Final Thoughts

Moreso than most modern wars, the Civil War provides us the opportunity to examine nearly every movement, every action in excruciating detail. The AFFS and LAAF high commands both provided us almost absolute cartc blanche when it came to the study Of Official (and unofficial) records-and battle ROMs, We received unfettered access to the officers and decision makers involved at all levels of the war. More than that, we were given access to the personal diaries and correspondence of many of the senior generals on both sides, a fact that was especially helpful In piecing together the actions and decisions of those who didn't survive the war.

While this access gives us an incrcdiblc opportunity, it also allows us to put a face to the people that cause so much pain and suffering, faces that many of us know or knew personally. Even worse, it is rare that we can directly trace the first shot of a war back to one individual. Though like Gavrilo Princip, the name Xander Barajas will probably draw nothing but blank looks from most in a few years, history will never forget the name of the man who fired the first shot. Like that assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Barajas began something far greater than anyone could have ever imagined.

Of course, we cannot lay the blame for the entire Civil War on that misguided leftenant from the Eighth FedCom RCT, just like that ancient Serbian assassin was not responsible for Terra's First World War. They were merely tools of fate, pawns in a grand game of chess that none of us can fully perceive.

It Is a hard thing to say that the universe Is a better place because of this horror, that the loss of so many men, women and children is a good thing. So, Instead, I will leave you with these quotes:

"So viewing the Issue, nn choice was left but to call out the war power of the Government; and so to resist force, employed for its destruction, by force, for its preservation."

- President Abraham Lincoln, July 1861, In a message to the Congress of the United States of America

"The legacy of tyranny transcends the ages like none other. That we stood fast against the evil does not make us heroes but simply redeems us in our childrens' eyes, Yet I weep for what we have done to this beautiful jewel [of a nation],"

- First Prince Alexander Davion, Septmber 17, 2541, in an address to the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns

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