The Lego war has been going on for about 312 years now and shows no sign of stopping; each of the four main factions constantly losing and taking territories from each other in a battle for supremacy. The NTDF (New Terran Defense Force) is fighting for the progression of the human race, and the Scavengers are striving to gain more powerful technologies for their race to study. The other two main factions are the Space Pirates and the R.I.M. Federation. No one really knows where the Space Pirates came from, or what they're going to do with the giant stores of gold they've built up over the years. The R.I.M. (Reclaimed Industrial Military) on the other hand, has one very clear objective; territory.
Each faction has its own strengths and weaknesses, like the Space Pirates not having advanced enough technology to terraform planets; and as such have to make do with asteroid fields for their colonies, factories and shipyards. This means they don't have access to key resources such as promethium, gold, and oxygen, so their ships are usually poorly equipped in the weapons department. They make up for it by carrying TONS of troops that will sometimes board enemy ships, after crippling them by using cannons that instead of firing energy from power crystals, will actually fire the crystals themselves thus causing INCREDIBLE amounts of damage to both the enemy's hull, and electrical systems alike! The Space Pirate ships are also renowned for their massive size and thick armor, allowing them to outlast enemy ships, instead of quick and agile ships meant for outmaneuvering the enemy, like the Scavengers use.
The Scavengers make up for their lack of territory by utilizing technology that is FAR ahead of the rest of the known galaxy, and varies from modern-day ballistic weaponry and swarm missiles, to 12,000-year-old lightning cannons and power swords. These weapons are often used by drones and droids to help save on troops, as their lack of enlisted fighters forces them to train for years on end to get the most out of their limited resources. These fighters can sometimes take on entire squads of troops by themselves instead of using vehicles, or large amounts of soldiers, like the R.I.M. Federation does.
The R.I.M. Federation, to save resources for bigger and better guns, makes most of their ships out of the hulking wreckage of long forgotten wars, found floating in the void. Because of the structural integrity of such ruins not being the strongest, there is quite often some form of a weak point on the ship that will bring it down quite easily. When looking for a counter for this they decided the best way to fix it was to bolt enough guns, armor and shields on that the enemy would be blown to smithereens before they could find their Achilles heel. Because of this their ships take on more of a “brawler” style instead of the sleek utilitarian designs of the NTDF.
Since the NTDF is the only faction with a stable government, they have near unlimited access to power crystals, uranium, and oil; this means that their ships have only the latest in weapons, and technological advancements. This ensures that the reach of the NTDF is far greater than any of the other factions. Since their ships are designed to be light enough to travel through the warp using as little energy as possible, they are usually rather light on armor, and so use more long range weapons, such as ultra long-range nuclear missiles, rail-guns, and laser pulse cannons. This means that once they get into firing range of most other ships, the effectiveness of the main cruiser in the fleets that they travel in will shrink considerably, and they will have to resort to using fighters and other small ships.
More news on other factions in the next newsletter, so stay tuned, for more on the Lego wars!