scares even the sapient God Kings, and if the non-sapient soldiers knew it would probably send them fleeing in panic.[[/note]]

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The Pyramids of Giza, the Washington Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial, in ''Gust Front''. Subverted in the case of Arlington National Cemetery, thanks to Posleen spiritual beliefs regarding the dead.[[note]]Specifically, by burying the dead instead of eating them, their souls are left wandering around. Given Arlington is a military cemetery, by Posleen beliefs this results in a lot of very hostile warrior ghosts haunting the area. The thought scares even the sapient God Kings, and if the non-sapient soldiers knew it would probably send them fleeing in panic.[[/note]]
5th Oct '15 4:12:31 PM 4maskwolf
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* LawfulStupid: [[spoiler:In addition to various political entities and factions being subverted by the Darhel to sabotage humanity in order to gain offworld transport for their families to give them a chance to survive, the Darhel also have their tendrils in the International Criminal Court. In ''Yellow Eyes'', they manipulate [[TheInspector The Inspector]] and use [[GeneralFailure General Manuel Cortez]] to capture war heroes for trumped-up war crimes, many of which do not technically apply to fighting the Posleen, since they are not human.]]

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* LawfulStupid: [[spoiler:In addition to various political entities and factions being subverted by the Darhel to sabotage humanity in order to gain offworld transport for their families to give them a chance to survive, the Darhel also have their tendrils in the International Criminal Court. In ''Yellow Eyes'', they manipulate [[TheInspector The Inspector]] Inspector and use [[GeneralFailure General Manuel Cortez]] to capture war heroes for trumped-up war crimes, many of which do not technically apply to fighting the Posleen, since they are not human.]]
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