It is now Y171, which means the Lyrans finally get to start building carriers. I had forgotten that their limit is two per year, not one per turn, so I was a bit disconcerted when Belirac promptly built a CVL, and converted a second. At the same time, the Lyrans built a new PDU (stored) to replace the one I destroyed, and have started converting two MBs to BATS.
Klingon activity was more surprising. They canceled an entire F5 squadron as well as their 3 E4s, and substituted a TG-B for a D7. All of this helped them afford a D7V and FV group, as well as upgrading a MB to BATS, and using the upgrade method to get a second PDU on 1202.
I was expecting another turn of watching the Coalition pushing on my defenses, while I watch the Kzinti cripple pile mount ever higher. Well, I was in for a surprise.
This turned out to be the turn of repositioning and rest. Belirahc avoided precipitating any major battles in Kzinti space, since I had two good reserves there. In Hydran space, he drove to cut off the Old Colonies from the Capital, and I couldn't stop it because I couldn't keep a good line of ships all the way there with only one reserve. If I had thought to split it into a pair of small reserves, I could have done it. Lesson for next time: Always try to use all your reserve markers, even if everything fits into one; you may want the added flexibility.
It was gratifying to watch several large stacks of Coalition cripples retreating out of my space. It can be easy to forget just how much damage you're doing when you're trying to figure out how to make good your own damage.
0319: Hydran: dest CR
0119: Klingon: dest 2xE4
1702: Klingon: dest F5L
A lot of the new builds went to Hydran space, so I assume that's where most of his attention will be next turn. In the mean time, I'm going to have to see what I can do about his current round of base building.
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