Consulate representatives today stated categorically that no Zhodani forces had been in conflict with the Federation of Arden. They added that the 117th Fleet had not been operating in that area; they did, however, decline to reveal where the fleet had in fact been lost.
An Imperial Navy spokesman added that there had been no report from
their observers on the Zhodani border fleets of any actions whatsoever.
He also stated that the Federation of Arden forces seemed to be concentrating
on the Imperial side of their territory. He completely ruled out
any pre-emptive military action against Arden by either Imperial or Zhodani