On January 29, 2410 the Ministry of Galactic Affairs received word that the Erutkah Refugees had declared war on the Tarapin Coalition, with whom the Concordat had a Mutual Defense Pact. Three and a half months previous to this Concordat Intelligence had initiated operations designed to penetrate Erutkah security and to procure their Operations Map. However, a week following the Erutkah declaration of war a high-level Concordat scientist who was involved with technically supporting the infiltration efforts chose that time to reveal himself as a spy for the Erutkah and blew the infiltration op. Counterespionage forces captured the spy and a new operation was quickly organized- the Concordat had immediately decided to honor the Tarapin request for assistance against the Erutkah, with the Concordat declaring war on 29 January.
Tarapin intelligence showed clearly that large enemy forces were obviously heading towards the Tarapin systems of Jireth Prime and Adarluun Junction, with Jireth Prime being hit first. The Tarapin understood that there was nothing Concordat forces could do to help with their defense at this early a date but they were apprised on the measures that were being undertaken. First, taxes were significantly raised on the six wealthiest Concordat worlds; next, the First Administrator (FA) ordered the Fleet to be doubled in size as soon as resources were available, with Battleship and Cruiser classes being updated to incorporate the newest technologies.(Sadly, the Concordat's economy could not support doubling the size of the Fleet, though the upgrades did occur).Finally, the various fleets were redeployed to meet the new situation- all except 4th and Home Fleets were sent for refits, with those two fleets kept on escort duty for the constructor Charming Jewel which was working on bringing the Ancient World Destroyer Devastator Moon online- that work was 75% complete by 2/16/2410. By the middle of February the Tarapin were reporting that Erutkah forces were attacking the Ocean world Derk as well as all infrastructure in the Jireth Prime system. It was at this time that MinInt advised the CSC (Concordat Supreme Council) that there was no way the Tarapin could withstand the enemy assault but that they were buying time for the Concordat to prepare. It was also noted that, elsewhere in the Galaxy, the Insectoid races Gizurean and Phaerax were at war with multiple other races each though there was yet any conclusive evidence of coordination with the Erutkah. The Concordat had detected an Erutkah constructor jump near the World Destroyer and then leave without incident some weeks before the Tarapin war broke out. In the middle of February 2410 the Concordat’s situation was as follows: 52 colonies in 40 systems with a Respectable reputation and 562K cash on hand, a population of 368,218,000,000 with 1,678 Marine battalions, 3 large and 17 small spaceports, 5 defense bases, 6 resort bases, 24 mining and 23 gas mining stations; 245 small, 190 medium and 109 large freighters; 163 passenger ships, 43 mining and 45 gas mining ships. The Battlefleet had 107 battleships, 163 heavy cruisers, 44 troop transports and 34 carriers in the mobile fleets. In addition, there were 52 light cruisers, 61 destroyers, 34 frigates, 3 resupply ships and 9 scouts along with 19 tugs operating independently of the Fleets. It was anticipated that the Fleet expansion program would cost 7, 473,586 credits, and then there was the equally urgent need for another 3, 687,460 credits in order to fully fund the crash research needed to develop the Viral Micro Targeting technology. The speed with which such funds could be procured would constitute a major war-fighting test for the Concordat. Fortunately, in the three month period leading up to the war the Concordat had reached diplomatic agreements with the Cludar and Great Wyoth Authority, thereby greatly easing pressure on the Ancient World Destroyer, as both races had been attacking the construction project.
The Tarapin world Derk had a ground garrison of 25 infantry battalions and 5 PDUs as well as an orbiting LSP and defense base at the beginning of the Erutkah attack which was closely monitored by the Concordat Fleet and intelligence. On 2 March, Derk’s LSP was destroyed along with the defense base and orbiting research station. In addition, the enemy had established space control around the planet. All other infrastructure in the system had likewise been destroyed by this time. Although it had been known that the Tarapin stood no chance against the Erutkah fleet it was noted that the damage inflicted on the attacking space force was not insignificant. By 21 March the enemy had defeated the space defenses in the Adarluun Junction system and were detected advancing on Ubas, the Tarapin home system. The enemy attack on Ubas’ defenses began on 30 March, the LSP being destroyed on 22 April. As of yet no enemy landings had occurred on the Tarapin planets but it was presumed that those would be following shortly. On 1 May an outnumbered Tarapin fleet made an attack on the Erutkah’s home system Hirat Minor- one month later this ill-fated venture was completed defeated. On 27 June the FA raised taxes on Vrilja to 100%, leaving the population there at +29. On 29 July a large Tarapin fleet attacked the Erutkah fleet over Ubas. By 21 September, however, this attack too had been defeated. On 22 November the Ancient Guardians announced that the Erutkah were actually the Shakturi and presented the Concordat with the Guardian Fleet after the Concordat agreed to join the Freedom Alliance. The Guardian Fleet was immediately dispatched to Xoca in the Adarluun Junction system to begin the fight against the Shakturi. Joining the Ancient Guardians’ Freedom Alliance: the Concordat, the RQ 193 Supremacy, the Securan Utopia, the Luremax Major Potentate, the Ubra Scae Technocracy, the First Xhuman Authority, the Ackdarian Republic, the Tarapin Coalition, the Jintus Empire, the Roshar Republic, and the Hiigaran Authority. On 28 November, an agent of the Great Wyoth Authority, Thassun Proffarian was detected attempting to steal the Concordat’s operations map but he was unsuccessful. On 31 December the Shaktur Supremacy announced its war to conquer the Galaxy. It is now known that the Gizureans of the Alpha Kassieda Junction are a Protectorate of the Shakturi. By the end of the year the only known Shakturi military presence within 23,000 ly of Concordat territory was the Shakturi 33rd Fleet, consisting of 5 destroyers in the Dagru Minor system apparently intent on attacking the Concordat’s Lost Treasure resort base. The Treasury had a cash flow of 54K and 1,286k cash on hand at the end of 2410.
On 6 March 2411 the Cludar 21st Fleet warped in and destroyed the five Shakturi destroyers that were attacking Lost Treasure; the station took 4 components damaged. On 12 April, the Concordat infiltration mission against the Shakturi failed (detected, did not succeed but escaped). On 9 May, Luremax, Securan and Ancient Guardian forces destroyed a Shakturi force near Buthawoe Junction 4. On 11 June, a Shakturi force routed a Tarapin force near Tukan Junction 4.
25 October-1 January 2412: Very large battle between Concordat Guardian Fleet and Shakturi force near Xoka. A sizeable Ancient Guardian fleet arrived late in the battle, turning the tide. All but four ships of Guardian Fleet were destroyed. Also on 1 January 2412: an Ancient Guardian Fleet arrives to protect the resort base Lost Treasure. On 26 January there was a clash between Concordat patrol forces and Cludar raiders near a mining station at Bilcadin Prime 3. On 13 February, Shakturi 13th, 29th and 40th Fleets were detected approaching Concordat space. 8 April- clashes resume near Bilcadin Prime 3. On 23 April, Concordat agent Equia Unkaro evaded after successfully stealing Shakturi operations map.
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