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Tunisia and the Empire of Dectra

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It was now the year 2236...and in that year, we would would discover Eden...by way of Hell. Pandora would be gone.

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The  winter  of  2236  found  the  E.D.F.'s  golden  child,  " Pandora "  on  the  other  side  of  the  Milky-way  galaxy.  Light  years  from  anywhere  we  had  ever  been.  This  day,  January  13, E.S.C.   ( Earth  Standard  Calender.)  would  be  both  fantastic  and  horrific. 

It  was  on  that  day,  that  E.D.F.  would  last  hear  from  it's  ambassador  of  the  stars...The  Pandora.  Her  last  message  was  sent  on  the  13th...recieved  via  relay  buoy  the  next  day.   It  was  this  communication  that  would  set  into  motion,  one  of  the  worst  conflicts  in  modern  times.
  Pandora  reported  that  she  had  recieved  a  distress  signal  from  another  starship... From  an  unknown  race,  the  Tunisians.   They  had  come  under  attack, and  were  pleeding  for  assistance  from  anyone  in  ear-shot.  The  Pandora  debated  only  a  minute,  and  set  course  to  intercept ,  gearing  up  to  General  Quarters....That  was  the  last  transmission.

The  E.D.F.  brass  argued  behind  closed  doors  for  the  better  part  of  a  week  over  the  transmission...And  what  it  should  do. Should  we  get  involved?  And,  if  so...what  would  be  the  consciquence  of  our  action?  Not  to  any-one's  surprise,  the  strongest  arguement  came  from  Admiral  Lord.  This  time,  the  fire  burning  in  council  chamber  was  really  hot. The " Ostrich  patrol " was  doing  what  it  did  best,  looking  in  the  other  direction. Lord  would  hold  nothing  back...(  over  the  past  few  years,  he  had  been  itching  to  get  back  into  a  starship...for  any  reason. )  And  the  Arguement  was  valid...What  the  hell's   the  E.D.F.  set  up  for?  Sure  we  protect  ourselves...but  part  of  our  resposibility  is  to  help  others  when  asked...But  the  final  nail was  this...The  Pandora's  Captain,  Duke  Harrington  had  made  a  decission  to  help.  He  involved  the  E.D.F.  The  fuse  was  allready  lit.  Now,  which  ships  to  be  sent...?

  For  years,  there  have  been  members  of  the  high  brass who  have  looked  for  ways  to  rid  themselves  of  Maxx  Lord.  Now  that  it  was  going  to  happen,  These  people  felt   a  great  mistake  waiting  to  happen.  The  Admiral   had  taken  it  uppon  himself  to  assume  command  of  the  expidition  fleet,  choosing  two  of  his  newest,  fastest  ships...The  "New  York"  and  his  flag  ship,  "Thunder-child."   The  ships  set  off  on  January  27th...Heading  for  the  last  know  position  of  the  Pandora.  With  the  new  Hyper-Wave  engines,  it  would  take  far  less  time  to  reach  this  point.  Also  considdering  the  trip  a  straight  shot,  as  apossed  to  Pandora's  neandering  exloration  route.

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Above, Admeral Lord's "fleet" of two ships...The "New York",and the flagship "Thunder-Child"...These ships were picks as they were both brand new, and possessed the Hyper-Wave engines that would shorten the time neede to reach the "Pandora's" last known position.