Yeah I love bringing Zager back, but 95? Was he really middle aged in UFO? I thought he was late 20s early 30s... Shows how much attention I pay! It's made even cooler though because he'll know my new characters grandparents I'm saying nothing though just in case certain people don't know the family tree!
AT, the basic jist of the timeline between UFO and TFTD, taken jointly from the official timeline, SORESO fanfics and personal fiction is along these lines...
First alien war ends early in 2002
XCom funding now targets Elerium retrieval from aqautic wrecks for research
XCom constructs an underwater base in the Normandy sea cliffs (Alpha-01)
XCom carries out Elerium retrieval operations until 2003 when it exhausts nearby crash sites
2 more bases are completed, XCom moves to Alpha-02 in the seabed North of Australia
Elerium retrieval continues until late 2004 when inert Elerium is retrieved with increasing frequency
June 2005 Australian crash sites are exhausted and XCom funding is cut
Alpha-01 and 03 are closed indefinitely, Alpha-02 continues R&D on its remaining funds
Alpha-02 closes due to lack of funds
2009 AW1 veterans launch a privately funded expedition to Mars to search for Elerium
On their unsuccesful return the Avenger is donated to America
2010 The US donates a revival fund to allow XCom to develop synthetic elerium
2012 The US cuts funding on slow and expensive elerium research. XCom decomissions again
Late 2012 F. Denman Williams purchases Alpha-03 a floating base in the pacific with the front of an oil rig
Denman forms SORESO and continues XCom's search for Elerium in downed UFOs
In following years the Cult of Sirius emerges as do the Inquisitors, XCom Veterans
In 2036 the Inquisitors and the CoS fought to the death annihilating most of both sides
In 2039 mysterious disappearances are reported, ships and planes vanishing
Denman heeds rumours of alien invasion and prepares for war.
Denman develops new aquatic technology, flying subs, DUtorpedos and submersible weapons systems
The experimental SORESO craft Khimtar is lost near Titanic, Denman conceals this from the governments he is trying to aquire funding from
2 months later the Pentagon recieves a belated distress call from Khimtar and become suspicious of Denman
Late 2039 Denman demonstrated his new vessels to the governments of the world
A prototype flying sub implodes whilst diving killing all onboard. The governments halt the demo
Early in 2040 Denman is removed from the project due to his repeated 'deceptions' and suspected mental instability
SORESO is disbanded and Denman's staff are moved to Alpha-01 late in 2040, XCom lives
Barracuda and Triton prototypes are created from Denman's flawed genius.
Alpha-01 became the 'XCom Experimental Underwater Facility'. Or more simply 'Ocean Base 1' nicknamed 'Le Rock'
At the close of 2040 the liner Hyperion is sunk by forces unknown.
XCom attends the wreck and confirms an alien presence. AWII begins
Again, the link to the eniter section of timeline between UFO and TFTD is here
THIS POST ORIGINALLY BY ACCOUNTING TROLL
Okay, I've changed my story somewhat.
I've used the idea that the UN strongly suspected that F. Denman Williams was more interested in personal glory than the good of humanity. However, the UN action in taking control over SORESO is still theft of corporate property.
I've changed the date of his dismissal to December 2040 because I wanted to show how and why they got rid of him without upsetting other corporations. It also occurs to me that he has just become a political liability; such an obsessional type is going to plot to regain control over SORESO/X-Com and denounce those who said he was mad. The most logical thing for the political backers of X-Com to do is to have F. Denman Williams quietly assassinated.
My character suggests keeping a watch on the seas between Rockall and Iceland: in the Cold War, British and American nuclear submarines had permanat patrols along there because it was the only way Soviet nuclear submarines could get into the North Atlantic. I would expect the depth of the seas to be an important factor in the location of the other X-Com bases in the coming months.
The conflict between the Cultists and the Inquisitors could have some potential. What role do you guys want the Cultists to have as the story develops?
Okay so apparently we've lost a few posts in the last day or so when the forums have moved. Thankfully this is where people figure out that I actually am a moderator, I'm just a damn lazy one! These are the discussion posts that we lost and the character profiles are good too. Unfortunately AT we seem to have lost the modification you made to the fic. I can drag out the original post time and time again but can't for the life of me get my hands on the edited version. I'll keep looking for a while longer but if I don't post it up there by the time you read this then I'm afraid its long gone
Regarding your last post in here not sure about the Cult of Sirius, they're underground at the moment since the battle with the Inquisitors preety much wiped out both sides. Any surviving Inquisitors will probably be hired back into XCom now though so that would make a good character for someone who wants that storyline to play with!
As for future XCom bases, it does occur to me that there already are two more bases technically... Following on from the piece of fic I keep linking to, this base we're using is Alpha-01. Its sunk a hundred odd meters into the Western sea cliffs of Normandy, nicknamed 'Le Rock' simply because its in a big french piece of rock... And I know rock isn't french for rock, its English, its ironic... possibly...
But point being... Alpha-02 has already been sunk into the seabed north of Australia and Alpha-03 is a floating base with the front of an oilrig near Hawaii ii I remember correctly... These bases already have hangars, stores, accomodation and sonar so they're fully functioning. Unfortunately we can't afford to use them so right now all but the sonars are switched off but that might help solve another problem...
In your post AT, old and new, you talk about detection of USOs. Now at the moment we don't know that these things can fly. We know we can but that just lets us think we have the upper hand! So for now its all bout covering the sea, choke points like you mentioned and say a sonar station in the middle of the pacific?! Alpha-03 already monitors those waters so all it needs is some information on international shipping and we'd be away. Same with Alpha-02 down under. That gives us a lot of sonar coverage and with a little funding we can get on to constructing advanced sonar stations in all three bases right away. That would cover us for detection quite realistically...