Space Opera

A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo

By John Ringo

WITH neighbors LIKE THESE... With the Earth within the course of the rapacious Posleen, the peaceable and pleasant races of the Galactic Federation supply their assets to aid the backward Terrans -- for a value. Humanity now has 3 worlds to safeguard. As Earth's armies rush into conflict and particular operations devices scout alien worlds, the people start to research a beneficial lesson: you could provide yourself with protection out of your enemies, yet may possibly the Lord prevent out of your allies.

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The bottom line is that we don't have enough information about the Posleen. Intelligence is one of the keystones of military operations and it's one we ain't got. The Himmits are like ghosts, they've been all over the Posleen planets, snoopin' and poopin'. But the problem with them is that they won't go into places that they might come into contact, which means that they haven't been able to do close recon, and they don't look for the sort of things we do. Last but not least, sorry Rigas," he nodded towards where he supposed the camouflaged alien lurked, "higher, which in this case means the President, wants an independent evaluation.

Oh, joy," said Mike, angrily. "So we dream up this stuff, then send all the forces off planet and lose Earth behind them? " he asked, referring to the role that country had played in WWII. With the vast majority of its forces battling the Germans in North Africa, Australia was nearly invaded by the Japanese. Only American intervention and a stroke of luck in the Coral Sea prevented the inevitable loss of the continent to the Japanese. "Like I said," said Horner, patiently, "a fair proportion of it will be slated to home defense.

He began to frown, a sure sign that he was pleased. "I can buy that. " "And if we can afford it; they're gonna be expensive. Speaking of which, do you have anything on the budget and force structure discrepancy? " Mike flipped to the back and searched the index but the only entry referred to a single uninformative line. "Well," said Horner, his face turning even more grim, "this is what I was told. The Federation has been fighting this war since before our Civil War. At first they would contest each planet as a Federation, but after they lost planet after planet, they couldn't handle the mounting cost.

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