In 476 Admiral Greer is brought a surveillance
report stating that a large number of gas bag armadas are
en route to the Al Tarf system. Realizing that he is unable
to replace his losses and maintain a proper defense he scrambles
for other options to protect his beloved Federation. Finally
he is forced to accept what had been the unacceptable. The
140 ships defending the Joseki system are needed elsewhere.
Hating himself for abandoning the people of Joseki after fighting
for them for so long, he orders the fleet there to disband.
There are four battles fought this year. The forward elements
of the Auarhciniala fleet attack Al Tarf. They lose 98 warships
to our 18. Another major victory for our forces, but once
again Admiral Greer is reminded that he is not able to field
a new full strength aramada every year. That and the fact
that the gas bags could lose twenty battles this badly and
still win the war do nothing to help brighten his mood.
After the space victory around Al Tarf, our armies successfully
landed and captured the enemy colony of Al Tarf II. However,
in the same year we lost battles in the following sytems:
Narn, Joseki, and Girtab with the colonies of Joseki I and
Girtab II being bombed out of existence.
Next Greer spots a report from Ambassador Williams, and hoping
that this willl bring him better news than his scouts and
spies are bringing him, he quickly opens and then reads the
Attention Admiral Greer;
I regret to inform you, and our president that my efforts
to gain allies in our struggle have come to naught. The Inaro
and Tunetha are still smarting from earlier wars with them
and although they wish us well in our struggle they are unwilling
at this time to engage in conflict. Both are trading technologies
with us, but I am afraid that this will be the limit to their
You will be pleased to learn that although the Auarhciniala
have placed tremendous pressure on their allies the Trilarians,
the fish have seem the destruction of very large and powerful
gas bag fleets by our forces an they are unwilling to engage
us in battle at this time. However I would point out that
if the war goes badly for us I would expect the fish to join
with the gas bags in finishing us off.
While the crystals have been reduced to a mere two worlds
in our war with them, they refuse to maintain a peace treaty
with us and in no way will they ever beg9in trading with us
in any manner shape or form. Fortunately, they do not have
the strength to hurt us, and even the small garrison force
in the Shippan system is more than enough to destroy anything
that they will be able to send against us in the foreseeable
In summary, the Trilarians are allied with both of us, but
seem to favor the gas bags. They crystals hate both of us,
and are determined to fight us both. While the Raas and Inaro
are both our allies and would prefer for us to prevail. However,
even if both the Raas and Inaro joined us in the fight, the
gas bags would still have more votes in the senate, and command
a larger fleet than the three of us combined!
Finished with that report, Gree lets out a long sigh. Well,
we needed miracles before, and they came through for us. Maybe
we’ll get another miracle or two and find a way to turn
In 477 realizing that he does not have to forces available
to fight of the oncoming onslaught, Admiral Greer is forced
to abandon the Al Tarf system, and after pulling 2-new armadas
into the Ruchba system, the entire fleet at Al Tarf run to
the fortress of Ruchba for a last stand. This year, we lose
the colonies of Al Tarf I, Narn IV, and Joseki VI.
Although Admiral Greer can see the disturbing trend, he has
some hope in the fact that he has a solid defense force stationed
in Archird and a second Defense fleet on Ruchba sealing off
the core from ANY attacks by hostile forces. That along with
the fact that there are a large number of ships in the pipeline
to relieve his forces in the coming years, he has reason to
hope that he might be able to weather the oncoming assault.
In 478 there are antoher series of battles. A small gas bag
force attacks Archird and is annihilated. A second larger
and more powerful force attacks Ruchba, but all 60 of their
ships are destroyed while Federation Forces lose 15 ships
of the line. Durningthis year of fighting we also lose the
colonies of Al Tarf II and Indactyl III.
The next two years find more fighting at Ruchba and Archid
as is 479, 64 gas bag ships are thrown at us and all are lost,
destroying 24 of our defenders in the process. In 480, 160
gas bag ships engage our fleet and once again we are victorious.
All 160 gas bag ships are destroyed and we lose another 24
ships in return. Also, a force of 68 highly advanced gas bag
ships attack Archird. Our defencers there are able to dispatch
the invaders, but in the process we lose 42 ships! In one
single year although we won both of the major battles, we
have lost 66 nearly irreplaceable ships!
In 481, the ships that left Joseki are starting to become
available and Greer immediately pulls 1 IF and 1 Carrier armada
to Archird and 1 IF and 3 Carrier armadas to Ruchba. Thankfully,
the gas bag assult this year is toned down with only a small
force of 21 ships attacking in Archird. The gas bags lose
all 21 ships destroying none of ours in the battle.
The gas bag armadas that did not fight in last years battle
in Ruchba have now bypassed Ruchba and are moving on towards
Archird from their rear.
With our fleets suffering severe losses even while they are
winning their battles, the defenders of Archird are too weak
to fight a major battle even with last years reinforcements.
Seeing the danger, and again having a large number of ships
available to him in his reserve, Greer orders an IF and 3
Carrier armadas into Archird to strneghten his defenses there.
Finally, hoping against hope, Admiral Greer checks the relative
strengths of our two battle fleets. He is shocked and saddened
at what he finds. While our Federation fields 356 ships, the
gas bags have 2,317 ships at their command, even after losing
305 ships in the past four years! Now in 482 a large enemy
fleet is positioned above Archird, and to our great disbelieve
and joy, the enemy do not press the attack!
Our joy however is short lived as in 483 another major battle
is fought in the Ruchba system. We successfully repulse the
attack once again by destroying all ten armadas for a total
of 160 ships, however we suffer a devastating loss of 67 of
our own in the battle. Our fleet is still at battle strength,
but only barely.
In 484 Greer assigns 1 IF and 1 SR armada to Ruchba to reinforce
his fleet there before his entire defensive front can collapse.
Yet another large battle is fought as 95 more gas bag ships
attack Ruchba. Thankfully, we only lose 2 ships this year
while destroying 95 of theirs.
Reviewing battle taps from the more recent fighting Greer
can easily denote the newer and more powerful gas bag armadas
vs. the older and less powerful/survivable armadas. Sadly,
although we are quite good at killing the older armadas, it
is painfully obvious that the fleets being sent against us
have more and more of the stronger and more powerful armadas
in them. Although our newer armadas have more and more of
our newest and most advanced warships in them, our technical
advantage is definitely eroding.