80 f.y. The Sathar capture a non-UPF system between Solar Major and Solar Minor. They dub it Outpost #1 and enslave its inhabitants. Construction begins on a planet-wide military and industrial complex intended as a permanent base for incoming Sathar supply ships and troops.
80 f.y. Sathar swarm through the Xagyg Nebula and attack. New planet-wide battle tactics are used by the Sathar (including the massive use of diversionary, seeded monsters and cybernetically controlled creatures). The attack is a feint to draw Spacefleet to Zebulon. Task Force Cassidine is dispatched to Zebulon.
81 f.y. A Sathar Fleet attacks Solar Minor. So overpowering are they that no word of the attack reaches Spacefleet.
81 f.y. A second Sathar Fleet attacks Madderly’s Star. They encounter the new Spacefleet fortress on Kdikit.
81 f.y. The UPF mines the sector between Cassidine and Madderly’s Star. The Sathar Fleet is driven from Madderly’s Star and pursued as it tries to make its way to Fromeltar.
81 f.y. Task Force Cassidine crushes the Sathar feint on Zebulon, but with heavy losses.
81 f.y. A Sathar Fleet emerges between Timeon and Prenglar, placing itself in front of the remains of Task Force Prenglar. The Battle of Prenglar begins two hours later and results in the Sathar Fleet scattering or destroying the reduced Task Force Prenglar. Flush with victory, the Sathar proceed recklessly into the Frontier. Strike Force Nova soon engages the Sathar Fleet. The remaining Task Force Prenglar ships return and join the battle. This running battle results in the eventual withdrawal of the Sathar Fleet into the White Light Nebulae.
81 f.y. Another Sathar Fleet attempts to circumnavigate the Great Morass. Two weeks later it is engaged by long-range fighters from Moonworld. The Battle of Moonworld is joined.
82 f.y. The Battle of Moonworld ends with three-quarters of the Sathar Fleet destroyed. The remaining Sathar vessels are forced to retreat into the Vast Expanse.
82 f.y. The UPF establishes the United Planetary Federation Landfleet, the first interplanetary army raised on the Frontier.
82 f.y. Strike Force Nova secures the Frontier inward from Theseus.
83 f.y. A Coalition Flight long-distance probe discovers Sathar Outpost #1 and reports its location before it is destroyed.
83 f.y. Three incidents occur that help the Sathar:
- The Mist Stone, a sacred Capellan icon, is stolen by Sathar agents and smuggled into Outpost #1.
- The original copy of “Reflections of a Humble Servant” is also stolen and smuggled into Outpost #1. This work is considered by Humans to be the definitive philosophy of Dralasite civilization.
- Sathar war ships force the populations of Circe and Kir’Kut to evacuate their planets. They are transported to Outpost #1 and enslaved.
All three incidents combine to assure that Outpost #1 is not taken by orbital bombardment.
83 f.y. Strike Force Nova retakes Solar Minor. The fighting is fierce and half of the Strike Force and all of the Sathar holding force is destroyed.
83 f.y. The Battle of the Blockade. A reinforcement fleet from Sathar Space is challenged by the Flight. Half of the Sathar Fleet, most of them fighting ships, escape but all troop ships are destroyed. About one half of the Flight is eliminated.
84 f.y. Dralasites and the Coalitions insist that a diplomatic mission be sent to Outpost #1. The Sathar agree to meet three months later to discuss a possible treaty. Non-Sathar agents represent Sathar interests at the meetings. Diplomatic talks are held for another 18 months with no results. During that time the Sathar strengthen their defenses and repair their ships. The UPF Landfleet is given time to become a formidable army.
86 f.y. Task Force Cassidine joins Strike Force Nova around Solar Minor. Four months later, Capellan Free Merchantmen transport the Landfleet to the Solar Major and Solar Minor Fleets. Many Ifshnits remain in the Frontier after the war and begin the Free Merchant trade system throughout the UPF planets. They will become so firmly entrenched in Frontier life that the mega-corps will not be able to force them out, and eventually accept them as another mega-corp.
87 f.y. The Battle of Five Fleets. In a pincer action, Task Force Prenglar, Coalition Wing #1, Task Force Cassidine, and the remnants of Strike Force Nova attack the Outpost #1 system. Outpost itself is a mammoth world with two planet-sized moons. The entire year is spent destroying the remnants of the Sathar Fleet, the minefields orbiting the planet, the small fighter squadrons the Sathar captured on the two conquered worlds, and the moon’s mining and defensive operations. Lost in the action is the rest of Strike Force Nova, except for the battleship Quasar, half of Task Force Cassidine, and all but two destroyers from Coalition Wing #1.
88-90 f.y. The Siege of Outpost. Task Force Prenglar blockades Outpost #1 while Landfleet is shuttled in under intense fire. The land battles take two years to complete. At the end of hostilities, no Sathar survive and 40% of Landfleet is destroyed.