Date: 24 Jul 2010 03:40 Title: War Party
Not sure how it is that Hoodak is termed Commander and Chief, unless it is a party name. An interesting development with the inclusion of the Klingons. Not sure how willing they would be to barter their worlds away so easily. That said, it is setting up a situation with a lot of potential conflict.
Author's Response: Yeah, Commander and Chief is more of a party name. He was originally just a commander in Starfleet, and it was his preference to keep the term "Commander". And since he is a leader of an emerging government, he needed a more official, leader-like name. Thus, Commander and Chief. Or so he told me... ;)
Well, the Klingons didn't exactly barter them away. Hoodak only needed a base of operations to establish his foundation, then move out. He didn't need the entire planet, though, the more space the better. So it's more of a joint ownership of the Ardana System. They didn't exactly hand it over. When I went back and read it again, after I saw your review, I did notice that I didn't get that across very well... >.< Oh, well! Glad you're at least reading it and enjoying it~!
Date: 24 Jul 2010 03:31 Title: Divided We Stand
A dark turn of political events portrayed here. The War Party is not exactly a good fit for the Federation or the values we hold to them, however, there is a hint of a pacifying trend of politics that has precipatated the discontent. I wonder how the Federation will respond to the violence. Likewise, I'm wondering if the leading figures of this War Party are what they seem to be or if there is more to them than meets the eye.
Author's Response: The War Party definitely isn't the match for the Federation, without a doubt. Like a told Nerys, because of the corruption in the high ranks of the Federation, the leaders have been shying away from war, resigning to bribery to placate their enemies. The War Party--or at least, its "campaign credo" is that it would rather go to war then suffer from the corruption of the weak power-heads that currently run the Federation. But, the fact that people would follow a "War Party" does show that there is great dissatisfaction. As things go on, the leaders of the Federation soon find that they can't sit back and do nothing any more. And as for the War Party leading figures, well, Hoodak will find out that Mister Rihn isn't quite everything he thought he was...
Date: 22 Jul 2010 19:02 Title: Divided We Stand
Hmm...so this guy intends to be a tyrant rather than a legitimate dissenter. Ugly, that. I wonder if there are any dissenters who are NOT bent on conquest?? That would put an interesting factor into the mix, if these guys were just the fringe of a more legitimate movement...
It says a lot though, if anybody in the Federation is willing to accept something so overtly named. I have to wonder what led to that.
Author's Response: Hoodak himself isn't really a tyrant. However, his methods are unconventional at best, and he has a habit of doing whatever it takes to get whatever he wants. Of course, there are other dissenters, which we'll see soon enough.
And the War Party. Well, the reason behind the name is this: because of the corruption in the high ranks of the Federation, the leaders have been shying away from war, resigning to bribery to placate their enemies. The War Party--or at least, its "campaign credo" is that it would rather go to war then suffer from the corruption of the weak power-heads that currently run the Federation. But, the fact that people would follow a "War Party" does show that there is great dissatisfaction.