A Question of Defense
How can a warrior defeat a race that will neither surrender nor fight? More
Captain Horatio Albert Nelson, captain of the Earth Trade Alliance battleship had never found a planet he couldn't conquer. Of course, he called it signing a trade agreement, but nobody was kidding anybody but the folks back home who believed in the moral superiority of Earth. Then he entered orbit around a small, unremarkable planet, marked on the star charts as Hansen's Planet and known to its inhabitants as Jarlinden.
The confounded people would not fight, nor would they surrender. They seemed unconcerned that his ship could reduce their planet to space debris. They have no weapons, yet seem confident in their security. Are they fools? Or do they know something the captain doesn't?