History Literature / TheLostFleet

25th Apr '16 9:32:30 AM ReaderAt2046
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** The Europa plague is limited to a Planetary Species Extinction only because an insane amount of effort is put into assuring than ''nothing'' is permitted to leave the planet. If even one bacterium got off-planet, it could lead to a Galactic Species Extinction.
18th Apr '16 12:30:44 PM roxana
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* SoProudOfYou: Geary's reaction to the fleet on a regular basis.

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* SoProudOfYou: Geary's reaction to the fleet on a regular basis. His people live for those moments and do everything in their power to create many of them.
17th Apr '16 8:33:36 PM bombadil211
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* ChestOfMedals: The Syndic War has been going for so long and is so violent that even the most junior sailors have several rows of medals indicating participation in numerous campaigns and for exceptional acts in battle. Geary is conspicuous in his lack of decorations.
12th Apr '16 2:03:12 AM bombadil211
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* PerpetualPoverty: The Fleet running low on fuel and/or munitions and the auxiliary ships lacking the time and/or raw materials to make more is a problem that turns up regularly. Fighting a running war through enemy territory with no supply line beyond what the fleet can salvage from enemy ships or facilities can do this. Sometimes the auxiliaries can be full to the point of slowing the fleet down, and then end up critically low on raw materials after resupplying the fleet after a single battle. This habit of using supplies faster than they can be replaced catches up with Geary in the final battle of the fifth book, when ships start falling out of formation because they've completely run out of fuel. [[spoiler:Fortunately, this battle is fought in an Alliance border system, which means that once it's over, they can call the locals for help.]]

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* PerpetualPoverty: The Fleet running low on fuel and/or munitions and the auxiliary ships lacking the time and/or raw materials to make more is a problem that turns up regularly. Fighting a running war through enemy territory with no supply line beyond what the fleet can salvage from enemy ships or facilities can do this. Sometimes the auxiliaries can be full to the point of slowing the fleet down, and then end up critically low on raw materials after resupplying the fleet after a single battle. This habit of using Complicating the issue is the fact that Geary tries to minimize casualties and is so good at it that the fleet's resource allocation AI has no idea how to cope with it. Needing to use supplies faster than they can be replaced catches up with Geary in the final battle of the fifth book, when ships start falling out of formation because they've completely run out of fuel. [[spoiler:Fortunately, this battle is fought in an Alliance border system, which means that once it's over, they can call the locals for help.]]
11th Apr '16 11:03:46 PM bombadil211
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After the publication of ''Leviathan'', Jack Campbell announced that he's putting the a hold on the main storyline in order to plot out the next phase of Geary's adventures. He is currently working on a new prequel series ''The First Stars'', set during the formation of the Alliance:

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After the publication of ''Leviathan'', Jack Campbell announced that he's putting the a hold on the main storyline in order to plot while he plots out the next phase of Geary's adventures. He is currently working on a new prequel series ''The First Stars'', set during the formation of the Alliance:
11th Apr '16 10:18:08 PM bombadil211
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Also upcoming a new prequel series The First Stars, set during the formation of the Alliance:

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Also upcoming After the publication of ''Leviathan'', Jack Campbell announced that he's putting the a hold on the main storyline in order to plot out the next phase of Geary's adventures. He is currently working on a new prequel series The ''The First Stars, Stars'', set during the formation of the Alliance:
10th Apr '16 11:26:53 AM Bissek
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion / ArmorPiercingResponse: Geary gets a statement that is both of these while interrogating a man involved in the Dark Fleet project.
-->'''Official:''' We need to keep the enemy from knowing our secrets because if they know what we're doing, they can counter it!\\
'''Geary:''' You think they don't know? Those [[spoiler:software modifications]] only blocked Alliance sensors. The Syndics knew they had been attacked at Indras, and they could see who was attacking them. The only ones kept in the dark by our secrecy were our own people. Who do you think the enemy is?
10th Apr '16 10:58:39 AM Bissek
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The Alliance seems to lack any flag ranks besides Admiral, as no one is mentioned to ever have ranks equivalent to O-7 through O-9 (Commodore, Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral). WordofGod states that this was done for two reasons. The first being that the author had learned from his previous works that too much jargon confused some of his readers - so was done for simplicity's sake. The second being that it represented the degradation of command structure in the Alliance, and the rising egotism of the officer class that put an emphasis on seniority of rank over merit.
** Turns UpToEleven, when Geary is promoted from Captain all the way to Fleet Admiral. Even Geary is shocked at this sudden jump, especially since this rank has ''never'' been held by anyone in the history of TheAlliance. He agrees to accept it with the provision that he will be allowed to be demoted back to Captain after the end of the mission.
** Also, any commanding officer rescued from the Syndics immediately demands to be given command of a suitable warship based on their seniority. Geary isn't about to remove a capable officer from command just so somebody who was stuck in a labor camp for a decade can play hero.



* AwesomeButImpractical: In the first book, Geary encounters a Syndicate cruiser that was designed to accelerate through the ranks of Alliance fleets, being too fast to hit, before coming to a stop and picking off vital auxiliary ships in the center of the fleet. However, Geary notes that if the auxiliary had escorts, which they always should, the cruiser would get shot down before it had time to open fire, rendering it useless, which was why the model had been discontinued and the ship in question assigned to picket duty. [[EpicFail However the Alliance fleet had completely broken formation in a desperate chase to claim kills over two out of date corvettes, giving said cruiser a golden opportunity to take out the fleet's now unguarded auxiliary ships.]]

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* AwesomeButImpractical: ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The Alliance seems to lack any flag ranks besides Admiral, as no one is mentioned to ever have ranks equivalent to O-7 through O-9 (Commodore, Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral). WordOfGod states that this was done for two reasons. The first being that the author had learned from his previous works that too much jargon confused some of his readers - so was done for simplicity's sake. The second being that it represented the degradation of command structure in the Alliance, and the rising egotism of the officer class that put an emphasis on seniority of rank over merit.
** Turns UpToEleven, when Geary is promoted from Captain all the way to Fleet Admiral. Even Geary is shocked at this sudden jump, especially since this rank has ''never'' been held by anyone in the history of TheAlliance. He agrees to accept it with the provision that he will be allowed to be demoted back to Captain after the end of the mission.
** Also, any commanding officer rescued from the Syndics immediately demands to be given command of a suitable warship based on their seniority. Geary isn't about to remove a capable officer from command just so somebody who was stuck in a labor camp for a decade can play hero.
** In addition, it appears that instead of having squadron command be a specific position, the seniormost commander in each squadron holds the job by default while also serving as their own flag captain. This makes some sense in the first series, where every officer of flag rank in the fleet is murdered in the first chapter, but this continues into the second series, when there was plenty of opportunities for the Alliance to appoint or promote people to squadron command.
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In the first book, Geary encounters a Syndicate cruiser that was designed to accelerate through the ranks of Alliance fleets, being too fast to hit, before coming to a stop and picking off vital auxiliary ships in the center of the fleet. However, Geary notes that if the auxiliary had escorts, which they always should, the cruiser would get shot down before it had time to open fire, rendering it useless, which was why the model had been discontinued and the ship in question assigned to picket duty. [[EpicFail However the Alliance fleet had completely broken formation in a desperate chase to claim kills over two out of date corvettes, giving said cruiser a golden opportunity to take out the fleet's now unguarded auxiliary ships.]] ]]
** The Continental Shotgun is the most powerful weapon ever designed. It has two flaws, however: it's a planet-based weapon that can't be aimed, so it's only useful if the enemy fleet flies directly above it, and since it's essentially a gigaton range bomb-pumped laser buried in the planet's crust, once it's been fired, [[EarthShatteringKaboom the planet it's installed on becomes uninhabitable]].



* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Continental Shotgun uses deeply buried high-yield nukes to make an enormous bomb-pumped laser. It is the biggest BFG in all of history, but can only be used on planets that you don't intend to use for anything else... ever.

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* EarthShatteringKaboom: The Continental Shotgun uses deeply buried high-yield nukes to make an enormous bomb-pumped laser. It is the biggest BFG in all of history, but can only be used installed on planets that you don't intend to use for anything else... ever.
5th Apr '16 12:06:34 PM CheeseDogX
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** As mentioned in a couple other places, Geary is the senior Captain in the Fleet due to being in survival sleep for a century. Even though the promotion was "posthumous," he has been a captain about a century. This is how he keeps [[GlorySeeker Captain Falco]] from taking over the Fleet.
29th Mar '16 8:42:19 AM HumanTorch2
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* EvilKnockoff: The Syndicates attempt to duplicate Geary's improvised ship minefield, unsuccessfully

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* EvilKnockoff: The Syndicates attempt to duplicate Geary's improvised ship minefield, unsuccessfullyunsuccessfully.
* {{Expy}}: Geary (both in personality and situation) seems to be somewhat based on [[{{ComicBook/CaptainAmerica}} Steve Rogers]].
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