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    Since I race for the Qirex Team, FX400, means I race as Nadia Elenova? Or the second Pilot? ^^

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    The Story of the F9000
    Part 2 - The Circus in Full Swing


    The F9000 AG Racing League is most commonly considered the most dramatic era of AG racing in history, for better or for worse. While it did take the sport into its most extravagant and exciting era in terms of action, but turned into a very political one that conflicted with the very nature of the sport itself. It came about from Overtel’s ambition since the inaugural season to control the League and make it into a multi-trillion dollar business, which it eventually did following the death of the father of Anti-Gravity, Pierre Belmondo. But as the inaugural F9000 season came in 2156, the seeds were already sown for its downfall. Nonetheless, the League did provide some of the most memorable moments of AG history that are celebrated even today.

    The first ever F9000 race took place at the Temtesh Bay mining facility in Central Australia in early 2156. The track was met with great acclaim from both fans and the majority of critics, but some did question several aspects including racing whilst the mine was actively operating, the long distance from major centres and the potential to have the track enter the mine tunnels themselves. Furthermore, the makeup of the grid was dramatically different from the previous season: the inclusion of four new teams (Van-Über, G-Tech, EG-R and Xios), as well as disappearance of AG Systems, cause quite a few critics to question the legality of this new League. But these questions were quickly quashed as the first race came to a close. And with it, the birth of a new legend: Natasha Belmondo.

    Belmondo, as the name suggests, is the great-great-granddaughter of Pierre Belmondo. In fact, Belmondo passed away several hours after witnessing Natasha’s birth. As such, Natasha was destined for a career in AG racing. But contrary to expectations that she would nurture her talents as a racer in Europe via FEISAR, she moved to the United States when she was 18 to pursue her career there, whether or not it meant joining up to Auricom. Sure enough, she was hired by Auricom as part of their F9000 program, to reorganise the team to compete competitively in the new league, along with German pilot Pascale Rouser.

    Belmondo would prove to be a force during the 2156 season, eventually winning the season over Auricom’s new arch-rivals, Tigron. The only flaw in her near-perfect season was a retirement at the third round at Cubiss Float. But, as predicted, the results of the season were quite heavily dependent on the amount of eliminations during a race. A new rule introduced in regards to point scoring allowed pilots to be awarded two points for each pilot they take out during a race. This resulted in 37 eliminations over the course of the year: the number of eliminations over the previous 6 years combined and the highest total of eliminations in a year total. This caused the Anti-Gravity Federation (AGF) attempt to launch an investigation to quell the need for eliminations. However, this was rebuked by the F9000 International Federation of Anti-Gravity Racing (F9000), claiming it was a knee-jerk reaction to the dramatically different nature of the F9000 in contrast to the F7200.

    Sure enough, the F9000 did a good job in making sure that the on-track carnage was extravagant, but made sure the pilots weren’t harmed as they were the stars of the show, particularly Belmondo. Belmondo would nearly clean sweep 2157 (again, she failed to finish Cubiss Float), then took out the 2158 title at the final race against a resurgent Piranha, lead by Tibetian pilot Myima Tsarong. Coming into the final round at Florion Heights, Tsarong looked set to take her first tile having won all but one of the preceding races. However, the eliminations saw Belmondo and Finnish Xios pilot Sigrid Nikula with chances to steal the title away. Sure enough, Belmondo won followed by Tsarong and Nikula, but the elimination of FEISAR pilot Carlos Beneto gave Belmondo the two points she needed to win the title by one point.

    What was even more dramatic was Belmondo’s shock decision to sign with Xios for 2159. Although her reasons were innocent enough, it did not stop Xios’ Director-General, Didier Humeau, to openly mock Auricom as a “has-been” now that Belmondo has “abandoned” them. This attitude helped influence Auricom’s stance during this era as the “evangelical defenders of (Pierre) Belmondo’s vision”, which would continue until the era’s demise. Whether for better or for worse, Belmondo’s signing saw Xios immediately jump from the midpack to the front of the grid taking the 2159 title, again by one point over Tigron’s Omarr Khumala.

    However, as everyone’s eyes were firmly fixed onto Belmondo, no-one was expecting an announcement by perennial backmarkers FEISAR: the record signing of young British pilot Daniel Johnson. Johnson, at 24, was one off a group of up-and-coming pilots that were entering the F9000 as the last of the old F7200 pilots were retiring. Despite never having anything to do with FEISAR before, Johnson agreed to be the team’s number one signing a $1.02 billion contract for five years: the biggest ever and very unusual for a team that strive in promoting their own pilots. Xavier Menendez, FEISAR’s Director of Operations, claimed that “...the dramatic changes in pilot recruitment, economics and ship development have forced us to look at signing established pilots over pilot development in the short term. But this does not change FEISAR’s overall strategy and we will be looking at how to change our pilot development program to suit this new era.” This change was a short-lived baby recruitment policy.

    Johnson’s signing immediately gave FEISAR an edge. This was proved quickly when Johnson won the opening race of the 2160 season by a good distance over Omarr Khumala, with Belmondo in third. Similar results were seen at the next race in Nevada, but it was a surprise win by Pascale Rouser in the Auricom at Temtesh Bay which saw Johnson pull a 12-point lead over Khumala. From this point on, Johnson was untouchable. He would be quick out of the gate, a testament to his LS-59207’s speed and thrust, and hold onto this lead as the rest of the pack take each other out. At the end of the final round at Mandrashee, Johnson had given FEISAR their first ever League Championship after 118 years of trying.

    Johnson would continue his strong run and take the 2161 title for FEISAR as well, solidifying FEISAR as one of the top teams of this era. However, the only flaw in FEISAR's success was that Johnson was the only pilot competing for race wins. In 2160, his teammate Carlos Beneto could only manage 12th whilst his 2161 replacement, Zack Graham (grandson of 3-time F7200 champion Austin Graham), struggled in his first season only managing 3 points. This was something Xios, with Belmondo and Austrian Zala Wollf (granddaughter of 2-time F5000 champion Dieter Wollf), was able to do in 2162 and '63, with the pilots' title going to Wollf and Belmondo (for the 5th time) respectively.

    However, the success and exposure of the League started to get out of control even for Overtel. The development of the ships was spiralling out of control and there had been some fears of pilot safety, particularly after the introduction of super weapon licences in 2161. During the Mexican round of the 2162 season, Finnish Van-Über pilot Marcus Virtanen was found unconscious after he was eliminated by a grenade from Sveta Kirovski (Tigron), which caused Virtanen's ZR-350 MK.3000 to spin into a boulder at the second open section. He fully recovered, but it showed the potential of injury if similar circumstances happened on a long straight, like at Katmoda 12.

    Furthermore, in 2162, the Anti-Gravity Purity Coalition was formed by hardcore fans to undermine the League. They believed that the sport was being spoilt by the excessive use of weapons and elaborate track design. As such, they attempted to exploit and unmask the F9000 of their irresponsible control over the league to persuade the fans to demand changes to bring the sport back to before the F9000. But time and time again, they were rebuffed by Barret Liddell, the F9000 Chairman, claiming that the sport was never better or that the protestors were speaking nonsense. However, just the fact the Coalition was there was a good sign as the extravagance of the F9000 could be controlled to an extent.

    However, even the presence of the Coalition wasn't enough to dictate what was next. At the third round of the 2164 season at Temtesh Bay, an explosion from Daniel Johnson's super missile cause the collapse of the mine section of the 2nd variant of the track. This incident, and the subsequent explosion resulting from the self destruct of both EG-Rs caused the deaths of six pilots and numerous marshals. The disaster also cause the retirements of Johnson, due to being paralysed as a result of the disaster, Tsarong and Wollf. EG-R would not return to racing until 2166.

    The disaster was the final straw for the AGF, which along with an Australian Royal Commission investigating the incident, announced they had emergency control of the League in league with the original mandates signed between the AGF and the original AGRC Race Commission back in 2044. They announced that Super Weapons will be banned indefinitely, all development of F9000 craft frozen and strict revisions of all F9000 tracks to make sure they’re safe to race.

    However, these changes were nothing compared to what the series would end up.

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    I'm waiting for more information about 2214 FX350/400 Racing League...

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    The Story of the F9000
    Part 3 - The Fall

    The 2164 Temtesh Bay Disaster very nearly destroyed AG racing forever if it wasn't for the swift efforts by the Anti-Gravity Federation (AGF). But if the F9000 was abolished then, there would've been mixed emotions for the entire AG community. The F9000 had drastically changed the nature of the sport to becoming, in essence, a modern gladiatorial spectacle that was sure to bewilder fans. However, in doing that, did bring the sport into its most controversial period as it battled with AG purists, including the Anti-Gravity Purity Coalition, over how the sport should run. Little id that know that Temtesh Bay was only the start of the downfall.

    Within minutes of the disaster, the AGF President, Seo Ki-woo, contacted Barret Liddel (who was at Temtesh Bay at the time), demanding he travel to the AGF's headquarters in Paris for emergency talks. These talks resulted in the invocation of the AGF's emergency powers that were initially outlined when the AGRC (and in turn the AGF) was first commissioned in 2044. These had been changed over the years, but the basic plan of placing the AGF in charge of absolutely all matters regarding the AGRC for an unspecified time. As such, the F9000 Federation was suspended indefinitely and Liddel facing a tribunal by the AGF as well as attend the investigations set by an Australian Royal Commission into the Temtesh Bay Disaster.

    An investigatory panel was established to see what changes need to be implemented if the F9000 was to continue. This panel contained several respectable faces of AG racing, including past champions Laughlan Ivers and Simo Lukic. After four months of investigations, the panel resulted in these recommendations:

    • Super Weapons and development of Super Weapons are forbidden. All in-house weapon development faculties are to be shut down indefinitely.
    • All weapon contractors are to commit to a full AGF and OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) review if they are to continue to supply weapons to the league.
    • All circuits are to meet a strict AGF review based on length, obstacles, personnel safety & safety procedures.
    • All craft development is frozen for five years pending an AGF plan on the rate of craft development.
    • All current and future pilots participate in education courses on pilot safety.

    Naturally, this brought criticism from the pro-F9000 community claiming these demands were too harsh. In hindsight, the AGF's recommendations were almost knee-jerk reactions towards the disaster and the attitude towards the League as a whole. This was the first time the AGF had a direct involvement in AGRC affairs since Overtel gained control of the league 32 years previously.

    Alas, only several aspects of the recommendations were immediately implemented: Super Weapons disappeared forever and several track configurations were either destroyed, modified or caught up in legal problems to justify their legality. As such, only three races were run for the 2165 season, which was won by Natasha Belmondo for the sixth time despite not winning a single race. In 2166, Temtesh Bay was given the green light to race, as well as Cubiss Float in Switzerland and Alca Vexus in Mexico returning to the calendar. EG-R also returned to the League after skipping 2165, as well as the rise to prominence of Zack Vilma.

    Vilma was thrust into the F9000 prematurely in 2164 to replace the late Jann Shlaudecker at Piranha, having been long associated with the young Brazilian's career. Whist 2164 and '65 hadn't been broadly successful, he did keep up constant point scoring positions, including his first win at the new Vohl Square 1 course. Very quickly, Vilma fell within good favour of Piranha's director Aries Piermont, and the two would struck up a strong friendship until Piermont's death.

    This special bond would see Vilma given a special craft for 2166 that was tuned to best suit his flying style. This potential was realised at Florion Hieghts where Vilma lapped half the pack and eliminate two others to score a memorable second win. However, the consistency of the defending champion Belmondo was a big threat to Vilma's championship hopes. Coming into the final round at Vohl Square 2, Vilma was only 4 points behind Belmondo and knew that a win would nearly guarantee him the title, so long as Belmondo finished third or lower. Sure enough, Belmondo lead for the majority of the race, but a well timed Gravity bomb by Vilma saw Belmondo lose several positions and would've gave Vima the title. However, an elimination along with her 4th place finish saw her equal with Vilma, but Vlima's 3 wins against Belmondo's two made Vilma the first Brazilian champion in almost 50 years. Vilma dedicated the win to his former team-mate Shlaudecker.

    As much as it seemed the sport was getting better, behind the scenes it was only getting back to what it used to be. The pressure on the AGF and the influence of Overtel saw different aspect of the recommendations to be warped or completely forgotten: teams were allowed to resume craft development in 2167 without the AGF's framework "claiming" the AGF had discussed the framework with the teams and a scheme for pilot education was completely forgotten. There were even plans in the works for new circuits to be built at places like Japan and on Mars to the old standard pre-2164.

    Something had to give, and that something was Auricom. Finally fed up of Overtel's influence of the sport, Gideon Oldfield announced in January 2168 that Auricom will withdraw from the F9000, claiming irregularities in the rules made the sport unviable for the team. Although it had been long speculated that Auricom would leave since the F9000 was announced, but the decision to leave for real shocked the AG community, and prompted Overtel to look at the sport in detail. Over the course if 2168 and '69, Overtel laid plans to settle the sport down to a more manageable level to entice Auricom to return. Some of these changes were to take effect for the 2170 season.

    Not wanting to leave quietly, Auricom pulled all their resources to make sure that the Series 4 T-808 was unbeatable. Sure enough, Pascale Rouser (who was with Auricom throughout the F9000 era) dominated 2168 with three wins and a second for good measure. Albeit in the shadow of his teammate, Mexico's Marco Cortez scored enough point to help Auricom take the constructor's title from Xios. Oldfield's last words to Humeau, and to the rest of the F9000 were "This started with us; so it'll end with us", hinting at the League's mortality. Van-Über would follow at the end of the following season.

    Thus, the 2170 F9000 looked to be a new page in the F9000 story: all the crafts had reached the zenith of their current designs (which dated to the start of the league in 2156) and a new battle was taking place between Vilma, Belmondo and Australian Zack Graham, grandson of world champion Austen. The first three round of the year were evenly matched between the three, but Vilma got the edge over his rivals at Mandrashee and Cubiss Float, giving him a 2 point lead heading into the penultimate round of the season at Alca Vexus. However, whilst the race was starting, the Anti-Gravity Purity Coalition appeared with staggering news.

    The Coalition had acquired and extensive amount of incriminating evidence against Overtel, accusing them of gross corruption spanning several decades, and in particular the roughing of the F9000 to suit their ambitions. Images of these files were stream to all broadcasters of the race amongst other news stations. Knowing of the potential threat of retaliation by the crowd on the race, it was immediately halted within minutes of the start (all of the craft were stationary on the grid anyway) and all the teams evacuated to their respective bases.

    What followed saw not only the fall of the League, but very nearly destroyed the economic world as it was known (Overtel's reach had been extensive). the U.S. Marshalls raided Overtel's global headquarters within hours of the story breaking to find a fair majority of the Ovetel executives, including Barrett Liddel, had suicided to avoid prosecution. Even then, they could not be directly maid accountable of Overtel's corruption (the most executive member arrested was a deputy editor of an advertising firm). However, the evidence supplied by the Coalition, some of which was excluded for being tampered with by the Coalition, created the biggest lawsuit in history with a total of 125 companies and organisations involved in Overtel's corruption. With each company blaming the other, and others attempting in vain to consolidate themselves, value on these companies fell dramatically thereby collapsing the world economy, and rioting in streets against the corporations and police saw many governments fell, especially in Russia against The Brotherhood, thereby creating a new world order and ten year of economic hardship.

    AG racing was promptly banned, with it being labelled as a "corrupt money-making machine that does not resemble any athletic sport before or since. If it was, then it was a thin veneer on top of a desire to scam and cheat the vulnerable of money by fat cats claiming it to be 'in the name of science'". Seo Ki-woo was sacked by the United Nations after it was found that his neglect of the series, both before and after Temtesh Bay, and the AGF was reorganised to remove any reference or relation to competition or advanced technological research, and a focus on commercial maintenance. All the teams were punished to varying degrees, with the likes of FEISAR and Auricom paying fines and/or supervised by their respective governments, to the collapse and shut down of G-Tech and Tigron, two of the biggest cohorts in the corruption scandal.

    By the time 2172 rolled around, AG racing was dead and banished from ever returning. Not that anyone had the resources to hold any races as most of the world was still fighting or had started rebuilding itself after the Fall of the F9000. Some countries even banned AG motor vehicles for private use and severely punished those in possession of one. But alas, as the world calmed down by the end of the decade, many a fan found old AG craft and secretly rebuilt them, giving birth to amateur AG races in remote locations, which saw the sport steadily rise in popularity. Of course, this groundswell would manifest itself into the AG Rebirth Festival in 2185, commemorating 150 years of AG travel, and the FX150 Amateur Leagues before professional AG racing returned in 2197.

    As much as the F9000 had shocked and awed those who saw them, it eventually became plagued by its own success and in desperate need of a reboot. The irony of this is that despite what problems it gave, the Fall of the F9000 was the best thing that could happen to the sport as it cleared all the overhangs that hampered the sport since its inception and gave rise to a proper sport that Pierre Belmondo would've wanted.

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    Well written and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    stevie

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    Sob, sob...beautiful...sob Pierre finally got what he wanted...sob.

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    My Champions Roll (sorry but this was the best thread I could find)
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...tpReeWNIE/view

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    @NeroIcaras - I just sent a request to access your file. The address is legit.

    Anyway, I've just revised my entire records so that they are more correct. Some of my changes include:

    • records up to 2216. Reason for this is stated below.
    • included nation of origin in ALL Leagues, not just the more recent ones.
    • Small mistakes here and there.

    The reason I've stopped at 2216 is because since Wipeout is in hiatus until further notice, I don't see too much point in going on with the current League into infinity, particularly if there are team/league changes that may contradict cannon if another game was to be released. Besides, I could still see quite a bit of material in the almost 170 years of the sport I've got already.

    In saying that, I might write up a couple of entries in the near future. However, as well as team bios, what other stories would u like to see? Just post below and see if I can come up with something.

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    I'm currently putting together the pilot profiles of the JX junior racing league here on this forum. It only has two members at the moment and the fictions take parts of Challenger's team bios and Synergy's pilot profiles as well. You can probably make something off of it if you're interested.
    Last edited by Light Buster; 15th April 2016 at 10:03 PM.

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    Yeah, I saw that. Haven't had a good read through of it yet, but it looks interesting. Once I've read it then I might add to it.

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