[Location: Observatory Hall, Orbital Cluster Philip Augustus, right above the Mediterranean.]
[Previously: At a Company reception, several underlings were talking about holiday destinations when a Big Boss arrived and not only interrupted the flow of the conversation but re-routed it into current politic affairs.]
[Big Boss monologuing] - The vote this weekend is critical, not only for the affected country itself but also for the Earth Union. The Union cannot afford to lose a member, any member; otherwise other countries of the Union will also be attack the same way and they will have also to leave the Union, making the Union weaker not stronger. It is not that the Union can expel a member, but a country can always left. The real problem is the current government. I really hope your country [Big Boss pointing to one of the underlings] is not going to vote for Permane. They are the same and then your country will be the next in the list...
[The pointed-to underling looks to Big Boss with a distant expression on the face]
[Big Boss first confused, then annoyed] What's the matter? you don't think so ?
[underling] It doesn't really matter. It is pointless.
[Big Boss, surprised] Pointless? What do you mean?
[underling] Five years and six and a half month for today, a real First Contact will take place. Two years and three months after that precise date our species will be on the brink of extinction.
[Big Boss, scoffing] You believe so?
[underling] No. I don't believe so. I know. I was there.