i'd be interested in exploring any sort of past experiences with either Tiron and @Amarlo, your character too.
Fantastic, I'll message you when I have a chance :) My character will definitely be in her early-mid thirties.
@Amarlo: a diplomatic officer would be an interesting appointee as an XO. i certainly see the civilian fleet as holding all the resources and the military and having the necessary hardware so the two sides have to work together to get anything done. also law enforcement in the Fleet is pretty ruthless I imagine, almost Western in it's quick justice.
I actually have some fun images playing out in my head about Civilian law enforcement. Honestly, considering how things are in the setting I'd see law enforcement being a branch of the military rather than a stand alone in the long run - also policing military troops as well as civilian. In my head I have an image of the Bajorian occupation playing out - just naturally with less hate crimes and war games going on. Everyone's foods are rationed carefully to see that everyone receives the same amount/proper amount of nutrition. Foods are less based on enjoyment and more centered around fulfilling their nutritional needs, firefly's protein paste for example. Quarters are assigned as per individual and familial needs - privacy is practically non existent but also highly valued. Somewhat of a communistic approach to life and civilian management - no single individual is above the needs of another (Although that never typically holds true
) Because every 'grain of rice' is counted so meticulously food theft is likely one of the highest crimes one can commit - aside the typical murder, rape, etc - and is likely dealt with in the same manner as most capital offenses; death. Often times police officers will act as Judge, Jury and
executioner - much like Judge Dredd >
Especially when wasting time on things like court room dramas can be perceived as a considerable waste of time and resources while they're on the fringes like they are.
But, well, that's what's been playing out in my head
, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong or add anything I may have missed.
About the Phage. They do prefer boarding and disabling ships versus blowing them up. They eat humans, either right on the spot or they abduct the victims. It's unlikely that humans are their only source of sustenance, so there's probably something else going on. Humans know that the Phage are an organo-silican organisms with multiple life stages similar to a beetle life cycle (e.g. zerg). They also know that Phages communicate telepathically and that in the absence of telepathy that they essentially inactivate.... yeah it's pulp sci-fi.
There are other things... that could happen. Frankly, they really don't know how the Phage works entirely or what they are capable of. The destruction of Earth was so sudden that there were no real survivors of the conflicts there. The Flotilla does fight the Phage out in deep space, but it's pretty clear that they are only encountering the Phage's expeditionary forces.
Of course they're not their only source of sustenance, that'd just be silly!
But I see what you're saying. This is definitely not one of those situations where 'Well if there were no survivors then how do we know this story..?" can apply. 'And they were never seen again' definitely seems fitting, along with 'I just hope her death was swift and painless.. I can only imagine what they might do with her otherwise..'.. Lots of fear and apprehension spreading frightening stories 'to scare children into behaving'. I think this whole situation has a lot of potential for many rich backgrounds and futures :) I am super excited! ^^