The First Robotech War, as seen in Robotech: The Macross Saga, was the first major conflict fought between humanity and an alien race known as the Zentraedi. The war centered around their attempts to capture the Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross (SDF-1) as it journeys back to Earth then makes a stand for humanity's sake. The SDF-1 contained a powerful mysterious device which the Zentraedi were supposed to recover for the Robotech Masters, but their leader, Dolza, planned to keep for himself.
The Global WarEditThroughout the 1990s, a Global War raged across the face of the Earth, with entire nations left completely devastated. While the war was fought primarily with conventional weapons, it grew in brutality and by the end of the decade the stage was set for what would surely be an inevitable global nuclear exchange. In July 1999, a massive alien spaceship crash landed on Macross Island in the South Pacific, an event that would lay the groundwork for the First Robotech War a decade later. The crash of this spaceship brought with it the realization that the threat of an alien invasion was a distinct possibility, in the wake of this new threat the nations of the world declared a ceasefire.
A supranational entity, the United Earth Government (UEG) was formed, it acted quickly to unify the warring factions in a massive effort to study and reconstruct the spacecraft. The United Earth Government came to influence many facets of everyday life, especially the world economy and military organizations. The UEG controled military preparation for a possible alien invasion as well as humanity's technological advancement, new governmental and military branches were formed, most notably the Robotech Defense Force (RDF). Over the next 10 years, an entire city sprang up on Macross Island to support the intensive endeavor surrounding the alien spaceship. In 2009, the ship was nearly completion and deemed ready to launch, it was designated the Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross (SDF-1).
Unknown to mankind until the eve of its planned launch, the Zentraedi had been searching quite some time for the ship and this day found the SDF-1 waiting for them on Earth.
Macross Island IncursionEdit
The First Robotech War began on the eve of the SDF-1's maiden flight, scheduled for July 1st 2009, when a large Zentraedi armada led by Commander Breetai arrived in the solar system seeking the lost ship. Upon detection, the SDF-1 began an automatic firing sequence that the crew could not shut down, the vessel's main reflex cannon destroyed two Salan-class scout ships 200,000 miles up. Unfortunately, the attack accomplished little beyond confirming the ship's location on the planet, and the Zentraedi began a coordinated assault in order to recover the battlefortress. They wasted no time in launching Drop Ships and deploying Battle Pods, followed by a brutal aerial attack with Tri-Thruster Fighters. A space engagement by two Armor (ARMD series) class carriers of the Orbital Fleet failed miserably against an enemy that was superior both in forces and space combat experience.
Amidst an urban battle between the Robotech Defense Forces, headed by Roy Fokker of Skull Squadron, and the Zentraedi in the streets of Macross City, the SDF-1 attempted to lift off. However, that proved perilously frustrating considering the first attempt found the ship's largely untested anti-gravity generators suddenly breaking free and causing the ship to plummet to the launch area with some damage. The second attempt with the ship's backup rockets was successful and the ship ascended.To attempt to outflank the enemy, the SDF-1's commander, Captain Henry J. Gloval ordered a space fold maneuver; however, as the fold system was never used before and the crew's training was entirely theoretical, they were not aware of how to use it inside a planet's gravity field, let alone at their relatively low altitude. The result was a botched jump that scooped up Macross Island and the surrounding ocean, including sea going vessels, along with the fortress and support space craft, then to make matters worse way overshot the intended destination on the dark side of the moon. The SDF-1 and its excess baggage materialized near the orbit of the dwarf planet Pluto, rescue operations commenced immediately to save the civilians in emergency shelters and the crews of the sea going vessels. Two civilians who would later play important roles in humanity's survival, Rick Hunter and Lynn Minmei, also became trapped in the bowls of the SDF-1. After attaching the capital ships, Daedalus and Prometheus, to the side airlocks, designed for the Armors to deliver supplies and personel, of the SDF-1, rebuilding Macross City inside the fortress gets underway as city's 70,000 inhabitants are relocated on board.
Refolding to Earth would be impossible as the fold system inexplicably vanished, forcing the ship to make the long voyage home by relying on conventional drives and orbital mechanics. Further complicating their situation and defense was the loss of essential conduit, along with the fold drive, needed to power the ship's main gun. To enable the weapon a modular transformation was devised, the ship would have to be dramatically reconfigured. Capt. Gloval had to hesitantly order this transformation while in battle, Macross City was damaged during the reconfiguration, forcing it to be rebuilt again in order to accommodate both modes.
Return from PlutoEdit
During the ship's one year journey the Zentraedi attacked constantly, damaging the ship and depleting both its defensive forces and civilian population. For the Zentraedi's part, the enemy was a maddeningly unpredictable foe; the initial engagement had them seemingly able to accurately fire the ship's reflex cannons to simultaneously destroy two ships as a first strike, but their follow up attack suggested that they had no idea how to competently wage war in space. However, humanity suddenly surprised them by pulling off a supposedly impossible extreme low-altitude space fold jump with the SDF-1 to outmaneuver them. Given that their orders were to capture the ship intact at all costs, that kind of opposition proved most frustrating.
Battle of Saturn's RingsEdit
The Zentraedi tracked the SDF-1 to its hiding place in the rings of Saturn. Captain Gloval attempted a blitzkrieg maneuver to take them past the alien armada. As the SDF-1 battles its way through, Rick Hunter takes part in his first official combat duty.
The fighting soon became too hard for the Terrans army, and battlepods began to attack the Battlefortress finding light opposition. For the first time, the crew of the SDF-1 used the Pin-point Barrier Defense System, a mobile energy shield capable of deflecting attacks. As Zentraedi attacks bounced off the Battlefortress, they began to attack much more fiercely, and soon the Pinpoint Barrier System operators were overwhelmed by the constant fire.
The situation took a disastrous turn when the SDF-1 emerged from hiding to fire their main reflex cannons, only to have the firing system malfunction completely. However, Lisa Hayes came up with an offensive strategy of her own to stop the main Zentraedi vessel: the Daedalus Maneuver. Concentrating all of the Pinpoint Barrier's energy into the tip of the Daedalus ship, the SDF-1 is able to penetrate the Salan-class Heavy Cruiser by literally punching into it. Once achieved, the main forward hatch would open and a group of destroids, under the command of Col. Maistroff, would launch a barrage of missiles inside the ship. This attack proved successful and the enemy ship was destroyed it from the inside, and bringing the battle to an end.
The Daedalus Maneuver and the Pin-point Barrier Defense System proved to be very effective means of attack and defense respectively. However, those maneuvers prove to raise the desire of Commander Breetai to secure the battlefortress intact.
Battle of MarsEditAfter the Battle of Saturn's Rings, the Zentraedi fleet commanded by Breetai emerged from hyperspace above Mars. Breetai decided to set an ambush for the SDF-1. He also called up for reinforcement – the 7th Mechanized Division of the Botoru Fleet. Exedore is alarmed at this turn of events. The Botoru division is commanded by Khyron, a ruthless Zentraedi warlord who has earned himself the nickname “Backstabber”. Khyron’s motto is victory at all costs – even at the unnecessary risk of his own men. Breetai agrees that Khyron’s measures are extreme at best, but so far, the warlord’s division has remained undefeated. Breetai cannot afford to lose the SDF-1 and decided that Khyron would be ideal to capture the ship.
The plan was simple in nature; since the Mars Base Sara was the most accessible installation, albeit abandoned, to the SDF-1 after the months long voyage, it seemed logical that the ship would land there for a resupply. As such, the Zentraedi landed there before the ship and planted gravity mines that would prevent the ship from launching from the area. Thus immobilized, ground forces would move in, eliminate the micronian forces and seize the ship.
Unaware of this trap, the SDF-1 attained orbit around Mars, trying to establish contact with Sara base. Lisa Hayes is particularly interested in reaching Sara since her fiancé, Karl Riber, was stationed at the observation post. Captain Gloval landed the battlefortress close to the base itself. He deployed a company of destroids to secure available supplies. Veritech fighters are launched to observe the area and cover the transport vehicles. Lisa requests permission to leave the ship and check out the base personally. Gloval cautions her to be careful and allows her to go.While Lisa explores the abandoned base, and the last of the supplies are being loaded on the SDF-1, the Zentraedi were waiting in hiding to attack as soon as the Gravity Mines were powered up sufficiently to hold the ship; however, a Zentraedi soldier became impatient and impulsively broke ranks to begin the attack. Khyron immediately shot him down to maintain discipline, but that proved a serious mistake; the human forces detected the explosion and sent a recon unit to investigate. That unit sighted the waiting forces and Captain Gloval, realizing the ship was about to be ambushed, ordered an immediate evacuation. Khyron also realized he inadvertently alerted the micronians and ordered his forces to advance at once hoping that the mines were sufficiently powered to hold the ship for them. This turned out to be the case and the ship was unable to escape, and its tripulants find themselves in a desperate situation.
Captain Gloval contacted Lisa at Sara Base. He told Lisa to find the base's reflex furnace controls and place them in overdrive, in hopes that the resulting explosion would disrupt the gravity mines allow the ship to escape. Lisa followed through, but for additional reasons; Riber was nowhere to be found and the profoundly heartbroken Lisa had no desire to live. At the last minute with Captain Gloval alarmed by Hayes' failure to return to the ship, Lt. Rick Hunter was ordered to extract the officer over her protests. Hunter had to forcibly carry her out and they escaped with no time to spare. The base explodes, destroying the Gravity Mines, and allowing the SDF-1 to take off.
The battle proves to be a significant moral boost for those living in the battlefortress. Khyron, who has never been defeated before, vows revenge, and thus begins his fanatical hatred for the Micronians that would drive him to repeated attempt to destroy the SDF-1, regardless of his superiors' order to leave it intact. In contrast, Rick Hunter is decorated for his bravery and promoted to command his own fighter group, with Maximilian Sterling and Ben Dixon as his wingmen, much to Hayes' disapproval.
Return to EarthEditEventually the SDF-1 returned to Earth and Captain Gloval requested the United Earth Government to disembark the surviving 70,000 civilians from on board the fortress. The government and the military, led by Admiral Hayes (father of the SDF-1's executive officer Lisa Hayes), refused the request, since they had declared that Macross Island and Macross City were destroyed in an attack by Anti-Unification League guerrillas after the departure of the SDF-1 to cover-up the war against the aliens. Furthermore, they refused to accept the reports of the overwhelming numerical superiority of the aliens and rationalized the eyewitness accounts as enemy deceptions to demoralize them. They even planned to cow the enemy with a decisive blow from their massive great cannon (later named Grand Cannon) which they were convinced was of greater firepower than what the Zentraedi possessed, despite knowledgeable warnings that was most definitely not the case. Captain Gloval defied the orders and began a series of low-altitude flights over populated areas to discredit the official story and force the government to accept the civilians. When a battle with the Zentraedi caused the destruction of a city in the Ontario Quadrant, a previous offer by the Ontario government to grant asylum to the civilians was withdrawn, and the United Earth Government banished the SDF-1 from Earth.
Zentraedi InfiltrationEditIn the meantime, the Zentraedi began to be affected by Earth's culture, an irresistible force for a race bred solely for war. This contamination caused mass dissent amongst the Zentraedi ranks, which proved to be SDF-1's salvation in its darkest hours of the war. The first such occurrence happened when Breetai (reinstated after Azonia's own failure to succeed and in command of the elite Zentraedi Imperial fleet of over one million warships) and Exedore developed a plan to lure the SDF-1 into using the Daedalus Maneuver on a decoy Zentraedi ship. Once the bow of the Daedalus opened inside the Zentraedi ship, an ambush party led by Khyron attacked and destroyed the Destroids before they could open fire. The ambush party then entered the SDF-1 through the Daedelaus and wreaked havok throughout Macross City.
While the ship's forces desperately fought to stop the attack, the cultural contamination came into play. As the ambush party was proceeding, Khyron overheard conversation by his troops about finding "Lynn Minmei", the Micronian singer that secretly captivated many in the fleet. When the commander asked what they were referring to, the answer revealed the contamination. At this, Khyron went berserk and began to attack and chase his own troops throughout the ship's city area. This activity threw Breetai's boarding operation into total chaos, which allowed the Micronians to drive out the invaders, but Macross City suffered significant damage as a result of the attack. However, there was some consolation that the ship's structure and defences were left intact. Furthermore, the ship's crew found a small number of micronized Zentraedi who were defecting to them and they supplied invaluable insight about the enemy such as the startling fact that the genetic structure of both species was virtually identical.
TruceEditThe second occurrence of cultural contamination was when the Zentraedi's top pilot, Miriya Parino, who had insisted on infiltrating the ship with a secret agenda to kill her Micronian counterpart, Maximillian Sterling, had instead fallen into love with him and agreed to marry him immediately. Captain Gloval agreed to this and organized a grand wedding ceremony not only to further influence the enemy certain to be observing this, but also to rally his crew and passengers to strive for a peaceful settlement of the war. However, the reports of cultural contamination of the Imperial Fleet prompted Zentraedi Supreme Commander Dolza to cut his losses and risk the wrath of the Robotech Masters by ordering an all out attack on the SDF-1 to destroy it with all hands.
However, that same contamination saved the ship when Miriya insisted on joining her husband into battle and convinced him to strike a special target on the battlepod that left it crippled, but otherwise intact with its life support system functional. Commander Rick Hunter realized what his wingman was doing and joined in this merciful gesture along with many of his comrades as a means to face certain defeat with an honorable attempt to encourage peace. This proved more valuable than they realized as many Zentraedi, already growing attached to micronian culture, saw this activity as the last straw and began to mutiny throughout the fleet. Horrified at the unthinkable insubordination and social breakdown that contact with the Micronians was causing, Commander Breetai called off the attack in defiance of Dolza's orders and sought a truce with the SDF-1.
The Rain of DeathEditWhen Breetai's approached the SDF-1, there was some initial mistrust severe enough to have the Micronian's newly repaired main gun on a hair trigger. Again, Khyron nearly ruined the incident by launching an unauthorized attack on the ship that almost provoked the Micronians to fire. Only when Breetai had the fighter group destroyed were they convinced that the peace offering was serious. As Exedore parlayed with the SDF-1 crew, Dolza assembled the Grand Fleet to eradicate Humanity and the corrupted Zentraedi. When Exedore was informed of this development, he immediately advised the Micronian ship to flee the solar system, which the loyal humans rejected out of hand. As Gloval's ship and the dissident Zentraedi led by Breetai and Azonia prepared for battle, Khyron fled against the seemingly impossible odds. Almost five million Zentraedi warships folded to Earth in response to Dolza's orders. The Grand Fleet began a massive planetary bombardment of Earth, an event that would later be classified as the Zentraedi Holocaust, eradicating almost every large population center and devastating most of the planetary surface. The area devastated was "95% of the Earth's surface". Another account from the supreme commander of the planet's forces later quantifies the devastation by numbering some "70,000 survivors of the Zentraedi Holocaust." Alaska Base, which survives the initial attack, fires its superweapon - The Grand Cannon, which destroys a large portion of the Zentraedi fleet. Following this attack, the SDF-1 and the allied Zentraedi Imperial Fleet launched an attack of their own, using the music of Lynn Minmei to confuse the forces of the Grand Fleet. Unfortunately, an attempt for a second firing of the damaged Grand Cannon at Alaska Base resulted in a massive explosion that killed much of the remaining staff of the base, including Admiral Hayes.
The SDF-1, using a modified Daedalus attack, blasts its way into Dolza's massive planetoid homebase. After travelling through a seemingly endless sea of metal, the SDF-1 reaches the inner core, before launching its entire quantity of missiles at the base's one weak point - its massive Reflex furnace; before engaging its defense barrier to maximum power. Dolza, now with a look of terror on his face, is last seen watching a video of Minmei singing "We Will Win" before the planetoid homebase explodes, with enough force to destroy the rest of the Zentraedi fleet, ending the First Robotech War.
The SDF-1 landed on Earth, and New Macross City was founded around the battered ship, signaling the beginning of the Reconstruction Era. For the next two years humans and the allied Zentraedi under Breetai worked together to rebuild the planet. The Robotech Defense Force (RDF), led now by Admiral Gloval, established itself as the planet's primary military force, leading the recovery efforts. Breetai took command of the remaining Zentraedi forces, now loyal to Earth. In June 2013, the Breetai commands a joint-mission which proves successful in capturing the last remaining Zentraedi Satellite factory. The factory's facilities enable the construction of new ships and technology to aid in the rebuilding of Earth.Unfortunately, while some Zentraedi are able to adapt, many are simply unable to overcome their lifetime's conditioning as warriors and grew dissatisfied with civilian life while lusting for war. Beginning in March 2013, the Zentraedi began a series of violent incidents against human civilians, the cumination of which would later be known as the Malcontent Uprisings. Desperate for a solution, Gloval begins assigning Zentraedi Control Zones. Commanders Khyron and Azonia, who had laid low for almost two years since their ship crashed on Earth following the war, were particularly active by leading a rebel Zentraedi movement against the RDF. Khyron becomes the self-appointed leader of the rebels and begins to implement his plan to regain the Zentraedi's former glory. In May 2013, Khyron's forces begin launching a series of terrorist attacks against human population centers such as New Portland. In July 2013, Khyron's rebel forces stage a full-scale assault on New Detroit and seize a resizing chamber, which they bring back to their home base. Using the chamber, Khyron begins turning dissatisfied micronized Zentraedi back into warrior giants, and his ranks continue to swell. After a failed attempt to ransom Lynn Minmei and Lynn Kyle for the SDF-1, his forces launch an assault on New Macross City in December 2013 and successfully steal a Protoculture Storage Matrix to power his flagship. The attack causes significant damage to life and property as Khyron detonates bombs hidden throughout the city. Despite this tragedy, the holiday festivities push on.
The Battle on Macross CityEditIn January 2014, aboard the bridge of the SDF-1, Admiral Gloval began debriefing Lisa Hayes on her new assignment. Under his special initiative, Hayes was to take command of the newly completed Super Dimension Fortress-2 Megalord (SDF-2), and lead the search for the homeworld of the Robotech Masters. Gloval insists that to ensure a long-lasting peace they must destroy their capacity to make war. Lisa accepts her new commission. Meanwhile, Khyron and Azonia, with their warship repaired and their army stronger than ever, decide that, before leaving Earth, they must destroy the SDF-1 for revenge. During the initial attack, Khyron's warship fires its main gun and a swath of New Macross City is obliterated and the newly completed (though never seen) SDF-2 takes a direct hit. Khryon's forces also fire vollies of missiles at the city, causing even more damage. The Robotech Defense forces, led by squad leaders Rick Hunter, Max Sterling and Miriya Parina Sterling launch a counterattack against the rebel fighters while the SDF-1, under the command of Admiral Henry J. Gloval and with the assistance of his bridge crew, are able to launch the SDF-1 a short distance into the air. Using all of its remaining power, the SDF-1 is able to fire one shot with its main cannon, crippling Khyron's ship.
Even with his ship crippled, Khyron decides that he must still have his revenge - even at the cost of his own life. After discovering that his ship's navigation system is still operational, he turns to Azonia and says that they can still have their revenge but "it requires a sacrifice. Are you prepared to face it with me?" to which Azonia replies "It will be glorious." Holding hands, the two rig their warship for a collision course with the SDF-1. The SDF-1, now fully drained of power, is unable to defend itself.The Robotech Defense forces throw everything they have at Khyron's ship, but they are unable to stop it. The collision and resulting explosion destroyed the SDF-1, killing Admiral Gloval, Commander Claudia Grant and bridge operators Sammie Porter and Kim Young. One known survivor, Lisa Hayes, was pushed into the only remaining functioning escape pod by Admiral Gloval. Lisa and Rick Hunter then reunite and the pair finally confess their affection for one another, at the same time reconcilng their differences with Lynn Minmei. Shortly after, the remaining RDF forces begin the evacuation of New Macross City, fearing contamination from the radioactive fallout from the battle. The survivors are relocated to neighboring cities.
The most notable effect on the Earth in the aftermath of the First Robotech War was the devastation of its surface and the decimation of its population. The population of the Earth was reduced from six billion in 2009 to a listed 70,000 survivors in the immediate aftermath of the Zentraedi orbital bombardment in 2011. Fortunately, SDF-1 survived and landed with its population of Macross City inside, with the support of Breetai's fleet, providing the basis of a fully equipped technological civilization to restore order to the planet. The sudden introduction of starships, protoculture and Robotechnology to Earth led to a renaissance of sorts, as humanity, under the Gloval Initiative, strove to build a space fleet to take the war to the alien enemy should Earth come under attack again. In addition, it was found that the planet's ecosystem was recovering faster and with more vigor than the scientific community anticipated. As Earth recovers, a new civilization slowly emerges from the devastation as cities expand, industry and technology advance, and the population grows rapidly.
During the Reconstruction Era, the re-established United Earth Government (UEG) approved the Gloval Initiative, which prompted a massive fleet building effort for extra-solar missions, establishing an expeditionary force then laying the ground work for the Pioneer Mission and its militarized counterpart, the Expeditionary Mission.
The Rise of the Southern CrossEdit
Over the next fifteen years, the survivors of the Zentraedi Holocaust began forming into their own independent feudal colonies. The United Earth Government, together with the Global Military Police, tried their best to maintain control in the wastelands of post-apocalyptic Earth. When the bulk of the Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF) left Earth to establish a new society in deep space in 2022, many felt the Earth was left without a stable military. The Earth looked to Commander Anatole Leonard of Task Force Southern Cross, who had led a successful campaign against renegade Zentraedi during the Malcontent Uprisings was tasked to take command Earth's defenses. Time will tell if they could survive the coming Second Robotech War.