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** Earthforce has admiral Akira Hamato, who this time survived the Dilgar War but resigned in protest for the armistice (he knew the Dilgar couldn't replace the horrific losses they had taken stopping him at Balos, and would have fallen to another attack, but the governement didn't want to lose the troops stuck on Balos). He rejoined the fleet after Jericho to help train the reserves and be the public face of Earthforce.

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** Earthforce [=EarthForce=] has admiral Akira Hamato, who this time survived the Dilgar War but resigned in protest for the armistice (he knew the Dilgar couldn't replace the horrific losses they had taken stopping him at Balos, and would have fallen to another attack, but the governement didn't want to lose the troops stuck on Balos). He rejoined the fleet after Jericho to help train the reserves and be the public face of Earthforce.Earthforce.
* SuperweaponSurprise: A few:
** The first is the Minbari antimatter converter, that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin turns what it hits of the target into antimatter]] and [[StuffBlowingUp lets it interact with the rest of it]]. In a variation, the Minbari didn't ''need'' to use it, they just showed it off to make clear that while their favored neutron cannons aren't too effective in devastating worlds through OrbitalBombardment they still have very effective means to do it, making any ship equipped with it [[TheDreaded something to be feared and stopped at all costs]].
** The second is the Dilgar-provided sensor that can break through Minbari stealth. Not really a weapon by itself, but by allowing Earth weapons to actually hit they have annulled the Minbari's invincibility.
** The third is Earth's ability to equip some of their ships with [[{{BFG}} ground-to-orbit railguns]], the first Earth-made weapon that can hit Minbari ships from beyond their range. These ships are extremely impractical, and were used only at the Second Battle of Jericho, but succeeded in forcing the battle on [=EarthForce=] terms.
** During the [[spoiler:raid on Minbar]], [=EarthForce=] reveals the ''Gandiva'': a massive ''Explorer''-class hull equipped with four reverse-engineered [[WaveMotionGun Hyach spinal lasers]]. [=EarthForce=] already had a spinal laser-equipped ship, the ''Nova''-based ''Cyclops'', but had been deemed a failure due human technology being unable to replicate the advanced miniaturized coolant system and the replacement being so large they had to eliminate almost all other weapons, but the ''Gandiva'', being an ''Explorer'', is large enough to mount four and the related coolant tanks without having to sacrifice its (few) weapons and the formidable sensor suite.
** Minbar's main defense station Lokka'fi, the "Guardian Star", is an ancient but massive battle station, that, being a thousand years old, is underestimated by [=EarthForce=]. Being a thousand years old, it was designed to fight the ''[[AbusivePrecursors Shadows]]'', and is equipped with [[WaveMotionGun a fusion cannon large and powerful enough enough to kill a Shadow battlecrab]] or [[spoiler:vaporize the ''Gandiva'']].
** During the [[spoiler:raid on Minbar]], Jha'dur reveals a [[spoiler:missile from the Shadow Planet Killer]]. It's the only one the Dilgar have and they cannot make more, but it's still devastating and its mere appearance is enough to [[MassOhCrap terrify the entire Minbari high command]].


** Minbari crystal armor (that their ships are made out of) is designed to block plasma and laser weapons very effectively. It is in no way designed for holding off solid kinetic energy weapons, such as rail guns. Which Earth Force has. In large numbers.

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** Minbari crystal armor (that their ships are made out of) is designed to block plasma and laser weapons very effectively. It is in no way designed for holding off solid kinetic energy weapons, such as rail guns. Which Earth Force has. [[MoreDakka In large numbers.numbers]].


* AttackAttackAttack: Standard tactic and ''strategy'' of the Windswords clan of the Minbari. That's why they lost the ''Black Star'' walking in an ambush and [[spoiler:allowed Earthforce to throw a Star Raiders-led fleet attacking Beta Durani into the Cingus Black Hole]]. For the same reason Sineval was passed over for supreme command ''twice'', as the less experienced Branmer and Shakiri are more prudent.

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* AttackAttackAttack: Standard tactic and ''strategy'' of the Windswords clan of the Minbari. That's why they lost the ''Black Star'' walking in an ambush and [[spoiler:allowed Earthforce to throw a Star Raiders-led fleet attacking Beta Durani into the Cingus Cygnus Black Hole]]. For the same reason Sineval was passed over for supreme command ''twice'', as the less experienced Branmer and Shakiri are more prudent.



* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler: Branmer and Neroon both get their chance to tell of the Grey Council. Neroon is particularly effective- pointing out that due to the stupidity of the Warrior Caste, they waited to change tactics and leadership until it was ''way'' too late to get a clean victory and most of their reserves were clouds of floating crystals. Then he calls them out on expecting Branmer to pull off the impossible, and are ''still'' mad when he comes within a hairsbredth of doing it.]]

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* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler: Branmer and Neroon both get their chance to tell of off the Grey Council. Neroon is particularly effective- pointing out that due to the stupidity of the Warrior Caste, they waited to change tactics and leadership until it was ''way'' too late to get a clean victory and most of their reserves were clouds of floating crystals. Then he calls them out on expecting Branmer to pull off the impossible, and are ''still'' mad when he comes within a hairsbredth of doing it.]]

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* FairWeatherFriend: How Earth sees much of the League, and the Centauri, in the wake of the first few battles of the war. Exceptions are made for the Drazi, Dilgar, Markab, Narn, and Hyach, as they stood by the EA while everyone else abandoned them. The negotiations Londo tries to conduct in the wake of the Battle of the Line are noticably much colder than earlier ones, and he only gets anywhere by offering extremely crucial war-sensitive information in exchange.


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* SoldierVsWarrior:
** This is essentially the conflict between Earth and Minbar, who has an actual ''Warrior'' caste. While it goes badly for the humans at first, they show (once the Jamming is broken) that properly trained soldiers can take out many ''honorable Warriors,'' even with a clear tech disadvantage.
** Earth's allies have already seen the benefits of being soldiers, and the Drazi are trying to beat this into their troops (to varying degrees of success).


* AttackAttackAttack: Standard tactic and ''strategy'' of the Windswords clan of the Minbari. That's why they lost the ''Black Star'' walking in an ambush and [[spoiler:allowed Earthforce to throw in a black hole a Star Raiders-led fleet attacking Beta Durani]]. For the same reason Sineval was passed over for supreme command ''twice'', as the less experienced Branmer and Shakiri are more prudent.

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* AttackAttackAttack: Standard tactic and ''strategy'' of the Windswords clan of the Minbari. That's why they lost the ''Black Star'' walking in an ambush and [[spoiler:allowed Earthforce to throw in a black hole a Star Raiders-led fleet attacking Beta Durani]].Durani into the Cingus Black Hole]]. For the same reason Sineval was passed over for supreme command ''twice'', as the less experienced Branmer and Shakiri are more prudent.


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** While the image of Earth's pre-space weapons getting ready to defend the planet is a nice image, sea-going battleships and atmospheric craft are little more than brief roadblocks for ships designed to travel in space. Minbari fighters make mincemeat of most of them, and only those designed for atmospheric support in the current era stand the slightest chance.


* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler: Branmer and Neroon both get their chance to tell of the Grey Council. Neroon is particularly effective- pointing out that due to the stupidity of the Warrior Caste, they waited to change tactics and leadership until it was ''way'' too late to get a clean victory and most of their reserves were clouds of floating crystals. Then he calls them out on expecting Branmer to pull off the impossible, and are ''still'' mad when he comes within a hairsbredth of doing it.]]



* KnowWhenToFoldEm: At Jericho Branmer orders a retreat when it's clear that Earthforce will win the battle. He then changes the order to a faster but riskier emergency jump when he sees that Earth dreadnoughts are placing themselves to use as many as possible of their [[NoKillLikeOverkill ludicrously numerous guns]], as remaining long enough for a normal jump would mean annihilation (and what Minbari ship were too slow or damaged to escape were in fact disintegrated).

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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: KnowWhenToFoldEm:
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At Jericho Branmer orders a retreat when it's clear that Earthforce will win the battle. He then changes the order to a faster but riskier emergency jump when he sees that Earth dreadnoughts are placing themselves to use as many as possible of their [[NoKillLikeOverkill ludicrously numerous guns]], as remaining long enough for a normal jump would mean annihilation (and what Minbari ship were too slow or damaged to escape were in fact disintegrated).disintegrated).
** After his humiliating defeat at the hands of the Dilgar, Narn, and Drazi, Shakiri surrenders.



** Minbari crystal armor (that their ships are made out of) is designed to block plasma and laser weapons very effectively. It is in no way designed for holding off solid kinetic energy weapons, such as rail guns. Which Earth Force has. In large numbers.



** Earthforce has admiral Akira Hamato, who this time survived the Dilgar War but resigned in protest for the armistice (he knew the Dilgar couldn't replace the horrifical losses they had taken stopping him at Balos, and would have fallen to another attack, but the governement didn't want to lose the troops stuck on Balos). He rejoined the fleet after Jericho to help train the reserves and be the public face of Earthforce.

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** Earthforce has admiral Akira Hamato, who this time survived the Dilgar War but resigned in protest for the armistice (he knew the Dilgar couldn't replace the horrifical horrific losses they had taken stopping him at Balos, and would have fallen to another attack, but the governement didn't want to lose the troops stuck on Balos). He rejoined the fleet after Jericho to help train the reserves and be the public face of Earthforce.


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* TooDumbToLive: The Warrior Caste seems bound and determined to go with the tactics that had always worked- assemble ships in a line, blast away with superior weapons, rinse and repeat. Even after Earth starts winning massive battles, they don't seem to get that a) Stealth, which was their ace in the hole, is broken and b) The only thing lines of ships in front of an Earth Alliance wall is good for is ''target practice.''

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* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: The Battle of the Line sees the death of Admiral Fergueson, Captain Black, and Joe Tennant.]]


** In chapter 13, Jha'dur declares that Hamato was hers, and that only Dar'sen and Branmer could join their 'club'.

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** In chapter 13, Jha'dur declares that Hamato was hers, and that only Dar'sen and Branmer could join their 'club'.'club'.
* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide:
** The Dilgar have proudly admitted that they tried to murder everyone.
** ''Nobody'' takes it at face value when they sign a treaty saying that in exchange for ending the war, they won't kill or enslave the remaining Alacans. Surprisingly, this trope is [[AvertedTrope averted in this case,]] as the Alacans are actually still around and are treated very well by the Dilgar- there's even members of the government spearheading efforts to make sure that the two societies integrate peacefully, and the Alacans not only have lots of jobs in the Dilgar government, the Dilgar are starting to accept them into their military.


* AttackAttackAttack: standard tactic and ''strategy'' of the Windswords clan of the Minbari. That's why they lost the ''Black Star'' walking in an ambush and [[spoiler: allowed Earthforce to throw in a black hole a Star Raiders-led fleet attacking Beta Durani]]. For the same reason Sineval was passed over for supreme command ''twice'', as the less experienced Branmer and Shakiri are more prudent.
** Shakiri has no choice but to adopt this strategy in the second battle of Cyrus. Both fleets had been waiting for a week for reinforcements, but EA ships got there first, and these include extreme-long-range siege units that start sniping Minbari ships from beyond Shakiri's range. As such, Shakiri has little choice but to advance his troops directly into the Earthforce battle line.

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* AttackAttackAttack: standard Standard tactic and ''strategy'' of the Windswords clan of the Minbari. That's why they lost the ''Black Star'' walking in an ambush and [[spoiler: allowed [[spoiler:allowed Earthforce to throw in a black hole a Star Raiders-led fleet attacking Beta Durani]]. For the same reason Sineval was passed over for supreme command ''twice'', as the less experienced Branmer and Shakiri are more prudent.
** Shakiri tends to find himself in situations where he has no choice but to adopt this strategy either charge headlong in the second battle of Cyrus. Both fleets had been waiting for a week for reinforcements, but EA ships got there first, prepared killzone or retreat, and these include extreme-long-range siege units that start sniping Minbari ships his Warrior pride keeps him from beyond Shakiri's range. As such, Shakiri has little choice but to advance his troops directly into the Earthforce battle line.retreating.



* GondorCallsForAid: Earth asked for help from its allies, but the League of Not-Aligned Worlds is too scared by the Minbari: the only help they get are [[ContinuityNod weapons from the]] [[ArmsDealer Narn]], a fleet disappeared in hyperspace from the Drazi, and the mentioned sensors from the Dilgar.
** In later chapters Drazi, Dilgar and Narn get involved more directly, while the Centauri provide potentially decisive information.
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: The Minbari tried to kidnap Jha'dur, as in canon, but unlike canon, they fail. As revenge, the Dilgar provide the Earth Alliance the ability to see through Minbari stealth... which is the greatest advantage that the Minbari have, as their tactics are inflexible, their numbers are not that large, and it takes far longer for the Minbari to build one of their ships and train a crew for it than Earth does.

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* GondorCallsForAid: Twice:
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Earth asked for help from its allies, but the League of Not-Aligned Worlds is too scared by the Minbari: the only help they get are [[ContinuityNod weapons from the]] [[ArmsDealer Narn]], a fleet disappeared in hyperspace from the Drazi, and the mentioned sensors from the Dilgar.
** *** In later chapters Drazi, Dilgar and Narn get involved more directly, while the Centauri provide potentially decisive information.
** After the Battle of the Line, Branmer asks for help from the races of the Minbari Protectorate, old allies who were driven to near extinction in the previous Shadow War. While they haven't fully recovered yet and their ships aren't anywhere as advanced as the Minbari's, they still have a serviceable force that can at least gain some time to produce new ships and refurbish old ones.
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: The Minbari tried to kidnap Jha'dur, as in canon, but unlike canon, they fail. As revenge, the Dilgar provide the Earth Alliance the ability to see through Minbari stealth... which Which is the greatest advantage that the Minbari have, as their tactics are inflexible, their numbers are not that large, and it takes far longer for the Minbari to build one of their ships and train a crew for it than Earth does.



* RefugeInAudacity: Branmer. Minbari pre-war military forces are depleted, Earthforce is posed to invade Minbari territory, and all he has is a collection of reactivated ships straight from the mothball yards or barely completed modern warhips manned by reactivated reservists and half-trained newbies, all from the Religious and Workers' Castes. What does he do with them to gain the two months he needs? He [[spoiler: attacks ''Earth'', of course]].

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* RealityEnsues: Tends to happen:
** While effective, Earth technology is primitive and needs lots of fuel to compete with more advanced Minbari technology-something Branmer gleefully takes advantage of.
** Minbari ships take time to be built, and they started mobilization late. As a result, after losing most of the pre-war fleet in a number of debacles they're running short of weapons and trained crews.
* RefugeInAudacity: Branmer. Minbari pre-war military forces are depleted, Earthforce is posed to invade Minbari territory, and all he has is a collection of reactivated ships straight from the mothball yards or barely completed modern warhips manned by reactivated reservists and half-trained newbies, all from the Religious and Workers' Castes. What does he do with them to gain the two months he needs? He [[spoiler: attacks [[spoiler:attacks ''Earth'', of course]].


A ForWantOfANail fanfiction on ''Series/BabylonFive'' from [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/901958/Lord_of_Misrule Lord of Misrule]], the same author of ''Fanfic/TheDilgarWar''. The nail in question is still unknown, but the earlier effect is that Jha'dur stopped Earthforce and the League at Balos, forcing an armistice and allowing the Dilgar Imperium to survive. After the war, it continues largely as normal, until the FirstContact between Earth and the Minbari. Then, as soon as they hear of it, the Dilgar do the unexpected, and offer Earth blueprints and samples of sensors that can break through the Minbari stealth, well before Earthforce can realize they need them. You can read it [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7411040/1/A_Fighting_Chance here]].

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A ForWantOfANail fanfiction on ''Series/BabylonFive'' from [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/901958/Lord_of_Misrule Lord of Misrule]], the same author of ''Fanfic/TheDilgarWar''. The nail in question is still unknown, but the earlier effect is that Jha'dur stopped Earthforce and the League at Balos, forcing an armistice and allowing the Dilgar Imperium to survive. After the war, it continues largely as normal, until the FirstContact between Earth and the Minbari. Then, as soon as they hear of it, the Dilgar do the unexpected, and offer Earth blueprints and samples of sensors that can break through the Minbari stealth, well before Earthforce can realize they need them. You can Can be read it [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7411040/1/A_Fighting_Chance here]] up to chapter 14, with additional material being found [[https://www.the-sietch.com/index.php?threads/a-fighting-chance-a-babylon-5-au.82 here]].



* GeneralFailure: Shakiri: he's a good strategist and has a good grasp of the theory of space combat, but his pride and lack of practical experience prevent him from actually winning battles against [=EarthForce=] and its allies.



** Later chapters show that the Drazi, Dilgar, and the Narn are teaming up and ''are'' planning on involving themselves more directly.

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** Later In later chapters show that the Drazi, Dilgar, Dilgar and the Narn are teaming up and ''are'' planning on involving themselves get involved more directly.directly, while the Centauri provide potentially decisive information.


* BoringButPractical: EA tech is described as such. It's undoubtedly ''primitive'', especially compared to some of the Minbari stuff, but it's ''effective''.

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* BoringButPractical: EA tech is described as such. It's undoubtedly ''primitive'', especially compared to some of the Minbari stuff, but it's ''effective''. They don't need fancy "Neutron Beams," or "Antimatter Conversion" weapons, they have normal railguns and the same plasma weapons that everyone else does (or more primitive and simplistic versions of such) and they manage just fine.

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** Shakiri has no choice but to adopt this strategy in the second battle of Cyrus. Both fleets had been waiting for a week for reinforcements, but EA ships got there first, and these include extreme-long-range siege units that start sniping Minbari ships from beyond Shakiri's range. As such, Shakiri has little choice but to advance his troops directly into the Earthforce battle line.

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* MoreDakka: Earthforce Ships tend to rely on the design philosophy of "Have we put enough guns on this ship? Just kidding, the answer is no." Which the Minbari find to their dismay when facing walls of the Earthforce Main Battle Line.


** Earthforce has admiral Akira Hamato, who this time survived the Dilgar War but resigned in protest for the armistice (he knew the Dilgar couldn't replace the horrifical losses they had taken stopping him at Balos, and would have falled to another attack, but the governement didn't want to lose the troops stuck on Balos). He rejoined the fleet after Jericho to help train the reserves and be the public face of Earthforce.

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** Earthforce has admiral Akira Hamato, who this time survived the Dilgar War but resigned in protest for the armistice (he knew the Dilgar couldn't replace the horrifical losses they had taken stopping him at Balos, and would have falled fallen to another attack, but the governement didn't want to lose the troops stuck on Balos). He rejoined the fleet after Jericho to help train the reserves and be the public face of Earthforce.


* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: due Jha'dur sparing the idiotic warmasters in this continuity, they were given to the League as part of the armistice agreement to be tried as war criminal. Earth proposed [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Death of Personality]], but the League decided to throw them in a pit filled with angry Drazi.

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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: due to Jha'dur sparing the idiotic warmasters in this continuity, they were given to the League as part of the armistice agreement to be tried as war criminal. Earth proposed [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Death of Personality]], but the League decided to throw them in a pit filled with angry Drazi.

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