The Greenland Base Incident

The Greenland Base Incident

From 2093 to 2099, the Second Gen constructed an elongated dam at the mouth of the expansive freshwater bay of inland Greenland. It was done after ships from the newly forming North American Union, fired on ships from Jungwa, in an attempt to control the freshwater cache that had formed from the melting of continental shelf-ice and glaciers. An enormous statue was erected on that dam covering the small entry into Greenland’s bay, depicting Second-Gen Hizak Po Banto, the former Committee member who had advocated settlement of the northernmost polar caps.

On January 1, 2128, a Ramaxian delegation led by Fifth-Gen Committee Member, Laxum Wram, sailed up the Congo Strait and landed in New Rome to request an audience with the Eurislam Parliament. Standing before their leaders, some of them men, Wram proposed to reestablish balance to the meridional overturning circulation, by restoring salinity to the Gulf Stream current. Helovx scientists questioned why the Femmar, a glacial species, would be so quick to restore the Gulf Stream; its current state of near-nonexistence allowed the shallow sea over continental Europe to remain cold in winter. Wram explained that a frozen world wasn’t crucial to her species survival. Seeing the benefits of an Atlantic Ocean without constant hurricanes, and a return of predictable seasonal weather, Eurislam leaders supported the plan but remained averse to the open homosexuality displayed by the Femmar. Interaction would be at a minimum, and this suited both sides.

At the end of June 2128, a floating Ramaxian base appeared two miles south of the Greenland Bay Dam. In January of 2129, engineers from the African Trisect (the men among them were turned away) became the first helovx to enter a Ramaxian base. The women got to know the the Bizaki, Hizaki, and Marixi, stationed there, and were exposed to technology more advanced than their ancestors had known, at their height of their 21st-century civilization. The women witnessed the boring into an undersea alley between Iceland Peak, and Greenland’s eastern coast. Suddenly, on July 22, the women were abruptly escorted from the base and sailed back to the Trisect. The dam at Greenland Hydrothermal was locked down and appeared all but abandoned, by August.

In mid-September, the North American Union sent troops to investigate the abandoned dam; many men died trying to traverse its walls. When the NAU moved exploratory ships around the waters of the floating base and discovered the undersea work zone. Eurislamic officials warned them against interfering. The NAU, certain that the Femmar acquired their legendary “balls of unlimited energy” from the Earth, set about studying the deep borehole on the seafloor.

In October of that year, a request for information was sent to Ramaxia by Eurislam politician Helga Althausen; she wanted to know if anything was wrong with the staff at the base and expressed concern about their welfare. Ubo Banto, the Bizak running Port Antarctica during hibernation season, was touched by the woman’s concern for the Femarctic engineers and scientists and issued a response saying “all is well. Steer clear of the base; we will remotely reactivate in December.” Upon notification of Banto’s response, the NAU chose not to recognize Banto’s position or her authority and immediately set about sending equipment into the hole. Finding nothing but warm water at the bottom, the NAU lacked the resources to go deeper. Remaining in position, their commander devised a plan to dive under the floating base, and find a way in through its filtration systems. The plan approved by his superiors, the timetable for completion was eight months.

The femmar returned to Greenland Hydrothermal on December 10, 2129. Bizak scientists sent a message via radio-wave (at that time, this was the helovx only course of communication) to the NAU exploratory ships over the bore cavity. They warned that once their operations began, the base would be unsafe, and the waters between the Peak and the coast, unstable. Rather than respond on the same radio channel, representatives from the NAU sent an eight-man team to the gate of Greenland Hydrothermal, where they were rebuked by Marixi guards, for failing to have female representation.

At fifteen minutes to midnight on December 22, 2129, the base over the volcanic mountain that was Iceland Peak, imploded. Designed to serve as an impactor, the base tore down into the borehole made within the Peak’s submerged mass. The bedrock connecting the Peak to Greenland’s coast collapsed to form a natural trench in the sea floor. A current of hot water from beneath the planet’s crust drifted through the channel, where it continues to this day, seeping slowly into the Gulf Stream.

The NAU lost all ships and men during the upheaval. The severe hurricane’s that had plagued the Atlantic since the mid-21st century stabilized into seasonal patterns by the 2150’s. While the shallow seas of continental Europe saw less ice formation in winter, the waters of the Arctic Circle began developing permanent ice-packs, lowering oceanic levels throughout the Northern Hemisphere.