Colony Ops deck, P&K Glastonbury - In orbit of Nautilus - Jules Verne System - Frontier Nautilus stood before his eyes, the second, smaller, habitable planet in the Jules Verne system. It orbited another planet, which orbited it in turn, sort of like a binary star system, but with planets. Nautilus also had a thin asteroid belt around it, its origins unknown. The colony had been doing excellent, especially when compared to the others. The navy had built a shipyard in orbit of Nautilus, and it was churning out materials for the cities, and new ships for the fleet. By now they had several Raptor-class fast-attack cruisers for primary defense of the gate, and any hostile fleet was going to have a hard time entering. A fusion reactor had been set up, providing power to the dome cities on the ground. Destin looked down and could see the faint outline of Dome City I, also known as First Landing, and could see the newly constructed mass transit line, a prototype brought with them the second time the Glastonbury went to acquire colony materials. It was up and running, and cargo and people could be moved more easily. However, they weren't alone in the system. A colony of Belters had set up in an asteroid belt orbiting the second innermost planet, Eros Nova. The belt itself was dubbed New Terryon Lock, and promised what the old Terryon Lock did: a sort of homeworld for Belters. Travels there made by rock hoppers weren't fully up and running, partly because of Destin's fleet near the gate. He didn't like scaring the Belters away, but he didn't want the UNN to come take it over. He'd received threats from them ever since his declaration that Nautilus would act in full support of Mars. His escape had been methodical. After a missing ships crisis, one or two of his ships would slip through the gates, maintaining their black ops disguises. It was stressful, and announcing his independence from the MCR wasn't easy. It took negotiation after negotiation, but eventually it was done. The Nautilus Consular Freehold could do whatever it wanted, but if the MCR called, the NCF had to try and help. Destin wanted an alliance with Mars from the beginning, and he believed that through his research he could help the terraformers back home. One day, the Martian dream would be fulfilled. A dream of superiority through technology. A dream of turning a planet of dust into forests and rivers and streams. Even though his crew may not even live there, he'd feel fulfilled if he saw a terraformed Mars before his death. Destin exited the makeshift colony control center, where construction was directed, and took the lift down to the comm station. He went to his office in the back, and closed the security partition. Everything was set up, but there was one person he owed mountains of gratitude to. He started a recording detailing the success of the colony, the alien life his teams had discovered, the surprisingly friendly encounters and trade with the Belters, and the gratitude he owed to him, and when he was done, he sent it via relayed tightbeam to an old friend, @Edward Shaver .