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UOO-1

Unknown orbital object one first showed up in the GRACE satellite network, originally designed to map the surface gravity of Earth, as a systemic error that was thought to be a simple bug in the analysis software. Since then, we have been able to infer the existence of a 200km spire-like object which actively avoids collisions with the rest of our satellite systems.

Of major concern is that UOO-1 seems to pick orbital paths which maximize lines through major cities. Of minor concern is the fact that we've been unable to detect any further evidence of its existence through even our best EM listeners. It was unknown what would happen if we send a probe directly to UOO-1, but with no further investigative options, we decided on that course of action.

Yu-Chang Wide Spectrum was launched 14 hours ago. It was the most expensive object we've ever put in LEO outside of the ISS itself and it flew a direct course to UOO-1. As expected, it changed orbit shortly before impact, Yu-Chang adjusted to match and UOO-1 made and impossible maneuver. We know of no material that could have survived such an acceleration, even solid steel would have rendered itself into molten slag subject to those forces. The moment Yu-Chang began its own course correction we lost contact. Six minutes later, we lost London as I'm sure you saw all over the news before boarding the Skyhawk.

High-speed photography, as part of our nuclear war early warning systems, indicate the city was destroyed by a light-speed beam (most likely a laser) in the exa-watt range burrowing through the atmosphere, turning our own sky into super heated plasma and allowing it to detonate like an air-burst nuke. The resulting EMP should have only been powerful enough to knock out local electronics, not the worldwide shut down that's rendered most modern military technologies fried and useless. Why and how UOO-1 created this beam is unknown, but the immense heat has revealed some orbital anomalies in the IR-spectrum. We are currently investigating. Considering how quickly it went from a passive to an active agent, further London events are not out of the question and may happen again soon.

The good news is that the nations of the world banded together over this event rather than starting World War 3. The bad news is that we are at war and know next to nothing about our enemy.

This organization was created in 1957 shortly after the Iceland Incident (see attached briefing) and sadly has had very little funding since. Much of our equipment is obsolete by today's standards and while our budget has been massively increased as of this morning, we are no where near ready to take on the alien threat. You are in charge, commander. This is the only international cooperative and it may be humanity's final hope. What are your orders?

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Invasion Doctrine

The London Event did not directly coincide with the global failure of all electronic systems. While recovering the final transmissions of our satellites has proven difficult without modern computers designed to actually read our once endless data streams, timestamps are easy enough to find with punch cards and old ENAICs. EMPs are, in essence, light and so subject to its own speed limit. If UOO-1 was solely responsible for why this communication came through fax instead of email, we'd expect to see our last timestamps in an expanding bubble from one side of the world to the next. Instead, it was a coordinated near-simultaneous failure.

Our planet was bombarded in a shell, one that originated hundreds of kilometres up and from so many point sources, it was almost easier to imagine we simply overlooked some major aspects of physics, but we must face facts. We are surrounded by thousands, if not millions of UOOs. Considering some of the reports we've been receiving from our sponsor states, incursions from these UOOs has already begun.

The few working aircraft have had several encounters with pilots reportedly only able to track atmospheric disturbances rather than anything concrete. Unfortunately, it would seem that the worldwide EMP was not a one time only event. The few guided missiles we've been able to build since the attack have all fallen out of the sky.

Anything relying on technology more complicated than a vacuum tube might as well not exist in this war.

However, there is one piece of good news. Whatever the aliens are using to disguise their craft is not fully transparent at 918.6nm, an IR frequency readily absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere but easy enough to create and install on the "Angel" modified MiG-25s already in our hangers. Last week, aerial warfare was dominated by a doctrine of no-escape-zones and beyond-visual-range reconnaissance. Today, we're back to dogfighting.

We can only hope the newly adjusted radar algorithms provided by the Americans will be enough to detect the atmospheric disturbances we've heard of and that our fighters will be up to the task of taking down our unknown enemies.

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1 Week, 3 Days, 11 Hours, 2 Minutes

Another city has been destroyed. In part because of this organization's coordination, we were ready for this latest tragedy but not enough to begin evacuations. By one measure our response has been phenomenal, hundreds of ICBMs were modified in a matter of days to surround a spacial target we can no longer track with only a few seconds of warning. All our calculations suggested UOO-1 would not be able to dodge that kind of onslaught, but it didn't need to. Every one of our nukes was remotely detonated before getting within a hundred kilometres of the spire.

Pictures of the fireballs in the night sky have already begun circulating in recently re-popularized newspapers and panic is becoming as large a concern as the invasion itself. However, we must not lose perspective. Our organization is safe, as are any facilities that can weather a nuke.

It's clear the aliens have enormous technological superiority, but their plans do not seem to include scouring the planet of all life. UOO-1's beam does a good job at destroying cities, but it only does a good job of destroying cities. Many states have been building bunkers since London Event 1 and those in the middle LE2 have survived intact. LE3 will almost certainly happen within the next ten days, but without precise readings (the still intact atomic clocks present in museums have proven difficult to requisition) we can't speculate beyond the power of our stopwatches.

As humanity is not particularly short of cities, we seemingly have some time. We are besieged, but with the first success of our interceptors and ground forces we've proven our enemy is not invulnerable. If mechanical computers and bullets can take them down it is not a completely unfounded assumption that recovering more of their technology will give us an even greater edge.

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Classification: Probe

The surprise felt in Research was equal only to our elation. That the first one-on-one encounter with an alien vessel could ever end in our victory was not something anyone truly believed until the ship itself was rolled into the lab. Though it is small, measuring less than fifteen meters from tip to tail, it has raised more questions than answers.

As a ship it is nothing more than a millimetre thin shell. The material itself somehow acting as both the method of propulsion and energy storage for operations, every part of it vibrating at hypersonic frequencies that enhance a resonance field effect enabling reactionless motion. When this was discovered, we made the mistake of trying to repair the ship as a smaller version of itself and were greeted by a new hole in the ceiling when it tried to resume its flight plan. The impact thankfully broke our temporary chassis and only minor injuries were reported.

Strategically, this suggests that UOOs may be taken down by mangling enough of the hull. Nothing inside is critical to its operation, indeed all recovered components seem to be nothing more than our own classified sensory apparatus, complete with serial numbers that match already existent devices. We can easily surmise they've been spying on us and we should assume they're aware of our desire to reverse engineer their technology.

Considering the capabilities the aliens have demonstrated thus far (interstellar travel, orbital terror weapons, ect.) we are forced to conclude that this ship is nothing more than an expendable reconnaissance craft. A part of their plan they expected us to find. As such, we classify this signature as merely: Probe.

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Non-Combatant Equipment, Previously Alien Armaments

Ship beams that tear through steel like paper. Bottled lightning that leaves hardened soldiers unconscious. Armor that's stronger than kevlar yet breaths like egyptian cotton.

Chemically, the recovered fabrics worn by our alien friends are little more than thermoplastics and no more special than a grocery bag save for the fact that it melts at 400 degrees. The secret to its properties is in the larger structure. As hard as its been to rapidly convert our electron microscopes to make photographs instead of digital images, the results speak for themselves. Their clothing is basically a weave of perfect crystals, aligned in a manufacturing process we currently cannot hope to replicate. For now, we can only repurpose the materials left from battle and unlike our friends, we'll make sure it offers head protection.

The, "lightning guns," (creatively named in field reports) are a bigger mystery. While our soldiers aren't wrong, it is electricity, it's not nearly high enough voltage to bridge the gaps we've been seeing (not that it would explain the accuracy.) A deconstruction of the weapon revealed that it generates its arc much like a taser with the barrel itself tweaking the charge until it creates its own containment field (which does explain the accuracy.) The civilian applications for intrinsically stable electrical fields might be as endless as the radio with immediate military applications requiring further research. None the less, this particular method results in a far more effective stunning effect and it won't take long for Research to devise a short-range substitute until we can fully replicate the effect.

Moving on to aircraft, Maintenance has some troubling news. Reports of projectiles have been greatly exaggerated, expecting to find holes pierced through the avionics, they found only outward shorn pieces of the hull pried off without much damage to the internals. With diverse reports of flyby "tractor beam" abductions and nothing from the recovered craft that seems to be a weapon, we believe the barrage seen in dogfights was that same "tractor" with an incredibly narrow area. Pliers can either delicately grip a pin or cut through wire depending on the mechanical advantage involved, this is the same idea just on a much greater technological scale. We can't yet activate the reactionless "tractor" field effects outside of laboratory conditions, but we can convert our hangers to support those conditions. While the range is only line of sight, it will give our fighters and dropships a no doubt helpful boost on launch.

These are not the armaments Research expects from an alien force that sent the world back half a century in a single night. The armor can be easily improved with a facemask, the stun guns aren't designed to kill, and the probe's defenses are less effective than our own autocannons. This is the equipment of non-combatants. 

Our hopes for a true glimpse of their power lies in the pistol from field reports, the one that shot a hole through everything it passed, the one that detonated when it was fired outside of alien hands. Research cannot provide further insights without those hands, commander. We need an alien. Alive.

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Interviews: Caesan

Subject is a 138cm (4'6") tall alien with grey skin, internal temperature 34C (93F), isolated in an airtight room with N2/O2 mixed to match environment of recovered craft. Dr. Patel leading, communicating through microphone and polycarbonate bulletproof glass. Excerpt begin 8h21m into recording.

Dr. Patel: "Why are you killing us?"
[Subject presses itself against the glass as if looking for something.]
Dr. Patel: "This again. Why don't you ever..."
[Subject loses interest. Patel watches the subject return to the center of the room before taking out a picture of their child and smiling. The subject approaches the glass and Dr. Patel radios Acquisitions.]
Dr. Patel: "Hello, yes. When will the fMRIs arrive? No, I only need the data. Emotions, yes, please fax them to Engineering."

The breakthrough happened after running a gamut of known linguistic exercises, from visual-noun relations to printed instructions. While the subject (hereby referred to as the caesan) initially reacted promisingly to written languages (English, Mandarin, Hindi) when offered step-by-step guides on how to escape its confinement, it quickly ceased responding to any form of communication after receiving none of the promised results. Though this created some internal strife and debates on priorities of pursuit, one of our team members continued indirect interrogations (verbal, visual) and discovered that the caesan remained responsive to local emotional reactions in our own staff.

Since no one on the base could control their thoughts to a fine enough degree, Engineering built a simple model of the human brain which pumped blood-oxygen contrast analogue through various lobes based on data gathered before the war. It did not take long to establish continuous communications, beginning first as morse code (happy for dash, sad for dot) then improving until the newly developed PSIAC (psionic systems for interaction with alien caesans) which was achieving 4kb/s two-way links for everything from text to video.

Despite establishing communications and building an amiable rapport with our guest, it hardly knew anything about its own world, yet alone the war. In fact, the casean in our possession was only a few days old and had little knowledge beyond its orders of surveillance and subduction of humans. The few relevant memories shared indicate mass production facilities, fleets of hundreds of ships in waiting, and suggestions of a hierarchical command structure with more than a few species seeming to give orders, but between the low quality of the images and a lack of understanding from its source, we can't say much more.

Developing PSIAC taught us much, but it taught the ceasan more. At 0400 this morning, it managed to convince one of our guards into letting them escape. It did not go far before that same guard managed to subdue it. In the short period it was out, many of our staff reported feelings of intense fear and outright paralysis. An internal review is being conducted and the ceasan is being kept comatose, but we should be weary. If a few days of training is all that separates emotional influence from outright control, we may yet see harsher battlefield conditions when facing this species.

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Interviews: Sebillian

Subject is a 199cm (6'5") tall alien with green scales, internal temperature 39C(103F), isolated in an airtight, climate controlled, steel-plated room kept at 28C(82F) with high humidity determined by subject itself when given access to controls. Dr. Eze leading, communicating through microphone only. Excerpt begins 19h50m into recording.

Subject: [using communications board] WATER. GIVE. HOT.
Dr. Eze: "Now you know the deal, no more coffee until you hit the target."
Subject: TRY. OR. DIE.

It was shocking easy to get the subject (hereby referred to as the sebillian) to cooperate after it ended its rage-like attempts to escape. The creature itself was in fact the one who provided the means when it began scratching into the walls. Assumed to be symbols at first, it was clearer on review they were simply drawings. We've begun matching the rasping noises it made under the assumption of language, but decided prudence should prevail and continued the majority of our communications in the languages both parties knew. Namely ours.

The sebillan cannot speak English, or any of the other human languages it knows, yet it could understand us perfectly with some conceptual limitations. When asked to perform simple tasks such as pointing out its flight plan, it asked for food in trade (with preferences for fish and hot drinks). When asked how its weapons worked, where it came from, and what the goals of the invasion were it said it did not know and would not accept anything in trade. A (disabled) weapon was offered and it refused to pick it up which leads us to believe it has some sense of honor or equivalent.

Battle strategy was procured at the cost of a climate controlled room and its answer were rather straight forward. Defend the craft and its crew, attack from the darkness, flank and close in. It was told our weapons are nothing to be afraid of and thinks its current confinement is some sort of test. It believes it will soon be in a new crew on a new mission and it believes all of us should be killed on sight.

We can confirm it fears fire.

Research had hopes we turn this one, however not even a photographic representation of a human could survive its presence. None-the-less, the sebillian remains complaint and steadfast in its confinement. Records of its non-human language grow by the day, yet it may be some time before we can truly make use of them.

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Interviews: Reaper

Subject is a 180cm (5'11") tall alien with birefractive violet carapace, internal temperature measured 45C (113F) on acquisition and continued to lose heat until reaching 16C (60F) on expiration, isolation varied through lifetime. Dr. Patel leading, communicating through microphone and two layers bulletproof ALON "transparent aluminum" glass. Excerpt begins 0h0m into recording.

Dr. Patel: "Subject appears to be waking. Speakers on, please. Thank you. Can you under--"
[Subject immediate rushes glass, stabbing its claws through the first layer and scratching second]
Dr. Patel: "Abort! Everyone out!"
Dr. Eze: "Control, call quarantine measure two."
Dr. Millner: "Get ready to block the door!"
Dr. Patel: "Out! Get out now!"
[Subject breaches second layer before steel shutter safeties engage and team evacuates frame left]

We would have better luck talking to an ant than coming to any form of understanding with the subject (hereby referred to as the reaper). Considering that our little terrestrial friends can pass the mirror test and this creature cannot speaks as much for its purpose as anything else. The only sign of intelligence came when we left it in a dark room without stimulus. It ran along the wall until arriving at its origin, then began digging with the same ferocity it approached everything else. Cognition research was abandoned at this point.

The reaper had little concern for anything that wasn't of sufficient biomass to enable its reproductive cycle (approximately 35kg). When introduced to three calves, recently dead, asleep, and awake it only attacked the last. As with field reports, gestation took less than a minute. Thanks to a combination of fluoroscopic and IR imaging we've gained some clues about this gruesome process. It seems the elerium capsules present in its blood are a crucial element, inner spikes previous assumed to be for structural support in fact pierce its own chitin to add the final catalyst. Though such violent procreation (the host dies within 30 seconds, do not assume killing the host will stop a reaper) generated intense bursts of heat, the emerged adult will always be colder than the mother. Because of this, a reaper swarm's time to extinction can be crudely estimated from IR cameras alone and likely has a maximum range of 50km from ground zero. Research does not recommend testing.

Considering the amount of available chemical energy compared to emerging adults, Research concludes reaper limitations are a built-in feature. Instances cannot survive more than 48 hours, even under ideal circumstances a swarm will always burn itself out. These are manufactured weapons of terror, more virus than animal. Research recommends any and all encountered reapers be destroyed by whatever means possible to prevent mass casualty events.

In the course of its captivity, it escaped a 60cm thick steel room, a 110cm steel armored box, tore through ramping electric palisades until unconscious, stood on white hot semi-molten copper floor until its legs gave out, endured a 135db siren until deafened, ran 6km at dead sprint before destroying the treadmill, implanted two guards (larva removed, full recovery expected), damaged one hundred and eight pieces of equipment, and set off countless alarms during its stay. It does not feel pain nor fear. It does not stop or slow until death. In light of this, Research humbly requests that no more living specimens be acquired.

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