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E-Journal for Technophiles
June 2236 2nd Quarter Edition
ARE THE MERCANTILISTS SECRET WARMONGERS?
We ask a question that must be on the lips of all freedom-loving Altarians everywhere: just what is our Government up to? A strange question you might think but consider the following facts: we live in a mighty federation of planets spread over a distance of many parsecs. In just 11 years we have grown from a single humble planet to 28. Most of our worlds have been colonised, some have been acquired through conquest and a few have come over from our brother star races, influenced as they are by the strength of our culture.
The avowed intentions of our 'beloved' President and his party, is to spread the Altarian way of peace and goodness to the whole galaxy but the facts do not tally with the ideals and so we ask the question: is our President and the party he professes to lead a secret ally of the War Party? The Mercantilists are supposed to be dedicated to all things Trade but again the facts just do not add up. Consider this: Our source in the Federal Treasury has revealed that the Government rakes in a whopping 3404bc/week but of that amount only 355bc is down to Trade! That's about 10% for those not good at Maths. Now if we look at expenditure an even more disturbing picture emerges: a paltry 16% of our budget goes to research, not a high proportion, as our friends in the Technologist Party keep pointing out in the Federal Senate. However-and here's the rub: over half the budget-some 56%- is being blown on the Military: that's 1493bc/week of which 1192bc is being pumped into Fleet maintenance.
This is a shocking figure. Where are all our Freighters? At the last count we had 9 of them (of which 8 are active) plying various trade routes to the Iconians, Thalans and Vegans. You would think that these craft should be the life-blood of a party that calls itself the Mercantilists but there are 5 times as many Cruisers in our Fedaral Fleet.
Where is the high-falutin talk of social enterprises and soaring research establishments that we have been fed for so many years by Mue? The only building going on anywhere in our part of the galaxy seems to be yet another Multimedia Centre on Altaria. Maybe this is a second cynical attempt to boost the party's flagging approval ratings there?
This publication finds it hard to believe that our Government is determined to promote peace when instead it seems we are hell-bent on pursuing policies that would find a better home with Federal Senator Salak'ta and her War Party. We are, after all, still digesting the news that our response to an attempt to sue for peace by President Bradley of the Terran Alliance has been met by the despatch of not just 1 Battlegroup, led by none other than the war-hero Commander Thom, but also a following invasion Fleet.
Yes Benis Mue, our 'esteemed' President is popular-he has kept war from all our worlds as he never tires of reminding us. But we have been at war for a whole decade. Is this to be the perpetual state of the 'peace-loving' Altarians? This journal challenges the President and the Senate that he and his party controls to meet with representatives of the Technologist Party and the other political groups that genuinely want peace. Will he take up the challenge? I think not. Not whilst he and his corrupt cronies remain in hock to the real power behind the throne: Salak'ta and his coterie of warmongers. Not ever. Sinduha Merlin (Decius III's Journalist of the Year 2236)