Cold Reception III
QE 312, The Qorsikan Universe
The Command Centre, ESS Hunayuki of Kashara
Lieutenant Commander Chihi
Chihi looked over the terms of war and frowned. There was no mention of which formations were to be involved in the war, only that a lot of them would be. Five million vessels was not a lot compared to the size of the Imperial Kasharan Starfleet, so the probability of his brigade being involved was very small. But at the same time, his forces are in a good position to start conducting military operations so he could not rule out the possibility.
He turned to the Aide De Camp who was still watching him expectantly, pen and paper in hand. "I can't sign this yet," he told the boy, "This doesn't say if I'm part of the war effort or not and I have good reason to suspect that I might be. Until my suspicions are allayed, I can't leave this system." He turned away from the Qorsikan child and waved him out. "Your communications are faster than ours, right? Report back to your commander that I wish to come aboard his station and use his equipment to contact Kashara Military Headquarters."
Nexus, The Constellation of Richia
The Command Centre, ESS Tsunayuku of Kashara
The eternal darkness of the warp retreated as the warp bubble popped, revealing an empty starfield. After five days of warp, Miuteki's Carrier Brigade had arrived at their destination alongside several million escorts, representing a significant naval build up in the area. They were only a fraction of what was to assemble here over the next few weeks. Yet they, too, were not the only things that were amassing in the centre of the Richian Constellation.
The carriers themselves were armed with well over a thousand strike craft each and they were to be the vanguard the invasion - the key element that the entire operation hinged success upon. The pilots were nervous, but they kept themselves busy by constantly rehearsing the battleplan. Hopefully, by zero hour, the entire 9th Fleet could get underway and complete their mission blindfolded.
Other units were gathered here too. Auxiliary vessels and supply ships that were to keep the invasion fleet operational for the duration of the campaign. The local garrison, which had been reinforced to keep the peace and order. And, several brigades worth of warships on standby in case the Qorsikans attempted to attack before the Ellian invasion plan was fully underway.
Four pairs of large stars shined brightly in the distance, two pairs behind them from whence they came and two pairs ahead of them to which they'll go. These were the eight stars of the Constellation of Richia. But, right before them was an enormous construct of girders and beams spanning some hundred kilometres in every direction with the Nexus Gate at its centre. This was Nexus, the Richia Constellation's ninth and newest artificial star.
Commissioned by Tsunatsun, capital of the Coreward Quadrant, and approved by the Queen of the Dominion of Elliannia to become the centrepiece of the wartorn Constellation of Richia, Nexus was to be governed by the newly appointed Governor of the Constellation of Richia under direct supervision from New Kasmari. This system was to be the political, economic, cultural and military staging grounds of Elliankind's interactions with the denizens of the Nexus-verse.
Already, millions of civilians from all around the Dominion and beyond had already settled upon the incomplete space station, hoping to benefit from the traffic flowing in and out of the Nexus. Shops and stores of all varieties for the soldiers, the diplomats, the corporates, etc. were erected alongside vast stardocks and shipyards the Ellian governments had constructed for their fleets of warships and traders.
Miuteki turned away from the spectacular panorama on the rear screen and sat back down in his command chair. "Take us in," he ordered.
!" Came the reply. "Kiyono
!" It echoed down the chain.
Nexus, The Constellation of Richia
The Richian Council, The Ellian Assembly
Kashara's military buildup around Nexus had been going on for well over a week now. Yet, as more and more warships flooded into the system in greater and greater numbers, the other powers became increasingly concerned that the 'war' against Qora was merely a pretence for the Kingdom of Kashara to gain possession of the Nexus Gate through military force.
"Ambassador Nesesu!" It was the ice blue-haired Ambassador Chitsumiru of the Empire of Richia, glaring accusingly at the pink-eyed brunette opposite him. "Your state's declaration of war cited that no more than five million warships would ever enter Qorsikan space. There are now ten
million Kasharan vessels stationed around the system and more are still rumoured to be on the way. Is your government planning to break its vow to the Qorsikan people or are you planning something far more insidious?"
"I assure you we are intending neither of those things, Ambassador Chitsumiru," Nesesu replied, choosing her words as carefully as possible. An uneasy truce existed between Richia and the Kingdom of Kashara, one that was far too easy to upset. "The Kasharan government is simply wary of the fact that the Qorsikans may choose to attack us while we were still preparing our forces. Our current projections place the date of the invasion on the thirty-second of next month if all things run according to schedule."
This stirred up quite the commotion. "What are
you doing that would require such an extraordinary length of time?" Yoro, Ambassador of Botori, asked. The assembly echoed her enquiry. It was simply unheard of for any Ellian state to take so long to prepare for a war with a comparatively minuscule power.
"Truth to be told, Ambassador Yoro," Nesesu began slowly, turning to the blue-eyed, purple-haired woman, "The Kingdom of Kashara has outsourced the production of a major military asset to the Dornalians. We are waiting for the arrival of those goods before our invasion commences." Another uproar. What sort of a self-respecting Ellian would leave something apparently so critical to the outcome of a war to a foreigner
? Nesesu bit her lower lip nervously. She could feel that trust in Kashara had fallen to an all-time low in that one instant.
"Understand, Ambassador Nesesu, that Kashara's continuous naval build up in the system is upsetting the balance of power in the region," the newly appointed Governor of the Constellation of Richia, Yumi, interjected. He was a man with bright yellow hair and blue eyes. He was exceptionally tall too, and when sat atop his elevated chair Nesesu had to crane her neck to see him. "If this continues, it would surely upset the stability of this area."
"I- I understand, of course," the Kasharan ambassador replied, "But the Kingdom of Kashara does not want the other Richian powers to interfere with her affairs. We're also afraid of Richia or the Botori-Guro Pact attacking our forces garrisoned here since it is such a large and vulnerable strategic target." She paused for some time, gathering her courage. "Governor Yumi," Nesesu appealed, hesitantly, "Could you not levy Dominion forces to the region instead?" The Governor gave this some consideration, but before he could reply, the Richian ambassador voiced his objection.
"Dominion forces would take two months to arrive," Chitsumiru asserted, "The situation could have spiralled completely out of control by then!" Yumi nodded in agreement. His statement was completely true. Seeing that the Governor was on his side, the Richian representative pressed his advantage. "My government proposes that we increase our portion of the Nexus garrison force proportionally to the Kasharan's."
The Botori diplomat quickly perked up at that, afraid of being left behind in what appeared to be a new arms race. "Mine too. The Guro government also," she added, "We'd like to increase our contributions as well." The Guro ambassador next to her nodded her head in support of the notion, her wild brown locks and big crimson red eyes jogging up and down with the motion.
The Governor looked at the eight ambassadors assembled there and rubbed his head. "This is a decision your states have to make amongst themselves," he told them, before turning to the brunette, "Your thoughts, Ambassador Nesesu."
The brown-haired girl dropped her gaze. "I need new orders from my King," she replied, bowing from her waist, "Please excuse me..."