The M16 nebula lights up the first peaceful
night sky over Anista 5 in more than ten annae, following the
departure of the last of the Lono armada.
Centus Prime -
Terran Alliance Councilor Thia Roboch
announced that she will step down as
acting Alliance Despot once she is certain
the Lono pose no further threat. The comment
came during a netaxis logue convened in response
to the end of the Lono war.
Roboch Plans to Step Down
"We have fought long, and we have fought hard, and at last we
are victorious," said Roboch. "Our parents and our metaparents
did their best to drive off the Lono, and we have sealed their
prosnominy. Once we're reasonably sure the Lono are not coming back,
I intend to terminate the office of Despot and return our government
to rule by the Alliance Council, as it was 88 annae ago."
Roboch is only in the fifth annum of her twelve-annum term as
the eighth Despot. Although the decisive victory at Calder's Star came
during her third annum, observers largely credit former despot K Zelany
with the successes of Roboch's term. Many of the
final military initiatives
were begun during Zelany's term as despot, and Zelany also serves
as Roboch's Advisor-On-Defense.
In the past critics have suggested that
Roboch's appointment was only a means for Zelany to get around the
one-term despot limit, but even the harshest Zelany critics
are taking this announcement seriously.
"Whatever you think of Zelany's approach to handling power, we
have to give Zelany credit for actually defeating the Lono," said
John Amyar, Professor
of Alliance Government at Centauri YKV. "Roboch's announcement
sends an unambiguous message, whether
it be from Roboch herself or from Zelany: there will be no
Zelany was not in attendance at the logue for the first time
in sixteen annae. When questioned, Roboch reported that Zelany
was taking a much-needed vacation.
(see Despot - A3)
T H E
H U M A N
D I M E N S I O N
Sopwith 3z - Rala Cornesc never thought
he'd live to see the day the Lono were defeated.
Still spry at the age of 232, Rala is believed to be
the oldest human alive in the galaxy.
"I guess a lot of folks were around for the start
of the Lono war, but I can remember way back before
then," Cornesc said. "I remember the days when the Lono
were wonderful to us. I remember the excitement when
we first made contact with them, after centuries of
being ignored by the Yi. I remember when the wormhole
first lit up with the arrival of the Lono."
"It's a shame it came to this, that the Yi wouldn't talk
and the Lono became our enemies. It's a shame that we're
all alone in the galaxy again. But I thank the supernova that
we defeated the Lono, and I count my blessings that I was
here to watch it."
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Centus Prime - For most people the defeat of the Lono
is a triumph of humanity, a cause for celebration, and the
easing of a tension borne their whole life.
For some people, though, the defeat of the Lono comes at a high cost:
the departure of the last Lono from the galaxy makes
humanity once again the only known fully sentient race, for the first
time in more than a millennium.
"I can't deny that we knew this was going to happen," said
xenographer Easal Smithdot. "Indeed, it's been ten annae since
the military actually let us experiment on or interact with
a living Lono. So it's not as if our jobs are going to spontaneously
cease to exist."
However, Smithdot noted that a shift in focus and demand for
expertise will almost certainly follow. Although scientists
knowledgeable about the Lono may remain in demand until the
government is certain the Lono will not return, in the longer
term, an entire industry which sprung up to support the 88-annae
war will now be hard-pressed to find a new role for its
"Don't get me wrong. We're not wishing the Lono were still
around blowing up planets. But there's a lot of us whose
livelihoods are at risk," Smithdot added.
Archaeologist Cheryl Thadafel, the military's leading
expert on Yi linguistics, suggested a beneficial side-effect.
"As our focus in xenological research shifts away from the
Lono, we can put more financials into researching the Yi.
If you believe, as I do, that humanity will gain far more
from studying the Yi than the Lono, it's wonderful
(See Xenology - B11)
Anista 5 -
Terran Alliance warships drove
the final surviving Lono spacecraft back through the
Anista Wormhole today with minimal combat and no losses
for the human forces. One Lono ship was disabled in
the fighting and subsequently destroyed.
Last Lono Ships Leave Galaxy
Fleet Commander Slen Priex formally announced the cessation
of hostilities several hours after the wormhole closed behind
the last Lono ship.
Despite the official end of the war, the fleet
will remain in Anista.
"Although the war is over," Priex said, "the
fleet will continue to stay on full alert to guard against
further intrusions until we can find a long-term solution
to the problem of the Lono wormhole."
The final day's conflict started with an attempted breakout by
several Lono warships. Although surrounded on all six sides,
four Lono heavy cruisers tried to escape towards the
galactic core. One cruiser was disabled before the others
were driven back. At the same time, a significant number of
Lono ships entered the wormhole, prompting observers to
suggest the escape attempt was some sort of diversion.
(See Wormhole - A3)
Solar City - Scientists, engineers, and mechanists are
divided over the new direction of research the Terran Alliance
is promoting with a trillion credit reward: collapsing
or otherwise disabling the Anista Wormhole.
Prize Provokes Debate
Scientists Question Ethics of Challenge
Many arguments against the research effort are offered.
"Time and again, humans have forgotten their place
in the universe," said physicist Sallée Të
by netax. "The wormhole is not our toy."
Others are more pragmatic.
"The Yi didn't want the Lono following them,
so if they could have disabled the wormhole, they would have,"
commented Oleph Sanjun, Director of PXTA.
"If it's not within the Yi's technological means to disable
the wormhole, it's not within ours."
But not all opinions are against it. "We have no way of knowing
if the Yi could close the wormhole," stated Do Filpel in
reply to Sanjun's remarks. "For all we know, they left
them open so they can return home someday."
Some challenge destroying the wormhole because of the
cost to science. Bill Braalu, an expert on mechanisms, said
"Who knows what we could learn from the wormhole if we didn't
destroy it? It is nearly the most complex engineering
effort ever, save the Yi-Lono-Mordel," referring
to a multistellar Yi artifact believed to be a weapon and the
subject of a previous 100 billion credit prize, canceled
when the military took over the investigation.
"The Yi have disappeared, so there must be a new
wormhole around here somewhere," responded Filpel. "We can learn
(See Prize - B11)
by Jah Smolin, sixth despot
As was widely predicted by industry observers, Terran forces
succeeded in driving the Lono out of our galaxy before the New Year.
But those same observers are divided on what next to expect
from the Lono.
The military isn't taking any chances, of course. Pundits far
and wide have opinions, but even those who believe we've heard
the last of the Lono aren't in any hurry to disband the
fleet, as they say, "just in case."
The government's prize for wormhole research makes their plan
clear: shut the Anista Wormhole down, and we'll be better off.
But would that be the end of the Lono?
Archaeologists say yes. Every scrap of evidence we have indicates
that the Lono are incapable of an engineering project like creating
a new wormhole, and even if they could, it seems unlikely they'd
be able to aim for a specific galaxy, such as, say, ours. So if we
this wormhole down, that'd be it, we'd be done with them.
The Lono followed the Yi through Anista into our galaxy, apparently
replaying a scenario that has happened hundreds or thousands
of times before. Every single time they followed the Yi to a
new galaxy, the Yi built a wormhole and left, and every time, the
Lono followed them.
These are frighteningly tenacious suckers.
If there was one thing I learned about the Lono during my term,
it's that you can't understand them. I can't understand them.
So maybe I'm wrong, being paranoid about them. Maybe we have
heard the last of them.
But above all else I learned that you can't predict the Lono.
What we could do, and what we did do, and it worked
out in the long run, was simply account for anything they could
possibly do within their technological limitations, no matter
how stupid it was, and have a plan no matter what they
A lot of people are saying, "Hey, if they have reinforcements
back in that other galaxy, why didn't they bring them out while
they were losing? Why would they start a second initiative at
a disadvantage?" They're taking this as evidence that the Lono
are gone for good.
I don't have a good answer to those questions. But I do know that
thinking like that is unrealistic.
They're bizarre, freaky aliens. Don't fool yourself that
you can get inside their heads.
They don't even have heads, anyway.
Timeline of Lono Conflict