On quaysides around the world they said their goodbyes. Mothers, fathers, husbands and wives once more parted in the line of duty. As tear filled eyes remained watching, the globes most powerful navies rolled out into the oceans. Ships and their heroic crews making for the horizon and the setting sun; into the unknown.
From the north they came: The Marshal Valenko cruised out Severomosrk. In California the USS Franklin steamed west; across the vast expanse of the Pacific the Peoples Liberation Army readied the Lanzhou to depart from Zhanjiang.
Tension was everywhere. The next few days could determinate the future of the planet. A moment many refused to believe was possible was now here. Some said it was a drill, others prepared for the end.
The message received was at first unclear. Linguistic experts worked in shifts until the meaning was revealed: coordinates and a time – it was a call to a meeting.
Invasion or alliance?
The world waited.