Hooke's World has long been considered inconsequential, scarce in precious raw materials and quite inhospitable by human standards.
That was until a recent survey of the polar badlands.
Omni-corp miners, hired by New Imperial Japan (holders of the deed to the planet) found deposits of osmium, plutonium and a host of transuranic elements.
Suffice to say, Hooke's world was no longer inconsequential.
The USS, United Strike Systems was formerly the holder of the deed, and felt they were owed a certain part of the wealth discovered due to some contractual fine print. Obviously the Imperials dissagreed. While the Unity courts in the core worlds argue the merits of each side of the conflict, out on the fringe the parties were not content to wait, knowing they might stand to lose a considerable amount no matter what the courts decided.
The USS high command authorized a strike force to probe the planetary defences, while the Imperial army on Hooke's World were put on high alert..
One of the USS Dagger light mechs take cover behind the rock pillar..
..But is quickly targeted by some rockets from the NIJA Spectre mech.
Finally succumbing to the enemy fire, the first recon element is destroyed.
Taking revenge on the damaged imperial light armor, the Dagger mech blow up the enemy unit with a blast of plasma.
At the end of the battle the USS have scored 12 vp; 6vp for the 3 objectives, 2vp for the Spectre mech and 4vp for the two light cav elements destroyed.
The NIJA scored 11 vp; 2vp for the objective denied the enemy, 4vp for the two light cav, another 4vp for the two recon elements and 1vp for the Dagger mech.
A close game, the USS winning by the smallest of margins!
Each side starts this campaign with 100 Presence each, and after this battle they are down to USS 91 and NIJA 94.
With the intel paid for in blood and steel, the USS will be planning a major strike against the city, one of the most important sites between them and the mining complexes.
Til next time!