Friday, May 19, 2006

Administrators Office

An Extra-Ordinary Meeting was called at Mars Station 1 to review the information gathered and to formulate solution. Solutions were proposed and debated. An open transmission was sent to all the inhabitants at the vicinity.

Open Transmission
To: All settlers and traders around the vicinity of Mars Station 1
From : Alfa November, Chief Executive Officer, Mars Station 1

To all our business partners. I am here to address the rumors of war that had been circulating in the Internet. Yes, it is true. Even as I speak now, Earth is preparing an attack on us. Their purpose is to establish their law and order in this place. Once they are here, they will initiate registrations and taxation to finance their rule. We will see them in 2 years, which coincides with the time when Earth-Mars distance is the shortest.
Together with this transmission, we have attached all we know of their battle fleet. In a nutshell, nothing we have here can overcome the might of this fleet but we the Administrators of Mars Station 1 have decided to hold our position and find a way to defeat them, even knowing that the odds are stacked against us.
As for you, our dear business partners, you have 2 choices. First you can leave. Move as far as you can from us in order to avoid any negative fallout. You can begin to redeem the Administrators Coupon anytime you want and please be assured that we will honor the payment of every coupon. Even now, my colleagues in charge of payments are speeding up the payment process for our suppliers and contractors so that you can have as much resources as possible to prepare for your escape plan. On behalf of the Administrators of Mars Station 1, I would like to wish you all the best in your journey and thank you for being our trusted business partners.
As for those who choose to stay and fight along us, please register yourselves at our website. You will be given a personal code, which will serve as a means of co-ordination in the war. Should we survive and win the day, you will have higher priority in the spoils of war and future partnership.
Overall, whatever your choice is I would like to express my personal gratitude for being a part of this society. I wish the best for all my dear friends out there.
Yours sincerely,
Within 24 hours of the transmission, the receivers at Mars Station 1 were jammed with incoming transmission. There was significant increase in coupon redemption. To the surprise of the Administrators, almost 80% of the inhabitants had chosen to register to participate in the war. Most of them had decided that running away was pointless, as they would eventually be hunted down and forced to pay tax. No matter how much their disdain for the Administrators in giving advises, they believe their best bet was to stand together.
As for the remaining 20%, they maintained a neutral stand. They wished the Administrators lead coalition could defeat Earth but should they fail, then there can still be chance to do business with the new rulers.


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