Maybe I’m biased, as a filthy Imperial basker myself, but why are politicians stupid?
‘In Congress, President Zachary Hudson said:
“If Nova Imperium comes to power and the Empire ceases contributions to Aegis, our combined defences against the Thargoid threat will be jeopardised. In such a case, the Federation would be forced to intervene in order to safeguard humanity’s future.”
Independent sources have confirmed that Federal Navy resupplies have increased in frequency. Fleet manoeuvres have also taken place in regions bordering Imperial territory.’
So to clarify: idiot politicians on Capitol decide now is the best time to start Making Achenar Great Again™ by cutting off all our cooperation with everyone else and withdrawing into a xenophobic, authoritarian autocracy under this new idiot Hadrian Jansen — oh, I’m sorry, I mean “Augustus Duval”. Pfft. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
And in response to Imperial idiocy, idiot politicians on Earth (notably key Federal idiot, so-called President Hudson) decide that by far the most sensible way to respond to the resultant reduction in Humanity’s xeno defence potential is… start a war with the Empire?
Brilliant. Brilliant strategy. So, let’s assume the Thargoids truly are the threat we’ve always been told they are — and despite my tendency to be suspicious and cynical I generally try to avoid conspiracy theories so have no real reason to assume they’re not (and plus I also know pilots who’ve been engaged in combat by them so I know they’re definitely hostile towards us at the moment, though my personal jury remains out on why that is). Unquestionably, the idiot politicians reason, the best response to the threat the Thargoids pose is to have two of the three dominant Human powers start tearing each other to shreds while the aliens mass at our gates. If the Thargoids are watching, they must be loving this. No need for them to draw any plans against us: the moment they arrive we show them our belly and await their claws.
On the other hand — just to indulge said conspiracy brain for a moment — part of me does wonder if the warhawks on both sides are engineering this whole thing as their excuse to trigger the Federal-Imperial bloodbath they’ve been itching to start all along. There’ve been persistent rumours for years that hostilities between Humanity and the Thargoids were sparked by our aggression towards them, rather than their simply being unthinking, unremittingly hostile Space Invaders, like the bad guys in some video game. But I do sometimes wonder if there’s something to it: maybe the Thargoids’ reappearance presented a golden chance for the superpowers’ leading assholes to drag us away from the gradual relaxation in relations that had been occurring, which doubtless had threatened their warmongering profits and powerbase. There’s nothing so lucrative as tension and war for those placed to exploit it. So maybe the Empire’s assholes decide to restore that conflict by stirring up populist, anti-foreigner paranoia and deploying some malleable puppet nobody as a “previously unknown Imperial heir”; while the Federation’s assholes gleefully cooperate, trumpeting the Empire’s idiocy as their excuse to start kicking up their own profitable re-militarisation, all in the name of ‘defending Humanity’, of course.
At this rate we might be better off asking the Thargoids for their help to save us from our own leaders.