A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 338, Tuesday
December 4th, 2018
Chapter Two: Time
There were two types of commanders in the field.
The most common commander at the helm of the Imperial warships was a person who paid meticulous attention to detail, who planned everything. They allowed their computers to control their ships, track and calculate the variables.
They maneuvered in preprogrammed patterns, coordinating their activities with the other vessels in the fleet, calling plays and trusting in the system.
The other type of commander had the cognitive skills to do the math themselves, they were bred and selected for their incredible memory, and their ability to manage vast amounts of data seemingly outside the constraints of time.
These commanders could and did act on their intuition
In the theatre of space combat, on the ZeroG battlefield, unified action was everything. It was a dance of the greatest complexity, victory required that both types of command; the long range planning of the strategists, and the intuitive sense of the tactician.
The battle that ensued was quick, but brilliant. The Imperial forces had no ability to manage the rebel assault, they had never planned for it and the bulk of their forces were obliterated in an instant.
Keeping the forces under central control and command, arrayed together as a unit required more than the physical controls; to move, to change vectors, to defend and to attack. It required communication, those communication systems were the first target of every engagement.
This left only the tacticians alive and in command of the Imperial fleet, they were the natural allies of the rebels, but they could not be trusted at this late date, the rebels had determined to wipe them all out, and they held to their plan.
When it was over, those remaining, the survivors who were the victors were unsure of the next move.
Most of them never actually believed that they would get this far, but they had been willing to die trying.
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