CORELLIA SYSTEM - Imperial Navy forces return from front line after heroic attempt to liberate Nubia. Moff Hassestein, commanding, refused to destroy Nubia to save Nubia.
The fleet personally commanded by Moff Mikael Hasselstein of the Corellian sector returned to Corellia today after a heroic attempt to liberate Nubia from the rebel scourge that has plagued that world ever since a patrol sighted Rebel forces active in Nubian space.
Moff Hasselstein broke off the attack for fear of collateral damage on the planet.
"The Moff would have pressed the attack, but for the threat to the lives of the civilians, whom the Rebels used as human shields," an aide told HNN.
Moff Hasselstein was unavailable for direct contact, but his aide assured HNN that all was proceeding according to plan.
Meanwhile, citizens on Corellia were outraged that the Rebellion would stoop to the cowardly tactic of hiding behind civilians.
Nubia, a relatively rural but industrial world, was a peaceful planet until the Rebellion put the lives of its inhabitants at risk by infiltrating the populated centers with a military base. The base included the planetary ion cannon, which the Rebels usurped from the legitimate Nubian authorities, who are being held hostage by the Rebellion.
"While planetary bombardment would have easily cleared the Rebel stronghold," the aide told HNN, "the Moff thought it unconscionable to subject the civilians to such an ordeal."
Some among the stalwart Imperial ranks question Hasseltein's decision, asserting that the Moff ought not to have allowed a few civilian lives prevent the liberation of the whole world.
"It's simple," one junior officer, who preferred to remain anonymous, told HNN. "WWVD. What Would Vader Do? That's all you need to live by."
Understanding the proper chain of command, HNN immediately reported the junior officer to his immediate superior, who has scheduled the officer's disciplinary hearing and probably transfer to the Outer Sector Patrol Fleet commanded by Commodore Iago Yueh.