Whew.. things move along quick in this one. I do not think I will get a chance to build up as much as I usually do. However, the Empire of Poland has reached a critical moment in its future history! Read on, in...
Session Three: Save the Humans!
The 2560s were a lot like the 2550s. Except they weren't. For the first few years, at least, it was pretty overwhelming. No matter how many little fleets the Empire dotted around its newfound interstellar territory, it never quite seemed enough! To top it off, the Empire had overreached with its gigantic military projects, leading to a slow-down in ship production, and periodic halts in the economy that made it impossible to susstain the truce with the Pirates!
The Reach of the Polish Empire... It is a paper tiger. The large defensive sector to the north is unmanned, and the ships haven't even begun construction.
Our Colony Ship, which has been taking nearly all our resources, is nearly complete. It is hoped that both our fleet and our economy will grow once it is launched.
Of course, during these times of hardship, the Pirates took it upon themselves to cause trouble. Most of them came and went without doing any real damage (other than giving our over-extended fleets a good scare!) but this particular pirate was hell-bent on meeting his quota!
The Polish Empire does not fear lone Pirate raiders any longer. We sincerely hope that that was Angry Spectre, but the officer in charge at the scene forgot to check.
The next scare came from an unlikely, but familiar source: My explorer found something, and poked it. To be fair, this looked to be an advanced peice of technology... it was capable of monitoring vast distances of space in real-time--something our great Polish Science-corps has yet to achieve!
No sooner had we discovered this marvellous piece of technology than we got a strange reading from its already-strange controls! Apparently, a fleet was headed our way! And not just any fleet, but a fleet of the Ancient Guardians--a race that the Polish people have not quite figured out what to think of it. They only communicate as big holographic faces, that is if they even decide to communicate at all. Certainly not 'good people.'
As if Pirates, Giant Kaltors, and mistifying space face-holograms wasn't bad enough.. there was the Rats. We met them on our 'northern' frontier, just as the economy began to turn upwards in 2563. Apparently, they have humans on their worlds! And they live on frozen icy wastelands! Unacceptable, thought all the proper-thinking Poles of the Empire. Considering how frosty they were during negotiations, we can only assume that they do not regard the humans on their world highly.
If there is one thing that the people of the Polish Empire of the 2560s know how to do, its spy on people. There's no privacy on Planet Warsaw! If you think there is, it's just because you're the only person not watching the hyperdigital web-cam feed. Honestly. Therefore, the solution for these 'Ugnari' was simple. Send the spy. First, we needed to find out where their Homeworld was.
No sooner had the Agent boarded his stealth spy-fighter en-route to dock with a large pirate freighter bound for (alleged) Ugnari Space, that the powers back in Warsaw got another breathtaking peice of news!
This system was located just outside our 'Northwestern' frontier. This is not too far from where we theorize Ugnari space to begin, but with the vastness of the Galaxy who can say? It is certain that we must claim this world, though, as the Ugnari may want to Enslave them!
But finally, at the end of 2563, the Colony Ship bound for the 'Northern' frontier (and its vast Gas Cloud wealth) is complete, and the economy resumes its' previous strength! Things are looking up for the empire, but we wait eagerly for Agent Tarfan to return from Ugnari space, with word of the unknown...