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Introduction

In 1989, a secret society known as “Neo Loran Party” launched an all-out global assault that marked the start of “The Second Loran War”. As with the First Loran War of 1952, the start of the conflict began with a “Mass Weapons Theft” and stolen weapons were immediately put to use in the ensuing worldwide attack.

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Little is known about the Neo Loran Party. Even now, it is a mystery how an organization made up of so few individuals was able to launch a global conflict. One thing is certain, however: in the 1940s, the Lorans were already in contact with advance troops of the advanced alien military force known as Gogoh Army and secretly arranged to borrow their alien technology. At this time, the existence of intelligent alien beings had yet to be publicly announced and only the few people involved in the development of “Project Vulkaiser” had access to alien technology. It was following the end of the Gogoh War in 1977 that the alien technology transformed the world.

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The 1980s marked a major turning point in Earth technologies and following the Gogoh War, Earth’s scientific communities united to progress weapons development at a rapid pace. Weapon development concepts from that time can be divided into three categories: weaponry derived from alien technology, weaponry developed using Earth technology, and hybrid weaponry which combined both technologies.

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Types of Technology in Armed Seven
1. Weaponry Derived From Alien Technology
The introduction of alien technology spurred a dramatic surge in Earth scientific research. Earth’s nations devoted their collective capabilities into reverse-engineering alien technology. In 1982, they succeeded in making cold fusion a reality, and this led to other remarkable advancements.

Many of these breakthroughs originated from the “Super-Charged Research Center”, the facility that developed and operated the giant robot Vulkaiser, and had thwarted the Gogoh invasion years prior.The Super-Charged Research Center facility chief, Professor Tengo, had exclusive access to alien technology which he had been secretly researching and, by the 1970s, his technological capabilities were advanced to the point of becoming ‘over technology’. Professor Tengo contributed massively to the development of the MCRs following the Gogoh War.

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Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser

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Following the war, weapons development in particular flourished, and by the mid-1980s, mass production of Manned Combat Robots (“MCRs”), optical weapons, and spacecraft was underway.

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Javelin-class Interceptor

Javelin-class Interceptor

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In truth, the Super-Charged Research Center had been applying these weapons since before the Gogoh War and their functionality was far superior even to the weaponry of the Gogoh Army.
But it would be a mistake to consider that technology of the 80s had regressed. The extraordinarily high technology of the Super-Charged Research Center was based upon an energy source known as “Vulkanium Ore”. The origins of Vulkanium Ore were a mystery, unknown even to Professor Tengo who researched it the ore and the only supply was exhausted by Vulkaiser. With no supply of Vulkanium Ore or means to obtain more, researchers were forced to begin from scratch to develop weaponry capable of being mass produced without relying on Vulkanium.
The war between the Super-Charged Research Center and the Gogoh Army could be likened to Stone Age men stumbling upon a nuclear weapon and using it to destroy an army of knights and archers. Earth’s scientific community following the Gogoh War was like those Stone Age men picking up and building upon the armor and weapons left behind by the knights and archers.

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Vulkanium Ore

Vulkanium Ore

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2. Weaponry Developed from Earth Technology
Reverse engineering the alien technology was an extremely difficult undertaking which was accompanied by many failures and sacrifices. Reverse engineering is not as simple as most people think. Deconstructing and understanding another’s engineering requires even higher technical capabilities than that required to create the technology in the first place. The hurdle faced by Earth’s scientists was all higher as their subject was a hitherto completely unknown technology.

As insurance in case the reverse engineering did not succeed, significant priority was given to the less glamorous but important development of weapons that did not rely own alien technology.
It is said that the three state-of-the-art aircraft of the time, the Rafale, the Super Eagle, and the unmanned drone Global Hawk would have taken another 10 years to develop were it not for the influence of the Gogoh War. These were craft were extremely inexpensive and reliable compared to craft based on alien technology.

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3. Hybrid Weaponry Based on Combined Technologies
Success at applying the alien technology came in fits and starts, but the technologies were pressed into field application as soon as they were effectively understood. This resulted in a wide variety of craft configurations that were based in part on alien technology and in part on Earth technology. Representative hybrid technology crafts of the time were the Spirit, the Osprey, and the Kaidocker.

The Spirit was an Earth aircraft that was modified into a humanoid war machine by attaching robotic arms and legs and an advanced thrusters.
Osprey was a tiltjet VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft which at first glance looks like a pure Earth technology-based craft. In fact, the U.S. military had repeatedly failed in its development prior to the Gogoh War, but with the application of alien technology they finally succeeded.
Kaidocker is a rare example of a Gogoh weapon that was destroyed by Vulkaiser, but then repaired and redeployed by Earth’s military. Originally a Gogoh officer’s ship, the Kaidocker had crashed into a Japanese Self Defense Force base during the Gogoh War. Earth engineers recovered and repaired it, and were able to preserve its original ability to transform from nautilus-form to humanoid-form. However, many of its systems were had to be replaced by Earth technology, which led to reductions in durability and mobility. Its overall performance is said to be less than one-tenth of the original.

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The Evolution of Manned Combat Robots in the 1980s
Manned Combat Robots, or “MCRs,” became established as a new category of weapon after the Gogoh War. While the original usage of the word ‘robot’ applied only to unmanned machines that operated autonomously, the term came to be applied to MCRs as a result of Professor Tengo’s habit of calling any humanoid weapon a robot. Subsequently, unmanned humanoid weapons developed by the EDF came to be known as ‘unmanned robots’.

As a result of technological breakthroughs made during the development of Vulkaiser, mass production of MCRs progressed more smoothly than anticipated and in 1983 the ground-based MCR, the Éclair, was completed. The following year, the forerunner of all airborne MCRs, the Gripen, completed its first successful test flight.
In a sense, airborne MCRs actually preceded the ground-based MCR. Airborne ‘robots’ such as the Spirit were aircraft that had been modified into humanoid form by the addition of arms and legs. Although they could not walk and derived little practical benefit from their humanoid form, they popularized the image of flying humanoid weapons and contributed significantly to the development of practical flying MCRs that followed.
As the decade progressed, a variety of models of airborne MCRs were rolled out in succession, notably the Typhoon, the Raptor, the Warrior, and the Ariete. The Ariete actually became TDF’s primary weapon during the Second Loran War; a mistake in paperwork led to production delays, which meant that Ariete was the only MCR that did not fall into the hands of the Lorans during the Great Arms Theft.

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Gripen Test Flight

Gripen Test Flight

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The standard height for mass produced MCRs at that time was around 15 meters – half that of Vulkaiser which stood 30 meters tall. They were much smaller in size in order to keep production costs low. 15 meters was the maximum possible height for the mass production manufacturing capabilities of the time. A small number of HMCRs (Heavy duty Manned Combat Robots) were developed that stood over 30 over 30 meters, but most did not advance past the prototype stage.

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MCRs Post Second Loran War
The Super-Charged Research Center’s strategy of utilizing Vulkaiser and a small number of support craft was of course to make optimal use of limited Vulkanium, but it is also theorized that it was due to Professor Tengo’s characteristic of focusing all his attention and resources on one single subject. The success of the Super-Charged Research Center was also due in part to Gogoh Army’s General Roz’s fatal strategic error of deploying their super weapons in succession, one every week.

Although Vulkaiser was a resounding success, top brass at the TDF refused to adopt the Super-Charged Research Center’s strategic philosophy, partly due to belief that their approach was best, but primarily because the development of super advanced weapons like Vulkaiser were impossible now that reserves of Vulkanium were completely depleted.
The bottom line was that Earth of the 1980s was not capable of creating an army qualitatively or quantitatively comparable to the Gogoh invasion Army.
As it happened, the collapse of the Gogoh Army caused turmoil throughout the galaxy and no planet was capable of military suppression of the Earth, but the Earth Federation had no way of knowing this and continued to produce anti-alien weapons that ended up being used on their fellow humans.
MCRs were expected to become the de facto standard for anti-alien defense weaponry, but following the Second Loran war which started in 1989, they were actually seldom put to use. Terran defense plans of the 1980-90s were based upon repelling attacks from aliens that had landed on Earth and the MCR was developed as the main weapon for a land-based conflict, but. But when the warp engine was completed in the 1990s, the defense plan was abruptly shifted to combat in space. There was no need to expend budget on Earth-based weapons if an enemies could be intercepted in space. Versatility was a key benefit of MCR and they could be readily adapted for in combat in space. However, MCRs did not play a major role in space combat.
The reason was that, in the scenario of combat exclusively in space, weapons built specifically for space combat had overwhelmingly higher cost performance. In fact, even the Gogoh Army who strength was in humanoid weapons had used space craft as their primary weapons when engaging with combat against Vulkaiser in space.
For this type of reason, the MCR was quickly deposed as the main weapon of the Earth armies and development continued, but under a reduced budget and on a much smaller scale. However, the spotlight turned to MCRs once again from the turn of the 21st century.
From the close of the 20th century, the TDF frequently combated various types of aliens, and the main field of battle in space. However, this was because as the TDF gained power, seizing planets owned by aliens became a high priority.
MCRs were the most effective weapon for gravity-bound combat. Once spacecraft had gained control of the airspace, MCRs would drop to enemy planets and secure outposts. The MCR blossomed again as the main power for on-planet combat. Ironically, the MCRs of the new era had come to fulfill the same role as the invasion robots of the Gogoh Army.

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SER-32 SURVEYOR
This is an airborne MCR developed by the Super-Charged Research Center In 1987.
As an experimental unit carrying the super-charged force shield and its armor is extremely thin compared to other MCR. Many of its features are attempts to recreate the weapons and capabilities of Vulkaiser, but the GATTAI (transformation) function was omitted due to budgetary constraints. It was not originally designed for combat, but it was pressed into service adopted to make up numbers with the advent of the Second Loran War.
The chief of research for the SURVEYOR was Professor Usui, so the frame is extremely sound, but given the strategy for the current mission, Professor Usui fitted (at her discretion) the SURVEYOR with Professor Tengo’s high output engine. As such, it was reborn as a high performance MCR whose maneuverability vastly outstripped that of other MCRs.

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SER-32 SURVEYOR

SER-32 SURVEYOR