When properly conducted, a diplomatic mission can turn the mostsmashing of battle-successes into a fabulous Pyrrhic victory.
d upon decorating the square before their capitol with the hulk of the first spaceship ever to have landed on Pollux V.
A hundred and fifty years probably seemed impressive to them, amid the explosive spread of Terran colonies and federations. Actually, in the marshal's opinion, it was merely long enough to reveal such symbols as more than antiquated but less than historically precious.
"I presume you plan to have me march past that heap!" he complained, tugging at the extremely "historical" sword that completed the effect of his dazzling white and gold uniform.
Commodore Miller, his aide, stiffened nervously.
"Around to the right of it, sir," he gestured. "As you see, the local military are already keeping the route clear of onlookers. We thought it would be most impressive if your party were to descend the outer stairway from the palac
A boring, pointless, and thankfully short story about nothing.
A rather arrogant and duplicious diplomat is sent to peace talks intended to end an interstellar war. The diplomat is the only real character, everyone else is just a name spouting words that need to be said to advance the story.
Not too bad, the diplomat remined me a little of Henry Kissinger.