I feel compelled to share yonder recentmost piece of scribery with the lot of you. 'Tis part of a project I've been working on. Critique, especially regarding the realistic-ness of an Earth Torus as well as the writing style, is very welcome. - The August Torus is the culmination of the UN’s Global Defense programme, aimed at securing planet Earth against any sort of external threat. Construction began on a series of armed defense stations in geostationary orbit in 2068, immediately after the signing of the Reykjavík Treaties on August 13th, and the Torus itself was declared completed in 2283, on August 22nd, although improvements and expansions are likely to be ongoing for as long as the Torus is used. The initial concept was that of a ring of space stations that would serve as defense posts and fleet bases for the Earth defense armada; however, as time went of, each station was expanded, until someone decided to connect them together with the increasing number of space elevator anchors and industrial asteroid-mining stations, resulting in a multi-layered structure that acts as a city, with everything from food production and power generators to transport systems and biodomes. As imposing and grandiose as the ring is, its structural stability and overall utility has been called into question; it is however undeniably useful for ferrying large amounts of material via the maglev trains of the innermost ring, which is directly connected to the elevator anchors. The second innermost ring is dedicated to spacer habitation, administration and research; a large particle accelerator was constructed from 2287 to 2291, to take advantage of the Torus’ unique size and configuration for science experiments. The second outermost ring is wholly dedicated to industrial stations, with zero-gee microfabs and nanofoundries, as well as docks for captured asteroids. This is also where the shipyards building most of the Sol system’s ships are located, including military ships; in its entirety, its industrial output equates to about 70% of all industrial output in all of human-occupied space. This is also where most of the power is generated. Initially, the Torus’ power was beamed from planetside, from dedicated fusion and fission stations; as the technologies involved became ever more miniaturized however, more and more power stations were moved to the Torus, until the ring itself generated more power than the combined output of the planetside stations (and, indeed, most of the planet). At that point, many of the stations began to beam power to the surface, leading to the decommissioning of many planetside generators. The outermost ring is the most prominent, and is entirely dedicated to docking stations and military installations. Most of these are autonomous armed platforms mounting every conceivable weapon from missile platforms and point defenses to bomb-pumped nuclear lasers, as well as 13 displacement projectors powered by their own nuclear stations, by far the most potent arsenal in known space at the time; subsequent discoveries at what was to become SN 2155E put those claims down quickly however. One weapons system that is not included is the magnetic accelerator cannon (ironically, one of the first space-employed weapons created). The extreme power of the Earth Defense MACs gives the stations a certain instability which was deemed to be too hazardous for the Torus’ integrity, which is why they were never connected to it, and remained as individual stations. Because of this, most of the Earth is actually guarded by the less-prominent MAC stations, even though the Torus is widely considered the symbol of Earth’s supposed impregnability (for this reason, the Fleet’s emblem was modified to include it around the traditional Earth-and-eagle image as soon as 2263). By 2319, the ring was so well established that its cultural image was inseparable from the Earth’s, and neither would be represented without the other. Also around this time, in light of the events at SN 2155D, Horsead 12-8 and Arcadia, Imperial High Command began to consider further defensive options in the event of a full-scale attack. Two of these were implemented. The first was the supplementation of the Torus’ Amethyst generators with additional nuclear and Vacuum/Nilling reactors, and the construction of a dissemination network of satellites, that would spread the Amethyst field around the Earth, enveloping it in the shield (which, if fully activated, would have around thirteen trillion sides, +/- 8 billion). The second option was to use the Torus as a locus for a theoretical attempt to jump the Earth to a new location via a dedicated teleportation system of unparalleled size. The Amethyst sats would provide the other two loci, and the planetside power stations would be used in conjunction with the Torus reactors and the Nachtsonne station in Solar orbit to provide the necessary power for the event. It goes without saying that, as of this writing, such a thing has not yet been attempted; it is not even known if the system is ready for deployment, or what the consequences of such an act would be for the planet and its population. One projected outcome, however, is the certain loss of Luna, Earth’s moon, which would be left spinning alone through space. Not even this is an absolute certainty, however. Given the extreme importance the Moon has for the Earth’s economy and defense, it has been claimed quite insistently that the Fleet is in the process of fitting it with a transit circuit as well, one that would be situated beneath the lunar surface, to maintain its secrecy. Fleet officials have just as insistently declined any comment on the matter.