THE HAN WARS
A MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION SERIES
Military science fiction is a new genre for me, but I love reading military sci fi (especially Marko Kloos and Jay Allan) and I've discovered writing it is a BLAST.
With any genre, an author has to do a bit of "world building"--putting together the place where you want to take your readers to for a few precious hours. With my other books, I could basically take our present-day world and tweak a few things, but with the military science fiction genre, the world building is a much more involved task. Here's some of my world building for The Han Wars.
WORLD BUILDING - THE HAN WARS
FLEET OPPOSED - THE OPENING SCENE
A bunch of menacing-looking ships coming through an opening in space (a “slip point”). It basically depicts FLEET OPPOSED's opening scene.
REPUBLIC COMBINED FLEET - RANK STRUCTURE
Here’s the US Navy-esque rank structure for the Republic Combined Fleet.
REPUBLIC FLEET INFANTRY - RANK STRUCTURE
A lot of military sci fi I read revolves around some sort of "Space Marines"...that's all fine and dandy, but I wanted to do something a little different. And, let me offer my sincere apologies to the USMC for screwing with the EGA (eagle, globe and anchor). ;)
REPUBLIC QUALIFICATION BADGES AND INSIGNIA
“Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!” Yes, we do. ;) A lot of the symbolism from today's US military (USAF, US Navy, USMC & US Army) is apparent in these badges, and why not? Some traditions run VERY deep, and I figured some might even survive far into the future (with a few tweaks).
REPUBLIC THIRD FLEET
The Combined Fleet is divided into three numbered fleets; First Fleet is based on Earth’s moon, Second Fleet is based halfway between Earth and the slip points into Han space, and Third Fleet is closest to the slip points. Being former military, I like org charts...so here's one that depicts the Republic Third Fleet.
CARRIER AIR WING SIX SIX
I tried to imagine what a carrier air wing might look like in the world of FLEET OPPOSED, and this is the result. You’ll see CAW 66 & RSS Bulwark in my prequel novella THE AVIATORS. All of the squadron patches are based on actual US Navy & USMC flying units (active and deactivated), with a little of my imagination thrown in for good measure.
THE AVIATORS - FLEET OPPOSED PREQUELS, BOOK 1
The events in my prequel novella THE AVIATORS occur just prior to the opening scene in FLEET OPPOSED. You’ll get to meet LT “Scratch” Adler (VFA-11) and LT “Tude” Mendez (VA-34) flying off of RSS Bulwark (CVA-23).
REPUBLIC SECOND FLEET
This is the org chart for Second Fleet. Slightly smaller than Third Fleet, and somewhat older ships.
REPUBLIC FIRST FLEET
First Fleet is smaller than the other two numbered fleets, and has the oldest ships.
1ST COMBINED INFANTRY DIVISION (ASSAULT)
You probably noticed each of the numbered fleets has an infantry division attached to it. In this example, I’m showing the org chart for the First Combined Infantry Division (Assault) attached to Third Fleet (specifically Third Platoon, B Company, 3/2 Infantry). I apologize to my Army/Marine brethren if I simplified this too much.
THE INFANTRY - FLEET OPPOSED PREQUELS, BOOK 2
Just like THE AVIATORS, my prequel novella THE INFANTRY begins right before FLEET OPPOSED’s opening scene. You’ll meet CPT Ricardo “Rico” Estrada and the troopers of Third Platoon, Bravo Company, 3/2 Infantry.
REPUBLIC SHIP SIZE COMPARISONS
So how big are the ships? You can tell my computer graphics skills are severely lacking, but this should give you a rough idea at how big I think the different ship types are. As far as exactly what they look like, I’ll leave that up to you to decide after reading my descriptions in the books. ;)
THE SPACERS - FLEET OPPOSED PREQUELS, BOOK 3
THE SPACERS, the third of my three prequel novellas, begins—yep, you guessed it—right before FLEET OPPOSED’s opening scene. You’ll get to know CDR Claire Fontaine, RSS Tang’s new captain, and her crew.
HAN POLITICAL AND MILITARY BANNERS
The Han? Wasn’t that some sort of ancient Chinese dynasty, you ask? Yes, but there’s no correlation between the two. The prologue in FLEET OPPOSED will give you an idea of exactly who—and what—the Han are. Can’t you just see these things hanging from Han buildings? I can. ;)
“Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!” (Part Deux) Um, yes we do, and here they are for the Han Bloc.
HAN RANK STRUCTURE (FLEET AND AVIATION)
Here’s the rank structure for the Han Bloc (fleet and aviation personnel).
HAN RANK STRUCTURE (GROUND FORCES)
Following the same basic theme, here’s the rank structure for the Han Bloc (ground forces).
HAN RANK STRUCTURE (DIRECTORATE INTELLIGENCE SERVICES)
Here’s the rank structure for the Han Bloc’s Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS). You'll get a taste for what kind of people the DIS are in the prologue to FLEET OPPOSED.