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Invictus Launch Week

New recruitment year ceremony organized by the United Empire of Earth Navy
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Invictus Launch Week
Event typeIn-game
SubtypeNavy promotion week
OrganizerUnited Empire of Earth Navy
LocationBevic Convention Center
Date startMay 22, 2950 (2950-05-22)
Date endJune 2, 2950 (2950-06-02)
Concept sales
Commemorative itemsIn-game shirts, hats, jackets
Free-fly eventYes

Invictus Launch Week is a ceremony organized by the United Empire of Earth Navy (UEEN) which marks the beginning of the new recruitment year.[1] It is an official holiday in the UEE.[2]

It is also commonly known as Fleet Week or Invictus. It is celebrated annually in the period between Emancipation Day and Armistice Day, the final week in May. The event is meant as a tool to promote participation in the Navy as well as show awareness for the history of naval events. The event is also used by ship and armament manufacturers as an opportunity to display their contribution to the military fleet.[3]

General information

Closing and introduction ceremony

Invictus is a ceremony used to congratulate the latest graduating class of military personnel, but also as introduction ceremony for new recruits which are gathering to set off for training at the MacArthur base.

Fleet Week

During this time, UEEN vessels dock around the Empire. The public can visit the docked ships.

History

The Fleet Week has a long tradition. It goes back several centuries to the days when the UEE was known as the United Planets of Earth (UPE). Shortly after the First Tevarin War began in 2541, Humanity suddenly found itself in need of an organized military force of a size previously unneeded. To this point, aside from the hostage situation with the Xi'an in 2530, there had only been local security forces under the control of the central Human government.

With Humanity facing an imminent and overwhelming threat, a fleet needed to be raised and trained quickly. The Tribunal sent out an immediate call for recruits to create this army.

Transport ships on each of the settled planets would load up these volunteers and travel to a training facility on Mars known as Invictus.

On the morning of 2542-10-12, families and communities gathered at launch pads around the UPE territories to celebrate those that were going to defend against the alien invaders. As the conflict continued, more recruits would gather on that day to travel to Invictus to begin their training.

Over the centuries, as the Empire has expanded, space travel has become even more accessible and most recruits are able to self-report, the need for Invictus Launch Week's has diminished. The spirit of it, however, is stronger than ever.

Invictus is a time to celebrate each other. To celebrate bravery, duty, and commitment to the goals that define Humanity at its finest.[4]

Historical pillars

Below are some notable pillars in the history of the event.[5]

2542-10-12 The first Invictus takes place after the Tevarin were first encountered in 2541 and the First Tevarin War had started. It brings new recruits to Invictus Base on Mars.
2579 Invictus Base officially closes.
2581 Imperator Ivar Messer officially formalizes Invictus as a government-recognized yearly event.
2632 Invictus ceremonies reformatted to change the destination of their transports from Borea, Magnus to Macarthur, Kilian.
2637 Terra abstains from participating in Invictus in protest of Imperator Livia Messer's increasingly pro-military agenda. Senator Assan Kieren[annotation 1] speaks at the event.
2681 Military officially ends providing naval transports from all Empire worlds. Recruits are now ordered to self-report to station inside of Kilian.
2735 The Invictus ceremony on Angeli serves as the backdrop for the climactic finale of the classic specvid All Tomorrows Guardians.
2743 Imperator Galor Messer makes attendance mandatory to Invictus events around the Empire. Anti-messer activists turn this against him by using Invictus ceremonies to meet safely.
2794 After the fall of the Messers, the newly instated High Command removed any remaining loyalists from their ranks and needed a new influx of recruits. Invictus is moved to its current date in May to accommodate that need.
2803 999th Squadron begins to perform at select Invictus ceremonies.
2862 Imperator Gayatari Deomana attends the Invictus ceremony on Earth.
2875 Recorded aboard Archangel Station, Imperator Corbyn Salehi[annotation 2] makes infamous one day speech outlining desire to hold Invictus celebration on Synthworld.
2912 Another Invictus ceremony, this one on Terra, appears as the backdrop for a setpiece in Astromedics: From The Fire.

2950 event

Lobby of the event at Bevic Convention Center

In 2950, the event was held from May 22 till June 1 at Area18 on ArcCorp. Ship showcases and booths were located at the Bevic Convention Center, and additional docking space was created at Baijini Point, Port Tressler and Everus Harbor to accommodate larger UEEN vessels. A special demonstration was held by the 999th Test Squadron.[1]

Event activities

During the event there were:

  • Free-Fly events with new ships available every other day[3]
  • Show floors available to check out many ships (including holographic production models)[5]
  • Recruitment booths to enlist yourself in the UEEN[5]
  • Ship skins for sale on the Pledge Store [6]
  • Merchandise booths to get exclusive clothing[5]
  • Capital navy ships docking at spaceports around the Stanton system [5]

Showcase schedule

Showcases were available at Bevic Convention Center, where they rotated different ship brands each several days. All of the ships on display on these days were also available to fly for free during a period of 24 hours.[3]

Period Brands Ships Image
May 22/23 Tumbril/RSI/Origin 325a, Aurora LN, Constellation Andromeda, Aquila, Phoenix, Mantis Invictus-2950-rsi-origin-02.jpg
May 24/25 Anvil Aerospace Arrow, C8X Pisces, Carrack, Gladiator, Hawk, Hornet F7C, Hurricane, Terrapin, Valkyrie Invictus-2950-anvil-03.jpg
May 26/27 Aegis Dynamics Avenger Stalker, Avenger Titan Renegade, Avenger Warlock, Eclipse, Gladius Valiant, Hammerhead, Retaliator, Sabre, Sabre Comet, Vanguard Harbinger, Vanguard Hoplite, Vanguard Sentinel, Vanguard Warden Invictus-2950-aegis-05.jpg
May 28/29 ARGO/MISC/CNOU MPUV 1P, Freelancer MIS, Mustang Delta, Razor EX, Reliant Tana, Starfarer Gemini Invictus-2950-support-02.jpg
May 30/June 1 Drake Interplanetary (part of Drake Defensecon) Buccaneer, Caterpillar, Cutlass Black, Cutlass Red, Dragonfly Black, Herald Drake Lobby-Min.jpg

Commemorative items

At the event, you were able to purchase manufacturer-specific clothing, as well as several Invictus branded items:[5]

Invictus jacket for sale

Diorama

This diorama was at display at the event.[4]

"The Wreckless" A poem by former 999th Squadron pilot Lt. Ralph Kinoi

We push boundaries. To test the limits of what we can do. To say the impossible can not define us. To move us all beyond where we thought we could go. To be the first. The fastest. The best.

It is not easy. Luck is as important as skill. Failure as important as success. But we get better. And we learn. And we get back up and try again. And we carry on when others can't.

We carry on so others can.

Competing Event: Drake Defensecon

The 2950 edition of the event did not feature Drake Interplanetary, as they weren't formally invited. As a result, the company put up their own show as a follow-up, also at Area18.[7]

Technical Problems

The Free Flight Week was launched parallel with Alpha Patch 3.9.1. At the first day (and the following days) the Persistent Universe Servers had several massive service disruptions and outages and CIG decided to prolong the Event until the 2nd June, because many player's weren't able to play.[8][9]

Gallery


Trivia

  • The Invictus Fleet Week seems to be inspired by the US Fleet Week.

Annotations

  1. The plaque at the Bevic Convention Center has a typographical error which refers to a person called 'Assan Kieran'. The context suggets, that Assan Kieren, the former Governor of Terra was meant.
  2. The plaques at the Bevic Convention Center has another typographical error which refers to a person called 'Gordon Salehi'. The context suggets, that Imperator Corbyn Salehi was meant.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Invictus Launch Week Guide. Retrieved 2020-05-16.
  2. Galactapedia: Invictus Launch Week. Retrieved 2020-06-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Invictus Launch Week 2950 Free-Fly. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Alpha 3.9.1: Info panels at Invictus event
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Alpha 3.9.1 in-game survey
  6. Paints and You!. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  7. Invictus Launch Week 2950 Details. Retrieved 2020-05-19.
  8. Invictus Launch Week Free Fly Update (Forum post). Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  9. RSI Server Status. Retrieved 2020-05-26.