Captain Arnold Wabash was the commander of USS Democracy, a nuclear ballistic missile submarine stationed at Mount Desert Island.
The Democracy was part of a secret plan created by the U.S. naval command, targeting Chinese operations in the South China Sea. Although Captain Wabash had reservations about the plan, Admiral Edward Grath, his commanding officer, ordered him to accelerate repairs on the Democracy, as, quote, the Reds would do as bad or worse if given the chance, unquote.
Before repair could be completed, however, the Democracy's nuclear reactor developed a containment leak. Its crew and captain were recalled while hazmat teams worked around the clock to clean the facility and make the submarine usable again. However, the process would take weeks to complete. Admiral Grath suspected foul play and informed Captain Wabash that he would file the court martial personally if he was responsible. He was correct: Wabash refused to be party to the nuclear holocaust and actively sabotaged Democracy's deployment, going as far as securing an escape route for himself and his lover, Franny Richardson.
However, before the investigation could be carried out, the Great War struck. Stuck in dry dock, the Democracy played no role in the ensuing exchange. After Admiral Grath reestablished communications with the naval base at Mount Desert Island, it turned out that Captain Wabash disappeared a week before, as the bombs dropped. Grath considered this to be an act of treason, believing that the submarine could've played a role in disabling Chinese nuclear capability, potentially saving New York, Washington, or Boston. He vowed to find Wabash and kill him. Although he was correct in his assessment, he would never have his revenge.
The Captain absconded with the submarine launch key on October 23, 2077. He stashed the nuclear launch key at Fringe Cove docks, then hid inside the safe room at Harbor Grand Hotel, together with Franny. Unfortunately, Franny was actually a Chinese operative. She forced Wabash to divulge the location of the key at gun point. However, he had the last laugh: He shot her in the back three times when she turned around to try and open the safe room. Captain Wabash never left it, preferring to die on his own terms.
- The Nucleus terminals; Captain Wabash's Terminal, SUBJ: VR System: "[[...] Also, word is command's got some new plans for the Democracy. Sounds like the sub's going to be getting deployed sooner than expected. Contact me if you have any questions once formal orders come through. [...]"
- The Nucleus terminals; Captain Wabash's Terminal, SUBJ: VR System: "[[...] Your reservations regarding your orders are noted, Captain, but I guarantee you the Reds will do as bad or worse if we give them the chance. Completing repairs to the Democracy is now of the utmost priority. If that means you have to work your folks around the clock, so be it.
But if the Democracy isn't on its way to the South China Sea within the prescribed window, you'll be the one doing the explaining to command. [...]"
- The Nucleus terminals; Captain Wabash's Terminal, SUBJ: Containment Leak: "[[...] A containment leak on the Democracy? Convenient, Arnold. Well, you got what you wanted. Your crew's been recalled and a hazmat team's been dispatched to clean the facility. It's going to be weeks until anyone can get inside safely, let alone deploy the sub.
For your sake, Arnold, I seriously hope this leak was an accident. Because if it wasn't, I'm going to file the court martial paperwork myself."
- To Franny
- The Nucleus terminals; Captain Wabash's Terminal, SUBJ: Where are you: "[...] We finally reestablished comms with Mount Desert today and now your XO tells me you haven't checked in in a week. To boot, he says the sub's launch key is missing. I should've thrown you in a cell when I had the chance. The East Coast is gone and if the Democracy was out there, maybe we could've saved New York. Or Washington. Or Boston.
This is on you, Arnold. Their deaths are on you. And if by some sick twist of fate you survived this mess, I'll personally make sure it's temporary."
- Safe room security tape