Hutch wrote:...and for the last 40 years it's been a great job.
I mean, you're highly respected, get to wear neat uniforms, live a great life (hot and cold running mistresses) and your connections back at headquarter keep the graft money plentiful.
Sure, you've only run two actual exercises in the past 5 years and if you really looked, you'd see your crews' efficiency is about 40% of 'book standard', but nobody is going to bother the Invincible Solarian League Navy.....
Then you hear about Byng, and dismiss it as the man was an idiot and it was only FF battlecruisers after all. Then you hear about Crandall, and while your opinion of her isn't much higher, the surrender of a Battle Fleet unit that size and the reports of Manticore "superweapons" has you more than a little nervous.
THEN you hear about Filareta and the sweat really starts; that was 25% of the active BF--gone just like that. And Manticore and those Haven folks seem to be sounding ever so aggressive....
Then you get orders to take your 128 SD's with supporting units to attack some place named Grayson. All you know is that they are some type of religious fanatics, that they have been allied with Manticore for a couple of decades, and Naval Intelligence says that their infrastructure has been destroyed and they don't have more than maybe 40-50 wallers.....which, if they are the equals of those that destroyed Filareta, gives you no great comfort.
So, Admiral, what do you do?
Resign and retire with my Swiss bank accounts full of graft money and start a new business. Something where I could steal some SDs from the SLN and setup shop as a feudal warlord, like what's his name Anderman.