On the way home they had a long discussion. What should they do now? The aliens obviously intended to come here when forced by the invaders out of their systems.
There wouldn’t be room for both races and conflict was sure to flare up. Also the invaders wouldn’t be long in coming either. And when they got here they would undoubtedly tell everyone about the visits to the station. The obvious thing to do was come clean. Quietly tell the governments everything they had found.
But there was great disagreement bout what would happen next. Johann thought that all the governments would pull together to solve this problem, to prepare for the neighbors. Both by equipping their forces and by making at least some room available. But Hildi was much more cynical. She was sure that there would be a façade of teamwork, while really each government would be devoting the bulk of their resources to their own military and defending their systems at all costs. Jown didn’t know but pointed out that the outcome was bad either way. There wouldn’t be enough room and war was never pleasant.
It was Jown who hit on the key. “What if the invaders never drove their neighbors out of their own systems? Then they wouldn’t come here and we wouldn’t be discovered.”
“Our neighbors don’t seem like they will be able to stop them.” Johann replied.
“Yes but what if we helped them?”
Johann answered with surprising sternness “We aren’t giving our science to them!”
“Of course not.” Jown replied quickly. “But what if we give it to just one faction with the agreement that we work together to build weapons to defeat the invaders. The governments would be too self centered to do this, but there should be some factions willing to do it. Their war is a long affair. If you’re right we should be able to make weapons that will turn the tide. If we do then we kill two birds with one stone. No neighbors coming for an unwelcome stay and no invaders following them.”
“I think you’re onto something! It means letting others into our secret, but there’s no helping that now. And yes we can build weapons to turn the tide of their war. In fact we can deal the invaders a knockout blow. And considering what they did to Earth, they deserve everything we can give them.”
“But who do we deal with?” Hildi added.
Johann answered. “It needs to be a stable organization that isn’t filled with corruption and greed. That leaves out corporations and pirates. The mercenary “clubs” aren’t to be trusted and the bounty hunter guilds are just like the pirates but on the other side of the line (sorry Jown).”
Then Jown added; “What do you think about the MNES (Multi-National Exploration Service)? They are independent of all governments, not corrupt and very secretive until they are ready to disclose something. No one knows they’ve found a habitable planet until they finish all of their exploration and testing of it. Then they sell it. They have unique ship needs so they keep a very respectable ship design and construction group. And they operate well out of the normal paths.”
“Of course.” Replied Johann at the same time Hildi said “Yes!”
Posted by strailon Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 00:00:00 UTC