Lim Jyue (email@example.com)
Sat, 24 Jun 2000 00:21:45 +0800
At 15:24 06/22/2000 -0700, -Z- wrote:
>> Still doesn't quite answer the question. How much bigger in terms of
>> manpower is the Federation military compared to the Zeon military?
>Same as it ever was. 9:2, with Earth and Zeon (Side 3) dead even at 1:1.
That's population figures, right? I meant military manpower
strengths. That's different from what you gave, especially if:
1. Zeon has a higher conscription rate -- which seems likely.
2. The Federation is reluctant (before OYW) to recruit from Spacenoids.
>And what would THAT ratio be? I've tried Mecha Domain and crew count is
>conspicuous by its absence from the statistics there.
Definitely more than 1:1. (^_^)
Taking a look at a Salamis cruiser, I'll guess there's about 50 or
more crew per ship, especially if there's heavy automation on the ships. If
you attack with 3 Zakus, and lose 2 but sink the ship, that's still a 1:25
ratio in favour of Zeon.
>Back in Vietnam, we got sucked into the "body count" game.
I don't think that's a major problem here; Zeon might have viewed a
Zaku as the equivalent of a cruiser at the start of the war, but I don't
think Zeon ever had a problem with production ability. They were churning
out new MSes all the way throughout the war.
>It's not even a win-lose game, but rather a lose-lose game in which the winner
>is the one who loses the least.
And in this case, in strict body count sense, Zeon would lose less
every time they sink a Federation cruiser. In percentage terms, probably
too. The Zaku was a great force multiplier.
>Zeon seems to have a significant submarine presence and their amphibious MS are
>among their most powerful and fearsome.
Sorry; I meant "naval" as in a space navy, not a wet navy..
>Desert recipe: destroy mirror, bake at an even temperature for nine months,
>serve hot. (Sorry, I just couldn't resist!)
That's okay; a little humour doesn't hurt. (^_^)
>I think a single month of continuous direct sunlight would be enough, given
>that the Wild West theme didn't allow for much in the way of ground cover.
Right.. so where were the colonist during that one month of
I mean, the Texas colony was AFAIK still habitable -- sort of --
even when the White Base visited. During the one month, they should have
been able to repair or at least jury-rig something to prevent or slow the
situation; but they didn't.
What happened to them? Were they gassed, spaced, or just ran away?
If they ran away, which Side took in an additional 10 million people (from
>For all we know, everyone enlisted en masse to seek revenge. (^_^)
Oh, right, that's another possibilty. (^_^)
>This may be a passing comment on the Federation's priorities. Texas had a
>strategic position as the only even marginally habitable place in the Shoal
>Zone, but the Federation simply used it as a stepping stone, with no regard for
>the people who still lived there.
I don't believe that a whole colony would sit for a whole month
without doing something to halt the process. Given the manufacturing
capabilities of a cylinder, much less a whole Side, it's very likely that
the mirrors could have been repaired.. unless the colonist were all dead
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