In the year 342 we assault the Gimro system
of Girtab. The defense of this system is very stiff and two
of our armadas are utterly destroyed in the fighting. To make
matters worse, when our army landed to secure Girtab IV, we
are repulsed losing nearly 100% of our forces! Admiral Greer
is shocked, but given that the army was a marine army and
he still had a battletoid army in reserve he decides to try
and keep the information quiet for a short while, at least
until he is able to land his troops on this troublesome world.
Then, in 343 a second army is repulsed with very high casualties
very similar to the first.
This time it is impossible to keep news of his losses from
the public and there is an outcry from the public for retribution.
Admiral Greer is called before congress to explain the losses.
In the hearing he points out that consistant with his earlier
request to redesign the battle fleet, the ships in this battle
were growing old, not to mention the fact that both of the
armadas that were destroyed were running at under 50% of their
original strength. For the results of the ground battle, he
stedfastly reports that we do not have
ANY additional armies to send into battle at this time and
he only committed one army at a time because to do otherwise
would have stopped his offensive.
Now though, with no more ground forces ready for battle he
is forced to wait for additional reinforcements to reach the
front before he can continue the long offensive against the
crystals. Many in congress questioned why he did not have
the ground forces he needed to continue the war and his only
response was a simple response. “I sirs, do not have
the authority to decide how many and what types of ground
troops you supply me with. Give me more troops and I will
not again run unto a situation such as this.”
After his congressional hearing, Admiral Greer reported to
the president for a top-secret policy meeting. At the meeting
both President Alicine Winters and Admiral Greer agree that
they are pleased with the secret colonization policy to check
the power and expansion of the gas bags. Yes the gas bags
continue to grow in strength, but at least in areas where
we have influence, we are dominant. In most systems shared
between the Auarhciniala, and us, our cadre of system ships
and system defenses should be at least equal to what gas bags
have available in the same systems. This is welcome news indeed.
While we still hope to postpone such a war to a much later
date, this will give us an edge that could save us in the
event of a full-blown war.
There are other precautions being taken as well. We have
designated a few select strategically located systems as fortress
systems and as their defense grow; our ability to check any
advance into our core worlds increases greatly.
As our newer and more advanced warships begin to fill our
reserves, it is decided that we should send some of our older
ships out to look for some of the fabled Antaran X’s.
Having come to the conclusion that this would be a good way
to utilize our outdated warships, Admiral Geer dispatches
three armadas on Antaran Expeditions.
In the year 370, Admiral Greer felt as if they were finally
ready to take on the Guardian at Usa. Taking this Guardian
out would open our core worlds up to another invasion route,
but with four full armadas to take on the guardian and then
provide for system defense he is confident that gaining the
new system would be worth the limited risk. Besides, the nations
on the other side of this star lane are benign and Ambassador
Willaims had long since been able to establish full military
alliances with them.
So, in this year 2 carrier and 2 missile armadas are launched
against the guardian. The battle is fierce, but victory is
ours! We lost a total of 13 warships in the battle, but we
have been able to secure a paradise world along with to other
new and untouched worlds to add to our ever-growing nation.
The war against the Gamro continues, we are taking losses,
but the gains we are making in these battle more than make
up for any losses suffered thus far.