ANTI-UNIFICATION MOVEMENT & THE RISE OF UEG
As the time for unification of world's nations draw nearer, as UNDF become the single, most potent military forces establish in four corners of the world, anti-unification movements gain momentum. All across the world, it seems perfect time for the first ever United Nations of Earth Government (UEG). Almost, in a reality, everything is far from rosy. All across the world, those who oppose the unification campaign grow in large numbers by organizing protests, violent demonstrations & even outright rebellions. However, by January 2005 CE, UEG is formally established with former US senator, Harlan J. Niven appointed as the first UEG's Prime Minister.
UEG, through its armed forces - UNDF- acknowledges the threats of anti-unification factions by taking over former US military bases in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Guam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey & Germany. UEG also forms strategic military alliances with several national armies of nations & international military organization such as, most notably NATO & even cooperating with SCO that support the world government to contain anti-unification factions' armed threats.
Anti-unification masses are made up by various groups & not restricted to any ideology, apart from the same nemesis they face, namely UEG. However, follow by UEG proclamation, the anti-unification forces banding together with funds supplied by intricate but shadowy network of sympathizers. These forces grow large enough to launch several daring attacks against UEG targets, armed with rigged Russian fighters & weaponries solicited from black markets. The United Nations of Earth Government finds itself against relentless & resourceful opponents. Anti-unification forces gain little during the first months of their operations against UEG, however, the assassination of Prime Minister Harlan J. Niven & attempted assassination of UN Navy Admiral Donald Hayes (the car-bomb attack claims the life of the admiral's wife Sara Hayes), become a highlight in their struggle. The second most successful attempt is the hijacking of a newly constructed Oberth class space destroyer, but the famed Russian borne Captain Henry J. Gloval foils it.
It is not long before top-secret information of Robotechnology leaks over to anti-unification forces. As UNDF finalizing the VF-X-1 variable experimental fighter (powered by alien energy source - Protoculture - unknown by its original name) programme, the first Robotechnology breakthrough with the usage of new thermonuclear fusion turbine engines are applied to the first breed of prototype Robotech variable mecha, VF-0 Phoenix fighter. The VF-0 programme is developed by UN Research Center as stopgap short-term measure given to the delays of VF-1 Valkyrie's engine development programme. The technological marvel, code-named Overtechnology, is somehow leaked over to anti-unification forces shortly before its application in UNDF mechas.
Anti-unification forces, operating deep within Ural Mountains, launch their first operational SV-51 variable fighter one month before VF-0 Phoenix fighters (limited production) are rolled out from production lines. In July 2007, a top-secret operation is carried out by UNDF over alien artifacts in the remote Caribbean region, which pits its conventional fighters against the deadly SV-51 fighters with grievous results on the side of UNDF, even though UNDF begins to deploy the VF-0s. Buoyed by their newfound victories, anti-unification forces decide to launch an all out attack to the site where SDF-1 is being rebuild, the Macross Island. The first wave of the assault are repelled as SV-51 fighters are no match for the more advance VF-1 Valkyrie fighters stationed aboard SDF-1, & many anti-unification conventional fighters fall prey to new line of air defense destroids. Later that year, UNDF task forces located the rebel hideouts through out Middle East, Central Asia & former Soviet republics & waging a bloody campaign to wipe out the rebels. By 2008 CE, the anti-unification forces only exist on paper.
It worth mentioning that UEG, through its propaganda arm, use the defunct anti-unification forces as the scapegoat to explain the disappearance of SDF-1 & Macross island following First Robotech War in 2009 CE, plus 4 years earlier in 2005 CE, UEG blames the same group as responsible for destruction of Mars Base Sara, in which the anti-unification forces never actually take part.
By then, UEG & its military arm, UNDF are truly the symbol of unity & defender for mankind, ready to face & defeat challenges from hostile forces, from within or any alien forces foolish enough to trample the people of Earth. Or so they believe.
As readers may note out, humankind history a decade prior to SDF-1 arrival are marked by many incessant warfare that threatening the survival of Homo Sapiens as a species; as old prejudices on racial lines & old-notions of nationalistic pride, religious extremism clouding judgments of political leaders & their followers of that era. An era where ethnic cleansing & outright cold-hearted brutalities are the norm, one must say, humankind has degenerating further beneath its destined evolutionary cycle.
Post arrival of SDF-1 marks the first concerting willingness of human race to forgo racial, religion, nationhood & ideological differences over national unity. Even though there are those whose actions nearly undermine the effort, peace finally prevails upon a planet in which humanity are spawned. Thus, UNDF, the first of the long line of Robotech Defenders is given the very defence of Terra & her citizens against the impending invasion from the Zentraedi. Humanity will prevail, or so they think.
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The first real blow to unification campaign occurs in September 2001 CE. Al-Qaeda, an international terrorist group hijacks several passenger planes & launches suicide missions by strategically crashing the planes into World Trade Center in New York & US military nerve center in Pentagon, marking the second successful surgical strike on US soil by foreign aggressor following Pearl Harbor incident in World War II. The American answer is swift, effectively declaring a state of war against global terrorism. Coalition forces, swiftly overrun Afghanistan that long a hotbed for terrorist training centers. Unfortunately, US conveniently ignore the Middle East crisis that undermines the unification process, & situation is fast becoming toxic between Palestinians & Israelis.
However, the war on terrorism is taking a new scope. Under charges of harboring weapons of mass destruction - Iraq - its economy ravaged by decade-long sanctions imposes by UN post 1st Gulf War - (a decade-old nemesis of the USA), is a natural target. US launch its next phase of war on Iraq the following year despite going against international protests & uproars. US & UK go ahead of invading Iraq without UN Security Council approval, effectively alienating their key NATO allies (i.e Germany, France) & incurring the wrath of Muslim nations. Coalition forces, headed by US conquer Iraq with easy victory, but the damage is done as the international community, begin to have doubts over unification movement under UN following US unilateral actions. Ironically, it is US proposal to push for globalization programmes through international consensus, only to be undermined later by its actions.
After less than stellar performance done by US forces in management of post-war Iraq (compounds by lack of sufficient evidence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction), while turning a blind eye towards Palestinian cause, the situation in Middle East degenerates at frighteningly fast rate as US forces can no longer contain Iraqis insurgencies & US civilians through out Middle East fast becoming tempting targets for terrorist cells. Unable to extricate itself from the mess it creates, the once proud US administration later tries to make amends with its allies & international nations by cooperating with UN in Iraq's post war management. UNDF units are sent into Iraq & integrate with reduced number of coalition forces stationed there. Follow by ever increased violence between Palestine & Israel, UN later dispatches a large UNDF ground force to Jerusalem, which is later put under the jurisdiction of UN, depriving both Israelis & Palestinian a source over their dispute. Under the guidance of UN, a new democratic Iraq is set-up; follow soon with the independence of Palestine state. UNDF later on oversees the relocation of civilians involve in SDF-1 rebuilding programme, upon which later springs up a local city on the South Ataria island, which has being renamed to Macross island.
However, following US unilateral actions over Iraq, anti-unification movements begin increasingly vocal in their opposition towards unified world governance. This is evident with the setting up of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a military alliance set up by China, Russia & several former USSR republics. SCO clearly outlining terrorism & new imperialists forces that threatens its member states sovereignty, which thinly veiled against UN, in extension, which includes its NATO allies & US.
Despite US previous action during Iraqi crises, ironically US armed forces later play a big role in UNDF (especially in UN Navy, UN Air Force), eventually all UNDF structures are patterned along its US counterparts. UN General Assembly later that year is dissolved, in its place a new governing body - UN Governing Council - is set up. This body will ultimately provide the blueprint & ultimately evolve into United Nations of Earth Government
Under UN banner, a unification campaign - known as globalization - is launched, upon implementation, will renders socio-economic barriers obsolete upon which integrates most, if not all, world economies into one cohesive, beneficial economic entity. It is not long; however, for various groups ranging from environmentalists, fundamentalists, extremists, nationalists, economists, even terrorists are up against that very idea, which has been implemented with mixed results. Riots are organized throughout the world against the injustices of globalization - which some are justifiable - but little to no effect to the unification process.
Unfortunately, although peace has been brokered, conflicts begin anew as several nations, such as US & China, continue to remain headlock over several issues, particularly of Taiwan. In Middle East, a new Intifadha - Uprising - in Palestine is launched after an ultra-Orthodox Israeli leader visits a sacred site for Muslims. However, even though peace process between India & Pakistan is successful, several terrorist groups threaten the fragile peace process. In South East Asia, an intricate network of terrorists launches a campaign of terror in southern Phillippines, southern Thailand & Indonesia. Piracy along international waters namely the Malacca Straits & South China Sea increases dramatically, thus threatening the world's buoyant sea trade. Several nations continue to struggle against domestic insurgencies that threatening their sovereignties.
In June 2000 CE, an official announcement is made in lieu of the framing a unified terrestrial government under UN auspices. Construction of the Super Dimension Fortress-1 (SDF-1) is formally announced to the world, though the true nature of its underlying alien technology is kept "top secret". As plan is under way, an earlier top secret project of military nature are begun months before at the site of SDF-1 where weapons programmes against alien goliaths were carried out. Under UN banner, a new military organization, as oppose to former UN Peacekeeping Force, is established as United Nations Defense Forces (UNDF). Thus, the first of Robotech Defense Forces come into being.
Technology continues to grow faster with many technological wonders gained from deciphering new alien technology aboard SDF-1 paving the way for Robotechnology. Under the new United Nations Robotech Research Centre established by Dr. Emil Lang, a top German scientist, several ambitious projects are carried out, especially military technical advancement in weapons platform (Excalibur Destroid programme), Earth's first starship project, but perhaps the most ambitious of all, the construction of Mars Base Sara in 2001 CE.
If not for the catastrophic event on July 1999 CE, humankind will perish by it owns doings. Fortunately, as history will attest, it takes a strange twist of fate that saved humanity where the savior will be a mysterious visitor from the stars.
The visitor folds out from deep space & flies over the east coast of US before crash landing on South Ataria island, one of the many remote South Pacific islands. As a result, hundreds of thousands humans die, ironically not because of war, but rather from geological & atmospheric disturbances, with several nations, such as US, Japan & China suffer one way or another through natural disasters which includes massive tsunamis in the Pacific sector which occurred during the visitor's entry into Earth orbit to its final resting place.
As nations throughout the world struggle during the aftermath, UN begins to overtake its role as the world protector once more as the world organization begins to pour much needed aid & send in its rescue teams to stricken areas. Meanwhile, leaders of the world sit down to assess the damages in both property & human lives. What begin as an emergency meeting between the heads of US, China & Russia become an assembly of all nations.
During the following months, through joint-task international investigation teams reveal that what is thought earlier as a huge meteorite turns out to be an alien spacecraft. It is later codenamed ASS-1 (Alien Star Ship). Public announcements are made that a colossal meteorite, an asteroid 3 km in diameter, composes of great quantities of metal, impacted with Earth. The matter is treated as top secret until the chaos and confusion following the event is brought under control. Leaders of the world later call for a cease-fire, although the peace terms broker by UN are somewhat unsatisfactory to all parties concern. A precise, accurate, and minute investigation of ASS-1, later christens as Super Dimensional Fortress One (SDF-1) begin in earnest. South Ataria Island is designated under UN sphere of jurisdiction where joint task forces of international research parties under UN banner are brought in from across the world.
In September 1999 CE, from the findings report of the study of the SDF-1, it is discovered that the alien spacecraft is military in nature & its crews are on average of six times the size of humans, with exceptional individuals exceeding fifty feet in height. Terrifies by the all too real prospect of invasion from deep space, a project is begun to unite Earth into one unified nation.
However, new threat emerges in Middle East when an Arab-military regime nation - Iraq, buoyed by misguided nationalism, invades Kuwait in 1990 CE. The hastily assembled international Coalition Forces headed by the powerful USA forces the Iraqis out of occupied territories in what to be known as the First Gulf War. Iraq - the catalyst responsible for decade long Iraq-Iran war & later the Gulf Wars - is later slapped with economic & military sanctions by UN. The victory later cements USA as the sole, most potent military force in world history, much like Roman Empire in ancient times.
While most developed & developing nations of the world continue to reap the benefits of capitalism in early & mid 1990s, perhaps the rise of the sleeping dragon - People's Republic of China - is nothing short of, some commentators of that era will say, spectacular. It throws away the Marxist-economic system, reforms its economy by adopting laissez-faire system, turning it into the world's largest consumer market while retaining its communist system of governance. As China begin to accumulate newfound wealth, so begun the first step towards modernizing its military might in earnest with acquisition of the latest in Russian military hardware & key technologies.
The world is horrified with the new scourge - in disguise as nationalism - as it ravages the Balkans & Africa as ‘ethnic-cleansing' stuns the world. The Serbs in Balkan region slaughter hundreds of thousands Muslim Slavs & Croats in senseless murders during the 1st Balkan conflict, while the same tragedy continue in African continent, the Rwandan Crisis where the death toll numbers in millions in civil war ravaged nation - Rwanda as ethnic Hutus butcher rival Tutsis. The United Nations (UN), the largest grouping of nations throughout the world, is criticized for its inaction over the Balkans & Rwandan issues, thus international peace keeping missions are sent in into the troubled regions. However, the damage is done as group of nations begin to loose faith in the UN. USA - aided by NATO - later assumes the mantle as the world number 1 ‘Policeman' as it tries to prevent the Serbian's second round of ethnic cleansing from slaughtering fellow Kosovars in the 2nd Balkan conflict through use of force. During its Balkan campaign, US forces mistakenly bombed China's Embassy, effectively strangles somewhat favorable relationship between two countries following China's economic boom.
As ties between two countries continue from bad to worse, China tests US patience through military exercises over Straits of Taiwan, as it begin issuing threats of invading Taiwan by any necessary means. Later in that decade, China's longtime ally, North Korea - besets with economic failure & starvation - starts a global nuclear crisis as it threatens to restart its nuclear programme. On top of that, crisis between Pakistan (armed by China) & India keep getting worse as both nations trading volleys in disputed border area.
Meanwhile, Russia begins its war campaign over her former USSR republic - Chechnya as her military forces battle Chechens insurgents in incessant insurgency campaign. To beef up her ravaged economy, Russia becomes the world's top major arms dealer where its military products practically litter the world, especially China. Various terrorists organizations also benefited from Russian new policy - albeit indirectly - through black markets. While on the African fronts, genocide & petty civil wars continue unabated.
Later, as economic crises of late 1990s destabilize & shake up several nations of the world, South East Asian nations (collectively known as ASEAN) are alarmed by China's claim over Spratlys islets in South China Sea, so much so that ASEAN begin their arms race over perceived China's threat to the region as naval clashes have begun in the Spratlys isles between China & their South East Asia communist rival, Vietnam. As world economic turn grim, so did humanity fate, as several nations gearing up for war. Korean crisis escalates as North Korea issues war threats to South Korea & Japan - with several border incursions; both Pakistan & India armed their nuclear arsenals from what has been full scale border conflict to become an outright nuclear war. While China, somewhat helpless by actions of both her allies (North Korea & Pakistan) begin to exert her war machines in show of force across the Straits of Taiwan & Spratlys isles. USA, alarmed by these events, send in her naval fleet over the Pacific to contain China, while bolstering USA forces stationed in Japan, South Korea & Singapore. The Five Power Defense Association (FPDA - Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand & United Kingdom) bolsters their presence in South East Asia to contain China's armed muscle in the region. Even several terrorists groups, armed with biological weapons, are waiting to strike against USA, European Union (EU) & Russia.
As China & her allies intensifying their presence over hotspots across Asian continent, so do USA & its allies. Even UN stand helpless as time of reckoning draws nearer & nearer for humankind.
BY: COLONEL (ret) MAHMOUD ABBAS (UEEF - INTELLIGENCE DEPARTMENT)
RFS DIGEST, JULY 2044 EDITION
Perhaps when one discusses on one of the most turbulent era in humanity history, one can never escape from reviewing the final decade of twentieth century CE, a period known to most as Global Civil War.
Much documentation on this very era has been published prior to this very article, whereby the author wishes for the readers not to rely solely on information contain herein. The purpose of this article is to provide readers with various insights during the much-debated era of humankind prior to the First Robotech War.
POST COLD WAR
Shortly after the devastation following Second World War in 1945 CE, the world is divided into two different ideological Bloc, the democratic states - driven by its capitalistic economy headed by United States of America (USA) & her allies in North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), while the communist states headed by United Soviet Socialists Republic (USSR) & her allies within the Warsaw Pact (in extension, People's Republic of China).
The Cold War lasts for almost four decades mark by rapid militarization programmes & developments by both parties. The capitalist nations are going through economic success, meanwhile the communist blocs are known for their over-bloated military forces. Several wars are fought indirectly, mainly through proxies, with arms supplied by both parties namely in the incessant Arab-Israeli Wars in 1960s - 1970s. The USA suffers horrendous setback in her military campaign in Vietnam against the Communist North Vietnam that in turn aided with military assistance by USSR. The USSR later suffers the same fate in 1980s during her decade long campaign in Afghanistan at the hands of local resistance fighters, Mujaheddins who are supplied with US weaponry. The rot begins to set in USSR as she struggles to maintain her perilous economy against the ever-demanding military needs in the futile Afghanistan campaign.
In the Middle East, a decade long war of attrition between Iraq (supplied by Western powers) & Iran (supplied by People's Republic of China) shows no signs of abating as Iraq begins to unleash its chemical arsenals against Iranian forces & citizens - even Iraq's own dissident Kurds minorities. The situation later is brought under control through United Nations (UN) - an influential world body at that time - brokered peace truce, however after the death tolls climb to more than 1 million lives on both side.
Following the reunification of East & West Germany in 1989 CE, Cold War finally come to end as USSR begin to crumble from within upon which many of its former republics declare independence. The democratic, but much weaker, Republic of Russia (CIS) is no longer viewed by her former nemesis as a threat to the world.
None of the Robotech Masters scientists advocated a return to the days of rifle-toting, goliath ground-pounders; it was acknowledged that the Zentreadi were no longer suited to the micronised environment, but it was also acknowledged that the advances that lead to the Zentreadi development should not be discarded. Ultimately, the leading minds of Robotech Master bioscience unveiled a new proxy slave - the Meltrandi (female Zentran). The new slaves possessed all the mental faculties of a sentient female humanoid, but were conditioned with subliminal commands that prevented them from intermixing with the male Zentran. Also, as an attempt to add functionality to these new female giant Amazons, DNA templates from colonised Praxis inhabitants (female micronian society with warlike tendency & agressive culture) were engineered into new Meltran bodies approximately five times the size of a normal micronian individual. Not surprisingly, Diwgadras'U also pre-programmed to the new breed of Zentreadi female warriors.
When the first fully automated factory satellites were created for the military forces of the Robotech Imperium, they included massive production lines for cloned Zentreadi; the factories also included fully automated education and training facilities for these warrior-slaves, and one of the core subjects taught was Diwgadras'U. Even after the development of armored vehicles and combat pods, this skill was still taught for use when dismounted, but a full mastery-level education was only given to those students who showed the greatest degree of talent, while less-talented soldiers were moved on to other subjects.
Today, five thousand years (Earth Standard) later after the introduction of the dueling motion art, where upon the Robotech Imperium came to a crushing & bitter end in which the destruction of Zentreadi Grand Armada on Earth in 2011 AD. This event followed by Invid relentless crusade into crumbling stagnant Imperium territories. After the assimilation & integration of micronised Zentreadi into humanity social strata, whose their 2nd & 3rd generation full & mixed offsprings were born and educated in the Terran cultures still carry on this martial art, and some Zentreadi Diwgadras'U practitioners living under the UEG & later in Sol-system (Mars) have started to pass on the art to the first and second generation of free Zentraedi. Additionally, several Earth-born martial arts masters have undertaken to study this practice in order to augment their own skills.
While it is highly unlikely that Diwgadras'U will ever achieve the popularity it possessed at the beginning of the Robotech Masters, there is little doubt that this art will not die out any time in the immediate future as current Tyrolian Republican Guard has adopted Diwgadras'U syllabus as compulsory unarmed combat training to all recruits.
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Tyrolian culture was anything but stagnant in terms of science; indeed, most Robotechnology can trace its roots to the Stellar Age tech-inventors nearly 2000 thousands of years (Earth Standard) ago. By the second millennium of the Aeon Lanack Calendar, the basic concept of the Tyrolian nation-state culture in particular Tiresia - in having ownership over life (a concept reinforced by their caste-based civilization - in particular, slave warrior mentality prevalent during pre-Industrial Age), made biotechnology in general, and genetic manipulation in particular, quite appealing. Germ Warfare was looked upon with revulsion due to its potential for collateral damage, but creating super-slaves allowed the more scientifically minded military regimes to eschew artillery and armored vehicles - disliked for their creation of collateral damage - in favor of armies of living weapons.
By the time the first Tyrolian spacecraft ventured beyond the home world in 816 AD (1200 AL) , most proxy battles were clashes between conventional military hardwares & with the integration of energy based & even nuclear weaponry. Some anachronistic patricians maintained armies of "genetically-enhanced" soldiers, but these nobles were the exception to the rule. Generally speaking, other than specially trained overseers and commanders, the average Tyrolian proxy weaponry still did not affect the use of Diwgadras'U in unarmed combat.
As common Tyrolians united under Stellar Republic, whose civilization later expanded into thousands of off-world colonies, the art of dueling motion was taken to the stars, used extensively within Stellar Republican vast colonial military. It was during this time, the later period of the Golden Age of Stellar Republic, that Zor Derelda had returned to Tyrol with greatest reward - the Holy Robo-Grail, Protoculture in 1343 AD (1293 AL). After undergoing a period of integration of Robotechnology within every strata of Tyrolian civilisation known as the Great Transition, the giant-slave Zentraedi was created from cloning chambers to serve as off- world miners in robust monopole-ore industry.
While the increase in body size in giant macronised slaves achieved its intended goal of providing cheap, living construction and mining equipment for the colonies in late Stellar Republic Era to the early Imperium Era of Zentraedi all male goliaths warrior slaves, it created a conundrum- Robotech Masters lacked military hardware to equip their new giant warriors with.
The rise of Robotech Imperium in 1361 AD (1296 AL) that toppled Stellar Republic & the usage of giant Zentreadi as warrior slave infantry troopers, Diwgadras'U art was made exclusive only to the warlike culture of the giant warriors. The basic training began as template program within all Zentraedi implanted memories, however, the medium & advance training only available & exclusive for Zentraedi officers clones. Unbeknownst to Robotech Masters, some of these officers actually trained the art in it full form to the lower-echelon troops under their command, so much so began the iniation rites that later pervaded Zentraedi culture. Archaic weapon training with Zentreadi halberd was also introduced, a carry-over of Diwgadras'U ancient weapon training.
Because the Zentraedi had the same body morphology as natural Tyrolian, and because they were intelligent enough to learn complex skills, Diwgadras'U enjoyed a strong revival in proxy warfare circles. Very early on, rifles and other weaponry were created for the Zentraedi, but these weapons proved to be of dubious reliability, and Diwgadras'U remained the favored self-defence art of the early Zentraedi period.
Several problems began to develop with the warrior slaves of the Robotech Masters, however. The first and most extreme was that of escaped Zentreadi (who were perhaps culturally contaminated); before the widespread introduction of Zentreadi, an insubordinate previous Stellar Republic troop could rarely cause any havoc on his or her own, despite their combat training. The Zentraedi on the other hand were specifically bred to be merciless, feral killing machines. More than one colony was laid to waste after mass escapes of culturally contaminated Zentreadi (attributed to influences of Disciple of Zor) that eventually lead to hand-to hand slaughter of Zentraedi on both side (the Zentraedi loyalists vs Zentraedi rebels) using Diwgadras'U.
The second problem was over-specialization; Zentraedi by their nature were optimized creatures, best suited to fighting in any specific environment under harsh conditions. The Zentraedi were far more effective on the offensive, than the defensive, since on the offense they could maximize damages & ferocity on tactics and how they fought. As the Early Robotech Imperium Era progressed and the Robotech Masters began to expand further the fringes of the Empire & establish far-flung colonies on new & strange nearby worlds, so did the need of Zentreadi clone production with tenacity to combat menace must be increased tenfold. It became clear to the Robotech Masters that perhaps making basic Diwgadras'U as standard training within all Zentreadi ranks were a necessity
By late Supreme Commander Zentraedi EF Battalion Breetai Kridanik (deceased 2042 AD)
Updated & Edited By Commander Kazianna Hesh-Kridanik, current CO of Tyrolian Republican Guard - Zentraedi Command
Taken from UEEF Officer Manual 2041 Ed. for Robotecha Enyclopaedia - RFS Digest, May 2044 Edition
Just over five thousand (Earth Standard) years ago, on a world where a great Robotech Imperium will be borne - Tyrol, an ancient Tyrolian civilization known as Dev'er Empire was undergoing a renaissance. The first year of the Aeon Lanack Calendar roughly corresponds with the year 5970 B.C.E., was a critical one for the entire galaxy. The Dev'erians, a race whose very name means "Ancient Masters ", would eventually spread their influence across the globe of Tyrolian world, whose ancient civilization inspired great Tyrolian literature works such Lanack Estdo're and Zor'deroma, and even to this day their contribution towards Tyrolian ancient history & civilization continue to carry on in ancient ruins & instrumental in influencing various succesive Tyrolian Classical Era Empires & Dynasties.
It is believed that the during 1st Aeon Lanack Calendar marks the end of a long period of divisive and terrible internecine barbaric warfare among the pre-historic Tyrolian-Dev'erian society. It is almost certain that one of the key elements of the Dev'erian cultural renaissance was the rise of proxy warfare, where duels between slaves decided disputes that might in the past have been solved by open warfare. These gladiators apparently first fought in pairs, unarmed, and to the death; herein almost certainly lies the origins of Diwgadras'U which was written down in the epic scripture Lanack Estdo're .
A detailed examination of Diwgadras'U would seem to confirm this interpretation - the style concentrates on brutal, killing or disabling blows and lacks the "deterrent" or "soft" components found in some comparable terran styles. In proxy combat - differentiated from gladiatorial combat by the lack of an entertainment element - there is no reason to prolong the fight any longer than necessary; to do so invites defeat at the hands of unexpected complications. It is doubtful, of course, that Diwgadras'U originally had all the qualities and refinements of its current form; indeed, this art probably started out as several competing styles that gradually converged into a single "optimized" form.
The optimization of Diwgadras'U may have indirectly started & influenced the escalation that lead to the state of Classical Era proxy warfare by the time Dev'er civilisation collapsed & later successive Classical Age civilisations such as competing Tonvella Empire & Relav dynasty , even northern barbaric invasions in that resulted incessant inter-tribal warfares (believed to be that of Tettelian tribes) that later characterized the Dark Classical Age. Diwgadras'U would later simply redefined & fine-tuned during pre Industrial Age of Forasi & rival Einliba nation-states. The tradition would later on inherited by Su'tonean based rising city-state, Tiresia that would later began its agressive colonial expansion toward one third of Tyrolian surface.
As Tyrol entered Industrial Age, the agressive expansion of several Tyrolian modern nations culminated in 1st - 3rd Tyrol World Wars. Diwgadras'U taken a backseat as modern weapons ultimately replaced this art as mere self-defence art practiced by the Tyrolian nobility as some sort of personal & recreational hobby. However by the time the first Tyrolian nation - Rylac achieved spaceflight, Diwgadras'U was popularised again in Tiresia as a sport entertainment industry, characterising rambunctious pre-Robotech Imperium culture. Through mass media, Diwgadras'U become institutionalised in many major Tyrolian super-power militaries. Hundreds of years before this milestone in Tyrolian history, Diwgadras'U had reached an impressive degree of refinement, to the point that a Diwgadras'U could defeat almost without doubt any lesser opponent.
To counter this, younger patrons began issuing armor and weapons to their T'sendiel (gladiator warrior) - a step that eventually lead to greater and greater divergence from the original ideal of proxy combat. Soon, individual T'sendiel were replaced with armies of well-armed "house troops," fully equipped with the most advanced weapons of the day, a direct effect of integration of this deadly ancient martial art with modern militaries.
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