User:The All-knowing Sith'ari
Probably the necessity of space travel. Interplanetary, and interstellar, transportation would present a huge threat - crashing an FTL ship at a target would be a comparatively cheap and effective way to devastate large populations. I would expect the military to heavily police and regulate this - we don't see many privately-owned spacecraft in the Haloverse, or at least no large freight or passenger craft. We know that the flow of traffic must be significant, with inter-colonial trade being a major industry. Proportionally, then, the military must be large enough to staff and maintain these ships. These ships would also be targets for piracy, so they must be large enough to protect these trade routes. So we see, even in the pre-Insurrection era the potential for military control is significant. The CMA and the UNSC were distinct entities, so I imagine the CMA mostly ran the Outer Colonies semi-distinctly from Earth control, but with Earth oversight - without having a toe in the water, so to speak, the CAA would have little clue about how its policies would really affect the colonists. So we see the potential for resentment directed at Earth and the relatively closer Inner Colonies, who benefit from better infrastructure and familiarity to the CAA. And then, as the Insurrection spreads through the colonies and the CMA proves utterly inadequate, the UNSC has to expand and consume its former sister-branch to cope. By at least the end of the Human-Covenant War, humanity has lost so many colonies and so much infrastructure that the military is forced to take control of things to stop it falling apart.
Frankly, I think the use of the UNSC as the outward face of the government is a gesture of honesty on their part. We all know that humanity is under a military dictatorship during the Great War, even if it is a relatively benevolent one under Hood. We see in places in Asia and Africa, and formerly in Eastern Europe, that military governments try to present the face of a civilian government to cement their legitimacy, but that doesn't stop resentment. It just paints the military as a target, and promises a true democracy if it is overthrown. Why present its populace with the illusion of democracy? By refusing to present the illusion, Hood doesn't look to be consolidating his own power. And we see in Glasslands, whatever we think of the novel or the writer, that Hood is actually transitioning power back to the civilian government. So I think that while the Insurrectionists were justified in their concern over military control, that in practice they vastly overreacted, forcing the UNSC to react to them.
It reminds me of foreign attitudes to America, in a way. You never see protests in the streets condemning the US Military for whatever scandal has them up in arms - they blame the entire nation, and its entire population, because they refuse to differentiate between the actions of a few and the intentions of a nation. The Libya incident, for example, was set off by one idiot director's bad dub of an originally harmless movie. Because the US refused to force Youtube to remove it, they decided that it was yet another American conspiracy against them. They simply did not see the difference, because in their own way of life there is no difference. I can see cultural filters playing a part in the colonies' perceptions of Earth and the UNSC - they would have to deal with UNSC ships, personnel, officials and regulations a lot more than those of the UEG, so the UNSC would become the public face of Earth-controlled government.
My last message to you was 117 days ago. Oddly fitting.
Sorry I never got back to you. I've had a lot of stuff happening in recent months that have drawn my attention - I've gotten into the Homestuck fandom, which has been a huge amount of fun. Not to mention school work, which has been another drain of attention! That idea you proposed sounds very interesting! Using planetary phenomena to channel the enemy into a tight, vulnerable formation - it sounds very HOT GATES! :D
Well the article is partly the reason why I am currently baffled. It has only one entry down and was placed their when I first logged back into my account since a couple of years ago. The only entry is my wiki page. (Which is now blank) I'm confused on how I could get -4000+ points due to my wiki page. Which you get no points for editing towards. Right now I'm thinking since their has been so much content edited since I was gone it was just directed towards my wiki page.
It reminded me of the Genesis Ark in season 2 of Doctor Who - a perfect sphere with alien properties, that was infinitely large on the inside and held its makers' greatest enemies. I could imagine it being a final measure of the Forerunners, storing samples or individuals for eventual repopulation, but being hijacked by someone with different intentions. Or perhaps it's just a Sentinel variant we haven't seen before?
A Forerunner-like, if not Forerunner, faction returning to take back what they regard as theirs by right. It's definitely the core idea behind the Sovereigns.
I really like the look of how Halo 4 is shaping up - Cortana is back and madder than ever, in both senses of the term "mad", the Chief gets more lines (Steve Downes' voice is always a plus), and the new enemies look like Forerunner versions of Mass Effect's husks, which is absolutely not a bad thing. Plus you have a whole UNSC supercarrier(?) with thousands of personnel, and maybe dozens of SPARTAN-IVs to back the Chief up. I'm especially looking forward to the catching up he has to do - five years in cryo isn't so long, but things have changed quite a bit since he went in. And, of course, the Infinity itself looks appropriately cool! I remember seeing large, Elephant-like vehicles in its cargo bay - I hope, for once, we get them in campaign, and in forge. And, as I thought, Spartan Ops looks to be a retooled and recontextualised Firefight, which I like the sound of.
Overall, I applaud 343i. Halo 4 feels appropriately "Halo", while still going in its own direction.
Well, Insurrectionists claimed their scientists had Borens syndrome in Ghosts of Onyx. If it's a fictional disease, I'd think it would be a clear signal to ONI that the base on Victoria was a trap. I think it much more likely that the S-I augmentations gave Johnson long-term symptoms similar to Borens syndrome and that, working with limited resources and under pressure, Halsey just misdiagnosed him.
I prefer to think Cortana used nanofabrication units aboard the Dawn to whip it up herself. We know the UNSC have some nanotechnology, and I'm pretty sure a frigate would have repair bays of some sophistication for its vehicles and spacecraft. It's not too hard to imagine Cortana putting her formidable intellect on crafting the Chief a successor to his Mark VII.
I know the feeling!
It's analogous to the CIA propping up dictatorships in South America , rather than let democratically elected governments ally with the Soviet Union - in the short term, it benefits the US, but in the long run these are people who are going to do terrible things, and become problems for the guy after the next guy, and build resentment towards them. I suppose that's the point of it, though - the UNSC/Sangheili issue is going to be a cold war, until something hits (or, if you've finished Glasslands, has hit) that forces them to finally put aside their differences to face a common foe. It's kind of my reasoning for the War of Vengeance - without a common enemy, they're likely to just fight each other. ANd I like the Elites! I don't want to have to wipe them out!
Can I ask, though, did Vegerot's post seem combative to you? I'm worried I misinterpreted the sentiment, and overreacted.
I'd imagine that the MA5B magazine is about the same size as the M14 or FAL/L1A1 magazine, both of which carry a full load of 20 rounds. The only differences would be the added bits to make sure its snug and fit within the rifle (for EVA) and the extra FCS components. As for the capacity on the MA5B magazine, given the width of the bullpup stock and firing mechanism, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that it's a "triple" stacked magazine.