6 Sept 2239
[Taken from the Personal Log of Warrant Officer Class 1 Bensa M’ponsah, DC just prior to the AMC assault on the last remaining Krynn World of Nesro V]
I have just finished my Tir Qu’an practice with the rest of my detachment when I am collared by my C.O: we are to assault tomorrow morning and we are to go in light he tells me. Half detachments and no heavy armour. WTF? It’s down to politics he tells me and who I am I to argue-he gets his marching orders from the Marine Generals who have, doubtless gotten theirs from the fracking politicians. My inclination is to put my head down and adopt the ‘I’m just a slogger’ routine but my rank makes that line impossible these days.
We have our Tanks to prep, main armaments to zero and orders to go through just as we have through countless invasions. This one seems different, though, and throughout the Regiment everyone is feeling it. We are a superstitious lot and there is something about the fact that this is the last assault that gives us all a deep sense of foreboding……..
[The following transcript was taken from Commsec files covering The Lilac House Triangular Office on the 6th Sept 2239]
(Benis Mue): And so it finishes my old friend-we stand on the cusp of true greatness. I couldn’t have done it without you.
(Heath Bartmanis): Aye Mr President. And who would’ve thought that the Krynn would be such a pushover: whoever they had planning their Fleet Operations must’ve been at the Hashishi!
(BM): There is that Heath, there is that….still these wars have taken a heavy toll of lives: I wouldn’t say that over 11bn AMC lost over the last year was a ‘pushover’ exactly. I really do feel our losses.
(HB): true but we have captured 7 Krynn worlds, Benis, we are the most powerful race in the galaxy with over 40% of the total Galactic influence: we hold sway at the UP and we are the architects of the most formidable alliance this galaxy has ever seen: you have been the architect! Gods man give yourself some credit for once! History will hold you up there in the pantheon of the greats even if you can’t see it right now.
(BM): Aye Heath but the methods…the methods. But come let’s start on the victory speech we said we’d work on…..
THE DECIUS DECLARER
6th September 2239
Special Eve of Victory Edition
THE REPUBLIC STANDS ON THE CUSP OF GALACTIC VICTORY
• Last Krynn world poised to be invaded
• StarForce 1 on way to Nesro V
• UP Shortlists Benis Mue for Mylos Peace Prize
• Victory Parades planned across Republics
By Editor in Chief Rasa Lohrik
It has been a long time in coming this peace thing: almost 9 years in fact since the Krynn first declared war on our Star Race. And now, with the veteran Simonssah Armoured Marine Divisions prepared to smash the battered Krynn Capitol World of Nesro V, the wheel has turned full circle…………
Admiral’s Log: Stardate 7th September 2239
Battlegroup Commander: Sub Admiral Serjuan Thom, Duranthium Cross
AWS Baka’s Thunder, Lead Battlecruiser
We are now in orbit around the Planet Nesro V, the last holdout of the Krynn Theocracy and awaiting a dawn assault by the AMC, which will follow a Mass Driver bombardment from the Warships in my command. I fail to see why it is still necessary to pound the planet from afar first but after some of the suicidal defending on some of the other planets the AMC are taking no chances it seems.
The Battle Cruiser is a formidable ship and has performed very creditably against the scattered remnants of the Krynn Space Fleet that we have encountered. It is fast, very heavily armed and protected and is a very easy craft to fight: frankly too easy with all the automation and smart systems: it almost takes the ‘fun’ out of command.
I sound war-weary perhaps? Yes I probably am: it will be a pleasure to return to my homeworld of Altaria and leave all this behind-at least for a while; doubtless the Navy will want me to take up some post in the Academy lecturing on Fleet tactics.
These thoughts are random and boring methinks when all I can think about at the moment is how my former charges Sanda and Per are doing. Last I heard on Fleet channels Sanda’s Rajak’s Claw Battlegroup went into action against a single suicide Krynn Battleship that was trying to attack Slepur II. He had no less than 6 Cruisers with him and they still lost one of them to those damn Anti-Matter Torps: the antiquated PD Combos on the Cruisers are just no match for the fracking things. I am told that Starfleet Command has now belatedly ordered all Mark 8’s to be retro-upgraded to Mark 9s: they have the Droid Sentries fitted. Too late for the 200 odd souls who perished on the Menop’s Tar.
Well we will be performing escort duty to Star Force 1 in a few hours so I need to get my Ceremonials in order-we have a surrender to supervise……
FLASHCOM (To all Planets in Altarian systems by flash communication)
8 SEPT 2239 1605hrs
To all citizens of the Altarian Republic, your President, Benis Mue III commends you and notifies you that 60 minutes ago he has received the unconditional surrender of The Krynn Theocracy after the fall of their Capitol World of Nesro V. This after a light invasion force of just 1 Bn AMC took it with minimal losses.
The President adds his pride to be part of an Altaria that can now take its place as the most influential star-race in the Galaxy
None of it could have been achieved without your sacrifice