Anarion gave a smile.
"You must take us for some isolationist savages with some fear of the outside universe. We don't fear foreigners mingling in our cities, even on the homeworld. You'll find everyone here. The licenses again will protect your traders in our space and will prevent criminals from running freely in our territory.", he'd say.
"Ships go to their specified dockyard bays and receive their shipments, unload them etcetera. As much as drinking and gambling is for the dissolute they can go to the surface for that... a simple ride on the space elevator away."
"Regulating property also isnt our thing unless its necessary. That sounds like what humans call... socialism. An abhorrent thing..."
"I was more concerned with the spread of ideas like socialism actually.
They can be more dangerous than a few drunken men. They do have some strange ideas about religion on Terra as well. Which have been quite destructive as well. We have may have strange ideas to you as well.
Now we will have a trade area for you to operate in our territory.
With factories, auction houses and docking facilities with leisure facilities.
We will operate a tariff scheme with you as well. Embassies, would you like
to have one with us ?"
Across the Confederation, each planet prepares their defense systems for the upcoming conflict. The dutch economy has been fully shifted into wartime production with new ships and hardware rolling off production lines two or three times as fast. I.A.L.A units are being mass produced and installed on every planet. A new experimental tractor beam design is being installed in the Atstrakan Planetary System. On the ground, up to 70 Million active troops have been mobilized and distributed throughout the Confederation.
As Minister Lein Qui Son read the message that had crossed his desk. He could only think that they think highly of themselves but, at the same time if they are friends with his home's longest Allie then they certainly couldn't be all that bad.
Keying his phone he dialed up one of his offices workers. After a moment the phone beeped a tone and a voice answered.
"Le Thi Lan speaking how may I help you Minister?"
"Yes Mrs.Lan I have a assignment for you that just crossed my desk, I understand that you have been in the running for a job. So here it is, they're a galactic power that has recently found earth and set up a colony over in Africa. Your to make nice with them and see what can be gained from working with them as well as get a feel for the global stand point on the Confederation."
"Understood Minister, I'll start after I finish lunch here."
"Good and good luck Mrs.Lan."
Minister Son then hung up the phone before going back to his work.
Raz picked up the saber and activated his gauntlets hidden blade a beskar blade that was foot and half long. He then ignited the energy sword.
"Jetii ni'll hiibir pride o'r slaying a hut'uun guuror gar," Raz said as he took a stance the blade level and the sword held in a revers grip.
With a burst of speed Raz rushed forward stabbing forward with his gauntlet and striking out in a horizontal slash with the energy blade.
(For those who don't know Raz is part of Clan Vizsla you know that Mandalorian jedi who made the dark saber and used it to become the first Mandalor.)
"Yes we would.", he'd say then look out towards the gardens to his right.
"I have one question for you.. my new friend. Recently my forces captured quite a bit of men from a nation calling themselves Cinton. Its come to my attention they have colonies out there and I simply want to return these men home.. do you know where I could find them?"
"We know of them and we could organise a meeting between yourselves and Cinton.
After all we don't want to interfere in your affairs as you stated previously.
I would suggest that you ask The Democratic Nation of Unovia to act as an neutral host
for such a meeting. I would also suggest that you hold on to at least some of the men for now as a bargaining chip.
If you are having a dispute with them. Some of the Earth nations are quite excitable and rash in my experience.
Makes them prone to use military force, first and last."
She pours another drink for herself and The Prince.
"So a young prince like yourself, are you engaged to be married yet or still looking for the right young lady ?
I was wondering as I thought a young handsome man would have a number of candidates to choose from.
Sorry, if I am asking a personal question, but we are a straight forward people."
"There has been many suitors but I've refused all in the end", he'd say then pause for a moment.
"For most of my life its just been me, serving the empire and bringing it glory.", he'd say with a smile.
It was clear Anarion had quite a high opinion of himself as a person and a servant of the empire.
"Anyways these 'Dutch', only 2 hours ago they tried to assault the planet... the homeworld of the empire, we do not wish for total war but to simply give an example to these humans of what happens when they target us, many of my people could of been killed. All I wish to do is give a show of strength and leave them... as a first sign of our friendship as great empires I ask you for this piece of information. The humans may of started the battle but we intend to finish it.. quickly and with minimal casualties. "
"So the humans from Cinton assaulted your world. Where on Earth , do you think they could be ? "
She wonders out loud.
"I would suggest on the ladies front you try and have a think about what would be best for you.
The Empire will continue regardless of what happens to you in the long run but if you are unhappy in love, it will reflect
in your style of government. I could try and find a nice Gooutofherean noble woman for you ?
If you like a beautiful, strong willed, intelligent women that is ?
We used to live a place on Earth called Brazil, The local women can be very beautiful. From what I remember."
"Brazil.. yes, the place Cinton is, a place we cannot assault unless we wish to battle the powers of Earth. They have colonies.. I thought perhaps you knew where they were.", he'd say before crossing his legs.
"Yes.. well if you came to me with this offer 10 years ago I'd be inclined to say yes.", he'd say with a slight chuckle.
"But lately I've been in the spotlight and because of that I have to be picky, I need to find someone of my ranking or higher. A princess, a queen or even an empress... I was due to marry an empress of a planetary empire in an uncivilized system on the fringes but... they're uncivilized."
Outside the Voliua System
The captain, Alaro looked out from the bridge at the system, its nav systems picking out inhabited planets.
The comms officer, Paro smiled and ran to his console,
"Homeland come in, this is Phantom... we may have a positive. Going dark and moving in.", Paro said then begin turning off all communications, internal and external.
The Nav officer, Miliel took out a marker and put a red circle on the thin screen in the middle of the bridge at a black spot in the system with no activity.
"Bossman?", Miliel looked to Alaro who turned after hearing her.
"Mily?", he'd walk over and look at the screen.
"We jump in here, activity is low and the worst that will happen is a blip for more than a second then we're gone after we turn on scrubbers.", she'd say then walk over to her console.
The Helmsman, Cucua spinned his seat to look behind him at the captain.
"We doin what she's sayin?", he'd ask.
Alaro gave a nod and Miliel sent the cords to Cucua's console.
Alaro gave one final announcement over the ships systems telling intelligence to have their datapads ready etc etc.
Then they went ftl to the dark spot(wherever that may be). Any nearby stations got a blip that quickly disappeared, possibly just a minor glitch. The ship activated its scrubbers to minimize heat signatures from the engines and thrust. The small black ship then began exploring the system, blending in to space itself. The intelligence personnel activated external cameras and began looking for things of interest.
I come back to find nearly 300 messages on the board, 13 telegrams from the same guy about some stupid WA proposal, and a whole lot of space claims.
I know I've been gone for a seriously, seriously long time. I don't really feel comfortable sharing the reason right now (only a select few are aware of the situation I am in), but what I will say is it was serious and I am setting to work as soon as possible. I am aware this Presidency has been a bit of a slow-burner but better late than never, right?