In year 413 the first wave of formal conflict
with the gas bags begins. There are dozens of confrontations
in dozens of separate shared systems. The vast majority of
the confrontations end without combat. However, in our Fortress
System of Tefnut, we attack the Gas-bag colony, destroy its
space defenders and then bomb the colony out of existence.
Knowing that the numbers are VERY much against us, we are
desperately searching for a way out of this war, or at least
a way to find outside support to take away some of the pressure
that their awesome fleet can bring to bear.
Hoping to aid us in freeing up some of our armadas, Ambassador
Williams again offers peace to the Gamro Empire. We are sure
that the crystals do not like us very much, hell we already
absorbed a majority of their empire, but perhaps they will
see an armistice as time to be free of fighting and time to
rebuild their fleet. While this could pose more problems for
us in the future, we will have to deal with that later.
In 414 Admiral Greer formalizes a grand strategy that will
give us our greatest chance of victory. We will put up a token
defense in key star systems hoping to delay their main fleet
from taking too many of our frontier worlds. While we are
lightly defending the frontier, we will be attacking Gas-bag
worlds in systems that we share and happen to be located closer
to our core. The hope is that if we can take/destroy more
worlds than we lose then perhaps the war will end before we
In keeping with this plan we attack the gas bag world of
Pavone I and destroy its defenders. The our fleet bombs the
world doing a great deal of damage. Auarhciniala launch an
attack against Tefnut, but they are summarily repulsed. Dozens
of other systems see confrontations, but thankfully no battles
as our forces in most systems are more or less equally matched.
The next year, we bomb the colony of Pavone I out of existence,
and attack the world of Merkent III. Defeating the defenders
of the Merkent system we storm Merkent III on our frontier
and capture the colony! Our sensors in Tefnut detect a VERY
large fleet heading in. If we lose Tefnut, then our empire
will be cut in half! Admiral Greer orders our fleet their
to hold their ground and defend to the last. Enemy forces
on our frontier are also massing in the neighboring systems
of Ibis and Joseki. Hoping to hold Joseki as a chke point
we pull our forces out of Ibis to Joseki in order to increase
our garrison fleet there. We are hopelessly outnumbered in
The year is 416 and a fleet nearly double the size of our
garrison force has just entered the Tefnut syststem. Not wanting
any of the invader to be able to get beyond this choke point
Admiral Greer order our fleet to intercept the interlopers.
There is a very large and vicious battle, but we destroy ten
armadas of invading ships. In the end, we lost 58 ships while
the gas bags lost a staggering 136. We have achieved a major
victory, but given the relative strength of each of our fleets,
I am afraid that it is but a pyric victory. A few more battles
like this and we will lose the war.
We bomb the colony of Waage II and they bomb and destroy
our colony of Ibis I. Wanting to maximize our use of current
technology Admiral Greer orders a complete redesign of the
entire fleet. Some congressmen are angry about being bypassed
in the decision to redesign, but knowing that the survival
of our people is at stake they decide to not make a big deal
out of it. After redesigning the fleet, Greer pulls the remaining
ships from our reserve in a reinforced reconnaissance armada
and assigns it to the Tefnut system.
The very next year, in 417 there is another large battle
for control of the Tefnut system as the remaining armadas
from the gas bag fleet are intercepted. Once again our fleet
is victorious, this time much more decisively so. We lose
3 ships while the gas bags lose 80! Our people rejoice at
the news and broadcasters everywhere state with more victories
like this we should be able to achieve total victory. Hearing
those reports of course is enough to make Admiral Greer want
to laugh or cry, he is not sure which…
There are a number of other battles the same year. In the
Waage system, we attack Waage II. The space battle is very
nasty with the system defenses causing terrible damage to
our fleet. We win, but we also lose 12 ships in the fighting.
We then bomb the colony of Waage II once again. We lose battles
at Colmar and Girtab while in the Merkant system the battle
results in a draw.
In year 418 we notice a large concentration of enemy ships
building in our shared system of Joseki. If we lose this system
then we will lose the entire frontier! We attack and win once
more in the Waage system. We lose battles in Phlegyas, Indactyl
and Merkent. Muru III is attack but we are able to bring the
battle to a draw. Indactyl II is lost to enemy bombardment.
We have inflicted some losses, but thus far the war is not
going well for us. We will need a miracle if we are to survive
much less win. The vast number of enemy ships facing us is
just too much. Without some relief, they will thin our defenses
to the breaking point and we will lose.
In 419 that miracle arrives! The Auarhciniala actually ask
us for a cease fire! Admiral Williams is so stunned with he
offer that it actually took him FIVE FULL SECONDS to consider
the offer before accepting the offer!
With the end of the gas bag war our people rejoice. WE lost
a few worlds, but strategically the gas bags lost more. So
perhaps, this is why they have offered peace. They have over
1,000 ships in the Joseki system versus our 175 so if they
had chosen to fight we do not believe we could have won. We
prayed for a miracle and low and behold it has come!