From: Serendip Belt
To: New Colchis
Proposal for a defensive alliance
To: The Ambassador of his majesty King Magnus VII of New Colchis.
From: Vice Grand Admiral of the Serendip Belt Fleet Andrea von Eldritch.
Sir, I wish to express what I feel may be a mutual concern over the present political climate of tension and unrest in the Islands Clusters in general, and in the system of Esperanza in particular. As you are no doubt aware there are elements of the new regime in this system who vociferously propound an aggressive, expansionist foreign policy. It was because of similar concerns over the previous Government that our Fleet was forced to occupy the World of Gloire to deny its reserves of fuel, so close to our home system, from any potential aggression. The recent coup has forced us to reassess our situation as a front line state, and our studies have concluded that neither Serendip Belt, nor New Colchis possesses a sufficiently strong fleet to defeat the Esperanzans in a full Naval engagement. It is, perhaps significantly, our estimation that both fleets will be outgunned two to one, taking into account the inferior technology of the Esperanzans. Clearly this is not an acceptable situation. I have suggested to my Government that a defensive alliance between ourselves would significantly enhance both our securities. Whilst this would not allow us to overwhelm the Esperanzan Navy in its home system, and hence could not be misconstrued as an aggressive action, a cooperative defence would make any offensive prohibitively costly. As a sign of good faith I propose to pass on any intelligence gathered concerning movements of the Esperanzan Fleet to your Embassy.
Andrea von Eldritch,