Battle for the Holdfast

Rumors of Federation incursions have been substantiated by independent sources. Numerous border breaches have been cited and it is certain, now, that the Holdfast is under attack. Spokestholian Lithor had this to say, "Our fleets have been mobilized. Chancellor Willtor is doing everything in his power to ensure the security of the Holdfast."

The Chronicle has learned that the Chancellor entered into dialog with the Federation after its fleets crossed the Tholian border. More conservative elements within the Holdfast are voicing their opinions of this policy. Certain Tholian Rights groups are requesting that Willtor step down so that he can be replaced by a Tholian with more orthodox methods, who will take this war to the Federation.

Other Tholians are more lenient. To quote one source, "A new galaxy requires new methods. Even though diplomacy turned out to be an exercise in futility, it was worth trying. And the only time this sort of diplomacy has even been tried is with a belligerent race. I don't think Chancellor Willtor should step down."

Nevertheless, a poll by the Chronicle indicates that 30% of Tholians on New Tholia think that Willtor should step down. Willtor's approval rating, since the news break, on the Nightly News, has plummeted to 55% from 87% three months ago. At any rate, it seems clear that if Willtor remains diplomatic, and his efforts fail, he will have to step down, likely to be replaced by someone more conservative.

As to the present situation it is unclear what stance the Hydran Kingdom has taken in this battle. It is not known whether the Hydrans have opened up dialog with the Holdfast.



Fleets are Forming

The Chronicle received an anonymous report from a high-ranking official within the government that a few days ago, a mixed Hydran and Federation fleet passed through the neutral zone and into Tholian space, and that a second Federation fleet began forming within the neutral zone. When asked for a comment, government spokestholian Lithor said only, "All matters of security are being dealt with. Beyond that I cannot comment at this time."

Since the acknowledgment of war by Chancellor Willtor, no border breaches have been reported. However, if these reports are confirmed, it would appear that the Holdfast is under siege from two sides. Senior military analyst, Pyroclastos, comments:

"Given the inferior military technology possessed by the aliens in this galaxy, any skirmishes would almost certainly be futile. However, given the projected resource base of the combined Federation and Hydran war machine, the outcome of a prolonged war is less certain. It is believed that the Federation, itself, possesses almost limitless starship construction capabilities for its navy.

"Should the as-yet uncontacted Romulans approach the Holdfast in a hostile way, claiming that we occupy their territory, Willtor may have no choice but to retract our borders. It is also not clear how, exactly, the Klingon Empire would respond to a shift in the balance of power within this region of space.

"In any case, while the Federation flexes its military muscle, it is not clear what it intends to do about its Vulcan crew. No press releases have been made by the Federation which might reveal their thoughts. It is, perhaps, possible that they don't place the same value on life that the Holdfast does, and that they have actually given up on them."

The Chronicle will release more on this situation as it develops.