Menacing craft then appeared on telescopes, their weapons trained at Earth. Denial was futile. Defenders were promised quality arms. Instead, they received bows and spears for the alien threat.
Even as Parliament opened coffers, materiel remained scant. Soon, unrest grew. Those who spoke out were hanged. The Party demoralized defenders more than the enemy, now visible in the clear summer night.
Party leaders, still concerned with politics, discussed their newfound wealth. Outside, lasers began to fire.