“This war will consume the Earth. If mankind is to survive, we must look beyond.”
Even before the rise of Stalin and Barbarossa, there were those who prophesised that the Six Months War of 1914 – 15 had laid the foundations of something more. The horror and confusion of the brief conflagration seemed to many observers to have ushered in a new, terrifying age of warfare, cracking open a Pandora’s Box. Despite the heady atmosphere of prosperity, a dark fear lurked in the hearts of citizens the world over. The next war, it was feared, would bring Apocalypse.
In the midst of this, a young scientist, Pyotr Dinirov, a refugee from the Bolshevik regime, arrived in New York full of wild schemes and designs. His ideas for a rocket plane to break out of the Earth’s atmosphere and carry a man to the moon were at first dismissed as laughable, but eventually he was able to find a backer in the shape of maverick millionaire industrialist and California Institute Of Technology graduate Steven Tasks, a leading aviation pioneer and avid fan of the works of French author Jules Verne. The first shots if unmanned payloads into orbit around the Earth stunned the world.
Stalin’s swift and brutal rise to power caused many religious leaders to flee the boundaries of the Soviet Empire, often in fear of their own lives. One such leader was the mysterious cult leader Ibrahim Raeshnau, whose curious brand of Islam, Russian mysticism and apocalyptic prophesising, allied to a charisma and dynamism to rival that of Vladimir Ulyanov himself, touched a chord in the hearts of many Europeans and Americans.
Raeshnau (now having been dubbed, both by himself and the press, as a “Yogi”) amassed a huge following as the rumours from Russia darkened and intensified. Both Dinirov and Tasks, by now working with US government backing to develop a space probe under the company name Lunacorp, became converts to his cause. Raeshnau confided to the two that he believed a war with Stalin was not only now inevitable, but would be so catastrophic that the only way for the human race to survive would be to escape Earth altogether.
Awestruck by his vision, Dinirov and Tasks set to designing a spacecraft, a mighty Ark that could transport the Yogi’s followers to the moon and once there become a self-sufficient colony. After months of intensive testing, the world watched with baited breath as the giant craft, christened the Apollo, left the launch rails at Wright’s personal testing ground in Turkey and blasted off for the moon. Four days later the colonists landed.
Raeshnau now faced a crisis. The colony was not yet ready to survive on its own. Supplies were needed. Resources were needed to power the generators until the solar panel carrying satellites could be launched. Turning to his followers, he called on them to take up arms and fight for the survival of their comrades, and now Lunacorp assault units prowl the globe, fighting any enemy, to secure the resources they need to ensure their survival.