Simon_Jester wrote:FROM: Maxim Chernov, Second Technarch for Foreign Affairs
TO: Ludwig Gottlieb, Foreign Secretary of the Prussian Star League
In light of the Prussian Star League's interstellar press release accusing the Volksland system government of sponsoring the recent "Black Sunday" terrorist attacks, and your sudden military offensive against the Volksland system, the Council of Technarchs would like to request clarification of certain points affecting our interests in the region.
We emphasize that no security arrangements of any kind exist between Umeria and Volksland. However, we do note with some small alarm that the star is relatively close to the Grand Coreward Trunk, the Technocracy's primary trade route to the rimward portions of human space. The portion of the Grand Trunk passing through Sector T-10 is established as neutral space by longstanding international agreements which both the Prussian Star League and the Technocracy are party to.
Thus, we ask that you clarify your nation's position on the rightful control of the Volksland system and the surrounding space. Are your intentions in the system purely punitive, or do you have long-range political or territorial objectives?
Moreover, given the close proximity of our national borders, and the risk for misunderstandings in neutral systems not claimed by either nation, we ask whether the attack on Volksland reflects a general shift in the military policy of the Star League, or whether it is purely an isolated incident.
This is of course, a purely isolated incident and does not reflect expansionism or jingoism. Apart from Volksland, we have no grievances against other star nations in the Grand Trunk area or any desire to intervene in those areas or invade any other nation in that area. Volksland will not be annexed - it will instead be occupied for an undetermined period while we put it back on its feet from its government's abuses.