A new type of submarine designed for stealth (with an uncanny resemblance to Yangtze-class submarines), the Democracy was dry-docked for repairs and refitting at the facility at Mount Desert Island. Helmed by Captain Arnold Wabash, 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, "the Reds would do as bad or worse if given the chance".
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. 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 together with the sub's launch key. 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, as Wabash did sabotage his submarine's nuclear capability, he would never have his revenge: The Captain died in a safe room at the nearby hotel, betrayed by a Chinese spy and one-time lover, Franny Richardson.
The submarine itself remained stuck in dry dock. As the base deteriorated and the doors rusted, it became little more than a derelict hulk leaking radiation into the hold. This made it the perfect choice for DiMA, as the elevated radiation levels ensured he would have no interlopers interfering with his work. It changed when the Children of Atom came, with DiMA moving on to Acadia and entrusting the base - and the submarine - to the Children. They renamed it and the base The Nucleus, turning it into a holy site of their cult.
- 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."
- 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