mercenaries to defend their star systems. ”

Ves chuckled darkly under his breath.
He doubted whether an honest Reinaldan mercenary even existed.
He had a very poor impression of Reinaldan culture and military readiness.
Their so-called ’Honored Ones ’ were so unfit for war that Ves doubted the Reinald Republic would even be able to survive the crisis!

As the pair exited the bridge without issuing any orders to save the beleaguered planet, Ves tried to console her as best as possible.

”We are mech designers.
We don ’t solve our problems by dispatching mechs at them.
We design mechs that are suited to tackle the problems.
That is why I came up with the Desolate Soldier.
If the mercenaries fielded our new mechs, they probably wouldn ’t have run as fast. ”

She nodded.
”I guess you ’re right.
To be honest, I ’m grateful you ’ve convinced me out of it.
I wasn ’t acting like a proper Hexer back then.
It ’s just that I ’ve never been in a situation where so many humans were under threat.
Now that I ’ve calmed, I realize that those people aren ’t actually worth my attention. ”

Ves wasn ’t sure whether he should be pleased at her words.

”We all have a bit of selfishness.
The MTA refuses to save the border states and all of the people who live there despite possessing an abundance of power.
The CFA isn ’t doing more than sending out a single warfleet towards the source because they ’re obligated to.
The Friday Coalition and the Hexadric Hegemony have both decided to stay put and stare at each other instead of lifting their hands to help.
In every case, those who possess power prioritize their own interests above everyone else ’s.
As far as I ’m concerned, we ’re no different. ”

”You ’re right, Ves.
You ’re so right.
I ’m so glad you ’re so understanding.
I love you, Ves. ”

”I love you too, Gloriana. ” He smiled back.

Their fleet quickly transitioned out of the star system just as the sandmen fleet was about to reach the defenseless planet.
By the time they reached their next star system, another seven million people lost their lives to the heartless alien race.

Fortunately, they didn ’t encounter any similar incidents along the way.
Right now, the sandmen were still in the process of battering the second line of defense.
States such as the Bright Republic, Ylvaine Protectorate, Vesia Kingdom and the Reinald Republic only met with sporadic leaks.

As Ves kept track of the news, he noted that these incidents started to become more and more prevalent.
That was a sign that the second line of defense was starting to fail.

The news emerging from the second line of defense took on an increasingly more fatalistic tone.

Most relevant to Ves was the fate of the Coman Federation.
As the state that stood in the way between the sandmen and the Bright Republic, Ves hoped that the Comen lasted as long as possible.

”How worthless. ” Ves shook his head in disappointment after reading the latest news.
”They ’re already starting to break. ”

The Comen were anything but weak.
They were very open about augmenting themselves to the point where they worshipped transhumanism.
The Coman Federation also possessed a strong military culture that had given the Bright Republic plenty of headaches over the centuries.

Yet no matter how conceited they were, the sheer quantity of sandmen fleets battering their star systems was too much for them to bear.

While their fortified star systems withstood the waves of sandmen without consuming too much strength, their lesser star systems fared much more poorly.
Though the Comen mercenaries and outfits hired to protect these locations fought bravely, their numbers were ultimately insufficient.

There were too few mechs to adequately cover every star system!

The loss of insufficiently-defended star systems meant that a crack had formed in the Coman Federation ’s armor.
The sandmen fleets that arrived later no longer bothered stay around in conquered star systems and instead directed their attention elsewhere.

This basically meant that more and more sandmen fleets began to batter a smaller number of star systems.
The increase in intensity meant that more star systems started to get overwhelmed.
This in turn meant that the besieged star systems became host to even more sandmen!

This was how pretty much every state in the second line of defense started to fall.
Even though they received some advanced warning, their preparations turned out to be insufficient.

Already, many Comen had seen the writing on the wall and fled to the Bright Republic or beyond.

Of course, since starships were in short supply, only a fraction of the population managed to make it out.
The rest were destined to become crushed in a tide of sand.

”Hasn ’t the Bright Republic done anything to assist the Comen? ” Ves suddenly frowned.

He searched the galactic net and found out that the Bright Republic deliberately withheld any aid.
They even issued a warning to mercenaries not to lend their assistance to the Comen!

Though the Bright Republic never really liked their neighboring state, Ves still thought it was in its best interest to reinforce the Comen!

”It ’s better to contain the damage in the Coman Federation rather than letting it spill into the Bright Republic! It ’s too late now! ”

From what he could gather from reading all of the political analyses on the news, the leaders of the Bright Republic wanted to use the sandmen to get rid of the Coman Federation without getting any of the blame.

As long as the Bright Republic successfully repelled the sandmen, the Bright Republic could easily double its territory by taking over all of the star systems formerly held by the defunct Coman Federation!

Ves couldn ’t help but laugh when he understood the Bright Republic was doing exactly what he had been thinking!

”Even my own home state is pursuing its own self interests! ”

Of course, by denying the Comen any material assistance, the Bright Republic was about to pay the price for their inaction.

Once the sandmen finished consuming the territory of the Coman Federation, the aliens would definitely direct their might towards the Bright Republic!

If the leaders of the Bright Republic had bet wrong, then they stood to lose their entire state due to their selfish decisions!

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