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[[Image:NewCaprica.jpg|thumb|right|'''New Caprica''', as seen from space]]
 
[[Image:NewCaprica.jpg|thumb|right|'''New Caprica''', as seen from space]]
Lt. [[Margaret Edmondson|Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson]] discovers the planet later known as '''New Caprica''' after her [[Raptor]] accidently jumps to the wrong coordinates while on a rescue mission to [[The Twelve Colonies (RDM)#Caprica|Caprica]].  Ground surveys reveal that New Caprica is a cold world with a harsh climate, and that only about 20% of the surface - a small temperate band around the equator - is habitable.  The planet is located in a solar system surrounded by a dense nebula.  The nebula renders [[DRADIS]] all but useless, which makes the planet strategically appealing as it theoretically would protect the planet from [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylon]] detection.  
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Lt. [[Margaret Edmondson|Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson]] discovers the planet later known as '''New Caprica''' after her [[Raptor]] accidentally jumps to the wrong coordinates while on a [[Caprica Resistance|rescue mission]] to [[The Twelve Colonies (RDM)#Caprica|Caprica]].  
  
Excited by her discovery, Edmondson returns to the [[Mercury class battlestar|battlestar]] ''[[Pegasus (RDM)|Pegasus]]'' with information and sensor readings on the planet.  The mere prospect of setting foot on a planet causes great excitement amongst [[the Fleet (RDM)|the Fleet]] quickly dividing it into two factions - those who wish to stop running from the Cylons and colonize the planet, and those that do not.
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Ground surveys reveal that New Caprica is a cold world with a harsh climate, and that only about 20% of the surface - a small temperate band around the equator - is habitable.  The planet is located in a solar system surrounded by a dense nebula.  The nebula renders [[DRADIS]] all but useless, which makes the planet strategically appealing as it theoretically would protect the planet from [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylon]] detection.
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Excited by her discovery, Racetrack returns to the [[Mercury class battlestar|battlestar]] ''[[Pegasus (RDM)|Pegasus]]'' with information and sensor readings on the planet.  The mere prospect of setting foot on a planet causes great excitement amongst [[the Fleet (RDM)|the Fleet]] quickly dividing it into two factions - those who wish to stop running from the Cylons and colonize the planet, and those that do not.
  
 
==Colonization==
 
==Colonization==
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President [[Laura Roslin]] writes off colonization as unrealistic, given the harsh climate. However, the discovery of New Caprica happens to coincide with the impending presidential election ([[Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I]]).  Presidential candidate [[Gaius Baltar]] and running mate [[Tom Zarek]] seize upon colonization as their wedge issue, offering the Fleet the prospect of settlement under the presumption that Cylon technology will be unable to penetrate the nebula. Roslin disagrees with this assessment, but the majority of the travel- and war-weary survivors of [[The Fleet (RDM)|the Fleet]] find the idea of colonizing the planet enticing. Baltar and Zarek win a decisive mandate, and [[Laura Roslin]] is voted out of office.  President Baltar's first executive order is to begin settlement, bringing an end to the Fleet's search for the planet [[Earth (RDM)|Earth]] ([[Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II]]).
 
President [[Laura Roslin]] writes off colonization as unrealistic, given the harsh climate. However, the discovery of New Caprica happens to coincide with the impending presidential election ([[Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I]]).  Presidential candidate [[Gaius Baltar]] and running mate [[Tom Zarek]] seize upon colonization as their wedge issue, offering the Fleet the prospect of settlement under the presumption that Cylon technology will be unable to penetrate the nebula. Roslin disagrees with this assessment, but the majority of the travel- and war-weary survivors of [[The Fleet (RDM)|the Fleet]] find the idea of colonizing the planet enticing. Baltar and Zarek win a decisive mandate, and [[Laura Roslin]] is voted out of office.  President Baltar's first executive order is to begin settlement, bringing an end to the Fleet's search for the planet [[Earth (RDM)|Earth]] ([[Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II]]).
  
Shortly after Baltar's inauguration a nuclear warhead, smuggled off of ''[[Galactica (RDM)|Galactica]]'' ([[Epiphanies]]), is detonated aboard ''[[Cloud 9]]'', destroying it and and least two other ships orbiting New Caprica. This incident will later have a devastating impact on the human settlers of New Caprica.
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Shortly after Baltar's inauguration a [[Cylon detector|nuclear warhead]], smuggled off of ''[[Galactica (RDM)|Galactica]]'' ([[Epiphanies]]), is detonated aboard ''[[Cloud 9]]'', destroying it and and least two other ships orbiting New Caprica. The incident will later have a devastating impact on the human settlers of New Caprica.
  
 
==One Year Later==
 
==One Year Later==
  
 
[[Image:NewCapricaCity.jpg|thumb|left|New Caprica City, complete with tents and a basic road infastructure]]  
 
[[Image:NewCapricaCity.jpg|thumb|left|New Caprica City, complete with tents and a basic road infastructure]]  
The population of New Caprica is concentrated in a small settlement called [[New Caprica City]]. The climate proves unforgiving, and there are major shortages of medical supplies and basic living materials - more than a year after colonization, most of the population continues to live in canvas tents.  A small number of grounded ships also serve as living quarters. Many among the population of New Caprica City, including [[Galen Tyrol]] and the workers' union which he leads, blame President Baltar and his lack of leadership for the majority of economic and social problems facing the settlers on New Caprica ([[Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II]]).
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The population of New Caprica is concentrated in a small settlement called [[New Caprica City]]. The climate proves unforgiving, and there are major shortages of medical supplies and basic living materials. More than a year after colonization, most of the population continues to live in canvas tents.  A small number of grounded ships also serve as living quarters.
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Many among the population of New Caprica City, including [[Galen Tyrol]] and the [[Workers Union|workers' union]] which he leads, blame President Baltar and his lack of leadership for the majority of economic and social problems facing the settlers on New Caprica ([[Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II]]).
  
 
Just over a year after colonization, the population of New Caprica City is 39,192 ([[Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II]]). A small group of around 2,000 civilians remain in orbit in those ships incapable of making planetfall ([[Occupation]]).
 
Just over a year after colonization, the population of New Caprica City is 39,192 ([[Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II]]). A small group of around 2,000 civilians remain in orbit in those ships incapable of making planetfall ([[Occupation]]).
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==Cylon Occupation==
 
==Cylon Occupation==
  
Three hundred and eighty days after settlement, the Cylons discover New Caprica after detecting and then tracing the radiation signature of the nuclear warhead detonated on ''[[Cloud 9]]'' and jump into New Caprica's orbit with a fleet of [[Basestar (RDM)|basestars]]. ''Galactica'' and ''Pegasus'', in orbit above the planet, are caught by surprise and vastly outnumbered. With both ships at half strength, commander [[Lee Adama]] pursuades admiral [[William Adama]] to jump away from New Caprica with the other few ships orbiting the planet.  Admiral Adama promises to return.
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Three hundred and eighty days after settlement, the Cylons discover New Caprica after detecting and tracing the radiation signature of the nuclear warhead detonated on ''[[Cloud 9]]'' a year before. The Cylons jump into New Caprica's orbit with a fleet of [[Basestar (RDM)|basestars]]. ''Galactica'' and ''Pegasus'', in orbit above the planet, are caught by surprise and vastly outnumbered. With both ships at half strength, Commander [[Lee Adama]] persuades Admiral [[William Adama]] to escape New Caprica with the few ships orbiting the planet.
  
On the planet, President Baltar is confronted by a Cylon delegation consisting of [[Caprica Six]], [[Sharon Valerii (Galactica copy)|Sharon "Boomer" Valerii]] and a copy of [[Number Five]]. Left with no choice, Baltar surrenders to the Cylons on behalf of what remains of the human race, now trapped on New Caprica ([[Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II]]).
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On the planet, President Baltar is confronted by a Cylon delegation consisting of [[Caprica Six]], [[Sharon Valerii|Sharon "Boomer" Valerii]] and a copy of [[Number Five]]. Left with no choice, Baltar surrenders to the Cylons on behalf of the majority of what remains of the human race ([[Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II]]).
  
The Cylon forces are initially led by Caprica Six and Boomer under the sincere intention of establishing peace between the Cylons and the human race. However, they quickly lose their influence to the more militaristic Cylon models ([[Precipice]], [[Exodus, Part II]]). The Cylons become an occupying force on New Caprica, with President Baltar and his staff reduced to a puppet administration controlled by Cylon rule. Vice President Tom Zarek refuses to cooperate and is sent to a detention center ([[Precipice]]).
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The Cylon forces are initially led by Caprica Six and Boomer under the sincere intention of establishing peace between the Cylons and the human race. However, they quickly lose their influence to the more militaristic Cylon models ([[Precipice]], [[Exodus, Part II]]). The Cylons become an occupying force on New Caprica, with President Baltar and his staff reduced to a puppet administration controlled by Cylon rule. Vice President Tom Zarek refuses to cooperate early in the occupation and is sent to a detention center ([[Precipice]]).
  
A band of human [[New Caprica Resistance|resistance]] fighters, regarded by the Cylon-occupiers as insurgents, begin to strike back against the Cylons. The resistance is significantly aided by an unknown, [[Felix Gaeta|inside source]] that passes them classified information, allowing the resistance to wreak considerable havoc on the Cylons.  This leads to the formation of The [[New Caprica Police]] (NCP), humans who volunteer to work for the Cylon authority. The New Caprica Police are regarded with both disgust and disdain by the majority of the planet’s human civilization.  Considered to be Cylon collaborators, the NCP are forced to wear black ski masks to hide their identies in an attempt to protect themselves from human reprisal.
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A band of human [[New Caprica Resistance|resistance]] fighters, regarded by the Cylon-occupiers as insurgents, begin to strike back against the Cylons. The resistance is significantly aided by an unknown, [[Felix Gaeta|inside source]] that passes them classified information from the Cylon government, allowing the resistance to wreak considerable havoc on the Cylons.  This leads to the formation of The [[New Caprica Police]] (NCP), humans who volunteer to work for the Cylon authority. The New Caprica Police are regarded with both disgust and disdain by the majority of the planet’s human civilization.  Considered to be Cylon collaborators, the NCP are forced to wear black ski masks to hide their identities in an attempt to protect themselves from human reprisal.
  
 
== The Battle of New Caprica and the [[Second Exodus]]==
 
== The Battle of New Caprica and the [[Second Exodus]]==
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[[Image:New Caprica (Wide Shot).jpg|thumb|200px|New Caprica during the [[Battle of New Caprica]]]]
 
[[Image:New Caprica (Wide Shot).jpg|thumb|200px|New Caprica during the [[Battle of New Caprica]]]]
Based on a contigency plan developed prior to colonization by [[Saul Tigh]] and [[William Adama]], a [[Raptor]] is deployed from the hiding battlestars and regularly jumps into New Caprica's orbit in an attempt to contact the humans left behind.  Concealed from Cylon detection by the nebula, the Raptor establishes contact with the resistance movement. With communication realized, Adama and his military personnel devise a plan to evacuate the human prisoners.  However, the plan's success hinges on the retrieval of the planet-bound ships' [[launch key|launch keys]].  Confiscated by the Cylons, these keys are necessary to activate the FTL drives on the grounded ships.
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Based on a contingency plan developed prior to colonization by [[Saul Tigh]] and [[William Adama]], a [[Raptor]] is deployed from the hiding battlestars and regularly jumps into New Caprica's orbit in an attempt to contact the humans left behind.  Concealed from Cylon detection by the nebula, the Raptor establishes contact with the resistance movement. With communication ties established, Adama and his military personnel devise a plan to evacuate the human prisoners.  However, the plan's success hinges on the retrieval of the planet-bound ships' [[launch key|launch keys]].  Confiscated by the Cylons, these keys are necessary to activate the FTL drives on the grounded ships.
  
Admiral Adama deploys a two-Raptor team led by newly commissioned [[Sharon Agathon]] that covertly lands on New Caprica and successfully establishes contact with the resistance.  Agathon is able to locate and retrieve the hidden launch keys while pretending to be a different copy of her Cylon model ([[Exodus, Part I]]) and they are secretly returned to their respective ships ([[Exodus, Part II]]).  With the rescue attempt now under way, Pegasus Commander [[Lee Adama]] is ordered to provide escort protection for the hiding fleet to a pre-arranged location where they will rendevous with ''Galactica'' if the rescue mission is successful, or continue the search for Earth alone if it is not.  Admiral Adama then jumps ''Galactica'' to New Caprica. Once in orbit, ''Galactica'''s Raptors deploy [[swallow|decoys]], creating illusory targets that trick the Cylon's into believing they are chasing the two battlestars, scattering their fleet of basestars.  Adama takes advantage of the Cylon's confusion by jumping ''Galactica'' directly into New Caprica's lower atmosphere, deploying [[Blue Squadron (RDM)|Blue Squadron]] and then jumping back into higher orbit.  With Blue Squadron providing air cover,  resistance fighters begin attacks on Cylon ground forces, liberate the [[New Caprica Detention Center]] and chaperone civilians to their designated ships which begin to launch and jump to the rendevous point.   
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Admiral Adama deploys a two-Raptor team led by newly commissioned [[Sharon Agathon]] that covertly lands on New Caprica and successfully establishes contact with the resistance.  Agathon is able to locate and retrieve the hidden launch keys while pretending to be a different copy of her Cylon model ([[Exodus, Part I]]) and they are secretly returned to their respective ships ([[Exodus, Part II]]).  With the rescue attempt now under way, Pegasus Commander [[Lee Adama]] is ordered to provide escort protection for the hiding fleet to a pre-arranged location where they will rendezvous with ''Galactica'' if the rescue mission is successful, or continue the search for Earth alone if it is not.  Admiral Adama then jumps ''Galactica'' to New Caprica. Once in orbit, ''Galactica'''s Raptors deploy [[swallow|decoys]], creating illusory targets that trick the Cylon's into believing they are chasing the two battlestars, scattering their fleet of basestars.  Adama takes advantage of the Cylon's confusion by jumping ''Galactica'' directly into New Caprica's lower atmosphere, deploying [[Blue Squadron (RDM)|Blue Squadron]] and then jumping back into higher orbit.  With Blue Squadron providing air cover,  resistance fighters begin attacks on Cylon ground forces, liberate the [[New Caprica Detention Center]] and chaperone civilians to their designated ships which begin to launch and jump to the rendezvous point.   
  
 
Back in orbit above New Caprica, a badly damaged ''Galactica'' is surrounded by four basestars.  Adama, unable to jump away and without enough time to fix the ship's damaged FTL drive, resigns himself to defeat.  At this moment, Commander Lee Adama, having ignored his father's order, arrives with ''[[Pegasus (RDM)|Pegasus]]'' and diverts the Cylon attack on ''Galactica'' to his own ship. ''Galactica's'' crew is able to repair the ship's FTL drive, and upon the successful return of the ship's Viper squadron, escapes to the rendezvous point.
 
Back in orbit above New Caprica, a badly damaged ''Galactica'' is surrounded by four basestars.  Adama, unable to jump away and without enough time to fix the ship's damaged FTL drive, resigns himself to defeat.  At this moment, Commander Lee Adama, having ignored his father's order, arrives with ''[[Pegasus (RDM)|Pegasus]]'' and diverts the Cylon attack on ''Galactica'' to his own ship. ''Galactica's'' crew is able to repair the ship's FTL drive, and upon the successful return of the ship's Viper squadron, escapes to the rendezvous point.
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Casualties include [[Tucker Clellan|Tucker "Duck" Clellan]], one of ''Galactica's'' best Viper pilots who is driven to despair by the murder of his partner, [[Nora]] ([[Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance]]), and conducts a suicide attack on the NCP ([[Occupation]]); [[Ellen Tigh|Ellen Tigh]], who is poisoned by her husband for collaborating with the Cylons; and [[Maya]], who is killed while attempting to board her escape ship with her adopted baby daughter, the human/Cylon hybrid [[Hera]]. The child survives, but without the protection of her mother is left behind and recovered by the Cylons. Knowing he cannot escape with the rest of the human population [[Gaius Baltar]] elects to leave with the Cylons, at the invitation of [[Number Three]] copy [[D'anna Biers]].  
 
Casualties include [[Tucker Clellan|Tucker "Duck" Clellan]], one of ''Galactica's'' best Viper pilots who is driven to despair by the murder of his partner, [[Nora]] ([[Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance]]), and conducts a suicide attack on the NCP ([[Occupation]]); [[Ellen Tigh|Ellen Tigh]], who is poisoned by her husband for collaborating with the Cylons; and [[Maya]], who is killed while attempting to board her escape ship with her adopted baby daughter, the human/Cylon hybrid [[Hera]]. The child survives, but without the protection of her mother is left behind and recovered by the Cylons. Knowing he cannot escape with the rest of the human population [[Gaius Baltar]] elects to leave with the Cylons, at the invitation of [[Number Three]] copy [[D'anna Biers]].  
  
With the humans gone, and with their possession and control of the hybrid-child finally realized, the Cylons see no strategic or logical reason to remain on the planet. It is assumed that like the humans they abandon New Caprica.
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With the humans gone, and with their possession and control of the hybrid-child finally realized, the Cylons see no strategic or logical reason to remain on the planet.
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Revision as of 08:48, 18 April 2007

For information on the video game "New Caprica", see New Caprica (Video Game). For information on the failed Singer/DeSanto continuation series colony, see New Caprica (SDS).


Discovery

New Caprica, as seen from space

Lt. Margaret "Racetrack" Edmondson discovers the planet later known as New Caprica after her Raptor accidentally jumps to the wrong coordinates while on a rescue mission to Caprica.

Ground surveys reveal that New Caprica is a cold world with a harsh climate, and that only about 20% of the surface - a small temperate band around the equator - is habitable. The planet is located in a solar system surrounded by a dense nebula. The nebula renders DRADIS all but useless, which makes the planet strategically appealing as it theoretically would protect the planet from Cylon detection.

Excited by her discovery, Racetrack returns to the battlestar Pegasus with information and sensor readings on the planet. The mere prospect of setting foot on a planet causes great excitement amongst the Fleet quickly dividing it into two factions - those who wish to stop running from the Cylons and colonize the planet, and those that do not.

Colonization

President Laura Roslin writes off colonization as unrealistic, given the harsh climate. However, the discovery of New Caprica happens to coincide with the impending presidential election (Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I). Presidential candidate Gaius Baltar and running mate Tom Zarek seize upon colonization as their wedge issue, offering the Fleet the prospect of settlement under the presumption that Cylon technology will be unable to penetrate the nebula. Roslin disagrees with this assessment, but the majority of the travel- and war-weary survivors of the Fleet find the idea of colonizing the planet enticing. Baltar and Zarek win a decisive mandate, and Laura Roslin is voted out of office. President Baltar's first executive order is to begin settlement, bringing an end to the Fleet's search for the planet Earth (Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II).

Shortly after Baltar's inauguration a nuclear warhead, smuggled off of Galactica (Epiphanies), is detonated aboard Cloud 9, destroying it and and least two other ships orbiting New Caprica. The incident will later have a devastating impact on the human settlers of New Caprica.

One Year Later

New Caprica City, complete with tents and a basic road infastructure

The population of New Caprica is concentrated in a small settlement called New Caprica City. The climate proves unforgiving, and there are major shortages of medical supplies and basic living materials. More than a year after colonization, most of the population continues to live in canvas tents. A small number of grounded ships also serve as living quarters.

Many among the population of New Caprica City, including Galen Tyrol and the workers' union which he leads, blame President Baltar and his lack of leadership for the majority of economic and social problems facing the settlers on New Caprica (Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II).

Just over a year after colonization, the population of New Caprica City is 39,192 (Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II). A small group of around 2,000 civilians remain in orbit in those ships incapable of making planetfall (Occupation).

Cylon Occupation

Three hundred and eighty days after settlement, the Cylons discover New Caprica after detecting and tracing the radiation signature of the nuclear warhead detonated on Cloud 9 a year before. The Cylons jump into New Caprica's orbit with a fleet of basestars. Galactica and Pegasus, in orbit above the planet, are caught by surprise and vastly outnumbered. With both ships at half strength, Commander Lee Adama persuades Admiral William Adama to escape New Caprica with the few ships orbiting the planet.

On the planet, President Baltar is confronted by a Cylon delegation consisting of Caprica Six, Sharon "Boomer" Valerii and a copy of Number Five. Left with no choice, Baltar surrenders to the Cylons on behalf of the majority of what remains of the human race (Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II).

The Cylon forces are initially led by Caprica Six and Boomer under the sincere intention of establishing peace between the Cylons and the human race. However, they quickly lose their influence to the more militaristic Cylon models (Precipice, Exodus, Part II). The Cylons become an occupying force on New Caprica, with President Baltar and his staff reduced to a puppet administration controlled by Cylon rule. Vice President Tom Zarek refuses to cooperate early in the occupation and is sent to a detention center (Precipice).

A band of human resistance fighters, regarded by the Cylon-occupiers as insurgents, begin to strike back against the Cylons. The resistance is significantly aided by an unknown, inside source that passes them classified information from the Cylon government, allowing the resistance to wreak considerable havoc on the Cylons. This leads to the formation of The New Caprica Police (NCP), humans who volunteer to work for the Cylon authority. The New Caprica Police are regarded with both disgust and disdain by the majority of the planet’s human civilization. Considered to be Cylon collaborators, the NCP are forced to wear black ski masks to hide their identities in an attempt to protect themselves from human reprisal.

The Battle of New Caprica and the Second Exodus

See main article: Battle of New Caprica
New Caprica during the Battle of New Caprica

Based on a contingency plan developed prior to colonization by Saul Tigh and William Adama, a Raptor is deployed from the hiding battlestars and regularly jumps into New Caprica's orbit in an attempt to contact the humans left behind. Concealed from Cylon detection by the nebula, the Raptor establishes contact with the resistance movement. With communication ties established, Adama and his military personnel devise a plan to evacuate the human prisoners. However, the plan's success hinges on the retrieval of the planet-bound ships' launch keys. Confiscated by the Cylons, these keys are necessary to activate the FTL drives on the grounded ships.

Admiral Adama deploys a two-Raptor team led by newly commissioned Sharon Agathon that covertly lands on New Caprica and successfully establishes contact with the resistance. Agathon is able to locate and retrieve the hidden launch keys while pretending to be a different copy of her Cylon model (Exodus, Part I) and they are secretly returned to their respective ships (Exodus, Part II). With the rescue attempt now under way, Pegasus Commander Lee Adama is ordered to provide escort protection for the hiding fleet to a pre-arranged location where they will rendezvous with Galactica if the rescue mission is successful, or continue the search for Earth alone if it is not. Admiral Adama then jumps Galactica to New Caprica. Once in orbit, Galactica's Raptors deploy decoys, creating illusory targets that trick the Cylon's into believing they are chasing the two battlestars, scattering their fleet of basestars. Adama takes advantage of the Cylon's confusion by jumping Galactica directly into New Caprica's lower atmosphere, deploying Blue Squadron and then jumping back into higher orbit. With Blue Squadron providing air cover, resistance fighters begin attacks on Cylon ground forces, liberate the New Caprica Detention Center and chaperone civilians to their designated ships which begin to launch and jump to the rendezvous point.

Back in orbit above New Caprica, a badly damaged Galactica is surrounded by four basestars. Adama, unable to jump away and without enough time to fix the ship's damaged FTL drive, resigns himself to defeat. At this moment, Commander Lee Adama, having ignored his father's order, arrives with Pegasus and diverts the Cylon attack on Galactica to his own ship. Galactica's crew is able to repair the ship's FTL drive, and upon the successful return of the ship's Viper squadron, escapes to the rendezvous point.

Pegasus, having left its Vipers to guard the escaping ships at the rendezvous point, is left with no fighter cover. The battlestar is mortally damaged and Commander Adama and his skeleton crew are forced to abandon the ship. Boarding Raptors, they escape to the rendezvous point. Pegasus collides with a basestar and explodes. After the explosion, Pegasus's starboard flight pod collides with another basestar and destroys it as well.

Aftermath

While the rescue mission is considered a success, approximately 2,000 humans die during the operation and the preceding four month long occupation.[1]

Casualties include Tucker "Duck" Clellan, one of Galactica's best Viper pilots who is driven to despair by the murder of his partner, Nora (Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance), and conducts a suicide attack on the NCP (Occupation); Ellen Tigh, who is poisoned by her husband for collaborating with the Cylons; and Maya, who is killed while attempting to board her escape ship with her adopted baby daughter, the human/Cylon hybrid Hera. The child survives, but without the protection of her mother is left behind and recovered by the Cylons. Knowing he cannot escape with the rest of the human population Gaius Baltar elects to leave with the Cylons, at the invitation of Number Three copy D'anna Biers.

With the humans gone, and with their possession and control of the hybrid-child finally realized, the Cylons see no strategic or logical reason to remain on the planet.

See also

References

  1. This number is calculated from all available population data. See the "Precipice" and "Collaborators" section of Survivor count for the details.