AKO Posted July 21, 2004 Report Share Posted July 21, 2004 Cycle 26 "These negotiations aren't going anywhere. These buggers stall and stall, it is very frustrating. We should start to do think about other ways to get this planet on board." Imperial ambassador Belamy Spencer ventilated his frustration to his aide John MacIntosh, at the foreign ministry on the home world. "I will propose the president to have a backup plan to 'encourage' these guys below to join our empire. We need their resources badly to further grow the empire. These peacefull negotiations take forever." "Well, sir, I understand what you are saying, we are also not at all happy to see that it takes so long. We can see that there is progress, but it is very, very slow." Belamy was already negotiating a peace treaty for 10 cycles with one of the Kliuchene planets, but some factions on the planet kept sabotaging the talks by coming up with more and more legalistic issues to protect their interests. "What can we do to help you sir?", MacIntosh asked. "Maybe we can 'encourage' them by sending in one of our peace corps, they can be very convincing. But Kasame doesn't want that, he wants to do it clean and peacefull. He expects that it will take less effort later to work with them and he doesn't want to commit troops for a long time to keep a hostile population under control. He has a point there, I suppose. But I would still like it as a backup plan. Please schedule an appointment with him, John." "I will do sir, anything else?" "No thanks, that's it. Over and out." The call came a lot quicker than expected. Three hours later Belamy was contacted by Kasame M'Bete, president of the republic. "Thanks for getting to me so soon, mister president." " "No problem, Belamy, but I do have an urgent mission for you. You will move immediately to warp point [sensored]. You will be briefed by the defense minister and science ministry while you are on your way. This is very important to the republic Belamy, treat this delicately." "Well, ofcourse sir, I will. Can you tell me what it's all about?" Belamy asked, thinking what could be more important than gaining control over a new world. "We think we have established first contact.", Kasame replied. "So, get going on the double." The briefing was quick and clear in it's unclarity. The 154th exploration fleet had detected a Pathfinder from an alien empire. "A cat's paw on a field of orange encircled by stars" was visible on the hull of the pathfinder. The captain of the 154th had contacted the pathfinder's crew and ordered them to hold their position. The fleets were eyeing each other at the point of entry of the alien pathfinder. The warp point had been surveyed from both sides quite some time ago, and it was a mystery how this alien arrived there. It looked as if it came from the core of the republic! The 101st Recon group accompanied the Imperial Ambassador to his new mission. The oldest ship in the fleet, but good enough for diplomatic missions. Although Belamy now wished that those Type A Universal Translators were available on this ship, it could help him in his communications with this alien. But on the other hand, the captain of the 154th was able to talk to them, so some form of communication should work out. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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