CHAPTER 6: ANCEN SYSTEM INVASION
Onboard the flagship “Vanquisher”, the all-mighty Hurran Arch-Commissioner Bagres Kuldema was
celebrating. He didn’t land anywhere in the newly conquered Kugh System because it was still enemy land. Bagres
had figured that it was going to take at least ten Hurran years of martial-law occupation, before trusting the
Kugh System, due to the newly formed Resistance.
That also had been planned in advance, and Bagres knew that at least two generations would have
had to pass until the Resistance should effectively cease to exist. Only then, the conquered Systems could be
considered safe and truly belonging to the Hurrans.
For the time being the Arch-Commissioner savored the spoils of victory. He and the members of
the Central Planning Committee were presented with archeological wonders, inestimable art collections, valuables
and all sorts of rarities, while delighting themselves with the finest fruits and wines of the Kugh System. All
Hurran soldiers had something good to enjoy, following their heroic victory, in order to appreciate their new
status of “Masters of Conquered Worlds”!
Bagres longed to see slavery developed for the benefit of his race: to become specialists in
evaluating, trading, and taming the proud, tall citizens of the Allied Worlds! What a new and exciting
After the first phase of the Invasion Plan, the losses of his Fleet were close to the predicted
twenty-five percent. However, with the newly conquered System also came the greatly needed, almost vital,
reinforcements: a lot of precious qenergon, enormous quantities of small and heavy weapons supplies, plus a
serious number of slightly damaged Allied Worlds military FW Ships. Bagres was well aware that there were many
tough fights ahead for the Hurrans; therefore, until the Allied Worlds would sign the Unconditional Surrender
Act, any celebration was rather premature.
The Trans-States Drive destination generators had already been deployed towards the Ancen
System. In about four Hurran days, they were going to be maneuvered into the final positions. Bagres was waiting
only for the information regarding the new Defense Plan from his mole inside the Allied Worlds Council.
Meanwhile from the Hurran System, shipload after shipload of Hurrans poured in to take over the
administration of the conquered Kugh System.
The Ancen Star was big, with a white-yellow light, and it had a huge Planetary System of
thirty-three Planets. One Planet, Dase, and two Satellites, Jagol and Nuce, had natural living conditions, while seven
space colonies had developed excellent self-sustaining artificial environments. About six billion Allied Worlds citizens
lived in the Ancen System, and life was prosperous almost for everybody, because their main export article was the
The new Allied Worlds Defense Plan implemented a strategy based on the only two reliable
weapons left: the WDAR Stations, and the short-range FW Ships. About three thousand WDAR Stations were thinly scattered
throughout the System protecting objectives of maximum importance. The total number of FW Ships the Allied Worlds had
managed to gear up for active combat was sixty thousand, and they were deployed in groups, within the fighting areas
supervised by the WDAR Stations.
In addition, the Allied Worlds had forty-nine FW-Docking Units prepared for stationary combat
mode only, because their FW Ships had already been deployed to the WDAR Stations protection. The software program of the
WDAR Stations had been changed, so that they were capable of firing only at enemy targets having a speed vector within a
certain range. That change was needed to prevent the burning magnesium clouds tactic to be used again.
The new Defense Plan was a good theoretical strategy, only it had at least two, practical, weak
aspects. First, there was no time to change the old positions of the WDAR Stations; secondly, the enemy was too strong.
The Hurrans decided to open all three Trans-States Drive destination points above and to the
middle of the Planetary System Plane, close to the maximum density of WDAR Stations. The first metallic wave of military
gear to pass through was two hundred fifty FW-Docking Ships, which didn’t start the attack right away. They took
positions to protect the second wave, of ten thousand transporters—those used to deploy the magnesium foils—filled that
time with empty plasma and neutrons-yield missiles. Next came through about five thousand partly damaged Allied Worlds
FW ships driven by Hurran volunteers ready to perform the supreme sacrifice.
It came out the Hurrans knew all details regarding the distribution of the WDAR Stations, and
they started sweeping them out, beginning with the ones near the most important objectives, near Dase, Jagol, Nuce and
the space colonies, then moving towards periphery. Due to the enormous number of FW Ships the Hurrans had, the action
commenced against two hundred WDAR Stations at one time.
Two new tactics were used to fool the WDAR Stations. The first one was firing continuously
empty plasma and neutrons-yield missiles to lure away the fire of the WDAR Stations, while the Hurran FW Ships
approached at lower speeds. The second strategy employed the captured Allied Worlds ships to get close to the WDAR
Stations, while the Hurran FW Ships were hiding behind. That tactical maneuver allowed the Hurran FW Ships to approach
the WDAR Stations shielded by the Allied Worlds’ recognition signals. If the captured Allied Worlds ships managed to
penetrate behind the shields, they detonated huge neutrons-yield charges, or they simply rammed the WDAR Stations.
The fights in Ancen were a lot tougher than in the Kugh System, because the WDAR Stations were
protected by the Allied Worlds FW Ships. However, the Allied Worlds FW pilots soon came to realize a few discouraging
facts: the Hurran FW Ships had the armor strong enough to survive a first direct hit of a plasma gun; they were slower
and bigger; and they had three to four times more firepower. The speed advantage was almost useless, because the Allied
Worlds FW Ships were not running away; they had to hold positions, to defend the WDAR Stations.
The forty-nine Allied Worlds FW-Docking Ships and their escorts of MASB Turrets had been
destroyed during the first equ. days of fights, since they had no FW Ships to protect them. The few existing Military
Ground Bases in Ancen also had been marked as prime-objective targets, therefore each of them came under an overwhelming
Overall, the fights were fierce and heroic for the Allied Worlds Defense Forces, only they
found themselves outmaneuvered each time. The battle for the Ancen System lasted for seven equ. days, and the Allied
Worlds Defense learned better tactics with each new defeat. However, after the very first equ. day of ferocious fights
it was obvious the conclusion was close, and only one.
The damages the Hurran Fleet suffered after the first Hurran day of fights were well within the
estimations at twenty percent. After six Hurran days of fights, the Victory was total, and the Hurran Invaders were left
with fifty-two percent of their Fleet still intact, which was more than sufficient to conquer the defenseless Norghe
Somehow, there was some Defense left in the Norghe System, consisting in roughly five thousand
old, short-range FW Ships, eleven repaired FW-Docking Units with no FW Ships, and a countless army of commercial ships
fitted poorly in the rush of the moment with plasma cannons and missiles launchers.
Those “forces” could have stopped the Hurran Fleet for a few equ. minutes . . .
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