The sound of the prayer was filling the ship, Mohammad Asadi felt weird not knowing which way to turn exactly, the engineers had calculated a probable direction towards which earth might be found, so everyone was facing that way. But it was sure better then praying in the tac-gel. The clerk finished his ceremony and a loud "Takbir!" sounded, to which the crew responded in unison "Allah Akbar!"
Despite appearances, the new Iran was nothing like the old, the Ayatollah's empire had used the purity of Islam as an excuse to do despicable things to the people, the new party of the Iranian masses took a very different stance on Islam. It took neutrality officially, but encouraged socialist-leaning members of the ulema to set the tone for Islam.
As Commander Asadi stood up and walked in the dark corridor, adorned with Islamic writings, his thoughts wandered. Allah had set an interesting path for him to follow, the only force with a substantial Muslim population besides the NAM and part of the Socialist coalition. He truly wanted to help the natives, but it seems these creatures have achieved communism better then any of his peers would ever be able to teach them.
Suddenly, the hijab adorned head of Commander Azara, she seemed worried, for a while Asadi and Azara Khadem had a thing going, but after it became too obvious they had to break it off. The political officers of the Fadayian-eh Khalgh-eh Iran were not great big fans of commanders sleeping together, despite the progress of the masses, integrity was still expected form officers. But seeing Azara every time was like driving a wedge through Mohammad's heart. It didn't help that her face displayed pure terror.
"The Chinese, Mohammad, they are firing on the fucking ice caps... the Chinese ships in orbit have opened fire on the ice caps. They are setting off an extinction event, we calculate the natives will no..."
suddenly her channel was cut off by a fleet wide comms from commander Najafi "Report to battle stations, immediately."
Muhammad shut down all coms and ran to his own compartment, the machine was waiting for him, he didn't even have time to think about what he was doing, he jumped in what the Iranians called the "Iron Lady" as it did look like a giant sarcophagus, the thing closed on him and before he knew the shock gel filled the tank and eventually all the cavities in his body. The thick cable connected to the back of his head with a silent thump sound and before he knew it, the fucked up feeling of having his body filled with a foreign fluid dissipated and the rest of the fleet was in his tac-nav. He saw the Chinese vessels in space pounding at the icecaps, he saw the projected data and his face turned to shock like so many other commanders "They are causing an extinction event."
Before they knew it, the screen lit up again, satellites were re-entering the atmosphere, their fusion reactors were overcharged, the originator was the Chinese vessels and it was headed towards the Green state, probably in hopes of ending the cultists as well. The Iranian ships reacted quickly and direclty turned around to face the opposing force, its where it happened
"Detecting an AI attack on the VLA... its de-orbiting... they are turning the VLA into a fucking bombardment."
"In the name of Allah"
"Orders are as follows, stop the VLA from landing on our heads..."
The last was let out by Azara, suddenly the screen lit up again
"The Chinese capital ship is under attack, its core is overloading... it is about to explode."
"Even if we survive all of this... the human race just committed xenocide... if something remains form the aliens... they will respond.