October Clan Invasion temporarily halted when ilKhan Leo Showers is killed

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As the two militaries continued to work with each other, the leaders of the two nations continued to encourage their senior officers to coordinate operations and do what they could to share administrative and logistics concerns. The Federated Commonwealth Intelligence Corps (FCIC) had its humble beginnings years earlier in the coordination office set up to share intelligence between the Lyran Commonwealth and the Federated Suns for the Fourth Succession War. Over the course of a decade, the FCIC turned into something far more, directing the efforts of the two nations' intelligence agencies.

By the beginning of the 3040s, the two militaries had grown significantly closer, despite the best efforts of those who felt threatened by the alliance. The .buildup to the War of 3039 only served to drown out the cries ot the dissenters as the two military machines prepared to crush their mortal enemy—the Dracoriis Combine. The dissenters soon had their day in court, though, and proclaimed that the utter failure of Prince Davion's plan to destroy the Dragon was a herald that the alliance was doomed. While their underlying premise may have been faulty, history nevertheless proved them correct nearly three decades later.

In spite of the vocal dissention, the active politica lobbying on both sides of the border and even the failure experienced at the hands of the Dracponis Combine, the majority of the two nations' people still saw full alliance as a positive thing. Prince Davion and newly appointed Archon Melissa Steiner Davion directed their militaries to unite under the banner of the Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth. In 3042 the AFFS and the LCAF did just that. Though the two maintained a great deal of autonomy and retained much of their individualities, the Federated Suns and Lyran Commonwealth State Commands reported to the High Command of the AFFC.

Unfortunately, emotions flared in the final stages of integration. While difficulties had sporadically come to light during the previous twenty years, they paled in contrast to the problems that erupted following the integration. The leaders of the AFFC came up with a new rank system and new uniforms to replace those of the former AFFS and LCAF. Though designed to inspire an esprit de corps within the varied members of the nascent AFFC, the new ranks and uniforms quickly became objects of scorn for the majority of the AFFC. Many ranking commanders were given what they considered to be demotions and, combined with the sudden increase of senior officers, felt they had few options for promotion.

FedSuns officers quickly found themselves surrounded by Lyran counterparts. Fearing they would be passed over for promotion by Lyran commanders because they didn't have the right parentage, natives of the Federated Suns formed their own unoT ficial cliques and gave preference to those they considered "their own," paradoxically perpetuating the very type of discrimination they feared.

On the other hand, AFFC members hailing from the Lyran state felt that they were in the minority, that they were the interlopers. Constantly out-performed by their AFFS counterparts in combat exercises, many Lyran officers felt they had to do everything within their power to ensure that their brothers remained fairly represented within the AFFC.

In short, the newly formed AFFC was an organisation wrought with problems. It was a good thing that it was almost a decade before the AFFC faced Its first major enemy.

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