Your realm is a vast one: worlds upon worlds you’ve never heard of. Some have more strategic value than others. The Taurags care a great deal about what they call honor. They make a point of sparing civilian targets. But your people are still losing.
Hexarchate science fiction available in Press Start to Play, ed. John Joseph Adams and Daniel H. Wilson, an anthology of stories about and inspired by video games.
Thanks to my betas: Chris Chinn, Yune Kyung Lee, Joseph Betzwieser, Daedala, and Sonya Taaffe.
I may also have been inspired by John Kessel’s essay on Ender’s Game, “Creating the Innocent Killer: Ender’s Game, Intention, and Morality.”
For the curious, this also takes place in the hexarchate/heptarchate setting of “The Battle of Candle Arc,” although you don’t need that information to follow the story. (I hope!)