Two years after we celebrate our 400th anniversary,
the second Antaran X is decoded. The Antaran Outlook is now
ours to use and our people are very happy to learn this. It
is widely believed that if we are able to discover and then
implement all five of the fabled X’s then we may be
able to bring the galaxy together and avoid direct conflict
with the Auarhciniala empire. One more piece of popular information
is that the gas bags chose this as the year they would begin
actively attacking Gamro worlds. They bomb the crystal worlds
in this system into lifelessness. While our civilian populace
is ecstatic to hear that we are getting support from this
very powerful nation, militarily our officers see something
else at work.
The last several years have seen a steady reduction in resistance
from the crystals. They do not appear able to field significant
fleets and their ground forces while still potent are not
as numerous as they had started to become. From this and the
fact that we have already taken a large number of worlds from
them we can only assume that this war was reaching its conclusion.
So why now would the gas bags finally decide to give us some
assistance? Two very disturbing possibilities rise to the
1. The gas bags are jumping onto the band wagon now that the
heavy fighting is over to grab up more systems and worlds
for their own empire thus denying them to us.
2. The gas bags are starting to actively pursue a policy to
limit our growth much like our top-secret program to colonize
gas bag outposts.
While the first possibility is annoying, the second is actually
frightening. Given the warnings we have already received from
them, such a policy could be a prelude to war. During this
same year, 402, we attack the Gamro world of Ibis IV easily
defeat their space born defenders and our assaulting army
gains ground against the planetary defenders. The next year
our ground forces on Ibis IV secure the panet without need
Now the war against Gamro is in its end phase. They have
less than ten worlds in five systems and our existing fleet
is more than strong enough to deal with the threat. In 406
we attack the Gamro system of Merkent, easily defeat their
space defense and then in preparation for a ground assault
we spot a very large defending force. Armed with this information
Admiral Greer dispatches three full armies in a single landing
to take this world without delay. This is the largest single
landing of troops in our nations history, and everyone is
very confident that the world will fall without delay. One
the ground we have a total of 99 combat units vs. a surprising
66 enemy ground combat units. We have expected a large defensive
force, but this does exceed our expectations significantly.
Our forces stage a successful landing and gain ground, but
the defenders are able to maintain control over a large portion
of their world.
The next year, knowing that our forces on Merkent I significantly
outnumber the defenders, Admiral Greer directs his fleet to
attack Merkent II. The groung assault on Merkent II goes quite
well with one army securing the entire planet in the first
year! This is a major victory for our ground forces. However,
on Merkent I where we have three full armies slugging it out
with the crystalline defenders, our forces gain ground but
are still unable to secure the world.
In the same year that Merkent II falls we receive bitter
news from our erstwhile allies, the Auarhciniala. Their Ambassador
informed Ambassador Williams that due to weakening relation
and undefined transgressions they are severing all trade agreements
with us! This news is disasterous! An immediate emergency
session of congress is called and Admiral Greer is brought
forth to deliver a state of the nations defense report.
Standing in front of the assembled representatives from all
across the Orion Federation Admiral Greer swallows a lump
in his throat before proceeding. “Ladies and Gentlemen.
While it is true that we are net yet at war with the Auarhciniala,
the current trend in relations would suggest that we prepare
for the possibility that such a state of war could exist in
the near future. Currently we have a total of 393 ships in
service to our nation. When you compare this to their 2,539
ships of war, I believe it is quite obvious that we are ill
prepared to fight them at this time. Now it is true that we
do have 251 ships in reserve, this still means that our active
and reserve force amount to less than ¼ of their total
“I hereby implore you to increase our military spending
to the highest level possible until we are either nearly equal
in strength to the Auarhciniala or relations with them have
been restored to the point where the question of s future
war is merely a war planning scenario. Otherwise, a future
war that will not be likely in the next ten to twenty years.
Without this spending increase we WILL lose any confrontation
with them. Even with the spending increase it would be an
unprecedented victory if we were able to defeat them in open
combat. While you deliberate you need to consider one more
thing. The Auarhciniala do not invade their enemies worlds.
They bomb them. If the war comes it will be a genocidal war.
If we lose no one single citizen on our nation will survive
to tell the tale!”
A stunned silence falls in the capital building. Genocide?
Genocide against us and our people?! We have been concerned
about a possible war with the gas bags for so long, several
centuries now, that consideration of what the results of such
a war are no longer really considered. Politicians who had
always balked about increase military spending for troops,
ships and even research are now forced to question the actions
they have taken throughout their entire lives. More hawkish
politicians wonder why we have not been actively support enemies
of the gas bags before now and question whether or not they
could have pushed through more measures that would have strengthened
their current position.
Without exception, every single lawmaker feels a sense of
dread about what appears to be an impending war with the gas
bags. When the vote on increased military spending is held,
the vote is unanimous. Military spending would be increased
to a level of Holy War! Any additional funds that can be found
or saved will be spent on military preparedness. May God save
us all if this war comes.
In 408, one year after congress approved a drastic increase
in military spending Merkent I falls to our army. Two years
later in year 410 more dread news arrives. An enemy battle
fleet with 1,456 warships of various sizes and classes are
spotted in the Muru System bordering a cutoff point on our
frontier! Believe that war might be immanent Admiral Greer
pull a large number of ships from reserve to buttress our
defenses. Three armadas, 2 carrier armadas and 1 Missile armada,
are placed in the strategic system of Joseki to begin building
a fortress system to stop or at least delay this huge fleet
from ravaging our entire frontier. Four more armadas, 2 Carrier,
1 missile, and 1 Long Range, are placed in the fortress system
of Tefnut to defend our core worlds against a possible invasion
and possibly even stage an assault one some Gas bag systems
in the event of war. In all 126 ships are pulled from reserve
to begin preparing for an alien offensive.
Year 411 brings a mixed bag of news for our now frightened
people. The Gas Bags one again deliver a warning to Ambassador
Williams. Greer thinks this particular warning could be because
they were able to see that our active fleet had greater than
a 30% increase in size last year alone! Either way though,
the warning is one more sign that a war might be immanent.
One the good side though, one of our Antaran expeditions has
just discovered our third X. Their armada will begin their
journey home next year. Our people are praying that the old
legend of final victory for the race that deciphers the five
X’s is true. For his part, Admiral Greer fears that
this could be the only way any of his people might survive
into the next century.
Year 412 finds us on the very brink of Total War with the
Auarhciniala empire. We assault and capture the Gamro Shippan
system. Then almost immediately the Gas bags end all treaties
with us! Checking the relative strengths of our empires once
more, Admiral Greer finds better, but still disheartening
information. Our Nation now fields 525 warships. The gas bags
however field 2,464 warships. We still face incredible odds.
Realizing that he can not defend the frontier and the core
at the same time Greer decides on a different strategy. We
will do what we can to take the fight to the gas bags and
leave many of our frontier worlds undefended. Hopefully in
the time that the gas bags attack our frontier we will be
able to increase the size and strength of our fleet for a
large and decisive confrontation. To take the fight to the
gas bags, we will assault and capture/destroy their colonies
in any system that we share located anywhere near our core.
To support this new policy he pulls five more armadas from
reserve and places them in two shared systems. If war comes,
as it surely will now that ALL treaties have been severed.
What else is likely to happen with dozens of armed worlds
and potentially hostile worlds sharing the same systems? Now
knowing that war is here, we will get in a few good licks
of our own before they are able to destroy us!
For one last measure, Admiral Greer recalls the fleet assigned
to take down the crystals. Leaving a single modern carrier
armada behind to guard our rear; the entire fleet begins sailing
back to the core with order to cleanse all gas bag worlds
on their way home.
Ambassador Williams does his part to help in the coming war
effort. He immediately offers and armistice to the Gamro empire.
Then, seeing that another gas bag empire is calling for total
war against the Auarhciniala he quickly seconds the motion.
He does this reasoning that if we are going to war with a
super power, then it is best to go with friends.