Galm 1, TAC Name “Cipher” “Demon of the Round Table” Real Name Unknown Ustio Air Force 6th Air Division 66th Air Force Unit, Galm Team, No. 1
One fighter who lived on the edge of honor and fright, “he” drew a vivid path through the Belkan sky, and with the end of the war, his form disappeared from history.
Hasegawa 1:72 F-15C Eagle "Galm 2"
Galm 2, TAC name “Pixy” Nickname: Solo Wing Pixy, Solo Wing Country of Origin: Belka Affiliation: Ustio Air Force 6th Air Division (foreign mercenary air division), 66th Air Force Unit “Galm” Age: 26 / 36 at time of interview
Curt and cool with a dry sense of humor, always one to tell a joke. He has no special sentiments towards the Republic of Ustio’s military, but he has found a place that will pay a steep price for his skills and a place where he can struggle towards elevating himself. He believes that “A survivor is a coward, a dead guy is just an idiot. There’s neither justice nor evil among warmongers.” However, he possesses strong pride and conviction in his role as a mercenary.
Born near the border of Belka and Osea (currently Osean territory). When he was very young, both of his parents were killed while being driven from their hometown by an Osean invasion. Subsequently he was looked after by an orphanage; after leaving, he earned a living as a mercenary pilot.
Participating in war for the sake of money, he often moved from one battlefield to the next. He also had a career in Belka’s mercenary unit.
During a battle in 1993 one of his wings was damaged, but despite this condition that should have left him unable to fly, he returned unscathed, leading to him being called “Solo Wing Pixy.” After that, one wing of his favorite F-15C has always been painted red.
In 1994 he joined Ustio’s foreign mercenary unit. He and his colleague Cipher (Galm 1) came to be feared by many soldiers across the battlefields as legendary mercenaries.
An old friend, Osean air force Captain Bristow (Wizard 1), invited him to start an “Ideal Army.” Despite having found a place for himself in Ustio, he was disgusted by the underhanded war taking place between nations and the landscape being divided up, and decided to join. He left Ustio in the wake of the seven nuclear detonations.
The “Ideal Army” became “A World With No Boundaries” and occupied Belka’s experimental V2 facility. Although the V2 was still in its prototype phase, it was said to be capable of destroying all major cities within a single country. Their objective was every major city on the Osean continent as well as the disruption of subterranean resource extraction sites and paralyzing urban functions and market economies; by regressing the level of civilization, they sought to reset human society. However, the V2 launch was hindered by the Allies and he was defeated in a dogfight against an Ustio mercenary, narrowly escaping with his life.
Since then, he has never flown again due to his injuries, and continues to fight in the volunteer army of a small nation on the Usea continent.
Hasegawa 1:72 J35J Draken "Espada"
Alberto Lopez. 32 years old, rank Captain. Airframe serial 506. Ace pilot of a distinctive mercenary squadron in the Sapin Air Force. He was feared as the “Fiery Wild Bull” due to his strong, intimidating maneuvers. His TAC name, Torero, means “Bullfighter”.
As a member of the Allied Forces in the Belkan War, he took part in many enormous battles in South Belka including the battle of the Hydrian Line. However, in the middle of the Belkan War, joint operations with the Allied Forces increased his opportunities to make contact with the Osean military, and he found a kindred spirit in an Osean Air Force Captain. He became sympathetic to Bristow’s cries to create an “Ideal Army”.
In October of 1995, after the end of the Belkan War, he disappeared from the mercenary base with his wingman.
On December 25th 1995 he took part in the A World With No Boundaries coup forces’ raid on the city of Lumen and the Republic of Ustio’s Valais Air Base alongside the Belkan XB-0 Hresvelgr Heavy Command Cruiser superweapon, inflicting catastrophic damage. After the bombing, Valais Airbase scrambled the Ustio Air Force’s 6th Air Division, 66th Air Force Unit and shot him down; his current whereabouts are unknown.
Espada 2 Marcela Vasquez. Age 27, rank Lieutenant. TAC name Macarena. Aircraft serial 507.
Born in Gran Rudigo, the Kingdom of Sapin, 1970. Losing both of her parents in the war, she volunteered for the mercenary unit seeking revenge. There, she happened upon Alberto Lopez, the mercenary called the “Fiery Wild Bull”. Contrasted against the maneuvers of the Wild Bull, her supporting maneuvers in his vicinity were said to resemble a dance.
In the Belkan War, she fought in many places together with the Wild Bull. Over time, the meaning of the war changed from vengeance to her actions with the Wild Bull. In October of 1995, after the end of the Belkan War, the Wild Bull had found a kindred spirit in Osean Air Force Captain Bristow, and disappeared from the mercenary base.
On December 25th 1995 he took part in the A World With No Boundaries coup forces’ raid on the city of Lumen and the Republic of Ustio’s Valais Air Base alongside the Belkan XB-0 Hresvelgr Heavy Command Cruiser superweapon, inflicting catastrophic damage. After the bombing, Valais Airbase scrambled the Ustio Air Force’s 6th Air Division, 66th Air Force Unit and shot her down alongside the Bull.
As a result, she was left alone, and returned to her birthplace of Gran Rudigo in Sapin where she earns a living as a bar dancer.
1:72 Hasegawa Su-47 Berkut "Grabacr"
The Belkan Air Force’s 229th Tactical Fighter Squadron “Grabacr,” descended from the chivalric Order of Belka, renowned worldwide for their strength.
A militaristic state since time immemorial with its chivalric order at the heart of its power, Belka magnified its strength with weapons borne of its advanced industrial technology, and expanded its borders. In the era of modern air combat, the Belkan military retains the old chivalrous practice of “the few conquering the many,” evidenced by the way its air force was organized around the doctrine of being small, elite, and tactical in nature.
They recognized the importance of airpower early on, and established an air force academy to train excellent pilots. Furthermore, they dispatched students to the frontlines of countries all over the world to gain proficiency, gaining renown with each country’s army and coming to be known as the “Traditional Belkan Air Force.”
F-22C Raptor II
The product of the ATF project to develop an all-round high-performance fighter - one which was capable, through the use of stealth technology and supercruise (supersonic cruise without afterburner), of swiftly engaging the enemy without detection; and which, even at close range, had the highest degree of manoeuvrability and was dogfight-capable - was the F-22. Nevertheless, because of the decline in radar-guided missiles brought about by advances in ECM technology, and the establishment of anti-stealth radar networks, the stealth technology that appeared towards the end of the 20th century continues to lose tactical relevance. As a consequence of these developments, coupled with the high production costs involved, there was little demand for this fighter to be produced in any great number. Despite the fact that there has been no significant structural improvement to the airframe, it remains even now in the top class of performance fighters. In order to counter Neucom's newly developed aircraft, General Resource is stepping up production.
At some time we all feel the constraints of the flesh. This is not in itself a bad thing. Just that those with the will to overcome these constraints feel no compunction to mention them.
You see, life, which is sustained within 'flesh' barriers, is bound by desires. And so, we are forced to obtain with currency even the most minor of essentials that sustain life. Mankind has never known a single occasion of release from this curse. These lead us to awareness. That it is in fact his very own flesh - flesh bound by all manner of desire - that limits mankind. Don't these desires we have make for an exemplary yoke? Because falling short of self-destruction, nobody can elude these things called desires. All I seek is a future that lies a slight jump above that which is called 'evolution'.
Well, shall I leave it at that for now?
This is the time - go and face the lofty skies! How's it feel, that winged coffin of yours? Cherish your solitude! Believe in only those wings, and that instant will deftly take your life. Challenge the skies, only visible with eyes peeled wide.
I reckon I am a big enough man to concede when somebody does have ability. All combat hinges on your capability to make split-second decisions. Follow me? Keep it neat - always! You've gotta know what it is to push to the limit. WILL your vulcans to strike the target! Ingrain into your flesh the knowledge of experience. Use this! Brace yourself straight away, even in the trickiest of situations. Don't be afraid and just take it on the chin. Listen close - remember that those that don't act don't get results!
Martha Yoko Inouye
Time is mercurial; memory, a series of instants. The true meaning of that termed 'now' is beyond our comprehension. For it is impossible to stop the 'now' and examine it. That's why. The past dissolves; the future is unknowable too. On occasion, it is the accumulation of trivial meaning. Only the void comes to all without partiality. People who have mentally stored away as knowledge, such destiny - the meaning of their earthly existence.
Universal Peace Enforcement Orgnization
Escalating conflicts between nations; a growing nuclear threat - those days have passed. However, nations are no longer able to deal with quarrels between the ultra-powerful multinational corporations, malicious terrorism and potential disasters.
Which is why we at the UPEO, as the world's singular peace enforcement organisation, have assembled the latest military hardware - sufficient to cope with any emergency - and established the vocal authority to hold a dialogue, on a level playing field, with any organisation.
In an age of confusion, where talk of borders and territory has ceased being pertinent, we at the UPEO are all that is left for people to rely on.
Come forth, young aspirants!
SAVE OUR PLANET
Introducing two core members of the UPEO: highly esteemed, they have undertaken primary roles in the organisation.
Gabriel W. Clarkson UPEO Peace Enforcement Force Delegate, NUN
After studying international politics as a postgraduate at Oxform University, he held a succession of posts in politics - Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary, amongst others.
After the decline in state authority, at the NUN's inception, he was welcomed as an officer for his political aptitude and breadth of contacts. In recognition of his guiding role after joining the NUN in securing a suspension of hostilities in many conflicts through peaceful dialog, he is currently serving as the UPEO delegate.
His motto: Even the longest journeys begin with a single step.
Gilbert Park Commander-in-Chief, UPEO Enforcement Force, NUN
After joining General Trading upon graduation from Peijing University, he held a number of important positions in the companies of General Group before becoming a young administrator at General Resource. Immediately after the NUN's inveption, he received General Resource's recommendation for a senior appointment offered by the public sector, and joined the UPEO. Pressing for organizational reforms of the then troubled UPEO - a great many operatives had lost their lives because of over-reliance on peaceful and conciliatory channels in a number of conflicts - he sought General Resource's co-operation, augmented its military presence and thereby implemented the UPEO's maintaining of a peace-keeping capability similar to that it has now.
Today we have an interview with one of the UPEO's ace pilots,
1) -What do you do in your spare time?
On my days off I... can't go for walks, so I watch movies, listen to music - just the usual.
2) -To you, what is it to fly?
I feel I can truly be myself when I'm in the air. Speaking like this may get me into hot water but... it's like being a child, innocently playing with a toy. A very expensive one, however.
3) -What made you consider becoming a pilot?
Well... because of how I am physically , I used to imagine, as I watched birds flitting freely across the sky, that I was flying together with them. I just knew I had to be a pilot from the moment I heard that there was such a job. But when I first mentioned that I wanted to be a pilot, everyone around me was, well, dead set against it. But it was my only dream.
4) -The UPEO provided you with your own exclusive plane, didn't it? And the suit is an original, too.
Yes, that's right. I require a rather special ENSI (the computer-synaptic interface), so both the suit and fighter are a one off for me [laughs]. Even the fuselage is different in colour from everybody else's. Did you know that?
5) -They say that a grueling mission is also a battle with yourself. Do you never feel any insecurity?
You're on your own, aren't you, when you're flying. Yet, I never feel completely alone. In fact, I feel as if there is someone with me. Uneasiness about what I would have left if I could no longer fly - that's the type of insecurity I suffer from.
6) -And finally, what is your dream? Well, being a pilot is in itself like some kind of dream. I hope that day, someday, when everyone can forget their quarrels and fly free in the sky. Anyway, that's my dream. This is why I want to continue flying.
Fiona Chris Fitzgerald
It's a habit of mine... Even when thinking 'I can do that', 'Only I can do that', or 'I can't do that', I'd always, quite unnecessarily, go over it one more time before commenting. A quiet girl - I hate the phrase. Incurable habit: that's the only thing she ever taught me as she walked on ahead of me, further and further away. Like, we all find it easy to compare something close to us. So, I always moved along without getting too close to her. So as not to be noticed; so as not to hurt anyone.
The truth is that it was the stars that I always longed after. Nope - wasn't the sky at all. After all, looking down on the town at night from the roof of some skyscraper. Surely that's an experience we all share. And at that moment, didn't the lights of the town on the ground look far more beautiful than any star in the sky? That's when I wondered how this might look viewed from a much higher vantage point. Pretty silly, huh? Nevertheless, that was my motive, if you can call it that.
Su37 Super Flanker
A single-seat twin-engine multi-role fighter. The Super Flanker's superagility is achieved through superior aerodynamic features and advanced turbogans with thrust-vectoring nozzles. In order to avoid further criticism of a hardware monopoly by General Resource, as occurred when the UPEO was formed, UPEO used fighter aircraft from other companies - in addition to the MiG-33 and EF2000 - as basis for the development of the Super Flanker. The Su-37 boasts the superior performance of all the planes in UPEO's arsenal; due to its large and spacious fuselage, the Su-37 can cope admirably with the whole spectrum of duties, from air dominance to ground attack. The UPEO has introduced numerous upgrades to ensure the fighter's viability: increased engine propulsion; new alloys and composites used to construct a stronger fuselage at a reduced weight; change of the in-flight refueling system; differential canards.
The avionics - in particular, the cockpit's coffin system - have been completely overhauled and replaced with newly-developed units. The result is a fighter with far superior performance over the original. (There also exists an ENSI-driven direct neural interface variant for Rena's exclusive use.)
The electrosphere - a limitless gallery of information
Nano machine technology - particle tempus determination
Space frontier - the laquered glimmer of eternity
General Resource, an antiquated leviathan that formerly boasted success, has - with it's single-minded pursuit of nothing other than its own financial gain; mass production and generic, large-scale manufacturing - crated a society in chaos. Abandoned orphans are all that was left behind.
But we believe - believe that the future is there to be created by advanced and select hands.
Neucom's technology will shape the networks of tomorrow. Turning from micro to macro from genetic manipulation and sublimation of the self to development in space.
To challenge without prohibition throws open the door to the future; software unconstrined by yesterday's convention swiftly delivers the dreams of your tomorrow.
Mankind's transition is already in motion in a new form. Don't miss the boat! Architects of the new generation, the future is with us!
R101 Delphinus #1
The first in the series of Delphinus air dominance main fighters.
They will form the core of the 'R-numeral' aerial fleet to be built to completely new specifications devised by Neucom. 90% of the fuselage has been constructed from new alloys and composites; newly developed high-output turbofans; laminar flow control techniques that dynamically manage airflow over the craft's surface - the list is endless. Heretofore the development of fighter aircraft has predominately centred on upgrading models developed during the last century. The performance of thie fighter, which has been developed from the ground up using new technology, is far above that of any current fighter. Since developing this model, Neucom has continued to develop, in an extremely short time span, innovative aircraft through the use of advanced engineering techniques and technical skills - craft design conducted by AI; the use of nano-machines - and is expanding it's product portfolio.
Cynthia Bridgitte Fitzgerald
Suppose there is constant danger to be found in our pursuit, with scientific and technical models, of that which we refer to as our 'potential.' In which case, it is only those who accept and acknowledge their own imperilment who are qualified to talk of the hidden potential of the electrosphere as if it were a wondrous dream or somewhat utopian. the coming world to which all shall presently proceed - yet, it is at this time still a domain composed of alien perceptions and feelings, where all is completely new, of which no one has yet experienced. If you insist that this place truly exists, then I would really like to know more about it, to see it, to feel it. That's right. Even if the cost would be to endanger my body, I don't mind at all. Think about it. It is actually this flesh, necessary for us to live, that has imposed constraints on an existence so steeped in mystery as the soul and psyche. Have you never felt this? What I want is the ability to prise open the door to this new world. That and nothing else.
Simon Orestes Cohen
How about it then? Shalle we start by taking a look here at, say, our human history, and see where it takes us? Ah, I remember now. At the time when politics still held sway, computer technology was nothing more than a human tool. Then, in our imaginary world - of SF novels, movies, computer games, and the like - we gave our machines, our computers, personalities, believing that one day the fantastic - robots and cyborgs - would become a reality.
But, you see, that idea was fundamentally wrong. God is the only one to whom the power of creating life from nothing is allowed. That's the way this world has been created. However, not in that way, but if we humans were to become the machines or computers, then there's quite a possibility, don't you agree? I know you do.
This extreme world takes that which forms a human brain, the personality, and converts it without alteration into numerical data, which is then duplicated on a computer. Basically it's a direct brain transplant to the electrosphere. This is the research to which I have dedicated my life - it is my hope.
Now then, I'm going to make it plain and clear here: this isn't one of those wild stories that our forefathers clamoured about.
It looks like the coming age will be on our side. I'm sure that YOU will have need of me again soon. I look forward to that time. Well, then. I'll be seeing you. Have a nice day.