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  • frulad
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    And a check on Amazon.uk shows that the Mongoose books are still unpublished...

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  • grumbler
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    Originally posted by ninjrk
    As to the other, JMS has stated both via Usenet and internally to the game groups back in the AoG and CE days that there is indeed an EarthForce Army and Navy. That's partly why you see general Franklin and the officer from "Eyes" wearing a differently colored uniform. He also specifically instructed CE to include an Army and Navy rep in the Earth Alliance Joint Chiefs according to one of the peoiple who worked at CE when their EarthForce book was written. To be fair, he also stated that there were Marines but I've not heard of him contradicting the division in EarthForce.

    Matt
    I have, obviously, no way of telling what JMS said to the game groups, but JMS has stated on the Usenet things like (4/21/94)
    Yes and no. All Earthforce uniforms in this division are blue; EA marines are olive/brown; security and other NCO areas get grey.
    and (10/28/93)
    We're assuming that the navy and airforce have more or less merged into Earthforce, so there's influences from both sides.
    In fact, if you search for "Earthforce" and "Navy" you get just the quote listed here plus a commen on RN ship names, and if you look up "Earthforce" and "army" you get a comment about Major Krantz's uniform and a comment about contempory US army bases.

    So, the Usenet does not support any division between army and navy except as "divisions" of earthforce, just as the show does not. Clearly, there was some specialization and some cross-assignments (like Majors Krantz and Ryan - the latter even in "navy" blue) but there is no evidence in the shw or Usenet that there was anything called an "Earthforce Army" or Earthforce Navy."

    The gaming companies can go with what they have for their purposes, and I will go with what I have for my purposes. The discrepancy doesn't bother me and shouldn't bother you/them. We have completely different agendas and different sources for our conclusions.

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  • Leto II
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    Originally posted by Z'ha'dumDweller
    Well, that goes without saying.

    For what it's worth, this is how the old system worked:

    Canon:

    Level 1 - Special Editions and prequels
    Level 2 - Original films
    Level 3 - Radio dramatizations
    Level 4 - Novelizations

    Offical Continuity:

    Novels, comics, games, Ewok made-for-TV movies

    Apocrypha:

    Stuff like the children's Trioculous Saga, Droids cartoon, etc.

    Originally, Dark Empire was considered apocrypha, until the decision was made to make it official. The first novel to mention the events that took place in Dark Empire was Jedi Search.
    Good list, but quick clarification to that last point:

    Dark Empire was always intended to fit directly into the official continuity from day one, the creators (Veitch and Kennedy) working with Timothy Zahn and the LFL folks to keep all their facts straight. Originally, the two projects were intiated separately (Dark Empire in 1988, and the Zahn trilogy in late '89/early '90), but the decision was made fairly early on to tie the two together and keep everything within the same continuity.

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  • ninjrk
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    Originally posted by WillieStealAndHow
    So the Army want to be Marines. Typical
    Having several Marines in my family, this cracks me up.

    Matt

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  • David Panzer
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    So the Army want to be Marines. Typical

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  • ninjrk
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    Originally posted by WillieStealAndHow
    Earthforce is one entire entity, but has something similar to the Air Force (the Starfury Pilots), the Navy (the large space vessels) and Marines (the GROPOS). They're just not independent groups.

    I get it now.

    I'll just tell my old man (who was a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps) that Earthforce has no Army. He'll like that.
    From notes that we were given by JMS back in the AoG/CE days that's not quite accurate. The term Earthforce is equivalent to using the term "US military". The original line was that there was an Army and Navy branch of the EA military, with the Marines possibly (it was left vague) being a sub-branch of the Army similar to how the Marine Corps relates to the US Navy. More recently, Babylonian Productions have altered that to remove the concept of the Marines as a separate line, although the most recent aborted movie threw that into question.

    Officially, there is an Army, just no Marines.

    Matt

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  • ninjrk
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    Originally posted by grumbler
    Yeah, I think maybe we are misunderstanding what JMS said about "no Marines." Clearly there ARE "Marines" - the breaching pod in Severed Dreams has "Marines" written on it in big letters!

    What I think JMS was sayiong is that there is no seperate service that is called "Marines" - they are just "Army" troops detailed for space action.

    AFAICT, there is no "Army" or "Navy" per se at all (let alone Marines), just Earthforce. The "Earthforce Space Navy" kinds of bilge you see on the internet is just from people who don't pay attention.
    To the first part, that's exactly how the game properties have chosen to go; there are Marines, they are just not a separate branch of the Army.

    As to the other, JMS has stated both via Usenet and internally to the game groups back in the AoG and CE days that there is indeed an EarthForce Army and Navy. That's partly why you see general Franklin and the officer from "Eyes" wearing a differently colored uniform. He also specifically instructed CE to include an Army and Navy rep in the Earth Alliance Joint Chiefs according to one of the peoiple who worked at CE when their EarthForce book was written. To be fair, he also stated that there were Marines but I've not heard of him contradicting the division in EarthForce.

    Matt

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  • David Panzer
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    Earthforce is one entire entity, but has something similar to the Air Force (the Starfury Pilots), the Navy (the large space vessels) and Marines (the GROPOS). They're just not independent groups.

    I get it now.

    I'll just tell my old man (who was a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps) that Earthforce has no Army. He'll like that.

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  • grumbler
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    Yeah, I think maybe we are misunderstanding what JMS said about "no Marines." Clearly there ARE "Marines" - the breaching pod in Severed Dreams has "Marines" written on it in big letters!

    What I think JMS was sayiong is that there is no seperate service that is called "Marines" - they are just "Army" troops detailed for space action.

    AFAICT, there is no "Army" or "Navy" per se at all (let alone Marines), just Earthforce. The "Earthforce Space Navy" kinds of bilge you see on the internet is just from people who don't pay attention.

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  • Jan
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    JMS has been known to misspeak. Why not just chalk it up as an error?

    Jan

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  • David Panzer
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    I guess we're supposed to interpret what was said during the GROPOS' cadence (Earth Force Marince Corps) as referring to the Army.

    G.I.s aren't Marines, even though they try to pretend to be at times.

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  • Dr Maturin
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    Maybe JMS forgot about the Marines in GROPOS, or maybe he just wasn't thinking when you asked him.

    Or, maybe the space troops call themselves Marines in pride.

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  • ninjrk
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    Originally posted by Z'ha'dumDweller
    Yup, and I probably shouldn't have slipped the Marines reference in the special forces section (that's the part that I wrote, rest was Bruce) because the Marines part was nixed (remember, JMS says no EF Marines and thus you can't include them). However, I was hoping to launch it as a test balloon to see if anyone at Babylonian Productions picked it up. Since they didn't, I've been hoping to ooze them in. They already touched on them in the EarthForce Campaign Guide, although they specified them as being Army GROPOS troops that are assigned to warships.

    Matt

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  • Dr Maturin
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    Originally posted by WillieStealAndHow
    Oh. I was going by what I read several years ago, where Lucas allowed the "expanded universe" novels to happen, but that if he decided to continue the story he wouldn't have to stick with what was said in the novels- as Ninjrk/Matt said "secondary canon".
    Well, that goes without saying.

    For what it's worth, this is how the old system worked:

    Canon:

    Level 1 - Special Editions and prequels
    Level 2 - Original films
    Level 3 - Radio dramatizations
    Level 4 - Novelizations

    Offical Continuity:

    Novels, comics, games, Ewok made-for-TV movies

    Apocrypha:

    Stuff like the children's Trioculous Saga, Droids cartoon, etc.

    Originally, Dark Empire was considered apocrypha, until the decision was made to make it official. The first novel to mention the events that took place in Dark Empire was Jedi Search.

    Now...it looks like it's gotten worse than DC did with continuity before Crisis on Infinite Earths.
    No, nothing gets worse than comics.

    And a post from myself on EA Marines:

    http://jmsnews.com/forums/showpost.p...&postcount=119

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  • ninjrk
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    Originally posted by Jan
    Thanks for the added detail. IIRC, he mentioned in one of his commentaries that he depended on...John Copeland (I think) for much of the military lore.



    I'm sure it would be crazy-making when you're trying to be concientious. I'm not familiar with it at all so forgive me if this is a silly question but did any of you find discrepancies when the Techno-Mage trilogy came out?

    Jan
    I'll look through the notes I made to write it. One that does leap out was that JMS had earlier discounted the Streib as being Shadow minions and then one of the Technomage books specifically mentions them with the Drakh and Wurt being present in numbers on Z'Ha'Dum.

    Matt

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