Wow. If we didn't have the defecation hitting the ventilation before, we sure do now.
It looks like the Lucifer was able to strike against us one last time during its death throes, and in the process cut us off from Earth. Don't let the spin doctors fool you; our scientists are pretty sure it's permanent. And that puts us in a heap of trouble, because everything
in the GTA is, or was, based out of Sol. FLEETCOM, R&D, production, logistics, training, you name it. At least when Vasuda Prime was nuked, the Vasudans still had a distributed command structure to fall back on. We've got none of that. For all intents and purposes, we've lost the GTA as well as Earth.
What this means is we've now got a bunch of loosely coordinated systems, all with their own governors, all with their own ideas of what to do next, and no clear method of organization. For the time being, we've assembled a contingency FLEETCOM in Delta Serpentis, consisting of representatives from each fleet. Fortunately, the Shivans seem to have taken the loss of the Lucifer just as hard as we've taken the loss of Sol - we haven't seen any major attacks in the past five days. And perhaps just as fortunately, the Vasudans have neither taken the opportunity to attack us, nor tried to influence the reorganization.
The GTI is another matter, though, and I wish I'd been paying more attention to them over the last couple of weeks. The first thing they did after the node collapse is cite wartime authority to seize any assets that were owned by citizens living in Sol but are being held in other systems, "with compensation to be paid upon re-establishment of contact". And now they're arguing that FLEETCOM should be put under the aegis of the GTI. I think most of the GTI infrastructure is in Beta Aquilae, not Sol, so they weren't affected by the node collapse as much as the GTA was.
So it's time for me to stop being so timid and start being a little more audacious. The risk of inaction is too great. I hope whoever's receiving these transmissions has connections, or can at least exploit whatever I find out, because I'm going for broke now.
Here's the first thing I've been able to dig up. Remember that absent-minded officer I acquired the blueprints from? His name is Isaac Stone, and he's a Level Phi cleared officer working under the Phoenix program. I figured he's the best person to start with, so I've "arranged to obtain" (hint, hint, wink wink) a password reminder email for his account on the Phoenix network. It's DGP encrypted, which is unfortunate, but I figure if you guys can hide your access traces so well, a little DGP encryption isn't going to be a problem for you. To avoid blowing my cover, though, I recommend that you access the network through the node at 5712.92.3784, which is used mostly for testing and maintenance purposes and shouldn't come under suspicion.
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