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 perspective!

     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 precious qenergon!

     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 enemy pressure.
     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 System.

     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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