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View of the Moncton Icosahedron from the outside of the blockade
|Other names||Moncton Spaceship|
|Participants||United Nations, American government and military, Canadian government and military, ACMC|
|Location||Downtown Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada|
|Date||July 5, 2009 - present|
|Result||de jure military control of the area surrounding the object|
The Moncton Icosahedron (also known by code name Operation Close Encounter, or simply the Moncton Spaceship) is an extraterrestrial spacecraft that entered the Earth's atmosphere and suspended itself above the Canadian city of Moncton, located in the Maritime province of New Brunswick, on July 5, 2009. It is the only technological object that is not originally made by humans. Named the Moncton Icosahedron by the American military in the first stages of Operation Parkfield, it has as of June 2012, remained suspended 78.5 metres (257.6 feet) above the city, and no forms of life has appeared out of the spacecraft. It is in the shape of a Compound of five octahedra type Icosahedron, and is covered with an advanced form of ferro-fluid. It measures 227.1 feet (69.2 metres) across, from point to point, on each one of it's spikes.
Most of the residents of Moncton have been relocated to separate districts, in order for the military to have a continued presence of the American and Canadian military within the downtown part of the city. Over 70% of the city's area has been fully militarized by a joint American-Canadian government co-operation, the American-Canadian Moncton Co-operative, abbreviated into the ACMC, protects and maintains the area surrounding the object. The United Nations formed this branch with the collaboration of the American and Canadian government to ensure to safety and security of the earth and its people.
The reactions to the presence of the Moncton Icosahedron have ranged from violent to welcoming across the world. Many nations find the object as a threat to the world, and humans. Since the initial presence of the object, the Canadian military has grown by 1500%, with the total Canadian military expenditure reaching C$71.8 billion in 2010, largely supplemented by the American intervention. The UN headquarters has deemed to site "unsafe for any human presence, and a possible threat if approached", according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the special session of the United Nations General Assembly on July 7, 2009. As a result, no unauthorized person is allowed within a one km radius of the object, in accordance to UN law. The Canadian and American governments have entered in similar laws and restrictions into their legal systems. International support for this movement is widely supported, since most critics believe that the object is questionable in its intentions, and maybe provoked into violent acts if approached. Most operational ACMC facilities with the militarized zone are on the edge of the zone, and to the east of the city. The western part of the city host the most government agencies and embassies in the area. The eastern part of the city is largely deserted homes and highway checkpoints.
On the afternoon of July 5, 2009, a large Compound of five octahedral Icosahedron came from the sky from apperantly nowhere and took the city's inhabitants by total surprise. Neither the American or the Canadian military airspace radars picked up the object as it was entering the atmosphere. One 25-year-old man, Lance LaBlanc, took a photograph with a Nikon D5000, soon after first spotting the object. The object had come to a motionless halt at approximately 2:37:29 p.m., according to security cameras and eyewitnesses reports.
Within two minutes, CNN and CBC news had begun coverage on the event. Initially, the viewing audience believed it to be a hoax, yet images and live news feed came in, and the population of the world reacted. Mass panic around the world was occurring, as the governments of both America and Canada did their best to control the situation.
The RCMP in Moncton were ordered to evacuate civilians from the area, and to remove an at all vehicles within the radius of one km of the object. Within seven minutes, the Canadian military had arrived, setting up barriers and road blocks leading into the city, and evacuate the remaining civilians outside of the city limits. The American military arrived ten minutes after the arrival of the object. Further road blocks and restrictions as to travel in the area were implicated. President Obama held an emergency presidential address that was broadcast internationally. He reassured the all military precautions were been taken, and a military seal of the area around the object was underway. Military and civilian scientist were forcibly ordered to investigate the object at a secure location at NORAD.
Within the next two hours, the nuclear defense systems of the members of the NPT were on full-alert, in fear of the object was the first of an extraterrestrial invasion. United States was at DEFCON 1, the highest level of the scale, for the first time in history.
Panoramic and first image of the object
In order to cope with the number of displaced inhabitants of Moncton, the Government of Canada, in co-operation with the Government of the United States, and the joint ACMC (American Canadian Moncton Co-operation) signed into effect the creation of two separate community districts, in which all residents of Moncton would have to relocate. Settlement District 1 was set up on August 20, 2009, and would host over 52,000 people. Settlement District 2 was set up on September 7, 2009, and would host over 74,000 people.