Grisha Sargos speaks:
My august Elders, health and happiness to you all!
We have now come to a crossroads of conscience and principle. The capability is there for us to act. In fact, this is what we have planned for. As we all know, nothing in Life ever goes as planned, yet we can be reasonably confident that what we have put together has coalesced surprisingly well.
There are five powerful fleets in our possess, of our making, out there among the stars. They have come about through conviction and work and a fair amount of good fortune. They are instruments of war, no doubt, but they are also--in our hands--instruments of harmony and succor.
We are beings of harmony, we Securans. Remember that, most august Elders! The Dhayut are not, and they will never be interested in harmonic co-existence. Never! They sweep dissonance and discord to any and all they please, including themselves. We cannot let this continue. Not in principle, and therefore not in Life.
Now, I have been advised by a number of specialists in warfare, aliens for the most part, as we Securans find the subject distasteful on the whole. What they have told me is that:
- our other threat, the Boskarans, are currently at war with the Ugnari. This will keep the Boskaran threat occupied for now.
- the Dhayut are at war with the Naxillians on the rimward side of their empire.
- because of this situation it would be to our advantage to attack the Dhayut from the coreward side of the Dhayut empire. As contingency, a fleet or strike force stationed along our border with the Boskarans would be wise.
- the ideal launch point for our operation would be between the Shandar and Ugnari empires, through that corridor of space leading to the coreward side of the Dhayuts.
- it is advisable, but not essential, to have a resupply ship along for the initial maneuver. If no resupply ship is to be added, then it is vital that we take a Dhayut system with a fuel supply. Otherwise, our operation will bog down from the distance involved back to our borders.
- construction ships should be close behind this initial liberation of our first Dhayut world, to establish a viable system as base within the Dhayut border.
- we may need to consider having to do our operations against the Dhayut in stages. Sadly, given the extent of the Dhayut empire, we may have to engage in several wars against them, though the fewer the better. We should plan with that in mind, keeping our efforts within the expectations of our people, yet always preparing for the next hurdle.
- what may likely happen, however, is that the Dhayut will continue fighting regardless of their losses. We should, therefore plan for this and how we will appease our people should war wear on.
Yes, I submit that we attack, but only after careful preparation of our immediate and subsequent objectives. A difficult choice for myself, if you may know. I have two children who like so many other young, loving Securans, manage and maintain our fleets. Admittedly, I could not dissuade them from their paths into the military some few years ago, because they know what lies ahead. As Securans, they plunged into the task with vibrancy and good cheer. So must we all, my friends. So must we all.
(I just thought of this. Das, is it possible for you to send the savegame? Can we see other player's saved games? If so, it would give those of us RP'ing replies to have a better idea of the details in your game. Just a thought)