Fateful Decade

I he incredible successes of the Fourth Succession War did much to suppress the dissent within the two nations, but the underlying problems were still there. Both nations' military academies opened their rolls to cadets hailing from either realm. The continuing expansion of trade and other civilian relations eased opposition within the general civilian population, and the simple fact that the Draconis Combine, Free Worlds League and Capollan Confederation all fell increasingly threatened by the alliance brought a great deal of pride to the people.

While the politicians and media relations departments of both nations worked overtime to sell their people on the benefits of alliance, the scicntific community actually did more to close the gap than anything. Researchers all over the Commonwealth and Suns were working overtime to unlock the secrets contained within the Star League Memory Core discovered in the days before the Fourth Succession War. Almost daily, some rediscovered piece of technology was released to the general public. The people of the Lyran Commonwealth and Federated Suns, once exhausted and destitute after centuries of unremitting war fare, were energized again.

The 3030s were not kind to the two nations of the fledgling Federated Commonwealth, however. The formation of the Free Rasalhague Republic in 3034 caused a massive uprising of emotions within the Lyran Commonwealth, cumulating in yet another in a long string of rebellions within the Skye region. Surprisingly deftly handled by the leaders in both F-C states, the Skye Rebellion could have easily turned into a disaster for the Lyran state had their two neighbors, the Draconis Combine and the Free Worlds League, not been embroiled in their own internal problems.

At the close of the decade, Prince Davion again tempted fate by launching a massive coordinated assault against the Draconis Combine. The fates turned against the Prince in this so-called War of 3039, however. Quickly stymied by a daring coun-terassault helmed by Gunji-no-Kanrci Theodore Kurita, Prince Davion halted the war almost before it began, with but a few worlds changing hands.

The political fallout from these events was relatively minor, all things considered, yet ultimately the alliance suffered. Unfortunately, no one would truly recognize the damage until long afterwards.

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