As long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of exalted characters.
6 Months after the Black Rebellion
“Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Gilbert G.P Guilford!”
The man in the red and yellow uniform of the Glaston Knights strode purposefully to the podium amidst the applause of the assembled knights and Britannian Notables. After carefully arranging his notes, he began:
“Ladies and gentlemen, before we begin this tactical lecture, I would like to acknowledge the presence of his Excellency, Viceroy Calares and his staff who today, takes over the reins of government as his majesty’s duly constituted representatives in Area 11.
In the past 6 months, we of the provisional government have managed to rebuild from what some are terming the greatest threat to Britannian security in our long history. The Black Rebellion has left Area 11 in a shambles both the economically, politically and militarily as well as fanning racial hatreds higher than ever before.
And yet, despite all this, we have managed to restore order to Area 11 by rebuilding our infrastructure and restoring critical government and economic institutions. More importantly, we have managed to restore peace by capturing many of the primary movers of the organization behind the Black rebellion, the Black Knights.
However, today’s lecture is not about our successes, but our failures. And there have been many. Need I remind you ladies and gentlemen, that although Zero, the mastermind behind the Black Rebellion is dead, holdovers from his inner circle have eluded capture? Need I remind you that our perceived weakness here in Area 11 has led our enemies, the EU to escalate their war against us? And lastly, need I remind you that our previous Viceroy, Imperial Princess and Commander in Chief, remains missing?”
Eyes swiveled to the Cornelia Li Britannia Commemorative PlateTM featured prominently at the end of the hall. Then, he continued:
“As such, today we shall focus on one of the greatest strategic failures of the Britannian army, not within this conflict alone, but in its entire history. The Battle of Narita was planned to be the final nail in the coffin of the Japanese Liberation Front and put an end to years of internal strife in this area. And yet, when the smoke cleared, the battle lines of the Japanese resistance had been redrawn, but not in our favor. The black knights, who we thought to be an ineffectual group led by a lunatic, proved to be better armed, better organized and better led, than any of us thought possible. Further, our pyrrhic victory over the JLF galvanized the financial backers of the Japanese resistance to throw all their resources behind the Black Knights. There may have been conflicts before this battle ladies and gentlemen, but Narita is where the black rebellion truly began.
And so, without further ado, I shall begin this lecture:
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