In year 450 we once agin check the relative
strengths of our respective militaries and find that while
we are fielding 420 warships, the gas bags have 2,069 ships
deployed for combat. While this is much better than the 3,000
+ that we have seen in the past the total number of enemy
ships facing us is still quite daunting.
Hoping to raise a large enough reserve to eventually deploy
a strong offensive in the Waage system Admiral Greer holds
onto his limited forces and begins repositioning his fleets
to fit his new strategy.
In two battles, one in the Archird system and one in Merkent
our overwhelmingly outnumbered garrisons run rather than die
in battle with no positive results to show for their sacrifice.
In two other battles, in Theta Indi and Wasat, our defenders
are beaten. We also lose Theta Indi IV and Ibis IV to enemy
The public mood is turning bleak as more and more news about
military defeats begin to reach home. We are slowly losing
the frontier and an entire sector of space where we were once
powerful is slowly being ripped from our control. The next
year is no better than 450. In this year we lose battles at
the Fakar, Niru and Theta Indi systems and are once again
saddened to learn that we have lost two more colonies. The
colonies of Niru II and Theta Indi II are lost to enemy bombardment.
Then in 452, finally having the forces he needs to begin
the new strategy Admiral Greer pulls 2 new armadas from reserve
and assigns them to the Waage system. Having a storng enough
force to attack, he immediately launches an attack on the
Auarhciniala fleet in this system. The battle is very large
and violent, but he succeeds in taking the gas bags by surprise.
In the end the gas bags lose 10 armadas with 160 ships to
our loss of 4 warships! A tremendous victory for our fleet!
News of the victory at Waage is received with great joy and
excitement. The people now know that we are still fighting,
and yet again we have proved that we have yet to lose a single
major battle in this war. Their feeling are so jubilant at
this, that they hardly notice that we lost another battle
in the Theta Indi system and that Theta Indi I was destroyed
by enemy bombardment.
In 453 the two opposing fleets in the Waage system meet for
another violent and deadly battle. Once again Admiral Greer
forces are victorious, and this time the losses are even more
lopsided than last years. The gas bags once again lose 10
armadas totaling 160 ships, but this time our fleet lost only
a single ship! Again, people celebrate the news. The huge
gas bag fleet at Waage is being destroyed, and so far our
losses have been almost non-existent.
When news arrives that we lost yet another battle on the
frontier and that the colony of Whynil I was destroyed some
people can see a frightening trend. Yes we are winning the
major battles, but in this, the third gas bag war, we have
yet to destroy or capture a single gas bag world while we
have lost far too many of our own. Surely even our great Federation
cannot continue to sustain these losses even when our core
systems are seemingly safe.
With two years of seeing his new strategy beginning to bear
fruit Admiral Greer orders a new evaluation of relative fleet
strengths between our two warring nations. When the reports
arrive he is surprised at what he finds. Our battle fleet
has grown in strength from 420 warships to 455 while the gas
bag fleet has grown to 2,179 warships.
He had expected the gas bag fleet to have grown a bit more
than it did. Maybe, just maybe, we are beginning to wear them
down. If we can wear them down, then perhaps we can find a
way to turn the tide in this war.
Knowing that he must press his advantage in Waage, Greer
pulls a new missile armada from reserve and assigns it to
Waage just in time to fightin this year’s colossal battle.
True to form, for the third year in a row a major battle takes
place for the ultimate control of the Waage system. Like the
past two years, our fleet scores yet another MAJOR victory
as 10 more armadas of gas bag ships are destroyed, eliminating
another 160 enemy ships from their roster. However, this year
our losses are significantly higher than the past two years.
This time, the gas bags managed to destroy 32 ships of the
valiant defenders of Waage.
Along with the third victory at Waage, our forces engage
the gas bag forces in the Merkent system, however we lose
this battle and the colony of Merkent II is lost to enemy
Scanning the Waage system to verify how many enemy ships
remain in this system Admiral Greer sees that the gas bags
have reinforced their fleet. With a savage grin on his face
he also notices that they were unable to fully replace their
earlier losses. Yes, he is wearing them down. Yes, this strategy
could work. It will take a LONG time, and our losses will
continue to mount, but this strategy can work.
Once again pushing his advantage he pulls everything he can
from his dwindling reserves and assigns a new carrier pack
to the Waage system for this years battle. If I can not keep
our strength at a certain minimum, then this strategy will
fail. If we continue to take losses like we did last year,
then I will not be able to maintain the Waage fleet at fighting
For the fourth year in a row the massive fleets of the Orion
Federation and the Auarhciniala Empire engage in a massive
battle in the Waage system. This year though, the battle is
much more lopsided than every before. The gas bags lose yet
another 10 armadas with 160 warships while our valiant defenders
of Waage take no losses at all!
Sadly, even news of yet another great victory at Waage, news
of two more deats comes in. Our forces were unable to defend
the Indactyl and Muru systems. While we had a significant
garrison at Muru, our three armadas were unable to stop the
horde of gas bags ships. Muru II and Indactyl II are then
lost to enemy bombardment.
This is a dark time in our history. We have destroyed so
many enemy ships in the Waage system that contractors are
fighting over the salvage rights to all of the debris that
is starting to accumulate there. All told, the enemy have
so far lost 700 war ships to our 37. With the debris of so
many ships floating around, the salvage rights are worth a
In 456, the fifth year of the battle for control of Waage,
the defenders of wage face a mere 64 enemy warships in battle.
After a brief but vicious fight, the system is finally purged
of the enemy and our forces summarily bomb their single colony
in this system out of existence. Our forces have finally won
the first strategic victory of the third gas bag war!
Celebrations of this great victory are held all across the
Federation as people begin to have a feeling of hope. We have
yet to lose a single major battle and we have finnaly defeated
on of the enemy colonies. Now that we know what we have to
do, all we have to do is repeat it! Even news of two other
losses that year is not enough to dampen the spirits of our
people. Niru II and Muru II on the frontier are both lost
to enemy bombardments.
With the victory, President Winters calls a special meeting
of her war council and Admiral Greer stands to present his
grand strategy for their approval.
“Ladies and Gentlemen. After taking serous losses and
finding our selves unable to sustain combat both at Joseki
on the Frontier and Waage near our core we were forced to
make a choice. The choice, no matter how painful was actually
a simple one to make. Spread ourselves out to defend as best
we can everything we have, or consolidate our forces and begin
to take the offensive. The battles you saw in the Waage system
are the culmination of that decision.”
“For the first time in all of our fighting against
the Auarhciniala, we have succeeded in taking a heavily defended
system from them. I would like to point out to you that the
defenders of Waage succeeded in destroying 764 enemy warships
with a loss of only 37 of their own. Ambassador Williams has
informed me that the other nations of the galaxy have taken
note of our victory here, and although they are not yet prepared
to fight the Auarhciniala, they are a bit more willing to
deal with us knowing that we can defend ourselves from them.”
Hearing this, Ambassaodr Willaims nods and then stands. “I
should point out that several nations, the Techidi and Raas
specifically have expressed, privately, a great deal of support
for our efforts. The Raas are doing what they can to help
us by trading technologies with us as well. Sure, they are
getting more from these trades than we are, but a they get
stronger, I am hopeful that we will gain a powerful ally in
our fight against the gas bags.” With that, having added
hat he could, he sits and allows the Admiral to continue.
“Now that Waage is secure, I am ordering the defenders
of Waage to begin offensive operations and pruge the rest
of our ‘near’ core systems of enemy colonies.
As you know, the enemy still has four colonies near our core.
Once the defenders are able to purge those colonies, they
will be ordered to advance into the frontier to provide relief
to our remaining colonies out there and begin the process
of taking back the systems where we once held a solid presence.”
“I hope that I do not have to tell you that this strategy
will take some time. As our fight in Waage has showed you,
when they decide to stop and fight us, they are fully capable
of slowing any advance we might make.”
“As I expect that the defenders of Waage will not require
significant reinforcements for the next few years I hope to
provide Joseki with enough reinforcements to allow them to
begin attacking the massive enemy fleet facing them there.
We will also be providing additional forces to the defenders
of Tefnut. When their force is strong enough I will order
them to advance on the Archid system, effectively extending
our core without adding an additional border. This will also
allow us to take another gas bag system containing three productive
worlds form them.”
“I am afraid that until further developments occur,
this is all I can give you about our future plans. Are there
any questions?” For the next several hours President
Alicine Winters and her war council debate Admiral Greer’s
plan, and in the end it is accepted wholly and without modification.
We will do what we can to take the war to the enemy, and hopefully
we will continue to win all of our major battles.