April 3, 3013
By Jose Erson
Terra (ComStar) – Following the training maneuvers being performed by the C.N.E. 6th fleet, the Earth Directorate had decided to send a force consisting of a large portion of the Earth Directorate 4th fleet to patrol the lane ways within Earth Directorate space, and defend the colony on Muphrid in case of hostile action.
We now have confirmation that the 4th fleet was found destroyed over two weeks ago, obvious signs of battle marring the remnants of broken hulls. A number of the hulls found within the area were identified as C.N.E. ships, leading experts to believe that one of the fleets attacked the other. While the bulk of the fleets have been destroyed, a few ships from both fleets are as of yet unaccounted for. Searches are under way to locate any surviving ships that may be attempting to limp home on damaged drives.
Earth Directorate Diplomat Shawn Rounds has this to say. “We do not wan’t to see the years of peace we have had since the end of the Killbourn wars end, but we must insist that those responsible for the unprovoked attack on the people and ships of Earth be revealed and held accountable. Thousands of lives were lost, along with billions of credits worth of hardware.”
His opposite diplomat for the C.N.E., Patricia Mayfield however claims that “The Constellation of New Earth 6th fleet did not have any orders to initiate hostilities, and Admiral Harley Manning is an extremely trusted leader. He would not fire upon the 4th fleet unless attacked first. Unfortunately his flag ship was one of those found destroyed, and our technicians are having a difficult time locating any computers that may have records of what transpired. I am certain that once those records are found, they will show that our 6th fleet was the victim and not the aggressor.”
While diplomatic talks continue, there have been reports of fringe skirmishes and firefights on the borders of Earth Directorate/ C.N.E. space. Official word is that these fights are started by triger-twitchy soldiers, and are not in any way sanctioned by either government. To date, I have confirmed that two Earth Directorate gunners have been Court Martialed for firing upon a C.N.E. ship without hostile provocation. My sources claim both gunners had family or friends in the 4th fleet, and were supposedly taunted about such by C.N.E. military personnel."
Either way, I hope that the the governments can resolve this issue in a peaceful manner, before any more lives are needlessly lost.