From Grisha Sargos:
Health and Happiness, my esteemed Elders!
Many issues before this august council that need to be addressed. To be sure we are seeing better times, but as always there are responsibilities to be answered if we are to maintain such a favorable environment. Just like a bruise on succulent fruit, we must be ready to cut out that which is tainted to truly enjoy the fruits of our efforts and desires. Our wise leader places the following questions before us:
The violent space storms around Shandar are destroying our freighters. Is there an answer?
We are a free peoples and should our citizens endeavor to undertake such a dangerous road, then let them be the deciders of their fate. Perhaps they feel the risk is worth the prize. What we can do is provide better ship designs with greater shielding and armor, or considerable damage control equipment. Something to give them a chance in the violent region that surrounds Shandar. Besides, we are a peaceful people who nonetheless live in a volatile galaxy. More robust freighters may be a wise idea in general.
We can now build up to 400 tonnes. Should we start a Cruiser fleet? If so, what sort of design?
I am no student of the military arts, but if we are to maintain all that we have we must be prepared to defend it from the corrosive likes of the Boskarans and Dhayut. I suggest our designs be made to be built as quickly as possible. This means reducing the necessity of rarer materials and overall number of different components. Barring that, it might be more prudent to design warships with greater standoff capabilities, which I am told means missiles, thrusters and maneuvering. I have heard of this Ion Weapon and its effect on enemy vessels to fight or maneuver, and perhaps that would also be a choice to consider. In any case, there are others much more knowledgeable on this subject.
Our friends the Ugnari Consortium are struggling against the newly discovered Dhayut Hegemony. Should we lend assistance? If so, in what capacity?
As stated above, we are not a warfaring peoples. We are also not cowards and we value our friendships. We should try to offer them some means of support. Perhaps it is time we tested out intelligence corps with the likes of the Dhayut? I've no doubt we will be seeing them very soon as it is. It may be time we started learning how to receive their arrival. The Ugnari might be on their last breath, so it might be better to assure them that they will never be forgotten and that we shall take every effort to make certain the Dhayut and Boskaran taint are. In fact, I pose this to my colleagues: should we prepare for war with that Ilk now? That day is coming, my dear friends. We are strong now, and vibrant. Perhaps now is the time to build the fleets and the soldiers?
We have found an abandoned mining station in deep space called the Tefnyl Mining Base. Should we keep it active or destroy it?
This may sound cruel, but I say leave it as an outpost against the Boskarans and Dhayut. It is placed on the flank of the Shandars, and so will alert us should the Tainted Ones come from that quarter. If there is need, the station can quickly be decommissioned.
Are our agents and representatives in the right position now? Particularly our espionage agent. Should she actively enter the field?
I suggest two things: send both an ambassador and intelligence operative to the Dhayut. That way if our operations fail the backlash can be delayed through diplomacy.
The time is coming, dearest friends. A time to repel that which corrodes our beautiful galaxy. We are not warriors, but maybe we can learn from our more warlike brethren within the galaxy, and prepare. Not for war, but to cleanse our galaxy of the bruise that is Dhayut and Boskaran.