The Armageddon Convention was a conference of the major galactic powers with the intention of outlawing some of the more devastating weapons they had developed. Organised by Irving Braxiatel, it was convened on the flying island of Laputa near Venice in 1609.
History[edit | edit source]
It took much painstaking negotiation for Braxiatel to get the major powers to agree to attend the Convention. One of the preconditions they insisted upon was that it be chaired by the First Doctor, whose campaign to outlaw miniscopes had won him respect across the galaxy.
However Braxiatel's agents accidentally brought the wrong man, the human churchman Cardinal Robert Bellarmine, who bore a strong physical resemblance to the Doctor's first incarnation. The Convention was then actually mediated by Bellarmine, who believed he was intervening in a war between angels and whose negotiating strategy was thus largely derived from the Biblical Book of Revelation.
The Convention was nearly destroyed by the Greld, who attempted to infiltrate a composite meta-cobalt bomb onto Laputa despite Braxiatel's defensive precautions. Fortunately the weapon never achieved critical mass, largely due to the involvement of the Doctor, who ironically was impersonating Cardinal Bellarmine. Braxiatel's own servitors, the Jamarians, proved unexpectedly ambitious, and attempted to loot the delegates' ships for knowledge of advanced technology they wished to use to carve out their own empire. They were destroyed, though, when the meta-cobalt device eventually detonated. The Convention eventually concluded successfully, with Bellarmine returned to Venice with his memory erased. Braxiatel, though, decided to retire from politics. (PROSE: The Empire of Glass)
Powers represented[edit | edit source]
- Ice Warriors
- Rutan Host
- Vilp (PROSE: The Empire of Glass)
Notable non-participants[edit | edit source]
Inevitably, several of the galaxy's most warlike cultures refused even to attend the Convention. These included the Daleks and the Cybermen. (PROSE: The Revenge of the Cybermen) Despite this, the Convention still outlawed the use of Cyber-bombs. (TV: Revenge of the Cybermen)