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Sonic the Eggman Imperialist

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Green Hill Zone, South Island, Acorn Archipelago, Earth, 3230 Post-Xenos Event

For five long years, Sonic the Hedgehog, a blue-furred Mobian born with super speed, had lived alone on South Island with no knowledge of his family's whereabouts. In fact, his memories of them had been rather addled up. Depending on the occasion, Sonic "remembered" his parents either as a military airplane pilot married to a typical housewife with a baby girl Sonic figured was his sister, a literal robot married to a Queen with Sonic's usual raising being done by an "Uncle Chuck" who may have been a scientist, or some variation of the above. Although some of the other inhabitants of the moving South Island weren't unkind to Sonic, he nonetheless, lived a lone lifestyle that by the time he was ten years old, Sonic was confused of what his memories meant, bored of living on an island he had already explored completely by then, and, above all else, scared of how lonely he really was.

However, all of that changed one day when he came across a visiting Human who came to South Island in a fancy hovercraft and was immediately amazed when Sonic approached him at a fast rate.

"My word!" The overweight visitor exclaimed at the sight of Sonic's speed. Showing an eager smile at the curious blue hedgehog's swiftness, the Human said to him. "You may yet be the fasting living creature on this planet, my young friend! May I ask your name?"

Not seeing any apparent malice out of the Human who held out his hand in greeting, Sonic showed a slight smile and introduced himself as he shook it. "I'm Sonic the Hedgehog. What brings you to South Island, Mister?"

The newcomer chortled in amusement as if Sonic told a funny joke before amending. "Oh, it's "Doctor" actually, my boy!" After a moment of what looked like an internal debate, he added. "Doctor Ivo Robotnik!"

"Dr. Robotnik?" Sonic commented on how familiar it sounded, but ultimately pushed the thought aside and said earnestly. "Sounds like a cool name!"

The two shared a laugh before Robotnik went back to Sonic's earlier question. "As for what brings me here, Sonic, I'm looking for a set of valuable gemstones on this island that I wish to, let us say, personally study."

"Oh, you mean those Chaos Emeralds that are in the local legends?" Seeing Robotnik nod, Sonic replied honestly. "From what I understand, they are in a kind of extra-dimensional space that's connected to this island, but no one's been able to find them. I think I accessed it somehow when every time I ran fast enough to do so, but I don't know where to find the Emeralds or how to get them out."

Showing a clever smirk, Robotnik then said. "Well, how about we work together, Sonic? With your speed and my brains, we might be able to reach this Special Stage where the Emeralds are at and bring them together under our protection. I promise to make it worth your while if you participate."

Not seeing any wrongdoing on Robotnik's part and looking back on his own issues, Sonic complied. "Okay, Doc, throw in some chili dogs and give me a hand in seeing the world among other things, and you've got yourself a deal."

Robotnik once again shook Sonic's hand as they agreed, but before they got to work, he added. "I know this will probably sound silly to you, Sonic, but please call me Doctor Eggman as we work on this, all right?"

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Sonic's penthouse apartment, Metropolis, West Side Island, October 24 th , Five Years Later

In the years that followed since Sonic's first meeting with Doctor Eggman, he had risen in the ranks of the latter's Eggman Empire to reach the title of Egg Boss of the entire Acorn Archipelago. While he didn't cover a wide amount of territory compared to the Egg Bosses that enforced Eggman's influence in the nearby continent of Northamer, or even the surrounding ocean, Sonic was nonetheless recognized as the leading protector of the Empire's capital city of Metropolis as well as the Doctor's regent in the event the latter was absent or incapacitated. Although it was customary for every flesh and blood soldier of the Eggman Army to undergo Cyberization, Eggman initially felt that Sonic's achievements in helping him enlighten the entire Earth had earned him the right to not go through the procedure and with his superior speed, it wasn't like he needed any enhancements anyway, but Sonic ultimately volunteered to have his eyes replaced with green colored cybernetics if for no other reason than to show his soldiers that they were equals in the end.

Political and cyborg status aside, under Eggman's guidance, Sonic had seen the greater world, fought against many challengers which kept him from getting bored again, and found both a sense of purpose and comradery in the Empire, but despite his accomplishments, he had occasionally felt that he lost something of great importance as well. After helping Eggman gather all seven Chaos Emeralds to power the Death Egg space station and conquer the entire planet, Sonic underwent an exam that indicated that earlier in his life, his mind was fragmented by a teleportation incident and only through Eggman's advanced science, was it finally cleared up, but he lost many of his own memories from before he met Doctor Eggman. Nonetheless, Sonic decided to move forward and focus on what lay in front of him rather than behind. As the Boss of Bosses first lieutenant, he had no room for doubts.

"Hey, Earth to Sonic!" An energetic young voice called out next to him bring the Hedgehog back to reality in his own home. "Don't look now, Blue Blur, but I'm kicking your virtual butt!"

"We'll see about that, Cass!" Sonic replied positively to the girl on his right.

Since the date at the time was the tenth year anniversary of Eggman's first rise to power, many prominent officials of the Empire had arrived in Metropolis to take part in a citywide celebration and mingling that had earlier in the day began with a parade introduction of the dozen most prominent Egg Bosses and would soon continue with a huge gala to be taken place at the Doctor's personal citadel in the heart of the capital. Among the multiple visitors, was the green-furred sister duo that managed the Northamer Eggman Army, Egg Boss Clove the Pronghorn, who was four years older than Sonic, and her younger by six years Egg Underboss, Cassia, who Sonic was playing Chao-Calibur VI against while Clove was reading army reports forwarded to her on Sonic's left.

Although the two pronghorns enlisted more out of necessity and didn't share the same loyalty to Eggman as Sonic did, the latter was quick to befriend them since he and Cassia shared similar enough personality traits while Clove carried the mature aura he found attractive in a female just as she came to appreciate his earnest attempts to open up to them. It was through his relationships with the two, that Sonic did not feel much conflict about his current place in the world, and it was ultimately all the better for him as far as he cared.

However, with the gala about to start in the next hour, Sonic and Cassia had promised Clove that they would start to prepare for the big party once either of them died in the game. With each player doing their best with their controllers, it only a matter of them before either one's fighting character vanquished the other as Sonic himself proved with a sword slash on his Chao Knight on Cassia's Chao Thief.

"Yes!" Sonic cheered while Cassia groaned in defeat with Clove only shaking her head at the two with a nostalgic smile.

"Oh, just wait until later, Sonic!" Cassia declared with a vengeance, already planning to take the highest score in Chao-Calibur VI just as she scored Triple S in Devil Chao May Cry.

Clove quickly interjected with her hands raised. "Okay, kids, a promise is a promise. Now go freshen up."

"Aye-aye, Corporal Punishment." Sonic and Cassia sarcastically saluted much to Clove's amusement.

After a quarter of an hour, all three were in their Imperial uniforms. Sonic's a mix of black, red, white, and yellow in a similar fashion as the Doctor's while the two sisters wore gray dresses. A common occurrence for Clove, but not for Cassia unless ordered to.

"Shall I lead the way, my ladies?" Sonic offered with his hands out in a gentlemanly way.

Cassia and even Clove could not resist snorting with the former stating with sarcasm. "Yeah, right, and give those idiots in the media even juicier gossip along the way? No problem."

Clove's response was more diplomatic. "Thank you, Sonic, but I'm with Cass on this. I'd rather not be caught up in that kind of circus."

Scratching the back of his head sheepishly, Sonic replied. "Well, I am the fastest thing alive, and you can't blame a guy for trying either way."

"If you say so." Cassia commented before leading the way out of the apartment herself and straight to the hover car Clove loaned for the visit to take the three of them to Citadel Eggman. As each Mobian strapped their seatbelts in a similar position to when they were lounging earlier, though, Cassia took the initiative to leave a kiss on Sonic's right cheek and pulled Clove to do the same on his left against her will.

By the time Cassia felt she was done and let go of a blushing Clove, Sonic was a blushing mess himself and barely paid much attention to Clove's embarrassed outburst while Cassia merely giggled too innocently for either her sister, or their mutual friend's tastes before the exasperated Clove finally gave up and started to drive away.

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While I was internet searching, I learned of another Sonic AU in the works by one Kimmy-k0 that operates under the tagline "if Eggman was Sonic's father" which also affects Tails and Amy Rose at least among other characters as well. However, I while I can imagine some ideas to make a genuine Eggman Imperial ally out of Sonic to the point of potentially becoming an Egg Boss as Dog22322 on DeviantArt depicted just as others on there made fanart of him with cybernetic implants, I think I would need more room to work with before I eventually write about such a concept in full myself.

Nonetheless, considering I wanted to get one last paid post on my Pat-reon before June ended, and I was having trouble brainstorming on other works to make the cut before I had a quick thought about the Egg Boss Sonic fan art mixed with some other verses, I felt that I had a good enough idea for a one-shot fanfiction if I just acted on it. The references to Sonic's family include the first Archie continuity, an old Sonic manga that apparently introduced Amy Rose and Charmy Bee to the world before the games ever did, and Sonic Underground (but without Sonia and Manic because while I have nothing against them, I think Amy and Sonic's evil counterpart, Scourge, are the only pink and green Hedgehogs of major importance we need respectively) while I made a reference to the Soulcalibur series of video games in a Chao-centric kind of way to go with the setting and tradition among other things, but while I can imagine Sonic paired with either sister whether he's on the Empire's side, or helps them defect, I kept it ambiguous as best I could since I couldn't decide which girl to go with him in this, and even though I enjoy a good, workable harem, I do not think Sonic is that type of franchise.

Hope you found it alright enough, all the same. 

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Chapter Two

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Citadel Eggman

At the center of Metropolis, Citadel Eggman stood over every other skyscraper as the tallest building not just in the city, but on the entire island to boot. Fitting for the Eggman Empire's capital building, it carried Doctor Eggman's own facial likeness in a gigantic, Human head-shaped way.

Surrounding the entrance to the Citadel were numerous flesh and blood reporters as well as camera robots assigned to the gala happenings. With fireworks on display above the heart of the Empire, many officials from distinguished scientists like Grimer Wormtongue to the few members of the Robotnik family that spawned Eggman himself and the Egg Bosses in-between were making their way on a red carpet leading them inside the Citadel while the media took pictures of the guests and broadcasted them on television.

Arriving just as the fireworks started to be lit and go boom in the sky like a few other Egg Bosses did, Sonic, Clove, and Cassia made themselves presentable to the crowd from smiling, winking, waving hands, and, in Sonic's own words, looking cool in front of the cameras. Heading straight for the Citadel's ballroom, the three friends were among the first to show up for relaxing music, good food, and socializing amongst themselves and others.

Taking a glass of soda for himself and resolving to get some chili dogs for his own appetite later, Sonic find one such opportunity to socialize when he noticed the Soumerca Egg Boss, who was chatting with her Tralius and Efrika counterparts as well as the Director of D.E.S.S.E.R.T., the Department of Enforcing Systematic Submission, Enlistment, and Reverence for Tyranny, had come to the gala in her Army uniform rather than in a dress like the Pronghorn sisters.

In amusement, Sonic walked over with a polite interjection in the conversation. "Excuse me, Grand Chief Whip, Egg Bosses Thunderbolt, Axel, and Maw, but can I cut in?"

The aptly titled Grand Chief for his role in encouraging public support for the Empire through whatever means applicable, Whip was a white feathered rooster who wore matching robes with a purple trim over trousers and a green waistcoat, and upon noticing Sonic, nodded his head with a self-assured, if somewhat genuine, smile as he answered. "It's no trouble at all, Egg Boss Sonic. Your peers and I were just talking about how best to endear our Empire's laws to the masses. There has been some difficulty in Sourmerca as of late, I'm afraid."

Hearing the news, Sonic turned to the shortest of their group, Thunderbolt the Chinchilla, who took charge of Soumerca in Eggman's name, and asked with a tone of voice that he hoped hid his concern for the people who lived there under her authority. "What kind of difficulty, T.B.?"

Knowing where Sonic was taken the conversation and why, the diminutive Chinchilla who was well known among the Egg Bosses for her ruthlessness and fanatism to Doctor Eggman rolled her eyes and simply replied. "I haven't killed anyone yet, Sonic, if only because the workers in my area just refuse to work as part of a friendly strike, and so far, haven't attacked my soldiers, destroyed Imperial property, and disrupted our trade with the rest of the Empire. I figured that so long as keep them all under house arrest, this coordinated strike won't go into outright rebellion."

Despite his worry, Sonic could not help but let out a laugh. "And here I thought you hated taking prisoners, Thunderbolt."

Narrowing her eyes at him, Thunderbolt said with a hint of menace. "Don't start with me, Sonic. I'm under enough stress as is."

Sporting a grin, the Hedgehog commented. "Aha, so that's why your still in uniform. You want to be ready to counterattack no matter where you go, huh?"

"Exactly!" Thunderbolt exclaimed in a firm tone of voice before adding under the knowing look Sonic was given her with an embarrassed blush and exasperated sigh. "And yes, I couldn't find the right formal attire for this event. It's not easy being the way I am."

Wanting there to be no hard feelings, Sonic then said with a nicer expression. "Cheer up, life of the party. The Big Doc gave you your own continent for a good reason, so I think the best you can do is take the bad in stride and do your best to keep it from getting worse."

Brightening up, Thunderbolt declared. "That's right, and in our Lord's name, I will succeed!"

"That's the spirit!" Sonic responded with his right stretched out which Thunderbolt in a mask of nonchalance pumped with a fist of her own.

Chuckling at the sight in amusement, the enigmatic Thylacine in charge of Tralius, Maw, turned to Sonic with an approving smirk. "If anything, my good Sonic, there should be more Egg Bosses like you. The way you've kept order in the Archipelago is proof of your ability to hold back chaos."

Modestly shaking his head, Sonic said back to Maw. "No need to flatter me. All I do is remind everyone that title or no title, I'm a Hedgehog of the people." Turning to the Water Buffalo of their clique, he then said cheekily. "Something I have in common with Axel here, even if I'm the one with the most agility in this room."

Chuckling in good nature, Axel said in response. "You may have the agility, kid, but I still have all the muscles you lack."

Exchanging a friendly laugh, the four Egg Bosses and Imperial Director all clinked their glasses just as a memorable piece of techno music kicked in on the ballroom's speakers.

"Oh, he's here!" Thunderbolt cheered.

And Thunderbolt was correct, for up the stairs in the ballroom, Doctor Eggman himself emerged from the door above to bask himself in the applause of his subordinates that ranged from polite in Clove's case to enthusiastic in Thunderbolt's. "Hello, everybody!" He greeted aloud.

As the clapping and cheers kicked up again, Eggman later held his hands up to gesture for quiet, which soon followed. Taking that as his cue to speak, Eggman began to say something before the honking sound of a vehicle horn interrupted him. Turning his irate gaze to the source, he and everyone else in the ballroom saw the electrician, Harpio Marxio, playing with his horn lazily while his two brothers, Chicio and Grouchio, attempted to get him to stop making a scene before it was grabbed from out of his hands by an annoyed Ox in armor that was the norm to Yurashia warlords, Jun Kun, who then slammed both of his hands on it, crushing it on the ground.

While Harpio stood there wide awaked with a sadden gaze at his destroyed horn, Chicio could not help but turn to the Ox with narrow eyes saying. "Friend, that was-a cold-a even for you." And some, like Sonic, could not help but agree.

Hearing Eggman clearing his throat before Jun Kun could decide to wallop the shorter Humans, however, got the whole party back on track to listen to their superior's opening speech.

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After a refreshing comment on this previous one-shot, now two-shot, on Archive of Our Own by Armia, the writer of the Sonic mega crossover, Time Trials, I got inspired to add a second part for the sake of argument. I also find Time Trials to be highly recommendable on both Archive of Our Own and FanFictionNet, so please look it up and maybe contribute to its TV Tropes article.

I hope that the pun-like name of the local Doctor Robotnik Appreciation Tribe meets with people's approval, but while I might have some ideas to add up on this, I would appreciate it if some constructive feedback was also given as it would not hurt to have more likers offering ideas themselves. I might even decide on either Cassia or Clove being chosen as Sonic's love interest in this one-shot since I am still undecided, but until then, I just want the people on FanFictionNet to recognize that there are lots of characters that are usually not put in the character boxes for stories.

Also, for those who primarily read my work on Archive of Our Own, I decided to shut down all my guest reviews due to numerous threatening reviews I had been getting anonymously on there from obviously the same person, even if they are too cowardly to reveal and explain themselves. It was disturbing, annoying, and hurtful, so if anyone wants to review my work there, they are going to have to register first from now on. 

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Chapter Three

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Fold of the Flock, Underneath the West Side Island Chemical Plant Zone

Before the rise to power of Doctor Eggman, West Side Island was home to a Zone of green fields where many Mobian sheep made their home, but when the Empire made the Island the seat of their global reign, Eggman himself ordered the sheep community scattered while the first of his many chemical producing facilities was constructed on their old home. Having been transformed through industry, the aptly named Chemical Plant Zone was the most recognizable of the many like it located across the Earth, serving as a source of fuel, experimental materials, and most infamously of all, the dreaded poisonous substance known as Mega Mack.

Most of the native sheep, however, were not people who wanted to let go of their roots so easily. Although some had either left the Island entirely in fright of the Eggman Army's military approach or took their loss and decided to integrate in the surrounding areas of West Side Island such as the Casino Night Zone, the Flock, as the few Freedom Fighters among them came to be called, went underground to stage guerilla strikes against the occupying Imperials seeking to make use of the chemical weapons made in their former home for their own schemes.

Nonetheless, the Flock, despite its rebellious efforts, were down to seven members and their base of operations which they termed the Fold was slowly decaying like the other ruins that the Chemical Plant Zone was built over. Still, some of the members tried to make the best out of their situation.

"Show me seven!" A tall Mobian sheep with a long white beard and wearing a green shirt with a sheep skull printed on it declared as he let go of a pair of dice on the floor he sat on and watched as they then revealed a single star on one and three stars on the other. "What?! Four's an unlucky number in most parts of the world!" He exclaimed in frustration.

To add salt on his wounds, the other sheep he was playing with that wore a biker's jacket and glasses could not help but laugh at his predicament. "Well, Roberto, I win again! No hard feelings, right?"

Roberto scoffed audibly as he replied. "Laugh it up, Eyles. I'll get you next time for sure."

Hearing footsteps approaching them, Eyles turned to see another member of the Flock, Fell, who wore a black shirt, look at them in mounting anger. "Hey, Fell. Care to join us?" He asked, not seeing any problem.

The angry looking sheep responded by kicking the dice away and yelling at the stunned Roberto and Eyles. "We're on the verge of going down the toilet, and you jerks are following Baa's footsteps?! Why don't you just spare us all the racket and go straight to the casinos already like those other idiots?!"

Not liking Fell's words, both Roberto and Eyles stood up straight and glared at him challengingly. "Oh, yeah?" They said in unison.

"Naturally." Fell replied unflinchingly and things looked ready for a brawl until a sharp woman's voice yelled out.

"Really?!"

With all three male sheep spooked, they turned to the nearby table where the yeller, their own leader, Sab, was alongside the armored Elitta, the light green-shirt wearing Corona, and the lone ram of the whole Flock, Ari. All four looked at Fell, Eyles, and Roberto disapproving as they stood over a map of the Chemical Plant Zone.

"You three might as well give all sheep men a bad name, you know that, right?" Said Elitta with a shake of her head.

"Yeah, I definitely don't remember Sol being that lackluster in manners." Corona commented which drew narrowed gazes from Ari and the other women in the Fold which prompted her to look down in shame. "Sorry, too soon."

Looking guilty, Fell then exhaled and spoke. "Sorry, people. I'm just not happy with our lack of good luck right now."

Sighing, Sab herself said. "Look, everyone, this is a bad time, I know. My ex-boyfriend left us to become one of Nutzan Bolt's security guards and "change things", Baa Humbug took up gambling and came back a psychotic maniac who hates Christmas, the Flock is down to the seven of us, and just two days ago, those Imperialist big shots had a party in Eggman's palace to gloat at all of us from afar." Slamming a fist down on the table, she nonetheless proclaimed. "Nevertheless, I refuse to give up! And I think we have an opportunity to show the Empire that we're not dead yet!" Seeing that she had everyone's focus, Sab smirked as she turned to Ari. "Alright, Zonerunner Ari, you've got the floor."

Smiling back at the colorful nickname Sab gave him due to hailing from Northamer before falling in with the Flock, the Mobian ram then gestured to the map and began to say. "I've analyzed the map from top to bottom and I'm positive I see a direct yet no less secret way into the administration building and right under both Nutzan and Megatox's nonexistent noses. Sonic the Hedgehog should be on his way to meet with them soon, and once he shows up, we'll strike at all of them until we make sure Sonic can't even crawl his way back to Metropolis."

"And you're sure that this won't come back to bite us?" Elitta asked for the sake of argument. "I know Egg Boss Sonic is one of the Doctor's top lackeys with the actual speed power to match, but how do we know Eggman will even negotiate with us once we capture the hedgehog?"

"Honestly, Elitta, this is probably supposed to be one of those times where we're all too desperate to care." Ari admitted, even though his facial expression showed he shared her concerns.

"I admit that it's risky." Interjected Sab. "And seeing as how Sonic has actual good points for being so popular, we won't be winning many hearts and minds from the people. Still, if we can grab him, we can ransom him for food, medicine, weapons, and a way to get off West Side Island and fight another day." Seeing everyone but Ari trading uncertain looks, Sab added. "Yes, I am not eager to leave our home either, but the cold hard truth is we can't win this on our own. If there are other Resistance groups out there, we need to link up with them and be ready to take the fight back when we have multiple people than just the seven of us."

Upon seeing her Freedom Fighters swap their uncertainty with looks of determination, Sab then raised her right fist in anticipation. "So, let's do this thing!"

"Yes, ma'am!" The Flock responded altogether.

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Chemical Plant Administrator's Office

Having been called to the Chemical Plant Zone of West Side Island to participate in a discussion over what was termed "an economic opportunity" from the Casino Night Zone's tourism promoter, Smiley the Shark, Sonic had come to listen to the card shark's proposal, no matter how boring he figured it would be, and although he was surprised and even impressed by what Smiley really offered, he had to set a responsible standard all the same.

Turning to the shark while they were both seated at a round table alongside the two most crucial Chemical Plant staff members, Sonic said. "Smiley, I enjoy a good race as much as the next Speed Type, and if you could think of a better racecourse that doesn't involve the Chemical Plant Zone, I'd instantly approve, but I can't approve of what you've already presented."

Showing the palms of his hands in a negligent way, Smiley replied. "Oh, come now, Egg Boss. So, I'm suggesting the Chemical Plant be part of the racetrack. Is that really such a bad thing when we're talking millions of Mobiums here?"

Sonic was about to retort Smiley's careless comment when the Badnik General in the room snapped first.

"You aquatic hustler! How dare you try to bribe the glorious Egg Boss Sonic away from his noble ideals with your talk of big money?!"

Although seeing Smiley intimidated by the purple, giant Badnik gave Sonic an internal feeling of smugness, the hedgehog nonetheless ordered. "Try to relax, Nutzan. I know he's imperfect, but Doctor Eggman still sees value in him for whatever reason."

Nutzan Bolt's behavior underwent a drastic change as he then turned to Sonic with an enthusiastic salute. "As you command, o distinguished Egg Boss of the Acorn Archipelago!"

With Smiley taking a deep breath to calm himself while Sonic internally wondered how and why the Chemical Plant's head of security apparently was to him as Thunderbolt was to Eggman, the last person in the room called for attention. "Gentlemen, if you're quite finished arguing, I have my own analysis to give."

Scratching the back of his head sheepishly, Sonic replied. "Go ahead, Doctor Megatox."

"Thank you." The aptly titled Megatox, chief scientist and overall administrator of the Plant said back before turning to Smiley. A co-creator of Mega Mack alongside Eggman himself, Doctor Mackenzie Mega was once a normal Human being majoring in chemistry as well as chemical warfare who hailed from the Military Republic of Overland as his future superior did. However, an accidental exposure to Mega Mack resulted in him being mutated into a purple being made entirely out of the substance, but it was nonetheless, a boon in some ways of making him a formidable fighter, even though he needed the Humanoid mech he was inserted into for the meeting to interact with his allies without poisoning them. "In any event, Smiley, I respect your sense of opportunism, but you must realize that there are multiple dangers with making this Zone a part of that race you're campaigning for. People would get hurt, employees would get distracted from their work, the Chemical Plant would be potentially damaged, and as far as I can imagine, the race itself would distract security from realizing someone is stealing important resources and secrets."

"Exactly!" Sonic said in agreement with Nutzan nodding his head in kind.

For his part, Smiley seemed to have gotten the hint. "Well, when you put it like that, I could remake the plans a bit when I'm back at my own office."

Sonic was about to say that the card shark was thinking smart when he then heard a large boom that shook the administration building itself.

Not wasting a moment, Nutzan turned to his built-in communicator on his left wrist and called for his top lieutenants. "Tess Tube, Sol Furic, what just happened?!"

"It sounds like the Flock have broken in, sir!" The Mobian Rough Collie, Tess, said through the communicator.

"We'll deal with them right away, sir!" Sol, who had defected from the Flock long beforehand, added.

"See that you do!" Nutzan shouted before turning to Sonic and Smiley. "Given the situation, I believe it would be best if you and the promoter stayed here for now, Egg Boss Sonic."

"You sure you don't need any help, Nutzan?" Asked Sonic.

Megatox answered for him. "No need to trouble yourself, sir. We wouldn't be proving ourselves capable of managing the Chemical Plant Zone if we allowed you to do all the work for us."

With Megatox and Nutzan having left to provide firepower against the rebels, Sonic was left alone with a cowering Smiley before a nearby emergency door opened to reveal a Mobian ram, firearm in hand, running straight for the card shark and grabbing him while glaring at Sonic emphatically.

"I believe you're the only good person in the whole Egg Boss lineup, Sonic, so if you have some concern for this corrupt scum for whatever reason, I expect you to come along with me, or else." The ram said with his gun pointed towards Smiley's horror-stricken face.

Sighing, Sonic replied. "Looks like this is an unlucky day then." He then added with a glare towards the rebel. "For you." Nonetheless, he held his arms out for a pair of hand cuffs to hold them together while he was led away with a panicking Smiley left behind to call for help.

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While I am still not closer to figuring out if either Clove or Cassia would be fitting to be Egg Boss Sonic's girlfriend, I did have some inspiration of how Sonic the Comic's Nutzan Bolt, who pathologically despised Sonic despite never meeting him, among other characters would interact with him as his subordinate, and I remembered that Armia, author of Time Trials, was curious on how the Resistance against the Eggman Empire would handle things without him by their side, so I decided to do the best I could.

You know, while I did not like how the complete SATAM series on DVD lacked closed captioning, it is a shame that Archie did not adapt the Freedom Fighter leader, Ari, in their Sonic comics. Granted, they potentially would have had to give depth to the members of his team like they did with the Wolf Pack from the Pre-Super Genesis Wave continuity, but one good thing at a time. In any event, since it feels like a hassle to expand on a bunch of nameless guys that got Roboticized in their debut episode, I think making Ari a member of the Flock from Sonic the Comic would be a bit more practical in terms of executing character relations and things like, so that is what I will do in my composite works.

Heck, since the only members of the Flock that were named in canon were Sol Furic and his probable love interest and leader, Sab, I can imagine saving some room for characters by replacing the five unnamed grunts with named sheep characters from other settings such as IDW's Lanolin, who could be connected in some way, even if she does not get in on the action until the Forces aftermath, and I already have an idea of how Sonic the Comic's Baa Humbug would go from a Freedom Fighter to a Christmas-hating lunatic, but for this piece, and for when I eventually reintroduce Sol and Sab in After the End, I figured that names derived Roberto Corona, Mark Eyles, and Elitta Fell, who all worked on the comic strip that introduced the Flock, would work for the nameless extras, just as I named their "Freedom HQ" after a sheep's pen.

As for what Megatox is "piloting", I saw fan art of him on DeviantArt in a kind of mech that gave me vibes reminiscent of both Mega Man and the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and since Megatox's condition would make real socializing unobtainable, I figured that giving him a kind of "bubble walker" would be workable.

Speaking of old stuff, Nutzan's physical appearance reminds me of the Decepticon Lugnut's from Transformers Animated, which fits with the attitude I gave him in this piece, so that is something.

In the meantime, I also like to say that a serial work depicting how numerous characters aside from Sonic would work for the Eggman Empire, which I appropriately named Under the Eggman Empire, should be in the works as well.