Long Live the Confederation!
What? The Border Worlders were highly trained -- they were the people who'd been on the edge of the war for 30 years... and although they flew Sabres and Ferrets, they also had highly sophisticated, newer ships. You're just de-valuing them to make Confed sound less impressive...Er, what insurmountable odds? Trying to beat up on bunch of half trained Border Worlders who were flying Sabres and Ferrets and whose flagship was a destroyer 20 years out of date?
What? It wasn't 'manipulated' -- Tolwyn's black project was approved by the senate, as was his position as Admiral... and his actions against the Border Worlds... -- all of these were caused by the war, not amorphous 'corruption'. What he *shouldn't* have been able to do was issue illegal orders for his forces to attack convoys and innocents... but I fail to see how this is a result of Confed's 'corruption'. A democratic society doesn't mean a perfect society -- it didn't take corruption to fund Tolwyn's projects.That's not even getting into the corruption and the breakdown in Confed's values that allowed it to be manipulated like it was.