== PROLOUGE ==
Thomas sat alone at a café in the city's downtown, staring out at the harbor and taking a long drink from his smoothie, before returning to his tablet, perusing a short article on the hundredth anniversary celebration of the end of the Great War. He noted the Emperor would be onboard the ancient flagship that was docked at the northern end of the harbor, to sign a renewal-of-friendship treaty with the President of the Mileokan Federation at noon, amid much opposition by several significant members of Parliament. Thomas closed the window and stowed the device in his bag, sighing softly, and began picking up after himself, thinking that it couldn't possibly be that bad.
He got up and checked his watch, and a sour look crossed his face, and he laid his ears back. Eleven-fifty-nine. Damn. Well, he was definitely going to miss the signing ceremony, but at least he'd have a great view of the fire