AAR: Two Birds (War Plan Proposals)

Stardate:
100395.5
Filed By:
VADM Aluk
Clearance:

LOCATION DS13 Tactical Control

MISSION Formulate proposal for offensive operations.

OUTCOME Planning Group recommended Operation Cold Turkey, with caveats.

KEY PERSONNEL

Planning Group:

  • VADM Aluk
  • CAPT Lyn
  • CAPT Morton
  • CAPT Nimitz
  • CAPT Thraz
  • CAPT Tungsten
  • CMDR Tyrstoc
  • LCDR Valeros
  • LT Vardi
  • LT Wind-People

Recon Group:

  • CAPT Tolar
  • LCDR Zital
  • LT Greene
  • ENS Sadaann

NARRATIVE 38th Fleet Command dispatched Recon Group consisting of USS Mariner and USS Reyga to gather real-time intelligence in support of strategic operations planning. Planning Group was directed to formulate a strategy for offensive operation against the Romulan Star Empire.

Operation Cold Turkey, championed by Captain Nimitz and illustrated below, is a three-phase operation designed to secure key areas of the Romulan Star Empire in order to isolate large areas from reinforcements and facilitate capture by the Romulan Republic.


Phase 1: 9th Fleet feint at Khazan Cluster. 38th Fleet invades Hfihar and Unroth.

Phase 2: RRF secures Aido and Sitor. 38th Fleet invades Gasko.

Phase 3: RRF secures Nopada and Pictae. 38th Fleet invades Fvillhaih.

Operation Cold Turkey requires a supporting maneuver from the Starfleet 9th Fleet in the first phase, and relies upon logistical and offensive support from the Romulan Republic in the second and third phases. Success will result in approximately one third of the Empire’s in-theater territory occupied by allied forces and a significantly diminished capacity to wage war in the currently contested star systems.

An unnamed alternative proposal articulated by Captain Lyn urged caution against overextension and a focus on destruction or disruption of key strategic and logistic targets. This proposal begins with similar target goals as Operation Cold Turkey but does not attempt to occupy enemy territory. This proposal requires no additional support from external units.


RECOMMENDATION 38th Fleet Command will accept additional proposals prior to implementation. A strategy will be selected and implemented after consultation with Starfleet Command.


OOC Anybody/everybody else is welcome to come up with your own war strategy and post it here as a reply. Command will be considering these and other suggestions throughout the week, and one lucky winner will be selected. This will affect future RP events, so give us your best plans!

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(( I posted Ansha's idea on the memo. ))

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Stardate:
100396.2
Filed By:
LCDR Zital, Serris
Clearance:

ADDENDUM Mariner’s investigation of the Lirss sector uncovered a network of military transports stretching from the Agrama system through the Fvillhaih system, continuing through the B’Tran Cluster, and as far out as the T’iokol system. The Fvillhaih system is currently being developed for military use, with several stationary defenses, a military drydock, and a starbase currently under construction. Further scans taken from within the Mylasa system indicate a substantial Tal Shiar presence in the Gasko system, with a large number of ships stationed at a military installation.

Despite the risk, Mariner’s excursion into Imperial Romulan space bore fruit. The convoy we intercepted en route to Mylasa didn’t contain weapons or technology. Rather, they were transporting lifeforms en masse. This indicates that the Imperial Navy is either staging a massive ground assault or, less likely, manufacturing some kind of bio-weapon. Given the Tal Shiar’s predilection for experimenting on sapient lifeforms for military purposes, however low the odds may be that this supposition is accurate, we should still be aware of the possibility. Especially because the Imperial Navy dispatched a disproportionate response force once our presence was detected in the vicinity of the convoy. Whatever or whoever they’re carrying, they appear to be of significant strategic importance.

Based on current traffic patterns, the Mylasa system presents a grave strategic vulnerability for the Republic. While it is only home to a small refueling depot, the narrow five lightyear stretch surrounding Mylasa acts as a funnel for all military and civilian traffic moving in and out of that region of Republic space. Given the evidence of active military development around the entire fringe of the Republic’s border with the Star Empire, it is likely that they plan to cut off this vital artery. The loss of this corridor would prevent the Republic from adequately supplying their efforts to secure their borders in the Agrama, Noro, Unroth, and Gasko sectors.

It is the opinion of this officer that great attention should be paid to fortifying the Republic’s position in the Mylasa system in the immediate short term. It is also the opinion of this officer that, despite the increased risk of Borg contact, additional reconnaissance in the Vorn sector is needed to determine the scale of military development in that region of space, which is likely vital to further strategic planning based on currently available data. A pre-emptive strike on the convoys and partially constructed installations along this supply line could bear significant fruit in crippling the Imperial Navy’s ability to invade and hold Republic territory.

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Stardate:
100399.6
Filed By:
CAPT Mirazuni, A.
Clearance:

ADDENDUM Please consider my plan below.

  1. The Empire will no doubt attempt to cut the Republic in two at the Gasko Sector. Starfleet should reinforce these areas in an attempt to block any attack here.

  2. The Jouret System and the Dyson Sphere Gateway pose a huge target. Starfleet should also look to defend this point.

  3. The war will cause a number of refugees and injuries. Starfleet ships should be deployed to protect these vulnerable people.

Understanding the capability of the 38th Fleet, these should be our priority. In this manner, we can stay on the defensive and react to any Empire attacks. This would free up the other Starfleet Fleets and the Republic fleets to attack as they deem fit, as they would not have to worry about overextending. In short, the 38th Fleet should pose an impenetrable defence that will allow allies to attack without fear, whilst also being able to respond to the ill effects of the war.

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Stardate:
100399.5
Filed By:
CMDR Tyrstoc
Clearance:

ADDENDUM I wish to submit my opinion that many plans suggested by the tactical and command branch currently rely too heavily on the Starfleet Intelligence apparatus—which has in the past demonstrated an uncomfortable willingness to mislead those going into action for strategic goals not befitting the Starfleet mandate.

Furthermore, such gambits, I believe, play against our strengths and into those of the Romulan Star Empire—for whom such espionage is second-nature and common practice. We could easily be outmaneuvered in this way, which could once again prove incredibly costly to the strategic goals of both the Romulan Republic and the Federation, and, most importantly, in the lives of those serving both.

I personally believe a more cautious, probing assault is merited, based on information gathered in the field firsthand, and placing less risk on logistical support for fielded task forces. Given Starbase 39-Sierra has been designated as primary operational command for this conflict, I believe sending a stronger, more unified spearhead force to the direct galactic north to strike at the T’liss and Cero systems would be both more prudent and more sustainable. This action places the involved forces at far less risk of being cut off or outflanked, and places a more direct threat on the RSE. This should force a response drawing pressure away from the most vulnerable sectors of Republic control. If intelligence we received in the briefing is sound, it should also undermine the RSE’s doctrine in fortifying the Cirini Prime, Agrama, and Fvillhaih systems by applying pressure away from those fortifications.

The merits of this strategy are magnified by the facts that it does not rely on logistical abilities in Republic space nor far-reaching deployments. Furthermore, it does not rely on contingent circumstances nor additional phases for operational success, and it does not rely on veracity nor direction from Starfleet Intelligence reports—though it does take them into account. Such an assault places a direct and forceful threat from the considerable weight of Starfleet far closer to RSE home territory, thereby one they can scarcely stand to ignore. It takes pressure off the Republic’s likely defensive and counter-offensive fronts, and may even force the RSE to reconsider its entire offensive doctrine in order to defend its home territory.

If intelligence reports prove accurate about the sheer concentration of Star Empire forces around the galactic eastern corridor from Fvillhaih to Cirini Prime, it may force them to disadvantageously redistribute over wider areas of RSE space, and to expose themselves to Republic attack beyond their fortifications. If not, the central operational principal of the maneuver remains intact. Force the Star Empire to engage us along our own well-defended borders, rather than concentrate their assault against the Republic they wish to annex.

Finally, these assaults will prove more directly and reliably informative of both the strength and strategic priorities of the Imperial Navy where we are most well positioned to affect them. Should we achieve offensive penetration, we would be in a far more advantageous position to gain further, more reliable intelligence via traditional, lower-risk reconnaissance. This would in turn strengthen our own ability to assess and conduct further operations.

In summary, I believe both ourselves and our allies are better served by forcing the Star Empire into a more traditional two-front war, rather than trying to isolate and sabotage their offensive. Support for defenders of our allies in the Khazon Cluster and elsewhere beyond the scope of the offensive can be readily deployed as it proves necessary.

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Stardate:
100399.9
Filed By:
CAPT Morton, C
Clearance:

ADDENDUM Based on STFLT CIR: Stardate- 100400.3 it is of this officer’s opinion that asset focus be assigned to relieving pressure on Romulan Republic Flotilla and Defence Battle-groups, in agreement with Captain Mirazuni, A. on sector control.

Starfleet’s engagement in defence of northern sectors and projected success in holding of Republic facilities provides vital backing to what could be perceived as an amended Operation Cold Turkey. With the Chaltok system under assault and a number of Republic resources already enroute to the system, assisting in fortification of the system by drawing enemy forces into retreat would allow an extension in breathing room for Republic forces to regroup and advance, while cutting off lower settlements established posing threat to central Republic territory.

  • Vessel and Task Force assignment Dependent on up to date hostile force intelligence. While this stretches potential 38th Fleet deployment to a maximum, elements of the 27th Fleet should be considered pivotal to bolstering force potential in unison while current fleet movements operating from Starbase-39 have defence sustained, however this proposal operates under the assumption of solely 38th Fleet assets regarding offensive action.

Tertiary Development

The 38th Fleet would be divided into three task forces launched from the Dera system. Each of these three groups will comprise of heavy capitol ships, each with an experienced commanding officer acting flag, with carrier support and an independent vessel solely dedicated to counter-cloak operations and long range reconnaissance plus escort.

Task Force Alpha to be comprised of heavy-hitters, as well as to be the largest of the three elements created from 38th Fleet assets, due to the reported presence within the Gasko system.

Demonstrative Task Force Composition


TASK FORCE ALPHA

TASK FORCE BETA

TASK FORCE GAMMA

1a. Launching a forked offensive on the Gasko and Aith’ndor systems.

  • Alpha and Beta to engage at Gasko. It is with hope and further intelligence the larger task force offensive induces RSN fallback and relieves pressure on Republic forces. Based on reports this effort carries risk to Starfleet assets with an active Tal Shiar presence in the system. Supporting RRF assets being directed to the sector following assault would increase success, ensuring the hold of the system following Starfleet element’s departure.

  • Gamma strikes Aith’ndor, drawing forces away from Chaltok. Main mission criteria remains constant throughout all attacks, an assualt on Aith’ndor with considerable volume will likely result in redirection of Star Empire forces else they face becoming entrapped.

2c. Regrouping at Aith’ndor, forward push into Chaltok system defence.

  • Alpha proceeds at high speed directly to bolster RRF defence forces in the Chaltok system. With an experienced commander and the heavy vessels of the 38th Fleet this should lessen the pressure of current hostile combatants.

  • Beta regroups with Gamma at Aith’ndor to secure the system from RSE control, this movememnt should bring with it a retaliation force withdrawing from Chaltok in effort to prevent Starfleet’s momentum from fighting through the approaching northern corridor.

  • Securing Aith’ndor provides respite on any potential support heading for the Gasko system and preventing the Romulan Republic from being cut in half; leading also clear transit past Iconian space.

3b. 38th Fleet elements commit to fortification of the T’iokol system, closing the Romulan Star Empire’s supply corridor to the Gasko sector.

  • Alpha and available Romulan Republic vessels pursue fleeing Star Empire vessels into the system, allowing Republic reinforcements to secure Chaltok.

  • Beta and Gamma engage retreating Star Empire vessels to push them out of the Iconia sector and remain on station to fortify T’iokol. Science vessels to begin thorough sweeps of sector border.


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The drawing out of Chaltok’s hostile combatants is the offensive’s main objective, if task force elements are able to regroup successfully following defence of Chaltok in pursuit of Star Empire forces to the T’iokol system Starfleet will have cut off and secured the proverbial back door to Republic space- resulting in which a fully fledged battlegroup should a counter attack from redirected Star Empire forces be attempted.

While this by no means ensures it’s permanent security, it allows republic forces to regroup and bolster defence within western regions at a vital, early stage of this conflict. It’s to be considered based on current intelligence whether maintaining momentum and pushing up to a full scale assault on the Fvillhaih system is viable at this stage of the campaign, but this would strike a devastating blow to any Star Empire deployments operating in the theater outside of Rator III’s logistical range.

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To: 38th Fleet/Command
CC: CAPT Tolar, Amathel
From: LCDR Zital, Serris
Subj: Operation Guillotine



The following is a layout of the operation plan as ordered by Vice Admiral Aluk for forward to Starfleet Command, prepared and submitted by:

• Captain Amathel Tolar
• Lieutenant Commander Serris Zital

Operation Guillotine is a five phase plan designed to swiftly and decisively halt the momentum of the Romulan Star Empire’s war efforts against the Romulan Republic by utilizing assets from the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th, 38th, and 42nd Fleets in a bold, direct strike at the heart of the Romulan Star Empire.

First Phase of Operation Guillotine

Phase 1

The 38th Fleet is deployed to the Teneebia system from V774 Tau via the transwarp network. A task force comprised of elements from the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th, and 42nd fleets is staged at Starbase 39-Sierra.



Second Phase of Operation Guiilotine

Phase 2

The 38th Fleet is mobilized to perform simultaneous strikes on the lightly defended Cero system and the moderately defended T’liss system to draw the attention of the Imperial Navy’s defenses away from the Rator system.



Third Phase of Operation Guiilotine

Phase 3

The combined task force mobilizes from Starbase 39-Sierra to the NGC-863 Subspace Anomaly. This course will shield them from long-range scans.



Fourth Phase of Operation Guillotine

Phase 4

Decoy probes mimicking Federation warp signatures are launched in the direction of the Cero and T’liss systems, creating the illusion of a full scale assault on the Empire’s remote border territories. The task force then performs a feint and adjusts course directly to the Rator system, taking advantage of the sensor masking properties of the anomaly for as long as possible.



Fifth Phase of Operation Guillotine

Phase 5

The combined task force invades the Rator system against reduced resistance, forcing the Imperial Navy to immediately pivot the majority of their forces away from Republic space, giving our allies the chance to regroup their assets and begin a combined multi-front offensive.



While perhaps the most bold war plan put forward so far, there is a consistent logic to it. The last 75 years have been marred by several long, protracted conflicts that resulted in hundreds of millions of casualties. The sooner we can bring about cessation of hostilities, the more lives we will save.

Starfleet is an interplanetary humanitarian and peacekeeping armada. After almost 20 consecutive years of on and off wars, it is our duty to bring a true and lasting peace about as expeditiously as possible. The Romulan Star Empire has historically been an obstacle to that goal, using peace as a veil to buy time to scheme against its “allies.” They employ the Tal Shiar, who are known to experiment on civilians for military purposes. Now, they intend to annex a free and independent Romulan state simply because of manifest destiny. For the good of the galaxy at large, this regime cannot be allowed to continue in its current state.

The Romulan Star Empire has actively attempted to antagonize the Federation into a war with them for the better part of the 24th century, and the Imperial Navy worked closely with Starfleet during the Dominion War. They are complacent with their understanding of the Federation as a passive institution with a foreign policy of appeasement, that will only strike targets of opportunity, and only after we’ve exhausted all diplomatic avenues. It is almost certain that they will not anticipate a direct assault.

With one swift, decisive strike, Starfleet can decapitate the power structure of the Empire by occupying Rator III and imprisoning the Praetor and the Senate. Rator III’s proximity to our borders, Starbase 39-Sierra, and the Teneebia junction of the Federation transwarp network make rapid deployment of assets to fortify this position tenable. Furthermore, this will almost assuredly pivot the Imperial Navy away from the Republic and to the Federation, allowing our allies time to regroup. Together, we can start a proper multi-front offensive that should result in an expeditious surrender.

//SIGNED//
Serris Zital
Chief Engineer,
U.S.S. Mariner NCC-74671-A

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Stardate:
100407.3
Filed By:
CAPT Vel, L
Clearance:

ADDENDUM In addition to the above war plans, I wanted to offer a standardized approach to interoperability using carrier assets for the invasion. I am unsure of other captains experience when trying to operate with carrier class vessels, so streamlining the process of requesting carrier assistance is important.

Breaking down the types of assistance into corresponding “strike packages” will make it so that Captains are in the know with the type of assistance they can expect, and will immediately know the assets that they will have at their disposal. Please see below.

  • Strike Package Alpha: Fighter cover only, using six Valkyries. Used for combat sector patrols and anti-small craft operations at the requested ships location.

  • Strike Package Bravo: Bombing mission. Package consists of 2- Valkyries for fighter cover, 2- Peregrines for ECM jamming, and 4- Peregrines for photon torpedo bombing run. Ideal for ground operations.

  • Strike Package Charlie: Anti-ship mission. Package consists of 8- Valkyries for fighter cover, 4 Peregrines for ECM jamming and diversion, and 12- Peregrines for anti-ship attack using photon torpedoes.

  • Strike Package Echo: Electronic Warfare mission. Package consists of 6- Valkyries for fighter cover and 4- Peregrines for requested mission (ECM, diversion, sensor spoofing, etc)

  • Search and Rescue: Mission as stated. Package consists of 12- Valkyries for fighter cover, and 2- Runabouts for search and rescue operations.

It is hoped that with these pre-determined strike packages, that Captains can utilize these assets to their most potential, while knowing what they are requesting ahead of time. It is known that Romulan forces use Scorpion class fighters among their small craft, so knowing that we have similar assets at our disposal is important.

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Stardate:
100407.3
Filed By:
CAPT Lyn, Isadora
Clearance:

ADDENDUM

I have already voiced my concerns as to the proposal generated by CAPT Nimitz and CAPT Drake and proposed an alternative course of action. The purpose of the following is to expand on the rationale and my own strategic overview.


STATE OF THE INCURSION

The Imperial Navy has launched an all-out offensive on the Republic. The current battlefront is dispersed across a wide and irregular border, with varying levels of fortification. The Empire is pressing its advantage in momentum to break defenses and mount continuous pressure, which both decreases the window for retaliatory strikes and allows them time to consolidate defenses.

It should be noted that many critical systems including Rator, New Romulus, and Iconian gateway near the Jouret system are within easy striking distance of the contested border. The current objective of the Imperial assault may be to conquer the Republic in its entirety, or to simply annex large portions of its territory. The latter seems more attainable, and given the rapid pace of Imperial advance they may be seeking to occupy territory and lean on the Federation’s propensity for negotiated settlement to stall Starfleet involvement while they cement their hold on occupied systems.


GENERAL STRATEGIC PRINCIPLES

The current invasion is one of offensive momentum, which favors the Empire. This must be blunted quickly. There are traditionally three methods to blunt this type of offensive.

  • Counter pivotal offensive pushes with an equivalent defense. One or several major defeats will unbalance the offensive and disrupt morale. This will also force a window for the Republic to regroup.

  • Counter with a large offensive push, which will force a diversion from offense to defense with the same outcomes as above.

  • Attritional warfare to deny the ability of the enemy to maintain its forces in the field. Destruction of repair and logistics centers and disruption of supplies will cripple offensive capability long term.

The first option is made difficult by the number of critical targets close to the border. In addition to defending against constant Imperial pressure, forces must be stationed at facilities such as the Dyson Gate and the bottleneck at Mylasa. In contrast the Imperial Navy is free to maneuver and concentrate its forces to strike targets.

I believe the latter two points are the best chance at blunting the Imperial offensive and should be carried out quickly. A slow traditional offensive will allow the Empire too much time to fortify and consolidate territory, greatly prolonging the conflict.


STRATEGIC OPTIONS

The following are what I believe to be strategic options for an independently operating 38th fleet. Large scale support by either Starfleet or Republic elements enables larger strategic considerations. However, these elements are currently unknown and blind speculation without further knowledge does not help the immediate situation.

  • The 38th fleet boasts substantial offensive power.

  • Fleet strength stands at fewer than fifty vessels making sustained offense or defense untenable if unsupported.

  • Independently capturing and holding territory is unrealistic, as the Imperial Navy can commit hundreds of vessels to an engagement.

  • Likewise sustained offense against peer or greater than peer opponents will rapidly deplete fleet strength over time.

The fleet should therefore be focused on rapid and overwhelming offense or support in areas where outsize impact can be made. Defensively this means minimal commitment and maximum flexibility so the fleet can respond to sudden incursions by aiding defenders.

The objective of offensive actions should be threefold, with the end objective of tipping decisive engagements in Starfleet and the Republic’s favor.

  • Destroy or cripple critical infrastructure and logistics to cripple the Imperial Navy.

  • Force the Imperial Navy to divert ships away from offensive pushes.

  • Force the Empire to expend resources building or rebuilding defenses and infrastructure.

The area of greatest concern is the Republic territory bottlenecked near the Mylasa system. Conversely, one of the areas of greatest opportunity is the Imperial territory connected by the Fvillhaih system.

Operations should be planned as opportunity arises, but to start the Unroth and Hfihar systems are only lightly fortified. I disagree with the view they should be captured to pincer the forces at Aido and Sitar. Instead, an offensive strike followed by the construction of decoy fortifications would force diversion of Imperial forces. At minimum this relieves pressure on Mylasa, and at best it opens up Aido or Sitar to an offensive action.

Gasko Station is home to a Tal’Shiar contingent and is minimally defended. A surprise attack here allows for capture of valuable intelligence assets as well as diversion of resources and manpower.

Systems recently captured by the Empire or border systems being actively fortified are targets of opportunity, both because defenses are not yet operational and because if they should become fully fortified, they represent launch points for Imperial offense and obstacles for the reclaiming of territory.

Shipyards and major repair facilities are incredibly valuable infrastructure and tend to be heavily fortified. However, I believe there are strategies to penetrate these targets with minimal risk. This will greatly degrade Imperial fighting strength.

The Fvillhaih system represents a lynchpin for the Empire. The entirety of the eastern offensive is sustained through this system, and it is currently being fortified. If possible, a direct strike here supported by Starfleet or the Republic would be highly advantageous.

If such an action is not immediately possible, I believe a series of hit and run actions on convoys supplying and leaving the Fvillhaih system will slow the pace of fortification and divert defensive vessels to convoy escort. Likewise attacking nearby systems and sabotaging repair facilities will disperse and deplete assets able to defend the area. This may open up the system to an independent strike by the 38th although additional support will be needed to hold the area.

Short of supporting major Starfleet or Republic offensives or aiding in defensive actions, I believe the 38th should focus on the eastern edge of the Empire. Targets of opportunity should still be struck where available but the rationale for not committing to the central area is the following

  • The central area of the Empire has too many redundancies and is too densely fortified for a midsize fleet to make an outsized impact. Opportunities for deep strikes and lasting damage are limited without committing to a full invasion.

  • The immediate danger to the Republic is the isolated portion beyond Mylasa. Short of a strike on Rator itself there is nothing in the central front with the same strategic priority.

  • A deep incursion into central Imperial territory carries a number of implications for all involved parties. Starfleet’s objective is to defend and restore the Republic, not to annihilate the Star Empire.


CLOSING REMARKS

I will conclude here after touching on two additional points. The first concerns negotiation. Although this may seem antithetical to Federation ethos, I believe diplomatic outreach should not be attempted at this time. At present, the Empire holds the upper hand offensively. Negotiation from such a position is a sign of desperation and weakness from an Imperial perspective. It may only embolden their offensive and make negotiated settlement more difficult in the longer term.

The second point is my view on the Rator system. The Rator system is located relatively close to the border, and represents a tempting option for a decapitation strike. The Empire is no doubt aware of this as well, so I feel extreme caution is warranted before committing to such an action.

Success here means not only breaking the defenses but also capturing the Romulan leadership. This is not the same situation as the battle of Cardassia Prime. In the latter case, the Dominion had been bottled into the system and had nowhere to escape to or forces elsewhere to rally. In this case, capture of Rator without capture of the leadership would be a strategic and political disaster.

I am not of the mind that all Imperial Romulans are held in line only by fear. If that were the case, the Empire would have collapsed prior to this offensive and such an invasion would never have been possible. The scars of Romulus are engraved deep on the Romulan psyche, and the loss of a second homeworld to a hostile force would be all the impetus the Imperial Senate needs to galvanize and rally the public to a level such that diplomacy would become a moot point. Morale amongst the military would also soar, becoming a strategic issue for forces in the field unless this is addressed immediately.

To make my views clear. I do not dispute the value of a quick end to this conflict or of Rator III as a viable target. However, any operation here must be carefully considered and executed flawlessly.


OOC Super late with this, but I’ve been at a conference (still there) and am in self imposed exile for non-work stuff.

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