The Just Alliance federation is considering a declaration of war request from the Uri Nation, a member state which has absolutely no plans to assist in the war effort.
Presenting its proposal to its four fellow federation members, the Bwauki Multisystem, Glukkonian Guild, Eredi Assembly and presiding Lorex League, the Uri Nation appealed for military intervention against its larger neighbour, the Cevanti Empire.
Uri diplomats highlighted the urgent need for intervention against the Cevanti’s ill treatment of slave pops, while also adding that the transfer of several resource-rich border systems to Uri control would be “an extra bonus.”
Uri Nation leader Ur’Ine told Xenonion News:
“This war is vitally important for furthering the interests of the Uri Nation and… er, of course, the whole Just Alliance. Those poor slave pops, toiling away on all that precious Betharian stone. They must be rescued. Of course, if there’s room for the slave pops they should be taken too.”
Despite having the second largest fleet power in the Just Alliance, behind the Lorax League, the Uri Nation has categorically ruled out participating in any conflict.
Ur’Ine reportedly told fellow leaders that the Lorax fleets would be much more efficient in battle as Uri fleets were only specialised for “just sitting parked above space ports, looking pretty.”
The Lorax League has approached the request warily, and insider reports suggest there may not be appetite among leadership to get embroiled in a costly war.
Speaking to the Lorax Senate, Matriarch Lyssa echoed this, stating:
“We are always keen to assist fellow xenos in need. That is what we do as xenophiles. However, the Uri Nation have consistently offered limited help in any of our recent wars. We’re starting to wonder whether there may be another motive - if our military were to be destroyed, the Uri would jump up in fleet power rankings. And guess who’s next in line to become federation president?”
Ur’Ine has strongly rejected the claim that his space-nation does not send assistance to war, giving several examples of solo Corvettes being sent to escort Lorax battleships through friendly territory. He also decried accusations of his ambitions to lead the federation as “mostly fake news.”
Such public disputes between two allies is unusual, and perhaps a sign of increasing strain within the federation. The Just Alliance is only just recovering from months of turmoil after the Thelmar Union was kicked from the group last year after blocking another war request 363 times for no apparent reason. This followed on from the rocky initiation of the Bwauki into the federation, who still consistently refuse to wear clothes at meetings.
Early reports indicate the Uri proposal is likely to pass and in preparation, Lorax admirals have begun frantically clicking ‘encourage allied fleets to follow’ call signs in a vague hope this will stir the Uri into action.