The War

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Note: this article may contain references to the biography of Martind Forlon.


HIP 98621 is system with high population and big importance to the imperial senator Zemina Torval. This system was for a very long time a quiet place, but that begin changing when into system have expanded minor faction called the Sovereign Justice Collective. People of the SJC were at first full of enthusiasm from entering this important system, but this lasted only few first weeks. Major fact, which significantly affected all further events, was independence of the SJC faction to the great interstellar powers. Never before it was seen as a problem due bonuses provided by form of SJC's government (dictatorship) which is highly beneficial especially for Zemina Torval controlled systems, but also due this concrete faction's ability to maintain stability in ruled systems. The main person behind the success of the SJC was charismatic chancellor Zahra Arias, which have build and maintained strong positive relationship with representatives of numerous smaller or bigger Imperial forces and theirs supporters. She was of the opinion that diplomacy is a most important key for long time success, even though she knew also that sometimes it may not be enough ...


Problems started inconspicuously. One of small imperial local Factions, which was present in few nearby systems, started claim its own rights to be in HIP 98621. They argued (without any proof) that it were them who 'hard' worked to open possibility for expansion into HIP 98621. This was followed by open allegations that the SJC was cooperating with their opponent (which successfully blocked theirs expansions attempts), with an emphasis on a fact that the SJC, as an independent dictatorship, have absolutely no right to be in such important imperial system. The local situation then began to deteriorate rapidly. In less than 24 hours, not only were all diplomatic channels closed, but emerged also an anti SJC propaganda for gathering support from independent pilots. Whole SJC faction, and also all its supporters, were marked as public enemy, and immediatelly were started agressive operations towards their forcefull retreat from the HIP 98621 system. During three following weeks the SJC faction fought against continuously increasing external opposition when have trying to gather a starting "ground" in form of space station or surface settlement. At first an election, and then armed conflict, with other native factions ended in failure. After that the situation even worsened, as the opposition managed to lock up the four upper local factions in the conflict (with the effect of locked local influences), and they slowly began to reduce the remaining low SJC influence to the retreat threshold. The time when something could be done was quickly getting shorter ...


Hidden place somewhere in Hip 98621: Leading officer (LO) of the Ghost Legion was was just in discussion about local situation with his leading operations officer (called also 'BGS meister'), when his communicator announced incoming secured call with highest priority. He accepted it, listened silently for several minutes, and then at the call end replied: "Yes, ma'am, we will take care about it!" After few more seconds of silence he have looked at the BGS meister and told: "It's official now, we need everyone! And now, or better yet, yesterday!" BGS meister replied: "Yes Sir, ... but we, and you know it well too, are supporting here the SJC already from the start no matter if offical or not." LO: "That's not enough, we need push much harder! Is time to activate ALL our resources. And, it's also a time for ... you know!" "Yes Sir!", replied BGS Meister and left the room in haste. Was about a time to activate several emergency pre-prepared plans at once ...


Three weeks later ...


Cockpit of the warship Dark Queen: "Finally, it's over!" ... that was my first thought when new waves of enemy ships suddenly stopped appearing. Dark Queen's lasers began to cool gradually, and our small support 'SLF' fighter, piloted by my co-pilot Deborah, was slowly returning back to the ship. It took weeks of preparation to reach this point, followed by four very long days in the local combat zones. We were very pleased with this hard-earned success, but we both also urgently needed some rest. A 'unanimous' decision was made to go into local bar in newly acquired (for SJC) surface settlement called Ziemianski Prospect for a few beers. Once entered the bar we saw, that numerous other legion's pilots had similar idea. The biggest suprise however was, that behind the bar was legion's 'main' barman Bob. Why he get there and mainly 'how?' remained a mystery, but our mood rised up by 100% instantly. We suddenly felt like in a home and enjoyed pleasant company with beautiful views from the bar windows to the local Sun and the nearby planet on the horizon_.


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