Eight Python class transports of the Sansterre Navy arrived in system here this week, accompanied by a sizable escort of other vessels. At the same time, three fearsome Pendragon class cruisers arrived from New Home.
The swap of Pendragons for Sidewinders is completed, and the three Pendragons depart for Sansterre, while three Pythons carry the 102 Sidewinders on to New Home.
Sansterre establishes naval base. Inhabitants protest.
Unidentified courier destroyed.
The Sansterre forces discovered an Engels class courier from Neubayern (without identifying it). Five Viper class frigates were dispatched to investigate. They asked the courier to identify itself and its mission. The courier’s only response was to power up its jump drive.
After warning that the Sansterre Navy could not allow hostile forces to leave the system and that force would be used if necessary, there was still no response from the courier. The Sansterre vessels fired a warning shot. As this was also unheeded the frigates proceeded to open fire on the courier vessel with all batteries, vapourising the vessel.
Sansterre forces began to establish a crude naval base on the largest moon of Jehovah, the single gas giant in the system. The inhabitants of St. Geneviève itself were informed of the Sansterre action, and Sansterre pledged to defend their planet for them. A formal protest was lodged by the wealthy recluses, but no resistance was offered.