What Lurks at Midnight
It occurs to me that I know almost nothing about Rifts West Coast North America.
The only two books I have for the West are New West and Arzno. The New West just states California's major cities were wiped out and it's basically gone back to nature.It occurs to me that I know almost nothing about Rifts West Coast North America.
Speaking of which, here are some thoughts about which governments those are and their potential motives for trading or leaking technology.It's not so much a question of if their technology gets out as it is when. Besides those possibilities, as someone pointed out, there are going to have been agents of other governments in San Francisco, not all of whom are super concerned about not interfering. At least one will see some advantage to getting the technology out there.
Even disregarding various warrior cultures, there's plenty of opportunity for them to gain "honor and glory" on Rifts Earth and the other detailed dimensions. Imagine them finding out about the Four Horsemen in Africa or Wormwood? The Gargoyle War in Europe? Heck, they'd probably be among the few D-bees to look forward to an encounter with Coalition forces.Klingons - They could be potentially be tempted to help any "warrior cultures" they learn about and earns their respect by giving them weapons technology.
The ruins of Rifts San Francisco switching places with Fed Francisco seems logical. As for whether anyone would be able to tell what happened, considering the fact there would be plenty of ships in orbit observing the planet and the quality of Federation sensors, I'd assume they'd be able to determine quickly that some sort of dimensional displacement occurred....if the Senate, or whatever it's called, is in session then there's probably going to be at least one of every Federation member species on site. More than one, likely, counting their personal staff.
(What about the repercussions back home, where the government just got decapitated? Will they be able to tell it was a dimensional shift and not a massive phaser strike? Do they get the ruins of Rifts San Fran?)
No immediate plans to do so, no. I don't think I have enough in-depth Rifts knowledge to do it justice, to tell the truth. I just have the original core book and the Ultimate Edition. Beyond that, all my knowledge of the setting comes from what I've read about it on forums and reviews and summaries of the other books.Are you going to run this as a game, Watcher?
I've got to disagree with this assessment for two reasons:I don’t think the presence of the Feds would change much, really. They’d just be once more super-tech faction on a planet full of them. Their weapons are nothing special and they lack power armour. If they don’t make allies soon, they’ll probably eventually be conquered by the Coalition or destroyed by some vile monstrosity.